Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 62
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to March 2017’s Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
In a special edition of Behind the Lens, we travel with David down to South America where he recently embarked on an exciting photo adventure in Argentina, travelling first to Buenos Aires then up to Salta in the north – there is also an accompanying Video Blog. Meanwhile in the next instalment of How It’s Done – Being There, we join him on a shoot in Salta working as fast as he can with a ‘shilt-and-tift’. In Stepping Back this month David reminisces on the many places he’s stayed over his photographic career – from the truly grim to the delightfully quirky and the embarrassingly luxurious, he’s done ‘em all. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott considers losing weight, in the photographic sense, as he provides some excellent advice on lightening our kit bags. In the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker explores Amsterdam, his capital and the Netherland’s largest tourist pull, revealing how he captured a collection of unique shots during the city’s Festival of Light. And in the Pipeline, Ben Pipe provides us with a unique insight into the recent shoot he completed for Chevrolet in Kazakhstan. For this month’s Guest Feature, we’re delighted to welcome on board Hilde Foss who describes her love affair with the world’s beautiful polar regions, exploring both the approaches and techniques she uses to capture her superb shots.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. If you’d like any of your images to be featured in our Member’s Gallery column please send an email to [email protected] with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
On a personal note: after five years at the helm I’m moving onto pastures new, but my time as Editor of the magazine has been fantastic and I’ll miss it very much. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the magazine, the team behind it, and all f11s the very best for the future. Enjoy, and keep exposing!
Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine Editor
Milborne Port to Buenos Aires: home, car, traffic, airport, then 13 hours being kneed in the back by the world's tallest man while watching vacuous films (Bridget Jones' Baby - why did I do it? Two hours staring at the headrest in front would have been preferable), another airport, taxi, hotel? And now I'm here, sitting in a café off Plaza Mayor, reminding myself of the pathetically few morsels of Spanish I know, while people watching. Back in South America again!
On our third day in Argentina we arrived in Salta, a provincial capital in northern Argentina known for its colonial architecture and Andean heritage, and one of the oldest cities in the country.
We stand and stare out over the water to the cabins on the other side of the inlet. Reality dawns; there?s ours, accessible only by boat. Heading out in the darkness before dawn is going to be just that little bit more difficult. I wonder how practical staying here is going to be, but then check my negativity. I know from long experience how misleading first impressions can be.
This month to accompany the 'How it's Done' Feature I process an image from Salta on our recent trip to Argentina using exposure merging. Firstly in Lightroom I manually correct barrel distortion, crop and prepare 3 different RAW conversions for blending.
In Part Two I then merge the 3 images using layer masking, taking care to fine tune the mask edge using the paint brush to eradicate ghosting. I then use the quick selection tool to apply the second layer mask.
Photographers tend to be a little obsessed with their kit, wouldn't you agree? The majority of us can't resist buying the latest gadgets, photo accessories, and lenses, convincing ourselves that they will instantly improve our images - or is that just me? As we accumulate more and more gear, we have to buy an even bigger camera backpack to safely house it all - but before long that bag is bulging too. There obviously comes a point when it's just not practical or enjoyable to carry so much weight around.
It's December and it's freezing cold. And with a stiff breeze blowing in from the east, the wind-chill factor is making it feel like I'm on a polar expedition. But I'm not - I'm in one of those human settlements that we call a city. And this time it's the biggest in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, our capital, and a city full of history, beauty and art.
This was my big break: the biggest client I had ever shot for, the most exotic destination I'd ever visited, and the largest pay packet I'd ever been offered. Apparently there was originally an American photographer contracted for the job, but something fell through and Chevron decided they wanted a local / European option to replace him.
She moves around the boat, licks some salt off the hull, and then looks up at us. For eight hours we have travelled due north of Svalbard, into the pack ice, all the way up to 82 degrees north. The engine is turned off and everyone is on deck, enjoying the silence and the ice spreading out around us. Then someone spots a tiny yellowish dot off in the distance. It moves steadily closer and closer, and we soon confirm that it is indeed the Queen of the Arctic herself.
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