Issue 3 - April 2012
Welcome to our growing band of f11 members.
I’m excited about the third issue of the Chasing the Light eZine. This month you can join us for Happy Hour in the Philippines, share my Mid Life Crises in Barbados and contemplate the compositional possibilities of Tandoori arches in India. The Low Down looks at monochromatic colour, whilst the field trial dissects the pros and cons of long exposures.
And this month sees the start of our new Guest Feature, as Paul Sanders, ex Picture Editor of The Times gives us a fascinating insight into the behind the scenes trials and tribulations of covering the big news stories in “A Budget, A Bush And A Royal Wedding”. As usual we’ve a spread of images from the Svalbard to South Africa in your Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments by yours truly. It’s going well, isn’t it?
They are called the Chocolate Hills because in the dry season the lumpy peaks are supposed to look like an open box of chocolates; but I'm not getting the analogy.
I call this picture my Tandoori Arches. To me it just evokes all that makes India so exotic. Just looking it now gets me salivating at the prospect of a chicken tikka bhuna. These arches provide window onto one of the most iconic views in Asia.
I knew things weren't right, but the alternatives seemed just too awful to comprehend. Separations are always messy, traumatic, expensive and painful leaving both sides diminished. I knew I was delaying a decision in the vain hope we could work it out, but the writing was on the wall; a relationship that had formed the central plank of my life for over twenty five years was coming to an end. The truth was I was scared of making the break, but by then I knew it was inevitable. But where would I go? Running off with a younger model just seemed so callous.
It is a unique experience to stand on top of a giant dune in the Namib Desert looking over the sea of sand stretching away into the distance. It's certainly worth the lung bursting effort to haul ourselves up; two steps forward one step back, laden with the usual gargantuan camera bags and tripod. The graceful curves, textures and shapes of the dunes seem like waves of sand rolling across the landscape as far as the eye can see.
I was on holiday in South Africa on the garden route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth... I had consulted an app on my Ipad, so I knew precisely the time and bearing that the sun would rise. As David (Noton) had taught me always pre plan and get the precise location set up well in advance. This I did!
A Budget, a Bush and a Royal Wedding... For the last eight years I was Picture Editor of The Times in London, responsible for the entire visual content of the newspaper.
The whole world is in motion, of that there is no doubt. Nothing is static in life, least of all landscapes. They change with the seasons and evolve over time as cliffs are eroded, rivers flow and trees grow, but the rhythms of nature are not all so gradual. As we stand by the tripod surveying a scene more often than not there's something blowing, flowing or lapping.