Issue 6 - July 2012
Welcome to Issue 6 of the Chasing the Light eZine. This month we get a bit technical with a series of three features looking at the state of play in the world of modern cameras. The Low Down asks “How Many Pixels Do We Need?” The Field Trial compares in “The Battle of the Pixels” the new Canon 5D mkIII with the Nikon D800E on a hilltop in Dorset with interlocking tripod legs, and The Test takes the same 5D mkIII out on a series of shoots over a week to see how it performs in the only place that matters. Behind the Lens continues in the hills of Sri Lanka, while the Composition Tutorial is sinking in the mud of a Mekong Delta rice paddy. This month’s Guest Feature looks at the trials and tribulations of photography afloat with fellow pro Ian Badley “Rolling Around On the Crest of a Wave”. You can positively smell the salt water; shooting on a heaving deck in the Solent is a world away from the challenges of landscape photography and Ian’s expose is fascinating stuff.
As usual we’ve a spread of images from all over the world in your f11 Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments by yours truly. To all our f11 Members we hope you’re enjoying the ride, but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s gallery send us an email with 3 low res jpegs with the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
I felt that sinking feeling as my feet settled deeper into the mush and muddy water started trickling over the tops of my boots. I tried to find firm ground but it was futile; the more I wallowed the deeper I sank into the gungey ooze that makes up a paddy field. Just remaining upright was difficult let alone composing a picture with a big camera and lens.
The latest battle of the Holy War has been bloody. In the last 6 months the release of the Canon 5D mkIII and the Nikon D800 has pitted the heavyweights of the photographic world against each other in full frontal combat. Who has been victorious?
The importance of equipment in the pursuit of our craft is virtually always overemphasised. Great pictures are the product of our imagination, vision and expertise; the camera is but a tool.
Hopefully you'll have already read in this month's Issue The Low Down - How Many Pixels Do We Need? For the accompanying Field Test I teamed up with fellow pro and Nikon user Ian Badley to conduct a comparison of the Canon 5D mkIII with the Nikon D800E side by side on a Dorset hilltop with interlocking tripod legs.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
Ya ha di my das; I think it means obstruction to the left, or maybe right. I didn't expect to pick up Japanese on this trip, but the incessant manoeuvring alert is boring into my consciousness.
Mr Noton and I often reckon that we would do better than some of the F1 boys racing around Monaca because we are better drivers than some of them. We are certainly better drivers than some of the RIB drivers I have been out on the water with, that's for sure!