Issue 8 - September 2012
Welcome to Issue 8 of the Chasing the Light eZine.
This month we kick of the first of a new series “In The Dark” on the Fundamentals of Post Production. To accompany that The Field Trial isn’t in the Field at all but in the digital darkroom also; “Hard and Soft from Pixel to Print”, whilst the Composition Tutorial considers poppy addictions and one splash of colour just in the right place. Stepping Back relives soggy memories of our Worst Trip Ever, whilst the Low Down continues our Back to Black and White series. This month’s Guest Feature “A Day in the Life of a Commercial Photographer” by my colleague Jon Gooding strips away the gloss sometimes attached to our profession to reveal the true nitty gritty. As usual we’ve a spread of intriguing images 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, attaching no more than 3 low res jpegs, with the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
I'm often asked how I made this picture. It's no great secret. I get the impression some suspect it's the result of dastardly deeds in the gloom of the Digital Darkroom, but its execution was in fact just an exercise in observation and simplicity, viewpoint and selective focus.
This month's Low Down examines the Fundamentals of Post Production. To accompany that series the Field Trial isn't in the field at all. I've come in from the mud, wiped my boots and settled down to look at the hard and software we're going to need to translate the exposed pixels on our camera's sensor to the finished glossy print.
The Salar de Uyuni is perhaps the most bizarre landscape I've ever seen. It is the world's largest salt pan and standing in the middle of the vast white flatness definitely unsettles the senses; there's just so much of nothing for as far as the eye can see. Apart from the distant volcanos on the horizon there is only the sky and the endless billiard table white flatness. As we drove across the expanse Oswaldo our guide asked us where we'd like to stop; as if it made any difference.
To all our Nowergian f11 Members; my apologies. I know you live in a spectacularly beautiful country of fjords, mountains, glaciers, coastline and islands. Norway must surely be the dream destination of many a landscape photographer.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
Part One: In the RAW
Those who know me may not be surprised that this morning I find myself in a windowless room with red rubber floor and padded green rubber walls. High overhead hanging from a steel beam is a chain operated block and tackle. The only light comes from two unattractive fluorescent tubes hung from the ceiling and the room smells strongly of disinfectant.