Issue 9 - October 2012
Welcome to Issue 9 of the Chasing the Light eZine
Again, we have a wealth of enticing photo-stuff for our f11 Members. This month’s Issue includes a continuation of the series on the Fundamentals of Post Production; In the Dark. The Composition Tutorial takes us to the shores of Buttermere on a September morning to contemplate balance and harmony in our lives and pictures. The Low Down concludes the series Back to Black and White by looking at just how best to convert our full colour digital images into monochrome. The Field Trial gets to grips with one of the most ubiquitous lenses in my arsenal; the 70-200mm tele-zoom, whilst Stepping Back ruminates on the dangers of Venetian Affairs. The Guest Feature is a real treat; Marc Aspland, Chief Sports Photographer at The Times writes about his experiences this summer shooting the Olympics. It’s a fascinating insight. And there’s the Member’s Gallery, with constructive (I hope!) comments from 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 and the story from behind the lens.We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
I don't think I'll ever be able to pass by wooden boats on still lakes without stopping to extend my legs. Yes, it's a tried and tested combination I have shot many times before, but on the banks of Buttermere surrounded by craggy fells at dawn how could I resist dropping the Lowpro in the sheep poo and reaching for the camera again?
This month's Field Trial tests an item of equipment that is an indispensably useful addition to any photographer's armoury, whatever their preferences or specialisation. Given that the first acquisition for any new system being built from scratch would usually involve a body and a mid-range zoom then the second is likely to be the 70-200mm telephoto zoom
In this Back to Black and White Series we're returning to our roots and revelling in a world without colour. We looked at the Power of Monochrome in Part One and assessed when it works best in Part Two; now it's time to examine how to convert a colour digital image into sparkling Black and White.
April 1987; Wendy and I walked out of the station, down the steps to the Grand Canal and onto the living opera stage that Venice is. For the next four days we trudged the back alleyways of Venice, caught the water bus up and down the canal and explored every nook and cranny of the island. At dawn and dusk we were beside the tripod shooting bobbing gondolas; well, what else do you do in Venice?
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 2: Resisting Seductive Sliders
When, at exactly 11.49am on Wednesday 6th July, 2005, it was announced that London had won the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games, I, like the rest of the country was celebrating, but also I had a clear and defining moment of clarity that summer's day, that an Olympics would be hosted in my country, in our capital and that I was The Times Chief Sports Photographer.
Video Tutorial: The Fundamentals of Post Production