Issue 12 - January 2013
Happy New Year!
And a very warm welcome to Issue 12 of our Chasing the Light eZine. I do hope that your holiday season is going with a proverbial swing, and that you’re finding time to flex your photographic muscles and capture some great shots. In any case, we’ve got plenty of goodies in this edition that should fire up your creative juices!
David provides his usual Compositional Tutorial, this time revisiting that golden oldie – the rule of thirds. Such a vital compositional tool, it is to be ignored at your peril, and here he visits Burma, England, Italy and Bolivia in his quest for the perfect shot. This month’s Field Trial continues with Part 3 of David’s Soft Wear for Harsh Climes series.
For Stepping Back, David follows my previous articles on publishing with some reflections of his own on the subject, revisiting the time he spent writing his first book on the beautiful island of La Digue. We’ve got another of our popular video tutorials and the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on your own work.
From other contributors we have Part 1 of a superb review on the intricacies of Auto Focus systems from Garry Ridsdale. And we embrace the world of macro with this month’s Guest Feature from Ross Hoddinott. Close-up work is perfect for this time of year when the weather for landscapes may not be at its most conducive, and Ross offers a great introduction to the craft with an emphasis on winter shots.
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 three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
And for those of you who are not yet an f11 member, take a look at the benefits of f11 membership here . By joining, you’ll receive full access to the monthly edition of our ezine, as well as other goodies.
Chasing the Light eZine Editor
I won't pretend Mandalay is my favourite place; the name evokes more romantic notions of eastern promise then reality provides. It's a typically congested, polluted, grubby, noisy, down-at-heel Asian city. We're staying here in a seedy, dismal hotel, breathing the toxic air and can't wait to leave. That being said...
Let's continue our tour around the body as we appraise what to wear for photographic forays in extreme weather. Last month we dissected the concept of layers; in particular how one layer affects the performance of all the others. Time now to consider the layer that cops the full force of all that nature can throw at us; the outer or shell layer, before finishing off with the extremities that often suffer the most; our hands and head.
The Video Tutorial: Post Production, Part 4
The Tree had gone. It had probably eventually died, or been claimed by the encroaching waves. Or maybe it had suffered the fate of that other perfect palm overhanging the Indian Ocean on Kuda Bandos in the Maldives, and had been chopped down by a conniving photographer who wished to deny the perfect location to others. At least that was the tale a fellow pro from California told me.
In February Canon announced a new flagship DSLR, the 1DX. Eagerly anticipated, stock eventually began to arrive in the UK after the Olympic Games and I took delivery of one from Park Cameras in September. Quite simply, it is the best DSLR I have owned to date. It brings together the speed of the MKIV with the full frame capabilities of the 1Ds, together with a host of updates including the Auto Focus (AF).
Landscape photographers have a nasty habit of always looking at what's in front of us - hardly surprising really, given the job description! However, it can be easy to get so absorbed in the 'big' view that we completely overlook the picture potential of what lies beneath our feet?
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
A round-up of some of the more Interesting new snippets from the world of photography...