Issue 13 - February 13

Issue: 01 February 2013

Welcome to a very special anniversary edition of our Chasing the Light eZine – we’ve now been going for a whole year!  We all sincerely hope that you’re enjoying reading the eZine as much as we enjoy writing it. To celebrate our birthday we’ve got a bumper edition in store for you…

David provides his regular essential Compositional Tutorial, this time considering the value of patterns in photography and how best to employ them. For this month’s Field Trial, he explores how useful the light capabilities, speed and auto focus performance of cameras like the Canon EOS 1DX are for general photography.

For Behind the Lens, we join David for the first leg of his amazing trip to Myanmar (Burma) as he shoots the fantastical temples of Bagan. As for Stepping Back, David revisits the iconic Machu Pichu remembering the vagaries of shooting in a South American location such as this – particularly negotiating the parasite bites from llamas!  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 2 of Garry Ridsdale’s superb exploration into the intricacies of auto focusing. I add another article to The Bizz series, this time considering the necessary evil of self-promotion. And for this month’s Guest Feature we accompany Tony Worobiec on a fascinating series of American Road Trips, capturing the iconic sights along the famous highways of the USA.

Coming next month, David starts a seminal new series on Light, continues his Compositional Tutorial series and takes us on another trip to the intriguing location of Myanmar (Burma). We explore the potential of compact system cameras and join portrait photography Clara Molden for a glimpse into her exciting world.

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.

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Composition Tutorial - Patterns

Composition Tutorial - Patterns

It's one of my standard conundrums I pose on Workshops whilst doing the Exposure Demonstration; how would the brightness histogram of a herd of zebra look? Actually zebra don't congregate in herds; they roam the grasslands of Africa in dazzles. There you are; you get far more than just photography in this eZine.

Field Trial - Sky High & Fast. Who needs it?

Field Trial - Sky High & Fast. Who needs it?

Just how useful are the low light capabilities, speed and auto focus performance of cameras like the Canon 1Dx for general photography?

The Low Down - The Intricacies of Autofocus, Part II by Garry Ridsdale ARPS

The Low Down - The Intricacies of Autofocus, Part II by Garry Ridsdale ARPS

In last month's eZine (Issue 12), Part I considered the AF Area, its layout and the individual AF points. This month we move on to look at fine tuning AI Servo, an absolute key ingredient in setting either the 5D Mark III or 1Dx.

Behind the Lens - Burma, Part 1

Behind the Lens - Burma, Part 1

I have lain awake in the dark hours fretting about many things, but the previous night was the first time I'd lost sleep worrying about the state of our bank notes. Now on the flight into Yangon the lady from Bristol in the next seat is telling me how she?s been ironing her dollars before carefully pressing them between sheets of cardboard. It's a vaguely surreal conversation.

Stepping Back - Hot Water in Aguas Caliente

Stepping Back - Hot Water in Aguas Caliente

Machu Picchu is surely one of the Seven Wonders of the World, isn't it? I've just checked; it depends which list you consult, but in my book it should be. As with South America's other iconic sight, Torres del Paine. I saw pictures of it as a fledgling photographer and thought one day, I'll go there, and now here we are with the serrated peaks of the Andes surrounding us, looking down on the Inca ruins at dawn.

The Bizz - The Art of Self Promotion by Freya Dangerfield, eZine Editor

The Bizz - The Art of Self Promotion by Freya Dangerfield, eZine Editor

This month David asked me to write about the fine art of self-promotion: essentially the advertising and promotion of your photography (most importantly) by your good self. For some of us this comes easily, whereas others find it excruciatingly hard. The bottom line is - whether you love it or hate it - self-promotion has to be done.

Guest Feature - Tony Worobiec, American Road Trips

Guest Feature - Tony Worobiec, American Road Trips

My motivation for visiting America back in the 1990's was stimulated not by photographs I had seen, but by two very amusing books. The first was Jack Kerouacs, On The Road, which now of course is considered a classic; the second was Bill Bryson's, A Lost Continent.

Member's Gallery - February 2013

Member's Gallery - February 2013

Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.

f11 News

A round-up of some of the more Interesting new snippets from the world of photography...

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