Issue 17 - June 2013
Welcome to the June edition of our Chasing the Light eZine
In this month’s edition, we continue our exploration of light in David’s series Seeing the Light as we consider twilight – exactly what it is, and how to use it’s lighting to best effect in our photography. And in the final article in his current series of Composition Tutorials, David talks us through the creation of his exquisite shot of Schwedagon Pagoda, Burma – the lucky confluence of a temple, a nun and a crow…
For Behind the Lens, David brings us up to date with his current photo activities in Umbria as he shoots the beautiful Italian landscape – amongst other things, in the May snow! And for Stepping Back, David reflects on the exertions of photography, and how a previous trip to Italy resulted in a summer without photography after a fall – as well as a major sense of humour failure. Beware!
Professional photographer and eZine regular Garry Ridsdale uses one of our Field Trials to put super-telephoto lenses through their paces, looking at how to use them and what to consider prior to purchasing one. This month landscape photographer David Ward, renowned for his unique eye for shape and form, has written our Guest Feature, providing an invaluable insight into his inspirations and approaches. In addition we have two instructional videos from David, including his usual exploration of post-production techniques.
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I knew then and there that it would be a strong image. Now, 6 months later, I can judge it objectively and the assessment stands: it's a picture that gives me great satisfaction, and I think it will be one of those that stand the test of time. Being as it was, shot on the very last day of our Burma adventure, it pretty much sums up the whole trip, one of the best of recent years.
I've just come down off the hill with wet legs and sodden feet, still buzzing from this morning's shoot. Scrolling through the RAWs in camera to show Wendy confirms what I already knew: it was an epic, one of those memorable sessions that will leave me high for hours, maybe days or even weeks, and hopefully months.
As the sun settled nearer and nearer to the western horizon, the intensity of its last golden light faded. Just before disappearing altogether, a last burst of orange light briefly found a gap in the clouds, tingeing the sky around.
The Fundamentals of Post Production - Part 1
The Fundamentals of Post Production - Part 2
Do you think of landscape photography as being a quiet, peaceful, contemplative activity? Is a photograph the product of a measured, leisurely process, whereby a photographer's vision and skills come together in perfect harmony with Mother Nature? Do you return from photographic sessions cleansed, relaxed and tranquil, at one with the world? Well, I hope so.
We've all seen them at major sporting events: banks of photographers with long white or black lenses delivering pictures that are the envy of many. Costing the price of a small car, they are the lenses of choice for wildlife and sports photographers as well as photo journalists around the world, offering incredible quality both in terms of design and the resulting images.
Like many who become passionate about landscape photography, I was passionate about the land first. Growing up in Green Belt land to the west of London, my play time was spent exploring the local beech woods and riding down country lanes on my bicycle.