Issue 18 - July 2013
Welcome to the July 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine.
In this month’s edition, we kickstart a great, brand new series – How It’s Done. Each article in this series will explore an image taken by either David or another photographer in terms of Before, During and After, to provide a rounded insight into the creative process behind the shot. In this first article David takes us out to one of his favourite stomping grounds, Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, to capture a supermoonrise.
Keeping on this lunar theme, we continue our exploration of light in David’s series Seeing the Light, this time pulling into focus ethereal moonlight – the importance of the moon in our psyche, how to understand it, and the options we have for photographing it. And David provides his usual Video Tutorials on post-production.
For Behind the Lens, David writes Part 1 of his diary recording the advertising shoot he recently completed for Canon in Patagonia. Revealing the weeks of preparation needed before the shoot, and the pressure to deliver, its no wonder he needed a steak when he touched down in Buenos Aires! And for Stepping Back, David reflects on the circumstances and creative process behind his seminal image of the Kootenay River and the Rockies. I must confess that this is one of my all time favourite images of David’s, and one that I was thrilled to feature on the cover of his first book Waiting for the Light. Thanks goodness for the window of opportunity that appeared for David, as Wendy cooked the pasta sauce that fateful last evening in the boonies…
The Bizz is a popular series, deployed as a vehicle to advise on the business of photography. This month David and exhibition curator Maggie Gowan team up to offer advice on staging your own show, reflecting as they go on the Waiting for the Light show they held to celebrate David’s work in 2008. We welcome back eZine ‘regular’ Jon Gooding for another Low Down, as he introduces us to the complexities of shooting his photo passion, architecture. This subject always provides the landscape photographer with new angles and directions, and Jon uses the breath-taking Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari amongst other structures to work through the key considerations.
For our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Ulla Lohman, intrepid explorer of volcanic locations across the globe. If you hadn’t figured volcanoes as part of your creative repertoire then think again – Ulla’s truly unique portfolio of volcano images demonstrate what a wealth of creative opportunities these can offer the adventurous photographer. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work.
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 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.
"The moon will be bigger this weekend?" expostulated our friend Janey in her characteristically enthusiastic way over dinner. Taking far too much after my father than I care to admit I let slip the immortal words that on his lips drove me mad as a child; "I question that".
The call came through; would I be available for a week early March? Well, the easy answer should have been 'No'. I have Focus on Imaging, the Jurassic Coast Workshop and a book deadline all competing for priority attention in a crowded diary, but as it's Canon asking, and as week-long jobs come along about as often as British Wimbledon Champions, I say 'Yes, maybe, but what for?'
On a summer's night when the full moon shines bright my wife struggles to suppress the urge to dash out into the garden, shed her 'shreddies' and dance naked in the moonlight - I think she's a pagan. Now I know Wendy consistently connects with nature in her own inimitable way, but the moon does seem to induce strong emotions in all of us - she is not alone.
The Fundamentals of Post Production - Part 1
The Fundamentals of Post Production - Part 2
It was our last night; the next day we'd be heading for Banff, then Calgary and home. A two month odyssey was coming to an end and we were determined to enjoy the last summer evening camped out in the boonies on the banks of the pale glacially blue Kootenay River.
All I ever wanted to be was a storyteller. As a young child, I invented colourful stories and wrote entire books; then when I was 8 years old my grandfather gave me a camera? I have loved photography ever since. I started reading magazines like National Geographic and GEO, and dreamt of travelling the world as an expedition photographer.
Many readers of Chasing the Light eZine will be interested, inspired and emotionally involved with landscape photography. For many, perhaps the work of David Noton and others over the years has been instrumental in fostering a passion and enthusiasm for photography in general.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
DN: Walking along the south bank past the Eye on a sunny spring day I was in a good mood. London looked its best, and the whole world seemed to be out for a riverside stroll. Approaching Oxo Quay I paused to savour the view along the Thames towards St Paul's.