Issue 19 - August 2013
Welcome to the August 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine. We’ve got some great photo goodies lined up for you this month – enjoy!
In his Seeing the Light series, this month David considers the different and fun opportunities of shooting infrared, and his Field Trial presents Part 1 of an exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. How It’s Done re-visits a shoot David completed for Royal Mail of the Roman Baths in Bath and the various challenges this presented.
In Behind the Lens, David shares Part 2 of his diary recording his recent advertising job for Canon in Patagonia. And for Stepping Back he recalls a trip to Ireland, shooting the Round Tower at Glendalough with a pack of Celtic photographers. This month we have two videos for you; the Fundamentals of Post Production Video Tutorial slots in alongside the Seeing the Light feature as David takes us through the processing of an infra-red image; whilst his latest Video Blog takes us to Utah for the first part of Red Rock Blues.
For our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome Lucie Debelkova to our team of illustrious writers, as she describes her photo passion for the Middle East, and the perks and pitfalls of being a female photographer living in that region. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on member’s work.
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One image of a notable British landmark for each letter of the alphabet: that was the concept. The finished set of 26 would then be used for a special edition of Royal Mail stamps; it was a nice job to land. I was drafted in to shoot ten of the collection over the course of a year, which took me around the UK from Ironbridge to Edinburgh Castle and Downing Street to County Armagh.
March 15: As the boat speeds over the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino, the mountains that have been dominating the western skyline since I arrived loom larger. I'm heading for Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in the company of Rubens, the boatman and Jose, my minder to check out two possible locations, one of which we'll use for tomorrow's glacier shoot.
Early afternoon in July; the sun is high in the sky, bright and strong. Happy Hour won't be for another six or seven hours. With these long days of mid-summer, if I'm to expose later using the twilight that will linger in the sky out over the Bristol Channel after sunset, I'll be on duty until well after 11 pm, and up again with the lark before 4 am.
Late summer on the Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of England. From here the Jurassic Coast sweeps west towards Lyme Regis, while inland the green and pleasant land of Dorset rolls away into Devon. The sun is dipping in a sky full of streaky backlit cirrus.
The Fundamentals of Post Production
Part One; Chasing the Light in Arches National Park and at Dead Horse Point, Utah.
It's 6am on a Sunday morning in County Wicklow, and I suspect a few of us are a little worse for wear. Being a boring Anglo-Saxon, I managed to avoid the temptations of an 18 year old (Jameson's) in the bar last night so am annoyingly bright eyed and bushy tailed, but I think a few were indulging in the Dark Stuff into the wee small hours, and are now paying the price.
It's rather difficult to trace my initial interest in the Middle East. If I were asked to try really hard to identify where it began, it must have been with my fascination for history. I always wondered what went wrong in Europe: we had such amazing thinkers and artists during the Roman and Greek periods then Christianity arrived, we forgot much of what we had learnt and entered the Dark Ages.
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