Issue 20 - September 2013
Welcome to the September 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine.
In this month’s installment of Seeing the Light, David pays homage to that most revered directional lighting amongst landscape photographers – side light. Meanwhile, the Field Trial presents Part 2 of his exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. This month David has created three of our popular videos for you: the first is Part 2 of his Video Blog from Utah; and there are two practical tutorials on post-production.
In Stepping Back, we are taken on a photo trip to the fascinating ‘blue’ town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco. And in this month’s edition of The Bizz, David begins his two-part series entitled Head in the Cloud by considering the various technological pressures with which he has successfully wrangled at Noton HQ this summer. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work.
From other contributors, How It’s Done is penned by Ben Pipe, as he runs us through the vagaries of capturing that perfect wedding shot. And for this month’s Guest Feature, world-class surf photographer Brian Bielmann shares with us his passion for surf and describes how he managed to build a successful career photographing sensational images of it, both above and below the waves – so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
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Chasing the Light eZine, Editor
It's late summer on Exmoor; Monday August the 19th to be precise. The sun will be setting in two hours, at 2028 on a bearing of 291°. I'm crouched in amongst the heather on Bossington Hill savouring the epic view for a few minutes before getting down to work.
I'm often asked what my favourite lens is. The simple answer is there isn't one; I use the lens for the job in hand, and they all have their uses. But if push were to come to shove, or, to put it another way, I had to settle on venturing forth into the great wide open with just one optic, it would have to be the 24-70mm f2.8; it is without a doubt my most used lens.
Part Two; Chasing the Light in Arches National Park and at Dead Horse Point, Utah.
The Fundamentals of Post Production, Part 1
The Fundamentals of Post Production, Part 2
My head was reeling. The Man from Adobe had just left, and after an afternoon of intensive cramming I could take no more. My struggling grey matter had been overloaded with information on the new features in Lightroom 5 and CS6, smart files, 32-bit editing, interpolating, using Photoshop CC, synchronising audio in Premiere Pro, how to use the full potential of the Creative Cloud and much, much more.
Like most photographers, I love working with the light at the beginning and the end of the day, and when shooting weddings that's still the case; it would be hard to capture the same kind of atmosphere shooting a couple in the harsh midday sunlight.
The chaos at the border crossing left us in no doubt: we were entering Africa. A mass of vehicles and foot passengers were competing for the attention of a few harassed and lofty border guards.
These are probably the most fun photos to shoot, as you feel a bit like a tourist and not like you're really working. I love two lenses for my travel photos: my 70-200mm is always ready to go and I tend to use my 16-35mm a lot, too; I also know plenty of people who like the 24-70mm.
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We are thrilled to commemorate the Second Anniversary of our Chasing the Light eZine by announcing the launch of David Noton's photographic competition for fully registered f11 Members, entitled Your Vision.