Issue 21 - October 2013
Welcome to the October 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine.
In this month’s installment of Seeing the Light, David considers backlighting – when this tricky little number does and doesn’t work. Meanwhile, the Field Trial presents David’s findings from a month spent in the Yukon with a highly anticipated new release, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens. Again this month David has created three videos: the first is the next installment of our How It’s Done series, this time on using Live View to achieve accurate focus; then there are two more practical tutorials on post-production.
In Stepping Back, David relives the stopover in Alice Springs that ended in days of being stuck there in the rain –it all turned good in the end. And in this month’s edition of The Bizz, David concludes his two-part series entitled Head in the Cloud by considering the pros and cons of the digital age for today’s photographer. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work.
For this month’s Guest Feature we welcome on board David Waterman, as he describes his enduring passion for photography. From his first published images shot as he landed with his parachute regiment at El Gamil, through an illustrious career in press photography and skydiving as part of Team GB, then onto his years spent mentoring photography students – including a certain Mr David Noton – photography has always been in his blood and his story makes a fascinating read.
If you haven't already heard, September saw the launch of our brand new competition entitled Your Vision, and the lucky winner will receive a day's one-to-one tuition with David. For full details and information on how to enter, please visit f11 Members' Your Vision Competition. Please spread the word, and we'll very much look forwards to receiving your entries.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re enjoying our ezine, 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.
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A video containing perceptive tips on how to piece together your images. David Noton analyses in detail how to compose and frame photographs with impact.
The Art of Photography has nothing to do with the equipment; we know that. We also know that while a bad workman blames his tools, using the right tool for the job just feels right, and makes life so much easier; it also, where photography is concerned, certainly adds an extra element of fun.
I was - yes, you've guessed it - standing by the tripod at dawn, waiting for the light . Below and to the north lay the amphitheatre of Bryce Canyon dusted in snow. To the east, where the sun was about to rise, the clear sky was salmon pink. That morning I was located at an easily accessible viewing platform a short few hundred metres from a convenient car park.
We'd driven a thousand miles and nothing had seemed to change. Maybe the soil at the top end near Darwin was of a slightly different tinge to down around Tennent Creek? Otherwise the Stuart Highway just went on, and on, and on, through the flat, featureless, barren desert landscape.
The Fundamentals of Post Production, Issue 21 - Part 1
The Fundamentals of Post Production, Issue 21 - Part 2
There's a scene in the film Lost in Translation that always strikes a chord. Bill Murray wakes up in a strange, sterile hotel room in the middle of the night not knowing what the time is, where in the world he is, who he is and why. I know that bewildering jet lag feeling of total disorientation all too well, as do all who crisscross the world for a living.
When asked to explain how I got into photography, a quote from the play Julius Caesar by Bill Shakespeare immediately springs to mind: 'There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.'
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
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.