Issue 22 - November 2013
Welcome to the November 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine.
This month we have a special treat in store for readers: David takes us to the Yukon, reliving in this month’s Behind the Lens article the first six days of the special trip he and Wendy made to this location in September; there is also an accompanying Video Blog for your viewing pleasure. To tie up this Yukon special, in How it’s Done David talks us through his approach to and method of shooting the stunning Aurora Borealis at Pine Lake. In this month’s installment of his Seeing the Light series, David considers those few occasions when it is worth the landscape photographer forgoing a sneaky siesta to capture a toplit shot. And in for Stepping Back, he whizzes us back to 1984 when he shot the Marines as part of his photography course with stunning results.
From other contributors PR specialist Susie Hallam provides a useful introduction to the Big Four of social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ – to explain how these can assist your photography in this month’s installment of The Bizz. And for our Guest Feature we are thrilled to welcome on board experienced adventure photographer Marcin Jamkowski, as he explains how his interest in science lead to a career photographing expeditions of discovery around the world. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work.
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. By joining, you’ll receive full access to the monthly edition of our ezine, as well as other goodies.
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The brief: For the first time in my life to photograph the spirits dancing across the northern night sky. To the surprise of many, especially me, I'd never in all my travels seen the Aurora Borealis, or Australis for that matter. Clearly until that box had been ticked I couldn't consider myself a complete photographer. Now in the remote north of Canada was my big opportunity.
At midday we photographers can sometimes take a well earned rest. Relentless dawn and dusk patrols take their toll, especially in summer when the days are long. Getting up at 3 am and crashing at midnight can only be sustained for so long without some form of respite in the middle of the day. I favour a relaxed lunch followed by an hour or so of kip; cat napping is a fundamental attribute for landscape photographers.
'You're going where?' The barman was incredulous. 'Why would anyone want to go to Whitehorse?' Behind him Vancouver Harbour sparkled, looking its best in the late afternoon sunlight of a warm early September day. Did he have a point? With all of British Columbia - surely one of Canada's most beautiful provinces - there for the taking, why were we curtailing summer early to fly to the barren north?
Travel with David and Wendy Noton as they chase the light in the wild Yukon Territories of Northern Canada.
In tandem with this month's 'How It's Done', and 'Yukon Gold' Video Blog David takes us through the processing of the Yukon Northern Lights shoot using Lightroom to prepare two exposures for merging, with particular emphasis on Colour Balance and Noise Reduction.
David continues the post-production of the Yukon Northern Lights shoot now using Photoshop to merge the two exposures using a Layer Mask, with particular attention on how Actions can speed up the workflow.
The sergeant was delivering a right royal beasting to one unfortunate recruit whose camouflage was not up to scratch. The rest of the troop stood to attention, waiting their turn in trepidation. As the verbal tongue lashing continued I ranged down the line, by now after a month seemingly invisible to all as I composed and focused.
Social media sites are fantastic online areas where people with similar interests can chat, share information and gossip, network and keep up with the latest news and ideas. They are all free to join and offer excellent opportunities to build your brand and online profile, and to find new customers.
Capturing human subjects has always been the most important aspect of photography for me. Waiting for the right moment, the most beautiful light and the right frame have never been enough if there was no human element.
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.