Issue 23 - December 2013
Welcome to the December 2013 edition of our Chasing the Light eZine.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article David returns to the Yukon, sharing with us the next instalment of his fascinating photo trip to this location; and again, there is also an accompanying Video Blog for your viewing pleasure. In How it’s Done, David talks us through his approach to and method of selecting focal points for shooting the landscape, and in this month’s Seeing the Light, he considers the challenges and rewards of photographing the cityscape at night. There are our usual two post-production Video Tutorials, and for Stepping Back David admits to those few perhaps reckless adventures upon which he has embarked in the name of photography.
From other contributors PR specialist Susie Hallam presents the send article in her two parter on social media in The Bizz series, this time exploring photo specific sites – Flickr, 500px, Pinterest and Instagram. For our Guest Feature we round up the current Formula 1 season with an article from brilliant F1 photo specialist Peter J Fox, as he introduces us to a ‘weekend in the life of’ an F1 photographer at the classic Monza racetrack. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on several f11 members pictures.
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. Time is running out now, so for full details and information on how to enter, 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.
And may we at Team Noton take this opportunity to wish all our f11 Members a very Merry Christmas!
Chasing the Light eZine Editor
After the wilds of Kluane, Whitehorse with a population of 28,000 feels like a heaving metropolis with traffic lights, winos on street corners, car parks and a supermarket. Last night we had the best Caribbean meal I've ever had, as you do just short of the Arctic Circle, served by Antoinette from Trinidad. Her restaurant was closed, but she fed us anyway.
Travel with David and Wendy Noton as they chase the light in the wild Yukon Territories of Northern Canada.
This month's How it's Done Video examines how to determine the focus point for a landscape using a hyperfocal distance chart.
There's a ship on top of a hotel in Singapore. What's more, the ship in the sky has a swimming pool three times the length of an Olympic one, lined with palm trees. It's all part of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which has 2,560 rooms that cost from £350 a night, an indoor canal, opulent art, a casino, outdoor plaza, convention centre, theatre, crystal pavilion and a museum shaped like a lotus flower.
This month we work through mechanics of merging multiple exposures using Layer Masks in Photoshop, with particular emphasis of how we can modify the masks using the paint brush tool.
In Part 2, I continue working on the image making subtle adjustments to the layers and using the Quick Selection Tool and Content Aware Fill.
It was predicted to be the strongest Atlantic storm to hit our shores for four years. All the talk amongst the presenters and exhibitors at PhotoLive was about getting home before it struck. I made a speedy escape from the Soviet-style confines of the Hammersmith Novotel after my last talk, but true to form the British transport system had started to grind to a halt even before the very first tree blew over.
Social media sites such as Flickr, 500px, Pinterest and Instagram are image sharing sites that photographers can use as part of their marketing strategy to build up their business. Apart from possibly 500px, amateurs rather than professional photographers are the primary users of these sites.
My life long connection with Formula 1 and photography started at around the age of nine. In return for being the pageboy at her wedding, my sister gave me a little 110 pocket camera that used little 110 film cartridges. And it was at about the same time that my interest in F1 began. Where it came from I do not know - no one else in my family had any interest in the sport at all!
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.