Chasing The Light Issue 24 - January 2014
Happy New Year!
And welcome to the January 2014 edition of our Chasing the Light magazine.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article David returns to the Yukon for the final time, sharing with us the last instalment of his trip journal, along with a Video Blog of the same. In Seeing the Light, David describes his latest passion for ‘shooting stars’ – with stunning results and plenty of practical guidance so you can have a go yourself. There are our usual two post-production Video Tutorials and for The Low Down, David brings to bear his extensive experience of travelling the globe to compile a (slightly tongue-in-cheek!) Guide to Flying with Photographic Equipment. Stepping Back this month takes us to China, where David made the most of this country’s somewhat poor lighting conditions with a touch of travel portraiture to capture The Smile.
Ben Pipe pens this month’s How It’s Done, as he describes the photographic vagaries of shooting an Arsenal-Everton match at the Emirates Stadium. For our Guest Feature we explore the fascinating world of street photography with talented practician Ronya Galka, as she reveals the candid gems she has caught in her city of residence, London – and offers a few bits of advice on achieving the same. In addition we have the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on a member’s work.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re enjoying our online mag, 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 online magazine and all back issues, as well as other goodies.
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I want to throttle the man in the room next door. He insists on keeping the engine of his immense gas-guzzling Ford Ram truck running just outside our window for hours as he sorts himself out in the morning.
Travel with David and Wendy Noton as they chase the light in the wild Yukon Territories of Northern Canada.
It was the most impressive night sky I had ever seen. It seemed as if all the stars of the cosmos were arrayed above our tent. Awesome wasn't the word.
You know the feeling I'm sure: as you get nearer and nearer the head of the queue the tension mounts. Which check-in attendant are you going to get? The officious one? The grumpy one? The bored one? The frighteningly efficient one? On your back your camera bag weighs heavy, very heavy.
This month I work through how to extract the full range of highlight and shadow detail from a shot of an Exmoor Pony by merging two conversions of the same RAW image. Part 1 looks at the adjustments necessary using Lightroom with particular attention to black and white clipping, the tone curve and sharpening masking.
In Part 2 I merge the two conversions using Layer Masking, with particular attention to using the Paint Brush tool to refine the Mask edge, and reflect on how a clear thought process of what we are trying to achieve is crucial for successful post production.
There are a few candidates for the winner of the Country With the Best Light Awards that come immediately to mind; Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland maybe, but for the Award of the Worst Light Category there can be only one; China. Most of the time I have spent there has been under a low, oppressive smothering blanket of leaden grey cloud, or is it smog?
It's Arsenal 0, Everton 0 and the game has been as tightly contested as the pundits predicted; Everton have had more of the ball, but Arsenal have created the better chances. I'm sitting near the corner flag at the end Arsenal are attacking in this, the second half.
Ultimately, my love for street photography comes from my love for observing people and my desire to celebrate their individuality. I am very fortunate, as I live in one of the most vibrant and fast-moving cities in the world - London. Here, on a daily basis, you can observe the most surreal and surprising scenes unfold right before your eyes.
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.