Chasing the Light - Issue 25, February 2014
Welcome to February 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
This is the Second Anniversary of the launch of our magazine, and to mark this rather special occasion we’ve got a bumper edition in store for you…
First up, we’re introducing a new direction for our Behind the Lens series. From now on we’ll occasionally run a ‘Four Days In…’ special, in which David will visit a unique city location and spend four days sampling the photo delights there. To that end, in early December David visited Prague and in this month’s Behind the Lens article and Video Blog he shares with us his four-day adventure in this beautiful city.
In Seeing the Light, David continues writing about his latest passion for ‘shooting stars’, including a whistle-stop tour of the heavens. In this month’s Stepping Back we are transported to the breath-taking Milford Sound in New Zealand, as David recalls his trip there in 1999 and the benefits of returning to re-work a location. And there are David’s usual two post-production Video Tutorials.
Lucie Debelkova has contributed this month’s How It’s Done, describing how she captured her inspirational shot of the Rock Arch in Wadi Rum. In The Bizz, I present an Opinion piece on whether we are really witnessing the Death of Photography, with contributions from various pros. And for our Guest Feature, renowned landscape photographer David Taylor explains the role his place of birth – Northumberland, UK – has played in his photographic journey.
We are also thrilled to commemorate the Second Anniversary of the launch of our magazine by announcing the Winners of David Noton’s Your Vision photographic competition. The winning and highly commended images are displayed in this month’s Member’s Gallery Special Edition, along with comments on each from both the Photographer and Judges.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re enjoying our magazine, but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s Gallery, please send us an email with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens; we’ll look forward to hearing from you.
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1730: I got out of Blighty just in time. High winds threatened travel disruption and now, on the approach into Prague, those same arctic gales whistling through central Europe are causing the aircraft to pitch and jolt to such an extent there are a fair few worried expressions in the passenger cabin.
Video Blog - Four Days in Prague
On Monday 20 January 2014, the most important alarm clock in our solar system rang. At the relatively civilised hour of 10am GMT, the Rosetta spacecraft was roused from its three-year lie-in. After a light breakfast it started preparing for the assignation of its life: a rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov/Gerasimenko, on which it will land a probe, sample, and take photographs.
We've been having an interesting, rather ongoing, debate here at Noton HQ, prompted by a recent newspaper article in The Guardian. In these crazy days of the early 21st century and the Digital Revolution, are we indeed witnessing the Death of Photography?
This month I examine the process of resizing images. In Part One we look at the important aspects to consider when making small low resolution jpegs for web use.
In Part 2 I consider how to interpolate up, increasing the size of images in order to make giant prints, with particular attention to new Image Sizing features in Photoshop CC.
February 1999: Rain, in biblical proportions, had been falling since we arrived. No surprise there. With a mean annual rainfall of 6,813 mm on 182 days a year, Milford Sound is known as the wettest place in New Zealand, and one of the wettest in the world.
Each destination has its own iconic location, which becomes part of not only every photographer's but also every visitor?s shooting plan. This beautiful Rock Arch of Jebel Kharaz is exactly such a place in the spectacular Wadi Rum, Jordan.
There's a stone wall just twenty-odd miles from where I live in the town of Hexham, Northumberland, England. As walls go it's not that impressive. It's broken, with long stretches missing and, quite frankly, is badly in need of renovation; it can barely stop sheep crossing between fields. However, it's one of my favourite photographic subjects in Northumberland. The wall (as you may have already guessed) is Hadrian's Wall.
We are thrilled to commemorate the Second Anniversary of the launch of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the Winners of David Noton's Your Vision photographic competition, which was originally launched in the autumn of 2013.