Chasing the Light, Issue 27 - April 2014
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to April 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s instalment of Behind the Lens, we travel to the breath-taking Igazu Falls on the Brazil-Argentina-Paraguay border with David Noton as he endeavours to do photographic justice to this magnificent landmark, dodge Park Wardens, and negotiate monkeys with G&Ts. And in Stepping Back, David recounts for us his trip to the Taj Mahal in 1994; one where he shot the stunning featured image, but was remarkable in being one of only two occasions he threw the towel in on a trip.
In Seeing the Light David contemplates mixed lighting, where the photographer must grapple with the vagaries of light coming from multiple sources. And in the follow up to last month’s Hot Legs article and Video Blog, David and Jonathan Gooding present a brand new Video Blog that explores tripod heads. In addition there are a three of our post-production Video Tutorials, a feature of our magazine that seems highly popular amongst our f11 Members.
From other contributors, David Taylor continues his Taylor Made series with an article that reiterates the benefits of shooting raw. For this month’s How It’s Done feature, world-class surf photographer Brian Bielmann shares with us the story of his stunning shoot at the Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii in December 2013. And for this month’s Guest Feature we are delighted to welcome on board Alexandre Buisse, whose speciality is photographing the majesty of mountains. In this piece he shares with us his compositional and thematic approaches, as well as the challenges of shooting in such extreme environments.
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.
Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
Shopping malls are, it has to be said, not often my favoured photographic locations. For me, shopping is something to be avoided at all costs, a fate worse than death only marginally preferable to DIY, and a task far better achieved with a click of a mouse
You've seen one waterfall, you've seen them all, right? I have in my time photographed some of the biggest, for example Victoria and Niagra Falls, as well as countless lesser known cascades from British Columbia to the Brecon Beacons and from Iceland to Australia.
January 1994: It looks exotic doesn't it? The magic of India in a nutshell. Yes, it's a view almost too familiar from countless lurid reproductions on curry house walls and menus. But lets not knock it, as buildings go it takes some beating. In fact the Taj is, in my opinion, the most beautiful building in the world.
This month we process a high contrast scene of Iguazu Falls using exposure merging. In Part 1 I process the 4 tiffs to be merged in Lightroom before combining them into one image as layers, using Photoshop.
In Part 2 I review how I use layer masks to hide and reveal the appropriate portions of the 4 layers, and fine tune the tonal range of each layer using white and black point corrections and tone curve adjustments.
Finally in Part 3 I use the paint brush tool to refine the layer masks, then use the healing brush and content-aware fill to remove some distractions. Finally I fine tune the brightness and contrast of selective areas of the finished image.
We had been enjoying the best conditions at the infamous Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii for years; just swell after swell, and it just didn't seem to stop coming. In other years we might have had one or two swells here during December, but usually it wasn't until January that they would really start, and the real winter could begin.
Sandals; flared Bri-nylon trousers; paisley shirt; a tank-top with a zigzag pattern. You know, I really should get round to buying some new clothes; I've got a sneaking suspicion my wardrobe may be long past its sell-by date.
For me, mountains and photography are inseparable. It was nearly ten years ago now that I first picked up a serious camera, because I was frustrated not being able to share my newfound enthusiasm for hiking in the beautiful landscapes of the French Alps.
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