Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 29
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to June 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
To follow up on last month’s Iceland March 2014 Part One, in this month’s Behind the Lens and accompanying Video Blog, David Noton shares with us goings-on during the second part of that trip. For the second part of David’s Low Down on Planning, he analyses what needs to be considered when planning an individual shoot: where, when, transport, packing and preparation. And as well as his usual two Post-Production Videos, David also presents his second Video Tutorial on working with a tilt-and-shift lens.
From other contributors, we are thrilled to announce the launch of renowned pro Ross Hoddinott’s brand new column, Hoddinott’s Hangout. For this inaugural installment, Ross presents a travelogue of his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, which includes some of the great wildlife shots he captured in that special environment. Taylor Made continues with an article examining the benefits of pushing yourself outside your photo comfort zone, as David Taylor relives a successful foray into travel portraiture in Zanzibar.
Talking of new directions, for this month’s Guest Feature we present Paul Kenny, as he grants us a privileged glimpse into his unique vision of landscape photography capturing found elements within intriguing abstracts. And in The Bizz, former picture researcher/editor and current freelance keyworder Juliet McGrory reveals the dark art behind captioning and keywording your images successfully.
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 an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Chasing the Light, Editor
I'd seen pictures of it, but in the flesh, or metal rather, it is much more impressive. We need a ladder to board, the wheels are so big. Meet The Monster, a sort of minibus on steroids, complete with stoic driver who's name it will take days to lodge in my memory. This 4x4 with attitude will be our Intrepid Group's transport for the next week.
Behind the scenes on location in Iceland.
The plan, as it stood, was not exactly complex. Walk to square as dusk falls and the lights come on, shoot, and return; that was about it. The Pelourinho in the old town of Salvador was only a ten-minute walk from my hotel, so this should have been as simple a shoot as there was to plan for and execute. But there were certain local circumstances that added a few complications; namely other people, and the perceived threat that implied.
This month I use Lightroom to edit and process a street scene from Salvador, Brazil, with particular attention on how to use the the survey view in the Library module to view and select one winner from several candidates. I then deal with unsightly converging verticals using the Lens Corrections tool before optimising the brightness and contrast of the image to achieve a final result minimally yet subtly enhanced in comparison to the untouched RAW.
In Part 2 I process a image of ice on a black sand beach in Iceland again just using Lightroom, with particular attention to the use of the shadows slider, graduated filter and adjustment brush to really bring out the best of the subtle tones.
I'm aware I'm trespassing. We've just pulled into a lay-by and I'm now walking deeper into the all-enveloping woods; private property, I think. But this is not any old land; this is the Balmoral Estate, the private residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The yellow and red sovereign's flag fluttering above the castle just down the road told us that she's in residence, as we drove along Deeside.
David asked me to put into writing how to go about keywording an image, and to be honest the task wasn't as easy as it sounds! Like anything you do all the time, you reach a point where the process becomes second nature - I only wish I felt the same way when I pick up my camera!
I have a very understanding wife. Let's face it, not all women would happily allow their husbands to travel all the way to South America in order to photograph boobies! Now, get your mind out the gutter; obviously I'm not talking about those types of boobies!
This month, with your permission, I'd like to try a little experiment on you (don't worry it's not going to hurt... well, not much anyway). All you have to do is answer the following questions: Do you travel to school or work daily by foot, car or train? If so, do you follow a regular route? And have you been travelling this regular route for a number of months or even years?
'Seaworks' is a term I use to define an ongoing body of work made on or about the shoreline. Built upon themes developed over 40 years, this work seeks to discover and reveal the awe-inspiring in subjects that are so easily passed by; it also aims to gain an insight into the macro.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.