Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 32
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to September 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton describes his recent productive photo trip to the market at Issigeac in the Pays de Bergerac to capture the bustle of colour found there, as well as many other happy hours spent capturing the Gallic idyll of the region; this is all accompanied by his usual Video Blog. And the Low Down continues with Part Three of David’s articles on printing, this time getting down to the nitty-gritty of making a print, including discussions on the topics of colour management and soft proofing; our two Post Production Video Tutorials complement this piece, with live printing action from David. And this month we have an instalment of our Stepping Back series, this time travelling back with David to 1998 as he visited the iconic location of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, which included a rather hairy encounter with the People’s Liberation Army.
Chris Weston is currently on assignment on the Katmai Peninsula, Alaska; in this month’s installment of The Storyteller he recounts how he first discovered this remote and pristine area, where he has been able to produce his stunning images of the bears that live there. Ross Hoddinott continues his Hangout series by writing about his own home patch of Cornwall, and the inspiration and benefits this popular location has always brought to his photography, all accompanied by some of his favourite shots. For How It’s Done, Ian Badley continues the Cornish theme, sharing the story behind his spectacular shot of a super-yacht in the 2010 Pendennis Cup Regatta off the coast of Falmouth. And for our Guest Feature, Norway-based landscape and nature photographer Orsolya Haarberg reveals her fascination for Iceland, along with some of the locations and subjects that have particularly caught her imagination over her numerous visits to this magical land.
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
Here in the market at Issigeac I've just told a handsome French lady she has 'belle tomates.' She gave me a certain dubious look in response; complimenting her fruit surely beats extolling her feet, but I'm not entirely sure I won her over. I had been photographing her big red juicy fruit as she was dealing with another customer, without her consent I have to admit.
Behind the scenes on location in Dordogne, France.
As I tap away on my keyboard, a print is slowly churning out. It's an A3 of a panorama shot taken almost a year ago in the Tombstone Valley of Canada's wild and wonderful Yukon Territories. The clarity, richness of colours, sumptuous depths of shadows, and sparkling snow-white highlights are something to behold, especially on the Glossy Platinum paper. It looks beautiful; this is what the game is all about.
I awoke befuddled and confused. What time was it? What day was it? What month was it? What year was it? I gradually became aware of the sterile hotel room around me; it looked like countless others I'd stayed in so many times in so many cities all around the world. Where was I? I hadn't a clue. Come to think of it, who was I?
This month in tandem with the accompanying Low Down series on printing we go through the settings and controls it is necessary to understand for successful printing, firstly in Lightroom, then using the printer's own plug in.
I then look at soft proofing, analysing what it tells us, why we do it and what steps we can take to ensure optimum print quality.
I have a confession to make - I'm not actually Cornish! My family and I are actually immigrants from Hampshire. My parents managed to smuggle in my sister and me during the mid 80s, bribing border control with pasties and clotted cream. I have been living here ever since - nearly 30 years now. In fact, I've been here so long that I think I'm technically considered a 'local'.
The first time I visited Katmai National Park was around 12 years ago. I was looking for an assignment, trawling the Internet, when I came across a story about a special area in Alaska, where brown bears would congregate in large numbers to feed on spawning salmon. I'd never photographed bears before and my interest was piqued. I booked a flight, packed my toothbrush and headed for Heathrow. It was July.
I had been out on the waters of Carrick Roads off the coast of Falmouth for a couple of days, shooting the classic super-yachts - some measuring in excess of 200 feet long - that were competing in the bi-annual 2010 Pendennis Cup Regatta.
I first visited Iceland in 2008, and used the whole summer season there to work for the Wild Wonders of Europe project - an initiative to photograph the most beautiful landscapes and charismatic wildlife in Europe then introduce the resulting images to the world through books, exhibitions and presentations at www.wild-wonders.com.
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We are thrilled to commemorate the Third Anniversary of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the launch of David Noton's photographic competition for fully registered f11 Members, entitled Your Vision 2015.