Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 36
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Happy New Year! And welcome to January 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In October David Noton took a spur of the moment trip to the little known yet beautiful region of eastern France known as the Jura, and in this month’s Behind the Lens we join him as he journeys there to capture the autumn colours of the limestone gorges, making a timely visit to the poignant Somme area en route – this is accompanied by his usual Video Blog. In Stepping back he presents the first of our South American inspired articles in this edition, reminiscing on his productive shoot in the Atacama Desert at the end of the film era in 2003. For The Low Down, David continues his new mini series on exposure, this time covering exposure modes – and he also presents his two usual Video Tutorials.
In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott explores his long-terms relationship with the beautiful wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, providing us with his top location and technique tips for capturing the moor’s majesty in winter. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston reviews the suitability of the Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera for his style of wildlife photography. And finally, we welcome back Ben Pipe to pen this month’s Guest Feature, which continues the South America theme: at the beginning of 2014 he spent four months on that continent, so here he blogs about his favourite locations, images and stories from that epic trip, including a 1,772 step hike up to his shoot location at Machu Picchu, Peru, and a two-hour crawl through the mines at Cerro Rico, Bolivia.
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 and entered into our annual photo competition, 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 Magazine Editor
To go or not to go, this was the question. I didn't really have time, less than a week in fact, not really long enough when all was considered. It would take a couple of days to get there, another couple to get back, and as I didn't really know the area the time-consuming business of familiarisation and location-finding would eat into that still further.
The big print looks fabulous: crisp, pure, sumptuous and rich in detail; sparkling no less, even though I say so myself. It's a just reward for the dawn rise that made it possible, and a satisfying reminder of a productive and enjoyable winter adventure shooting the epic landscapes of Utah.
This month I take our f11 member?s through the processing and conversion into black and white of a Jurassic Coast seascape, with particular attention to colour channel mixing and layer merging using masks.
Following on from Part One's B&W theme I use different images to illustrate the effects and potential of colour channel mixing for black and white photography.
There is never a bad time to photograph Dartmoor - it is an area of outstanding beauty and ruggedness, which can photograph well throughout the seasons. However, in my humble opinion, winter is the best time to plan your photo trip there. Dartmoor National Park is one of the UK's last remaining wildernesses; it is the largest and highest upland in southern Britain, home to boulder-strewn rivers, ancient woodland and numerous rocky tors.
A friend of mine recently took her pet cat Kumar to the vet because of tummy trouble. The vet asked whether she too was having tummy issues, which, coincidentally, she was. The vet diagnosed that Kumar was 'mirroring' his owner's symptoms.
I love deserts. Perhaps coming from soggy, damp England has something to do with it, but to me deserts are fascinating, captivating, beautiful, and all so different. We all, I'm pretty sure, associate deserts with the classic Lawrence of Arabia image of rolling dunes, lonely oases and camels, but actually that classic combination only really exists in the sands of the Sahara and Arabia.
In December 2013 I turned 30, and the only way I could find to cope with this traumatic life event was to book a long distance flight. So for the first three months of 2014 I traversed six countries of South America; here are some of my favourite images from that epic trip, along with the stories behind them?
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 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.