Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 38
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to March 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
February saw the launch of Canon’s new, highly anticipated, high-resolution camera, the EOS 5DS, and David Noton was chosen to be the first landscape photographer to put this new DSLR through its paces. So in this month’s Behind the Lens he recounts the first part of the story behind his involvement in the launch of the Canon 5DS, which led up to an 8-day assignment on South Africa’s Western Cape – this is accompanied by a Video Blog. He continues this theme in this month’s Field Trial, where he puts the 5DS and its whopping 50MP through its paces, laying out his own conclusions on its remarkable capabilities. And for Part Four of our Low Down series on Exposure, David explores the vagaries of contrast and the tricky balancing act required to tame it. Then he also presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott takes us on a road trip all the way from his base in Cornwall, England north to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, extolling along the way the need for planning, for not being afraid to shoot your own version of popular spots, and for perseverance. The end of March sees the launch of the 2015 Formula One season, so for this month’s Guest Feature world-class motorsport photographer Frits van Eldik talks about his career to date, his passion for action and motorsport, and the approach that ensures he stays at the top of his game – all accompanied by a stunning portfolio of his best shots. Finally, the standard of entries to our Your Vision 2015 photographic competition was so high that we have decided to dedicate this issue’s Member’s Gallery to five images that were Highly Commended by our Judges, displaying these along with comments from both the Photographers and the 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 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
I'm undercover on the midnight train going anywhere. Actually, I'm lying, already; it's the 07:00 from Sherborne to Waterloo, but all this cloak-and-dagger stuff has become second nature by now, and I've become a serial liar. Hidden in my bag overhead, in amongst my socks and unmentionables, is the Mystery Product.
It was just after 5am on a June morning. I'd been waiting for the first peak of the sun from behind the spire for about half an hour with wet feet, craving a coffee. Meanwhile the sheep all around me had lost interest; they had better things to do, like stoically munch grass. The length of the days at that time of year meant they'd be at it for another 17 long hours; where's the job satisfaction in that?
The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding in this case is a giant 2 x 1.3 metre print of the Cape of Good Hope, which on Wednesday 4 February was hanging on a wall in London's National Theatre for the press launch of Canon's new super high resolution full-frame DSLR, the EOS 5DS. The pudding looked fabulous, with amazing clarity and detail.
Us landscape photographers love a road trip, don't we? Regardless of whether you're a pro or enthusiast, there is something revitalizing and exciting about exploring somewhere completely different and taking photos of viewpoints you've not previously visited. It's refreshing to get away and start the creative juices flowing; it's also an opportunity to put our own interpretation on familiar viewpoints that we've only ever seen published in magazines before.
This month I take our f11 Members to Mui Ne in Vietnam to process a high contrast portrait. In Part One I make two versions of the image, one processed for the shadows, one for the highlights, with particular attention to shadow detail recovery.
In Part Two I then merge those two images in Photoshop using layer masks, with particular attention to the use of the paint brush tool to avoid unsightly halos.
The question I am asked most often is 'How can I become a motorsports photographer?' I dreamt of becoming a motorsports photographer when I was a kid. At home we had a garage with easy access to the cars, and my father's hobby was photography - so it naturally became my ambition to combine these two.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Your Vision 2015 Competition, Highly Commended Images by Freya Dangerfield