Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 40
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to May 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members
Earlier this year David and Wendy hosted another popular workshop in beautiful Iceland. So for this month’s Behind the Lens, David Noton presents a fascinating diary of the seven days they spent with the group, travelling around this challenging country in a Monster Truck with a Chain Gang to bag the best photo spots – this is accompanied by a Video Blog. In Part Six of our Low Down series on Exposure David considers the many shades of grey; then for this month’s How It’s Done he ‘scrabbles around in the dirt’, trying his hand at capturing the elusive simplicity of a fern in macro. In Stepping Back, David travels south to Andalucia to revisit his trip to the Spanish region back in 2000. And he also presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
With Spring upon us, in this month’s Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott introduces us to the subject he considers his party piece, dragons and damselflies along with some great practical pointers on getting out there and shooting your own. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston presents a thought-provoking piece on the four types of wildlife images he has created over the years, exploring the approaches and techniques he used for each along the way. And very much keeping to this wildlife theme, for this month’s Guest Feature I pose multi award-winning Dutch nature and wildlife photographer Jasper Doest a series of questions on his career documenting the world around us, accompanied throughout by a stunning portfolio of his unique work.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s Gallery and also entered into our annual photo competition, please send an email to email@example.com 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
They measure wind speeds in metres per second here in Iceland. Anything above 25m/s, that's 90km/h, and they start shutting roads. Today on the south coast around Vík, which just happens to be our planned destination, winds of over 40 m/s are predicted.
David could not contain his skepticism. What is the point of a Land Rover with metallic paint? And besides, proper Land Rovers are the bone shaker types that Defenders of the Empire have used for decades to patrol lonely colonial outposts from Naivasha in Kenya to Humpty Doo in Australia, not shiny Chelsea Tractors with air suspension, air conditioning, nine-speaker, in-car entertainment, anti-lock brakes and heated leather seats.
It seemed that there was just one dull shade of grey apparent in the view of forlorn abandonment dimly visible through my rain-lashed windscreen. Bleak was the word, and not just for the scene. It was my first morning in Sutherland - had the 13-hour drive north really been such a wise move?
The brief was clear-cut: to portray the arrival of spring. Bluebells? Yes, of course, who can resist woodland carpeted in violet? But I shoot them every spring - everyone does - and I fear they have become a bit of a cliché.
I reckon every photographer has at least one subject, technique or location they are synonymous with. For example, regardless of all his travelling, I still immediately associate David with intimate and beautifully atmospheric photographs of rural Dorset. So what's my signature tune? In my mind there can be little doubt - my party piece has to be shooting 'dragons and damsels.'
This month I explore the new features to be found in the recently released latest versions of Adobe's Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6, starting with the photo-merge facility. This promises to be of significant use to photographers. In Part One I take some multiple exposures shot in a high contrast situation in an ice cave and successfully merge them in Lightroom.
In Part Two I tackle a trickier merging of ice cave images, this time featuring a solitary figure (guess who), and investigate how to solve the problem of ghosting when combining exposures featuring a moving object (or wife).
I have recently relocated offices, which gave me cause to look through my library of images, taken over my 14-year career in wildlife photography. As I thumbed through the large collection of Kodachrome and Provia transparencies, and scrolled through the thousands of digital files, I noticed an emerging pattern. My style of photography and the types of images I have made over the years have changed, as my photographic skills developed and as my experiences and connections with wildlife shifted and grew.
Recently the work of Jasper Doest, multi award winning nature and wildlife photographer hailing the Netherlands, came to my attention. Jasper has a unique empathy with his subjects, which is evident in his stunning compositions that truly convey the beauty and tranquillity of nature. To that end, I posed him some questions on his approach and technique as part of our Guest Feature series.
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