Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 43
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to August 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
David Noton has just returned from an idyllic ten days in the Lot Valley of France, so in this month’s Behind the Lens we join him on his travels as he endures the heatwave that necessitated a different approach to his photography during the trip – this article is supported by a Video Blog. Then in Part 9 of our Low Down series on Exposure, David deconstructs slow shutter speeds: when and why they’re desirable, how they are achieved, and how slow we need to go. He also presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
This month we’re delighted to welcome back Dutch landscape photographer Bas Meelker to pen our How It’s Done feature: here he tells the tale of a rather dismal photo trip to Austria, which nevertheless turned out to be fruitful after a serendipitous ten minutes spent shooting on the balcony of his guesthouse! Regular contributor and Nikon user Ross Hoddinott puts the Nikon D810 through its paces in this month’s Field Trial; then in Hoddinott’s Hangout, he puts the ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’ of entering competitions under the spotlight, offering some invaluable advice along the way.
In this month’s The Storyteller, seasoned wildlife photographer Chris Weston explores the tales of five iconic animal species that have been close to extinction – and where they are now. And in the second instalment of Jeremy Horner’s Sense of Space column he visits the magical island of Madagascar – an intriguing account, along with his top photo tips if you happen to travel on a photo expedition there yourself. Finally, we’re thrilled to welcome on board top sports photographer Eddie Keogh, as he describes his experiences of working in this sector over the last few decades, all accompanied by some of his stunning action shots!
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. Over the next month or so we’d like to initiate a new column titled ‘Ask David’ – as the name suggests, this will feature a selection of questions on photo technique to complement the magazine sent in by our readers, with answers provided by David. So if you’re an f11 Member and have a burning question you think would be suitable for inclusion, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. At the same time, if you’d like any images to be featured in the Member’s Gallery and entered into our next annual photo competition, please send an email to email@example.com with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens.
Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
There's no need for an alarm, the birds see to that. Their chorus commences with dependable punctuality well before I'm aware of the first hint of hint of pre-dawn twilight seeping through the open flaps of our tent. I stretch out my bones, enjoying the peace.
I'm trying to remember what the longest exposure I've ever done is. It will be one from the film era indubitably, but with no metadata to check I'm going from memory. And despite the fact I remember many obscure details of shoots that stretch back over the decades, recalling shutter speeds from over 20 years ago is a tall order.
If I'm perfectly honest, I wasn't terribly excited by the launch of the Nikon D810 at first. On the face of it, the differences between the existing Nikon D800/D800e and the new D810 seemed fairly insignificant. However, while the D810 might not be radically different to its predecessors, on closer inspection it is obvious that Nikon have made some subtle tweaks and upgrades.
This month I work on the processing of a landscape shoot on the banks of the River Lot in France, taking an image showing considerable lack of contrast due to the hot, hazy conditions and adding impact with the use of the grad tool, de-haze and blue saturation sliders in Lightroom CC.
In Part Two I conduct a test to determine the colour cast induced by the use of a Little Stopper neutral density filter and then apply the appropriate white balance correction to remove the colour cast in a Lot Valley landscape image. I then ascertain the effects of Lens Profile Corrections and Chromatic Aberration Removal tools.
It's April, and Janneke and I are stuck in Kötschach-Mauthen, a little village in Carinthia, which is located in Austria's sunny south. This village is embedded in a unique countryside of high peaks and gentle mounts. The Austrian gasthof we are staying in has turned out to be one of the worst in which we've ever stayed.
'Is it worth entering photography competitions?' - is probably the question I get asked more than any other. It is a good question without a very straightforward answer, as much depends on the individual's personality and outlook, and the photo competition itself - there are very definite 'fors' and -'againsts'.
Arriving on Madagascar an overwhelming sensation of Where on earth am I? washes over you. As you look around you you realise this is not Africa, and it is certainly not Asia. With most places there can be a sensation of being lost at first, but here, on the world?s fourth largest island, that sensation only grows over time rather than dissipates.
I spent much of 2008 and 2009 cutting my way through jungles, trekking over mountains and yomping across deserts and savannahs in search of wildlife that barely existed. The reason for my sleuthing: I was working on a book about the world?s most endangered mammals. It all began back in 2002, when I met a village farmer in Kenya.
I love sport. I admire the sportsmen and women who push their human capabilities to the limit to be the best. And let's not kid ourselves; they're not breaking their backs day in, day out to be happy with second place. They want to win and see their name in lights. You could almost say the same about the photographers who photograph these athletes. Trust me, they're a very competitive bunch too.
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