Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 48
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Happy New Year! And welcome to January 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton reminisces on an autumn spent on Exmoor, as he photographed the golden colours of this beautiful landscape with one of his workshop groups. Next in the Low Down, David kicks off a mini series on the all-important subject of discovering new inspirations for your photography, first by considering his passion for history and the various ways in which this influences his work. He continues this theme in Stepping Back, where a trip back down the A303 from Heathrow past Stonehenge triggers mixed memories of this ancient monument, along with a desire to shoot it once again. And this month’s How It’s Done takes a slightly different tack from usual: David recounts a recent, successful, shoot in Australia, where he returned to base and found that he could not access the memory card from the shoot – for now, sadly, his images of the Kalbarri remain ‘lost’. Finally, he presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
Elsewhere, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott welcomes the New Year with a 5-point checklist to give your technique a quick MOT, therefore ensuring that your photography is on the right track at the start of 2016. In the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker celebrates his seventh year as a full-time landscape photographer by sharing with us his photo journey to this point, providing some pointers to succeeding as a professional photographer along the way. Another New Year treat: professional photographer Ben Pipe returns to pen a brand new series on travel and assignment photography titled The Pipe Line; in his debut article, he takes us to the Indian provinces of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, providing a contemporary photo twist on the iconic sites there. Finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer Eric Gendron, as he welcomes us to his home patch of New England on the weather-swept north-east coast of the USA, revealing a few hidden gems in this historic and diverse landscape.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. If you’d like any of your images to be featured in our Member’s Gallery column please send an email to email@example.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
Autumn Colours near Stoke Pero: It's our first shoot, and, despite it still being only mid-afternoon, we've only a few minutes of light left before the sun dips over the moor to the south-east. The Group is spread out over the hillside, but as there are only five of us on this mini-course, there's no danger of our getting in each other's way.
On the drive back from Heathrow yesterday we wondered briefly why the cones were out along the verges of the A303 again, discouraging casual passers-by from stopping at Stonehenge. In the lay-by beyond, rows of campervans were parked up in readiness - but for what? Then, through my jet-lagged fug, I twigged: of course, tomorrow is the winter solstice.
I've never lost an image - yet. That's pretty incredible, really, when you think about it; there are so many things that can go wrong. Memory cards can be lost, or stolen, damaged or corrupted after all, while hard drives can and do fail. That's before I even remember the pitfalls of the silver halide era, when precious exposed film was so vulnerable to heat, fogging, submersion, scratching and dodgy processing.
Inspiration: it's the lifeblood of our creativity, and the fuel that ignites our passion for this all-consuming obsession of ours - photography. Without it we're lost, while with it we can push ourselves to the very outer limits of our skills and capabilities. It's precious stuff, but it doesn't come in a bottle.
This month in a special feature I recap on the 10 Things I've Learnt About Image Editing in 2015.
I then process an image of Tarr Steps on Exmoor paying particular attention to the Camera Calibration settings and White Balance. I also use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to pull back the highlights and brighter tones in a selected area of the frame.
Digital technology may have simplified the process of capturing a photo somewhat, but many of the overriding controls that govern how a photo is captured remain greatly unaltered. Exposure is still the very heartbeat of photography - just as it was when the likes of Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot captured the first permanent photographs in the early 19th century.
It's one of those days again. I am looking out of my window onto a beautiful world where a fog is hanging over the fields and the sun is slowly burning its way through. All kinds of images are spinning through my head, but to no avail. I am stuck in the office again where invoices need to be sent, bills have to be paid, and emails must be answered. It's all part of the game.
It looked familiar - I'd been on this boat before. Seven years ago I embarked on a big trip to the subcontinent, fresh from art college, with a hunger to expose frames of faraway places and exotic cultures. Back then, the boats would, for a fee, drop you off on the opposite side of the river, allowing you a shot looking back at the Taj Mahal.
Welcome to New England, a grouping of six small states tucked away in the north-east corner of the USA. It's home to the Red Sox, covered bridges, candlepin bowling, and some of the best clam chowder around. The area may be small in size, but it's rich in history. Moreover, it's where the landscapes are just as diverse as the people - no matter whether you're looking for rural farmland or busy cities, you'll find it all here.
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We are thrilled to commemorate the Fourth 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 2016.