Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 49
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to February 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton kicks off with the first instalment of his two-part travelogue to Western Australia, as he revels in the wonderful photo ops of the Nambung and Kalbarri national parks – while wrestling with the roof tent of a Toyota Troopy! A Video Blog accompanies this article. Meanwhile, during the flight back from Oz at the end of December, it dawned upon David that he has now been a freelance photographer for 30 years. So in this month’s Stepping Back, he reviews the sequence of events after his graduation from Gloucester in the summer of 1985 that set him on his lifetime career path. In the Low Down, David continues his mini series on new inspirations by considering his lifelong passion for photographing food around the world – from the barbeques of Milborne Port to Pad Thai in Bangkok, inspiration can be found anywhere. Finally, he presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott explores artistic interpretation as he answers the burning question: when is bad exposure good? Meanwhile, in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker provides us with a welcome introduction to his approach to his stunning black and white photography; next month, he’ll follow this up with a practical exploration of the creative and technical process behind a selection of his best black and white shots. With Chinese New Year almost upon us, in this month’s edition of The Pipe Line Ben Pipe whizzes us across the globe to Hong Kong to join him on an advertising shoot he completed for Chrysler a year ago. And finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer Rainer Mirau, as he leads us on a journey through his beautiful homeland of Austria to reveal some of the most stunning locations this land has to offer – a truly break-taking journey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
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It's impressive. Not exactly pretty, although I bet it is in the eyes of the pilots who fly it. I'd love to have a go at the controls, I wonder if they'd let me? I mean, I did spend two weeks learning to fly gliders as an Air Cadet on summer camp at RAF Debden in 1974. That's bound to impress them, isn't it? A double-decker airliner? What would my grandparents have made of it? It's huge!
It's big, the Indian Ocean. The flight from Perth in Western Australia to Dubai on the shores of the Arabian Gulf takes 11 hours, almost all of it over that huge expanse of water. I can only watch so many instantly forgettable films or read for so long. So, there's plenty of time to gaze out of the window at the clouds below catching the last light of day - and also to pause, despite the fact we're travelling at 945kph, and reflect.
I once met a photographer who claimed to specialise in shooting jacket potatoes. I kid you not. Now, I know there are some strange specialisations within my profession, from agricultural machinery to 'glamour' to under-floor cabling - but jacket potatoes? That really takes the biscuit, or should I say 'spud?'
This month we take a series of images taken in the Murchison River gorge in Western Australia and first merge multiple exposures to tame contrast, then stitch the merged dng images to create a panorama, all in Lightroom.
I then make two different versions of the panorama, one processed for the darker regions of the image area, one for the brighter, and blend them using Layer Masking in Photoshop before using Content Aware Fill to deal with a touch of filter vignetting.
Us photographers obsess about achieving the perfect exposure, don't we? But how exactly would you define 'correct' exposure. I guess most of us would answer that a correctly exposed image is one that captures the scene or subject exactly as our eyes see it. However, a technically correct exposure will not always produce the most interesting or aesthetically pleasing result.
I am in a small deserted harbour on the edge of Lake Lauwersmeer and the Wadden Sea in the north of the Netherlands - but there is not much going on today. The light is dull and colourless, and there's a lack of drama in the sky. It's tempting to pack up my gear and go home, as these are not conditions I normally prefer.
The first thing I heard about the Chrysler job was while I was away with my girlfriend Carolina on a holiday/photography trip on the tropical island of Bohol in the Philippines - I can't claim that hanging out on palm tree-fringed beaches was all work! The aim had been to shoot some personal and stock images, while having a break from the English winter.
The Austrian landscape is clearly dominated by the eastern Alps, which obviously present some wonderful possibilities for shooting mountain ranges and deep valleys. However, if you take a closer look at Austria you'll discover many more wonderful locations - some of which provide unique photographic opportunities.
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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.