Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 50
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to March 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton continues his travelogue about his recent trip to Western Australia. He picks up the narrative in the Kalbarri National Park at Ross Graham, then moves onto some top photo locations in Karajini National Park, before finishing his epic adventure back in Perth – a Video Blog accompanies this article. Meanwhile, in this month’s Low Down, the next instalment of David’s mini series on new inspirations considers the opportunities to be found in shooting textures, a subject he now feels may have far more potential than he had previously thought. Finally, David presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
In our Field Trial column, we kick off an exploration of the camera systems that fall outside the Canon/Nikon umbrella – this month, photographer Richard Fox takes us on a personal journey through his experience with Sony bodies, specifically the A7R and A7R MkII. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott is ‘making a case for the cliché’, as he discusses the validity of sacrificing iconic subject matter in the pursuit of originality – food for thought indeed. Then in the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker continues his mini series on black and white photography by exploring the decision-making process behind a selection of his beautiful black and white shots.
For this month’s edition of The Pipe Line we travel with Ben Pipe to Berlin, as he embarks upon a weekend of shooting the stunning, diverse architecture of this vibrant German capital. And finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board photographer Sarah Al-Sayegh, as she introduces us to her homeland of Kuwait. Perhaps a little known photo destination, Sarah presents us with a portfolio of city-, sea-, desert- and stormscapes that is truly breathtaking, which may revise your opinion of the photo opportunities this location has to offer.
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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0730: Ross Graham Lookout, Kalbarri National Park. From the top of the gorge, we watch a kangaroo swimming across the river effortlessly then hopping away from the opposite bank. Their bouncing seems such a speedy and efficient method of getting about, why hasn't it evolved on other continents? The sight is uplifting, and a good way for a productive shoot to come to an end.
We're done for the morning, I think. My shoot down in the gorge has come together as planned, but now the sun is too high and the pull of breakfast is too strong. We trudge up the trail back to the Troopy, pausing on the rim to savour the scene. A kangaroo hops across the valley floor, parakeets screech, and a flock of black ducks disturbs the perfect reflections of the deep blue sky in the pools of still water.
I started photographing landscapes with a passion just over three years ago. As I live on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, an area that I've cycled and walked for many years, the moorland was a natural place to start my journey into photography.
This month I take a high contrast scene and compare an image created by using Lightroom's 'Merge to HDR' capability with one meged manually using Layer Masking. In Part One I prepare the 4 RAW conversions from 2 different exposures to be merged.
I then blend the 4 files created in Part One using Layer Masking in Photoshop before using the paint brush to refine the masks.
One of the biggest challenges facing photographers today is the ability to produce original work. Whether you are photographing people, wildlife, the landscape or even fine-art subjects, the challenge is the same - just how do you capture an image that doesn't look similar to hundreds of others? Originality in art is a hot topic. Camera technology and photo-editing software is so sophisticated today that there is nothing left to constrain photographers other than their own creativity.
This article couldn't be more timely. I've just recovered from a severe bout of flu, and as I'm writing the piece I'm looking out at a grey, rainy sky above Denmark, where I'll be staying for the next week. So I am having a hard time seeing any bright colours at the moment, which makes a perfect excuse to dig a little deeper into 'seeing the world without colour'.
Since picking up the Nikon 24mm Perspective Control lens in Hong Kong, I wanted to shoot some more architecture and improve that side of my portfolio. Shots that were previously impossible - buildings that were too big - were now achievable with the shift capabilities of this lens.
The Middle East. When you read these words, you tend to think of the political situation in the region. But what you might not know is that some of the countries in the Middle East have amazing geographical landscapes. And while others at first sight appear to be just flat, empty deserts, you will find amazing urban cityscapes in many of these instead.
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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.