Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 51
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to April 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
Starting with our regular Behind the Lens article, David Noton introduces us to a special project he has been working on close to home: shooting the hamlet of Milborne Wick over the course of a year to capture the passage of the seasons. This month’s How It’s Done article continues on this theme, as he drills down into the creative process behind a set of identically framed images of The Tree. Meanwhile in this month’s Low Down, David takes us on a tour of the inspirational architecture he has shot around the globe. Finally, David presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
Elsewhere, we kick off a new series entitled Editor's Choice in which I make a personal shot selection from one of our photographers’ portfolios: this first instalment sees me choose David Noton’s intriguing image from Angkor Wat, with critique provided by both me and David. Rather than tripod legs, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott discusses the merits of tripod heads and their significance for our photography. And in the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker gives us his take on mirroless cameras in a debate designed to enable you to make up your own mind on whether ‘To Mirror or Not to Mirror?’
For this month’s edition of The Pipeline we travel with Ben Pipe to Istanbul, as he visits Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, then the Süleymaniye and Ortaköy Mosques to create his own unique photographic vision of these iconic locations. And finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome back photographer Richard Fox, this time revealing how an intimate knowledge of his locality – East Dartmoor in Devon – has helped him to improve his photography, accompanied by the beautiful portfolio of images he has shot there.
We are also thrilled to commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the launch of our magazine by announcing the Winners of David Noton’s Your Vision 2016 photographic competition. The winning and highly commended images are displayed in this month’s Member’s Gallery Special Edition, along with comments on each by both the Photographer and Judges.
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
Very few people have heard of the hamlet of Milborne Wick. Not many have even heard of neighbouring Milborne Port, the village one mile to the south, which with some 2,800 inhabitants (including us) seems like a seething metropolis by comparison. We hadn't, before we moved here.
Each month, our editor Freya will select an image from the portfolio of one of our contributors. Her pick will be accompanied by an explanation of the inspirations and techniques behind the shot by the photographer.
If you've not done so already, I'd recommend that you read the accompanying Behind the Lens feature in this issue titled The Four Seasons of Milborne Wick before this How It's Done article. That will provide the background to this shoot, and the project that spawned it.
To be honest, I think architecture is boring. This is not the best way to start a feature on the inspiration of that very subject, is it? And yet, faced with the choice of flicking through Architecture Today or Tractor Monthly while waiting to have my hair cut, the agricultural machinery would win, every time.
This month I investigate further the functionality and usefulness of both Lightroom's Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush tools. I take a shot from a few years ago capturing a decisive moment in Burma and apply local adjustments to brightness and contrast, firstly in Part One by using the graduated filter, taking care to refine the mask overlay using the paint brush and auto masking.
I then carry on balancing the relationship between the bright top half of the frame and the bottom in the shadows using the Adjustment Brush, again fine tuning the selection using the Paint Brush to both add and subtract from the mask overlay. Finally, I use the Radial Filter to brighten the Nun and tweak the Tone Curve to complete the post-production.
If you are a keen photographer, you will already be acutely aware of the importance of using a good, sturdy support. Almost every photo magazine, book or online forum constantly bangs on about the benefits of using a tripod. Our three-legged friends provide stability, allow you to employ creatively long exposures, and also make you think more about framing and image sharpness. Yes, they might be a pain to carry around, but the benefits they offer far outweigh the negatives ? wouldn?t you agree?
I started out on my photographic journey in 2002. My first camera was a secondhand Nikon Coolpix 990; it was small, easy to transport, and a lot of fun to use. But as my photographic skills evolved and I wanted to make specific shots, I knew I needed to invest in some more tailored equipment.
Scaffolding - every travel photographer's worst nightmare. We spend months and years dreaming of shooting a particular location only to finally turn up and find the municipal council has just begun renovation works. As you may have guessed, this was the case when I shot this interior of Hagia Sophia.
I think we have all uttered the words - 'There is no place like home'. For better or for worse, we all feel a sense of belonging and intimacy with the place we live. So after many years of moving around the UK for work without a sense of belonging I moved to a small town on the edge of East Dartmoor. When I visited it for the first time I knew this was the place for me:
We are thrilled to commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the launch of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the Winners of David Noton's Your Vision 2016 photographic competition.