Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 56

Issue: 01 September 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


Welcome to September 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.

In the second instalment of our Behind the Lens mini series, we join David Noton on the second leg of his recent trip to Italy, lapping up the beautiful Tuscan landscape around Montalcino and Monticello. Then in this month’s How It’s Done, he continues his mini series on location finding, this time considering that precious asset known as the map. The Royal Mail has recently released its new Landscape Gardens stamp set, and in this month’s Low Down David recalls his commission to shoot part of this. Then in a special video edition of our Field Trial series, he explores the functionality of Digital Director, a device for operating a camera remotely from an iPad; meanwhile he also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Elsewhere, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott mulls over his experiences with social media with a focus on Facebook, providing some handy pointers for us all. In the Art of Landscapes, we accompany Bas Meelker on a highly anticipated photo trip to Scotland – where things didn’t go quite to plan. Then in the Pipeline, we join Ben Pipe on a breath-taking trip to the American Southwest, as he visits iconic and less-known photo locations to capture his own unique take on them. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board nature photographer Ellen Anon, as she explores the way in which great images reveal something of the photographer, and how this has influenced her own particular photo 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 membersgallery@davidnoton.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each. 


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Behind the Lens - The Road to Monticello, Part Two by David Noton

Behind the Lens - The Road to Monticello, Part Two by David Noton

The alarm goes off brutally at 3.30am; in my befuddled state, all I can think is roll on the autumn. Dazed, confused, unshaven and dishevelled I try unsuccessfully to creep out of the hotel room without waking Wendy. But by the time I'm descending the deserted winding road from Montalcino, I'm loving the solitude and freedom of being out and about at this special time of day, as usual. I'm heading to Pienza to shoot the Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata from the ramparts, again.

The Low Down - Stamp Duty by David Noton

The Low Down - Stamp Duty by David Noton

I'm told that 'She' has the final say on all designs. Well, since her head is on all of them, I guess She would, wouldn't She?

How It's Done - Being There, Part Two: Maps by David Noton

How It's Done - Being There, Part Two: Maps by David Noton

The Gorges du Verdon in France's Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is a river canyon often considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful. It is about 25km long and up to 700m deep, an impressive geographical feature in anyone's book; so much so that it's often dubbed Europe's Grand Canyon.

Fundamentals of Post-Production Video - Part One by David Noton

Fundamentals of Post-Production Video - Part One by David Noton

This month I process an image of Hambledon Hill in Dorset using layer masking to merge two exposures; one made for the landscape, one made for the bright sky. In Part One I convert the two exposures into TIFFs in Lightroom paying particular attention to optimising shadow and highlight detail.

Fundamentals of Post-Production Video - Part Two by David Noton

Fundamentals of Post-Production Video - Part Two by David Noton

In Part Two I merge the exposures using the technique of layer masking in Photoshop, taking care to avoid unsightly haloes by using the paint brush tool to refine the mask edges.

Hoddinott's Hangout - The Pros and Cons of Facebook by Ross Hoddinott

Hoddinott's Hangout - The Pros and Cons of Facebook by Ross Hoddinott

Photography is the only profession I know - I've never had a proper job! I started young over 20 years ago, and I've never even had a job interview. I guess I'm virtually unemployable now - I've always been the boss. Yet the photography industry has changed almost beyond recognition during the time I've been in the business, as I'm sure David would agree.

Art of Landscapes - Redefining Scotland's Beauty by Bas Meelker

Art of Landscapes - Redefining Scotland's Beauty by Bas Meelker

There are some locations that every landscape photographer just has to visit once in his or her career - they are simply inevitable and mandatory. And it's not hard to guess which ones these are: think Tuscany, Iceland, the American West or Patagonia, to name just a few. And yes, Scotland is right up there with the best of them.

The Pipeline - The American Southwest by Ben Pipe

The Pipeline - The American Southwest by Ben Pipe

Yellowstone was established as the world's first National Park in 1872. Since then, tourists from the States and across the world have been drawn to the 59 protected areas of the USA that are now designated as parks - photographers especially so.

Guest Feature - A Camera Looks Both Ways by Ellen Anon

Guest Feature - A Camera Looks Both Ways by Ellen Anon

Early in my photographic journey, I heard it said that the camera looks both ways. I assumed this meant that in some way an aspect of me would be recorded or reflected in all my images, but at the time I wasn't so sure this was true. Or if it was true, not much of me would be recorded, and certainly nothing especially unique. But wasn't I na´ve and wrong!

Member's Gallery, September 2016

Member's Gallery, September 2016

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