Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 57
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to October 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s How It’s Done, David Noton continues his mini series on location finding, this time considering the apps he finds most useful for his landscape work. Then in this month’s Low Down, he examines how adventure can enrich our lives – and fire our creativity. For the Field Trial, David looks at the role of filters in our photography today then puts Lee Filter’s new range of grads to the test. And in Stepping Back, he ‘steps back’ to Bristol in 1988, where he hauls his hefty Hasselblad on a ‘landscape’ shoot. Meanwhile, David also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
Elsewhere, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott gives us a timely exploration of how we can use mist to enhance our landscape shots. In the Art of Landscapes, we accompany Bas Meelker to the Bavarian Forest in winter, where a fruitful photo trip bags some wonderful landscape and wildlife shots. Then in the Pipeline, Ben Pipe visits the architecturally stunning city of Rotterdam to augment his portfolio – with great results. Finally, for our Guest Feature we welcome on board landscape and travel photographer Jeremy Flint, as he shares his highlights of his self-drive photo-tour through Namibia.
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 protected] with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
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Yes, I know: we all need adventure in our lives. Comfort zones need to be breached, challenges met, new frontiers crossed, and so on - but there are limits. We all have them and I know mine, as there's one place that's just a trip too far. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I just couldn't bite the bullet and go there; truth is, just thinking about it fills me with dread, and cold fear. I've managed to get to this stage in life without having to, so far, yet Wendy tells me that one day I will inevitably have confront this, my darkest fear. I'm scared, just the name of That Place brings me out in a cold sweat: Ikea, hell on earth.
1988: Reagan was in his last year at the White House, Gorbachev was still at the Kremlin, Thatcher was still at No 10, Mandela was still on Robin Island, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland still rumbled on, and on. Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, the Iran-Iraq War finally ended after 8 years and 1.5 million dead, Solidarity strikes gripped Poland, the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, and UK Health Minister Edwina Curry resigned over eggs.
It was one of those classic mornings we live for. The previous evening I had checked the forecast: a damp day followed by the prediction of clear skies overnight meant that the likelihood of mist at dawn was high. So I prepared my bag, set the alarm and turned in ridiculously early. Being mid-September the days were already comfortably short. My PhotoPills app confirmed what I already knew: sunrise wasn't due until a relatively leisurely 0636, so a 0500 rise would be ample - even allowing for the hike up the hill to reach my chosen location, overlooking Offerton Hall and the Derwent Valley. Game on.
This month I'm Field Trialing Lee Filter's new range of graduated filters.
This month I process an image of Millstone Edge in Derbyshire paying particular attention to sharpening. In Part One I optimise the image in Lightroom using the paint brush to fine tune the grad tool's effect on the sky, taking care to avoid darkening the top of the cliffs as well, before discussing why all images need a touch of sharpening.
In Part Two I demonstrate the effects of the Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking sliders in Lightroom, particularly highlighting the dangers of over-sharpening. I then move on to determining just how much sharpening to apply to both a large high resolution image for printing and a small low res image for web use.
Mist and fog have the ability to transform the landscape. By reducing colour and contrast, misty conditions simplify scenery and add a touch of mystery and mood to shots. The best conditions are often at dawn and can be short-lived - so be prepared for an early morning wake-up call.
The tension mounts. He's walking towards me and looking at me straight in the eyes - I know this is it. Finding yourself in direct eye contact with a wolf takes you back to the wild: it's an experience you'll never forget and this encounter is sending shivers down my spine, despite the fact I am trying to concentrate on capturing the shot.
Until the middle of the 19th century, Rotterdam was a modest town in the shadow of Dordrecht, Delft and Schiedam - the dam in the Rotte river, from which the settlement took its name, was built around 1270. Railway links with Amsterdam, Utrecht and Antwerp, and the opening of Nieuwe Waterweg shipping canal in 1872, were crucial factors in Rotterdam?s development as a major port city. Thousands of immigrants from the rural hinterland were drawn to the city by the prospect of work.
There are few places in Africa that can compete with the photographic potential of Namibia, which had been on my bucket list of places to visit and photograph for as long as I could remember. I had always wanted to capture images of the people of this country, including the Himba and Herero tribes, and its landscapes, such as those found at the dramatic locations of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.
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