Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 58
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to November 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
David Noton visited Canada in September, and in this month’s Behind the Lens he shares his travelogue that sees him and Wendy journeying from Quebec into Ontario, relishing the photo opportunities that the area’s various parks have to offer – this is accompanied by a Video Blog. Then in this month’s Field Trial he trials the new Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, revealing the possibilities of this versatile new body. Meanwhile for Nikon users, this month Ross Hoddinott uses his Hangout feature to test-drive the Nikon D500, giving us his thoughts on this camera’s performance. David also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
Elsewhere, in the Art of Landscapes we join Bas Meelker as he revisits Marrakech, savouring the smells sights and sounds of this magical city and trying his hand at some street photography. On a similarly exotic note, in the Pipeline Ben Pipe returns to India, 'this time travelling to Fort Kochi in Kerala to capture its colonial charm then on to Goa. Finally, for our Guest Feature we welcome on board landscape photographer Justin Minns: particularly well-known for his evocative shots of East Anglia in England, here he leads us on a photo tour around the region to share his favourite locations, approaches and techniques.
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Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
High above us is a squadron of Canada geese flying south, maybe 30 birds in an immaculate double-V formation. It's a sign: autumn has arrived. But has it? The locals here in Wakefield are bemoaning the late arrival of fall colour; the tail end of September should be prime time.
There's an old adage that still rings true: the best camera is the one in your hands now. It's being there that matters the most, and once there we just have to make the most of the situation with the tools at hand. The big question is which tools do we photographers venture out with in the first place? That will largely depend on what we prefer to photograph: landscapes, wildlife, sport, people, streets, architecture - each specialty will tend to dictate certain priorities.
When you have a relationship with a brand - for example, David's affiliation with Canon or mine to Nikon - it can make it trickier to review camera gear. There is an automatic and understandable assumption that your viewpoint is going to be skewed or biased due to perceived loyalty. Are our opinions genuinely honest and trustworthy- It is a fair question. However, I can assure you that they are. It does no one any favours - including our reputation - if we state anything other than the facts.
This month to accompany the Field Trial of the new Canon EOS 5D Mk IV I process a high contrast image of cows grazing in a field to demonstrate just how much detail lurks in the seemingly blocked in shadows and burnt out highlights, and how it can be retrieved to transform and enhance the picture.
In Part Two I merge 12 frames of Wolf Howl Pond in Algonquin made using a 17mm tilt and shift lens looking down, level and up, using first the exposure bracketed RAWs to create 3 exposure merged DNGs which I then blend in Photoshop to create an extreme wide angle square image.
It's late afternoon and we're almost running through the old town of Marrakech. In front of us, walking with a relentless pace, the guide who has our luggage is leading us deeper and deeper into the souks. It's a crash course in smells, sounds and sights. My head is spinning - there's just too much to take in at once. Then, out of nowhere, we're there?
Back in India again, just nine months since my last visit to the subcontinent, this time I was returning to show my girlfriend Carolina around. It was Day Two of the trip, and as usual I was itching to start exposing some pixels. We found ourselves in Fort Kochi, a laidback and colonial era gem of an area located within the city of Kochi, the capital of the state of Kerala.
Ask a group of landscape photographers about'their favourite British locations, and there is no doubt that you'll receive a range of answers. The dramatic Lake District would get a mention, as I'm sure would the rugged Devon and Cornwall coastline, or perhaps the Northumberland coast with its windswept castles - or Snowdonia, the Cairngorms, the Peak District - the list goes on. On the other hand, East Anglia is unlikely to feature very high on the list, if at all.
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