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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 61

01 February 2017

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


Welcome to February 2017’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.

In a special edition of Behind the Lens, David Noton recalls his recent inspiring adventures photographing the Jurassic Coast in winter. Meanwhile in the next instalment of How It’s Done – Being There, we join him as he embarks on his first shoot of the New Year close to home. Then in Part Two of the mini-series in our The Bizz column, David continues to examine the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional photographer. He also presents a Video Blog from a shoot on the Jurassic Coast, using the Canon Camera Connect app to remotely control the camera from his phone, as well as two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

 

From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott takes us on a road trip to Glencoe, as he spends a sometimes-frustrating week attempting to successfully capture winter in the Highlands. Conversely, in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker takes us to Madeira, revealing the often-underestimated but diverse photographic potential of the island. With Chinese New Year upon us, in the Pipeline Ben Pipe visits the metropolis of Shanghai. And staying in Asia, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Tim Gerard Baker, as he describes his creative journey that has seen him develop his passion for photographing the developing world from a base in Vietnam. 

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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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 60

01 January 2017

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

A very Happy New Year! And welcome to January 2017’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.

In this month’s Photo Essentials series, David Noton takes us on an in-depth technical exploration of that vital subject – depth of field. Meanwhile in the next instalment of How It’s Done – Being There, he takes a mid-December photo trip to a local Jurassic location he’s never shot before. Then in a new mini-series within our The Bizz column, David examines the challenges and rewards of going pro in today’s world of photography. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
 

From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott gives us an essential New Year’s composition refresher, while in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker reveals the wonderful photo opportunities presented by winter in the Netherlands. In the Pipeline, Ben Pipe reaches a landmark in his career: ten years as a professional photographer. Then Richard Fox provides a Location Report on the beautiful Azores. And finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Lizzie Shepherd, as she introduces her inspiring work and becomes ‘lost in the woods’. 

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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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 59

01 December 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


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

In this month’s Behind the Lens, David Noton presents the second instalment of his recent trip to Ontario, Canada, this time exploring the unique photo opportunities he discovered around Charlton Lake in the autumn – this is accompanied by a Video Blog. Then in this month’s Field Trial he puts the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L III lens through its paces, considering his options as he scrutinizes the possibilities of this wide-angle zoom. For How It’s Done, David takes us on a shoot on a seasonally frosty morning, and he also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

 

From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott explores the intriguing subject of ‘photographer’s angst’, while in the Art of Landscapes we join Bas Meelker as he introduces us to one of his favourite destinations – Norway. In the Pipeline, Ben Pipe gives us the second instalment of his recent trip to India, this time enjoying the iconic and ever-vibrant Mumbai. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to present the work of landscape photographer Domenico Innocenzi, as he reveals the photo gems of his homeland of Tuscany. 

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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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 58

01 November 2016

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. 

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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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 57

01 October 2016

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 membersgallery@davidnoton.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each. 

 


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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 56

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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Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 55

01 August 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


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

During the early summer months, David visited Italy and France: in a Behind the Lens mini series, we join him for the first leg of this trip as he and Wendy take in Brescia, Mantova and the Val d’Orcia – this article is accompanied by a Video Blog. Then in this month’s How It’s Done, David visits the banks of the River Dart in Devon to shoot the estuary at Kingswear, refreshing himself on a few home truths about location searching along the way. And in a separate Video Tutorial on the same subject, he walks us through the fundamentals of the location searching process. Finally, David presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
 

Having previously explored the Canon, Sony and Fuji systems in our Field Trials, this month Ross Hoddinott closes off our loop with an examination of the Nikon system. Meanwhile in this edition of Hoddinott’s Hangout, he puts Manfrotto’s LUMIMUSE LED range to the test. In the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker walks us through the image-editing techniques he uses in Lightroom and Photoshop; and in the Pipeline, Ben Pipe takes us along with him as he visits the incredible Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board wildlife photographer Richard Peters, as he recalls his creative journey that has seen him shooting wildlife in locations that range from his back garden, to the Maasai Mara. 

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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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 54

01 July 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


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

In previous editions of our Field Trial series we’ve explored the Sony and Fuji systems – but this month Canon takes centre state, as David Noton explains why he chose the system, and why he sticks by his decision. Then in the Low Down, he turns his attention to the photographic inspiration to be found in photographing faces around the world, as he reminisces on the memorable portraits he has shot over the years. In an edition of Stepping Back, David takes us to the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, revisiting the trip he made in 2008 and the location’s possibilities. And in this month’s How It’s Done, he shows us what’s in his photo backpack, a piece accompanied by a video link. Finally, David presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Meanwhile in this month’s Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott revisits the wonderful island of Skomer, photographing this wildlife location’s main attraction: the colourful, comical-looking puffins. Then in the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker explains why he believes that in the future image editing will become the decisive factor for landscape photographers wishing to create unique images. And for a timely edition of the Pipeline, Ben Pipe takes us on a fascinating tour of the 2015 French Open at the Roland Garros stadia. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer Timo Lieber, as he introduces us to his thought-provoking portfolio of aerial photography shot around the world – a magical experience.

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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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 53

01 June 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


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

This month in Behind the Lens David Noton invites us to travel with him to Paris, where he enjoys a few days of spring photography – without a tripod, but with the new Canon 1Dx Mk II – to take a whole new hand-held, spontaneous approach to shooting the City of Light. In Photo Essentials, he continues his invaluable exploration of camera settings. Meanwhile, in this month’s Low Down David this time turns his attention to the photographic inspiration to be found in colour, as he encourages us to explore our own use of it, and how we can improve our use of it in the future. And finally, he presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

 

Elsewhere, this month’s Field Trial sees Paul Sanders take us on a tour of his experiences with the Fuji system. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott celebrates the arrival of late spring with a practical introduction to shooting wild flowers. Then in the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker provides an invaluable insight into working with with Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. And for this month’s edition of the Pipeline, Ben Pipe whizzes us over to Budapest to explore the city’s iconic sights. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board commercial architectural photographer Tom Roe, as he reveals his particular passion for capturing the relationship between buildings and their surrounding landscapes – with some breath-taking results.

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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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 52

01 May 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


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

This month David Noton kicks off with a Field Trial to evaluate the new Canon EOS 1Dx Mk II, enjoying some time in Paris to put this exciting addition to the Canon stable through its paces. David also starts a new series entitled Photo Essentials, which is designed to refresh our basic photo skills – the first instalment begins a detailed exploration of camera settings – see how much you learn! He then starts a new occasional series Location Report, this time giving us his thoughts on Iceland as a photo destination. Meanwhile, in this month’s Low Down David considers how to safely and effectively harness the awe-inspiring Power of Nature in our landscape and travel shots. And finally, he presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Elsewhere, the second instalment of the new Editor’s Choice series sees me select David Noton’s Lao Drive Time shot, which he considers a true example of what travel photography is all about. In Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott rediscovers polarising filters, reminding us just how useful they really are. In the Art of Landscapes we travel with Bas Meelker through Namibia on the adventure of a lifetime, photographing the country’s breath-taking wildlife along the way. And for this month’s edition of the Pipeline, we join Ben Pipe on his recent visit to Seville where he shot this beautiful city and the Semana Santa festivities.

For this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Australian photographer Glen Cowans, as he reveals his passion for underwater photography, along with the approach and techniques he uses to capture the very best images beneath the waves. Finally, the standard of entries to our Your Vision 2016 photographic competition was so high that we have decided to dedicate this issue’s Member’s Gallery to six images that were Highly Commended by our Judges, displaying these along with comments from both the Photographers and the 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 membersgallery@davidnoton.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.  


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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 51

01 April 2016

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 membersgallery@davidnoton.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.  


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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 50

01 March 2016

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 membersgallery@davidnoton.com with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.  


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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 49

01 February 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

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

In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton kicks off with the first instalment of his two-part travelogue to Western Australia, as he revels in the wonderful photo ops of the Nambung and Kalbarri national parks – while wrestling with the roof tent of a Toyota Troopy! A Video Blog accompanies this article. Meanwhile, during the flight back from Oz at the end of December, it dawned upon David that he has now been a freelance photographer for 30 years. So in this month’s Stepping Back, he reviews the sequence of events after his graduation from Gloucester in the summer of 1985 that set him on his lifetime career path. In the Low Down, David continues his mini series on new inspirations by considering his lifelong passion for photographing food around the world – from the barbeques of Milborne Port to Pad Thai in Bangkok, inspiration can be found anywhere. Finally, he presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott explores artistic interpretation as he answers the burning question: when is bad exposure good? Meanwhile, in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker provides us with a welcome introduction to his approach to his stunning black and white photography; next month, he’ll follow this up with a practical exploration of the creative and technical process behind a selection of his best black and white shots. With Chinese New Year almost upon us, in this month’s edition of The Pipe Line Ben Pipe whizzes us across the globe to Hong Kong to join him on an advertising shoot he completed for Chrysler a year ago. And finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer Rainer Mirau, as he leads us on a journey through his beautiful homeland of Austria to reveal some of the most stunning locations this land has to offer – a truly break-taking 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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Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Issue 48

01 January 2016

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Happy New Year! And welcome to January 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton reminisces on an autumn spent on Exmoor, as he photographed the golden colours of this beautiful landscape with one of his workshop groups. Next in the Low Down, David kicks off a mini series on the all-important subject of discovering new inspirations for your photography, first by considering his passion for history and the various ways in which this influences his work. He continues this theme in Stepping Back, where a trip back down the A303 from Heathrow past Stonehenge triggers mixed memories of this ancient monument, along with a desire to shoot it once again. And this month’s How It’s Done takes a slightly different tack from usual: David recounts a recent, successful, shoot in Australia, where he returned to base and found that he could not access the memory card from the shoot – for now, sadly, his images of the Kalbarri remain ‘lost’. Finally, he presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Elsewhere, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott welcomes the New Year with a 5-point checklist to give your technique a quick MOT, therefore ensuring that your photography is on the right track at the start of 2016. In the Art of Landscapes, Bas Meelker celebrates his seventh year as a full-time landscape photographer by sharing with us his photo journey to this point, providing some pointers to succeeding as a professional photographer along the way. Another New Year treat: professional photographer Ben Pipe returns to pen a brand new series on travel and assignment photography titled The Pipe Line; in his debut article, he takes us to the Indian provinces of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, providing a contemporary photo twist on the iconic sites there. Finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer Eric Gendron, as he welcomes us to his home patch of New England on the weather-swept north-east coast of the USA, revealing a few hidden gems in this historic and diverse landscape.

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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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 47

01 December 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Welcome to December 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

This month’s Behind the Lens article presents the second instalment of David Noton’s travelogue on his recent Dolomite trip, which this time sees him rise early to capture a stunning panorama above Cortina then explore the other wonders of this location. There is a Video Blog to accompany this feature, then in How It’s Done David remains in the Dolomites to capture a panorama of the Cristallo with his Canon G1x Mk II. In Stepping Back David time-travels back to his trip to the Great Wall of China at Simatai in 1998, a visit memorable for having at least part of the wall to himself for the day. Meanwhile, in the Low Down David examines the computing choices he has made over his career, which have recently culminated in him switching from a PC to a Mac. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Elsewhere, in Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker encourages us all to get to grips with the weather, so we choose photos locations with the best light and creative potential. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott presents his personal take on the impact on the photography profession of people selling their photos for free. Then in Sense of Space, Jeremy Horner revisits the magical Luang Prabang in Laos, reflecting on the wonderful photo opportunities this city on the Mekong River presents. Finally, for this edition’s Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board professional photographer David Köster, as he provides us with a privileged insight into his exciting journey through the landscapes of Kazakhstan, accompanied by a breath-taking portfolio of his images.
 

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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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 46

01 November 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Welcome to November 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

In this month’s Behind the Lens, David Noton takes a punt by visiting for the first time the Alto Adige region of the Dolomites, where he quickly discovers the region’s photographic, and culinary, delights; there is an accompanying Video Blog. In How It’s Done, David sheds further light on the important subject of location searching as he bags a shot of the Lago Bain de Dones on the same trip. Meanwhile, in the final instalment of his Bizz mini series, David sounds out the opinion of colleagues within the photo industry for their take on the state of stock photography. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

 

In Bas Meelker’s third piece for his Art of Landscapes column, he moves on to look at photographing waterscapes with particular reference to working on his home turf of the Netherlands – this throws up some key considerations, as well as the intriguing term ‘Dutch light’. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott takes a practical look at achieving impactful shots through a simple composition, primarily by manipulating backgrounds. Then in Sense of Space, Jeremy Horner goes island hopping around the Mediterranean on a short timescale and low budget, reminding us of the value of these now sometimes overlooked photographic treasures of southern Europe.

And for this edition’s Guest Feature, we’re delighted to welcome on board professional travel photographer Sean Caffrey, as he presents a completely mesmerizing travelogue around the religious centres of Ethiopia – its impact is truly thought provoking.

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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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 45

01 October 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Welcome to Octobers 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

In this month’s Behind the Lens, David Noton fills us in on his exciting experiences shooting the Royal Scotsman in the Scottish Highlands last August. In the final instalment of our Low Down series on Exposure, David looks at the creative possibilities of using fast glass wide open for minimal depth of field and dreamy bokeh backgrounds. And in the second instalment of his The Bizz series, David explores at the transformation that has taken place in the stock photography market over the last 20 years. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Then in Bas Meelker’s second article for his Art of Landscapes column, he follows last month’s piece on cityscapes with a fascinating insight into his experiences of working in Saint Petersburg. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott looks at lighting for close-ups, revealing the natural and artificial options available to us to achieve the very best results in this field. Meanwhile, this month in Sense of Space Jeremy Horner travels to Morocco, reminiscing on the many times he has visited this magical country, and his favourite photo locations there.

And for this edition’s Guest Feature, we’re delighted to welcome on board Alessandra Meniconzi, renowned photographer of indigenous peoples to the world’s wildernesses, as she explains her love of capturing their ancient heritage and daily life – with stunning images from Ethiopia and Tibet to Greenland and Siberia. 

To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. Over the next month or so we’d like to initiate a new column titled ‘Ask David’ – as the name suggests, this will feature a selection of questions on photo technique to complement the magazine sent in by our readers, with answers provided by David. So if you’re an f11 Member and have a burning question you think would be suitable for inclusion, please send it to membersgallery@davidnoton.com.

At the same time, if you’d like any images to be featured in the Member’s Gallery 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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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 44

01 September 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Welcome to September 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

For Part 10 of our Low Down series on Exposure, David Noton explores the relationship between lens aperture, focal length, subject distance and required depth of field. Then, in the first of a special The Bizz series, David explains the history of stock photography and his personal experiences in it. And in Stepping Back, he tells us a few things we need to know about rainforests, as he revisits his trip to Daintree, Australia 15 years ago. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

Elsewhere, Bas Meelker kick-starts his new column entitled Art of Landscapes with a look at how he approaches cityscapes – working in the blue hour to capture that golden moment. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott gets to grips with macro lenses, explaining the choices and techniques that can help us all use them to maximum effect. Meanwhile in The Storyteller, Chris Weston explores his recent experiences with mirror-less cameras.

In Sense of Space, Jeremy Horner travels to Japan to reminisce on the magical and often ‘grabbed’ moments that made this one-time visit worthwhile. And for this edition’s Guest Feature, we welcome on board master of black and white photography Paul Gallagher, as he describes the elements that have formed the bedrock of his considered technique over the years – an inspiring read.

To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. Over the next month or so we’d like to initiate a new column titled ‘Ask David’ – as the name suggests, this will feature a selection of questions on photo technique to complement the magazine sent in by our readers, with answers provided by David. So if you’re an f11 Member and have a burning question you think would be suitable for inclusion, please send it to membersgallery@davidnoton.com.

At the same time, if you’d like any images to be featured in the Member’s Galleryand entered into our next annual photo competition, please send an email to membersgallery@davidnoton.com with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. 

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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 43

01 August 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 


Welcome to August 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

David Noton has just returned from an idyllic ten days in the Lot Valley of France, so in this month’s Behind the Lens we join him on his travels as he endures the heatwave that necessitated a different approach to his photography during the trip – this article is supported by a Video Blog. Then in Part 9 of our Low Down series on Exposure, David deconstructs slow shutter speeds: when and why they’re desirable, how they are achieved, and how slow we need to go. He also presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

This month we’re delighted to welcome back Dutch landscape photographer Bas Meelker to pen our How It’s Done feature: here he tells the tale of a rather dismal photo trip to Austria, which nevertheless turned out to be fruitful after a serendipitous ten minutes spent shooting on the balcony of his guesthouse! Regular contributor and Nikon user Ross Hoddinott puts the Nikon D810 through its paces in this month’s Field Trial; then in Hoddinott’s Hangout, he puts the ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’ of entering competitions under the spotlight, offering some invaluable advice along the way.

In this month’s The Storyteller, seasoned wildlife photographer Chris Weston explores the tales of five iconic animal species that have been close to extinction – and where they are now. And in the second instalment of Jeremy Horner’s Sense of Space column he visits the magical island of Madagascar – an intriguing account, along with his top photo tips if you happen to travel on a photo expedition there yourself. Finally, we’re thrilled to welcome on board top sports photographer Eddie Keogh, as he describes his experiences of working in this sector over the last few decades, all accompanied by some of his stunning action shots!

To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. Over the next month or so we’d like to initiate a new column titled ‘Ask David’ – as the name suggests, this will feature a selection of questions on photo technique to complement the magazine sent in by our readers, with answers provided by David. So if you’re an f11 Member and have a burning question you think would be suitable for inclusion, please send it to membersgallery@davidnoton.com. At the same time, if you’d like any images to be featured in the Member’s Gallery and entered into our next annual photo competition, please send an email to membersgallery@davidnoton.com with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. 

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Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 42

01 July 2015

Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform


 

Welcome to July 2015’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.

David Noton was recently commissioned to shoot the beautiful Venice Simplon Orient Express as it made its way through the breath-taking scenery of the Austrian Tyrol. So in this month’s Behind the Lens he describes his experience of working on this prestigious commission, from first contact to making the actual shots, along with the logistical hurdles of completing such a shoot. In Stepping Back David reminisces on his beloved Umbria, describing the love affair he and Wendy have enjoyed with that region over the last decade.

Then in Part 8 of our Low Down series on Exposure, David looks at the ‘need for speed’, otherwise known as fast shutter speeds: when we need them, why we need them, and how fast we need them. For this month’s How It’s Done, he returns to Vietnam to try his hand at some close quarters travel portraiture; and he also presents two of his ever-popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.

In this month’s Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott reveals how his photography of the enchanting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands benefitted from a recent second visit, as he pushes his technical and creative boundaries. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston discusses his hobby – landscape photography – and how really getting to know a subject can make all the difference in this field. And this month experienced travel photographer Jeremy Horner kick-starts his own new column, Sense of Place, by remembering on his long-standing photo relationship with the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, as well as the devastation caused by the recent earthquake.

I was tasked with exploring of the role of women in photography, so read my own thoughts, and those from a selection of photographers and photo industry partners, in this month’s Opinion column. And Victoria Hillman pens this month’s Guest Feature – wildlife researcher who has recently turned professional photographer, she shares with us her passion for photographing those smaller wildlife subjects, as well as developing her creative style.

To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s Gallery and entered into our next annual photo competition, please send an email to membersgallery@davidnoton.com with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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