The Power of the Print
Published on: 3rd August 2016
By F11 Magazine
I’m spending the morning printing – and I’m loving it. I can’t help hovering in expectation by the printer peering at the image from last month’s trip to Tuscany as it slowly emerges. Prints of images from the past year’s travels are piling up: the Dolomites Australia Iceland Paris and Italy not to mention the Brecon Beacons Somerset and Dorset. I’ve no real reason to be doing this other than for my own satisfaction. But then again that’s not something to be taken for granted; enjoying the fruits of our labours behind the lens does spawn future creativity.
Printing is the final consummation of the process of photography that starts with inspiration and ends hopefully with that warm glow of creative fulfilment that I’m feeling now. Of course the bit in between – the hanging around on hill tops waiting for the light the thrill of the chase and the exhilaration of capture – is the best bit. But the icing on the cake is seeing the end product not on a screen but as a big beautiful print. It’s also a pleasure that inspires and instigates future forays and adventures.
Inspiration along with information is of course what the Chasing the Light Online Magazine is all about. Nevertheless the planning and co-ordination of all the features from our talented contributors each and every month is quite a task. Thankfully it’s one that Editor Freya Dangerfield after over four years at the helm is now completely au fait with. What’s on the menu each month is her call but we do want to hear from you our f11 Members as to what you’d like to see in future editions. Meanwhile here in her own words is what’s in store this month for our subscribing f11 Members in the Chasing the Light Online Magazine:
FD: During the early summer months David visited Italy: in a new 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. 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. Then 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.
DN: Now I’m looking at an A3+ print of barley blowing in the wind on the hill above the well-equipped Cerne Giant. I shot that image just a week ago as part of the location finding project that Freya mentioned above. The breeze was causing the barley to sway tantalisingly and my initial notion was to use heavy neutral density filters to slow the exposure right down to express that motion. However I soon realised that a Big or even Little Stopper filter resulted in a shutter speed so long that the field of gold was rendered as just a blurry mess. Experimentation revealed a 3-stop neutral density filter combined with a polariser allowed a shutter speed just under a second long. This was slow enough to portray the movement but fast enough to retain the appealing texture and form of the barley.
Such considerations over the finer points of exposure are all part of what we photographers do. On that topic hopefully by now you’ve perused my latest e-book David Noton: Exposure. This is available to download now for £9.99 but f11 Members get it absolutely FREE as they do my other two ebooks David Noton: The Composition Tutorials and David Noton: Light.
Meanwhile the summer is passing in a blur of barbecue smoke here in Milborne Port. We’re pretty much Wessex-based at this time of year apart from the odd foray into Wales where last weekend we met up with f11 Members’ Your Vision 2016 Competitions Winner Jeremy Flint for his prize of a 24 hour one-to-one session with myself – and a curious cow or was it a bull?
One-to-one tuition in the Brecon Beacons with f11 Members’ Your Vision 2016 Competition Winner Jeremy Flint watched by a cow or is it a bull?
What else is news? Later this month I shall be talking twice daily on the Canon stand at the Rutland Bird Fair from 19 to 21 August. If you’re there it would be great to have a chat – I’ve been told that wearing camouflage is not mandatory. Failing that I’ll be presenting two talks on the Canon stand at the Carmarthen Cameras’ Camera and Optics Show in west Wales on 3 September – full details from Carmarthen Cameras.
Or you could join us this autumn on our new Photo Explorer Adventure in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France from 4 to 7 November 2016. We’ll be exploring this beautifully rural yet little visited region of rolling fields wooded valleys deep limestone gorges waterfalls châteaux vineyards villages and the mountains of Haut-Jura just when the fall colours should be at their prime. Franche-Comté is possibly the most underrated of all French regions. Our group of a maximum of nine photographers plus partners will be led and tutored by myself and fellow professional French photographer Nicolas Logerot who has all the local knowledge. Wendy Noton will be on hand to support us all and in particular assist partners who as always are very welcome.