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Few of mine from Al Ain Air Show 2013
 All Taken with 5D Mk 3 + 70-200 f2.8 IS II USM+ 1.4 Tele III

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:00:18 AM »
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This isn't a critique... but usually if I'm photographing something like this where motion is obvious, I usually compose the shot so the direction they are heading is open rather than where they have been.  So I would have the horse and rider to the left of the shot rather than the right. 

Is that just a personal preference on my part or was there a specific reason you composed the shot that way that has to do with one of these unspoken rules of photography that I pick up off the streets?

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I was thinking the same: it looks like the horse is jumping out of the frame.  You might be able to make the shot more intense by cropping it tight on horse and rider in portrait orientation.

This is just my two cents, but rules are made to be broken. I think there's plenty of space on the right, and the image is balanced by the negative space on the left. Plus, if you like rules, the Rule of Thirds was obeyed because the rider's head is at the intersection of the imaginary gridlines. Finally, the horse and rider are sharp, the scene is well-exposed, and the capture was made at exactly the right moment. Well done, Darson!
Thanks Pugshot

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:57:24 AM »
Topic is old but i just found it.
See recent shot from Show jumping competition
5D Mark III + 70-200 F2.8 IS II L USM + 1.4III Tele
@1/4000sec F4 ISO 250

This isn't a critique... but usually if I'm photographing something like this where motion is obvious, I usually compose the shot so the direction they are heading is open rather than where they have been.  So I would have the horse and rider to the left of the shot rather than the right. 

Is that just a personal preference on my part or was there a specific reason you composed the shot that way that has to do with one of these unspoken rules of photography that I pick up off the streets?
Thanks for feedback
I get your point and deep down I'm feeling that it is more interesting composition which you are suggesting. I was limited by focal length and my position in relation to rider.
If that would be the case would you rather not taking the shot and relocate to other point?
Below is sample with rider on left side of the frame
Cropped
Focal length 280mm F4
1/4000sec same set 

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:45:17 AM »
Topic is old but i just found it.
See recent shot from Show jumping competition
5D Mark III + 70-200 F2.8 IS II L USM + 1.4III Tele
@1/4000sec F4 ISO 250

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Lenses / Re: Selling price increase on big whites
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:16:35 AM »
Prices go up after the first week of January.  Canon offers special deals to sellers in order to reduce inventory for the end of the Fiscal Year on December 31.  Dealers have to raise prices when their low priced inventory is gone.
Happens every year.  If you want a deal buy before Jan 4.
 
If you are serious about buying one, try contacting your favorite dealer.  They might make you a better offer.

I just did not notice that before. I always buy stuff during end year sale/offers.
.... and big whites still is beyond my reach but hoping see some further reduction instead :).
 

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Lenses / Re: Selling price increase on big whites
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:03:37 PM »
No idea why, but it's not just the superteles or the end of the rebates on select lenses.  Looking at the CanonPriceWatch page, where red fill on the table indicates a price increase, there's a helluva lot of red on the page!   :o
I just looked again on canonpricewatch. You're right. Red flood mostly on everything

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Lenses / Selling price increase on big whites
« on: January 07, 2014, 12:49:41 PM »
I just noticed accidentally checking canonpricewatch that Big Whites selling price hiked up on B&H Photo Adorama and for some lenses on Amazon
for example 300mm f2.8 L II IS USM ( Which is by the way on my wish list) costs now 7099$ compare to 6799$ few weeks back .
Is there because of dollar -yen fluctuation or recent winter attack in U.S
Any thoughts?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:43:43 AM »
Nice shots Dylan
Congrats on your 1st big white lens
This lens is on my wish list I just have to be patient and collect money to my piggybank  :) ;)

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:59:23 AM »
I finally got it but it was quite a challenge to catch the best shot.
I was shooting with all 3 lenses but at the end 70-200mm F2.8 IS L USM was the winner.
Thank to all for input

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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:22:55 AM »
I decided to put few pennies to this discussion as a resident of UAE since few years. Although i do not live in DUBAI but some 130km south in Al Ain at the border with Oman.
This culture is very interesting, different and full of contradictions in compare to western culture.
My post could be very long on explaining even part of it.
First of all I do not know if your host told about rules regarding taking photographs of local women and not only local ( as other nationalities including European and Asian wears Abaya)
I understand that when someone is traveling somewhere he/she wants to have some fantastic memories ( read pics) from vacation and here you are free to take many of them. There is few things to see in UAE. As for photographing people especially women you should be cautious , even when you take photos of the shoes :) (as they might shout on you, spit on you curse you, call police etc.) if you take pics against their will. From my experience this actions can come from older women as young ones they run around very often with 2-3 smartphones taking pics of each other.
Next time when you visit Middle East just ask some expat about the rules when it comes to taking pics
As for Oman people there are very open to tourist and even whole families posing to photographs. It happened to me 
So if you cannot stand UAE's mentality, Oman is the best choice for future photographic travel :)

On other hand you have bunch of photographic contest around the country with great prizes that aim to preserve their culture and no one is banning anyone  just because he took photo of a local woman unless she did not agree to be on a photograph.
Below  is link to big photography contest in UAE
http://www.ephotoc.net/




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Hey fellow picture-takers,

Longtime forum creeper, first time post.
I'm trying to get my photo business started and am looking to setup a website.
I've no prior experience with such, and am not sure which companies provide the best options for a budding photographer.

I do have an idea of what features I'd like incorporated in my website:
1.) Multiple Image Galleries/ Categorized Galleries
2.) Online Store/ Paypal option for print sales/ link to amazon store
3.) Complete customization
4.) Ability to be viewed from any desktop or mobile device (I've been told Adobe Flash and Apple products do not play nice)

To be honest, I don't know if I'm asking too much with that feature set, or if it's too simple. Any critique and input is appreciated.


Hi
I'm not an expert and not a pro photo shooter making money of photography but I can give you few suggestions which worked for me
The best customization platform for websites is Wordpress http://wordpress.org/
Wordpress is free to download for both MAC OS and Windows.
 You have multiple themes website templates available for free also you have bunch of widgets and plug ins to fully customize your website including check out options credit card, paypal, social networks and all.
Moderating website using Wordpress is easy as piece of cake thanks to very easy interface.

Although I can suggest you look for website template here http://themeforest.net/ I bought one of these it cost me 45$.  Pros with these templates is that your galleries will look more professionally, especially If you intend to make money out of it.
Some themes are fully automatic adjustable meaning you can view them from any device; PC , tablet ,smart phone and they will adjust to screen resolution without being distorted. I suggest use one of those.
Adobe Flash is not supported by Apple products. Website build in flash ( pics galleries) will not be fully functional on apple devices and you can loose lot of potential clientele.
Wordpress is built in HTML and will be fully functional on any devices ( if you choose proper theme  :))

My website was initially hosted in my home country but eventually I moved to U.S  http://www.hostgator.com Better service and much cheaper then in my country

I've built my website from scratch without using any IT specialist. Wordpress is very simple and I'll put this in capitals YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HTML LANGUAGE TO USE IT, BUILT IT , CUSTOMIZE etc.
There is one guy which has youtube channel and shows how to built website from scratch in 90 minutes using Wordpress
Hope this help you
Create a Photography Website & Make Money!! Small | Large
this guy is actually using one themeforest themes

You can check  how looks self learner amateur website here www.dariuszphotography.com

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:56:26 AM »
A passport photo is 2x3 inches.  The lens doesn't matter.  However correct pose and lighting are paramount - if they are wrong the photo will be rejected.
size is different for me and were not using inches (3.5cmx4.5cm=1.4x1.8 inch)
I will take your advices into consideration
Thanks to all for your kind advises.

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:48:41 AM »
Your baby won't sit upright for another six months, so be prepared to lay him/her on some white linen or whatever. You will have to hold your camera above your baby's head, and given the size of a baby's head you will need to either get quite close (--> macro lens) or just crop (---> your 50). Sharpness is a non issue as even the bottom of a Coke bottle suffices the requirements of a passport photo.

The biggest challenge will be to get the lighting right, as the background will be right at the back of your baby's head. While flash won't hurt your baby if used reasonably, they don't like it much so you may have only a few tries before the session needs a long break.

I'm looking forward to see him sitting after six months or bit sooner
I do not know if you have children but If you saw car seat for a baby up to 1 year old you could see that is more semi lying/semi sitting position  ;)
As for background In my country they allow some discrepancy in compare to other countries. Meaning it does not have to be nice and straight. Main condition is that has to be a sort of  "whitish" color 

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 02:05:20 PM »
Deep down I was thinking about 70-200  :) as primary choice.
I have strong light through my window in a living room and I could bounce 2 flashes against nearby walls.
I saw on one website suggestion to put baby in a car sit and put some white sheet underneath. Since car sit is profiled to baby shape it gives nice support to head. Only one ...two things remains to do. Wait until he will keep his eyes open and mouth shut long enough to take shot

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:14:19 PM »
No worries I will not take him to a plane at least not within next 6 months. I need this to issue residency visa for him

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