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03-30-2013, 11:38 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Welcome from Africa (Timkat Festival) Criticism most welcome!

Hi - just a quick note of thanks for the opportunity to join this group. I have a lot to learn about equipment and techniques!

I work in agricultural development which has lead me far flung places in Eastern and Southern Africa for most of the past 15 years - generally places considered 'just beyond the end of the road'. I used to rely on a point/shoot, but finally took the plunge and got an Pentax K-7 while in Afghanistan thanks to my brother ('Phillydad' who showed me the videos from 'Heie' regarding how the Pentax can take a beating and keep on shooting) before moving to Nairobi for my latest job assignment that takes me all over East Africa and beyond. I am very much an amateur photographer and still figuring out my 55-300 and 18-55 lenses. But, here are a few initial pixs from a recent festival in Ethiopia (Timkat) that I was able to attend in between assignments. Thanks to the size of the 55-300 lens - I was able to get behind the lines, close-up to the faithful worshipers, as they thought I was a 'professional' photographer.

So - any input/advice is most welcome.

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03-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums, good to have you with us.
Your shots, are very well done. I particularly like the way you have "got right in there" and filled the frame with your shots.
Colours are great and the whole sense of emotion and feelings is very well portrayed (particularly in #2.)
Congratulations.
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I agree picture # 2 is excellent. Actually a very good picture!
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Welcome to the forum, great shots, just a word of caution.

Please be mindful when photographing religious events and cultural customs this close, not to upset anyone, because it's very easily done, without any intention on your part.

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Thanks for sharing the pictures - hope others get to enjoy as I have...
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Many thanks for the comments - esp. caution about disturbing people. That is one of the benefits of being able to use the 300 zoom. Impressed that picture number #2 particularly struck a cord - just another reason that having other people (who weren't at the event) are able to see the emotion that is evident in the pictures (or not).

Whenever I travel - I also try to make a good local friend who serves as a 'cultural adviser' and makes sure that whatever I do - whether eating or taking a picture - doesn't offend. In the case of Ethiopia - I have a friend who is an older, wise man and keeps me out of trouble....or at least too much trouble......
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