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Keen on capturing this wonderful region on camera? So let's share it! We're launching a photography competition to encourage you all to grab your cameras and start taking pictures of this place you call home… In each issue of LiME a new category will be promoted, with four categories being featured throughout the year. The winner of each category will win a luxurious weekend get away for two people, including fl ights courtesy of LIAT, plus there'll be an amazing grand prize for the overall victor. So make sure you keep an eye on each edition of LIME, and visit www. lime- magazine. com for full details and terms and conditions… Fancy yourself as a photographer? 26 lime January - March 2009 PiCTURE PERFECT Alex Smaile's top tips for great carnival photography Nothing can quite prepare you for shooting carnival – it is three to four days of sensory overload. PROGRAMME With so much going on, it should in theory be easy to capture amazing imagery. It is a visual feast, but preparation is key. Try and get a programme of events in advance – there are some great under- publicised events where you can see the ' ole time mas' caricatures, such as bats, devils and over plump ladies. TIP: some may not be ladies. WHERE TO GO There are judging points along the route, which are often the best places to glimpse the full scale of bands. This is where the music is pumped up, drinks drunk and the dancing starts. One of the best ways to shoot carnival is by signing up in a band and walking in costume with your camera. TIP: often there are a lot of security and fences around judging points; if you get a good spot up front, stick with it until you feel for a change of scenery. FOCUS With so much going on around you it can be overwhelming. I split my shooting into two mindsets. A: the band action; B: behind the scenes, where there are just as many wonderful moments – children dancing, exotic food vendors, band members lost, sleeping, the odd devil skulking through a crowd. ENDURANCE It is important that you are prepared for the physical aspects of carnival. Keep well hydrated with bottled water and wear good sunblock. If you don't feel you got a lot of good images from Monday. Don't worry there is still Tuesday! TIP: watch your alcohol consumption, it creeps up on you in the sun... KIT If you think you will not be moving much, it is fi ne to bring your favourite lenses and extras. If you want to be in the trenches, strip your kit down to basics, i. e., only use two lens & fl ash for fi ll. Sacrifi ce an old camera body, which you can just wipe down after. Another great option is use your point and shoot, many can give great quality and size. TIP: Leave your expensive looking camera behind and fi nd an old bag to disguise your kit. TECHNICAL SUN Due to the harsh tropical sun, a fl ash is always benefi cial to have on hand. I do like the dark shadows the Caribbean produces, but sometimes you want to capture the bright colours and eyes of your subjects. If you underexpose your picture and have fl ash on full power you can quickly pick up dark blue skies, bright faces and costumes. MOVEMENT Some cameras have drag fl ash settings, or you can slow sync your shutter speed; this is nice for representing movement – everything in Carnival moves. Images that are static tend not to convey the power and motion. DETAILS A medium zoom is good for capturing faces, emotions and details. Also if you fi nd a wall or stadium to stand on, a bit of height can capture the full scale of 6000 people jumping down the street. If you get close enough you can convey the sheer size of the bands. Carnival Our second category in this year's photo competition is carnival: this includes anything to do with preparation, making costumes, parades, dancing, partying... With carnival season about to take off, you should have plenty of material to work with. To help you with some top tips, we sought advice ( and the sample images shown) from photographer Alex Smailes, who is responsible for some amazing photos of Trinidad Carnival ( check out www. alexsmailes. com and www. abovegroup. com). PHOTO COMPETITION 2009

January - March 2009 lime 27 PHOTO COMPETITION RULES The contest is only open to amateur photographers ( i. e. anyone who earns less than 10% of their income from photography). Employees of LIAT, Travel Africa Ltd, Zest Publishing Inc or any of the promoters are not eligible to enter. All photos must have been taken in the Caribbean. Submit ONLY digital images or unframed prints, all of which must be clearly labelled with the photographer's name and contact details. You may submit a maximum of 10 images per person. Entries to this category must be received before 20 May 2009. All entries will be judged on content and quality, and the judges' decision will be fi nal. By submitting entries, you agree that Travel Africa Ltd / Zest Publishing Inc has the right to publish your photos in any medium without compensation. A full set of rules and terms and conditions appear on www. lime- magazine. com. ENTER NOW! GO TO WWW. LIME-MAGAZINE. COM FOR FULL ENTRY DETAILS