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Ridin’ a Killer Elephant ~ Thailand

A mahout riding an elephant in the river and spraying the tourists with water in Thailand.


No I’m just kidding, it’s not really a Killer Elephant..

This mahout was riding the pachyderm in a river in Mae Tang and ordering it to splash the happy tourists tightly gathered on the bank.

Needless to say, the cool spray of water was followed by people hysterically running around shrieking like teenagers in a bad horror movie as if the elephant just spit some corrosive acid on them.

It was hilarious to watch.


Quick Tips:

When shooting handheld (no tripod), do not go over 1/30s in shutter speed. It is considered the limit to get a sharp image. Slower than that, the image would have a little blur due to hand shake. Of course you can go slightly slower if you lens has an optical stabilization.


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Chilling in a hammock with a cool breeze

Old music boxes

A hot chocolate on a cold night


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  • Brady

    1/30 of a second? It depends on the lens. The general rule of thumb is 1/focal length. So if you’re shooting with a 200mm lens your shutter speed would be around 1/200 sec to avoid blur due to shake.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Yes you are absolutely right. The correct tip is actually: Never shoot slower than 1/focal length (if shooting 30mm it’s 1/30s, if shooting 100mm it’s 1/100s). Thanks!

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