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Welcome to Omar's Photography Blog!

Welcome to the official Omar's Photography Blog! This is a great place to keep up to date with me, so be sure to check back often, and please enjoy your stay! :)

The HDR Series – 8 – Fishing A Storm

Fishing A Storm

‎”Fishing A Storm” (HDR from 3 images, taken at 6:14AM on December 21st, 2011, just steps from the waters of the Pacific Ocean in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, using a Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105mm f/4L lens @ 28mm, f/7, ISO 800, handheld).

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How Not To Be A Target

As photographers, we often carry with us lots of very expensive equipment, making us potential targets for would-be thieves. Constantly having your eyes in the viewfinder doesn’t help either! Haha! Well here are some great tips to follow in case you ever find yourself walking through a shady area of town, courtesy of photojournalist Karl Grobl: How Not To Be A Target

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The 5D Mark III is finally here!

UPDATE (31/03/2012): The new 5D Mark III is finally in the hands of users, and there are now plenty of good reviews available online. Here are some of the best ones I found:

I’ve decided to wait until the BG-E11 grip gets released before buying the 5D III – I’m just too used to the size and handling of a gripped body that I’d have trouble handing a grip-less 5D III. I’m definitely excited about this camera though, as it seems to be the perfect low-light event photography camera ever made, and a worthy successor to the 5D II.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIis finally here!

The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It appears that Canon has indeed listened to its users and added lots of features that significantly improve upon its predecessor and my current main body, the 5D Mark II. Among my favorite new features are:

  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF (this is a HUGE jump over the 5D II’s 9 point AF – hopefully this will result in a smaller number of out-of-focus images!)
  • 2-stop improvement in noise, which means much lower noise at high ISO’s (which is GREAT for taking available light images at wedding receptions and other dimly lit events!)
  • 6.0 FPS continuous shooting (a welcome increase in speed over the 5D II’s 3.9 FPS)
  • A lower shutter response time (meaning a more responsive camera!)
  • A “joystick” on the battery grip (I find it really annoying not having this within easy reach of your thumb on the 5D II when shooting in portrait mode and you wanna quickly change your focus point! So I’m really glad this feature was added!)
  • 720p @ 60 fps video recording (slow motion video is super cool! Here’s hoping they add 1080p @ 60 fps with a future firmware update – it seems to be a missing feature that many videographers wanted added on the 5D III)
  • Bigger, clearer LCD (3.2 inch and more pixels compared to 3.0 inch on the 5D II)
  • Better weather sealing (for those days at the beach or in the rain!)


I can’t wait to get my hands on one!! It’s true that in the end, its the photographer that counts more than the camera – but having a better camera certainly helps with taking better pictures – especially with the improved AF!! :)

Plenty of great in-depth release coverage can be found here.

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Big camera announcement coming from Canon on February 28th!

Update: Release date has been changed to March 2nd! Three more days of suffering! lol

February 28th can’t come soon enough!! According to Canon Rumors, we’re just 5 days away now from Canon’s next big camera announcement! I really hope it’ll be the new rumored 5D3/5DX!!!

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Annnouncement – store is now open!!

I’ve just opened the Omar’s Photography store on (Qatar’s version of Ebay), and I’ve chosen “Starfish Sunrise” as a 24″ x 36″ aluminum print, as the first item now available for purchase at the new store. Please let me know in the comments if you want other images, media or sizes available for order! :)

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The Desktop Background Series – 10 – Kitten On The Porch

Back in August of 2010 I had the pleasure of visiting the Sunny Acres Barnyard Zoo, located in Spencerville, Ontario. Sunny Acres is run by Louise and Don, a very sweet and caring couple that just LOVES animals! They have all sorts of animals on their farm, from Llamas to Hedgehogs and much more! If you live in or near Ottawa, I strongly encourage you to make the 45 minute drive down to Spencerville for a visit – if you love animals, you certainly WON’T be disappointed!

On my visit I spotted this cute kitten on Don and Louise’s porch, so I lied down on their porch stomach-down with my camera and my 100mm macro lens to capture this shot – shared here with you as the latest in the Desktop Background Series! Enjoy!!

Kitten On The Porch

Kitten On The Porch At The Sunny Acres Barnyard Zoo

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The HDR Series – 7 – Garage Workshop

Earlier today I was asked to shoot a few portraits for a client at his home. Little did I know, he turned out to be really big on rebuilding cars! In fact, he turned his whole garage into a workshop to reconstruct a 1986 Land Rover acquired from a local scrap yard, and this made for a very interesting subject for my latest HDR production! Check this out!

Garage Workshop HDR

Garage Workshop HDR

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The Desktop Background Series – 9 – Fall Colors

It’s crazy how quickly this summer flew by. Blink and you could’ve missed it! On the bright side though, the fall season brings us some gorgeous tree colors – a beautiful mix of red, yellow, orange and green. And that’s the theme of this edition of the Desktop Background Series! Click on the picture for a 1920 x 1200 version, and enjoy! :D

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The Desktop Background Series – 8 – Toronto Skyline

A view of downtown Toronto, taken from the Polson Street dock. Click on the image for a 1920 x 1200 version! :)

Toronto Skyline

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The HDR Series – 6 – Field Sunset

The sunset as seen from a random farmer’s field just off Hwy 401, somewhere near Marysville, Ontario. Taken on July 30th, 2010 at 8:17PM, on my way from Ottawa to Toronto (Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4L @ f/16, 24mm, HDR, ISO 200).

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