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2014 Wallpaper Calendar for your desktop

Wallpaper Calendar Darwin ZIalcita MotoGP Sepang Malaysia Canon 7D

Wallpaper Calendar Darwin ZIalcita MotoGP Sepang Malaysia Canon 7D

Images are in 1920×1200, perfect fit for mackbooks and LED screens with slight cropping for some PC users.

Click image, right click, then save to your computer, then right click the .png file and set as desktop background.

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April MotoGP Calendar valentino rossi darwin zialcita canon photography photographer

April MotoGP Calendar valentino rossi darwin zialcita canon photography photographer

 

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repsol, honda, motogp, malaysia, darwin zialcita, motogp photographer, motogp photography

 

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10 Tips On Watermarking a Photograph – Watermark is Art.

10 Tips On Watermarking a Photograph – Watermark is Art
by Darwin Zialcita

There has been an issue stirring about the photograph property rights lately within my photography group. In fact it has been a perennial dilemma since digital photography existed. I for example, have been a victim of plagiarism when random people claim that a photograph of mine belongs to them. That is why I decided to write about it.

First, let us admit it, once it is online — it’s going to become everybody’s property. Social media would spread the photo you upload like wildfire and there’s nothing you can do to stop it from being downloaded and used by others. That is why professional digital photographers watermark their images.

However a lot of photographers think that watermarking an image is just an easy task by batch processing it, a watermark should always be well thought of. Honestly, I really am not a fan of watermarks that are huge and bold. They are obtrusive and they ruin the beauty of the image. Who wants a grotesque image that looks like a stolen stock photo?

Let me share some tips on proper watermarking.

1. Minimalism – a very small font text at the corner of the image is the best looking watermark. This is very common and it is the most professional looking of all methods. You can write all the Exif info of the photograph or even just your nickname. This method is very clean and unobtrusive, however this method can be easily be cropped by any plagiarizer.

2. A watermark is a part of the photograph. – Yes, it is not just a text you randomly put over your image. Whenever you take a photo, consider where you will put your watermark in your post processing. The watermark should part of the composition when taking a photo. As a magazine photographer, I imagine where the writer will add his paragraphs, sometimes I put enough space for and overcast sky, a clean tarmac or a very blurred background with a smooth bokeh – a very nice place to put a watermark.

3. The watermark is still art, follow rule of thirds. – place it in a way that is pleasing to the eye, not just sticking it dead centre into the photo. See also number 2.

4. Imagine what a plagiarizer will do.Think like a criminal to catch a criminal. Imagine how a photo thief will crop your photo. Put your watermark in a way that when the person crops away your watermark, the image would be utterly useless. Put it also in a way where a clone stamp will be hard to use.

5. Typography!!! – A watermerk is usually made of a text, choose the right font. Observe proper kerning, font size, not too fancy, not too boring, very readable and never use comic sans. Typography is a whole new world in graphic design. Google “typography” and you will know what i mean.

6. Colourwhite is the safest colour for a watermark. But, you still have the freedom to choose your colour as long as it blends with the photo. Put your watermark over the part of the photo where it can be easily be visible. If it is white, put it over a smooth and dark area of the photo, like the vignette at the corner. I like using white watermarks even on bright photos, sometimes I use the burn tool to darken the area just to put my white watermark over it.

7. Be creative with the name – choose a nice name for your watermark that best describes you and your photograph. You can use your real name, your company’s name or just a nickname. Some photographers write the photo description with the whole EXIF data and some do put their URL or twitter account. If you are a fashion photographer, you can just put the name of the model. Nothing wrong with that. Depends on the purpose of the photo.

8. Use opacity – I usually forget this but this helps a lot if you want your watermark be inscopicuous.

9. Try to consider Creative Commons – it allows you to license your photographs. It is like copyrighting for the general public and artists. Try to research more about The Creative Commons if you are interested.

10. KEEP THE ORIGINALS! – Before adding watermark always have a copy of the ORIGINAL! Many fall into this dodgy trap. Batch automating 1000 photos with watermarks then realize you made a wrong spelling on your name. You are going to have a bad time. You can use automators like ACDSee Pro (very reliable), Picasa, Lightroom, and the very mighty Photoshop.

Hope you liked my short article. Watermark responsibly!

darwin zialcitamotogp photographer

darwin zialcita
motogp photographer

Darwin Zialcita is a professional MotoGP and racing photographer from the Philippines. Also fan of extreme sports, outdoor sports, contact sports and travel photography.

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Wallpaper Calendar 2013

Wallpaper Calendar 2013

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MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi on a Ducati, Sepang, Malaysia 2012.
Canon 7D, 300mm f4: IS USM, 1/400sec f/4 ISO 200

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Casey stoner, motogp, repsol, honda, sepang, darwin zialcita, motogp photoprapher

Casey stoner, motogp, repsol, honda, sepang, darwin zialcita, photoprapher

Marc Marquez Repsol honda Hand Guard canon 7d 300mm f4

Marc Marquez Repsol honda Hand Guard canon 7d 300mm f4

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News Moto Magazine | 1st Issue Preview

News Moto, a new motorcycle racing magazine in the Philippines, did some lay-outing and put my photography in it.

 

MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

 

News Moto, MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

 

News Moto, MotoGP Photography, Project 85, Darwin Zialcita

New 2012 Project 85 calendar is out! Racing for a cause.

A beautifully crafted 6 page 8″ x 5.5″ glossy calendar for your desk. Hand made and well designed in-house.

For PH friends, you can order one for only Php150.00 + shipping.

For the rest of the world, it’s only US$10.00 + shipping.

For orders, email me at darwin.zialcita@gmail.com for inquiry or leave a comment on or facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/project85

All proceeds will go the the Racing Ministry, supporting out of school youngsters at the grassroot level of motorcycle racing.

Project85 faithfully supports Philippine racing sport and racing talents. Such as Mokoy Ancheta, J.E. and many more (only moral support for now LOL),

Our dream is to bring PH talents to international level and be a Christ-like example to the aspiring youth. Get a calendar and help a talent!

MotoGP Photography | Sepang Malaysia | OCT 2011

MotoGP Photography. Project 85 visits MotoGP races every year since 2007 and take photographs. Sepang, Malaysia is our favourite destination for now.

More MotoGP Sepang photos on our Facebook page:

Rest of the gallery in my FB page…

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150345138052998.350922.676047997&type=3

Also a tribute to Marco Simoncelli on this page

https://darwinzialcita.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=620&action=edit

Ciao, Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011 | 58 photos of Marco 58

Ciao Marco Simoncelli.

It was tragic when the we found out about Marco, we were the first ones to know and we could not stop crying. Marco was such a character in MotoGP. When these things happen, nothing else matter. It sad when the reason i love this sport is also why it sucks sometimes. He will be missed. Sepang Malaysia 2011 was very memorable.

This is a MotoGP Photography set. 58 Photos of Marco Simoncelli

Build 01: 2005 YAMAHA YZR-M1 Valentino Rossi | Valencia Edition

An old hobby restored. Plastic scale modeling. This is Tamiya’s 1:12 2005 YAMAHA YZR-M1. Now completed! 7 months work with Gucci Zialcita.

Visit this gallery on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150330733164642.365369.258438009641&type=1

Motegi Grand Prix of Japan [INFOGRAPHIC]

We made a readable infographic for this Sunday’s race – The Japanese Grand Prix.

The  Twin Ring Motegi track has been delayed (moved from April to October) for the second time in 2 years succession. Last year was the untimely eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, and this 2011′ delay is caused by the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents.

Because of an awesome job of rebuilding the track after several emotional and media conflicts between the paddock, finally we can go ahead to Japan.

Thanks to http://www.motogp.com/ for facts and numbers

Click the image to enlarge, right-click it to download the poster on your desktop. :)

Aragon GP [INFOGRAPHIC]

Gran Premio De Aragon Racing Numbers. I made a simple illustrative infographic for this Sunday’s race, some facts, statistics and artwork. To enlarge, just click the image, right click and download. :)