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Did anyone take photos at the GCT Miami last year?

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  • Did anyone take photos at the GCT Miami last year?

    I really want to go this year and try and get some photos of horses jumping with the ocean in the background but I am not a professional photographer. Does the poor non-paying public get a good vantage point to take photos facing the ring with the ocean on the other side? If you took photos there last year what lens did you use? Is a 70-200mm enough range? Thanks
    You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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    The poor non-paying public can sit anywhere in the Grandstand for free:
    Free Admittance for Spectators

    Access to the public grandstand seating for all days of this event will be free! These seats can not be reserved, they will be available on a first come, first served basis each day so you are advised to get there early to avoid disappointment if you would like to watch the competitions from the public seating.

    There will be areas for people to stand and watch along the side of the arena where you will be up-close to the incredible jumps as the horses and riders take to the course. The public can enjoy the fantastic shopping at the Prestige Village along-side the competition arena. These areas are also free to access.



    Get there early and you'll be pretty darn close.
    Let me apologize in advance.

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    • #3
      Yes, I have photos of jumping with a cruise ship in the back
      i used a zoom lens, but I probably didn't need one. I could have used my normal lens and cropped the photos. Go early to get good seats and bring a hat, sunscreen and a umbrella (just don't use it while anything is going on)

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      • #4
        I know a photographer EquinePhotoz on Instagram took pictures last year. I don't think she was affiliated with the show in any way so you could ask her. She's very nice.

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          Thanks all. I just wasn't sure of how it is laid out. I like to be close to the in gate so I can get photos of riders praising their horses on their way out but I also want to try and get some photos of horses jumping with the ocean in the background. I thought the VIP seating might be in the prime location I want to be directly across from the Oceanside. No umbrella for me but I'll wear a hat and bring water.
          You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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            #6
            Thanks AdultAmmyLife I follow Farrah aka equinephotoz on IG too. We take photos at many of the same shows but it looks like she is a professional photographer as she offers photo shoots, etc.
            You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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            • #7
              I'm sad that they changed the schedule this year and moved the show a week later, instead of the week following WEF. This will be the first year I won't be able to attend.

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              • #8
                You can totally get up close and personal with the horses at the gate, warm-up ring, and next to the ring. The best thing to do is get there early, pay for a rental for a lounge chair and umbrella for the day (something like $25-35), and set up shop. The chairs are literally like 20 feet from the ring on the beach and you can just walk back and forth. I have awesome pictures I took using my iPhone! Bring a cooler with your own beverages and drinks. It's awesome!

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                  Thanks Pancakes... that sounds like a plan
                  You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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                  • #10
                    I was credentialed media for a European outlet...I know EquinePhotoz personally. It's a small arena, so a 70-200mm will be plenty if you are standing from the side facing the VIP area. If you are on the free spectator end (or the credentialed end), 70-200mm still works, but you might want to bump up to a 300mm for extra zoom. You can use a kit lens for the 300. That's what EquinePhotoz used...a 55-300mm 4.5-5.6/f kit lens. I used the 70-200mm 2.8/f and so did every other pro photographer there. You *might* get some jumping shots with the ocean in the background from the stands, but it will be limited/unvaried, so you definitely better go for a 300mm. Even being credentialed, we were shuffled around and weren't allowed to stand under the VIP rail to get waterfront shots after the first day. Quite frustrating as those are the money shots and media was allowed there last year, but I digress.

                    It's hot as hell. I was talking with Laura Kraut during the 2015 World Cup and we both didn't know why they don't put some kind of shade or covering over the spectator bleachers. But hey, it's free. 100 SPF sunscreen, big floppy hat, long sleeves wicking shirt, liters of water, and I soaked one of those towels you twist to cool you off and put that around my neck, which helped a lot. You'll get burned so badly and feel sick otherwise, so take care!

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                    • #11
                      I was one of the OPs there last year and it's honestly one of my least favorite places to shoot...it's hot, the area where you can get ocean photos from (on the rail under VIP) is littered with wires and cords and you have a sliver to walk in, plus horses are sometimes spooky of people there (Only OPs were allowed to shoot from there last year) When I shot from the public bleachers I shot with a 200-400 f/4

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                        Originally posted by ACTOSF View Post
                        I was one of the OPs there last year and it's honestly one of my least favorite places to shoot...it's hot, the area where you can get ocean photos from (on the rail under VIP) is littered with wires and cords and you have a sliver to walk in, plus horses are sometimes spooky of people there (Only OPs were allowed to shoot from there last year) When I shot from the public bleachers I shot with a 200-400 f/4
                        Were you credentialed media last year, too? They would not let anyone beside Noelle Floyd magazine shoot from under the VIP rail after Thursday's class. Of course, the official photographers, SportFot, can shoot from anywhere, and the legendary Sefano Grasso can shoot from the VIP stands and where ever he damn well pleases, as he should be...been shooting that tour since the beginning of time.

                        On Friday, a group of us tried to shoot from the stairs in the corner of the VIP platform...we were in no one's way...not even close to any tables, food, etc. They let us shoot maybe for 20 minutes there and then had us move again. Very frustrating. My days were 17 hours of shooting. It definitely is a tough venue to get good vantage points, even if credentialed, as they don't have any reserved/sectioned off spots along the "public" rail facing the VIP. And the spectator end gets impossibly crowded. Before I put in for my credentials again this year, I'm asking if we are guaranteed to be able to shoot under the VIP rail or in the corner of the VIP stands and if the American Invitational is being dropped.

                        And due to the rule changes of the unsuccessful of the debut of the Global League, I didn't see the American Invitational on the schedule, so they might be dropping that class. Shame. I wish it had remained in Tampa. When they moved it to Miami in 2014, I was there and it was so disorganized, even though trasitioning from one football stadium to another shouldn't be brain surgery. Footing was awful so top riders and horses were withdrawing. No public walking the course beforehand and getting autographs from the riders like in Tampa, which is why I flew halfway across the country for this special GP event. My dad and I were irate!

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                          Originally posted by bringing_up_baby View Post

                          Were you credentialed media last year, too? They would not let anyone beside Noelle Floyd magazine shoot from under the VIP rail after Thursday's class. Of course, the official photographers, SportFot, can shoot from anywhere, and the legendary Sefano Grasso can shoot from the VIP stands and where ever he damn well pleases, as he should be...been shooting that tour since the beginning of time.
                          No, I shoot for James Parker and we had clients there last year and the year before. We are allowed to shoot from wherever. I did fall into the ocean on the first day. The tide was so damn high that the water came almost up to the ring, I didn't have any camera with me thankfully, but I did lose a flip flop to the waves lol.

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                            Thank you all so much. I was looking at aerial shots of the arena and I suspected I'd be sol to get ocean background shots. Not sure if I'll go or not. It sounds like fun and looks amazing until you realize the constraints especially as an amateur photographer. I just bought the D500 and I have the 70-200 f2.8 with a 1.4 tc so I think that would work but I don't know what kind a shots I'd get from the vantage point I could be. Even at WEF I try very hard to stay out of the way of the professional photographers although it is sometimes hard to know who is who. I'm just doing it for fun, a little bit of social media and to learn so I definitely never want to get in the way of somebody doing this for a living. I'll be looking for all your photographs if I don't go. :-)
                            You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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                            • #15
                              If you have the chance to go to that show- go! At least one time. Regardless of the pictures, it's just a cool, fun venue, with a very unique setting. I've never seen another show like it, and I've been to many, many horse shows.

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                                #16
                                Thanks MHM. Yes me too... many many shows. I'm adjusting my expectations.
                                You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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                                  MHM Just wanted to give you a big thank you shoutout!! ❤
                                  I had a blast at LGCT Miami today and I took a ton of photos. There was a good wind so it wasn't too hot and I sat at the top of the bleachers next to a Swedish pro photographer there on vacation with her daughter so she gave me some tips.
                                  You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!

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                                  • #18
                                    ^ I'm glad you had a good time! I've gotten some very cool pictures there in the past with just an iPhone, so I'm sure anyone with an actual camera would get amazing shots.

                                    As I said before, that show is worth a visit with or without a camera. I hope to get back there next year.

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