jrtrent

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On photo SpeedCorner in the Athletics challenge (2 comments in total)
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jrtrent: Just a word of appreciation for your two entries. I gave 5-star ratings to three images in this challenge, and it turns out that two of them were yours. Thanks for letting me see such great pictures.

I noticed that your picture "The Fence Connection" turned out to be one of my two favorites in the more recent challenge Streets #6: Streets in Monochrome. Guess there's just something I like about the things you enter.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
On photo SpeedCorner in the Athletics challenge (2 comments in total)

Just a word of appreciation for your two entries. I gave 5-star ratings to three images in this challenge, and it turns out that two of them were yours. Thanks for letting me see such great pictures.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 12:06 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Sculpted by wind in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture challenge (15 comments in total)

A post-voting comment: I liked this picture very much, one of my favorites in the challenge. I wasn't there when you took it, so I could be all wrong in my assessment of it, but I get the impression looking at your picture that if I had been where you stood at that particular moment in time, what I'm seeing is pretty much what it actually looked like. To me, this is the whole point of taking a picture--capturing a memory of something one finds interesting, and capturing it in such a way that it looks pretty much the way my eyes saw it at the time. If you're there when the light is harsh and the background is light and hazy, then that's what a good picture will look like. I also like the composition; I don't get any sense that there's either too much or too little in the photograph, and all the elements strike me as complementary rather than jarring or out of place.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 13:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sagittarius in the What Do You Not Like About This Picture challenge (10 comments in total)

Apologies for not saying what I don't like, but in contrast to some other comments, I do like the composition and background. It's a statue in a park, and you've captured that reality very well. I like how the base of the statue and the archer's body and bow are repeated in the background by the low stone wall and the slightly leaning tree with a branch arching off to the left. Moving in closer or blurring the background would, in my opinion, detract from rather than enhance the picture.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:47 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Belly full and a smile on his face in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

It's not immediately obvious from the graph, but you did garner one 5-star vote. I thought this was a great picture, with interesting content and a clever title.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 14:13 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Socks again ?!?! in the Family Christmas challenge (1 comment in total)

I loved this title and picture. I don't know the real story, of course, but it's easy to imagine that socks as a gift have been a source of family amusement for almost as long as Sam has been alive.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 12:55 UTC as 1st comment
On photo My Gamo Compact Target Pistol in the Favourite things challenge (1 comment in total)

Very nice! I love my Pardini K58, also a single-stroke pneumatic, modified by former (now deceased) importer Don Nygord to include a dry fire mechanism.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 1st comment

Of course, I really know nothing of the person in this picture or her circumstances, but upon seeing it I was reminded of the description of the capable wife in Proverbs chapter 31; even the title, "One and Only," seems to parallel verse 29, ". . . Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all." Whatever the reality of the situation is, it's a beautiful portrait.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 13:29 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Racing The Rain in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Just wanted to say that I seem to like your pictures. I enjoyed "Quiet Morning" from an earlier challenge, and "Racing the Rain" is a 5-star effort in my opinion.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 00:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On Challenge:9720 (3 comments in total)
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maxola67: Rather boring pics.

Any picture featuring ice cream has an exciting appeal to it! I particularly enjoyed those entries that finished in 12th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 29th place.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On photo IMGP4177 in drummercam's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Nice photo and one of my favorites from the Pentax SLR challenge. It's a shame you decided to withdraw it.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:04 UTC as 1st comment
On photo My Son and 6 month old Grandson at a family reunion in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

I liked this shot, too. I hadn't heard of plagiocephaly before, and was happy to read that it's a common, treatable disorder with no known medical repercussions.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:9645 (3 comments in total)
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ws1967: there are quite a lot of pictures without any roof visible in the picture.So it is quite impossible to vote in a correct way for the pics in this challenge.

DPReview's voting tips say:

"Rate each image according to your own interpretation of:
◦how aesthetically pleasing is the image? AND
◦how well does the image meet (your interpretation of) the challenge's criteria (name, description & rules)"

In this challenge, if it's not evident that the garden is on a roof, then it gets a lower vote from me. Most challenges are like this--some entries fit the theme better than others, so we vote accordingly.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On photo My friend Piet in cgravel's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Sorry to have seen this entry removed from the challenge it was entered into; it was the only one I gave 5 stars to.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 23:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo smoko in the I Smoke challenge (1 comment in total)

I thought this was a great picture, and the only one I rated at 5 stars. Guess I was a bit out of step with other voters since there were only two other pictures I really liked, and they finished 58th and 59th.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 02:33 UTC as 1st comment

Yours was the image that I felt best exemplified the theme. Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:34 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9237 (7 comments in total)
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gfa5775: The concept should be what you can do with the cheap F/1.8 50mm lens, not the body it is on or relative mathamatical focal lengths.

I disagree. I've heard the term "nifty fifty" used at least since the 1970's and was typically used to acknowledge how useful the sometimes-derided 50mm kit lens could be. Not only was it reasonably fast (even low-cost models were about f/1.7 to f//2), it was usually optically among the best lenses in most manufacturers' lineups, was reasonably-priced, and provided a very useful, normal field of view. As Streetphoto pointed out below, the range of 40-60mm equivalent is also "normal" (Tamron's website says the same), and standard kit lenses I've seen ranged from 45mm to 58mm. A 50mm lens on an APS-C body is no longer a "nifty fifty" in the sense it was meant years ago because it no longer has the extremely versatile normal field of view.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Challenge:9237 (7 comments in total)
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Miwok: Wrong title for this challenge. If it's a 25 or 35mm, is not anymore a Nifty FIFTY!

Part of what makes a "nifty fifty" nifty is its field of view, so the focal length needs to be adjusted to match different sensor sizes.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
On Challenge:9210 (6 comments in total)

People are free to do what they want with their own pictures, I suppose, but I find the continuing trend of withdrawing entries after the voting has ended to be disappointing. I often go back to older challenges to enjoy some favorite photos again, but in this challenge, two of the three images I liked best have been withdrawn (those finishing in 35th and 44th place). Oh well, at least I still have "Morning frost & mist" to enjoy (which finished 10th, jointly).

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:8502 (15 comments in total)
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himotep: Dear ConanFuji, Idon't undertand why i've been dql. Rules said no bw nor sepia foto, my entry is partially desaturated. Can you explain, please?

Thanks for that explanation; I was a bit concerned that my voting was out of keeping with the challenge's intent when I rated pictures with reduced saturation a bit higher, viewing them as having a more retro look.

I should have picked up on the selective desaturation idea when you wrote that himotep "rubbed out" some colors that were there.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 13:38 UTC
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