jrtrent

jrtrent

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On 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.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 00:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On Ice Creams challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On IMGP4177 photo 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:04 UTC as 1st comment

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.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Rooftop Garden challenge (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.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On My friend Piet photo 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.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 23:18 UTC as 1st comment
On 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.

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:34 UTC as 1st comment
On Nifty Fifty challenge (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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Nifty Fifty challenge (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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
On The Month - February challenge (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).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 1st comment
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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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 13:38 UTC
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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?

Just curious, ConanFuji--in a post below you wrote, "I would prefer a shot old car post processed to have that retro look." As I look at pictures using older color processes (such as Autochrome), they appear to have much less intense color than what pops out of a modern digital camera. Of course, I haven't seen the image in question, but wouldn't some de-saturation be appropriate to attaining that retro look?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:18 UTC
On Pregnant with "Super Baby" in the PREGNANT challenge (1 comment in total)

Outstanding picture! But I guess I was the only one who saw it that way.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 01:14 UTC as 1st comment
On Human portrait at Sunset IV challenge (3 comments in total)
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Arnie C Rose: As I scrolled through and voted, I noticed that many of these images are not really portraits, but candid images and "street" shooting on the beach. I submitted a "more formal" portrait-style image.

Not sure what the challenge host had in mind.

There are definitely different ideas about what a portrait is. I like this definition from Wikipedia:

"A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer."

In any portrait challenge, the closer an image gets to meeting the criteria in that definition, the higher I rate it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 14:26 UTC
On Food Photography challenge (14 comments in total)

The host said, "Show us the food that makes your mouth water." I guess my idea of mouthwatering food is different than the norm as most of my favorites finished below 100th place. Lots of nice pictures, though.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 17:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Over Roasted Sausages in the Food Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

The most tantalizingly delicious-looking entry in the challenge! I can practically smell and taste them just looking at that picture.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 04:00 UTC as 1st comment
On Halloween is over (sigh)... in the Pumpkins challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice picture and great title. One of my favorites in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 01:54 UTC as 1st comment
On Eagle Nest, NM challenge (8 comments in total)
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DougSchuch: I think we should give them all one half star since they really have nothing to do with Eagle's Nest, New Mexico. That way we'll have the first challenge where all the images are winners with the lowest possible rating. We have a chance to make history here.

That makes sense to me--half-stars it is. I enjoyed the pictures I saw when doing a web search for images of Eagle Nest, New Mexico.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:18 UTC
On the sun, my tea...I'm fine like that in the Human portrait at Sunset III challenge (2 comments in total)
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janeenadamsmartin: Great, natural photo and a caption that captures the essence of the photo's attitude. I wish sunset was more apparent

I agree with janeenadamsmartin, and this was my favorite picture in the challenge. Though perhaps the sunset could have been more apparent, the warm tones plus the angle and length of shadows let us know the sun was getting low in the sky.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 13:46 UTC
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