Martin Ocando

Martin Ocando

Lives in Panama Panama, Panama
Works as a Photographer / IT
Has a website at http://500px.com/ocandophoto
Joined on Dec 14, 2004

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On a lady in red in the I Spy: women with red clothes (Read Rules) challenge (11 comments in total)

To senn_b: You can demonstrate that the original image is not a composite, but the extreme oversharpening job is evident. The halos around the subject are too strong. Obviously the challenge host failed to see it, and should have failed your image right on the spot. Simply because of this.
And it is also not fare to the other competitors with very good images in the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 01:19 UTC as 4th comment

This is the perfect combination, along with Facebook to have the public private-life experience. Now your life will be seen by the entire world like a movie. Bye bye intimacy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 23:22 UTC as 27th comment
On Rick Sammon's One Light Portrait challenge (13 comments in total)
In reply to:

l_objectif: Doesn't the rule say "Color images only"!?...

Yes. Rules also say they will be enforced during submission AND voting. We can't be all over this all the time.

B&W Images DQed, BTW. Thanks for the reminder ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 04:39 UTC
On Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms article (628 comments in total)

$ 4,000 worth of materials? Is that solid gold with diamonds? Come one. To another dog with that bone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:21 UTC as 128th comment
On Rick Sammon's Realistic HDR World challenge (9 comments in total)

Well, is no that the style is his, but is what he teaches, and I consider him one of the current masters of photography. Thus the tribute, which is the whole point of this challenge series.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 22:54 UTC as 4th comment
On Rick Sammon's Realistic HDR World challenge (9 comments in total)
In reply to:

CJ Lan: How is Rick Sammon's style of HDR images different from others? I guess my question is what exactly the style of HDR images I produce fits into this particular "theme." Please advise.

As the rules say, the idea is to show HDR images that increase dynamic range, and avoid as much as possible the "HDR" effect of extremely saturated and contrasty images.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 00:59 UTC
On Rick Sammon's Realistic HDR World challenge (9 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jan2009: Can host increase entry limit? please? this filled up so fast, or otherwise I can wait for next time if this challenge gets repeated.

Limit have been increased.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2012 at 06:04 UTC
On The Big Apple, a-la Berenice Abbott challenge (3 comments in total)

Sepia or Selenium toned images are allowed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 23:50 UTC as 2nd comment
On Americana, through the eyes of Pete Turner challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

Wildbegonia: Kudos to the creators of this challenge for it encourages exploring a subject matter, discovering the fine art of photography and reknown photographers.

Thanks. That is exactly the idea. If I can make at least one person to discover about some of the masters he never heard of before, and make him do some research on his work, I would feel I triumphed in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 15:42 UTC
On Americana, through the eyes of Pete Turner challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

chrisby: Dear hosts, I assume you require only the style of Americana and the American Way, but the photo could be taken anywhere in the world; is that true?

Of course. The rules does not mention that has to be taken in the US only. The american way have transcended frontiers all over the world. I find it to be even more challenging.
In fact, the two sample images were taken in Panama, not the US.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 15:36 UTC
On Fashion, in the spirit of Richard Avedon challenge (9 comments in total)

Excellent images, people. I have my favorites already. Let the best win. Thanks for your support, and to paying tribute to Richard Avedon. He'd be proud.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2012 at 01:20 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Fashion, in the spirit of Richard Avedon challenge (9 comments in total)

Minimum image size, 1024px on the long side. Why people don't read the rules, is beyond me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 18:20 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Fashion, in the spirit of Richard Avedon challenge (9 comments in total)

Read the rules, people. Don't risk getting DQed early. Black and White or Sepia / Selenium toned images ONLY.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 13:46 UTC as 7th comment
In reply to:

peevee1: Looks like the most useless zoom ever made.

Makes me remember the 43-86mm. Pretty useless lens. Walk 5 steps, you are at 86, step back 5 steps, you are at 43.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 22:58 UTC
On Canon releases promised Firmware v2.0.0 for EOS 7D article (104 comments in total)

It says "Originally Announced in June". Is released now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2012 at 19:03 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On Galen Rowell's Alpenglow challenge (26 comments in total)
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omoise: I am a little confused here. Is this challenge about the true "Alpenglow" as GR described it, or are any sunsets/sunrises accepted? After looking at all the submissions, I'm starting to believe I got the theme wrong...

Congratulations. As I said, my personal favorite was yours, although the winner and 1st runner up are equally outstanding images. Thanks all for participating, and get ready for the next challenge in our Mentor's Series.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2012 at 04:24 UTC
On Galen Rowell's Alpenglow challenge (26 comments in total)
In reply to:

omoise: I am a little confused here. Is this challenge about the true "Alpenglow" as GR described it, or are any sunsets/sunrises accepted? After looking at all the submissions, I'm starting to believe I got the theme wrong...

Thanks for the support, Frank. I feel pleased that you guys are liking the challenges. There are a ton to come, and the raw material is immense. So many masters to pay tribute to.
Even with Galen Rowell alone, there is still a Rock Climbing challenge, Nepal, Aerial photography, etc. Plenty to choose from.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2012 at 06:01 UTC
On Galen Rowell's Alpenglow challenge (26 comments in total)
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omoise: I am a little confused here. Is this challenge about the true "Alpenglow" as GR described it, or are any sunsets/sunrises accepted? After looking at all the submissions, I'm starting to believe I got the theme wrong...

The general idea is, if you see bright white or yellow edges on the clouds, or rays projecting radially, the sun is still above the horizon. If you wait a bit (on a sunset), or arrive earlier (in a sunrise) you will notice that the overall scene is quite dark, but the red light have a paint effect in everything it touches. Just look at the sample I posted. I was there waiting for my ride to work, at 5:25AM, and everything was dark. Suddenly I felt a warmish tone on everything around me, and when I looked up to the sky, the clouds were painted like that. It was awesome. But only lasted like 30 seconds or so. You have to be prepared. Thankfully I carry my camera everywhere I go.

I understand that my challenge created a lot of confusion, and the thing is, that Alpenglow is actually not a scientific term, and many times can be understood wrongly. I promise that my further challenges will be much clearer, and I will post several links for more information, on the description and rules.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 21:21 UTC
On Galen Rowell's Alpenglow challenge (26 comments in total)
In reply to:

Martin Ocando: Challenge have been cleaned and images having the sun or direct sunlight in it have been disqualified with the proper explanation to the competitor. I apologize for the late action, but I was busy.

As I told you on the DQ reason, your image is one of a kind, but it clearly shows sunlight, and some flare from an unset sun. I've been trying to clean up the challenge as much as I can, and there might still be some images with red light, but my appreciation is that is warm, and not direct. If I leave your image, it might be unfair for the competitors who posted real Alpenglow images.
I will double check the remaining images and DQ ones that I found that still have some sort of direct sunlight, or maybe I might reconsider and unDQ yours. I will keep you posted.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 15:18 UTC
On Galen Rowell's Alpenglow challenge (26 comments in total)
In reply to:

omoise: I am a little confused here. Is this challenge about the true "Alpenglow" as GR described it, or are any sunsets/sunrises accepted? After looking at all the submissions, I'm starting to believe I got the theme wrong...

By the way omoise, your image is one of a kind. I really hope it get better ratings in the coming days. Very well done, and worthy of Galen Rowell.
One thing that might help is to post larger images. Yours being only 800px on the long side doesn't do credit to the astonishing image you posted. I'm putting a minimum size restriction on my next challenges, so this will not happen again.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 03:35 UTC
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