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On Sunset Backlight in the One Red Leaf challenge (2 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: I really liked this photo. I thought it was very creative and a bit different. I don't know why it did relatively badly in the voting (even worse than my entry!)

Thanks for your comment. It was an interesting sight to observe but certainly not a technically good photo or even particularly well composed with the distracting block shadows. It was eye catching for me and the memory of that evening stroll on Lake Geneva still lingers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:43 UTC
On -By The Sea- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (3 comments in total)

"The total entry limit is now set at 55, might slightly increase the limit if this challenge is well received." An increase to 175 redefines 'slightly'.

The great response to the theme warrants a series of challenges. I'm still happy to participate with an entry, but just less likely to vote in this staggeringly large challenge with lots of worthy entries.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 03:02 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Hairy Hawker Dragonfly . in the It flies!!! challenge (6 comments in total)

Amazing capture just to get it in the frame in flight. Nice work. This critter must have been the inspiration for some Disney animated characters.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 02:03 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Cormorant taking off in the It flies!!! challenge (31 comments in total)

Spectacular capture!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 01:56 UTC as 29th comment

This will be a great service. Knowing that a lens has been expertly tested and adjusted provides some real comfort.

I had inquired at LensRentals about a year ago if they would sell lenses that they had tested to be 'above average' in performance among their copies and offered to pay a premium price. Like many others I would just like to avoid the hassle of evaluating 3-4 copies of a lens to find a keeper. This would be ideal, but I heartily welcome their new program.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:16 UTC as 24th comment
On Santa riding Bicycle in the The Bicycle challenge (1 comment in total)

Fun subject capture. Would benefit a lot from cropping, straightening, white balance, and saturation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 1st comment
On Sumo wrestlers return from training in the The Bicycle challenge (2 comments in total)

Wish you had cropped this. It is a great subject capture.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 13:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On Yellowstone Buffalo Crossing in the A Stroll By The River or Lake challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, poppyjk, on third place in 'A Stroll by the River or Lake' challenge. Each time I view this entry it makes me smile, and I wonder who is enjoying the stroll more, you or the buffalo? It is a really great capture, with beautiful colours, textures, light and shade, as well as the movement of buffalo, water and steam vents. Ruth :-)

Thank you, RuthC, for your colorful comment. We were completely awestruck by everything in Yellowstone. Glad to have made it once and hope to do it again. This was a thrilling scene and was preceded by 20 or so buffalo running past us 10 feet away when we were on the boardwalk to the Morning Glory Pool.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
On Big Lobster - Small Bag in the -Stressed@Work- (BW+Border) challenge (2 comments in total)
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Tourlou: It's not a lobster. it's a well "langouste" in french.

Thanks for the clarification and education. I knew it was not like a Maine lobster with the big claws but did not know what to call it and was too lazy to do a search.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 01:13 UTC

This is a great shot. Please put a border on it so it does not get disqualified.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 1st comment

Nice composition. Needs a border to stay in the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 23:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Last Leaf on a Redbud Tree in the One Yellow Leaf challenge (4 comments in total)

Thank you all for your comments. This view is from the deck in back of our house, and I enjoy it as the seasons change

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 20:23 UTC as 1st comment
On Galapagos Seal Beach in the A Day at the Beach (Nature) challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: poppyjk, I did request 'NO scantily-clad bodies on the beach' in this challenge, but I've allowed your lazy sunbathers to remain. :-) This is a wonderful capture of the seals enjoying some R&R. Great colours, and contrasts within the picture. Ruth :-)

Thanks RuthC. The Galapagos were awesome and post-processing is fun.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2014 at 00:49 UTC
On The Seven Man Made Wonders of the World challenge (4 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I've been to every single one of these places!

Regarding Yukatan. 1) You've spelt it wrong - should be Yucatan. 2) Yucatan is not a man-made wonder. It is a state in Mexico. There are some very nice ruins in Yucatan (e.g., Palenque, Chitzen Itza), but Yucatan itself is not a man-made wonder.


Some irony in your comment. You properly corrected the spelling of Yukatan to Yucatan but seem to have overlooked that the host did specify Chichen Itza and not just the whole Yucatan ... and humorously you misspelled Chichen Itza as "Chitzen Itza".
Maybe a little less quick-draw in your criticism next time.

You are fortunate to have traveled to all these places.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 17:31 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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orion1983: Has picture 148 been shot through the front window of a driving car?! If so, it's pure nonsense as this would severly bias the image quality! If not so, one has to hope that the two blurred spots (on the right and left, in the blue sky) are not derived from sensor particles!!!

Just wondering about your credibility as a critic, orion1983. You have no gear listed and no photos in galleries or challenges to establish any credibility. Of course #148 is taken from a moving car in the 2nd of 4 lanes of a superhighway. How many pocket cameras can focus with that kind of resolution at 50+mph? Seems like your hobby is criticizing reviews of small cameras rather than photography itself.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 15:38 UTC

For me a 'good' photograph or series inspires awe, enriches the moment, opens my mind and heart, arouses curiosity, and motivates me to go see and photographically capture similar scenes while improving technique. This can include subjects of stark reality.

The Sony series do not do this for me. Instead, after viewing most of the series on the Sony site I feel puzzled, sad, depressed, and distinctly unimpressed by the consistent 'flat light look' of subjects and that created by post-processing. These are a poor advertisement for Sony, and I own Sony and Canon equipment.

Unique does not equal good.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 36th comment
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ConanFuji: Congratulations. I think it would be more striking if the subjects are on Rule of Thirds. However I think you have your reasons. Perhaps the right hand side was occupied.
Some vignetting might be useful too. But hey, what do I know :-)

Thanks. You are right. Utility meters on the right but looks better with less wall on the left and with some vignetting. Like this http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4267915067/photos/2855017/young-love-2

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
On Sunset over Fifla in the Shining Sun challenge (1 comment in total)

Oh, my goodness!! What a magnificent shot!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 19:47 UTC as 1st comment
On Autumn Leaf in the Autumn Macro challenge (5 comments in total)

This is incredible!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2013 at 15:19 UTC as 3rd comment
On Antelope Canyon Sandfall in the Natural Rock Formations challenge (2 comments in total)

Cool shot. Never seen this kind of sand action except in an hour glass.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:30 UTC as 2nd comment
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