santamonica812

santamonica812

Lives in United States CA, United States
Has a website at www.pbase.com/santamonica
Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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On P7118841 in the Geometric challenge (7 comments in total)

Love the photo. Hate the lazy and meaningless title...far worse than having no title at all.

Well-deserved win. Lovely composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 4th comment

Offered in freshwater and saltwater versions??? I don't understand. If I have a saltwater version, why on earth would that not work perfectly in fresh waters? (I understand, of course, why the reverse would not be true . . . salt can corrode, so I can see why one would not bring a freshwater version into the ocean/sea.)

What am I missing or overlooking?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 22:28 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On Living on the Edge in the Living dangerously challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm not sure if this meets the challenge theme. "Risk should be obvious in the image."

I don't see it. The ground could be 2 inches below the chipmunk. . . there's nothing at all in the photograph to suggest great depth below.

I love the photo. But just not for this particular challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 1st comment
On Alone in the somethings missing - mirror challenge (1 comment in total)

To my eye, the subject in this image is clearly the child...my eye goes directly to her. If so, then this is not a great choice for this challenge, as neither she nor her reflection is cut off in any way.

If the window is your subject, then it does fit the challenge. But then it would work much better if the child was not in the image, since the photo you submitted has a hugely distracting element (ie, the kid) that takes attention away from your actual subject.

I *LOVE* this photo. Just not for this particular challenge. :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:49 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_2081-bw in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

Really like the image--quite cute composition.
Really hate the title--lazy, meaningless, and far worse than having no title at all.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 1st comment
On Winter walking in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

I tend to love images of people using umbrellas. But this photo has zero indications of winter. Rain does not equal winter at all. And the photo was taken in March, which is a month almost no one associates with winter.

So, I like the actual photo. Just don't think it's a good fit for this particular challenge.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 1st comment
On The Cold Women of New York A73Q2730-1-2 in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the image. I really dislike that you identified yourself in your photo's caption . . . not cool to do in a DPR challenge.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Winter people challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

EXX: It is not clear to me that it must be B&W. In the introduction you state: " Shot must be taken outdoor and presented in B&W", but in the additional rules it says: "When entering a B&W picture, be sure conversion didn't involve contrast enhancing, sharpening and so on..." which implies colour pictures are allowed as well.

EXX,
I'm confused by your post. I am not sure in what way "contrast enhancing, sharpening, etc..." suggests a color image.

Per the host; there were no DQs re this issue. But when a rule says, "When entering a B & W image..." and elsewhere says, "...must be presented in B & W...", that sure seems crystal-clear to me.

I feel like I am overlooking/missing the ambiguity in the language that you (and the host as well??) think is in the rules and challenge description. :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 10:22 UTC
On Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples article (154 comments in total)

No RAW? This is a camera for beginners, not for serious photographers. (If it was a camera with features that a pro or serious amateur would use, I'd definitely consider a camera like this for my big trips, as my backup camera to my DSLR)

The bar has been set (albeit a low bar). I have no doubt that Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc will soon come out with non-sucky versions within the next year or two.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 01:43 UTC as 10th comment
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)

Nice story for April Fools Day.

Question: Where does one buy one of those arm thingies? No stores in the LA area seem to carry them, and Amazon.com is out of stock until mid-June.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 21:29 UTC as 59th comment

12 bucks a year sounds great, even if used only as a third backup options.

I have about 9 TB of photos (RAW + TIFF & PSD). How do I get my photos from my computer to the cloud? Obviously, I can't upload them. . . by my rough calculations, that would take more than 6-8 months of continuous uploads (ie, 24 hours a day)--assuming that my upload speed stayed constant and at the advertised speed (hah!!!). In real life, probably about 18 months of doing this constant uploading, as I'll be using my computer to do other things at the same time.

I assume serious photographers will be uploading RAW and TIFF files, with JPGs used as images for web use only. So, I expect that pros, semi-pros, and serious amateurs will all have backups of 1 TB and higher. I'm not understanding the logistics . . . how are people managing to get such a huge volume of data uploaded in a reasonable time-frame????

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On DSC_0195 in the High speed photography challenge (1 comment in total)

I think this shot is much more in keeping with the challenge theme than your other entry. You did a great job capturing the 'decisive moment.' If this had been taken at a different time of day, it would be very dramatic. Unfortunately, this seems to be a photo taken around mid-day. Hard lighting, which meant that the most interesting part of the shot is in shadows, and the non-shadow area is all washed out, and therefore uninteresting. I'd love to see this photo, taken at 5:30 in the afternoon. But this just doesn't work. For me, anyway.

A side point: The lazy and meaningless title detracts from your image. Having no title at all would be much much much better than leaving your RAW file name . . . this just screams out, "I cared so little about my entry that I could not be bothered to spend 13 seconds to put in a title that actually says something about the image."

Judges in real photo competitions often look at the titles. Many voters here do the same. My 2 cents! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 09:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (17 comments in total)
In reply to:

Octane: Thanks to everyone who voted and commented!

Congrats on the win. Vox populi . . . the voters have definitely spoken. You already know you'll have my vote at the "DPR image of the year" challenge, at the end of 2015. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 08:22 UTC
On _MG_4506 in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Love the image. Hate the lazy and meaningless title...much worse than having no title at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Window Meet BB in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Clever idea for this challenge, I think.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:37 UTC as 1st comment
On broken antenna in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (3 comments in total)

Ruth,
But it sure *looks* broken. When I saw this photograph and its caption, I had to smile. For me, some of the most successful animal photographs are ones that anthropomorphize. (Or whatever the actual term is, when we turn part of an animal into a man-made object, as in this case.)

I think the overall effect has much more impact than if some jerk had not come by earlier and bent the poor bug's antenna. How's it supposed to get good radio reception now?!? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:35 UTC as 2nd comment
On tap in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Is this a macro photo? It's a close-up, to be sure. But I don't think it's an actual macro.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:30 UTC as 1st comment
On Contemmplating Spring in the Strike a Pose challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

santamonica812: (As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

(Sorry, fully clothed does not equal a fur coat. I would not accept a human image, under the explanation, "Well, she's wearing a skin coat.")

Clever idea. But, nope, not for this challenge. (Even though my own dogs are absolutely part of my own family.)

Damn you. With such a heartwarming story, I now have to raise the score I had given.

Plus a few brownie points for you, and for all dog-rescuers, out there. Now stop, before you melt even more of my cold, cynical, heart. And what kind of lawyer would I be, then?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
On Cute pose in the Strike a Pose challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

JohntheBomb: I really need to start reading the rules more clearly sorry x

No worries. It is a really cute image, and (the clothing rule aside) fits *perfectly* into the challenge theme.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
On Contemmplating Spring in the Strike a Pose challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

santamonica812: (As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

(Sorry, fully clothed does not equal a fur coat. I would not accept a human image, under the explanation, "Well, she's wearing a skin coat.")

Clever idea. But, nope, not for this challenge. (Even though my own dogs are absolutely part of my own family.)

Well, it is a really adorable dog, so I get the urge to submit the photo. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:35 UTC
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