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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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 32nd 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)
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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
On Strike a Pose challenge (5 comments in total)

Really clever idea for a challenge. I am voting on Sunday (PST), so I don't know if any entries were DQ'd. The animals entries should all be out, since they are clear violations of the "fully clothed" rule. I gave them all 0.5 scores (even the really cute ones), since that's the only score we're supposed to give images that violate challenge rules.

Only one naked human subject left in. Again, really cute shot (so it definitely fits the "lighthearted" theme, and the bit about getting us viewers to smile). But a naked kid wearing a bandana on its head does not, of course, equal "FULLY clothed." Another reluctant 0.5 score on that one.

But there are so many fantastic images in this challenge. Congrats to the host, for coming up with a theme that brought out some real creativity in many of the entrants.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Cute pose in the Strike a Pose challenge (3 comments in total)

I love the composition. And it does fit the part of the challenge that says "lighthearted" and the part about getting viewers to smile.

But also, a clear violation of the "subject must be *fully* clothed rule. As such, I can't give it more than a 0.5 score.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On molly in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

(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.) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (17 comments in total)

In terms of photographic skill, I think this is an easy 5.0. In terms of the model's ability, it's also a 5.0. But I'm not totally sure how well this fits into the challenge theme. For a theme of "Take your best model shot." or "Create a cover for a fitness magazine" challenge, I think this is a winner.

But the challenge rules seem to call for a photo that will make the viewer smile. Something "lighthearted." Your photo is a "Wow, that's really amazing" type of shot. But lighthearted?? Not at all.

When we all vote in December or January for "Best photos of the year," this image of yours will be in my top 5, I suspect. But (for me, at least), it doesn't work for this particular challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On abby: favorite female (feline) poser in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

(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.) :-)

(For me, a collar does not = 'fully clothed,' although maybe other judges will disagree.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Daaahling........ in the Strike a Pose challenge (2 comments in total)

Love the facial expression and the tilt of the head, and also love how the thumb & finger balance out the subject's head. The fingers being cut off don't bother me, since it's such an unusual composition.

Very nice soft lighting. You really created a moody scene.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On peñalara (33) in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

Lovely photo of the landscape. As an environmental portrait, it falls short for me, due to (1) the tiny size of the subject's face, and (2) that the face is in shadow. Given the above, it might have been more effective to do some major cropping, so that we'd still see the rock, the mountains & sky, but now the girl's body and face would take up much more of the screen.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:50 UTC as 1st comment
On Contemmplating Spring in the Strike a Pose challenge (6 comments in total)

(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.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:47 UTC as 1st comment | 5 replies
On Bijou in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

(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.) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:45 UTC as 1st comment
On ... in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

I gave only a 1/2 point, b/c the rules say that the model must be fully clothed. Even if the cat is wearing pants (heh), you've given us animal porn . . . she's clear posing topless! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:43 UTC as 1st comment
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