santamonica812

santamonica812

Lives in United States CA, United States
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Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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On Hope and resignation in the Eastern Africa: Their People challenge (4 comments in total)
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bettyhilda: Distracting backkground and too dark under cap of smaller boy? Otherwise I like the expressions which nicely illustrate the challenge title.

I'd largely agree with BH's observations (although the shadow under the cap does not bother me at all).

But that explains the scores of 2.0-3.0 Does not explain the three low scores. Some unfortunate examples of sandbagging, in my opinion. I liked your image a lot.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:14 UTC
On Naughty Shadows in the Laughing Camera challenge (4 comments in total)

Great image, and a well-deserved win. I wish the composition has been just a TOUCH different...my eyes are begging for the very top of the spire (plus a small bit of sky on top of it) to have been included. If only the lens had been 8mm instead of 9mm. :-)

A good example of a photo perfectly matched with a challenge theme. Really nicely done!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 1st comment

Very interesting series of comments, and it raises all sorts of interesting metaphysical arguments. :-)

What does it mean to be a nomad--within the context of this challenge? The host deliberately left this vague...there is no rule at all to guide us. So, I think it seems reasonable to give an expansive reading, and allow a wide variety of entries. Here, the long-neck villagers (historically) used to wander extensively, although they are now much more settled. Is the current activity what controls? The historical activity?? Could you submit an image of the Lakota (American) Indians--a tribal culture centered around movement? For the past century, they've been stuck in reservations, so they don't move around any more. But they definitely *were* nomads, and I think that controls.

(If not for the "adult subjects only" rule, I wanted to submit an image of a group of children playing together, with one kid crawling in another direction. A nomad at heart, I think.) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 18:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Humboldt Coast in the Sea to Shining Sea : California challenge (1 comment in total)

Lovely image. The use of 3 (outcroppings, or whatever they're called) was a great compositional choice . . . series of threes is naturally pleasing to the eye, and really adds to the mood of your image.

Nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 11:49 UTC as 1st comment
On When Lions Attack in the Eastern Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)

Wow. I've been on about 75 game drives, in 7 or 8 countries, and I've never seen a close-up kill like this. Thanks for sharing. I am green with jealousy. (Jealous as a photographer, that is ... As a vegetarian, I tend to root for the ungulates on general principle.) :-)

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 00:32 UTC as 5th comment

Really clever image. A good example of where the title adds so much to the impact of the photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 00:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On Tanzanian Children in the Eastern Africa: Their People challenge (1 comment in total)

Great facial expressions on the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 1st comment
On Maasai Merchant in the Eastern Africa: Their People challenge (4 comments in total)

I love the lighting, and I love her facial expression.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 11:23 UTC as 4th comment
On Mara sunset in the Horn of Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

I love these simple, graphic, photos. I've seen similar ones with one tree. The extra tree really adds something. Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 01:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Horn of Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (4 comments in total)
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cgravel: I would have liked that you told me my picture was not 1600 Max. and that was the reason why you disqualified that picture. I am used to 1024.

Oops. Not sure if it was my error or DPR's. I almost always give the reason or reasons why I DQ, and thought I had added that info for yours as well. On two other occasions (both in 2012, I think), what I typed did not arrive, even though I am certain that I gave that info on those prior occasions.

In your case, I thought I had indeed typed "image size" . . . if I somehow forgot, then I'm glad you were able to suss out the reason.

Good luck in the challenge! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 12:55 UTC

I like this image a lot. The facial expression, and the body language, really conveys a sense of age and of weariness. Nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 05:52 UTC as 1st comment
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wolfytom: There seems to be something wrong with the voting system - the winning picture was viewed 9 times!
9 times!
That's ridiculous!

I would not give too much stock in the "times viewed" statistic. Sometimes the number given seems wildly off. 25 votes, but only viewed 9 times...obviously not. (Plus, all the times people who were not voting viewed this image.)

I prefer to think of this as a DPR bug, rather than as suggesting voting irregularities. In this case, the image is good, it's a solid and traditional portrait, it got really no low votes at all, and even though this photo finished above me, I find nothing to complain about. (Other than my fairly common lower finishes, of course) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 05:51 UTC
On Horn of Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (4 comments in total)

UPDATE: There is (as I am typing) a bit less than 3 days left in the Submission stage. I am increasing the number of submissions per person, from one to two.

Same challenge rules apply, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 01:41 UTC as 3rd comment

An excellent example of where a clever title can really add to a photo's impact. Very nice and unusual composition!

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:24 UTC as 1st comment
On 640_148 inTuscany 06 gennaio 2014 in the Train Engines challenge (6 comments in total)

I love the photo. I hate the title...it's really hard to understand what much of it means. Congrats on a nice capture and on an excellent job in post-processing...very dramatic B & W.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 6th comment
On Hermit Pilgrim in the Horn of Africa: Their People challenge (1 comment in total)

Really interesting image.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 21:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Horn of Africa: Their People challenge (7 comments in total)

UPDATE TO CHALLENGE: It is Monday afternoon (PST), so there are 2 full days left to submit. There are currently 11 entries, so I am INCREASING the number of entries per person, from one to two.

The same challenge rules apply, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 23:39 UTC as 2nd comment

Panu, you are making a fair point, but it's not surprising, is it? If you see an "Africa" challenge, you are likely to see images submitted of zebra, or Masai warriors, or Egyptian pyramids . . . I doubt anyone would submit a photo of a Cape Town businessman walking to work, or anything "ordinary" like that. Yeah, in any city in India, there will be tens of thousands of men in well-pressed pants and a white shirt, but we can see that anywhere in Europe, America, New Zealand, etc etc etc.

For most people around the world, India conjures up an image of something exotic (as do many other countries that are not so well-visited), and it makes sense that the photographs submitted about these places would reflect that sense of the mysterious and unknown.

My two cents, only, of course. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 21:45 UTC as 1st comment
On John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year news story (83 comments in total)

It's a perfectly nice image. Very moody. But best shot of the year? I dunno . . . I share the reservations givens by many of the prior posters.

A very odd choice by the editors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 23:33 UTC as 9th comment
On Horn of Africa: Their People challenge (7 comments in total)
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Grantsmind: The size for submission is 1600px on the long side but my photo keeps being rejected and it is 1080px. I am afraid I do not know what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone help?

Well, if the rule clearly says that the longest side is supposed to be 1600 (within 16 pixels, more or less), and you yourself say that your image is only 1080, have you not answered your own question? I do try to make my rules clear and easy to understand, and I apologize if this rule is not succeeding in this way.

To put the rule in a slightly different way? Does 1080 = 1600? If no, then you need to change your image size, so that the longest side does end up at 1600 pixels.

Please feel free to PM me if you still have any questions or confusion about this rule (or about any rule, for that matter). Sending a PM will almost always get a quicker response from a host. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
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