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santamonica812

santamonica812

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Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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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
On Glam Girl in the Strike a Pose challenge (2 comments in total)

Love the pose. On my screen it looks a tiny bit out of focus in her eyes, which could be due to viewing problems on my end, and not on sharpness in your original photo.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:41 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On All I said was "Smile" in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

I think it's just not possible to avoid smiling when one looks at this image. Great capture!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:40 UTC as 1st comment
On In Ya Face ! in the Strike a Pose challenge (2 comments in total)

I thought this capture was perfectly fitted to the challenge theme. A pose, but not a "model" pose. Really nice job here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:37 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On DSC_2323 in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the unusual composition. Hate the lazy and meaningless title--much worse than having no title at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:36 UTC as 1st comment
On The human face of Petra in the Petra, Jordan challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the photo very much as a portrait. Only problem re this challenge is that it says nothing at all about Petra. It could have been taken anywhere in the Middle East or northern Africa. If you had submitted a portrait with the same sort of emotional impact, but where there was some sense of Petra in the background, it would have been much more successful in terms of fitting into this challenge's theme.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:34 UTC as 1st comment
On The tree in moon light a late evening in the Long Exposure Photography challenge (2 comments in total)

It's a very nice image, with a soothing mood. But typically, long-exposure images have more visual interest if there is some movement. So, if there were moving clouds, or moving water, or a moving person or animal or vehicle, then that adds tension, and therefore more interest to the final shot.

Next time you are in a situation like this, take the same sort of photo. But then take a few more, with someone or something moving in the short. Experiment with different shutter speeds, to figure out what type of blur looks best to your own eyes.

My two cents only, of course! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:10 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Light show in the Long Exposure Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Painting a tent with light is not that unusual (you did a great job with it). But it's really innovative to also add the human shining his torch upwards. Really adds a lot to the final composition.

great job!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Grand Canyon Startrails in the Long Exposure Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Great job on the star trails. Very nice exposure on the river. Unfortunately, the mid-ground (ie, the mountains??/rocks??/ trees??) do not stand out against the sky/stars. If you had done this in some way (maybe shoot a third shot when those subjects were brighter? Maybe painted them with light, if you had access to them??), you would have ended up with a really dramatic final image. As it is, that mid-ground is really visually distracting to me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Garavogue river in the Long Exposure Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

I normally don't think of 1/2 sec as a long exposure. But with a subject like fast-moving water, I think you chose the perfect shutter speed. The effect is really striking and lovely . . . a slower speed would have given an entirely different mood to the shot.

Also, really nice composition . . . just enough of the bridge to add interest, while not taking away from the dramatic subject--the blurred moving water.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 00:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Turbines are lit. in the Long Exposure Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Really clever use for time-lapse. The circles from the propellers grabs a viewer's eyes. Very nicely done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 23:58 UTC as 1st comment
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