santamonica812

santamonica812

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Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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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 article (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)
In reply to:

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
On 20110119_3847NikB&WII in the Black and White Landscape challenge (4 comments in total)

I love the image. I hate the lazy and meaningless title...far worse than having no title at all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 08:18 UTC as 4th comment
On Casa Toscana in the Black and White Landscape challenge (2 comments in total)

Beautiful and dramatic lines...it's almost a graphic image. Probably my favorite image in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 08:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Black and White Landscape in the Black and White Landscape challenge (1 comment in total)

I really like the composition. But there are horrible halo effects in several places, and this really detracts from the overall impact. A lighter or less noticeable touch in post-processing would really pay benefits.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 08:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Horn of Africa: Their People challenge (7 comments in total)
In reply to:

Danibau: Will photos taken in Tanzania be accepted? Its adjacent to Kenya.

No. Tanzania will be (along with 5 other countries) part of the challenges for 2 and 3 weeks from now. So, start collecting your best portrait and non-portrait images for those challenges! :-)

Note that the usual "one entry per person" rule may be expanded to allow 2 or 3 entries for each member. This will be decided each week, depending on the amount of submissions for that week's challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 02:34 UTC

I've always been a big fan of portraits taken through windows. Adds a lot of drama. Thanks for submitting it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 00:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On Yamanote in the -Lost in the Rat Race- (BW + Border + Title watermark) challenge (7 comments in total)

Great photo. There is a great deal of skill, and a bit of luck, in getting a "slow" image to also have one or two subjects that stand out. And your image succeeds in this...my eye goes directly to one or two people, and I keep coming back to them.

I also like the exposure. The relative lack of contrast adds to the image's mood--at least, to my eye.

Very well-deserved win! (And only 2 sandbaggers--now that's an impressive ratio.) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Taj Mahal in the Fog in the City challenge (1 comment in total)

It's a lovely composition, but WHERE IS THE FOG?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 09:23 UTC as 1st comment
On Cambodia in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (2 comments in total)

Where in Cambodia??

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Clouds over Hana in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

Great composition, and very dramatic clouds. The color is a bit oversaturated for my taste, but I think a lot of people might disagree with me on that point.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Caddy in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

Great example of where having a good title makes all the difference. Dramatic image and you really created a mood.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 1st comment
On Catta Lemur in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

I love the image. But I think this would have gone better in the upcoming "L" challenge. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Sleeping Midori in the Chamaeleon challenge (1 comment in total)

I almost always find close-ups much more dramatic (and therefore, more effective) in these types of challenges. Very nice decision to move in close.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:12 UTC as 1st comment
On Cadburys comp in the Chocolate challenge (2 comments in total)

I love the photograph, but it seems a bit off for this challenge. There's nothing in the rules that says you can't have the chocolate wrapped (ie, hidden). But it's a shame not to see anything actually chocolate in the photograph.

(Strictly as a photograph in general, I completely agree with your decision to keep it wrapped--the foil is much more colorful than a dull brown of exposed chocolate, and the colors you have really 'pop' contrasted with the underwater darkness.)

But for a challenge that honors chocolate . . . well, I've already given my 2 cents on that topic. :-)

p.s. congrats on your win last year that you referenced. Very well-deserved, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Belgian Chocolates in the Chocolate challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the composition very much. The vignetting does you no favors (it's quite distracting to my eyes, and does not add anything positive), so it might have yielded a more pleasing appearance to crop slightly, to avoid the vignetting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Slick in the Naturally Smooth challenge (3 comments in total)

Spectacular image. Frog was nice. The patterns surrounding the main subject are amazing. Two shameful sandbaggers, but fortunately, not enough to outweigh the voters who had integrity.

Congrats on a very well-deserved win. Fantastic photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On Ngonye Falls - Zambia in the Central Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a really dramatic composition. There is a very noticeable fringe effect at the intersection of the trees and the sky...a more subtle post-processing job would probably yield a less obvious (and therefore, less distracting) result.

I loved visiting this part of the world. I'm so glad you submitted your photo into this challenge. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 07:04 UTC as 1st comment
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