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 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
On Saranam Ayyappa-VIII challenge (10 comments in total)
In reply to:

NilsBV: Oh for crying out loud! Not another one of these challenges. 8 of them. Talk about an over-inflated ego for the guy running them.

Yeah, I don't see this set of challenges as ego-driven. But something else is going on, and I see nothing wrong at all with members expressing utter confusion as to the series.

Shmn, I don't agree with your second to last sentence...the host does know what is going on. If he had a problem with a challenge with few or no appropriate entries, then he would have deleted all these later ones (you can delete a challenge easily before it goes into the Announced stage).

So, there is some reason for the host presenting Sar, Ayy 8, and--in the future--versions 9 and 10, and so on. Simon has made it clear that we hosts have unlimited discretion to put forth any challenge we want (subject to obscenity, etc...that would violate DPR's general terms and conditions).

At some point, our host may explain his motivations. That would be nice. Or he may choose not to do this. And that's okay too--perhaps this is a sort of mystery, and the member who figures it out will get a prize? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:21 UTC
On Pier at winter in the Frozen Lake challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

jr: Thanks for the comment... I kind of agree what comes to saturation&vignetting. I blame it (at least partially) on the fact that the processing was done on my laptop, the screen of which is not good at all for photo processing. Looking at the image using my calibrated desktop/screen, a little less heavy-handed processing would have indeed be more appropriate.
But since the photo ended up winning the challenge, it is obvious that eye-candy does have its benefits ;)

Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little eye-candy. I've done the same thing in post-processing, and for much the same reason (ie, laptop screens seem to have different resolutions than my nice, accurate, monitor at home.)

Nonetheless, the voters have spoken, and I think that makes my original comment off-base. Congrats on a very nice challenge win.

p.s. The one low vote you got was not from me...I had you scored much higher. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Village in the Central Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

I like this image very much. The woman below the tree gives a good sense of scale for the tree, and since her head is below the window behind her, we see her entire outline perfectly. A really really effective composition.

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Central Africa: Their People challenge (6 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I'm a bit disappointed as I have some great shots from Malawi and Botswana, both of which are straddled by some of the countries in this challenge. Will Malawi and Botswana be included in future challenges?

Never fear; you did not miss your chances to enter those images.

Malawi (along with 5 other countries) will be in challenges # 62 and 63.

Botswana (along with Namibia) will be # 64 and 65.

We're currently at challenge 58, so there a bit more than a month to go. I'm still not sure if I'll allow more than one entry per person . . . I suspect that I'll wait until we're about 3 days into a challenge, to see what the participation is like for those particular countries.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 09:02 UTC
On Central Africa: Their People challenge (6 comments in total)

UPDATE: It is now Sunday, and the submission stage ends on Wednesday afternoon (Pacific Std Time). I am now allowing TWO submissions from each person. (This will also apply to next week's challenge as well.)

Other than that, the same rules still apply, and entrants must vote for the other entries, of course.

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 07:16 UTC as 2nd comment
On Long Pine in the Frozen Lake challenge (1 comment in total)

I tend to like B & W photos more than color. For this particular challenge, I think you lose those amazing colors that gradients of ice can have.

With the image in B/W, for me, the star of this shot is those amazing clouds. As such, not a perfect fit for a 'frozen lake' challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:55 UTC as 1st comment
On Toronto Ice Storm 2013 (7) in the Frozen Lake challenge (2 comments in total)

I like the photo a lot. To my eye, the frame is much much too wide...I think it takes up more than 20% of the entire image.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Pier at winter in the Frozen Lake challenge (6 comments in total)

I love the composition. The saturation looks a bit overcooked to my eyes, but others may like the surreal look. But I think the vignetting is grossly overdone, and really detracts from your photo's impact. It screams "I'm a beginning photographer" at the viewer, and this is unfair...since your compositional skills show that you are not a beginner at all.

A lighter touch with the vignetting (and, in my opinion, with the saturation as well) will likely get higher votes from many viewers.

My two cents only, of course. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:46 UTC as 5th comment
On Nail that haunt in the Nails to nail You challenge (6 comments in total)

Beautiful composition and perfect lighting. Very dramatic. Well-deserved win.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 10:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Note: This was taken in Ibadan, Nigeria.

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 20:42 UTC as 1st comment
On Central Africa: Their People challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

Dabaron: Can I send pics shot in South Africa

No. S. Africa will be part of 2 challenges that start a several weeks from now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
On Western Africa (southern section): Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)

Note to all: I will cancel this challenge if we do not get to at least 3 or 4 different entrants. Sorry for the relatively last-minute nature of this heads-up, but there are now about 2+ days left in the Submissions phase, and I wanted to make sure that all participants and members understood my policy. (And my bad for not being explicit about this in my challenge rules.)

-challenge host

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 18:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Western Africa (southern section): Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)
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erick4x4: Maybe I already missed it, but is Togo or Benin an option?

As discussed, above, the countries you asked about were in past challenges of mine.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 09:00 UTC
On Western Africa (southern section): Non-Portraits challenge (5 comments in total)
In reply to:

Paul Rains: Same question, I can submit photos from Togo or Benin, and even Ghana.
Are these also options?

No; those 3 countries were in my challenges 2 and 3 weeks ago. Sorry you missed the chance to submit for those. If you look at the Announced challenges, you'll get an extra heads-up about what challenges the various hosts have in the pipeline.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 08:59 UTC
On Portland Light in the Lighthouse challenge (13 comments in total)
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APenza: Thanks Buzz,
Kbdkbd and others are welcome to voice their opinion and I welcome all comments positive or negative. I would add that as many things have changed in the digital age of photography, many things have not. If using film one would choose which type of film, Kodak, Fuji, slide, or print, color or black and white. One would choose a polarizing filter for added saturation and depth, or a yellow to red filter for greater contrast when shooting BW. One would choose the type of paper for printing, then dodge and burn to attain the desired results. This is the creative process that photography should be about. I have no objection to any process, HDR, Photoshop, LR or the many third party filters available to the photographers. What can be perceived by some to be HDR, or "overcooked" by others is a personal opinion and should be considered in critiquing any photo.
Thanks to all who did like the photo, and thanks to those who did not as I respect all your comments.
Anthony

Nicely put.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
On Western Africa (southern section): Their People challenge (4 comments in total)

Any images from outside of Nigeria???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 22:24 UTC as 1st comment
On Yellow & Gold in the Color challenge - > Yellow & Gold challenge (3 comments in total)
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Rservello: That was actually the concept, to be extremely harsh with a silly children's toy Thank you for the crit :)

Ah...got it. That info does cause me to look at the image in a different light (sorry). :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:50 UTC
On Play of Colors in the Creative Processing challenge (2 comments in total)

Really creative idea. I love the effect. Great use of color.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 09:42 UTC as 2nd comment
On The Magic Bubble in the Creative Processing challenge (5 comments in total)

Beautiful, unique, and a technically demanding image.

Well-deserved top finish (I hope that does not jinx you!) :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 09:41 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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