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 Smile in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (1 comment in total)

He looks like he's a Maestro at photography.
Get it? Maestro...Mice-tro. It's funny, cuz he's a cat. :-)

(Sorry about that. It was the purr-fect opportunity for a bad pun.)

Seriously though; nice composition. Definitely put a smile on my face.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 12:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Leica M3 in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (15 comments in total)

Nice, graphic, composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 12:03 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On My grand father's camera in the A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (1 comment in total)

beautiful lighting

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:59 UTC as 1st comment
On A Photograph of your old Camera challenge (7 comments in total)

Wow; almost 3,000 votes so far (as of Saturday morning, Pacific Standard Time). Great response from the voters in this challenge.

Nice job, host...looks like you picked a challenge theme that struck a chord with us.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:59 UTC as 6th comment
On _IGP2962 in the Western Africa (northern section): Their People challenge (1 comment in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 07:19 UTC as 1st comment

I think this image is much better suited. Lots of white, lots of color. In a scene with a large dynamic range, it can be very difficult to get detail in both the highlights and deep shadows. You did a great job of exposing for the highlights...I see details thoughout the stupa.

But the trade-off is that I see almost no details in the shadow areas. And given that the shadows take up 40-50% of the frame, this is significant.

Did you shoot RAW? I assume so...did you attempt to recover any detail via Photoshop or another programme? If those data are not available, then there's nothing to do, of course. But if you have not yet tried to do this; it's something that might improve that portion of the image.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 23:37 UTC as 5th comment
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santamonica812: Ah, thanks for the workflow info. For images like this one, that sort of info is especially helpful.

Don't forget to include all the prior comments here. (Or, give a link to the prior photo + comments)

Removing that little bit of a hole in the upper right was a good editing decision, IMO.

Okay. The host put that information in the challenge rules/info, and there were also posts on this in the comments section on the page where all the thumbnails of the entries are located. It's a shame that you did not see any of those . . . it would be helpful to still have the original comments.

Ah well; no real harm done. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 13:14 UTC

I liked the prior version MUCH more. I join babalu in hoping the first image comes back within the next 3 days or so. But I'll be interesting in hearing from the other viewers...maybe we are in the minority. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 13:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On Unfurling Squash Bud in the Flowers - But Different challenge (6 comments in total)

Wow, that's a pretty stunning image. Well-deserved win!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 2nd comment

Ah, thanks for the workflow info. For images like this one, that sort of info is especially helpful.

Don't forget to include all the prior comments here. (Or, give a link to the prior photo + comments)

Removing that little bit of a hole in the upper right was a good editing decision, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 00:23 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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pleytime: The strong yellow line is what attracted me to the image. What if the rest of the image was black and white?

Nooooo. While some people may like selective desaturation, I think you'll alienate far more of your viewers/voters with that post-processing decision. Noooooooooo. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:30 UTC

Good color correction. Not only does the image fit into the challenge now, but I think the photo has more impact than with the original colors.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On _2120542 in the White Daisies challenge (1 comment in total)

No fair. Putting in an adorable dog gives you a huge advantage! :-)

Seriously though; resubmit with a real title. What you have is meaningless to all the viewers, detracts from your photo's impact, and is far worse than having no title at all.

Love the image. The red in the dog tag is the icing on the cake. (or, given the color, maybe the cherry on top of the sundae)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:23 UTC as 1st comment

Thanks guys, for all the positive feedback.

Dan, I'm a bit jealous of you. Sadly for me, Slovenia is quite far from southern California, so I'm not sure when I can get back there. Lake Bled really is spectacular. I loved it in winter, but would like to see in the summer as well. (Although it would probably be much much more crowded.)

It's sort of hard to not take a good photo. Monastery on the hillside, overlooking the lake. That island right in the middle. A few really cool trees hanging down over the water/ice. Hard to screw that up, as long as I remembered to removed my lens cap. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 07:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On Daisies in the White Daisies challenge (2 comments in total)

It's a nice composition. But the dreadful selective desaturation completely ruins it. (For me, anyway.) Maybe it would work better as full B & W, or as full color?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 01:53 UTC as 2nd comment
On Western Africa (northern section): Their People challenge (4 comments in total)

Note to all: Depending on the number of people who have been to this part of the world, I may decide to increase the number of entries past 35, or, may allow more than one entry per person. I'll make that decision about halfway through the submission phase.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 01:38 UTC as 4th comment
On Saranam Ayyappa-III challenge (5 comments in total)

I'm already preparing my March entry for sarranam ayyappa # 27.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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beginners luck: Sorry to everyone who gave feedback. I have not saved these first, I dit not knew how to do so.

Suggestion for the future: Send a PM to the host, and he or she will write back and explain how to do this (or answer any other question you have regarding that particular challenge).

I had previous written that I like the colors, the whites, and the composition. (I am not bothered by the subjects being in the centre of the frame.) Nice job.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
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fotoselect: there is a lot of potential in this idea but, in my opinion , the red rose should be in a larger size, including more details of the flower, otherwise it's not very interesting.
the way i understood the challenge, the white color should be of the subject itself and not in the artifially made background

In the first sentence, it clarifies that white may be in the subject or the background. (Okay, technically, here the white is in the FOREground, but I guess that's really splitting hairs.) :-)

I completely agree with your main points that you put in your first paragraph. This was an interesting approach to the challenge, but I'm not convinced that it succeeds for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2014 at 09:49 UTC
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MargalitIL: I like the vivid colors of the houses against the white snow. I would remove the cables and the tall building in the background

As a general rule, I suggest removing wires like these. But your image might be an exception...here, the wires parallel the rooftops, and also draw the eyes to the colorful house-fronts.

I don't find the tall building distracting at all. And it would be a nightmare to remove! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2014 at 07:36 UTC
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