cmantx

cmantx

Lives in United States bastrop, United States
Joined on May 22, 2008

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On photo Get 'im in the Motion challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice images. You missed the rule that says no composite images. You may not want to keep this entered as it probably won't score as high as it should. I'd save it for a challenge that allows composite images. I hope you don't mind my comments.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 15:01 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Captivity in the Too Cute II challenge (1 comment in total)

This would be better placed in a challenge titled "Sad" or "Captive". It's a very cute dog, but sympathy is the emotion I feel when I view the image.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Nature's Graffiti (7 comments in total)
In reply to:

fulvio51: Maximum number of entries = 0?

She is taking a break. As the challenges are set up in advance this is most likely the only way of shutting down the challenge. I'm sure Ruth would rather do that than leave the challenge on automatic pilot. Hopefully, she'll be back soon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 22:00 UTC
On challenge Bokeh (13 comments in total)

The voting will be interesting in that there are several "types" of Bokeh, at least that's my viewpoint. There's buttery smooth, and the circular with signs of aperture blades present in the background.

I kind of wished that we could have been allowed 2 entries so I could have entered 1 of each. Though voting would be more time consuming.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 14:07 UTC as 4th comment
On challenge My Best Photo of the Week (7 comments in total)
In reply to:

bluemoonman: I hope your back soon Ruth & everything is ok.

I second that, I hope your Ok.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 15:12 UTC
On photo Colorful Butterfly in the Butterflies challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice capture of the butterfly's colors. Great Bokeh also.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 13:00 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Swallowtail butterfly in the Butterflies challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on your winning shot. I wish that it could be displayed as the winner as the one before yours has been disqualified. If possible, I hope that this will be corrected.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 12:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Surfer Dude in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)
In reply to:

armandino: Very very nice BUT:
Nikon users just because you have plenty of DR you do not have to overdo. Superb picture, but reprocessed a bit more naturally! Let these highlights glow more where they belong (and do not underexpose like crazy just to protect every single pixel from blowing, I bet this image is much grainier than it needs to be)! No way this images is properly exposed at 1/2000 f6.3 and ISO 400. This is easy 2 stops under.

It certainly looks like the light on the face was very golden so I don't know how you could have avoided having dark areas and processing for this. It didn't detract from the shot for me. I enjoyed the capturing of the surfing and the waves.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 14:49 UTC
On photo Surfer Dude in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (17 comments in total)

Beautiful shooting! Looks like you really have the surfing shots and lens dialed in.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 14:39 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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vyoufinder: So rare to see the focus tack sharp like that and with enough depth of field. Even more unusual is a photo of a hummingbird in nature as opposed to a hummingbird feeder. Nice job!

Thank You very much. I use plants that the hummingbirds like to go to for nectar and grow them in pots. Then I place them in front of a good natural background. This is in an area in which I have feeders. It helps that it's fall migration now and I get quite a few this time of year.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 14:35 UTC
On photo Bald Beauty in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful portrait of an awesome bird.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Docklands Fireworks in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (7 comments in total)

Fantastic shot. I imagine capturing fireworks is very difficult.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 16:39 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Hummingbird In Mid-Air in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

DJM22: Great pic!

Thank You I appreciate the kind words.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 16:36 UTC
On photo Hummingbird In Mid-Air in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (4 comments in total)
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RuthC: cmantx, I'm glad you're back again this year with your beautiful hummingbirds, and this capture is indeed a worthy second place-getter in this week's challenge. The very soft green background really enhances the little bird in flight mode, with its lovely iridescent feathers. Beautiful! Ruth :-)

Thank You, Ruth. The Fall Hummingbird Migration has been in full swing so there are many chances for photos of Hummingbirds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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cmantx: I have an A 77 II and take nature shots often using Continuous Shooting in RAW. I find that I have to be careful to expose correctly or I will have a problem with posterization. Often in the foliage in the background there are areas of shade. After processing there can be evident posterization in these areas. Reducing the size of the file for posting on the Web or challenges can really accentuate the posterization effect. Sometimes what I thought was a nice shot can become a deleted shot. Is this due to Sony's Raw compression?

You may be correct, but with a one word answer I'm still wondering. I'm hoping someone that's much more technically savvy than I am can add more to my question.

I'm not asking to gripe about Sony I'd just like to either rule this out, or in.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 15:17 UTC

I have an A 77 II and take nature shots often using Continuous Shooting in RAW. I find that I have to be careful to expose correctly or I will have a problem with posterization. Often in the foliage in the background there are areas of shade. After processing there can be evident posterization in these areas. Reducing the size of the file for posting on the Web or challenges can really accentuate the posterization effect. Sometimes what I thought was a nice shot can become a deleted shot. Is this due to Sony's Raw compression?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 14:01 UTC as 126th comment | 4 replies
On challenge Man's best friend in the great outdoors (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

Windancer: Show me a photo of a cat in the great outdoors..... :-)

That's a people problem. My cat is strictly indoors now even though she was roaming around like a feral cat. I thought she was feral until I caught her in a trap. She responded immediately to me after I got her indoors. Someone had dumped her with no regard to the cat or the impact on the native wildlife.

She is strictly indoors now, and is just fine like this. She greets me when I come home and often follows me around the house just like the dogs I've had.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 13:12 UTC
On challenge Cats & dogs (4 comments in total)
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mike schm: It looks like The Cat People" were the winners in this challenge! Nine of the first ten places went to cats. Well all I can say, " Congratulations" to all who entered, dog biscuits are on me!

Cat's don't eat dog biscuits. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
On photo Emmabelle in the Cats & dogs challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. I especially like the lighting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 22:25 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Young Blue Jay Enjoying The Sprinkler in the Bath Time! (Nature) challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks Ed I'm glad you liked it.

Maybe they thought using the sprinkler"tainted" it. Which is fair enough, if that's the case. There's not much naturally occurring running water where I'm at, so the sprinkler or birdbath are the choices.

I had a hummingbird shot in the rain, but the light was bad making the shot rather flat looking, and you couldn't see rain/water drops in the shot. One of those is in my gallery.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 15:20 UTC as 1st comment
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