Mike Ronesia

Mike Ronesia

Lives in Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Works as a Tech
Has a website at www.underexposed.us/prints
Joined on Sep 30, 2009
About me:

Just keep livin' the good life

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On Playing in the yard in the Action series... Swimming challenge (1 comment in total)

The hard part of a shot like this is holding your breath long enough for the bubbles to clear the shot and waiting for the fish to leave the coral as they relax from your presence. Every time you breath they all duck for cover. It takes the three P's, Patience, Practice and Perseverance.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:23 UTC as 1st comment
On dpreview.com launches Challenge of Challenges 2011 article (14 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: Simon... I'm more concerned about people who dish out 0.5's and 5's and often nothing inbetween. They add their total lack of criteria to the works, with zero considerations for things like elemental layout, tonal scale, overkill post-processing, rule-of-thirds, story flow... Not to mention the fact that the 1st placed work here shouldn't have been voted upon at all, since it was revealed that it wasn't in line with the rules but has not been DQ'd. It is as if a rider would took a shortcut across the hippodrome to arrive first, instead of riding the track like the rest ;)

I don't think you'll ever solve this and need to take these challenges for what they are, a friendly relaxed competition. I entered a "Photography contest" before and it required sending in the raw shot as well as the PP'ed JPG and was judged by a panel of professionals. These challenges are not set up that way and everyone should understand that. I'm not saying things have to stay the same and I can think of a few modifications myself I would implement if it were up to me. If people enjoy the style DPR offers then have fun and if you don't then maybe it's just better to do something else. I am doing my best as a host to make fair, entertaining and challenging challenges and I get very few entries so it seems the masses like the open, easy style and I assume most have fun with it and many like myself learn from them. As for the often crazy scoring, it seems most of the time a top contender in my mind wins so the system, though not perfect works most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 00:46 UTC
On Eiffel Tower in the Concrete & Asphalt: Unique Structures challenge (3 comments in total)
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proq: Concrete & Asphalt ???

The base, and parking lot. 66.25% of the total structure due to the 12m deep foundation.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:31 UTC
On Everready in the Your favorite Ride challenge (1 comment in total)

Sweet yard!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Magazine editorial: Watersports challenge (4 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: It sure seems like a lot of these shots don't meet the rules. Any plans on DQing some with time for them to resubmit?

I guess we have different ideas of off in the distance. If they wok for you then it's all good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:40 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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thx1138: really can't believe the conclusions on IQ for the NEX 7. The IQ above ISO 800 is mediocre even when using ACR 6.6. What is the point of 24Mp if you have to resize to 16MP to get a decent result. Did the reviewer even look at the high ISO results. Even at ISO 800 it looks worse than the GH2 which has higher pixel density. The 7D is ridiculed by some for it's noise and it's got nothing to worry about.

If you stick to ISO 400, NEX 7 looks like a great camera, but I expected far more. Should have just used the 5N sensor and dropped the price by $100.

I'm not a big fan of Studio scene comparison (RAW). It seems like you can always find a spots on the image that look better for some cameras and then find another spot that looks better for others. It's a tool, but it's not gospel.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:49 UTC
On Magazine editorial: Watersports challenge (4 comments in total)

It sure seems like a lot of these shots don't meet the rules. Any plans on DQing some with time for them to resubmit?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:55 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On IMG_4582 in the Home Theatre challenge (3 comments in total)

This was my favorite. Nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 00:45 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On Dark Waters Portrait in the SIDE LIT MALE PORTRAIT "COLOR" challenge (2 comments in total)
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aarond: very cool comp, love the colour.

Thanks, he just had the tattoo done recently to show his glass blowing trade and wanted a portrait to highlight it. We were both very pleased with how it turned out. There are bubbles on his arm but they are not noticeable on the print we did for his wife.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 02:27 UTC
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CAClark: I wish there was more MFT support! Maybe NEX support is the first step an we'll see MFT coming along as well.

I think because Sony has been slow to the table with quality glass for the Nex it opens the door for others to jump in and make some money. Panny and Oly have done a good job of getting high quality glass out so not as much room for others to make a lot of money filling holes in the line-up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 21:44 UTC
On Brick Oven in the Oven challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice, where is this?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:49 UTC as 1st comment
On Roast Duck in the Oven challenge (1 comment in total)

I really liked this one. Still chuckle when I see it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:49 UTC as 1st comment
On It's Turkey Time in the Oven challenge (1 comment in total)

Congrats! Cool looking stove/oven and I bet the bird was wonderful.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:48 UTC as 1st comment
On Blood Red Grass of Death ;) in the Claude Simon's "The Grass" (L'herbe) challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice house.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:49 UTC as 1st comment
On Helping Hand in the One-Handed Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Love this one, would have given it a 4 or 4.5 if I had voted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Hands in the One-Handed Photography challenge (3 comments in total)
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Avigyan Sengupta: this one is quite similar to a picture taken by Raghu Rai...but its good anyway..

Seems doable to me. Nice shot!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:13 UTC
On -on-the-edge- in the One-Handed Photography challenge (3 comments in total)

You crazy kids. LOL, I remember those crazy days. Very nice and I'm glad you made it down the slow way!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:09 UTC as 3rd comment
On On the road in the One-Handed Photography challenge (9 comments in total)
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ConanFuji: Can't you shoot with left hand on left side?

As a left handed (eyed) person, trust me it's not something you want to attempt on a moving bike. Bottom line, the whole camera layout is backwards! :-(

Well done Steve.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:06 UTC
On Claude Simon's "The Grass" (L'herbe) challenge (12 comments in total)

all but one of these so far don't portray what the book meant to me and so far are all .5's for missing it. There is one with a bottle that almost nails it and will score high as this person got the real meaning of the novel and how the combination of nature and mans desire to alter his reality affects people in profound ways.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 04:12 UTC as 2nd comment | 5 replies
On -Cycling in Autumn- challenge (2 comments in total)

This was a tough one. The first sentence says "full vibrant Autumn colours" and it seems like most missed this little tidbit. There were a couple of nice ones though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2011 at 20:18 UTC as 2nd comment
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