FROM YOUR HOST: Interesting. I have asked Park Rangers at more than one park, how late I can stay and in all cases, I was told, with a smile, that the parks were open 24 hours. I was certainly able to drive into Yosemite and Canyonlands in the wee hours to capture sunrise images.
In any case, folks, follow all park rules :)
FROM YOUR HOST: Bruce, I was thinking about the many offerings by multiple lens makers, including Nikon, when I decided on 200mm. I will have more challenges for other specific focal lengths. Though I am not sure about 180mm.
FROM YOUR HOST: I'll run a sequel, how's that? :)
Now I know what it takes to win a challenge. :)
atoz: Excuse me if this sounds harsh, but, if you're taking pictures like the ones posted, you should be using a simple point and shoot camera or your phone. It's like owning a Land Rover Defender 110 and using it to drive to the local 7-11 to pick up a six-pack of light beer.
There's plenty to photograph in the Seattle area, just not the best place lighting wise.
FROM YOUR HOST: Thanks for your interest in this challenge. Two things I want to point out.
1. Your image needs to have been taken at a fairly high elevation to meet the definition of "bird's eye view". If it doesn't meet this criteria this time, stay tuned. I will run another challenge in the near future without this requirement.
2. Please include both the city and the country the image was taken in. I know, I know, New York is the center of the world and we all know it's in the United States, but to keep things consistent, please include the country nonetheless. Thanks.
Rainier. Though it'll always be Tahoma to me.
EvokeEmotion: Are you allowing any HDR at all? I am not talking about over the top, cartoonish look kind of HDR, but very subtle adjustment to overcome the limitation of the camera sensor. The kind that most people don't even suspect it's HDR until they are told.
Haha. I submitted regulars and saved the HDRs for upcoming HDR challenges. It's all good.
Thanks fellows, for two more votes of confidence!
I was disappointed this morning to see my entry placed 12th, when I was reasonably confident it would finish in the top 5. Then I saw the 0.5 star votes and I was fairly sure there was something fishy going on.
However, I am very much at peace now, seeing that many have voiced out that the image deserves a better rating. Your open support here and on the Challenge Forum means many times more than those hiding behind anonymity while they give out 0.5 stars.
Thanks libertylady. Your kind words give me the courage to keep entering challenges.
Thanks, Mike. I suspect so. But your comment here sure makes me feel better :)
Hughesnet: I got in a preorder for 2 of the 64gb ATT 4G ones. Can't wait for the 16th. Ignore the Android fanboys posting here. This tablet has twice the resolution of theirs, supports usb connection to your camera or a SD card, has iPhoto, has a great built in cam. There is nothing photography related their android tablets can do better.
Actually, yes. I can use my ancient iPad 1 to wirelessly trip the shutter on my Canon 7D. I can even see a live view on the iPad of what's on the viewfinder of my camera, not to mention control ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc.
Are you allowing any HDR at all? I am not talking about over the top, cartoonish look kind of HDR, but very subtle adjustment to overcome the limitation of the camera sensor. The kind that most people don't even suspect it's HDR until they are told.
M1963: The madness has gone too far. Phones are for phoning (and texting, OK), cameras are for photographing. The sample image on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nokiaofficial/6788333052/sizes/o/in/photostream/) is appalling: it's unsharp and noisy. I don't even care if it's far better than any other cell phone at shooting. It's a bad image, that's all there is to it. If you want to make photos, buy a camera, not a phone.And no, I'm not 108 years old...
Jeans: Nokia is selling a tripod mount accessory for the phone.
pait: The writing in this article is not at the level we have come to enjoy and expect from dpreview. The alliterative use of the pronoun "you" is annoying. Come to think of it, Nokia's idea of pushing the megapixel myth this late in the game is also annoying.
Those megapixels are not there for marketing reasons alone. There are technical merits for all those megapixels.
tyb: To little to late! The smartphone market has left Nokia to the same end story of Motorola. Its interesting technology, but nobody is going to buy their smartphone because it takes a good picture and nobody buys Nokia smartphones forthe phone part.
If the phone, OS isn't up to iPhone level who cares, they are irrelevant!
But interesting angle and why haven't the camera companies taken this angle...?
You hae no idea how big Nokia is as a mobile phone brand in many countries, and I'm not talking about Finland.
And actually, I will buy a phone solely for its camera alone. I am buying this phone the day it is available.
It's Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona.
ortega: great job but i'm in singapore
I am in Singapore but I can move back to Seattle just for this. Maybe it's not all negative to have Amazon headquartered in Washington after all.