Gesture: I do applaud Nikon for having serial #s on the batteries. Of the many vintage cameras I've worked with, very early Minolta and Sony batteries had them. All proprietary camera batteries should have serial numbers just for this reason—and especially when an OEM (i.e. Panasonic) is insisting that only its branded battery be used in a camera, not to mention that some branded batteries cost almost as much as a point and shoot camera. How else can you issue consumer advisories, recalls, honor the battery warranty,etc.
e.g., not i.e.
jojosardez: "Where do you keep them inside your house ?"
Should the picture contain more details than just the "flower" itself? Because there are some entries which just contains a picture of a flower and some seems was shot outdoor.
"only flower shots are being disqualified"
Not as of this writing, apparently. I had to disqualifiy 42 entries in a 50 slot challenge. So fear not, my fellow host, DQ away!
HOST: Plenty of entries that show nothing but the flower and some leaves, yet they didn't get disqualified. Enforce your rules consistently, please!
Mine was disqualified as well, even though my tulip was indeed in my room. The blurred background is my cream colored sofa. How does the host know it is NOT in my room?
boar: Apart one or two,every images carry have the title...Your rule "No title or border on image."
Thanks Mike, for answering. Hosts do not get notified when messages are posted here, am I correct?
Dave1308: There seems to be a lot of consternation over the pricing of the 24-70 ii.
With regards to the 24-70 ii the price is only relevant to the quality of the lens, which is still to be confirmed. You don't see too many people complaining about the price of the 70-200L IS ii.
I am not really sure what people were expecting given Canon's current lens line up.
Interestingly the L series is often referred as professional grade and I would argue that depending on the quality of the 24-70 ii, it is potentially a winner for serious amateurs as well.
The reason being that if the optical quality is a step up and the lenses are more consistent than the mark i versions then the versality of that focal length combined with optics that may be well get somewhere near (but probably not all the way) to some of the well regarded primes - most of which sit between $1400 and $2000.
Yes, there was a lot of complaining about the price of the 70-200 II. It was only when people were able to buy them at $500 off the MSRP that the whining was not too deafening. Here's hoping the 24-70 II can be had for $1800 or so.
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.