Ed at Ridersite

Ed at Ridersite

Lives in United States United States
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Joined on Nov 26, 2007
About me:

Sony A-77 (11/3/2011)
Sony RX-100M2 (since 7/25/2013)
Sony a-100 (12/25/2006)
18-70mm f3.5-f5.6
50mm f1.7 Minolta (since 1/11/2008)
50mm f1.4 Minolta (since 2008)
18-250mm f3.5-6.3 Sony (since 1/11/2008)
28-135 f4-f.4 Minolta (since 3/2/2009)
35-70mm f4 Macro Minolta (since 1/12/2009)
70-210mm f4 Minolta (Beercan) (since 1/16/2008)
70-400mm f4-5.6 G2 Sony (since 8/7/2013)
75-300mm f4.5-5.6 Minolta (Big Beercan) (since 3/7/2008)
50-500mm f4-6.3 Sigma (Bigma) (since 3/18/2008)

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On Posing on the vanishing point in the Perspective: Vanishing Point challenge (2 comments in total)

jezsik wrote:
> I don't think this is a very good image, but I rather like it. I really like how the vanishing point is used. However, what is weird is that the small version of the shot is way over-saturated compared to the full image view. I suspect that drew down some of the votes. A pity.

I also liked this one. The color issue is your browser rendering. This came up a couple of months ago (can't find the thread). I believe that Safari is the only browser that handles all the resizing correctly.

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:46 UTC as 1st comment
On After the Storm in the Clouds challenge (2 comments in total)

GioVa wrote:
> I do not understand the 6 people rated 0.5 this photo

Look at all the rest. There are at least five 1/2-star votes given to all but five entries. See:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1005&message=34881541
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Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2010 at 16:46 UTC as 1st comment
On nirvana in the Mood challenge (2 comments in total)

I voted on your entry. I gave it 1.5 stars. IMO, it looks out of focus, the crop is maybe a little too tight and the size should be larger.

I looked at your other entries. You have done very well in the challenges. But, this entry doesn't measure up to your others IMO. That said, you did much better than I did - 234th :(

Best of luck in the future.

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:28 UTC as 1st comment
On yellow lights in the Snowy Landscape challenge (2 comments in total)

Nina Myers wrote:
> not to offend, but how did this get 2nd over the 3rd place photo?

Well, if you'll check serhat's past entries, you'll see that, generally, he has a small cadre of a half dozen voters or so always awarding him 5-stars.

Sad :(
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Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2010 at 16:59 UTC as 1st comment
On There a lot more around!! in the Beautiful challenge (4 comments in total)

Very nice Pramod! Wonderful mood. Congrats on the high finish.
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Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2010 at 13:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On B-ice-cles in the People and their set of wheels challenge (6 comments in total)

pocoloco wrote:
> for the record, i do not vote in the challenges i participate in myself, so i won't be tempted to vote on myself, and i won't be tempted to vote other participating pictured down, and not to get into discussions like this (obviously, that did not work)...

Well, you can't vote for yourself - unless you have multiple dpreview accounts.

> so, i guess that by your own reasoning, you also have some friends :
> http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=203476
> http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=199478
> http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=185892
> http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=177440
> http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=173684

I'm shocked that you found 17 five-star votes among my 132 challenge entries. If you'll kindly look at my last five finishes, you'll find exactly one 5-star vote ;-)

I simply chose four of your recent finishes and discovered a total of 21 five -star votes with almost no other votes close to those in the histograms. Just look at the histograms - it's ridiculous.
> ...or is it that just too few poeple cast a vote on a particular picture so if a couple of people give it the highest mark, it looks like the picture is spiked... i will give you the benefit of the doubt since statisticly with not that many votes being cast, you cannot derive the conclusions you have been doing...

I don't understand your point - I just don't understand what you are trying to convey.

> ... what slipped by your attention is the regular voting down of pictures,which also happens pictures of mine as well as others, shown as a sudden spike of 0.5 points being awarded that seem out of place... so... how would you explain that...

It didn't slip my mind. I simply don't like to see folks padding the voting - high or low.

> ...and the listed results of mine... well please don't leave out the ones i did not score well with... and if i participated with more then one pic in a challenge, do not just list the one that was appreciated highly, but also the ones that were not recieved that very well... just to keep the listed results from being tainted in order to support your claim...

I only looked through your recent entries. While a couple of your shots are pretty good IMO, some just didn't command the unusual number of 5-star votes.
> ... and did you guys vote my submission to the underwater challenge down just to bug me... or should i again give you the benefit of the doubt?

I did vote on that challenge, but didn't realize you had entered. I just looked. I gave your entry 1.5 stars. In a stretch, I would give it two stars, but it doesn't rank with the best of the challenge IMO. Admittedly, I don't know much about underwater photography.

> kind regards

Best of luck with your future challenge entries.

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2010 at 03:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On Steel Slivers in the Maximalism challenge (3 comments in total)

mschf wrote:
> This shot made me think of "Metropolis" the moment I saw it, great work!

Precisely! I knew I'd seen it somewhere. Thanks for the memory.

Nice shootin Stevie!

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2010 at 03:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On ... and nothing superfluous in the Maximalism challenge (9 comments in total)

Actually, I think your photo is pretty interesting and close to worthy of 2nd place. It's just the vote distribution I have an issue with.
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Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2010 at 03:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On ... and nothing superfluous in the Maximalism challenge (9 comments in total)

Steve Throndson wrote:
> I'm still confused about the voting calculations. Help me with this if you can. Your shot of the ducklings got 32 votes ranging from 1.5 to 5.0. When I add up the 'points', I get 100.5. How does this get extrapolated to the 3,185 that DPR shows for your picture? Am I missing something? (wouldn't be the first time!)

Well, not quite, but close. 0*0.5 + 0*1 + 1* 1.5 + 6*2 + 5*2.5 + 7*3 + 5*3.5 + 5*4 + 1*4.5 + 2*5 = 99 (not 100.5, but pretty close). Then, 99/32 = 3.09375. But, dpreview adjusts the result using some unknown algorithm to get 3.185.

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Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2010 at 03:21 UTC as 3rd comment
On ... and nothing superfluous in the Maximalism challenge (9 comments in total)

Steve Throndson wrote:
> Ed at Riversite,
>
> First of all, thank you for voting so diligently - wow, 23,000+ votes. If there were more members like you, the voting process would hum along much more smoothly.

Thanks. It does get to be a bit much. I still vote, but not as much as I used to.

> I looked at some of the results you're questioning, and, yes, some of the graphs seem to show a spike of 3, 4, or 5 high votes. I won't tell you what to do, but perhaps you should contact that member outside the forums and talk to him before making an accusation.

I considered that, but for some reason couldn't get his e-mail. I see it's available now. Regardless, only he can solve the problem.
> I think some friends and family might vote for their loved one quite innocently in an effort to support them, and they may not be aware of how few votes are actually cast. I counted votes for one of your entries - a great shot by the way - 9 little mallards. You got 32 votes and that put it in 3rd place. That's not a lot of votes compared to the 879 views it apparently had! How to encourage all those viewers to cast a vote? We can start by making them aware of how small these voting numbers are.

Views are simply that - views. And, are also counted after the challenge has finished, so there were likely no where near that many at the end of the voting.

> That 'points' number that DPR computes is misleadingly high. Your mallards show 3,185 points. Where does that number come from? For a long while, I thought that was the number of votes, and for that reason I often didn't bother to vote. Now that I know, I'm voting on everything in an effort to raise those numbers.

It is close to the average of all the votes (total stars/total votes). However, dpreview monkeys with the straight average (except for the 1st & last places) making relatively minor adjustments. They claim bayesian averaging, but it's not like any bayesian averaging I've ever seen. This is supposed to account for entries having fewer votes being moved toward the mean some way.

The straight average for the Nine little Mallards was 3.094. So, dpreview's algorithm actually increased my result relative to the average.
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Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2010 at 22:20 UTC as 6th comment
On B-ice-cles in the People and their set of wheels challenge (6 comments in total)

For the record, here's a few of pocoloco's recent finish results. Looks like he has a few friend voting. Any explanation as to where those unusual numbers of 5-star votes are coming from pocoloco?
http://aehass.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p585486642.gif

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:49 UTC as 5th comment
On ... and nothing superfluous in the Maximalism challenge (9 comments in total)

the obvious spike in the number of 5-star votes raises a flag. I checked your last five challenge results and found the following. Looks like you have a pretty consistent history. Is this a bunch of friends, or do you have multiple accounts set up for voting?
http://aehass.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p562790139.gif

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2010 at 03:13 UTC as 9th comment
On Dumped Deity in the Memories Of The Past challenge (16 comments in total)

your friends continue to pad the voting. IMO, this photo sets a new bar for the worst of all winners.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2010 at 03:18 UTC as 16th comment
On Lunch Looks Good in the Are You Looking At Me??!! challenge (1 comment in total)

gorillas trumped tigers here. Not sure why? Pretty high finish anyway. This was one of my favorites.

Nice shootin!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2010 at 22:35 UTC as 1st comment
On boat in the Snowy Landscape challenge (21 comments in total)

I'm surprised he's still allowed to participate in the challenges.

I suppose his entry in the "Break the rules: Travel Landscape" challenge fits nicely ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2010 at 22:02 UTC as 17th comment
On Guinea pig and the owner. in the Pets Are People Too challenge (27 comments in total)

IMO, bigdaddave & NigelMoore are missing the point and might not have looked at the full size image. Often, these challenges are not about technical perfection. The shot is VERY sharp and the light and exposure are actually pretty decent on the subjects. To me, what makes this shot is the almost perfectly matching hair styles. I think a closer crop might improve the presentation, but it's certainly one of the best entries regardless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2010 at 02:18 UTC as 24th comment
On Seagull Sunrise in the 'Birds Of A Feather Flock Together' challenge (8 comments in total)

I read both of your comments twice and still can't understand what it is about this shot that you find so troubling. I hope it isn't the guano - I had to search pretty hard to find it. To me, it seems you are missing the forest in order to pick at the trees. This is a nicely exposed shot with plenty of the birds in focus. The composition isn't perfect, but with out a doubt, meets the primary criteria of the challenge. The light, beautiful sky & sunset are simply icing on the cake.

Perhaps you might want to reevaluate your voting criteria for these challenges. I entered, but didn't vote in this challenge. But, IMO, this shot is certainly among the nicer entries. And, it looks like it is probably straight out of the camera - pretty impressive I think.
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Question: What do you do all week?
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Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2010 at 17:45 UTC as 3rd comment
On Bat in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 challenge (2 comments in total)

IMO. I suppose many voters don't realize the technical skill required & difficulty of getting a shot like this. Great shooting!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2010 at 23:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Cars as Art in the America's car challenge (1 comment in total)

When I was in high school, the 55, 56 & 57 Chevy's were "THE" cars to drive. Brings back very old memories.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Continuously in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 challenge (87 comments in total)

jsis wrote:
> I'd be curious to see the distribution of the number of votes for each photo.

Haha! I like statistics, but I'm not about to enumerate all 506 histograms. I did look at the last six. The total vote counts were:

501) 200
502) 218
503) 164
504) 198
505) 167
506) 182

The top ten:

1) 279
2) 330
3) 284
4) 293
5) 332
6) 278
7) 272
8) 297
9) 292
10) 274

So, It's pretty clear that each entry got at least 150 votes or so. And, each of the last six got at least one 5-star vote ;-)

Furthermore, the last place average rank, was not adjusted by dpreview and was the only average lower than 2-stars (1.451).
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Question: What do you do all week?
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Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2010 at 00:22 UTC as 14th comment
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