Charles Pfeil

Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Works as a EDA Product Architect
Has a website at www.BestSanDiegoPhotos.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001

Comments

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On photo Snowy Flatirons in the Letterbox format (2:1 ratio at least) challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks Dutch,
I suspect it would have been liked better by the participants if the aspect ratio was 4:1 instead 2:1. :-)
Spring in Boulder is very nice, we have lots of green and occasional snow in the foothills. Ah, I miss that. I am in Florida now because I missed living on the beach even more. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:51 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Best Landscape 2017 (3 comments in total)

Ok, I understand. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Mount Rainier in the On High challenge (3 comments in total)

Thanks for your comments Kadonis and Pixel Kiss. The United flight from Denver to Seattle provided the opportunity. Having flown it a number of times, I knew that the opportunity would come. It was a late afternoon with the sun starting to set, and the swirling clouds really put a nice touch to the foreground. I am sure you know the feeling of having a plan for being at the right place at the right time and then having the weather and nature provide something amazing.
Charles

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 13:30 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Best Landscape 2017 (3 comments in total)

Shouldn't the "Capture date rules" read "2017" rather than "No restrictions"?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 11:36 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Breakfast for Carlos in the Your Best Contest Worthy Shot challenge (10 comments in total)
In reply to:

Paul Auclair: at first I thought...E-10, hey awesome...then nah!!!, you must have misspelled EM10.
good catch.

Paul,
:-) I knew you knew, but I thought maybe others didn't know you knew. Although I am glad that cameras have evolved with amazing capabilities, it still remains that being in the right place at the right time is the first prerequisite for capturing a memorable photo.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 13:45 UTC
On photo Breakfast for Carlos in the Your Best Contest Worthy Shot challenge (10 comments in total)
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Paul Auclair: at first I thought...E-10, hey awesome...then nah!!!, you must have misspelled EM10.
good catch.

In 2000 the Oly E-10 was the best digital camera around. IMHO. A fixed lens with a 4x digital zoom. But it took really great images for that time. I switched from a Pentax 645 to that camera and didn't regret it. It was my first step into digital.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
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Dutch Newchurch: The challenge host cannot vote, but this deserves a special mention; I particularly enjoy the lines of blue hills behind, and the distant peak. It’s a very effective composition.
Congratulations too on a well deserved third place!

Thank you Dutch, much appreciated. Taken through an airplane window, I was very surprised how sharp it is. It was one of those moments in which all the things we think about when wanting to capture an image came together.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 22:50 UTC
On photo Shanghai Grand Hyatt in the Wide Angle Lens (not ultra wide) challenge (2 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Damn, nice shot!

Thanks! It is a good thing that usually I don't have vertigo. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)
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rwbaron: Nice shot. The photo does appear to my eye a bit surrealistic but I still like it and you did win the challenge. The only thing I would've liked to see would be a slower shutter speed for a more complete blurring of the traffic. Viewing the image at the largest magnification I don't see the issues with the building outlines others mentioned but I am bit surprised with the noise, grain and lack of detail from the 1Ds2 at only ISO 200 but maybe I've forgotten just how far camera technology has come in the past 10 years.

Congrats!

1Ds2 wasn't so good with noise in dark areas. Also, the jpeg version of this has a lot of detail compromised. I am using a D800 now and considering a D850. Switching from Canon to the D800 was really expensive, but the jump to D850 shouldn't be so bad. Thanks for your comments.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)
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AlexDROP1984: Nice view with disgusting blending technique.

Alex,
That link doesn't work for me. Can you check it?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)
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BadScience: the skyline cutout is just plain terrible, ruins what *could* have been a great shot.

Thanks for responding. I actually agree with you! As I mentioned in another post, I did this when HDR processing in Photoshop did not exist. So, what I did was zoom in 800% and pixel-by-pixel I cut out the city and highways then pasted it on a layer above the exposure for the sky. Since the day I did this 10 years ago, every time I look at prints of it, I am thinking that I should have feathered the edges of the buildings. I guess it's not too late to do that. If I find the time, I will repost it and see if others think it looks better. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 14:11 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)
In reply to:

AlexDROP1984: Nice view with disgusting blending technique.

Another complaint about the blending technique. Why? Do you realize that automatic HDR did not exist when I took this photo? What is it that you think is disgusting?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
On photo Seattle I5 in the Your City - Highways challenge (24 comments in total)
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BadScience: the skyline cutout is just plain terrible, ruins what *could* have been a great shot.

I am interested in what you see that makes it terrible. ??

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
On photo Denver Moonrise in the The Moon challenge (3 comments in total)

John,
I was on Gun Club Rd. which is 2 miles away from the terminal. I did also do a crop on it. You can see how much I cropped it by looking at thumbnails of some of RAW files here: http://www.pbase.com/charlespfeil/image/65164092
Charles

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2011 at 00:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Modesty Be Gone in the Flattery: Sold! challenge (11 comments in total)

I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments and I am glad that Carlos has brought a smile into your life as he has done for many others.
:)
Charles

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2010 at 17:09 UTC as 5th comment
On photo curves and straight lines in the Opposites challenge (1 comment in total)

I shoot a lot of moon photos usually with 50-500 Sigma lens and from my experience at 28mm the moon would appear quite small. Am I right that this particular moon was sized up a little to make it look more like what our eyes see?
Regards,
Charles

Link | Posted on May 14, 2010 at 20:14 UTC as 1st comment
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