santamonica812

Lives in United States CA, United States
Has a website at www.pbase.com/santamonica
Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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Looks like a nice phone. I'd be willing to pay 200-300 for one. The idea of paying 800 sounds crazy to me. (But then, I'm old enough to want my phone to make calls, receive calls, check my email, and take a decent photo. Cannot imagine paying more for a smartphone than for an very nice mid-level DSLR)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 00:04 UTC as 45th comment

The announcement (and this article) forgot to mention if this will shoot RAW.

For serious photographers (and videographers??), this is a critical point. Is it just that we don't have the info yet? Or is it possible that the company itself forgot to give this hugely important detail in the announcement???

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 22:00 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies

Some of the images were really lovely. But some of them seemed downright mediocre. I usually can get inside the heads of contest judges, but not for a few of the images . . .

My 2 cents worth only, of course. :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 03:44 UTC as 15th comment
On article Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right (69 comments in total)

With a good underwater housing, I sort of drool at the idea of being able to scuba dive in areas where there are fish all around you, and only later making the editorial decisions.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 02:19 UTC as 16th comment
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santamonica812: I think it sucks. Or, at least, it's unworkable for beginners. I could not figure out how to even import images into the program. Easy to navigate around and select my main photo folder. But hitting "open" did nothing.

For experts, maybe this program works great. Or maybe it works well enough. But for me, it failed the most basic of tests: Can I intuitively get my images into the program, to see how well the other part of DarkTable work?

Nope. Back to my reliable old Lightroom for me.

Not that it matters: I have PS CS5, not CS4. (edit button was not working well for me, today. :-(

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 19:02 UTC
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santamonica812: I think it sucks. Or, at least, it's unworkable for beginners. I could not figure out how to even import images into the program. Easy to navigate around and select my main photo folder. But hitting "open" did nothing.

For experts, maybe this program works great. Or maybe it works well enough. But for me, it failed the most basic of tests: Can I intuitively get my images into the program, to see how well the other part of DarkTable work?

Nope. Back to my reliable old Lightroom for me.

. . .
. . . so, if Darktable ends up not working for me at all, it is no big deal. I love the idea of not being subject to Adobe's new ransomware, so I am happy to see freeware alternatives.

And, if enough people support this, I am confident that things will improve and that it will not be a frustrating/miserable experience for at least some of us Windows users.

We're Beta testers, in essence, and poor performance is probably par for the course, at this early stage of development. It's good that I gave my experience. (Beta testing is worthless without honest feedback) And I look forward to future improved versions. That's sort of how technology works, yes? :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
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santamonica812: I think it sucks. Or, at least, it's unworkable for beginners. I could not figure out how to even import images into the program. Easy to navigate around and select my main photo folder. But hitting "open" did nothing.

For experts, maybe this program works great. Or maybe it works well enough. But for me, it failed the most basic of tests: Can I intuitively get my images into the program, to see how well the other part of DarkTable work?

Nope. Back to my reliable old Lightroom for me.

HowAbout,
I am trying to import cr2 files (ie, from my ancient but wonderful Canon 20D), TIFF files, and a few PSD files that I have not yet changed over to TIFF. So, nothing approaching "new" or exotic. :-)

I'll note that, not only did my efforts not succeed yesterday, but the program gobbled up so much of my RAM (32 GB on my Windows 10 desktop), that every other program slowed to a crawl. I had attempted to type out this response last night, but the keystrokes lagged about 7-15 seconds behind, and I eventually gave up.

I have PS CS4, which has been working just fine for me. And I also bought Lightroom 4.4, which also is okay (LR was always more buggy and temperamental than PS).

So, I was and am happy to play around with Darktable. Especially when I take my next big trip, which will mean I finally do my major upgrade to my digital camera--some version of the 7D or the 5D, I expect . . . and will then need programs that can handle those newer RAW formats.
. . . . . . . . .

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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santamonica812: I think it sucks. Or, at least, it's unworkable for beginners. I could not figure out how to even import images into the program. Easy to navigate around and select my main photo folder. But hitting "open" did nothing.

For experts, maybe this program works great. Or maybe it works well enough. But for me, it failed the most basic of tests: Can I intuitively get my images into the program, to see how well the other part of DarkTable work?

Nope. Back to my reliable old Lightroom for me.

1. Selected Import
2. Clicked on "Folder" (upper left of screen). Navigated to main folder (ie, the one that holds all my photography digital files. Highlighted that folder.
3. Clicked on "Open" (lower right of screen)
4. Waited. For a hour or two. Nothing.

hurumph :-(

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 06:24 UTC

I think it sucks. Or, at least, it's unworkable for beginners. I could not figure out how to even import images into the program. Easy to navigate around and select my main photo folder. But hitting "open" did nothing.

For experts, maybe this program works great. Or maybe it works well enough. But for me, it failed the most basic of tests: Can I intuitively get my images into the program, to see how well the other part of DarkTable work?

Nope. Back to my reliable old Lightroom for me.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 00:12 UTC as 26th comment | 10 replies
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ZeBebito: With all due respect, what's the point sharing content from other people/platforms? This video was posted by Kai 2 weeks ago. Old news already.

ZB,
God, I hope people don't limit themselves to DPR for their photography news. Since my photography passion (and my main photography-based source of income) is fine are Lith printing in a darkroom, DPR obviously has little relevance to most of my own work.

Thomartin,
I (respectfully) disagree with you. I think DPR is to write news about photography AND to aggregate news from other sources. If it does its job well, then they get lots of eyeballs. For the original articles and ALSO for compiling a list of articles, reviews, etc that its core audience finds appealing.

I, personally, think it's great that DPR acts as sort of a clearinghouse for articles. And the other 5-10 photography websites I regularly visit do the same thing. Some do it more successfully than others, some less successfully. Some are free, some are behind a paywall, and some are a mix of the two.

Vive la difference! :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
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ZeBebito: With all due respect, what's the point sharing content from other people/platforms? This video was posted by Kai 2 weeks ago. Old news already.

Um, this is a photography website, so it shares news relating to photography and to photography-related equipment. Many people may not have heard of the original story. (Me, for instance!) Now, I don't *care* about this particular story, as it happens.

But for you to whine about a site sharing stories from other sites seems misplaced. Unless a site makes the claim that "All our stories are original.", I fail to see the problem. If a story shows up that does not interest you, then ignore it. If you see a story that you've seen elsewhere, then ignore it.

DPR has gone way downhill, IMO; so I'm not reflexively defending it. Just this particular situation. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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Eleson: "No photo shoots" is far away from photography ban.
I think those who wrote the sign knew the difference.
Does the writer of this article know the difference?

Yes, the article makes it crystal-clear that the writer understood the difference. Many in the viewing public, however, seem to have conflated the two, (As did many who get most of their news from social media, which is 100% expected, alas.)

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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The Name is Bond: Surely he could get reprints done in a sensible time-frame (ie, after a few weeks of no show). Then he should have billed them for that and related costs. After all, he knew he had been turned down.

Of course, they should have been upfront. But 75k for prints??!?! hmmm.

It all seems quite unbusinesslike on both sides. The Court's ruling appears, at face value, disproportionate. Maybe there are some details missing from this story. Were they daguerreotypes?

Even discounting his unwillingness to reprint, he should only have been given compensation for loss of earnings within a sensible time-frame (on a rental basis) and reprint costs. I can't imagine that would come to 75K.

2.
. . . Of course, I do see the merits of your argument. If, for example, a thumbdrive with digital images had been lost, and there were backup digital copies--it would be crazy to have to pay more than the cost of the thumb drive.

But for actual prints??? I dunno....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 00:14 UTC
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The Name is Bond: Surely he could get reprints done in a sensible time-frame (ie, after a few weeks of no show). Then he should have billed them for that and related costs. After all, he knew he had been turned down.

Of course, they should have been upfront. But 75k for prints??!?! hmmm.

It all seems quite unbusinesslike on both sides. The Court's ruling appears, at face value, disproportionate. Maybe there are some details missing from this story. Were they daguerreotypes?

Even discounting his unwillingness to reprint, he should only have been given compensation for loss of earnings within a sensible time-frame (on a rental basis) and reprint costs. I can't imagine that would come to 75K.

1.
I'm not sure about what you say. My prints sell for up to $1,500. When I go into the darkroom and make prints, they are *always* part of a numbered set. This built-in rarity helps assure my buyers that they are getting a scarce resource, and this undoubtedly is responsible for at least some of the (inflated??) cost of my prints.

If he just made reprints, what would they look like. If image # 1 (to make up the details) was "Print 5 of 7" originally, what would the reprint be named? Another "5 of 7"? 5 of 8? 8 or 8???? Note that in this case, since it's clear that the prints were not destroyed, they are still out there and potentially in the marketplace. Imagine you are the photographer, you make a duplicate "5 of 7) print, you sell it, and years later, you're sued for fraud, once it comes out that there are Two such numbered prints being sold?

[continued] . . .

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 00:13 UTC
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santamonica812: The entry "All dressed up and ready for church" is a very boring photo to see on DPReview. Why? Because the site chose to plaster the photo credits/info over the bottom of the screen, which covers up all the creative elements in the image.

Dreadful website management and/or design.

D'oh! Much thanks. That was pretty obvious (which makes it extra embarrassing that I could not figure it out!). :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 02:11 UTC
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santamonica812: The entry "All dressed up and ready for church" is a very boring photo to see on DPReview. Why? Because the site chose to plaster the photo credits/info over the bottom of the screen, which covers up all the creative elements in the image.

Dreadful website management and/or design.

Dheor,
At the risk of exposing myself as technologically ignorant: Exactly how does one get to a gallery mode?? :-)

(Right now, I see one large image, and a tiny horizontal row of images right below that. By clicking on any of the lower ones, I can get a larger view (with the entire lower 10-20% obscured, of course). I just don't see anything like "switch to gallery mode" button, so, directions on how to find it are definitely greatly appreciated.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 01:34 UTC

The entry "All dressed up and ready for church" is a very boring photo to see on DPReview. Why? Because the site chose to plaster the photo credits/info over the bottom of the screen, which covers up all the creative elements in the image.

Dreadful website management and/or design.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 15th comment | 9 replies

Terrific set of images. Generally, in competitions, I strongly agree with about a third of the 'best.' For another third, I go, "Okay, maybe." And for a third, I say, "What on earth were the judges thinking?"

Not here. There was not an image that I disliked, and even generally agreed with the overall ranking of the winners. Some really spectacular photos. Good job, "Nat'l Geo."

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 01:52 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Chaos, color, and community: 10 days in India (142 comments in total)
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Lusis100: The trouble with India it is like fishing in a bucket

Anyone who has been to India understands what you mean. But I suspect that for those who have not yet visited; they may think you're criticizing either India or the photographer.

I think this is what you are saying (please correct me if I am off-base): "India is a country that has a ridiculously-large number of photographic opportunities. In fact, it's impossible to walk down the street without seeing 15 interesting things to photograph!" :-)

So, in that context, your comment makes sense. You would have to try really really REALLY hard to *not* be able to find things to photograph pretty much everywhere in India. :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:34 UTC
On article What it’s like to photograph a sandstorm (27 comments in total)

I've never brought along a GPS before. But the article sure makes me want to invest in one. Does the author (or any readers) have links to good ones? (Here, "good" means a combination of budget and reliability.) :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 22:26 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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