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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ttran88: Did Charlottesville influence their decision?

No. The decision to settle was WAY way way before Charlottesville. Legal settlements tend to take weeks (at a minimum, for complex cases, involving dollar amounts like here), if not months.

The timing is mere coincidence. Not surprising, since the issues at Charlottesville are almost completely unrelated to the issue of workplace discrimination.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 00:19 UTC

We get a lot of stories from expert photographers, so it's nice to also see real-life stories from beginner photographers. While it's hard for me to imagine using Program mode for my own shots; your writing makes it clear that it is a great fallback option for those who struggle with correct exposure and/or who have difficulty understanding the zone system.

A great lesson in: finding a method that works for you, and sticking with it.

It sounds like a great trip, aside from the photography aspect. Getting memorable images is a wonderful bonus. Nicely done, and thanks for sharing this story.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 18:22 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply

Thanks for posting. I loved shooting the Himba, but did almost all with my film Canon 1v. (I'm old enough to remember, and love, wet darkrooms and hand-made prints.) :-)

Your image was a nice reminder of a memorable trip for me.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 18:16 UTC as 18th comment
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brycesteiner: It seems the news media should have been sued for defamation since they are the ones that took it and ran with it.

h2k,
It is standard practice to reach out to the other party (the photographer, in this case) to get a reaction. We do not know if this did or did not happen. If not; it's a real breach of journalistic standards. Not enough to come close to making a media outlet legally liable (looks like they truthfully reported what had been told . . . it was that awful couple who lied and deliberately tried to sabotage the photog's career).

My vague recollection is that, for this couple to appeal, they will have to put down a bond to cover the entire amount plus interest. (At least; that used to be the rule in California, I think.)

It's always nice to read that justice prevailed . . . even if it took some time.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 20:09 UTC
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thx1138: But the DR is only 3-4 stops and it only shoots 1fpm, might as well burn it and buy a Sony.

Heh

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 00:48 UTC
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santamonica812: Nice images. Hate hate hate the music . . . adds nothing but an artificial sense of dread and doom, and really detracts from the impact of the actual photography.

[sigh of disappointment]

Smile. That's a fair point. But, so is my criticism. :-)

The music sucks (IMO).

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 20:51 UTC

Nice images. Hate hate hate the music . . . adds nothing but an artificial sense of dread and doom, and really detracts from the impact of the actual photography.

[sigh of disappointment]

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 21:42 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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whyamihere: I think anyone who denigrates Prince -- as evidenced by a fair few cringe-worthy comments below -- misses the point of his body of work. I'm not a fan of his, but I can at least get what he's trying to do, at least from a sociological and political standpoint.

Not only is he questioning the ownership of an image and copyright law, but he's also, in a way, poking fun at people who buy "controversial" art, and challenging what value art should have. If it weren't for the fact that he's constantly running afoul of the legal system, he'd probably not make as much money on his art. If people wanted their art to be seen and shared, not coveted or financially compensated for, then it would all be fair use and completely free.

I'm aware my defense basically boils down to, "Because art," and I'm fine with that. Because art. Let the moral outcry of a thousand internet denizens over my perfectly reasonable statement begin.

I doubt anyone would criticize his right to do art in this way. I think the objection is that he is stealing the art and the efforts of others. If he wants to pay me to use my photograph then "transform" it and sell that for 100 times more, then God bless him.

I think you are misunderstanding the objections. (Well, at least, my own objections.)

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (130 comments in total)
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Luisifer: #3 "Unexpensive" 50Mpx shot #7 cropped to 15Mpx... doh.

Don't crop please as worse or better your gear is. If the results are only for web so ok, but anyway.

??? huh?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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ProGlass: This was the icing on the cake. I finally cancelled my pre-order. I would feel like a complete retard knowing I spent this much money on a brand new camera that makes no sense in terms of functionality as a photographic tool in today's world of technology and competition out there. I simply do not LOVE this product, and as a consumer and photographer, why I would even touch this?

Too much smoke and mirrors and marketing that mask Canon's butchering of what could have been an amazing camera. I'm not asking for 5D4 specs, but they really put zero effort into this camera and are charging an incredible amount because of their brand name and cute little flippy dippy tilting screen.

Just because a camera is not 'aimed' at professionals, does not excuse a company from making a professional product.

. . .p.s. The use of more-than-one question mark (exclamation mark, etc.) is often used, as a literary device to convey greater-than-usual confusion, excitement, etc.

"She's having an affair and cheating on you!"
"With your own sister!!!"

:-)

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:51 UTC
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ProGlass: This was the icing on the cake. I finally cancelled my pre-order. I would feel like a complete retard knowing I spent this much money on a brand new camera that makes no sense in terms of functionality as a photographic tool in today's world of technology and competition out there. I simply do not LOVE this product, and as a consumer and photographer, why I would even touch this?

Too much smoke and mirrors and marketing that mask Canon's butchering of what could have been an amazing camera. I'm not asking for 5D4 specs, but they really put zero effort into this camera and are charging an incredible amount because of their brand name and cute little flippy dippy tilting screen.

Just because a camera is not 'aimed' at professionals, does not excuse a company from making a professional product.

Smile. "Icing on the cake" is, in my experience, used to describe overtly POSITIVE experiences. Something was great, and this extra thing made it even more wonderful. But that usage conflicted with your message, which was a (completely justified, IMO) critique of the camera. So, it did not make sense to me. But if it was sarcasm, then it indeed did make sense. But the sarcasm flew over my head, as is common on the internet.

(Note: If it was sarcasm, then "that takes the cake" and "straw that broke the camel's back" would *not* fit any longer. One can use a positive phrase sarcastically to criticize. Or one can use a negative phrase ingenuously to criticize. But if you used a negative phrase sarcastically, then we've circled around to it being a positive message. "[Nikon now has 12 stops of dynamic range?!? That's the straw that broke the camel's back. Now I have to switch from Canon to Nikon and buy this new camera!"]

Or something like that. :-)

. . .

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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ProGlass: This was the icing on the cake. I finally cancelled my pre-order. I would feel like a complete retard knowing I spent this much money on a brand new camera that makes no sense in terms of functionality as a photographic tool in today's world of technology and competition out there. I simply do not LOVE this product, and as a consumer and photographer, why I would even touch this?

Too much smoke and mirrors and marketing that mask Canon's butchering of what could have been an amazing camera. I'm not asking for 5D4 specs, but they really put zero effort into this camera and are charging an incredible amount because of their brand name and cute little flippy dippy tilting screen.

Just because a camera is not 'aimed' at professionals, does not excuse a company from making a professional product.

"Icing on the cake"????? Is it possible that you mean "straw that broke the camel's back?" If not, I'm not sure what you're saying at the start of your post.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 00:15 UTC

As others have noted . . . what the hell was the point? What "cool bullet time" effect was done? Although, since Matrix 3 did waste 4 hours of my life (including driving to the theatre, waiting in line, and--of course--the actual excruciating experience of watching the bloody movie, I guess that the utter waste of 2+ minutes of my life watching this dreck was sort of like a mini version of the Matrix. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 03:16 UTC as 2nd comment
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santamonica812: Am I missing something? . . . in the shot of the window washers on the Moscow building; where is the reflected image of the drone? I can't figure out an angle where the drone would not be visible?

(If it was erased via PhotoShop, then I'm not really seeing the point of the contest. I mean, I can easily--via PhotoShop--add dramatic shadows to overhead photos of animals. Therefore, I am assuming that customary contest "only light editing" rules apply here, right?)

CreeDo,
Wow, thanks. I did totally miss that. Nice catch (and now you've made me lament the fact that I'm getting older, with eyes that are not as sharp as they were 4 decades ago) :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 18:12 UTC

Am I missing something? . . . in the shot of the window washers on the Moscow building; where is the reflected image of the drone? I can't figure out an angle where the drone would not be visible?

(If it was erased via PhotoShop, then I'm not really seeing the point of the contest. I mean, I can easily--via PhotoShop--add dramatic shadows to overhead photos of animals. Therefore, I am assuming that customary contest "only light editing" rules apply here, right?)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 23:44 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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Polacofede: hi, i wonder when you say Patagonia what place are you referring exactly. I mean it can be confusing for people as Patagonia is an extremely big region of Argentina and Chile. It would be like saying US West coast, or the likes... The first one looks like Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina.

For those of us who have been lucky enough to have been to the Perito Moreno Glacier--it's unmistakable.

I'm not sure I see much to recommend this over my 12-24 lens. But since I've never shot with anything this wide, real-life shooting experience might, of course, change that opinion.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
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oscarc: I don't know what the issue is. We have safe spaces, coloring books and crayons, hot cocoa, and therapy dogs to helps us in these situations. We can also protest, riot, start fires and destroy other things to help relieve these feelings.

I'm sorry; what are you whining about? It's not clear from your post. But, I gather that you're upset about something, yes?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
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Kaso: Now I've heard of a place called Bergün. Clever PR joke.

Jacques,
It is absolutely okay to have a sense of humor in life. Since pretty much everyone in the universe except you saw this as (1) a PR stunt to get people to know the name of the town, and (2) whimsical and NOT AT ALL to be taken seriously, perhaps you could rethink your first impression?

Going through life bitter and sour, and taking every chance to hold a grudge . . . well, I personally think there are better ways to approach each day.

Your Mileage May Vary, of course. Different strokes . . . :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 01:44 UTC

It sounds horrible to me. Which is not the same thing as saying that it will be a bad product. I am a pretty serious photographer. (ie, I have sold a decent amount of work, but it's not my "real" job) I LOVE the fact that I need to look at a scene, compose it, take light readings, factor in what I can do in developing (when shooting B/W film), and so on.

To the extent that this takes the guesswork out of all the above . . . well, then much of the skill disappears as well. For beginners, this sounds wonderful. But the way I learned about photography was to go out and shoot. Make exposure mistakes. Make depth of field mistakes. Make focusing mistakes.

If I were someone who simply wanted to take technically excellent photos with no thought, then this could be a great thing. Automatic Mode, but on steroids. But when you take out a photographer's individual choices, you also take away her/his creativity . . . at least to some extent. And I lament that.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 02:10 UTC as 93rd comment
On article Canon EOS 77D Review (284 comments in total)

Dual Control Dials is a **HUGE** improvement. I cannot imagine ever using a basic "rookie" camera that had only one control dial, even as a backup to my backup camera.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 11th comment
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