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When people show their "pet projects," they tend to leave me cold. What is a passion for that person often (usually??) has little interest to me.

Not here. I really enjoy time-lapse nature photography, and storms . . . wow, what a great subject. I just loved this piece, and am eagerly looking-forward to looking at his other work.

Wow. Again.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 21:17 UTC as 10th comment
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (207 comments in total)
In reply to:

Paul B Jones: Canon has a similar lens - but it goes to 11!

Almost twice as expensive as what?....????

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 23:27 UTC

I don't normally believe in the death penalty. But for asshats like this . . . being complete jerks, for the sheer pleasure of destroying--forever!!!--a natural spectacular setting . . . well, no punishment is too severe for them.

I am so glad I live in California, so I had the chance to visit Death Valley, and Racetrack, more than 20 times in my life. So many other will never now have the chance to see the site in an un-vandalized way.

Just appalling.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 23:29 UTC as 73rd comment | 9 replies

Thought the stars "rainbow" was pretty spectacular. Thought the winning image was okay, but nothing particularly special. Which goes to show; as compared to actual judges, what do I know? :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 05:55 UTC as 11th comment
In reply to:

steven8217: On Fisherman on the Dam, I wonder why there are light reflections on the water when the light source (perhaps street light?) are behind the dam? Unless the light source are right on top of the dam?
An interesting light source that can illuminate the face of all 3 fisherman?
Also interesting for all 3 fisherman to spread their leg that far apart at the same time in normal walking posture?
Is there an additional layer of texture on the upper part of the photo?
Overall it seems like a stage outdoor type of stage <studio light> shot.

Photoshopped was the first thing I thought.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 05:54 UTC
On photo P7118841 in the Geometric challenge (7 comments in total)

Love the photo. Hate the lazy and meaningless title...far worse than having no title at all.

Well-deserved win. Lovely composition.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 4th comment

Offered in freshwater and saltwater versions??? I don't understand. If I have a saltwater version, why on earth would that not work perfectly in fresh waters? (I understand, of course, why the reverse would not be true . . . salt can corrode, so I can see why one would not bring a freshwater version into the ocean/sea.)

What am I missing or overlooking?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2015 at 22:28 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On photo Living on the Edge in the Living dangerously challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm not sure if this meets the challenge theme. "Risk should be obvious in the image."

I don't see it. The ground could be 2 inches below the chipmunk. . . there's nothing at all in the photograph to suggest great depth below.

I love the photo. But just not for this particular challenge.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 01:52 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Alone in the somethings missing - mirror challenge (1 comment in total)

To my eye, the subject in this image is clearly the eye goes directly to her. If so, then this is not a great choice for this challenge, as neither she nor her reflection is cut off in any way.

If the window is your subject, then it does fit the challenge. But then it would work much better if the child was not in the image, since the photo you submitted has a hugely distracting element (ie, the kid) that takes attention away from your actual subject.

I *LOVE* this photo. Just not for this particular challenge. :-)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:49 UTC as 1st comment
On photo IMG_2081-bw in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

Really like the image--quite cute composition.
Really hate the title--lazy, meaningless, and far worse than having no title at all.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Winter walking in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

I tend to love images of people using umbrellas. But this photo has zero indications of winter. Rain does not equal winter at all. And the photo was taken in March, which is a month almost no one associates with winter.

So, I like the actual photo. Just don't think it's a good fit for this particular challenge.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 1st comment
On photo The Cold Women of New York A73Q2730-1-2 in the Winter people challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the image. I really dislike that you identified yourself in your photo's caption . . . not cool to do in a DPR challenge.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Winter people (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

EXX: It is not clear to me that it must be B&W. In the introduction you state: " Shot must be taken outdoor and presented in B&W", but in the additional rules it says: "When entering a B&W picture, be sure conversion didn't involve contrast enhancing, sharpening and so on..." which implies colour pictures are allowed as well.

I'm confused by your post. I am not sure in what way "contrast enhancing, sharpening, etc..." suggests a color image.

Per the host; there were no DQs re this issue. But when a rule says, "When entering a B & W image..." and elsewhere says, "...must be presented in B & W...", that sure seems crystal-clear to me.

I feel like I am overlooking/missing the ambiguity in the language that you (and the host as well??) think is in the rules and challenge description. :-)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 10:22 UTC
On article Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples (162 comments in total)

No RAW? This is a camera for beginners, not for serious photographers. (If it was a camera with features that a pro or serious amateur would use, I'd definitely consider a camera like this for my big trips, as my backup camera to my DSLR)

The bar has been set (albeit a low bar). I have no doubt that Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc will soon come out with non-sucky versions within the next year or two.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 01:43 UTC as 11th comment
On article DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks (134 comments in total)

Nice story for April Fools Day.

Question: Where does one buy one of those arm thingies? No stores in the LA area seem to carry them, and is out of stock until mid-June.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 21:29 UTC as 59th comment

12 bucks a year sounds great, even if used only as a third backup options.

I have about 9 TB of photos (RAW + TIFF & PSD). How do I get my photos from my computer to the cloud? Obviously, I can't upload them. . . by my rough calculations, that would take more than 6-8 months of continuous uploads (ie, 24 hours a day)--assuming that my upload speed stayed constant and at the advertised speed (hah!!!). In real life, probably about 18 months of doing this constant uploading, as I'll be using my computer to do other things at the same time.

I assume serious photographers will be uploading RAW and TIFF files, with JPGs used as images for web use only. So, I expect that pros, semi-pros, and serious amateurs will all have backups of 1 TB and higher. I'm not understanding the logistics . . . how are people managing to get such a huge volume of data uploaded in a reasonable time-frame????

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 22:41 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
On photo DSC_0195 in the High speed photography challenge (1 comment in total)

I think this shot is much more in keeping with the challenge theme than your other entry. You did a great job capturing the 'decisive moment.' If this had been taken at a different time of day, it would be very dramatic. Unfortunately, this seems to be a photo taken around mid-day. Hard lighting, which meant that the most interesting part of the shot is in shadows, and the non-shadow area is all washed out, and therefore uninteresting. I'd love to see this photo, taken at 5:30 in the afternoon. But this just doesn't work. For me, anyway.

A side point: The lazy and meaningless title detracts from your image. Having no title at all would be much much much better than leaving your RAW file name . . . this just screams out, "I cared so little about my entry that I could not be bothered to spend 13 seconds to put in a title that actually says something about the image."

Judges in real photo competitions often look at the titles. Many voters here do the same. My 2 cents! :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 09:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (16 comments in total)
In reply to:

Octane: Thanks to everyone who voted and commented!

Congrats on the win. Vox populi . . . the voters have definitely spoken. You already know you'll have my vote at the "DPR image of the year" challenge, at the end of 2015. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 08:22 UTC
On photo _MG_4506 in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Love the image. Hate the lazy and meaningless title...much worse than having no title at all.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Window Meet BB in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Clever idea for this challenge, I think.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:37 UTC as 1st comment
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