santamonica812

Lives in United States CA, United States
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Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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On article Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 Int'l Photography Awards (101 comments in total)

Wow, that was really, um, underwhelming. "Silent Menace" was--as far as I can tell--a simple photograph of an empty street, with cartoon-like coronavirus Photoshopped all over the image. And that won an actual award?!?

I do acknowledge that art is subjective. That's a wonderful aspect to it, of course. But it's rare when I look at an image and say to myself, "I simply do NOT see how it's possible that this image won any sort of contest."

If that image had won any of DPR's daily photography challenges, I would be publicly speculating that vote-rigging had been going on. LOL. (That's my only plausible explanation.)

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2020 at 07:52 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Andrew Denny: I didn't understand what you were trying to do, sorry. Seemed an awful lot of effort for something not very special. It might have been better if you had run the still photos first without a hint of what they were & how they were made, then only later explained how they were done.

1. I do agree with you re your last point...it's very common (and very effective) to show the final results first, and only then go into the "How to do..." parts.
2. I don't think the goal was to give us anything stunning. It's just a fun way to suggest to drone photographers to use our imaginations. By pre-planning what we shoot, we can create composite images that will (hopefully!!!) catch the attention of our audiences. If you're doing news reporting, then obviously you want to avoid intentional 'deception' like this. But using creativity and humor seems entirely appropriate in just about any other situation.

YMMV, of course. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 23:11 UTC
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hammarbytp: one problem with focus peaking is that sometimes it is difficult to find a colour which stands out enough, especially in a cluttered background

One tip on Fuji cameras is set the film simulation mode to a B&W one (assuming you are writing to jpg and raw). This help you see the focus peaking, and you can process the RAW later

It is a pity that cameras don't provide a view in B&W option. Often it is easier to see the composition and focusing if colour is removed from the equation

Really clever idea!

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 21:07 UTC
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Barry Benowitz: Confused are U a dumbacrat if so maybe they will also include gray skies, or skies that change every hour.

??? Not sure of what you're trying to say. Could you translate the sentence into English?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2020 at 07:44 UTC
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rugosa: A few of the photos caught my eye , very well done . I laugh at the poetic descriptions though ! When people ask me why I took a photo that they admire I just say that I liked the scene in front of me , that it was something I wanted to remember and leave it at that .

I don't think that's accurate. To me, it looks like DPR screwed up (or the contest screwed up) and accidentally (a) forgot to include the last image, and (b) put the "wrong" artist statement below the photograph and correct artist statement that is there for #14.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 23:30 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Best camera backpacks (192 comments in total)

One of the more useful videos I've seen recently on DPR.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 08:41 UTC as 80th comment

Some very cute ones, indeed.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2020 at 20:40 UTC as 16th comment

Just curious. What sort of idiot would make a camera that does not have the ability to add memory? And what moron would do this for a camera that will gobble up memory with really nice cameras as the main draw of the Ultra? This is really mystifying.

Who would be dumb enough to buy this? I'm just not seeing the market? Maybe there are enough beginning-level photographers??? I dunno.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 01:03 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (101 comments in total)
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Aaron801: They could have made it a lot simpler... How about: folow the instructions and do your best!

You're not being fair. There was helpful advice that goes beyond the superficial. Thinking about what everyone else will be submitting. If 35 other photographers will be submitting images of a lion at rest, then there is NO POINT in you doing the same. But, if you have an image of a lion--at rest or in motion--that shows some humor (another good suggestion), then your image is suddenly significantly different and might stand out...and therefore, now has a non-zero chance of winning.

I've helped judge a dozen or so competitions (and entered at least that many myself), and I thought this was a useful and helpful article.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 19:49 UTC

Genuinely funny opening. Looks like an interesting product (and it's much appreciated that you also talked about its competitors and where you might recommend them over this one).

Straightforward, direct, and one of your better short reviews, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 08:30 UTC as 9th comment
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Horshack: He chose a DSLR because shaving in a mirrorless house would be difficult.

Genuinely funny!

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 19:03 UTC

"I'd like to introduce my plain, down-to-earth daughter "Gray Market" and my spoiled, pampered, daughter, "Leica." "

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 19:02 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
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santamonica812: My biggest regret (as a man in his 50s) is that, 50 or 100 years from now, getting into space will likely be at a price-point where someone with average financial success in life (the average plumber or lawyer, or accountant; and maybe even the average teacher??) will be able to afford a trip into space. Sort of like a visit to Antarctica is now...*really* expensive, but not so expensive that it can't be a dream, once-in-a-lifetime, trip. This will not happen in my lifetime, alas. But hopefully my children and grandchildren can experience what it feels like to look down on earth from space.

ilza,
Fair question. My assumption is that, once the leaders figure out how to do this safely and reliably, competition will flood in. If that's true, then prices will adjust downward. Supply and demand. But of course, this may proof to be a niche market and so prices will not go down much at all.

Similar to visiting Antarctica...due to environmental-related reasons, there are imposed restrictions on the number of ships that can do this voyage each year. If this were opened up, prices would go down. (Not saying this would be a good result...it's probably not a terrible idea to limit public exposure to the last remaining pristine place on earth.) :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2020 at 02:52 UTC

My biggest regret (as a man in his 50s) is that, 50 or 100 years from now, getting into space will likely be at a price-point where someone with average financial success in life (the average plumber or lawyer, or accountant; and maybe even the average teacher??) will be able to afford a trip into space. Sort of like a visit to Antarctica is now...*really* expensive, but not so expensive that it can't be a dream, once-in-a-lifetime, trip. This will not happen in my lifetime, alas. But hopefully my children and grandchildren can experience what it feels like to look down on earth from space.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2020 at 22:34 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
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landscaper1: "Photography Deck, may be the next item you want to add to your camera bag."

Seriously? I can't conceive of anyone who's likely to be looking at DPR who would put this in their camera bag even if they got it in their Xmas stocking.

Landscaper,
[I posted, but Entoman beat me to the punch, so I deleted the redundant stuff.] :-)

It's no big deal; I've accidentally attributed stuff to the wrong person several times in the past . . . it's the sort of thing that just happens sometimes on the internet! LOL

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 19:02 UTC
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landscaper1: "Photography Deck, may be the next item you want to add to your camera bag."

Seriously? I can't conceive of anyone who's likely to be looking at DPR who would put this in their camera bag even if they got it in their Xmas stocking.

SmileG,
I think it's possible that you are being a bit unfair. The WHOLE POINT to having a comment section here is so that we can give honest and unvarnished feedback and same with our impressions. I think this is a great idea for absolute beginners. And a good idea for people with a bit more experience. But, based on the tiny bit of the cards I could see, I expect that there will be nothing of value (or, perhaps, very very little of value) to those of us who shoot professional. If I had been tasked with directing the embedded video, I would have made sure to show a few cards that would apply to an absolute beginner, a few cards re an enthusiast, and a few that would apply to an expert photographer...or, I would not have made the assertion that these cards add value for a pro. A deck is definitely lighter than a Beginner's Photography book. But now, with cell phones, you could download loads of instructions on your phone, so this idea might have been better a few decades ago. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 16:15 UTC
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landscaper1: I have a feeling that it's just as easy to equip each lens with it's own step-up filter(s) to whatever the largest filter size that would fit at least one of the lenses. Then leave those on all the time.

Then there's the same idea taken one step further where the filter is fitted with a metal ring designed to mate to a magnetic adapter on each lens, which makes the process of changing filters much faster than screwing and unscrewing threaded filters.

I've done the same thing with all my SLR/DSLR lenses. I thought that was a standard work-around. But I guess not. :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2020 at 17:56 UTC

I think there is a special place in heaven for people who are willing to invest a ton of time and effort, so the rest of us can experience a part of the world we'll likely never get to. Like several of the other posters; I just spend 1-2 hours exploring.

This was really really nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 02:20 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Rilbelust: I'm gonna post the same comment that I posted under the video on Youtube:

I hate the new "tabless" Camera Raw. Why do I have to scroll to find what I need? Can't I just keep the tabs? This is stupid. Tabs are easier for me. I hope there is an option to keep the tabs. But If I know anything about Adobe, it's not going to happen.

Agreed re the usefulness of Tabs. Surprised that keeping them is not one of the customizable options.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 05:58 UTC
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Jonne Ollakka: ND and especially polarizers can't be done in post. Polarizing filters can remove reflections from water and windows.

Yes, the video explained this in some depth.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2020 at 01:36 UTC
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