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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On challenge Winter people (3 comments in total)
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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.

EXX,
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 (163 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 Amazon.com 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)
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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
On photo broken antenna in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (3 comments in total)

Ruth,
But it sure *looks* broken. When I saw this photograph and its caption, I had to smile. For me, some of the most successful animal photographs are ones that anthropomorphize. (Or whatever the actual term is, when we turn part of an animal into a man-made object, as in this case.)

I think the overall effect has much more impact than if some jerk had not come by earlier and bent the poor bug's antenna. How's it supposed to get good radio reception now?!? :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:35 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo tap in the Macro - Something Damaged or Broken challenge (1 comment in total)

Is this a macro photo? It's a close-up, to be sure. But I don't think it's an actual macro.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Contemmplating Spring in the Strike a Pose challenge (6 comments in total)
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santamonica812: (As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

(Sorry, fully clothed does not equal a fur coat. I would not accept a human image, under the explanation, "Well, she's wearing a skin coat.")

Clever idea. But, nope, not for this challenge. (Even though my own dogs are absolutely part of my own family.)

Damn you. With such a heartwarming story, I now have to raise the score I had given.

Plus a few brownie points for you, and for all dog-rescuers, out there. Now stop, before you melt even more of my cold, cynical, heart. And what kind of lawyer would I be, then?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
On photo Cute pose in the Strike a Pose challenge (3 comments in total)
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JohntheBomb: I really need to start reading the rules more clearly sorry x

No worries. It is a really cute image, and (the clothing rule aside) fits *perfectly* into the challenge theme.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
On photo Contemmplating Spring in the Strike a Pose challenge (6 comments in total)
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santamonica812: (As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

(Sorry, fully clothed does not equal a fur coat. I would not accept a human image, under the explanation, "Well, she's wearing a skin coat.")

Clever idea. But, nope, not for this challenge. (Even though my own dogs are absolutely part of my own family.)

Well, it is a really adorable dog, so I get the urge to submit the photo. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:35 UTC
On challenge Strike a Pose (5 comments in total)

Really clever idea for a challenge. I am voting on Sunday (PST), so I don't know if any entries were DQ'd. The animals entries should all be out, since they are clear violations of the "fully clothed" rule. I gave them all 0.5 scores (even the really cute ones), since that's the only score we're supposed to give images that violate challenge rules.

Only one naked human subject left in. Again, really cute shot (so it definitely fits the "lighthearted" theme, and the bit about getting us viewers to smile). But a naked kid wearing a bandana on its head does not, of course, equal "FULLY clothed." Another reluctant 0.5 score on that one.

But there are so many fantastic images in this challenge. Congrats to the host, for coming up with a theme that brought out some real creativity in many of the entrants.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Cute pose in the Strike a Pose challenge (3 comments in total)

I love the composition. And it does fit the part of the challenge that says "lighthearted" and the part about getting viewers to smile.

But also, a clear violation of the "subject must be *fully* clothed rule. As such, I can't give it more than a 0.5 score.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo molly in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

(As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Avaree at the tracks in the Strike a Pose challenge (16 comments in total)

In terms of photographic skill, I think this is an easy 5.0. In terms of the model's ability, it's also a 5.0. But I'm not totally sure how well this fits into the challenge theme. For a theme of "Take your best model shot." or "Create a cover for a fitness magazine" challenge, I think this is a winner.

But the challenge rules seem to call for a photo that will make the viewer smile. Something "lighthearted." Your photo is a "Wow, that's really amazing" type of shot. But lighthearted?? Not at all.

When we all vote in December or January for "Best photos of the year," this image of yours will be in my top 5, I suspect. But (for me, at least), it doesn't work for this particular challenge.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On photo abby: favorite female (feline) poser in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

(As I posted on another image), I have to give all animal portraits only a 1/2 point score, since this image violated the challenge rules . . . "subjects must be fully clothed." This model is clearly stark naked. (I can't tell if it's a male or female subject either, but I'm giving all photographer the benefit of the doubt on this challenge.) :-)

(For me, a collar does not = 'fully clothed,' although maybe other judges will disagree.)

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:53 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Daaahling........ in the Strike a Pose challenge (2 comments in total)

Love the facial expression and the tilt of the head, and also love how the thumb & finger balance out the subject's head. The fingers being cut off don't bother me, since it's such an unusual composition.

Very nice soft lighting. You really created a moody scene.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo peñalara (33) in the Strike a Pose challenge (1 comment in total)

Lovely photo of the landscape. As an environmental portrait, it falls short for me, due to (1) the tiny size of the subject's face, and (2) that the face is in shadow. Given the above, it might have been more effective to do some major cropping, so that we'd still see the rock, the mountains & sky, but now the girl's body and face would take up much more of the screen.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 02:50 UTC as 1st comment
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