santamonica812

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

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On photo Yamanote in the -Lost in the Rat Race- (BW + Border + Title watermark) challenge (7 comments in total)

Great photo. There is a great deal of skill, and a bit of luck, in getting a "slow" image to also have one or two subjects that stand out. And your image succeeds in this...my eye goes directly to one or two people, and I keep coming back to them.

I also like the exposure. The relative lack of contrast adds to the image's mood--at least, to my eye.

Very well-deserved win! (And only 2 sandbaggers--now that's an impressive ratio.) :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Taj Mahal in the Fog in the City challenge (1 comment in total)

It's a lovely composition, but WHERE IS THE FOG?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 09:23 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Cambodia in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (2 comments in total)

Where in Cambodia??

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Clouds over Hana in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

Great composition, and very dramatic clouds. The color is a bit oversaturated for my taste, but I think a lot of people might disagree with me on that point.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Caddy in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

Great example of where having a good title makes all the difference. Dramatic image and you really created a mood.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Catta Lemur in the A To Z - Letter C challenge (1 comment in total)

I love the image. But I think this would have gone better in the upcoming "L" challenge. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sleeping Midori in the Chamaeleon challenge (1 comment in total)

I almost always find close-ups much more dramatic (and therefore, more effective) in these types of challenges. Very nice decision to move in close.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Cadburys comp in the Chocolate challenge (2 comments in total)

I love the photograph, but it seems a bit off for this challenge. There's nothing in the rules that says you can't have the chocolate wrapped (ie, hidden). But it's a shame not to see anything actually chocolate in the photograph.

(Strictly as a photograph in general, I completely agree with your decision to keep it wrapped--the foil is much more colorful than a dull brown of exposed chocolate, and the colors you have really 'pop' contrasted with the underwater darkness.)

But for a challenge that honors chocolate . . . well, I've already given my 2 cents on that topic. :-)

p.s. congrats on your win last year that you referenced. Very well-deserved, IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:10 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Belgian Chocolates in the Chocolate challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the composition very much. The vignetting does you no favors (it's quite distracting to my eyes, and does not add anything positive), so it might have yielded a more pleasing appearance to crop slightly, to avoid the vignetting.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 13:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Slick in the Naturally Smooth challenge (3 comments in total)

Spectacular image. Frog was nice. The patterns surrounding the main subject are amazing. Two shameful sandbaggers, but fortunately, not enough to outweigh the voters who had integrity.

Congrats on a very well-deserved win. Fantastic photograph.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 03:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Ngonye Falls - Zambia in the Central Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a really dramatic composition. There is a very noticeable fringe effect at the intersection of the trees and the sky...a more subtle post-processing job would probably yield a less obvious (and therefore, less distracting) result.

I loved visiting this part of the world. I'm so glad you submitted your photo into this challenge. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 07:04 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9035 (10 comments in total)
In reply to:

NilsBV: Oh for crying out loud! Not another one of these challenges. 8 of them. Talk about an over-inflated ego for the guy running them.

Yeah, I don't see this set of challenges as ego-driven. But something else is going on, and I see nothing wrong at all with members expressing utter confusion as to the series.

Shmn, I don't agree with your second to last sentence...the host does know what is going on. If he had a problem with a challenge with few or no appropriate entries, then he would have deleted all these later ones (you can delete a challenge easily before it goes into the Announced stage).

So, there is some reason for the host presenting Sar, Ayy 8, and--in the future--versions 9 and 10, and so on. Simon has made it clear that we hosts have unlimited discretion to put forth any challenge we want (subject to obscenity, etc...that would violate DPR's general terms and conditions).

At some point, our host may explain his motivations. That would be nice. Or he may choose not to do this. And that's okay too--perhaps this is a sort of mystery, and the member who figures it out will get a prize? :-)

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:21 UTC
On photo Pier at winter in the Frozen Lake challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

jr: Thanks for the comment... I kind of agree what comes to saturation&vignetting. I blame it (at least partially) on the fact that the processing was done on my laptop, the screen of which is not good at all for photo processing. Looking at the image using my calibrated desktop/screen, a little less heavy-handed processing would have indeed be more appropriate.
But since the photo ended up winning the challenge, it is obvious that eye-candy does have its benefits ;)

Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little eye-candy. I've done the same thing in post-processing, and for much the same reason (ie, laptop screens seem to have different resolutions than my nice, accurate, monitor at home.)

Nonetheless, the voters have spoken, and I think that makes my original comment off-base. Congrats on a very nice challenge win.

p.s. The one low vote you got was not from me...I had you scored much higher. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On photo Village in the Central Africa: Non-Portraits challenge (1 comment in total)

I like this image very much. The woman below the tree gives a good sense of scale for the tree, and since her head is below the window behind her, we see her entire outline perfectly. A really really effective composition.

-challenge host

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9014 (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

NZ Scott: I'm a bit disappointed as I have some great shots from Malawi and Botswana, both of which are straddled by some of the countries in this challenge. Will Malawi and Botswana be included in future challenges?

Never fear; you did not miss your chances to enter those images.

Malawi (along with 5 other countries) will be in challenges # 62 and 63.

Botswana (along with Namibia) will be # 64 and 65.

We're currently at challenge 58, so there a bit more than a month to go. I'm still not sure if I'll allow more than one entry per person . . . I suspect that I'll wait until we're about 3 days into a challenge, to see what the participation is like for those particular countries.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 09:02 UTC
On Challenge:9014 (6 comments in total)

UPDATE: It is now Sunday, and the submission stage ends on Wednesday afternoon (Pacific Std Time). I am now allowing TWO submissions from each person. (This will also apply to next week's challenge as well.)

Other than that, the same rules still apply, and entrants must vote for the other entries, of course.

-challenge host

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 07:16 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Long Pine in the Frozen Lake challenge (1 comment in total)

I tend to like B & W photos more than color. For this particular challenge, I think you lose those amazing colors that gradients of ice can have.

With the image in B/W, for me, the star of this shot is those amazing clouds. As such, not a perfect fit for a 'frozen lake' challenge.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:55 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Toronto Ice Storm 2013 (7) in the Frozen Lake challenge (2 comments in total)

I like the photo a lot. To my eye, the frame is much much too wide...I think it takes up more than 20% of the entire image.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Pier at winter in the Frozen Lake challenge (6 comments in total)

I love the composition. The saturation looks a bit overcooked to my eyes, but others may like the surreal look. But I think the vignetting is grossly overdone, and really detracts from your photo's impact. It screams "I'm a beginning photographer" at the viewer, and this is unfair...since your compositional skills show that you are not a beginner at all.

A lighter touch with the vignetting (and, in my opinion, with the saturation as well) will likely get higher votes from many viewers.

My two cents only, of course. :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 04:46 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Nail that haunt in the Nails to nail You challenge (6 comments in total)

Beautiful composition and perfect lighting. Very dramatic. Well-deserved win.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 10:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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