Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

Lives in United States Monterey Bay, CA, United States
Works as a Retired IT Database Administrator
Joined on Jun 17, 2012

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On photo 2012_1029_152820AA in the On High challenge (2 comments in total)

Might have placed higher is given a meaningful title . . .

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 01:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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Dutch Newchurch: Congratulations on a very effective image and a well-deserved win!

Sinitar: maybe escaping "death" was embellished hyperbole - but the spot where I took this photograph was technically OFF LIMITS to the public (probably due the the dangerous ground conditions). I had to hike about 1 mile over poorly marked trails, where we could have fallen through rotten planks, fallen into ravines with sharp rocks, or slipped on loose gravel over 50-75 foot embankments before reaching the overlook to the bridge. I'm glad I got the shot - but I wouldn't do it again.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 07:48 UTC
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Dutch Newchurch: Congratulations on a very effective image and a well-deserved win!

Thank you, Dutch! The story behind how I got to the location to take this picture would take to long to explain here - but enough to say I escaped death several times on the hike . . .

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
On photo Pigeon Point Lighthouse in the Wide Angle Lens (not ultra wide) challenge (5 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: This deserves a commendation from the challenge host. A very dramatic landscape, well composed and well lit. And a deserving winner of this challenge too!

Why - thanks, Dutch!

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
On photo Pigeon Point Lighthouse in the Wide Angle Lens (not ultra wide) challenge (5 comments in total)
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By standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Pretty. Any thoughts against using a lower sensitivity? Other than movement that is

For Milky Way shots, it's a balancing act between how long you expose (leave the shutter open) and ISO sensitivity. You want to gather enough light so the dust lanes and star clusters show up nicely, but expose the sky for no more than about 20 seconds in order to avoid individual stars to blur and streak. Sensors will differ on how they tolerate high ISO settings. With my Nikon D810, I've found that the ISO "sweet spot" for capturing Milky Way imagery at 20-second exposures (at lowest F stop) is around 2000-3000. Anything less and I have to risk getting star streaks at longer exposure; anything more and I risk too much noise and graininess. This is the balancing act - and may also depend on how clear the night sky is.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 07:16 UTC
On photo Sweet Ride in the Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)
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thejohnnerparty: Nicely done. I think you've captured Mother Nature in this one. She looks intimidating here.

Thanks, TJP. If we're lucky, we get 15 foot waves like this here in Santa Cruz only a couple of time per year, so it's a treat to go out and photograph this kind of action.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
On challenge Abstract Photography (2 comments in total)

Way too many entries to fairly vote on. Sadly, I had to remove my "winning" image . . . :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 20:55 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Photo story of the week: Fire and Ice (181 comments in total)
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Mike CH: I really like the image.

But the bird annoys the heck out of me :(

And I thought that was a dried speck of insect on my monitor! LOL!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Fire and Ice (181 comments in total)
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Internet Enzyme: I like it, but i dont understand this trend with landscapes where people will use an ultra wide and then stuff the bottom third of the image with unnecessary compositional trash. I would have cropped this very differently.

Here’s my crop: https://imgur.com/TLkOGnc

I think paraphrasing of the old adage applies here: " Opinions (of the best image crops) are like A-holes . . . everyone has one!"

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 20:05 UTC
On photo DSC01874 in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Not a Buzzard . . . :-(

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 23:26 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Eclipse (2 comments in total)

Some very cool pics here.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 00:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo San Francisco Pier 7 in the Night work.. challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice photo - but I've been there several times and that's not Pier 7 in SF.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 23:43 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On challenge Show your two colors! (17 comments in total)

Of course we all know that, technically, Black and White are not colors - right?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 22:18 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On photo F-22 Raptor powers into a high G-turn in the Turbojet power challenge (17 comments in total)

Well done, Frontal_lobe! You have a gallery filled with great aircraft shots. This is one of the best. I could care less if it was "rendered" (whatever THAT means!) or not. It's an arresting visual image. The criticisms of the SOOC elite here seem more like "sour grapes" mentality.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 07:33 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On photo Suspended in the Macro - Single Water Droplet challenge (1 comment in total)

I hesitate to disparage the #1 entry --- but I don't understand why the ubiquitous "phallic column with levitating drop" almost always gets the voting public's attention - while yours seems so much more creative and unique.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 23:26 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Idiot in the Stop the action. challenge (1 comment in total)

ROTFLMAO!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 00:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Thunderheads With Egret in the Wings challenge (33 comments in total)

Thanks all for the votes and your comments. Yes, this is a rare image for a couple of reasons: being able to photograph an Egret with wings beautifully spread in flight like this right in front of my camera is amazingly lucky timing to begin with - but the appearance of such dynamic Thunderhead clouds, without rain involved, in the area where I live (Monterey Bay, California) is an impossibly rare occurrence. I have seen such clouds maybe twice in the 36 years I have lived here.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 06:43 UTC as 17th comment | 8 replies
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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Rajeshb: I really like the shot as a general landscape, but can not see the relevance to the challenge theme. The rays are almost a distraction in this shot.

JACK: my two favorite WA lenses are my Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, and my Rokinon 14mm f2.8 prime lens. Both very capable and sharp lenses. The Tamron is my general walking-around lens. Even though it is manually focussed, the Rokinon is a great landscape lens. The image quality in particular surprised me, especially since it cost only $300! (if you do buy one, make sure it has the AE chip, which allows the lens to work with the camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering and auto white balance functions).

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 08:20 UTC
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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Rajeshb: I really like the shot as a general landscape, but can not see the relevance to the challenge theme. The rays are almost a distraction in this shot.

JACK: thanks for your support, but no need to disparage Rejesh either. He has some nice photos in his gallery and has a few 1st places, and is entitled to an opinion. Personally, I just don't understand his point that my image "doesn't go well with the topic". In my mind my image has the following elements, which are described in the challenge:

Landscape -- check
Early morning sunshine -- check
Dawns first rays lighting up a subject (the lake surface and trees in the right background) -- check

I presume that's what people considered when they voted.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 06:22 UTC
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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Rajeshb: I really like the shot as a general landscape, but can not see the relevance to the challenge theme. The rays are almost a distraction in this shot.

Well, that's just strange . . . the challenge title itself contains the words: "Dawn's First Rays".

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:39 UTC
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