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 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
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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Henry Gee: Excellent photo and I wonder is that a New Zealand lake?

Picture Lake is in the North Cascades Mountain range, in the north-central state of Washington, USA.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:37 UTC
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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jennajenna: SUCH A SHAME YOU CROPPED OUT THE STARBURST ON THE LEFT. LIKE WaTheF?

Yeah - maybe unnecessary, but I didn't want the challenge host to disqualify me in case he considered it a "sunrise" image - LOL!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:36 UTC
On photo Morning At Picture Lake in the Dawns first rays challenge (19 comments in total)
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Images by Kipper: Well done Buzz, stiff competition though as the top ones were quite awesome.
Way to go sir.
Kipper

Thank you, Kipper. Love that 14mm Rokinon lens on my Nikon D810.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 01:36 UTC
On photo White Leucistic Hummingbird in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, Buzz Lightyear on your excellent capture of this Leucistic hummingbird, and the interesting story about its lack of colour. The picture has beautiful colour throughout, from the whiteness of the subject, the bright lemon of the (Australian) eucalyptus flowers with their rosy stems and buds, and the soft bokeh background. A wonderfully pleasing shot and a worthy second place.
RuthC :-)

Thank you, Ruth. It is always an honor to place in your challenges. A bit more background on this unique hummingbird: this little guy showed up last year (2016) at the Arboretum, and became an overnight sensation. Birders and the public from, literally, all over the world have come to try and catch a glimpse of this rare bird. It is definitely a male, and theoretically could breed - but it’s still unclear whether the bird’s leucism will make it less attractive to females, since feather color plays a role in courtship.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
On photo Shark Fin Cove in the long exposure 5 sec. or more challenge (2 comments in total)
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photoman555: Great shot Buzz Lightyear, well done...I love it 😍
Peter

Well - thank you, photoman555!

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 06:05 UTC

I must say that the responses to this incident have brought some of the most entertaining comments I've yet seen in Dpreview. Certainly a welcome respite from the "I could have done better" . . . or "lousy composition" opinions when Dpreview announces the results of photo contests !

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 23:06 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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Suntan: IDK, I kinda like the juxtaposition of the ratty van in the middle of nowhere. I'd vote to keep it there.

I think Suntan was trying to be ironically humorous - at least, that's how I am taking it.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
On photo (Elementary level) Coast Guard Flight Simulator ;) in the Trainer aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

You probably won't win, but love the humor. Nice job!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 09:48 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo smash! in the action sequence photography challenge (3 comments in total)
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Bhimaprasad Maiti: For technical factors,not for aesthetic excellence.Congratulations should cover this aspect as well.

1.5 out of 10 for making any sense . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
On photo Arthur's Pass, New Zealand in the Nature Photos from the Top Half of the Earth challenge (8 comments in total)

Boy - that scene sure looks good on my 42" HD monitor! Congrats!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 09:37 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Smoking Sheep's Skull in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 19, S challenge (3 comments in total)

Love the photo and the detailed explanation. Good luck on your entry.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:32 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Spring time at Lake Saimaa in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 19, S challenge (1 comment in total)

https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=1012533

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 05:34 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 19299807804_6121ae7552_o in the Vintage fighter aircraft challenge (2 comments in total)

How about a title or short description?

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 10:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On article 2016 Challenge of Challenges winners announced (62 comments in total)
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Biological_Viewfinder: The lack of originality is due to the nature of challenges themselves.

I mean, if the challenge is waterfalls, then that's what will win that challenge. ETC!

I think it would be far better for the viewer and voter and forum user and photographer, if instead of challenges of challenges, DPReview sought out the most liked samples from the many types of photography forums where people ask for C&C and are not in any challenge at all. That's where you are going to find unique quality.

The challenges were FAR MORE COMPELLING back when DPReview wasn't directly involved and it was just people in some of the forums who did it, instead of all of them. The new kind of challenges end up being less about image quality and more about who and how many people you know in the forums that will pump up your picture regardless of its visual impact. It is more about the clique groups and less about photography. I'd prefer if DPR just stepped aside and let us enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Because of the availability of digital technology, I think there is a battle going on in current photography circles between two major schools of polar thought: first, the "Straight-Out-Of-Camera" VS the "Software Processed/Artistic Impression" image schools, and second, the "highly original" VS the "popular cliche" imagery schools. So far, I think the "Software Processed/Art Impression" and "popular cliche" images are winning (at least on Dpreview.com). Is this a good thing or not? Personally, I've found images from various image schools that I find I like, so I think there is room for variety. While one may express a preference - I think it is presumptuous to say that one form is "better" than another. Complain and criticize all you want, but tastes vary because humans do.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:18 UTC
On article 2016 Challenge of Challenges winners announced (62 comments in total)
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MAGMATCICO62: My own image was selectected in the "challenge of challenge". Thanks foro tour Kindle votes

I, too, thought your photo was the best of the lot. Very "original" (if anyone here cares . . . LOL!). Congratulations.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
On challenge Song Titles- Little Deuce Coupe (5 comments in total)
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Buzz Lightyear: Interesting . . . out of 22 entries, only 3 are actually 1932 "Deuce" coupes.

More disappointed in the voters, who are apparently clueless about the reference to the Beach Boys song and what a "Deuce Coupe" is.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 09:48 UTC
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