Albert Valentino

Lives in United States PA, United States
Joined on Oct 25, 2012

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norro: What kind of name is "SmugMug"? If I'm going to be posting and potentially selling my photographs there I would like a more inviting, professional sounding, name.

Agreed. It sounds elitist calling yourself Smug

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 14:03 UTC
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SushiCub: I was just thinking last week that I should organize photos piled up in Lightroom to somewhere like Flickr, kind of glad I didn't. I received a note saying all photos in Flickr will be transferred to Smugmug in the end of May. Does it mean I'd better wait to open an account for Smugmug until I find out what will happen? So stupid but one of the reasons I wasn't really interested in Smugmug is the name. Whenever I see it for someone's portfolio site, it looks funny

Same here. Best to wait until the dust settles

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 14:01 UTC
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Bill Ferris: Methinks a few judges scored the entries after binge-watching "Black Mirror."

Me thinks the judges are the friends and family of the winners

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 12:50 UTC
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PuneetDembla: I feel sorry for the participants who entered this contest thinking it would be as great as it used to be in the old days. I don't know what the judges saw in the images but lot of these images are so pathetic that these wont stand a chance in a High-school photography competition, let alone SWP awards.

12 looks to me like it is just a guy in a bar looking at the telvision. And the judges rate this as the winner in the Portrait category 🤔

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 12:49 UTC
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BBnose: I just don’t like the paper in the dark

“Paper in the dark”, good title

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 20:52 UTC
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santamonica812: Well, I thought 4 or 5 of them were pretty good. :-(

Agreed. The rest seem like winners were selectedby pulling their names out of a bowl like a raffle

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 20:52 UTC
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PuneetDembla: I feel sorry for the participants who entered this contest thinking it would be as great as it used to be in the old days. I don't know what the judges saw in the images but lot of these images are so pathetic that these wont stand a chance in a High-school photography competition, let alone SWP awards.

It really is pathethic. I get the feeling that if I entered this contest with a WOW shot I would be quickly disqualified

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 20:50 UTC

That monkey the PETA gang is representing took a more interesting portrait

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 14:17 UTC as 25th comment
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ovengloves: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that but in this case I'm assuming the beholders were all blind or and drunk.

All this does prove the old maxim, cameras do not take pictures, photographers do. So people with little creative vision and a few bucks got their Sony cameras but no magic seems to have happened.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 13:23 UTC
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Albert Valentino: No matter what happens, the laywers always do okay.

PETA is essentially a group of people that do not really love animals as much as they hate humans!

Those that do not understand how our food is compromised should rent the video, Food Inc

https://www.amazon.com/Food-Inc-Robert-Kenner/dp/B002UZ5CHO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1524302961&sr=8-2&keywords=food+inc

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 09:30 UTC

I like it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:50 UTC as 28th comment
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bharathmsk: This is super crazy, or intelligent; if its the latter I don't get it one bit! :) It would be great to have some insights into how the judges made their choices.

Friends and family

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:43 UTC
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Retzius: Being a visual medium, a strong photograph shouldn't need to be accompanied by a lengthy written explanation of its meaning and significance.

At least IMHO.

How else can they justify some of these entries

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:42 UTC
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James Pilcher: While some of the photographs are interesting, I find much of the prose to be filled with important-sounding hollow buzz phrases.

Regarding the still life: "The work explores the tension between revelation and concealment questioning, amongst other things, the ethical implications of representing and divulging sensitive material of this nature."

Rubbish. If the photographer has to tell you what the image means, then the image has no meaning. The still life questions nothing and has no ethical implications. If it only stands on its own as part of a series, then the image does not stand on its own. Good grief, these descriptions are conceived by people who believe the viewer is an idiot.

I think calling it rubbish is being kind. Seems like some of the judges were friends of the contestants.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:41 UTC
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ovengloves: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that but in this case I'm assuming the beholders were all blind or and drunk.

I think we can define ‘beholder’ as the judges. Unless some of these lackluster shots were the best of those submitted.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:38 UTC

Some of these are truly great. Others seem like the photographer, or perhaps better stated, the judge, have no artistic vision at all. The first place for portrature is rather lackluster - looks likeaguy at a bar probably watching the television. Architecture is blah. I would have expected something dramatic with a wide lens, but it is just the side of a building. The still life, seems more like an accidental shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 22:10 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

What ever you use, be careful aboutusing monkeys as models else PETA will try to ruin you

https://www.dpreview.com/news/9651031359/peta-monkey-selfie-lawsuit-lives-on-judge-rejects-attempted-settlement

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 22:52 UTC as 17th comment
On photo Leaving a Swiss city in the Your City - Leaving challenge (2 comments in total)

The statue really makes the shot. At first I thought it was real until I looked closer. Good job

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 13:40 UTC as 2nd comment

No matter what happens, the laywers always do okay.

PETA is essentially a group of people that do not really love animals as much as they hate humans!

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 22:42 UTC as 36th comment | 10 replies
On photo Dubai in the Town Center challenge (1 comment in total)

Superb 👍

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 19:43 UTC as 1st comment
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