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    up close

    Decent shot. I like the placement overall. Gb
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    Salton Sea

    Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea, in California, USA. This area is a photographer's playground. This lake is drying up fast. They have several ideas on how to address it, but they haven't seemed to act on any of them. Comments? Graduated ND filter effect in post. GB
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    Salton Sea

    I think that is a pier that was once just above sea level. Yeah it is a little dark, probably more so than it was when there (but it was late).
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    Boat Launch at Night

    Not many people around. Although it has soothing colors, I'm not sure how to make such a scene more exciting? g
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    Boat Launch at Night

    Thank you, Akira and Luc. Poking around at night with your camera and tripod, looking for a scene to photograph.. it sometimes feels like walking through a very boring woods. You really have to try hard to see something. I've shot this area many times but feel there's still images there that I'm missing. Gb
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    Mara River Lunch

    Excellent capture. Not so nice for the zebra, but croc's need to eat too. I am not sure how you were able to get this shot, a lot of patience, skill and luck I presume. Sorry to hear about the ranger. It's a dangerous job for sure, as crocodiles are sneaky, moving silently and striking fast. I'm glad we don't have them to worry about in California.
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    Luc - you have two very nice shots here, the top and the bottom ones. Maybe the middle one also. The thing is, the nice shots are pictures within your pictures. These thee pictures all call for serious crops. I would crop in around the mushroom on the first but leave a little more space at the top than the bottom. With the 2nd image, I like how that leaf in the dead center area lays on the log, so I would do some cropping there. Not that the isolated light doesn't look neat in itself, but I'm not sure there's enough here to lift the image overall. Finally, on the 3rd I would crop in around, you guessed it, the mushrooms and interesting geometry of the log behind it. I am curious whether you saw the same thing but decided that you liked them with the wider surroundings. Granted a wider picture tells a story... GB
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    Scenario. It has a nice shape, nothing wrong there. My issue with the photograph is that it doesn't inspire. The lighting, surroundings, etc. are a bit dull, and the pic overall lacks creativity. I think that you can do better. Try a different angle, a few crazy light colors on it, a macro shot, etc. Give it a whirl! Gb
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    My assistant

    Fun shots.
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    What Do You Want From Fotozones?

    Dallas, I am admittedly biased because I was a big fan of another photography forums site named photographyreview.com (now defunct, but still online), but I find the FZ categories of the forum to not be what I want. What FZ has: - Birds (but no Animals) - Botanical (different than Nature?) - Macro - Nature (is this landscape, or animals, or ?) - People (extremely general) - Photojournalism (Ok, but is this City, people, all of the above?) - Places (huh?) - Other The old PR forum categories were as follows (http://forums.photographyreview.com/forum.php). Not all of them here, but most: - Viewfinder (for those who don't want critique, but to show their work) - Photo Critique (broad) - Help (about your equipment , etc) - Camera Reviews - Canon Camera Equip - Nikon - Sony - Olympus - Pentax - MIrrorless - Software and Post Processing - Camera Dealer Feedback - Video - Nature and Wildlife - Film - Photo Biz and Law - Studio and Lighting - Sports - Photography as Art - Photo PRojects - Camera Gear for Sale/Wanted - Off Topic - Site Feedback A lot I know (perhaps too many), but you get the picture. They were also listed in a simpler list that required less scrolling (yes, it does make a difference). Anyway.. Gb Edit: one of the above categories that I think was important is the Viewfinder. There are many situations where a person simply wants to show their work. In some situations, they really do not want to here criticism and simply dismiss any comments that are not favorable. These need to be policed and moved to the Viewfinder because they waste the responder's time and effort.
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    Back to nest

    Heck of a shot. I guess it takes a lot of patience to capture these critters.
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    VW Camping

    Took this at the Salton Sea in California last night. Anything I can do in post to make it better? It just seems a tad plain to me (but I am interested in your take). Gb
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    VW Camping

    Just watched that main Youtube vid on the link you sent, Dallas. Very interesting. People dream of these trips. I guess Leah is the Aussie gal. I will watch more of his vids, I guess he's getting a boat BTW.
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    VW Camping

    Yep, besides the Mustang Ford is getting out of the passenger car business, at least for the foreseeable future. GM has also announced major cutbacks of passenger cars, and Fiat-Chrysler already went that route years ago. A lot of people buy big hunkin pickup trucks and haul air. Those things are lucky to get 20 miles/gallon, so I don't get it myself. I do like having a 4 wheel drive to get out in the sticks (and sand) and not have to overly worry about getting stuck. Photographers need that freedom.
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    VW Camping

    Thanks Dallas. The foreground is easily adjusted. I will try it. I know VW is working on a neat electric van thingie that looks a lot like this old one. I think it was just a concept but that they'd like to move fwd, if they can give it enough range and keep the price down to where people can afford it. We will see. I'm not hip on electric cars for the reason shown here: I travel great distances to get to remote places like this and don't have time (or energy) to be hunting around for charging stations, nor time to wait around for the vehicle to charge. One day.
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    The New York Times Called...

    Congrats Dallas. Question for you: how do you control lens distortion with all those straight lines? Seems one needs special lenses (which?) I know you can at least partially correct this in Photoshop, but that usually doesn't work 100 percent and also tends to soften the pic. GB
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    A bit of a fire yesterday

    The dangers of living in a dry populated area. Same issues here in California, lots of humans now living in areas that have traditionally burned, and we don't want them to burn anymore. Sort of like trying to stop the tide from coming in (maybe not that bad, but close). Glad you are alright. Good that you are thinking of escape routes ahead of time. Bad things can happen fast. -GB
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    Spider Crab Man

    Interesting angle there Yes, believe I have seen these beasts in aquariums. The Alaskan King Crab's right up there with them in shock value, just bigger than you'd expect them to be.
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    VW Camping

    Another angle.
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    A stamp

    Not bad. Decent side pattern, fun doggies. I wonder if the 'canceled' mark would be a little less perfect in the real world, but OK. I also wonder if the dogs should have a tad more negative space around them and the sides. Gb
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    ... mountainous southern Californian desert. The landscape, including the rocks, are hard to get tired of looking at. Gb
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    Yep, decent article. Seems the author applies an old issue (which still applies) to a different situation, really: what do you put in the 'foreground?' He uses a city as an example, but there are so many excellent shots out there of beautiful mountains, etc. that lack a foreground subject. I used to joke with a friend that I need to find a model who will follow me around out there for that.
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    up close

    A subtle but very 3d look here. I like it and think it would look good printed large. The leaves almost look like paper. The bulb (if that is the right terminology) is indeed placed very well. Gb
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    I see what you mean Chris - perhaps they only work as a supplement vs. main subject. Will keep this in mind for next time I am there, which is prob in two weeks.. Gb

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