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Grumpy Old Guy

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November 25, 2023

Some random shots from Kauai & Maui.

Kihei Sunset

Opaekaa Falls

Hanalei Valley

Napali Coast

Napali Coast

Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Waimea Valkey

Poipu Beach sunset

Kuilau Ridge rainforest

Great Frigate Bird

Green Sea Turtle (Honu)

Paia Windsurfing

Princeville at dusk

Cattle Egret

November 23, 2023

Rules change for the monthly photo contests, please vote!

A few months ago there were some discussions here concerning the requirement to resize photos for the monthly contests. Several of us feel that it’s unnecessary, and creates an extra burden for the person who is running the contest. At the time we took an informal poll, and the vote was overwhelming in favor of scrapping the requirement. (I think the vote was seven in favor of scrapping the rule, and one in favor of keeping it. I don’t know for sure because I can’t look back that far with the new interface).

Therefore we’re going to do another poll, and this time we can make the results official. Here are some salient points to consider.

1. The requirement to resize places a burden on the member who is running the contest. These contests are not easy to run. There is a lot of cutting and pasting, and double and triple checking to avoid mistakes. It’s very time consuming. There is usually a large percentage of the entries that are not correctly sized, and the person running the contest has to check all the sizes and contact all the people who entered over sized pics. It’s a lot of extra work.

2. There really is no advantage to entering larger photos, since the web browsers automatically resize the photos. In fact, a larger photo may actually be at a disadvantage, since the viewer might have to scroll up or down a little to see the entire image.

3. Many photographers strive to produce sharp, clear images, and it’s disheartening to see them lose sharpness due to the downsizing of files.

4. There are many members of DU here who would like to get involved in the contests, but they don’t have the skills or experience to properly resize the entries. There would probably be greater participation from the membership at large without the resizing requirements.

5. One argument for keeping the resizing requirements is that there are some members who still have slower internet connections, and it takes longer to load the pages. That is a valid point. However, is it fair to ask the contest runners to do all that extra work for the sake of just a few individuals? Yes, it might take longer for the pages to load, but if they’re patient those users may enjoy having much higher quality images to vote on.

We would like to get everyone’s input on this. Please add your two cents worth to the comments and vote in the poll.


Grumpy Old Guy
Tom Kitten

November 10, 2023

We're on our way home from Hawaii.

Here is my first image from our two week vacation. Purely by luck we were in Maui for a unique event. There was an algae bloom that turned the pond at the Kealia Wildlife Preserve into a combination of purple and pink water, depending on the light. The algae isn't harming the wildlife.

October 19, 2023

Another eclipse image

October 18, 2023

Here is my shot of the Annular Eclipse in Tropic, Utah.

I tried posting it on Saturday, but I couldn't get the images to upload to Imgur correctly from my cellphone while I was on the road. Better late than never.

October 9, 2023

A couple of nature photos

Snowy egret with dinner

Perching dragonfly

October 3, 2023

The 2023 Pacific Air Show in Huntington Beach, California

I shot over 256 gb of images the other day. Here are a few good ones.

September 30, 2023

Bill Maher is back, worse than ever.

How did I ever think this guy was any good?

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About Grumpy Old Guy

Thank you Democratic Underground for keeping me sane for the last four years. I think I was probably the longest lurker here. I started following DU during the Dubya administration. I was first attracted to the "Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the Week." I've been following along ever since. I always felt guilty for not participating, but refrained from doing so because I already spend way too much time online. However, after recent events, I just can't sit back any longer. I had to log on and thank you folks for all that you do. I'm a retired TV newscast director with forty years experience and more than eighteen thousand broadcasts under my belt, most of them live. I now travel the country (when I can) shooting landscape, astro and wildlife photography. You can see some of my photos at Ross-Kestin.Pixels.com or on Instagram at @oldguywithacamera. Thanks again! Ross K. Grumpy Old Guy

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