Devils Golf Course, the name is pretty self explanatory I think. I certainly wouldnt want to golf there

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This wasnt too far from the salt flats

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Scorched Earth Photo… on January 22, 2014

Not only is the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley , it also exists on the Internet for photographers posting images - it's a quandry - Do you post good images and hope they don't get misappropriated , or post sub-par photos ( not good for sales potential ) . I almost always put 3 to 7 copyright / text symbols in any image I post on Panoramio / the Internet - they are invisible to you ( ? ) when viewing , but they are there ! Doesn't amount to Diddly Squat except in a lawsuit , so our best recourse of action as photographers is to upload smaller images laden with © symbols to thwart the thieves - always shoot in .RAW mode , code your name and © into the camera ( make sure when you purchase the camera that the dealer records the sale with the camera number with your name ) and don't post your best images on the Internet !

A .RAW ( CR2 ) file is your digital negative - I have shot a lot of film in my time , and know that he / she who has the negative is the winner in litigation - if you shoot in .JPEG mode only , you are hosed because it's easy to strip the EXIF data out of a .JPEG file and add your own data ( © ) if you want .

P.S. - I am a photographer , not a golfer - do you loan your clubs out to someone you don't know ?

Stathis Chionidis on January 23, 2014

Wonderful landscape, nice wide view and capture..LIKE. Best wishes. Stathis

Shaun Thomason on January 30, 2014

Thanks Waldo and Stathis!

Shaun Thomason on January 30, 2014

Waldo I have decided to post my good images but have cut down the resolution. I always shoot in raw but havent watermarked my photos before. I will probably start now though. In saying that I am finding Panoramio more and more disappointing and nearly every user on here seems to be more about self promotion than actually uploading photos so havent really been uploading photos at all. I love the idea of Panoramio but the community seems to be moving backwards rather than forward. Maybe it is the 'social' networking part of the site taking over where people are more concerned about getting 'likes' on their photos for there own ego rather than having meaningful conversation. I may upload a few more hundred photos of my trip to the USA all geotagged by my GPS and some taken in strange places where we decided to wander off the paths in the amazing national parks of the USA or I may just leave them on my facebook account.

lizab on January 30, 2014

Really unique place, i like!

PS: Yes, i also feel Panoramio is moving backwards, for Google Panoramio is one the their less important "acquisitions", and most of the changes they made were for worse (still think their final goal is to merge Panoramio with their social network, essentially killing Panoramio). Also the behaviour of some members is really disappointing, it's terrible to see very bad quality (and sometimes even stolen) photos reaching the highest popularity levels, and i guess it's even more depressing for a good photographer (not my case) to see it happening.

I still find some good reasons to visit Panoramio (even after erasing my photos, that were very simple but honest and represented well the places i visited), but don't know for how longer i will.

Cheers (and sorry for my basic English), Lizab.

Shaun Thomason on January 30, 2014

I agree Liza but the community is what made Panoramio what it was. I don't expect photos to be of the highest quality as this is an amateur site. But it is an amateur TRAVEL photography site and you can get photos that are so over edited they couldnt be considered travel photos. What does frustrate me is the people that copy and paste on as many profiles and photos as possible so as to expect a return visit. I would like to know how many milliseconds they glance at each photo they comment on before they spam away and what sort of satisfaction they get from the likes they get this way.

lizab on January 30, 2014

For sure Shaun, i'm also not expecting the highest quality, i'm satisfied with decent quality that represent the place and correctly mapped (another thing that bothers me a lot is to see so many people just throwing their pictures over the map with no care).

The overprocessed photos are also a pity, many people discover the edition tools and don't know how to use them, and sometimes even truly beautiful photos are totally destroyed by the wrong edition.

And yes, copy and paste comments and everything else related to the "Panoramio game" (like/favorite my pictures that i'll like/favorite yours) is VERY disgusting for me too, i have seen some terrible pictures very popular (even over 100 favs), these people barely see the picture before commenting.

Best wishes, Lizab.

Shaun Thomason on January 30, 2014

I find the same. I very rarely give out a favorite. And to me a photo needs to be outstanding to get one. The picture above for example is nothing photographically. There is no outstanding show of light or anything like that but it is a representation of a very interesting place that I have been. I could copy onto 100 peoples photos that I like them and they would probably return and like this, but not only is that highly unsocial (funny that this is supposed to be a social photosharing site) but they probably dont even really look at your photo to understand it anyway. And as a social person I would rather have a chat on here than flick through a few hundred people profiles just so they return and like my photos

kenfowkes on February 1, 2014

Amazing shot! Super composition! Great reflections!!

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Gene M. - NO views ! on February 18, 2014

Hello Shaun, very beautiful shot of an amazing and fascinating place, the composition is great with this stunning ground in foreground, this is certainly not easy to walk here! I would love to visit USA and fantastic landscapes, so unique, as this one. Big ♥ 4 for this very interesting photo. Best greetings from Southern France, Gene

Shaun Thomason on March 4, 2014

Many thanks Ken + Gene! Ken Thanks for the gifts! ; )
Gene I never planned to enjoy the USA the first time I went. I was pleasantly surprised!

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  • Uploaded on January 21, 2014
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    by Shaun Thomason
    • Taken on 2013/04/09 10:53:14
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
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    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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