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Sharon  Day
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Counting Down


 
 
We're only a week away from the December finalist announcement give or take a few days. Which photo from last month do you have the most hopes of seeing a finalist medal on? Here's mine.


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1/13/2006 4:20:22 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Remember you must be fully signed in (email address and password) to upload a photo with your message post. You will not be given a choice to use a photo ID#. You need to upload the image again. Can't wait to see everyone's images!


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1/13/2006 4:26:10 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Hi Sharon.. I just love these threads.. Gorgeous choice by the way... Here's mine!!!


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1/13/2006 4:33:46 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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well, I'm going to try this again...lol


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1/13/2006 4:36:49 PM

 
Taylor 
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I only entered one or two photos into December's contest so this is my choice.


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1/13/2006 4:41:35 PM

 
Taylor 
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can
This is a picture of my cat goofing around in some sheets. I used natural lighting.
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Looks like I messed up too. I hope it works this time.


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1/13/2006 4:42:49 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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OK - here's mine!!! It was my first shot with my new 20D...


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1/13/2006 4:50:40 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Great shots everyone.I only entered 12 for December, so not many to pick from...I'll see what I can do.:)


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1/13/2006 5:14:08 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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That time again, already!? ;) I was so off the mark for Nov. entries, and got a surprise finalist, then! But, here goes...


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1/13/2006 6:13:51 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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I really enjoy this thread, Sharon! (Fantastic image, by the way!)
I don't know about a finalist but here's my favorite of my December entries...


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1/13/2006 7:21:39 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  I am enjoying all the wonderful images so much! We're getting off to a great start this time.

Sherry, there's no way of knowing what will catch a judges eye for sure, but it's fun to see what members consider their best image for the month. That's really all we're doing here.

Good luck everyone!


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1/13/2006 7:36:33 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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Here's mine!


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1/13/2006 7:51:09 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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  I agree, Sharon! Though I really enjoy seeing the winners, I too enjoy everyone's favorites...they tell so much more about the photographer! =)


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1/13/2006 7:51:31 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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Okay, I'm going to try this one more time.....can't seem to get it to load.... :(


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1/13/2006 8:00:47 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  
 
 
Great images everyone!

I entered 15 images this go around. I'll be thrilled if I get just one finalist!

I hope I don't jinx myself but, here is my favorite for December. Good Luck everyone!


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1/13/2006 8:02:31 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Bobbie...Sign in completely to BP first (ie, enter not just your email address, but your BP password.) Then when you reply, choose "1" from the Image Upload box---you must re-upload the file you want, from your C:, even if it is already in your BP gallery.


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1/13/2006 8:02:40 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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  Thank you Christopher! I got it! It's just above your comment we must have crossed in cyber space! Thank you again for the help :)


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1/13/2006 8:04:01 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  
 
 
Duh!


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1/13/2006 8:05:31 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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  I just looked at all the wonderful images! Wow! There is some BIG talent here.....you guys rock!


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1/13/2006 8:21:39 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Man, we do have some real talent here.. Bobbie.. I LOVE that image.. I think I commented on it already.. I'm gonna go check.. it's awesome in detail... Best of luck girl!!


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1/13/2006 8:27:30 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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  Thanks Kara! It won POTD today at Shutterbugs....so here's hopin' I have the same luck at BP!


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1/13/2006 8:34:14 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
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  Oh boy, looking at some of the shots posted here, I can tell right away im in some serious trouble again this month! RATS!!! Foiled again! lol
You all are some great Photogs.. Can you guys NOT enter next month so's I could win??
Please? Pretty please?
Craig-


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1/14/2006 6:08:47 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Don't sell yourself short Craig.. You have got some GREAT shots!! I would say especially in the last 2 weeks in your gallery.. Wonderful versatility!! Good luck!! I can see you improving so much!!!


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1/14/2006 6:26:57 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
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Here's my "Heighest Hopes" shot from December. Maybe not my highest expextations, but highest hopes......


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1/14/2006 8:16:47 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
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Here's my "Heighest Hopes" shot from December. Maybe not my highest expextations, but highest hopes......


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1/14/2006 8:17:20 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Love the choices on this thread so far! Someone once said picking a favourite image is like chosing a favourite child, and there's no way I can predict what the judges will do -- I've been wrong every time. From my ten entries, this is the one I'm rooting for most, but it wasn't easy to pick. Hope your choices do well!


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1/14/2006 9:19:55 AM

 
Larry Lawhead
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  Thanks for starting this thread. I've had a lot of fun looking at everybody's photos (and galleries!)

      LarryL 


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1/14/2006 9:57:11 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  You're welcome, Larry! I too enjoy this thread each month. It helps the last week or so before the announcement go faster.

Fantastic images everyone!


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1/14/2006 11:19:06 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Wow, some amazing images on this thread, Sharon, great idea, we need to do this every month. I love seeing everyones favorites. Here's my favorite for December.


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1/14/2006 6:25:00 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Wow, some amazing images on this thread, Sharon, great idea, we need to do this every month. I love seeing everyones favorites. Here's my favorite for December.


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1/14/2006 6:25:20 PM

 
Stan Lubach
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Lot's of great entries this month, everyone! Here's my favorite...


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1/14/2006 7:17:54 PM

 
Stan Lubach
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  Oops, I did mean to say last month, not this. :)


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1/14/2006 7:20:48 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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Good luck to everyone this month. I love some of the favorites on this thread. Here is my favorite.


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1/14/2006 7:30:00 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I have three or four favorites I really like this month and it hard to pick.


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1/14/2006 10:50:19 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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my favorites


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1/14/2006 10:55:03 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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  Everyone's choices are wonderful! Good luck to all of you!


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1/14/2006 11:14:10 PM

 
Chris Van Antwerp
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Well looking at everyone elses choices I don't feel as good about mine. This month was my first time entering. Hope this comes through.
Chris


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1/14/2006 11:36:44 PM

 
Chris Van Antwerp
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Well looking at everyone elses choices I don't feel as good about mine. This month was my first time entering. This is my favorite even though it was a mistake to begin with, but after all he's my little boy.

Chris


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1/14/2006 11:38:40 PM

 
Chris Van Antwerp
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  Quick question... Why when I posted did it look like I did it twice, when I only posted once? I notice taht happened to some others on this thread.
How do I avoid this?
Chris


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1/14/2006 11:44:26 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Chris I do not know why it does that but sometimes it does it to me too.

Mostly happens when I am trying to post a picture.

Kerby


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1/14/2006 11:56:22 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi Chris... Do you recall if you typed in your paragraph of text, and hit Submit, without first selecting a "1" from the dropdown box... And then hit "Back" on your browser, to fix it? If so, that would make 2 submits... I did something like that once by accident---put in my text on the first screen, think I even chose "1" at that point, at the next screen when I didn't see an option to enter my pre-existing Photo ID, I stopped---but my text remark was already uploaded to the chat by then!


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1/15/2006 6:15:50 AM

 
Chris Van Antwerp
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  Christopher, That is exactly what happened. I hit the back button to check to make sure I had selected 1 picture and then hit submit again. I'll bet that is the reason. Thanks.

Chris


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1/15/2006 8:06:53 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  PoWeR
PoWeR
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There are really lots of beautiful favourites this month !!!
Well I try to post mine too


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1/15/2006 3:04:23 PM

 
anonymous 
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Great images, here is my fav


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1/15/2006 4:29:45 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Sharon, as always, thanks for starting this thread. I'm glad my fix for this week is right at my fingertips! I was left out in the cold last month with no finalists...but here's hoping for one this month. This is one of my favorites!


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1/15/2006 7:27:15 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Man, there are alot of wonderful images on this thread.. Natalie.. Your's is mind blowing.. Looks like Heaven on Earth.. And you just happened to have your camera handy.. Lucky you.. Looks like the judges have their work cut out for them this this month.. I always look forward to this thread every month Sharon.. Thanks for starting the trend!


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1/16/2006 10:22:45 AM

 
Margot Petrowski
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  Funky Fairy
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I just love looking at everyone's favorites every month....they are all beautiful!!! Here's one of mine....


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1/16/2006 1:17:27 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
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Sharon,
I like your favorite entry for last month.
The inter-play of light and shadow keeps the eye wandering around the image.

I like Larry L's B&W Poinsettia,...a different look for a familiar subject.

I also like Bobbie D's "Tattered",... and Kara H's exercise in proper white-balance control ;)

Here's one of my favorites from last month:


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1/16/2006 6:02:01 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
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  Night Caps
Night Caps
Nikkor 55 mm, Provia 100, amber highlight created by shining a flashlight from below during exposure.
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Try again! :(


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1/16/2006 6:16:54 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Very nice shots in the "hopefuls"! Bob, I really like the mushrooms you just added---one of my sisters is totally into faeries/etc; I think she'd love this; it has the look of a faerie campfire hidden out of sight.


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1/16/2006 6:36:11 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Fantastic shots everyone! I've tried to make the rounds to comment on them all. I hope I didn't miss anyone.

Bob, fantastic lighting and composition on the mushrooms! Good luck with that one! I'm commenting here since you don't seem to have a gallery.


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1/16/2006 7:35:52 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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  Great shots everyone..Good luck!!!


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1/17/2006 4:31:46 AM

 
Josh  MS B  
 
 
great topic

good luck everyone


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1/17/2006 8:06:52 AM

 
Josh  MS B  
 
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great topic

good luck everyone


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1/17/2006 8:07:36 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Anyone else with a favorite pick for December??? It's not long now :)!


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1/18/2006 8:24:21 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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Wow, some great shots here and in ya'lls galleries. I have to say, I've never had a finalist yet, but I'm hopeful for someday. This is the only shot I entered for December. I'm more hopeful for the January contest, I've entered a few more. Good luck everyone - it won't be long now!


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1/18/2006 12:08:31 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Great image Becky, but if you don't mind me saying.. Your image Pretty in Pink.. Is outstanding.. And of the 2, I think it's got winner written all over it!! Good luck on all of them!!


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1/18/2006 12:53:50 PM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  I completely forgot about that one Kara! Thanks for rooting for me.


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1/18/2006 1:15:33 PM

 
Eddy Yusuf
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here are (some of) my favs. I hope they make it to the final.


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1/18/2006 8:06:03 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  WOW Eddy.. That Sydney Harbor Bridge is out of this world!! WOW!! Best of luck!!! It shouldn't need it!!.. Alot of great shots in here!!


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1/18/2006 8:44:55 PM

 
Eddy Yusuf
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  well, let's see what the judges think..:D. thanks for your lovely comment kara.


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1/18/2006 8:48:25 PM

 
Michelle Andersson
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oooh! I'm hoping for this one.


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1/18/2006 8:48:52 PM

 
Michelle Andersson
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  What do you guys think...should I have cropped the bottle out of this one?


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1/18/2006 8:51:08 PM

 
Eddy Yusuf
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  i think the bottle should be cropped out...gorgeous composition.


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1/18/2006 8:52:27 PM

 
Chris Van Antwerp
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  IMHO I think the bottle needs to stay. I believe it ads to the shot.

Chris


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1/18/2006 9:20:41 PM

 
Michelle Andersson
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  LOL. This is exactly the conversation that my hubby and I had. We couldn't decide. It's real fun to hear what you all think...:) So far the score is 1/1!


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1/18/2006 9:25:44 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
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  I think the stem of the lilly should have been cut some so you could have the bottle and the flower in the shot. either that or zoom more in on the lilly its self, they way it looks now is to distracting to me..sorry. Unless the bottle is really ugly or something. its too hard to see any detail in the flower and there doesnt seem to be a beginning to the shot. its a beautiful flower though, did you grow or buy?
Craig-


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1/19/2006 4:31:55 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Really beautiful images everyone!

I like balance between the lily and the vase, Michelle. I would crop off some of the black on either side so the flower is more dominant in the frame. I think it's an excellent shot! Nice job!


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1/19/2006 5:50:49 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed big time on three of my entries but if only one makes it this would be my favorite.


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1/19/2006 2:03:18 PM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  Michelle A. - I like the lily shot, and I like all the black around it personally.
Kaye - I looked in your gallery and I really like "heavenly light." I hope you entered that one too. :)


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1/20/2006 4:41:05 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  There are some beautiful images in the favorites.

Good luck to everyone. Kerby


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1/20/2006 8:12:46 AM

 
Margot Petrowski
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  Does anyone know if today is the finalist announcement? Today I've got Kodak's picture of the day!!! Good luck to everyone....you all look like winners to me!!


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1/20/2006 8:16:40 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Margot congratulations on getting Kodaks picture of today. That is so exciting and wonderful.

Kerby


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1/20/2006 8:28:10 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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  Best of luck to everyone! To me everyone's a winner just for being part of this wonderful site!


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1/20/2006 8:39:19 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Margot...first off...CONGRATS! How exciting! Pinky is adorable! As for finalists, I believe the date is tomorrow, but you never know!


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1/20/2006 8:47:55 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  WOW Margot, that's quite an accomplishment. I hear they post the photo of the day on times square all day. Congrats. Which photo was it??

I agree with Kerby, I've seen some great work here, very professional and beautiful. I feel privelaged to be in such company.


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1/20/2006 9:03:12 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Congrats Margot for getting the Kodak POTD.. What an awesome thing!!
This really has been a great thread.. I love seeing what everyone see's as their own personal best.. What a great group of photographers.. Wishing you ALL the best in the coming finalist announcment.. You are all winners!!


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1/20/2006 9:27:18 AM

 
Margot Petrowski
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  Thanks Kerby, Margie, Becky, and Kara!! The image is one page three of my gallery and is entitled PINKY.


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1/20/2006 9:48:58 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  Sharon, I didn't even realize that shot was in Kansas City! I'm from Gladstone (well, Smithville actually, between Gladstone and St. Joseph) Small world huh?


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1/20/2006 11:13:52 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  So close... ;) This is the hard part, wondering just when those Finalist announcements will come out, any time now! Good luck, everyone!


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1/20/2006 11:23:54 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Congratulations Margot, it is a beautiful picture, I can certainly see why Kodak choose it! Good luck everyone, I'll bet we'll hear tomorrow!!


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1/20/2006 3:46:34 PM

 
Teri Soares
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This is my first contest entry. I can't hope to compete with some of the beautiful entries, but it's fun to try.

Teri


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1/20/2006 7:11:49 PM

 
Teri Soares
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Well, I notice lots of people don't have luck uploading here on their first try, so, here goes again...


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1/20/2006 7:16:22 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Hi, everyone! I'm late getting in here this month - recent obligations have kept me from posting and commenting as much as I like to do, so its nice to have you all on this thread with some of your favorites. I agree - we have a marvelous talent pool here, and there are some mouth-watering compositions here!!! Its so hard to see all the entries as they rush by every day, so I'm glad we have the opportunity to view some of these here... I've been shut out for the last couple months, but I have my hopes on this spiderweb shot, that I hope will "ensnare" the judges -lol:) GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!


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1/20/2006 7:47:17 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Hi Everyone! Well, I think you are ALL winners as far as I'm concerned! Altho, it would be nice to get recognized by the Judges, I personally think that the best thing about this site is meeting wonderful people and being able to travel beautiful places through photographs and see the talent of everyone. My best wishes to all of you! :)


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1/20/2006 8:04:04 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  P.S. Brian, I just commented on your "webshot" before I commented on this thread...didn't realize it was a previous entry.


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1/20/2006 8:05:37 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the Dec finalists.

Best of luck in the next round.


Thank you Better Photo for my two finalists.


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1/21/2006 12:02:16 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  I have to say, the Dec. finalists disappoint me - not because I didn't win, I wasn't really expecting to this month, but because I saw some AMAZING, CREATIVE entries out there I thought were definitly going to place, and they didn't. I'm seeing a lot of the same photos that have won in the past win again, or minor variations of them. Or the same concepts are winning, like if anyone took a picture of it, it will probably place in the contest. Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful contest finalists, just not what I was expecting. I guess this site has too much talent to handle. I"m probably opening a can of worms here, but I'm just giving my opinion.


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1/21/2006 12:12:14 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Big congrats to all the wonderful finalists !!! :o)


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1/21/2006 3:13:00 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  First of all, congrats to everyone that made it, I do see alot of our hopefuls have made it!!! WTG!! Congrats to you Sharon!! and Eddy, I told you it would make it, now if I could just get better at picking my own finalists.. Seems if I have one I think will go far, it's never the one chosen.. I did get one, but not the one I was hoping for.. I am always pleased to get recognition among such talent, and after browsing some of the galleries on BP I'm amazed I have ever had one when I see some of the ones that haven't.. So I am grateful, we never will know what makes one image be chosen over another.. I have just come to look at it as .. It's a free contest, and chance to get our work seen by others.. I am just trying to have fun and am glad to have a forum to interact with others that share the same love I do.. Hopefully I will learn along the way and if some of the images I love get noticed.. Great.. But I can't get down if my favs. aren't the judges pick.. I will keep trying.. and loving every minute of it... Congrats to you all who have been fortunate enough to be among the finalists this month, good luck next round.. to all the others keep on clicking.. your time will come! But MOST IMPORTANTLY.. Keep having fun and doing it for the right reasons guys!! Till next month... Same thread...


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1/21/2006 7:33:31 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Well said, Kara! Becky, I had one I entered last month I REALLY liked. I thought it was different AND creative and it went unnoticed. There are SO many entries each month it's just not possible for them all to be chosen for finalist. If BP gave a finalist to all the great photos each month then achieving a finalist would hardly be anything special. I've learned so much since joining BP. Don't get discouraged. There's always something new to learn here and even those who are already skilled with a camera can learn more.


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1/21/2006 8:57:00 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  I completely agree Sharon and Kara, and I wasn't discouraged. I wasn't talking about my own images - I'm still learning and just enter because it's free and gives me practice. I have a lot of fun here with and without the contest, and I learn so much from this community. What I meant was, there just seems to be a little redundancy in SOME of the photos that make finalist, including some pictures that have won previous contests. I look at so many galleries here and I'm amazed at the work I see. And a lot of them go unrecognized. To be fair, there are numerous images that fully (in my opinion) deserve the finalists and wins they recieve. I'm not complaining, really, I'm just a little disappointed. There are more entries than ever, some really incredible images, and less and less finalists.


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1/21/2006 10:37:07 AM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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  Congratulations to all the finalists!
Becky, I know how you feel...I have been there... It's always disappointing when you really like a photo and it doesn't get finalist (sometimes even if it isn't yours). But, as it has been pointed out, there are a lot of photos to look at. It would be easy (and understandable) for some to get overlooked.
Don't give up! If you really believe in a photo re-enter. There are tons of photos with finalist buttons (and some with winner buttons) that were re-entered many times. I usually look at the photo I entered and see if there is any way that I could improve it. Then I rework and re-enter. It might or might not work but it's worth a try. It worked for me this month!


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1/21/2006 11:00:12 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  In the 7 months that I have been an active Bp member I have looked at every single winner and finalist and have yet to see an undeserving image being recognized. Of course I love some more than others but I think the judges do a phenomenal job. However I have seen some fantastic images, as good as many finalists, and deserving of recognition in my humble opinion, that haven't made it. But that is what re submitting is for. I know it's dissapointing, I've felt that dissapointment as I'm sure we all have, but if you feel really strongly about a picture give it another try. I've heard of plenty of resubmissions that got recognized after a second or third time around.


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1/21/2006 11:20:52 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  Congrats Sherry. I do really like that frog photo.


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1/21/2006 11:37:07 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm on that re-submit wagon... ;) My two all-time favorites have been entered once already, and are back in Jan's batch of entries again... fingers always crossed! And I'm with Kara, on never knowing what will strike the fancy of the judges---not the one I posted here! But I'm thrilled (and a little stunned!) with the ones I did get! It really makes me feel like I better bust my back to continue practicing, refining, etc. I still look at galleries here full of images I covet, wondering how (or even if) I will ever get to that level.


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1/21/2006 12:59:31 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Chris, you're there, my friend! Congrats on your finalists!


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1/21/2006 1:06:08 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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  Thanks, Becky! I almost gave up on photography contests about about five months ago. Someone was very nice to give me a the encouragement I needed (And I am SO grateful!). I stayed, tried harder, studied the finalist/winners like a textbook and kept trying...And I'm working hard to improve!


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1/22/2006 12:50:51 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  My f5 key is dying from all the refreshing! I hate the wait for the winners!


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1/22/2006 9:08:10 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Congratulations Finalists on your fine finalists!

*sob* My cows didn't make it, but three others did. One I threw in at the last minute because I'd just finished working on it -- didn't think it had a chance, but since I was uploading it to my website anyway, Why not enter it? So you never can tell. Not that judges are always right, but we're probably not the best judges of our own work...


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1/22/2006 9:37:34 AM

 
Phillip D. Minnis  
 
 
I have only been displaying my pics on this site for around 3 months, and I have my first 'Finalist'

I am really pleased.

I don't expect it to go any further - I am very happy that it made it into the finals.

Cheers

Phillip Minnis


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1/23/2006 12:53:48 AM

 
Phillip D. Minnis  
 
 
I have only been displaying my pics on this site for around 3 months, and I have my first 'Finalist'
I am really pleased.

I don't expect it to go any further - I am very happy that it made it into the finals.

Cheers

Phillip Minnis


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1/23/2006 12:57:33 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Congrats, Phillip! The first is an amazing feeling...although a finalist is at any time! You never know how far your shots will go. I'm sure we will be seeing your work many times...you have a wonderful gallery!


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1/23/2006 5:49:59 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Congratulations everybody! Good luck in the next round!

I received three finalists but, unfortunately "Lookout" was not among them. But, that's okay. Two of my finalist were re-submits from previous months. So I'm happy they made it this go round.



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1/23/2006 6:07:34 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  GGGGEEEE ! I'm running nuts again ...loll...same procedure as every month ..... looking..refreshing...looking again...still nothing....i didn't chose the right day to start a diet..now I can't even snack to distract ...lolll


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1/23/2006 1:24:03 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  I'm right with you, Sylvia!!!!!! Although I'm sticking to my diet. I'm drinking a diet coke to calm me down! I need a REAL drink!


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1/23/2006 1:27:59 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Nice to see i'm not driving nuts all alone :o) I'm on diet drink too but it doesn't calm me down... only a hammer or morphine could do that ...loll


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1/23/2006 1:39:01 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  My f5 key is now broke...I'm resorting to clicking the actual refresh button with my mouse. I hate this wait! I may have a drink (or two) when I get my daughter home from cheer practice tonight! Diet Coke just isn't cutting it!


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1/23/2006 1:49:53 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Of course you all aren't alone... ;) A pesky little thing called "work" is interferring with my F5 ability, but I do check in every half hour or so---it sure feels like this afternoon would be the announcement! (I'm only just barely holding my breath, that one of my 2 Finalists could have a chance to advance... ;)


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1/23/2006 1:58:18 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Hope they are announcing soon,it's 11pm now over here , try to get some sleep and hoping getting news when I get up in 7 hrs...courage everybody :O)


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1/23/2006 2:03:14 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  It's only 4pm here in Chicago. I have to leave in a half hour to get my daugther to cheer. What will I do!?! Then, 5 hours of f5...if I get it working!


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1/23/2006 2:05:31 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  If anybody gets bored while they waiting for the winners would you please look at my thread (category choice) and let me know if you think the two images I posted should go into special effects or elements of design?

They images are of lights and mirrors.

I have them in special effects but have had a couple suggestions to place them in Elements of Design.

The two images are real different and it hard to know where to place them.

Thank you, Kerby


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1/23/2006 2:12:11 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
  I am soo glad I am not the only one checking every half hour. Margie, I never used the f5 key before, now that I know what it's for... well, I hope it lasts! I've never received a gold badge yet and this month, I'm really hoping... Getting my very first one would be such a huge thrill, and only all of you would understand. My family, when I mention that I am hoping for a second place just ask: "well what will you get then?" They just don't understand that that's not what it is about. Just having that one gold badge in my gallery, who cares about the prize. Anyways thanks for listening, gotta go, hit that F5!
Kerby, special effects!


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1/23/2006 3:48:04 PM

 
Margot Petrowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/14/2004
  I agree with Barbara....special effects is the way to go, Kerby!! Great shots!!


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1/23/2006 4:48:24 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Ah, I think most of you have gone to sleep. It is only 5 pm on the westcoast! I'll still be checking patiently (ha) for several more hours. Anyone know what time they usually make their announcements?


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1/23/2006 4:55:18 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Hi Barbara. I'm in Chicago...only 7pm here! I'll be up until probably 11pm checking. I'm hoping it's soon! I'm about to open a bottle of wine and enjoy my evening in front of the computer.


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1/23/2006 4:59:13 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Sure would love to have a glass with you Margie! It would be fun to be waiting together with someone! I checked your gallery and correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like we are both waiting for our very first gold badge!


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1/23/2006 5:07:18 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I think I join your Barbara and Margie. What time is wine tasting.

Oh ya I forgot I don't drink. Do you have a Pepsi.

Kerby


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1/23/2006 5:13:33 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Glad you joined us Kerby, sure I got a Pepsi! There's a federal election going on here in Canada with the results coming in a couple of hours. I'm not sure what's more exciting... LOL!!


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1/23/2006 5:20:23 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'll take a little amaretto on ice, please! Isn't there a Tom Petty song about "The waiting is the hardest part"? ;) Good luck, everyone! May our anxiety end soon!


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1/23/2006 5:22:56 PM

 
Phillip D. Minnis   I am getting notification of all your replies. You have all got me on tenderhooks waiting for the announcement LOL. Will it be today?


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1/23/2006 5:23:48 PM

 
Stan Lubach
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  Barbara, this is far more exciting than any election. You see, here we wait to see the Best of the Best. In politics, generally and unfortunately, we wait to see the Best of the Worst.
Heck, I'm not even a contender and I'm still excited waiting for the results.


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1/23/2006 5:26:30 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Barbara, Christipher and Margie I bring the snacks since we all having a party. LOL...Kerby

Phillip it could be tonight or tomorrow would be my guess.

This is the first time I had two finalists. I had one before each month so I am excited.

Kerby


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1/23/2006 5:27:49 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  First time for me, too, Kerby... the way I see it, last month with 1 Finalist, I had something like a 1 in 561 chance... now, with 2 Finalists, I think it is 1 in 440 or so! A DRAMATIC improvement in my odds! hahahahaha!!


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1/23/2006 5:33:09 PM

 
Phillip D. Minnis   Well, if you all sit around drinking and waiting until tomorrow - you won't even realise if your shots get gold - you'll all be too drunk to realise! LOL

If you win gold or a second place do you receive an e-mail advising you of it?

I'm not holding my breath, however, deep down I am hoping. I must be thankful just to get one through to the finals!


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1/23/2006 5:33:52 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Phillip remember I drinking Pepsi. LOL...Kerby

Christopher I had one in each month but this month I got lucky with two one in people and one in Digital Darkroom. So we all sit here and watch and wait.


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1/23/2006 5:39:23 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Ok, wine for Margie and I, Kerby wants a pepsi, amaretto for Christopher, I think we've got a party going! Phillip, I think we'd get an email, but then I wouldn't know since I've never gotten past finalist! Hey Kerby would know, she's got a few winners in her gallery. Kerby...?!! You still there, did you get an email telling you you were a WINNER?


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1/23/2006 5:39:33 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Barbara, you're right...I've only received finalists. I truly love taking floral shots and this month I'm actually in the finals for a floral shot (although entered in Details and Macros), so this month is extra special to me! My merlot is tasting wonderful. Just don't let me drink more than 3 glasses...then I wouldn't know if I got a gold medal!

Kerby, what kind of snacks?


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1/23/2006 5:45:57 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Barbara I have one winner (Windy) it was in the unforgetable faces category it was back in April. I did get an email telling me I won.

Margie,

I think I got chips, pretzels, some left over christmas candy and popcorn I can bring but if you want something different I pick it up at store.

Kerby


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1/23/2006 5:51:33 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  All works for me Kerby! Anything goes with wine!


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1/23/2006 5:53:40 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I got to go make toco's for my husband right now but I be close by.

Kerby


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1/23/2006 5:54:32 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Chocolate for me please, oh boy, how much longer? Gotta go and fold some laundry, back in half an hour.


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1/23/2006 5:56:26 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Funny...I took my daughter to Taco Bell after cheerleading tonight. She's now finishing her homework while I f5!


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1/23/2006 5:56:46 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Am I drinking alone?


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1/23/2006 6:13:20 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Moved on to soda here... ;) gotta be able to get a good night's sleep in another hour or so!


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1/23/2006 6:15:28 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Hello all you wild party people! May I crash the party? ...I'll call it being fashionably late as I just got home from work (west coast). I'll be refreshing with the rest of you...I wouldn't be surprised if the big announcement is late, late this evening or sometime tomorrow.
After two "dry" months, I'm lucky to have two finalists in here now. After seeing some of the fantastic images from the rest of you, I'm thrilled just to get to this stage...
Anyway, good luck to you all, and um, lets see.. pass the wine and chocolate!! ??


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1/23/2006 6:16:01 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Hey Brian! Welcome to the party! Would you like wine or pepsi? I'm assuming wine...please don't me think I'm the only alcoholic here!


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1/23/2006 6:24:12 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  No worries Margie, you're not drinking alone, I'm with you. I think it's time we open another bottle :) We've got more company. Brian's just joined us. Welcome Brian and good luck. May one of us here win GRAND PRIZE tonight!!


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1/23/2006 6:27:12 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  IN MY DREAMS! I'm hoping for a second!!!


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1/23/2006 6:30:11 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Hey when I drink I dream big, pass the wine!


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1/23/2006 6:35:21 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  My husband normally holds my hand during this long process of waiting. He's traveling to Europe this week...and I'm all alone. My daughter just went to bed. Can't stand the wait!


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1/23/2006 6:37:18 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  The photos that win Grand, First and Second, seem beyond my capabilities to create at this stage in my progress; I'm so happy to have a Finalist (and I know that probably sounds cliche, but I'm not kidding!) Of my two this month, if there's a remote chance for Second, I'd think it is "Capital Idea." (Since this thread was originally about predicting/hoping for our winners!) Still, this part is fun, waiting for the results, regardless of who wins them; we're assured they'll be beautiful!


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1/23/2006 6:39:34 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  For sure, Chris! I actually can't complain about a finalist as I just picked up a camera in mid-June! My husband is very surprised I've gotten my third! But how thrilling it would be to have gold in just a few short months! (SIP...ANOTHER SIP...GULP)


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1/23/2006 6:42:30 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  I'm rooting for you Margie and you're not really alone, we're with you! Truth to be told me too I am thrilled to have my finalists and I don't really expect to have a winner, but you never know. Either way it is sooo fun to see them all and to look for familiar names amongst the winners. Right now I just want this to be over. I really should be tuning in to this boring Canadian election right now. We may have a new prime minister in just a couple of hours. Polls close in 10 minutes.


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1/23/2006 6:47:55 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Have to agree...love seeing the familiar names on the winners. Are any of you or did any of you attend the BP summit in September? I'm assuming they are having another one...and I plan on being there.


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1/23/2006 6:51:57 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
  If it's in Seattle I would love to go, only a 3 hour drive. It would be alot of fun. Wonder what the judges are up to. Do you think they ever read these threads?


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1/23/2006 6:55:24 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  From what I understand it will probably be in Seattle again. I've never been to Washington state. It would be wonderful.

I can't speak for the judges, but I do know that Heather Young reads. She responded to this thread a month or two ago if I'm not mistaken.


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1/23/2006 6:57:43 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Anyone seen the corkscrew?? Its 7:00 here and time for some serious sipping, lol:). Christopher, I'm not even going to hazzard a guess on my finalists... I had an image (my frosty spiderweb) like you did (I think last month) with your cathedral pic. Wonderful long thread of comments and support from everyone, and nothing from the judges!! Go figure! I'm happy to get my other shots recognized, but sure is impossible to outguess those adjudicators!
Barbara - three hours from Seattle which way? I live in Spokane, but couldn't get to the first summit. (it was on my anniversary, and BP was not on my wife's itinerary anywhere!...please pass the wine )
I'd sure love to go to the next one if possible. Margie - this state of ours has some beautiful and varied landscapes...you have an official (ok, psuedo-official) invitation to come see this part of the country sometime!!


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1/23/2006 7:17:31 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  I have a great corkscrew! I even have a wine cooler stocked full if you need some!

I'm hoping for another summit there. I've seen many shots taken from there and it looks beautiful! Although I'm such a novice, I'll look like an idiot trying to capture some of the wonderful scenery there!


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1/23/2006 7:25:45 PM

 
Deb Brown
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/20/2003
  Okay...all this talk about merlot, chocolate, soda, caffiene etc. has me on edge as I TOO wait with all of you BUT cannot have any of that good stuff you mentioned (pregnant with my third). This waiting is going to send me straight into labor (oops- hope not, I am only 4 months along) or maybe I WILL sneak some of that coffee or chocolate- what could it hurt? I usually find out about making finalist when I go to my computer and I have a zillion 'dicussions' to read...then I get to the one from BP about the win. Never got the gold, but a girl can hope. I congratulate you winners in advance---good luck to all. As I retired for the night, I hope to wake up to some good news myself:-)


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1/23/2006 7:41:51 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Margie - I'm a novice also but with our beautiful countryside here in Washington you just can't go wrong! I just found out I'm moving to the San Francisco area - a whole new area to shoot! Have to think positive right? I want to congratulate winners also - ahead of time. I am crossing my fingers for you all..by the way...GO SEAHAWKS!


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1/23/2006 7:44:54 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Hi Deb! Welcome! I just happen to have a caffine free diet coke in my fridge...will that do? And by all means...one piece of chocolate will not hurt anyone!

Tamera, SF is beautiful! I was just there in July. My husband and I were there (and Napa) for our anniversary. I would have loved to have spent more time with my camera...but my husband came first those few days! And yes, go Seahawks! They were impressive yesterday!


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1/23/2006 7:49:27 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  I agree Deb - you can eat chocolate! When I was preg with my 3rd - I loved those choco chip cookie dough blizzards from Dairy Queen!! I'm drinking wine with Margie for now though.
So why do we get these email regarding finalists/winners while we are sleeping? I always try to stay up but it seems the email is there in the am when I wake up. They must work until the weeeeee hours looking at all of our great shots!!!


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1/23/2006 7:57:39 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  They wait for us to sleep...just like Santa!


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1/23/2006 7:59:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A final good luck to everyone; 11pm Eastern... I must get to sleep! (I too thought I could wait it out tonite, but I'm sure this means my inbox will be bursting tomorrow---if nothing else, with "Response to Question by Sharon" messages! ;)
Regardless of outcome, I must say what a great day it has already been; I won Employee of the Quarter today at the office, and then found the perfect light fixture (stopping on a whim driving home) to replace the circa-1974 original, in my foyer (thereby ending a year-long half-hearted search.) How cool is all that?!
Good night, all! Hopefully no hangovers tomorrow, for anyone, but lots of happy news! ;)


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1/23/2006 8:06:30 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Well folks, my wine and chocolate are done, my daughter needs to use the comp for her homework, so I'm signing off for the night. Good luck to each and every single one of you, and thanks for keeping me company. when I wake up first thing I'll do is check the winners! One of us will be amongst them, I'm sure of it!


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1/23/2006 8:12:44 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Good night, Chris! No hangovers here...I'm only on my 2nd glass and I'm heading to bed soon. Have to get up early to get my daughter off to school! Good luck!


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1/23/2006 8:13:11 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Good night, Barbara! I'm heading to bed soon...here's hoping for winners in the morning!


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1/23/2006 8:14:18 PM

 
Phillip D. Minnis   Well, even if I don't get past the finalist stage here, I am over the moon!

One of my shots has just got its greatest accolade! I entered it in the Photo Project of the Month - Patterns of Nature on the usefilm.com website. Over 3300 photos have been entered into the competition - so far only one (1) photo has received the 'Staff's Choice' award - it's this one!! Until now, only five other photos have received an award - that is the 'Editor's Choice' award. So, as you can imagine, I am pretty chuffed. The humble little yellow flower in the next door neighbour's garden has now won 4 POTD's and this prestigeous award.

Have a look at it here (it's in the middle of the page - the YELLOW RANUNCULUS flower - click on it to see the larger version)

http://www.usefilm.com/staffchoice/

Cheers

Phillip Minnis
Australia


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1/23/2006 8:14:20 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  A BIG CONGRATS, Phillip! What a huge accomplishment! I just checked it out...what a beautiful macro!


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1/23/2006 8:16:24 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  My congratulations too, Phillip! Wonderful image and recognition! Thanks for sharing it with us!!
Well it sounds like we're losing party people to the 'ol clock on the wall in the eastern time zones.... but I'm still ready to party for a while (more wine please, and yeah - go Seahawks!)


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1/23/2006 8:41:59 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  CST is leaving too! I've got to get to bed! Two glasses of wine is enough for me...I'm driving. Well, actually only walking to the bedroom. Good luck all! Here's hoping we see many of our names in the winner's tomorrow!


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1/23/2006 8:44:53 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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  Congrats, Phillip, on your finalist and your other award! Fantastic!


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1/23/2006 9:26:35 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Hi there again !
6h34am and still nothing *sob*
My boss is going to kill me if I jump to much on the internet station at work to check out the news...lollll..let's hope they have mercy before I go to work :o)


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1/23/2006 9:36:23 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Good morning, Sylvia... :(
I confess, I disconnected my laptop completely from my desk, and set it next to my bed, so I could wirelessly check this morning, as soon as I woke up. Now THAT is sad!! ;) Here's to another day of F5.


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1/24/2006 3:55:55 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Good morning Christopher :o)

or in my case Good afternoon :O)
Sitting here on my bowl of soup and wait for some result ...and still niet,zippo,nada :O)


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1/24/2006 4:00:54 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Last night late on the HOME PAGE I saw a first place winner posted for the Dec contest. I went to bed and woke up this morning thinking I might have been seeing things or maybe it was a dream.

But I went to the persons gallery this morning and it has a first place winner on the picture I saw. At least I am not going crazy.

It is in the joy category and it was the picture I had picked out in my mind for an overall winner. It of two little puppies running and it is crisp, clear and beautiful.

But I can not find anything else posted and I am going back to bed. I am tired.

Kerby


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1/24/2006 4:26:35 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Your not dreaming Kerby ! Just went to the categorie in which I have two finalist and saw a first place winner in it(but no second place winner) but I also saw a first place winner in the monthly theme ...i think they have a little problem ...lolll


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1/24/2006 4:31:50 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Right you are... I skimmed a few other categories... "Joy" (monthly theme) also has a badge on one pic for Grand Prize. Each other category I looked as had a single First Prize, as well... But no Seconds yet... ;)


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1/24/2006 4:32:22 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  yes I was a little mistaken with my previous remark .....gosh please post the second one's too ....


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1/24/2006 4:36:42 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  yes I was a little mistaken with my previous remark .....gosh please post the second one's too ....


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1/24/2006 4:37:47 AM

 
Phillip D. Minnis   Well, I didn't get a gold for my entry. The gold has been awarded in the Macro category! All I can do now is hope for a 2nd!!!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=9003&pageID=3&rows=40&style=&contestCatID=8&camID=

The best I can hope for is that the gold medal falls down 4 rows and lands on my Colour Burst!!!!


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1/24/2006 4:43:13 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Good morning, all. I thought I was bad actually waking up 45 minutes early...but Chris, you take the cake!

I see all of the first place winners. Kerby the grand prize is in joy, but it is a girl being showered with water. The puppies are first place.

Boo hoo...none of our names. I would think they wouldn't/shouldn't put first prize without second. Am I mistaken?


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1/24/2006 4:51:02 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  I think they have a little tech problem ....here it goes again now we have to wait for the second places ...*sob*


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1/24/2006 4:53:30 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  If they have a tech problem...are the grand and first place winners correct? I would feel horrible for those people to see first and then be stripped of it.


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1/24/2006 4:58:42 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  First place winners are now being shown as the pics on the home page.

BTW...I'm now drinking something else other than wine...COFFEE!


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1/24/2006 5:06:09 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I haven't seen a Dec. First Place come up on the Home Page yet... Just Nov's. I'll keep refreshing... ;)


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1/24/2006 5:39:25 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Go through the finalists of December you will find first and grand prize winners but still nothing about 2d places :(


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1/24/2006 5:46:25 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Goodmorning everyone, I was so sure the results would be posted by the time I got up. It is 6 am here. I hate the thought of going through another day of waiting. I won't even be near a computer today. :(


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1/24/2006 6:13:19 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Good Morning Everyone, you guys were busy last night! I had about 30 emails from this tread alone in my mailbox! Hope no one is hung over!

Still no announcement yet I see... I peaked at the 1st place wins... LOVE the macro 1st place as well as the N&L 1st... WOW! I hope they announce the 2nd place wins soon! I'm getting antsy! :)

I have to go make coffee now, too! Otherwise I won't get anything else done today! I always need a kick start in the mornings...


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1/24/2006 6:13:37 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Good morning to you both. Nicole, my coffee is almost gone. I've been awake for almost two hours.

I did get something accomplished other than hitting f5. I uploaded a self portrait into my About section of my premium gallery. As well, got my daughter on the bus...and now hitting f5!


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1/24/2006 6:16:17 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  1 grande coffee finished, 1 small green tea finished... ;)
Margie, looks like a fun trip, from your self-pic! I too just uploaded a self-pic for the first time.
And I love your recent flower additions to your gallery... beautiful work!


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1/24/2006 6:28:16 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  It's so amazing to see someone that you picture in your mind! Great bio...I'm right with you! Hadn't seen Red Neck. Love the comp and color!


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1/24/2006 6:36:19 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Oooo... just saw a Dec. First Place appear on the Home Page! ;)


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1/24/2006 6:36:23 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Where are the seconds?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


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1/24/2006 6:37:13 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Okay... coffee in hand... baby in lap... he's trying to type like mommy, keep having to backspace...LOL

Those are great self-pics! I love the baseball shot, Margie! I plan to upload a couple baseball shots I took yesterday if I ever get around to it, today!

Here's a bit from Nathan,

8 9hhhhhhhhhhgv bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

:)


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1/24/2006 6:37:32 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Good morning all! Now on my 2nd cup of coffee so maybe I can type...at least as good as Nathan! lol:) Nice to see your portraits, Margie & Christopher... that's something on my soon-to-do-list.
When I first got up this AM I saw the first place shots coming up on the home-page, but now it appears that they have gone back to the November winners there. I'm sure that this is all technical problems that surely happen with a site as large as this. I did browse through the finalists and looked at the December first place & grand prize shots....wonderful images all! I'll probably be at work when they get around to posting the entire winner's bracket, but I guess the wait is part of the fun...
Well off to the shower for me, and probably another cup of coffee!


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1/24/2006 6:51:47 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  The second places are out now. I wasn't lucky enough...how about any others?


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1/24/2006 7:01:10 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   I just put Nathan down for a nap came back to check the status of the winners and to my VERY pleasant suprise I have two 2nd place wins... I can't believe it! I am so shocked and suprised I am speechless right now!

Congratulations to all!


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1/24/2006 7:14:10 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Already had found your winners! A big Congrats to you Nicole!


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1/24/2006 7:15:24 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Congratulations Nicole! Fantastic! I'm on my way out the door, so I'll have to review all the winners when I get home....but best wishes and congratulations to all the prize-winners!


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1/24/2006 7:29:50 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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  Doesn't look like I got a second place this time. Oh well there's always next month! Congratulations Nicole, how exciting. Fantastic. Don't have time to go through them all since I am on my way out too. Nice to see your pic Margie, that is something I need to do real soon. Same time, same place next month everyone?!


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1/24/2006 7:40:47 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  I'll be here!


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1/24/2006 7:52:11 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Nope again :o(

Big congrats to the winners :O)

I'll be there again...no way I would miss the thrill of this thread :O)


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1/24/2006 8:11:16 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Big congrats, Nicole! No gold for me yet, so yes, I will be here next month, chiming in! ;)


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1/24/2006 8:13:38 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Thanks everyone! I'm still in shock!

The two of mine that placed were both entered in the contest previous months without even receiving finalist. It just goes to show you, you never know what can happen!

You all have beautiful galleries and I'm sure you will see gold very soon! If in doubt re-submit!!


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1/24/2006 8:26:00 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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  Many congrats to Nicole!!!


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1/24/2006 9:23:18 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to everyone that got first and second place winners. I am happy for you.


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1/24/2006 9:43:45 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Congratulations Nicole!!! Way to go all!! I didn't make it again.. But will try, try again.. I will see you all here next month, same place, same time..!!


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1/24/2006 9:56:06 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   Thanks again everybody! :)


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