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Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
 

Counting Down on September 06


 
 
When I first joined BP the winners were announced on the 15th so I thought it would be fun to start this thread in the middle of the month rather than wait until near the end. It will give everyone more time to decide which photo you like best from last month or which one you feel has the best chance of placing!

Remember you must be fully signed in to attach a photo to the discussion thread.

Good luck!


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10/15/2006 8:13:40 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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I'm going to set a bad example as the first to reply, and share my 2 favorites ;) Both from my recent vacation to Mohonk Mountain House, in New Paltz, NY.
The boats image won the peer vote as best image, during a daylong photography workshop I attended while there, and the night shot becomes more and more one of my all time favorites, as I look at it again and again.


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10/16/2006 4:22:27 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
 
 
 
Cool! This started early this month! More time to see everyone's picks. Here is mine. As always, Sharon, thanks so much for starting this thread!


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10/16/2006 6:09:27 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
 
 
 
OK...that makes no sense. I was fully logged in...but it still didn't upload my shot. Let's try this again.


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10/16/2006 6:34:34 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Waiting for the Moment
Waiting for the Moment
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I'm going to try this one last time. I've never had this happen. If it doesn't upload, it is the shot titled Waiting for the Moment.


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10/16/2006 6:38:01 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
 
 
 
Ok here's my three cents worth


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10/16/2006 11:34:42 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Arches
Arches
Taken mid-morning with a Sigma 28-70mm lens set at f/13, 1/80th sec., ISO 400.
Cropped in PS, then colorized it and added the fresco filter.

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Here's mine...Actually, it's reworked from the month before. It didn't make it then, but...maybe this time.


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10/16/2006 1:40:10 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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Everyone's picks are always so interesting and so well done! Here's my pick for this month...Good Luck to all!


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10/16/2006 7:55:05 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Hello all... good idea Sharon, starting this thread early. All the initial picks here are wonderful again!
I only got a few entries in last month, but here's my two fav's. The first is an early macro from my first digital camera, which I reworked in photoshop.
The second is recent, no digital darkroom effects for a change!

Good luck everyone...hope the judges treat and not trick you!


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10/16/2006 10:01:29 PM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
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  Sunset Fantasy
Sunset Fantasy
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Hi all - thanks, Sharon for starting this thread! Wow! September seemed to pass in a blur, and I can't believe we're halfway through October already.

Here's my favourite. Good luck to everybody!


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10/17/2006 2:22:47 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Dizzy?
Dizzy?
iso 100, 135mm (Canon 28-135), f/5.6, 1/160 (TV priority), Canon ex 580 speedlite w/omni bounce, handheld, food removed from face w/bandaid in pse4...:-) Micah, the man, earlier this afternoon. He worked me hard trying to get some cropped in camera shots. Quite the dude!!!
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Well, once again, I'll put my money on Micah the grandchild. He hasn't won me anything yet, but he keeps trying.. :-)
Bob


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10/17/2006 8:57:53 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Fantastic entries everyone!!! I wish you all the best of luck!


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10/17/2006 1:33:13 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
 
 
 
Okay here are two of my favorites. Thanks for starting early this month Sharon! Great idea.


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10/17/2006 7:54:14 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
 
 
 
Thanks again Sharon for starting everyone's favorite thread. Great pics here already, here's my favorite. Good luck everyone!


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10/18/2006 10:31:57 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Here we are again... Lots of wonderful stuff here... Good Luck guys!!

This was my favorite from last month...


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10/18/2006 11:09:41 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Hi again everybody :o) Our favourite thread is back again :O)
I'm in a kind of dilemna, I can't choose my favourite this month ..loll.. anyway I was always wrong with my guess in the last months :O)
You people posted a lot of beauties here !! Good luck to all of you :O))


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10/18/2006 1:51:09 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  LOL Sylvia! You can't be wrong if it's YOUR favorite image :o)!


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10/18/2006 3:04:06 PM

 
Stephanie  L Hughes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2006
 
 
 
Here are mine


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10/18/2006 3:31:52 PM

 
Stephanie  L Hughes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2006
 
 
 
Ignore above..


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10/18/2006 3:41:03 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/27/2004
 
 
 
Great photographs!!! Good luck everyone!!!

Here's my favorite:


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10/21/2006 9:31:37 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  Sunflower Study
Sunflower Study
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  Golden Crown
Golden Crown
This is a Dahlia, one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.
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  View From the Queens Staircase
View From the Queens Staircase
This was taken in Nassau, Grand Bahamas.
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Here are mine!


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10/22/2006 7:44:27 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  Back End
Back End
This was taken in the Denver Botanic Gardens.
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Trying this again.


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10/22/2006 7:54:39 AM

 
m. schwendener
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2006
  My favorite for the monthly theme ('back to school'):

Kent Schou Larsen's Balloon Ballet<"a>.

I don't think he entered it, though.


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10/22/2006 1:01:00 PM

 
John Caruso
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So many wonderful entries (as always)! I enjoy this thread because I am always so interested to see which work people feel most confident putting out there. And so now I'll take my stab.


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10/23/2006 1:32:51 PM

 
Deb James
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I'm glad I remembered to look for this thread this month. I don't get a chance to look at contest entries everyday so it's nice to see some of the best all in one spot!


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10/23/2006 4:14:55 PM

 
Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
 
 
 
I have several that I like, but it seems like I never win...Hopefully, one of these...


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10/23/2006 8:31:01 PM

 
Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
 
 
 
I have several that I like, but it seems like I never win...Good Luck to all.


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10/23/2006 8:32:46 PM

 
Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
  I have several that I like, but it seems like I never win...Good Luck to all.


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10/23/2006 8:33:31 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  I just re-visited this thread after a few days! There are so many wonderful entries! Good luck to all of you!


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10/25/2006 9:18:29 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  rainy souvenirs
rainy souvenirs
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Panasonic Lumix DM...
 
  fall fantasy
fall fantasy
© Sylvia Rossler
Minolta Maxxum/Dyn...
 
  painted fantasy
painted fantasy
© Sylvia Rossler
Minolta Maxxum/Dyn...
 
  glowing softly
glowing softly
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Ok Sharon, you wanted them, here they are ... I told you I can't choose...loll :o)


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10/25/2006 1:56:10 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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This is my favorite for the month of Sept. It was a resubmitted entry but it was cropped differently.


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10/25/2006 2:55:28 PM

 
Debi Zylbermann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  Dear All, I've just discovered this thread, after being on BP for a while. Can someone explain to me exactly what the objective of it is? Thanks a lot.


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10/25/2006 5:04:26 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Hi Debi, and welcome to "the thread" as some of us call it every month!

I believe Sharon originally started this thread as a fun and interesting diversion while we all waited anxiously at the end of each month to get the judges announcement as to finalists (and then winners) for the preceding month's contest.

Originally, the idea was to post the photo you felt had the best chance of getting the judges' nod. This "theme" has since changed to a place for each of us to post our favorite photo(s) for the preceding month.
There is no connection to the contest...just a chance for all of us to see what each is doing and view some wonderful images that we may have missed in the previous month. Its also an opportunity (I feel) to get to know some of the BP members a little better, through some of the "chat" posted and of course the photos themselves.

Hope this overview helps..... any comments, anyone else??

Regards, Brian


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10/25/2006 5:38:04 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  You summed it up perfectly, Brian! Today the thread is "share your favorite entry from the prior month's contest" (ie, whether you think it could win judges' selection or not.) We faced so many 'wrong guesses' each month when it was "share your prediction--which image of yours might win?" that Sharon modified the intent slightly.
The only other thing I'd add for Debi, regarding this thread... Sharon usually starts it sometime around the 15-20th of each the month, but she always calls it "Counting Down on mmm yyyy" so it is easy to find.
So, be sure to look in the Forum, should you wish to join us here, mid-November or so! And, it isn't to late to share with us in this thread, your favorite September contest entry, if you wish.


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10/25/2006 6:43:20 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Hi Debi! Glad you found this thread. It's the best one out there...and one that we all look forward to each and every month. Hope to see you in future threads and please post your favorite from September!


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10/25/2006 8:00:19 PM

 
Candy Avera
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/5/2005
 
 
 
Yep - a great thread. I print off my submissions at the end of each month so I'll have them to reference. Also a side note - hope it's okay to post it here - but Margie's fav. (Waiting For the Moment) won honors in the NPA weekly contest. Congrats!
Here's my favorites for September -


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10/26/2006 7:30:30 AM

 
Candy Avera
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/5/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Somewhere Along the Road
Somewhere Along the Road
available light only
adjusted and converted to B&W in PS7

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Yep - a great thread. I print off my submissions at the end of each month so I'll have them to reference. Also a side note - hope it's okay to post it here - but Margie's fav. (Waiting For the Moment) won honors in the NPA weekly contest. Congrats!
Here's my favorites for September -


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10/26/2006 7:31:28 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Congratulations, Margie!!! I think this thread is the perfect place to mention it :)! Anyone else have some honors you'd like to mention?

Shouldn't be long now with just 5 more days of the month left. Good luck everyone!


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10/26/2006 8:09:28 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Oh, thank you Candy and Sharon! I was thrilled to see 4th place...but don't know how many shots I was up against! Let's just hope the judges here like it too!


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10/26/2006 9:42:01 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2004
 
 
 
Hello All!! Here is my fav.. This was POTW, First Place and Category Winner @ NPA for the week of 9-25.. FUN FREE Contest!!! Good Luck To you ALL


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10/26/2006 10:10:43 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2004
  oops.. seem to be having trouble..it is titled Purity... Good Luck to you ALL AGAIN :0)


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10/26/2006 10:16:52 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/27/2004
  That's a beautiful portrait, Datha! Good luck!
My attempt to post my favorite photo also failed, so here's the link to it, if you want to look at it. It's called WOMAN.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=2645425

Good luck to everyone. There are beautiful photographs this month!!!


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10/26/2006 10:58:27 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Theyyyyyyy're heeeeere... The September Finalists have been announced; you can see them from the "Contest" - "Finalists" link off the home page, and the emails have been sent by BP... Congrats to the Finalists this month; I'm thrilled with 2 (of course, not what I guessed, but I'll take it!! :)


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10/26/2006 1:45:12 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Big congrats to all the finalists :o)


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10/26/2006 1:48:55 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  OHMYGOSH,OHMYGOSH,OHMYGOSH...I got 3! I've never had more than one in a month! I'm thrilled! But, just like Chris, I too didn't guess the right one.

A big congratulations to all of the finalists!


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10/26/2006 1:50:45 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  COngratulations everybody on your finalists.

I did not get lucky this month.

But I was lucky last month.


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10/26/2006 2:04:07 PM

 
Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  Congrats everyone!


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10/26/2006 2:11:31 PM

 
Debi Zylbermann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  Thanks Brian, Christopher, Margie and Candy, for explaining this thread.
Congratulations to all you finalists - well done !!
(I only entered one photo this month, just the 2nd time I've tried, but no luck this time).


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10/26/2006 3:53:23 PM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Congratulations everyone!!! Lots of great images here as well as in the finalists. You all have a lot of beautiful photographs regardless of whether your favorite placed or not. Keep up the great work!

Good luck next round!


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10/26/2006 4:25:26 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  Congrats to everyone that received a finalist! I received three this month and none of them were my favorites...but I'm not complaining! Sharon's favorite got a finalist though!!! Good luck to everyone in the next round.


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10/26/2006 7:43:42 PM

 
Stacy L. Robertson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2006
  I am thrilled that I got a finalist only after two months of entering. It's not the one I expected but it's one that I love. Congrats to all the finalists, they are all excellent!!!!


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10/26/2006 7:47:54 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2004
  Congrats to ALL Finalists!!! YAY I did get one, not my pic but not complaining!!! GOOD Luck in the next round!!! Thanks for letting me share!!! :0)


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10/26/2006 7:50:50 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2004
  Congratulations everyone on your beautiful finalists, good luck next round.


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10/27/2006 6:58:21 AM

 
Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  I didn't get any...boo hoo. But it's only my second month so I'll keep trying.

I did notice I was the first to comment on several of the finalists though. I guess I can pick 'em...just can't take 'em! lol


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10/27/2006 7:32:43 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Deb, just keep trying! Sometimes for whatever reason it takes a couple of months or more to get your first finalist. I'm sure it will happen for you.


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10/27/2006 8:02:04 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2005
  For some of us it took over a year to finally get one, but oh the rush when you do! :-) Now I'm up to two, but this month didn't yield any for me either...maybe next time.


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10/27/2006 8:19:33 AM

 
Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  I'm curious to know on average how many contest entries each person enters each month. I started out this month trying to enter one every day figuring the more I entered, the better my odds. That got out of hand very quickly and I gave up trying.

Maybe I should focus on taking more "Wow" images than entering a bunch of good (but not great) ones??? lmao


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10/27/2006 9:30:40 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/27/2004
  Congratulations to all the Finalists and best of luck next round!!!


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10/27/2006 10:20:12 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hey Deb... you'll find the gamut here... folks who enter 1 photo a month, to some (ahem) who may often enter 30 or 31 a month. But your comment of "focus on a wow image" is absolutely the best advice. It is so hard to be our hardest critic, I think. When I go back through my records of past months' entries today, with today's eyes, and I see some of what I put in just to have an entry that day, I shake my head in disbelief---"Why did I ever enter THAT??" Clearly the judges agreed, cuz none that make me shake my head today, will ever win!
My plan for November, since I haven't been out to shoot anything new in awhile, is to re-enter my personal top favorites that have been overlooked in past months' contests. So I'll probaby have 30 entries in Nov., but all of them having been entered once already! ;) Unless some unforeseen photography outing presents itself in Nov...


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10/27/2006 10:27:47 AM

 
Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  Thanks, Christopher. I too have looked back and wondered why I entered some that I did. Most of mine don't compare to the finalists. However, there are always a few finalists that I have to wonder about...not many though.


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10/27/2006 11:10:39 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2005
  I did not get any finalists this month.
I do shoot a lot and fall in love with each shoot and enter the ones out of the camera the day or the day after. I have not yet tried to resubmitt, although I feel that some in September are good enough, IMO to resubmitt.

I have noticed that many that are resubmitted end up as finalists and winners. I wonder about that. Does anyone have any theories?


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10/27/2006 11:41:42 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  I enter every single day unless I'm sick or out of town :o)! I don't know that I believe it helps my chances, I am just addicted to entering a photo every day.

I rarely resubmit a photo. I think I've tried it a few times with limited success. I've been entering here for over two years so I have a lot of photos I could resubmit. I have thought of resubmitting every day for a whole month, but I like entering stuff not seen before.

Some people have a style and shooting preference that isn't likely to catch the judge's attention. I take a lot of images myself that I know wouldn't do well here. I don't enter those very often. When I take vacations I take a lot of photos. I don't enter many of those either. I saw a photographer put in his description once that his pic was taken midday because that was when he was there. I thought that was pretty funny and true of most of my landscapes. Midday shots won't very often snag so much as a finalist. If you enter regularly spread your images across several categories. I think this is important. I've had my best luck when I had at least 3 images in every category.


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10/27/2006 1:49:26 PM

 
Stan Lubach
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/1/2005
  Just wanted to say congrats to all the finalists!


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10/27/2006 5:02:03 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  In the past many of us have saved up our favorite images that got nowhere and had a "resubmit month" in February when there's not much to shoot anyway. A lot of us have had pretty good luck the second (or third) time around, so save up your good stuff and let's do it again this year!


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10/28/2006 3:50:57 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2005
  Great advice from someone who has been here longer than I. Thanks, Carolyn!


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10/28/2006 7:25:17 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
  COngrats everyone! I managed to get 1 this month, but I have to say its the worst one I entered! Infact I took it out of my gallery because it is so bad!


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10/29/2006 2:44:20 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Congratulations to the Winners! Lots of gold on some BEAUTIFUL work out there!
Also, my normal month-end reminder for thread participants: Make a record of your OCTOBER entries before midnight, 10/31. BP will reset your "Current Entries" page at that time, and you will not be able to go back and see what your favorite October was, when Sharon starts this thread in November, unless you've made a record. (I recommend signing in completely, email + password, and printing the "Current Entries" page on 10/31, from within your Member Center.)


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10/29/2006 5:30:22 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Well, I got my first gold! I don't know if the coffee hasn't sunk in yet or if I'm just in total shock! There were some amazing winners this month!

Chris, as always, thanks for the reminder. I always do a screen print and then save my previous entries into a word document.


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10/29/2006 6:00:14 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Congratulations everyone who made the cut.
As usual, nada, zip, zilch, goose eggs for me. Oh well, "sigh" try, try again.


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10/30/2006 10:06:20 PM

 
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