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John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 

Cocktails & Chocolate, Countdown to January '07


 
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While my wife and I lounged in our living room on New Year's day, the setting sun streamed through our window in one of those perfect ways we only seem to hear about. Our dog, Dexter, happened to be sitting right in the wash of light. I sprang up, grabbed my camera, and began shooting before I lost the opportunity. In just a few minutes, the light was gone but I had my shots.
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I hear the gentle rattle of a cocktail shaker. I hear the rustle of paper and foil as chocolate is unwrapped. That can only mean one thing: it's time for Cocktails & Chocolate!

Welcome to the monthly thread that gives us all an opportunity to show off, brag, revel, and hope! It's time to share either that one photo you really, really think is going to garner a medal or that one you really, really WISH would bring home a finalist's nod.

I had a difficult time this month trying to decide which one I wanted to post, but I went with a photo of our dog, Dexter. I think this photo falls more in the "wish" column than the "garner" column, but I like it none-the-less.

I look forward to seeing everyone's photos, and to saying, "congratulations!" to all the finalists.

Now let the fun begin....


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2/14/2007 9:00:50 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Wilson's Tomb
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Two months after I got my camera, I shot my "Light Lives Here" image. It made Finalist
but I've wanted to reshoot it after a year's learning; looking back on it now,
I think it is too bright & yellow, with some of the glorious stained glass color blown out.

So this is my reshoot 14 months later, inspired by that image but with significant changes; while shot in the same aisle
and in similar early morning light, I used a much lower POV (8" off the floor) capturing more of the
reflections in the polished marble. I used a ND filter this time, making it a 7-second exposure (vs. 1 second)
A darker overall result, but I like the color saturation much better.
This comp has no zoom (vs. 3x zoom before) giving greater length to the aisle, and it pulls Woodrow Wilson's tomb
(barely visible before) prominently into frame, at right.
01/07 - Travel & Place

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You're talking my language, with cocktail shakers! 17 of them sit in a collection on my dining room wall! ;) Here's my January Favorite, and, one of my now, all-time favorites!!


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2/14/2007 12:20:20 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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I am snowed in here in central PA...I have been sifting through some old shots and got onto BP to check out what everyone else is doing today. And to my happy surprise...it's Chocolate & Cocktails time! YAY! Good luck to all and here is my favorite from January...


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2/14/2007 12:31:53 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Chris--

That's one of my favs of your's, too! And I'd love to see a photographic study of your shaker collection!


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2/14/2007 12:40:56 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Michelle--

Surprise indeed! I just couldn't wait until tomorrow. Good luck with your great photo.


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2/14/2007 12:42:07 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Thank you, John, for starting this wonderful thread a day early! I leave tomorrow morning for Atlanta and won't be back unti Monday.

Here is my favorite...and one that tasted good afterwards!


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2/14/2007 1:42:07 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  ~Sunset over Galveston Island~
~Sunset over Galveston Island~

Prayers for all in Ike's path...

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What a "sweet" surprise starting this a day early! For sentimental reasons, here's my favorite image from last month.


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2/14/2007 2:02:09 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Forgot to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! :)


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2/14/2007 2:04:34 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Have a great trip, Margie! And here's to your tasty photo! And Corinne, love that photo!


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2/14/2007 2:32:42 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Happy Valentine's Day !!!

Hi John , happy to see you started our favourite thread again :O) Your portrait of Dexter is gorgeous but I already told you that ;)
It is kind of hard to choose a favourite one this month so I upload three and let you all choose :O)


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2/14/2007 2:53:45 PM

 
John Caruso
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  All three of these are outstanding, Sylvia!


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2/14/2007 3:24:01 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Well, last month I had no real favorite and this month I have too many. Of course I liked them all when I entered them--and I still do :) I'll upload two. Bud to Blossom garnered more comments than the other photos in my gallery so I take that as a good omen even though I know the flower category is full of incredible images. Suppertime occasioned only one comment, but I love it--for sentimental reasons and because I think it's a surprising photo to open. Here they are (I hope!).


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2/14/2007 3:47:15 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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I am new at this so I hope the upload works. I love this site. I have seem some absolutely beautiful shots in the last couple of months. I think mine have gotten better. These are two of my favorites.


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2/14/2007 4:04:08 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Wow, lots of incredible images everyone! All winners in my book! I had a hard time picking my favorite this month. I just get too attached to some of them sentimentally. But here is my pick for Jan. Good luck everyone!


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2/14/2007 4:07:49 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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Wow, lots of incredible images everyone! All winners in my book! I had a hard time picking my favorite this month. I just get too attached to some of them sentimentally. But here is my pick for Jan. Good luck everyone!


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2/14/2007 4:08:27 PM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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Wonderful images!!! Good luck to everyone, you have amazing galleries, so it's going to be a tough pick for those judges!!!

Since I have (ugh) dial-up... I'm going to jump in now with my favorite for January - a digital darkroom entry!


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2/14/2007 4:34:19 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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It's that time again already! So many beautiful shots in this thread already. Best of luck to everyone. Here are a couple of my favs for January.


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2/14/2007 6:49:07 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Wow, everyone's photos are just fab this month.

Nikki--I can see why you had a hard time picking a favorite!

Suzanne--they came through perfectly, and they look great!

Sherry A.--looking good from here, love the colors

Sherry S.--great effects work on that one.

Tamera--you've got some wonderful shots as always! I look forward to seeing your work every month.

Great to see everyone's photos.


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2/14/2007 7:17:53 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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My favorite probably isn't the most technically perfect photo I've ever shot, but it WAS several years in the making. I wanted to get this POV for a long time and was finally offered the chance, with just a few minutes to prepare. It is my all-time favorite basketball photo.

I'm currently covering the Idaho State girls basketball tourney, so my time in C&C will probably be limited.

Good luck everyone.


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2/14/2007 10:36:59 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--

What a fantastic shot. It's got to be one of your best!


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2/15/2007 4:52:11 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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Here's mine. I don't think it's the judges style, but it's now one of my favorites. Good luck guys.

P.S: I'm all for cocktails and chocolates, but sometimes you just need a cold beer...or two...


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2/15/2007 7:21:41 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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Hello Everyone, Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day . This is the only photo I entered last month . Wishing everyone the best of luck


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2/15/2007 8:15:24 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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  I tell you ,sometimes I cant figure out BP. I uploaded this photo for this forum and it also entered it for the Feb. contest . . Crazy

Good luck all.


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2/15/2007 8:26:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Becky--I think beer falls loosely in the "cocktails" category, so no worries there. And your guitar photo montage is great. You've managed to capture a whole spectrum of expressions!

Michael--I love the dreamy, atmospheric quality of this one. Great job with it!


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2/15/2007 9:54:28 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  John, if I may pull inspiration from your "4 Scotches" composition, I might just try a similar "receding row" image of some of my cocktail shakers... Alas, most of them are reflective metal, which will make things pretty challenging without a light tent! Guess I gotta clean house before I start shooting! ;)


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2/15/2007 11:48:27 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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Fabulous images already, as usual!

This, my favorite, ..thinking of garnering "nothing", ..wishing just to share...


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2/15/2007 1:13:34 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Chris, I'd love to see it! And I'm sure you're up to the "reflective metal" challenge. You always handle light so well.


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2/15/2007 2:13:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Nobi--

That's a fun photo, and I really like your gallery a whole bunch. You've got some great stuff.


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2/15/2007 2:14:11 PM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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Hi everyone! This is my favorite for January--a different view of my daughter. This is my first attempt to post a picture on the Cocktails and Chocolate thread--or any thread for that matter so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Kinda makes it difficult to un-wrap those chocolates AND hold a glass of champagne...;->


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2/16/2007 12:53:55 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Victoria--

You've certainly made a splash with this one as your first C&C entry! Welcome and good luck!


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2/16/2007 2:28:25 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Welcome Victoria! I LOVE that interesting POV! Good luck!


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2/16/2007 3:36:39 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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  Chatahoochee River
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Hi everyone! I am ready for a cocktail for sure. I had to do a complete system recovery on my computer yesterday and I am still slowly reloading all of the programs that were on it before. Anyway here are some of my favorites from last month!! ...


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2/16/2007 5:36:01 PM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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  Thanks John and Michelle!
Michelle--what lense do you use on your macro shots? they're so clear and beautiful!
V


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2/16/2007 6:48:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Oh boy, Amy, you sure are ready for one. I had the same thing happen about a month ago. You never realize just how many programs you have until you have to start re-loading them!

If it's any consolation, you definately went three for three with these photos. They're all fantastic (as always)!

I hope things get back to normal very soon.


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2/17/2007 6:13:12 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Thank YOU Victoria! LOL I don't know which shots in particular you were looking at, but I use extension tubes with both my 28-70mm and 70-300mm lenses. Using those tubes was the best suggestion I've ever gotten from another photographer! :o) They put you right in the middle of the action and they were only about $30.00! They are my favorite piece of equipment...with my LensBaby being a close second! LOL


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2/17/2007 6:42:03 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Well, I goofed!
After covering a boys district playoff basketball game Tuesday night and not getting home 'til midnight, then going to work at 7 a.m. Wednesday, leaving work at noon to drive 340 miles to cover a girls state basketball game Wednesday night, THEN posting to C&C.
I grabbed the wrong photo. Its a February one, not January.
Proof that one shouldn't go online with very little sleep.


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2/17/2007 8:29:00 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Kai,
I wondered about that fleetingly when I checked out your gallery. At least we all know not to be disappointed when it's not a finalist this month :) Waiting for your January pick.


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2/17/2007 8:49:42 AM

 
Jayne Martin   Hi, everyone has such great photos submitted -- I have just uncorked my bottle of wine, and I have learned never to "drnk and type!" ;) So, good luck to all!!! I would upload my fav for last month, but don't know how!


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2/17/2007 7:44:17 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Hello fellow better photo addicts!
here are my fav photos for January :-

Good luck to you all!

Rachel


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2/18/2007 8:41:37 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--I suppose that gives you a chance to give us another one!

Jayne--uncork away! You can upload your photo simly by responding to the thread and selecting how many images you want to upload in the drop down menu below the comment box. Once you select how many photos you want to submit, click "submit" and you will be taken to a new screen where you have two options. First, you can upload directly from a file on your computer simply by entering the file location when prompted. You can also link directly to a photo already in your galler, but only if you haven't already entered a photo in the contest on that particular day. To do this, get the photo id number of your gallery photo you want to submit, then enter that number in the box on the right hand side of the the screen (the same screen that asks you for the file name), then hit submit. If you have already entered a photo in the contest, the box will NOT be there, so don't even look for it. That should get your photo up into the thread. I know it sounds WAY complicated, but it is actually much easier than it seems.

And Rachel--you've got some fantastic shots here: I love them all!


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2/18/2007 10:59:38 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Ok, so I'll try it again, lol.
I chose this one simply because it was in my "kill" folder, before it got a reprieve.



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2/18/2007 3:25:20 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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Not quite sure why it didn't show up...


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2/18/2007 3:27:30 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Ok, so click:


Here


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2/18/2007 3:33:18 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--

The link works just fine...and it's a great photo! I'm glad it came through.


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2/19/2007 4:51:43 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Hi John... Looks like I am late getting in here...:) No matter...
Glad to see all of you back here and so many great entries...
Good Luck everyone!!

Here was my most favorite for January..:)


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2/19/2007 1:24:56 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Kara--

You're never too late! I'm always so happy to see you around. This is a great photo you've got--no wonder it's your favorite.


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2/19/2007 1:31:13 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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In eager anticipation of the judge’s final votes, I have had all the dark chocolate I can eat.


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2/19/2007 1:56:11 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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  hello everyone.
I see so many great shots here! You guys are all so talented!

I'm not sure what am I supposed to post here (like what type of favorite photo?).
Any help?

Thanks,
Vanessa


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2/19/2007 3:07:35 PM

 
Larry Lawhead
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Well, I won't even go as far as "hope", but I do like this one:


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2/19/2007 3:19:56 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Les--You always know how to handle the light, don't you? Love that photograph. And love that dark chocolate!

Vanessa--The idea behind this thread is to post those photographs you entered in the January BetterPhoto contest which you either feel have the best chance of becoming a finalist or which are your particular favorites from the month. The thread starts on or around the 15th of each month and runs until the finalists and the winners are announced, anywhere between the 20th and the 31st (it has been shown that there is a direct proportional relationship between the amount of cocktails and chocolate consumed and the longer into the month we have to wait before the judges announcements!). I look forward to seeing your work.

Larry--I would certainly go as far as "hope," and even farther with that one! I see why you like it.


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2/19/2007 4:15:42 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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Thanks John C.
This sounds like fun! Mind if I jump in?

Here are just a couple of my faves for January:


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2/19/2007 4:47:21 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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hee hee, guess the cocktails aren't helping


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2/19/2007 4:49:48 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Vanessa--Glad to see your photos! You've got a nice variety of subjects and comps. I particularly like the "Man in the Water" photo. And if the cocktails aren't helping, you just need to shake 'em a bit more .


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2/19/2007 5:10:09 PM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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  Now what was the chant? Chicken bone, chicken bone, lucky, lucky chicken bone...is that right? I don't know why I'm so anxious, it's the first time I've entered a photo contest since I was in High School...and that was a loooooooooooooooong time ago. Those of you who have entered (and won) have any sage words of advice?


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2/19/2007 5:27:57 PM

 
John Caruso
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  My only word of advice is to just have fun with it. Have a cocktail or some chocolate while you wait, and remember that contests are just a matter of opinion. You may win, you may not, but at the end of the day the most important opinion is your's. If you're happy with your work, that's what counts. (And if you do get one of those cool medals, have another cocktail or some more chocolate and smile really big.)

And remember, we meet back here again next month for another clean slate of opportunity!


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2/19/2007 5:41:43 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I got three I really like this time. Two floral and one of Keshia.

The one of Keshia was a Kodak POTD. I had it up on the first of the month and I removed some glare on the sunglasses and reposted it on the 31st. I like the one without the glare on the glasses.


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2/19/2007 6:02:31 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Hey there, I have only done this a couple times and then just side-tracked, so I thought I would jump back in!! WOW some Awesome entries for sure!!! Here is my wishful :0)


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2/19/2007 7:23:34 PM

 
John V. Roscich
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What a great idea--wish I knew of this place when I was fired up and thinking I might have a winner.

Have not entered any images for feb. but did enter a few in January.
Here are two of my favorites and one entered for the mo. theme.


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2/19/2007 8:17:18 PM

 
John V. Roscich
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  I failed computer 101 and messed up uploading my images!!


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2/19/2007 8:25:39 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Helloooo all!! I'm still munching on my valentine's chocolates, which gave me a great reserve for this thread!! Now I just have to get an appropriate cocktail (or two) and let the wait commence!!
Here's a couple of my favorites from January....


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2/19/2007 8:44:29 PM

 
David Pratt
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Well after way too many cocktails this weekend, I think I will just have to have some chocolate later today. There are lots of awesome photos up. Good luck everyone. Here are a couple of my picks for January.


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2/20/2007 4:26:41 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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From what I see here, the Judges will have a hard time to come to a decission!
I rather like those three, but don't know if they stand a chance...


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2/20/2007 5:01:32 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Here they are:


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2/20/2007 5:28:32 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Kerby--You've got three great ones here! I remember the Keshia POTD photo, and like it a bunch! Your flowers, too, work so well, particularly the eponymous shadow on the water lily.

Datha--Welcome back! And what a way to return, with another great portrait. You always know how to capture the perfect look.

John--I've looked at your gallery, and you've got some great stuff there. If you have some questions about uploading, drop me a message and I'll see if I can help out. I'd like to see what you have high hopes for.

Brian--Munch away! I don't think we have any Valentine's candy left, lol. And go ahead and pour a nice cocktail. I don't know if we should hope for a long wait (so we can have a few more) or a short wait (so we don't have too many). I like both of these photos very much, like all of your work!

David--I love your handling of color in all of these. Your comp, too, works so well.

Jenny--I like all of them, but the comp on "Boy Mannequin" is particularly compelling. Nice job.

Best of luck to everyone!


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2/20/2007 9:17:34 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Hello everyone.
Well here is mine for this month.
Good Luck everybody.


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2/20/2007 2:03:07 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Shawn--What a lovely bud. Gentle colors and a very pleasing comp. Nice job.


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2/20/2007 2:15:05 PM

 
Andreas G. Karelias
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Good luck to everyone. A few of my picks for January. Regards - Andreas


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Kerby Pfrangle
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I going to post another one I really like. It a image of Keshia jumping I call Goofy 2.

Goofy was a POTD with Kodak back in March 2006. I had it up before a year ago but clean it up alot learning Photo shop. It alot crisper and looks better to me.

Good news Keshia got first place runner up in the Super Models Unlimited Cover Contest.


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2/21/2007 6:27:33 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Andreas--You've got a lot of great photos there. You certainly have a flair of color and light management! I'm sure you're going to do very well.

Kerby--Congrats to Keshia on her runner up win! And Goofy 2 really shows off her playful nature.


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2/21/2007 1:06:26 PM

 
David Pratt
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I figured since I was up and enjoying all these great photos this month as well as enjoying a Bailey's I woul post two more of my favorites for January. Good luck everyone!


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2/21/2007 7:21:48 PM

 
David Pratt
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Since I was up enjoying a Bailey's as well as all these great photos for January, I would upload a couple of more. Good luck everyone.


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2/21/2007 7:23:54 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Ok everyone....officially only 7 days left in the month, so you know what that means.... time for serious cocktails and double-dipped chocolates as the pressure mounts!
Seriously, some fabulous images here in this month's thread.... aside from the contest, its great to be able to see some of your works that I missed when originally entered. (I wonder how long it would take a person to really see all 20+ thousand entries in a given month...)

John, great job checking in and tying everything together here on "The Thread". Thanks for keeping tabs (perhaps bar tabs?) on all of us here.

Good luck everyone, your already all winners! Now pass me that cocktail shaker....


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2/21/2007 10:57:31 PM

 
John Caruso
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  David--Two more photos that show off your color and light work! Nice job, indeed. I'm glad you're enjoying the thread (and your Bailey's)!

Brian--I know, I know...I was thinking about the ticking calendar yesterday. I hear the soft swoosh of potables poured into fancy glasses, and I hear the soft sounds of fingers popping confections into waiting mouths.

Here's the shaker.
The tab's on me this month.


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2/22/2007 5:09:33 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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  Checking in on your entries... WOW...Amazing work here!!! Just wanted to drop in and say Good Luck to you ALL... :0)


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John Caruso
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  It certainly is a great collection of photos, Datha!


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2/22/2007 9:40:56 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Just discovered this thread. Really neat! For me to enter something feels a bit like the first time I was handed a microphone and had to make a speech-scary! Came across this fire on my way home last month, grabbed my camera and realised as I ran down the street I had no idea which settings I should use so just took a chance before the cop moved me out of the way.


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2/22/2007 6:58:06 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Wow, the 22nd, must be getting really close to announcing, surely! Some really nice fav's in the thread; good luck, everyone!
I had to go to 2 stores tonite to find my favorite brand of olives for a martini; only to opt for the chocolate indulgence tonite, instead.


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2/22/2007 6:58:49 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Yes I'm going to wait for cocktails until tomorrow night. Maybe I'll have a reason to celebrate? Anyone care to share a good martini recipe? Something with Sour Apple would be great! Come on Chris - you must have one. Good luck everyone and I hope tomorrow is the day for medals.


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2/22/2007 7:13:53 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Tammy, there was a recipe on the Pucker bottle for a great Caramel Appletini... uses butterscotch schnapps (or other caramel liqueur.) I'm a fan of the classic dirty martini; vodka in my case, plus a good bit of the brine from the olive jar. Musco Family brand olives, only the Spanish Queen size will do... no wimpy Manzanilla! ;)


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2/22/2007 7:30:27 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Peter--Glad to have you here, particularly when you bring a cool photo like that! Your instints certinly paid off!

Chris--I know, I know, one more day and one more round of cocktails. I also appreciate a man who goes from store to store to find the right olives. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

Tamera--As far as I'm concerned, the only recipe for a Martini is this:

1. chill a Martini glass in the freezer for several hours
2. fill shaker with cracked ice
3. crack open a bottle of the best gin you can find (some people will tell you that vodka is acceptable--don't listen to them, lol)
4. pour said gin into shaker
5. remove glass from freezer, fill with ice, then fill with cold water, set aside
6. shake gin for several seconds
7. dump water/ice from glass and shake out excess moisture
8a. open bottle of dry vermouth and wave it over glass, being careful not to spill a drop
8b. alternatively, if you don't care for a desert dry Martini, you can spill a bit of the vermouth in the glass, coat the sides of the glass by swirling, then shake out excess vermouth.
9. pour frosty gin into frosty glass
10. garnish with a skewer of Chris' special olives, especially if they are stuffed with blue cheese
11. sit back and admire the example of perfect before you
12. sip and enjoy
13. rinse and repeat as needed

I hope that helps!


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2/22/2007 7:38:20 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  I'm hitting the store tomorrow after work!! I'll try each - not all in one night of course - and give you my results. Neither of these would appear to go very well with chocolate..guess I'll just skip the chocolates for this month. LOL.


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2/22/2007 8:59:01 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Dare I mention, Tammy, there IS a chocolate martini you can make...? (Of course, you'd have to break John's no-vodka rule... chocolate & gin, I believe, are not a good pairing!)


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2/23/2007 4:35:20 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  The perfect cocktail:
Items needed:
Whiskey (I prefer McNaughtons or Bushmills)
Glass (Preferably clean, but dirty will do in a pinch)
Lucky chicken bone
Pour the finest liquid concoction invented by man into said glass, bless with lucky chicken bone and take a healthy swallow.
Allow the warmth of the whiskey to spread from your throat to your toes.
Repeat as necessary. (But don't drive!)
After dragging my newspaper and co-workers kicking and screaming into the digital age with an on-line edition this past week, I've repeated several times!


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2/23/2007 8:10:24 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Tamera--happy experimenting!

Chris--I agree, chocolate and gin would not be on my top ten pairings list.

And Kai--I agree, that would be a perfect cocktail. I'm a single malt scotch fan, myself, although the Irish whiskeys are quite grand. And you just gotta love the ubiquitous chicken bone, chicken bone!


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2/23/2007 8:15:31 AM

 
Ryan DesJardins  
 
 
Hi, I haven't posted in this forum before, but have lurked often to see how everyone is dealing with the "long wait" for news. I'd really like some news! Here are a couple of my favorites.


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2/23/2007 9:37:19 AM

 
Ryan DesJardins   Obviously, I screwed that up. My apologies.


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2/23/2007 9:39:01 AM

 
John V. Roscich
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I WILL TRY AGAIN
ONE AT A TIME


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2/23/2007 9:59:04 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Welcome Ryan! I'm looking forward to seeing your entries.

John--I really like the comp here, setting the steps off to the right of frame. It lets the rest of the scene have its own voice. Good luck!


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2/23/2007 10:11:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I secretly figured something would be announced by now. It IS the 23rd and it's a short month. I'm starting to get that same feeling as back in December when we were waiting for the November finalists! I may have to run out to the store to replenish supplies.


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2/23/2007 10:59:08 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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  We have run out of Gin, Vodka, and last night we finish off the Jack Daniels. We still have tons of Chocolate, but nothing to wash it down with. (except for the 50 bottles of wine in the cellar) LOL


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2/23/2007 11:57:48 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Les, if you have 50 bottles in the cellar now, how many did you start with? lol

Get thee to a liquor emporium, purveyor, or monger, posthaste.


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2/23/2007 12:17:08 PM

 
John V. Roscich
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  SUCH BEUTIFUL IMAGES--WOW--THE JUDGES WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME AND IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE THEM TILL NEXT WEDNESDAY!!

BTW--WHO ARE THE JUDGES? IS THERE ONE OR ARE THERE SEVERAL? FEELS LIKE IT IS ONE OF THOSE MAGICAL MYSTERY THINGS THAT WE ARE JUST SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE IN AND TRUST.

JUST FINISHED 2 GIANT HERSEY BARS(WITH NUTS) WILL START WITH RUM NEXT--SPICED, OF COURSE.


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2/23/2007 12:48:00 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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  We have several great local places we purchase our wine: La route des vins d'Alsace France,(White) The Champagne Region - France,and Burgundy, France (Red).
When that runs out we head to Italy and dwon to Spain. Can I pour a galss for you?


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2/23/2007 1:02:39 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Glad you de-lurked this month, Cheri. You've got some great stuff in your gallery, and I'm sure you'll do well. There are plenty of stools to go around, so pick your fav.

John--Ah, the judge question. It's all shrouded in mystery, so trying to figure that out would be an exercise in futility. It's probably safe to say there are several, but beyond that--up to and including their specific method--is really anyone's guess. Just the fact that they have to sort through over 20+ thousand every single month makes it quite the daunting task. So your assertion that we should just "believe and trust" isn't too far off the mark!

Les--Nothing like going directly to the source, my friend! You are indeed in an enviable position. And, yes, you may pour something bold and red, with a cheeky impertinence all its own.


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2/23/2007 1:09:44 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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  I thought I would peep in with Cheri too and check out this entertaining thread. So many great images to be sure! My husband and I just finished bottling up 4 cases of a great tasting homemade cabernet sauvignion...plenty to go around! Happy hour has started...it's 5:15!


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2/23/2007 2:11:53 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Clink, clink, Laurie. Welcome! I like your gallery very much! I'm sure I'd like your wine, too.


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2/23/2007 2:23:17 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm as anxious as anyone, but I've decided we won't hear anything before tomorrow--it was the 24th last month and that seemed early in comparison to the long wait in December. If you're interested in speculating on the inner-workings of the BP judging process, I've started another thread called "Judging parameters for numbers of finalists" that you might like to weigh in on.


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2/23/2007 2:35:23 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Well reasoned, Nikki. I'll definitely go check out that thread. Thanks for starting it.


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2/23/2007 2:37:26 PM

 

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  Ok, ok I must come out of lurkdom and confess I love checking out this thread each month! So much fun going on here. And of course there is the chocolate as well.
There are so many terrific shots posted just in this thread I can't imagine how the judges even begin to pick.
Good luck to all of you and thanks for the fun reading each month.


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2/23/2007 8:22:46 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Well here I am, nice glass of Mac in hand, and listening to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/ What A Wonderful World" which is so relaxing and yet energizing at the same time...
anyway, drink and music give me pause to reflect on this photography thing, (sorry if I philosophize for a moment)and I'm thinking of how Forrest Gumps famous line fits this thread (with a little poetic license)

"Better Photo is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get"!

Don't you all love that moment of anticipation, the "unwrapping" of a link to find someone's new artistic impression or life-capture of a moment, frozen for posterity... the quick smile or laugh an image may bring, or a "wow" that tumbles from your lips when you see that vividly colored composition that leaves you in awe...
This is part of what I find so addictive about BP, not to mention all the like-minded souls who strive to learn and master this wonderful medium...

(pause for another sip....good grief, I'm writing a novel here!)
I just wanted to remind everyone to step back and ENJOY what we have at our fingertips, both the shutter, and the mouse/keyboard!
Ok, enough of that, now where's those cherry chocolates and that announcement by the judges...!!


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2/23/2007 8:27:14 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  As I sit here trying John's recipe for a great martini I have to say I couldn't agree more Brian. I enjoy looking at the beauty that is posted here daily, learning, sharing and making friends here on BP. The finalists/winners are just a bonus to all of that. I have a passion for what I do as so many of us here do. No cherry chocolates....how about chocolate covered pretzels? LOL. I opted for some Lobster and fresh salad for dinner. Chocolates for tomorrow night perhaps.


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2/23/2007 8:33:06 PM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  Well good people, I hate to disappoint, but it is now morning in Europe, the sun is brightly shining, the head is slightly pounding, but there are no new finalists posted.


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2/24/2007 12:43:47 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Well not everywhere in Europe...I'm only blessed with gray wet *berk* weather :o) and no finalists :O) F5 F5 F5 F5 luckily I have some distraction today ...I'm lurking at the webcams of the Times Square to get at screen shot of my picture that is posted today :O)


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2/24/2007 12:56:01 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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  Raining here in Bern Switzerland and it's Carnival - Parade day. I was hoping for a CF card filled with bright pictures. ;O(


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2/24/2007 1:04:27 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Sylvia, congratulations! Which photo is it?


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2/24/2007 1:48:24 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Merci Nikki ;o)

Got'cha

One of my favourite pictures from my Kenya trip in 2005 :)


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2/24/2007 2:00:29 AM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
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  Congrats Sylvia! great picture. It's no longer sunny here in Germany. That was just first thing this morning. Now, it's more how it usually is - cloudy, cold and rainy.
Hope you can enjoy the carnival anyway Les.


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2/24/2007 3:17:58 AM

 
john dunne
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  Well done its a stunner sylvia


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2/24/2007 3:33:22 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  Congrats Sylvia !!!


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2/24/2007 3:58:36 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Thank you :o)


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2/24/2007 4:36:18 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Imagine my delight, turned to panic, when I woke up this morning to see so many emails from BP in my box!! Surely the Finalists are out?! But no, it was all chocolate and cocktail notices... ;)
Good luck everyone; I'm off for tour guide duty at the cathedral today... I don't want to raise anyone's hopes, but in the past, Finalists have been announced twice, while I was away all day working at the cathedral...


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2/24/2007 5:13:09 AM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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  I'm with you, Christopher! I saw all the email from BP and thought, "Oh well, it was my first month to enter...what did I expect." And then to happily read that it was all Chocolate and Cocktails, well, it cheered me right up :0}
Good luck to everyone and lets get those chicken bones out. OPTIMISM lives!!


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2/24/2007 6:02:26 AM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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  BTW, John, the new Monthly Theme has been listed--can the finalists be far behind?


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2/24/2007 6:04:54 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Oh boy, you've all bee so busy!

Trula--I'm so glad you delurked! You have some great photos, and I'm sure you're going to do very well.

Brian--You are welcome to philosophize any time! I agree with you about discovering all the wonderful talent here. It really is amazing/inspiring to see the fantastic work that goes on each and every day.

Tamera--You are right in that the finalists/winners are just a bonus. Sure, I hope for one each month, and if they don't come I'm a bit disappointed, but in the end, it's the photos I make each day that are the reward for the work I put in.

Becky--It's now morning here in the mid-western belly of the US, and, as was the case in your European morning, no finalists yet!

Sylvia--What more can I say than "Congratulations!" Fantastic photo, and a great recognition/honor! Good luck with finding the magical Times Square web cam shot!

Les--If I know you, you'd come away with a CF card "full of fantastic" even if it was raining at night!

Chris--I felt the same way! Loads of messages, but not a finalist's e-mail. At first I thought I was shut out again, but...nope. It's all you! Now get yourself off to that Cathedral so we can get an announcement!

Victoria--I can only hope there is a correlation, but who knows? Now I suppose we should all get out there and "anticipate spring" while we patiently wait for the announcements....


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2/24/2007 6:27:27 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi just checking in.

Best of luck to everybody.

John your doing an outstanding job with the thread.

Some outstanding entries to view.

Kerby


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2/24/2007 6:30:05 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Thanks Kerby. It's easy when there are so many fantastic photos and fantastic posters!


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2/24/2007 6:44:16 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Ahh.... Just checking in... I got alot of posts to this thread overnight... I thought to myself... They must be drinking again...:)
I show up, and yes... You are all on the sauce...
I really expected the finalists before the weekend, this being a short month and all... No matter... They will be along anytime, I am sure... They have announced them on a weekend before..:)

Best of luck to you all... What a talented bunch!!!


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2/24/2007 7:06:25 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I see the finalists are out...

Congratulations to all of you! I tip my hat to you wonderful work!


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2/24/2007 11:56:36 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Congrats to all the January Finalists! I hate to toot my own horn, but a DOUBLE congrats to me! YAY! Woo Hoo! And Giddy Up! Target Tree and Oak Leaf were my two. I am beyond excited!!!! I was a bit underthe weather today...but forget that now! LOL Congrats to everyone else again! And best wishes in the next round!


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2/24/2007 11:58:59 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Way to go, twice, Michelle!


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2/24/2007 11:59:56 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Big congrats to the finalists !!!

I got one but not my favourite :o)


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2/24/2007 12:00:37 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I was not lucky this month but congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck in the next round.

Kerby


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2/24/2007 12:05:07 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Sylvia--Congrats to you!

Kerby--There's got to be a few stray bottles and a couple of pieces of chocolate for us around here somewhere!


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2/24/2007 12:08:57 PM

 
Victoria Sutherland
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  Congratulations everybody who got in the finals! Hope they're ALL winners in the next round!
As for me, I'm having Champagne anyway--to console myself...boo hooooooooooooooo
:0{


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2/24/2007 12:19:26 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  I got 4!!! My new all time most... I have never gotten more than 3... So now I have to keep setting my standards higher...

And my 2 favs. from last month DID make it... I am thrilled...

Congrats to you all... And all that didn't make it... Re-submit... Every shot I see here is a winner in my eyes!!!


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2/24/2007 12:30:08 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Big congratulations to all the finalists!!! WTG!


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2/24/2007 12:36:25 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations to all the finalists--it's a special thrill to see finalists awarded to those who have helped make this a fun place to hang out for the last week or so.


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2/24/2007 12:41:56 PM

 
John V. Roscich
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  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS--WTG!!

IT WAS FUN TO WAIT OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENTS WITH YOU ALL.

CHOCOLATE AND SOME UPPERS FOR ME--BETTER THAN KICKING MY DOG OR MY WIFE!

JOHN ---GREAT JOB MANAGING THIS THREAD ASND BEING A CHEERLEADER AND SHRINK TO US OBSESSIVE NEUROTICS!! THANKS MUCH.


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2/24/2007 1:08:35 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  Congrats finalists!!!

i got 4 to! and one of my fav ones I posted on this thread (crane) !!!! ;o)


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2/24/2007 1:45:28 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ok, you can all thank me for working a cathedral shift today, so they got announced while I was out! ;)
And, I'd never tried this before, but when I posted my Fav into this thread earlier, I used the Photo ID method (having not made a contest entry yet, that day...) So now, the Finalist badge actually shows up in THIS thread!!! Cool!
Congrats, everyone! Can't wait to skim through all of them when I'm back home later tonite, on my own pc!


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2/24/2007 1:53:01 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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Yep, great job, John, managing this thread and cheering everyone.
Chris, I think it's kind'a nice that the finalst badge shows up in the thread. Congrats, and



                   Congratulations to all!!!
                                     


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2/24/2007 2:13:36 PM

 
Christopher Delaney
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  Wow! Have to scroll way down to get here! I was going to try to congrat everyone one at a time, but I did 2 and said no way! CONGRATZ TO ALL FINALIST! Got one also! Yippee!


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2/24/2007 2:17:42 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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  BIG CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!!!!!

Where exactly do I see all the finalists and winners?


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2/24/2007 3:49:01 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Scroll to the top of the page, go to contest and drop down the menu. Choose finalists and scroll down to January 2007. They're all mixed up, but you can select the catagory for more organized viewing and enjoyment.


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2/24/2007 3:52:40 PM

 
John Caruso
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  First of all, once again I say, "Congratulations!" to all you finalists! Here's to gold medals for each of you.

And thank you very much for your kind words about the thread. You make me blush. I'm just glad that everyone enjoys it and feels at home enough to share all of your fabulous photos.

And now we start the Countdown to the February Countdown....

LOL


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2/24/2007 4:27:52 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Congrats to everyone..... I love this thread. I will miss it...until next month when we can start all over again. I have more fun reading this thread every month! And thanks John for your enthusiasm and encouragement. You're our new leader (after Sharon), leading us through the long and stressful days and nights of waiting.


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2/24/2007 4:33:09 PM

 
David Pratt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Congratulations to all the finalist! See you next month!


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2/24/2007 4:37:04 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  Congrats to everyone. I received 6 this month....I kept counting the email announcements. LOL. I left to go shopping and came back to 38 emails. I knew something was up. Good luck to everyone in the next round.


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2/24/2007 4:39:12 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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  Congratulations to everyone!! I was very happy to get three! :)


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2/24/2007 5:43:34 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  First of all congratulations to all the winners, good luck in the next round.

Mine, as per the usual, didn't make the cut.


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2/24/2007 6:30:00 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  They announced the finalists 2 minutes after I left for work today! So its fun to come home to an abundance of emails! CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!(and I agree with Kara, there are some fabulous images here that should get re-submitted.) I was fortunate to get one again this month, but as others have said, not the one I thought was my best! But I'm not arguing with the judges, lol!
My thanks to John's diligence here also! This thread is attracting more people every month...we may have to open our own C&C Bar!!!


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2/24/2007 6:31:19 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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  COGRATULATIONS ALL!!!! I got 2, still pinching myself, 1 was my fav!!!! WoooHoooo Good Luck in the next round...
YES Thank You John I have truly enjoyed this thread again and Ill be back!!!! :0)


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2/24/2007 9:15:43 PM

 
Jayne Martin   Congratulations to all the finalists, hoping everyone on this thread gets a win!!!!


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2/25/2007 2:19:35 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  The way I'm looking at it, it seems there is a curiously high percentage of finalists for all the participants here!

Coincidence?

I also think Brian is on to something. We're going to have to open our own bar. Cocktail Bar? Chocolate Bar?...wait! We could sell our specially branded chocolate bars at our specially branded cocktail bar!

I'll get right on it.


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2/25/2007 5:09:07 AM

 
David Pratt
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  Love the bar idea, I am right with you. I too did get a finalist, though not one of the ones I submitted for this thread, I will gladly take it however. See you all at the bar next month. Good luck in the next round!


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2/25/2007 5:14:29 AM

 
Christopher Delaney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/17/2006
  Thanks! Nikki, I think you were trying to help me to the fialist page. I was there first, I got 1 this month and 2 last month (yoohoo). I just remembered this thread and thought it was easier here. I do thank you for you're help, if it was directed to me.


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2/25/2007 9:04:34 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I was actually trying to respond specifically to Veronica's question but thanks for the thanks :) And congratulations on your finalists. It's true that when you're in a hurry or just frustrated and can't find something on the BP site, this thread comes to mind--so many friendly and helpful folks frequent it :)


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2/25/2007 9:15:13 AM

 
Arthur Adams   Yah congrats to all the finalists, I was wondering however, are the First prize winners and second place winners taken from these finalists or are they of a seperate selection?


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2/25/2007 12:13:21 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
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  Arthur, Yes, the First, and 2nd place winners (and the grand prize) all come from these just-announced finalists. We should be hearing the winners anytime between now and Wednesday, but my guess is tomorrow, or possibly even late today!


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2/25/2007 12:21:47 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A friendly reminder to all who participate in this thread (or, reading it now for the first time, wish to participate next time.)

Be sure to print or record your FEBRUARY contest entries no later than this Wednesday, 2/28. At midnight that evening, the record of your entries will be removed from your BP Member Center, to make way for your March entries. So unless you have a perfect memory, you might forget what you actually entered during Feb., when John starts this thread mid-March (as we await February's results)...

Easy printing: Log in completely, go to your Member Center, then Current Contest Entries, and print the whole page. (Or copy/paste it into another document for a soft-copy record.) You'll get thumbnails, title, category, to help you pick your fav, next month!


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2/26/2007 3:33:42 PM

 
Jane M
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  Or an other way is to go to your contest entry page and then from your file browser (Explorer at least) go to top left File/Save As... and in the "Save as Type" field change it to *.mht This will create a complete web archive page so that you can click on your pictures, etc. whenever you open it later.


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2/26/2007 4:11:12 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Thanks Chris & Jane--

I was just thinking about making a similar post, but you've got it covered. Thanks!


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2/26/2007 4:36:45 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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  When I saw all the finalists from our group, I was thinking maybe we should open an OXYGEN bar. I was gasping for air!


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2/26/2007 11:00:52 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Hey Chris !! Don't you have any cathedral tours today ??? Maybe they finally announce the winners :o)


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2/27/2007 4:09:37 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm afraid the best I can do today, is go to my regular job. I leave for work in about 20 minutes; maybe that will help! ;)
I should know better than to get my hopes up over a Finalist advancing, but damn it, I can't help it!! It feels like Christmas Eve!


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2/27/2007 4:30:01 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Sylvia, I think we need to take up a collection to pay Chris' wages during finalist/winner time every month so he can get himself into that cathedral!

Best of luck on getting those gold medals to all you finalists!


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2/27/2007 5:08:29 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Good Job Chris. I can't think of anyone I would rather see with Gold.


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2/27/2007 12:42:02 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Congratulations to all the winners! Well done, indeed!


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2/27/2007 12:59:13 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Congrats everyone... This is the first time my hopeful made it to the finalist level... But is also WON!!!! Woohooo....


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2/27/2007 1:01:35 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Yeah! It's so nice to have one of 'our' own' be in the winners circle! Congrats Kara! It's one of my favorites this time too!


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2/27/2007 2:37:29 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Dennis, thank you very, very much!

This is my first BP gold, ever!! I'm with Kara... it was my favorite pick for the thread, I was thrilled it went to Finalist, and I'm absolutely on CLOUD NINE that it made Second Place!!!

Congrats to all the Winners...can't wait to go through them tonite at home!


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2/27/2007 2:39:41 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  A Big Big congrats to our C&C (nooo not constructive critique..loll)winners !!


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2/27/2007 2:57:40 PM

 
John Caruso
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  I know, it's like we have a chance to live vicariously through you!


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2/27/2007 3:00:39 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Well, now everyone needs to have some chocolate and a cocktail to celebrate.... I got a second place on one that I never even thought would get noticed. Goes to show how subjective photography is. But there are SO many outstanding photos. I think they are ALL winners.


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2/27/2007 10:41:22 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Thank you everyone for making this thread so intersting and inspiring. I look forward to seeing you all again in a few weeks(!).

Congrats again not only to all the finalists and winners, but to all of you who go out there and make fantastic photographs every day. You are all a very talented group!


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2/28/2007 4:50:57 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  As are you, John! See you back here on or around the 15th!

Congrats to all of the winners!


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2/28/2007 6:43:53 AM

 
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