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John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 

Cocktails & Chocolate, Countdown to March '07


 
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Waiting for Adoption
Waiting for Adoption
1/200 at f/3.5; Lens 135 f/2L; ISO 200; Hand Held; Natural Light

This dog was up for adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Shortly after I made the photo, he found a new home.


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I know I say this every month, but it really rings true this time: How can it be the 15th already?

Yup, it's time once again for us to pour a favorite libation and savor that chocolaty goodness, because the March 2007 edition of the Cocktails & Chocolate countdown thread is officially on the air!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, 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 the silver or gold.

My entry this month is "Waiting for Adoption." And before anyone asks, I'll say right from the outset that within about 45 minutes of making this photo, the dog was adopted.

It's always so wonderful to see everyone's photos, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to.

So without further ado, let the fun begin....

--John


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4/15/2007 10:58:24 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Wow... it does come around fast! Your favorite is my favorite of yours, John! And here's my favorite March entry. Looking over them, I had some weird ones... fingers crossed!


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4/15/2007 11:17:00 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Better Mouse Trap
Better Mouse Trap
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I don't usually play, but maybe this will give me something to do for the next 15 days.. :-)
Bob


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4/15/2007 11:40:48 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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I always look forward to this thread every month! As always, John, thanks for starting it!

My favorite is a re-work of my father.


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4/15/2007 11:49:58 AM

 
Stephanie D. Moon
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Hey John, I love that photo. I'm so glad to hear that dog was adopted. Well, here are my two favorites. Las month was the first time I posted to this thread and I got my first 2 finalists, so it must be good luck. We'll see about that!


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4/15/2007 12:25:10 PM

 
Stephanie D. Moon
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  wild elegance
wild elegance
taken at the local zoo on a recent trip. resubmit after adjusting color. ISO 800 300mm lens f/5.6
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sorry the picture didn't upload. maybe because I tried to do 2? can't pick just one. Here goes again. Margie, I love that portrait of your father. so much character.


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4/15/2007 12:31:18 PM

 
Susan Fox
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Doggie in the Window
Doggie in the Window
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Yippee! It's Cocktails & Chocolate time :-)

Since it's of Jasper, I have to say this was my favorite from last month.

Love everyone's photos so far. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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4/15/2007 12:46:50 PM

 
Susana Ms Heide
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  Eggplant
Eggplant
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  F a s h i o n a b l e
F a s h i o n a b l e
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I couldn't decide between these two so I'll try to upload both :o) Loved all of the above images and wish you good luck wiht them!!


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4/15/2007 1:07:28 PM

 
Deborah Liperote
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Well, here's mine :-)


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4/15/2007 1:21:42 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  Nothing with the new Camera Chris?


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4/15/2007 3:06:38 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Yellow on Black
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(uploaded for discussion thread)
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I always love this thread every month. My favorite for March is actually a resubmit that I'm hoping might get a nod this time.

I look forward to seeing all the great entries to this thread. It's always neat to see the favorites of others here.


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4/15/2007 3:37:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi Dennis... gotta wait for April's Counting Down---I didn't get the camera in time for March entries!


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4/15/2007 3:52:26 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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Good luck to everyone!!! Here are my 2 favorites.....


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4/15/2007 4:07:09 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Tulip Burst
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f/18, 28 sec., ISO100, 105 mm Macro Lens
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Good luck to everyone!!! Here are my 2 favorites.....


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4/15/2007 4:08:34 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Gerber Closeup
Gerber Closeup
f/29, 30 sec. exposure, ISO100, Sigma 105mm Macro Lens
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The 2nd one didn't work right so let's try again.....


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4/15/2007 4:09:36 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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Hello sports fans , Great photos ,can see this will be a tough month competition wise. good luck to all .

This is 2 photos taken after each other , the tree blocking the sunset ,Turned around 180 degrees and took a shot of the moon and combined them.


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4/15/2007 4:23:43 PM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
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one of these day's I'll figure this out


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4/15/2007 4:28:19 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Hi everyone. I am new here, so I hope I do this right. Carol Teal sent me this thread to do.
I love everybodys photo's they are so GREAT!!!
I have 4 of my favorites here, I just couldn't decide which one so I will post them all.
I hope you enjoy them.


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4/15/2007 5:37:08 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Shoot, I didn't know the above response submitted ...Do you all make your photo's smaller for this page?


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4/15/2007 5:43:32 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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GREAT submissions, everyone. I'm seeing many of these for the first time and they are wonderful. One thing I like about this thread is that it gives me a way to win even if I don't--if you know what I mean. I love it when anyone who has posted gets a nod, finalist or winner. It's kind of like the extra pleasure I get when a symphony plays a selection I'm already familiar with: my enjoyment and appreciation are enhanced by my familiarity with the piece. My personal choice was easy this month--these photos were so much fun to take and I felt SOOO proud of the presentation once I figured out how to do it :) Now if I can only figure out how to get the photos here in the same little box with the comment!!


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4/15/2007 7:11:51 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Hi, Peaches!
Make sure you are fully signed in..email/password...then respond, then select how many pics you want to add just below this box..then add them...I usually do it from my submit to BP folder..but whatever will work.
Hope that made sense,
Bob


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4/15/2007 7:48:18 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Did it add the same photo again to your gallery. Nikki said it added another one (same photo) which you can not read the comments already there. Submit to BP folder is on your computor right? So I just do it from my entered folder LOL.
I just don't want to have 2 photo's of the same thing in my gallery as I can only have 30 at a time right now.


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4/15/2007 8:00:57 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Thank you Bob and Nikki for your help. I appriciate it. Everyone is so nice on BP, it's great to go to a sight and have so many wonderful people!


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4/15/2007 8:16:16 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   ~ Feeling Spring ~
~ Feeling Spring ~
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HEY Ya'll!!!!!!! WOW!! Some Amazing entries as always :0)
Susan I LOVE LOVE LOVE Doggie in the Window!!!!
I didnt enter many last month, but this one is my Favorite :0)
Good Luck to everyone and THANK YOU JOHN !!! :0)


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4/15/2007 8:42:00 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Stephanie, if you knew my dad, a character is EXACTLY how he'd be described! Thanks!

Susan...Jasper looks wonderful!


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4/15/2007 8:48:51 PM

 
Carol Teal
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This is my first time to post here! I have seen this several times, but after seeing the Feb. one in late March, I have been all excited about participating! Also, this time for March, I entered a photo a day (and only two were resubmits) and for March, I had a lot of what I call "firsts". March was the first time I ever did still life photography. It was also the first time I ever entered a flower I really liked (I am not great with flowers). And I did a resubmit of a waterfall that was kind of a first. I did a few manmade waterfalls at Universal, but they didn't turn out to well. I entered the waterfall before w/o it being noticed, but this time I used Orton and really liked the results. Also for March, I have one I like but it isn't exactly a favorite, but one that the judges usually like (or at least what I think they like). It is my Primary Colors in my gallery, but I am not going to post it. So I hope I get this right! And I wanted to say that all the photos so far are really great and good luck to everyone!!


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4/15/2007 9:19:39 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Early Bloomer
Early Bloomer
F4.3, 1/30, 246mm, tripod, self-timer, taken at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens about 6:00 pm. Original, uncropped with slight saturation adjustment and sharpening.
There were two or three of these Blue Flag Irises blooming near the bog, but this one was the easiest to set up for and the prettiest.

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  Tropical Delight (March Fav)
Tropical Delight (March Fav)
Original in gallery
This was reworked and resubmitted for March contest
F22, 1/2, 62mm, ISO 100, taken at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon FL. This is a manmade falls made around the 1930s. Orton applied to image.

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  Green Jars  (March Fav)
Green Jars (March Fav)
Original in gallery
F11, 1/4, 64mm, ISO 400, taken by window light today. I used the Xero Caravaggio filter for the painted effect.

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Ok, I goofed! I thought it would allow me to put the Photo ID numbers of each photo in the box so I wouldn't have to upload them again, and as Nancy said, have them in my gallery twice. But I guess there isn't a way around that unless I post each separately.


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4/15/2007 9:27:24 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch
Added water from another photo and added reflections.
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This is a re submit. It is an image of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. I added the water from another picture of a lake, and then added the reflections. I did this last year when we where in the middle of a drought. I was praying for rain, so I just added my own water. Good luck everyone. There are some great images already posted here!


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4/15/2007 10:27:17 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Ahhhh here we are again.... Old Friends...:)

I see alot of winning images here... Hope I am right!!

Here are my favs. from last month... This is the first month I can't seem to choose my absolute fav. so I will upload 2..:)


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4/16/2007 4:35:21 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Holy Moly, you've all been busy, busy, busy! It's really fantastic to see everyone's photos and hear your stories. That's what makes this thread so fun and interesting every month. Thanks for chiming in!

And now I'll try to catch up in one fell swoop.

Chris--I like the shapes/lines/patterns in this one, and the DOF really adds a bunch of interest. Another strong entry from you!

Bob--I'm glad you jumped in, particularly with this one! The lighting and colors are very evocative, and the non-traditional framing adds oomph.

Margie--It's great to see you again! This photo of your father is a favorite of mine. You wonderfully captured the character in his face, and it's easy to see his personality shine through. Great job!

Stephanie--I'm glad you like the photo, and I return the compliment with your photos! I really like the choice to go with the upside-down configuration with the flower. The colors are just lovely and the comp works very well. With the tiger shot the comp, color, and detail all combine for a fab photo.

Susan--Your dog photos are always top notch, and this one is no exception! I love the comp here. And the expression you captured is just priceless!

Susana--I can see why you were torn: they're both great! As you know, your "Eggplant" shot is a favorite of mine, and "Fashionable" is a fantastic portrait. You captured a glint in her eye that really tells a story!

Deborah--Like all the photos in your gallery, you've done a great job with this one. What a precious baby portrait, and the smile you caught is just wonderful!

Rob--I'm so happy you're here! That bright yellow on the black background is just striking. And your comp is perfect. Great work!

Suzanne--Both of these are strong photos indeed! The colors and details in both are great in and of themselves, but then you go and have a couple of very pleasing comps! Very nicely done.

Michael--Isn't it just magical when that happens? You shoot and shoot, then, by simply turning around, there's "the" shot waiting right behind you! This is a great piece of work. Combining the two photos has given you a very nice piece!

Nancy--It's so great to have you jump in on the C&C thread! I took the liberty to peek at your gallery and really like what you're doing. If you need some more help posting your photos, you can either contact BP directly or you can drop me a note. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos in the thread!

Nikki--I've liked this series since the first time I saw it. Some great work with this one, particularly color and detail!

Datha--A lovely photo: great comp, great moment, and fantastic colors! No wonder it's a favorite of yours!

---

I have to dash right now, but I will get back to looking at the rest of the photos later on today! Thanks to all of you who make this thread so much fun!

Talk to you soon,

John


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4/16/2007 5:26:25 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A few helpful notes to newcomers (or any BP newbies too, contributing to Forum Threads with photos.)

1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)

2) If you have NOT entered the contest yet for that day, you can use the "Photo ID" box to pull a shot from your existing Gallery, into the thread. (ie, no duplicate upload!)

3) If you HAVE already entered the contest for the day, before you come to this thread, you must upload a new copy of your favorite image into this thread, from your PC. It will therefore mean a "duplicate" exists in your Member Center, but you do NOT have to elect to display it in your Gallery. (So, if you have the Free Gallery, it doesn't have to count as one of your 30 on display.)

4) Many folks will title their freshly-uploaded duplicate copy for this thread, something like "March Fav" so that in your Member Center, it stands out from the original upload... And add "Original in Gallery" in the description. Folks often delete the "Counting Down" duplicates a month or so later, from their Member Center.

5) If you see a photo here, and want to comment, check to see if any older comments are already on it--if not, it is probably the peron's "duplicate"---as a courtesy, try to find the original in that person's gallery, and leave a comment there---that way, if they want to delete the duplicate a month later for housecleaning, they don't wipe out any comments.


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4/16/2007 5:53:19 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Another amazing month of images!! I had a tough time trying to pick my favorite ones for the March contest!! Here are two of them.....


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4/16/2007 6:38:52 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Christopher, thanks so much for the detailed info you gave!


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4/16/2007 6:52:41 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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Keshia-Jan 31
Keshia-Jan 31
This is one of my favorite images I ever taken.

It was taken a few years of Keshia high in the mountains.
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I have one picture I put in the March contest that is my favorite picture I have ever taken.

It was taken a couple years ago of Keshia (my friends daughter) up in the mountains.


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4/16/2007 6:57:01 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Thanks to all for the nice comments on Jasper's photo.

So many wonderful photos this month! I have a feeling there will be many finalists in this group.


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4/16/2007 7:07:33 AM

 
Wendy Bristol
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Hello everyone!

This is a favorite of mine. This is of my youngest, it is hard to see her grow up. I know this is why I love having pictures of my kids---the time just moves too fast.


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4/16/2007 8:45:29 AM

 
Wendy Bristol
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Hello everyone!

This is a favorite of mine. This is of my youngest, it is hard to see her grow up. I know this is why I love having pictures of my kids---the time just moves too fast.


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4/16/2007 8:47:31 AM

 
Wendy Bristol
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  sunshine
sunshine
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Not sure why that posted twice....and not sure why I can't figure out how to get the picture up I wanted. Hopefully, I will be sucessful this time.


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4/16/2007 8:49:20 AM

 
Lola M.
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  Striking
Striking
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  Morning Walk
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I love looking at this thread every month - here are two of my favorites from March.


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4/16/2007 9:02:03 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Alrighty, I'm back for a little while.

Now where was I?

Ah, yes....

Carol--It's great to have you join in! I'm glad you're here. All three of your photos are great, and all for different reasons! The flower shot is all about the color and detail. The waterfall shot is dreamy and alomost otherworldly (the Orton effect was a good choice here). And the photo of the jars is a fine example of effects suiting the subject. Nice work all around.

Sherry--Wonderful PS work! Your manipulation of color and light is great, and your re-imagining of the scene is very nicely executed. Great job!

Kara--It just wouldn't be the C&C thread without you! You've certainly got two VERY appropriately titled entries here. "Bold Statement" is just that. What a wonderful comp! The simplicity (in shape, color, tone, and subject) is striking. "It's All in the Detail" is most definately about the detail! I feel like I can reach into the monitor and pluck it out. And, again, your comp is spot on.

Chris--I doff my hat in thanks to you for your detailed and clear description of how to painlessly post photos. You've saved me much hand-wringing over how to phrase it so succinctly. Thanks!

Michelle Lea--The first photo is absolutley gorgeous. I love your handling of not only the light, but also the monochromatic tones and detail in this shot. The second photo is equally lovely, but this time it's all about the color as well as the light. Great job.

Kerby--You have such a knack for capturing the perfect spark in an eye or the hint of an expressive smile. Once again you prove it with this photo! Beautiful work.

Wendy--I can see why this is one of your favorites! Not only do I love the comp and the expression you captured, but you created a photo with a timeless quality to it. Very nicely done!

Lola--Wow, what great macro work you've got going on here! I love the contrast of the b/w butterfly on the brightly colored bloom. And the "Morning Walk" photo just bursts with detail! (And it's a hilarious title, too.)

-----

This has been a great month so far, and it's only the 16th!

--John


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4/16/2007 9:16:45 AM

 
Diana Child
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  I only entered one photo in last month's contests and it wasn't worth mentioning. I'm hoping that April will be better for me and I'll have more to comment on. In the meantime, everyone has such awesome shots here that I needed two boxes of chocolate and 3 fuzzy navels to get through them all.

Bottom's up!


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4/16/2007 9:22:21 AM

 
Amy JACKSON
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Hello everyone! Here are some of my March favorites...


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4/16/2007 12:15:11 PM

 
Megan p
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Hi Everyone!!! I have read this thread for months and months, I ate choc. too! okay and had a few sips of wine, LOL. I have always worried I would Jinx myself, but here goes. eeeeks here are my favs.

Everyone favs here have been fabulous!! Best to luck to each and everyone of you!


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4/16/2007 3:05:00 PM

 
Megan p
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Hi Everyone!!! I have read this thread for months and months, I ate choc. too! okay and had a few sips of wine, LOL. I have always worried I would Jinx myself, but here goes. eeeeks here are my favs.

Everyone favs here have been fabulous!! Best to luck to each and everyone of you!


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4/16/2007 3:05:20 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Megan, those are ADORABLE!!


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4/16/2007 4:45:53 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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© Tamera S. Phillips
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Time flies when you are having fun doesn't it? Here goes with my two favorites. As usual some great work being displayed!


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4/16/2007 7:11:09 PM

 
Larry Lawhead
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My high hopes for March.....


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4/16/2007 8:56:44 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  The last dinosaur
The last dinosaur
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Hi everybody :o) Seems I'm behind, never joined this thread so late, already 46 comments !!! There are some really wonderful pictures in here this month !!!

Well here's my personal favorite :o)


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4/16/2007 10:03:48 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/4/2006
 
 
 
This sounds like a wonderful initiative and way of charing personal favourites so I am delighted to join in (picking out a piece of chocolate....yummy...)!

Very nice images presented above!

Here are my personal favourites for March:


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4/17/2007 2:46:46 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Diana--Here's to a better April *clink clink,* and I know you've got a great start on the month!

Amy--You've got three fab photos here for us! The portrait of your daughter is just lovely. The colors and light in the Mill shot practically jump off the screen. And the look in the lemur's eyes is just priceless. Nice work all around!

Megan--A little nibble and sip won't jinx you at all! I'm so glad to see the fantastic baby portraits. You've done quite the job with them. And those eyes...!

Tamera--I always look forward to your entries, and, as usual, you haven't disappointed! Your color and light work is great, and, of course, your comp is perfect.

Larry--It's obvious why you have high hopes for this one! The b/w makes for a stunning image, and the comp seals the deal! I can almost hear the water.

Sylvia--There's just something about a laughing lizard that is irresistible! The colors and detail here really stand out, as well as the comp and DOF. Nice work!

Katarina--It's great to have you jump in. If you're having a bit of a problem with posting your image, refer back to Christopher's great post above. He spells it all out very nicely. I'm very interested to see which one of your fine photos you have the most hopes for!

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Talk to you all very soon!

--John


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4/17/2007 10:30:48 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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OK - letīs see if I have understood correctly...

Here are my two personal favourites from March - thanks for looking!

PhotoID: 3540772

PhotoID: 3577657


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4/17/2007 10:51:05 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Hi everybody,

Love the favorites you've posted--I know we'll see silver and gold buttons on many of them!

This is my first time uploading in this forum, so if it doesn't work (despite Christopher's great instructions), I'm blaming it on severe sugar-overload with all the chocolate and martinis I've drunk! :)

The first one is my favorite and the second is the one I think has the best chance of getting a nod.


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4/18/2007 10:05:30 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Ok, guess I should have made those double martinis.

One tip if you choose Christopher's #2 option: be sure you already have your photo ID written down, otherwise you have to go back to your gallery to look it up and your comment gets submitted without a photo included.

So here goes again ...


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4/18/2007 10:15:24 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Tip #2: If you use Christopher's second option (#2) and just want to include a photo by inserting the Photo ID, you can only do that with 1 photo!

So here's the one I think has the best chance of getting a finalist... fingers crossed ... sorry for the multiple posts!



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4/18/2007 10:20:16 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  LOL Colleen, you just added the 2 tips that I found out about when I tried to add my photos and use the Photo ID. I did write my number down though, so I didn't have that problem! Very nice image Colleen. I love the red on the grn BG!


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4/18/2007 10:52:37 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  My suggestion is for John. Could you copy Christopher's tips, add in any others you may get (like Colleen's), and keep that text somewhere until next month? You could start the thread as you usually do and then go immediately to the discussion and copy and paste the instructions in there as the first comment. That way we'd all have them from the beginning. Uploading makes me crazy every month--this month I got closer to what I wanted to do than in the past, but I still haven't got it :)


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4/18/2007 11:13:03 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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Wow!!! Sensational entries everyone!!
It's going to be a tough pick for those judges!!! Good luck to you all!! :)

I have two favorites for March!!


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4/18/2007 11:32:17 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Katarina--I'll try to give you a hand with your uploads. (My wishlist for BP would definitely included a streamline/update the whole upload process!)

Coleen--"Sugar Overload" is a viable excuse for just about any situation, and, I believe, would hold up in court! lol. I love the colors and the comp of your photo. It has almost an abstract quality to it!

Nikki--I will definately take that suggestions. I'll tack on a "Budny Addendum" to the opening post. Now I can't wait for next month!

Sherry--Both of these photos are just great! I love the lines/patterns/color of the first one, and the comp of the second one is fab! Nicely done all around.


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4/18/2007 12:03:59 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Thanks CHristopher for helpful tricks via e-mail. Let's see if I have got them right...here are (hopefully...finally...) my posts!


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4/18/2007 11:07:16 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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...or here...:-)


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Katarina Mansson
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  ...noot..I seem to be on yesterday's time still and then I did make a posting at BP so the #2 does not work...
Will come back later...
or give up :-(


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4/18/2007 11:12:27 PM

 
Lani J
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Beautiful images everyone! Look like March must have been a tough call for the judges :)

John, what a powerful image! I'm a big animal advocate and appreciate your capture :)

Tamera love the floral.. beautiful colors! Wow :)

OK, trying Christophers help hints. ... let's see if I can display last months favorite.


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4/18/2007 11:38:06 PM

 
Lani J
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  YAY!! I've driven myself NUTS trying to figure out how people did this. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER!!!! :o) :o) :o)


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4/18/2007 11:40:24 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Java still life
Java still life

For the PG101 Still Life Theme.
F/8, 1/2 s, +2 step, ISO-100, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lense, tripod.
Slightly adjusted in Photoshop 7.0 (curves, saturation, selective colour, sharpening).

2nd place EoD March 2007.

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This is my last attempt and I hope it works. Sorry for blurring the thread with so many confusing and empty messages...:-(


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4/19/2007 2:27:20 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Yay Katrina! Worth the wait--what a crisp, striking image. Love the white on white of the cup and saucer, table, background and the contrast with the chocolate brown of the beans and coffee as well as the total composition.


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4/19/2007 2:50:45 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Katarina--Your image is definitely worth the work to get it posted! I'm sorry it was so difficult, but now you're here. I've like this photo since I first saw it. Great comp, great color palette, and great detail. Nicely done.

Lani--What beautiful colors here, and the light and DOF makes for a dream-like quality that really puts this one over the top! And thank you for your kind words, too.

And, Chris--thanks so much for lending your valuable help to everyone. You rock.

--John


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Megan p
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  Katarina, that iamge is awesome, I am sure we will see it again.I could not have gotten my post up with out Chris's info either. Thank you Chris!! Thank you John for starting this thread! It is fun.


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4/19/2007 5:18:53 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Thank you, Megan. But the real tip o' the hat goes to all of you who post. That's where the fun is!


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4/19/2007 5:21:29 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
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Keeping my tradition here, here's another origami photo, and which would not likely draw judges fancy (but my fav of the month).
This is a resub of an old one. If you look at this, you will know that this one was created for one of our BP friends who was fighting cancer at the time (and he won).


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4/19/2007 2:46:02 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Nobi--Not only is it a cool photo, but the origami is great! Thanks for posting it, and thanks for the background on the photo.


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4/20/2007 5:10:29 AM

 

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I am always late to the party! The favorites this month are all so outstanding! I so love doggie in the window, wow! I love that I get to see ones I missed here each month. Megan I love your colors in those two! I didn't post for a while for fear of the jinx either. But my favs never seem to be the judges favs so I decided it can't hurt. ;o) I had a hard time picking a favorite this month but I've decided to go with this one.


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I am always late to the party! The favorites this month are all so outstanding! I so love doggie in the window, wow! I love that I get to see ones I missed here each month. Megan I love your colors in those two! I didn't post for a while for fear of the jinx either. But my favs never seem to be the judges favs so I decided it can't hurt. I went digital in January and have yet to get a finalist with my new camera. It's starting to get a complex.;o) I had a hard time picking a favorite this month but I've decided to go with this one.


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4/20/2007 8:31:47 PM

 
David Pratt
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Good morning everyone. No cocktails, just coffee and a look at all the great favs for March. There are some awesome photos here this month! Good luck everyone. Here are my two for the month. The first is a resubmit of an old mill at Moore State Park. The second is my yellow lab Maizey playing in the snow. Have a great weekend everyone and good luck!


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4/21/2007 4:08:54 AM

 
David Pratt
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Apparently not enough coffee yet this morning. Here is the other of the old mill at Moore State Park.


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4/21/2007 4:12:42 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Trula--Glad you made it! The b/w works great for this portrait: nice and clean. You caught a great moment and a great expression here. Nice job!

David--So good to see you again this month! The pic of the lab is nicely done, and the effects add a whole new dimension to the image. The sawmill image is composed well, and the the light/colors really add a depth and richness.


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4/21/2007 5:54:39 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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My fingers are crossed for this travel and place entry.


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4/21/2007 5:55:27 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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One more time.....


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  Come on, Les! You can do it... :-)


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4/21/2007 5:15:12 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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~~~

I stayed out until 2AM in a snow storm to capture this image, so I hope it makes it into the finals.


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Les Rhoades
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~~~

I stayed out until 2AM in a snow storm to capture this image, so I hope it makes it into the finals.


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Les Rhoades
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~~~

I stayed out until 2AM in a snow storm to capture this image, so I hope it makes it into the finals.


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Les Rhoades
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~~~

I stayed out until 2AM in a snow storm to capture this image, so I hope it makes it into the finals.


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4/21/2007 9:19:39 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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  I give UP!


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4/21/2007 9:22:30 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  I think Les has had too many cocktails and chocolates! ;-)

Not sure why it isn't working for you. Did you put the photo number in the box? I usually do that rather than re-uploading the image.

Maybe Chris will be along soon to help. Anyone know where Chris is? Did John send him out to restock the drinks since it seems Les drank them all??


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4/21/2007 9:57:12 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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John if it's not to late here is my favorite for the month. This is my son just try to get photo's of him before he leaves for Active Duty in June.


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4/21/2007 10:39:48 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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Les, I checked out your gallery. Those 2a.m. museum shots are beautifully done. Excellent exposures.
Also, your "One Last Snow" caught my eye. It's as beautiful as it can be, and would be my favorite.


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4/22/2007 7:38:39 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Les, I'm hoping your image of the museum at night, with traffic streaking past in the foreground, makes it--and is the one you were trying to put here, in your attempts?
I'll be happy to pull a shaker down from the shelf, and mix up a cold one, should your jangled nerves need a tonic! ;)


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4/22/2007 7:43:31 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Criminy! I feel for you, Les! I'm not sure what the issue is. Perhaps you could try the BP live help (you may just get Brian!)

Shawn--It's never too late! Glad to have you jump in. That's a great photo of Steven. The lighting and b/w work together to make a very moving portrait. And please thank him for me. I'll think good thoughts for him.


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4/22/2007 9:21:22 AM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
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I always get a kick out of this monthly discussion - even though I seldom respond or post... guess I am afraid I will jinx my self- lol

bleh - oh welllllllll here are my March favs


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4/22/2007 2:00:16 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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Dang! I have been so busy lately I nearly missed the thread! LOL Hello everyone! I enjoyed the favs of March! Here are my fav picks. Good luck to all!


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4/22/2007 7:38:12 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Ok, it's really count down time now. I'm thinking the finalists will be out Tuesday, but I'm hoping for tomorrow. Any other guesses out there?


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4/22/2007 7:53:24 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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  They really need to hurry so I stop checking my email every 2 minutes!! It was a Sunday last month so I was hoping for some good news on the weekend!!! Good luck everyone!!!


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4/22/2007 7:56:38 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Fantastic photos, everyone! Is it just me, or do you guys also think BP'rs are the best photographers around? ;) I'm always amazed by the quality I see on this site!

Good luck, everybody!


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4/22/2007 9:06:01 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  My announcement came last month late on Saturday evening on the 24th. I am almost positive it was the 24th in January too. So, I am hoping for the 24th this time, but I am wondering because of the extra day in March (meaning possibly more entries)if it won't be Wed. or Thurs. I think I am more excited this time. Maybe it has to do with joining this countdown and because I entered so many this time, and because I have more favorites than usual! :) Good luck to everyone!


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4/22/2007 10:53:52 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Kathryn--So when you win this month, will it be a jinx if you DON'T post here? LOL! The egg shadow photo has such a great feel to it, and the b/w works great. The light in the magnolia photo, as well as the color, really makes for some fine work. (As a side note, I'm so disappointed that, just as our magnolia was set to burst into bloom, a frost came and killed all the buds. This is the first year since we've had our house that we didn't have a full bloomed magnolia tree. So, it was nice to see your photo.)

Michelle--You may have "almost" missed the thread, not "fully" missed it! You got in with plenty of time. And the glistening photo really shines with color and light, and the DOF and comp are great. "Ross' Juice Box" is a fantastic moment captured. His expression is wonderful!

Colleen--I agree, the quality is just great. Every month I am always delighted to see the fantastic photos not only in this thread, but in the entire contest.


Nikki & Carol--As for when the finalists will come out, all I can ever say--every month--is "who can say?" When I woke up this morning and saw a bunch of responses to this thread, I figured it had happened yet here we are still plugging along!


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4/23/2007 5:05:02 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Hi everyone! good luck to you all, excellent photos this month. :o)

here are my favs


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4/23/2007 10:28:01 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  sunset
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blured the sky and sand (cut out the people first) and motion blurred the sea then put the people back......
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Hi everyone! good luck to you all, excellent photos this month. :o)

here are my favs


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4/23/2007 10:30:24 AM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
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  okaaaaaaay - NOW I NEED more chocolate!!


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4/23/2007 11:53:22 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Rachel--I just love the sense of scale you captured in the sunset photo! The mood in this one is fab. And the colors in the untitled photo pop off the screen! Very nice job all around.

Kathryn--Don't worry, it'll all be fine! Here's a nice chunk for you....


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4/23/2007 12:30:25 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Boy...it's a good thing my kid's selling chocolate for school...he won't have to go around the block this week! Now, where's my cocktail mix?


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4/23/2007 12:39:36 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Now if I can only teach my dog to sell Gin, Scotch, or Bourbon....


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4/23/2007 12:54:39 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hopefully this won't jinx anything, but, recent past months' Finalists were announced (according to my timestamps):

Feb: 3/22
Jan: 2/24
Dec: 1/24

So, I'm pulling out that ever-popular chicken bone, lucky, lucky chicken bone chant, and hoping we hear sometime tomorrow!


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4/23/2007 6:24:16 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Are you working at the cathedral tomorrow, Chris?


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4/23/2007 6:31:49 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  I checked my email about a 1000 times hoping it would be today. I think I need more drinks as we wait it out another day :-)

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments on Jasper's photo.

I don't see a bad photo in the bunch here. So I am expecting to see lots of finalists for you all!


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4/23/2007 6:34:07 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Alas, Nikki, I can't put that tried-and-true charm into effect tomorrow---I'll be at the regular office job instead. (I didn't want to get people's hopes up this past weekend, when I was working at the cathedral all day, followed by another appointment, then dinner; ended up being away from my pc for 14 hours!! ;) Just a day or two, too soon, it seems.


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4/23/2007 6:38:07 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Chris, I hope your chicken bone chant works, or I will definitely need some drinks tomorrow evening to calm me! I hope John is prepared to supply the drinks should we not hear tomorrow! :D


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4/23/2007 6:40:43 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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I can't find the cocktail mix and my kid's box of chocolate is almost empty. I'm gonna have to settle for coffee and cookies while we're all just itching to know when the announcement is coming.


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4/23/2007 6:48:04 PM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
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  just fill one of those shot over sized glasses with JD for me, and keep it comin!!


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4/23/2007 6:49:14 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Well, I see nothing has changed here ;)! Some are drinking, some are eating chocolate and some won't post because they are afraid it will jinx their chances for a win LOL.

Me, I just popped in to say GOOD LUCK to everyone! Surely it can't be long now. Maybe we'll get up in the morning to an announcement. I hope so!

Have fun everyone! Back to regular programing :D.


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4/23/2007 7:15:27 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  BTW, I haven't been drinking, I just can't type or spell tonight LOL.


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4/23/2007 7:16:34 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Just wanted to check in with everybody and wish you the best of luck.

There are some beautiful images on this thread.

Kerby


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4/23/2007 7:37:39 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Rob, those "itching photos" are hysterical!

Carol, I'm more excited this month, too. Partly because I also entered more photos and partly because I got up the nerve to upload one here. (I confess I also feel nervous about jinxing it by posting!)

Now, for those of you who may be into astrology (OK, laugh, but with a few stiff cocktails under my belt and a box full of chocolates at hand, I'm going for it) .... the moon just entered Leo, sign of creativity and showmanship, so the time is ripe!

I'm guessing the finalists will be announced tomorrow (or tonight--do they work that late?), Wednesday at the latest ...

Don't quote me on that, though, LOL!


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4/23/2007 8:31:49 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I know what you mean Colleen; I have never posted here though I have followed the thread several times. It wasn't that I worried about jinxing myself (but after hearing that several times, now I will worry all night LOL)but I thought of myself as a newbie in both BP and with my camera and photography. However, I made the 1 yr mark around the end of March, so I figured I wasn't a newbie any longer! :) LOL about your cocktails and chocolate! I didn't know that about the moon. Maybe it will bring me luck then because I am a Leo! Well, I am drinking diet Pepsi tonight, but there is banana rum and Kahlua in the fridge that I may have to drag out for tomorrow if there isn't an announcement! And I might can round up a bit of Easter chocolate! Oh, and I live in the US and every time except once (and it was much later) the announcement has been late afternoon around 4-5:00 Eastern time, which is 1-2:00 Pacific (BP time).


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4/23/2007 8:48:03 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Carol,

Sharon and I are both Pepsi drinkers too. You can come join us I bring the chocolates and Pepsi.

It always fun to see the winners.

Kerby


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4/23/2007 8:53:09 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Right, Kerby! A mixed drink for me is a Pepsi with vanilla or chocolate in it LOL.


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4/23/2007 8:55:17 PM

 

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  Sharon your post made me literally laugh out loud! One good thing about waiting is that the longer the finalist announcement takes the more fun this thread becomes. And then the frantic race to check the finalists when all the replies show up in our mail boxes. ;O)


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4/23/2007 9:05:37 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Thanks Kerby...sounds good to me! LOL Sharon about your mixed drinks! Well, I have to work tomorrow afternoon and won't be home until 5:00pm, so you can bet that the first thing I will do when I walk in is ck my email! I'll probably leave behind a blazing trail as I rush through the house to the computer! LOL


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4/23/2007 9:08:31 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Ok, Seeing it is down to the wire and I have enjoyed reading and seeing everyone's picture's and comment's, I will try this again.
I have a half hour left of my Birthday, so maybe will be "GOOD LUCK" LOL
Everyone's photo's are GREAT. I have enjoyed this all month seeing all of them.
No chocolte or drinks, just my caffine free diet pepsi, but I have been laughing all night. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!!


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4/23/2007 9:33:27 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Nancy,

You can join Sharon, Carol and I.

I am bring the chocolates and Pepsi and I have alot to go around.

Kerby


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4/23/2007 9:48:08 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Thank's Kirby. I don''t eat much chocolate, but maybe I should of added a little Rum in my Pepsi.


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4/23/2007 9:53:56 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  I guess seeing is I am new here, do they e-mail you if you are a winner, or do you go through the winner's list to find out?


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4/23/2007 9:56:02 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  They will email you Peaches.


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Katarina Mansson
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  It is 7.50 am here...opening my mailbox and see that I have 33 incoming e-mails...my heart start bumping hard and quick...I open the mailbox...most of the e-mails from this thread...none from BP judges...my mood sank....thought I had another month without anything...and then I read and realize that the finalists are not out yet! PUI! Another couple of nnnnervous hours in are ahead...

STRONG coffeee needed...

Could not sleep last night...because of the wine bottle I emptied last night in an attempt to still my worries?!?! Naaah. Must be the heat..:-)

Keeping my fingers crossed for everyone - great pictures above!


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4/23/2007 11:17:24 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  OH geez! Thanks for the heart attack! LOL My inbox was bursting with BP replies but no finalist announcements! AAaagghhh! Another inpatient day, and you can't have cocktails while at work. I am stocked on my chocolate though. I am SURE its gonna be today! It has to be! Good luck all!
**chicken bone- chicken bone- lucky lucky chicken bone*


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4/24/2007 3:31:32 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Katarina & Michelle--I'm right there with all of you: I opened my e-mail, too, and there were a slew of thread messages. I figured it was time to type out that "congrats to all the finalists" message, but apparently it will have to wait for a little longer!

Rob--I'm itchin' to say those are hilarious! And nicely timed, too.

Nancy--Your dog and cat portraits are just great. You certainly have captured their personalities. It's just fantastic they've become friends!

Colleen--I'll take your astrology. I'll even throw some runes, too!

And Chris--Thanks for starting the chicken bone chant. Let's hope it works even if it wasn't started by Kai!

Sharon--Thanks for checking in! I still think about you every month when I start the thread.

Trula--You've got that right about the longer it takes for the finalists' announcements. As a matter of fact, the name "Cocktails & Chocolate" was born from the excruciating wait we endured in December (counting down to the November finalists)! It is fun to chat with everyone here as we wait. And nibble. And quaff.

To everyone--the bar is open (both the saloon-type bar and the chocolate bar). I'll have a refreshing beverage of choice right here for you. Let's clink glasses and revel in anticipation!


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4/24/2007 5:18:56 AM

 
Suzanne Colson
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  OK, it is time to go to work. No more checking the email every 5 seconds!! I can't break out the cocktails at work, but I will be dipping into the chocolate just to get me through the day.


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4/24/2007 5:22:53 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  I am sooooo gonna get fired! :O) I keep checking my email and the site every few minutes it seems. I hate this part! I am stuck at work...with very little to occupy my mind, and I can't take any pictures here either! AAaaaaggghhh! Chocolate! I need chocolate! Cocktail! Pass me a cocktail quick! LOL :O)))


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4/24/2007 7:25:01 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Timesaver for next time:
Chocolate Martinis ;)

(Just google that and enjoy the recipes that come up!)


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4/24/2007 7:36:57 AM

 
Megan p
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  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!


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4/24/2007 7:46:41 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Yummy! That sounds perfect! I had a green apple caramel-tini when I was out to dinner not too long ago. It was sweet and very delicious! I bet a choco-tini would be just as good. Where's the bartender? ;o)


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4/24/2007 7:52:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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  All this talk of cocktails, and it's still several hours until quitting time! LOL

I suppose, however, that a few cyber drinks can't hurt. So belly up, my friends. I'm pouring, and the drinks are on me this month!

Now if we can just have something to toast....


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4/24/2007 9:06:45 AM

 
Deborah Liperote
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  Here's to sweatin bullets!!!


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4/24/2007 9:13:17 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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  Well John - I am off work!!! Pour me a G&T please!


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4/24/2007 9:25:31 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Flaming Goat


Ingredients My Bar
1 cubes Ice Add It
Vodka Add It
1/4 oz Tequila Add It
1/4 oz Triple Sec Add It
1/4 oz Blue Curacao Add It
1/4 oz Gin Add It
Cranberry Juice Add It
1/4 oz Rum Add It
1 splash Sweet and Sour Mix Add It


Directions
Mix vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec and curacao. Add sour mix. Add curacao until it's dark purple. Fill glass with ice cubes and float bacardi 151 rum on top. Have the flame blown out before drinking, and add a straw.


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4/24/2007 9:29:06 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I'm sweating right there with you, Deborah!

And Katarina, here you go....all nice and delicious. Do you take lime?

Bob--I assume it's served in a short glass, and, therefore, a flaming PYGMY goat. *wink* lol


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4/24/2007 9:35:56 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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  Ice please - no lime. Yummy - tastes GREAT! My nerves are stilled for another minute or so...


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4/24/2007 9:39:56 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Bob, that Flaming Goat sounds wild! Hey, I bet it would be a great subject to photograph--dark purple, with burning flame on top! And a special challenge: can you photograph this fast enough so there's still some left to drink when you're done? LOL


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4/24/2007 9:41:02 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Just about time for me to go work a few hours. If the announcement doesn't come while I am away, please be sure to save some chocolate and cocktails for me!! I will surely need it!


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4/24/2007 11:23:44 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  And I forgot to say GOOD LUCK everyone! You may know before I get back!


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4/24/2007 11:30:03 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I'll have one waiting for you, Carol!


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4/24/2007 12:02:50 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  So, there they sit. The boys at BP. With this thread up on their screens and hitting the refresh button every couple minutes, giggling as they go. Heather says, "Should we send the finalist emails now"? And Jim says, "Nah, let's read and chuckle just a bit longer"! :-)

And for Colleen, the goat and I both prefer hops.. ;-)
Bob


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4/24/2007 12:38:34 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  And here I thought the extra chocolate and cocktails I was consuming was making me paranoid about the folks at B.P. So how many think they are reading this right now saying....No just a little longer....

And I can't just check email cause I start thinking if I didn't win anything this month I won't get an email...So now I am checking the finalists page to be sure there isn't anything new yet there.....


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4/24/2007 12:49:21 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well, I don't know if they are reading every post but they must be doing something. I check the Editors First Picks pretty frequently since getting the occasional photo in that feature is rewarding for me, and I don't think it has been updated in a day or two. I figure the BP staff has backed off to concentrate on the March finalists and winners. I only started entering the contest in December and I haven't had a finalist yet--I actually enjoy the time leading up to the announcements when I can still hope :)


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4/24/2007 1:20:24 PM

 
John Caruso
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  I guess it never occurred to me that BP staffers would be reading this thread! LOL! (Insert "Duh!" here.)

And every time I check my e-mail, I see three or four responses to the thread and think, "oh well, not this month I suppose." Then I get to the thread and zip all the way to the bottom, just looking for words that jump out at me: words like "congratulations" and "finalists." But all I see are "flaming goats!"

It will come when it comes. Just remember, we get the distinct pleasure to do it all again next month!

And Nikki, it is kind of like the last week of school before summer vactation, isn't it? The anticipation is the best at that point. And who knows you may have a great summer chock full of friends, fun, and relaxation (in our case, getting a finalist/winner) or you may have to spend it visiting your Aunt Ida who insists on pinching your cheeks and feeding you foods that smell unfamiliar and vaguely like cleaning products (in our case, waiting until next month's thread).

Ain't life grand?


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4/24/2007 1:42:37 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Ruffled feathers
Ruffled feathers
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Man you guys are beginning to ruffle my feathers! :-)


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4/24/2007 1:52:00 PM

 
Candy Avera
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Anticipating Spring
Anticipating Spring
natural light, late afternoon
adjusted in CS2

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Trying to add my favorite to this awesome collection. Great job everyone. So many great images.


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4/24/2007 1:55:36 PM

 
Megan p
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  I LOVE that one Candy!! It would be great to get a badge on that one as you had such a great trip.


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4/24/2007 2:03:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Rob--you'd better duck before Bob's goat gooses you!

Candy--Lovely photo! You handled the color and light very nicely!


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4/24/2007 2:05:40 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Duck
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Duck?! Did you say 'duck'?


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4/24/2007 2:13:38 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Mayyyybe....


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4/24/2007 2:14:52 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Well, they're out, and all I can say is, "Congratulations to all you finalists!"


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4/24/2007 2:52:27 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  YAY! I got one! Not the flower I posted, but another in the same series! How'd everyone else do for March? Congrats to all and good luck in the next round! Break out the CHAMPANGE! LOL :o)


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4/24/2007 2:54:09 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists. Best of luck in the next round.


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4/24/2007 2:58:46 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I do have to say Rob's animal pics are helping to pass the time quite enjoyably. Now if the judges would just quit horsing around . . .


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4/24/2007 2:59:44 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  If I am not mistaken I see that Katarina and John are both in need of Congrats! Awesome!


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4/24/2007 3:01:18 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Here's the photo that was supposed to go with that last comment. I realized I had not resized it and, though I tried to back out, the comment posted anyway. Are you reading, Jim :)


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4/24/2007 3:02:55 PM

 
Megan p
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  YAY Congratulations to all the ones that placed and I say to all that did not, to resubmit!! You all posted some fabulous images on this thread!


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4/24/2007 3:03:07 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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For myself, I have to say, "Aw, . . . " For everyone who did final, I say a big CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to look through the finalists.


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4/24/2007 3:08:52 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Woohoo... the 24th comes through again! Congratulations to the Finalists!! Can't wait to browse them tonite---John I see your great image at the top, sporting a medal! Had I loaded my Madrone Vessels here correctly, it would be sharing the spotlight ;)


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4/24/2007 3:12:11 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  They are posted! I had my son ck at the library for me while I was tutoring LOL It happened not long after he looked; I found out when we got home. I had two, but not for any of the three I posted. One was Primary Colors which I mentioned in my post and one was a huge surprise, a butterfly I entered into the monthly theme! Congrats John and Katarina! I knew those would get one! And I am sure others have their original in their gallery and posted it again for this thread, so we wouldn't see the badge. So now I get to drink my cocktails and eat my chocolate while looking through all the finalists tonight! Congrats to everyone who got a finalist and as said above, resubmit if you didn't! My butterfly was a resubmit but I added Orton this time. I think all the photos posted here were very deserving of an award!


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4/24/2007 3:19:03 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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  Yeah, I got one too!! Someone was in my office when I saw the email and couldn't look at which one right away. Couldn't get them out quick enough.

I was surprised. Not one I posted and one I was never quite sure of. Goes to show.... You never know. Like Carol said resubmit and in my case submit when your not even sure.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone and good luck on the next round.


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4/24/2007 3:26:47 PM

 
Wendy Bristol
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/23/2005
  Congrats to all! I got my first!!! Not the one that I posted here, but never the less I am pretty excited and surprised. Good luck to everyone!


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4/24/2007 3:33:58 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
window light~
window light~
finalist- monthly theme 03/07
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YEAH!!! I got 2... window light...which I posted here!!! And a BIG Congratulations to everyone who got a finalist!!!


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4/24/2007 3:44:11 PM

 
Stephanie D. Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/20/2006
  Congratulations to all the finalists. Michelle, I knew that one would get something. I love it. Wendy, congratulations on your first one, I will go check it out shortly. None for me this time, which I kinda knew already. Hoping for next month. I already have my fave that I'm going to post on this thread next month! And to our host John, congratulations on your finalist and thanks for keeping us occupied while we wait.

Again, congratulations to everyone and good luck in the next round!


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4/24/2007 3:53:51 PM

 

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  Congrats to everyone! Even if you didn't get that coveted little silver button this month. There were tons of great photos here. I didn't get the one I posted (does that mean I did jinx it?) but am happy with the one I did get. It was my third time entering it so I agree with those who say resubmit! :o) Thanks for the fun everyone, see you next month!


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4/24/2007 3:54:48 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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  CONGRTAULATIONS Everyone!!! None for me this time... pouting a little.... OK I'm Over it now!! lol I am Happy for everyone who did and Good Luck in the next round!! See you Next time :0)


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4/24/2007 5:08:26 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Yahoo and Congratulations, everybody!! I got three finalists--one was one of my favorite photos (called "Perfect Imperfection"), which I unsuccessfully tried to upload here.

The one I *did* upload didn't get a silver button. So, like so many others, I was a bit surprised by the results.

And it does prove that you never can be absolutely sure what the judges will pick, so "enter soon and often!"

Good luck to everybody in the next round .... :)


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4/24/2007 5:40:59 PM

 
KV Day
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  Congratulations to everyone, all well deserved and good luck on the next round.


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4/24/2007 5:44:32 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  CONGRATULATIONS FINALISTS!!!

Trula & Carol, glad I could provide a laugh :)!

John, I check in on this thread each month but don't post my favorite because I don't want to jinx it ;)!
Actually after deleting a POTD I don't upload extra photos to my gallery anymore.

Good luck next round everyone!


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4/24/2007 6:21:48 PM

 
Lani J
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Simplicity
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FOR CLASS 4
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I got one I forgot that I had re-entered into a different catergory! lol oops! That's what I get for not writing it down.

Congrats finalists! John, I knew that picture was special. Goodluck in the next round.

(ALSO, I apologize for being behind with comments, work has been exceptionally busy. I've been lucky to even get a chance to enter once or twice week. I'll look forward to checking out everyones galleries soon. Hopefully this weekend!) Thanks for the laughs guys -- I'm not gonna stop eating chocolate just cause the finalists came out! :)


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4/24/2007 6:56:55 PM

 
David Pratt
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  COngratulations to all the finalist! Great job. I did get one, my Painted Lab got it. Gonna go have an ice cold beer now.


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4/24/2007 7:00:11 PM

 
Lani J
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  I also forgot to say THANK YOU! Thanks to all the Judges and BP staff.. I know wading through 24000 pictures cannot be an easy feat.

Thanks again .. and goodluck in the next round finalists! :)


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4/24/2007 7:00:52 PM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists!!!!
Good luck everyone!!!!


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4/24/2007 7:02:47 PM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists!!!!
Good luck everyone!!!!


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4/24/2007 7:02:48 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Thank you to all you well-wishers. I can't tell you how much I enjoy everyone's participation in this thread every month. You make the waiting so much fun! Without all of you, it would be lonely--and kind of creepy if I just kept having a conversation with myself. LOL

And again, congratulations to not only the finalists, but to everyone who goes out on a limb and makes--and posts--photos. There are so many fantastic images in this thread, not to mention everyone's galleries!

Thanks again. I really do appreciate it.


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4/24/2007 7:24:14 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  John, the time really flew by while I was waiting and checking in here several times a day to see the new favorites! I had a great time and will be back next time. Thanks for providing the endless chocolate and cocktails and thanks to everyone for all the laughs! And thanks BP for the new facelift of the site and to the judges. I would hate to have to choose from all the great photos that are entered every month! I have trouble even deciding which of my own photos is my favorite (hence my posting of three!) LOL


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4/24/2007 8:58:55 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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  Big congrats to all the finalists !!! WOHOOO my favorite made it :O)


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4/24/2007 9:06:02 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Congradulation's everyone. I wish you all the best in the next round. I want to thank you all for a lot of laugh's today. I look forward to seeing this thread next month.


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4/24/2007 9:19:41 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/4/2006
  Congratulations to all the fantastic photos you all have posted - and extra congrats to the chosen finalists!

My favourite made it and so did 3 more - I am dizzy from all the G&T, sleeplessness and messages from BP!

Good luck in the next round and month!


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4/25/2007 12:02:27 AM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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  Congratulations to all of the finalist. Good Luck in the next round.


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4/25/2007 4:44:50 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2006
  Wooo! Fabulous finalists!!! Congratulations everyone, win, lose or draw! My favorite didn't get picked, but I did have another one that made the cut (Autumn Fading) :)
Thanks to John for continuing the chocolate and cocktails thread! I think I need a coffee with a splash of baileys, as the finalists move on to round #2! Good Luck to you all! I'm amazed once again as I view the images. Awesome work out there!


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4/25/2007 6:22:55 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Congrats to everyone!

No finalist for Jasper this time around.

But I did get three and makes me very happy! (Thank you Judges!!!!)

I'll see you all again this time next month, which is around my birthday so here's hoping that will be extra lucky for me ;-)


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4/25/2007 7:10:42 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I'm already stockpiling cocktails and chocolate for next month...we seem to go through a LOT! LOL

My fingers are perpetually crossed for all of you who are waiting out the next round of announcements, and I'll tell you, that makes it very difficult not to spill.


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4/25/2007 8:30:43 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Theyyyy'rrre heeeerrrre! Winners are out; congratulations everyone who got gold; can't wait to review them in detail later today!


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4/26/2007 4:41:21 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Congrats to all you winners! I'm looking forward to reviewing them, too.

And now, it's time for some perspective:

It's just over 2 1/2 weeks until Cocktails & Chocolate Countdown for April!

I hope to see you then.

--John


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4/26/2007 4:55:56 AM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
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  my congratulations to the well deserved finalists and winners!

John, please get ready for a needy Kat craving chocolate & JD - I won't post my favorites for the month but promise to chatter away with ya'll.

(told ya I'd jinx myself!)lol

in the meantime, I will be out there trying to shoot the best darn images possible!

Kathryn


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4/26/2007 5:03:55 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Kat--I've got my order in already! And as far as what you're doing in the meantime--shooting the best darn images possible--that is exactly what we should always strive toward!


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4/26/2007 7:43:15 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Congratulations to all who won this month! Looking ahead I wish you all good luck next month! In the meantime I'll continue to sip a Pepsi and eat a few chocolates while we wait for John to start the next C&C thread.

Happy Shooting everyone!


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4/26/2007 10:26:35 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  A HUGE congratulations to all the gold winners! Spectacular photos, and a pleasure to view! Next month will be just as impressive, I'm sure! See ya then - same time, same place! Chocolate in one hand, a cocktail in the other :) Good luck, and I can't wait to see everyone's work!!!


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4/27/2007 7:20:24 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I just wanted to remind everyone to make a record of your APRIL contest entries no later than Monday (April 30) so you can remember them for next month's "Cocktails & Cholate" thread. BP will clear your "Current Contest Entries" page Monday night to make way for your May entries.

Enjoy!

--John


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