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John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 

Coctails & Chocolate, Countdown to July '07


 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Napping
Napping
0.6 sec at f/4; Lens 85 f/1.8; ISO 200; Tripod; Natural Light

Our friend Melissa is fostering this puppy, Adzuki. She brought him over one night, and our other friend, Charmaine, played with him until he decided he was ready for a nap. When he fell asleep in her lap, I dashed for my camera and tripod hoping to capture the scene before Adzuki woke up.
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Happy Cocktails & Chocolate Countdown time, everyone! Yup, it’s time once again for the monthly thread that gives us all an opportunity to show off, brag, revel, and hope!

Before we move on, I just wanted to make an announcement.

Due to an overwhelming demand on my time, this will have to be the last Cocktails & Chocolate thread that I initiate. This does not mean, however, that the C&C thread is going away. Far from it. Our good friend Chris B. has graciously agreed to take over--at least in the short term--stewardship of the thread. Chris is a great person and a fantastic photographer. As many of you already know, he's also very knowledgeable about the contest and BP. I think he's a top notch person to carry the torch. Please join me in a round of applause for Chris!

Now, on to the business at hand.

Please jump in and 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.

I know the thread is necessarily going to be a bit different this month because of the fact that we already know which of our photos are in the running and which are not. If you aren’t aware, BP has announced that the Editors’ First Pick awards signify those images that have made it to the next round of judging. The finalists are chosen from the pool of EFPs.

In that spirit, I’m not going to choose my favorite from those images of mine that are “still in the running.” That photo this month is “Napping.” I was hesitant to select this image because I didn’t want to have another animal photo this month. However, I like it a bunch and, well, it still has a chance.

As always, I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has been shooting. Each month I get excited anew over all the fantastic work that shows up in our humble little thread. Even though I’m not going to be starting the thread from here on out, I am still going to stop by and contribute.

Like always, just to help everyone along, I'm adding some uploading tips that Chris B. kindly prepared for us a while back. I think it helps a lot of people, and it would be convenient to have it right here at the top of the post:

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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 yet entered an image into the contest for the day, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull a single, pre-existing image from your Gallery, into this thread. (ie, no need for a duplicate upload!) Be sure to go to your Member Center and write down the Photo ID# in question. Then come to this thread, hit Respond, choose "1" from the drop-down of how many images you wish to attach, and on the next screen, populate the "Photo ID" box at the far right. No need to fill in any of the other fields on the screen.

3) If you HAVE already made a contest for the day before you came to this thread, you cannot use the Photo ID method, and you will have to upload a new copy (from your PC) of your "favorite image" in order to include it in this thread. It will result in a "duplicate" image 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 max. on display.)

4) Many folks title their freshly-uploaded/duplicate copy (for this thread) something like "July Fav" so that in your Member Center, it stands out from the original upload... and add "Original displayed in my Gallery" in the description.

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

6) Make a record of all your current-month Contest Entries at the end of each month; on the last day of the month, BP will reset your "Current Entries" page in your Member Center, to make way for your entries in the next month's contest. The record of entries (say, for May's entries) will make it easier to determine your favorite, when we start this thread next month.

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And so, thank you for all the fun these past several months. I’ve truly enjoyed my involvement in this thread. I look forward to being a part of it in a different way.

And now…it’s show time, folks!

--John


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8/15/2007 8:26:54 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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Hi John,

You done a super job being the leader but I can image it takes alot of time. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job on the thread.

I have four favorites this month one in Digital Darkroom, monthly theme, animal and travel and place.


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8/15/2007 9:15:02 AM

 
Stephanie D. Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/20/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   kitty close-up
kitty close-up
used my red chair as the b/g. I tried smoothing it out. how did I do? After staring at it for a long time it's hard to tell anymore. LOL!
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Hi John, great pic! nice framin. I'm so sorry to hear you won't be hosting us again. You were great at it! I'll miss you, but I know Chris will do a great job too. Here is a favortie of mine.


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8/15/2007 9:17:58 AM

 
Stephanie D. Moon
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   lil' trav-ler
lil' trav-ler
another one from yesterday's short session with my son. Used Christy Nichol's Color Wash action.
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And another. . . .


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8/15/2007 9:21:46 AM

 
Irene M. Biery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/25/2006
 
 
 
I hope that I can upload these right....

Here are two that I am really proud of!

irene


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8/15/2007 10:04:01 AM

 
Irene M. Biery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/25/2006
 
 
 
I hope that I can upload this right....

Here is one that I am really proud of!

irene


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8/15/2007 10:07:59 AM

 
Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
 
 
 
Thank you so much for taking the time in the past to host this thread. I looked forward to it each month! Chris will do a great job too!

Here is my favorite for last month. Good luck to everyone and again thank you John!!!


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8/15/2007 10:08:12 AM

 
Irene M. Biery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/25/2006
 
 
  ~Nicole & Derek2~
~Nicole & Derek2~
Another photo from Nikki and Dereks engagement shoot. Portrait setting, natural light. Cropped out hotspots from the sky, adjusted levels and contrast, converted to B&W. If you can think of a title to any of my untitled photos feel free to let me know what you think!
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I hope that I can upload this right....

Here is one that I am really proud of!

irene

sorry the first one isnt even in a contest....

here is the right one (i hope)


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8/15/2007 10:08:58 AM

 
Irene M. Biery
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/25/2006
  Wooohoooo I did it!


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8/15/2007 10:12:31 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   father&son
father&son
attack and defense-action and reaction
cat MT Interactions o9o9o8

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  Taekwondoka
Taekwondoka

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  A purrfect day
A purrfect day

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Hi Folks :o)

First of all a big Thank you to John for hosting this thread so superbly in the last months..I can imagine it's a lot of work :o)

I do have a question!! I was scrolling through those EFP discussions but I did not find the statement of BP ... can someone paste the link to me ?? Thanks :o)

and finally here are my three favourites (I can't decide...lolll)of the last month...

Good luck to all of you !! :o)


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8/15/2007 10:24:32 AM

 
Hayley H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2007
 
 
 
First of all I think that we should give a big round of applause to you John! You've done an excellen job on this, it is definitley something that I look forward to for every month! So thank you and you will be missed.

I'm posting a picture that I have put into a contest before but I placed it into a different catagory!
Heres hoping!


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8/15/2007 10:36:58 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Untitled
Untitled
EF100, f/11, 1/30th Second, -ISO 100, 2/3ev, RAW, tripod
A boss stone in the vaulted ceiling of the "Women's Porch" (the north entrance to Washington National Cathedral.)
Sepia toning, Hue adjustments, Diffuse and slight grain applied in RAW Converter & PSE2.
07/07 Finalist; DD

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Hi folks... some nice photos showing up here, as usual! I cannot believe it is the 15th already.

July's entries were mostly resubmits for me, so I am picking my one favorite, from the few "fresh" images I managed to enter.

John, thank you so much for initiating this fun thread over the past months! I was so glad when you graciously took over from SharonD; this recurring thread has a good deal of accumulated history behind it now, at BP. It is a great monthly thread, and a very entertaining way to pass the 'anxious' time we all feel, until Finalists arrive.
I don't think I can fill your shoes as a reviewer & commentator on every single photo, but I'll certainly keep the thread going...


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8/15/2007 10:57:00 AM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Self Portrait in Sepia
Self Portrait in Sepia
People July 2007
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So sorry to see you leaving as host John. But I know Chris will do a fantastic job :-)

Here is my favorite from last month, only because it was a lot of work involved. It took about 200 photos to get a decent shot with the focus right. And then tons of photoshoping to make myself look better. So this will be my last SP for quite a while :-)


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8/15/2007 11:34:26 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Kerby--Thanks for checking in. I've always enjoyed your photos of Keskia, and it's no wonder she's modeling now! As for your pix, those eyes really make the photo in "Echo Kitty." Keshia's poise certainly shines through in the photo with her puppy--a good monthly theme shot to be sure. "Golden Horn" works on a variety of levels and is nicely done. And "Canoe..." is a great representation of tranquility and relaxation! Nice work.

Stephanie--It's so good to see you back. I like the fact that you used the chair for a background in the "Kitty Close-Up" photo. That red really pops. I like the expression you caught, too. "Lil' Trav-ler" has a nostalgic, timeless feel that works so nicely. The comp is right on in that one. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne--Thanks for your well wishes. Unfortunately, your pic got lost in the ether. I'll look for it soon.

Irene--It's always a pleasure to see you here! I've loved the whole engagement series, and this one is no exception. You were definately able to convey their love and commitment through your photographs. Nicely done!

Sylvia--Thank you for posting, these are great. I like the frozen action in "Father & Son" as well as the dramatic lighting. The light and colors in "Taekwondoka" are also great. Those clouds are a nice compliment to the model. And I really like the soft light and dreamy quality of "...Day." A fine job all around! As for the BP statement on the EFPs, if you click on the "Resources" menu, go to "help," select ""Website/miscellaneous," then select "What are the Editor's Picks," you'll get this statement:
"The "Editor's Picks" are simply contest entries that have moved on from round 1 of the contest judging. These images are found to be interesting, eye-catching or beautiful to the judges. In the past, if you wanted to find new photos for discussion, you might go to "New Arrivals" or "Current Contest Entries". The problem with that, though, is that this group is global and unedited - everything being uploaded to BP. The "Editor's Picks" gives you a selection of photos that will continue to the next round of judging. They are updated weekly." I hope that helps!

Hayley--Now that's one heck of an action/sunset shot! The comp is perfect, and the way you captured those grains of sand really gives it zing. Nice work!

Chris--Again, I want to thank you, my friend, for jumping in. I know you will be beloved by all! The comp on this one is fab, as is the level of detail you captured. The subtle color palette works so well with the subject. It's easy to see why it's one of your favs!

Susan--It's always so much fun to see the photographers in FRONT of the camera! I really like this SP a whole bunch. The selective coloring of your eye is nicely done. And your comp is great! I love the use of the fan...it adds a whisp of mystery! And your suggestion of a smile is perfect here! Great job!


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8/15/2007 12:27:43 PM

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

I see alot of wonderful shots here... Good luck everyone...

And thank you John for doing this thread every month... You have done a wonderful job and I will miss it... But, Chris was a good choice for you to make...

My favorite of July is...


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8/15/2007 1:49:08 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Sylvia, that is an absolutely stunning image you have in "Father&Son"


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8/15/2007 1:49:32 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
 
 
  Burnin' Rat: C&C thread
Burnin' Rat: C&C thread
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I did not post much last month, due to work constraints.
Here are my two favorites, the basketball shot is a resubmit. I made some adjusts to it by running it through NeatImage to get rid of the noise, then adjusting the saturation levels and cropping a hair more.
As you may or may not know, I tend to stay away from a lot of digital manipulation. Not that I can't do it but because my reputation as a PJ mandates I don't do it.
The rat rod photo is one of the few photos I've "worked over". The version that appeared in the my newspaper was much different.
I cloned out another car and people in the background, along with an elbow that was sticking out of the passenger window before solarizing the whole thing. Solarizing was always one of my favorite things to do in a darkroom, its made much faster and easier with digital.
Good luck everyone.


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8/15/2007 1:59:32 PM

 
Wendy P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2006
 
 
 
I think I submitted almost every decent picture I took over the summer in the July contest, so it's rather hard for me decide which one(s) to post. However, like I predicted, I haven't been able to pick up my camera in about a month now, so if I don't get cracking, I won't have anything to display for August!!


I have two favorites actually that have a bit of sentimental value. The first is Reflections, which are 3 peach roses my husband gave me on my birthday last year....just hours after I called him and told him I wrecked his Camaro. :)

The second is Gracie. My half Maine Coon who generally loves the camera but decided during this photo shoot, she'd had enough. You can tell by the lovely evil eye she gave me.

Wonderful pictures again this month everyone and best of luck!!!


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8/15/2007 2:37:10 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Blissfully Rough'n It
Blissfully Rough'n It
Trail Ride through Bryce Canyon, Utah. 14mm,F4.5, iso 50. I took this image while hiking through the canyon. Hand held camera.
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  Raindrops keep falling on my head
Raindrops keep falling on my head
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John, thanks for your effort on this thread. I have enjoyed it & look forward to it. Even though being a bp member for a while, I just started reading the forum a few months ago & look forward to this thread.

I am so thankful to Chris for taking over the time consuming task.

Thanks guys.

Here was my submission for the monthly theme.
Also, my macro entry which does not have an editors pick but has always been one of my favorites.


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8/15/2007 3:06:41 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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  Heron Parking Only
Heron Parking Only
I was just testing my new lens out, so I wasn't really paying attention to the background.
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  Tulip Sunshine
Tulip Sunshine
This is a redo of a prior image. I was playing around with Noiseware and liked the soft effect I achieved.
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OK, I am going to try again here. No that I am home I should have better luck. I should know not to do that kind of thing at work, but I can't help it. This thread and this site is addictive!!!

Here goes....


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8/15/2007 3:53:04 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  July fav.    For forum only
July fav. For forum only
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John, thanks for hosting this thread and for all your wonderful comments. I know it must have taken alot of your time. Even though Chris is taking over and will do a great job, I hope you will still contribute to the thread. It wouldn't be the same without you................

Here's my fav. for July. Everyone has great images, as usual. Good luck to all....


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8/15/2007 4:24:41 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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First off, John, I hope you don't go too far away from us! Personally, I enjoy your commentary and encouragement. In general, we all appreciate your time. I know it must take up some extra time that you now need. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Secondly, here are two of my favorites from July. Good luck everyone! If what I've seen posted here so far has all been entered, then we've all got some great competition! :O)


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8/15/2007 5:32:41 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Military Drill
Military Drill
Demonstration at a historic military fort.

(I was also on my knee shooting...) :)
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John, thanks for all the attention you've given to this thread over the past several months. Chris, here's looking forward to some great months ahead.

Here's my favorite for the past month...


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8/15/2007 6:54:27 PM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
the eyes have it~
the eyes have it~
animals 09/07
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Well another Month and another Favorite!!! Awesome images as always everyone!! Here is my favorite!!!


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8/15/2007 6:59:58 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
 
 
 
First off, John, thank you for all of the work that you put in to keep this thread alive when you took it over from Sharon. You did a wonderful job and you will be missed as our leader!

Second, Chris, I'm truly looking forward to a wonderful ride with you at the helm of this great thread! I'm very happy that you are John's successor!

OK...as for my favorite shot. It is #1 of a series of Chicago Window shots.


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8/15/2007 8:52:22 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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I like this thread because I get to see images that I have missed throughout the past month. It’s also a wonderful chance to revisit some of my favorite Photographers favorites. I make game of it and choose a favorite from some of the members to see how they will place in the judging. We also do this every month on the PG101 group. It’s interesting to see the difference between what the members pick as their favorites and what the photographers picks as his/he favorite.

I personally think the Monthly Theme is the hardest category to win in because who the heck knows exactly what the Judges will feel best represents the Theme Title. It’s so subjective, I set myself up for disappoint every month I enter that category. It will be a real surprise to see what the judges pick to best represent; Bliss. Have a look at all the wonderful entries…a lot of great shots in there. I also see disappointment on the horizon for many. Yet I fall prey to enter that category yet again. I have never won anything in that category so I guess that is why I continue to punish myself.

My favorite this month was entered in the Monthly Theme.


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8/16/2007 12:26:03 AM

 
Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Hello stranger
Hello stranger
1/320 f/9 70mm.

From Blåvand Zoo in Denmark
EFP

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Well let's see if I get my first finalist ever this month :-)

Good luck to everyone.


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8/16/2007 1:44:47 AM

 
Carol Teal
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Cycle Of Life
Cycle Of Life
The Lotus -from seed to flower to a dried pod with seeds that drop out and begin the cycle again.
F5, 1/320, ISO 100, 150mm. Flood added, and I used Xero SuperSmooth to smooth the background just a little. I almost entered this in flowers, but it doesn't look much like a flower now so I entered it in Catch-all.

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It's that time again, and with the number of entries for July as quoted by Christopher, I bet we are in for a long wait and lots of C&C. John, I hate to see you leave as our host. I really enjoy reading all your comments on the photos each month, although I am sure that is quite time-consuming, but is such a nice extra! Chris, I look forward to continuing on each month with you as the new host.

While I have three favs (seems I always do), I will just post two. The third is Blissful Awakening (for the theme) http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=4174268
I tried to choose one of the two, but couldn't.


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8/16/2007 2:30:51 AM

 
Carol Teal
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Lakebed Treasures
Lakebed Treasures
F4.1, 1/1000, ISO 100, 96mm, taken in Citrus County Fl at a lake during the drought. This part is usually underwater, but the lake was down at least 10 feet. Used colored pencil effect in Microsoft Digital Image Editor.
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As usual, I forgot to enter 2 when it asks how many images you want to add, so here is the 2nd.


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8/16/2007 2:33:57 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Hi All! Well I was late to the party in June and July for the best of reasons--I was traveling and enjoying my vacation. Vacation's over--today's my first day back at school with the students. The favorite I am choosing to enter in this thread is one of those with a missing EFP button. I was so pleased to get one for this image, even though it didn't last long. I guess I like this image because I think it's both ordinary and unusual at the same time and because the editing I did (original is in discussion) was pretty complicated for me.
As always, I am enjoying seeing everyone's favorites and look forward to celebrating with many of you in a couple of weeks.


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8/16/2007 4:08:36 AM

 
Taylor 
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Behind the Leaves
Behind the Leaves
I slightly increased the brightness and contrast.
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I entered this photo on the last day of July and I think it might be my favorite for the month.


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8/16/2007 8:33:14 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Here are my July Favorites....Thanks John for your work on this thread!

Leslie


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8/16/2007 9:40:21 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Oops, did not read Johns instructions really well so I uploaded duplicates instead! Well they were lucky enough to get EFP buttons, although I did have one dissapear again this month, not one of these three though....so I hope at least one makes it to the next round.

I was happy to have 12 out of 29 photos get EFPs this month. But best of all, I am having fun making pictures!

Good luck everyone!

Leslie


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8/16/2007 9:59:06 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fire In The Sky
Fire In The Sky

*Digital Darkroom*
© Donna La Mattino Pagakis
divinelovephotograph...
Olympus Camedia C-...

 
 
Hi everyone, I came across this thread yesterday and wanted to join in. I love sharing with all of you here a BetterPhoto. It is such a great way to learn.

This month I had some fun with gradients and layers. It is something new for me so I wanted to share this image.

Thanks to all of you for your constant inspiration and support!!! And thank you to John for starting this. It looks like a great way to share your thoughts!!

Donna


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8/16/2007 10:39:21 AM

 
John Caruso
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  I've stolen a few spare moments...but only a few, but I'd like to check in. I see so many fantastic photos (again!) this month. I know we're going to see a lot of silver and gold.

Anyway, let's take a look:

Kara--Another beautiful portrait of your beautiful model! I particularly like the tilt of her head in this one.

Kai--I agree, it IS a cool tip-off shot! I love the colors and the POV in that one. Your work on "Burnin' Rat" really paid off. I love the final product!

Wendy--What a great story to accompany that beautiful photo! I just adore your handling of the reflection. Gracie is a gorgeous cat. I just love Maine Coons...ours of 16 years just passed away about 8 months ago. You've captured a fantastic expression here!

Mary--I'm glad you're here! You've done a great job conveying the sense of scale in "Blissfully...." I like the way the line of riders meanders through the photo. "Raindrops..." is hilariously titled, and a fantastic macro!

Suzanne--Now you're cookin'! That heron shot is so funny! Talk about right time and right place! "Tulip..." is a perfect comp, in my opinion. And I just love those colors!

Sherry--To answer, I just love commenting on all these photos! Even though it does take some time, it's always delightful to be able to spend a few moments with such great photographs. I just love Your July Fav! The tones you've achieved work so well. I just want to look at it for hours!

Cheri--I am glad it will be going on and on, and, yes, the months do indeed fly by!

Michelle--I will still pop in each month, and I know this thread is going to continue to be one of my favorite BP features! "The Other Side" is just a delight for the eyes with all those bright colors! It feels so light and airy. I can see why that tree is your favorite, and I can see why this photo is also one of your favorites! The backlighting works so well here.

Rob--Great to see you back! The decision to go with a long, horizontal crop worked so well! It really emphasizes the lines and the flow of the photo. Nice work!

Michelle--The eyes DEFINITELY have it in this one! What a great photo of a beautiful owl! I applaud you!

Margie--It's always a pleasure to see you here! Thanks for your kind words. Sadly, as you already noticed I'm sure, your photo didn't make it through. That just means that you get to post again, LOL!

Les--Hello my friend! I am always excited to take a look at your work. This one, I feel, is a fantastic representation of the monthly theme. Yes, judging the theme can be quite subjective, but I think you've got all the elements going on in this one!

Philip--Glad you joined us! Your comp here is so much fun! The simplicity of the face against the sky is counterpointed by all that's going on with that hair! Nice work.

Carol--Thanks for your well wishes! I'm glad your back for another round. I like your work on "Cycle...." It's a nice interpretation! Your use of effects on "Lakebed..." really create a whole new image! Nice work all around!

Nikki--First off, welcome back from vacation. I'm sure we're going to see a whole slew of winners coming from it! B/W is a great choice for this photo, I feel. It gives us an opportunity to absorb the story going on. Very nicely done!

Taylor--I like how one doesn't even see the cat at first, but then he just seems to appear! I like your choice of putting the focus on the leaves and not the cat, allowing us that discovery!

Leslie--That look on her face and that whisper of a smile tell me there's a lot of story going on with her! I just love what you were able to capture there! "Nose..." is a shot that just exudes action! And "Curiosity" is a fantastic moment caught. The juxtaposition of the child and the cows makes me smile!

Donna--Welcome to our humble little corner of BP! I'm so glad you found us. Your experimentations with this one really produced a compelling photo! I also love the line created by the pier as it pulls us deep into the photo. What a great job!


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8/16/2007 1:25:16 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Sorry to see you hang up your hat, John!

Big welcome, Chris! I know you'll do a great job of starting the thread. You are the one that used to remind me when it was time LOL. I came close to fogetting a couple of times so I always appreciated the reminder.

I have 3 favorites, but will only share one. IF any of mine make it to finalist stage I think this one has the best chance, but what do I know? I can't buy a finalist anymore :o)! Just kidding, I didn't really buy the ones in the past ;)!



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8/16/2007 5:33:23 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Hi everyone :0) Awesome entries as always GOOD LUCK to you!!
John you have been the best, sad to see you go but I certainly understand, so here Have a Cocktail/Chocolate ITS ON ME whatever you want!! and Chris I applaud you for taking it on!!! :0)
Here is one of my Favs


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8/16/2007 7:45:03 PM

 
Karma Wilson
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Another in my hand series...a young couple wanted me to take some couple shots. I requested this one for my files. :)

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Okay, I'll jinx it and tell you all my favorite. I have a thing for taking pics of hands, and this one in particular I love for the lines, color, and contrast and the boy wearing the jewelry! I think it's different for a hand shot.

K...


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8/16/2007 10:27:21 PM

 
Karma Wilson
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  Gorgeous entries everybody! What a talented bunch here. No wonder I don't win much! The competition is too stiff.

K...


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8/16/2007 10:31:16 PM

 
Sisterlisa B
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This was the first photo of mine that I noticed and EP button on. I'm hoping it will reach at least the finalist round.


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8/16/2007 10:52:57 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Alright, Lisa's naming mixed drinks, and it isn't even the 20th yet! ;) Woohoo!! Great way to beat the heat, in my view!


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8/17/2007 6:32:41 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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John, you are correct. My photo didn't make it into the thread. I've been having some troubles uploading to different sites. Let's try today...


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8/17/2007 6:37:45 AM

 
Sisterlisa B
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  LOL Christopher! My daughter mentions to a friend of mine, "Doesn't it resemble ised tea?" and she says hesitantly begins to say no, when I whispered "Long Island Iced Tea" and she laughed YES! Funny thing Is I quit drinking YEARS ago, but that was one of my fav drinks. ;O)


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8/17/2007 6:40:58 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Sharon--I loved that goat pic the first time I saw it! And I'm right behind you in that line to buy a finalist. Too bad the window closed before we got up there, eh? LOL!

Datha--I appreciate your very kind offer! I'll start with one of my signature desert-dry Martinis. But I'll probably move on to wild and kitschy Tiki drinks before the night's out! This photo is a fantatic capture. Your hanlding of the light and color is perfect. I'm sure you'll have some big success with this one.

Karma--Good so see you again! You realy nailed this one! Not only is your DOF great, but all the elements you liked combine to make for a fab photo! Nice job!

Lisa--Your comp is right on with this one. I can see why it was an EFP! And, of course, the Long Island Iced Tea reference fits in so perfectly here! Great work!

Chris--Is that the shishity-shish of yor cocktail shakers I hear...?

Margie--Bingo! You made it. I just love the lines/shapes/patterns you've got here. There is so much going on yet you've been able to give it a sense of control and order. Well done!


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8/17/2007 12:16:58 PM

 
Diane Davis  
 
 
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Both my favorites were in the monthly theme. I love this one of my daughter in her little pool, although it didn't get an EFP.
The dog is our friends dog Ben, and he came with us for a ride that day. He was so content sitting there with the wind in his fur, so I leaned out the window and snapped a few frames.

Thanks John for hosting!!


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8/17/2007 3:00:22 PM

 
David Pratt
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This is looking down at the left field seats from the Green Monster.

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Hello everyone and happy Friday! Yahoo, time to mix up some cocktails, sit back and relax. John, thanks so much for keeping this thread going, I am sure it is in good hands with Chris. Here are my two pics for this month. The first is the left field seats at Fenway Park, looking down from the Green Monster, the second is a rowboat on the beach at Scarboro Beach in RI.


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8/17/2007 4:28:19 PM

 
Wendy P
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  I thought about this forum today as I eyed the multiple Kahlua flavors down the liquor aisle at Walmart. Remembering that me and alcohol don't mix anymore especially in this heat (98 degrees today with heat indexes spiking 108+ all week). So, I will have to live vicariously through all of you!!

John, my deepest apologies for not saying this before. I have a bad habit of posting before I read and I just want to say thank you for being a gracious host. Your comments on the pictures are very encouraging even for those of us who pretty much know we won't be a finalist.

Chris, good luck!! I know you will do a fantastic job when it's time for you to take over.


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8/17/2007 5:22:51 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "John, my deepest apologies for not saying this before. I have a bad habit of posting before I read and I just want to say thank you for being a gracious host. Your comments on the pictures are very encouraging even for those of us who pretty much know we won't be a finalist."

Ditto! You've done a great job, John! I would NEVER have even tried to comment so graciously on every single photo submitted to the thread! You've done an awesome job of hosting.


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8/17/2007 6:36:20 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Although I've never participated in this thread, I have scanned it from time to time. And I know the amount of work John must do, to personally comment on each photo, and give folks a warm, kind remark. Best of luck to you, John. And I also know Chris--he'll do fine, but has big shoes to fill!


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8/17/2007 6:49:10 PM

 
Sisterlisa B
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  Thank you so much John. I look forward to participating in this thread after my busy weekend is over. I just finalized photos and a slide show for our non profit recovery home banquet presentation. I have a big weekend ahead of me.


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8/17/2007 7:48:11 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  Well, I've noticed others adding more than one favorite, so I'll add another hopeful of mine. It's actually a resub from last year sometime that I thought I'd give another chance.

Now I'm off to pick up a fresh supply of dark Belgian chocolate, and maybe a nice fancy cocktail shaker for special occasions, such as this thread.


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8/18/2007 11:28:26 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
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Well, I've noticed others adding more than one favorite, so I'll add another hopeful of mine. It's actually a resub from last year sometime that I thought I'd give another chance.

Now I'm off to pick up a fresh supply of dark Belgian chocolate, and maybe a nice fancy cocktail shaker for special occasions, such as this thread.


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8/18/2007 11:28:33 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
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I guess that didn't work...I'll try it again.

I need a drink.


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8/18/2007 11:31:39 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Too funny Rob!!!


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8/18/2007 11:36:12 AM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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John we are going to miss but I know that Chris will do a great job as well. What are we drinking tonight Chris? As with every month there are so many awesome images here. Good luck to everyone. Here are two of my favs for July.


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8/18/2007 5:26:33 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Outstanding submissions by everyone.

Just when will the finalists be announced? I'm getting restless here with my diet coke & chocolate!
I'm turning 50 at the end of the week, all I want for my b-day is a finalist! lol........


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8/19/2007 5:21:42 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Tamera, I dunno about you, but I'm enjoying my favorite, dirty martinis, tonite. Forgive any typos, as I had 2 with dinner, in celebration of my birthday today, before my friends dropped me back home! ;)

Mary, I'm afraid you have a little time, yet... Generally, the Finalists are announced sometime around the 24th or so, with Winners a few days after.


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8/19/2007 5:52:20 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Happy Birthday, Christopher!


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8/19/2007 6:06:31 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Happy Birthday Chris! You deserve a couple Martinis. I'll give one a try with two olives please. LOL.


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8/19/2007 6:22:38 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Happy birthday Chris! Glad you are enjoying your day!


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8/19/2007 6:24:39 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Well, Chris, from one Leo to another, Happy Birthday Big Cat!!!


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8/19/2007 7:44:12 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  A big happy birthday, Chris!!!


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8/19/2007 8:25:54 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Have a super evening Chris!!!! Happy Birthday!! You have a great gallery!!


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8/19/2007 8:26:56 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Happy Birthday Chris!


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8/19/2007 10:10:14 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Hello everyone. Sorry to see you go John, I always love reading the kind comment's you leave everyone. You are a special person to take all that on, and think Chris was a good choice to follow in your footsteps and think he will do you proud. Thanks for all the kind comment's you have given my photo's I have relly appriciated them alot.

Here is three of MANY again. I had 14 EFP, 7 of which were all of my sunflower series (2 disappearing), couldn't decide on a favorite of them as I loved them all.
One photo of my fireworks in the DDR news letter so hoping one does something.
One of my favorite's is my Country Beauty, which also made a POTD at photographyvoice.com, so this one is my hopeful.
My Butterfly on Water's Edge is really another favorite as butterfly's remind me of my grandma.
My singing Praises is a flower I did for Carol Teal for her B.day, and Congrat's f or last month finalist's.

EVERYONE'S photo's are so awsome once again, I wish you ALL the VERY BEST OF LUCK!!!
Been having server problem's so I hope this works.
OH, Happy belated B.day Chris!!!


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8/20/2007 12:16:02 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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AH, it want's me to enter one into the contest, I will wait until I enter today's.


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8/20/2007 12:23:57 AM

 
Grace Watts
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Hi, I've never posted in this thread before. Here is my favorite for last month. It is my second try with this one, my bazillionth try for that elusive finalist!


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8/20/2007 4:53:29 AM

 
Robert Baer
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john
i am not consistent about participating but I always read this thread. thank you for doing such a wonderful job as host for this site. I know it took alot of energy and time. Good luck in all of your photographic journeys! Justin


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8/20/2007 6:32:44 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Thanks for the birthday wishes, folks! It was a great day, and today when I arrived at the office, my cubicle neighbor had run crepe paper streamers from the ceiling to the perimeter walls of my cube, and filled the whole thing with balloons to about 5' deep! (Needless to say, I'm working at another desk right now ;)


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8/20/2007 6:59:22 AM

 
John Caruso
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  First off, I want to thank each and every one of you for your very warm wishes! I can't tell you how much it means to me to hear all your kind words about the thread. I am going to miss my "deep" involvement in it each month, but I will certainly be around to see all of your fantastic photos. Again, I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful words!

But now, the photos:

Diane--The photo of the dog is perfectly composed! I just love the simplicity of the image and the complexity of the story you've presented! The expression you captured on your daughter's face is just wonderful! I love the feeling that is popping from this photo!

David--I love the photo of the seats. First off, those colors are fab, and the lines/angle/patterns you've captured create a very compelling image. The row boat photo is interesting in it's starkness. That rim of red against the white of the boat and sand really makes it for me!

Wendy--I have to tell you that I am not built for heat, so that weather you've described sounds just awful to me! I have to admit that my favorite weather is mid 40s and rainy. I know I'm in a distinct minority because of it, but I just can't get enough of that!

Sharon--We wouldn't have a thread at all if it wasn't for you! Thanks for getting this whole crazy ball rolling in the first place!

Ken--Thanks for popping in. I snuck a peek at your gallery and I really like what you do. Perhaps you could toss a pic into the fray at some point....

Lisa--It sure does sound like you had a busy weekend. I hope all went gloriously well for you! I'm looking forward to seeing your fav for this month.

Rob--As long as you got your cocktail and your chocolate, you're ahead of the game, LOL! Perhaps once the gremlins are out of the system you can give it another go. I know I'm going to love what you post!

Tamera--It's always a pleasure to see you here! Your photos this month are two more examples of your excellent work! Those dew-drops on the purple flower are so succulent. The detail and color just leap from the screen! The subtle effects on the second one are great. I love the way the flower plays off of that background color. Your comp, too, works very nicely. Great job as always!

Mary--A very happy birthday to you! As Chris said, it could be any day. The 24th sounds good to me.

Chris--I want to wish you the happiest of birthdays, my friend! In my opinion, you should continue your birthday celebration until the finalists are announced, LOL!

Nancy--You've got something special with those sunflower photos, that's for sure. I went over to your gallery to just scout around and, as always, I really like what you've entered for the month. I know you're going to shine come medal time!

Grace--First of all, thank you so much for joining our humble thread! I hope you have a great time, not only this month but in the months to come. As for your photo, I just love it! Everything is working for me in this one. The colors are fantastic, and the comp is perfect! I love the visual tension you created by leading the eye with the bench right through the picture from frame left until we are presented with the girl. But once the eye stops there, we notice she is looking off right, encouraging us to wonder what is going on. Fantastic work!

Justin--You're always welcome, that's for sure! I really like your framing here. The sweep of the wing and the repeating geometric patterns are great. Those clouds, too, are a delight. On top of everything else, you've got those red engines. Very nice work.

Chris (again)--Sounds like a hoot!


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8/20/2007 8:57:17 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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OK, I will try and load three of my favorite's again, and THANKS John for the ever so kind comment!


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8/20/2007 12:51:56 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Belated Happy Birthday, Chris!

Is it too early to predict when they'll make the announcement? Anyone have thoughts as to when they think the finalists will appear?


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8/20/2007 1:01:47 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  Hi Sharon, I am HOPING for the 24th, as it is my husband's and I 22 yr anniversary. Would be a nice present for me to get my first finalist on that day!

GREAT photo's and GOOD LUCK once again EVERYBODY!


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8/20/2007 1:29:39 PM

 

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Thank you John for all your time and effort here. You will be very missed but I hope you'll still pop in next month and share your favorite with us too. I haven't been real active this summer but here's my favorite hopeful this month.


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8/20/2007 2:57:38 PM

 

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  Thank you John for all your time and effort here. You will be very missed but I hope you'll still pop in next month and share your favorite with us too.
Best of luck to everyone! There are always so many wonderful shots in this thread alone.


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8/20/2007 3:02:28 PM

 
Hayley H
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Well Happy birthday Chris! I can't wait until you start leading this thread, you have some AMAZING pictures, and, I'm sure, loads of advice and encouragement!
While we wait I thought that I would show another one of my favourites for this month. It didn't get a Editors Pick, but its still one of my favourites, and I'd like to show it off!
-Hayley


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8/20/2007 6:34:56 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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Just got back from the amusement park with the family. Thought I would try again to add another hopeful. It is a resub, one of my favorites from last year.


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8/20/2007 8:34:00 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I think the 24th sounds good, but being it falls on a Friday, I am doubting that will be the day. They usually announce the winners 2 days later which would make them have to come out on Sunday if the finalists come out on Friday, and I have never seen an announcement yet on Sunday, although I think Chris' record keeping does show they have announced on a Sunday before. I am thinking Monday the 27th because of the huge number of entries for July. Of course, this is all just pure speculation on my part! :D


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8/20/2007 10:12:45 PM

 
Crystal E. Berryman
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  I wanted to wish everyone good luck in this month's contest. There are so many beautiful photos on BP, I wouldn't want to be the one judging. I truly believe BP is a 24-7 classroom and I feel so lucky to view such fantasic works.
Be safe.
Chris


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8/21/2007 12:06:09 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Phew--I'm late to the party! John, thanks so much for being such a great host for this thread. Chris, thank you for taking up the helm. (Happy belated birthday, too!)

Mary, I got my first finalists on my 50th birthday in January--here's hoping you have the same good luck!

Amazingly good photos, everybody! It'll take me a bit to upload a favorite ... have to find it on a disc, and it's 1:15 am PDT already. I just wanted to poke my head in and say "save me a martini--and some chocolate truffles!" :D


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8/21/2007 1:15:00 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Nancy--Here we go. "Country Beauty" is indeed that! Those colors are just great! I really like the flowing field just peeking out in the background. "Butterfly..." is a great piece of effects work. I really like the light manipulation and the reflection. "Singing..." has a cool POV and the colors, of course, jump off the screen. Nice work!

Sharon--I'll say they come out shortly after we've all been "over-served" due to the long wait, LOL!

Trula--Thanks for thinking of me! As you've probably noticed, your photo evaporated into the ether. I can't wait to see which is your fav this month.

Hayley--I love the POV here. I also really like the expression you captured. It's a fine photo of a fine looking dog!

Rob--So you've gone from one roller coaster to this one, eh? LOL! I love the color and tones in this one. And that silhouetted tree is perfectly placed in frame. Great work!

Crystal (Chris)--Thanks for popping in. I know what you mean: it must be a monster job judging all these fantastic photos!

Colleen--As long as we're still here, you're never late! Have a beverage and relax. *Shisha-shisha-chakka-chakka* Here's the Martini you ordered!


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8/21/2007 8:27:24 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Put down your drinks.

Step away from the chocolate.

Repeat the finalist chant after me:


Ham bone, ham bone, lucky lucky ham bone!


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8/21/2007 8:48:30 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  <-- Still at work, so no drinks here... but enjoying Hershey's Special Dark Nuggets with Almonds... :)


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8/21/2007 10:20:50 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--NOW it feels like a countdown thread! LOL!


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8/21/2007 11:06:33 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Hi All

Trying to stay awake by re-reading this thread and looking at the fantastic pictures here. Another good crop. My 14 daugher (the one in the Pretty in Pink Portrait above in this thread) broke her wrist yesterday and we spent all evenening and most of this morning at the ER getting it set. So I am waiting for my mom to pick up the three year old and then I am going to have a nice lunch, a beer followed by a chocolate brownie then I am going back to bed!

Hang in there all!

Leslie


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8/21/2007 11:24:34 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  I wondered where Kai was with his chicken and pig! LOL I love this thread!

We are doing corn on the cob, and shrimp on the grill tonight. I plan to have something sinfully chocolate for dessert! The bottle of Asti Spumate is already open! :O))))

Anyone else?


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8/21/2007 11:37:52 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Leslie--I sure hope your daughter is feeling better very, very soon! Here's wishing her a speedy and pain-free recovery!


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8/21/2007 1:48:18 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Michelle--If you're pourin' I'm drinkin', LOL!


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8/21/2007 1:48:58 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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Hi everyone. I just want to check in and say hello. I am going to try to attach an image or two here if I can from my BP gallery page. My "real" computer had a hard drive crash...got all the data off, but it is being repaired and I am using a tiny computer that has no room for large files, etc.


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8/21/2007 5:09:23 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  Little Trouper
Little Trouper
Just for this thread.
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  Noble Spoonbill
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Just for the thread.
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Hi everyone. I just want to check in and say hello. I am going to try to attach an image or two here if I can from my BP gallery page. My "real" computer had a hard drive crash...got all the data off, but it is being repaired and I am using a tiny computer that has no room for large files, etc.


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8/21/2007 5:10:04 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2005
  Wow...I got these off my external drive...never have done that before!!


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8/21/2007 5:15:53 PM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 
 
 
Hello everyone! Although I have not participated I have really enjoyed reading this thread every month. Just wanted to say, John, that you have done a super job hosting and thanks to Chris for being willing to take it on. While I am here I've decided to take a shot at this. Hard to choose a favorite, but there are three that I have the most hope for this month.


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8/21/2007 6:21:15 PM

 
Wendy P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2006
  Predictions? I predict the 29th. Seems logical since I will be away from the computer all day. :)

Melissa and Leslie, it sounds like you are having my kind of luck lately. Spent the afternoon with my hubby at the Dr's office after he injured his knee. Computer was crashing all day at work, plus it's either way too hot or the a/c there is dying. Had to keep the fan on all day to cool the room and tomorrow it's supposed to hit around 98.

Somebody sing a lucky chant my way...and a rain dance if you know one. :)


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8/21/2007 6:27:20 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
 
 
 
Ahh ... thanks for the martini, John! Michelle, is there any corn on the cob and shrimp left? :) If not, I'll head straight for the chocolate.

I entered more photos in July than ever before, and luckily almost all got EFPs, although 2 lost their emblems so I have to resubmit. I have several favorites, but will upload just one here. Here goes ...


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8/21/2007 7:44:46 PM

 
Crystal E. Berryman
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  Waiting for the finalist is like watching water boil!! Think I'll get some wonderful, tasty chocolate...cures everything!! I'm handing dark chacolate thru the computer guys...come and get it!
Chris
P.S. Will chocolate lure the judges out??


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8/21/2007 8:44:44 PM

 
Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  I know what to do here at work ;-)


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8/21/2007 10:33:07 PM

 
Amanda Chapman
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Well I hate to hear you are leaving John...I just discovered this place! You leave some of the nicest and most helpful comments on EVERYONES images!

This is a favorite of mine that I submitted for July...it's actually a re-submit that I "tweaked" a litte to catch the judge's eye :)


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8/22/2007 4:51:12 AM

 
Amanda Chapman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/10/2007
  GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!


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8/22/2007 4:53:52 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
 
 
 
Good luck everyone!!!!! Amazing entries this month, as usual.

Amanda, I just LOVE that one!

Okay, so it's been a while since I don't post on one of this threads, so I forget how to add a picture. Here I'm going to try, lets see if it works.


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8/22/2007 5:50:10 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel
shutter speed 1/200 aperture f8 focal length 5mm
The ferris wheel in Knoeble's Park, PA.

© Vanessa Rabayda
Canon PowersShot A...
 
 
Good luck everyone!!!!! Amazing entries this month, as usual.

Amanda, I just LOVE that one!

Okay, so it's been a while since I don't post on one of this threads, so I forget how to add a picture. Here I'm going to try, lets see if it works.


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8/22/2007 5:51:19 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Storm Coming
Storm Coming

shutter speed 1/160
aperture f4
focal length 5mm

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I don't know how to add more than one in the same thread....sorry.


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8/22/2007 5:52:59 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
 
 
  Skin
Skin
shutter speed 1/60 aperture f3.5 focal length 9mm
Photo taken behind glass

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Last one, I promise!

Good luck everyone!!!


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8/22/2007 5:54:25 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Melissa--It's so great to see you again! I'm so sorry to hear about your computer woes! "Little Trouper" has a wonderfully nostalgic, timeless feel to it. It's a great moment captured! "...Spoonbill" is a fine comp, and a great use of DOF to make the bird stand out. And I really like your handling of the light in "Technological Bliss." That's a really cool detail photo with all the lines/patterns. Very nice work!

Judyanne--I'm glad you stopped by to share these! "Hibiscus" is a great use of the diagonal to enhance the comp. The color really pops off of that black background, too! I really like the detail in the Macaw photo. It's like he's looking straight through me, LOL! And the way that white plays off of the background in "Pond Lilly" is just great. A fine job all around!

Wendy--Criminy, what a bad run you've been having of late! I'm sure things will turn around very, very soon!

Colleen--I'm so glad the Martini refreshed you enough to post your pic, LOL! The pattern/shapes in it are very compelling! I also like the color/light that you captured. Very nicely done!

Amanda--I'm so glad you found us, particularly when you bring along fine photos as this one! Your handling of light is fab, here, and those eyes just pull me in! You really made a top-notch portrait here!

Vanessa--See, it's just like falling off of a bicycle--we never forget, LOL! That sky in "Ferris Wheel" is gorgeous, and the comp works very well. In "Strom Coming" that shock of a red umbrella is what really sells it for me! And the detail in "Skin" is great. It's like the snake is right here with me, LOL.


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8/22/2007 8:44:29 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Okay, guys, I think we're in for a long wait this time. Just remember--every minute the results are not out is a minute of hope for everyone. Once they are out there's a lot of elation but more than an equal amount of disappointment--even as we are cheering for our friends and fellow posters. And then there's the fact that once the results are out the fun here comes to an end until next month. I, for one, am just going to settle back and enjoy the wait. Now I think I'll go get a glass of red.


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8/22/2007 3:47:06 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Nikki, I love what you said--so true!


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8/22/2007 5:11:29 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Nikki, so correct! I actually look forward to this thread every month! I love seeing the excitement in everyones post. There are such great submissions on the thread.
Good luck to everyone. The sharing is so rewarding in itself.


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8/22/2007 5:51:21 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Alrighty then,

I've got my grass skirt, coconut bra, bells for my ankles..... and heck I'll even grab a canary yellow feather boa.


"Ham bone ham bone lucky lucky ham bone"


jingle jingle jingle shake shake shake


LOL!!!!


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8/22/2007 5:57:20 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  ...never a camera when you need one!


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8/22/2007 6:09:21 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "Okay, guys, I think we're in for a long wait this time. Just remember--every minute the results are not out is a minute of hope for everyone."

I really can't take it anymore LOL. Now I find myself checking my gallery a dozen times a day to see if an EFP button has materialized. Most days I am disappointed. I guess everyone is busy teaching courses and planning summits and seminars :o)!


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8/22/2007 7:46:47 PM

 
Crystal E. Berryman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/3/2005
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  Sharon,
Only a dozen times??? So far today, I've checked my gallery 4373 times...LOL! I'll wear my keys down by judgment day! Good luck everyone in this month's contest. There are so many fantastic photographers on BP, I wouldn't know where start. Good luck to ya all...Be safe.
Chris :)


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8/22/2007 8:11:17 PM

 
Ryan DesJardins  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Orchid
Orchid
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A different kind of image for me that is pretty abstract, but its one of my favs this month.


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8/22/2007 8:41:11 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  I may be able to save some button-wear...I read somewhere on BP that the EFP's are updated WEEKLY...

:O)))))


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8/22/2007 8:48:05 PM

 
Brian Lobdell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/7/2005
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Hi everyone! An amazing thread again this month! I get "intoxicated" and in my "happy place" just looking at all your great images...the chocolate and cocktails just add to the sensual euphoria!
I would like to add my thanks to John for his stewardship of the thread to date, after taking the helm from Sharon who was the genesis for this great venue of sharing and anticipating!
I know Chris will carry this on in his own impeccable style !

I'm adding a couple of my July images here... a photoshopped work on a parasol composition, and my "fun" image taken for the 101 group "intentional camera movement" theme. ( I actually had two cameras moving at the same time...the subject camera on the truck, and my Nikon taking the shot!)

Good luck everyone!
Brian


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8/22/2007 9:32:52 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Kai, please take a self portrait in your garb while chanting your chicken bone chant, or is it now ham bone...LOL.


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8/22/2007 9:42:00 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Michelle, you saved me some button-wear on the EFPs ... I'd forgotten about the *weekly* update! The way I've been checking is to look at the galleries of some of the best photographers I know ... I figured if they hadn't gotten an EFP in a few days, I could still be in the running. LOL


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8/22/2007 11:59:00 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
 
 
 
Good luck to you all - excellent photos as always!

heres my fav for July

Rachel


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8/23/2007 1:42:33 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
 
 
 
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8/23/2007 1:45:23 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi Cheri... Finalists do come out on weekends, sometimes... In the last 19 months of contests, the day the Finalists came out, is as follows:

Mon: 1
Tue: 6
Wed: 4
Thu: 3
Fri: 1
Sat: 3
Sun: 1


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8/23/2007 4:09:38 AM

 
Wendy P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2006
  I realize this isn't the forum to post this, but I don't want to start a new forum page for just this one minor question. I was just in my member center and it's starting to look junky. Is there a way to delete old discussions from your member center if the photos you have discussed are removed?

Hopefully that made sense. I'm a little loopy today.


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8/23/2007 7:59:38 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi Wendy; as far as I know, you cannot "clean up" the Discussions/QA tab in your Member Center. Personally, I never use that tab anymore, to monitor any forum threads or photo discussions; I find it too cumbersome.


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8/23/2007 8:14:11 AM

 
Suzanne L
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Wheel Still Turns
The Wheel Still Turns
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Hi Everyone, I am new to this thread. Everyone has such amazing pictures! Good Luck everyone!


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8/23/2007 4:55:41 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  LMAO, Kai! I just got back from being gone most of the week and just saw that you are running around with a grass skirt and coconut bra on! LMAO!!!!

I was rather surprised not to see the finalists! I'm having a great glass of wine tonight in hopes that it won't be a long wait. Of course the wine is only because I got caught in horrible storms while on the way back home today! Anyone here from Chicago...you know what I'm talking about!


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8/23/2007 6:53:38 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Nikki--Now that's the attitude to have!

Kai--You've painted such a vivid picture. It just HAS to work, LOL!

Sharon--I think it's the ol' "watched pot" syndrome! They always seem to pop up when you're looking the other way.

Ryan--I can see why this is one of your favs. I like the fact that it is a different take on the subject. It really works for me!

Michelle--I've read that too, but it doesn't always seem to play out that way. I suppose we just have to close our eyes, clear our minds, and let the waves wash over us whenever they do! (I now return you to your regularly scheduled thread, LOL)

Brian--Thanks for checking in! The colors and effects on the parasol pic really make it shine. And you know I've loved that "Shutter Speed" pic from the first time you posted it. Great work...as always!

Rachel--Here's wishing good luck to you, too. I'd love to see your photo, but it's floating out there in the ether. I hope you check back in and give it another go! Just perusing your gallery I see so many photos I really enjoy!

Cheri--So do I get the Margarita if I WIN the bet or LOSE the bet? I'll hedge my bets and play both sides. I'm thirsty after all!

Chris--The important question, of course, is when are you volunteering at the cathedral? That seems to be the fool-proof method of getting the finalists announced!

Wendy--I'm really not sure, but I'm pretty confident that one of the bright folks around here will have the answer for you. As a matter of fact, I've just read Chris' response right below yours, so there you go.

Suzanne--First off, I wish you a hearty "Welcome" to this little corner of craziness. I hope you have a swell time! Your pic is just great, too! I love the way you've handled the motion and the color palette is very classic and perfectly suited to the subject. Nice work!

Margie--I know what you mean, the storm was/is a doozey (is that how you spell that? I'll stick with it because it looks like "Boozey" which is appropriate for the thread, LOL!)


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8/23/2007 7:52:08 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  After three glasses of wine, John...I'll stick with boozey too!


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8/23/2007 8:30:03 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Just getting ready for a week on Maui in March, hehehe!
Two days of shooting some senior photos, five days to play.....wait a minute thats ALL play!


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8/23/2007 9:18:34 PM

 
Margot Petrowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/14/2004
 
 
  Her Gift
Her Gift
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  Freckled Sunshine
Freckled Sunshine
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  Little GQ
Little GQ
© Margot Petrowski
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Hi All!!!! I found you guys a little late. This kind of thread is what BP is all about. I've been a little out of the loop latley. My favorites for July are.....


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8/24/2007 12:03:09 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  John, I forgot about the cathedral connection; it has worked several times in the past, no? :)
As fate would have it, I am in fact on cathedral duty tomorrow, followed by meeting up with a fellow BPer for an evening shoot in DC (weather permitting) so I could be looking at 12 hours away from the PC---plenty of encouragement for BP to release the Finalists then!


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8/24/2007 3:54:20 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2005
  I don't know how long I can wait...I'm running out of chocolate.


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8/24/2007 5:46:37 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Margie--It's a fine place to be, that's for sure, LOL!

Kai--Have a fantastic time on your trip! I expect to see lots o' pics!

Margot--You may be a bit late, but your not TOO late. I'm glad you made it! I really like your work a whole bunch, and these are three fine examples. I remember the other photos from the series that produced "Her Gift." You've captured her stunning features (including those eyes) perfectly. "Freckled..." is a lovely, breezy moment. Her expression is perfect! "Little GQ" is a great portrait. You really worked the light nicely in that one!

Chris--It looks like a perfect situation. Thanks for taking one for the team, LOL!

Rob--I'll have some express shipped to you directly, if that will help. Hang in there, all will be revealed!


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8/24/2007 1:10:53 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  ...I just realized, rather late in the game, that I had a way to help y'all pass at least a little bit of the time ;)
{Inserting shameless self-promotion plug here} I'm going to be a guest on the weekly BetterPhoto Radio Show, in just a few minutes! (betterphoto.com/radio -- look for the Listen Live link)
The show is already underway right now (starts 1pm PST on Fridays) but my little segment will be coming up in about 10 minutes or so!


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8/24/2007 1:14:19 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  I'm listening and I'm waiting for you!


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8/24/2007 1:15:10 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  There you are!!! Listen to you, Chris!!!


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8/24/2007 1:28:25 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/30/2007
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  So cool Chris! Having fun listening to you!


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8/24/2007 1:29:23 PM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Great interview, Chris! Now off to buy more chocolate!


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8/24/2007 1:41:56 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
MARYIACOFANO.COM
  Hi Chris,
By the time I downloaded the media player, I was only able to catch the last few minutes.
Outstanding.
I had your gallery open & enjoyed the Cathedral picture. I have always liked that one.
Few ?'s for you,

Where is the Wilsons tomb pic?
Which lotus pic were you talking about?
What is the yahoo group, could I go to it?
I will google the kennelworth aquatic.
Thanks, felt like I knew you. ;)
Mary


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8/24/2007 1:43:28 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  You rock, Chris! Congrats on a fab interview!


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8/24/2007 1:49:14 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I agree--very well done, Chris. And I LOVE that you selected that wonderful lotus shot just because YOU love it and so many of your friends do, too.


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8/24/2007 1:54:22 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Thanks for listening, folks! Phew--I was actually a little more nervous during that interview than I thought I would be... Glad it sounded ok---my mom called immediately after, to give me her review. ;)

Mary, there is a gallery just for the radio show, that has the images Jim was talking about... at betterphoto.com/radio Click the long text link for "Show 48". Otherwise, you have to dig through my gallery to find those images---they are scattered around.
Wilson's Tomb is located inside Washington National Cathedral, here in D.C. Are you in the D.C. area?
The lotus picture is called Morning Beauty, and in my gallery, is back around page 4 or 5, I think.
When you search for the aquatic garden, it is "Kennilworth", also here in D.C., on the other side of the Anacostia River, from the National Arboretum.


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8/24/2007 1:55:05 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Thanks Chris, I will look for the "show 48 link."
I thought you were going to ask him when the finalists were coming out!


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8/24/2007 2:01:43 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Well, I missed out on everything....a call came over the scanner saying a semi-truck was on fire and still driving down the highway. So I ran out of the house, camera in hand, but it was out by the time I got to the scene.
When I got back, the show was all but over.


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8/24/2007 2:17:33 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  "I thought you were going to ask him when the finalists were coming out!"

LOL! That would have been funny!

I saw all the posts to the thread and thought they'd been announced! Chris, I missed the interview but it's good to know it's archived on the site.


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8/24/2007 2:37:18 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yeah, I missed the whole show, too! ;) We can't have streaming audio at work, so I couldn't hear the first half, nor the bit after my part. I will have to wait until next week, when the audio archive links appear here on BP.

The 12 minutes flew by so fast...! I would have worked in a reference to this Counting Down thread (it was in my crib notes!) had there been more time...


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8/24/2007 2:49:01 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Thanks for the link Chris, took a few times, but I found it. Your lotus image is beautiful indeed.
No, I am not from Wash DC. Have resided in Hot Ft. Myers (Southwest), Sanibel Island, Florida.
Never did find show 48. only show 47.
Would love to see "Wilsons tomb" if you can post it here. Now I am intrigued.
Sorry about that, but I am turning 50 on thursday & party'ed hearty in the 70's. You cant expect too much....lol.


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8/24/2007 2:58:19 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Chris--It's the thought that counts!

Mary--A heavily partied person turning 50? Now that's one of the better excuses I've heard in a long time, LOL!


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8/24/2007 3:00:36 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi Mary... I should have done this, in my first reply! Here is the direct link to the Show #48 Image Gallery:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=19476

If that fails, here are the links to the 3 images Jim discussed, as they appear in my own gallery:

Wilson's Tomb
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=3237439

Morning Beauty
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=4393516

Rusted Eye
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=2477331


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8/24/2007 3:06:11 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  According to BP:
There are 6116 members with finalists.
3053 members have one finalist to their credit.
957 members have two finalists.
The most finalists won by one person is 173.
The person with the seventh most finalists has the most winners: 62
2124 members have had a win.
1260 members have one win to their name.
91 members have ten or more winners to their name.
The top ten winners have a total of 288 wins or 13.55% of the total number of winners.

-These worthless facts brought to you by:-

Nonesense, Inc

"If we don't know about, neither should you"


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8/24/2007 3:31:48 PM

 
Jennifer Ralston  
 
 
Every once in a while I fall in love with an image and submit it here! This one is my latest hopeful. My son is actually swimmming in a (clean) trash can. LOL

I just had it matted and it's ready to frame. My boy is growing up too fast!


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8/24/2007 4:16:59 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Okeee dokey.....finally, got those pics. I should of read the title to the cathedral image at first then I would not of looked so hard for it. lol. dang old age.
All of them are lovely.

Well everyone,,maybe tomorrow we will find out the lucky ones!


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8/24/2007 4:17:24 PM

 
Jennifer Ralston  
 
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Pure Joy
f/2.8, 1/400th, ISO 200, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS, Guam

My 4 year old is always happy. I loved this shot from the second I saw it, as it captures HIM.
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Let me try this again...LOL


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8/24/2007 4:23:34 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Wow, Kai... I thought I was a BP Stat geek... I'm impressed! :) Where did you find such intriguing data?!


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8/24/2007 4:53:13 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  LOL, Chris,
Click on "contest", then "winners"

I don't know how often the data is updated though.


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8/24/2007 5:18:41 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Huh---I guess I don't see it. Just links to view each month's winner images---surely, please tell me, you didn't manually tabulate all that info from past contests!


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8/24/2007 5:32:53 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  I goofed, Chris, its "winners" in the "community" tab.


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8/24/2007 5:45:03 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  What a cool summary feature! Thanks for sharing that, Kai! Man, there are some impressive collections of stars out there...!!


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8/24/2007 5:58:22 PM

 
John Caruso
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  Kai--Wow, even though you pulled it off of the BP website, you are in danger of entering Chris B. territory, LOL! Thanks for posting that.

Mary--Perhaps tomorrow. Perhaps not. As my all-time hero Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet: "If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all."

Jennifer--I can see why you fell in love with this photograph: it expresses joy so perfectly!

Chris--Watch out, Kai is gunning for your job of "official statistician!"


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8/24/2007 6:11:07 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  According to BP:
There are 6116 members with finalists.
3053 members have one finalist to their credit.
957 members have two finalists.
The most finalists won by one person is 173.
The person with the seventh most finalists has the most winners: 62
2124 members have had a win.
1260 members have one win to their name.
91 members have ten or more winners to their name.
The top ten winners have a total of 288 wins or 13.55% of the total number of winners.

How many members are there that enter the contest I wonder?


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8/24/2007 7:43:42 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Fascinating statistics, Kai! I was also wondering how many members enter the contest, and also, how many total BP members there are.

I was confused by:
"2124 members have had a win"
and
"1260 members have one win to their name"

What is the difference there? Is it that 2124 have had *at least one* win, and maybe more?

It's interesting that the person who's had the most winners is NOT the person who's had the most finalists ... so that means s/he enters less often but wins more?

I must be a nerd because I love this stuff. In fact, I know I'm a nerd because I can't even say "stat geek" like Chris--I still think of a geek in the traditional sense--somebody who bites the heads of chickens in a circus sideshow! lol


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8/24/2007 8:11:38 PM

 
Suzanne Colson
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  2124 members have had a win.
1260 members have one win to their name

I love numbers... Had to read it a couple of times....

I think it means...

1260 members have ONLY one win to their name....


Of the 2124 they may have more then one win??

OK, too many cocktails!! I made sense for a second????


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8/24/2007 8:24:56 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Changing the subject from stats, which hurt my head......to EFP's. I know that the EFP's come out once a week. Can you guys fill me in to which day of the week? While waiting for the finalists, I have also been looking to see if any of my recent entries have had a EFP, and none this week. One last week, but don't know which day it appeared.......Besides that, I'm out of chocolate!!!!!


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8/24/2007 8:44:46 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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  I am thinking they updated last night, I got one finally from one I uploaded on the 16th, and another BP member got 2 last night from the 16th and 17th.


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8/24/2007 9:10:56 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Thanks Nancy.................

Chris, I just finished listening to your interview on BP Radio. Thouroughly enjoyed it!!!


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8/24/2007 9:16:52 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  No chance of me even coming close to Chris in the stats department, I didn't pass Algebra until I was in college.
Got A's in English and Humanities, though.
And I failed photography in high school, LOL!!!!


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8/24/2007 9:38:58 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Kai, at least you *took* photography in high school--that puts you far ahead of many of us! ;)

Suzanne ... I think you're right about the stats ...

Now, I've already had 1 1/2 glasses of wine tonight .. that's about my limit, so it's off to bed to dream of stats and finalists .. :)


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8/24/2007 9:55:23 PM

 
Philip Frederiksen
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  Need coffe here at work.
Have to work about 5 hours more :)
Maybe the finalists will be announced before I go home. I hope so.


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8/24/2007 10:14:30 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Thank Kai for telling us about the community tab with the stats. Very cool!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


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8/24/2007 10:43:29 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Colleen--Are you sure you're not thinking of "freak"? I've never heard of geeks biting off chicken heads!! I think you're right, on the stats---2124 members with ANY gold medals, and of those, 1260 have 1 gold.

Thanks, Sherry, for listening, and the feedback---I'm eager to hear the show, myself! I know somewhere it says EFP's are done once a week, but I've seen my EFPs appear all throughout the week---never all at once, on a given day.

Fingers crossed we see Finalists today!


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8/25/2007 4:44:52 AM

 
Wendy P
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  Okay...forgive me for being a touch pesimistic here, but after reading everyone's comments on the stats, etc. listed on the site, all it did was make me wonder the exact opposite. I absolutely would love to know how many members there are with BP, and how many of those people are like myself and never had a finalist or a medal. Wouldn't those be interesting stats as well? I mean, doesn't it rather go hand in hand with the old statistical problems like: if you have 7 marbles in a bag, 3 are blue and 4 are red, what is the probabilities that the one and only one you pull out will be red? So, you would have to figure out the statistical problem, it would be something like 1:4. Just a guess, probably not accurate. So that means the rest of the marbles would be rejected or not pulled, correct? So those stats would be significantly higher. Now regardless, I'm comparing apples to oranges and obviously the photos are based on what appeals to the judges eyes, but I still think it would interesting nonetheless.

I'm rambling...and now I will shut up.


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8/25/2007 5:26:04 AM

 
Judyann Plante
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  Hey Guys,

Interesting statistics.

As far as EFP's go, I think they said they are updated weekly, which would not necessarily mean one day a week, but maybe could imply they are done on an ongoing basis rather than at the end of the month. I know mine usually show up one or two at a time, all different days and times.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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8/25/2007 5:29:44 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Good Morning US, good evening afternoon or night to other places in our beautiful world.

I see that the announced the Theme for September "Lensbabies", does it count if I can make a photo "look" like it was taken with a lensbaby? Interesting theme. Perhaps they are close now to an announcement.

I have an all day shoot and hope to come home to good news!

Good luck all,

Leslie


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8/25/2007 7:03:22 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Leslie, BP allows Photoshopped images in every category. Personally, I think Buzzed and othewise manipulated shots should only go in the Digital Darkroom category, but no one asked me ;)!

I see no reason you create your Lensbaby in PS and enter it. I would add to the description that I created the image in PS though.

Here's a link to an action if you have a full version of PS. It's called Kent's LensBlur and the download is about 1/4 down the page.

ActionCentral

I don't usually get caught up in the waiting anymore but I am this month. I wish the finalists would come out and end our misery LOL.


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8/25/2007 7:21:10 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
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You're right Sharon, I think 'it's time' they announced the finalists too.


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8/25/2007 8:23:21 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Wendy,
I know it gets discouraging sometimes when you think you've got a shot at getting a finalist and the pic doesn't make it.
You've just got to keep submitting, improving and looking for that shot that is "different".
Trust me, I know. I've been a member since 2003 and didn't get a finalist until last month.
Keep your chin up.


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8/25/2007 9:28:28 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Chris, yes, back in the olden days--like before 1990 or so, lol--geek used to only mean carnival performers who did disgusting acts--and biting the heads off chickens was a prime example.

Now, how's that for getting way off topic? LOL


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8/25/2007 9:46:50 AM

 
Karma Wilson
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Used a combination of tutorials and tweaking on my own to replicate the lensbaby as best I could. It would be nice to have the real thing so I wouldn't have to spend as much time in the computer. LOL
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Here's one I did using a Lensbaby effect tutorial online.


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8/25/2007 9:55:21 AM

 
Wendy P
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  Kai, trust me...I'm not discouraged. I enjoy submitting every month whether I get anything or not. I just thought it might be interesting to see the stats on the other end, that's all.


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8/25/2007 10:04:45 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Hi everyone,

just thourght I would try once more to put in fav for july into this thread (it wouldn't work last time!)

here we go....


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8/25/2007 11:50:04 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Hi all. Well lo and behold, I got an EFP today.......On Saturday. I didn't figure on this. So I guess someone at BP is punching some buttons.......which makes me wonder, why not announce the finalists on a weekend???? And, again, good luck to everyone. It's no wonder it takes the judges a while, there are just SO many good images.


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8/25/2007 2:13:31 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Congratulations on your radio broadcast Chris. I listened to the archived copy and you did a great job!!!

Thanks again to Kai for your knowledgeable information.

Thank you Sharon for your lensbaby link. I am going to check it out!!!

And best of luck to all of you great photographers here on BP!!!! Never give up!!!!


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8/25/2007 2:58:07 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  Well, I had my wine last night and am having a rich chocolate dessert tonight...it is waiting for me! I know the fate of finalists is probably sealed so there is no luck involved at this point. However, I have fully participated in this link for the first time...uploading pictures, the wine and then the chocolate.

My best wishes to all!!!


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8/25/2007 4:48:03 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  Everybody getting anxious??

The wait seems longer and longer every month doesn't it?

I try to not care, but by the 25th or so, I'm checking in every hour or so...lol

Us and our little addiction huh?

I tell my hubby, hey, it's not drugs, tabacco or alcohol... I'm ok with my vice...:)

Good luck everyone... Hope you all see some contest action this month..

It should be very soon!!


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8/25/2007 6:08:58 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Sherry, what date was your EFP for?


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8/25/2007 7:10:56 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  The latest EFPs were for those images posted on 8-17-07 as far as I have seen in my travels to many galleries!


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8/25/2007 8:55:47 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Oh bummer!!! I come home to 57 new emails, and not one is Finalist related! And I was away from my PC for a full 15 hours today!!

However, one very nice thing to come out of the long day---I CANNOT WAIT for you all to see tomorrow's contest entry...! Shot it tonite, with BP'er Sue Rosin, downtown on the Mall... I was electrified when I saw it on the LCD... :)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled anxiety... I believe (I'll have to dig out my notes) Finalists have only been released on a Sunday, one time in the last 19 months :(


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8/25/2007 9:03:43 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Can't wait, Chris. And I'll bet Susan got some good ones, too! My last EFP was on the 17th (in sync with what Melissa said) and since I only get about every 2nd or 3rd entry, I guess I'm done for awhile. I just spent the evening getting my entry for the Silly Sunday Subliminal Shootout (see the Magic Bird in Steve Harrington's gallery for an explanation if you want to play--and he left out "saturation"!) and listening to our Lady Huskers play UCLA in volleyball. They're winning . . . Enjoying a Bailey's and checking in here every so often. I'm thinking Monday, too, for the finalists. Good luck, everyone.


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8/25/2007 9:14:55 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Sharon, my EFP was from one uploaded on the 17th.


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8/25/2007 10:24:18 PM

 
Girish Vaghela
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  I checked this morning at 7:00 AM eastern time. Till that time, total no. of contest entries for the month of August-2007 was 32288.
Is this the record no. of contest enries in the history of BP?


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8/26/2007 4:03:56 AM

 
Rob Zuidema
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  "...Finalists have only been released on a Sunday, one time in the last 19 months..."

My very first finalist was announced on a Sunday, so here's hoping...


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8/26/2007 5:28:38 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Thanks, Sherry! I just woke up to an EFP for the 18th. Maybe we should start an EFP thread so we'll know when they come out?


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8/26/2007 6:16:49 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Great... Now I have TWO things to cross my fingers about, and possibly hit the bottle, for! ;) No EFP on my 18th (yet!) Though I've noticed, I see my EFP's appear about a day after someone on BP first reports getting one...
I'm hoping for a run of EFP's for the 17th - 20th, because those 4 images make up a themed series I did on the life of a lotus; would be great to see them all make it!


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8/26/2007 6:41:05 AM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  Some thoughts for everyone....
what if...you resubmit a photo that has an EFP but no finalist or winner. Does it keep it's EFP and the judges automatically move it to the next round of judging? Does the EFP get taken off and it is completely 're-judged'? (just becuase one judge liked it does not mean that the next will)

Come on Kai, sing it for us!
CHICKEN BONE, HAM BONE, LUCKY LUCKY CHICKEN BONE...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I needed that!


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8/26/2007 7:37:25 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  I have a few galleries that I look at to see whether they have received a new EFP. These galleries get them like gangbusteres. Only one gallery got a new button so far. All the others have one on the 17th.

I think, during this time of the month, that they are busy with the finalists and then the winners and are falling behind.

I have to go to work today so will miss the announcement and celebrations if it comes today!


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8/26/2007 7:45:46 AM

 
Graham J. Weiss
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  Thought I'd check in to say G'day, happy C&C to everyone and thanks to John for such a good thread and to wish you good luck for the things that demand your time away from future C&C. Best wishes Chris, too.

Thought I'd be congratulating all the finalists for July, by now, too but instead I'll just wish you all well lol...Just a thought...maybe BP are engrossed in preparing for your Chicago Summit? Perhaps taking resources away from things at hand?

Anyway, just me typing out loud :)


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8/26/2007 8:42:19 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  With so many entries, and as Graham mentioned, the summit coming up, I wouldn't be surprised if we had to wait till Tuesday or even Wednesday (!) to see the finalists.

Michelle, I'm guessing that if you resub an EFP image, you'd still get at least an EFP, but it's not guaranteed.

And I think if you resub an EFP you have a better chance of it getting an EFP again than if you resubbed a finalist, hoping to get a finalist and then a win. After all, the EFP pool is 14,000+! :D


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8/26/2007 8:53:11 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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Good morning all. Today we are having thunder storms and rain here in Southern California!! It has calmed done now so it looks like I will be going flowboarding in a little while.

Just to let you know I have resubmitted images with an EFP and they do stay that way. Since the emblems have appeared I have resubmitted some without them too. I recall only one getting an EFP and that was for a monthly theme entry (BLISS). The emblem appeared within 5 minutes, I was very surprised.

I have an EFP on my 8-18-07 entry, maybe the judges were just hungry.

If anyone has any good tomato recipes send them my way!!

Thanks and enjoy your Sunday!!!

Your friend,

Donna


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8/26/2007 9:10:55 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  "...maybe BP are engrossed in preparing for your Chicago Summit?"

I thought of that too.


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8/26/2007 11:43:27 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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If you are bit dry from waiting....here is some wine to hold you over.


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8/26/2007 11:53:54 AM

 
Judyann Plante
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  Hi Everyone,

Just got an EFP on my 8-18 entry. Wine sounds great, Les, but I'm working on an iced mocha latte at the moment.


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8/26/2007 12:36:27 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  Hi everyone,
I, too got an EFP on my 8-18 entry. I just came home from work and was thinking there would be an announcement while I was gone. If it happens tomorrow I might be home for the festivities. I have just brewed myself a cup of java and will proceed to check things out.


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8/26/2007 1:38:57 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Once & only once I managed a finalist. I remember getting an e-mail notification first.
Well, as said earlier due to the 70's and a big 50, not so sure about the memory now. ;)
So my point being, I check my e-mail first, then the finalist page. e-mail is the first disappointment...lol.
Good luck to all you fantastic photogs who entered!


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8/26/2007 1:50:58 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  Where are the finalists? Where are the finalists? Where are the finalists? Where are the finalists?

I guess it's time for more drinks ;-)


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8/26/2007 7:04:03 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  We want the finalists, we want the finalists, we want the finalists :D! Does chanting ever work???

Time for more chocolate LOL.


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8/26/2007 7:13:52 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Hey, someone slap me! What do I care??? I haven't had a finalist since March!

Good luck everyone!


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8/26/2007 7:15:56 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
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  Conga Line!!!!!!

Ham bone ham bone luckylucky ham bone!!


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8/26/2007 7:20:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  The best remedy, I find, when the Finalists seem so tantalizingly close to being announced... is to go to bed---they invariably come out in the wee hours, and I wake up to tons of emails, having missed the initial rush of announcement excitement! ;)

Confessions of a Contest Addict, or, How I Let The Contest Run My Life:
I don't think I've shared this with anyone, but it is a great example of the hold the Contest had on me, back in my truly-obsessed days. {gathering nerve, to reveal this confession} I actually went to bed the night they were "expected" to announce Finalists, with my wireless laptop moved out of my office, into my bedroom, left on, sitting on the nightstand, so I could check the INSTANT I woke up.

Wow... admitting you have (had) a problem really is cathartic!! ;) Good night, all; best of luck to everyone.
(And no, I'm not moving the laptop to my room, tonite!)


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8/26/2007 7:23:14 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Hope springs eternal and I'm enjoying hoping :)


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8/26/2007 7:31:35 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  LOL Chris! In the early days of my involvement with BP I would often leave my computer on all night long just so I could be the first to enter a 101 theme the middle of the night. I would try to wake up as close to 2:00 a.m. Central Time as I could so mine could be one of the first entries. I wasn't alone LOL.


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8/26/2007 7:38:19 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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  They are on day 19 with the EFPs or buttons as I think of them. I just got another and so did others that I checked out. This is not like following the contest, but is amusment in the meantime. The contest is important, but not worth losing a night's sleep. I am thinking that there should be a buttom thread with daily updates.


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8/26/2007 7:41:49 PM

 
Graham J. Weiss
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  I also had another thought as to the finalists/winners delay in announcement...Canon and Nikon have had massive new launches recently in the high end DSLR market inside the last couple of weeks;, I'm thinking the instructors (and BP team) would need to get a handle on the new cameras...perhaps this too has had an impact on the judges...which does make it hard btw to know whether to resubmit an image (but I don't want to throw a negative angle on this terrific thread) but I feel we should be made aware of what may be holding things up. July was 2 months ago lol.


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8/26/2007 7:41:50 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  Chris that is silly. Now why would you ever do that? Laptop, so silly.

***darn why didn't I think of that...must go get my laptop***

It is so nice to be among other obsessed contest fanatics :-)

Sharon if you don't get a finalist this month I am going to sic Jasper on the judges ;-)


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8/26/2007 7:56:35 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  LOL Susan! I don't think Jasper or Susie would get any respect ;)!


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8/26/2007 8:03:42 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  I think my husband would leave if I brought my laptop to bed with me.

As it is he thinks I am having a secret affair with a man named John who keeps emailing me, think of the confusion next month when my admirer becomes Chris! ;)

Good night from California.

Leslie


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8/26/2007 8:39:40 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Now that is FUNNY, Leslie!

I only had one drink tonight, not like the three that I had the other night. Instead, I put my mind off of the contest while I watched Design Star on HGTV. I'm a geek for that show as well as the contest! Now I'm back to the computer watching for announcements. They will probably come in the wee hours as said above, but I'll stay up a bit longer...in hopes!


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8/26/2007 8:43:52 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Waiting for contest results and having to go to bed reminds me of when I was little and my parents would tell us on Christmas Eve, "You have to go to bed now, or Santa Claus can't come."

I think I still have a bit of holdover from that, as in the back of my mind, I think going to bed will *make* the results come in! LOL

Goodnight and good luck, everybody!


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8/26/2007 9:12:50 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Yep, they're to the entries for the 19th for the EFP's. Mine that I entered that day showed up this evening.

I'm glad to read that I am not the only obsessed soul around. I don't have a laptop to take to bed, but probably would if I had one..... I am getting desperate for choc. Going through my camera bag today, I found two M&M's that somehow fell out of the candy bag. I got so excited! I guess I just need to run to Toot 'N Totum for another bag.... LOL...


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8/26/2007 9:20:12 PM

 
Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Well goodmorning here at BP

Here in Denmark it's morning, and I now have about 16 hours before I have to go to bed again :)

Let's hope we se the fanalists soon.

Have a nice day, night or whatever the time is at your place


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8/26/2007 9:31:02 PM

 
Crystal E. Berryman
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  Does BP have counseling for those of who check the site continously to see if the finalist have been announced? Every time I pass my computer-check, everytime I return home-check, before cooking dinner-check, before bedtime-check, when I let the puppy out at night I "may" sneak in a-check, when I wake up in the morning-check. Yes...BP may need to make counselors available to us who "check" the site continuously. :)
Chris B.


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8/26/2007 9:54:30 PM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
  Your Susie can sit on them and Jasper will lick them until they agree to give you a finalist :-)~ Or Jasper can just stare at them and his cuteness will work its charm

Ok I'm off to bed. Here's hoping finalists will come out tomorrow.


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8/26/2007 10:11:53 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  3:42 am eastern time, US. Ugh!!
the e-mail had a couple discussions on one of my photos. I thought for sure.....
Actually I do get up this early for work. I promise...lol


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8/27/2007 12:42:11 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Wow... all of our sleeping had no effect! And I don't even have a lot of work at the office today, to keep me from obsessing on the announcement! ugh... Fingers crossed...
Though, by BP's own admission, their internal deadline is the last day of each month for Winners, and Finalists a few days before that... so we could be looking at Wednesday (said to the sound of gasps, and wine glasses shattering on the floor...)


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8/27/2007 6:28:55 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Oh Chris, by Wed we will all be drunk and fat from all the chocolate!! I would love to hope for today, but knowing from your 19 month statistics that it has only happened once on a Monday, I find it hard to be hopeful for today. I am thinking tomorrow, but it would be nice to even out the statistics a bit by having a 2 for Mondays!


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8/27/2007 6:34:33 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Hoooooooo boy, it's been busy in here. I come back from a busy weekend doing an art show, and my inbox is bursting like a rigged Chicago election. I just assumed that the finalists had been announced and I was shut out again. But, no, I see it's just a massive case of group angst.

I'm sure I'll see you all later this morning...or this afternoon...or tomorrow...or next month...whenever the announcements are made. Talk to you then!

(And Leslie, we can't have THAT rumor getting started: my wife wouldn't take to kindly to that, LOL!)


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8/27/2007 7:49:15 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Too bad I am on Eastern time! It is 11:02AM here and I have been awake now for 3 hours while people (and the judges) have been sleeping! I could be just waking up and not sitting here waiting for the announcement! Most times the finalists seem to come about 5PM or 6PM Eastern (or 2/3PM Pacific). So I still have a long time to wait!! :D


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8/27/2007 8:00:28 AM

 
Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  @ Carol

It's 7 PM here in denmark :D


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8/27/2007 8:09:45 AM

 
Crystal E. Berryman
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  We need more chocolate!!


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8/27/2007 10:07:40 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...you're all invited to my office. In 2 hours, we have our monthly birthday celebration for August; I got to vote for a dark chocolate mousse cake! ;)


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8/27/2007 10:22:18 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ooooh! Did you all feel that? My spidey sense is tingling... I think this afternoon is going to be it!! ;)
Fingers crossed... cake or no cake!


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8/27/2007 10:33:40 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Oh no Philip, you need to move! LOL You will have to stay up past midnight or set the alarm if you want to catch them when they first come out! :)


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8/27/2007 10:38:56 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Hey Spidey...you better be right...lolll.. or I send Garfield, and he will swat you :O)
Geeeeeeeeeeeeee I hate when they're late *nibblefingernailnibblefingernail*


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8/27/2007 11:10:20 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Chris, your what is tingling? lol
Did you get an e-mail notification of your win & not letting on to us?


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8/27/2007 11:42:25 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  I just submitted another image to the August contest. Now I am already looking forward to this thread in September so I can submit it on here.


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8/27/2007 11:46:12 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  They are here! They are here! LOL I got to announce it first!


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8/27/2007 11:58:45 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2007
  THERE OUT THERE OUT, I just got 3 finalists, MY FIRST ONE"S
I AM soooooooooooo excited. 2 of my favorites, and one a different one
CONGRATS TO ALL


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8/27/2007 11:59:02 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  I wanted to wish you all the best and congratulate you as well!! Good luck in the next round too!!!


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8/27/2007 12:08:27 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Congrats to all the finalists. I actually got one, and it was the third or fourth time I've resubmitted it. I had such high hopes for some of my others, but so it goes, eh? Anyway, congratulations again to all the finalists!


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8/27/2007 12:10:30 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  So this means zippo nada :(
Can one of the lucky guys paste the link of the finalsits ?? BP is still stuck on June... and Big congrats :O)


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8/27/2007 12:15:22 PM

 
Sisterlisa B
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/21/2007
  I got one! I am so excited! A photo of my second daughter was chosen as a Finalist.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=4283583&catID=&style=&rowNumber=19&memberID=230313


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8/27/2007 12:16:57 PM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Good spidey sense, Chris! And a big congratulations to all of the finalists!

I got one after a four month dry spell, but it was not one of my favorites posted here.

The best of luck to eveyone in the next round!


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8/27/2007 12:19:44 PM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
  Congrats to all the finalists.

There are a lot of nice shots on this discussion that didn't get picked and it is always hard to know what will catch a judge's eye.

That is what amkes us strive harder the next time.


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8/27/2007 12:20:21 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FINALIST!!!! WOOHOOO

nothing for me though =-(
oh well, until next round...


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8/27/2007 12:22:10 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  "They're heeeeeere!" (quote from "Poltergeist")

The one I posted here got a finalist, plus two others, so I'm very happy.

Congratulations to everybody, especially those BP'rs receiving their first-ever finalists! Good luck in the next round!


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8/27/2007 12:22:26 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  I dont see a new page of finalists!!! Help, what am I missing.


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8/27/2007 12:23:15 PM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Sylvia, link to the finalist page is

www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=18195


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8/27/2007 12:24:10 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2007
  LOL Carol, you beat me by 17 secs
I made a mistake, One was a finalists I posted on this thread, my Butterfly, the other one, shoot, never expected, and one was one of my Sunflower's.
STILL EXCITED and hopping around, now off to check galleries.

YES and Congrat's to those who did AND didn't get one, ALL are WINNER'S in my eye's/
Best of luck in the next round!!!


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8/27/2007 12:24:26 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Thank you Judyann :O)


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8/27/2007 12:25:06 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  Thank you Judyann :O)


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8/27/2007 12:25:07 PM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Congrats everyone!! And for those asking; they just came out a few moments ago, so maybe they have changed the finalists page yet. I was sitting at my PC working and clicked on email and the announcements weren't there, then I refreshed and they were! I got three finalists but only had 2 emails at the time I came here to post that they were here! LOL


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8/27/2007 12:27:14 PM

 
Miss Monica  June
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/22/2007
  Congrats to everyone I got a Finalist too!:o)


*shocked*


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8/27/2007 12:29:13 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  ok everyone,,,congratulations, but I am still pulling up June Finalists.
I guess I did not make it, cause I did not get an e-mail notification.
Shoot, I have dsl, have restarted the computer & still not getting it.
I'm pulling my hair out...lol.


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8/27/2007 12:33:14 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2007
  so, did anyone got a finalist that wasn't an EFP? Just curious...


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8/27/2007 12:43:51 PM

 
Les Rhoades
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
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  My favorite did not get picked, but I did get (5)!


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8/27/2007 12:43:52 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Here's the link for the finalists page, guys--hope it posts OK

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=18195


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8/27/2007 12:46:33 PM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Vanessa, as far as I can remember, all of mine have been EFPs first.

I got 3 and only one was a real fav although I didn't post it here. It was my lotus pod, but not the one above.

Mary, this link worked for me
www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=18195



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8/27/2007 12:47:49 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hey Vanessa... BP confirmed a little while back, that EFP is actually the "first cut" of judging in the contest---so you couldn't get a Finalist wihtout it making EFP first. I'd be highly surprised if anyone had a Finalist that wasn't EFP already... I'd chalk that up to a BP server glitch, if so.


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8/27/2007 1:02:33 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Congratulations to all the finalists!!! Good luck next round!


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8/27/2007 1:14:36 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2005
  Congratulations to all the finalists!!!I got two...one was my personal favorite.


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8/27/2007 1:27:31 PM

 
Grace Watts
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/12/2006
  Woo hoo!!!! I got my first finalist! Maybe this thread brought me good luck because it is the first time I have posted here. It wasn't the favorite I posted here, but I'm ecstatic anyway! Congrats to all the finalists and thanks for give me a place to ramble on about my excitement! ~Grace


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8/27/2007 1:30:25 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Congrats to all finalists and first -time finalists. I got one, and it was the one I posted here as my fav. For those who didn't get a finalist, remember we are all winners. We shoot for the contest second, ourselves first. If you like an image, then it's a winner no matter what.


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8/27/2007 1:50:55 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  A big congrats to all of the finalists...and to John, I knew the day would come that that image would be recognized...it's awesome!


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8/27/2007 2:01:29 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Again a big congrats to all you finalists, particularly you first timers!

And thanks, Margie, for sticking with "Cacophony!" It makes me want to just do resubs for an entire month, LOL!


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8/27/2007 3:58:05 PM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  Congrats to all the finalists, and a big thank you John for hosting this forum!

None for me this month, hopefully it won't take another three years, lol.

I went into my member center to do some housecleaning today and found that I have 50 EFPs....out of 120 submissions.
Not a bad average, if you ask me.
See you all next month!


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8/27/2007 4:20:45 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Huge Congratulations to everyone who made it.
All the entries are beautiful.
I did not get any , but will try again next month.
This thread is worth all the fun, even if I did not place.
Looking forward to meeting you all back here in September
Again.....
Congratulations!


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8/27/2007 4:53:47 PM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  I am back to say that I will try tonight and tomorrow to ck in on all the finalists and offer my congrats outside of this thread. However, I am having PC problems AGAIN, and so it is hard to know for sure when it may die for good. I shut it off tonight and it wouldn't start until I did a little trick I discovered in a forum, but that still doesn't solve the problem of whatever is really wrong.


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8/27/2007 8:39:01 PM

 
Philip Frederiksen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Congrats to all finalists and good luck next round :-)

No didn't get any this month either, but will not give up :-)


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8/27/2007 9:55:44 PM

 
Wendy P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2006
  Congrats to everyone who received a finalist. Good luck.

Nothing for me. Doing resubs this month and I have to email BP to find out why when I hit "enter the contest" and submit my picture from the gallery, nothing displays on recent entries. I've even double checked to make sure the display button is checked. Just my luck I guess. It hasn't been running well lately. :(


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8/28/2007 8:21:00 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi Wendy---remember, if you enter an image (like a resub) that already exists in your gallery, that image has a Photo ID# assigned from the day you uploaded it the first time to BP.
The Recent Entries pages are sorted by that Photo ID---so an image uploaded right now to the Contest will be on Page 1. But an image I uploaded last Dec., and enter today, will be many pages back, immediately.


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8/28/2007 8:45:30 AM

 
Wendy P
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2006
  Oh! Well, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks Chris!


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8/28/2007 9:44:33 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  A question for all you folks with the stats........what is the latest the winners have been announced? As far as I remember, I don't recall it being this late.


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8/28/2007 4:36:55 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  It usually seems to be 2 days after the finalists are announced, so I'd expect it to be tomorrow.


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8/28/2007 4:55:07 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
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  Congratulations to all the finalists and to those who did not get buttons, just hang in there. This was my eighth month of entering and my first for finalists--I liked them both but I expected neither. It's been so much fun hanging out with all of you. Good luck to the finalists in the next round.


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8/28/2007 4:59:36 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hey Sherry... BP's self-stated deadline for announcing Winners, is the last day of each month. The latest I have seen them go is the 30th, when they announced Nov. '06 Winners.


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8/28/2007 5:59:51 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  ...I go to bed smiling tonite. This month's thread has been my "luckiest" to date, so I'm gonna push it, and hope one of my Finalists goes gold...!
A) My pick way up at the top of this thread made Finalist.
B) Earlier, I said I hoped all 4 images in my "Lotus Lifecycle" would make EFP---tonite the 4th one just did!
So... C) I hope my "Untitled" makes gold!
hehehe... Good night and good luck!
-C


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8/28/2007 7:35:20 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2007
  WINNERS are out, BIG CONGRATS AGAIN TO EVERYBODY, see you next month!


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8/29/2007 8:32:33 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
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  Congratulations to all the winners, especially to our out-going thread moderator, John C., who hung in there with a personal favorite and took home a clearly merited 2nd place win on a resubmission. What a send off! Way to go, John.


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8/29/2007 8:20:55 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  Congrats to all the beautiful finalist and winners and all those deserving that got missed in the crowd this month. I don't think they ever pic my fav. so I never post it. Good luck next month all.


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8/29/2007 8:31:30 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  A huge congratulations once again to everyone who took home a gold. And another huge congratulations to each and every one of you who go out, day after day, and press that shutter button. No EFP, no finalist, and no prize can match the accomplishment of each of you who commits to making the best photographs possible. Therein lies the honor.

And don't forget to make a note of your August entries before the 31st. Beginning September 1, your current contest entries will be cleared to make room for the next batch. If you've made note of your entries for this month it'll be easier to post your favs when Chris starts the thread on the 15th.

Thank you once again for all your kind words and thoughts, and thank you for participating in this thread. It would have been HORRIBLY embarrassing if I showed up and no one joined me, LOL! I would by lying if I said I wasn't going to miss initiating this thread. It's been so much fun and I've enjoyed seeing everyone's work each month. I look forward to checking back in next month.

Chris, I turn the wheel over to you.

Thanks again!

--John


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8/29/2007 9:45:52 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  I meant to post this on 9/15, and then forgot... For those of you who enjoyed the July countdown, and wish to join in the *August* results countdown thread, going on now, you can find it in the Forum, here:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=30216


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9/20/2007 10:42:31 AM

 
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