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Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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Countdown to Sept '07 Contest Results


 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Lotus Lifecycle
Lotus Lifecycle
EF100mm, varying f/2.8 - f/9, RAW
A collage of images from Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
11-07 Finalist, N&L

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Hello again, fellow BP Contest Enthusiasts! The 15th has rolled around once again, so we can huddle together to await the verdict of The Judges!
Dust off the hambone chant, the cocktail shakers, and of course, the variety of chocolate that we rely upon... whatever it takes to get through the waiting, wondering and wishing, until the September Finalists & Winners are published later this month! All are welcome here!

Please share with us that one photo you feel is your best chance to capture a Contest Medal this time. Or, perhaps, that one special image you really WISH would bring home the silver or gold, even if you feel it won't. And, it doesn't matter if the photo you choose share here has an EP medallion or not...
One gentle reminder: Please refrain from posting half a dozen of your past entries; ideally, this thread is about sharing that one, really special, excellent, meaningful, or otherwise favorite hopeful image of yours! Best of luck, to all Contestants!

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Helpful notes, re: responding to Forum Threads and attaching photos:

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

2) If you have NOT YET entered an image into the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull a pre-existing image from your Member Center into this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Obtain the particular Photo ID# from your Member Center. Come to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit, 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 that screen.

3) If you HAVE ALREADY made a Contest entry today, before joining this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method, today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) to include in this thread now. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

4) If you're uploading a duplicate in Step 3, you may wish to title it as "Sept Fav for Forum" so that it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on... Adding "Original displayed in my Gallery" to the text description of the duplicate can help direct viewers who want to comment on your image, to seek the original image in your gallery instead.

5) Likewise, if you see a photo in this thread and want to comment on it, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload first. (Are there any older-dated comments already on it? Does it say "Original displayed in my Gallery"?) As a courtesy, try to find the original image in that person's gallery, and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate here---that way, if they delete the duplicate a month from now, they don't wipe out any comment history that should really belong with the original entry.

6) Finally, make a record of all your current-month Contest Entries, at each month-end! On the last night of the month, BP resets the "Current Entries" page in your Member Center, to make way for your entries in the new month. Keeping a record of monthly entries makes it easier to determine your favorite image later, when we start this thread next month!


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10/15/2007 5:26:40 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Another month gone... Who can believe it..? Thanks again for starting up the thread Chris... You were a fine host last month..:)

It is so hard to pick a fav. But I will try...

Good luck everyone!!!!


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10/15/2007 6:02:49 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Glad it's mid month and back to being able to eat chocolate and drink alchol with an excuse!

I had almost an entire month of resubmits, and due to the fact that I was at the BP Summit at the end of the month, I wasn't able to capture which shots I had uploaded last month, so no post for me in this thread.

Best of luck to everyone!


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10/15/2007 8:53:44 AM

 
Les Rhoades
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
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It's that time again....I'll be stopping in to see all the great entries that I missed. Here is my favoirte from the N&L category.


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10/15/2007 8:58:19 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   A Front Row Seat
A Front Row Seat
F5.6, 1/15, ISO 200, 55mm, tripod, RAW, taken from the boardwalk at Indian Rocks Beach, FL. It rained all day, but the sun finally made a quick appearance.
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I had a couple favs but will post the one that I am most hoping will win a finalist. This was taken after a day of rain. I figured there wouldn't be a sunset because of the cloud cover, but the sun did make a quick appearance.


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10/15/2007 9:01:37 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Catch Of The Day
Catch Of The Day
Great Blue Heron doing what he does best.
Southwest Florida

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Wow!!!
Chris, Kara, & Les, those are beautiful images!
Cant wait to see everyones photos this month.
With a little help from Chris, I re-worked this image & submitted for the second time. Thanks Chris!


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10/15/2007 9:03:18 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Carol,
this is a beautiful Sunset!!
Great work!


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10/15/2007 9:05:20 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   ILLUSION
ILLUSION
Be careful of the mushrooms you find in the woods, lol!
If you move to and from the photo, it appears to move.

This effect was all done in camera using a 20-40 zoom lens with a shutter speed of 1/8 sec, f22 at ISO 100 and too much time on my hands as I was waiting to shoot a mountain bike race. No cropping was done, this is the whole enchilada.

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Here's mine for the month, entered in the Monthly Theme category. The effect was all done in camera and no cropping was done.


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10/15/2007 9:16:18 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Where is this thread listed under the forum? I can't find it in its usual place.


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10/15/2007 9:31:41 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi Carol... You may have to just use "View All New"---I think I accidently launched this in "Digital Photography" rather than the "Contest" subgroup :(


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10/15/2007 10:30:23 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 
 
 
How did that happen? How did it become the 15th already? I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's entries. This is such an exciting time, full of promise and hope!

Some of my favorites from September didn't make EFP, so I won't even post any of them here. One that DID make an EFP is another resub. The third time was the charm for this photo. Times one and two it was passed over, but this time it received an EFP. I have some high hopes for it!

Anyway, my Martini is getting warm, so I'll go ahead and post, then I'll go ahead and toast! Best of luck to everyone, and congrats on making so many fantastic photographs each and every month.


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10/15/2007 11:14:06 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Arg...

I already posted a contest entry today, so I can't use the photo ID number. Furthermore, I don't have an electronic version of that particular photo with me today, so I'll have to just wait and post tomorrow.

It certainly is Martini time now!


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10/15/2007 11:17:30 AM

 
Hayley H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2007
  Hey everyone, I can't believe the 15th is already here. I had my birthday on the 12th, but to be honest I was more excited for the 15th then I was for the 12th!! haha, obsessed much?
anyway heres my monthly favourite, it didn't get a EFP but I quite like it!
-Hayley


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10/15/2007 11:40:17 AM

 
Hayley H
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Hey everyone, I can't believe the 15th is already here. I had my birthday on the 12th, but to be honest I was more excited for the 15th then I was for the 12th!! haha, obsessed much?
anyway heres my monthly favourite, it didn't get a EFP but I quite like it!
-Hayley


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10/15/2007 11:40:35 AM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
 
 

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Sunlit Summers
Sunlit Summers
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Here's my favorite from last month. Good luck everyone!


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10/15/2007 11:49:29 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Hello Susan,
This is a very lovely dreamy photo.
I checked out your gallery. Of course Jasy is a doll. Where do you take your beach pictures? I live in SW Florida, some of your beach shots remind me of my area. Very lovely.

Mary


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10/15/2007 12:02:35 PM

 
A C
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I'm glad this thread was entered into the wrong section ... I've never seen it before. Here is one of my favorites. Of course I'm a little partial since this is my little guy.


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10/15/2007 12:09:58 PM

 
Zack G. Ahern
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/19/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   A Sun in Chains
A Sun in Chains
A wild sunflower wraps itself around a chain link fence.

1/320, F/5.6, ISO 200

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Zack Ahern
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Everybody's entries look great! Here is my favorite for the month


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10/15/2007 12:17:43 PM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
  Thanks Mary :-) All were taken at Sullivan's Island in South Carolina.

Chris I still have my fingers crossed for "30 seconds luck".


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10/15/2007 12:21:20 PM

 
Victoria Sutherland
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Uffizi Feet
Uffizi Feet
1/80 @ F4.5, 70mm, ISO 100. Shot outside the Uffizi in Florence on the way to see The Mind of Leonardo.
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Hi everyone! This is my September fav:
It was taken outside the Uffizi Museum


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10/15/2007 12:33:39 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Susan, I kinda forgot about 30 Seconds! Perhaps I didn't want to "jinx" it by risking it here in the thread! hehehe... but yes, my fingers are certainly crossed for that one, too.
Great images showing up here, folks! I always love seeing what I missed, during the past month!


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10/15/2007 1:12:30 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  for forum only
for forum only
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My fav. entry for Sept. Good luck everyone.


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10/15/2007 2:53:33 PM

 
Ken Ilio
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/6/2004
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Frenzy
Frenzy
Focus people, focus! Chicago Marathon, 2006. F/5.6, 1/13s, Nikkor 18-200mm VR (For September Monthly theme, beautiful blur)
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Nikon D200 Digital...
 
 
Not gonna be in the finalist list but I like it anyway :-)


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10/15/2007 3:21:39 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I've got my hopes on two of them. Here they are!






Everyone else is looking great too!!


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10/15/2007 5:12:04 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Just kidding the HTML didn't work. You'll have to check my gallery for Bee and Moth.


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10/15/2007 5:13:11 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/4/2006
 
 
 
Hello all and thanks for showing me all those wonderful pictures! Some of which I have already seen, admired and commented on, and some of which are new amazing experiences. Good luck with them!

My personal favorite is from a Saturday morning when I was having a lot of fun in my kitchen...I hope you enjoy it!

Starting with a cup of coffee...wine and chocolate will be saved for later today!

Katarina


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10/16/2007 12:18:28 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Emerging
Emerging
Finalist
I shot these cone flowers with a relatively shallow depth of field and then used various filters (radial blur, liquify, Gaussian blur) to increase and change the quality of the background blur.
Originally uploaded the first week in September, I decided the photo needed a boost so I pulled it, increased the saturation and intensity of the color, and am resubmitting it in the Monthly Theme.

Original settings: 1/100 sec - f 3.60 - ISO 100

© Nikki McDonald
Kodak Easyshare P7...
 
 
Hi everyone. Good to see you again. Wonderful photos as always. I vacillated between this image and a black and white shot I took in the Picasso Museum in Paris. Since I posted a B&W taken in France last month, I decided to go with color taken in Nebraska this time :)
Good luck to everyone and thanks for sharing your photos and your thoughts.


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10/16/2007 3:40:57 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Rainy Day, Yellow Leaf, Blue Car
Rainy Day, Yellow Leaf, Blue Car
1/13 at f/9; Lens 50mm f/1.4; ISO 200; Hand Held; Natural Light

I was on a drive through the woods on a wonderfully rainy day when this leaf tumbled onto my car's hood. I had to pull over and make a photo before it blew away. Having the trees reflected was a happy bonus.
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Hello again! Like I said before, there are so many fantastic photos in this thread every month, and this month is certainly no exception!

As promised, here's my re-sub entry for the thread.


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10/16/2007 5:06:10 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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  John, I know you picked the yellow leaf image because "I" told you it is a winner. LOL
Good Luck


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10/16/2007 5:20:28 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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I was so surprised when Chris emailed me yesterday to tell me it was the 15th. I can not believe how fast time flies!

One of my favorites is of a wind blown leaf stuck in a chain link fence. It is a resubmit. I originally entered it back on January 16, 2006. I sometimes like to wait a while for the judges to forget a pic before resubmitting ;).

Anyway, maybe this time it will get a silver or a gold...oh wait a minute, it has a gold button :o)!


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10/16/2007 7:30:51 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Chris, just discovered this cool thread! September was a dismal month for me. If I even get a finalist, my guess would be for this one! Good luck everyone!


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10/16/2007 8:50:16 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Welcome, Susan (and Cherylann... and any other first-timers!) This thread has been going on, monthly, for a good while now (Sharon D. was the original host, followed by John C.)
We launch the thread on the 15th of each month. Hopefully next month, I'll launch it in the correct category! ;)
But I'm glad my mistake brought you first-timers into the fold! Best of luck, to everyone!


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10/16/2007 8:56:46 AM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Les--you're on to me, LOL!

And Chris, there is ALWAYS something to be said for happy accidents! Some of the best photos have been the result of a "mistake!"


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10/16/2007 9:18:52 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
 
 
 
Here is my favorite...


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10/16/2007 9:25:09 AM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
 
 
 
Hi Gang! I think September was a tough month for us all where EFP's were concerned. As usual the competition is tough but I still have so much fun shooting no matter what the outcome here. Here are two of my fav's for September.


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10/16/2007 6:51:03 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Meditation
Meditation
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Guess what?!?! I remembered a shot that I entered last month. My mind still works...sometimes. Here it is.


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10/17/2007 6:13:31 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Here, here Tamera! I'm enjoying BP more than I ever did because of participating in the discussions :) I really am thinking this thread is the coolest, seeing what everyone's favorite is!


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10/17/2007 7:14:32 AM

 
Amber J. Skene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   She Has My Heart
She Has My Heart

Gabrielle, my daughter. One of the loves of my life.

~All feedback, advice, and comments are welcome!~

ISO 1600, 1/13, 5.6, 55.0 mm, taken on 8-16-07 in early afternoon. Original in color but converted to black and white in photoshop.

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This is my first time particpiating in this thread or even forum. I have been enjoying seeing everyone's wonderful pictures that they are hoping to see go on. They are all beautiful and great, and hope to one day be able to take photos like all of yours. This is my favorite picture for September and hope to see it go on. I have another one too, called Flower Blur that I hope to see go on as well. Good luck everyone!!!


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10/17/2007 7:25:07 AM

 
Bayley R  
 
 
This is actually one of my favorites that I have taken.
I was just out playing around with my camera with some black and white settings on my farm and came up with this.


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10/17/2007 1:00:14 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
 
I'm a huge fan of this thread and love seeing everyone's favorite images each month. This is my first time to try participating. I'd hate to jinx my image, but I'm really pulling for this shot of my son. It's one of my all-time favorite shots of him.

Good luck to everyone! And, thanks to Chris for hosting this fabulous thread each month!


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10/17/2007 3:34:33 PM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
 
 
 
Hi everyone! There are some fantastic photos posted here, as usual. I have ever gotten a finalist in the people category, but this is one of my favorites for this month.


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10/17/2007 7:20:08 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
That's A Mouthful v.3
That's A Mouthful v.3
Revisiting one of my favorite images of Evan - this time in BW. Thank you to Jennifer Alder for the idea -and for believing in this image like I do!

Thanks for looking!
© Michelle L. Frick
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Okay, going to try this one more time. I haven't entered the contest yet today, so hopefully this will work. Here's my favorite from September!

Good luck to everyone with their favorites as well!!


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10/18/2007 8:27:22 AM

 
Bayley R  
 
 
Here it is


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10/18/2007 1:31:44 PM

 
Bayley R  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Farmers Laundry Day
Farmers Laundry Day
My farm,afternoon.
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here it is.


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10/18/2007 1:33:38 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  FABULOUS photos, everybody! Seeing all your Sept faves has put a smile on my face tonight. I have to take a moment to choose my favorite from last month, but I just wanted to pop in and say good luck to all!


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10/18/2007 10:06:00 PM

 
Melissa Malisia
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/2/2006
 
 
 
Wonderful photos everyone! :)
Here's mine.


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10/19/2007 11:23:29 AM

 
Scott Huffman  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Quick feet
Quick feet
Friday night action from "the biggest little football town in the world", aka Maiden, NC.
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Too many wonderful images in September to count. I especially like the sunset by Carol. Beautiful image, makes me wish I was there.

Anyway, here's one of mine for September. I have a thing for sports photography. poorly lit high school football fields offer challenges, but it's fun trying to get that perfect shot.


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10/19/2007 11:38:23 AM

 
Cynthia L. Deters
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2007
 
 
 
Here goes...


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10/19/2007 2:52:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  Hi folks! The hits keep comin', I see... so many cool images to cross our fingers for...
I'm on a road trip for the next week, so I may not be able to check in each day next week, when we might reasonably expect Finalists. (Then again, historically, my absence has sometimes appeared to help speed up the delivery of Finalists, when I've out of touch on the PC awhile... Perhaps it is just my imagination ;)
Good luck to everyone!


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10/19/2007 6:11:27 PM

 
Diane Davis  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Hand In Hand
Hand In Hand
Resubmitted into the correct caregory!
Winner of the Photogroup 101 Celine Dion song theme. While my husband was holding our baby daughter I was struck by the contrast of her new skin on his rough, scarred hand.

© Diane Davis
Canon PowerShot G7...
 
 
I was wondering what happened to you Chris...haven't seen you on 101 for a while and I couldn't find this thread!

I didn't get much done in September, so my favorite is a resub from the 101 song title theme day. Better hopes for October!


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10/20/2007 7:32:33 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2007
 
 
 
Hi everybody, LOTS of great photos here.
I wish everybody the BEST of luck!!!

Here is one of my favorites, had a very hard time deciding which, so will just post this this one.


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10/20/2007 10:13:00 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   One... Two... Cha Cha Cha
One... Two... Cha Cha Cha
These are my neighbors son's female puppies.
They are a boxer and lab mix, 12 weeks old.
They were actually playing not dancing lol!
Comment's welcome and have a GREAT DAY!
Thanks Frank for help with the title!

A BIG congrat's to all the finalist and winner's and to everyone else, you ARE ALL WINNER'S to me!
THANK'S BP!

9/13/07 7:33:18pm, 1/60sec, 12.80 aperture, 33.00mm, ISO 140, flash fired, sports mode.

Changed background to black, dreamy filter zoom no color, no blur, around 35% blend, applied image darken to origianl a tad.

EFP 9/30/07
© Nancy (Peaches) Harker
Kodak EasyShare Z7...

 
 
Hi everybody, LOTS of great photos here.
I wish everybody the BEST of luck!!!

Here is one of my favorites, had a very hard time deciding which, so will just post this this one.

My other favorite is my Charrrrrrge.


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10/20/2007 10:21:21 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Forever My Love
Forever My Love

Colors enhanced and slight use of the underpainting filter.

*Digital Darkroom*
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I stopped by to wish all of you the BEST OF LUCK!!! Your work is both beautiful and inspirational!!!

Here is one of my favorites for September, entered into the Digital Darkroom category.


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10/20/2007 11:08:40 AM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
 
 
 
I wanted to wish everyone good luck in catching the judge's eye.

This was one among a series I took one special morning on the Santa Barbara breakwater.


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10/20/2007 7:20:04 PM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
 
 
 
Just wanted to wish the other members good luck in catching the judge's eye with their submissions.


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10/20/2007 7:21:56 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  hi folks! I had to write tonite cuz my sis has a new iPhone and I am actually composing this at a great bar in NYC ... I am such a geek!!


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10/20/2007 7:37:24 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
 
 
  Serenity
Serenity
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Lolll Chris :o) Not such a geek like me, remember last month? I was writing from the hotel computer in Thailand :o)
As I was in Holiday I didn't post that much pictures last month and my favourite one is this one...
Good luck to all of you !!!!!


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10/21/2007 12:30:15 PM

 
Anil Soman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/20/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower
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Best of luck to all of you for September contest results!

Here is my favourite photo. This was my first photo on this site!


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10/22/2007 3:45:26 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  It's lovely, Anil--the pink tones are so fresh and the light is very nice. Congrats on your Editor's Picks button.
Good luck to you and to everyone else who has shared their wonderful entries--there's so much variety and I love seeing everyone's work. Shouldn't be too many days now.


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10/22/2007 4:10:54 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Just stopped in to say hello and good luck to everyone! Beautiful favorites everyone! I am guessing finalists to come out either Wed. or Thurs, with Thurs. as my first guess, but I am hoping for Wed. of course! Seems our thread is smaller this time, either they can't find us or they are waiting for the last few frenzied days when the cocktails and chocolate are no longer casually consumed, but chugged and gobbled down to help calm frayed nerves! :D


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10/22/2007 4:24:13 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I just wanted to stop in and say Hi to everyone as we await the finalists :) I have so enjoyed viewing everyone's personal fav's for this month and looking at as many galleries as I could! So glad I discovered this thread this month, thanks Chris. Alright, I'm off to cross everything I can....lol. Have a great week! ~Susan~


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10/22/2007 5:19:36 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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HEY!! Keepng my fingers crossed for everyone!! Good Luck!! Here is mine :0)


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10/22/2007 5:35:03 AM

 
Melissa Papaj
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  Here is the link to my two favorites:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=4750379&catID=&style=&rowNumber=23&memberID=111211

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=4631890&catID=&style=&rowNumber=29&memberID=111211

thanks!


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10/22/2007 10:36:52 AM

 
Troy E. Modlin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   He could go all the way!
He could go all the way!
Panning, pallette knife, texturizer
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Hello everyone. Fantastic photos!!
This was my entry into the Sept M.T.
Panned on a high school receiver running for touchdown but thought it looked better with some PS artistic filters.
Best of luck to everyone.


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10/22/2007 2:24:39 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/4/2006
 
 

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
 
Everything is permitted
Everything is permitted

For the PG101 Meatloaf Song Title Theme.
Swiss chocolate photographed with Canon 100 mm macro lense, ISO-100, f/9, 0.6 s, natural light, diffusor, reflector, tripod.
Curves, saturation, clone, burn, crop and sharpen in PS7.

1st Place D&M Feb 2008.

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Well - it is getting closer...and the nerves need something to calm down. How about some Swiss chocolate for that purpose? Have a bite, try to relax, enjoy - good luck everyone!
Katarina


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10/23/2007 12:08:51 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  So many fantastic images here! Good Luck to all of you! :)


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10/23/2007 5:57:23 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2006
  Oh here you are!!!

WONDERFUL entries!! They're all just sensational!!! Good luck to everyone! (fingers crossed)
I'm unable to upload at this time, so I'll have to jump in next month!
In the meantime, I'll have one (or maybe two...) of those yummy chocolates!! Swiss is my all time favorite!


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10/23/2007 11:32:15 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Blending In
Blending In
Great horned owl in front of redwood tree, California.
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Getting anxious here ... drinking some nice California Sauvignon Blanc to pass the time (from the winery where my husband works, so we get it cheap, lol).

I'm not very confident about my September entries--it's so hard to know what the judges will like anymore--so I'm just uploading one that's a little different for me.

Good luck everybody ... and please pass the Swiss chocolate! :D


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10/23/2007 7:08:15 PM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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Great entries everyone!
Colleen, I feel the same way, not very confident at all anymore. :(

Well, I didn't enter too many for September, due to a new camera (and still learning how to work it), but here are 2 of my favorites.


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10/24/2007 11:26:35 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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  What's up!
What's up!
shot Raw + Fine
SS 1/200 ap f11.0 focal length 38mm iso 1600

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oops, here's one picture


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10/24/2007 11:29:57 AM

 
Vanessa Rabayda
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  Zoom
Zoom

Effect done with camera. Nothing done in post processing asides from resizing.

SS 1/10 ap f22.0 focal length 18mm iso 100
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and here's the 2nd one.


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10/24/2007 11:31:14 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  I sure wish it had been today! I know they have put them out lots on the 24th, but they just don't seem to like Wed as a day for announcing them. Now because I am on the East Coast, it will probably be around 5:00-6:00pm before I know! I never mind the wait until it gets to the last of the month...then I am like ready to know. Once it gets around the 23rd, I start checking my email frequently! Now Cheri, for that drink, mix me a double of something good! Something with rum sounds good. :) I just had my chocolate for the evening, a chocolate brownie.


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10/24/2007 4:49:41 PM

 
David Pratt
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Bald Eagles
Bald Eagles
Taken at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Rhode Island
Minor crop, levels, curves, USM
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/250
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6
Lens EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Focal Length 205.0 mm

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Popping into the party a bit late this time around. Lots of great shots here once again. Good luck everyone. Here is my choice for the month.


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10/24/2007 5:00:30 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Fingers crossed, everyone... I was away from the PC all day today, and hoped that would mean the results came out... :(
I've already downed a great dirty martini, and a wonderful glass of red (my aunt & uncle are quite hospitable hosts; remind me to visit frequently!) so I'm more than prepped to handle another day's wait, as it seems will be the case...!


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10/24/2007 6:55:45 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Chris, what is a dirty martini? I'm ready for one! :D


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10/24/2007 7:18:26 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Colleen; make a normal vodka martini, and pour into the shaker a sufficient amount of the brine ("olive juice" liquid) from the jar of green olives. The more brine, the dirtier the martini, but it can get overpowering, so go lightly at first, until you know your taste. Shake, shake, shake. Then garnish with 3 (or more) olives. I love olives. :) I prefer the Musco Family brand Spanish Queen olives (stuffed with pimento) not the wimpy little manzanillas. Tonite's dirty martini was further compounded by using anchovy-stuffed olives... :) Homemade bleu cheese-stuffed olives are also excellent.


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10/24/2007 7:39:36 PM

 
Zack G. Ahern
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There they are! I got one, but not on the one I expected, my first finalist I'm so excited! Congrats to finalists and non-finalists alike there were some great photos this time out as always!


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10/24/2007 7:49:45 PM

 
Zack G. Ahern
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There they are! I got one, but not on the one I expected, my first finalist I'm so excited! Congrats to finalists and non-finalists alike there were some great photos this time out as always!


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10/24/2007 7:50:56 PM

 
Zack G. Ahern
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  There they are! I got one, but not on the one I expected, my first finalist I'm so excited! Congrats to finalists and non-finalists alike there were some great photos this time out as always!


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10/24/2007 7:51:33 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I can't believe it but the finalists just came out at 10:52 Eastern time! I have never seen them come out so late! None for my fav...I think I jinx it when I post my fav. However, I did get one on my 2nd favorite An Evening Walk and one on my white egret. What a surprise!


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10/24/2007 7:51:52 PM

 
Zack G. Ahern
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  Wow, computer freaked out and posted that three times, my bad ha ha


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10/24/2007 7:52:39 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  This thread must be my lucky charm! My favorite made the finalists - whoo hooo!!! Congrats to all the finalists!!! I'm a happy girl tonight!!


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10/24/2007 7:52:59 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I forgot to say congrats to everyone, those with finalists and those who didn't get one this time, just keep shooting and resubmitting!


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10/24/2007 7:53:43 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  My streak has finally broke. I hadn't had a finalist since December of last year. I'm very happy to say...I got one. I'm thrilled!


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10/24/2007 7:55:04 PM

 
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10/24/2007 7:59:20 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  I knew something was up when I saw so many responses to the thread.

Congrats to all you finalists!

Two here...and one was my fav, so that's pretty cool.


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10/24/2007 8:04:44 PM

 
David Pratt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Congrats everyone! Good luck in the next round! One here!


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10/24/2007 8:06:11 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  How funny, with all the talk of alcohol and chocolate I ran to the store. As soon as I left the finalist were announced!!!

It seems that's what happened last month too.

Anyway, a big congratulations to all of you!!! Best of luck in the next round. I am thrilled to have 3 finalists!!!

It has been rough here in Southern California with all the fires, smoke and ashes! I hope you are all safe!!!

Take care,

Donna


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10/24/2007 8:23:18 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Wow ... congratulations, everybody! I'm surprised and pleased that the fave I posted here got a finalist (my first in Animals) and another one that I *never* expected to get one, also did. :)

Chris, I can't wait to try your dirty martini recipe. I'll be lifting my glass to all the contest entrants--way to go, everybody, and keep on shooting!


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10/24/2007 9:07:16 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Congrats to everyone. The fav that I posted here got a finalist. I'm sure glad the finalists were announced today.....with Halloween just around the corner, there is way too much chocolate in my house!


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10/25/2007 12:42:27 AM

 
Anil Soman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/20/2007
  No luck for me!


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10/25/2007 1:05:31 AM

 
Anil Soman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/20/2007
  Congratulations to all finalists! And Best Of Luck for final results.


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10/25/2007 1:07:41 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/4/2006
  Congratulations to all finalists and good luck next!

I got two, and those were my favorites, so I am very happy!

Katarina


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10/25/2007 1:24:03 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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  Congrats to all the Finalists... and good luck in the next round. My favorite, which was posted here did not make it into the finals, but it did make it on my living room wall. (smile)
Still happy, as I received 4 finalist this month.


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10/25/2007 2:11:18 AM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Congratulations to all who received a finalist and the best of luck to you in the next round!


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10/25/2007 4:02:03 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I am very pleased that my favorite was noticed. Congratulations to everyone else who managed one or more finalists--way fewer percentage wise this time than usual! As Colleen says, just keep on keepin' on--love seeing ALL the images every day.


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10/25/2007 4:18:48 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Go figure--10 minutes after I logged off for bed last night! :)
Congratulations, to the Finalists here! Nikki's right---only 1.7% of the entries made it to Finalist. I have all my monthly BP history stats at home, but I believe that is the lowest percentage I've seen, in 2 years! So to garner a Finalist this month really is something special!
My favorite (above) didn't make it, nor did my second-most-favorite (a lightning strike I picked last month)... but much to my delight, shock and surprise, 5 others of mine made it; a record, for me! Fingers crossed for all of us, as Gold approaches...


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10/25/2007 5:10:52 AM

 
Melissa Malisia
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/2/2006
  I got off the computer last night thinking that the Finalists would be released sometime Thursday.

Was happily surprised to find out this morning that "Dear John" got a finalist medal! My two favorites didn't make it... but I really like the one that did!

Congrats to all the Finalists! :)


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10/25/2007 5:56:53 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I was right on about my Sept, no finalists :( But I am so pleased at the ones I saw that did. Congratulations everyone!


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10/25/2007 6:08:56 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/17/2004
  WoooHoooo!!! Some very well deserved Finalists!!! Congratulations to you All!! WTG :0) Good Luck in the next round :0) None for me this time... :0(


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10/25/2007 6:26:15 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
  Congratulations everyone!!! My pick for this thread did not place... But my Owl image: the eyes have it~ Did!!!! I'm so jazzed!!! Keep resubmitting!!! It could still happen!!!!! Have a wonderful day everyone!!! Don't Forget You Shoot For YOURSELF Then For the Contest!!!! mlg~


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10/25/2007 7:00:02 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2006
  Big Congratulations to all the finalists!!!! WTG!!

I received 2 -- yayy!!!

Evening Calm & Palm Tree Dreams

Now how about a round of chocolate martinis to cheer on the next round?!!


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10/25/2007 8:10:36 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists.

I been on vacation and just got home but I got a finalist which was a nice treat.

It is Keshia in a swing.


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10/25/2007 8:35:15 AM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
  Place finnish and to Susan for her 2 Second Place finishes and to anyone else I missed who participated in this thread who made it through the finalist stage.


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10/26/2007 2:34:44 PM

 
David W. Orias
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  Sorry that got messed up....

Congratulations go out to Christopher for his First Place finnish and to Susan for her 2 Second Place finnishes and to anyone else on this thread who made it through the finalist round that I mistakenly missed.

Everyone, good luck on next month's contest.


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10/26/2007 2:37:09 PM

 
Ken Ilio
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/6/2004
  Way to go, Susan and Chris!


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10/26/2007 2:39:27 PM

 
David W. Orias
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  Oops, I see I missed Les Rhoades..... Congratualtions on your 2nd Place.


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10/26/2007 2:39:48 PM

 
John Caruso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Yes, congrats to all you gold winners, particularly our host, Chris!


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10/26/2007 2:40:42 PM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
  Again, I missed Donna Pagaskis who had 2 2nd Place finnishes this month. Kudos Donna.


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10/26/2007 2:43:39 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Special congratulations to everyone who picked up a winner's button for September--just browsed all of them quickly and there are amazing photos among them.
And I think I saw two gold buttons for you, David O? One on the image you posted here and another on a wave with a surfer. Great job!!


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10/26/2007 2:49:58 PM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
  Thanks Nikki. Nope, the one I posted here didn't even make it to the finalist stage even though I do like it better than the one that went further. Go Figure. But I am quite thrilled about getting a 1st place this month. I didn't expect it.


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10/26/2007 2:55:41 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  I'm going to try to get to everybody's gallery, but if I don't, congratulations to all the winners!! See you all next month!


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10/26/2007 4:41:00 PM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
  Cheers to our wonderful host for his FIRST place win :-)

Congratulations David, Les and Donna for your two wins.

Congrats to everyone else for their finalists and wins!!!

I was VERY lucky and received 3 wins.


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10/26/2007 5:38:30 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Let me add my Congratulations to everyone's great imagery!
This is my first-ever First Place, and I was surprised at how strongly I reacted---I thought I'd "mellowed" in two years on BP, to not getting flustered over a win---WRONG! I'm still beaming, and had to make 4 phone calls tonite to tell people!
And, it was a resubmitted image (no rework, just a plain resubmit from inside my gallery)---so don't give up on the images you believe in!

Don't forget, we'll do this thread again, around 11/15, for the October results... (I promise to try and put the thread in the right place, next time!) Also, be sure to make some kind of record of your OCT. entries by 10/31, before BP clears your "Contest Entries" page---so you'll remember what your favorite was, for the 11/15 thread!


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10/26/2007 6:30:51 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Congratulations to all of you!! Thanks for the well wishes.

My winning images were also resubmits, just entered into a different category. It's the first time I have ever won twice in one month, so that is very special for me.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!! You are all such an inspiration!! Keep up the great work!!!

Donna


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10/26/2007 6:45:38 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Congrats to all winners! I will try to make it to all the winner's galleries, but if I don't or miss someone, a big congrats to you. And as far as resubmits, I resubmitted one this month that was completely overlooked before and this month got an EFP. SO if you believe in an image, resubmit it!


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10/26/2007 8:19:00 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Congratulations to all the winners !!

Beautiful images! When I get home next week I will be able to view all of them.

Mary


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10/26/2007 9:46:25 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congrats to everyone on their wins! Glad to see so many from this thread!


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10/27/2007 5:06:32 AM

 
David W. Orias
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/16/2007
  Sorry Susan. 3 wins..... Great job.


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10/27/2007 6:10:00 AM

 
Judyann Plante
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2005
  Big congrats to all the winners!!!


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10/27/2007 8:10:31 AM

 
Melissa Malisia
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/2/2006
  Congratulations to all Sept. Winners!! :)


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10/27/2007 10:21:36 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  A Big Congratulations to all the Sept. winners.


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10/27/2007 10:36:09 AM

 
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