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Christopher Budny
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Countdown to Dec. 07 Results


Happy New Year, fellow BP Contest Enthusiasts! We can't say goodbye to 2007 completely, until we celebrate the December Contest results... so, let's join together together and await the Judges' final 2007 verdicts... Break out the diet sodas and tap water, dust off the rice cakes and carrot sticks (I'm not the only one in New Year's Resolution Mode, am I?) and of course, call down the lucky ham/chickenbone chant---settle in for the waiting and wondering as we anxiously count down to the December results, due later this month. All are welcome!

Some folks have commented that EFP's were much scarcer in Dec. Please remember, this thread isn't JUST about your favorite Dec. EFP... Share here that one photo you felt was your best or favorite entry of the month. That one special image you are proud of, or really would like to have recognized with a medal, whether or not it made Editor's Pick this time around. One gentle reminder: Please refrain from posting half a dozen of your entries; ideally, share that one excellent, meaningful, or otherwise favorite image of yours! Best of luck, to all the Contestants!
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Helpful hints, re: Forum Threads and attaching photos:

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

2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. You can skip the other fields on that screen.

3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before coming to 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) into this thread. 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, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.


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1/15/2008 5:15:25 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Becoming Raegeena
Becoming Raegeena
EF100, f/2.8, 1/30th Second, -1/3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod
I spent just over an hour photographing my friend's fascinating transformation into Sister Raegeena Wit Envy.
Here, a quick check in the bathroom mirror, as Raegeena's decorated face takes shape.
(The mirror has a beveled edge, which created the "double image" seen here.)
Raegeena is a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, Las Vegas Chapter; the Sisters are quite active in the community,
raising money for a number of different charities, including AFAN.

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Howdy... My favorite photo entered in Dec. A portrait, quite rare for me!


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1/15/2008 5:16:25 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Hi there!!! Wow... ANother month down.. I can't believe it... Thanks again for hosting this fun thread Chris...

Good luck to all who post here...:)


Now for my favorite...


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1/15/2008 5:40:16 AM

 
John Caruso
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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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Hello everyone!

I've had high hopes for this one a few different times, but it never went anywhere. Because I like it so much, I felt it deserved yet another resub...so here it is.

Here's to silver and gold all around!

And here's to Chris for getting us going yet again!

Cheers!


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1/15/2008 7:00:31 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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My favorite is a black (Gray) and white element of design image. It is of a roof design and shadows on the design.

I am at my daughters and do not have it to put (no access to my images) up but put it first if you click into my portfolio.


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1/15/2008 9:23:46 AM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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This is my favorite. Good luck to everyone .


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1/15/2008 11:07:54 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Just checking in..My fave is the Texas Windmill Sunset. It's on my website.


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1/15/2008 11:41:35 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Kimmy
Kimmy
This is my daughter. Kimberly is her given name...but she goes by Kimmy at school. She will be turning 12 on Christmas Day. Where does the time go!?!
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I didn't enter much last month...but my fav of course has to be a shot of my daughter! She turned 12 on Christmas Day.


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1/15/2008 8:16:21 PM

 
David W. Orias
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Progression of Wavelets
Progression of Wavelets
I choose to put this into Elements of Design due to the repetitive elements of the crests in the photo

f/8 1/13 second 600 mm focal length

Santa Barbara West Beach 8 AM
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Good luck everyone........

This was my favorite submission of December. I was lucky enough to catch this rather unusual pattern created in small waves breaking on the shore.


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1/15/2008 10:04:18 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Langlauf
Langlauf
~~~

AKA: Cross country Skiing

Location: Kandersteg, Switzerland

A Winter Paradise

This is our family’s favorite village for the winter season.
This image was featured, in a full page spread, in the December 2006 issue of Swiss News Magazine.


December 2007 Finalist = T&P

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The final contest for 2007...I want to wish everyone Good Luck!


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1/16/2008 12:01:14 AM

 
Tressie Davis
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My December fav...good luck to everyone!


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1/16/2008 2:09:39 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Can't believe it's the 15th (actually the 16th as I write) already! Great job as always, everyone.

One of my favorite December entries, also entered at the very end of November, has never received an Editor's Pick so I know it's not in the running for finalist, but I do like it anyway so that's the one I've decided to share.


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1/16/2008 2:42:58 AM

 
Amanda  J.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Monster Kitty 2
Monster Kitty 2
She is such a Monster. This one was through the glass door, too. Thank you for looking!
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I am very new to this contest. December was only the second month I entered. I only got one EFP and that was for my Monster Kitty 2. She's been a part of my household for a long time.

I hope it is o.k. to join in. I don't really have a hope for this one, but I'm having a lot of fun playing :).


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1/16/2008 5:43:38 AM

 
Tressie Davis
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  Amanda - welcome to BP! You have a beautiful gallery, and I think Monster Kitty 2 is an awesome entry. Very nice!


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1/16/2008 6:10:28 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Good luck, everyone! Especially Amanda, who is just starting out on the potentially addictive road of BP Contest entry! ;)
Keep the hits coming!


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1/16/2008 6:50:35 AM

 
Amanda  J.
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  Thank you, both! I will admit to thinking quite a bit about what picture I'll enter next. It's a lot of fun!


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1/16/2008 10:23:09 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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Surfer and the Storm
Surfer and the Storm

One of nature's greatest gifts, surf and the sea!! This was captured on 12-8-07 in Oceanside, CA.

*Monthly Theme- Nature's Gifts*
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Your favorites are beautiful, best of luck to all of you.

I've been doing lots of reworks and resubmits because my camera is in need of repair. I can get it to work, but it isn't easy!!

Anyway, this is my favorite NEW image submitted in December. Entered into the Nature's Gifts, monthly theme category.

Thanks for hosting this thread Chris.


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1/16/2008 10:32:43 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Crazy Bays
Crazy Bays
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Fabulous entries, everybody! I'm so impressed with the quality of images we see every month.

I set myself the challenge of entering every day in December--not easy! Here is one of my favorites.

Chris, thanks for hosting the thread, but I think I'll pass on the dusty carrot sticks! LOL


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1/16/2008 2:29:15 PM

 
Carol Teal
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My favorite for the month is a close one; one of my favs, Haeper's Mill, did not receive an EFP (which surprised me). So I will post my other favorite instead. And then, just as last month, I am also hoping for my parents' german shepherd; they would be so thrilled! Great images everyone and good luck to all!


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1/17/2008 2:07:02 AM

 
Carol Teal
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Mirror Image
Mirror Image
F11, 1/60, 77mm, ISO 250
After taking photos of this old barn, I got in my car to leave. I had to back up and turn around. As I looked at my passenger sideview mirror, I noticed this beautiful reflection. I had to stop and take a few photos of my mirror to capture this.

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Hmm strange...mine always works!


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1/17/2008 2:08:46 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  ~Sunlit Maple Leaf~
~Sunlit Maple Leaf~
(Slight color saturation & sharpened)
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Good Morning Everyone! Another month of wonderful entries, I wish all of your the best of luck! My favorite didn't get an EFP but I'm posting it here anyway.

Margie, I know what you mean about time flying...my daughter will be 30 on the 39th of this month :0

Welcome to BP Amanda!

Donna, I hope you get your camera repaired soon! I'd feel like I was missing a limb without mine...lol :)

Thanks Chris for the, as always, entertaining commentary and runing the thread!



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1/17/2008 4:53:32 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  OOOPS...I meant on the "29th" of this month!


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1/17/2008 4:55:18 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I love seeing all these images for the first time... I don't get to surf BP as much as I did say, a year ago, and one of the things I sometimes miss, is spending a good long time surfing the Recent Entries every day. Even then, it was impossible to see them all, so this sort of brings the best to my inbox! ;)


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1/17/2008 6:10:28 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   * C H I L L Y  P E P P E R S *
* C H I L L Y P E P P E R S *
Another version of my frosty peppers (from the freezer). F11, 1/60 at 140mm. Lighting overhead, left and SB600 flash.
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Great images! I can't wait to browse a little further. Welcome to Amanda, love the Monster Kitty shot :) Thanks to Chris, as always, for hosting. I've participated very little in Dec and only 5 or so entries even for January. Here is my favorite of my Chilly Pepper shots and my hopeful for a finalist in December.

Nice to see you all again, best of luck, and I look forward to sharing the wait and the successes!


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1/17/2008 6:16:49 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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Have a Nice Day!
Have a Nice Day!
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We meet again! Happy New year Everyone!!!! ♫
Wishing you all much happiness, good health and prosperity for 2008!!! ♥
This is my favorite from December. Good luck to you all!


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1/17/2008 6:41:10 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Happy Countdown time!

This one was a resubmit from the previous month that I reworked.

I do very few conceptual images. So I am really happy with how this one turned out.

Good luck everyone :-)


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1/17/2008 6:43:51 AM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  For Forum Only
For Forum Only
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This is my favorite for December. There were so many amazing images and very few EFP's for me. Good luck to you all!


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1/17/2008 7:40:20 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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Here is some Swiss chocolate for everyone to nibble on.

This photo is also my PG101 Chocolate Theme Homepage contest entry.

The photo taken this morning right after I returned from the Gysi chocolate factory.

Gysi.com


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1/18/2008 2:40:03 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Good news for "one of our own" thread participants here... Congratulations to Kara Hendricks, whose favorite Dec. image ("Hidden", posted above) was selected today as Picture of the Day ("POTD") here on BP! Congratulations, Kara, on your terrific POTD! Here's hoping your image can garner a second medal, later on this month!

If you are not familiar with BP's POTD, you can view the archives here:
http://www.betterphoto.com/Photo-of-the-Day.asp


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1/18/2008 6:51:13 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  A big congrats to Kara!!!!

This thread isn't getting as much activity as it used to. Where did everyone go? Isn't anyone excited about counting down to finalist any more :-)


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1/18/2008 7:02:14 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Susan, my own hunch is that with seemingly fewer EFP's handed out nowadays, fewer folks have a favorite hopeful (ie, EFP) to share here; but as mentioned at the start, and aptly demonstrated by Corrine, this thread is still about sharing that one favorite image, regardless!
Fingers crossed for everyone; for anyone whose Dec. favorite did not receive an EFP, just remember that you can resubmit an image later, if you really believe strongly in it!


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1/18/2008 7:13:12 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I was at my daughters she had a baby and I became a first time grandma.

I did not have access to my images so I placing my favorite up now. It is a roof design image with shadows and roof design.

I also put two images up of my new grand daughter on my site. IT so fun being a grandma.


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1/18/2008 7:19:32 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  It's early yet, Susan :) Except for last month, I think they had been coming out about the 24th and that's nearly a week away. People always sign on kind of slowly and the activity picks up as the time drags on more slowly every day :) Last month we kind of missed all that what with the finalists and winners coming out so early--though I was glad to have them out so we and the BP staff could go about our holiday business. Anyway, I check in all the time to see what new favorites have been uploaded. Best of luck to everyone.


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1/18/2008 7:20:38 PM

 
Shannon Heryet
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Mrs Frost
Mrs Frost
My good friend allowed me to take this photo ...outside at -25c today, She's such a good sport
Thanks Tiff
ss 1/200 f8.0 ISO 200

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This is my favorite for December
Shannon


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1/19/2008 8:06:40 PM

 
Robert Baer
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Baggage Claim, Sacramento
Baggage Claim, Sacramento
I added a posterize filter to an image that I took at baggage claim at the Sacramento Airport. They have piles of baggage stacked to the ceiling to make some type of baggage sculpture statement.
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This was one of the lost baggage sculptures at the sacramento airport. I thought it was really a fun image to "play" with.


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1/20/2008 5:57:44 AM

 
David Pratt
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Hi Guys, I haven;t posted here in a while, but now I am back, lots of great images again this month. Good luck to all of you. Here is my fav for December.


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1/20/2008 9:40:05 AM

 
David Pratt
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Hi Guys, I haven;t posted here in a while, but now I am back, lots of great images again this month. Good luck to all of you. Here is my fav for December.


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1/20/2008 9:41:04 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Wow... Chris... Thank you so much for the recognition here... Yes... HIDDEN is an all time fav. of mine... and even if it goes no further.. POTD feels like a win to me!! I have said it before... Only 30 of them a month... There are 111 winners... So POTD is just about the biggest BP recognition there is...

Unless you figure in GP...:) I try not to aim that high... I always miss...lol

Again.. THANKS!!!

I figure everyone will be breaking out the Chocolate and Spirits soon.. While we wait!!!

Good luck to all!!!!!


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1/20/2008 9:52:46 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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First time posting here. I'm trying to decide which is my favorite. For the past few months my least favorite has been getting a finalist! Go figure! I'm choosing a winter image: All is Calm.


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1/20/2008 3:28:47 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   All is Calm
All is Calm
*Digital Darkroom*
© Jessica Jenney
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December entry:


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1/20/2008 3:37:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Lovely image, Jessica. I love the blue cast--so cold looking and perfect for the capture.

What's anyone's best guess for a date for the announcements :) I think it's about time for us to start speculating. I'm going to say Wednesday the 23rd.


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1/20/2008 7:49:50 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
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  Well Nikki I'm going to guess on the 25th. That seems so far away! Are we getting into the chocolate yet?


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1/20/2008 8:19:35 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm still on dried cranberries. Doesn't do to get too excited too fast :)


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1/20/2008 8:21:54 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  I am guessing Thurs the 24th for the announcement!


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1/20/2008 9:02:59 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  My guess is for the 27th.


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1/21/2008 6:46:00 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  My guess is by the 23rd. For some reason, I feel they'll be earlier this month, with more of a wait between the finalists and gold :)


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1/21/2008 8:42:18 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Did anyone manage to see the count, for # of Dec. entries, close to midnight, 12/31, before it reset? Just curious if it is the usual 35K+ this time...


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1/21/2008 8:49:29 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  I'm guessing it'll be the 25th for the finalists, and the following Monday (the 28th) for the winners announcement.

Do you think if I mention that the 25th is my birthday, it'll increase my chances of getting a finalist? ;)

I'm already into the chocolates and the white wine. :)


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1/21/2008 7:17:29 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon in Death Valley National Park. Picture taken from Zabriskie Point at sunrise. November 2007.
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Here is my December Favorite. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!

Leslie


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1/21/2008 9:10:06 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  An announcement today would be nice :-) I liked that they come out early last month. But I am betting they will be announced tomorrow. Of course I am usually always wrong :-)


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1/22/2008 9:27:52 AM

 
Tressie Davis
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  Today, today, please, please?!


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1/22/2008 9:38:07 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  I think last month's early announcements were an early Christmas gift to all of us BP members! :)


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1/22/2008 9:38:09 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Everyone getting antsy?????

:)))))


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1/22/2008 10:17:18 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  If it is any help, I'm about to log off this pc, and will be away from a computer for several hours, traveling from NY to DC. (I used to have a weird tendency to be away from my pc, the day they were announced!)
Though, I feel like today is too early... :(


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1/22/2008 10:24:57 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  I still think it's too early yet ... last month BP staffers/judges probably wanted to get away for Christmas and that's why we got the early notice.

I suggest chilling more drinks, opening more chocolates and revving up our hambone chants. Good luck, everybody!


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1/22/2008 10:59:51 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  We also need to figure in the new CASH Contest that is going on... We didn't have that last month, and it may have some of their attention devided...:))

Ya never know...


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1/22/2008 1:01:24 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Wouldn't the cash contest be more of an issue next month? I'm assuming they'll announce the Jan cash winners at the same time they announce Jan finalists, probably after 21 Feb....


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1/22/2008 2:37:29 PM

 
Danielle Fuller
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  I'm so glad to see that I am in good company and not the only crazzed fool that can't tear themselvs away from the PC the last week of the month!!! Not that I think I had a good month in December at all!!! LOL...I don't expect to get anything, but it would be a wonderful suprise!!! Good luck to you all. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!


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1/22/2008 3:41:03 PM

 
Alexander Czernin-Morzin
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  Chris,

There are certain advantages to live in Europe, as previously mentioned.

Midnight in Redmond is 9 a.m. in Austria, and here are the numbers for December:

Total: 33,187 100%
N & L: 5,121 15,4%
Animals: 4,348 13,1%
People: 5,800 17,5%
El.o.Des.: 1,871 5,6%
Dig.Dark.: 2,106 6,3%
T&P: 2,351 7,1%
Flowers: 1,990 6,0%
Macro: 2,140 6,4%
Catch-All: 3,485 10,5%
Monthly: 3,963 11,9% Nature's Gifts

Total of individual counts is 33,175, a small difference of 12 as we cannot look at all counts in the same second.

We have noted the totals only since October, so I cannot really compare the development. But there was a huge drop from October's 40,033 to December's 33,187.

Maybe in December everyone was so occupied commenting on the drop in EPs that they had no time to submit new work! If that trend continues what will be in January!

The tension mounts...

T-12330 minutes and counting before moment of truth!

Alexander


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1/23/2008 1:32:18 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thank you, Alexander, for this information--WOW! So interesting to see the drop in contest numbers. I do think December is a particularly busy month for many people on a personal level.

And Danielle, I just had a look at your gallery. You have many lovely entries. What's YOUR favorite from December?


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1/23/2008 2:13:10 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I agree with Nikki, your gallery is wonderful Danielle! I really enjoyed browsing it while I wait here with the rest of you crazed fools....hehehehehe

Thanks Alexander, for the stats on December :) I know I had waaayyyy fewer entries, and most were resubs.


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1/23/2008 5:40:00 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Thanks so much, Alexander, for taking the tally snapshot at "midnight" 12/31... That is definitely a reduction of entries from the dizzy heights in the recent past.
I never get to check at midnight, so the monthly stats I end up tracking are based on the loose, "rounded" number that BP publishes in the Finalist notification email: ie, Nov's Finalist email stated "Over 34,500 photos were entered into the competition." I think they must weed out contest entries that were later deleted by the member, before month-end. (Ever notice in Current Entries, the red-X frames, where an image should be? I think those are member-deleted entries, or botched uploads---but I think they still add to the "entry counter", ie, making up your 33,187 number; my hunch is those red-X entries are probably dropped from BP's notification count. So I'd guess the Dec. notification might say something like "Over 31,700 photos were entered...")
Anyway... based on the email notification number, 33,187 be not too far above July 07 entries ("31,400")---I believe EFPs were activated in mid-June, so July was the first full month of displaying EFPs, and the first month to show a sudden jump in entries (over the previous monthly average of about 24,000.)
Alright... how much time did that kill? Any Finalists yet?? ;)


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1/23/2008 6:33:09 AM

 
Alexander Czernin-Morzin
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  Christopher,

Happy the stats help you "analyze" BP.

The difference of 12 pics, when I add all the individual totals, is surely the time lag between looking at each category and the sum.

Just try it once yourself. 10 categories and the total. Each category needs clicking and waiting for connection and transfer time. Depending where you start (details or summary) the figures will/nay must be different. There are lots of uploads just around Redmond's midnight. I think everyone tries to be the Numero Uno for the new month.

On the lighter side, as you say "how much time did that kill" I am sure there are people who are statistic addicts and have "time", i.e. nothing better to do ;-) and they could count EPs, split into the 10 + total categories plus EPs which are not entered in a contest...

And I have another suggestion for a statistic. Maybe establish, with a very small margin of error, the number of those who complain about not receiving EPs, those that insist that the EPs are rigged, those that enjoy getting one, and a few other factors.

Gallup might reveal something, BUT the BIG question will always be what the Silent Majority says...

As Jim says in the Mission Statements, BP should be fun, and so statistics are simply simple fun!

Best,
Alexander


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1/23/2008 8:09:57 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I agree... I find tracking all this somewhat-pointless data, to be kind of fun! Must be all those years working in accounting and system databases, that has me addicted to neat, orderly tables of data...


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1/23/2008 8:46:01 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Ken, I'm not saying that the CASH contest will have any winning results this month... Just that they now have those images to sift through and look at, in addition to the free contest... I'm not sure what the judging process is for that one.. whether it goes in stages like the free contest or not... But I figure they have been looking through those images as well..:)

Might slow down the free contest a bit... Who knows...lol


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1/23/2008 9:06:26 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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ffr


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1/23/2008 9:30:37 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  ffr? I think Min wants to follow this thread. He lives in a stunningly beautiful country and has stunningly beautiful images to prove it :)


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1/23/2008 10:05:19 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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this is my favourite


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1/23/2008 10:16:12 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Finalists today maybe??????????????


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1/24/2008 8:24:54 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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  Wish you all good luck!


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1/24/2008 8:29:28 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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good luck everyone!

heres my favs


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1/24/2008 8:57:05 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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morning dew
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good luck everyone!

heres my favs


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1/24/2008 8:57:39 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   pine hawk moth caterpillar 4
pine hawk moth caterpillar 4
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and...


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1/24/2008 8:58:48 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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  how do I upload foto into this forum please advice me


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1/24/2008 9:00:13 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Min, if you go to the top of this thread, Chris has provided instruction on how to do that. They are very good directions. Let us know if you have any problems.


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1/24/2008 9:25:10 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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Sunrise In Bagan
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Taken in Myanmar, Bagan which is one of the famous ancient cities in South East Asia. Taken at early morning sunrise, luckily balloons were in the sky that day as it was tourists season. Used 70-200mm with Canon 5D.
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my favourite for this month.


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1/24/2008 9:25:16 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Wow... That is gorgeous!!! Good luck with it Min!!

Everyone getting anxious?????


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1/24/2008 9:33:36 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Min, glad it worked, that is a beautiful image!

Kara, I really wish they would get on with it lol. I've already hit the cocktails :)


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1/24/2008 9:51:11 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  I hope it's before the weekend! Min, I recognize that gorgeous image! Another version of it won Grand Prize!


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1/24/2008 11:30:26 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A similar image to Min's (minus a the balloon!) is used as the cover art to "The Jewel Trader of Pegu", a novel by Jeffrey Hantover that I picked up in Border's tonite!
Beautiful landscape, with the temples in the haze!


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1/24/2008 5:59:32 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Just to bump this to the top of the threads, above the endless "Endless Journey" queries ... who's got extra chocolates to share? :)

I have Scharffen Berger's dark (60% cacao) if anybody wants some!


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1/24/2008 6:44:51 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  No chocolates...but I did just finish my second glass of wine!


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1/24/2008 6:46:41 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'll take one, Margie!!


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1/24/2008 6:48:49 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Sorry...my second glass was the end of the bottle. But I have an entire wine cooler if you want to come by! When are you in Chicago next!?!?!


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1/24/2008 6:54:04 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm ready, Cheri. That would be a great TGIF surprise--and I'll bet the folks at BP wouldn't mind getting them out before the weekend, either. Here's to having our favorites recognized (well, not mine since it wasn't an EP--but I have others!) and some fun surprises for all of us.


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1/25/2008 4:21:23 AM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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  I'm just peeking in to see if there was any news yet?
Wow! Sensational images everyone!!! WTG!

(Raising my glass to you all) CHEERS ♫
I bet TODAY will be the day the finalists are announced!!! GOOD LUCK!


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1/25/2008 7:23:29 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Not to put a damper on it, but...
Traditionally, Friday is the second-least-common day, in the last 25 months, to announce Finalists. (Sunday being the least common.) Additionally, the 25th of the month is tied as the 3rd-least-common date.
Of course, the release statistics change every month, so perhaps Friday will move up the ranks today! ;)
However, Saturdays are one ranking ahead of Fridays as release days, and, the 26th is tied as the most common date to release them!


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1/25/2008 7:47:50 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  You all better get out of that wine bottle or you won't be able to see them when they do come out! LOL


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1/25/2008 8:53:17 AM

 
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  Sloth and Degradation
Sloth and Degradation
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This could happen to YOU!


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1/25/2008 9:04:29 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Make it a wine glass, and you might be onto something, Carolyn! ;)


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1/25/2008 9:08:28 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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  what is the time now? :)


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1/25/2008 9:11:06 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  LOL at your photo, Carolyn. Is that a real armadillo?!


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1/25/2008 9:16:35 AM

 
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  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=21651


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1/25/2008 10:06:55 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  I see finalists are out. Congrats to all that got one.

Not even one for me. Guess after getting two first place wins last month I know suck this month. Maybe the contest is done with me.

I see they were a bit stingy with the amounts this time around. Really, there were only 14 deserving finalists in Details and Macro??????? Really that was all they could find worthy of a finalist??????

Sorry, it's a bit of a shock for me to not to even get one finalist.

But I was so happy to see Kara's Hidden get one! I hope it goes to gold my friend!!!!! :-)


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1/25/2008 10:08:11 AM

 
John Caruso
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  Well congrats to all. For the rest of us, there's always next month....


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1/25/2008 10:15:32 AM

 
Min Htike Aung
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  YAY!! I GOT 2 THIS MONTH!


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1/25/2008 10:23:17 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Congratulations to all the finalists this month! So many favorites were chosen correctly! I'm excited that I finally received one on my 'Sweet Solitude' image. It only took 5 reworks!!! LOL

Anyway, for the record Susan, you are a favorite with me!! I especially love your 'Freedom' image!!

Best of luck in the next round everyone!!

Donna


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1/25/2008 10:23:50 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Congrats, all! And way to go, Min!


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1/25/2008 10:24:43 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Oh, and Susan, I've sucked for over a year now! LOL!


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1/25/2008 10:26:32 AM

 
Amanda  J.
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  Huge congratulations to the finalists! Seeing these wonderful pictures makes me realize how far I have to go. And isn't the journey the most fun? Thank you for letting me participate in this thread. I can't wait to see the winners!


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1/25/2008 10:30:25 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  Thanks so much Donna! That means the world to me :-)

Come join me at the losers table Margie ;-)


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1/25/2008 10:31:00 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Susan, I know how you feel. I've never gotten a first place, but for awhile there I was getting finalists pretty often. I suspected I wouldn't get any this month, even though I thought I had some good photos--it was just a feeling the contest was "done with me." I also thought the finalists would be announced today, so even though my contest luck appears to have run out, my predictive ability is still working. LOL

Congratulations to all the finalists, and best of luck in the next round!!


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1/25/2008 10:31:27 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Heck, I've been waiting for you, Susan!


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1/25/2008 10:32:00 AM

 
Susan Fox
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  LOL Margie! Quick make room for Colleen because she is joining us too. Better add an expansion to the table and gather some more chairs.

Colleen you know I LOVE your photos. I think you create some of the most beautiful florals. I have several as favorites and you are one of my favorite photographers :-)


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1/25/2008 10:34:50 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Thank you, Susan!

At least I have great company at the loser's table, with you and Margie! LOL


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1/25/2008 10:36:55 AM

 
John Caruso
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  It'll be fun to welcome you to that table with us, Susan, LOL! Just remember that manners aren't required.


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1/25/2008 10:47:14 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  Wow, so if I've done the math correctly and there were 33,187 entries and only 363 finalists, then that's just 1% of the submissions.

Which makes all the finalists an even bigger achievement--WTG, everybody!


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1/25/2008 11:06:42 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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  Yep, 1% was my calculation as well...

Susan, Thanks for the congrats...:) I love HIDDEN, so since I only got 1.. I'm glad it was that one..:)

And hey, I bet I join you in the losers corner next month... The way they have been cutting back the amount of finalists... Only 200 or so will make it.. The following month, Theere will be so few that they all WIN...lol

Congrats everyone on your finalists and good luck in the last round!!!


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1/25/2008 11:16:09 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations, to the Finalists! I just got home (yes, I was away from my pc, so the trick still works!) and have yet to look through them... Honestly, the thought of only 363 to look at, is kind of nice for a change! ;) Perhaps BP is tightening up the Free Contest, and making it a tougher competition---time will tell, based on the quality of all Finalists & Winners, but then, BP Winners have always been, in my opinion, pretty spectacular images.

Colleen, Margie, John, whoever else---slide over and make room for me at that table... My glorious streak at BP has finally ended; 25 consecutive months of at least 1 Finalist every time. What a ride!

Here' to the next round, everyone! Good luck to the Finalists in the running!


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1/25/2008 12:02:08 PM

 
Diana Child
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  Hey, got room for one more? Someone order me a fuzzy navel while I sit here and chew on my sour grapes. Just think, we're the bigger group, that makes this the cool table.


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1/25/2008 12:07:44 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Doh! Forgot to update the stats in my last message:

Fridays are now in a 4-way tie, as the 3rd-most-common day to release Finalists.

The 25th of the month is now the second-most-common date (after a 3-way tie for the most common date.)

Dec's results, 363 Finalist, represent the lowest number of Finalists ever awarded, in my 26 months of records, and the lowest percentage of total entries to make Finalist, at 1.16%. The average across 26 months stands at 740 Finalists, an average of 2.83% of all entries. So yes, I'd say a Dec. Finalist is certainly something to crow about! Congratulations, again!

Alexander---I wasn't too far off! From the "midnight tally" of 33,187 that you provided, the BP Finalist Notice Email (thank you Kara, for sharing yours) indicates "more than 31,300 entries"---I'd predicted 31,700.

January Contest results will be doubly interesting, as it will be the first month of Cash Contest results.


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1/25/2008 12:13:05 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  Maybe there won't be any finalists in the free contest for Jan. ;-)

Welcome to the losers table Chris and Diana! Sorry you were both shut out too. There is plenty of room and lots of drinks. John said no manners required so let loose :-)


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1/25/2008 12:19:13 PM

 
John Caruso
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  I drink to your dearly departed streak, Chris. As a matter of fact, I think it only appropriate to have 25 drinks: one for each month. So it's time to get to work....


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1/25/2008 12:23:22 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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  Oh how fun! A PARTY! I'm so glad I'm not the only one at that losers table...just the one that built it!


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1/25/2008 12:24:47 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  Oh boy! 25 drinks! Where would you like us to put you after you pass out John?

There isn't much room under the table. I guess we can put you on the table. But then there would be no room for our finalist trophies. Oh wait! We have none :-) Ok, top of the table it is.

*just having some fun folks :-)*


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1/25/2008 12:32:01 PM

 
Christine Czernin
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  PLEASE, make room at the table, let me join you. I bring a sponge cake along to soak up the tears of disappointment and
frustration.


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1/25/2008 12:38:52 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  LOL You guys are all too funny! Glad we can laugh through our tears! A big bottle of booze helps, LOL!


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1/25/2008 12:41:37 PM

 
David W. Orias
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  Congrats Cheri, Rachel and Min on your winners and congrats to all the other members who were finalists. Great Job!!!


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1/25/2008 12:57:26 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Good heavens---a new trend too---the GOLDS are already out! Congrats on the Wins, folks!


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1/25/2008 12:58:42 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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  WOW! Talk about breathtaking speed, I was about to congratulate someone on their finalist, and by the time I got to the respond box, it had turned into a winner!

Congratulations, everybody!


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1/25/2008 1:00:29 PM

 
Diana Child
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  Hey, some got gold medals, others got cold shoulders. Win some, lose some, cry some booze some.... In the end, everyone who didn't participate at all are the only ones who really lost. After all, they had to have scored lower than me. A toast....

TO MELBA!!!!


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1/25/2008 1:04:57 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  To Melba! May she rest in pieces!


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1/25/2008 1:06:12 PM

 
Diana Child
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  Oh honey, stopped trying to jam up the works by buttering me up...


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1/25/2008 1:07:11 PM

 
Susan Fox
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  Wow BP is in even more of a hurry than last month. Maybe they have a big party to attend. Or maybe they want to quickly leave the building because of all the emails complaining.

Christine, welcome to the losers table and your sponge cake sounds yummy. Not sure how yummy it will be with all those tears added in though :-)

Back to being serious.... A huge congrats to the winners!!!!!!!


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1/25/2008 1:07:57 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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  Congrats to the finalists and winners and everyone who took part!

this must be the first time ever that my fav got somewhere...... ;o)


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1/25/2008 2:13:25 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations to the finalists and winners.


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1/25/2008 2:40:53 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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  Just adding my Congrats for the Finalists & Winners! As for everyone else, you're all Winners to me!


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1/26/2008 5:31:21 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Just catching up here since Friday and want to congratulate all the Finalists and Winners! What an achievement this time, considering those stats. I am amazed at the low numbers. I didn't think it could get tougher for me...lol.

Even though my photography has improved a bit I don't think it will catch up to the skinnier and skinnier list of Finalists. I think my hope to one day get a gold is looking farther and farther off in the distance :( Someone get me a cocktail!!!!

Amanda J, you are so right about the journey and I'm with you Diane, those that didn't participate are the real losers. And Margie, if you built the table, then I put the legs on it..haha.

After I browse the wonderful winning images I'm going to get down to working on a few new raw ones I've taken. I will persist..hahahaha.

You are all the best inspiration anyone could ask for :) So scootch on over and make room for one more......


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1/27/2008 6:18:56 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  I am late getting here to offer congrats to those with wins and finalists and to say keep shooting to those who didn't make it. I was one of those who didn't make it last month, and who knows whether I will have one next month. The ways things seem to be changing and with the possibility of a repeat of fewer finalists in the upcoming months, I just don't know. Not to mention I have not been out to shoot anything new since Thanksgiving. I received a finalist this time on a third time entry; however, it was reworked the 2nd time and the 3rd. I was much happier with the photo after reworking it this time. So, if you really like an image, you can always rework and resubmit.

I began going through the finalists/winners but have not finished yet, but hope to tomorrow. And, I'll see everyone here again next month, same time, same place! :D


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1/29/2008 11:19:16 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Just a reminder folks, to make a record of all your January entries no later than tomorrow, 1/31. At midnight, BP will reset your "Current Entries" page in your Member Center, to make room for Feb. entries.
So, if you want to easily recall what you entered in January, in order to share your favorite here in this thread mid-February, make a record of your Jan. entries soon!
Good luck, in advance, for January's contest, everyone!


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