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Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 

Countdown to April, 08 Results


Hello fellow BPers.

Beginning this month I'll be the new hostess of this thread, thanks to Christopher J. Budny who gave me the opportunity to replace him. I know that it's going to be impossible to fill his shoes, but here I am.

Many people say that May is Mother's month. IMHO it should be all year and not just for mothers but for all the parents out there who do the mother's and father's job. Congratulations to all the BP mothers and fathers.

Ok, back to business. Listen to your heart and post your favorite picture from April. Good luck to everyone. I can't wait to see those wonderful pictures.

I'm going to borrow the instructions for attaching photos into Forum threads from Chris' past thread.

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
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 your reply to 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. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying 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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5/15/2008 5:20:33 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Memories
Memories

..........4/29.........
Entry for the PG 101
Impromtu Tulip Theme Contest

FINALIST APRIL 2008
~FLOWERS~

© Elida Gutierrez
Kodak EasyShare Z7...
 
 
My Photogruop had a "Tulip Theme Contest", and I just had two pictures to enter (you needed to enter three). I did this picture like in 30 minutes just fill out my quota, and end up being my most favorite from April.

Good luck to everyone.


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5/15/2008 5:28:09 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Woohoo.. Thanks Elida for taking over the countdown thread... :) You'll do great!!!

Now onto my favorite for April.. HMMMM....

Here it is.. Good luck everyone!!!


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5/15/2008 5:40:37 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Stairwell (Forum Only)
Stairwell (Forum Only)
© Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Sony Cyber-shot DS...
 
 
Ok, I don't have a favorite really for April, but I guess this one is closest.


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5/15/2008 6:29:09 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Grove Impressions (Forum Only)
Grove Impressions (Forum Only)
© Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Oops! I lied...I like this one..


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5/15/2008 6:31:51 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
 
 
 
Good Luck Everyone~! Here's My favorite...


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5/15/2008 7:03:33 AM

 
Les Rhoades
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
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May was an odd month for me...I have mixed feelings about my images. The few I did like most, BP did not like. Oh well... Good luck to everyone!


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5/15/2008 7:07:26 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
 
 
 
Elida, you're off to a wonderful beginning! I'm sure you will be just fine as the new hostess :)

Thank you Chris, for hosting the thread for so many months and doing a fabulous job!

Carolyn, I can see why you had a hard time deciding...both are excellent images!

Les, every month is an "odd" one for me. I just am thankful that they find a few they do like, whether they are my fav's or not.

Good Luck to everyone! Here's my hopeful.


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5/15/2008 7:27:40 AM

 
Amanda  J.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Monochromatic
Monochromatic

Thanks for looking.
AJ

© Amanda  J.
Nikon D50 Digital ...
 
 
I have high hopes for this one :).

Thank you Elida for taking over. I really enjoy seeing everyone's favorites in one place.


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5/15/2008 7:41:05 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Watchful Eyes
Watchful Eyes
~•~•~○~♥~○~•~•~

Siberian Tigress and her 6 month-old cub
Buffalo Zoo
Buffalo, NY

© Lisa J. Boulden
Nikon D80 Digital ...

 
 
Boy, another month has passed so quickly and here we are again!
Last month was a good one for me (An early dose of springtime weather in western NY had the tigers at the Buffalo Zoo pretty "perky" and quite cooperative for my camera!) Here's one of my favorites.
Best of luck to everyone!
~♥~Lisa


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5/15/2008 7:48:00 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Thak you ALL for your wonderful wishes.

Amanda J. “Watchful Eyes” I always loved you animal pictures and the soft feeling on them.

Amanda J. “Monochromatic” Gorgeous!!! I love GREEN!!

Carolyn I love your “Grove Impressions”

Maybe I’m not the best hostess, but I have a very good Photographic memory

Kristy : “Purple Passion Fireworks” I remember that this is the only picture that you posted straight from the camera (not edited), you love to do special effects in all your pictures, just like me.

Les “Rainy Wednesday” it was used for the watering can theme, if it wasn’t this one, it was one just like this. Beautiful!!

Corinne M. Thompson
Corine: “Butterfly Comet” You dedicated this picture to your friends at 101 and also you did posted the original in the thread.


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5/15/2008 8:13:44 AM

 
Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Union Station Bride
Union Station Bride
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Definitely not my favorite, but my only EFP for the month...


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5/15/2008 8:32:09 AM

 
Karen Celella
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One of MY favorites but not recognized by BP. Oh well, I'm trying to learn to not get down when things are quiet for me here and just enjoy what I like. These threads help me realize that I am not alone. Thanks everyone!


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5/15/2008 9:52:58 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
 
 
 
Here we go...I think I'll have to say my favorite for April is this one:


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5/15/2008 11:35:35 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Here we go...I think I'll have to say my favorite for April is this one:


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5/15/2008 11:38:34 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
 
 
 
For forum only


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5/15/2008 11:45:46 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick    Mystical Illusion (Japanese Inspired)
Mystical Illusion (Japanese Inspired)
Today were really bad storms approaching. I decided to take pictures of the sky through the trees, and the house accross the street was visible. I started playing around with many layers, fills, gradients, patterns, enhancements etc. This was the end result. My daughter fell completely in love with this picture. She seems to think it has a Japanese feel to this creation.
© Tammy L. Newcomb
Nikon D40x Digital...
 
 
My favorite


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5/15/2008 12:09:37 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
 
All gorgeous images so far, and good luck to everyone! I never can pick just one, but I'll do my best. April's fave for me has to be of my little guy because it was his birthday. My baby is getting BIG!!


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5/15/2008 1:22:16 PM

 
Karen K. Givens
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/6/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Grazing for Two
Grazing for Two
Taken of two of my Arabian mares, they are mother and daughter. Put their feed pan in the the yellow flowers, I knew they would eat together. Cropped and ajusted levels, curves and saturation.

© Karen K. Givens
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My Favorite


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5/15/2008 2:53:20 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Tuscan-Inspired
Tuscan-Inspired
EF100, f/10, 1/125th Second, ISO100, -2/3ev, RAW
Several adjustments from original (in thread) both in RAW Converter and PSE2, including Guassian, Multiply & Screen
layers for a softer, dreamy kind of look. The result reminded me of Tuscan villas, vs. the actual New York setting.

© Christopher Budny
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Canon EOS Digital ...
 
 
Thanks, Elida, for agreeing to hostess the thread---it is such a popular thread here at BP, I'm glad you could take it over!
I only managed 4 entries in April; I kinda like them all, since it really is my lowest-entry month ever! But I'll go with this one, as my favorite hopeful!


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5/15/2008 4:29:28 PM

 
Holly J. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Romance in Silhouette
Romance in Silhouette
Resubmit of accidentally deleted previous EFP ; ( However, I did make some changes as well so it's kind of NEW AGAIN! ; )
I saturated the color some, increased the contrast a little, cropped it differently, sharpened it, added a light vignette, and added the birds using brushes (I slightly adjusted them...) from www.brushes.obsidiandawn.com thanks to Stephanie ; )

I must admit, I like this version MUCH better!! ; )
© Holly J. Jackson
Canon EOS 40D Digi...

 
 
I love going through all the gorgeous images here!!

Thanks Elida!! ; )

I only had 4 EPs... I liked them all, but I think this one is my biggest hopeful. (I think...) ; )


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5/16/2008 12:07:26 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  You are welcome Chris.

All the pictures are wonderful and remember, you just need one to win.


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5/16/2008 6:02:10 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
 
 
 
here is my pick....


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5/16/2008 6:24:35 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Standing Proud
Standing Proud

This image is dedicated to my Mom! Thanks for going with me today!!

*Monthly Theme-Standing Out from the Crowd*
© Donna La Mattino Pagakis
divinelovephotograph...
Canon EOS Digital ...

 
 
Thank you for hosting the thread Elida. Good luck to all of you!! Your images are spectacular!!!

Donna


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5/16/2008 9:24:05 AM

 
Sharon F. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Just a Kiss between friends
Just a Kiss between friends
My Arabian stallion Amadorr with my young cat Billy.
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This is my favorite :-)


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5/16/2008 9:42:42 AM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
 
 

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
April Showers
April Showers
F5.3, 1/40, 41mm, ISO 160, taken on an overcast day with Justin's Scooby Doo umbrella and Hershey's raincoat, "rainy window" action applied w/CS, original image layered over it but not sure of the opacity and then "rainy window" water drops were brought back in places using the history brush. Rain added in Photo Explosion Deluxe.
Justin is off on spring break and Ben took off too so we could do some things. Tomorrow Justin has a dentist appt and then we are planning to go fishing, so I am off to bed earlier than usual tonight. I will check back in tomorrow night! Happy "hump day!" I can't believe that spring break is almost half over already!

© Carol Teal
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Elida, glad to have you as our hostess! I didn't know Christopher was leaving and hate to see him go, but I am sure you will do a great job!

I had a fairly good month with EFPs and several favs, but since we haven't had our little dog for very long, and because we think he is adorable and we all love him so much, I have to go with a photo of him as my most hopeful.

I really like Sea Treasures too, but will only post a link if anyone wants to look.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=5929475

And I have a pier shot I entered in T&P that I also have my fingers crossed for!


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5/17/2008 1:37:24 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Loud Mouth
Loud Mouth
Finalist
Taken at the Wildlife Safari south of Omaha, Nebraska.
Re-worked and re-submitted in the Monthly Theme

© Nikki McDonald
Kodak Easyshare P7...
 
 
Welcome aboard, Elida. It's great to see this thread continue. I love to cheer for everyone's favorite photo and it's always a special thrill to see so many of these hopefuls show up among the finalists. Good luck to everyone.

My favorite is a previous entry that I re-edited before re-submitting in the Standout in a Crowd Monthly Theme. I was very pleased with the way it came out as well as with the favorable reception it got from my BP friends.


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5/18/2008 7:06:20 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Thank you all for your wonderful and welcoming comments.
All this pictures are GREAT!!!
In least than a week we’ll know the finalists.
Good luck to everyone!!!


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5/19/2008 5:41:10 AM

 
Stacey A. Bates
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2003
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Kookaburra
Kookaburra
Shot at the Memphis Zoo in the tropical bird house. Shot through glass f/5.6 1/200 iso 1600
© Stacey A. Bates
Canon EOS 30D Digi...
 
 
My only EFP


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5/19/2008 8:45:01 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  It's getting to that time where we should all be starting to get a little antsy...lol! I just wanted to say you all have great images and wish you the bst of luck! I commented on everyone's images except the ones I couldn't find...


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5/19/2008 9:11:22 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Finalists are out!!!
Here is the link

April's Finalists


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5/19/2008 9:25:46 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Good Luck in the next round Nikky and Carol.


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5/19/2008 9:27:16 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Wow, that was fast--I didn't even get a chance to upload a favorite here. I got one finalist, NOT one of my favorites at all, but I'm still happy to get it.

Congratulations everybody, and good luck in the next round!


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5/19/2008 9:44:30 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  Congratulations on your finalists and I wish you the best of luck!!!

None for me, maybe next time!!

Take care!

Donna


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5/19/2008 10:15:24 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  Wait, this is weird--according to my gallery, I got more finalists! But I've only gotten one email. I sure hope they don't take away the ones that I didn't get emails for!! ;)


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5/19/2008 10:16:15 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Congratulations to Kristy, Les, Corine and good luck in the next round!


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5/19/2008 10:39:56 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  I got a finalist in Details and Macro! My hopeful! :)


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5/19/2008 10:40:44 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  maybe if I whisper it, I won't jinx myself...

five finalists.

(that's never happened to me before.)

smiles, lisa


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5/19/2008 11:08:10 AM

 
Holly J. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2007
  WOW!! Lisa!! That's AMAZING!! ; )

HUGE congrats to all you finalists!! ; )


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5/19/2008 12:18:34 PM

 
Karen K. Givens
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/6/2006
 
 
 
Wow Lisa 5 finalists . Way to go girl. :)

I got one in Animals for my photo of our St. Bernard puppy. "Bella"


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5/19/2008 12:42:22 PM

 
Karen K. Givens
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/6/2006
  Wow Lisa 5 finalists . Way to go girl. Good luck in the next round. :)

I got one Finalist in Animals for my photo of our St. Bernard puppy. "Bella"


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5/19/2008 12:44:09 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Congratulations to all the finalists!!!
WTG Lisa!!!


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5/19/2008 2:01:27 PM

 
Amanda  J.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2007
  Huge congratulations, everyone!!! Wow, that was fast this month. I didn't have a chance to get nervous, LOL. I can't wait to play again next month!


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5/19/2008 2:19:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks, Elida. I know there were more finalists from among our number, either on favorites (so many posted forum only thumbnails this month so it's hard to tell) or on other entries so congratulations to everyone here who got one.
Special congratulations to Lisa on her big five. That's amazing and wonderful.
I got two. One is on my favorite--I think it's only the second time I've scored on the one I picked and posted; and the other is on--you guessed it, Cheri--a bird, entered in Animals! I'm very pleased with both and, like Cheri, after a quick trip through the finalist pages, I think the quality is outstanding.
Best of luck to everyone in the next round.


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5/19/2008 2:29:34 PM

 
M. S. White
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/6/2007
  Congrats to all the winners! Can you believe they got it done this fast? I'm quite excited. :D :D :D There are so many good photos there.

This is too much fun! :D :D :D


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5/19/2008 5:47:02 PM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  Congrats to all the Winners!!! My first! 2nd Place D&M! I am too pregnant right now cause I am still crying LOL !


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5/19/2008 7:54:27 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  Congrats to all the Finalists and Winners! A special congrats to those of you with "multiples" and "firsts"! :)


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5/19/2008 8:32:57 PM

 
Wendy Moghadam
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
Great work.

As always, Lisa - you do amazing work!


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5/19/2008 9:51:11 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2004
  It is amazing how fast they did the finalists/winners this month. Maybe that's why the EFPs slowed down. I'm guessing some BP staff may be taking a long weekend off this coming weekend for Memorial Day, so that's why they got them out so early. Anyway, congratulations to the finalists, winners, and *everybody* who entered the contest! Until next month ... happy shooting!


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5/19/2008 10:10:20 PM

 
Carol Teal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/19/2006
  Congrats to everyone with finalists/winners and to those who didn't make it, try again! I just got online for the first time just a few minutes ago and found I had missed the finalists announcement and that the winners were already out, and I had one! And while checking out the winners and coming to the thread to see who else got finalists, I missed entering tonight. LOL Well, it is so late already that I won't get to go thru all of them tonight, but I will definitely try to get thru as many as I can tomorrow! Lisa, 5 finalists!! A big congrats!


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5/20/2008 12:06:55 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  I want to thank you for such sweet support. You gals are wonderful!
Yesterday was filled with such a whirlwind of BP activity: Early announcement of finalists, then, like lickety-split, we had the winners.
5 finalists. 2 second-place wins... I nearly fell over! (But my 15 year-old son put me in my place... "Ya know, Mom, second place is just the head of the line for the losers!" What a little poop he can be!!! LOL)
BTW, 2 were resubmits. 'Pensive' was submitted a few times, then reworked, submitted then resubmitted (one of my favorites...I was unusually persistent!)
Thanks again, and congratulations to all of the participants, finalists, and winners!
Blessings, Lisa♥


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5/20/2008 4:36:59 AM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/25/2005
  SUPER DUPER CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners/finalists this month and a special WOW to Lisa; your talent inspires me :0) . I had very little shooting time in April, so didn't haven't anything remarkable, and quite frankly, forgot about this awesome thread that I found last month. Looking forward to another shot at kinship with you all next month.


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5/20/2008 5:41:03 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
 
WOW!!! That was fast!!

Everything it's said, now we just need a Trophy.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


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5/20/2008 7:07:50 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Dang, I missed the countdown completely...LOL! That's what I get for going to Myrtle Beach!

Wow, they were fast this month! I only had a few entries and none past EFP. I hope to get back in full swing here soon :)

Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners, to all the firsts and multiples!! WoooHoooo! As usual, I am soooo impressed with everyone's work and you all inspire me!!

Elida, you did a fantastic job with the thread!


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5/20/2008 8:28:06 AM

 
Patricia Seidler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2007
  My first time on this thread. It seems like the place to be! Congratulations to the all the winners. I have learned so much just by looking at all the great work everyone does here. I hope someday I get past the EFP. That is my goal!


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5/21/2008 7:37:11 AM

 
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