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Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 

Countdown Thread - June 2009


Welcome to the Countdown for June's Finalists/Winners. I've been a huge fan of this thread ever since I came across it a couple years ago. I love seeing which image each of you choose as your favorite, and then crossing my fingers for us all! It's my honor to have the torch passed to me, and I hope I can do this thread justice. Cocktails (if you please) and Chocolates (calories don't count as the stress of waiting burns them all up) for one and all as we wait for the judges to pick the finalists!! I hope you'll join in the fun.

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!

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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7/14/2009 10:02:50 PM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  Hi and thanks for doing this Shell! My favorite for the month is ~Clematis Stripes~


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7/15/2009 2:10:19 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  My 2 faves for June (almost no EPs) are
A Dam Nice Panorama (6/1)
It's Da Fuzz (6/28)


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7/15/2009 2:43:14 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Tulip Trio
Tulip Trio
Natural window light on kitchen table.
© Michelle L. Frick
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
 
I had already entered late last night, and since it wasn't quite midnight BP time, I had to wait until today to post my hopeful. I have some other favorites too, but...this is the one I'm pinning my hopes on this time...


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7/15/2009 7:54:39 AM

 
Anne McKinnell
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It's so hard to choose one as I have a few favorites for June, but I think this one is really different so I have my hopes up for it.


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7/15/2009 10:06:05 AM

 
Kathryn Wesserling
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  Like Anne, I had more than one favorite, but this seemed like the most unique, so I thought it might have a chance.

Painted Peppers in Digital Art


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7/15/2009 10:24:34 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   REMEMBRANCE
REMEMBRANCE
July 27, 2009
Resubmited to a diferent category
A month ago was the eighth anniversary of the death of my Father.
This is my youngest daughter, Alina, she will always remind mi of my father
because she was born on the same days as my father.

THANKS FOR LOOKING!!!
AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!

>PEOPLE<
© Elida Gutierrez
Olympus Evolt E410...

 
 
Thank you Shell for starting the thread.

This is my hopeful because is dedicated to two very important people in my life. My father to who I own everything I am, and to my youngest daughter Alina.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!


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7/15/2009 11:12:33 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  I'm so impressed so far by everyone's favorites! I hope the judges are good to us all! And, meanwhile, someone pass me a drink and some chocolate...it's only the 15th and it might take awhile, so let's have some fun!


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7/15/2009 12:02:42 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/25/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Simplicity
Simplicity
6/22-Catch All
DRU Virtual World Tour
Another perspective on what you'll find in my neck of the woods. This isn't quite a "landmark", but certainly something you see all around.
Several Topaz filters blended together for a simple, painted look.

© Vicki L. Filippin
Canon EOS 50D Digi...
 
 
My "Corn...Rows?" image was quite popular, but I think this one has the best chance of getting a badge. EP's were pretty slim for me this month, but I had very few entries to work with.
Thanks for accepting the torch, Shell. It's only 6am here, so I'll pass on the adult beverage and chocolate for NOW. I'm sure after a few hours of editing and web building, I'll be BEGGING you for them!
Best of luck, everyone!


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7/16/2009 4:33:44 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Tamarack Tides
Tamarack Tides

Captured at Tamarack Beach in Carlsbad, California.

December 5, 2008
Aperture Priority / Tripod / 40 mm
F 32 @ 1/3 sec ISO 100

*Nature & Landscapes*
© Donna La Mattino Pagakis
divinelovephotograph...
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Thanks for continuing this thread Shell.

I am choosing 'Tamarack Tides' as my favorite. This is the image that inspired me to photograph so many beach sunsets!

Great work everyone! Good luck!

Donna


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7/16/2009 6:53:21 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  You know, this month was flying by, and then when it became countdown time, suddenly, everything slowed for me. Is it really only the 16th? I had a carrot cake for dessert that was delish, but geez - where's my chocolate? Beautiful entries Vicki and Donna! Donna, you know I can't resist your beach scenes!!! GORGEOUS!!! Good luck to all!


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7/16/2009 7:05:22 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Best Friends
Best Friends
Best friends always find a common ground!!

An old favorite! Reworked (blurred the clouds and sky-saturated-levels) and Re-submitted.

Mistakenly clicked the Nikon D40 while submitting. The picture was actually shot with a Canon A95 digital camera.
© Usman M. Bajwa
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Many favs to choose from this month, but this one is very special to me as it shows my daughters as best friends.

Good luck to all.


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7/17/2009 12:06:30 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/19/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
False Kiva
False Kiva
False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
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Nikon D80 Digital ...
 
 
I had a great month for EP's, but that doesn't mean any of them will go further than that. My photos rarely do. But, I'm having fun, and this is my favorite for June. Good luck to you all!


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7/17/2009 7:52:30 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2006
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful

~•~♥~•~♥~•~♥~•~

© Lisa J. Boulden
Nikon D80 Digital ...
 
 
This is my favorite from last month.
(a resubmit, BTW)
Good luck everyone!
~♥~


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7/17/2009 10:46:02 AM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Young Robin
Young Robin
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Here is one of my favorites from last month.


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7/18/2009 6:39:52 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  WOW! I'm loving these hopefuls, and you'd have my vote if I were judging. It's the weekend now, so, I'm guessing we have until at least Monday. It's HOT here in Texas, so let's sweat it out. But, hey, it's the weekend - so, how about some margaritas by the pool? Come on over and join me!!


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7/18/2009 11:07:36 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  I wish!!! Margaritas by the pool~ excellent!!!

Stay cool Shell, it's warm here too!!

Donna


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7/18/2009 1:26:53 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Yup - company has arrived, the margs are brewing! I'm leaving the computer for the day - so maybe that will spur the judges into action. Good luck all!!


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7/18/2009 3:09:52 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well I'm out of town but found a computer for a bit so I will sign in with my hopeful's. I really felt find about my June entries. Ascending Descent is my main hopeful, Long Day's Night (apologies to Beatles) is my other personal favorite but I really don't think it's BP's style. Good luck to everyone.

Ascending Descent


Long Day’s Night


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7/18/2009 4:23:50 PM

 
Erica Murphy
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All these beautiful and very colorful images and my fave of the month is monochromatic. I just loved the way the light was hitting my dog.


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7/19/2009 7:50:19 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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try again


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7/19/2009 7:53:28 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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I typed in the ID and got a different image. and no image is showing up. I know I've done this before.....


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7/19/2009 7:55:52 AM

 
Erica Murphy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/25/2003
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
C U R I O U S
C U R I O U S

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Canon EOS 1D Mark ...
 
 
I typed in the ID and got a different image. and no image is showing up. I know I've done this before.....


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7/19/2009 7:55:53 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I did something different last month. I put in 30 entries and they were all flowers. 21 of them made EFP's.

I really like several of them and it hard to pick. I kind of like a bright red poppy framed in black listed as June 28 but I also really like June 25 listed as Gold. The 21st has a little fly on the yellow flower and I like it too.

I love shooting flowers with all the beautiful colors and shapes.


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7/19/2009 3:02:20 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Good luck Kerby, and good luck everyone! It's almost Monday - perhaps soon! I'll actually be away from the computer a lot this week, so that ought to help. You know, a watched pot never boils, and all that...


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7/19/2009 9:38:42 PM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  Hello everyone: I am sorry I am checking in so late but I have been really busy and I just got back from my family vacation. Here is one of my favorite although not sure how far it will go.

Good luck to you all and I am looking forward to seeing you all do well this month.



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7/20/2009 11:57:06 AM

 
Jane Hirst
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/5/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Angel Wings
Angel Wings
This is not one of the ducks I am raising...this duckling is one of 10 ducklings that my "Dandilion Duck" is rearing in a nearby pond.
© Jane Hirst
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There are so many wonderful photos every month by so many really talented people. It would be hard to chose a favorite. Of my own shots my favorite in June was a little duckling and his Angel Wings.


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7/21/2009 5:43:25 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Congratulations to all the finalists!!! Good luck in the next round. http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=33425


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7/21/2009 4:05:16 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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I just received an e-mail that one of my photos has been selected as a finalist :)
Blessings,
Carlton


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7/21/2009 4:10:30 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  I had 21 (Editor First picks) all in flowers and none of them made it.

Congratulation everyone who got a finalist.


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7/21/2009 4:21:35 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/25/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Corn...Rows???
Corn...Rows???
6/19-Elements of Design
DRU Virtual World Tour
This is pretty much what you see in my town.
CORN, CORN, and more CORN!
Aside from cropping and some basic edits, this is just how it looked when shot...no transforming was done to make the curves.

© Vicki L. Filippin
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Guess I should have gone with the popular vote of my peers. Simplicity didn't get a badge, but corn...rows?? did. Go figure!


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7/22/2009 6:18:38 AM

 
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