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

Countdown Thread to July 2009 Finalists/Winners


Hard to believe that we are gearing up for fall - which for many of us means back to school (for us or for kids/grandkids)! And, if you are lucky enough to live in an area with four seasons, you should be looking forward to some cooler weather and some gorgeous fall foliage! Here in Texas, that takes a bit longer!!

And, meanwhile, it's time again for us to start crossing our fingers, wishing on stars, passing the chocolate and cocktails and eagerly awaiting the finalists and winners for July 2009! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!

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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8/14/2009 8:34:23 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  tag..Many faves this month. Can't pick one.


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8/15/2009 2:58:27 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  I know it's roll call time and I am here!!! I am posting my favorite EP for the month of July. I did ponder between three particular photos that I love very much but the one I am posting would be the most special to me. I caught up with another BP member when I went on vaction (Sharon Kearns) and she shared all her information on how to take night shots. She was so kind and willing to share all she knew. So this photo is special in that I meet another wonderful person who shares the same passion for photography and it was my first attempt ever taking a night shot.


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8/15/2009 7:13:11 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  Thanks for the thread, Shell!
My favorite is ~Little Me~
Could you please add the link for me I still can't do it right LOL


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8/15/2009 8:49:23 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Kristy's favorite - and I hope this works, as I am still learning how to use my Mac.

Little Me


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8/15/2009 8:58:48 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  It Does... Thanks so much, Shell!


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8/15/2009 8:59:32 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Evening Light
Evening Light
For PG101s BW Theme. Happy Theme Day!
© Michelle L. Frick
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When I put this thread up last night, I had already entered for the day, so today, I will add my favorite hopeful. Again, good luck to all! I see some beautiful choices already!


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8/15/2009 9:00:22 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
re~pear~ed
re~pear~ed
What I thought was a fun shot for the Re-Connect Theme..:)

Texture added and NIK filter used... Thanks for looking!!

(Monthly Theme-Reconnect)
© Kara L. Hendricks
Olympus Camedia C-...

 
 
Wow Shell, I didn't realize you had taken over this thread..;) How wonderful!! Thanks for taking it on..:)

Let's see now.. As for me and a fav. of mine... sheesh... That's tough, I personally feel like I had one of my best months EVER photographically last month... So how to choose a fav.

I think I will go with this shot I did for the RE-CONNECT theme..:) I am hopeful!!

Good luck everyone!!!


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8/15/2009 12:14:38 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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Ah, seeing this thread takes me back! I had to dash out to the kitchen just now for a bit of dark chocolate, and a sip of Amaretto on ice, just for old times' sake.

For some reason I still can't quite put my finger on, this image in particular (from a recent trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, which produced several "new favorites" for me) really appeals quite strongly to me. It was shot almost as an after-thought, as I was in a huge line of people being herded towards the formal staircase of the Catherine Palace. I looked up as we were inching forward, saw the ceiling and fired, then went on to explore the astonishing opulence of the palace for a few hours. I was certainly glad to have an IS lens on the camera at the time, since I barely had time to stand still to fire the shutter.

Best of luck folks! Will be interesting to see the July results, with such an enormous percentage of EP's given out this time.


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8/15/2009 7:42:17 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Doh! I can't believe this... I wrote some of those very instructions at the start of this thread, and I still forgot that I can't use the Photo ID method of attaching my favorite here, since I already entered the contest today. So, I'll link in my image tomorrow instead (if I can remember to do it before entering ;)


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8/15/2009 7:44:46 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Like Tammy N I had three favorites but this is the one that I'm going with for the thread. I knew the second I saw the saw table with the basket of drying lavender on it sitting by the window in the dusty storage shed that the composition was perfect. The light wasn't but I'm pleased with what I was able to come up with.
Drying

Good luck to everyone -- less than a week and we should know the finalists at least.


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8/15/2009 8:03:56 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2008
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Water Lilly
Water Lilly
Entered 7/19
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I don't usually do to well with flowers but this is one of my favs from the month.


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8/16/2009 6:19:06 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  One of my favs for July is Scarecrow. A very ordinary-looking image. I am hoping to get it right this time around! Entered in Catch-All.


Scarecrow




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8/16/2009 6:47:01 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   I have found my soul
I have found my soul
July 7, 2009


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

>MONTHLY THEME<
R e c o n n e c t

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Thanks Shell for starting the thread.
Who knows my daughter's condition will understand that for me it can't be other than this one, because she is doing eye contact with her self.


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8/16/2009 7:09:04 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Design in White
Design in White
EFS17-85 @35mm, f/5, 1/15th, ISO100, -.3ev
While waiting in line to climb the main stairs at Catherine Palace, I noticed the simple but elegant white plaster ceiling work.
07/10 Finalist - Theme (Circle)

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Let's try this again... Here's mine, as mentioned above.


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8/16/2009 7:29:30 AM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Where's Tweety?
Where's Tweety?
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Good luck everyone! Here is my fav from last month.


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8/16/2009 8:03:37 AM

 
maria Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/26/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   KISSES
KISSES
Took this photo on saturday :)looks like the flower is giving kisses lol
took this in Raw then edit it a little on photoshoop

hope you all had a great weekend

Category:Flowers
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good luck everyone!!!!


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8/16/2009 12:23:38 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Such amazing hopefuls from everyone! Fingers and toes crossed for us all!


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8/16/2009 9:02:48 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   ...dreams really do come true.
...dreams really do come true.

~~ ♪ ♫ ♪ ~~
Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara
Actual capture-- No DD effects

© Lisa J. Boulden
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A personally busy month, with lots of resubmits. This one, which didn't get an EP the first time around, is one I still have faith in.
Good luck everyone!
~♥~Lisa


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8/17/2009 7:48:16 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  Well, with the notion that we will have the results by the 24th, we only have up to seven more days of waiting and we shall see!!! I wish everyone the best of luck and hope to see you ALL in the final round. Believe it or not I am hoping for a second or Grand Prize for which I will for always remain optimistic.


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8/17/2009 8:36:55 AM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues

Oceanside Pier, California
June 27, 2009

RAW / Tripod / Aperture Priority / 18 mm
F 5.6 @ .4 sec ISO 200

Resubmitted into the Monthly Theme-Creative Power
© Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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Thanks again for hosting Shell!

All of your images are inspirational and beautiful.

Here is one of my favorites from last month. As you know, I love to go to the pier and take photographs at twilight. This is one of those images, adjusted in RAW, with a custom white balance.

Good luck everyone,

Donna


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8/17/2009 8:47:50 AM

 
maria Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/26/2006
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OMG OMG I JUST GOT A FINALIST FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AND I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!! BEEN HERE FOR SO LONG AND I FINALY GOT ONE!!!!

CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!!!!!


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8/17/2009 2:28:11 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  FINALISTS ARE OUT!!!!Wow! I'm not sure, but this seems like the earliest day of the month I ever recall seeing finalists! Congratulations to all those who made finalist, and best of luck in the next round!!!

Here's the link:
July 2009 Finalists


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8/17/2009 2:30:06 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congrats (and best of luck!) to the July Finalists... And a shout out to Maria for her first one ever! (And any other first-timers.) Gotta go check them all out now... I got 1, but not my fav shown above.


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8/17/2009 2:48:10 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Link didn't work for me...let me try this again...

July Finalists


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8/17/2009 2:50:53 PM

 
Holly J. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2007
  Congrats to ALL finalist and good luck in the next round!! Especially to YOU, MARIA,, beng your 1st and all... I've only had one, myself... I treasure it... *sigh* ;D


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8/17/2009 3:45:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...Michelle, you know I just had to go back to my old "stats" file to check... I kept monthly contest stats from Oct '05 through Feb '08... during that span, there was never a Finalist announcement as early as the 17th. (Although, the "Finalist Email" for this month, shows 21,300 entries for July---that is the 3rd lowest count in that same span of time, so I'm sure that helps the judging go faster.)
Perhaps a new trend... Sure nice to keep the waiting to a minimum! ;)


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8/17/2009 5:07:25 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...Michelle, you know I just had to go back to my old "stats" file to check... I kept monthly contest stats from Oct '05 through Feb '08... during that span, there was never a Finalist announcement as early as the 17th. (Although, the "Finalist Email" for this month, shows 21,300 entries for July---that is the 3rd lowest count in that same span of time, so I'm sure that helps the judging go faster.)
Perhaps a new trend... Sure nice to keep the waiting to a minimum! ;)


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8/17/2009 5:07:27 PM

 
Donna La Mattino Pagakis
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  WTG Maria!!! The first one is VERY special!!!!

Congratulations to all the finalists!!

Best of luck in the next round!!!

Donna


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8/17/2009 5:08:29 PM

 
Janet McNeil
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  Did anyone take the totals in each category for July? I can't seem to find them.


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8/17/2009 5:37:53 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Congrats to all Finalists and good luck in the next round!!!

UB.


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8/17/2009 7:36:04 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  H U G E CONGRATULATIONS TO MARIA on her first finalist, GOOD LUCK on the next round!!!!


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8/19/2009 7:22:24 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
CORAL
CORAL
July 08, 2009
FINALIST JULY 2009
Had to upload it again, looked darker here than on my PC

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

>FLOWERS<
© Elida Gutierrez
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Got one, isn't my fav, but I'm thankful that at least have one.


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8/19/2009 7:27:59 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Forgot to say, GOOD LUCK TO ALL ON THE NEXT ROUND!!!!


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8/19/2009 7:29:16 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2006
  Winners are out! Congrats to you all!!!!


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8/19/2009 3:59:20 PM

 
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