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

Countdown Thread - August 2009


Wow, the middle of September already? I don't know about you, but I'm a little bit nervous that the holiday season is almost upon us. It's my favorite time of the year, but as a portrait photographer, it's become my busiest time too.

I can't wait to see the incredible images you all will choose this month as your hopefuls! Share away! It's time to pass the cocktails and chocolates as we eagerly await the contest results.

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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9/14/2009 8:15:16 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Ripley
Ripley
Pretty, Pretty Puppy
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Good luck everyone! Here's one of my favorites from August. Fingers crossed for us all!!


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9/14/2009 8:27:05 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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9/15/2009 2:23:12 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Wow... It can't be THAT time again... Goodness... Where is the year going???

BTW.. I still love this thread and hope more people jump in and add... Thanks for doing it Shell!

As for my fav. for the month of Aug.... HMMM...

It would have to be this shot I did at Jane H.'s house while Datha T. was visiting me... This is ONE shot.. Not layered... Emy had this great black skirt with a zippered front.. And I was inspired by a Lady Gaga performance..:)


Good luck EVERYONE!!!


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9/15/2009 4:19:50 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
 
Hello to all, here is my hopeful, it has a secret I'll tell you the secret when the contest is over. All my heart goes with this one.


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9/15/2009 7:08:25 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Reflecting Shadows
Reflecting Shadows
DD Category.

Not very easy to capture reflections of shadows in real life.
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Many favorites to chose from. But here is the one which I like the most. Good luck to all.


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9/15/2009 7:41:52 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Breeze
Breeze
2nd Place Winner
I took this in a farmhouse at the Living History Farms in Iowa on a day that was as pleasant as the title suggests.
Resubmitted 11/16/2010
Category: Monthly Theme (Vintage)

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Sony Alpha A350 Di...
 
 
I do have several favorites this month -- but this one has garnered the most attention both at BP and elsewhere and I do love it so here it goes. Can't wait to hear your secret, Elida. Wonderful choices, Shell, Kara, Elida and Usman -- great variety as always.
Good luck, everyone.


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9/16/2009 3:35:10 AM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Neva Streetlight
Neva Streetlight
EFS17-85 @17mm, f/11, ISO100, 1/200th sec, -2/3ev, RAW
A rework of an earlier image, which had a noticeable "leaning distortion" visible on the church spire in the distance, from the wide
17mm focal length, as well some uneven darkening resulting from the polarizer.
8/09 Finalist, T&P

© Christopher Budny
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Like Nikki, I have a few. August entries were the last of my images from Russia, and I've picked a reworked entry from those---the rework corrected some noticeable leaning at the horizon. Good luck everyone!


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9/16/2009 5:05:13 AM

 
Susan Fox
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All great entries! Here is my fav. from last month. It was a fun shoot to set up.


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9/16/2009 6:36:03 AM

 
Daniella Puente
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/10/2005
 
 
 
This is my fav. from last month it doesn´t have a seal but is an image I like very much :) great entries all of you, good luck!


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9/17/2009 6:27:44 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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  We two
We two
© Daniella Puente
Discuss
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The image doesn´t appear ¿?


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9/17/2009 6:30:55 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Beautiful images everyone! I'm sorry I haven't had time to comment on everyone's individual shots yet. We have Type A flu in my house and it's not been a very productive week. I've got my fingers and toes crossed for everyone. I hope lots of finalists will be coming our way soon!


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9/17/2009 7:40:42 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  I have to many entries that I liked for the month of August so if any of them make it to the next round would be a thrill for me. You gals have been so busy with your creative minds in creating some real pieces of art work here. I have been so busy with a huge photo job and my college biology class that I have only two photos submitted for the month of September and only one of them has an EP. I landed the job of photographing an entire football and cheerleading organization which consist of about 145 kids. I have to do all the individual packages for each child, all the team photo for all the teams and I have to take sports shots of all the cheerleading and football teams which is about eight teams in all each Saturday. In the midts of all that I have going on, my son with autism is being monitored for child hood sugar and last night his glucose monitor registared his sugar as 236. So lets just say I hardly have time to breath right now. I hope to get back here soon and submit some new photos. Good luck everyone for the month of August...

Tammy


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9/18/2009 11:38:16 AM

 
maria Warren
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/26/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Pollination
Pollination
so again I took Bryan for a walk and look at what I took a photo of :) I just love them :)

category:Details and Macro
© maria Warren
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good luck everyone :)


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9/18/2009 4:09:50 PM

 
Alison Greenwood
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Ooh not an easy task because I have a couple of favourites. I think I will go with this one.


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9/19/2009 5:09:06 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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  Ooh not an easy task because I have a couple of favourites. I think I will go with this one.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=8892875


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9/19/2009 5:10:26 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Finalists came out tonite...! Congratulations to those who garnered some silver! And a pleasant surprise to see 800+ this time around, after a few months down in the 400's...!


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9/19/2009 9:34:01 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Finalists are out! Congratulations to all those who got finalists and good luck in the next round! Way to go all!!! And, if you didn't get a finalist this time - rework and resub!!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=34481


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9/19/2009 9:35:23 PM

 
Susan Fox
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2006
  Nothing for me at all this month.

Congrats to those who got one :-)


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9/19/2009 9:58:36 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  It's been a long time since I had a finalist on an image I posted in this thread but I finally did -- go "Breeze"! Like Chris, I was pleased to see so many finalists -- still a very select group (just under 4% of the contest entries) but double what they had been handing out for a long time. Congrats to everyone who managed to snag one.


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9/20/2009 1:38:47 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I got two finalists this time, but unlike Nikki, Chris, and Shell not the one that I posted in this thread. Guess, a resubmit is due!! Good luck to all the Finalists. The increase in Finalists is very welcome indeed!!!!

UB.


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9/20/2009 2:24:03 AM

 
Ron Evans   After 3 years, I got my first finalist... http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=8785638&catID=&style=&rowNumber=14&memberID=173566

I can't begin to describe the smile that is perma-glued on my face since reading the e-mail this morning.


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9/20/2009 5:02:53 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to everyone on your finalists best of luck in the next round.

It been along time since I had a finalist but I got one this time. It the first image in my port of the flower. I took it at the Botanical Gardens in Chicago.


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9/20/2009 9:08:40 AM

 
Fahad A. Al-Shunaiber
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/12/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Open Ceiling I
Open Ceiling I
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One finalist, but I don't expect more than this :)


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9/20/2009 4:37:24 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FINALISTS, and for those who didn't got one, please, don't give up, work hard, keep learning and you'll see that your day will come.

And now for the sad part, my picture's secret. Some days ago my computer crashed and I lost many pictures from July and August, since last year I start to back up every three month, and the last one was June 30.
I would really loved to see it get to the final round because my favorite and two of the three pictures I used to make it where in those ones I lost. The only picture that exist is the one displayed in BP. Hope that BP will never lose it.

See you soon, CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK!!!


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9/20/2009 6:01:24 PM

 
Anne McKinnell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2008
  Congratulations to all of the finalists!! I got 2 this month!!! Amazing.

Metal Architecture

Legislature Fountain

Sorry I haven't had time to comment on everyone's photos since I have been away. I am trying to catch up now. There are so many great shots!!! You all keep me so inspired.


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9/23/2009 9:14:50 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Winners are out! Congratulations to those who went gold... doesn't look like any of our posted hopefuls in this thread made it, but I see a few I recognize...


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9/23/2009 1:42:59 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATS to all the winners. I got one too. Just wanted to share that it was a THIRD time resubmit. It did not go past the EP in the first two attempts. So do resubmit the pics you believe in, you never know!

UB.


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9/23/2009 7:49:05 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Congratulations to all the winners! And, yes, resub - i'm already doing that very thing! Good luck to all!


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9/23/2009 8:08:15 PM

 
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