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

Countdown to October 09 Finalists/Winners


Wow, the middle of November sure came quickly - perhaps that's because this is the busiest time of the year for portraits, and then add in kid's schedules, school stuff, and HOLIDAZE!!! So, here we go again - waiting for the results and looking to pass the time. I hope everyone is enjoying their November - don't blink - it's almost gone!

Someone please pass the chocolate and cocktails!

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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11/14/2009 8:06:58 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Not Funny Mom
Not Funny Mom
Oreo is definitely a tolerant kitty cat. Butter would NEVER allow this to happen to her. And, I think I've finally figured out how to keep Oreo out of my studio. He usually tries to sneak in, but he may not be so willing in the future! Happy Halloween!!!
© Michelle L. Frick
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I have a tough time picking a favorite from November, but I'm going to go with this one. Good luck to everyone! I hope your favorites all do well, and I can't wait to see what you share here!


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11/14/2009 8:09:06 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
 
Hello everyone, hope everything is runing great for all. I'wont be adding my favorite today, like you said Shell this a very busy days. I been glued to my comp. editing some pictures until yesterday when I lose a bet with one of my daughters and I can't use the PC until monday. But luckily have the cell phone, even whe it takes me a bit more time to write stiill can visit you guys, and see yoou wonderful pictures. Shell you know that your fave it's also mine favorite, oreo's expresion worts millions, LOVE IT!!!


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11/14/2009 9:03:43 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  All mine are my faves, so no pick for me.


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11/15/2009 3:00:59 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   COLOR  BURST
COLOR BURST
This image is dedicated to my mother on her birthday today. She has now seen seven decades and has helped bring up her four children with complete attention, unwavering dedication, and infinite love.

THANK YOU MOM!


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Same here, so many to choose from. However, the one on my mom's birthday ranks on the top for the month. Good Luck to all of you!


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11/15/2009 3:15:49 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Elida - I'm giggling on the bet! I don't know if I could handle that! Carolyn, your images are always stunning! And, Usman, that's a gorgeous image you dedicated to your Mom! Hope we all get lots of silver and gold to start our holiday season off right!


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11/15/2009 5:56:59 PM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
 
 
 
Thanks again for hosting this Shell.. Wish everyone would get involved like they used to...:) But I wouldn't miss it...

My fav. for the month of Oct. is an old sentimental one I just haven't been able to give up on... My son from a few falls back...:)

Good luck everyone!!!


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11/16/2009 6:26:35 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Traveler
Traveler
September 24, 2009

Natural light.
THANKS FOR LOOKING!!!
AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!

>CATCH-ALL<
© Elida Gutierrez
Olympus Evolt E410...

 
 
Hello everyone I'm back, yes Shell it was so funny, for them, not for me, I have a complete session that haven't even look at it. I was thinking that they want to expend more time with me, but not, all they want it was to use the computer all weekend with out me saying "excuse me I have to work". How I wish to have a lap top to work on my pictures, hopefully for this christmas my wish will come true.

But for now here is my favorite is a resub from last September on different category.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!


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11/16/2009 7:35:49 AM

 
Anne McKinnell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2008
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Bandon Sunset
Bandon Sunset
It was the most amazing sunset at Bandon Beach, Oregon. This depicts shape, shadow and reflection.
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Some of my favourites were ones that didn't get EP's!! So I'll go with this one.


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11/16/2009 11:03:46 AM

 
Dawn Schwack
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/4/2006
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Nature's Color
Nature's Color
The Grand Prismatic Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park
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Here is my favorite for this month...


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11/16/2009 12:19:34 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Smokey, bw
Smokey, bw
Finalist
This sax player was playing for the enjoyment of passers-by (and for tips :) ) near Faneuil Hall in Boston on a gorgeous October day. I rebuilt the background to remove distractions. I like the color version (in discussion) a lot and will post it sometime, but today I needed a black and white :)
Category: People

© Nikki McDonald
Sony Alpha A350 Di...
 
 
Good luck to all of you, not just with your favorites as posted here but with others you may be hoping for. There will surely be some fun, unexpected surprises, too.

I took a 10-day vacation in October and re-submitted during that time so I have more sentimental favorites than usual but, as they have already been passed over once, I'll go with a new upload. I have two I really like -- Autumn Gold and Smokey. Despite strong support from friends for Autumn Gold, I'm going with Smokey.


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11/18/2009 4:12:37 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  October was a weird month for me, entry-wise. I finished entering the remainder of my images shot on a Labor Day vacation in Chicago, and also made some re-entries of old favorites, like Nikki did.
My old favorites are of course, favorites and hopefuls--but passed over. I don't know that I can pick one most-hopeful for this thread, that I haven't already picked here before (of the re-entries) and, while I like my Chicago entries, I'm not sure they're going to do well contest-wise. So, I will keep my fingers crossed for all of them!
Good luck everyone! I can't imagine we'll have too long to wait, cuz I'm sure they want them done and posted well before the holiday!


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11/19/2009 7:25:06 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fiercely Gentle
Fiercely Gentle


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Strange month for me, too.
Lot's of resubmssions of old favorites.
Here's my favorite "new" posting.
Good luck, everyone.

...Just opened a bag of m&m's to pass around as we await the finalists...
~♥~


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11/19/2009 6:18:33 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  ...Just polished off some dark chocolate here... :) Maybe a little amaretto on ice, to revisit the 'Chocolate and Cocktails' of old ;)


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11/19/2009 6:50:13 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  I pilfered Halloween candy from my children -is that bad of me?

Good luck everyone!!!


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11/19/2009 7:17:57 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  While we wait in HOPE and keep our fingers crossed for the upcoming Finalists' announcement, just wanted to share a BP statistic on the number of Finalists per month....

Highest ever were awarded in July '05, AND
Lowest ever in May '08. ....


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11/20/2009 3:10:11 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  The highest were 1,033 and the lowest 329!


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11/20/2009 3:13:18 AM

 
Gary Lange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/20/2005
  Kahlua (spelling?) and coffee for me while I wait...oops, no, I'm at work! Whatever shall I do??

More of the good stuff in the coffee later looking at the Finalists and see what entries I missed.


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11/20/2009 6:04:36 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Just coffee for me please, have to drive today, but after 4pm bring all the "to kill ya"!!!


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11/20/2009 6:57:15 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Seeing Usman's statistics really took me back! As a former host of this thread, I used to track all that information (self-confessed spreadsheet/database geek here!) I have the info going back to my very first month of entries in Nov 2005. (I can't believe I'm at my 4th anniversary of contest entries this month!)

I took a break from photography and BP for about a year recently, so I have a big gap in my "full statistics" table, but have managed to keep track of Finalist Announcement Days and Dates... So, to add to Usman's stats:

Since the Nov. 2005 contest, Finalists have only been announced on the 20th one time. Doesn't bode well for today...

However, the Finalists have been announced on the 21st of a month, eleven times (actually, the most common announcement Date in that 4-yr span)... so tomorrow looks very hopeful, if they don't buck the trend with today!

Fingers crossed for everyone!


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11/20/2009 7:13:09 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  Chris, how often have the announcements come out on a Friday? Or a Sat/Sun? I wonder which day has been the most popular?


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11/20/2009 7:53:07 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ken, I'm happy to oblige... I actually thought about putting that into the last post, but figured that would totally geek me out.

For the 4-year period from the Nov. 05 contest through now (47 contests), here's the breakdown of most popular Days to announce Finalists...

Mon/Tues/Wed - tied, 10 times each.
Thu - 6 times
Fri - 5 times
Sat - 4 times
Sun - 2 times

Hopefully this month's results will see Friday gain a notch---not Mon or Tues or Wed of next week!!


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11/20/2009 8:00:56 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  LOL.......Christopher, you wanna help me catch up on some school work..LOL...

I am taking a CIMS class that is kicking my butt because I am slow to get all the enormous amount of work done. The formulas in Excel is just crazy. The whole class happens to be an advanced class in MS Excel.


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11/20/2009 8:38:37 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
  All my photos are my favorites so it would be unfair to just pick one. Besides, I really don't think I have anything that will move to the finalist round this month.

But my best wishes for you all comes with my fingers crossed that all of you on this thread will do well.


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11/20/2009 8:42:00 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  Wow, with all this chatter, I was thinking we had some results, and I am pulling for Friday fireworks!!! I love the stats Usman and Chris! Thanks for sharing. And, Tammy, good luck on that classwork!


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11/20/2009 9:17:24 AM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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Callas

This is my favorite for October! We shall see!


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11/20/2009 9:43:11 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  I guess this would be one of my favorites for November.


Queen Anne's Lace
This macro image of the flower head of Queen Anne's Lace was cropped, converted to black and white, paint daub filter, level and curve adjustments in PSCS2.



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11/21/2009 2:59:42 AM

 
Ellen Devenny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's Lace
This macro image of the flower head of Queen Anne's Lace was cropped, converted to black and white, paint daub filter, level and curve adjustments in PSCS2.
© Ellen Devenny
Miscellaneous Does...
 
 
Let's try this again!


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11/21/2009 3:03:45 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
  Can't wait any longer!!!
After entering the contest today, I'll say good bye to the PC until the 30th, and I'm sure that by then we'll have the finalists and winners. will try to enter the contest from cell, don't know if I could, you know, Thanksgiving, Kids at home and some other projects that I'm involved.

But I want to wish you all the BEST THANKSGIVING EVER!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FINALISTS AND WINNERS!!!!!

AND FINALLY THANK YOU TO ALL THAT CONSIDER ME AS A FRIEND.

I can name the people I consider my friend here, but don't think would have enough space.

THANK YOU GUYS FOR EVERYTHING, I'M SO LUCKY TO BE PART OF THIS WONDERFUL PLACE, BECAUSE EVERYONE OF YOU MAKE IT SPECIAL!!!!


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11/21/2009 10:46:39 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/18/2004
  To be honest with you... I was sorta expecting them yesterday... I would think they will want to get the finalists AND winners out and done before the Thanksgiving Holiday... So if they wait till Monday, they'll really have to post them back to back almost... And I always enjoy a few days between them to absorb the finalists announcment before they throw the winners out...:)

Good luck everyone!!!!!


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11/21/2009 1:58:32 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  I remember a couple of months ago the finalists came out on a Saturday night around midnight New York time!


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11/21/2009 4:32:22 PM

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


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11/22/2009 11:08:56 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ah, that old familiar agony of the waiting game... :) Sunday releases of Finalists are extremely rare (twice in 4 years)... But it *has* happened.

I find the double-dark chocolate brownie at Boston Market especially useful in times like this...


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11/22/2009 11:19:02 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Chris...when has been the latest (date of month) that the Finalist were announced, in the last four years?


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11/23/2009 3:48:03 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hopefully we won't see a repeat of that---it was the 29th! (To release the Nov '06 results.)
For October contests, the dates I have are:
2006: 11/23
2007: 11/26
2008: 11/25

Hard to say, but I still say they'd want to get the results taken care of before the holiday... Fingers crossed!


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11/23/2009 4:46:44 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  THEY JUST CAME OUT!!


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11/23/2009 5:25:23 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Oops... in my haste, I forgot the link.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=35468

Congratulations! I'm thrilled to have two this time around!


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11/23/2009 5:26:29 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2006
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Deputy Barney Fife
Deputy Barney Fife
October 2009-Finalist
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Well, surprise, surprise:

I actually did have one favorite but was not sure if they would go for the concept of the photo and to my surprise they picked my favorite photo of my son I took in his room with his Halloween costume on. So if all we get is finalist I am thrilled either way.

Congrats to all here who got finalist for this month and good luck into the next round.


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11/23/2009 8:07:04 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
~nose 2 nose~
~nose 2 nose~
People Finalist October 2009
© Michelle L. Frick
Canon EOS 5D Digit...
 
 
I got one on a favorite of mine that I kept resubbing. Happy to have it recognized!!!! More proof resubbing works - sometimes it's just the category change that can make all the difference!


Congratulations to all the other finalists and good luck in the next round!


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11/23/2009 8:49:07 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  You're totally right, Michelle; both of my Finalists this month were from resubs.


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11/23/2009 9:29:01 AM

 
Kathy Coombs
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/31/2009
 
 
 
Two finalists! I'm Happy!


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11/23/2009 1:19:16 PM

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


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11/23/2009 7:28:25 PM

 
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