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Michelle L. Frick
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June 2010 Countdown Thread


Wow - last month the judges really beat me to the punch - I'd never seen finalists released that early before (and I'm a bit of an old timer). So, this month, I thought I'd try to get this thread started before they choose the finalists!

Happy July! And, Good luck to everyone!!!


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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7/1/2010 5:27:10 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  tag...haven't decided yet.


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7/1/2010 7:40:04 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful
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Good luck to each one of you .....!

Here is one of my all time faves, many-a-time resub too!


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7/2/2010 12:46:39 AM

 
Judyann Plante
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  Lilies (For Forum)
Lilies (For Forum)
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I haven't done this for quite awhile, but this is my favoritet for this month.


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7/2/2010 8:36:19 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Smoke shapes
Smoke shapes
JUNE/03/2010

= MONTHLY THEME =


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Olympus Evolt E410...

 
 
Before they surprise us again here is my hopeful.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERY ONE!!!!


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7/2/2010 2:42:13 PM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   On The Edge
On The Edge
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Here is one of my favorites!


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7/2/2010 5:17:26 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  So where's yours, Shell? I'll try to remember to put mine in tomorrow before I enter. I have two -- heads, tails . . .


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7/4/2010 7:31:47 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Love
Love
My son had just said, "Mom, you are the best Mommy in the world." Nothing beats the love of my children for giving me absolute JOY and making me love life!!!
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Okay, Nikki, I kept forgetting...here you go. I did quite a few resubs again this month. And, I have several favorites, but...I'm going to go with...


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7/4/2010 8:16:22 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Gatsby, #2
Gatsby, #2
Finalist
The AP Literature class had a luncheon a couple of days after they sat for the exam and the students dressed up as literary characters. When I saw the great outfit this young lady had put together, I suggested a mini shoot outdoors using our building, most of which dates from about 1915, as a setting.
Category: People

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I traveled and had company last month so I had lots of resubs -- most of them personal favorites, of course, though a couple were there just because they had been skipped for an EP and I felt they deserved at least that LOL
For this thread, I decided on a new one, though. People is not a strong category for me but the mini-shoot this came from was great fun.
Good luck to everyone.


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7/5/2010 5:53:08 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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h i t t e r
h i t t e r

For the PG101 Creative Perspective Challenge...:)

Taken just last night at the softball field.. Isaiah is playing t-ball this summer and is their power hitter..;) He has had 12 rbi's in 3 games and we are proud!
I used the NIK filters on this and added a texture in PS for a vintage look.. Thanks for looking!!

~Catch All~
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Smart thing starting this early Shell...:) Imagine how long of a Cocktails and Chocolates thread this may become if we get it going early and they don't announce till the 20th or after...lol But it's better than not getting to do it at all like last month..:) Hope it's a new trend they are doing..:)

HMMM... my fav. for the month of June was...


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7/5/2010 6:11:17 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Springtime in the country
Springtime in the country
Spring storms have benefited the farmers in our area, and the big cumulus clouds have been great to watch. This is a montage of two images, the canola field, and the windmill in the clouds... both are fields around our home and were taken this spring on a similar type of day. This canola will produce seed which is used for canola oil, used in cooking. It is in the mustard family.

~6-01-2010~ NL
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I haven't ever participated in this Shell, but thought I would give it a try... especially since I only had a couple of entries last month, making my choice very easy. :)
Best of luck to everyone!


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7/5/2010 7:16:13 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Bridge Seam
Bridge Seam
EFS17-85 @85mm, f5/6, 1/125th Second, ISO100, -2/3ev, RAW
The interlocking teeth in the street, where the two halves of a drawbridge meet, over the Chicago River.
Shot in color, converted to BW with Dodge, Burn, USM in PSE2.

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Guess it remains to be seen if the super-early release date for May Finalists will be a new feature going forward... fingers crossed---it was pretty exciting getting the results so unexpectedly soon last month!
June was all resubs and reworks for me... Haven't shot new stuff in earnest, in about 2 months... So I'll choose this black-and-white shot nearly 2.5 years ago on a great photo excursion to Chicago to meet Margie Hurwich and John Caruso. And as Nikki, ever observant, pointed out, this image was tagged in the BP blog during June as a great example of the monthly theme (Unusual Shapes.) So, fingers are crossed, once again---this is my 4th entry of this image over the years; I hope the Theme this time is the best fit...


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7/5/2010 6:38:24 PM

 
Patti Coblentz
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  Good luck, everyone!


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7/5/2010 6:45:16 PM

 
Patti Coblentz
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Window to the Past
Window to the Past
Window @ San Juan Capistrano.
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Nikon D300 Digital...
 
 
Good luck, everyone!


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7/5/2010 6:45:40 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
  I love everyone's choices! And, Karen, I'm so happy you decided to join the fun this month! Okay - so, they are keeping us waiting longer this month. I think it might be time to break out the cocktails and chocolate soon! Still, we aren't even half way through, so they'd still be ahead to announce this week. We will see!! Good luck everyone!


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7/10/2010 9:30:15 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  If last month's really early announcement wasn't a total fluke (and we're well past the 7th of July now), maybe we'll see something this week? Perhaps as a mid-way compromise between last month's super-early 7th of the month release, and the historically popular 21st of the month release... Perhaps Wed. the 14th as middle ground?
Sippin' my amaretto, nonetheless, just to pass the time ;)


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7/11/2010 7:14:26 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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  The Finalists are out ( http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=40134 ). Congratulations to those who managed to get some (none for me... the second month in a row ... it seems I'm not lucky with fast judges).


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7/12/2010 2:42:17 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yes they are...!! Much to my delight, I snagged 4, yet as usual, NOT the one I chose to share in this thread...! I never can predict, clearly! Congratulations to all the great images, and best of luck! How nice to have another "early release date" this month!


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7/12/2010 2:45:49 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Passion for Music
Passion for Music
My daughter and her guitar.
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  Majesty
Majesty
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Wow, I have been sooooo busy this summer that I had not submitted much, just two re-submits and they both went finalist! That has never happened to me before. Good luck in next round everyone!


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7/13/2010 7:23:13 AM

 
Patti Coblentz
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  That is fantastic, Leslie...it's obvious that quality, not quantity, is what counts...right?!

Good luck everyone on the up-coming round! Wishing you all the best!


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7/13/2010 7:41:42 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all Finalists and good luck for the Gold!

UB.


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7/13/2010 8:12:40 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations to all the finalists and special congratulations to those of you who participate in this thread. It's not often that my favorite snags a badge but it did this time and since it was a People entry, I'm extra pleased. Good luck to everyone in the next round.


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7/13/2010 8:22:52 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I got 4 this time, too. The best for me in a long long time. As usual, not my favorite, but only I know what that was, so I guess I'm the only one who cares. LOL...I'm thrilled to get the ones I did get, even though I'm a little mystified at the dog one..I've had WAY better shots of the same dog that didn't even get an EP..go figure.


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7/13/2010 12:08:00 PM

 
Randy A. Myers
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  Winners are out. Congratulations to all the winners!!


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7/14/2010 1:24:48 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Woohoo! I'm falling off my chair with 2 wins... Can't wait to get back to my hotel and look through all the great winners---congrats!


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7/14/2010 4:12:34 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations Chris, and all the other winners. I was out of town for the announcement but looked through them all last night when I got in. Great images as always.
And now, it's on to the next month :)


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7/16/2010 5:30:16 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I just realized---I just realized that in the history of this monthly countdown thread, I don't believe we've ever seen someone's Favorite Pick here, go all the way to BP Grand Prize---so another round of Congratulations to Kara, for winning Grand Prize on her chosen favorite!


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7/16/2010 5:46:24 AM

 
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