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Michelle L. Frick
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July 2011 Countdown Thread


Mid-August and HOT here in the South part of the US. We finally saw some rain on Saturday (severe drought conditions in our areas), and we missed setting the all time streak for days over 100 degrees by just one day. Did I mention it's HOT? Hard to believe that school is about to start for my kids and has already started for many.

I say - bring on fall! I'm ready for some cooler temps (anything under 90 will do at this point).

And it's time for us to start whittling the hours until the finalists are announced. I'm picking a cool beverage for this one and maybe some frozen chocolate covered strawberries! Join us for the fun and pick your favorite!

Good luck everyone!

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Good luck everyone!!!


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8/15/2011 7:56:02 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'm totally ready for fall...! Will have to study my July entries tonite, and remember to post my favorite tomorrow morning!


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8/15/2011 12:10:17 PM

 
maria Warren
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   ****The Photographer****
****The Photographer****
Here is a photo I took of my sister in law taking a photo of me :) we both love photography and I love that we both love it :)

added a couple actions on this in photoshop :)
category:Digital darkroom

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here is one of my favorites :)


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8/15/2011 12:24:56 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  tag...


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8/15/2011 1:45:38 PM

 
tony w. austin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Who needs color
Who needs color
taken at fossil rim texas

Exp time .0025
ISO 200
f/5.6

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HOT HERE TOO !!!!!!!!!!!! Last night at 10:00 it was still 100 degrees.

I have not even entered a single picture for August yet... I got to get on the ball.

Anyway here is my hope for July


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8/15/2011 2:22:48 PM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   On The Wire
On The Wire
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Here's one of my favorites. I entered it in the Monthly Theme Category.

Good Luck Everyone!


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8/15/2011 2:35:37 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Gaze
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Denny with his "Puppy"
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I usually do a better job of keeping records and tracking...but I think the finalists came so late last month, I somehow forgot to even save my list of entries. So, as I remember it, here's my favorite - and I entered it in the MT


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8/15/2011 3:59:07 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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Tough month to choose just one!! I probably have 4 strong favorites from July! :) Good luck everyone!


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8/16/2011 4:15:04 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Splendor
Splendor
The magnificent ceiling and skylights over the Great Hall of the Library of Congress' spectacular Jefferson Building.
Construction (completed in 1897) actually came in $200,000 under the appropriation budget set by Congress.

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Here's one ;)


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8/16/2011 4:15:49 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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Thank you again for hosting this thread Shell..:) This year is just FLYING by!!

My favorite from July was not the fav. of anyone else from 101.. But I just love it.. so here it is...

Good Luck everyone!


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8/16/2011 7:10:38 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Lean on me
Lean on me
This place is 10 mins walk from home. Shot one early winter's morning in Islamabad.

Adjustments in PS CS2 and texture by Leslie Nicole.

~~~
CATEGORY: Nature & Landscape (July 18, 2011)

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Many faves to choose from as usual, here's my pick for the month of July. I am also looking forward to see the Finalists and Winners of the B&W Monthly Category, fierce competition there for sure.

Good luck everyone and fingers crossed!

UB.


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8/18/2011 12:05:47 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  monthly theme was very competitive, I think the big winner will come from this group


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8/18/2011 4:50:18 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Beauty in the making
Beauty in the making
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This month don't have a list of my entries, did so many resubs but there is one that I really like and it's for the theme.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!


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8/18/2011 9:01:11 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Well, while Fridays are 3rd-most-popular days of the week for Finalists, and the 19th of the month is the 3rd-most-popular date of the month for Finalists (and tomorrow happens to be my birthday!) I don't think we'll see them this week... :(
Maybe Friday 8/26?


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8/18/2011 7:29:09 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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Vanderbilt Style
Vanderbilt Style
...of course, helped by architect Richard Hunt, landscape designer Frederick Olmstead, and the beautiful NC mountains behind Biltmore Estate.
I opted to try this out printed on 16x20 canvas and am really happy with how it turned out!
07/11 Finalist - T&P

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While we're waiting... I'll break the one-fav rule ;) This rework in July is one that I liked well enough to have printed, and now hangs at home.


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8/19/2011 3:34:36 AM

 
Ann Varley
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   evanescent
evanescent

Redwood NP

Played around with Topaz BuzzSim in FG, randomly brushing in detail from the original image via layer mask.
Background is less buzzed, but Topaz Adjusted.


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My hopeful for MT didn't make Editor's Pick cut (oh well) but under Digital Darkroom, I like this a lot ... keeping my fingers crossed.


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8/19/2011 10:40:08 AM

 
Ann Varley
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  ok, I'm decidedly under-caffienated or something. That DD entry I liked and just posted is for AUGUST not July! sheeeeesh....


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8/19/2011 10:47:24 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Making Music
Making Music
Here's another from Fort Atkinson in northeastern Nebraska and one of my favorites. I ordered an 8x10 print to enter in the State Fair last fall; my one regret was that it could not have been 16x20 -- there are just too many details to explore for the smaller size to be effective.
Resubmitted: March 14, 2012

Category: People

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Well, it's beautiful anyway, Ann.
I read this thread often but rarely remember to put my favorite in before I enter for the day -- it's always "tomorrow" and tomorrow never comes. Like most of you, I have several hopefuls, but this one is probably my favorite. Shouldn't be long now -- good luck, everyone.


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8/21/2011 5:06:12 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  So, here comes a Monday---the most popular day of the week to release Finalists... Not sure if that will help this time? Tuesdays & Wednesdays however, are tied as 2nd-most-popular day, and that feels possible this time... Fingers crossed, and best of luck for everyone!


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8/21/2011 5:29:09 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Just checking in.


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8/21/2011 7:42:09 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I have a hunch that the Finalists will be announced on coming Thursday or Friday, I do hope though, that my feeling proves to be wrong. I am thinking the B&W MT will take the most time of the judges and it will be hard to short list 60 or so Finalists out of the more than 2500 entries. Fingers cross till then!!

UB.


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8/21/2011 7:55:02 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  i hope before this weekend... I have to have surgery and will be in the hospital so I hope to see the finalist before then since I will be away from the computer.


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8/22/2011 4:03:41 AM

 
Ellen Devenny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Summer Nights in the Mountains
Summer Nights in the Mountains
Hayesville, NC
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Several favorites from this past month, so I think I'll choose this one taking during the blue hour.


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8/22/2011 5:47:25 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  hum.... still nothing.. probably be next week would be my guess.


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8/25/2011 11:04:58 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I'd say that's a safe guess at the outside, Tony ;) (Given their stated deadline of the last day of each month ;)


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8/25/2011 11:49:15 AM

 
Ann Varley
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  Guess again!
CONGRATS to all the finalists just posted!
I'm doing a little happy dance for my own ...
First One!


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8/25/2011 12:37:40 PM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  I am thrilled with the one I got "Fresh out of the pool" because it's of my grandson. And, it was a boiling hot day and I was miserable but trying to get some cute shots of the kids swimming. This is the only time my family appreciates my photography...when their kids win....LOL


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8/25/2011 1:04:34 PM

 
Ann Varley
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  Hi Sandy
Congrats!
I had to chuckle over your story there...
I got mine with a shot out of a moving car window because I was bored and needed something to do to cheer me up.
'suppose the moral to the story is not to take things too seriously and just have a good time behind the lens!
Ann


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8/25/2011 1:09:49 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations, Ann, on your first! Definitely a big thrill!
I'm thrilled with the 3 I picked up (one of which I posted in this thread as a Favorite Hopeful!)
Best of luck in the next round!


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8/25/2011 1:15:33 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  congrats to the finalist and good luck in the next round


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8/25/2011 2:01:04 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Managed two Finalists this time. Huge CONGRATZ to all who got one or more and to you Ann for your first-ever Finalist. Good luck in the final round!!!

UB.


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8/25/2011 4:20:23 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck in the next round.

I did not get any this time but maybe next time.


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8/25/2011 4:25:28 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
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  Woo Hoo! Two Finalists for July, one in Flowers, and one in Landscapes. Congrats to all!!!


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8/25/2011 4:25:43 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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  CONGRATS TO ALL!!!

Got 2 and both are resubs.


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8/25/2011 4:29:51 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congratulations and best of luck to all finalists in the next round!!

I am speechless -- I got two -- one in flowers and one in monthly theme!


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8/25/2011 6:24:17 PM

 
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