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Michelle L. Frick
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June 2012 Countdown (aka Cocktails and Chocolate)


Mid-month again...Christmas in July and all that fun stuff. It's been a busy month in my house, how about you?

So, what's everyone think--quick results again or long and drawn out? Either way, I'm crossing my fingers for everyone's favorites and as always, looking forward to the results.

Someone send m&ms or Rolos stat!!!


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Good luck everyone!!!


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7/15/2012 9:59:06 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Ok..I had all sunsets (except for TKW Day) and love every one of them, so I'm picking 2 out just because I rarely pick anything.


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7/15/2012 10:07:20 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Hi everyone, after a looooong absence I have been very busy updating my website and going nuts entering bird photographs.

I had a hard time choosing my favorite. This one stood out to me as it is a more unusual image of a most often photographed bird.

Good luck everyone!


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7/15/2012 5:21:15 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ah... would love a cocktail and some chocolate tonight! I was especially happy with several of my June entries, and have probably 9 favorites! Will be hard to pick just one in the morning!!


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7/15/2012 7:05:41 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Thanks for hosting the thread, Shell. Mid July has gone already and the excitement for Finalists has started building gradually.

Lots of personal faves this month as usual. However, like Carolyn, I am also picking two this time.

Good luck to you on your faves!!

UB.


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7/16/2012 12:59:46 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Thanks for hosting the thread, Shell. Mid July has gone already and the excitement for Finalists has started building gradually.

Lots of personal faves this month as usual. However, like Carolyn, I am also picking two this time.

Good luck to you on your faves!!

UB.


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7/16/2012 1:01:36 AM

 
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Bend it like Beckham
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Shot this inside the Pakistan Monument under the four-petals structure on a twilight. The full picture of the monument can be seen here: http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=13023147

The camera was placed in a precariously upright position on the floor inside the iron grill (just above the pool of water). Using the timer on the camera I ran and put myself in the frame.

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well, I need to learn how to put two images in a single response.

Here is the other fave this month!!

UB.


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7/16/2012 1:03:05 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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I'm going with this one... The Library of Congress is one of my favorite places in DC, after the cathedral of course! ;) I've also got my fingers crossed for one of my Theme (Tech) entries... Good luck to all!


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7/16/2012 3:38:53 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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It a hard choice between my owls and my goose picture but I go with the baby owls. They were in our tree and I photographed them as they grew up this year.

So fun


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7/16/2012 9:10:20 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  I'm not going to jinx myself by picking a favorite. . .

Good luck to everyone!


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7/16/2012 9:55:53 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I've almost never got the one I pick either. That's why I hate to pick favorites..I have visions of people waiting like vultures to see what we put in this thread so they will know what NOT to give us. LOL...


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7/16/2012 10:00:43 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I dunno... I have an experience that speaks to the opposite of that---my Jan. 2011 Grand Prize! It was my "fav pic" in the Countdown thread that particular month! Certainly caught me by happy surprise!


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7/16/2012 10:04:18 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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I've had some go on to finalists, but lately, the thread favorites have had a tougher go of it. Fingers crossed for everyone's choices...I'm throwing caution to the wind, and going with this one from a fun session near dusk.


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7/16/2012 10:14:42 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I also almost always pick the non-finalists. Looks like I double-jinxed myself this month, LOL!!!

UB.


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7/16/2012 11:19:40 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  You know, it might be fun to pick each other's finalists sometime. . .


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7/16/2012 11:26:35 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I was thinking the same thing, when you said you weren't gonna pick one yourself ;) I thought "I wonder which of his would be MY choice?"---but it is hard to go back in time and find what a member's past-month entries actually were, unless they keep them grouped in a specific Album (in the deluxe galleries, at least)...


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7/16/2012 11:30:20 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I am in Jeff, if you are!!!

My last month's entries are placed on page 2 and page 3 of my gallery (placed between the Winners & Finalists).

UB.


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7/16/2012 11:38:55 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  I'm game, Usman. Mine start on page 2 of my gallery with the image titled "Mirror Lake" and finish on page 3 with the image titled "Columbine"

I'll find some time after work to take a look at your gallery.


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7/16/2012 11:43:33 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Jeff..Uinta Mountain Afternoon and Locomotive Spring are my favorites of yours.


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7/16/2012 11:53:11 AM

 
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  And Usman, Love Bundle 2 hands down fave..You know I love cats. That one is just precious.


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7/16/2012 11:55:20 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  And if anybody wants to pick mine they are on pg 6 (Yin/Yang) back to pg 3 (Yo, Dude, It's TKW Day)


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7/16/2012 11:58:27 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Beautiful images, Jeff. My picks are "Locomotive Springs" and "Uinta Mountain Afternoon". I really think both these have a good chance landing Gold. And your creative genius is well evident in the "Painted Smile". Fingers crossed.

And thank you Carolyn for your pick.

UB.


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7/16/2012 11:59:23 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Carolyn, what a beautiful set of nature captures. The light and comp in "Sun Ray View" and the tones and reflections in "Pouring Out Gold" are especially heart-warming! Good luck.

UB.


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7/16/2012 12:07:43 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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I entered this about the first of the month so not sure of the odds of having one from the first day entered but I do like it.

Lighting A Room


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7/16/2012 2:11:51 PM

 
tony w. austin
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i have no clue. but I am going to guess this will be my best chance


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7/16/2012 3:42:07 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I'm not going to guess unless it gets very late in the month. But in the spirit of the thread, I just had some chocolate ice cream!
Good luck to all ... your images are fabulous!


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7/16/2012 5:26:58 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Hello to everyone and happy hot as heck July!

I am also back to photography and BP (where else lol?) after 4 years that seemed to fly by! I left in May/June of 2008, right after I got my first (and only) gold! June's are my first month back so I am trying NOT to be really excited ;-

But I AM excited about being back here, seeing many familiar faces (and new ones!) who are still the same friendly folks that are fun to share with and learn from. I don't always have time to comment but I browse everyone's images and get very inspired! The ones posted on this thread so far are amazing, as always!

Great idea, Jeff, on picking fav's for others. I hope I can get to that before Finalists come out. I have a feeling it will be within a couple of days.

I'm having a hard time deciding one Fav, so I'm between "Woodi-Sun & Shadow" and "Garden Candy." I already entered for today so I'll try and post them tomorrow.

Best of luck to everyone!


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7/16/2012 6:33:22 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Good grief, Usman, I might have gotten more than I bargained for. As always, your work is amazing. If I had to pick a couple, I think I'd go with Harbor Bridge. The rich colors are fantastic and the composition is works really well. I find myself spend a bunch of time exploring the details. I think my second choice would be Pakistan Monument. The balance and symmetry are incredible and the rich colors and lighting really create a strong mood. There are several others that are well deserving as well, like the owl puzzle. As always, amazing work.


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7/16/2012 6:47:56 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Carolyn, you have some amazing sunset images. I'd have to say that Rule of Thirds is my favorite of the bunch. I love the dynamic feel and the energy of the storm. Very cool. I would love to shoot some time lapse at any of these places.


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7/16/2012 6:57:29 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Oh, and, thank you Carolyn and Usman for your kind words. Those two images are a couple of my favorites.

Welcome back, Susan!


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7/16/2012 7:04:34 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks for the kind words, Jeff.

Many BP members belonging to the PG101 club, regularly do this kind of activity (picking faves from the members of the group) every month. Thought to let you (or anyone else who visits this thread) know in case if there is an interest.

UB.


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7/16/2012 10:59:43 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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Here is my pick for June.

And FWIW,

Carolyn: Pouring Out Gold
Usman: Art, Artist and Art
Jeff: Uinta Mountain Afternoon

Great images, every! Good luck!


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7/17/2012 8:02:41 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  That last line was supposed to be:


Great images, everyone! Good luck!

(sure wish we could edit posts!


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7/17/2012 8:04:55 AM

 
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  I wish we could, too. I've suggested it more than once. I sometimes let my big mouth take possession of my common sense and wish I could take it back.


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7/17/2012 8:18:17 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Usman - sounds like an interesting club. I did a search, but did not find it. Can you point me in the right direction?


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7/17/2012 8:47:09 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I should have been more clearer, Jeff. Its not a BP club thats why your search lead to nothing. For joining in the PG101, you may contact either one of the fellow BPers Kara Hendricks and Datha Thompson who moderate the group.

Hope this helps.

UB.


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7/17/2012 9:21:11 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks a lot, Martha for picking one from my gallery. And your pick IS Worth a lot for me. Thanks again for the time and pick.

BTW "Glowing" is really terrific in its color and amazing details, WOW!

UB.


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7/17/2012 9:28:02 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Jeff: I picked Stripes and Needs Improvement as my 2 favs from yours. Your light-motion shots are fantastic, too! The "half-orbs" or domes are really intriguing.

Carolyn: Pouring Out Gold and Rule of Thirds are my choices; what amazing sky and water you have access to!

Usman: I stick with my PG101 pick of Inside Gazania, but also add Who Blinks First. The Pakistan Monument was a close call...

Unfortunately, I don't have my gallery set up in such a way that groups my June entries together---they are now spread far and wide across several pages, so I won't ask you all to go digging! Best of luck!


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7/17/2012 9:31:45 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  Chris I am the same way. I couldnt even tell you where to begin to look at my last months .


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7/17/2012 1:48:10 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thank you Chris for letting me know your second and third preferences.

I am going to take a guess on the finalist date as Tuesday July 24, any takers?

UB.


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7/17/2012 10:02:53 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  With as early as it was last month, I'm thinking the 27th or 28th. (Absolutely zero science behind that, purely an arbitrary guess)


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7/18/2012 6:18:27 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm going with today, since the newsletter came out this morning, so they are done with that.


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7/18/2012 7:54:26 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I get so excited hoping for one but then see all your galleries and think who am I kidding I don't deserve one this month. Thanks for sharing your galleries and wonderful images.


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7/18/2012 8:25:24 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Woodi - Sun & Shadow
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  Garden Candy
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My "feeling" was that they'd come out between the 17th-19th, i.e., before we hit the 20's. Carolyn, I also feel it will be today :)

I started to go back to the previous countdown threads and got to March, where the announcement was the latest ever (5/1)! I also read all of Chris's stats so I didn't really have to go back further, thanks Chris! Being naturally analytical and curious to the nth degree, your tracking sounds exactly like what I would do!)

Gonna try posting my fav's...


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7/18/2012 8:28:01 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Woot! It worked...

Jackie, I feel *exactly* the same way! I'll be excited about how much I've improved or got it right, then look at everyone else's entries and think, "nope, still got a way to go!" Gotta work on this or that, don't have *amazing* subject matter, etc., etc. Thankfully, I don't get depressed and put my camera in the back of my closet (where I found a carburetor once, thanks to the hubs). It just makes me want to learn more and try harder :) Plus, I see the other amazing entries that didn't medal so that reassures me that it's not necessarily because I totally suck...haha!


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7/18/2012 8:42:13 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  It's a crap shoot, Susan.. Some months you just scratch your head and wonder how the heck that managed to get a finalist and this other one didn't. I envision a dart board. LOL..It doesn't matter what they think, anyway, I've seen people who couldn't put anything up without it getting a finalist and on other sites they couldn't hit anything. Just depends on who's doing them, what they feel like that day, etc etc etc. We have to learn to not take it personally..so I keep trying to not take it personally, but I usually do, regardless of what I say to myself or what others say to me. I know there are literally hundreds of shots every month that deserve to be finalists, and then somebody gets 10. Not that they maybe didn't deserve the 10, but think of all the people who didn't get one and should have. I'm going to shut up now, I promise!


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7/18/2012 9:13:44 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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If I were judging my own work I would choose these three. I agree with you, Carolyn. There is no second guessing.


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7/18/2012 12:29:52 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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Forgot to activate the number.


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7/18/2012 12:55:41 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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One more try.


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7/18/2012 12:59:27 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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Unusual animal shot...I think.


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7/18/2012 1:01:59 PM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Center Focus
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Last one.


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7/18/2012 1:07:03 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I like them all, Melissa, especially the first one


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7/18/2012 1:32:47 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Well, I guess it wasn't yesterday, was it? Maybe today??


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7/19/2012 3:58:23 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  lol Carolyn, we crashed and burned on that one :) BTW, +1 to your previous comment. I totally get that.

FWIW, my picks from the galleries are:
Usman - Pakistan Monument
Jeff - Grill Detail
Carolyn - Rule of Thirds

Great images, all of you, I really enjoyed the browse!

Melissa, I'm going with the third, FTW :)

If we have some champs early in the a.m. will it make the finalists come out faster? lol, j/k (I think...)


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7/19/2012 7:00:21 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Susan for peeking and picking one from my gallery. That one is the front-runner among all the picks by other BPers/101ers. fingers cross.

Just checked your gallery too and found amazing images specially the florals, but I finally picked "Ooold Blues", WOOOOW, I think you have a winner here, good luck!

UB.


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7/19/2012 8:22:01 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Thanks for looking, Susan! Should I tell you that "Grill Detail" was taken with my phone?

I'm Usman, Ooold Blue is pretty fantastic!


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7/19/2012 9:04:27 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Wow, thanks so much for looking Usman and Jeff! I didn't have Ooold Blues in my choices, so that probably would be the one...lol.

Jeff, that is an awesome shot for a phone camera!


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7/19/2012 10:03:47 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Jeff - I have taken some amazing shots with my iPhone..such great technology. When we were in Hawaii, my canon acted up and I took many images with my iPhone and they all looked fantastic!

I like Grill Detail, but I like Needs Improvement Better!

My Editors Picks Start on Page 2 with American Bittern and End Page Three with White Egret Exit...its an all bird month for me!

Will be going through other galleries soon for other pics but I hope the finalists are out before I can get to them!


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7/19/2012 10:21:02 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I like your preening flamingo, Leslie!!
And Susan, I agree with the guys.


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7/19/2012 10:24:23 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  OK, peeked at a few more galleries, hopefully get to more during lunch!

Usman - Proud Peacock - Lovely!

Carolyn - An Evening Swim - can't you see I have a thing for birds in an image? Birds and sunset - a winning combo.

Susan - I really like garden candy, looks so sweet and buttery!


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7/19/2012 10:33:40 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Melissa, those are all worthy pics, but I really like "A Matter of Time" so interesting and detailed...is that in June's EFPs? Good luck!


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7/19/2012 11:28:34 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Thanks Carolyn. I guess I thought they were too boring, the same thing I thought about Three of Cups, which won 2nd place...lol. So like you say, you never know :)

I just got an EFP for the 17th so someone is working! I hope they announce before the weekend. I need some motivation...


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  Yep, should be soon, 16th and 17th July EFP just appeared in my gallery...must find chocolate...


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  I already ate all the chocolate I can find, am starting on the ice cream...I don't drink any more, so the cocktails are out. Darn! What the heck can they be doing??


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Christopher Budny
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  Well, I did my part---2 Jello Dark Chocolate pudding cups tonight; addictive little buggers!

Still, Thursdays remain the 3rd-least-common day of the week to announce Finalists; 11% of the time. Fridays barely edge ahead with 13%. My bet would be on the granddaddy of announcement days, Monday (23%).
Then again, date-wise, the 21st remains the most common date---but that is Saturday, which is the least-common day. Date + Day, historically, Tuesday the 24th has very favorable numbers ;)


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7/19/2012 6:14:45 PM

 
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  Klondike Bar - Ice cream AND Chocolate..yummy


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  I did my part as well. Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino ice cream! Squee!


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  Thank you very much Leslie for taking the time to browse my June entries and picking a bird, why am I not surprised!!

Your bird images are wonderful and "You Can't See Me" is just terrific, what an absolute stunning nature camouflage, how did you see it, I am wondering!

UB.


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  Thanks Usman, we had been told by the rice farmer that owned the land that there were Burrowing Owls here. We drove around photographing other rice birds wen we got lucky and saw this one fly and then land. There was no way I would have spotted him if he had not flown. He is exactly the same color of the grass on the levy!

Good luck everyone, lots of wonderful images this month.


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7/20/2012 6:31:20 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  EP's are now up to date (ie, showing up on yesterday's entries now)... That sometimes is a promising sign.
But I just don't see a weekend announcement happening...!


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7/20/2012 11:23:18 AM

 
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  Chris, have they ever announced on a weekend? I haven't gotten any EP's on weekends but I have gotten them well after 5pm here (east coast). My guess is b/c they are on west coast time? If so we have a few more hours if they're going to announce today.

I had some double chocolate Milano cookies to add to the chocolate bone pile...lol!


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  They are in Washington, but I don't think it will be today either. It's possible, but not likely ...they usually get started by now if they are going to do them today.


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7/20/2012 2:31:24 PM

 
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  I think monday will be the day. so I am going to take my new camera this weekend and try to shoot next months grand prize winner.....


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7/20/2012 2:45:34 PM

 
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  What kind of new camera did you get?


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7/20/2012 2:51:14 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Hi Susan;
Weekend Finalist announcements are not impossible... just not nearly as common as announcing sometime Mon-Wed.
In the last 79 months of contest results, Finalists Announcements came out on Sat or Sun a combined total of 11 times.
But they came out on a Mon, Tues, or Wed. a total of 49 times, combined! (Saturday remains the least-common day to announce them---only 4 times in 79 months. Monday is the champ - 18 times in the last 79 months.)


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  i got a canon eos 60d.


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  Thanks for the stats Chris. It looks like it will be next week, hopefully early! Good thing I stocked up on the chocolate today!


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Usman M. Bajwa
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  I wonder where the other *regulars* of the thread are this month! Would love to see more fave images showcased here.

Looks like Monday's gonna be the day for Finalists. Hoping whenever it comes, it comes with glad tidings for all!

UB.


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Here's one of my faves:


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7/23/2012 11:21:14 AM

 
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  That's beautiful Jessica!

OK, so my husband just handed me a bag of my favorite Sees Candy...I hope they post the finalists soon or I might have to eat them all.

Good luck everyone!


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  Awwwwwww, not See's Candy..no fair!! I love See's candy..Can't get it here. I love the toffee ones.


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7/23/2012 12:03:18 PM

 
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  Chocolate covered caramels...just ate two...


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7/23/2012 12:04:58 PM

 
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  Waaaaaah.


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  Surely, Carolyn, ANYTHING can be obtained online & FedEx'd?? ;)


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7/23/2012 12:09:55 PM

 
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  Yeah, but I want it NOW...(and of course I can no longer afford it since I don't work anymore.)


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  Trader joe's dark chocolate with caramel and black sea salt. Yum!


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7/23/2012 12:45:50 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Wow! dark chocolate with caramel and black sea salt sounds delish.


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  Trader Joe's has some great confections...!


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7/23/2012 1:06:41 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  How bout some good old chocolate covered gummy bears?


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7/23/2012 1:12:02 PM

 
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  with enough dark chocolate, I suppose I could even go for that!


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7/23/2012 1:16:02 PM

 
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  milk chocolate covered bacon


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7/23/2012 1:34:04 PM

 
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  tick, tock, tick tock
I'm running low on chocolate stock!

Chocolate covered bacon? lol, I'd try it. But then I've been known to crack open a can of chocolate icing when there's no other chocolate in the house, so...


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7/23/2012 4:03:18 PM

 
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  I'm down to about 4 mini Butterfingers and some chocolate chips.


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7/23/2012 4:14:19 PM

 
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  I have a headache...I think I have eaten to much chocolate...


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7/23/2012 4:19:08 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Looks like UB might have been right on the money with the prediction of Tues, the 24th. Leslie, you might have to dilute the sugar in your system with some water :( Dang Carolyn, you might have to ration...lol!

EPs are out for the 20th and 21st.


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7/23/2012 6:11:39 PM

 
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  But I know where there's a store!
And the EPs have started up again..I just got 3 new ones.


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7/23/2012 6:38:23 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  i ran out of chocolate so now its potato candy... love it... if you have not had it you dont know what your missing.. mashed pototoes mixed with powdered sugar rolled out into a flat patty.. spread on peanut butter... roll up and then slice off... mmmmmmm


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7/23/2012 8:02:17 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  hmmm... not one I've heard of! Does it ever firm up? ie, how do you "slice" something as soft as mashed potatoes and peanut butter??


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Usman M. Bajwa
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  Great image, Jessica. Thanks for sharing.

Tuesday is half gone already and no signs of Finalists. And I thought this month I will call it right ;(

UB.


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7/24/2012 4:04:49 AM

 
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  You may still be right, Usman---afterall, BP's Tuesday is only 4 hours old right now... ;)


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7/24/2012 4:21:35 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  yeap it sets up pretty firm.. if anyone is interested just google potato candy.
it is very rich..
i think the finalist will be announced today... GOOOOOO JUDGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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7/24/2012 5:47:48 AM

 
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My June hopeful...


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7/25/2012 2:56:10 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  We've slipped into "late" territory for the Finalists... Only 27% of Finalists Announcements have fallen on the 25th or later...
(hehehe... looking for something to pass the time, so a few more stats may be on the way!)


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7/25/2012 3:41:04 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  I think Wednesday with winners announced on Friday.


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7/25/2012 4:43:35 AM

 
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  Wednesday! That's Today!! Hooray!!!!!


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7/25/2012 4:49:20 AM

 
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  I'm thinking today, too..newsletter is out...but that's what I said last week, too.....so, who knows?


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  Tick Tock, Tick Tock ... crunch crunch!
Tick Tock, Tick Tock ... gulp gulp!

UB.


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7/25/2012 6:20:21 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  I'm voting for August 3rd :o)


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7/25/2012 7:10:01 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  booo... hiss....
;)


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Jeff E Jensen
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  Just trying to keep my expectations low. . .


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7/25/2012 7:15:01 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  i hope before friday, I am leaving town and wont have acess to a computer all weekend..


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7/25/2012 8:37:01 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Tick-Tock....well they are really keeping up with the current month's EFP's anyway!


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7/26/2012 12:18:03 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  They really are keeping up with the EPs.
Maybe we'll see some contest results in the next couple of days..I'm out all day Saturday, too. Got our local car show. I hope it's not over 100 again this year. Last year I was soaked from head to toe and my shoes squished by the time I got home.


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7/26/2012 12:33:23 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  i am headed to grand isle louisiana hopefully to get some beach shots and some nature shots. Hopefully I dont get bit by anything and I need shots LOL


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7/26/2012 1:03:54 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Seems like it would be good timing to announce finalists by tomorrow, then they have till next Tues for winners. This is purely uninformed speculation lol.

BTW, when I was on BP back in 2008 the #of entries per month was usually in the range of 48 - 52k entries. Does anyone know what the current # of entries is these days?


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7/26/2012 1:23:05 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Tends to average 12k now.


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7/26/2012 1:29:51 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Oh wow, that is a LOT less! Back then there was no charge for a basic gallery, so that seems to have had an effect. The contest prizes were better too :) I often think there must be just one person judging for it to take so long. Oh well, I still enjoy the challenge and the site.


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7/26/2012 2:06:09 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Yeah, it is a remarkable drop---in my 79 months of record tracking, the highest month was just under 39,000 entries; I didn't envy the judges' jobs back then! But I think you're right---the removal of the free BP membership option was probably a big driver in cutting down the # of contest entries...

Anyway---doesn't look like they're likely to come out tonight (there are only 6 hours left in "tonight" for BP)... which means as of Friday, whenever they do come out, we're into really "rare" territory---only 4 months of the last 79 have ever announced later than the 26th!


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7/26/2012 6:16:07 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  hopefully it will be this month...


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7/26/2012 7:18:55 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  They usually don't come out real late in the evening either. Usually they are out by about 5PM CST, and if they aren't, I usually quit looking for the night. On some rare occasions they have come out overnight but not often.


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7/27/2012 3:36:26 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Hope they don't take long, been waiting and waiting and waiting to see those wonderful finalists.
As for me if a have a finalist it will be pure luck because I think last month just entered like 6 images, but you never know. I remember that once Kara just entered one and got First Place, but, I'm not as good as she is.

I'm so happy to see Susan S. back, you disappear on me chica, looked for you like you have no idea.

To pick a fave is so easy this time, no so many to choose for.


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7/27/2012 10:09:35 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Thank you Elida! Yea, I sorta fell out of the photog hobby for a few yrs. We did have some fun back then tho :) We and a few others were brand new to BP and photography. Are u still in the 101 Group? Everyone there was great but I'm not sure I have the time now.

No matter how many entries you still have a good chance! Your gallery is outstanding! And your girls are certainly grown into beautiful young women!!

Arrgh, looks like no Finalists before the weekend. Bummer!!!


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7/27/2012 4:11:49 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Sunday evening looks like IT !!!

UB.


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7/29/2012 3:12:31 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Haven't participated in this in awhile! I enjoy coming to see all the beautiful photos and also enjoy the anticipation of waiting for the finalists. Looks like another very late month. I expect Monday although they will have to quickly choose the winners or run into the next month. I really miss coming to BP and looking thru all the wonderful images, especially after the finalists are announced, but it was taking me so long to go thru them all, and I just didn't have the time. I wish I could begin again, maybe I should try spending just 1 hour per night, or 45 minutes even. Anyway, here is one of my favorites from June.


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7/29/2012 3:17:55 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Because it is so late in the month and the finalists will soon be chosen and so there probably won't be huge numbers of others posting this late in the month, I thought I would add one more favorite. I wasn't sure about doing two at once so here this one is by itself.


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First building as you go around the Cades Cove Loop. One of the oldest log homes in the park, the Oliver place remained in the family until the park was established. Architecturally, it reflects the techniques and skills of European immigrants and represents a style typically found on the eastern frontier in the mid-1850s. The cabin contains no pegs or nails because gravity locks them together. The open spaces between the logs (chinks) were filled with mud to seal out the rain and wind. The small windows and doors conserved heat and maintained the building's strength.
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Hmmm, not sure where it went! I put my ID number in the proper place and clicked to submit...let me try again!


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7/29/2012 3:24:02 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  While it has become unusual for EPs to be handed out over a weekend, one appeared on an image of mine overnight. Let's hope FINALISTS are not far behind!!!


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7/29/2012 4:07:06 AM

 
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  Tock...tock....(My ticker broke)


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7/29/2012 4:11:48 AM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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  Impatiently waiting...I was hoping for Sunday so that I'd have time to respond to finalists. If they post them tomorrow I won't be able to post until Thursday night.


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7/29/2012 6:58:09 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I dunno---my money would be on Monday for an announcement---Mondays remain the runaway favorite, most common day of the week to announce, with 23% of past contests announcing Finalists on Monday. (By comparison, Sundays are in 2nd-to-last place at 9%.)
If by chance they slip to Tuesday (Tuesdays are right behind Monday in popularity - 20%) we'll see a new "first"---there hasn't been a Finalist announcement fall on the 31st of a month before ;)


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7/29/2012 7:01:44 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Nudge, nudge, the judges are giving us more time to showcases a few more hopefuls here.

Seems like it'll be Monday or it could be Tuesday or so on and so forth. Jeff might have hit the bull's eye with August 3rd, but then, who knows!

UB.


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7/30/2012 1:14:54 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  FINALLY! Got two this month. Congrats to all who earned a finalist this month.


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7/30/2012 11:12:41 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I got one! And I'm delighted!
(But also scratching my head...)


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7/30/2012 11:20:05 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I am so excited I received two. One for the one I picked here "Lighting a Room" and one that I was going to select "Stars and Stripes Forever" The first one is on page 1 of my June entries and the second one is on page two of June entries.

Good luck in the finals all ;)


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7/30/2012 11:30:38 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to those who scored Finalists, and the few that picked their favorites in this thread, successfully!
I missed on my own pick, but I'm not crying too much - I snagged 4 Finalists this month, which is tied for my all-time best.
Best of luck to the Finalists, in the next round!


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7/30/2012 11:37:20 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I got one! But not for any that I put at the top of my list, which is fine with me. It's for Queen Fabilola II in Flowers.

Congrats to all the Finalists and best of luck in the next round (which probably won't be long!)


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7/30/2012 11:38:14 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Chris that is awesome and don't forget your POTD as well! There were more misses in this thread than hits...lol. I am thrilled that I hit my goal, which was to medal my first month back at BP! Wooohooo!


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7/30/2012 11:46:36 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I got only one out of all those sunsets. I am beyond disgusted.


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7/30/2012 11:50:15 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  I got one... the one that I least expected


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7/30/2012 12:18:31 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Congratulations to all the finalists.

I got one in flowers I took it at the Botancial gardens and I placed it first in my port. Super happy about the choice. Very beautiful pink floral.


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7/30/2012 12:23:56 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I am speechless! Five for me ... a personal best by leaps and bounds!!
Congratulations to all and best of luck in the next round!


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7/30/2012 12:51:55 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Woohoo Peggy!!


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7/30/2012 12:58:13 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Ultimos detalles, Quinceañera
Ultimos detalles, Quinceañera
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO GOT ONE O MORE FINALISTS.

CONGRATS CHRIS AND PEGGY FOR YOUR FIVE AND FOUR.

As for me won't think that I ever match my best, I remember got 10 in just one month so is a long way for me to accomplished that again. but I am so happy because only enter 6 so having 1 finalist is just AMAZING.

THE BEST LUCK FOR THE NEXT ROUND!!!!!

Here is my finalist from a quinceañera I did last month.


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Peggy Pfister
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  Thank you Chris and Elida!
Elida, ten is amazing! And your quinceanera photo is beautiful!


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Martha R. Mazon
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  Congrats everyone! I got one for "Glowing", Usman's pick. Thanks again, Usman for checking out my gallery and making for what turned out to be a perfectly accurate pick!

Good luck to all in the next round.


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Leslie J. Morris
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  Usman has a good eye, he picked my second finalist "You cant see me". Good luck everyone.


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Usman M. Bajwa
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  Not apparently, Martha and Leslie. I missed my own two picks above and that's what usually happns to me. I guess, I am not good at picking my own.

Having said that, I am super excited that two of my June entries caught judges eye.

Huge CONGRATZ to Peggy and Chris specially and to all the rest who got one or more and all the best in the Golden round.

UB.


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7/30/2012 3:22:47 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  The Judges just commented on my Flamingo image. Anyone had that happen before? Cool!


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Peggy Pfister
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  Ooh! Ooh! I just got a Judges' comment as well!


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7/30/2012 4:16:41 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Peggy - Which one?


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Christopher Budny
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  Judges comments are a good sign they've moved on to rounds for Winners...! They don't put them out on images consistently, from my experience... some months, it seems there are none, other months, a nice sprinkling... I think it depends on who is involved in the judging each month; but always a nice treat to get one!


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7/30/2012 4:24:54 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  One of the judges comments a lot. Most of them rarely do.


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7/30/2012 4:26:22 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Leslie, it was on Curves & Reflections II (in Elements of Design).


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Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I got a judges comment too on one of mine this month. They must really be commenting on a lot of them. So exciting. I have had a few comments in the past on finalists but have never been so lucky to get anything higher than finalist.


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7/30/2012 5:00:00 PM

 
Erik Rasmussen   I was excited to get 2 finalists out of 3 entered in June. Hopefully next month will yield similar results with 8 more from my Oregon trip. Hoping my b&w waterfall gets one. But no judges comments for me


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7/30/2012 5:11:23 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Carolyn and Usman, you nailed it on the one I got.

Congrats to everyone, some outstanding work (as always)!


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Susan M. Smith
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  I just got a Judges comment as well, saying "beautifully captured light" on mine. It's great to get that feedback knowing what it was about the image that stood out for them.


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7/31/2012 9:22:04 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I just got another judges comment on one of mine. I guess there are more than one judge selecting these or he forgot he commented yesterday. Either way it made my day. ;)


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Christopher Budny
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  I'm getting jealous! ;) Nary a one for me... sigh.


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7/31/2012 9:52:00 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  No kidding!

Congrats to everyone.


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7/31/2012 9:57:56 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Maybe you're next, Jeff---just got one, on one of the 2 images I'm most hopeful about, actually!


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7/31/2012 10:39:48 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I think most of them are getting comments that's why they are slow.


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Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Maybe this time they are commenting on the ones that didn't earn a a 1st or 2nd just being helpful and kind letting us know they saw it and liked it.


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Christopher Budny
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  Glad to have the interaction, regardless... like knowing the images are being reviewed/looked at in earnest! Fingers crossed!


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7/31/2012 11:36:09 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Jackie, I hope you are wrong! Keeping fingers crossed for my Flamingo to go on to at least second...have only gone on to second place once since I joined years ago, never first....


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Jackie M. Sajewski
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  lol Leslie. I hope so too. I have never placed higher than a finalist. I would love to earn something higher someday. I wish they would announce th ewinners I get myself so excited even though I know it is close to impossible.


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Christopher Budny
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  The excitement is something that never seems to go away---even after participating in the contest for nearly 7 years now, I still get excited and anxious for results!


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7/31/2012 1:01:09 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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  Good luck everyone! Should be soon.... I hope.
I just found a Judge's comment, too.
(Made me smile.)
☺ Lisa


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Peggy Pfister
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  Yes, it is quite exciting! Love the anticipation and the camaraderie in commenting. It's such a lovely warm community here at BP!


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7/31/2012 2:20:27 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Jackie - I've seen your gallery and am in disbelief you haven't gotten a gold! It did take me a long time to get one. I joined in 2005 and got a 2nd place right before I dropped out in Mar 08. But I was also brand new to photography. You are due one girl!

I feel the same way guys! Even if I'm sure I won't get anything I'm still excited for every one else and to review which finalists were chosen to go on. I think I expect to have an Aha moment where I figure out how the judges minds work...haha!


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Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Susan you are so sweet. I am relatively new here even though I joined 2010 after just getting a camera. I kind of started in heavy leaning taking classes here and joining a club. Then very unexpectedly my husband passed away. I just didn't feel like shooting at all so I took a year off and stated back last fall. My husband bought me my camera so I am so happy when I take a nice shot.


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Jackie, I'm going to be surprised if you don't get one this time. Good luck.


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7/31/2012 3:42:31 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Winners are out. Congrats USMAN for your GP!!! Jackie and Susan you both have one..Peggy had a couple.. Congrats all.


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7/31/2012 4:33:18 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Carolyn thank you for letting me know. BP didn't send me an email like they did for the finalist. Congrats USMAN and all others. I am so happy to have finally received a 2nd.


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7/31/2012 4:49:32 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congrats to all the winners!
Usman, GIGANTIC congrats on your awesome Grand Prize !!!!!!!!!!


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7/31/2012 4:50:35 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Special congrats to Usman!!!

And to the rest of the winners as well.


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7/31/2012 4:53:11 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Jackie, so sorry for your loss but it's wonderful that you have those special memories when you use your camera. And you got that Gold!

It is a thrill, especially when you're not expecting it, which I wasn't. I literally gasped when I checked my email a few minutes ago...lol!

A big congratulations to all the finalists and winners and a big hi-5 to Usman for the Grand Prize!!


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7/31/2012 5:09:00 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Huge CONGRATZ to all the Winners and specially to Jackie on the first-ever Win, its always special.

And many thanks for all the kind comments on my GP win, only your kind support and inspiration made it possible.

UB.


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7/31/2012 10:50:16 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  See you all again in 2 weeks or so, for the July Countdown Thread! Congrats again to the Finalists, the Winners, and the first-time medal Winners!


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8/1/2012 5:18:47 AM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Congratulations to all the finalists & Winners. I study your photographs and try to learn from them. Hats off to each of you. great job!


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8/1/2012 9:08:38 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Chris, I think I'll be seeing you in DC in a couple of weeks. . .


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8/1/2012 2:40:13 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Oh really? Cool! When are you coming to DC? For how long?


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8/1/2012 3:19:26 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Are you giving a tour of the Cathedral to a group of BPers on Saturday the 18th?


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8/1/2012 4:36:33 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Ah... alas, no! I will be in Iceland then! A colleague of mine will be giving the cathedral tour to your group... Sorry I'll miss you and the rest of the gang!


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Jeff E Jensen
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  Bummer, but have fun in Iceland!


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