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Michelle L. Frick
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September '12 Countdown


aka Cocktails and Chocolate...
and what more perfect month to chow down on some choice chocolate with Halloween looming!

I missed the 15th - this month is really zooming past. Happy Fall Y'all to those of us in North America. Happy other seasons to anyone who's is different. I'm seeing all these gorgeous fall foliage pics from friends in the Northeast and Midwest. It's still in the 80s here in Texas. I'm looking forward to some fall colors on a family trip soon.

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Good luck everyone!!!


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10/16/2012 5:08:17 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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I managed to rearrange my images this month so that all my entries from September are together - starting with "Illumination" and ending with "Pretty and Pink". I have not had much luck picking within our thread lately...but I'll go out on a limb and try...


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10/16/2012 5:16:13 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Time is flying... I think fall runs faster? ;) This will be a VERY hard Countdown to choose a single fav, for me... (And hopefully, this time I'll remember, tomorrow, to post it here before my BP entry ;)


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10/16/2012 5:51:24 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Good grief, is it that time already?

I'm not going to jinx myself by picking one of mine, but if anyone wants to take a gander at my entries, they start on page two of my gallery with "Untitled" and end on page three with "Twins".

I have a feeling that results will be really early this month. . . .


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10/16/2012 1:08:59 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Also not picking a fave..mine are from page 3.."I Don't Want My Claws Cut" to page 6.."Sunbathing".


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10/16/2012 1:23:18 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Gotta check the box. I'll go ahead and pick the last one of the month "I Don't Want My Claws Cut" as the fave..they won't, but they better watch out, she didn't get the claws cut. LOL


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10/16/2012 1:25:59 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Jeff, My favorite is Window Light from your Sept. images.


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10/16/2012 3:10:19 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Carolyn, I am choosing Car Show Beauty. What a beauty it is too.


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10/16/2012 3:14:46 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Jeff..Gotta love that alien!


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10/16/2012 3:17:40 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I am choosing "Have Some Garlic" or "Step Inside My Beautiful Balloon" from my Sept. If anyone wants to choose for me since I am never right I have mine in groups by Month. Sept is I think the fourth category over.

Thanks


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10/16/2012 3:19:54 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm with ya on your balloon pick! Awesome!


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10/16/2012 3:27:01 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Homes on the Hill
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A typical mountain village in the Kaghan Valley in Northern Pakistan.


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Thanks Shell for keeping up with the thread each month.

This one was an easy pick from my September entries.

Good luck to you all!!

UB.


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10/17/2012 12:32:49 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Ooops, meant to say ".. for keeping the thread up ..."

UB.


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10/17/2012 12:34:16 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Mælifell & Bjarnarfoss
Mælifell & Bjarnarfoss
The view from the front door of Hótel Búðir on the Snæfellsnes peninsula; the conical mountain is Mælifell, while the slender waterfall is Bjarnarfoss.
The incoming tide creates the pool each day, amidst the moss-covered lava field surrounding the hotel.

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I spent 10 days in Iceland in the 2nd half of August on my first-ever visit there, and it was the most spectacular trip I've ever taken! So September had 28 Iceland entries from me, making it very hard to choose just one. I'm choosing this one because I feel that landscape is not my first subject of choice usually, but I'm thrilled with how this one turned out.


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10/17/2012 3:46:36 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Wow that went fast! Thanks for hosting the thread Michelle! Love your Beastie! I haven't picked a fav but like many of you I have yet to guess correctly anyway! I'm just still hoping to break a record get two finalists in one month lol!

I look forward to seeing all of your picks and I should have some time tomorrow to make some myself :) My gallery runs from Beneath Me on Pg 1 to Centerfold on Pg 2.


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10/17/2012 6:04:55 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Wow! How is anybody gonna pick one of those beautiful florals? Ok, I'm picking Beneath Me and Peace.


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10/17/2012 6:22:38 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Based upon PG101's favorites list, I think that my "Before the Storm" image has the best shot at going places.


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10/17/2012 7:18:39 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Michelle - Butterscotch
Jeff - Deep See Creature
Carolyn - It Was a Marvelous Morning
Jackie - Dreamy Evening Sail
Susan - Whirly Girl

Usman and Chris, love both your picks.


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10/17/2012 7:20:39 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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OK... the image technique didn't work, will try again.

If it doesn't work, it's on page the image is about 1/2-way down on page 1.


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10/17/2012 7:21:57 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Kalalau Valley
Kalalau Valley
Kalalau Valley, Kauai, as seen from the Pihea Trail in Koke'e State Park.

f/9, 1/160, -.33, ISO320, 28mm

** Nature & Landscapes **
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My September entries start on page 5 with Our Star and end on page 2 with Zig Zag.


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10/17/2012 7:22:40 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  For those of you who would like to take a peek at my gallery, my September entries run on page 2 from 'The Crown Jewel' and end on page 3 with 'Pigeon Hole'.

UB.


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10/17/2012 7:24:36 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Usman, I also love Fog Light.


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10/17/2012 7:29:09 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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  My gallery is in reverse chronological order (newest entries listed first).

September entries:
9/30 "Before the Storm" thru
9/01 "Dancing by the Light of the Moon"

TFL and best of luck to all!


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10/17/2012 7:34:36 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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I like one of my two mink photos for September, but there are a few others I like to.

My entries for the month are from "Locked on" through "White Faced Ibis" the vertical one.

Will come back at lunch and look at others and make my picks for them!


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10/17/2012 7:56:06 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Curious Wild Mink
Curious Wild Mink
Take two on this little guy - went back next day same time to see if this location was a habit but he was a no show. Good thing he cooperated the first and probably last time I saw him! What looks like an injured toe is not, I thought it was but its not in other (not so good images)of the same foot, must have been left over breakfast or something on the boardwalk that I did not notice.
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I like one of my two mink photos for September, but there are a few others I like to.

My entries for the month are from "Locked on" through "White Faced Ibis" the vertical one.

Will come back at lunch and look at others and make my picks for them!


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10/17/2012 7:56:44 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Terry..Before the Storm
Usman..Looking Down...I love this!!!
Martha..Relaxation...It's perfect!!


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10/17/2012 8:03:33 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Leslie..I agree! Mink is wonderful!


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10/17/2012 8:06:25 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I don't expect anyone will want to navigate my Sept entries, but IF you do, they are more closely grouped than any other month I've done!
So it goes like this:
Start on page 1, with Misty Waters.
Continue down page 1 editors picks only.
At th end of page 1, Jump to page 7 and pick up after the "Travel and Vacation" banner...
Continue down page 7 to end with Road to Stykisholmur.
Phew!!


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10/17/2012 10:13:08 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Chris: Some of the ones I liked were "Mossy Foss" and "South Iceland".


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10/17/2012 10:37:54 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  Well, I'm hoping for one from September, but I'm not even going to try to guess - I never get it right. July and August were dry months, since I hardly submitted anything. In September, I jumped back in, and I'm so glad. It feels good! :)


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10/18/2012 4:24:26 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Alone with the Sea
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I took this on a small "hidden" beach below a view area along Highway 1 in California. The sand there is coarse and very black.
Category: Digital Darkroom

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It's taken me a few days to remember to post before I enter but I finally did. Not sure what to go with but I kind of like this one.


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10/19/2012 6:24:51 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  That definitely one of MY favorites of YOUR entries, Nikki!


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10/19/2012 6:29:51 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Whew! Lots of great images for September! Here goes my crack at it :)

Michelle - Big Brown Eyes
Jeff - Details
Jackie - Balloons
Usman - Fog Light
Martha - Kalalau Valley
Terry - April Showers
Leslie - Curious Wild Mink
Chris - Mossy Foss

Great pick Nikki! And Pat you jumped back in at a great time with all the wonderful fall colors!


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10/19/2012 8:33:30 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Single Susan
Single Susan
Black-eyed Susan, outdoor light, F8, 1/500, 55mm.

Flowers: September 13, 2012
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Here's my pick (guess) for September:

And thank you Carolyn, but yea, all the florals! lol I am trying to branch out into other subjects some more. This month out of 11 entries so far only 5 are floral! woohoo!


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10/19/2012 8:35:54 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  So many great entries! Since sometimes the first instinct is the best, I viewed photos and my choice is the first one to jump out at me. So here are my picks:
Michelle - Watching - those eyes OMG
Jeff - Details
Carolyn - Chrysler Flood 2 - or any of the Chryslers - gorgeous
Susan - Mini Me
Christopher - Road to Stykisholmur
Ushman - Zebra Abstract - I like it the first time I viewed it too
Jackie - I had 2 - Lil Girl and Fall Stream.

Mine are in my September folder. Though looking back at them, I like them but not much is standing out to me. If I had to choose it would be Santa Monica Pier or Old Ford. Christopher you picked my finalist last month - anything stand out to you this month?


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10/19/2012 8:16:45 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Loved viewing so many beautiful images, here are my picks from your galleries:

Michelle F. ~~~ My Beautiful Beastie (purrrfect for the MT)
Calolyn F. ~~~ My Favorite Tree (Can't figure out why it did not garner an Ep, but I think this is worth another try specially in this months Monthly theme)
Jeff E. ~~~ Untitled (the one with the strong leading water line going towards the three people in the far - great use of wide-anle)
Jackie S. ~~~ Two Balloons (wonderful pov and great colors, I see a Gold in this one)
Susan M. ~~~ Orange You Happy? (Its a super duper floral capture, great color and presentataion)
Leslie J. ~~~ Rhino at Dusk (Beautiful capture and details)
Marcie B. ~~~ Speeding Along (Great pov, comp and color)
Martha R. ~~~ Pluneria (WOW, I mean WOW, this should be the top pick of the judges from among the flower entries, good luck)
Christopher B. ~~~ Mossy Foss (A lesson in water veiling and use of ND filters, a surefire Winner, IMHO)
Nikki M. ~~~ A Handle on it & Sunrise Sunset (both equally good in their own pretty ways)

UB.


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10/21/2012 2:34:45 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Oops, Terry I missed you. Know that its the same one that I picked from PG101,
Pont du Gard (for its elements of design and great reflections in the water).

UB.


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10/21/2012 2:37:47 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Here's my picks:

Michelle - Big Brown Eyes
Carolyn - I Heart This Car
Jackie - Have Some Garlic
Susan - Twister
Martha - Plumeria
Usman - Seasonal Circles
Terry - Pont Du Gard
Leslie - Protective Mama
Chris - Ice Bird
Marcy - Blue Stools


I think I got everyone. . . .


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10/21/2012 11:20:59 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Marcie..I missed you before..I like the pier shot best, too.
On the car, I think it would have been better if you shot from a lower position. I like to sit on the ground or even get down on my stomach (providing I'm not gonna get stepped on).


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10/21/2012 12:20:48 PM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Thanks Carolyn. Great advice. I love your car photos, Your my inspiration on those.


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10/21/2012 12:44:23 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Thanks Carolyn, Susan, Usman and Jeff for making picks from my gallery!

Picking up where I left off --

Terry - Pont du Gard
Leslie - Impala at Sunset
Christopher - Misty Waters
Marcy - Row of Shadows


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10/22/2012 7:58:37 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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I have two I really like.

We were on a wonderful trip to Poland and it was like stepping back in time.

One called Rooftops and the other the lock. Both are placed in Elements of Design.


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10/22/2012 8:48:09 AM

 
Karen E. Michaels
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Not sure I've ever been apart of this thread.
Here are my favorites:


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10/22/2012 9:31:45 AM

 
Karen E. Michaels
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  Now I understand why I have not done this before.....;-).
I'll stick to checking in.
Good luck to you all!


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10/22/2012 9:33:53 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Welcome Karen! Michelle's got great directions at the top of this thread for posting pics here :) Not sure which in your gallery are September entries but you've got some great images!

Marcy - I'm going with Circle High. Love the primary colors and comp. I got dizzy when I looked at it too long lol!

Kerby - great gallery as well! I like the Lock from your pics!

We have so many picks this month! We'll have to compare to see who got the most right in their list!

I hope the Finalists come out early again this month. I'm crossing my fingers for all of us!


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10/22/2012 10:29:28 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Well, Susan, I think we're past "early" now... ;) Here's hoping they come out by Friday!


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10/23/2012 5:13:15 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I'm laughing because I realize I should have clarified "early" as in before next week! Like the 30th for Finalists and 31st (or later) for winners! This week would be great :)


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10/23/2012 6:20:14 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Hope I'm not too late... Here's my votes.

Christopher - Skogafoss
Susan - Orange you Happy and Tequila Sunrise
Carolyn - Autumn Cooldown
Jeff - Gargoyle
Jackie - Have some Garlic
Usman - The last one standing
Martha - Plumeria
Terry - Lighthouse Glass
Leslie - Look Out Below!
Michelle - Watching

If you'd like to see my September Entries - Page 10 Home School Physics thru Page 12 Drenched Maple Leaf.

I was challenged in remembering what I entered for September but I think this is it. BTW - All of your photographic skills blow me away!

I didn't guess for Pat, Nikki, Marcy or Karen. Wasn't too sure which were their entries for this contest round.

Ken


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10/24/2012 5:11:06 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Ken. "Wet Fall" caught my eye for the light and dof, lovely scene and good luck!!

UB.


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10/24/2012 9:39:01 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Wet Fall is my pick also Ken. Your waterfalls are beautiful too! Good Luck!


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10/24/2012 10:41:02 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Wet Fall for me also..
Sorry no time to comment..I'm up to my neck in sunsets that need editing.


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10/24/2012 11:12:09 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks for the picks, Usman. My current entries are always on the first page of my gallery. They are followed by Winners and Finalists. Then come the previous month's entries - the ones that are appropriate for this thread. Currently they start on p. 6 and spill over to p. 7. "Crescent Barn" was my entry for the 30th, "Young Raptor" for the 1st.

I think this activity is a relatively new addition to the thread and quite a nice one.


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10/24/2012 11:23:52 AM

 
Melissa G. Meiselman
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Golden Glory
Golden Glory
This is a resubmitted photo with some work done in Photo Shop CS6. Selective focus with a large aperture for shallow DOF.

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This is one of my favorite resubmitts.


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10/24/2012 11:42:58 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Pick for Nikki - Sunrise Sunset with tie on Cellist at Rest


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10/24/2012 12:55:35 PM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Thanks Susan Carolyn and Usman for taking a look at my entries!

I always liked the Amish ladies in the Ocean at Assateague Island. "The Surf is Calling RE1" I could never get the sky looking right so I cropped it out.


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10/24/2012 1:02:44 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Wow I have been busy. Just now getting to looking through galleries...here are some of my picks - hope to get to more before they finish!

Michelle - Truse
Jeff - Alien
Carolyn - Autumn Cooldown
Jackie - Lil Girl or Garlic
Susan - Fall Pleasures
Martha - Our Star
Useman - Pigeon Hole or Fog Light


More to come soon - hopefully!


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10/24/2012 4:44:47 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Shell (Michelle) - Illumination (I know I've picked this before, but I just can't give up on it)
Chris - Icelandic Gothic, Mossy Foss - can't remember what I picked at 101 - too many that I like . . .
Jeff - The Ladies (great light!)
Carolyn - It Was a Marvelous Morning (may have picked something else a week ago - too many beautiful sunsets and sunrises!!)
Jackie - Garlic (unusual still life with nice interest); Step inside my Beautiful Balloon is gorgeous, too
Susan - Orange You Happy

Better submit before I lose - I'll try to get back later.



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10/24/2012 5:08:56 PM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Finally had a chance to go through a few more galleries before my lights flickered off and I lost my place. So my apologies if I missed anyone.

Martha - Hidden Waterfall and Plumeria
Terry - Lighthouse Glass
Leslie - Demoiselle Crane - love the curves and red eye
Kerby - I agree with you on Lock
Nikki - On the Rocks (btw Nova Scotia is one of my favorite places.)

Good luck to everyone. Hopefully we will hear soon.


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10/24/2012 9:25:20 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Methinks it won't be today... so now I'm shifting my hopes to Monday (always the most popular day of the week to announce Finalists...)


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10/26/2012 5:17:28 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Having some time to explore, at last. Figured I'd FINALLY get a look at Sept. entries you all shared!
5 of you now, and hopefully the other 5 later today (for the 10 who provided directions to view their Sept. Hope I'm not missing anyone when I went through this thread!)
And given my tardiness on this task, I opted to choose two favorites each -- it was actually too hard to pick just 1, so here's hoping multiple Finalists for all! :)

Jeff: US Capitol Building. Alien. Trying really hard to avoid my bias for the cathedral :)

Carolyn: Sunset on Steriods. '33 Chrysler in Black. That car is quite a photo subject, and of course, you have access to some of the most stunning sunsets around!

Jackie: Lil Girl Candid. Step Inside My Beautiful Balloon. The portrait is winsome, and the balloon festival must have been amazing!

Susan: Beneath Me. Inviting. Wow, your floral close-ups are fantastic. Would LOVE to get any tips on lighting, etc.---as winter approaches, I become a hibernator, and trying some florals inside might be nice!

Martha: Awake. Tropical Morning. I guess morning in Hawaii would appeal to me, it seems! Beautiful!


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10/26/2012 6:21:03 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  I just noticed that my name spellings were mis-spelled a couple of times in this thread. Please note that it is *Usman* and not "Ushman" or "Useman".

Thanks Leslie for picking two, one of them (Fog Light) is a strong favorite of many, fingers crossed we'll probably know by Monday.

Anybody hungry yet?

UB.


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Marcy B. Reman
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  Sorry Usman - I noticed my typo after I submitted and then of course it is too late to correct.

I've eaten almost all my chocolate, need to buy more. And the keys on my keyboard are definitely seeing wear!


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Christopher Budny
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  Round Two:

Usman: 9th Door Missing. Seasonal Circles. Love that flower!

Terry: April Showers. Fleur-di-lis. Great sky replacement.

Leslie: Eye of Zebra. W.F.I. in Flooded Rice Field. Must have been a spectacular trip, judging from your images!

Marcy: Row of Shadows. Is My Cheeseburger Ready? Love these 2 b/w images; the Shadows one particularly!

Ken: Wet Fall. Winter 2010 Ice 1. Similar choices for me, perhaps--I love the sparkle & DOF in each.

Good luck to all! If I missed anyone who posted directions to their Sept., let me know!


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10/26/2012 10:18:55 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Thanks Christopher - I like those two images alot also. You picked my finalist selection last month - let's see if you do it again this month :)


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Martha R. Mazon
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  I'm kind of glad the finalists haven't been announced yet, since it gave me a chance to review a few more galleries:

Ken - Wet Fall (seems to be a heavy favorite!)
Nikki - Sunrise, Sunset

Good luck everyone! Maybe Monday...


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10/27/2012 4:32:56 PM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
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Good Luck everyone!!! I was kind of surprised that the finalist were not already out. I have only two entries this month but there is no way I will get gold two months in a row. Most of the time when I get a gold I don't get another for years........LOL. Personally I am hunkering down and awaiting the arrive of Hurricane Sandy so I may not even have power when the finalist come out.


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10/28/2012 6:57:31 AM

 
Tammy L. Newcomb
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Good Luck everyone!!! I was kind of surprised that the finalist were not already out. I have only two entries this month but there is no way I will get gold two months in a row. Most of the time when I get a gold I don't get another for years........LOL. Personally I am hunkering down and awaiting the arrive of Hurricane Sandy so I may not even have power when the finalist come out.


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10/28/2012 6:57:49 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  A few more picks -
Carolyn - A Look Inside
Nikki - Children's Cascade or Sunrise Sunset

Chris, thanks so much for the awesome compliment on my floral close-ups. As for lighting, I always try to go natural first. Lately I've photographed a lot of florals out on my front deck. I just take backgrounds out there or use the woods or lawn as a backdrop. I can usually find an indirect sun (unless it's overcast) spot vs. using a diffuser. I'll use bounce and fill flash to eliminate shadows if I don't want them. My second choice has always been natural light from a window. Preferably softer early morning light and same with the flash (if needed). A reflector opposite the light is great in this set-up. The last studio lighting type shots I did were using just one light (like a hardware store can light (diffused) at 45 degree angle, a reflector opposite and I bounced flash from the wall above. I'm sure I'll use option 2 or 3 vs. freezing my butt off outside this winter! I can't wait to see your florals!

And I want to ask you about your EoD and architectural shots: how do you manage to get these with no people in the shots? In DC, no less. I live only an hour south of DC and while I don't go into the city on any regular basis, I would like to go for a photo shoot sometime. And also, do you use flash indoors?

Am also hunkering down for Sandy and not looking forward to a power outage...again! At least I have 3G on my crackberry and lots of images loaded and ready to submit (part of my emergency planning!! lol)! Be safe, everyone!


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10/28/2012 12:43:07 PM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Susan - I like your emergency plan for Sandy! Don't forget the water. I'm fortunate, I think, to be on assignment in Los Angeles. But I'm worried about my friends, my cat and my house in New Jersey. I'm glued to TWC with big prayers for all. Be safe to everyone on the east coast.


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10/28/2012 1:36:01 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  You skipped me Chris - wink, wink! ;-)

STAY SAFE everyone!! Charge those batteries, hunker down and please all check in when you can.

Jeff: I love "The Ladies" -(sounded funny in my head to type that).

Carolyn: Toss Up between "Reflections and Driftwood" and "When the Body Gives Up"

Susan: So many beautiful florals...I'm going to pick, "Orange You Happy"

Terry: "Time is on our Side"

Jackie: "Two Balloons"

UB: There are always so many to love in your gallery - I'm really drawn to "Pigeon Hole"

Chris: "Mossy Foss" because it's so tranquil and beautiful or "Table and Chair" because as always I'm amazed at how you are able to make geometry into such beauty (and here out of such simple objects).

Martha: "Afterglow"

more to come...


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10/28/2012 2:47:37 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Marcy: "Italian Fire Escape"

Kerby: "The Lock"

Ken: "Wet Fall"

Nikki: "Sunrise, Sunset"
and, by the way, thank you for your belief in my "Illumination" - I haven't given up yet.

Leslie: I LOVE "Eye of Zebra"

Melissa: I'm not sure which your Sept entries are, but I always love your work.

Tammy: "Porcelain Doll" is gorgeous!

Good luck everyone!!! Stay safe, stay warm and eat something yummy! I've got my Sonic Coke and an apple. I'll take some chocolate now please.


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10/28/2012 3:20:25 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Trying to stay away from sweets! I think I will go out tonight to photograph the Sandhill Crane Fly In - should keep me distracted for a while editing photos...


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10/28/2012 3:26:21 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Doh! Right you are Michelle; my apologies!
I gotta go with Beastie Butterscotch... that's such a wonderful, warm image, and humorous as well. And then it must be all about the animals, cuz I love "Did Someone Say Cookie" too!


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10/28/2012 3:33:12 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Thank you Chris! I was feeling a bit bereft. :-)


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10/28/2012 3:37:38 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Oh Marcy, make sure someone checks on ur house and ur kitteh! As for water we had 4 cases left over from the derecho (sp?) That went thru in July. Half of those are in my freezer along with prob a dozen gallon milk jugs repurposed with water and frozen. Keeps the freezer cool and gives us water :)

I sure hope they announce early tomorrow before Sandy takes a left turn into my backyard.


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10/28/2012 5:13:16 PM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Thanks Susan! I have a lady who watches my cat when I travel so she is looking in on things. Sounds like your very prepared. Hoping for the best.

I hope they announce early tomorrow too. Just because they are most likely in CA is no reason to not help out their friends in the east coast.


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10/28/2012 5:22:09 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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And they're out!

One for me. Not one I would have guessed, but I'll take it.

Congrats to all the finalists!


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10/28/2012 9:08:51 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  One for me, too...Same as Jeff. Not the one I'd have picked...
I'm off to Beavers Bend for a couple days. See ya when I get back. Luck to you all in the next round.


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10/29/2012 2:43:15 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I just got back from vacation last night and see the finalists this morning. Sorry I missed picking peoples finalists. I actually received two and they were the two I guessed, "Have Some Garlic" & "Step Inside My Beautiful Balloon" . Carolyn I thought your "Car Show Beauty" was a winner good luck in the next round.


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10/29/2012 3:57:03 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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Congratulations to all of the finalist! I got one also for "Winter of 2010 Ice 1"
I think Christopher picked this.


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10/29/2012 4:14:07 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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Congrats to all the finalists. There were some amazing photos selected. Good luck too all.
I received a pick for Circle High. Susan you picked this one as winner,


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10/29/2012 5:33:04 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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Congrats everyone and good luck in next round. From now on I should just have Useman pick - this is the second month in a row. Rhino at Dusk. Also the other mink photo made it Mischievous Mink.


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10/29/2012 6:09:57 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists, and the "predictors" in this thread - Nikki, Usman, Tammy!
My prediction didn't make it (a personal fav!) but 4 of mine from Iceland did, so I'm very, very happy with that! Good luck in the winning round!


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10/29/2012 6:10:29 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists! Setting new records - Finalists 4 months in a row and now finally - two in one month! Wooohooo! Martha's pick Whirly Girly and Autumn Fresh.

Hope to get to comments and pick list check b4 Sandy gets wicked :( good luck to everyone in the next round!


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10/29/2012 6:31:59 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Susan - Congrats on your record breaking picks! How awesome!

Christopher - Wow - 4 picks, way to go. Sounds like the trip to Iceland was not only fun but created awesome winning photos.

Good luck to both of you in the next round.


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10/29/2012 7:36:10 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Was on vacation in the last five days so wasn't around much.

Great going all and good luck in the next round.

Finally I picked right here in this thread, it had been a long time coming. Jeff and Chris picked one of my Finalists, got three this time and very happy with all three.

UB.


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10/29/2012 11:01:18 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Congrats to all marvelous the finalists!!

I got one for Papaya, and I'm glad I managed to pick at least one from the thread for Susan's wonderful Whirly Girl!

Good luck to all -- I'm sure we'll be seeing some of these in the next round.


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10/29/2012 7:14:42 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Winners are out! Congrats to all!
(I am honored to have a second in flowers.)


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10/30/2012 1:26:58 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Congratulations Peggy and all the other winners. :)


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10/30/2012 1:35:25 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Big CONGRATZ to all inspiring Winners. WTG!!!

UB.


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10/30/2012 6:12:45 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the Winners! (Only 1 or 2 here in this thread?) All of the Finalists and Winners are a great inspiration! Thank you all for sharing :)


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