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Michelle L. Frick
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February 2013 Countdown Thread


Happy Spring (up here in the Northern America at least)! The weather here in Texas is crazy - can't decide whether to be warm or cold.

So, it seems as if there are some changes afoot at BP. EPs seem a bit more stringent and some category changes with Catch-all. Interesting stuff.

I'm looking forward to everyone's choices this month and wishing us all good luck!

Helpful hints for attaching photos into Forum Threads:
1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)
2) If you have NOT YET entered the Contest today, you can use the "Photo ID" to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your reply to this thread (avoiding a duplicate image upload.) Get the Photo ID# from your Member Center, come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down. Click Submit; at the next screen populate the "Photo ID" box at the right. Skip the other fields on that screen.
3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest today before replying to this thread, you can't use the Photo ID method today. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before your new Contest entry!) or, upload a new copy of the particular image (from your PC) into this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
4) If you're uploading a duplicate, maybe title it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later... This can help direct viewers to find the original image in your gallery, when they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate---that way, if the duplicate is deleted later, the comment history isn't lost.

Good luck everyone!!!


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3/15/2013 3:18:16 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Here's my favorite for the month.


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3/15/2013 3:21:35 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Basket Macro
Basket Macro
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Here we are again. My faves didn't get EPs, so I'm going with the basket macro.


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3/16/2013 4:34:27 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Room to Soar
Room to Soar
Looking up from one of the Main Reading Room's desks, in the Library of Congress. The dome rises 160 feet above the floor.
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Probably my most-hopeful from Feb; they only let you shoot in this room twice a year, and I've been a few times now, but think this is my best upward capture there so far.


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3/16/2013 7:03:49 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Sticking Point
Sticking Point

Finalist - Details & Macro - February 2013

Selective focus on one of the colorful spines on my agave plant.
Pretty to look at, painful to touch!

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I don't normally post a fave here (maybe superstitious about jinxing it?), but oh, what the heck?

This is a macro from my agave plant in my front yard. I have shot it many times, but never got any shots I really liked until this one.

Good luck to all in the contest!


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3/16/2013 9:02:06 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Here is my hopeful. Good luck everyone!


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3/16/2013 1:08:54 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  All great picks so far! Carol, I remember yours - love that shot. I will try to remember to post tomorrow. Good luck!


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3/16/2013 3:53:43 PM

 
Carol L. Quina
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  Thank you Leslie!


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3/16/2013 11:28:46 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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I put mostly finalists and picture's of the Day in for Feb but of the one's that do not have a finalists of POD this is my favorite.

It was taken at the Botancial Gardens in Chicago.


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3/17/2013 4:56:33 AM

 
Pat Harry
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A Place of Worship
A Place of Worship
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I never pick right, but I think "A Place of Worship" and "Eye to Eye".


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3/17/2013 5:48:59 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Blue Phase Ross's Goose, possible snow hybrid
Blue Phase Ross's Goose, possible snow hybrid
This Blue Phase Ross's Goose has been hanging around the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge with his typical friends. Talk is that this one might be a hybrid with a Snow Goose. Note the black "smile" patch on its beak. However the head and body size is consistent with a Ross's Goose.
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I am with some of the others and never seem to pick right. This is my personal favorite this month. Good luck everyone!


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3/17/2013 7:10:59 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm with you guys..I think I got one right once a long time ago. Usually never..of course, that could be because I mostly pick an emotional favorite of mine instead of something I think might have a chance. Not this time, though.


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3/17/2013 7:18:36 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Hi all! Love the picks so far. I already entered the contest today so I'll post a fav tomorrow.


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3/17/2013 10:42:28 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Forgotten
Forgotten
F8, 1/30, 34mm, iso200, SB600 flash, converted to B&W.

Catch All: February 11, 2013
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With the discussion about EPs and stricter judging going on, I am at even more of a loss on guessing what might advance from my Feb EPs...lol. I don't know if this image, technically, makes the cut. I like it for the questions it raises about the scene.


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3/18/2013 10:01:46 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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  Ok guys, I'm such a dork - the photo I listed as my pick for going on in the FEBRUARY contest - probably doesn't even have a chance, since I entered it in MARCH! I'm so scattered this month! I'll try to pick a FEBRUARY favorite tomorrow!


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3/19/2013 10:35:01 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Wingspan
Wingspan

1/800 Sec - f/6.3 - ISO 100 - 400mm
Canon 1D Mk IV - Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS

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Good luck to everyone this month!

Mine run from "Frosty Fence" to "Juvenile Bald Eagle" if you want to take a look.

"Wingspan" is probably my favorite for the month.


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3/19/2013 6:14:38 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Great pic, Jeff! I'll have a chance to go thru galleries tomorrow. My entries are on page 2 Soft Sepia to Ford (only 21 entries for me in Feb!).


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3/19/2013 6:38:02 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Amazing photos, you guys!

Jeff, my faves of yours are Intimidating for the drama, and Hiding for the quiet beauty.

Susan, my fave of yours is Ford, for the beautiful vibrant color and graphic elements.

Best of luck to all!


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3/19/2013 6:53:56 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  So, since today is the 20th, I'm starting to keep an eye out for finalists ...
Any stats for us Chris? :)


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3/20/2013 7:32:01 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Sure, Peggy! Let's see...

Mondays still remain the most popular day by a long shot, as the 21st remains the most popular date... so that at least makes tantalizing prospect.

However, Monday the 25th even more statistically potent; the most common day, with the 3rd-most-common date. Sunday the 24th would be a good pairing, statistically... so, as usual... who knows!

FYI, on the contest results:
in my 7+years of tracking, BP has received 1,798,000 entries, giving out 63,796 Finalists, averaging out to 3.55% of entries received.


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3/21/2013 4:03:50 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Oops---pre-coffee typing; I meant, at the end of the first sentence, that would make TODAY a tantalizing prospect (as the 21st.)


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3/21/2013 5:24:24 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Fun facts! Thanks, Chris!


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3/21/2013 7:09:03 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  not to sure what to think about the february contest. I never pick the right one from my group anyway LOL. I will post my pic tomorrow...


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3/21/2013 12:06:00 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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  What happened to the March EP discussion? Was it deleted?


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3/21/2013 3:41:24 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  No, it wasn't deletedů It's simply no longer shows up in the "all new questions" sectionů You can still find it by searching for March 2013 or scrolling through some of the forum areas to find where it's buried now.


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3/21/2013 7:42:11 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Surprisingly Pink
Surprisingly Pink
Another close-up of my old clutch.

f/5.6, 1/6, -.5, ISO100, 100mm

** Details & Macro **
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Back to February hopefuls...here's one of my favorites for the month.

Good luck everyone!


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3/22/2013 9:06:49 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Beautiful hopefuls everyone. Good luck.

My February hopeful is "Non-Stop to Neverland". On the third page of my gallery.

UB.


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3/22/2013 2:39:10 PM

 
tony w. austin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Louisiana Plantation Home
Louisiana Plantation Home
one of the many plantation homes in natchitoches louisiana,
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here is my "guess"


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3/23/2013 5:59:40 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  Are we going to review others' images and post our favorites? I enjoy doing this - so if interested, please let us know where your February images start and end. Mine are obvious by the "bookends".

I think we got caught up in the EP thread, and let our monthly review of images fall by the wayside. :)


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3/23/2013 10:18:23 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  Jeff - "Wingspan"


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3/23/2013 10:26:17 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  Pat "shooting" I just love the picture. always makes me smile.


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3/23/2013 11:50:36 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  not sure where to look for everyone elses photos.. mine are in a folder marked February


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3/23/2013 12:22:59 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Mine go from Charley's Yard on page 3 to Nothing Like A Good Chin Scratch on page 6..
I'm not going to pick this time. I have a lot to do and no time to do it.


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3/23/2013 12:33:45 PM

 
tony w. austin
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  carolyn there is no doubt in my mind on yours, has to be the "sunset feather" that one just takes my breath away


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3/23/2013 2:48:40 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Susan - High Strung
Pat - A Place of Worship
Tony - Bronze Goddess
Carolyn - Frigid Fencing


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3/23/2013 3:10:47 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  Tony - "Louisiana Plantation Home"
Carolyn - "Charley's Yard"
Susan =- "Winter Garden Spikes"


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3/23/2013 8:54:16 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Tony - Mardi Gras Eyes
Pat - Place of Worship
Jeff - Intimidation
Carolyn - Sunset Feather

So, no Monday announcement. I think Wednesday is a good bet, with winners announced on Friday :)


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3/25/2013 9:33:26 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  And, Finalists are out. Good luck to everyone in the next round!


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3/27/2013 12:04:15 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  5 for me..That's quite a bump from the usual 1 or less lately. I'm happy to see them.


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3/27/2013 12:32:56 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  That's awesome Caroline. 3 for me which I am totally excited about.


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3/27/2013 12:45:29 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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  Congratulations to the all the finalists. Best of luck in the next rounds.

I got one of my grandbaby Kailyn age three in (people) it the first one in my gallery marked Feb 20th.


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3/27/2013 1:05:26 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  Four for me - that's a first!! I'm happy! And, I even picked one they picked, which has never happened before. :)


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3/27/2013 1:10:00 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Seeing as it never shows up until forever - can someone please post the link to this bunch of Finalists. Thanks.


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3/27/2013 1:21:19 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=55897&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=


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3/27/2013 1:31:43 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists! Definitely some records being set for many members---I snagged 6 which is my own, new record! Alas, my fav/hopeful posted to this thread didn't make it, but somehow I don't seem to mind, this month! ;)


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3/27/2013 1:57:28 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Big CONGRATZ to all the Finalists and good luck in the Final round.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Seven of mine getting picked, a personal record for me, at the same time I am keeping my expectations low as there are so many awesome images as usual so keeping my fingers crossed !!!

UB.


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3/27/2013 2:22:45 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  A new personal best for me ... six ... I am astounded!!

Congrats and best of luck to all in the next round!!


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3/27/2013 2:25:21 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Pat's link did not work (too many redirects). However, I took the five-digit number from hers and changed the url string from last month. Using the number 1, the new string took me to Nature and Landscapes (1st category.)

Honestly, it should be this difficult if you're not getting a Finalist in any given month!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=55897&contestCatID=1


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3/27/2013 2:49:14 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Finalists


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3/27/2013 3:03:44 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  Well, thought the one I posted in this thread did not go on, I did get three others! Good luck all in the next round.


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3/27/2013 5:34:39 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the Finalists and Wow to everyone who set new records! Very exciting!

My record's been broken as well. None for me, which ends my winning streak from June 2012 :/

I may not have time to comment on finalists/winners. The studio where I work is positively slammed between now and easter! So I will just say that I am truly excited that each of you got the recognition that your wonderful images deserve! :)


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3/27/2013 7:52:05 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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  Congratulations to everyone who got a finalist(s), and good luck in the next round! I got three this month, but not the one I had in this thread. Still, a very happy month indeed! :-)


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3/27/2013 8:31:09 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Winners are out..many multiple winners..


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3/29/2013 3:06:33 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  HUGE CONGRATZ TO ALL THE WINNERS AND ENTRANTS OF FEBRUARY CONTEST.

UB.


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3/29/2013 4:43:08 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Congratulations Winners.!!!!


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3/29/2013 4:46:02 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Big congrats to all the fabulous winners! Fantastic work!


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3/29/2013 6:58:20 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  None for me. I guess I need to clue in to what the judges are looking for... But congratz to all the winners! You have what it takes!


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4/2/2013 3:35:53 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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I received a Finalist for February 2013


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4/25/2013 3:48:52 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13407310&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=


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4/25/2013 3:55:35 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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Third time trying to get the photo posted to the forum. Ugh. LOL


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4/25/2013 4:06:23 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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  Can someone help? I tried following the directions above. I'd like to post my finalist but not certain how to do so in the forum. Thanks!


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4/25/2013 4:18:44 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Melissa, Michelle's first post on top of this thread have steps included on how to post an image in the thread.

And there is another March thread currently active, you may want to post your March Hopeful there as many of us do it regularly.

UB.


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4/25/2013 4:22:44 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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  Thanks UB. I reviewed Michelle's hints above prior to posting. I'm was trying to post my February 2013 Finalist photo with the finalist logo as I have seen in this and other threads. However, when I click on "1" and hit submit, there is nowhere to post the photo ID number.


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4/25/2013 9:52:12 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  If you submitted a contest entry anytime during the day that field will disappear. So post your contest entries at the end of the day.


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4/25/2013 10:26:31 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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  Thanks Ken. I'll try that. : )


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