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Cheri McEachin
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APRIL EFP's


 
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Thinker
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April
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Hoping this is ok...:) good luck


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4/7/2013 3:25:06 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  Thanks for posting this Cheri....


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4/7/2013 4:34:38 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Since I don't have any for April, I'll just tag..


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4/7/2013 4:45:20 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Tag Here's hoping :)


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4/7/2013 5:09:12 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Tag-none yet.


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4/7/2013 5:14:34 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Tag. None for me.
The silence is deafening.


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4/7/2013 5:16:55 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I'm thinking they are waiting for the 1/2 month before revealing them, then constantly being 2 weeks behind.


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4/7/2013 5:19:15 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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  Just tagging the thread.


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4/7/2013 5:19:32 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Just tagging the thread--I haven't entered any photos yet this month.


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4/7/2013 6:13:58 PM

 
Ken Beatty
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  None here either...


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4/7/2013 6:45:29 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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  I will join you all and tag the thread as well - none yet.


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4/7/2013 8:32:02 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Thanks Cheri for the April thread. Looks like you we're not late at all. None for me so far too, tagging.

UB.


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4/7/2013 10:30:10 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Tag.


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4/8/2013 12:18:03 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  It's April 8 and so far we are all tagging the thread, doesn't that seem strange?


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4/8/2013 3:19:38 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I think just a few EPs for the 1st have
come out..If anybody has seen one past the first, let us know here.


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4/8/2013 4:21:35 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Only 2 entries so far this month for me because work has been too busy. No EPs yet so I'm just tagging.

I started a new April thread for posting and discussion on images that don't get an EP for those interested. http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35950

Thanks Cheri and happy spring shooting, EP or no EP!


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4/8/2013 4:36:28 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Thanks for starting that auxiliary thread, Susan. I have an entry for the 4th that has me waiting with bated breath.


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4/8/2013 5:55:43 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  or baited breath! geeze!


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4/8/2013 6:57:33 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Which one is it Kathy? I looked at your gallery but didn't see a specific entry album.


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4/8/2013 8:19:09 AM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Color Splash
Color Splash
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4/1 Flowers


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4/8/2013 9:48:08 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Well, I like my two barns, but it's the "Wattle" one that has me hoping. That's also the one that is entered as an EOD and which will be resubmitted as "Animals" later on - if need be.


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4/8/2013 9:54:44 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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I'm not surprised....
I haven't received any EP's either...


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4/8/2013 10:30:00 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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  Tagging to follow along.


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4/8/2013 11:48:01 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Congratulations Lola on the EFP! Very well deserved.


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4/8/2013 12:05:56 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Shaving Brush Tree
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One for me from the first.


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4/8/2013 12:07:36 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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  I don't remember how to do one that actually links to the gallery. Just uploaded it again for here.


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4/8/2013 12:10:37 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  A reliable source told me this morning that they had two editors that are not even photographers-could explain a lot, but take it for what it is-hearsay....?


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4/8/2013 1:18:24 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I've heard the same thing for years. I believe it's true.


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4/8/2013 2:38:50 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  That explains a lot!!


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4/8/2013 3:21:09 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Tag! Nothing yet. Have two in. We shall see. God Luck everyone!


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4/8/2013 3:32:58 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Tag.


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4/8/2013 4:23:04 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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  No EP's for me either.


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4/9/2013 5:04:36 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I think a lot of people are not commenting on other's photos either, because they are depressed about not getting EFPs and the judging on the contest. In other words, not a lot of "sharing" going on.


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4/9/2013 5:16:10 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I agree, Nancy. Not a lot going on around here. Boring for sure.


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4/9/2013 5:27:44 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I always used this thread as a jumping off place - following the links to the images, then to that photographer's other images, and finally following the links of others who had also commented. That latter move led me to "meet" many additional members.

I used to start each day with New Arrivals, but quickly become bogged down when the professional portrait photogs uploaded all their even pictures. One person could cover 3 - 10 screens of thumbnails. That's when I started sticking with Cheri's thread as the starting point.


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4/9/2013 6:40:25 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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  Just a thought: if BP no longer wants to sort through the numerous contest entries and only has a few people selecting EP's, why don't they let us choose. We can vote daily, or whenever, per category. At the deadline those with most votes get into the contest for finalists, then winners...judged by pro judges. It would create a lot of site activity and still give the photographer judging by a professional at the finalist/ winner level. I know that other sites offer something similar, but none that have pro judges. Except Nat'l Geo, of course.


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4/9/2013 7:03:56 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  The problem with us voting is it's always a popularity contest..That's one thing I never do is enter contests where the members vote. Of course if they did that, it would give me a good excuse to not enter, and that would give me a good excuse to not stay at BP..so maybe it's a good idea after all.


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4/9/2013 7:21:28 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  And Kathy, here's where to look if you just want the new contest entries...
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=560&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=
I just saved it to my favorites and when I want to see what's new, that's where to go. Only contest entries go in there.


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4/9/2013 7:24:39 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  Carolyn you are so right about that. I would not be entering either.


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4/9/2013 7:48:13 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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  Oh we'll, just a thought. And on 2nd thought...I agree with you guys :)))


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4/9/2013 8:33:05 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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  Yeah...I hate popularity contests...I'm not popular, so I guess that's why I hate them! I would NOT be entering either! Yet another reason to vacate this place!
(still no EP's....go figure)


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4/9/2013 10:21:32 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  I'm beginning to wonder what the criteria is for selection. There are a bunch of photos getting passed over. I'm hesitant to put anything in the contest anymore without knowing what's going on. I don't enter many anyway, but still...... I do know a person doesn't have to be a member to enter the contest now.

BTW, has anyone here ever gotten and explanation from Kerry about the changes that are coming?


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4/9/2013 10:43:13 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  I'm beginning to wonder what the criteria is for selection. There are a bunch of photos getting passed over. I'm hesitant to put anything in the contest anymore without knowing what's going on. I don't enter many anyway, but still...... I do know a person doesn't have to be a member to enter the contest now.

BTW, has anyone here ever gotten and explanation from Kerry about the changes that are coming?


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4/9/2013 10:43:15 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I finally found the "New Entries" link (long ago forgotten) and started following it. But, for some reason, I ended back in the "New Arrivals" (maybe). At least, it seemed that way unless one of the wedding photographers was entering every single picture he/she took.

Btw, 1st/2nd/4th/7th - nothing yet.

Oh well, we'll all be able to figure out the Finalists and Winners before they're announced, won't we?


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4/9/2013 11:49:33 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  I'm tagging, too.


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4/9/2013 12:11:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Kathy,
If you will go to the top of this or any page at BP, put your cursor on the tab that says "CONTEST", and choose "RECENT ENTRIES" from the drop down menu - it's the 2nd one - you will be fine. There is no need to save a link and no way that I can see to get into New Arrivals if you do this.


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4/9/2013 12:41:31 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Nikki - that's the route I followed - although, this time, I'm cruising the NEs by category - it seems to be more efficient.

I'm thinking that a lot of bridal pictures really were entries before and I never did "leave" the link I wanted.


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4/9/2013 1:23:38 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Tag, ya'll are it! :-)


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4/9/2013 11:30:48 PM

 
Ken De Pree
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  It's pretty obvious to me what is going on: Increasing the number of people who sign up for courses.

When a majority of photos were getting EP's, there was not much incentive to pay for courses to improve your skill with a camera.

Now, with far fewer EP's being given out, and even photos that really deserve an EP not getting one, I am sure that the powers that be in Better Photo think that more people will be motivated to take courses.

Probably a good business move by BP. I expect they will get some more students in their classes once people get over the feeling of satisfaction they had when the BP's were being given out freely, probably too freely, and start feeling anxious.

Others, like me, will move on to other things. I've taken 3 courses in the past, have no intention of taking any more from BP, don't feel my life depends on getting a EP, and don't like
thinking I am being manipulated.


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4/10/2013 6:21:58 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I'm with you, Ken. I, also have a b/g in photography, trained to take crime scenes, using b/w film-a very long time ago, but you don't forget your skills when a case might depend on them. Although I was not specifically thinking about the ROTs, I had to have good lighting (a very high speed of film) and produce a detailed series of photos along with other documentation. I, also have taken three BP classes to brush up on digital lighting and composition. Those of us that have been here at BP at least 3 years, and have paid attention to what has been happening, surely cannot fail to see the changes regarding everything going on in the administration that has had affected the membership, especially the oldest members, and their complaints. In my experience, it is the squeaky wheel that gets noticed, but mostly to their detriment. BP is a big business like any other that will change regardless of the feelings of their customers, preferring to line their pockets instead. Our membership does not run their business, it is run by the proceeds of the classes offered to all those new members coming in. It is sad that they have no loyalty to the old guard, but it is what it is. The photo world online has changed in the last 3 years, finding many more choices online than ever before that are competitive with BP, and I personally know that there are others, including me that take classes from these places that have highly-regarded world renowned photographer/teachers too. I am sticking with BP for the time being, but my interest is waining as I see many respected amateurs as well as serious professionals leaving and going elsewhere- so sad, but it is not a new story.


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4/10/2013 7:56:02 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  I like your thought line there, Ken. I'm in my second course at BP and I'm really not very satisfied with it. I'll finish it,but no more for me. I joined BP for the camaraderie and fun. The camaraderie is still great, but the rest well....that's still up for debate. I have found another place to take classes and I'll try one there to see if I like it or not. My membership for BP isn't up for a while, but renewing may not be something I do.

I sure to enjoy the fun of the couple of club I'm in and the forum here! You guys, rock!


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4/10/2013 7:58:10 AM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  I think you're right Ken..... Very well put!


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4/10/2013 2:02:37 PM

 
Susan Williams
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  Tag. No EPs.


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4/10/2013 2:05:50 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  My sentiments exactly Ken. No coincidence that all of this has happened at the same time. I get emails all the time about classes. In stead of making me want to take one, it is having the opposite effect on me. I don't like the feeling of being manipulated. I am older and my tolerance for BS has diminished greatly over the years. I paid the 2 for 1 but not sure how long I will submit. Like everyone has said, there are other fish in the sea.


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4/10/2013 2:22:50 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  What BP has going for it is these forums. Nobody I've seen has anything nearly this good. Not where you can communicate with each other and stuff can be seen by the group.


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4/10/2013 3:04:12 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I agree Carolyn but fear that this communication will die down if BP decides to continue to lack communication about the contest and give out EP in a timely manner. Yet they sound out at least two emails a day concerning classes, self paced courses and website.


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4/10/2013 3:30:48 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  That's true!


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4/10/2013 4:08:49 PM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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  I rarely comment on this thread…..but this BP site is not too fun to pull up in the mornings with your cup of coffee any more.


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4/10/2013 4:56:21 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  Yeah, Anita. I don't get why anyone would run their business this way. Their paying customers ought to take priority. I'm about ready to call it quits.


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4/10/2013 5:41:40 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I took that two-week class (a new concept) called "Snow Photography" with Jim Zuckerman. It was my first course and I really enjoyed it - especially, as it coincided with my trip to Niagara Falls in the Winter. I learned quite a bit, received very positive feedback from Jim, and had one of my images get a POTD.

Yet, not one of them was recognized as a Finalist, let alone took a place anywhere on the Winner's List for February.

I know that the competition is stiff. I know that there are photographers who are eons ahead of me technically (both in-camera and post-production wise.) I also know that having my images do well at BP is a rare occurrence. I also know that there were disappointing moments for me every month, but nothing that dimmed my enthusiasm.

Lately, it's been harder to keep up that kind of enthusiasm here. If it weren't for the non-photographers in my "real world" who think I'm a great photographer and my supportive friends at BP, it would be easy to doubt my abilities.

It also doesn't hurt that one of my images was chosen by the Detroit Historical Society (after a long search for just the right picture) to become a 10-foot mural in the maritime museum, which will hang for 15 years. BP did give me an EP at the end of February, but didn't think it was good enough for a Finalist.

I'm betting that most of you (especially, those of us middle-of-the-road photogs at BP) are feeling pretty much the same.

Bummer!


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4/10/2013 6:17:58 PM

 
Craig D. Minton
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  I would hope that folks don't second guess their abilities here. There is obviously a ton of talent and vision coming from the members.

Once BP is able to look back in retrospect at their actions, or lack of, they will be embarrassed, or should be, of their business practices.

If people leave, which many will, they should not feel bad of doing so. If I didn't respond to my customers in a timely fashion, I would be fired too. You need to do your job to retain your customers..period.


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4/10/2013 7:48:05 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Kathy, I totally agree with your comments. I don't get many EP's or finalists for that matter. I know there are many photo folks on here who are leagues ahead in abilities over me. They've worked pretty hard to get there, too. WTG!

However, my enthusiasm is dimming for BP. I keep getting emails on classes and I'm already in one. I'm not all that pleased with it. The first class I took was a good one. Any more in my future here at BP, I doubt it.

I don't feel encouraged to put in for the contest anymore since I have no idea what is a good photo or not. I have read what "rules" about what they consider a good photo, but too many excellent ones are being passed over and some not so good are getting in. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I do enjoy reading this forum and looking at the fellow photog's galleries. You guys are inspiring!

BP, like many other companies, are forgetting their base. It's like the satellite TV company offering signup specials to get new business and they don't do anything for the folks that have been there for a while. Maybe BP could offer a half-off a 4 or 8 week class for members who have been here for a year or more. Kinda doubt it.


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4/11/2013 7:10:38 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Tag - just so I can find the thread if they make it private again! No EP's yet.


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4/11/2013 10:36:13 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  I just read the ABOUT on better photo. It does not seem that the contest is a primary focus. It's about becoming a better photographer through classes and relationships. I came to BF because of the contest and maybe I should re-evaluate.


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4/11/2013 11:25:17 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Ken, I think a bunch of folks are going to re-evaluate. I've already been searching for place to takes classes. I've taken two here and really only liked one. Of course, I haven't taken from more instructors, but......the contest was a nice added benefit! Alas, but not anymore! No more entries for me at least for now.

Stick a fork in me; I'm done with the contest.


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4/11/2013 11:49:56 AM

 
Ken De Pree
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  It is troublesome to read the posts in this thread and others that indicate that many BP members have allowed themselves to become so dependent on getting an EP that they are unsure of the value of their photos if they are not given an EP.

Ask yourself, what do we know about the people who do the first review when the EPs are handed out. Are they qualified to make an evaluation, do they even have enough time to carefully look at a photo.

Read the post of Kathy W, for example. She received very positive feedback from Jim Zuckerman, someone I know from having taken 3 courses from, but not of them was a finalist, not even the one featured as a POTD.

Doesn't that tell you something?

Then what about the photo selected by the Detroit Historical Society after an extended search for the right photo, to become part of a 10 foot mural in a very prominent location. That photo didn't get a finalist either.

What difference does it make if your photo gets a EP if you are pleased and others you sow it to are, too?

Ask yourself, have you become addicted to EP's, do you base your sense of self worth as a photographer on whether or not you get an EP?


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4/11/2013 11:55:32 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  My own self-worth is not as much in question as my self-worth as a member of BP. I like my own work (a lot, actually) but wonder why I'm not living up to BP criteria. Feedback is important to me, which is why I backed out Jim M's latest class. It's also why I became active at BP. The "All or Nothing" at Digital Image Cafe wasn't giving me any sense if I was growing. The EPs were in a sense a first step. If an image made Finalist, that was one more step (although, goodness knows some of those choices had me scratching my head!) I've made one Winner in all this time and one POTD.

I'd prefer to have true critiquing, because I honestly don't know if it's my photographic talents or my post-productive skills that are lacking (or if either.) I recognize outstanding images and many times see that quality in my work. Other times, I can see why some images are going nowhere.

In lieu of critiquing at BP, I rely on the contest steps to help me do some self-evaluation and to compare my work against others (good learning tool.)

Gosh, I'm starting to feel as though I'm on the Photo-Psychiatrist's couch! loll


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4/11/2013 12:16:04 PM

 
Ken De Pree
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  Kathy Wesserling,BP is a business organization, first, last, and always. They are not getting income from the photo contest and giving EP's does not benefit them. Quite the contrary,it costs them money to give out EP's because they have to pay the secretaries, or whoever they use (maybe the custodian, too) to glance at the photos and pass out the EP's.

What they want is people to sign up for courses.

If they aren't signing up in sufficient numbers when EP's are given daily, thinking they really don't need to pay hundreds of dollars because they are already doing pretty good work with a camera, then why not stop giving EP's so people get anxious and sign up for classes because they conclude they need to improve their skill so they can again get EP's.

Is one of the earlier posters pointed out, do you think it is a coincidence that at the same time we are being bombarded with messages tying to sell us the "whole enchalada" that the EP machine has been turned off?

BP is a business, never forget it. Their goal is not to give you a sense of worth as a photographer, their goal is to cause you to take courses.

Withholding rewards is a technique often used to get children to do what you want them to do. Now it is being used on you and the rest of us.

Unless you recognize that, you will continue to check your gallery hoping to see a BP, continue to read threads like this hoping for news.

See EPs for what they really are. A tool to help BP achieve its business goals.


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4/11/2013 1:10:25 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Well, anyway for those with photos in for this month - Good Luck! I hope we have some winners here! I'm still a tag for the two I have entered. That's okay.

This is a very subjective art form and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Kathy W, I'm in your boat on this one. I like to get the EP because at least I know I may have done something right on a particular photo if it's actual photographers that are judging.

It has nothing to do with my self-worth either. It's just one very small accomplishment for me. It may be small, but it's still there. Lol

Have a nice evening everyone! :-)


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4/11/2013 1:51:59 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  The reason EPs have any importance at all is that if you don't get one, you know that photo is out for the month and you can decide if you want to resubmit it in the future. Otherwise they mean very little. Nobody is judging at that stage anyway, but without one, there can be no finalist.


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4/11/2013 1:58:00 PM

 
Ken De Pree
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  Kalena, yes, if it is actual photographers judging, and if they have time to really consider every photo. That we don't know, and it is very unlikely we will ever be told.

Personally, I don't in my mind's eye see professional photographers going through all the photos submitted each month.

BP's are a business tool. Their first use was to attract a large pool of people who are interested in photography and, therefore, potential students.

That goal has been accomplished. BP has a huge base of potential students, a huge number of email addresses. The fish, who have been kept interested by EP's are on the hook are now being reeling in.


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4/11/2013 2:47:05 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I must not be on the hook yet because I'm not being reeled in.


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4/11/2013 2:50:36 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Ken I dont think people are falling for this hook line and sinker as you think. In fact I think they are having problems getting classes filled. Look at the latest scheme. I received 1-2 emails daily about getting the whole enchilada. Yesterday was the final final final time to take advantage of the offer.

Whats in my email from BP this afternoon, same offer but now its a strange but true story. Give me a break.


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4/11/2013 2:57:13 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I agree, Jackie. This just makes be know for sure I don't want to take a class.


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4/11/2013 3:02:01 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  With the economy the way it is, I can understand folks not taking classes. I had to save up to take the one I'm in now, but I'm sure tired of all the email touting the self-paced classes and stuff. I get at least one a day. Sometimes more. Like, Tammy, it turns me off.

The reel in' in is over for me after this class. No more for me. I'll stick to the couple of clubs I'm in and the forum.


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4/11/2013 3:08:28 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  I was trying to add a link in my deluxe website and it didn't work. When I deleted it, it now shows the BP home page.(not my gallery-so that is what anyone visiting will see) I had to send BP an email asking for help. Do you think someone will help me? I'm really concerned because it seems obvious that communication is a problem. Yikes!


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4/11/2013 3:09:14 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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  Jay Wadley [jawadley@gmail.com] is very responsive - I have used him frequently for web site questions and problems.


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4/11/2013 3:22:12 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  Thanks so much Rona! If I don't hear back soon I will keep him in mind :)


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4/11/2013 3:24:10 PM

 
Ken De Pree
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  Jackie, I guess I didn't make my point clearly.

I am absolutely sure that they are not getting the number of students that they want.

If they were, they wouldn't be playing their game with the contest and EP's.

They are hoping that by withholding the EP's they will cause at least some of us to get anxious enough to sign up for classes in the belief that will help get EP's for our images.

Those who are worried because today is April 11 and we have not yet gotten an EP, and wonder whether anybody has are viewed, I'm sure, by BP as good prospects. And that some will weaken if the pressure is maintained and sign up for classes.

That is what I meant by reeling in.

They must be desperate if the number of messages, last chances, etc., that we are being bombarded with are any indication. Maybe they are even having to lay off the secretaries who did the screening for EP's

Time will tell.


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4/11/2013 3:26:25 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Rona is right. Jay is the smiley face of BP.. He rarely fails to get an answer, but I don't know if anybody else even tries.


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4/11/2013 3:26:37 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  Thanks Carolyn! I really appreciate it:)


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4/11/2013 3:41:25 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  I think Ken is right but I am not being reeled in!


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4/11/2013 4:08:26 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  Sorry I'm a bit off subject here..... But for those interested Jay helped me immediately! My problem is now fixed!


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4/11/2013 4:14:40 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Thats awesome Chris


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4/11/2013 4:18:17 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  No EP's for me this month..... oh well.


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4/11/2013 4:57:10 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Me either Harriet but I have gotten a few hearts from people. That feels actually more wonderful than an EP. :)


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4/11/2013 4:59:52 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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  Tag,none for me.


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4/11/2013 5:21:09 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Ken, I'm not 100% convinced that BP is withholding the EP because of the lack of class sign-ups. I have no idea where BP gets all its revenue. I suspect some comes from the classes, and some are from the annual gallery renewals or the pro/deluxe websites. I agree with you that BP is a business. And in this Internet age of start-up companies, I give BP credit for being viable for so many years. And hopefully for many more.

But from a business point of view, it makes sense to be responsive to its customer base. Or at least the portion of BP that enjoys the contest. There's no harm in awarding EPs in a timely and consistent manner...realizing there will be times when other priorities preclude daily EP updates. And if they are consistent in the percentage of EPs, then it's easier for folks to gauge their growth.

I've seen many folks discouraged because they did not get an EP, when the rate was 25%. Their photos were great; the EP picker was more stringent. And when the rate was 80%, everyone was happy and I suspect some got the false sense that they had improved, because many of their photos got an EP.

I'm not a business expert...but based on the amount of feedback I'm seeing on the forum, many are getting disgruntled...and disgruntled people will leave. Some already have. And that means loss of revenue for future galleries or classes.

I hope BP keeps the contest going. It was the main reason I joined BP many years ago. And I'm glad I did, because I've met many great friends here...and have kept my joy of photography alive. It's been a near-daily part of my life since 2005.

I don't know the direct or indirect costs for running the contest, but I believe BP feels it's a foundational part of their income..a viable contest brings in people...more chances for them to purchase galleries/classes. Take it away, and the reverse happens.

Well, I typed more than I had planned and I hope I haven't offended anyone. I love BP. People are unhappy. I hope BP does a better job with its customer relations. Just a simple response in the forum...not just to the EP thing, but anytime there's a major issue/question...followed by verifiable action, would allay many concerns.



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4/11/2013 5:26:00 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  Thank-you, Ken Smith you said it well.


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4/11/2013 5:41:55 PM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  Just tagging too....and hopeful! :-)


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4/11/2013 5:59:10 PM

 
Ken De Pree
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  As I said, Ken, we'll see.

But I don't think BP owes me anything. And I don't think what I pay for my gallery covers much of their expenses, especially since as a revenue getting measure they give 2 years for the price of 1 for renewal.

I don't think the contest was ever intended to be a public service measure, I believe the intention was to build a following. When they switched from 255 to 80% EP's, I think that was to hold onto their following and increase it. Getting more to enroll, being the goal.

My belief is that now times are very tough for BP due to the economy and people are not signing up for courses in sufficient numbers to give them the revenue they want/need.

If I were in BP's shoes, I wouldn't care if somebody like me left. I'm not going to take another course. They got all they are going to get from me in course fees when I took 3 four years ago. Regarding my gallery, I think it costs them more to have somebody look at my submissions to the contest than they get from me for the 50% of the annual fee I pay for my gallery.

I don't know, either, what is going on. Maybe they are downsizing and don't care if those whose only interest is the contest and, maybe, the forum leave. Maybe they have had to cut staff and can't continue reviewing photos as previously.

Sure, I liked getting EP's and finalists, as well as the 2nd place I got for a recent photo, but if I never get another I will not lose a minute of sleep.

In fact they may be monitoring this thread now and have already put me down as a trouble maker.

In any case, we'll see.


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4/11/2013 6:12:04 PM

 
Sharon 
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  Just tagging...none for me.


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4/11/2013 6:32:20 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  No EPs is not a very good feeling of course, and I would miss them if they are gone for good.

However, at the same time, I do realize that we are amid a changing environment at BP, as the management have earlier communicated to us all!!!

There may have been a lot more changes to the way the contest is run which we are totally unaware of, and hence are not worried about. EPs or lack thereof, is the only big change each one of us has noticed and mostly disliked, and probably rightly so.

CHANGE, by its nature, is always difficult to digest and largely disliked, but it is also responsible for being the engine of growth and improvement in many facets of life.

I love BP for all it is and especially because of the wonderful community/interaction/friendships/inspiration/ learning so on ans so forth which it has provided to us all.

So I, for one, am just HANGING ON to weather this storm.

UB.

PS: This change would have been much easier to digest, had BP elaborated a little bit more on the new methodology being adopted but then again, they have always been mum about the nitty gritty of running this contest and probably they will keep silent this time too!!!


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4/11/2013 9:43:15 PM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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  If EP’s continue to be the selection criteria for the images to advance in the contest and this sudden change in the way the images are being judged ( that is from almost every image with a EP badge to very few selected ones) , it would be very interesting to see the contest result for March when released later in this month ( because very few images got EP’s last month) ……how many finalists and winners are coming out from it .....

I agree with what ken said . The one simple reason as why I have managed to be around for so many years in BP is the fact that I love BP and the ecosystem around it.... I did not join BP for contest though, I joined BP to ask questions back in 2001 after I bought my first SLR and was overwhelmed by the responses from all those wonderfully friendly members who were around then and even Jim himself and that legacy has continued over all these years and along with the contest the wonderful BP community members are its biggest assets, even now....since 2001 and after I rejoined and started entering the contest from 2006, whatever little I have learnt , I owe a great deal from the BP ecosystem – the contest, the inspiring images , all you wonderful people out here and some of the friendships that I’ll always cherish . They have managed to run this site and the contest successfully for many years now and that’s quite an achievement and I would not like to discard BP for bringing in uncomfortable changes and not talking about it, just yet……also we don’t know if the change that we saw last month is going to be the new norm …..members are not happy because they want to know what’s going on and I don’t see any harm with at least a response here in the forum from someone in BP…… they can definitely do a much better job in responding to the concerns of its own members and should make visible efforts to hold the BP community together because if it starts breaking , I am not sure how many of us will be interested to only enter the contest for a Winner/Finalist Badge....


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4/12/2013 1:30:12 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I did get a new EP for April 1st last night.


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4/12/2013 1:30:50 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  I didn't get one for the First April but I see an EP under the Apil 2nd image. I guess the EPs will be rolling out soon for more days today!!!

UB.


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4/12/2013 1:51:16 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/1.. Skipped
4/2..Landscape..We Think He Walks On Water


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4/12/2013 2:13:18 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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My Mother No EP Yet!
April 1, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Digital Darkroom

Melbourne Gold
April 2, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

QVB
April 3, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design




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4/12/2013 3:17:43 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  TAG-nothing for April yet : (


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4/12/2013 6:55:03 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Woo-hoo!!! An EP!!!!!!!


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4/12/2013 7:01:20 AM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  So, I've been reading this thread because I've certainly noticed all the changes in handing out EP's lately. I sent them an e-mail asking what was going on with the EP's and why they are so scarce. I mentioned that I got them regularly and now hardly any. I said I don't think my photography skills have changed for the worse from last month to this month. lol They responded "There have been no changes in the judging criteria". That was it. I'm like, "Really?" I know I'm not the best either, but let's at least be consistent. As a test I submitted a color version of a b&w that had gotten an EP earlier in the month to see what would happen. It did not get one. Really? Seems random to me. And I've sure noticed a lot of good pictures not getting one that normally would have. I'm with y'all. All the e-mails they are bombarding me with do NOT make me want to take a course. And being treated in a condescending manner makes me rethink things.


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4/12/2013 7:26:08 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  For you Facebook members...
https://www.facebook.com/BetterPhoto.comOfficialPage?fref=ts


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4/12/2013 7:49:59 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Another one:
4/3..MT..The Golden Hour


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4/12/2013 1:47:59 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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  Tag! This EP issue reminds me of when I first started BP...took me a year to get my 1st! ...


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4/12/2013 1:51:46 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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  I've been on a long driving trip this week to Oklahoma City and when I returned this afternoon, there seems to be a lot going on in this thread. The one thing that I found strange is that I had a March entry (very, very early in the month) that got a March EP while I was gone. That image had been entered over 5 weeks. Still nothing in April.... I'm very confused about the March entry.


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4/12/2013 4:30:35 PM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  I also just within the last few days got some March EP's. Very strange. On a side note.....sorry you had to come to OKC this week. Yucky weather we had!


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4/12/2013 4:48:03 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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  Thanks Tammy. I always enjoy my trips to OKC. I just wasn't expecting ice. I meet with my contacts at Hobby Lobby's Corp offices on Wednesday and they are always such a pleasure to see.


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4/12/2013 5:30:24 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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  April - No EFP's

You know...some of us have said we could live without the contest having EFP's...but check this out.

How will we feel entering a contest knowing that no one is even looking at them? Or just randomly?

At least if we get EFP's a lot (when they are technically sounds etc) we know someone was looking at them.

Right?

I am all in favor of EFP's and being able to keep an eye on knowing someone is looking at them. No EFP's anymore (ever) means they can get away with no one there judging them properly.

We know they are not being judged properly this very moment because EFP's are still in effect. Discontinue EFP's and who knows what they are doing down there.


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4/12/2013 11:43:04 PM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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April 2013
Elements of Design

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EP for April 2 - Weathered Spokes - Elements of Design.


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4/13/2013 7:07:35 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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  Opps went to March thread by mistake:

OK, I have a question! A recent POTD at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=13659864

Are my eyes off, or is this photo totally blurred? Is this a special technique I have not learned yet?

Hope I am wrong, but this photo to me is not a POTD quality that I am used to seeing or trying to perfect! What do all of you think?

THANKS...
(also, this is not against the photographer, just a question about the photo!)


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4/13/2013 7:12:43 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  TAG!! Sometimes It' not good being at the end of the alphabet!!


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4/13/2013 8:16:31 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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  Nancyj, I would have to agree with you. As one who is very familiar with DDR, I have tried many different treatments on many different things including flowers. In my trained eye I'd say he was trying to attain a 3D look with a special filter and was not quite successful. Had it been my image, I'd have started with a more in focus image (the flowers themselves) and better smoothed the edges of the flower when I lassoed them. Interesting that he got and EP then Finalist and didn't even list his treatments. When my work looks this far off from it's original state I'd better say WHY underneath, and I do!

The only spots in this entire photo that are in focus are; one spot on the top flower and then the little purple "Fairy Shoes" for pistols on the lower flower. Maybe this is what completely dazzled the judges???

I'm sure Joe is a fine photographer. I would say this is nice and it is pretty, Filled with color but not POTD quality. I have seen hundreds of new entries pass my screen since all of this started that would have topped 4/10's POTD but who am I to judge? Lol...At least somebody got one. HeeHee...

I know a lot of photographers do not list their treatments under their images. It is their choice and option to not give away their "secrets" but I like to do this so others can learn from what I make if they like it. It's just another great way of sharing on BP as a family here. I'd have liked to have understood what he had in mind better to appreciate what he did. Maybe I missed something?

-Laura :)


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4/13/2013 8:56:17 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  Tag for me too as nothing for April...


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4/13/2013 9:01:33 AM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  Nancy---that flower photo of the day image IS blurred. I use blurring for some effects but I don't personally care for it in this image. It would not be a photo of the day in my book.


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4/13/2013 9:44:22 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  I miss the fun of the more frequent EPs, but I have to admit that it has loosened my grip a bit on the contest, in a good way. I fully expect that the last two images I posted, Employee Parking and All in a Day's Work, will NOT get EPs. But that's okay ... they speak to me, and maybe to no one else, but I find that expression just for the sake of expression is liberating ... Shame on me for placing too much emphasis on the contest until now.

Not saying that I wouldn't like to succeed of course! My one EP so far this month was still most welcome!

Good luck to all ... you guys are all very talented and a constant inspiration!


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4/13/2013 10:16:56 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  My most recent EP was March 26. Whoopee (and tag, tag, tag, tag.....)


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4/13/2013 11:31:32 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I hope BP gets back to giving EP's with some kind of regularity so we can get back to reporting them in this thread :)

Don't forget that Susan started a No EP Feedback thread where you can discuss your own images that are skipped and, hopefully, get some suggestions for improving them or, at the very least, suggestions that you simply resubmit them next month.


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4/13/2013 11:32:41 AM

 
Marcy B. Reman
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  Peggy - had to see what you were thinking about with Employee Parking and All in a Day's Work. You are truly amazing with the photos you capture from your smart phone. Both really unusual - but my favorite is All in a Days Work. I'm with you - following our passions and not worrying about the rewards can be truly freeing - with some great outcomes. Thanks for sharing.


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4/13/2013 12:55:31 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  Thanks for looking and for your kind and thoughtful comments, Marcy!


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4/13/2013 2:04:06 PM

 
Beatriz Rocha
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  I've been in Rio (Brazil) for the last 10 days attending to my mother and have not had time to 'play around' BP as I usually do, but was surprised yesterday to find out that my 4/2 entry got an EP (kitchen 1760); so one EP for April. Tones of e-mails for courses as you all, I'm also turned off to register to any course (done 3 and that's it). Will stick around until my gallery expires in 2014.
For me, better than any course, would be to get BP's rationale for the grand prize.


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4/13/2013 4:29:23 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Reading that some of you guys are getting EP's for March just a few days ago blows me away! At the end of March when I received only one EP and folks were starting to post for April, as my usual routine here is to delete all my photos except for the one with an EP, I've done it this way for years, now I find out I should have left them up because every thing is turned upside down and nothing is running to schedule as it has for many years...somebody stop me!!! :-)


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4/13/2013 10:09:35 PM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  @Joannie...the last ones I got for April were probably about a week ago. And there were only two. Certainly not a lot. LOL But, yeah, weirdness.


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4/14/2013 1:03:54 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Tammy means the last ones she got for March . . .


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4/14/2013 5:56:22 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Nothing for me in awhile, and I finally wrote a letter to BP although I don't expect much (if any) response. After so many emails about classes, I finally decided to email them.


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4/14/2013 6:27:08 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I missed the first three days of April to enter but since the 4th I have entered now 9 images and not one has gotten and EP. I know some of you say they dont mean anything. I disagree to me they meant they were at least looked at. So now I have 9 images a few I thought should have received an EP's but nothing. I do find it discouraging. I'm left thinking are they looking at the contest photos? I'm just a hobby shooter but I dont want my photography to stink either. I liked that EP to kind of tell me I'm on track.


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4/14/2013 6:47:34 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I don't think anything has been looked at since the 3rd. A very few were reported for April 1, 2 and/or 3. I entered all three days, got one on the 2nd. That's my most recent one, Jackie.


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4/14/2013 6:53:03 AM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  Thanks, Nikki! I indeed meant to say March. That's what I get for typing in the middle of the night! LOL I did get one on my April 1st and 2nd image. It's just silly. If they want to be more 'stringent' that's fine. Be consistent and have people judging that knows photography. I mean, that's how it should be and that's what would help us in our quest to grow and improve. But it will only help if the judging is consistent and has some rationale to it. Which at the moment I'm having trouble finding the rationale. And if they take notes from this thread......none of us may ever get one again! LOL


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4/14/2013 7:39:28 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Something is VERY WRONG, when even the professionals aren't getting EPs! To me that means there really isn't ANY judging going on!


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4/14/2013 7:39:56 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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  I have one EP for April 2nd, but haven't uploaded many photos this month. After checking out other galleries, knew something was up! Way too many emails about beginning courses... Hate the ads and pop ups!
I did join BP years ago when I got my 1st DSLR to take a How to Course. I also took a macro class that I was very disappointed in.
I have come a long way since then! I did not join for the EP's, Finalists, POTD, or contest wins!
The contests have been a real Joke! Have seen the same photo as mine in a different month be a winner when mine didn't even get a finalist...anyway
The best part of BP has been the Friendships and wonderful Inspirations!
My gallery expires April 21st. I don't want to renew if BP is going under and waste my time and money...
I have a fabulous gallery at Fine Art America where they have groups, contests, commenting, and it pays for itself with Sales! Check it out at sabrina-ryan.artistwebsites.com (no www)
Haven't decided what to do...If I don't renew, I will miss you all!
Thanks for all your kind comments on my photos!
Be well and happy, and don't let the EP's, Finalists, Winning photos bother you! Ignore and delete the course emails if they bother you.
Just get out and shoot, get inspiration where you can, and enjoy yourself in what you love to do!!


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4/14/2013 7:41:52 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I am as eager as anyone to see the EP's start up again, but the break doesn't really bother me and isn't unusual - they often take one - so I don't think you should read anything about the "worthiness" of your work into it.


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4/14/2013 7:44:12 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Will miss you and your artistry greatly, Sabrina, but I have another year for my Deluxe gallery, for which I cannot recoup my losses should I go, so may see you on FineArtAmerica next year if things don't change at BP. It is looking like a corporation that is getting ready to go out of business and trying to get it's customers to believe in "business as usual," but not really convincing us. I've been in the trenches when businesses went under, an this one has all the earmarks of one, and is the reason they are keeping up the company mantra that nothing has changed.


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4/14/2013 9:00:12 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Usually, when there are numerous notifications for Cheri's current thread in my Yahoo inbox, it means another round of EPs is popping up. "Finally!" I thought at noon, and checked out each of my April entries. Nada! lolllllllll

But, the continuing discuss is still interesting.


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4/14/2013 9:03:49 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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  Thank you so much Nancy!


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4/14/2013 9:21:43 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  I emailed BP the other day asking if there was still a contest going on here and if I needed to start looking for another place to put my deluxe website. They emailed back saying the contest was still going on without any changes and BP was doing great. There was no reason for concern. Really????


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4/14/2013 10:36:31 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  What concerns me now --if they really don't see a difference, something is really wrong. We all know there is a difference and for them to continue with the same old line is insulting. Either that or no one is running BP. Nancy Marie is right, this has all the earmarks of serious trouble for BP. At least I haven't had the Enchilada email lately. :)


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4/14/2013 11:13:20 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  "At least I haven't had the Enchilada email lately. :)"

LOL. Patricia! I needed that laugh!


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4/14/2013 11:35:20 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  This is a similar pattern to Redbubble threads a little over a year ago - after their functionality changes including reducing group host capabilities with no explanation and a lot of bugs they didn't acknowledge.

BP has chosen the redbubble path with their response of business as usual - which we are not experiencing as Tammy says.

The shift with redbubble was to membership of a younger t-shirt crowd. What BP wants is a course-taking membership. I get those emails. I guess they don't care about my deluxe website, they want me to register in courses.

Could we ever have imagined that changing the EPs would alter membership with defections and upsets. It's really too bad as it was a great photo website.

Marilyn


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4/14/2013 4:30:31 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Well, let's not hammer that last nail in their coffin just yet. They've been up and down before, and I suspect they will pull out of this one, too. If only they would change their business plan to include the word "communication" (not preceded by the word "no"), they wouldn't get themselves into this sort of predicament.


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4/14/2013 4:38:45 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Too bad they can't display an image of what's going on.

You know, like........ "A Picture is Worth 1000 words." lollllllllllllllll


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4/14/2013 4:50:50 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  LOLdogz
LOLdogz
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Speaking of pictures with words, I love LOLCats when I'm not here at BP ;) Well, I discovered I had a LOLdogz in my files. The backwards reference seems appropriate, no?


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4/14/2013 7:21:00 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  LOL!


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4/14/2013 7:42:06 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Just so it's easier to find when the time comes that some get EPs and you don't - but want to have some analysis on your ignored images...

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=35950

Mine in question was entered for the 4th, but as we aren't up to that date yet, but I wanted to be ready.


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4/14/2013 8:34:49 PM

 
Brian M. Jones
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  Been away for awhile. Just submitting and logging off.. Still see that there is a EP issue like last month..

When was the last time an EP was given out to anyone? It seems like not receiving an EP is the new norm now.


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4/14/2013 9:16:17 PM

 
Lucille "Lucy" Abrao
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  Tag. Like many of you, so far my entries this month on 7,8, and 14 have no EP
I sent an email this morning to customer service, but based on what some have shared I probably should expect no response.


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4/15/2013 9:52:14 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Is this weird or is it just me...?

April 15th - New Arrivals = 705 images.

If there are usually 10000-12000 entries per month, how does 705 turn into 10000? Is it that the number of entries includes 1000s of pictures that were already uploaded into members' galleries?


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4/15/2013 10:41:18 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  Well, I suspect it's simply because they establish a given number that they'll show in that particular gallery. You know, last --- days, and cut it off at a certain point.


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4/15/2013 10:50:44 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Thanks, Mitch. There is much I've never really understood about various features at BP (or other sites, for that matter.)


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4/15/2013 10:54:53 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  Kathy - you got my attention so I went to the Contest Tab and Recent Entries and there are 348 pages, with an average of 12 per page, so 4,176 would be the total. It's close to the regular half way mark if it's 10,000 and down a bit if it's 12,000.


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4/15/2013 10:54:54 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Such a Duh-Moment. I liked it better when I could follow EP links (I didn't realize (or had a brain glitch) that New Arrivals and Contest Entries weren't the same thing. I either need a lobotomy or a nap. Geeze!

As Gilda Radnor used to say, "Never mind!"


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4/15/2013 11:22:03 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  As of right now there are 4180 in the contest.


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4/15/2013 11:47:52 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Kathy W, you are funny! LOL I need a chuckle today! Thanks!!!

Also, tag!


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4/15/2013 11:49:28 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Looks like the last EP for N&L was on 4/3. So only 3 days have been reviewed so far in Nature and Landscape.


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4/15/2013 12:59:16 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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  wow, with the news on the TV and Radio right now about Boston, and elsewhere... here we pick apart BP regarding their issues... makes me take a second look!


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4/15/2013 2:50:57 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I was just about to say what Nancy just said. We should count our blessings instead of EPs..(I guess)


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4/15/2013 3:57:09 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Boston today.


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4/15/2013 4:35:00 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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  My heart goes out to all with healing prayers and love! I am counting my blessings...
and here I sit at Disney World...


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4/15/2013 4:40:53 PM

 
Brian M. Jones
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  I live in Boston, Massachusetts and all of us in the city are still in shock of what happened today.. Terror attacks have never happened before here until today.. Please say prayers for the victims of our beloved city of Boston, Massachusetts..


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4/15/2013 6:09:18 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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  Absolutely, Brian. I can only imagine the shock, dismay, and sadness that you all must be experiencing, as we do as we watch the news. Prayers are with all of you.


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4/15/2013 6:19:19 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  So very sad and painful to hear about the attacks in Boston. Prayers and positive thoughts for all the affected people and their families. Hope the culprits are caught and brought to swift justice.

UB.


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4/15/2013 8:45:12 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  So sad that there are people throughout the world who have no regard for the gift of life. My heart goes out to the victims of the terrorist attack on Boston, who will be in my prayers this night and for many nights to come.


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4/15/2013 9:01:28 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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A Spring Blossom
April 4, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Digital Darkroom




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4/16/2013 4:51:15 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  Not a single EP this month.


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4/16/2013 7:53:11 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Just got an EP for a resub April 5...


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4/16/2013 8:26:49 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  No EP, but I have only entered 2 for the month. Does anyone know of a place for a reasonable website. I am thinking about getting one and have no idea how to do it or where to look.


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4/16/2013 2:49:37 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Patricia, here's a couple: SmugMug and Zenfolio. Just Google them.


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4/16/2013 5:46:18 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Patricia, I'm a big fan of Flickr for photo sharing. Their lightbox and slideshow formats display images really nicely, and they have excellent and flexible privacy controls. Pro accounts are $25/year. Lots of interaction options too with Groups and such. No contest but many people get a lot of satisfaction by having their photos featured in Explore. Interacting is a bit harder than on BP because the member base is so huge, but it can be rewarding if you have time to put some effort into it.

Regarding EPs, I have one so far for April, for 4/2. On the plus side, the remaining thumbnails display a bit larger in my gallery! :)


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4/16/2013 5:58:16 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Patricia, if you want to sell your photos, you can sell your photos on your website at Fine Art America for $30/year. They have more perks, too if you want to check it out, but I am keeping my BP membership, while joining FAA to sell my photos. I know a few BP members who show on BP and sell on other sites.


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4/16/2013 6:10:10 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I also joined FAA..Their websites are super looking. I'm impressed.


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4/16/2013 6:35:06 PM

 
Chris Schlosser
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  I also have joined FAA recently. I really like having the option to sell photos. Right now I have a link on my deluxe BP gallery to my FAA website. If anyone wants to see how it works just go to my BP website www.chrisschlosserphotography.com then go to the gallery page and at the top of the page there is a link that says to purchase photos. Click on that and it takes you to the FAA site. So far I like the FAA site, but not as much as the "old" BP!


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4/16/2013 6:53:27 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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QVB II
April 5, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design




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4/16/2013 7:33:03 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Stellar, Usman!


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4/16/2013 7:51:51 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Thanks Nancy for your words of encouragement. Glad you liked it that much ;)

UB.


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4/17/2013 12:43:14 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  April 5 Elements of Design

Let's see if I can get this link in right here.

Dependent


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4/17/2013 5:40:09 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/4..SKIPPED
4/5..SKIPPED...and it was even my birthday. That's just mean! LOL


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4/17/2013 5:51:43 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I gave up and posted my "Wattle" in Susan's thread for feedback on no EP images. This one I was sure would do well; it appears my choice of category wasn't the right one. This might make a terrific companion thread each month to Cheri's.

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=35950&catID=100


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4/17/2013 6:42:59 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Flooded Mission
Flooded Mission

A courtyard at Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas
with flood effect added, plus adjustments in CS5.

© Peggy J. Pfister
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4/5 Digital Darkroom

Enjoying the EPs posted in this thread, folks.
And Happy Birthday, Carolyn!


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4/17/2013 7:11:26 AM

 
Jill Odice
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Finally got an EP!


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4/17/2013 10:23:39 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  April 5th for Ethereal-Finally!


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4/17/2013 10:38:23 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Looks like they skipped April 1-5!


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4/17/2013 10:41:47 AM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  April 1 - 5 I've gotten 4 EP's. For whatever they're worth.


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4/17/2013 11:00:11 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  For Forum
For Forum
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So far for April I have posted 18 images and finally got one EP for an image posted April 6th...


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4/17/2013 11:08:16 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  How do post a photo on this thread?


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4/17/2013 11:12:45 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  I have a question ...a friend of mine uploaded 4 images on the same day, so obviously not all 4 are in the contest....yet she got EP's for all 4. So does this mean that images don't have to be in the contest now to get an EP? Also the other day somebody else got a POTD that only has a deluxe website and no basic gallery, I have never seen that happen before?


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4/17/2013 11:16:11 AM

 
Sharon 
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  This morning I have my first for April 5th. I only entered on the 1st & 5th. The 1st was not that great a photo, it was more for fun. Have a great day everyone!!!


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4/17/2013 11:39:51 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Jill - that's weird about the non-entries getting EPs.

As to the other - for the past month or so, I've been checking out that random EP link to see if the "free" accounts were getting them. For more than one name (a lot, in fact), the generic BP Home Page popped up when I clicked on a name I didn't recognize. It took me a while to figure out that the photographers did have the deluxe or pro accounts. Hmmmmm, maybe that's a pattern to analyze (probably not, though - too many deluxe members have added to the March/April thread.)


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4/17/2013 11:54:11 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  You don't need to submit an image the same day it's uploaded.


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4/17/2013 11:57:51 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Martha - I thought Jill meant her friend got the EPs all at once, but you're probably correct.

I try to upload a few, then will "Enter the contest from my own photos" link. The way I keep track is not to add the title until the day an image is entered (and to add the entry date in the description - along with the category.)


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4/17/2013 12:01:41 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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  I just got an EP for April 5 - the first one this month for me (in T&P, I think).


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4/17/2013 12:11:38 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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April 5th EP-Ethereal


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4/17/2013 12:47:19 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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April 5th EP-Ethereal


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4/17/2013 12:48:17 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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April 5th EP-Ethereal


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4/17/2013 12:53:11 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Tried to attach photo, but all you see is the name of the photo-didn't work for me, as I did not see a box to put the photo ID into. In my defense, I am taking care of a toddler, 2 Frenchies, feeding everyone when I can, an trying to keep it quiet enough so my daughter (in labor) can get some sleep.-maybe try again tomorrow-yikes!


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4/17/2013 1:06:23 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Check your email, Marie. I sent you instructions a bit ago.


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4/17/2013 1:19:58 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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April 5th-Ethereal
Category: Flowers


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4/17/2013 1:24:04 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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WOW - I got one! Don't mean to sound surprised, but after having many, many passed over that were better than this one, I was surprised! I think I will do some re-submits next month and see what happens.

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4/17/2013 1:59:18 PM

 
Leslie J. Morris
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  You don't have to have a "basic gallery" to enter, if you have a website that is all you need. How many of you have both?


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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I have a basic and a Deluxe, but will be dropping the Deluxe next year, as it really doesn't do anything better than the Basic. I want to sell my photos, but not by paying over $100 extra a year just to do so.


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I have both, also..Was going to drop it this November, but then I had a weak moment when they had the half price sale, and renewed for another year. I may change my mind yet. More and more dissatisfied, like the rest of you.


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  I have both too. I do like both of them.


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Susan M. Smith
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  So happy to see some EPs being reported on this thread! Yay! I didn't get one for the 5th (my second entry for April). It had some technical issue but the subject (Raven with the flower) was still a personal fav. I might post it in the othed thread for some feedback.
I'm also on FAA. Haven't been very active the past few months but it might be time to focus more energy there. I'm also getting more and more discouraged by these changes here. I don't feel like the contest results for March are gonna make things any better.

Happy belated Carolyn and Nancy, all the best to your daughter and new family member :)


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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Thank you, Susan- much appreciated!


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Danny B. Head
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  Had EP's pop up on the first two of my 10 entries for the month.


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4/18/2013 3:54:32 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  EP's on the 1st, 4th and 5th.


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  I'm on a roll! I have only one EP this month April 3! lol

Ohh well, we still may get more...:-)

jo ann c.


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4/18/2013 6:21:16 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Hmmmmmmmm - here's a dilemma...

From the Contest Guidelines:
"Please, No "Advertising"
Photos that show logos, brand names, or trademarks are not allowed."

I just entered 2 images of a restored Shell Gas Station. Should I not have bothered; how stringent is that rule under the circumstances of a historical site?

Also, most of the Pros write of patterns, lines, shapes, colors as being design elements (both in nature or man-made.) In the contest, are only man-made designs considered valid for the EOD category?


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  I posted a heart from the top of a Love's gas station and they skipped over that, even though it said nothing about Love's at all..Also my 2 birds sitting on top of their marquee.


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4/18/2013 7:19:57 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I'm starting to think what they're skipping over has more info for entry choices than what the EPd entries do. That is, if it's more than simply a "no time to judge" situation.


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Martha R. Mazon
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  Kathy - the contest categories specify for EoD any subject that emphasizes line, shape, etc. is appropriate. December's 1st place winner in EoD was of a leaf.


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Kathy Wesserling
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  That's what I always thought, but another member thought that's was the reason my "Wattle" didn't score an EP. I'm solidly going into an "Oh, well" mode.


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Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Welcome to my "oh well" world Kathy! :-)


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4/18/2013 9:24:12 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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  I think I will be joining the when my membership is up, I will be gone. I love so many people on this site, but....
I already am on Viewbug, FineArtAmerica & Redbubble. If any of you are on there, please find me. Also on facebook. Not for sure yet on my decision I have a few more months to decide though and see what happens here.ONE Ep this month.


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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  It seems to me that one member said that BP is just cutting back on employees and what's left cannot do all the EPs in one day. I would think that BP could not afford to cut back on employees; that they would judge like they used to do-not make it harder by changing the rules, resulting in a poor customer service policy and a lot of grumbling. Maybe they want to cut down on customers, too. If that is the result, then they have achieved it.

Well, I have a game plan, too. No longer will I need a Deluxe Gallery. It hasn't done anything more for me than the Basic one. So I'll sell my photos on FAA, retain my membership and the Basic Betterpholio, and be better off than I am now. I guess that's what you call a positive outlook. Thank you BP!


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4/18/2013 12:49:17 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Jim responded with an explanation a short while ago on Susan's No EFP thread...

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=35950


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Monnie Ryan
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  Didn't realize you're on RB too, Tammy - am following you now! Think I've got you covered on the other two already.


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Susan M. Smith
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  Here is the response Jim left on the No EP Thread:

BetterPhoto friends,

Just in case you did not see my other posts, the EP is not gone. The Editor's Picks are still being rewarded for excellent entries. If there is a delay, it just means the judges are working hard on other stuff and will get back to it asap.

We take great pride in that:

* EVERY round is judged by a human being, a pro photographer.
* We work very hard, look at EVERY photo.

* We do not take the photographer's name into account (when the contestant watermarks the photo, we of course can't control that.)

* We look only for photographic excellence, beauty, inspiration, uniqueness... and the qualities of truly amazing photography.

I greatly appreciate the love and energy that many of you have expressed in this thread and elsewhere. Your support means so much to me.

Sincerely,
Jim

P.S. P.S. I want to reiterate that the EPs are still being given out. :-) Help me spread the word.


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Kalena Randall
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  Glad I can back today to do more reading. I just bookmarked FAA and will take a look at it. No EP's though. I only entered two because I'm absolutely disgusted. I may not be as good a photographer as some here, but I'm not that bad either. Things seem to have gotten to irregular. Oh, we'll......tag!


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4/18/2013 6:05:09 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  I just came across this message from Jim in the March No EP Thread. It has a little more info in it:

I posting the following on another thread but, because it's important that the truth be expressed, I want to copy it in this thread too.

But before I do, let me just give Susan a pat on the back for starting this thread. The original intent was to get and give feedback. I LOVE that! I always wish members did that more on every photo. We don't have time to offer constructive critique on each photo so it's AWESOME when members do so for each other. I highly recommend that you keep this up on these monthly threads and also do so on each photo. If you're concerned about judges reading it, don't be... the judges don't have time to read all the comments. And they prefer to stay out of it so a) they don't get erroneously influenced and, b) they don't see the member's name... so they can continue to judge without any bias.

Keep the focus on constructive critique...

*******
HERE'S MY NOTE ABOUT THE CONTEST
*******

BetterPhoto friends,

The EP is not gone. Please help me correct the misinformation that is being spread on this topic. The Editor's Picks are still being rewarded for excellent entries.

EVERY round is judged by a human being, a pro photographer. We take great pride in that: we tell the truth, work very hard, look at EVERY photo, and do not take the photographer's name into account (when the contestant watermarks the photo, we of course can't control that.) We look only for photographic excellence, beauty, inspiration, uniqueness... and the qualities of truly amazing photography.

I greatly appreciate the love and energy that many of you have expressed in this thread and elsewhere. Your support means so much to me.

The reason why we don't answer often is that we have a lot of work to do. Yes, we promote our products; that is what any company does. We serve our clients with love and in truth, AND we work to get more clients so we can continue to grow. That's business.

While we read everything, we don't often respond on these threads because we need to focus on work. And it's hard to want to respond when people are unfairly mean. We have a standard here of being constructive, supportive and helpful. Just like you would with a photographer, give thoughtful, encouraging, helpful feedback and live up to the standard of being constructive. If you would not say it about a fellow member or his/her photo, do not say it about me or BetterPhoto.

Now I want to reiterate that:

a) The EPs are still being given out.

b) I love you all :-)

c) I send you my blessings and look forward to seeing you continue to enjoy photography and pushing yourself to be your very best in your art.

d) I really appreciate the comments and energy of helpfulness that I continually witness in most members. You know who you are, and I thank you from the deepest depths of my heart.

If the forums and in your general conversation about BetterPhoto, please help me express what is true.

Don't allow yourself to get sucked into meanness or mini-flaming. Just ignore it if someone lashes out in frustration... that is nothing, especially when compared to the amazing energy of camaraderie, friendly encouragement, and family that shine here at BetterPhoto.

Sincerely,
Jim

---------

My response here is a big Thank You to Jim for acknowledging and addressing many of the issues we've been speculating on or discussing. Also, I appreciate the shout-out but honestly, I think credit goes to all of the members, many of whom "stepped out of the shadows," to express their thoughts & experiences and offer support to one another. Personally, I was and am pretty thrilled about it.

I think everyone is aware that EPs are still being awarded, however, there has been a fairly drastic change from before. At this point it's not clear if that is due to more stringent judging criteria, a software/system change, or a change in BPs schedule. Thoughts?


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4/18/2013 6:18:06 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Susan S., I would love an answer to the last statement in your comments above.

"At this point it's not clear if that is due to more stringent judging criteria, a software/system change, or a change in BPs schedule."

It seems to me that Jim's note wasn't very specific concerning EPs. Yes, they are being given out, but isn't the question we need answered by BP the very statement you offered?

Kerry Drager mentioned under the March EPs that there were some major changes coming. Well?

I may stay with BP for the clubs I'm in. They're great! Folks on the forum are, too! But the contest.........


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4/18/2013 7:08:48 PM

 
Ken Beatty
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  No EFPs for me so far but as far as I can tell N&L is still on the 5th of April for EFP's.


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4/19/2013 6:48:21 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  April 7th Catch-All

Bowl of Sunshine


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  Black & Blue Berries for Forum
Black & Blue Berries for Forum
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I am so relieved that Jim took the time to answer some of our questions and to know he does care :-) I actually got my 2nd EP this month and am happy because I particularly liked the image enough to print it and hang it on my wall :-)


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Hope the number 13 really isn't unlucky! lol

I have 13 EP's for the month of March...there is about a 2 week "no EP'S" in March on my site?? But...again, lucky to get what I got I guess! :-)

jo ann c.


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4/20/2013 12:24:20 PM

 
Sharon 
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Since last night I got an EFP for April 6th Elements of Design. That's two for three this month. I don't enter every day. Hope they start moving now for all of us.

You sure find out that sometimes you don't miss something until it's gone...

or an old song lyric...how can I miss you if you don't go away. :)

I feel like I did when I first joined BP in 2008... really excited about getting an EFP. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!


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4/20/2013 1:09:31 PM

 
Sharon 
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Since last night I got an EFP for April 6th Elements of Design. That's two for three this month. I don't enter every day. Hope they start moving now for all of us.

You sure find out that sometimes you don't miss something until it's gone...

or an old song lyric...how can I miss you if you don't go away. :)

I feel like I did when I first joined BP in 2008... really excited about getting an EFP. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!


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4/20/2013 1:10:00 PM

 
Sharon 
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Sorry tried to attach the photo.

PS: I joined BP in April 2007 but didn't have the nerve to upload a photo for the contest until 2008.


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4/20/2013 1:18:05 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Finally got a EFP. It was for Aril 6th!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13793604&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

Green Tree Boa

Not sure the link will work if anyone cares to view!


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Kathy Wesserling
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  Bless you, kalena - for not giving your image a cutesy name, so I could tell ahead of time what the subject is. A deeply-grounded phobia about snakes prevents me from opening your link.

: > }}}


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4/20/2013 4:43:13 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Kathy W., I don't like snakes either. He was behind glass when I took this shot. :-)


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Ohhh Kalena, I'm like Kathy, but I did look at it and there is great clarity and presentation.

I must say your gallery is awesome too!

jo ann c.


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4/20/2013 5:17:19 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Thanks, Jo Ann. I stopped over at you gallery. Wow! You have beautiful photos there!


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4/20/2013 5:33:55 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Great snake shot through the glass with sharpness on the head! I'm not afraid of snakes-this one doesn't bother me. I saw a black water moccasin in AL 2 years ago that crossed a path in front of me from the swamp, on his tail and made a B-line for some shrubs where a lot of little birds were hiding. I was out with two little dogs, and would not let them anywhere near those bushes for about 5 days. Now THAT was scary!


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I beat a water moccasin half to death with a shovel last summer. It was in with the dog, so I smacked it with the shovel and then picked it up and tossed it over the fence. It was gone the next morning, so I guess I didn't kill it, but I bet he had one heck of a headache.


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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  I admire your bravery, Carolyn! Only 2 snakes make me scared: The water moccasin and the Western Rattle snake. I won't be around the water moccasin any more-don't think I'll be in AL or the South again, but Rattle snakes live around and close to the house in the Spring and Summer-have to be on the lookout in the sagebrush, so there are some places I will not venture in those seasons.


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  We always get them in the spring. And other sorts of snakes, too. If they're in the dog's yard, they all meet their maker.


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Kalena Randall
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  Speaking of snakes on a family vacation in north Arkansas, we were hiking and I stopped to take a photo of some water droplets on some leaves of a bush. The wind was blowing a bit and moved some leaves on the ground. A baby cottonmouth was laying less than a foot from my hiking boot clad foot. My husband saw him as suggested I slowly move my foot. I did get my photo, but during the rest of my vacation, my eyes were constantly watching the ground on every hiking trail we were on! I'm glad it was chilly that morning and he was just trying to stay warm. :-o


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  The ones that scare me are the coral snakes. They aren't so big and easy to spot. Scary things, they are!


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4/21/2013 6:53:00 AM

 
Kalena Randall
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  My husband corrected me - the snake was a copperhead! But, to me a snake is a snake and I don't like them! I'll take a photo as long s they are behind glass!

Carolyn, my grandma killed a coral snake once. She used her trusty garden hoe!


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Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Boy, business is slow when we are talking about snakes! :-)


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4/21/2013 9:46:06 AM

 
Pat Harry
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Really busy month for me, so I haven't submitted many entries.

Leading Lines
Entered: 4/7/2013
Category: Elements of Design


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4/21/2013 1:54:05 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  Nice shot, Pat H!


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  4/8..Landscape..Fabulous Reflecting Pool


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  My third (of eight entries) for the month. Not much fun, this.

April 8 Catch-All
Chocolate Mocha Torte


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4/21/2013 6:51:46 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  April 9th: Mysteries - Flowers


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Opera through the Arch
April 6, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Catch-All

Elevator Doors ...
April 7, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design

Ravens and the Moon
April 8, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme

Who put the boulders up here?
April 9, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes




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4/21/2013 8:30:14 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club
For the photogroup101's "80s Movie Title" theme day.
Made with Canon 50D converted to infrared by LifePixel

Happy Theme Day... :-)
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April 10th...


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4/22/2013 9:30:28 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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April 8-Life Lines


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4/22/2013 3:13:15 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  I finally have one EP in April, but this is more important to me. And I want to share a special moment in my photo-life.

The Detroit Historical Society selected a photo of mine to be part of a large interactive mural in our maritime museum. As my Mom and her Dad, my grandpa have been a part of Belle Isle history, it means much to me to join their ranks. The picture below shows the renovation of the museum (reopening next month) and was taken by one of the Society staff members.

Not an Entry:
Dossin Great Lakes Museum


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4/23/2013 11:32:36 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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  Congrats on this big honor, Kathy. Much better than an EFP.


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4/23/2013 11:58:10 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Congratulations on this wonderful honor, Kathy!


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Bob Cournoyer
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  Woot Woot, for Kathy... :-)


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4/23/2013 12:11:27 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Thanks, you all. I was pretty stunned when they sent an email saying they found that image in my Flickr gallery. Now, seeing in being set up is stunning me all over again. I'll probably have an excitement-stroke on opening day! lolll

and, yep - it's better than an EP.


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4/23/2013 12:21:33 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Thanks, you all. I was pretty stunned when they sent an email saying they found that image in my Flickr gallery. Now, seeing in being set up is stunning me all over again. I'll probably have an excitement-stroke on opening day! lolll

and, yep - it's better than an EP.


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Congratulations Kathy! Like I said...just keep on keeping on gang! This prooves it to Kathy!

jo ann c.


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  Wow...WTG Kathy...what an honor and great testament to your work!


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Mitch Spence
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  Wonderful, Kathy. A big hooray for you!


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4/23/2013 12:45:27 PM

 
Sharon 
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  WTG, Kathy!!! HUGE congratulations! What a great honor to have your photo displayed in the museum of your hometown. Well deserved.


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Kathy Wesserling
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  Yikes - I didn't mean to hijack this thread, but thank you all.


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Kathy Wesserling
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  Yikes - I didn't mean to hijack this thread, but thank you all.


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4/23/2013 1:22:29 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  A big Congratulations Kathy, way to go. I think things like this are meant for this page--no hijacking here just congratulations!!!


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4/23/2013 2:04:03 PM

 
Kalena Randall
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  WTG, Kathy!


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Ken Beatty
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  WTG! Soak it in. Its the fuel for inspiration.


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Nikki McDonald
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  Congratulations, Kathy. What a thrill!


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4/23/2013 2:32:15 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  WTG Kathy "Michigan"! :-) We can all say "we knew you when"! :-)


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4/23/2013 3:06:46 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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  Congrats Kathy..... yes better than an EP..... actually better than a gold win!


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4/23/2013 3:49:14 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  You betcha, Danny (it's sure making up for my spot at BP over the past couple of months! lollllllll)

Joannie, we'll have to have you swing East and then over to Niagara on your next trip up to Michigan. Stay a few months.


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4/23/2013 4:01:51 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  How wonderful Kathy! Congratulations!


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Peggy J. Pfister
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  Big congrats, Kathy! What an honor; that must be so thrilling! WTG!!!


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4/23/2013 6:36:14 PM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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  Congratulations Kathy! A huge and well deserved honor!


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Ellen Hodges
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  Huge congrats on a very well deserved honor, Kathy!! Sooooo extremely cool!!!


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Usman Bajwa
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  Wow, that is great news, something to be proud off, Kathy. CONGRATZ on this wonderful honor!!!

UB.


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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Congratulations, again, on the honor bestowed on you. It is a great feeling to be a part of a family history, contributing to the memories you hold dear. You should be very proud, as I am sure you family is.


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Terry Cervi
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  I'd take this honor over an EP any day, Kathy!! Huge congrats to you!!! You deserve it!


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4/24/2013 6:05:26 AM

 
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Simplicity
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My first EP since April 1st

4/11 Flowers

Congratulations Kathy!!!


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4/24/2013 8:08:36 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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  Congrats, Kathy. WTG!


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4/24/2013 8:13:41 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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  I thought this had probably been skipped, but the EP showed up today.

April 10, category People

Lessons in Love


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4/24/2013 10:22:47 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  That's a wonderful honor Kathy! Congrats! Nice to see Jim responded about the EPs (finally), but we all know something is not the same. I have seen so many truly beautiful photos go by with no EP. That's what I don't understand. Even with tightening it up so that there are fewer given out does not excuse so many of the best being overlooked.


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4/24/2013 5:05:02 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  April 11 Monthly Theme
Christa


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4/24/2013 7:25:56 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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5 Budha Postures NO EP
April 10, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

Ripples of Time
April 11, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Digital Darkroom





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4/25/2013 2:49:00 AM

 
tony w. austin
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  i didnt enter until april 12th so here is to waiting to see if I get an EP. I leave for France Saturday so I will not be back on till sometime in May.. so wanted to go ahead and wish everyone good luck


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4/25/2013 11:28:31 AM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  I only have four entries for April so far and have gotten EPs on one from the 8th and one from the 11th. These are two of my favorite images so I would really be disappointed if they had overlooked them. The other two have not been judged yet.

"Waiting for the Train" and
"Blowing a Kiss"

Good luck to all!!!


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I have 3 for April...2nd, 3rd and 8th..
Didn't expect any for 9th through 14th, so my next chance won't be til the 15th.
The only 2 I was disappointed over were the 4th and 5th..(sunset and lion), but I guess I'll live.


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Susan M. Smith
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  4/12 Pink Gerbera - Flowers

4 entries up to the 12th with EPs on 3.


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4/25/2013 5:45:42 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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GAZANIA
April 12, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Flowers




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4/25/2013 8:57:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  4/12 and 4/13 overnight


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Tammy M. Anderson
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  4/14, 4/13 and 4/11 EPs.


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4/26/2013 4:23:11 AM

 
tony w. austin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   mamas hands
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no matter how old you get there is nothing as soothing as mamas hands.
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yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! got my first EP in over a month... whew!!! didnt think I would ever get another one. LOL


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4/26/2013 4:40:16 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Got one earlier on "A Real Barn".

But, this was one of my favorites:

Catch-All:
April 13 – Rolls Tire


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4/26/2013 4:55:36 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  Searching
Entered: 4/12/2013
Category: People

The Wedding Party
Entered: 4/14/2013
Category: People


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4/26/2013 6:51:43 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Kathy, your Rolls Tire is coming out as "Wattle."


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4/26/2013 7:39:45 AM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fresh as a Daisy
Fresh as a Daisy
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4/15 Flowers


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4/26/2013 8:00:17 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Oops. Apparently, I can no longer remember 3 out 3 things to change! lolll Thanks for the heads-up, Nancy.

Catch-All:
April 13 – Rolls Tire


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4/26/2013 8:21:34 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Fog Covers The Lake


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4/26/2013 9:27:30 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Fog Covers The Lake


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4/26/2013 9:36:02 AM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Absolutely "nada" this month! :-(


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4/26/2013 9:57:05 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Two EPs popped up ...

All in a Day's Work - Catch-All 4/13
Light and Dark - EoD - 4/14

I was sure these two would not get EPs, proving once again ... I am clueless! :)


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4/26/2013 10:23:09 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   All in a Day's Work
All in a Day's Work

Looking out my (dirty!) window at work, downtown Houston, Texas.
The foreground files are on a credenza by the window.
The far files are a reflection, and the view is beyond that.
Taken with Samsung Galaxy SII smart phone.
Black and white conversion in Topaz Black & White Effects 2.

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Two EPs popped up ...

All in a Day's Work - Catch-All 4/13
Light and Dark - EoD - 4/14

I was sure these two would not get EPs, proving once again ... I am clueless! :)


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4/26/2013 10:24:08 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Light and Dark
Light and Dark

Blinds in mid-day sun.
Topaz DeNoise, black and white conversion in CS5.

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Hmmm ... it would only let me attach one photo ... trying to attach the second ...


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4/26/2013 10:26:06 AM

 
tony w. austin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Wake up
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two EPs this month I am on a roll LOL...


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4/26/2013 1:02:35 PM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Coneflower
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4/17 Flowers

4/18 Details and Macro
Softly Resting


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4/26/2013 5:13:31 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/17..Landscape..A Fine Reflection
4/19.. Animals..Longneck


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4/26/2013 5:20:50 PM

 
Sandy Hawkins
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  Well I'm batting three out of three for April so I'm very pleased about that. One more to go from my April entries. :-))


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4/26/2013 5:39:27 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  4/14 skipped
15 and 16 no entries
4/17 Tulip Trio - Flowers
4/18 In the Pink - Flowers


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4/26/2013 5:57:37 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Here is my April EP'S .....jo ann c.

4-3
4-8
4-9
4-10
4-11
4-14
4-17

Who knows, we may get some more between now and the end of the month..good luck everybody..

jo ann c.


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4/26/2013 6:16:58 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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4/16-Foggy With A Touch Of Clouds
4/17-The Photorapher's Eye-seen here
4/18-Fog Creeping In


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4/26/2013 6:54:08 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Hmm, I got that wrong- oh well, it is listed.


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4/26/2013 7:00:40 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  skip, skip, skip
4/18 People


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4/26/2013 7:20:54 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/20..EOD..Sky High Bamboo


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4/27/2013 9:27:18 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Little Señorita
Little Señorita
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  Canyon Blues
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I have entered only a few but 2 EP's

Little Señorita and canyon Blues.


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4/27/2013 10:06:41 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Patricia, two wonderful, well deserved images, the baby is adorable and the other is awesome, love it!

jo ann c.


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4/27/2013 10:16:30 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Granbob and Addison
Granbob and Addison
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I got one for my most favoritist granddaughter in whole wide world!!!!


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4/27/2013 4:04:53 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   First Light
First Light
F22, 1/60, 18-55mm vr nikkor @55mm, iso100, window light (sb600 bounce flash fill)

Flowers: April 22, 2013
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4/20 Tulip Trio II -Flowers
4/21 skipped
4/22 First Light - Flowers


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4/27/2013 6:13:33 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Brandon Shadow Lines


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4/28/2013 1:57:18 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Angel Wings
Angel Wings
The first Iris from my garden! F7.1, 1/200, 18-55mm vr nikkor @40mm, iso400, natural window light w/sb600 bounce fill flash.
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4/23 skipped :(
4/24 Angel Wings


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4/28/2013 11:50:48 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/24..DD..Baby, Look At That Moon
I really wanted this one..makes up for all the skipped ones...well, not really all of them, but some of them. LOL


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4/28/2013 1:28:45 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  Carolyn, that's an awesome image! Love the title - made me smile.


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4/28/2013 1:54:36 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  4/19 Flowers
skip, skip, skip, skip
4/24 Animals

I'm going to have to stop taking pictures in order to have time to resubmit all the skips in March and April LOL


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4/28/2013 2:02:06 PM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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I guess this one was skipped. It happens to be a personal favorite. Guess not so for the Editor. lol Carolyn....your Lion pic....why on earth would that not have gotten one?


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4/28/2013 2:36:48 PM

 
Sharon 
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  March Finalists are out... hope you all have silver badges in your galleries.

Congratulations to all who have won one and all the best in the next round!!!


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4/28/2013 3:25:31 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Here's the link...

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=56356

Congratulations to those who are in the list - like Sharon says... Good Luck in the next round.


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4/28/2013 3:52:35 PM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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  Well, flip. I tried to attach a pic up there, but it didn't work. lol Seems I got one March finalist. Congrats to everyone who did.


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JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Finalist ..hope you all get some...I always move any I get to the front of my gallery, hope y'all do too, then I don't have to go through ALL to see yours!
:-)

I got 3:

Beauty In Living Color! (#13732641)
Look what April Showers will bring! (#13758958)
Callaway Gardens Reflections ... (#13785359)

Good luck!

jo ann c.


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4/28/2013 4:15:24 PM

 
Sharon 
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  Great idea, Jo Ann!!! It's so time consuming searching through each one. Hope everyone does the same. Will go take a look at yours now.


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4/28/2013 4:26:43 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  3 finalists for me.


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4/28/2013 5:05:01 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  1 for me :)


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Peggy J. Pfister
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One for me, and I'm thrilled!


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4/28/2013 5:41:45 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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  Just checked Nancy Marie and she has 4!

Reckon we can quit worrying about EP's and start just looking for Finalist, and Gold winners, huh? :- 0

p.s. again...please move all your winners to the front and we can comment on all when we go to your gallery..


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4/28/2013 5:53:22 PM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Congratulations to all finalists and good luck. O for me last month.


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4/28/2013 8:40:40 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/26..Macro..Car Wash 2


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4/29/2013 9:34:43 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  Is this new?: I have noticed that several finalists for last month (February) have shown up in the current (March) results as finalists again. If this is part of the new changes, I really like this idea! Who among us, me included, think we were overlooked for a gold badge for our finalists of past months?


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4/29/2013 7:01:24 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Here's the Link for the March 2013 Winners. Congratulations to you all.

I don't know how to move all my Finalists and Winners to the front. Then again, for me, that's barely an issue.

Nancy Marie, I wonder if the Finalists from February are resubmitting.


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4/29/2013 8:10:14 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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  Duh!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=56356



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4/29/2013 8:21:53 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Out of Place
April 13, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Elements of Design

April 14, 15 and 16 got skipped.

Angelic
April 17, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Flowers

Seats-a-Plenty
April 18, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Catch-All

April 19 got skipped

LOOKING
April 20, 2013 ~ ~ ~ People

April 21, 22, and 23 got skipped

The other side of Yarra
April 24, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Travel & Place

April 25 got skipped

Malika Parbat
April 26, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes




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4/29/2013 9:55:01 PM

 
Melissa Picone
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Banjo Man
The Banjo Man
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Just the one right now.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=13827256


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4/30/2013 3:20:46 AM

 
Patricia Buenting
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  Cotten Boll
Cotten Boll
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  Working Man
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  Under The Sea
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Help----I am thoroughly confused about categories at this point. I am posting 3 photos--which category would they go in? Thanks!!


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4/30/2013 8:27:03 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Southern Maryland Charm (rework)
Southern Maryland Charm (rework)
Rework of a barn at Friendship Farm Park, Nanjemoy, MD on a foggy morning. F5.6, 1/20, 18-55mm VR lens @18mm, iso100.

Catch All: April 26, 2013
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4/25 no entry
4/26 Southern Maryland Charm (rework) - Catch All


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4/30/2013 6:23:32 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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4/25-Glowing With The Sun


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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  4/27..Landscape..Quiet! Sunset In Progress


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Susan M. Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Really Frilly II
Really Frilly II
An opened tulip bloom. F11, 1/60, 18-55mm vr nikkor @40mm, iso100, natural light.

Flowers: April 27, 2013
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4/27 Rilly Frilly II - Flowers


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5/1/2013 9:32:26 AM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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  Blue Bonnets
4/28/15
Flowers

My only EP for this whole month! Only one EP last month! Completely discouraging!


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5/2/2013 11:16:41 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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I received another EP for the April. That makes two out of the 9 photos that I entered.

Arctic Fox
4/23/13
Animals

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=13823333&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=


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5/2/2013 11:25:03 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  I am on the same wave length as Joannie, in that I am discouraged by the low number of EPs in April.

This change by BP seems to have changed the nature of the organization for me...oh well...

I've entered today afresh for the Month of May and wonderful Spring flowers.


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5/2/2013 12:13:50 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  I'm with you, Joannie and Marilyn. Try as I might to enjoy my own photography just for the sake of expression, I am finding the contest depressing. Apparently the judges/editors find my photography only about half as good as it was a couple of months ago ... :(


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5/2/2013 12:29:17 PM

 
Melissa Picone
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2 more EP's. Now 4 out of the 9.


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5/3/2013 3:36:27 AM

 
Melissa Picone
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Excitement of Opening Day
Excitement of Opening Day
My 5-year-old nephew Max very excited after his first game of T-ball on opening day.
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2 more EP's. Now 4 out of the 9.


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5/3/2013 3:39:07 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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April 27 ------ skipped.

A Mother's Love.
April 28, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Monthly Theme

An Autumn’s Sunrise
April 29, 2013 ~ ~ ~ Nature & Landscapes



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5/3/2013 4:13:20 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Yay! An EP!

Flowers 4/30


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5/3/2013 6:51:14 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  8 EPs out of 29 entries. I agree, there has been a drastic change.


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5/3/2013 7:20:39 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Crap! None for me the last 3 days. I had 2 of them I thought should get one.
So that's a grand total of 9 for the month. Missed one day, so that's 9 of 29. Not so happy with that total, but I do like the ones they did pick.


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5/3/2013 7:29:03 AM

 
Pat Harry
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Jason
Jason
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Jason
Entered: 4/28/2013
Category: People


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5/5/2013 8:19:41 AM

 
Cheri McEachin
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  Here's May people..:)yay...

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35965


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5/5/2013 5:15:32 PM

 
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