BetterPhoto Q&A
Category: New Questions

Photography Question 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
 

Countdown to December Contest Results


Hello everyone…it’s time to start the December countdown. Please share the photo you hope makes Staff Fav or higher.

If you’ve never participated in our thread or seldom participated, we’d love to hear from you. Good luck, everyone!


To love this question, log in above
1/18/2015 6:16:15 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your reply here.

a. Jot down the PhotoID # of the photo you wish to share. To determine your PhotoID, go to the little Pancakes icon, then click “My Photos”, then “Manage/Enter.” The PhotoID is right below the number.

b. Go to the Countdown Contest thread. Click “Respond” at the bottom of the page.

c. Type in whatever you wish; e.g., “Here’s my Fav image for the month.”

d. Click the “Select” button below the text input box, and select “1.” Toggle on “Notify” box if you wish to be notified. Click “Submit.”

e. The Image Uploader appears. On the right-hand side, you’ll see an input box for the PhotoID (from step 1a). Type it in then click “submit your photo.” Then, return to the forum thread and you’ll see your photo.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

3) If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.


To love this comment, log in above
1/18/2015 6:17:06 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
 
 
 
Here's my fav from December.


To love this comment, log in above
1/18/2015 6:17:27 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
 
 
  Omaha by Night
Omaha by Night
Christmas season in Omaha.
© Ken Smith
Canon 5D Mark III
 
 
Here's my fav from December.


To love this comment, log in above
1/18/2015 6:17:57 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/6/2001
Contact Carolyn
Carolyn 's Gallery
PickYourShots.com
  Beautiful, Ken.. I didn't enter anything in December. Good luck to all of you!


To love this comment, log in above
1/18/2015 7:06:26 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/11/2006
Contact Usman
Usman's Gallery
 
 
 
Thanks Ken for hosting the thread...and that too very well. I will put in a fave with and EP and one without.

UB.


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 4:36:55 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/11/2006
Contact Usman
Usman's Gallery
  It looks it will be tomorrow since I already entered for today!

UB.


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 4:38:31 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
Contact Nikki
Nikki's Gallery
 
 
  Farm Cat in Autumn #1
Farm Cat in Autumn #1
Happy TKW Day!
Category: Animals

© Nikki McDonald
Sony Alpha 580 Dig...
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day  
Evening Stillness
Evening Stillness
Photo of the Day and Finalist
White Sands, New Mexico
Category: Nature and Landscapes

© Nikki McDonald
Sony Alpha 580 Dig...
 
 
Well, I hardly know where to start. My favorite with an EP is pretty straight forward - "Evening Stillness" which I had to resub to get an EP on LOL I also have four others with EP's, three of which are also resubs, that I think are pretty good. Plus another four without EP's that I think are strong. For my non-EP favorite, I'll go with Farm Cat in Autumn.


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 12:47:06 PM

 
Anita Hogue
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2004
 
 
 
It seems like overtime I pick what I think will be a winner, I am always wrong. This shot of the pelican making a low pass is my favorite! I didn't get many EPs this time so I don't have many to choose from.


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 1:44:20 PM

 
Anita Hogue
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2004
  I didn't mean overtime. My spell check changed what I typed. I was saying every time I pick my favorite it does nothing. I still like this one because it is so difficult to a good inflight capture.


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 1:47:46 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Nikki and Anita, welcome aboard!

Nikki, I remember this photo…it’s sure to be a winner and has a magical look to it. I like the white “whites” of the sand and the orangish mountains and clouds. I also like your comp on the cat photo. I think the month of December was the lowest EP rate I’ve seen, less than 40% I bet.

Anita, you captured the pelican perfectly…sharp focus and full frame. And even this one isn’t a winner, you always have a strong showing.

Good luck to both of you in the SF round! :-)

Ken


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 3:16:02 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
Contact Nikki
Nikki's Gallery
  Thanks, Ken. They are still adding Dec EP's - I picked up a few more since I posted in this thread and that's just a couple of hours ago (if that).


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 3:58:15 PM

 
Anita Hogue
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2004
 
 
 
Well Nikki is right. And my real favorite finally got an EP


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 4:34:58 PM

 
Anita Hogue
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2004
 
 
 
Here is my first favorite


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 4:36:35 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
chrisbudny.com
 
 
 
Lo and behold, I picked up 2 more EP's just recently in Dec., raising my count from just 1.

So, here are 2 fav's from Dec. One didn't get (or hasn't yet) EP, so it is out of the running, but I really like the visual separation achieved on the statue, from the background buildings; it sort of pops out strongly when I look at it.
The other is an EP, and took some careful work to "un-tilt" in Photoshop. Even using my widest lens that morning, the facade "leaned back" a good bit, from tilting my camera up to include the bell tower.

Best of luck to everyone in the Dec. results!


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 7:29:23 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
chrisbudny.com
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Primavera/Spring
Primavera/Spring
Gracing the ends of the Santa Trinita bridge in Florence are four sculptures representing the seasons. The bridge was destroyed by the Germans, and later rebuilt using remnants of the original bridge stone, fished from the river, including the (headless) Primavera statue, for spring. (The head was found in the river in 1961, and reunited with the statue.)
© Christopher Budny
chrisbudny.com
Canon EOS 6D Digit...
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Il Duomo
Il Duomo
A morning view of the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, The Duomo of Florence.
© Christopher Budny
chrisbudny.com
Canon EOS 6D Digit...
 
 
Lo and behold, I picked up 2 more EP's just recently in Dec., raising my count from just 1.

So, here are 2 fav's from Dec. One didn't get (or hasn't yet) EP, so it is out of the running, but I really like the visual separation achieved on the statue, from the background buildings; it sort of pops out strongly when I look at it.
The other is an EP, and took some careful work to "un-tilt" in Photoshop. Even using my widest lens that morning, the facade "leaned back" a good bit, from tilting my camera up to include the bell tower.

Best of luck to everyone in the Dec. results!


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 7:29:54 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Nikki, thanks for the heads-up on December EPs; nice to see BP is still handing out a few. I actually picked up a new one too.

Anita, hard to believe your fav was passed over the first time…and I”m glad BP went thru a 2nd time so congrats on your fav!

Welcome aboard, Chris! I like the story about Primavera; glad she’s all together again. And cool shot of Il Duomo. You had a great trip to Italy. Good luck in the SF round..and congrats to you too, for picking up a few more EPs!


To love this comment, log in above
1/19/2015 7:49:24 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/11/2006
Contact Usman
Usman's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's PickBetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day   Golden - II
Golden - II
A wide-angle view of the entrance to the main hall of Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi.

Nikon D40 with Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm, f/22, 8 secs, ISO200. HDR and adjustments in PS CS6 and NIK Color EFX.



© Usman M. Bajwa

 
  Fog at Dawn
Fog at Dawn
Shot this one early foggy winter's morning in Shakar Parian, a small forest hill in the centre of Islamabad.
© Usman M. Bajwa
Nikon D40 Digital ...
 
 
Heres mine...good luck all!


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 1:44:33 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Usman, welcome to the countdown thread. I’ve seen your mosque shots before; and Golden II certainly looks golden, and I like the blues in the middle. And the fog certainly adds mood to the morning scene. Best of luck in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 3:49:48 AM

 
Jill Odice
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/1/2005
Contact Jill
Jill's Gallery
 
 
  Herring Cove Winter
Herring Cove Winter
© Jill Odice
Nikon FG SLR Camer...
 
  Nubble in the Snow
Nubble in the Snow
© Jill Odice
Canon EOS 60D Digi...
 
 
My 2 favorites from December...


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 11:01:29 AM

 
Geoffrey Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/20/2007
Contact Geoffrey
Geoffrey's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Reflections
Reflections
© Geoffrey Wilson
Miscellaneous Does...
 
 
4 EPs out of 9 submissions for December. From what I understand that's not too shabby by current BP standards. That said I've yet to get ANY photo beyond the EP stage in several years of trying. Here's what I think is my best shot for December (entered in the monthly theme "Holiday Lights and Celebrations").


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 5:09:36 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Jill and Geoff, thanks for joining the countdown thread!

Jill, I like both your favs…nice simple fence line with moody sky, and the Nubble with snow effects looks like a perfect Christmas card. Both are strong candidates for SF!

Geoff, congrats on your 4 EPs. You’re right…the EP rate was much lower in December as compared to other months. And that would be great if you could get a SF on your Christmas ornament shot. I like how it’s composed and the reflections in it. Fingers crossed for SF!


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 5:36:56 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's PickBetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day   Succulent in Black &White III
Succulent in Black &White III
Converted to black and white in PS CC.
© Peggy Pfister
Canon EOS Digital ...
 
 
Hello everyone. Hi Ken and thanks for hosting the thread.
Here's my December favorite with an EP.


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 6:23:32 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
 
 
  Blue Door
Blue Door
Warehouse district, Houston, Texas
© Peggy Pfister
Canon EOS 70D Digi...
 
 
And here's my favorite without an EP --- Man Made.

Oh, and I should have mentioned that my favorite with EP was submitted in Digital Darkroom.

Good luck to all!


To love this comment, log in above
1/20/2015 6:25:56 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Peggy, welcome aboard! I remember your POTD; and the black and white gives it a strong look. Beautiful. And the blue door has great elements. EPs were tough to come by, for sure. Good luck in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/21/2015 3:46:40 AM

 
Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
 
 
 
Here is my favorite w/ an EP.


To love this comment, log in above
1/21/2015 4:45:09 AM

 
Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
 
 
 
And my favorite without and EP.


To love this comment, log in above
1/21/2015 4:47:02 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Pat, thanks for joining the party! I like the rich colors of the Bellevue shot. I did a double take because I live in Bellevue, Nebraska. And you sure got close to the guitar player. It's a great shot too. Good luck in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/21/2015 4:54:36 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
Contact Nikki
Nikki's Gallery
  A few more EP's were given out overnight - from late December, I think. I suspect they are finally finished with the first round picks.


To love this comment, log in above
1/21/2015 8:26:28 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2011
Contact Harriet
Harriet's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
The Pemaquid Lighthouse At Dawn 9431
The Pemaquid Lighthouse At Dawn 9431
Travel and Place 12-20-14
© Harriet Feagin
Canon EOS 5D Mark ...
 
 
I will try to upload my favorite for the month.


To love this comment, log in above
1/25/2015 2:26:07 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Harriet, thanks for joining the gang. Beautiful photo of Pemaquid. Love the lighting and comp on this and the clouds are a bonus. Good luck in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/26/2015 8:10:47 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
  Tagging! Two entries for me in late December and one with an EP. Wow..that's a 50% EP rate! LOL

I already entered for today so I will post mine tomorrow. Good luck to all!


To love this comment, log in above
1/26/2015 3:29:55 PM

 
Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/29/2005
Contact Lola
Lola's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   White-Lined Sphinx Moth
White-Lined Sphinx Moth
© Lola M.
Canon PowerShot A6...
 
 
My favorite for December.


To love this comment, log in above
1/27/2015 8:18:42 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   End of the Road
End of the Road
Taken at the Desert Bar, Parker, Arizona.
© Susan M. Smith
Nikon D7000 Digita...
 
 
My EP for December.


To love this comment, log in above
1/27/2015 11:54:53 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Lola and Susan, welcome aboard!

Lola, that's a great, crisp shot and the moth's head looks like a bird. Very cool!

Susan, there's no doubt this car is at the end of the road, in more ways than one. Nice colors/treatment.

Good luck to both of you in the SF round! :-)


To love this comment, log in above
1/27/2015 1:05:17 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/6/2008
Contact Martha
Martha's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   One Hundred
One Hundred
Illuminated building numbers.

For the PG101 Numbers Theme

Details & Macro
© Martha R. Mazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark ...

 
 
Ken, thanks for hosting the thread again this month!

Here's my favorite for December.

Good luck everyone!


To love this comment, log in above
1/27/2015 7:09:18 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Martha, I'm glad you could join the party. You have a very striking image, strong composition and the black/white is perfect. I bet we'll see this one again. Good luck in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/27/2015 7:30:04 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
Contact Jessica
Jessica's Gallery
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   A Winters Tale
A Winters Tale
*Digital Darkroom*
© Jessica Jenney
Canon Powershot G1...
 
 
My selection


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 8:35:13 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Hi Jessica, I think you made it to the dance just in time...well, I'm hoping we'll see SFs shortly.

Very eye-catching scene..the red against the snow and the winter effects. Fingers crossed in the SF round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 1:39:50 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
Contact Nikki
Nikki's Gallery
  Wow, they are really going to cram the awards in all together this month, aren't they? I do favor a bit of time to savor each round - others' entries as well as my own - but better late than never, I guess. Good luck everyone. The nice thing about late announcements is that everyone has a few more days of hope :)


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 5:44:33 PM

 
Bill Johnson
billjohnsonphotos.com
  Was there an announcement of some kind?


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 5:50:21 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/28/2005
 
 
 
Good luck everyone!


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 5:50:24 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
  Yes, good luck to all!

Geez, it would be nice if we they announced something tonight ...


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 6:03:30 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Yep...mad dash to finish line, but I've seen BP do SFs, finalists, and winners within 24 hours so there's still plenty of time left. Hopefully soon we'll see SFs; it's only 8:32PM PST. :-)


To love this comment, log in above
1/30/2015 8:25:32 PM

 
Bill Johnson
billjohnsonphotos.com
  Well. we didn't get the SFs yesterday. So if BP is to make the winners deadline (the one they set for last day of the month), then today they release everything. I do recall at least one occasion when they were a few days late posting the winners. However, by and large they post them by deadline. There is so much involved in running an online system and mostly we never see or know what has to be done to make deadline on so many things. Given that, they do a great job at making the contest deadlines as well as keeping all systems working.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 4:43:15 AM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Looks like an action-packed day today and maybe SFs by later this AM.

Also as Bill notes, this is the last day of the month so for those who like to save off your contest entries, be sure to do it today.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 4:49:11 AM

 
Bill Johnson
billjohnsonphotos.com
  SFs are out. Good Luck to all!!!


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 10:39:28 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
  No SFs for me (despite having a POTD?????) ...

Congrats to all who got SFs, and best of luck in the next round!


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 12:22:15 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2006
Contact Nikki
Nikki's Gallery
  Are you sure your POTD was on a December entry and not a January entry, Peggy? I'm thinking it was more recent . . .


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 1:23:45 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
  Hi Nikki ... yup, it was December 30th.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 1:28:09 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Congrats everyone that got SF and/or a Finalist. The finalist rate was somewhat low, at 4.3%.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 2:12:26 PM

 
Bill Johnson
billjohnsonphotos.com
  Curious about something. I had 2 Staff Favs that I received for which I received no email announcement. Have any of you ever had one that didn't get an email announcement? I triple checked and they both received the badge today. Hope they were evaluated as a contender for a finalist spot. Obviously they didn't make it (or were overlooked) or I wouldn't be asking.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 2:24:40 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
  Congrats to all the finalists, and good luck going forward!
Fingers crossed for you!


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 2:55:16 PM

 
Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/11/2005
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery
  Bill, I'm pretty confident that the SF badge confirms it got a SF, versus e-mail notification. BP has been having problems with e-mail notifications, at least for POTDs, forum replies, etc.

Peggy, historically the POTDs have not fared well with finalists or golds. I checked the last 7 POTDs awarded in December, and 5 had an EP, one was gold, and the other was Nikki's finalist (that could still make gold). All POTDs come from contest entries, and the five that only retained an EP were uploaded to the contest in December.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 3:24:21 PM

 
Bill Johnson
billjohnsonphotos.com
  Thanks Ken. I'm not questioning if they were selected. That I'm sure of. My question is could they be overlooked as they didn't get emails as the others did? I guess my concern was do the SFs have to be manually processed in some way (like dragged to a folder) for emails to be auto generated and for additional scrutiny to occur. I don't know the process, but they are somehow collected for the next round. If other people had experienced the email oversight AND still had photos move on, I'd feel more comfortable. I didn't read your email as saying that.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see if they are included in the final listing of SFs whenever that comes out. If for some reason they aren't there, I think that there was a processing step missed and that they were overlooked as a result of that. If they are there, then I won't think that.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 3:53:35 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
chrisbudny.com
  Hey Peggy - first round of drinks on me -- no SF's here either (though, I only had 4 EP's in play, so there was only a slim chance to start with.)
Best of luck to the Finalists, for gold -- the funny thing with so few Finalists (239) -- almost half of the finalists will get gold, since there are 111 golds to hand out.


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 5:41:38 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2011
Contact Peggy
Peggy's Gallery
  T!hanks for the comments, Ken and Chris.
And thanks for the "virtual" drink, Chris! Cheers!


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 6:47:19 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
  Congrats to all on the SF and Finalist rounds and good luck in the finals!


To love this comment, log in above
1/31/2015 8:37:33 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/11/2006
Contact Usman
Usman's Gallery
  Good luck to all the Winners in Dec 2014 Contest.

UB.


To love this comment, log in above
2/1/2015 7:27:41 PM

 
Log in to respond or ask your own question.