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Ken Smith
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Countdown to February Contest Results


Hello everyone…it’s time to start the February 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.

BP is making their 2nd pass through the contest entries now, so double-check your photos as you may have picked up a few more EPs. Good luck, everyone!


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3/19/2015 3:43:57 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  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.


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3/19/2015 3:44:34 AM

 
Ken Smith
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Winter in Nebraska
Winter in Nebraska
From a couple of days ago after we had 7 inches of snow.
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Here's my fav for the month.


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3/19/2015 3:45:52 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  A beauty in b/w, Ken -- love the all-white-out background and sky.


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3/19/2015 5:46:03 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Seven Stems
Seven Stems
I've been trying out different lighting and setup arrangements for shooting clear stemware, aiming for a low-key image with the glasses defined by side highlights. Here, a gathering of 7 different glasses; now I think I want to throw a party!
2/15 2nd Place - DD

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During our snowy February, hibernating at home, I got motivated one night to try some "dark field" clear-glass photography (which relies on capturing the glass highlights in an otherwise all-dark frame.) This was one of my fav's from those few nights of exploration, using a make-shift "dark-tent" setup on my ironing board :)
Good luck everyone!


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3/19/2015 5:51:48 AM

 
Susan Williams
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Bowl of Grapes
Bowl of Grapes
D&C 2/25/15
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From my first adventure into Food Photography.


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3/19/2015 8:15:52 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   White Sands Sunset #3
White Sands Sunset #3
Category: Nature and Landscapes
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Winter Afternoon
Winter Afternoon
Category: Nature and Landscape
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February was really slim pickin' for me - not only was it short as a calendar month but I also kept forgetting to enter what I did have ready. Makes it relatively easy to pick a favorite, though. Here are two, one with an EP and the other without.


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3/19/2015 8:29:37 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Echeveria Allegra II
Echeveria Allegra II

Echeveria, variety "Allegra", high key, with intentional soft focus. Black & white conversion in PS CC, photo tint from Shadowhouse.

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Thanks for hosting the thread, Ken.
Here's my favorite for February.
Best of luck to everyone!


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3/19/2015 7:58:10 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Welcome aboard, Chris, Susan, Nikki, and Peggy!

Chris, this is beautiful in black and white. It should be on a magazine cover! I like the different sizes and shapes within the composition.

Susan, now that’s a tasty treat. It’s hard to shoot food, but yours came out great and I like the blue bowl too.

Nikki, you sure got some great photos from your White Sands trip. It’s on my bucket-list based on your photos. And the winter scene is nice too, with the sun captured perfectly within the comp.

Peggy, your flower scene is glowing. The soft focus gives it a very appealing look.

Good luck to all of you in the next round!


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3/20/2015 3:45:21 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Black & White
Black & White
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Lone Tree View
Lone Tree View
View of the Margalla Hills surrounding Islamabad.
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Thanks for hosting, Ken.

One fave with EP and the other without, at least till date.

Good luck to all with their pick.

UB.


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3/21/2015 4:57:45 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  Hi Usman! I like the comp with the cat. You framed him/her perfectly. And the rolling hills of Islamabad are magical. I bet Pakistan is a beautiful place to photograph. Good luck in the next round!


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3/21/2015 6:16:15 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Crossing Over
Crossing Over
Shadows in the crosswalk on a sunny afternoon in San Francisco.

Monthly Theme
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Beautiful work so far, everyone!

Ken, I really love the simplicity and mystery of your winter scene. The composition is very compelling.

Here's my pick for the month, in part because it's pretty different from the kind of thing I usually shoot.

Good luck to all!


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3/21/2015 7:01:15 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day  
On the Sound at Dawn
On the Sound at Dawn
Outer Banks, North Carolina
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I have two photos to share with our group this month. I will deliver them separately as I am on an iPad. The first was taken on the sound side of the Outer Banks. I am curious how you all receive it as it is more abstract.


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3/21/2015 8:03:48 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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My second photo was taken last October down in the southern most tip of Illinois, Horseshoe Lake. I used a high key, high contrast post processing technique on this image. After posting on BP I went back and renamed it"Dance of the Cypress". I wish everyone fortunes of gold at the end of the month.


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3/21/2015 8:12:39 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Susan, the contrasting colors of the green grapes an the blue bowl make this photo pop. Very impressive.


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3/21/2015 8:15:17 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Ken, I am drawn to a minimalist photo like yours. And then the freedom of the branches paired with the harshness of the barn wood makes a striking contrast.


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3/21/2015 8:22:40 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Hi Martha and Errick, welcome aboard! :-) And thanks for the nice compliments on my photo.

Martha, I like the title of your photo…and the inclusion of the feet at the top right. Nice leading lines and black/white works well.

Errick, that is a nice abstract; a nice range of colors and it’s easy to let my mind drift as I look into the clouds. And who’d have thought your other photo was southern IL? Very nice work with the high key and contrast. Very striking.

Good luck to both of you in the SF round!


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3/22/2015 6:31:27 AM

 
Kara L. Hendricks
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   spoonful o' blackberries
spoonful o' blackberries

Thanks for looking!

~Details & Macro~
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Hi Ken... Thanks for continuing the thread... I love seeing everyone's favorite images... Here is my hopeful!!

Good luck all!!


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3/23/2015 10:49:34 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  Rainy Day in the Desert
Rainy Day in the Desert
For Forum
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  Highland Ave. Owls
Highland Ave. Owls
For Forum
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I guess my favorite 2 images for Feb. would be:
Rainy Day in the Desert which is in the DD category. The 2nd one would be Highland Ave. Owls in the T & P category


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3/23/2015 1:29:31 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Hi Kara and Jill, thanks for sharing your favs!

Kara, you certainly have a style I’ve enjoyed over the years and your blackberries is no exception. Superb all around!

Jill, I like the mood in the “rainy day” photo. Maybe some of that rain will finally make it into Omaha today. :-) And those owls certainly have a great view!

Good luck to both of you in the SF round!


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3/24/2015 3:43:37 AM

 
Lola M.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ladybug
Ladybug
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My favorite for February - Good Luck Everyone!


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3/24/2015 12:46:24 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Hi Lola, thanks for joining the gang! What a cool lady bug, and having her on the texture surface. Nice work, for sure. And good luck in the SF round!


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3/24/2015 4:54:13 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Advance CONGRATZ to all the SFs, Finalists and Winners in February. I will be away for a week - going to Egypt - and will have minimal access to the BP site.

UB.


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3/25/2015 11:10:46 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I am headed out to see the sand hill cranes. Nikki and Ken's neck of the woods... If there are any woods in Nebraska!!!


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3/25/2015 12:18:19 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Safe travels, Usman and Errick!


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3/25/2015 6:51:26 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Errick, I didn't realize you were in NE. I'll be staying overnight in Kearney first week of April, with blind reservation during the evening and the following morning. Good luck. It's a life-time opportunity!


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3/25/2015 7:01:48 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Gonna be lots goin' on here the next two days :)
Good luck, all.


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3/29/2015 1:46:55 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Just got back this morning. Down loaded images on hard drive and did a quick look at about a forth. A successful couple of days of shooting! Will be able to draw on it for years. Of course I had a great guide! Sandhill Crane shooting is a neat experience.


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3/29/2015 2:53:58 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Did you go to Nebraska? My friend just got back and said it was fabulous.


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3/29/2015 4:10:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I went for a few days to visit my brother, Larry, and we went to Kearney to shoot the sandhill cranes. Larry has a gallery in BP as well. Both Nikki and Ken are cornhuskers.


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3/29/2015 5:13:09 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Errick, I hope you had a good time. Lots of sandhill crane photos showing up on the NE Facebook photographer sites. I'll be out there the following week and hopefully they'll still be around! :-)


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3/29/2015 5:17:21 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  The report was that peak is next week.. They are moving in late this year. This was my first viewing so I am not an authority. But lots of fun!


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3/29/2015 5:42:38 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Looking forward to your and Larry's photos, Errick. And I'm sure the best part was just being together.
Staff Favorites are out - got two but not on either of my images posted in this thread :)


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3/29/2015 7:31:40 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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  Oh my, I got six staff favorites this month! A record for me. Most of them were re-subs, due to lack of time.
BP wants us to share the news by clicking the Facebook option to the left of the picture. But I don't see any button like that. The only options I see are Tweet and Pin It, and I never do any of those. Does anyone know if that has to do with my settings here at BP?


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3/29/2015 7:53:40 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Congrats everyone that got SFs. They're out now. Good luck in the next round!! :-)


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3/29/2015 8:13:07 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Nothing for me this month. Congrats to all who got SFs and best of luck in the next round!


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3/29/2015 8:18:44 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Snagged 2 SF's including my fav pick above... fingers crossed.
Best of luck in the coming selections!

(Sorry I can't chime in on the earlier Facebook question -- I'm not on Facebook, and wouldn't even notice if BP had a button for that ;)


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3/30/2015 5:12:25 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Finalists are out. Congrats to all who received them and good luck in the final round.


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3/30/2015 2:15:06 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  (PS. Eivor -- I went looking, and sure enough if I follow the link found in the BP Notice emails (about getting a Staff Fav, or a Finalist) -- and pull up my image -- when I scroll to the bottom of the page, I see Facebook buttons, along with Twitter and Pinterest. They aren't to the left, but on my monitor at least, at the very bottom of the screen, just above the "Subscribe" field for inputting an email address...)


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3/30/2015 6:10:42 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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  Christopher, thank you so much for checking this for me! I don't get the Facebook button there, where you describe it, but I have a Tweet button and a Pinterest button. They are also showing up to the left of my image. Yesterday there was also a Google button, but that is gone today. I appreciate that you took the time to look for it! I copied the link to one of the images, and posted it on Facebook. I also linked to BetterPhoto's FB page, so they get some attention.


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3/31/2015 8:53:56 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congrats to all the awesome Finalists! Fingers crossed for you in the next round!


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3/31/2015 10:22:44 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to the Winners for February! Been awhile since a Fav pick of mine in this thread, went on to win.
Best of luck in the March contest, everyone!


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4/1/2015 5:14:28 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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  Nice work, Christopher. And Congrats to all winners. Now we begin the March watch.


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4/1/2015 7:06:26 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congrats, February winners ... terrific work!


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4/1/2015 9:44:02 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  Congrats everyone on your SFs, finalists, and golds. And congrats Chris on golf for your fav! :-)


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4/1/2015 11:49:25 AM

 
Linda Chisholm   Congrats to all finalists and winners!! Wonderful Photos!!


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4/1/2015 12:32:53 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all the Medal winners and good luck in March contest.

UB.


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