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Errick L. Cameron
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July Countdown Thread



July Countdown Thread

Hello everyone. The summer is flying by!
Welcome to the July Countdown Thread:
I am looking forward to seeing your favorite photos from your BP posts last month. Please join me in sharing with our BP friends.

*If you are a regular here you know what to do.

**If you are new to this thread, take some time to read our helpful hints below and join in the fun.

*** If you found yourself here because you are lost.... Hmmm.., Don't worry, this is not the Hotel California, you can escape!

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.

Errick


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8/16/2016 8:48:00 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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Feasting
Feasting
Butterflies feasting on some sort of bush in Goldweith, Texas
Animals 7-11-16

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My favorite because it was such an unexpected event. On the way home from Waco, we stopped gas up. I had on a 50mm 1.8 lens from taking photos the night before. All these butterflies were feasting on this weed in the parking lot. They were not paying any attention to me so I could get very close.


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8/16/2016 9:15:20 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Succulent Swirls
Succulent Swirls
Two rosettes of my sedum plant, which grew back to back. Color tweaked with Topaz ReStyle, other minor adjustments in PS CC.
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Hello all, and thanks for hosting again, Errick!
My fave for July, entered in Elements of Design.


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8/16/2016 9:35:14 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Light and Shadows on a Leaf
Light and Shadows on a Leaf
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MT entry July 9, 2016

f/3.5. 1/50 sec, ISO-64, 6mm, CWA, AP, no flash

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Good Luck to All. I'm tagging the thread with this photo, which was for the Monthly Theme (one of my favs for the month)


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8/16/2016 10:02:43 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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I have two photos to share with you. Both taken on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where we spend much of our time. We were luck to have our two grand children with us for the 4th so I got some neat photos of them. One I will share here. The other photo is of the dunes which as you may know, I like to photograph every time I am there. And ever changing subject.


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8/16/2016 10:19:39 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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Grandpa's Buddy
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8/16/2016 10:21:35 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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Here is my fave from July. The title "Small Town Saturday Night" pretty much sums it up. Both traffic lights were green and not a moving vehicle to be seen. Taken July 2nd which actually was a Saturday. This is how we role here in my hometown.


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8/16/2016 10:43:10 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Althea in July
Althea in July
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My most hopeful...


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8/16/2016 11:18:30 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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Rose Swirl
Rose Swirl
This started out as a lens-zooming-during-exposure (3.5s) image of a stained glass rose window. So, lots of radial lines of colors coming out of the center, kind of like looking down a funnel. I made color/contrast adjustments, and applied two filters (radial blur, twirl) before using the transform tool to stretch the circular spiral diagonally. I like the galactic feel of the result, as well as the spiral in general, and of course the magnificent color combinations coming from the 10,500 pieces of glass in the window. 7/16 Finalist - DD
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While this is sort of a "not-really-recognizable-as-a-photograph" kind of image, it was a lot of fun creating it -- starting with the in-camera capture: many attempts to get adequate, relatively shake-free "zooming-while-exposing trails" during a 3 second exposure. Then, exploring distorting filters in the post-processing work.
I loved the vibrant rainbow of colors that emerge from all the stained glass, in the orderly parallel spirals of this end result.
Best of luck to everyone for July!


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8/16/2016 11:46:37 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Shooting Star & Milky Way
Shooting Star & Milky Way
A fisheye 30 seconds exposure of the Milky Way over the small town of Kel surrounded by towering mountains at around midnight in Kashmir, Pakistan.

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Light after the Storm
Light after the Storm
I had to stop the car along the countryside road in Germany when I saw the setting sun's light peeking through and falling on the lush green wheat crop.

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Errick thanks for starting this monthly thread every month.

I am also going to pick two hopefuls, and both from N&L category, this month.

Good luck to all in July contest.

UB.


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8/17/2016 1:10:26 AM

 
Jill Odice
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  Garlic ( Forum)
Garlic ( Forum)
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  King of The Coop ( Forum)
King of The Coop ( Forum)
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My favorites from July are: Garlic in the D and C category and KIng of The Coop in the Animals category :-) Both got EPs so hope they get to the next level! Best of luck to all of you!


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8/17/2016 7:36:16 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Cool picks, everyone. I guess this is mine - from my own backyard.


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8/17/2016 11:03:30 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Capitol Capitals and Columns
Capitol Capitals and Columns
Missouri state capitol building, Jefferson City
Category: Man-Made

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   MY Nest
MY Nest
This European paper wasp was constructing a nest in our barbecue. I evicted her.
Resubmitted for May 19, 2018
Category: Bugs (Details and Close-up)

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Cool picks, everyone. I guess these are mine. The wasp is from my own backyard and the architecture shot from the Missouri state capitol building in Jefferson City.


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8/17/2016 11:05:47 AM

 
Susan Williams
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Corner Window
Corner Window
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This is my favorite for the Shadows theme.
Good luck to all in the next three rounds!


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8/18/2016 5:32:35 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Wow! Harriet, A magnificent capture. Dof really makes this.


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8/18/2016 9:41:15 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A superb confluence of lines Peggy. I would like to see this in black and white. But, we will see it first as a Finalist!


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8/18/2016 9:43:07 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A classic natural abstract done with eye catching results. Hope to see it in the Finalists draw.


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8/18/2016 9:45:01 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Errick's comment above was for Cary - and I quite agree :)


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8/18/2016 9:59:27 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Dayna, this could be Home Town in so many places. Your capture is warming and reminiscent for so many. Well done!


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8/18/2016 1:59:40 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  sorry Cary.


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8/18/2016 2:00:05 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Melinda, You already know I love this one. A keep sake for ages to come!


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8/18/2016 2:00:53 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Chris, when I move my curser up and down and look at your image I want to grab some dramamine! Well done!


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8/18/2016 2:03:54 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  no prob, Errick....just glad you like it, and commented! ;-)


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8/18/2016 2:05:32 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Usman, You are having a month of skyward photos and I am sure that they will continue to skyward higher in the next round. I particularly like the stars above that sleepy little town. Well done!


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8/18/2016 6:35:57 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Jill, both are striking photos but I truly marvel at your garlic photo. You have me going to the produce isle of the grocer. Really a harp and fantastic photo!


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8/18/2016 6:43:07 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Along the Oregon Coast
Along the Oregon Coast
Fogerty Creek State Park, near Depoe Bay, Oregon.
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Errick, thanks for hosting this thread! Here's my favorite.


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8/19/2016 3:44:39 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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I have two favorites this month, although only one "Tangerine" got an EP.
The roses at Longwood were gorgeous and I went back a week later on an overcast day to take more photos, to find the Japanese beetles had beaten me to them!! Oh well, I have these mementos.


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8/21/2016 9:11:33 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Tangerine
Tangerine
Morning, overcast conditions at Longwood Gardens
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Here is Tangerine which got an EP.
Sorry having "issues" uploading images.


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8/21/2016 9:17:40 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Rosa
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Early morning on a bright day.
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This is "Rosa" which did not get an EP. IT is still a favorite.


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8/21/2016 9:19:25 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nikki, your paper wasp photo sends chills down my spine. I think that it is your POV that has achieved this. Nicely created. Love the detail of the architectural photo.


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8/21/2016 9:32:12 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Superb EOD work Susan. You prove that good subject material is all around us. We just have to see it, You Did!


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8/21/2016 9:34:13 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Ken, this seascape that you have composition has created a photo with magnificent depth. The low POV compounded by the trailing off tracks are superb. Not withstanding your fine control of color. Well done.


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8/21/2016 5:34:32 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Margaret, I am perplexed as to which rose photo I like most. Why bother. They are both exquisite!


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8/21/2016 5:37:33 PM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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I didn't have many pictures loaded for the last month, but here are my two favorites.


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8/22/2016 1:59:31 PM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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Stars
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This just looks like fireworks to me.
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I didn't have many pictures loaded for the last month, but here are my two favorites.


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8/22/2016 2:00:22 PM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Sunset bird
Sunset bird
This seagull looked just perfect with the sunset light.
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And the second one...


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8/22/2016 2:01:55 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  All quiet on the Western front?

UB.


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8/26/2016 6:51:18 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  It appears that all is quiet. :)


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8/26/2016 8:09:55 PM

 
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Celebration
Celebration
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  Pollen Dusted
Pollen Dusted
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I am going to pick two this month - one a flower and the other fireworks.


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8/27/2016 8:30:21 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Lola, I really like your pollen dusted image. Very sharp and colorful!

UB.


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8/30/2016 1:27:11 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Teresa, I like the detail of your first image with it's selective focus. The lighting of your bird capture makes it an eye catching photo. Good Luck in the contest.


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8/30/2016 7:05:35 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Lola, both photos are fireworks to my eyes. Appealing color and clarity on both.. Well done!


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8/30/2016 7:06:44 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Well, we are just hours, or maybe minutes, away from getting the monthly contest results starting. I wish you all multiple Staff Favorite draws and likewise into the next round. I have enjoyed your photos thus far. Good Luck To All!


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8/30/2016 7:08:51 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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Railroads & Rainbows
Railroads & Rainbows
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Adding another fave from July just to kill time while we wait.......


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8/30/2016 7:42:18 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Have they issued the SF yet?


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8/30/2016 7:50:17 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  wow. only 36 hrs with which to award SFs, then Finalists, then 1st and 2nd Place winners!


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8/30/2016 11:25:51 AM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Maybe there are none this month!!


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8/30/2016 11:36:45 AM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  Good thinking Margaret! :-)


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8/30/2016 11:50:52 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Tick tock.....


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8/30/2016 12:15:08 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Still have time to get your favorite photo of last month posted here Joannie. It is always fun to see what the photographer feels is their best work before being judged by someone else.


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8/30/2016 12:29:29 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Nothing yet? You mean I sweated/fidgeted thru a 3 hour windows 10 update for nothing? LOL


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8/30/2016 2:48:45 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Looks like you all will be doing the countdown without me. headed for the Outer Banks tomorrow. Yes... Camera will be in hand!!! Good Luck to all of you. Will follow the results from my phone.


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8/30/2016 5:59:44 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Safe travels, Errick!


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8/30/2016 6:07:34 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Just in time for the Tropical Storm. Be careful.


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8/30/2016 7:08:02 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  It's the 31st and still no SF's or Finalists? Looks like it's going to be a late one again...


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8/31/2016 12:53:10 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Staff favs are out now...


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8/31/2016 1:38:03 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Time to break out the wine as one waits for the next round!
Good luck everyone!


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8/31/2016 1:42:18 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Finalists are out!!! Won't be long now till we see the winners!!


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8/31/2016 5:33:40 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  I think I'll wander into the kitchen and make a cocktail while waiting ... :)


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8/31/2016 7:04:42 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Have a back up on hand, just in case! It could take a while! This one may go down to the wire!


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8/31/2016 7:11:59 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  Winners are out.


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8/31/2016 8:16:35 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all who snagged a Gold badge. Errick, I see that you picked the right pic for this thread!!

UB.


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