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Errick L. Cameron
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March Countdown Thread



March Countdown Thread

March right in and share one or two of your favorite photos from last month. There are so many fabulous photo posted on BP. So many very inspiring works of time and talent. I like this thread because its purpose is for each of us to show case your individual photo that you believe is your best or that you feel is most representative of your inner self. So... let's see your personal best!
*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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4/22/2017 2:40:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fishing on the Pier
Fishing on the Pier
Oceanana Pier, Atlantic,NC
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I will start us off with my "Fishing on the Pier" photo. Taken on the beautiful Emerald Coast, Atlantic Beach,NC.


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4/22/2017 2:48:49 PM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Spring in the Valley
Spring in the Valley
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Spring has finally arrived in my little town and the white snow covered ground is finally giving way to the oranges and pinks.


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4/23/2017 3:25:33 PM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Blue Hour
Blue Hour
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This was taken at the Ninepipes bird sanctuary and reservoir. The ice has finally melted away, making room for the various birds and wildlife to return. One of my favorite places in the spring.


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4/23/2017 3:29:30 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Laurel Lake Spillway
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Here is my fave from March. Good luck everyone!


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4/23/2017 5:35:35 PM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Light
The Light
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Here's one of my favorites for the month.


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4/24/2017 7:25:20 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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  Just tagging for now. Best of luck to everyone!


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4/24/2017 8:57:29 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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  I'm going to tag too, these are all amazing images! Good luck to you all!


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4/24/2017 11:11:38 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Grand Central
Grand Central
From under the main ceiling dome of the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. Hand held shot.
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Thanks Errick for moderating. My fave from the very few new entries in March contest is a B&W.


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4/25/2017 1:29:56 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Poise
Poise
One of the "swan sisters" striking a pose in the ballroom, exuding confidence as the masks and costumes of Carnevale give the wearer power and courage; you just never know who is behind the mask! The muted, faded colors of the ballroom wall, with her gleaming white dress, seemed to call for a strong-contrast b/w.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Nave 360
Nave 360
A multi-row, stitched panorama 360-degree view of the cathedral's nave, which I've wanted to try and make for quite a long time. Last month I finally broke down and got the rest of the tripod gear needed to facilitate this kind of photography. The wrap-around scene encompasses everything from the West Rose Window (shown bisected by the left and right edges of the image) to the High Altar more than 400 feet opposite (found in the center of the image.) The full size stitched image is just over 8,000 x 12,000 pixels; the small display-size limit here doesn't do it justice!
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Best of luck to everyone in the contest!
Two favs from March; one from Venice, and one from home (well, my 2nd home - the cathedral here in DC!)


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4/25/2017 3:49:04 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Encounter
Encounter

Hummingbird in mid-flight maneuver to avoid colliding with a wasp.
Category: Animals

© Joanna Kovalcsik
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Calligraphy
Calligraphy

-- Autumn's Ink --
Shadow House and Coffee Shop textures applied.
Category: Digital Darkroom

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Looking good, everyone! Best wishes in the upcoming rounds. Two favorites from March are "Encounter" and "Calligraphy."


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4/25/2017 4:28:19 AM

 
Jill Odice
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Pansy ( forum)
Pansy ( forum)
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Mojave Spring Color ( forum)
Mojave Spring Color ( forum)
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Lots of great images this time around for all of you! My favorites that I posted for March were Pansy in the DD category using Topaz and NIK Color Efex filters and Mojave Spring Color taken in my neighborhood when the spring wildflowers started blooming all over!


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4/26/2017 6:49:25 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Feeling small
Feeling small
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My favorite! Good Luck to you all 😁


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4/26/2017 3:03:56 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Snow Day
Snow Day
I took this just down the street on a sunny but very cold winter day. Though I took several shots of this boy playing on piles of snow while his dad shoveled.
Resubmitted for March 9, 2017
Category: People

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ladder on the Roof
Ladder on the Roof
Category: Elements of Design
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Good luck, everyone.

Here are a couple of mine, one resub and one new upload.


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4/26/2017 3:53:07 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A couple of wonderful landscape images Carrie. I hope that we see more photos from Ninepipes Sanctuary.


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4/27/2017 3:15:47 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Laura Lake area... what a fantastic area to spend a day photographing. Love this one!


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4/27/2017 3:17:29 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A fine repetitive photo composition Ed. Hope to see this one again.


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4/27/2017 3:19:13 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Grand central is a grand photo Usman. Well done.


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4/27/2017 3:35:33 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Chris, I hope that everyone can appreciate the difficulty in exposing and processing white on white. I know I do. Not an easy task to pull off. certainly not like you do. nice work!


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4/27/2017 3:37:50 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Joanna, you caught my attention with "encounter". Superb!!!


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4/27/2017 3:39:26 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I think that I will go with Pansy for more favorite Jill, although, love the sky in your landscape.


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4/27/2017 4:34:12 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nikki, the first time that you entered "Snow Day" it was my monthly favorite of yours. As you know, "ladders on the Roof was my favorite pick for you this month. So... I have you covered. LOL! I would like to see ladders in a black and white. Probably just me.


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4/27/2017 4:40:05 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Awesome Kristy! I often forget to look up. one never knows what one missed if ya don't pay attention to altered POVs. Well done!


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4/27/2017 4:42:44 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Dreaming of Autumn
Dreaming of Autumn
f/3.5, 1/125 sec, 23.3mm, ISO-64. processed with PSP X7
Entered: 03/08/2017

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Peach Blossom Time
Peach Blossom Time
taken in Palisade, CO in March 2015. f/8.0, 1/125sec, 6.1mm, ISO-64. Entered: 03/17/2017.
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I didn't enter many for March. Here are my two personal favs.


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4/28/2017 7:00:58 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Congratulations Dayna and Nikki! Our only two Finalists!!!


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4/29/2017 8:16:40 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Congratulations to everyone who snagged some silver today! :o)


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4/29/2017 8:24:30 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks, Errick.
Though I must say I am amazed that more of these images weren't among the Finalists - perhaps some uploaded just for this discussion? Anyway, wonderful work and congrats to everyone for all the OTHER SF's and Finalists that you got.
Oh, and good luck in the Gold round.


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4/29/2017 8:36:58 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Nikki, can you clarify your question? I'm new to sharing on this thread, and I want to make sure that I'm sharing appropriately. Are we supposed to share one or two photos that we feel are our best chances for a win... or simply our personal favorites?


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4/29/2017 8:43:32 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Not really a question, Johanna, though I did punctuate it that way. Most often people share here with a direct link to a contest entry, following the instructions in Errick's original post. When we do that, the EP's and the Finalists and Winners (though not the SF's, for some reason) show up by the image in the thread. But some people prefer to do a new upload just for the thread. In that case the image is not the one in the current contest and, of course, it will not have the EP's and other badges by it. I just took a quick look back and I see that Jill Odice did that this time. Often there are many more participants in the thread and several do it. That's all I was referring to.

As to your other question - basically, what are we "supposed" to do here - I think that's really up to you. We usually share one or two images. I often pick one new upload and one resubmission that I like for whatever reason. When I really like one that doesn't get an EP, I may just share that - even though I already know it won't go on. Sometimes I do try to read the judges' minds and pick those I think are most likely to get awards. Other times I may share one I just KNOW will not, even though it has an EP, simply because I think it's not "BP style" - that's when I'm most likely to be completely surprised, btw, since just when I think I have this place "figured out", Jim surprises me LOL


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4/29/2017 9:01:38 AM

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


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4/29/2017 9:17:42 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Nikki, thanks so much for your great answer. I went back and re-read Errick's explanation of this thread's purpose and that helped me as well. Enjoy all this end-of-the-month fun! Thanks, BP! :o)


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4/29/2017 10:26:39 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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The Watcher II
The Watcher II

Finalist - Man-Made - March 2017

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Hello all!
I didn't get around to posting my fave here, but it did make Finalist, in Man-Made.
Congrats to all who have SFs and Finalist so far, and best of luck in the gold round!


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4/29/2017 11:04:08 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Jonanna, you can post what ever image that you would like. What you think has the best chance of getting a Finalist or what you feel is your personal favorite. I like the idea of sharing in this thread without the anticipation of winning. If you have an image that you really like, please share it. If you really like it, it is already a winner.


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4/30/2017 7:27:07 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  very cool POV Peggy, Congrats on your Finalist.


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4/30/2017 7:28:41 PM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Thank you, Errick... I appreciate your kind and informative response. I'm really enjoying the opportunity to participate in this thread! :o)


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4/30/2017 7:38:32 PM

 
Carrie Pichler   Thank you Errick for clearing that up, I too was confused. This is only my second time posting on this thread. Both times I have posted my personal favorites and both times, those photos were not my finalists. :) Because I am super new to both photography and to this site, I have no idea what defines a winning photo so I just go with my personal favorites. I am appreciating the encouraging words from fellow photographers and have learned so much just from other's work.


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4/30/2017 7:47:16 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Carrie, I believe that one will have more fun in photography if one concentrates on learning new techniques, experimenting and spending a lot of time just taking photos of what one likes. I use the contest as a door to motivation and a window to creativity as it draws so many talented people.


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4/30/2017 8:07:51 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Winners are out folks, and it's another crop of amazing work! Big congrats to all!
Thanks once again to Errick for hosting this thread and for all his kind and supportive comments!


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4/30/2017 9:30:14 PM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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  Congratulations to everyone admiring GOLD in their gallery this morning! Thanks for hosting, Errick, and thank you BP for all the foto fun! :o)


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5/1/2017 3:29:53 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Congratz all the Winners and specially to Nikki on her Gold right picking.


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5/1/2017 3:31:37 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Congratulations to the medalists for March!
And to Nikki, who had a winning image all along, though it just took awhile longer for BP to realize it ;)


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5/1/2017 5:09:03 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Here is the link to the April Countdown Thread. All are welcome:
www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnaDetail.asp?threadID=42941


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