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Errick L. Cameron
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February Countdown Thread


February Countdown Thread
Welcome to the February Countdown Thread
Wow! We had three of our Countdown entries make it to GOLD last month. Congratulations!!!
Although we would all like to go gold I know that most of the times our own personal favorite photos never make the BP cut. That doesn't mean that your favorite photo isn't one to be treasured. Here is the place to 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.
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3/16/2018 7:25:10 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Picasso Rock
Picasso Rock
Black and White Abstract
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Smile
Smile
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My two favorite: Picasso Rock and Smile.


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3/16/2018 7:46:48 AM

 
Janet Poczwa
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My favorite for Feb 2018


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Janet Poczwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Freshwater Fishing
Freshwater Fishing
A Royal Spoonbill lifts its head to swallow food and release water, while prospecting the muddy bottom of a shallow lake for a meal with its long bill.
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My favorite for Feb 2018


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3/16/2018 7:20:15 PM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Winter's Class - University of Montana
Winter's Class - University of Montana
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My favorite. Good luck everyone!


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3/17/2018 8:52:45 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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© Shannon Davis Brier
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© Shannon Davis Brier
Nikon D200 Digital...
 
 
© Shannon Davis Brier
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Majestic
Majestic
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My fav. Good luck to all!


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3/17/2018 5:57:40 PM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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  Ummm not sure how that happened.... mine is the deer photo.


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3/17/2018 5:59:09 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Carillon
Carillon
The Netherlands Carillon, a modern, skeletal steel frame bell tower located in Arlington National Cemetery, appears ghostly from DC, across the Potomac River during an intensely foggy day. The entire foreground is the Potomac, fogged over, while more dense fog clings to the trees that rise on the hills of Arlington beyond. B/W conversion, and then I opted to push the greyish fog closer to all-white, for more contrast with the bare trees.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ode to a Venetian Urn
Ode to a Venetian Urn
(Apologies for deleting my first version of this; I saw a problem after upload.)
I wanted to try some glass photography again, aiming for a dramatic "portrait" feeling for this small (barely 5" tall) green glass vase. I assembled a dark enclosure to eliminate all unwanted reflections and came up with a one lamp, light-from-the-left setup. Then I shot underexposed, exaggerating the overall dark look.

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Best of luck in the February results...
Two favorites from my February... I spent a few evenings exploring lighting some glass objects in a dark box enclosure. Really liked the green vase result. Also shot some "atmosphere" images on a super foggy/misty February afternoon, and liked the feel of the white-out effect.


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3/18/2018 10:04:53 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I had kind of a "mehh" month. I'll go with these two. The bat was a delight to watch - you should have seen it spitting out watermelon seeds as it ate! And I refuse to give up on my repurposed bus details - I think it's the colors that I like so much.

Good luck to all.


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3/20/2018 6:30:46 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Fruit Bat and Watermelon
Fruit Bat and Watermelon
Resubmitted for March 24, 2018
Category: Animals

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Bus Abstract with Reflector
Bus Abstract with Reflector
Category: Elements of Design
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And then she forgets to put them in!


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3/20/2018 6:31:15 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   G E E Z
G E E Z
While waiting to board at Bangkok's International Airport, I looked up and saw this upset-looking face, teeth are slightly offset, lol!!!


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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Ram & Whale
Ram & Whale
A Ram head was etched in stone near the base of one of the pillars and a Whale skeleton was dangling high above the heads of the visitors inside the British Museum of Natural History, London, UK.

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My two faves of the month...one fresh...the other is a resub.
Good luck to all and thanks Errick for your time.


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3/21/2018 3:02:12 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Little Buddy (2)
Little Buddy (2)
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Here is my fave from February. Good luck to everyone!


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3/21/2018 10:48:04 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   The Galleria in Milan
The Galleria in Milan
Man Made 2-19-18
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I did not enter very many and some were skipped, but here is my favorite.


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3/22/2018 5:23:48 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A nice reflection nature shot Janet. Good luck!


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3/23/2018 6:56:59 AM

 
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  Love your winter scene Carrie! Good Luck in the next round.


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3/23/2018 7:19:27 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Wow Kristy! Looks like you can just reach out and touch him. Good luck in the contest.


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3/23/2018 9:03:11 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Chris I am a big fan of your "Ode to a Venetian Urn" and think it will do well in the contest. I like how the counter top anchors the glass. Good luck!


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3/23/2018 9:12:00 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Dayna, you have captured a good nature shot here with your Little Buddy. Good Luck in the contest!


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3/23/2018 9:25:51 AM

 
Carol Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Make a Splash with your Valentine
Make a Splash with your Valentine
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My favorite - My oldest son and his fiancé.


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3/23/2018 9:26:36 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   An Inspiring Smile
An Inspiring Smile
my cousin, Lon. f/4.0, 1/1000 sec, 72.0mm, ISO-64. converted to B&W, and BG softened, with PSP X7. MT Entry: 02/07/2018.
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Razzle-Dazzle
Razzle-Dazzle
a DD creation from a flower macro. BG is one I created, and several filters were applied to the flower photo to give it a more surreal look.
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I didn't enter many for February, but here are my 2 favs


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3/24/2018 11:54:01 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Little Buddy
Little Buddy
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Another fave from February.


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3/24/2018 9:10:55 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
BetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day  
Book Lover
Book Lover
Textures by Kim Klassen and Shadowhouse, other adjustments in PS CC.
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Very cool that we have Staff Favorites already!
So I got a Staff Fav, which is my favorite image for this month, entered in Digital Darkroom.
Enjoying all the terrific work in this thread, and wishing everyone good luck for the Finalist and Winner rounds!
Cheers!


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3/25/2018 4:31:45 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
BetterPhoto.com Photo of the Day  
Alternating Patterns
Alternating Patterns
Processed in Adobe Nik Silver Effex Pro 2
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Only entered a few this month, but here is my fave.


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3/25/2018 8:06:59 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  While we wait for the Finalist to be announced let's see one or two of your Staff Favorites so that we will all have some more photos to root onto the Gold


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3/26/2018 7:57:25 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  My photo "Book Lover" that I shared above is my SF. :)


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3/26/2018 8:11:43 PM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
U Bein Bridge at sunset
U Bein Bridge at sunset
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Of course, I'm late joining the discussion, but late is better than never. :-)
Here is my SF for the last month. It is one of the pictures I took at my trip to Myanmar.


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3/27/2018 4:53:40 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Black Tie
Black Tie
More experimentation with glass in the dark box. Two elegant, blown vessels, all about curving lines... a long-necked ewer with a gooseneck handle, and a short, plump amphora form, showing one of two matching arms on opposite sides of the neck. Both in opaque black glass with gold leafed trim. I lit again from the left; this time through a 1" wide slit running the height of the side wall, to create the crisp, narrow vertical highlights on the black glass. And, had to focus-stack 5 separate images to get adequate sharpness throughout.
These vases are the work of the super-talented glassblower, Michael Schunke, out of West Grove, PA.
2/18 2nd Place - EOD

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Still Life with Cherries
Still Life with Cherries
PG101 Classic Still Life Theme
Life size glass cherries, and a small, jagged bowl made from, of all things, recycled Snapple bottles...
2/18 Finalist - D&M

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Since you asked, Errick... ;) While neither of my Fav Picks above made it, here are my 2 SF's for Feb., both of which were part of my series of glass photography in my "dark box" enclosure.


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3/27/2018 5:45:25 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Fun Times
Fun Times
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Here is one of my favorites. My youngest grandson under the feet of my son.


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3/27/2018 6:05:15 AM

 
Carol Quina
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Here are my three SF's for February


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3/27/2018 9:25:00 AM

 
Carol Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Forever My Valentine
Forever My Valentine
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Trying this again - not sure how to upload more than one photo at a time so I'll do it in three entries...


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3/27/2018 9:32:00 AM

 
Carol Quina
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~Pomegranate~
~Pomegranate~
A day late for the PG101 "Classic Still Life" Theme.
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SF #2


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3/27/2018 9:32:44 AM

 
Carol Quina
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Junkyard Blues
Junkyard Blues
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SF #3


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3/27/2018 9:33:15 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
The Stairs
The Stairs
Resubmitted for February 14, 2018
Category: Elements of Design

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Dyeing Dart Frog
Dyeing Dart Frog
Category: Animals
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Here are a couple of mine I'd love to see go on.


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3/27/2018 9:36:59 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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Smile
Smile
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My SF for monthly Theme


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3/27/2018 11:12:01 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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To Modern Architecture
To Modern Architecture
Shot this from Dubai Metro Train heading to City Center.

For PG101's "Architecture" Theme Challenge. HTD.


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Here is one of my SFs this month.


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3/28/2018 12:20:07 AM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A fun photo Carol. One that I am sure has brought many smiles and laughs for your family. Happy for your son!


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3/28/2018 2:43:16 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nice set of photos Cary. I think I like the portrait best! Good luck in the next round.


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3/28/2018 2:45:32 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Little Buddy is a cutey Dayna, and you have captured tremendous detail in the photo. I hope that it does well in the next round.


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3/28/2018 2:55:29 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Finalists are out folks!


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3/28/2018 3:49:29 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Finalists and Jackpots are awarded. Over to the final decisive round of golden glory.....good luck to all in the running.


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3/29/2018 8:07:05 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  No jackpots here . . . guess I'm done.


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3/29/2018 8:11:46 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Not necessarily, Nikki. There has been instances when I got a winner when there was no jackpots and many instances when there is a jackpot but no Winner. So hang tight...your froggy is a sure winner, IMHO. Good luck.


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3/29/2018 8:16:06 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I asked about the Jackpots in another thread and was told it has to do with the number of loves. I don't know, really.


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3/29/2018 8:24:45 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I thought it was more like the latest iteration of the old Judges' Comments. And when we had Judges' Comments, I never thought getting a comment necessarily equated with going on to winner because there were several judges and none of them had time to comment on every image they liked and even if they did, it wasn't necessarily enough to have one judge like an image for it to go on. But now that it's pretty much only Jim . . . at least I think that's the case . . . I thought he released jackpots whenever an image tripped his trigger. So getting one did NOT necessarily mean the image would get a win, but not getting one pretty much signaled that it would not go on. No biggie.


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3/29/2018 8:31:41 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Best of luck to everyone in the Gold round!
Looking forward to seeing the winners, and also the contest categories for next month ... :)


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3/29/2018 8:39:35 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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  Congratulations to all gold winners, silver, SF,s, EP,s and a very Happy Easter to all!


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3/30/2018 5:36:32 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Yes congratulations! And if you have not seen them, we have new contest winners today! To see the excellent winning photos, visit: http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1802.asp

Enjoy!


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3/30/2018 6:01:00 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Congrats to all the terrific winners, and a big thank you to Errick for hosting the countdown "lounge"!


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3/30/2018 2:29:50 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Here is the link to the March Countdown Thread. Come join in the fun!

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnaDetail.asp?threadID=43068


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