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On Nature's Edge (2)

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
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On Nature's Edge  (2)
On Nature's Edge (2)

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Niagara Falls, USA
Up close, tourists not only have a glorious view, but also experience the roar and the mist of these majestic cascades.
A feast for the senses!

Nikkor 18-200VR @180mm
f16 4sec EV+0.5 ISO 200

(tidied-up a bit and resubmitted)

Good News: Was just notified that this image will be displayed in the regional
Nov/Dec issue of AAA's 'Going Places' magazine. :)

© Lisa J. Boulden
Nikon D80 Digital ...

 
 
 
Marilyn Cornwell
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    This is fantastic! You've captured the Niagara experience and created a stunning photo.

Congratulations,
Marilyn


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9/28/2008 6:27:02 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations Lisa on making the AAA magazine! I love how your eye is lead into the picture by the tourist and then ending with the wonderful falls softness and colors and textures.


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9/28/2008 6:29:33 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations Lisa !!!
Fantastic view and capture.....


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9/28/2008 6:55:10 AM

 
Kim L. Ludwig
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Wow Lisa!! I have never seen a photo like this capturing the falls and tourists together!! This is awesome!
And congratulations on making the AAA magazine! That is so exciting!!!! :)


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9/28/2008 7:32:58 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Great presentation and lighting here, Lisa. Congrats on being selected for AAA magazine. Good luck here too.


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9/28/2008 9:39:21 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Super image here, Lisa. Beautifully done.


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9/28/2008 10:30:42 AM

 
Arlene Krassner
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What an honor for this lovely image. Congratulations Lisa.


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9/28/2008 1:56:32 PM

 
Janet Daniel
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Congratulations, Lisa! WTG! It's an amazing image!


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9/28/2008 6:36:56 PM

 
Mary E. Lake
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Congratulaions Lisa. I just mentioned the falls to my husband tonight. Would love to go and visit there. :)


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9/28/2008 8:17:06 PM

 
eileen bedford
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FANTASTIC Capture, congrats on your mag. spot, well deservied....


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10/4/2008 11:42:40 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Big congrats on your POTD, Lisa......


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10/13/2008 12:21:38 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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congratulations!


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10/13/2008 12:33:41 AM

 
Andre Goldstein
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Congrats on your wonderful POTD Lisa!


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10/13/2008 12:37:22 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Way to go, Lisa! :)
Steve


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10/13/2008 12:40:32 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Lisa on your POTD win!


Dominick


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10/13/2008 12:42:03 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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Congrats on your POTD selection!


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10/13/2008 12:46:53 AM

 
Chris Ebben
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Congratulations on your POTD win & on making the AAA magazine! This sure is a wonderful image. Great POV, I can almost feel the mist on me. Well done=^..^=


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10/13/2008 1:01:58 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Congrats again, Lisa.


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10/13/2008 1:04:19 AM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Congratulations Lisa on this stunning work and achievment!!Brett


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10/13/2008 1:05:30 AM

 
Avril Young
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wow out of this world stunning...great work, congrats to both for the mag and POTD.


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10/13/2008 1:20:04 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Fabulous capture Lisa ~ many congrats on POTD and AAA magazine ~ WTG!


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10/13/2008 1:21:21 AM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day Lisa,

A great big, HUGE, Aussie "Gdonya" award for your most deserved POTD!!!!!

You go girl!

GB
Dennis


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10/13/2008 1:56:26 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Oh my GOODNESS, Lisa. I missed this its first time around...don't know how! It is a brilliant, original, creative piece of artistry. Deserves to be a Grand Prize! Let's hope!
Congratulations on POTD!


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10/13/2008 2:11:36 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Wonderful Image Lisa your work never EVER lets us down! -Laura :)

Yeeewho!!! POTD!


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10/13/2008 2:16:06 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Congrats on your fantastic POTD,Lisa!!!


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10/13/2008 2:20:23 AM

 
Mike Crosby
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Awesome picture Lisa! Congratulations on the Picture of the Day and the magazine cover! Looks like your "going places"! : )


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10/13/2008 2:24:25 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on both well-deserved recognitions for this wonderful photo, Lisa. I love that you were able to capture the falls with a slow shutter speed and still have nice detail on the people. The pov and composition here are both great.


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10/13/2008 2:27:16 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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Lisa, This is a truly awesome photo. Congrats on your POTD.


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10/13/2008 2:48:16 AM

 
Karen K. Givens
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Congratulations Lisa, on your POTD. Great capture.


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10/13/2008 3:20:31 AM

 
Mark S. Cox
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Lisa, congratulations on your POTD. Well deserved!


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10/13/2008 3:50:48 AM

 
John R. Crosby
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Congratulations Lisa, on your POTD.


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10/13/2008 3:52:32 AM

 
Cheri McEachin
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Congrats Lisa on a fabulous POTD...I reconized it instantly as yours..:)))


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10/13/2008 3:55:45 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Fantastic image! Love the colors of the water and how by including the people, you show us just how large and powerful the falls are. I am not sure I would trust that rail's strength with all those people leaning against it! Congrats on you POTD Lisa!


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10/13/2008 3:57:42 AM

 
Stephanie Frey
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Congrats on you POTD Lisa! So glad you got it for this one!


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10/13/2008 4:08:19 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD


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10/13/2008 4:12:29 AM

 
Josselyne Klecanda
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Beautiful! gorgeous colors,spectacular view. Congrats.


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10/13/2008 4:14:31 AM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on a spectacular POTD!!


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10/13/2008 4:20:22 AM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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WooooHoooooo Lisa!!!
Congratulations on This Spectacular POTD!!!


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10/13/2008 4:31:22 AM

 
Janet McNeil
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Congratulations on this POTD!! No surprise here!!


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10/13/2008 4:32:41 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Woohooo Congrats Lisa!!


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10/13/2008 4:44:04 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Awesome capture Lisa!
Congrats on POTD

jo ann c.


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10/13/2008 4:49:58 AM

 
Ken Smith
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Excellent work, Lisa. Congrats to you!


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10/13/2008 4:51:20 AM

 
Barbara Mason
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Congratulations on POTD and great news about magazine too !!!


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10/13/2008 4:52:01 AM

 
Dave Winchell
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Congradulations Lisa. Breathtaking!


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10/13/2008 4:56:26 AM

 
Heidi N. Puccio
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What a great point of view! Nicely done! Congratulations!


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10/13/2008 4:59:08 AM

 
Debora Kolcun
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Congrats Lisa, this a great view of the Falls. Your capture is breathtaking!


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10/13/2008 5:04:49 AM

 
Eloise & Eugene Gregory
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Lias, Congrats on your POTD. Glad to see this one out there for everyone to enjoy.
Eloise


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10/13/2008 5:05:54 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Congratulations, Lisa, on your POTD and getting it into the magazine! Wonderful!


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10/13/2008 5:06:23 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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WOW!!! Huge congratulations Lisa on this wonderful POTD!!! <><


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10/13/2008 5:14:33 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Huge congrats Lisa!!!


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10/13/2008 5:21:17 AM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Lisa I am so happy for you. Congrats on your truly awesome POTD. You rock girl.


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10/13/2008 5:25:29 AM

 
Ryan Murphy
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Congrats on this fantastic POTD, Lisa!


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10/13/2008 5:26:33 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Lisa - Congratulations on your POTD! - Mike


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10/13/2008 5:37:12 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Lisa on your gorgeous POTD!


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10/13/2008 5:38:17 AM

 
Janie S. Oliver
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absolutely grogeous. congratulations on your POTD.


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10/13/2008 5:45:56 AM

 
A P
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Congrats Lisa on this beautiful POTD.


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10/13/2008 5:46:02 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congrats on your POTD Lisa!!! This is sooooo beautiful!!!


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10/13/2008 5:50:20 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Including the people just makes this. Stunning. Congratulations


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10/13/2008 6:05:25 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO, Lisa!!!!
Congratulations on your well earned POTD!!!!! ♫ k


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10/13/2008 6:06:41 AM

 
Steven W. Lepak
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BRAVO, BRAVO Lisa!! CONGRATS on this spectacular POTD. Keep them coming. Best Regards, Steven


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10/13/2008 6:15:47 AM

 
Jim Britt  

Nice job! I liked this one - glad to see it as a POTD!


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10/13/2008 6:17:30 AM

 
Heather Moreton-Abounader
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REALLY beautiful image! well done!


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10/13/2008 6:22:45 AM

 
Nancy Barnhart
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NICE WORK! Mighty excellent!!


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10/13/2008 6:34:19 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your wonderful POTD and your publication.


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10/13/2008 6:38:10 AM

 
Tamra J. Walker
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Unbelievable shot, Lisa! I was at Niagara with my son this past summer, and you really captured its essence beautifully. It is, by far, the best Niagara photo I've seen yet! Many congrats on the AAA publication. Well-deserved!!!! -Tami


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10/13/2008 6:49:06 AM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Outstanding image, Lisa. Congratulations on All your well deserved recognition! Well done!


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10/13/2008 7:00:07 AM

 
Mary E. Lake
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Congratulations on your well deserved POTD!! Wonderful! :)


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10/13/2008 7:00:29 AM

 
Lisa B. North
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Glorious photo of the falls at night! I've only been there during the day! Love the silky flowing water & colors! Congrats on POTD! Lisa


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10/13/2008 7:01:52 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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BIG CONGRATS on your gorgeous POTD Lisa!!!


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10/13/2008 7:24:17 AM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Whooo Hoooo, Lisa! WTG! It's a beautiful shot and well deserving of POTD!


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10/13/2008 7:33:22 AM

 
James Misener
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Lisa ,
congrats on the POTD
It's a beautiful shot
Matter of fact all your work top notch


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10/13/2008 7:41:28 AM

 
Jodi Esplin
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Outstanding, Lisa! Congrats on this fantastic image!


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10/13/2008 8:03:16 AM

 
Judi Morrissey
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Congrats on your well-deserved POTD. It's a stunning image!


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10/13/2008 8:06:30 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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♫ Oh, what a wonderful morning... !!! ♫ ♪
What a great surprise!
Thanks, Judges, for spotting this one and selecting it as POTD!
Thank you ALL for such wonderfully uplifting responses!
I've got happy feet! ...Looks like I'm gonna have a great day! ♪ ♫
Smiles, Lisa♥


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10/13/2008 8:09:42 AM

 
Christian Rosito
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Congratulations Lisa! What a wonderful POTD! Beautiful!!!


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10/13/2008 8:14:25 AM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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WOOO HOOO!!!! What a wonderful POTD!! Congratulations Lisa!!!


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10/13/2008 8:50:11 AM

 
Penny l. Haviland
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Excellent way to start a day! Congrats on POTD! Beautiful!


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10/13/2008 8:53:24 AM

 
randy dannheim
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Lisa, this is the most compelling night shot I've seen of the falls.
Congrats on POTD.


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10/13/2008 8:59:44 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Congratulations on the POTD, Lisa!


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10/13/2008 9:07:18 AM

 
kurt Anderson
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Fantastic shot!


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10/13/2008 9:16:52 AM

 
Donna R. Wageman
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WAY TO GO LISA!
Congratulations on both awards.


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10/13/2008 9:47:38 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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MUCH CONGRATS FOR YOU LISA!!!
Way to go on receiving POTD!!
Well deserving image!!
Awesome as well being chosen
for cover shot...WELL DONE!!!


~J~


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10/13/2008 9:47:57 AM

 
Cheryl Meisel
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Really COOL! I love the SURREAL LOOK to this. Really a great shot!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this!
Cherylm


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10/13/2008 9:52:42 AM

 
Ashley Wilkes  

Pardon me, but I have to be direct and honest regarding my evaluation of this photo - comments that are sure to not sit well with the photographer, Better Photo, those who are raving about the photo and AAA who has apparently decided to include the image in its "Going Places" magazine.

The above-mentioned entities have to be blind not to see how this photo is so over manipulated I can't even get a take on what the photographers intentions were. The top waters of the falls are purposefully and almost entirely blacked out. You don't black out portions of a beautiful scene unless it is done to occlude something. That part of the falls is as wondrous as the rest. The blackening only makes the scene look
bizarre.

And, unfortunately there is addition of unrealistic color to the falling water which is, unfortunately altered with the age-old cliche "time exposure" photographic technique that makes moving water look like mist or sheets of velvet.

The overall effect is just plain weird. I wouldn't go to an "attraction" that looks that creepy. In my view, this does an injustice to the real overwhelming power and majestic beauty of Niagara Falls. I'm completely befuddled at BetterPhoto's judges' sense of aesthetics, composition and treatment of content.
No, i'm not Simon Cowell trying to rain on a potential star's parade. And if I were Simon Cowell, I can't see Paula and Randy not echoing my comments.

I'm a veteran photgrapher/digital imaging specialist/artist of over 30 years experience and have had my digital art exhibited at venues around the country. I showed Jim Zuckerman a Photoshop technique that is several times faster and more effective than the method he was using to bring out highlight and shadow details in high contrast photos.

If you're still skeptical and feel I'm being unfair and hypercritical you can find my bio and photographs at:

http:mnartists.org/Ashley_Wilkes. I hope that by viewing my work will help you understand where I'm coming from.

I judge my own work as I do the work of others.
And I set the bar as high for myself as I do for other artists.

Harsh as these comment may seem - my intentions
are constructive. On Nature's Edge is an ATTEMPT at creative experimentation. An attempt that comes across as so overmanipulated that it looks way more weird than striking. I feel it seriously diminishes the real spectacle of Niagra Falls rather than enhancing and paying it the tribute it deserves


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10/13/2008 10:08:35 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Well Lisa, I don't think it looks "CREEPY" at all, I think it beautiful, as ALL your waterfall images.
HUGE Congrats on the submission to the magazine and your POTD!!!!
You go girl!


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10/13/2008 10:19:13 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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hmmm.... Well, THAT all having been said, I personally LIKE the surrealism of the image, and the effects that were applied, Lisa. ONE of the things I like about this treatment is that Niagara Falls is SUCH a mature subject, that a presentation like this is refreshing change. HUGE congrats on all your accolades for this image, Lisa!


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10/13/2008 10:21:38 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Congrats on you POTD Lisa.
The dreamy feeling you've created is quite interesting.


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10/13/2008 10:23:04 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations Lisa, a beautiful image and POTD!!!! Also, for your magazine feature!!! WTG!!!


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10/13/2008 10:27:38 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Well Lisa - there are people in this world whose vision is very limited. Had they lived in the era of the great Impressionists, they'd have said the same old, tired thing. "But it isn't real!" Which is all I'll say on that --!

Congratulations on your STRIKING Photo of the Day, and congrats on being published, too! Hope you won't be discouraged by the nay-sayers. I have never understood the need some people seem to have, to attack others' work. If you don't like a photo -- fine. Go to the next! Quietly. We all have different tastes. It would be a pretty boring world, if not!


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10/13/2008 10:33:55 AM

 
Dr Barry P. Isenberg
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Wonderful composition. It is simply a great shot!!!


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10/13/2008 10:45:08 AM

 
Mike Perez
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Congratulations on you POTD, Lisa!. I like the image because it is different. I have found with the painted images I've been doing recently that new techniques and mediums have throughout history always been critized by traditionalists. Hard core photographers think it is heresy to manipulate an image with paint and painters think it is cheating by not painting from scratch. Anyway, I love your images and keep up the good work!


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10/13/2008 11:16:19 AM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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GREAT photo, Lisa-- love everything about it...congratulations on your POTD and your acceptance to AAA!!


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10/13/2008 11:20:30 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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What a beauty...Congratulations!


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10/13/2008 11:49:36 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congratulations on this beautiful photo of the day and the magazine award too!


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10/13/2008 12:13:12 PM

 
James Misener
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To Ashley Wilkes

Ashley ,
you obviously never shot Niagara Falls at Night.
Those "unrealistic color"s are projected on both sets of waterfalls there by the Canadian Government ,
who along with the American government felt it added to the "wonder" of the Niagara Falls at night experience.

As far as the blurring of the water

I personally think it looks great in this shot
but then again I am not a "pro" , I just know what I like to see.


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10/13/2008 12:22:14 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congrats on this awesome POTD Lisa !! You did GREAT !!!


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Vicki L. Filippin
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Sorry my congratulations are so tardy, Lisa; I only just got the email notification. I recognized this as your image without even seeing your name from all your others we've been graced with. This is an amazing image, worthy of the Better Photo judges attention....and to be able to add yet ANOTHER perspective other than BP to see the level of your talent and be published is excellent! I'm SO happy for you!


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Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~•~•~•~•~
To all of you who've given such kind, respectful, and wonderful comments, I thank you. As many of you know, I welcome critique, both positive AND negative, as I feel through honest critique is how we best learn.

I must respond, though, to the grossly unfair misrepresentation of my image, from the above self-proclaimed "specialist," Ashley Wilkes.

This is the e-mail I just sent her.

To Ms. Wilkes:
"This morning, I earned a POTD; on an image that had MINIMAL editing. A long exposure night shot of Niagara Falls, illuminated under colored lights (Which are shown every evening). The face of the falls are illuminated, the top of the falls remain dark under the night sky.
Slander. You have publicly ridiculed and falsely accused me of altering things I did not do. You've poisoned my image. I have never done anything to hurt or harm you.
How unfair!
How hateful!
PS: I suggest that you look up images of Niagara Falls at night and see that what I'm telling you about the light and color are correct, as it is apparent that you haven't seen them for yourself."

Regarding this image, I want to mention the amount of thought and time that went into it. I spotted this scene one night while shooting at the Falls. I returned to the Falls two more times just to get it RIGHT. The first captures turned out not as good as I would have liked. The light and timing were tricky. Tough to get the people still enough, while maintaining the silky veiling of the water. I was really happy when I saw the capture when reviewing my shots on the computer. After many attempts at getting this shot, I finally did it. THRILLED to get it acknowledged by the magazine, and again, this morning when selected as POTD.

Too bad, this moment had to be marred by the ignorant statements of one critic.

Shown is the 'Straight From the Camera' capture of this image, along with the subsequent frame. As you can see, although edited somewhat, it was not altered as Ms. Wilkes implies.

Sincerely,
Lisa Boulden



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Lisa J. Boulden
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  unedited original capture
unedited original capture
© Lisa J. Boulden
Nikon D80 Digital ...
 
  unedited
unedited
Subsequent frame (right after) 'On Nature's Edge'
Straight from the camera, except for resizing.

© Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~•~•~•~•~
To all of you who've given such kind, respectful, and wonderful comments, I thank you. As many of you know, I welcome critique, both positive AND negative, as I feel through honest critique is how we best learn.

I must respond, though, to the grossly unfair misrepresentation of my image, from the above self-proclaimed "specialist," Ashley Wilkes.

This is the e-mail I just sent her.

To Ms. Wilkes:
"This morning, I earned a POTD; on an image that had MINIMAL editing. A long exposure night shot of Niagara Falls, illuminated under colored lights (Which are shown every evening). The face of the falls are illuminated, the top of the falls remain dark under the night sky.
Slander. You have publicly ridiculed and falsely accused me of altering things I did not do. You've poisoned my image. I have never done anything to hurt or harm you.
How unfair!
How hateful!
PS: I suggest that you look up images of Niagara Falls at night and see that what I'm telling you about the light and color are correct, as it is apparent that you haven't seen them for yourself."

Regarding this image, I want to mention the amount of thought and time that went into it. I spotted this scene one night while shooting at the Falls. I returned to the Falls two more times just to get it RIGHT. The first captures turned out not as good as I would have liked. The light and timing were tricky. Tough to get the people still enough, while maintaining the silky veiling of the water. I was really happy when I saw the capture when reviewing my shots on the computer. After many attempts at getting this shot, I finally did it. THRILLED to get it acknowledged by the magazine, and again, this morning when selected as POTD.

Too bad, this moment had to be marred by the ignorant statements of one critic.

Shown is the 'Straight From the Camera' capture of this image, along with the subsequent frame. As you can see, although edited somewhat, it was not altered as Ms. Wilkes implies.

Sincerely,
Lisa Boulden



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10/13/2008 1:48:18 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~•~•~•~•~
To all of you who've given such kind, respectful, and wonderful comments, I thank you. As many of you know, I welcome critique, both positive AND negative, as I feel through honest critique is how we best learn.

I must respond, though, to the grossly unfair misrepresentation of my image, from the above self-proclaimed "specialist," Ashley Wilkes.

This is the e-mail I just sent her.

To Ms. Wilkes:
"This morning, I earned a POTD; on an image that had MINIMAL editing. A long exposure night shot of Niagara Falls, illuminated under colored lights (Which are shown every evening). The face of the falls are illuminated, the top of the falls remain dark under the night sky.
Slander. You have publicly ridiculed and falsely accused me of altering things I did not do. You've poisoned my image. I have never done anything to hurt or harm you.
How unfair!
How hateful!
PS: I suggest that you look up images of Niagara Falls at night and see that what I'm telling you about the light and color are correct, as it is apparent that you haven't seen them for yourself."

Regarding this image, I want to mention the amount of thought and time that went into it. I spotted this scene one night while shooting at the Falls. I returned to the Falls two more times just to get it RIGHT. The first captures turned out not as good as I would have liked. The light and timing were tricky. Tough to get the people still enough, while maintaining the silky veiling of the water. I was really happy when I saw the capture when reviewing my shots on the computer. After many attempts at getting this shot, I finally did it. THRILLED to get it acknowledged by the magazine, and again, this morning when selected as POTD.

Too bad, this moment had to be marred by the ignorant statements of one critic.

Shown is the 'Straight From the Camera' capture of this image, along with the subsequent frame. As you can see, although edited somewhat, it was not altered as Ms. Wilkes implies.

Sincerely,
Lisa Boulden


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10/13/2008 1:50:19 PM

 
A P
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You go girl!! Done with class!! But you don't need to defend yourself. True artists know what you did, and didn't do. But I totally understand your need to respond to such an "unwarranted attack". Again my biggest congratulations on this stunning POTD and the magazine publication. Again, YOU GO GIRL!!


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10/13/2008 1:54:32 PM

 
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@_@
Oops, difficulty when uploading the above.
Sorry about the wordy redundancy.
Smiles, Lisa♥


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10/13/2008 1:56:57 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Hey Lisa! COngrats on a great capture!
I've been there and I've seen it (and taken crappy pics of it too!)
Anyhow - don't let the naysayers get you down. I've heard many critiques in my life - and unfortunately Mrs. Wilkes doesn't know how to critique a photo. She also doesn't know what she's talking about - it's obvious she's never been there.
So take it with a grain of salt and move on - continue doing what you do best!
PS - IT'S A GREAT SHOT! COngrats!


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10/13/2008 2:41:48 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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Lisa, I applaud your restraint! I don't think it was an accident that you had to upload 3 times...maybe the point was warranted and needed to be said three times! I, too, am horrified that someone like that felt the need to toot her own horn on YOUR accomplished piece of work. What? Are we supposed to be IMPRESSED that she taught Jim Zuckerman something? Many of us at BP, myself included (tooting MY horn in sarcasm) have met Jim and doubtfully find him to be the kind of person who would think he's above learning from someone nowhere NEARLY as talented and educated as he. A true professional, like yourself, is always willing to learn from whomever can offer it RESPECTFULLY!

I don't see any POTD's (only one EP) on YOUR unpaid gallery, Ashley! SHAME ON YOU!


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10/13/2008 2:45:49 PM

 
Patricia Ronan
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Congratulations on your double awards with this beautiful image Lisa, I have been a fan of your fantastic photography work since I joined BP and spotted your images among the winners:)


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10/13/2008 2:45:58 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats, Lisa, on your awesome capture of the American Falls. Living just a short distance from Niagara Falls, I also know that this is a true representation of the nightly illumination on the face of the falling water. The top of the falls IS in complete darkness and the falling waters are bathed in beautiful colors every evening after dark. The slow focus, velvety look to the falling waters may be an age old technique but in my opinion it adds even more beauty to this image. Nicely done, Lisa!


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10/13/2008 3:57:22 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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WOW!!!!!!!!! I a see WINNER!!!!! This is soooooooo beautiful Lisa!! Congratulations on this fantastic POTD and AAA feature!! Can't wait to see it!! Congrats again!! Laura


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10/13/2008 4:40:30 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Lisa - Having seen and admired your work for such a long time it is obvious that you have a talent that so many of us strive to achieve. Your dedication and passion for life and for photography is evident through your work, accomplishments and recognized success. It is always unfortunate when someone chooses to take the low road when masking their negative intentions with the honorable term of "Constructive Criticism". Venom is always a poor choice and why some chose to use it will always be a mystery to me.... You and Your Work has always been First Class. Your POTD is Outstanding in every respect and Very Well Deserved and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work soon!! You are a True Winner in my book Lisa!! Jeff


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10/13/2008 5:14:20 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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I haven't been around much, sorry and a big congrats buddy!!! :)


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10/13/2008 5:15:35 PM

 
Aggie Villanueva
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A great big congrats, Lisa on your POTD!


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10/13/2008 5:18:32 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Lisa, this is a magnificent image and BIG congrats to you on both of the recognitions! I see a few more coming your way :)

P.S. My doctor tells me I have 20/20 vision ;)


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Amanda D. Austwick
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Lisa, Big Congratulations on your 2 awards!!! Your return comment to the sourpuss is appropriate. Most people know here at BP, that you submit superb work, and are a great artist.


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10/13/2008 5:48:56 PM

 
Shirley A. Kinney
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Well deserved POTD. This is awesome. Those colors are superb!


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10/13/2008 7:32:23 PM

 
Shirley A. Kinney
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Had to do one more comment. After checking out Ms. Wilkes website, I really don't understand how she feels like she could critique anyone's else's photos like she did. Where did she get her credentials? Her work certainly does not compare with this photo in the least.


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10/13/2008 7:45:34 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Awesome, awesome photo, Lisa! Huge congratulations on your very well-deserved POTD and upcoming AAA publication! I tried to comment this morning and BP hung up. Must have been some very wordy and misguided "critic" taking up all the bandwith! LOL (OK, I'll shut up before I say too much.) Congratulations again, my friend!


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10/13/2008 11:38:09 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Photo of the Day ~ Yay!
Photo of the Day ~ OK!
Photo of the Day ~ Way to go, Lisa!!

So happy to see these lovely colors again, and so glad the bp judges (and AAA) know a winner when they see one!

Regarding the dissection of your talent/photos by some character from "Gone With the Wind" : I agree 100% with Jeff R's classy comments about 6-7 threads above...
Bask in the kudos, Kiddo! You've earned it!


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10/14/2008 12:14:48 AM

 
Siete Meeter
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Congratulations Lisa !!!
Fantastic view and capture.....


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10/14/2008 12:54:58 AM

 
Anita Hogue
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Congratulations on your stunning POTD for yesterday!


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10/14/2008 4:47:02 AM

 
Angie Sidles
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HUGE Congrats on your POTD Lisa!! This is just stunning and SO deserving!! :-)


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10/14/2008 7:12:04 AM

 
anonymous 
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Sorry I'm late Lisa. Huge congrats on your POTD as well as your future publication of this outstanding image! Pay no mind to one person's criticism…enjoy the moment that you so well deserve! B-


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10/14/2008 4:55:17 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Jeff, Nadya and many others all said it very well. Congratulations to a very talented and wonderful photographer! This is an amazing POTD! WTG, Lisa! And, big congratulations on getting published as well!


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10/15/2008 5:54:13 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Beautiful image. Terrific POV and color. Congrats on your POTD and its on its publciation!


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10/15/2008 6:43:10 AM

 
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~•~~○~~♥~○~•♥•~○~♥~~○~~•~
Such wonderful and uplifting comments!
Thank you all for stopping by and for taking the time to lend such kind, supporting words.
You've brought me many smiles!
Blessings, Lisa♥


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10/15/2008 7:33:52 AM

 
Garth D. Beatty
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A most interesting POV. It looks like it might have been taken from one of the towers nearby. Congratulations
on your POTD.


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10/17/2008 11:56:59 AM

 
Mary E. Lake
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Lisa, Congrats on your publication with this shot. I just read what one fellow BP'r had to say about your shot. I am sorry that it had to be on your comments page. If she felt she had to do something like that it would have been kinder to email you. NOT that there is anything warrented in her statement. I would have only assumed that the sky was dark BECAUSE of the night sky. I hope you didn't take any of what was said to heart. Let your work and accolades speak for themselves. Way to go on everything with this shot Lisa, and best of luck in the next round!!! Keep up the wonderful work! Mary ;)


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10/17/2008 2:46:30 PM

 
Cornι Arts
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Congrats on this potd and publication!


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10/22/2008 8:27:25 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your finalists!


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10/22/2008 7:11:24 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo
HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist, best of luck in the next round!


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10/22/2008 7:19:01 PM

 
Angie Sidles
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BIG congrat Lisa on your finalist! BEAUTIFUL!


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10/22/2008 7:23:12 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big congratulations,Lisa


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10/22/2008 7:39:12 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I thought this would go on, Lisa -- the lines and composition are fantastic. Congratulations on a beautiful finalist and best of luck in the next round.


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10/22/2008 7:39:37 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Lisa on your stunning finalist!


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10/22/2008 7:41:51 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Awesome finalist! Congratulations, Lisa!


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10/22/2008 7:50:35 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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An excellent finalist, Lisa! Huge congratulations! WELL DESERVED!


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10/22/2008 7:53:00 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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So glad to see your SPECTACULAR photo in the finals, Lisa!!! Congratulations!! I suspect we'll see it get the GOLD, as well! Certainly deserves to. A masterpiece!


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10/22/2008 7:56:49 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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A big congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Lisa!


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10/22/2008 8:15:13 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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Huge congratulations, Lisa on this stunning finalist!! Best of luck in the next round!!


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10/22/2008 8:22:32 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Congrats Lisa on this superb Finalist.

UB.


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10/22/2008 8:23:14 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Wonderful, Lisa!!! I bet we see this with another gold badge!


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10/22/2008 8:55:54 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Lisa!


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10/22/2008 8:57:11 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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WTG LISA!!!!!!! Congratulations on this outstanding and WELL DESERVED Finalist!!! Now on to the GOLD badge!! Good luck! Laura


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10/22/2008 8:58:35 PM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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Lisa- Your whole series on Niagra Falls has been a winner to me. Congratulations on making the qualifying round. Good luck in the next.
Way to go girl.


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10/22/2008 8:59:06 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Outstanding finalist Lisa!! Congratulations!!!


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10/22/2008 9:23:56 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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GORGEOUS!!!

Congratulations on your FINALIST!!!


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10/22/2008 9:25:35 PM

 
melvina weatherby
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Congratulations !! well deserved Finalist


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10/22/2008 9:36:34 PM

 
Ulysses A. Villamin
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Congratulations!!! I think this won't be the end for this wonderful image :)


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10/22/2008 9:58:07 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wooow.... Awesome, Lisa!! Big congratulations on your finalist!!


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10/22/2008 10:28:01 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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CONGRATS ON YOUR FINALIST!!!


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10/22/2008 10:33:27 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Lisa!


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10/22/2008 10:35:55 PM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Congratulations on your wonderfull finalist Lisa!!Good luck next round!!Brett


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10/22/2008 10:44:25 PM

 
Andre Goldstein
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Congrats Lisa! Great finalist!


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10/22/2008 11:40:28 PM

 
Kirsten Kiki Kjaer
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MAGNIFICENT capture, Lisa. This goes right into my favorites. Congratulations on this awesome finalist. I sure hope to see it again soon :0)


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10/23/2008 12:20:04 AM

 
Karen K. Givens
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Congratulations Lisa on your wonderful finalist.


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10/23/2008 4:23:44 AM

 
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Congratulations Lisa on your fabulous finalist! B-


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10/23/2008 4:26:28 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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No surprise here... Love this!!

Congrats Lisa!!


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10/23/2008 4:39:23 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~♫~♪~♫~
I've got happy feet!!!
Thank you ALL for such support and kind comments!
What a wonderful way to begin my day!
Smiling ear to ear, Lisa
~♥~


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10/23/2008 4:45:59 AM

 
Eugenio Diaz  

Congratulations on your AMAZING Finalist!!!
Well done!


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10/23/2008 5:04:15 AM

 
Max Aureli
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There is somebody in here that after 30 years of professional work he forgot to learned the foundations of Art.
Art is an expressive human communication of feelings and meanings interpreted by the artists in their unique way.
If you can't understand and interpreted this fantastic very well executed artistic Art, my best suggestion is you should change your profession.
And don't lose your time to comment my work because is all "creepy"!!! When you are seating in your couch eating potatoes and watching TV some of those commercials and special effects are made from who is writing now. He got many Telly Awards for his "creepy" work
because he learned the foundations of Art before did start.

Your comment is a depreciation to Art and to the artist that did comment in here!

Congratulations for your Finalist Lisa for this fantastic very well executed artistically expressive Art!!!

Max


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10/23/2008 5:24:41 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Lisa on your Very Well Deserved Finalist!! Jeff


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10/23/2008 5:35:23 AM

 
A P
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Congratulations on this stunning finalist Lisa and I'd like to see this on the winners list. Congrats on any other finalist as well.


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10/23/2008 6:52:35 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Congratulations again, Lisa, on your excellent work! Good luck in the next round! A very well deserved finalist!!


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10/23/2008 6:56:36 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Lisa!!! I knew I'd see this again!!! YAY!!! The amount of prep you did to get this shot is extremely evident... all of DRU club is very proud to call you a member m'dear! Congrats on the POTD, Finalist, and AAA exposure of your outstanding work.... it couldn't have happened to a nicer more talented person! Bless ya girl!


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10/23/2008 7:00:37 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~♥~•~
Thank you, Eugenio, Max, Jeff, and Ann, for your kind words.
Max, I really appreciate your supportive statement (that was in response to a comment posted by A.W. on 10/13).
Many blessings, Lisa

ps: I originally was going to request from BP that A.W.'s mean-spirited statement be removed from this thread. But with all the subsequent support of my BP friends, and my fervent belief in the freedom of speech, I left her statement there for all to see, and to judge for themselves.
~♥~


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10/23/2008 7:07:38 AM

 
Max Aureli
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Thank you Lisa.
Max


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10/23/2008 7:12:17 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~♥~
Thanks, Eivor, Christine, and Max!
Smiles, Lisa♥


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10/23/2008 7:14:08 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Lisa, you are a class act is every way. You are an amazingly talented photographer with a personal style that is easily recognized even before we see your name. You are also a classy woman whose kindness and generous nature deserve as many awards as your images. I guess being in the winners circle places you in a vulnerable position but you have the talent, class and support of your friends to keep you standing tall and proud. Huge congratulations for this multiple award winning image.


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10/23/2008 7:16:57 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~~♥~~
Karen,
How can I thank you for such a great support and wonderful kindness!
Your sweet statement and ongoing support is so very heartfelt and appreciated.
Many blessings, Lisa♥


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10/23/2008 7:37:29 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Lisa -- This is absolutely beautiful. A huge congrats on this very well deserved finalist. I will be surprised if we don't see this as a winner.


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10/23/2008 7:43:58 AM

 
Debra R. Harder
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Congratulations, Lisa, on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb


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10/23/2008 7:47:29 AM

 
Mike Perez
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Congratulations on your multiple Award Finalist, Lisa! Well deserved!


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10/23/2008 8:25:16 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Congratulations once again, Lisa.


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10/23/2008 8:45:22 AM

 
Stephanie Frey
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Congratulations on your beautiful
Finalist, Lisa!


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10/23/2008 9:33:05 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Woohooo! Congratulations, Lisa!


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10/23/2008 9:55:41 AM

 
Garth D. Beatty
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Congratulations on your Finalist, Lisa!
I believe you.


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10/23/2008 10:08:50 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Another award on this award winning image.
Congratulations Lisa.


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10/23/2008 10:36:06 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats on this beautiful finalist, Lisa.


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10/23/2008 10:38:43 AM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Congratulations on your Finalist Lisa! Breathtaking view of Niagara!!


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10/23/2008 11:20:53 AM

 
Laurie Daily
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Lisa, your absolutley incredible image of the falls continues to WoW and be ever so inspiring to me. I did not realize the controversy behind the scenes until I scrolled back to try and read all your ever so derverving accolades and congrats from all of the BP community...all of who recognize a true winner...creepy and weird certainly never entered my mind. A huge congrats to a most well deserving finalist!!!


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10/23/2008 5:06:52 PM

 
Janet McNeil
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Totally fantastic image - congratulations on your finalist!! Hope you get gold!!


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10/23/2008 5:52:13 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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Truly an image to be proud of Lisa!!!
Fantastic recognition not only from fellow BP'ers, but BP itself and the magazine...I'm very impressed with your work....CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I hope this gets the grand prize!!!!
Wonderful Work!!!

~J~


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10/23/2008 5:57:01 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Many congrats Lisa!!


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10/23/2008 6:22:34 PM

 
Joan Powell
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double congrats !


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10/23/2008 9:01:54 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Way to go Lisa! So deserving! Congrats.


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10/23/2008 9:43:09 PM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Big congratulations on this amazing finalist and good luck in the next round,Lisa!!


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10/24/2008 9:49:30 AM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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CONGRATULATIONS!


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10/24/2008 5:35:53 PM

 
Sherry McClead
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Wow Lisa... I am so glad I did see this... don't know how I missed this one before now! Congrats!!

My main comment here is... WTG girl... this is just freckin AWESOME!!! All your stuff is great... but man! Awful proud you stood up for your self too... and so nicely too... my reactions would have probably not been postable. You are truely a better woman than I.

Sherrybear :}


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10/25/2008 5:54:53 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~♫~○~♥~○~♫~•~
Many thanks to you ALL!
Bright Blessings, Lisa♥


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10/25/2008 6:18:24 AM

 
Wendy Moghadam
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Congratulations on a beautiful work of art. I was just reading the "critique" and I find it plain weird especially when I looked at her work which is very manipulated. I just don't get it. Even if you did photoshop it to a new creation (which I don't feel you did) you have to have the talent and vision to come up with a stunning capture such as this. Art is and always has been in the eye of the beholder. Time and time again your work has shown what an awesome artist you are.


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10/25/2008 1:47:43 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~○~•~
Your wonderful support means a lot, Wendy.
Thank you!
Blessings, Lisa♥


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10/25/2008 4:12:17 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Congrats, Lisa, on a wonderful image. Great luck with it!!


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10/26/2008 3:30:55 PM

 
Dan Collins
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WOW! THIS IS AMAZING!


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10/27/2008 5:46:16 AM

 
Bill Knaps
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Hi Lisa, Congrats on this win and your monkey finalist. Sorry I missed commenting on the monkey. This is a well deserved win and your monkey a winner also. Bill


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10/27/2008 6:43:55 AM

 
Mary E. Lake
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Hey Lisa, sorry been away for a few days and just catching up on everything. CONGRATS!!! on this supurb finalist!!! :)


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10/27/2008 6:44:59 AM

 
Joanne E. Bohenstengel
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Hi Lisa, This is a most beautiful photograph. The critique by Ashley was not deserved at all. I am a novice photographer and when I view all the wonderful galleries in BP, I am so humbled by all the beauty that is seen in all of them. I feel a photographer sees what he is front of him, that he feels is beautiful, funny, amazing and maybe some editing is done to "enhance" what is seen by him or her. I know very little about photography, but I do know this a BEAUTIFUL AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTO OF THE FALLS. I have never seen the falls, but thanks to you, you have given me a vision I will not forget. Joanne (sorry so long.)


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11/4/2008 10:47:45 AM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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WOW read the feed and am shocked at how mean spirited she was. WOW Lisa all I can say is your work ROCKS girl and I have always been a big fan of yours. CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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11/4/2008 11:39:31 AM

 
Todd MacMillan
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Congratulations on your win Lisa. I am so sorry that "ignorant" and spiteful ego-maniacal persons, such as MR. Wilkes, had marred your victory. I really like the photo. Please continue on and enjoy your art. Do not let those "Sour Grapes" interfere with your progress.

MOST sincerely,
Todd MacMillan
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11/6/2008 12:29:02 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~♥~!~♥~!~♥~
Thank you, Ellen, Dan, Bill, Mary, Joanne, Cassie, and Dan! Your kind support means so much!
Many blessings, Lisa♥


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11/6/2008 1:51:32 PM

 
James Misener
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Lisa,
My issue of AAA's 'Going Places' magazine came today and I got a chance to see this again ;-)

congrats again on your well deserved recognition.

Jim


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11/6/2008 2:25:05 PM

 
Dennis Gay
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G'day Lisa,

I feel you have done a marvellous job here in capturing the night scene at Niagara Falls with all its modern lighting and the silky water, which by the way works very well with the softness of the night in my 'umble opinion.

A nice tight composition to hold the viewer's attention yet not too tight to allow the eye to wander over the scene.

The colours and exposure are beautiful and show the display at its very best.

To see what raw Nature does at Niagara I would go during the day (and probably on the Canadian side), but to see it as an artistic display I would definitely prefer the night visit after seeing this.

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit."
(Ansel Adams)

GB
Dennis


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11/11/2008 9:29:57 AM

 
Leland N. Saunders
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Lisa ... I'm just getting around to perusing last month's finalists ... I hope you don't mind taking my congratulations for such a stunning photo ... even though I am just an amateur. Keep up the good work ... My wife and I are planning a trip to Niagra in the Spring ... you have set the bar pretty high ...

Lee


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11/11/2008 12:51:14 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~○~•♥•~○~•~
James, Dennis, and Leland:
Your wonderful responses are so very appreciated. Thank you for such kind support!
Blessings, Lisa♥


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11/11/2008 2:02:22 PM

 
Z. Banu
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Big congrats!!!!!!!Awesome image!!GREAT WORK LISA.


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11/16/2008 11:05:27 PM

 
Lorri  Shank
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Lisa, congratulations on your POTD AND your publications! This is a stunning image. Also, congrats on standing up for yourself. Some people just have to make a beautiful day rainy which is sad and undoubtedly comes from a very insecure place. This image is worthy of accolades and beyond. Truly. Lorri


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11/26/2008 9:23:19 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~♥~•~
Many thanks, Zanaat and Lorri!
Blessings, Lisa♥


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11/26/2008 11:18:54 AM

 
Maria Morrow
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I really like this because for as many times as Niagara Falls has been photographed, you've managed to create an interesting perspective here. Very well done.


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1/12/2009 3:02:55 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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~•~♥~•~
Thank you, Maria! I really appreciate that you visited my gallery today and took the time to leave such kind words.
Blessings, Lisa♥


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1/12/2009 5:44:48 PM

 
Roger Fry
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IN - CRED -IBLE !! My jaw is currently hitting the floor.! A shot I'd like to copy if I ever got to Niagara Falls!


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