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Sedona Sunrise
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Sedona Sunrise
Sedona Sunrise
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Rod Partington
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    Beautiful shot of this community,Dale!

2/7/2009 10:37:33 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Very nicely composed -- vivid colors this time of day!

2/7/2009 10:54:34 AM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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Excellent capture of the morning light, Dale! The color, detail, clarity and composition are beautiful! Excellent image and very well done!!

2/7/2009 12:22:04 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks for stopping by Rod. It gave me a chance to go through your gallery again. Love your animals and the details on the insect world were fantastic.

2/7/2009 3:27:20 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Monnie. I really liked what you did with "Marriott Ranch" The way the fence and it's shadow lead you into the scene is perfect. Would love to travel in your part of the world sometime.

2/7/2009 3:29:09 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks a lot Denny. Loved your gallery also. Especially "The Needles 2". Our grandson is in college at Corvallis and we will be going to his graduation in June, then plan to spend a week along the Oregon and Washington coasts. Any tips on places not to miss?

2/7/2009 3:38:29 PM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Sedona is one of man's gifts to the nation! Beautiful capture of morning light!

2/7/2009 5:29:09 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Bonnie. I agree. Though I was born and raised in Washington, I've only been to the Palouse once,and then only passing through on a dry hot day.

Your shots of "The Palouse in Winter" and "Autumn on the Palouse" makes me want to go back now that I've started doing photography. Many of your shots remind me of scenes I've seen around Ritzville, where my grandparents lived.

2/7/2009 6:51:50 PM

 
Sharon  C. Hinze
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Dale, this is exquisite in color, detail, and composition. One for the wall for sure. Sharon

2/7/2009 6:52:54 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks very much Sharon. I appreciate your nice comment. Enjoyed your gallery and especially liked "Across the Dunes" and the images around Spokane. I have many relatives there.

2/7/2009 11:17:44 PM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Wow - what a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing - especially with those of us that live here in the Eastern US. Love the colors. Is this early morning light? Is that a tree branch in the right hand corner? Can't make it out on my screen. - Esther

2/8/2009 3:43:54 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Fantastic capture of light Dale! The colors in this are beautiful and love the shrub in the left lower corner. It makes you feel like you are really standing there looking at this. I do not care for the branches in the upper left or on top though. :~)

2/8/2009 6:00:50 AM

 
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Thanks Esther. You know, we say the same thing here in the west about all the things we can't shoot that you have in the east. This is indeed morning light. This view was from a field across the road from our hotel. A little 10 minute hike and there it was.

2/8/2009 10:18:19 AM

 
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Thank you Aimee. I do agree that the branch in the upper right should have been cloned out. Will probably do that. However, as far as I know there are none in the upper left. Just a minute and I'll check it out. (time passes)

Nope, no branches but I did clone out the ones on the right. Here's the shot.

2/8/2009 10:24:00 AM

 
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Thank you Aimee. I do agree that the branch in the upper right should have been cloned out. Will probably do that. However, as far as I know there are none in the upper left. Just a minute and I'll check it out. (time passes)

Nope, no branches but I did clone out the ones on the right. Here's the shot.

2/8/2009 10:24:19 AM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Love the light and deep tones Dale. And the image is much better without the branches Aimee mentioned.

2/8/2009 11:55:06 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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The quality of light is excellent here. We don't live all that far away from Sedona. I'd love to go there sometime.

2/8/2009 12:06:53 PM

 
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Thank you Marisol. I agree. Aimee is usually right on with her suggestions.


Debbie, thanks for the nice comment and you should definitely go to Sedona. Very laid back and lovely.

2/8/2009 12:44:03 PM

 
Sue C. Cole
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Very nice work as usual, I can't add anything that has already been said:)

I am however; wondering was this with/without a tripod and what lens did you use?

2/8/2009 1:02:05 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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you got me Dale! can't tell my left from my right! lol nice work on cloning that out :~)

2/8/2009 1:12:22 PM

 
Angela C. French
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Once again, a beauty!!! I do like it better with the branch out... the colors are so outstanding! Nice work!

2/8/2009 2:18:21 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Sue. Yes, this was hand held and I used the zoom lens on my Sony H2 which uses a fixed lens. Basically a point and shoot with DSLR features such as apertures, shutter, program, and manual modes etc.

2/8/2009 5:21:46 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Aimee. I used the cut and paste method to remove the branch. Much cleaner than cloning, not to mention, much faster.

2/8/2009 5:23:42 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks so much Angela. By the way, did you let that other site know about your EP award on the close-up dolphin shot? Tell them to send some of their images over and we'll help them with their critiquing.

2/8/2009 5:27:40 PM

 
Jeanine M. Bailey
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What a BEAUTIFUL scene Dale!!! :):) Fantastic shot!!!

2/9/2009 5:45:41 AM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Dale, OK, this is an amazing shot! It almost looks like fake little buildings, bec. they are so perfect! Truly amazing the differnt places that exist!!!!

I checked out both versions, and I do like the one where you cloned out the branch better. Great job on this image - fabulous color!

2/9/2009 7:24:01 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Jeanine and Debbra, thanks so much for all those kind words. And Debbra, this is really the way it looks there. So many place where you can walk on trails into the desert and catch scenes like this and yet be only a few yards from your hotel.

Hope to go back soon.

2/9/2009 8:58:19 AM

 
Dawn M. Schneider
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WOW this is fantastic, winner for sure!! what a great place, your composition is wonderful, colors amazing, everything wonderful!!! im not sure what this is if its homes or what, but I bet they would love a copy of this!!!! you should blow it up and take copies there to see if they would buy them or just give it to them as a gift. Wonderful.

2/11/2009 10:46:53 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Dawn. Yes, these are homes. I really like the Adobe look and colors of the desert.

2/11/2009 3:07:18 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Impressive Dale! Sedona is a beautiful place to visit. Great work, wonderful light!

2/19/2009 3:07:16 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Donna. I can see from your Oceanside series that you like those golden evening and morning hours as well. I love the morning especially because it is always so quiet and most people are still snuggled beneath the blankets so I'm free to wander undisturbed.

2/19/2009 5:31:05 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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Another one I missed!! I definitely plan on visiting Sedona next winter, since we are going to Arizona instead of Texas for a change of scene! Wonderfully vivid and excellent shot of this most beautiful spot! Congratz again on the Finalist!

3/25/2009 1:34:52 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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WoW Dale.....you had an awesome month! Congrats on a well deserved finalist! :~)

3/25/2009 1:45:45 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Dale -- Great to see you got a finalist on this well-deserved and beautiful image. Makes me want to be there...NOW! Good luck in this next round.

3/25/2009 2:21:18 PM

 
Sue C. Cole
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hey congrats Dale. Well deserved!)

3/25/2009 2:25:50 PM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Yippy for you!!!! Congrats Dale

3/25/2009 3:51:41 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Joan, Aimee, Debbie, and Sue, thanks a lot for the nice comments. Need to get on the web and check this out. I didn't know awards were going out, let alone that I'd get one. You are all so nice to send congrats. I appreciate it very much.

3/25/2009 3:53:47 PM

 
Christine Czernin
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Congratulations, Dale.
Beautiful mood, magical.
I have been there twice, it is a beautiful place.

3/26/2009 8:53:37 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Christine. A lovely place indeed. Would love to return.

3/26/2009 9:42:09 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your finalist! WTG Dale, a true beauty!

3/26/2009 1:56:57 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Dale ON YOUR OUTSTANDING WINNER!!

3/26/2009 4:32:00 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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WTG Dale!!!!

3/26/2009 4:41:43 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your beautiful winner.

3/26/2009 6:05:33 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Huge congratulations on your wonderful win, Dale!

3/26/2009 6:19:34 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Awesome work DALE....congrats on your win! :~)

3/26/2009 6:22:55 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Congratulations on your win, Dale. Now I really do have to get there someday!!

3/26/2009 6:23:53 PM

 
Jodi M. Walsh
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i totally missed this one Dale! excellent work and many congrats to you!

3/26/2009 8:10:16 PM

 
Christine Czernin
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Fantastic, Dale. Many, many congrats on your gold.

3/26/2009 11:14:19 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Dale!

3/26/2009 11:49:29 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Stunning, Dale! Light, mood, color, composition - - Fabulous! Congratulations on your outstanding winner!

3/27/2009 5:14:37 AM

 
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Congratulations Dale. The image is fantastic. You deserve the win.

3/27/2009 5:40:43 AM

 
Robert Baer
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Dale congrats on this wonderful win!

3/27/2009 6:17:14 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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I'm overwhelmed by the warm response to this win. Thanks so much to all my Bp Friends.

Donna, Ann,Joan, Leslie,Evy, Aimee, Debbie, Jodi, Christine,Bojan,Nadya,Kathe,and Justin, you've all made me feel so at home here in BP. Thank you.

3/27/2009 9:23:15 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Gorgeous light and colors, excellent composition, Dale. Congratulations on your beautiful winner!

3/27/2009 9:43:47 AM

 
Rhonda Burger
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!
Rhonda

3/27/2009 11:52:06 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Lindley and Rhonda. I enjoyed both your galleries a lot and Rhonda, there are some great ideas from your site that I will probably steal. (I mean, uh.... get inspiration from) :o)

3/27/2009 12:13:20 PM

 
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Just beautiful, Dale. Huge congratulations on this outstanding winner.

3/27/2009 1:16:04 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Mary Beth. Would love to take some images like those that grace your winners circle of material. Especially love the Venice series and the lovely effects you created.

3/27/2009 3:05:40 PM

 
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Beautiful comp, colors and lighting-- huge congrats on a well deserved Winner, Dale!!!

3/30/2009 1:24:41 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Robert. Now if we could just figure out how to use a surfboard here, you could take a shot of me shooting the cliffs. :o) Love your work in that series.

3/30/2009 7:46:58 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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What a great image Dale! Congratulations on your win!

3/30/2009 11:15:15 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Donna. It was so nice to share the stage with your surfer win. Made my day.

3/31/2009 8:12:03 AM

 
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CONGRATS. on getting Golden

Usman.

3/31/2009 11:46:57 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Usman. What the heck, I had to do SOMETHING to compete with your winning gallery. A step in the right direction but a long way to go. I'll keep trying.

4/1/2009 7:49:24 AM

 
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Congratulations Dale on your Win!!!

DOminick

4/2/2009 1:28:52 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

"Cup Full of Daisies"


A Special Trophy for

"February Winners"


 

4/2/2009 7:36:40 AM

 
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Thanks Dominick and Elida. You should check each other's galleries. Both are winners. Especially liked "Children in the sun" by Dominick and "Light and Darkness" by Elida. Check it out.

4/3/2009 5:36:02 PM

 
Robert Baer
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dale
a very late congratulations for this special image.

4/26/2009 6:29:59 AM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Congratulations (belated)!

4/26/2009 9:03:09 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Justin and Marisol, thanks a lot for commenting. Appreciate it a lot.

4/26/2009 2:04:14 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Outstanding Winner here, Dale! Congratulations!

4/27/2009 10:16:02 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Raymond. By the way, I love your "crossroads" shot but don't like those fellows on my tomatoes much.

4/27/2009 4:55:05 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Fantastic lighting, pov and colors. Superb image!

4/28/2009 10:20:59 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Vladan. Hope to get back there soon. It's a lovely place to visit.

4/28/2009 10:48:00 PM

 
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Hey Dale! Just had to write and congratulate you on a wonderful win!
Way to go!!

4/29/2009 2:15:49 PM

 
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Thanks Rod. Nice to hear from you. Checked out your gallery again and am loving your blended shots like, "Bride in rose", "Dream", and "Remember Who we Are" etc. Haven't tried any of those and am inspired.

4/29/2009 3:48:52 PM

 
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