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Life Cycle   Featured in Digital Darkroom #080
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Life Cycle
Life Cycle
This is the seed pod of an exhausted lotus. I enhanced the color by moving a few sliders around in Adobe RAW 5.4 including the color ones normally used for black and white, saturation and vibrance, with a tad of sharpening.

This was taken with my Canon 100mm Macro Lens.

Entered into DD.
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    Cool find! Beautiful macro.

9/22/2009 12:34:54 AM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Beautifully captured, Melissa!

9/22/2009 12:40:52 AM

 
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Beautiful!

9/22/2009 1:01:12 AM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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Great capture and ps work Melissa.!!!(R)

9/22/2009 1:37:33 AM

 
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Fascinating, Melissa. I thought they were some sort of wasp larvae. I'm serious!

9/22/2009 2:14:18 AM

 
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Terrific comp and detail - Great job with this Melissa! Jeff

9/22/2009 3:51:39 AM

 
Carol Sawyer
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Excellent capture, details and work, Melissa!!

9/22/2009 4:21:52 AM

 
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Excellent colors and clarity... nicely done, Melissa!

9/22/2009 4:46:53 AM

 
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Excellent detail!!!

9/22/2009 5:56:53 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Melissa,Beautiful adjustments.Stunning capture!!!!

9/22/2009 6:05:35 AM

 
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great shot

9/22/2009 6:15:22 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Beautiful color - both on the lotus pod and the background, Melissa - great work bringing out that wonderful color saturation and of course, wonderful detail!!!!

9/22/2009 7:05:38 AM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Fantastic work Melissa!

9/22/2009 7:23:06 AM

 
Jodi Zimmer
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cool design and details

9/22/2009 7:38:28 AM

 
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Thanks so much for taking a look and leaving these wonderful comments!!!

9/22/2009 7:44:21 AM

 
Tess L. Yee
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Wonderful image with great enhancement, Melissa! Gorgeous color & detail!
(exhausted lotus? exhausted Tess, trying to follow some of the post processing techniques that I read about on BP!)

9/22/2009 8:27:27 AM

 
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wonderful perspective Melissa! love it!

9/22/2009 8:57:28 AM

 
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Cool, Melissa! It looks very other-worldly done in these shades!

9/22/2009 9:07:35 AM

 
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Beautiful colors, details and composition, Melissa!

9/22/2009 9:14:01 AM

 
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great colors, details, framing & dof!

9/22/2009 9:16:51 AM

 
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Thanks so much Tess, a2o, Monnie, Margaret and Tiia!!

9/22/2009 9:38:26 AM

 
Melissa A. Olsen
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Great color and like your edit on this interesting pod. Well done Melissa

9/22/2009 10:20:06 AM

 
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Excellent macro.

9/22/2009 11:35:08 AM

 
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Thanks so much Melissa and Sirsendu for your wonderful comments!!!

9/22/2009 12:07:05 PM

 
Marcel J. Fernandez
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A very eye-catching image with wonderful detail and DOF. Splendid work Melissa!

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9/22/2009 12:46:01 PM

 
Heidi Knight
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Beautiful composed with striking colors ;)

9/22/2009 1:12:33 PM

 
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A remarkable effect and color range Melissa! Your DD work is exceptional!

9/22/2009 1:23:16 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Fantastic flower and capture, Melissa..

9/22/2009 1:34:39 PM

 
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Great capture, Melissa, and you had fun in the DD! Looks pretty!

9/22/2009 1:41:44 PM

 
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Melissa- I have yet to see these amazing pods that look like something from outer space. I find them so fasinating in shape and in colors. Love the angle of your shot and the way you let us look down into the the holes to see the seeds it holds.
Beautiful and fasinating work here my friend.
Have a wonderful day, do enjoy.

9/22/2009 3:36:31 PM

 
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Thanks so much, Marcel, Heidi, John, Karen, Courtenay and Frank for your wonderful comments!!

9/22/2009 4:09:58 PM

 
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Love the vibrance of the colors here Melissa, the lighting and textures are absolute perfection my frined!! <><

9/22/2009 4:34:39 PM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Wow! Fantastic work, Melissa! Gorgeous!

9/22/2009 6:29:08 PM

 
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Thanks so much Nancy and Kelly for looking and leaving these great comments!!!

9/22/2009 6:40:26 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Veeeery fascinating shot, Melissa! I do love these lotus pods although of course they're usually brown and this one is rather "psychedelic!" The form is so captivating. Love these colors and the clarity and detail are amazing too!

9/22/2009 7:15:03 PM

 
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Cool and creative, out of this world photo, Melissa! Nice detail and composition. These seed pods always remind me of an episode of Star Trek! LOL!

9/22/2009 8:01:38 PM

 
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Thanks so much, Nadya and Sabrina for taking a look and leaving these great comments!!!

9/22/2009 8:17:16 PM

 
Howard B. Cheek
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Interesting and creative, one must be willing to try new things hey :)
Well done Melissa.

9/22/2009 8:38:21 PM

 
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Very interesting capture, I would never have guessed what this was, great capture with wonderful colors.

9/23/2009 4:34:56 AM

 
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Awesome detail and color, Melissa! Fantastic capture!!

9/23/2009 4:51:32 AM

 
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I can see a button showing up under this one Melissa, it is one terrific image, well done.

9/23/2009 7:14:34 AM

 
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Thanks Howard, Douglas, Ellen and Ron for taking a look and leaving these great comments!!!

9/23/2009 7:22:22 AM

 
Betsy Labuschagne
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Gorgeous capture and striking color, so very well done Melissa!!

9/23/2009 12:31:17 PM

 
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What stunning colour
Super capture!!!
Well presented Melissa!
Fantastic work!

9/23/2009 1:34:06 PM

 
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Thanks so much Betsy and Eugenio for your wonderful comments!!

9/23/2009 2:17:42 PM

 
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It is beautiful!!! Amazing image, Melissa!!!

9/23/2009 6:48:13 PM

 
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Thanks so much, Allen for this wonderful comment!!

9/23/2009 8:55:48 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Very cool image with great colors and DOF, Melissa.

9/24/2009 4:41:27 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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A remarkable image Melissa, really!!! Love how you worked with the coloring, it accentuates your details wonderfullly... bravo! We'll see this again, mark my word!

9/24/2009 6:27:01 AM

 
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Excellent color & dof, Melissa! Sensational macro!

9/24/2009 10:27:02 AM

 
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Wonderful colors that abstract this seed head Melissa! It reminds me of a pound-a-peg game that kids use to have (pre-electronics) :0) I love your results here!!

9/24/2009 4:25:00 PM

 
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The resultant colors are gorgeous, Melissa. Nicely done.

9/24/2009 6:53:43 PM

 
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Wow! What a cool image, Melissa! Very unique and beautiful! Love the colours and your amazing clarity, detail and DOF! Your minor adjustments have made this picture perfect and a definite WINNER in my book!!! :)

9/28/2009 8:01:28 PM

 
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Thanks very much to Leslie, Christine, Janet, Murry, Nikki and Lorna for taking a look and leaving these great comment!!

A special thanks to Christine and Lorna for your predictions!!

9/28/2009 8:20:42 PM

 
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Very lovely work!

9/29/2009 7:22:44 AM

 
Melanie D. Fuelling
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This is awesome Melissa - love the colors and the detail. I don't think i've ever seen one of these before . Really, really nice macro!!

9/29/2009 9:29:59 AM

 
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Thanks so much, Melinda and Melanie for taking a look and leaving these great comments!!

9/29/2009 10:34:13 AM

 
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Stellar composition Melissa and you've popped the colors perfectly! Congrats on your "colorful" EP!

9/30/2009 7:07:15 AM

 
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Awesome macro shot Melissa such sharpness, focus and lighting!! The colours are beautiful, great work!!

9/30/2009 8:29:23 AM

 
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Thanks Joannie and Janice for your wonderful comments!!!

9/30/2009 7:46:18 PM

 
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Love what you've done with this "exhausted" lotus seed pod. Now, I finally know for sure what this is as I have a few pics of some at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The colors really set it off!

10/15/2009 4:45:21 AM

 
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Thanks so much, Debbie for looking at this, discovering what a lotus seed pod looks like.

10/15/2009 8:02:37 AM

 
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Congratulations on this fabulous finalist, Melissa !

10/22/2009 4:42:07 PM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Melissa!

10/22/2009 4:49:53 PM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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WTG Melissa!!! Huge congrats on your stunning finalist!!!

10/22/2009 4:53:36 PM

 
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I just love the colors here, Melissa. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round.

10/22/2009 5:05:53 PM

 
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Congratulations Melissa on this wonderful finalist. Good luck to you in the next round.

10/22/2009 5:20:49 PM

 
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Congratulations,Melissa!!!!

10/22/2009 5:21:39 PM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your well deserving FINALIST!!! 8o)

10/22/2009 5:22:46 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS!!

10/22/2009 5:46:11 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS, MELISSA! And good luck in the next round. This is gorgeous.

10/22/2009 5:51:20 PM

 
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Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist and best of luck in the next round, Melissa!

10/22/2009 6:00:19 PM

 
Tommy E. Burgess
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Huge congratulations on this beautiful finalist Melissa!! Best of luck in the next round!

10/22/2009 6:12:35 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Congratulations, Melissa! A beautiful capture and a much-deserved Finalist! Best of luck in the upcoming rounds! ~ Val

10/22/2009 7:26:20 PM

 
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A gorgeous finalist Melissa...congrats!

10/22/2009 7:30:31 PM

 
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A very well-deserved Finalist, Melissa!!!
Congratulations!!!
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10/22/2009 7:47:00 PM

 
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Congrats

10/22/2009 7:54:13 PM

 
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Congrats on a fantastic capture, Melissa! Best luck!!

10/22/2009 8:10:40 PM

 
ROLAN NARMAN
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Congrats on your gorgeous finalist Melissa!

10/22/2009 8:16:29 PM

 
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Guess this wasn't just a winner in my book, but in the judges books too!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved Finalist Award, Melissa!!!!! Awesome! :) Photobucket

10/22/2009 8:19:50 PM

 
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Congratulations, Melissa! This is a gorgeous image. Such incredible colors!

10/22/2009 8:41:15 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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YES!! I KNEW IT!! (Well, I can say that now. LOL!) FABULOUS finalist, Melissa!One of my many Faves, so I'm glad to see it wearing silver! A STUNNING capture and I hope very soon it's wearing gold!

10/22/2009 8:59:11 PM

 
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Congrats on your well deserved finalist, Melissa!

10/22/2009 10:04:23 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Melissa on your beautiful, well deserved Finalist! YAY!!

10/22/2009 10:43:43 PM

 
Heidi Knight
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Congratulations on your Fantastic finalist!!!

10/22/2009 11:39:32 PM

 
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congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!!!

10/22/2009 11:42:41 PM

 
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Well done - congrats!

10/23/2009 2:30:43 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist!!

10/23/2009 3:33:42 AM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations, very well done, Melissa!

10/23/2009 3:45:21 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist Melissa.
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10/23/2009 4:03:29 AM

 
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So glad this made finalist Melissa - I love the color and think this is a very creative image.

10/23/2009 4:31:07 AM

 
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Congrats for your finalist, Melissa.

10/23/2009 5:28:16 AM

 
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Congratulations, Melissa on your beautiful finalist!

10/23/2009 5:45:45 AM

 
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Terrific finalist,Melissa! BIG congratulations!!

10/23/2009 6:01:37 AM

 
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Awesome details....congrats!!

10/23/2009 6:07:47 AM

 
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Congratulations on your three Awesome finalist photo, Melissa!

10/23/2009 6:30:23 AM

 
Eugenio Diaz

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Amazing work and a wonnderful Finalist!!!
Huge Congratulations, Melissa!

10/23/2009 6:32:23 AM

 
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Amazing work and a wonnderful Finalist!!!
Huge Congratulations, Melissa!

10/23/2009 6:32:23 AM

 
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Melissa.

10/23/2009 6:35:10 AM

 
Sheila D. Robertson
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Congratulations Melissa!

10/23/2009 6:51:59 AM

 
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Great capture Melissa. Congrats on being a finalist.

10/23/2009 7:05:16 AM

 
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A HUGE thank you to all who have sent me these wonderful congratulatory remarks!! I appreciate each and every one!!!

10/23/2009 7:10:53 AM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your deserving FINALIST!!! 8o)

10/23/2009 7:41:47 AM

 
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Amazing capture and work Melissa!!! Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist!!

10/23/2009 8:05:14 AM

 
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Huge congratulations on this stunning finalist,Melissa!

10/23/2009 8:15:22 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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WOW....woohooooo!! Congrats on this beauty!!!

10/23/2009 8:26:03 AM

 
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This is BEAUTIFUL, Melissa! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist!!! Deb

10/23/2009 8:35:25 AM

 
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Congratulationd on this unusual,special image.

10/23/2009 9:00:59 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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Fantastic capture, Melissa, with beautiful color and soft background.
Congratulations on this great finalist.

10/23/2009 10:10:40 AM

 
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Thanks so much, NancyJ, Max, Renata, Gina, Debra, Karacan and Christine for these fantastic comments!!!

10/23/2009 10:52:54 AM

 
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Great detail and editing Melissa ~ many congrats on your finalist!

10/23/2009 12:51:40 PM

 
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Congratulations on your great finalist, Melissa.

10/23/2009 1:12:15 PM

 
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Congratulations, Melissa!!!

10/23/2009 1:35:07 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Fantastic, Melissa! Congratulations!!!

10/23/2009 1:47:58 PM

 
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Thanks so much Susie, Bojan and Janet for your great comments!!

10/23/2009 1:48:03 PM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Ha ha!!! I KNEW it!!! Congrats m'dear on this amazing finalist... I'm very excited to see this again! Didn't I tell you ;-) LOVE it!

10/23/2009 1:49:58 PM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa! Great shot!

10/23/2009 2:31:35 PM

 
Carol Sawyer
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Congratulations on all your finalists, Melissa!!

10/23/2009 2:37:34 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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This is an excellent finalist, Melissa! Congratulations!

10/23/2009 2:40:24 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks so much Christine, Carla, Carol and Allen for your wonderful comments!! I appreciate them all so much!!!

10/23/2009 4:07:36 PM

 
Maria Capilupi
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This is an excellent macro,Melissa... congratulations on your Finalist!

10/23/2009 4:08:51 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Very alien like! Congrats Melissa!

10/23/2009 5:53:55 PM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Melissa!

10/23/2009 6:21:24 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Melissa, WTG!! <><

10/23/2009 6:38:03 PM

 
Joanna Madloch
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Congratulations, Melissa, to you too. this image is breathtaking!

10/23/2009 7:51:38 PM

 
Kathy Coombs
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Congrats! beautiful!

10/24/2009 12:32:37 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Huge congratulations on all your finalists, Melissa. Each one so well deserved.

10/24/2009 1:00:20 AM

 
Howard B. Cheek
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Congrats on this most unique image Melissa!
Good luck :)

10/24/2009 4:19:24 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Melissa on your Fantastic Finalist! Jeff

10/24/2009 5:41:00 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Melissa!

10/24/2009 6:49:51 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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Congratulations Melissa is a winner to me!

10/24/2009 10:38:11 AM

 
Janet Daniel
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Melissa!

10/24/2009 1:27:33 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Congratulations on a great Finalist...best of luck in the next round!!

10/24/2009 10:35:37 PM

 
Erica Murphy
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Congratulations on your stunning finalist Melissa!! Well done!

10/25/2009 8:17:47 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks, everyone so much for these fantastic comments!!

10/25/2009 11:18:51 AM

 
Melissa McCabe
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congrats on your beautiful finalist!! : ) -mm

10/25/2009 11:35:26 AM

 
Nancy J. Locke
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SUPER CONGRATS on the FINALIST picks, Melissa!!! WOOT!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke

10/26/2009 5:23:45 AM

 
Paul Parent
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stunning

10/26/2009 7:21:58 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Better late than never, congrats!!! :)

10/26/2009 9:44:22 PM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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Such beautiful work my friend. Congratulations on the Finalist. Way to go.

10/27/2009 5:18:44 AM

 
Luigi Di Serio
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There is something eerie about this... but it is one excellent photo and a deserved finalist!

10/27/2009 10:04:55 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks so much, Nancy, Paul, Tammy, Frank and Luigi for your wonderful comments!!

10/28/2009 1:18:53 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your wonderful FINALIST!!! 8o)
Happy Halloween! Dianna

10/29/2009 1:59:42 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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An amazing image, Melissa! Congrats on your Digital Darkroom Feature :)

11/18/2009 4:41:11 AM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Congratulations on being featured Melissa!

11/18/2009 9:19:52 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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I was very happy to see this beautiful photograph featured on the Digital Darkroom Newsletter today.
Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Melissa!!!
Cesar

11/18/2009 6:21:36 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on being featured in the Digital Darkroom Newsletter, Melissa.

11/19/2009 4:31:14 AM

 
Anne McKinnell
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Beautiful shot Melissa! Congratulations on your feature in DD!

11/19/2009 11:31:43 AM

 
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