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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
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© Ronald Balthazor
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Kathleen Clemons
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    Great catch, Ron!

5/5/2004 4:07:24 AM

 
Rob Friedman
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Great shot, expertly composed Ronald!

5/5/2004 4:14:21 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Very cool shot - love it - great eye! -K

5/5/2004 4:20:09 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Great shot!!

5/5/2004 4:34:22 AM

 
Theresa McCloskey

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wonderful Ronald :-)

5/5/2004 4:44:45 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Kathleen, Rob, K, Colette, and Theresa. It was exciting to be able to capture the moment.

5/5/2004 4:53:36 AM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Very good shadow photo, Good luck, Ronald!

5/5/2004 5:30:40 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Perfect Ron!!!!!!!

5/5/2004 5:42:04 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Mette and Charlene.

5/5/2004 7:23:33 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Cool shot; great shadow!!!

5/5/2004 7:24:49 AM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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How fun and well seen! Perfect title! Hope we see this one again! :-)

5/5/2004 9:01:00 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you for the kind words, Donna and Patricia. Funny, whenever I see red I think of you, Patricia.

5/5/2004 10:23:21 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Terrific Ron, great compostion!

5/5/2004 2:50:28 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Terrific Ron, great compostion!

5/5/2004 2:50:31 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Many thanks, Susan.

5/5/2004 3:53:08 PM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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This is great, Ron. It's a great catch and a great title. Way to go....can't wait to see more!

5/5/2004 9:18:15 PM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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This is great, Ron. It's a great catch and a great title. Way to go....can't wait to see more!

5/5/2004 9:18:19 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks, Brenda. I appreciate the feedback.

5/6/2004 5:05:35 AM

 
Debra Booth
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Beautiful shot, and the title made me chuckle!

5/8/2004 6:17:51 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Debra.

5/8/2004 10:03:33 PM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Congrats on your finalists! -K

6/15/2004 1:40:16 PM

 
Kristen McKain
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Congrats!!

6/15/2004 2:20:08 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Ronald!

6/15/2004 5:42:45 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Such a cool photo! Congratulations, Ronald!

6/16/2004 1:23:32 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Such a great shot, Ron. Congrats again!

6/16/2004 1:13:10 PM

 
clifton Mair
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Great shot, congrats!

6/16/2004 2:39:44 PM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Well-deserved win! Congrats! -K

6/16/2004 6:32:51 PM

 
Patrick Campbell
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Congrats Ron on your win, a great catch!

6/16/2004 6:42:54 PM

 
Ron Goldman
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Congratulations Ron!!!!

6/16/2004 7:19:41 PM

 
Brenda Tharp
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Ah, we have similar vision, Ron! I took a picture like this a few years back and it remains one of my favorites for the simple graphics of it! You did a great job - nice light, great colors, and composition! Congratulations.

6/16/2004 7:40:15 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Wonderful image and title, Ron. You certainly earned your win ~ CONGRATULATIONS!

6/16/2004 8:22:49 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your second place win, Ronald! Cool image!!

6/17/2004 12:16:22 AM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Well-deserved, Ronald! Congrats! Great title by the way!

6/17/2004 12:45:29 AM

 
Sharon E. Lowe
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Congrats Ron - well-deserved win!

6/17/2004 3:28:58 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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I missed this one Ron. It is excellent and well deserved win, CONGRATULATIONS!

6/17/2004 3:38:53 AM

 
Gil Hires

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Ron, Congratulations on another great photo! Keep up the good work!

6/17/2004 4:28:22 AM

 
Donna J. Eaton
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A big hurray for your win Ron!!!! Wonderful image!

6/17/2004 5:15:23 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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congrats on the win Ron! Nice shot!

6/17/2004 7:03:28 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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Excellent image! Well deserved Ron!

6/17/2004 8:07:54 AM

 
Wanda Judd
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Ron, I could not possibly be prouder of you...great capture.

6/17/2004 9:01:29 AM

 
Cathy Shotz
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Ron...CONGRATULATIONS on your win with this fabulous image. The win is sooo well deserved.

6/17/2004 9:27:56 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations, Ronald!

6/17/2004 11:51:55 AM

 
Susana Matos
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Congratulations, really great shot!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

6/17/2004 12:18:48 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations, Ron!!!!

6/17/2004 8:53:39 PM

 
Sherrie H. Penny
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Ron, CONGRATS!

6/18/2004 5:35:22 AM

 
Frederic David
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Congrats for this amazing composition and really well found title!

Fred

6/18/2004 8:36:07 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Wow, what a work of art. Well done!!

6/18/2004 1:55:53 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you everyone. It was a great surprise to return from vacation to your wonderful words of kindness.

6/20/2004 3:08:23 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Superb utilization of punctuation, Ron, congratulations!!

6/20/2004 9:32:49 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Carol. I guess that degree in English finally kicked-in.

6/21/2004 4:21:13 AM

 
Julie L. Curiel
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COngrats Ron! You just keep getting better and better!

6/22/2004 6:35:44 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks, Julie. I appreciate the comment.

6/22/2004 6:49:48 AM

 
Jim Collier
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This is so cool! A very "exciting" shot. It needs a bit of sharpening though. Try an unsharp mask with amount=300 and radius=0.7 for starters. I bet you would have one had it been sharper!

And if that line of hedges had not been in the shot (e.g. the band of dirt and surrounding green continued uninterrupted), you DEFINITELY would have one! Could you imagine such a cool shot? That's just purely luck though (and being ready when you see it), not skill. It looks like such a wish would be impossible anyway, as it appears there is another hedge row on the right side of the frame--maybe they are at regular intervals, making a clean shot impossible.

You could "fix" that with some careful and creative use of Photoshop, but it would be totally unethical to win a photo contest that way, where the expectation is no editing of that kind. But it would be great if your intent was an artistic shot to frame!

6/22/2004 8:55:16 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you for the lengthy comments, Jim. I appreciate them.
If we can't find perfection we can certainly come close in PS, and, as far as I know the PS work is acceptable to BP as long as it is acknowledged.

6/22/2004 1:36:38 PM

 
Robert Brown
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Ron, this is a terrific shot--I'm glad you were able to shoot something but flowers over the last few months. I agree with the above comment on sharpening--this image isn't quite sharp. Where did you shoot it from? Did I miss that in the earlier discussion? Congratulations!

6/23/2004 8:04:13 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks, Robert. It was taken out the window of a small plane with an 80-200mm lens at 1/250 sec. on Ektachrome E100VS film near sunset.

6/23/2004 4:48:55 PM

 
Robert Brown
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Ron, I guess this is plenty sharp given the circumstances! Are you a pilot?

6/24/2004 7:51:15 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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No, Robert, I am not a pilot. I've been accused of getting high very often but that may be a different story.

6/24/2004 11:30:51 AM

 
Gen Nagase
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This is really a great shot!
Winner was written all over from the beginning...
Congratulations on the 2nd place win!!!
I bet you that you didn't miss much for the first place...

6/25/2004 4:01:43 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you for your vote of confidence, Nobi.

6/27/2004 2:34:04 PM

 
Anderson D. Co
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Well done Ronald. There is a rule in photography whether you be a hobbist or a pro, if you see something interesting or anything out of the ordinary, it matters of course how you compose , expose etc. but never never never miss the shot and thats what you basically did. Hats off to you!

8/21/2005 6:49:37 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks, Anderson.

8/21/2005 4:09:02 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Love this! One of my favorites in your gallery of beautiful pictures!!!

9/3/2005 7:51:48 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you, Shelly.

9/3/2005 8:24:04 AM

 
Jill Odice
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The perfect title for this wonderful shot Ronald :-)

10/26/2005 6:48:20 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks, Jill. It's nice of you to comment.

10/27/2005 5:37:43 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Wonderful image! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!

5/18/2006 4:57:54 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, RC.

5/18/2006 2:42:50 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Glorious image, Thanks for your wonderful critque, Ronald.

7/9/2006 8:43:17 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Many thanks, Graeme.

7/9/2006 11:56:02 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Great composition, perspective, lines, colors, textures!

1/5/2007 1:38:32 PM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Vladan.

1/5/2007 6:10:32 PM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Well Done, Ronald ... Beautiful image, Wonderful shadow ....

Nice work, Ron

Steve Hurkett

1/19/2007 5:28:30 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thank you very much, Steve.

1/19/2007 10:44:51 AM

 
Lori Carlson
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I thought I would find you in the SnapShot featured gallery!! :0) Congrats on all your recognition, Ron! :0)

6/23/2007 10:11:33 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Thanks a ton, Lori.

6/23/2007 1:53:11 PM

 
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