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Lady, Get That Black Thing Outta' My Face!

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* LADY,GET THAT BLACK THING OUTTA' MY FACE !*
* LADY,GET THAT BLACK THING OUTTA' MY FACE !*
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Melissa Gurdus
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    Fantastic macro shot with great selective focus and wonderful shallow DOF, Debbie!!!


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8/17/2010 7:15:43 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Thank you, Melissa. I am going through my gallery checking for threads that I've missed. I really love my series with my little friend. I think it'd make a good children's book but I might be out of my element with that kind of thing. Who knows? I'm retiring soon. I might have time.


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8/30/2010 11:49:39 AM

 
Carla Capra
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Congratulations on your Finalist Award!
;) CC


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10/15/2010 10:29:18 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations on your finalist...lol...I would never get a shot like this..I would have already run the other way...you're a brave soul!!!


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10/15/2010 11:44:50 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Superb finalist, Debbie!

Congratulations!
Debby


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10/15/2010 4:39:23 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Every month, with our camera in hand, we go out and find what we hope will be the “winning photo.”
Those of us that don’t get recognized, just continue to search for that special image, until one day the Congratulations come pouring in from some of the best artist and friends anyone could image.
So to the Better Photo winners for the month of September, I congratulate you on a job so well done.
My very best to all of you, Merna Nobile


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10/15/2010 9:30:56 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Beautiful capture, CONGRATZ on the Finalist Award!!

UB.


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10/16/2010 7:02:40 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Thank you all, from Melissa who commented first back in August to Carla, Linda, Deborah, Merna and Usman who are just now being introduced to my "little friend". This cute little guy and I have a long history. He resides in my backyard and occasionally I will see him slithering around in the grass or by the patio but we were "introduced" when I accidentally picked him up in my house behind one of my big plants in the living room. I thought he was a dead leaf off of my plant lying in the corner. Imagine my screams and antics when I figured out what I was holding! I probably recovered more quickly than he did though. My husband managed to "catch" him and get him into a box to transport him to where he belonged. (But not before I grabbed a couple of shots of him - once a photographer, always a photographer!!) Anyhow, a couple weeks later after his recuperation and mine, I found him out in the garden and got up close and personal to him and got a few good ones of him. This one is my favorite. A snake in the garden is much better than a snake in your living room!


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10/16/2010 8:08:29 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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And to all of you, too, who had some outstanding finalists for this month. Haven't gotten around to comments on any thing yet but hopefully will have more time after today. Each and every one of you produce such fantastic images. Inspiration is what BP is all about.


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10/16/2010 8:11:39 AM

 
Liz Bullock
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Awesom capture, congrats on your finalist!


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10/16/2010 9:29:13 AM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations, Debbie!


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10/16/2010 6:23:13 PM

 
Freddy Bland
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A wonderful capture and finalist, Debbie!! Many congratulations!!


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10/16/2010 7:34:40 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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A wonderful Capture and great finalist Debbie. Congratulations!


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10/17/2010 2:54:57 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations, Debbie, on your First Place Win for this superb and captivating image!

Debby


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10/17/2010 4:03:04 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Debbie this is simply wonderful!! So glad this is a winner!! Congratulations!!!


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10/17/2010 4:06:33 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Congratulations, Debbie!!


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10/17/2010 4:31:50 PM

 
Rolando Rosito
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Great winner, congratulations Debbie!


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10/17/2010 4:36:01 PM

 
Carla Capra
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
TOTALLY AWESOME!
;) CC


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10/17/2010 4:52:31 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Your friend brought you a gift already, Debbie!. CONGRATZ on getting into the Winners Circle with a First Place win.

UB.


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10/17/2010 5:30:48 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Congratulations on this Excellent First Place Winning Image, Debbie!


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10/17/2010 5:34:07 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Whoo Hoo!!! Congratulations Debbie :)


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10/17/2010 5:34:21 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Yipeeeee Debbie...congrats on your Phirst place win! :~)


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10/17/2010 5:47:00 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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Wonderful Debbie a big congratulations on your first place!!!


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10/17/2010 5:51:46 PM

 
Fran J. Jagger
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Awesome capture!! Congrats on your
1st Place Winner, Debbie!! :)


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10/17/2010 6:28:59 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Huge Congratulations on this terrific First Place win, Debbie!


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10/17/2010 7:13:05 PM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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Outstanding, Debbie!! Congratulations on your excellent and well deserved First Place win!! WTG!!


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10/17/2010 7:18:45 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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What a marvelous capture and terrific story, Debbie! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding First Place Gold winner!


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10/17/2010 8:31:38 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful image and congrats!


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10/17/2010 8:56:13 PM

 
Liz Bullock
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Congrats on your 1st place winning image!


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10/17/2010 9:23:41 PM

 
Deborah J. Bibbins
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Fantastic capture, Congratulations on your 1st place win!


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10/18/2010 3:47:29 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations on your wonderful win!!!


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10/18/2010 5:49:46 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Extraordinary capture Debbie. Your POV and shallow DOF make for a very dramatic image.

Big Congratulations on the win.


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10/18/2010 5:52:54 AM

 
Charlotte LaBarbera
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Loved your story of how this came to be. I think we take our back yards for granted - we tend to think that the greatest images are "out there" and we forget to look for the little treasures that are often times right under our nose. Congratulations!


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10/18/2010 7:32:17 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your stunning winning image Debbie! Cute story too!


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10/18/2010 9:07:19 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Thanks to each and every one of you for your welcomed comments. I know several of you and some of you are new to me. I so appreciate your comments and I will be stopping by many of your galleries to see some pretty amazing images. Inspiration is what BP is all about. A long time ago when I first joined BP and before taking classes I used to haunt the galleries of winners to see what it took to get an EP. It took me over a year and a half to get my first one, but I never gave up and I kept looking and along with the inspiration, slowly by surely, I picked up the knowledge and some of the skill sets to make my photography better and better. I still have a long way to go. The journey is fun and exciting. I was telling one of you just a week or so ago that a First place had eluded me so far and was wondering what it took to get there! And then my little garter snake came to the rescue! Again, all: thank you so much for your kind words.


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10/18/2010 9:08:26 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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This has wonderful appeal and depth of field Debbie! I know what you mean about all the inspirational photographers here at BP. Exceptional people..every one. Congratulations on your Big win!! I got my first 2nd place gold at BP and I'm thrilled!


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10/18/2010 9:43:11 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Julilanne - You have some beautiful images in your gallery and your LA Shapes is very appealing. Congratulations on your first GOLD! Thanks for stopping by to comment. I so appreciate everyone's words!


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10/18/2010 10:08:51 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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Holy Cow!!! LoL!!!
This is such an amazing capture Debbie!!!
What perfect timing for you!!!
Awesome everything and congrats on this very well deserved winner!!!

~J~


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10/18/2010 4:10:40 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Congrats Debbie, fabulous photo!!!


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10/18/2010 6:10:48 PM

 
Anne McKinnell
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Beautiful focus and DOF, congratulations on your winner!


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10/18/2010 7:38:33 PM

 
Karen Celella
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Huge congratulations on your amazing first place win, Debbie. It's a terrific story too!


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10/19/2010 3:08:41 AM

 
Stanley C. Sims  

Great story. You have more nerve than I have Debbie. Congrats on the gold.


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10/19/2010 6:51:59 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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Huge Congrats Debbie! Wonderful image!

BTW.... waving at you from Lamar CO! Had a small breakdown and had to spend a couple of nights here. Headed for Amarillo tomorrow!


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10/22/2010 8:03:37 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Thank you, Joan. And one of these days you'd best be making it into the Springs for a visit!


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10/22/2010 8:49:04 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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ON YOUR OUTSTANDING WINNER DEBBIE! WOW!
This image is VERY Spooky! You Were BRAVE to take it! Looks like he was ready to strike.
Great Job!
-Laura :D


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12/14/2010 3:36:25 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Laura - Thank you, so much for wandering through my gallery and finding some of my favorite images. I never thought this little guy would get me a first place - just a heart attack! As for brave, not at first but I even go looking for him in the garden now.

And to all the other folks who have commented since I have last been to this image. I appreciate your comments immensely.


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12/15/2010 8:45:32 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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:)


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12/16/2010 11:51:00 PM

 
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