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Stretch Before Surfing
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Stretch Before Surfing
Stretch Before Surfing

The first surfers to arrive at the beach, for a morning session.

Oceanside, California
February 12, 2012
7:08 AM

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
RAW / Tripod / Aperture Priority / 40 mm
F 8 @ 1/60 ISO 400

*Travel & Place*

© Donna LaMattino Pagakis
Canon EOS Digital ...

 
 
 
Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas
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    Wonderful capture Donna!,
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2/14/2012 1:23:41 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Wonderful storyteller and perfectly presented!

2/14/2012 11:18:22 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Such a beauty Donna!! Can't wait to get up at the crack of dawn and go wirh you

2/16/2012 8:08:08 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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I love that wideangle lens. Awesome colors and action on the beach.

2/16/2012 12:22:43 PM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Congrats on the Finalist selection, Donna. This is a great image.

3/25/2012 6:49:33 PM

 
Mukesh Srivastava
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Huge congrats for the Finalist Win, Dona!!!!

3/25/2012 7:07:42 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Donna!

3/25/2012 7:16:33 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Donna!

3/25/2012 7:52:11 PM

 
Zita A. Strother
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What a wonderful image! Congrats:)

3/25/2012 8:51:49 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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So glad to see this great composition as a finalist Donna! Congratulations!

3/25/2012 9:20:43 PM

 
Linda L. Ruiz
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Huge congrats

3/25/2012 9:39:01 PM

 
Susan M. Campbell
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Congrats. This is fabulous Donna.

3/25/2012 10:35:07 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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they seem happy... beautiful finalist, congratulations Donna!!!

3/26/2012 4:42:37 AM

 
Carol Eade
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Donna!

3/26/2012 6:39:29 AM

 
Maria Coulson
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Congratulations Donna, nice capture.

3/26/2012 9:00:20 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congratulation on wonderful finalist Donna.

3/26/2012 12:10:20 PM

 
Lisa B. North
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Oh, a winner for sure! Love this! Good luck to you!

3/26/2012 1:05:40 PM

 
Cheryl Schneider
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Great visual storytelling, Donna. Congratulations!

3/26/2012 6:39:07 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist!

3/26/2012 6:53:02 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this fantastic Finalist
Donna!

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3/27/2012 12:49:12 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Wonderful Finalist!

3/27/2012 3:44:02 PM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Great shot, comp, light; congratulations!

3/27/2012 4:55:26 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Very, VERY nice Donna! Congratulations!

3/28/2012 10:05:14 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Congrats on the gold, Donna... :-)

3/28/2012 7:13:34 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Awesome, Donna! Congratulations on your win!

3/28/2012 7:22:52 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this super FIRST PLACE WIN Donna!

jo ann c.

3/28/2012 7:35:40 PM

 
Yulianto Soeroso
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congratulation

3/28/2012 7:41:37 PM

 
Carmody Baker
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Love it. Congratulations Donna!!!

3/28/2012 7:52:46 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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YAY!!! So glad to see this amazing image get a first place..WTG girlfriend!!!

3/28/2012 8:00:17 PM

 
Charles C. Berkeley
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Congratulations on your First Place win! Charles

3/28/2012 8:27:34 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Way to go, Donna! Huge congrats to you!!

3/28/2012 8:28:36 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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BIG congrats Donna on this fabulous winner!!!

3/28/2012 8:54:48 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Thank you everyone!!! What a huge honor and great surprise. I truly appreciate your congratulatory wishes and inspirational comments.

Wow!!! How exciting!!!!

Donna

3/28/2012 9:03:41 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congrats on your first place win, Donna, for this marvelous image!

Debby

3/28/2012 9:18:03 PM

 
Erica Murphy
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I'm so happy for you Donna!! Congratulations on your win!

3/28/2012 9:43:16 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Huge congrats on your wonderful First Place win, Donna!

3/28/2012 10:04:48 PM

 
Lyn Darlington
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Congrats on your first place! Wonderful image!

3/28/2012 10:10:05 PM

 
Irene Colling
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A dynamic composition, wonderful color, excellent detail, great work Donna.

Congratulations on your Gold award.

3/28/2012 10:18:13 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Congratulations on your First Place Win!!

3/28/2012 10:27:06 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations on your beautiful winner!!!

3/28/2012 10:42:45 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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I love it!
Congratulations Donna on your excellent winner!

3/28/2012 11:04:34 PM

 
Inge Linden
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Congratulations!

3/29/2012 2:38:40 AM

 
Randy D. Dinkins
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Congratulations again Donna - great job!

3/29/2012 2:50:19 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations on your Winner!

3/29/2012 2:53:09 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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Awesome!! Congratulations Donna!

3/29/2012 3:15:46 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on an amazing winner, Donna.

3/29/2012 3:49:48 AM

 
Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Big congratulations on your first place win. Well done.
JP

3/29/2012 4:14:49 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congratulations on your winner Donna

3/29/2012 4:24:42 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congrats on your first place win!!!

3/29/2012 4:25:11 AM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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WOOOHOOO!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

3/29/2012 4:53:16 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Donna on your fabulous First Place Win!

3/29/2012 5:12:01 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations Donna!

3/29/2012 5:49:40 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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I don't know how I missed this one, Donna. Terrific location capture and Big CONGRATZ on landing the First Place GOLD, Yeah, you rock!!

UB.

3/29/2012 5:51:29 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Terrific capture, Donna - congratulations!

3/29/2012 6:26:53 AM

 
Lisa B. North
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I knew it!!! Such a great image! Congrats!! Lisa

3/29/2012 7:36:43 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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Nobody does these beach images better than you!
Fabulous First Place win! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

3/29/2012 8:12:02 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Beautiful Donna! Love the "feel" of the morning on the beach! Congratulations on your First place win!!

3/29/2012 10:22:22 AM

 
Lydia Williams
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Fantastic, Donna! Congratulations!

3/29/2012 11:20:29 AM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on a fabulous First Place Winner!!

3/29/2012 12:53:49 PM

 
Christine Czernin
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Your beach captures are always a pleasure. Be it morning or evening.
Many congratulations on this beautiful winner, Donna.

3/29/2012 1:05:27 PM

 
Mike Clime
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Congratulations, Donna!

3/29/2012 1:34:41 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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First Place!!! Bravo Donna!

3/29/2012 1:41:01 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Love the composition with the surfers in the lower left corner and the pier coming out from the right. Big congratulations on your outstanding First Place Win, Donna!

3/29/2012 2:49:52 PM

 
Carol Eade
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Warm congratulations, Donna!

3/29/2012 5:59:03 PM

 
Jill Odice
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A BIG Congrats Donna! This is exceptional, the judges got it right! :-)

3/29/2012 10:58:02 PM

 
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Congratulations Donna on this Beautiful First Place Winner ~ GT

3/30/2012 8:14:17 AM

 
Tarun Bose
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Congrats Donna for your winner.

3/30/2012 9:58:18 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Congratulations! Merna

3/30/2012 10:34:48 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congrats on a well deserved first place winner Donna.

4/1/2012 11:00:59 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Winning image, Donna

4/2/2012 6:28:33 PM

 
Dave Montero
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The addition of the surfers makes this shot stand out. Wonderful capture. Congratulations on scoring gold Donna!

4/4/2012 4:23:03 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Fantastic scene, Donna. Congratulations on your win!

4/7/2012 6:17:28 AM

 
Debra R. Harder
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I saw this beautiful image and knew it only could be yours, Donna! This is so fabulous! Huge congratulations on your outstanding first place winner. You go girl!! Deb

4/8/2012 8:11:12 AM

 
Bunny Snow
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Wonderfully created, crisply captured. Love the story telling, reflections, beautiful sunrise, composition. What a beauty you have created!!

I agree that no one does beach sunrises and sunsets better than you. Congratulations on your golden first place win, Donna!!!!

4/8/2012 2:56:38 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Very impressive! Love the comp and your PP. Congratulations Donna!

4/13/2012 1:33:58 PM

 
Ann Lyssenko
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Love the wonderful dance that the three different body positions of the surfers have. It tells a wonderful story, it is poetry in motion. Congratulations on a much deserved winner. Ann

12/4/2012 11:10:52 AM

 
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