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Prima Donna Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Prima Donna
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© Aaron R. Whitney
Nikon D100 Digital...
Michael Khoury
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member since: 5/30/2004
    I like this have captured a wonderful moment with good composition and gentle colour and light...

7/3/2004 10:18:33 AM

Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Lovely image, Aaron!

7/3/2004 11:06:37 AM

Bonnie C. Lackey
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7/3/2004 12:31:29 PM

Joshua De la Cruz

member since: 7/1/2004

I like it.

7/5/2004 7:10:53 PM

Isabel L
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Great shot Aaron. Congrats!!!!

8/15/2004 12:44:45 AM

Dan J. Holm
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Tremendous capture, Aaron!! Congratulations!!

8/15/2004 2:06:06 AM

Kristen McKain
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member since: 11/16/2003

Nice! Congrats!

8/15/2004 5:22:42 AM

Rick Riddle
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member since: 12/30/2002

Great Shot Congrats.

8/15/2004 6:14:01 AM

Nicole Boenig-McGrade

member since: 7/13/2003

Hi Aaron, this is such a lovely photo and love the lighting!!!!! What more can I say - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Would you mind sharing how you got such good lighting? I am about to take some shots at a ballet studio and this is the lighting I'd love to achieve but am challenged as the studio only has a small window and fluorescent lights above.

Kind regards from West Australia

8/15/2004 8:07:43 AM

Aaron R. Whitney

member since: 4/29/2003

Thank you to my rooting section on this one. There are always so many great photos on here, to have one of mine win is a great honor. Everytime I get one in the running, I look at all the entries and think my chances are pretty slim... lol I am very happy this one was chosen.

8/15/2004 8:11:04 AM

Aaron R. Whitney

member since: 4/29/2003

To Nicole

This was a fluke shot in a way. I was setting up for a couples first dance shot at a wedding. Doing my practice/light check shots for a dragged shutter shot of the bride/grooms dance, the little girl jumped out on the floor with the bride/maids. I was braced against the wall with no tripod. It was a pretty dim room so I was getting pretty good shots with anywhere from 1sec to 2sec exposures. Sometimes I will add a rear curtain flash to shots like this also. It can add a nice glow around the subjects. If you are doing a hand hold, it helps to have a stationary item in the frame. Like the chair in the background. The stationary item will be out of focus, but so much more in focus than the moving subjects, it will create the illusion of sharpness and give the movers/dancers a stable environment. A tripod is really the better plan, but not always possible shooting a wedding. Just be prepared to shoot a whole lot of junk, to get the one good shot. You are firing the shutter before your subjects even get where you want them to be. It is a guessing game. Hope this helps.
Here is the shot I was setting up for when the prima donna shot happened.


8/15/2004 8:25:27 AM

Aaron R. Whitney

member since: 4/29/2003

oops, would not let me imbed it.

8/15/2004 8:27:08 AM

John Wright

member since: 2/26/2004

Nice work Aaron... Right time, right place that's 90% of a good photography shot... :-)


8/15/2004 9:01:52 AM

Nancy Grace Chen
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Very cute shot! Congratulations on your First Place winner!!


8/15/2004 11:20:36 AM

Janet Detota
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Congratulations, Aaron! Aren't flukes cool?!

8/15/2004 12:27:45 PM

Evy Johansen
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Wonderful image, Aaron! Many congratulations!

8/15/2004 6:27:41 PM

Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations on this outstanding image Aaron! and your first place win!

8/16/2004 4:57:51 AM

Kelly Abernathy
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Congratulations on your first place win Aaron! So cute! -K

8/16/2004 5:00:17 AM

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003

Big congrats from me:-) Very cool and very unique!

8/16/2004 10:07:06 AM

Dale Ann Cubbage
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Congrats Aaron! This is wonderful! Great capture of the moment!

8/16/2004 2:30:12 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Outstanding shot, Aaron. By far my favorite of the winners this month. Great work!!

8/21/2004 5:24:33 AM

Katleen R. Struckle
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Awesome image Aaron!! Congrats on you win!!

8/26/2004 11:53:10 AM

Aaron R. Whitney

member since: 4/29/2003

Thank you so much to everyone that has commented on my photo. You all have made this very fun and special.

Great bunch we have here!


8/26/2004 12:09:59 PM

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