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Lone Diner with Waitress

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Lone Diner with Waitress
Lone Diner with Waitress
Entered in contest June 2, 2012
I had lunch alone in a small, charming French bistro in downtown Albuquerque. This young man was enjoying his leisurely meal when I arrived. He lingered over desert and coffee and, finally, a book on his Kindle; I kept glancing over and wishing I had a picture with him in it. Finally I found the nerve to ask his permission and he obliged. The waitress unexpectedly walked into my last frame.
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Debbie Bray
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    Nikki, it's superb, why wouldn't you enter it in the contest? The black and white is so stunning here!!


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4/8/2012 2:46:40 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Thanks, Deb :) I always intended to enter it eventually - just wanted it in a different month from the Lone Diner


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6/2/2012 6:23:42 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Glad this one came up on your entry list... I really like it! It looks terrific in b/w, and I love the similar visuals between them---each has a black top on, and her apron is "repeated" by his white tablecloth. Terrific!


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6/3/2012 5:08:31 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Super cute!


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6/4/2012 2:49:55 PM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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Another perfect "story-teller". It was a smart choice to do it as a B/W.


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6/16/2012 9:45:00 AM

 
Kathy Wesserling
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Another perfect "story-teller". It was a smart choice to do it as a B/W.


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6/16/2012 9:45:46 AM

 
Chuck Bruton
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...I like it, well done !


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7/18/2012 3:18:01 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Well done, Nikki, this is terrific. Kudos to you for getting up the courage to ask to take the photo!


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7/30/2012 3:29:57 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Oh, and I forgot to say ... congrats on the finalist!!


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7/30/2012 3:30:53 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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Huge congratulations Nikki!!!


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7/30/2012 3:35:59 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Hey, Girl, you have been busy-another great composition and finalist! Good luck-another sure winner, IMO.


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7/30/2012 4:02:50 PM

 
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Great "slice of life" image.


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7/30/2012 5:05:32 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Nikki.


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7/30/2012 9:12:01 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATZ Nikki on both your Finalists in People category, WTG. Good luck up next!

UB.


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7/30/2012 10:42:37 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Woohoo! Definitely one of my favs of your b/w people series. Congratulations!


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7/31/2012 10:18:49 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congrats on your beautiful Finalist, Nikki!!!!


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7/31/2012 3:26:16 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner!!!


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7/31/2012 4:37:40 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations once again, Nikki, on your win!


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7/31/2012 4:41:45 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Timing is everything...congrats on the gold, Nikki!


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7/31/2012 5:04:41 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a fantastic winner, Nikki.


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7/31/2012 5:05:42 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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CONGRATULATIONS, Nikki! Awesome catch and capture!


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7/31/2012 5:06:28 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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:-)


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7/31/2012 5:16:48 PM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on a fantastic Winner!!


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7/31/2012 5:21:30 PM

 
Rolando Rosito
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Congratulations Nikki!! great winner!!!


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7/31/2012 5:32:06 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Congrats Nikki!


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7/31/2012 5:38:15 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your outstanding gold winner, Nikki! Just love this image!


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7/31/2012 5:41:40 PM

 
Lydia Williams
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Wow, congratulations, Nikki...well deserved and well done! I love it.


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7/31/2012 5:47:05 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Congrats on the win, Nikki! Well deserved!


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7/31/2012 6:05:30 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your fantastic win, Nikki!


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7/31/2012 6:23:23 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats on your winner Nikki


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7/31/2012 6:41:23 PM

 
Philip B. Ludwig
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Big congratulations for your second place win! Good for you for getting up the nerve to ask permission to shoot. I don't think I would ever have the nerve to ask. It really paid off. Great shot.


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7/31/2012 6:49:48 PM

 
Pat Harry
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Congratulations, Nikki!


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7/31/2012 7:20:43 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Fabulous win Nikki - huge congratulations


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7/31/2012 7:56:32 PM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Congratulations Nikki on this wonderful WINNER! Sometimes it pays to step out of our comfort zones!


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7/31/2012 9:21:13 PM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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Congratulations, Nikki, on your GOLD win-for a truly wonderful composition.


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7/31/2012 9:29:54 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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BIG congrats to you Nikki on this excellent winner!!


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8/1/2012 1:16:25 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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Big congratulations, Nikki.
The waitress just came right into the picture.
You are so good with this kind of shots.
I am always too embarrassed.


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8/1/2012 8:23:59 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Super Congratulations on this superb gold winner, Nikki! This has your signature all over it! Marvelous comp and so perfect in B&W! I didn't finish the Finalists this month so will go back and catch up with your others. Like the others, I am also reluctant to approach people and so rarely do. Another lesson learned from you!


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8/1/2012 9:36:04 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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I had a good feeling about this one! So happy to see it get a gold win!! Congratulations, Nikki!


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8/1/2012 9:41:10 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Congratulations on your winner!


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8/1/2012 10:49:12 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this great Gold Winner Nikki!


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8/1/2012 12:15:58 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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Oh, good!!!!


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8/1/2012 1:05:26 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Marvelous image and story, Nikki! Congrats on your win!

Debby


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8/1/2012 2:18:13 PM

 
David M. Montero
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Never hurts to ask. You might be surprised and catch a winner. B&W befits to mood of the capture and your clarity is perfect. Congratulations Nikki!


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8/1/2012 5:01:49 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Good to see this again, Nikki. Huge CONGRATZ on a very candid scene capture and the accompanying worthy Gold Award!

UB.


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8/2/2012 12:44:21 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Big Congrats on your WINNING photo, Nikki! WTG!


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8/2/2012 7:41:54 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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WOW, this is terrific, Nikki! Congratulations!


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8/2/2012 2:54:37 PM

 
Mariann Kovats
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Huge congratulations to your awesome win, Nikki!


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8/2/2012 9:02:46 PM

 
Susan M. Campbell
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Excellent shot. Congrats on your well deserved win!


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8/3/2012 7:44:30 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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Congratulations Nikki! Beautiful work!


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8/3/2012 9:27:50 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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No surprise here, Nikki. Perfect in every way, and I LOVE that B&W. Huge congrats.


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8/4/2012 7:24:17 AM

 
Maria Coulson
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Perfect Nikki, congratulations.


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8/7/2012 11:50:57 PM

 
Priscilla J. Burgers
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Congratulations, Nikki! Well deserved.


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8/13/2012 7:11:37 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Debbie was right right from the beginning.....this is a winner....wonderful capture..glad you had the courage...Cheers on a beautiful win! =^..^=


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8/28/2012 6:36:14 AM

 
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