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Falling Apart

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Falling Apart
Falling Apart


This is the same treatment I used in the image named
"Cracked Paint"
ALSO DISPLAYED IN MY GALLERY.
"Cracked Paint" was chosen to be on a the cover of a music CD
Shortly Before It Became A Finalist In The BetterPhoto Contest.
I thought I'd try it again on a different image.
I liked how much more soft appearing this one turned out.

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f 2.8, 1/60
I used on this Image:
Portrait Professional
Smart Photo Editor for layering fall leaves and flowers.
Treatments; Extreme, Vector, Cracked
Adobe PSE7 for Touch ups

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Ann Coates
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    It's so nice to see you on here at this time Laura. You must be up late to be here. I love this effect, it is so cool. This is so creative. Brilliant work.


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10/27/2012 12:19:22 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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A truly fabulous creation, Sister. And yet, I find it so painfull to look at your beautiful face like this. It almost makes me cry.


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10/27/2012 12:58:56 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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   Okay Sister Kiki, This is for YOU :) Better?
Okay Sister Kiki, This is for YOU :) Better?

Good Morning Ladies. I am half asleep here but wanted to stay up to enter a photo. I was early so when I entered it, it went in yesterday. Lol...Did you get all of that?

I guess life can make us all feel weathered and tattered can't it?
I'm sure many of us can relate to the image I entered? xoxo
Well, I think I need to go to sleep now. Great to see you both and thanks for your super comments!


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*.*.✿ GOOD NIGHT ALL! -Laura :) ✿.*.*
.*.*.*.*.*` `*.`*.`*.`*.`*


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10/27/2012 1:00:12 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Ann, it's 2:11 a.m. here, Oct 27th. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!


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10/27/2012 1:11:19 AM

 
Avril Mrs Young
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they both look wonderful, great DD work love the cracked look ;)


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10/27/2012 1:31:44 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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This is Outstanding Laura!


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10/27/2012 3:02:16 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Thank you, Sister. Now I fell much better :) Huggies and good night to you.


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10/27/2012 3:09:16 AM

 
JudyAnn Rector
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Oh, Laura, your artwork is truly wonderful! Looks and sounds like a LOT of work, but so well worth it. You know how I love to 'mess' with my photos, but for this super effect I would not even know where to begin! Excellent work, my friend.


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10/27/2012 10:17:15 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Hi Laura. Out standing effect and so well done. Time to break out the Jergens.

Was this done using contour mapping?


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10/27/2012 1:44:18 PM

 
John Connolly
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Reminiscent of the incredible melting man, Sister Laura! A superb effect and outstanding DD work! You certainly are a night owl!


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10/27/2012 2:29:40 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Avril, Jeff, SSSKiki, JudyAnn, Dale and John! :)

So good to see you all! :))) If you don't already have the Smart Photo Editor that is offered on the ads on BP, I highly recommend it! :) It's user friendly and although it look intimidating at first a person can stumble along and do some neat things. :)

If you like playing it DDR (which I know many of you do) then this program is for you!

I got a good night sleep last night and am ready to go today and will make something new to share soon.

Thanks again my BP Family and Friends!
-Laura :D


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10/27/2012 4:11:18 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Sorry, Dale. I didn't answer you. No. No mapping involved. :) I'm tickled that you like the end results.

All of you! Thanks again!!!


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10/27/2012 4:20:56 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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GREAT work here!!!


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10/27/2012 4:26:36 PM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Yep, this softer look is YOU for sure-pretty lady!!
Gorgeous, creative YOU!
Smiling With You,
ChriS


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10/27/2012 5:50:29 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Pom, I like both photos here, a LOT, but I think your main post with the "Cracked Paint" effect suits the mood of Autumn --- and the effect seems to make your features into a series of falling leaves. Your title's great, too.
So that's my 2c on the matter!


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10/28/2012 2:51:13 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Laura,Beautiful DD work.I fell apart years ago my friend.Wonderful capture,I hope the weather being nice for you!!!!


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10/28/2012 11:45:32 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Wonderful work.. who is that Beautiful woman


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10/28/2012 2:12:25 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Colette, Christine, Mare, Bobby Ray and Steve! :D

Thanks for your feedback and kind words. :))) They make my day...Oh and Steve, I asked her. She said her name is "DD"...Her last name starts with an "R", she added...???

DDR??? Hmmmmmmmmmm....Ha!

Thanks lots all. :)

-Laura :D


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10/28/2012 2:37:29 PM

 
Val Feldman
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LOTW, you have more creative talent in your tiny, dainty, pinky finger than I have in my entire body! A fantastic creation...I'm incredulous at what you do when you "stumble along", as you put it...Ha! That's SOME spectacular stumbling, my dear! :) Good to see you back - keep those creative juices flowing...and...Proceed! :)


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10/28/2012 5:56:05 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Oh, I hate following Ms.V. LOL! Now I'm trying to figure out what LOTW means?? I have an idea but I don't want to say. Anyway, Ms. Laura! You haven't worn out your Smart Photo Editor yet!! LOL!! A very creative and artistic work!


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10/28/2012 6:12:23 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Well, hello ladies! I have been sitting here with my cursor blinking for like 38 seconds wondering how I can thank you enough for your kind words that totally inspire me to keep creating. So, I read the entire thread again and I am just taken back by how much support I receive on BetterPhoto. You aren't just family and friends to me but you are my fans and I am your fan and all of us together make a network of immeasurable support. People who believe in us and if one of us makes something great or get recognized in this world we hear cheers from all over the world. Literally! What more can any of us ask for? (Except fame and fortune of course! Lol...)

You are my fame and you are my fortune and I value you all very much.

Thank you all. :) You have a way of lifting me up in ways I cannot express. I am so grateful for each of you.

-Laura :)


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10/28/2012 11:51:09 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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P.S. LOTW = Lady of The Woods. :) Val deemed me with this name because of a layered imaged she liked of me. :D And of course ALL of my nick names stick so there you are! I will always and forever answer to LOTW. :) !!!


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10/29/2012 12:10:48 AM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Laura, Gooners, LOTW, DDR, Sis ... whatever your name is, your work is beautiful ... just like you! This is so cool and reminds me of Hawaii (because it looks like you're wearing a lei!). The cracked paint is such a neat effect, when you know how and when to use it ... and you seem to be an excellent judge of that! This image is fantastic! Another FAVE for me! I just LOVE it! :)


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10/29/2012 8:46:23 AM

 
Nadia Paul
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This is just wonderful Laura - fantastic DD work!


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10/30/2012 2:12:46 AM

 
Wm Nosal
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COOL Image Laura!


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10/30/2012 12:59:29 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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You do such amazing ddr, awesome!:)


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10/30/2012 4:44:54 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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You're so creative Laura! Your imagination has no limit. It's a real work of art!


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10/31/2012 12:49:18 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Very tearful Laura. Amazing DD work you do my friend.


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11/1/2012 8:31:30 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Wow....Laura....another captivating work of art! Enjoyed to reading all the comments.....Have a glorious day my night time friend.....I'm up with the chickens & rooster....


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11/2/2012 5:44:27 AM

 
Amanda J. Tanner
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Beautiful work Laura! You are so artistic. I hope you are doing well.


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11/3/2012 11:23:44 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Painful as it is to look at what you have done to your beautiful face, Laura, this is extremely artistic and creative!


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11/5/2012 9:50:02 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Soooo...you are half cracked? lol

I must say, even with all tyhe "cracks" you still are BEAUTIFUL Laura

Congrats on the magazine choosing your image too girl!

jo ann c.


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11/6/2012 7:19:06 AM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations


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11/29/2012 7:49:38 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Great work, Laura. Big congratulations on your finalist... but whatever you do, don't you fall apart like that!! Ya hear??


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11/29/2012 7:53:12 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Great work, Laura. Big congratulations on your finalist... but whatever you do, don't you fall apart like that!! Ya hear??


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11/29/2012 7:53:12 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Woo Hoo, Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist, Laura!


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11/29/2012 8:42:38 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Laura.


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11/29/2012 8:54:57 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Laura!


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11/29/2012 9:27:17 PM

 
Ann Coates
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This is so cool Laura, congratulations on your finalist.


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11/29/2012 10:14:46 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Everyone! Wow! What a wonderful surprise. I just got home from a very long day out in -13* c weather, and this is really so great.

Thank you for coming by to congratulate me! :))) It's always such an honor!!

My best to all of you!
-Laura :D

AND THANK YOU BP JUDGES!!! :D


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11/29/2012 10:18:34 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congratulations for your beautiful finalist Lala!


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11/29/2012 10:28:16 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Laura,Big Congratulations my friend on this beautiful finalist!!!!


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11/30/2012 4:00:40 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Congratulations Sister!!!
A lovely Finalist!
Go for GOLD!!!!
Smiling Big,
Chris


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11/30/2012 4:38:28 AM

 
Sharon 
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Congratulations, Laura, on your fantastic finalist!!! It has a real Hawaiian feel to it and you look so beautiful even if you are all cracked up :) Excellent DD work... you are so creative and talented! All the best in the next round. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!!!


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11/30/2012 5:04:14 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura. Love your fantastic gallery of photos. Keep up the good work. Good luck in the next round.


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11/30/2012 5:12:54 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Hi my Canadian Kin.......CONGRATULATIONS........all the very best in the next round.....this one is still a winner in my book! Have a glorious day (and stay warm) Hugs......


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11/30/2012 6:37:35 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your cracked finalist, Laura.


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11/30/2012 7:50:49 AM

 
Wm Nosal
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Congratulations, Laura!


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11/30/2012 8:16:50 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. WTG


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11/30/2012 8:17:57 AM

 
Carol Flisak
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Fabulous image, Laura... excellent dd work! Hube congrats on your well-deserved finalist!


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11/30/2012 8:32:27 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Gosh Everyone. I am sitting here so honored with a huge smile on my face. I so much appreciate your support and friendship!

You guys are the best!

Thank You Each One!
-Laura :D


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11/30/2012 9:24:02 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Great work. This is really cool and unique. Congratulations


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11/30/2012 10:16:41 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <><


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11/30/2012 10:28:23 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Okay! I'm getting used to seeing it now :)
Congratulations on another most fabulous finalist, Sister. WooHoo!!!


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11/30/2012 10:40:25 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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You're so sweet! :) All of you!

Thank you so very much!!!

Sister Laura :D


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11/30/2012 10:56:30 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Super superb - but I'm beginning to expect nothing else from our LOTW! Ya know, dear friend, I'm betting this one is going to be back wearing the Gold! Hope so - Fingers (and toes!) crossed!!!


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11/30/2012 12:06:55 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats you queen of digital art!!! :)))


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11/30/2012 1:50:35 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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You guys are so good to me. Love you both!

-Laura :D xoxo


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11/30/2012 5:15:50 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Hey, Pom! I must have been really bleary-eyed in the early AM not to have seen this creative sp had a Finalist badge on it!
CONGRATULATIONS to you, and best of luck next round with both your worthy Finalists!


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11/30/2012 6:10:52 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Birthday Girl! :D Well, it looks like the Golds are out. I just saw one...so I think maybe FINALIST is "it" for this s image....?

Thank You for your vote on confidence!! :D you're the best!!!

-Laura :D


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11/30/2012 6:17:24 PM

 
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12/1/2012 9:40:58 AM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations, well done


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12/1/2012 9:43:49 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Stan. Boy are you fast. This just went Gold! :D

Thank You. I'm so thrilled.

-Laura :D


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12/1/2012 9:46:58 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congratulations on your second place gold, Laura. Well deserved.


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12/1/2012 10:04:55 AM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, at 81 you have to be fast or you turn to stone lol


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12/1/2012 10:18:11 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Just when it seems so dark and hope seems to be lost...there's a light at the end of the tunnel...and it's getting brighter and brighter and moving closer and closer and look at that....it's turning to...GOLD!!! :) :) A "BP Miracle!! (This quirky circumstance could ONLY happen to you, LOTW!! :) :) Many, many huge congrats on a splendid Gold Win!!!


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12/1/2012 10:42:19 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Yippee, huge congratulations on your well deserved Gold Laura.


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12/1/2012 1:04:50 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved GOLD WIN, SIS!!!!! WTG!!! :)

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Sorry I'm so late ... It's been a busy time for me and I had a problem with my computer. Seems to be fixed now. :)


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12/1/2012 1:30:57 PM

 
Sharon 
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Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm so glad your images turned to GOLD... it is most deserving!!! Congratulations!


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12/1/2012 2:03:48 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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Congratulations, Laura! As you - and others - may know, there was a tech snag, in which a 1st Place image somehow was duplicated as a 2nd Place winner too. Well, that's now fixed :) Sorry for the inconvenice, everyone ... and, Laura, a very well-deserved Congrats!!

Kerry


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12/1/2012 2:50:47 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Sure Laura loo loo take my second place since I got a first..I liked having bothh..LOL (Kidding) You deserve this and it's such a thrill you got a win!!! :) Way to go!!!!


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12/1/2012 3:15:33 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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I just saw that you took Tammy's 2nd place from her! Too funny!! Congrats, Ms.Laura on your win!! WTG!!


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12/1/2012 4:53:14 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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WooHoo Laura, so happy to see your remarkable face and editing on the Winners Page. You also now hold a BP World Record too, I believe, getting a Second Place Gold Badge after Winners are announced for the month. BIG CONGRATZ!!!

UB.


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12/1/2012 5:24:03 PM

 
isabel C. Zepeda
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LAURA

BIG CONGRATULATIONS

YSA...


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12/1/2012 9:28:49 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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Wow Emmy,
a huge congratulations my friend on this fantastic Gold winner!! your DDR work is outstanding, I really love this! The color, tones, and textures! everything about it super super super! Big hugs! :)


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12/1/2012 11:00:03 PM

 
Lyn Darlington
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Fantastic DD work! Huge congrats on the gold win! Well deserved!!!!!!


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12/2/2012 12:54:17 AM

 
Nadia Paul
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This one was always destined for gold Laura - congratulations!


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12/2/2012 12:58:40 AM

 
Avril Mrs Young
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wow, a huge congrats for your win, you are very talented Laura...


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12/2/2012 1:35:21 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA......YAHOOOOOO....I'm so happy for the Gold on this.....Have a glorious day ahead!


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12/2/2012 4:57:52 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on this gorgeous win, Laura!! Sorry for the delay! Thought that I had commented already! Looks sooooo cool and such a fab win!!!


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12/2/2012 8:19:53 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Laura,Congratulations on this beautiful win.WTG My friend!!!


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12/2/2012 11:51:03 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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What An Honor This Is and Your Comments Mean So Much To Me!

THANK YOU BetterPhoto Judges, too! :D

Very Much!

-Laura


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12/2/2012 12:22:09 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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You are SO good at these. Of course you have a very good subject. Congratulations


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12/2/2012 2:10:47 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Big Congrats on the Win!!! Give your model a lifetime contract! LOL!


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12/2/2012 6:34:34 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Creativity definitely pays off and this is testament to your wonderful talents Laura. What a big win, and were so proud of you. Congratulations!


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12/2/2012 10:45:52 PM

 
Wm Nosal
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:) Congratulations!
Laura :)


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12/2/2012 10:48:22 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Laura, you are the Queen of Creativity and Photo Shop! I love this...big congratulations on the 2nd Place Gold!

jo ann c.


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12/3/2012 10:49:41 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Everyone. I am so honored. Thank you all very much and thank you again BP Judges!!!

Have a super day!!!!

-Laura :D


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12/3/2012 10:52:22 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving GOLD!

Outstanding! 8o)


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12/3/2012 7:50:31 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Cool - you look FABULOUS! Congratulations on your win!


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12/3/2012 10:14:18 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your win cousin Laura! Your artistry has no limit!!!


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12/4/2012 1:55:39 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Sister, I am always so happy to see gold on your amazing artwork.
Huuge congratulations.
You deserve it so much.


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12/4/2012 9:43:02 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you so much Mumj, Cindy, Cousin Alex and SSSKiki. :)))

This was such a huge honor for me and it is to have you all here, too!!!

-SSSLala :D


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12/4/2012 10:06:34 AM

 
Dave Montero
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Absolutley awesome work Laura! Love it! Congratulations on your win!!!


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12/4/2012 1:23:09 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2003
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To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.
CONGRATULATIONS! Merna
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12/4/2012 1:23:21 PM

 
JudyAnn Rector
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Oh, Laura, I loved your image when I first saw it and am delighted to be able to say CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved win!


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12/4/2012 1:32:02 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULTIONS on your Wonderful Winning image, Laura!


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12/5/2012 7:26:24 AM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Laura just simply love and adore this amazing winner...Huge Congrats my friend!!!!


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12/18/2012 7:25:11 AM

 
Lydia Williams
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Yay, Laura! Sorry I am so late to congratulate you, but still on the mend...surgery 12/26..This is an awessome image...Happy for you! :)


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12/22/2012 12:11:20 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi Dave, Merna, JudyAnn, Sabrina, Janice and Lydia! :D

Thank you all so very much! I love having old and new friends dropping in to see my work. I'm honored!

I appreciate your support so much!

LYDIA!!!! I will be praying for you dear one!!!

-Laura :D


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12/22/2012 12:22:24 PM

 
Lydia Williams
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Thank you,Sis! You are amazing!


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12/22/2012 3:47:17 PM

 
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