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This is a macro photograph of my wife's holiday village basically from within. I wanted it to appear realistic in that it looked like a real town street lit for the holiday season. I focused on the Church and then adjusted my aim down Main Street for the DOF. I shot from such an angle that it would appear it was from a 2nd story window.
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Dan J. Holm
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    Excellent effect, Phillip! Love the DOF, your perspective and capture!! Fantastic shot!

12/15/2004 12:13:01 AM

 
S  J
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Terrific image and DOF control, Phillip! Great work!

12/15/2004 12:16:08 AM

 
Jordi Delgado

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Wonderful shot, Phillip !! Fantastic colors and composition!!!

:-))

12/15/2004 12:26:14 AM

 
Phil S
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Dan,Sanjay,Jordi,

Many thanks. I took so many photos and this was the best of the batch in my opinion. I knew what I wanted, it was just getting the photo right. This is right out of the camera, no post processing.

12/15/2004 12:37:20 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Outstanding photo, Phil!!! Wonderful DOF and I love the lighting! Very nice!!!

12/15/2004 12:39:46 AM

 
Donna Roberts
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This is lovely and I really like the "minature village" look about this - wow....this is a real place ?? Looks just like a fairytale.
Excellent thought to the angle and DOF Phillip....!!
:-)
Donna (from "downunder")

12/15/2004 12:51:09 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Excellent, excellent and extremely well executed, Phil!! What a great idea and well worth the effort! Love this holiday image a lot!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

12/15/2004 1:08:42 AM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Lovely Phil, love the DOF and light on
this shot! Excellent!

Best wishes to you and yours
Linnea

12/15/2004 1:15:20 AM

 
Eric Highfield
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Looks fantastic, Phil! Hard to tell that it was done with miniatures...keeps the viewer guessing!

12/15/2004 2:06:17 AM

 
cj patterson
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This is so beautiful Phillip!! Just wonderful!!!!

12/15/2004 3:14:11 AM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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Beautiful, Phillip

12/15/2004 4:34:48 AM

 
Mellanie 

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Very beautiful, Phil! Love the color and DoF!

12/15/2004 7:00:33 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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So creative and beautiful! -K

12/15/2004 8:37:57 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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awesome shot and dof Phillip!!!! love it!!!

12/15/2004 7:08:38 PM

 
Phil S
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Sharon, Donna, Stan, Linnea, Eric, C.J., Diane, Mellanie, K, Susan,

Thank you ever so much for your kind comments. Happy holidays to each and everyone of you and I am looking forward to 2005 with all of my BP friends. Best wishes and may your photos go GOLD!

12/15/2004 10:54:43 PM

 
Janet Detota
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Excellent idea and wonderfully executed!

12/23/2004 4:33:29 AM

 
Phil S
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Thanks, Janet! I could not resist with the theme for this month.

12/23/2004 5:07:27 PM

 
Pamela K
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Congratulations, Phil!! Good luck in the next round!

Pam

1/17/2005 10:50:41 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks, Pam! Best wishes and luck to you, too!

1/17/2005 11:57:33 PM

 
Jordi Delgado

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Congratulations, Phillip !!! Good luck for the next round!!!

:-))

1/18/2005 1:29:25 AM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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Congratulations, Phillip !!!

1/18/2005 5:15:18 PM

 
Phil S
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Thank you, Diane! Sure makes the day I tell ya!

1/18/2005 6:14:06 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS, and best of luck
in the next judging stage, Phil! Just a wonderful win and am happy for you!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

1/18/2005 6:45:14 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulaions to you Phillip!!!!

1/18/2005 7:27:30 PM

 
Amy N. Cappelli
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congratulations on this beautiful shot! so creatively executed :-)

1/18/2005 8:44:05 PM

 
Phil S
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Stan and Colette,

Thank you very much for your comments. I must say, it sure made my day! Congrats to you both, too!

1/18/2005 8:44:31 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks Amy! I sure had fun with it. Now it is all boxed up and I have to wait until next year to play again.

1/18/2005 8:45:40 PM

 
S  J
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Many many congrats on this excellent image, Phillip!! Good luck in the next round!!

1/18/2005 9:42:56 PM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Excellent shot Phillip!
Congrats on this well deserved finalist!

Best wishes
Linnea

1/18/2005 9:59:42 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks bunches Sanjay & Linnea! Hope to be with ya's here again next month!

1/18/2005 10:15:18 PM

 
Janet Detota
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Congratulations and good luck next round!

1/19/2005 4:27:35 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Fantastic shot, Phillip! Congratulations on your finalist!!!

1/19/2005 1:14:34 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks bunches Janet & Sharon!

1/19/2005 6:34:10 PM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Lovely!
Congrats on your win Phillip!

Best wishes
Linnea

1/20/2005 2:01:16 AM

 
S  J
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Many CONGRATULATIONS on your second place win, Phillip!!

1/20/2005 2:13:01 AM

 
Jordi Delgado

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CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved win, Phillip!! Always loved this shot!!

:-))

1/20/2005 2:34:58 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this well-lit winner, Phillip!

1/20/2005 4:33:10 AM

 
Janet Detota
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Far out, Phil!! Congratulations!!

1/20/2005 4:35:08 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations to you Phillip!!

1/20/2005 5:14:01 AM

 
Amy N. Cappelli
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Congratulations on your win, Phillip!

1/20/2005 5:21:53 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats to you, Phillip!

1/20/2005 8:14:29 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations, Phillip!!! I just love this one!

1/20/2005 8:34:36 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Phillip!!!!

1/20/2005 8:49:30 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Philip!!!! awesome win!!!!

1/20/2005 10:46:17 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Hooray, Phil, and what a fabulous win! Bet this warmed up that chilly Alaskan weather! Big CONGRATULATIONS to you, my friend!! Love it!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/20/2005 3:09:48 PM

 
Phil S
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Linnea, Sanjay, Jordi, Wally, Janet, Colette, Amy, Kathleen, Sharon, Audrea, Susan and Stan,

WOW WOW WOW!! I was so shocked!! Thank you so much and I must say I think this is the first time that I have won anything! What a great day for me and thanks to all my BP friends for sharing! And Stan, you're right, it REALLY warmed up my day!!!

1/20/2005 7:39:49 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congrats for your win Phillip!

1/21/2005 3:24:31 PM

 
Pamela K
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This is excellent!!! Congratulations, Phil!

Pam

1/21/2005 5:27:51 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks Kip & Pam!!! A day I will remember for a long time (hope not the last). I remember shooting many shots for this one and actually it was during two different times before I got the one I wanted. Thank goodness for digital!

1/21/2005 7:50:13 PM

 
Eric Highfield
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AWESOME, Phil! Conratulations on this very cool win!!

1/21/2005 11:23:44 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your win, Phillip!

1/21/2005 11:49:46 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks Eric & Evy! I was so very excited!

1/22/2005 9:04:24 PM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Philip!!!

HOORAY!!! How'd the heck did I miss this??!!! Wow...this is so wonderful..great composition and love how you set the whole shot up! A huge congratualtions on this one...it's so great!!!

1/23/2005 9:52:00 AM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Congrats Phil on this very well deserved win! Well done!

1/23/2005 12:15:06 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks Cindy & DDK! I took many photographs in 2 different sessions to get the that I wanted. But it's digital so what they heck! :)

Thanks bunches!

1/23/2005 6:18:34 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your Second Place win Phil!!!

1/23/2005 7:34:21 PM

 
Phil S
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Thanks, Len! I am still shocked!

1/23/2005 9:31:55 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Now, aren't you glad you strained your eyes and back snapping all those digital images?
This is a real beauty, Phillip!!
CONGRATULATIONS! You definitely earned your win for this!

1/25/2005 12:27:05 AM

 
Phil S
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Thank you, Mary! My first win and it was well worth the effort. I sure am glad!! :)

Thanks for you comment! Have a great week!

1/25/2005 9:53:18 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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It *does* look realistic! If you hadn't included the caption, I never would've guessed! A late congrats to you on your winning photo!!

Nancy

2/1/2005 12:10:05 AM

 
Phil S
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Thanks, Nancy! I had lots of fun with this one even if it did take LOTS of re-takes :)

2/1/2005 7:46:47 PM

 
Mellanie 

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Hmmm....how did I ever miss this win?!? Belated congrats, Phil (better late than never, huh?)...I loved this the first time and know why the judges chose it!

2/9/2005 6:22:37 PM

 
Phil S
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Ahh, thanks, Mel! That's sweet! Thanks much and I was sure surprised. Sure made my day...month..oh heck, my year!

2/9/2005 10:01:19 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Phil, I can't believe what a dunder-head I am not to have seen this photo and that you had won second place! Congratulations on your well deserved win and a very creative set up!

3/2/2005 10:30:32 PM

 
Phil S
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Well, thanks Joannie! It is easy to get behind and I am guilty of that often. I wish I had more time to visit galleries throughout the week. Sometimes even in Alaska the day just is not long enough. Thanks again!

3/2/2005 11:48:33 PM

 
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