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OH, YEAH! TRY ME!
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2004:12:18, 11:11:08. 1/180 sec. ss, f5.6, ISO 100, RAW, 100mm Macro USM lens, Tripod, Blue foamboard held above for BG. PS CS cropped. I guess this critter wasn't too happy with my placing the foamboard above it as it reared upward when I did so, sort of challenging me to get closer!!
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Mary K. Robison
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Amazing capture and colors, and the composition is superb, Stan! I'm pretending it's plastic!

12/19/2004 12:11:50 AM

 
S  J
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Terrific capture and presentation, Stan! Beautiful colors, lighting and neat vertical framing! Love it!

12/19/2004 12:38:28 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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This is an awesome perspective!! Great image Stan!!!

12/19/2004 12:43:36 AM

 
Carolina K. Smith
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I love the angle of the web, Stan! Nice capture :)

12/19/2004 12:45:55 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww, a spider. Marvelous capture and fascinating composition, Stanley, but, Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww, a spider. Very well done, my dear friend - your good friend. My best wishes to you and your family during this festive season - your good friend, Allan

12/19/2004 3:18:33 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Fantastic macro shot, Stan!! Nice work!

12/19/2004 4:01:27 AM

 
Tom Andersen
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I love the perspective on this image, Stan! Very nice work!

12/19/2004 4:03:36 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Awesome catch of this beauty, Stan ... the blue BG really compliments his color and markings.

12/19/2004 4:31:52 AM

 
Patty Razonable

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You invaded his territory! LOL!! Excellent capture and BG!!

12/19/2004 5:24:52 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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This is terrific Stan! Great color - such a unique and wonderful comp! Crystal clear - this is so well done! Wonderful! -K

12/19/2004 6:05:11 AM

 
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Excellent perspective, detail and color.
Very well done, Stan!!

bill

12/19/2004 6:13:55 AM

 
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Looks like a bejeweled ring! What an amazing capture!

12/19/2004 6:16:44 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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WOW, looks like he built a web over an ocean!! Beautiful, Stan!!!!!

12/19/2004 6:38:04 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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This is truly awesome, Stan! And I don't throw that word around like a teenager! LOL This is simply one of the finest macros I've seen in a long time! I'll bet the farm that we'll see this one again, and again! You have a lot to be proud of with this magnificant photo!

12/19/2004 7:10:33 AM

 
Gen Nagase
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Oh My, this is so scary... making me feel like I am right in the middle of a virtual reality game...

Outstanding image, Stan!!!
The color, the clarity, the compostion, just excellent!!!

12/19/2004 7:44:53 AM

 
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Its A Real Winner Stan, That Prespective Is Super,Love The Color And Detail,Just Everything Is Superb:-)

12/19/2004 9:31:39 AM

 
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Outstanding image, Stan, ditto Terry on this!

-Debby

12/19/2004 10:24:57 AM

 
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This is outstanding, Stan!!! Very creative!

12/19/2004 10:39:39 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Happy Holidays, everyone!! This image is something I have been trying to shoot for months. These spiders show up all over the place here but are difficult to shoot because they are always facing you and their backs within a space between the web and wall, railing, whatever, is a mere few inches apart. This one was about 7 feet up and six inches or so from the garage wall, and thankfully the center pole of the tripod can be mounted horizontally to shoot straight up and the web is a rather large one. I don't think the spider is fully matured, and there is another that is just a baby, maybe 1/4 inch in diameter about three feet off the garage floor!
You are all very much appreciated with your kind and generous responses! Thank You!, Mary; Sanjay; Donna; Carolina; Allan (I just knew you were going to eeewwwwwww me (LOL!)); Donald; Hi, Tom!; Wally; Patty; Kelly; bill; Bonnie; Janet (I kept a close eye on him as I was ready in case he jumped!!); Patricia (It's taken me long enough to get a 'handle' on this!); Nobi; Terry; Debby and Dale! Hope you are all having a wonderful day and have a great Christmas week!
Much Aloha,
Stan

12/19/2004 12:27:22 PM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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What a fantastically creative perspective Stan. You are a brave man. You captured this creepy critter very well. I tend to agree with Allan . . . Eeeewwwww a spider!!

12/20/2004 5:49:13 AM

 
Janet Detota
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Excellent capture and presentation!!

12/20/2004 9:57:43 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Hi, Marcie! I don't know about brave, but my neighbor, a policewoman, was watching me 'shoot' this, so I had 'protection', so to speak (LOL!)!! Thank you for your kind response!
Thank You!, too, Janet! This was kind of a "Eureka!" for me, but the contortions to get it photographed was probably more comical!! I'm glad my neighbor didn't have her camera :-)!
Thanks very much once again, ladies!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Much Aloha,
Stan

12/20/2004 10:07:26 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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This is awesome Stan!!!
Ann

12/20/2004 4:01:24 PM

 
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Ohmygod. The angle and perspective on this are awesome! It looks like a digital creation, though I know it's not. This better win big! Congrats, Stan!

12/23/2004 12:08:22 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thanks very much, Ann, and I appreciate your taking the time out to comment, especially during this busy week!! Hope your Holidays are wonderful!
Thank you, too, Patricia!! Nope, not a digital creation but I kept my eyes on this fella every moment I was looking up at it!! I've never seen one jump on anyone, but I wasn't taking any chances, especially looking at those pincers (LOL!)!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
Much Aloha to you both,
Stan

12/23/2004 12:15:47 AM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Absolutely beautiful Stan, I just love it!

Happy Holidays
Linnea

12/25/2004 10:46:09 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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As always I appreciate your support and kind comments, Linnea! Hope your Christmas was a wonderful one!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

12/26/2004 2:54:44 PM

 
Karma Wilson
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Wow, I missed this one! Absolutely perfect composition and focus Stan, not to mention the gorgeous color. If this does't win the three blind mice are the mysterious judges!

(This is not a slam on our fantastic judges--who try so hard every month to choose the best pics out of 15,000 entries...hee hee hee!)

Karma

12/27/2004 2:21:45 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Too funny, Karma, and I appreciate your stopping in with your response!! We'll see how this does in just a couple weeks, but I was so excited to see the result and am very happy with the outcome! Thank You very much for your confidence!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

12/27/2004 4:26:07 PM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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WOW WOW WOW Stan!! I missed this outstanding image before (sorry about that!). This is absolutely amazing - the perspective, the color, the clarity, the DOF, the mood, EVERYTHING is perfect!!

1/7/2005 8:29:25 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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CONGRATULATIONS, STAN!!! :)

1/17/2005 11:25:56 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank You!, Audrea, for your very kind response for which I am grateful!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/17/2005 11:31:43 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank You! once again, Mary!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/17/2005 11:34:06 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congratulations on the finalist Stan!!!

1/17/2005 11:38:46 PM

 
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Great picture Stan ! Congratulations.

1/18/2005 12:40:02 AM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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This image is amazing! Congrats, Stan, I know this will go very high! :-)

1/18/2005 1:03:12 AM

 
Patty Razonable

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CONGRADULATIONS, Stan on this sensational image!!!!

1/18/2005 2:02:32 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Stanley, whu am I not surprized, eh… my very dear friend, congratulations on all four of your finalist selections. Well done, and good luck in the next step - your dear friend, Allan

1/18/2005 4:40:24 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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Stan- Congrats on your finalist!
-cathy

1/18/2005 4:56:28 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Congrats, Stan.

1/18/2005 5:08:01 AM

 
Dale Ann Cubbage
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Congrats on this great finalist!

da

1/18/2005 6:58:26 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Oh, I forgot all about this exquisite image! I'm betting we haven't seen the last of this one! It's a walking diamond! Good luck, Stan!

1/18/2005 7:12:41 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Stan! AWESOME image!!!

1/18/2005 7:54:40 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats and good luck Stan!

1/18/2005 7:59:58 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Congrats and good luck with this great image!!

1/18/2005 9:01:39 AM

 
Eric  Schneider
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This is a truly wicked photo( in the Harry Potter, British sense) Congrats and wishing you luck

1/18/2005 9:08:38 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations, Stan!

1/18/2005 9:45:35 AM

 
Lucia De Giovanni

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Congratulations Stan! This is awesome!

1/18/2005 10:19:32 AM

 
Dan J. Holm
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible FINALIST, Stan!!

1/18/2005 10:45:02 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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My CONGRATULATIONS and heartfelt thanks to you who have always been very supportive, and gracious, with your comments on my images. I am very grateful and happy, too, that you continue to enjoy my work!
Thank you, Kip, Ilana, Patricia M., Patty, Allan, Cathy, Paul, Dale Ann, Patricia K., Marie, Murry, Donald, Eric, Karen, Lucia, and Dan!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/18/2005 11:01:24 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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Well this is a well deserved finalist - good luck in the next round Stan!! And congratulations,
Ann

1/18/2005 11:37:18 AM

 
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Congratulations to you Stan!!!!

1/18/2005 12:49:40 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Excellent capture, Stan! Your title and the thumbnail conspired to fool me though. I was expecting to see a diamond ring! LOL! Good luck to you!

1/18/2005 3:39:54 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Many thanks to you Ann and Colette for your wonderful comments that are always valued!
Thank you Debra, and it was more of a threat than a proposal (LOL!)!
Thank you once again, Ladies!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/18/2005 4:04:46 PM

 
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THis is so great Stan, good luck in the next round and congrats!!

1/18/2005 4:20:19 PM

 
Donna J. Eaton
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Look OUT! He's going to get you! I hope he gets you a win! :-)

1/18/2005 4:30:41 PM

 
Diane  Addonizio
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Congratulations, Stan !!!

1/18/2005 4:57:07 PM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Great job Stan!
Congrats on this gorgeous finalist!

Best wishes
Linnea

1/18/2005 5:21:02 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congrats again, Stan!!

Best wishes,
Debby

1/18/2005 5:53:13 PM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats, Stan!

1/18/2005 6:37:26 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations on your finalist for this great work, great image, Stan!!!
Best wishes for the next round.

1/18/2005 6:38:49 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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WOW, Stan, this is an amazing image! Congratulations on your finalist and hope to see this one again!!

1/18/2005 6:41:41 PM

 
Paula Showen
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OUTSTANDING!!! What a fantastic macro and the composition is excellent! Way to go, Stan!! Congratulations and good luck!

1/18/2005 7:12:25 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you so very much, Claudia, Donna, DIANE, Linnea, Debby, Kathleen, Nobi, Jennifer and Paula! Your wonderful comments are appreciated and mean a great deal to me! Thank you all once again!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/18/2005 7:34:16 PM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Hey Stan!No Surprise Here:-)Congratulations My Friend!!

1/18/2005 8:04:07 PM

 
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Stan,

Congrats my friend on your finalist! Wonderful photograph.

1/18/2005 8:10:16 PM

 
S  J
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Many congratulations on this terrific finalist, Stan!!

1/18/2005 9:43:48 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank You, gentlemen, for your confidence and generosity! This was a fun shot, though spiders are not my cup of tea by an stretch of the imagination!! Thanks again, Terry, Phil, and Sanjay ... much appreciate!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/18/2005 10:27:50 PM

 
Robert  Goodman

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A big Congratulations to you Stan!!!!!

1/19/2005 3:29:23 AM

 
Ellen Peach
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Outstanding image, Stan....congrats & best of luck in the finals!

1/19/2005 8:07:29 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Big congratulations on this awesome finalist shot, Stan!!! This one is just outstanding!

1/19/2005 8:15:06 AM

 
Lisa Pereira
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Congratulations Stan on this incredible shot! THIS IS OUTSTANDING and has winner written …or rather ….webbed all over it! :)
Best of Luck my friend!

1/19/2005 11:45:48 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Many thanks to you, Robert, Ellen, Sharon, and Lisa! I appreciate your time and effort to stop by and respond! Hope you are all keeping warm and safe and best of luck in the next stage as well!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/19/2005 4:39:44 PM

 
Janet Detota
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Congratulations on this amazing capture!

1/19/2005 8:12:53 PM

 
Anette Linnea Rasmussen
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Absolutely beautiful Stan!
Congrats on your win!

Best wishes
Linnea

1/20/2005 1:58:46 AM

 
Gianna Stadelmyer
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Congratulations on your win, Stan! (Even though this gives me the chills:-) Well done and the blue BG really sets it off.

1/20/2005 1:59:29 AM

 
Jordi Delgado

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Congratulation for this terrific WINNER, Stan!!!

:-))

1/20/2005 2:04:43 AM

 
Donna Roberts
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I have a smile from here to Hawaii wide since I have seen your name as a winning entry.
Very well deserved Stan and I truly wish you all the best.
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
:-)
Donna (from "downunder")

1/20/2005 2:09:08 AM

 
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Many CONGRATULATIONS on your second place win, Stan!!

1/20/2005 2:14:14 AM

 
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Halleluja !!! congratulations !!!

1/20/2005 2:22:47 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your second place win, Stan!

1/20/2005 2:56:20 AM

 
Paul C. Gazzanigo
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Congratulations!

1/20/2005 3:00:08 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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Congratulations, Stan!!!!!!!!!!

1/20/2005 3:19:17 AM

 
Joy Brown
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Congratulations on this great winner, Stan!

1/20/2005 3:42:52 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Hearty congrats on your win, Stan!

-Debby

1/20/2005 4:04:45 AM

 
Tom Andersen
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Congratulations on your win, Stan!

1/20/2005 4:06:08 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this stunning winner, Stan!

1/20/2005 4:30:29 AM

 
Janet Detota
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Way to go, Stan! Aloha!!

1/20/2005 4:32:27 AM

 
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Congrats on a fabulous image!!!

1/20/2005 4:49:57 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Stan, Congratulations on a terrific win.

1/20/2005 4:50:30 AM

 
Robert  Goodman

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Fantastic Stan,A big Congratulations!!!!!

1/20/2005 4:56:33 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations to you Stan!!!!

1/20/2005 5:11:51 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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Fantastic image, Stan! Congratulations on your win!
-cathy

1/20/2005 5:28:49 AM

 
Lucia De Giovanni

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Whoohoo!!!! I am so very happy for you Stan, this image rocks! Congratulations my friend, awesome work!

1/20/2005 5:35:59 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congratulations Stan, love this one!

1/20/2005 5:53:04 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Wonderful macro, STan. Congratulations!!!
Judy

1/20/2005 6:14:46 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congrats on your win, Stan!

1/20/2005 6:20:46 AM

 
Eric  Schneider
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I think that was about the longest thread I have ever scrolled through...??? My fingers are almost too tired to say " BIG ALOHA and Congrats to STAN the man" We meet again in the 2nd place winners circle.
This is awesome! Winning and seeing others win....

1/20/2005 6:55:59 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your win Stan!

1/20/2005 7:14:41 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Even though this is a spider (Eeeewwww) Stanley, congratulations on this magnificent win, it's very richly deserved, my very dear friend - your dear friend, Allan

1/20/2005 7:35:09 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations Stan...well deserved!!!

1/20/2005 7:39:56 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Stan!!!

1/20/2005 7:45:11 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats to you, Stan!

1/20/2005 8:07:56 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Fantastic image, Stan!!! Big congratulations!

1/20/2005 8:33:56 AM

 
Jane Summa
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Congratulations, Stan!!!! have a wonderful day!!!

1/20/2005 8:34:25 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Stan!!!!!!!!!

1/20/2005 8:47:11 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Congrats, Stan!! Well done my friend!!

1/20/2005 9:23:13 AM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Yea, Stan!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

1/20/2005 9:37:53 AM

 
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Terrific winner Stan!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

1/20/2005 10:01:16 AM

 
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Yeah Stan!!!!!What A Awesome Winner Congratulations To You!!!!!!!

1/20/2005 10:40:15 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Well if there ever was a photo that deserved a prize, it's this one! While I despise spiders, I love this image. It's top notch, Stan! Congratulations!!

1/20/2005 11:51:16 AM

 
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Great macro and colors! Many congratulations on your Second Place Win, Stan!
Monika

1/20/2005 12:19:52 PM

 
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A big congrats to you Stan!!! Well done! :-)

1/20/2005 12:21:07 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congratulations on this very well done image, Stan!!! I love the DOF, colors, details and subject!!!

1/20/2005 3:28:59 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Got my fingers all warmed up from all the Congratulatory responses I've made and am ready for all of your generous responses to this image! My very heartfelt and most appreciative Thank You's to you, Janet, Linnea, Jan, Jordi, Donna R., Sanjay, Ilana, Judy, Paul, Janet S., Joy, Debby, Tom, Wally, Janet D., RED, Paul, Robert, Colette, Cathy, Lucia, Claudia, Judy, Karen E., Eric, Murry, Allan, Charlene, Marie F., Kathleen, Sharon D., Jane, Audrea, Donald, Dan, Adilson, Terry, Patricia K. , Monika, Donna E., and Jim!! All of you make this such a wonderful place to gather, learn, and exchange thoughts and ideas, which also makes this the best photo site on the net!
The word Aloha has so many meanings and I extend it to all of you with much good feelings and thanks for your continued support and kindnesses! Congratulations to everyone!
With much warmth and Aloha,
Stan

1/20/2005 3:57:00 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Takes my breath away! You outdid yourself on this one Stanley....CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

1/20/2005 4:01:58 PM

 
Patty Razonable

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Right on!! Stan, 'da man!!! LOL!! Congratulations on your win with this fantastic detailed image!!!

1/20/2005 4:20:59 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Stan!!

1/20/2005 4:34:46 PM

 
Pu Chen

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Such a cool shot, Stan! Love the shot and the story came with it! Great way to put it into action :) Congratulations!

1/20/2005 4:44:44 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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So glad to see this in the winners circle...truly an amazing image!!! Congratulations on your second place win!!

1/20/2005 5:12:41 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity, Gail, Patty, Debra, Pu, and Jennifer, and thank you very much for taking the time to stop by and respond!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/20/2005 5:28:20 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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WOW awesome capture, and great use of the blue foam board. Congrats on your win.

1/20/2005 5:51:45 PM

 
Paula Showen
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LOVE IT, STAN!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! What an outstanding image!!!

1/20/2005 7:01:57 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Wow, what a great photo!
Excellent win, Stan!
Congratulations,

bill

1/20/2005 7:47:09 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Darren, Paula, and bill, Thank You! I truly value your support and generosity!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/20/2005 8:45:13 PM

 
Phil S
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Stan, congrats my friend. It is a pleasure to be sharing a great day with such a nice friend. I was just shocked!! Anyhow, congrats on your photo and thanks for all of your help and comments!

Your friend in downtown Alaska!
Phil

1/20/2005 9:18:27 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you very much, Phil! These types of surprises are always great aren't they, and congratulations on your win, too, my friend!! Will talk to you soon!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/20/2005 9:21:36 PM

 
Wanda Judd
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Stan, your work is absolutely amazing..and You have to be the "master" of titles...Ilove this.

1/21/2005 8:12:20 AM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Wonderful capture Stan! Congratulations on your win! :)

1/21/2005 3:20:34 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your win with this wonderful image, Stan!

1/21/2005 11:48:09 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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This is so fantastic, Stan, that it has placed the second place. It could might as well be the first. It's such a great image.
Many many congratulations, Stan!!!

1/22/2005 9:59:57 AM

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

1/23/2005 7:31:10 PM

 
Arya Bandyopadhyay
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Congrats, Stan!! Sorry being late!!

1/25/2005 10:37:15 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Many thanks, Wanda, Kip, Evy, Novi, Len, and Arya, for taking the time to stop in and comment! I appreciate it very much. Trying to catch up after being away for a few days!!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/25/2005 10:43:20 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations Stan on this awesome image!!

1/26/2005 3:49:38 AM

 
Kathleen L. Nelson
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Wow, Stan! I've been out of town and just came across this photo. It is so awesome. I love the way the web leads into the spider and the blue you used as the background. This little guy looks pretty tough and scary. I'm glad you guys didn't get into it. It's photos like this whether looking at someone else's success or, in your case, your own success, that makes this passion of photography that we all share so worth it.

1/30/2005 1:37:41 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Many thanks to you Karen, and Kathleen! This little guy is pretty big now and I'm not about to mess with him and he's still there after all this time! Your comments are always much appreciated, ladies! Thanks again!
With much Aloha,
Stan

1/30/2005 1:48:00 PM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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VERY cool perspective, Stan... I feel like I'm right on the web with him! The foamboard was a great touch, too... this probably the best spider on its web macro I've seen. A late congrats to you on your excellent winning photo!!

Nancy

2/1/2005 12:11:28 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Hi, Nancy! Thanks very much for your kind comments! Am going to try a different approach on this guy being that he's still 'hanging' around in the carport! Will try to see if I can get a different perspective!
With much Aloha,
Stan

2/1/2005 11:31:15 AM

 
Rob Mesite
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Stunning shot!

2/3/2005 2:28:17 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thanks, Rob, I appreciate it!
Much Aloha,
Stan

2/4/2005 5:40:30 PM

 
Peggy Wolff
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What an amazing shot! This photo was displayed when I signed on, I had not seen it yet. I really need to go see the winners from Dec! Congrats on your very deserved shot!

2/10/2005 7:17:08 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Hi, Peggy! I very much appreciate your stopping in as well as your wonderful response! Thank You!
With much Aloha,
Stan

2/10/2005 4:00:23 PM

 
Fax Sinclair
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Aloha Stan, Just hopped over to your gallery. Wow! Love the grouping of plummies -- each shot is fabulous and together -- heaven.
Burning bush is wonderful and hard to capture.
But I had to comment here. I love these Gsrden Spiders because they stay put! No jumping! This is the girl. The males are about one tenth the size. Great shot!

9/23/2005 11:14:43 AM

 
Jill Odice
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This is so cool Stan, Great job :-)

11/16/2005 5:38:59 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you, Ladies, and I appreciate your kind and generous responses!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan

11/16/2005 11:31:44 PM

 
Noel Baebler
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Just saw this, Stan! Terrific angle on this guy and web!

6/27/2006 8:03:38 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit, Noel, and I am grateful for your thoughtfulness and kind comments!
Much Aloha,
Stan

6/30/2006 7:52:35 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Stunning capture and colors. Congratulations

7/25/2006 5:10:51 AM

 
Jill Odice
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I missed this one ! Very beautiful imahge Stan! Where have you been? I need a fix of your goorgeous flower images! :-)

7/27/2006 11:41:13 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thanks very much for taking the time to stop in a comment, Stephen and Jill, and I appreciate it as always!
Much Aloha,
Stan

7/29/2006 8:21:13 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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I love this, Stan. The blue bg is magnificent against the spider with it's yellow and white coloration. I'm so happy this was a winner, well deserved. Take care now...Karen

9/6/2006 7:20:12 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you very much, Karen, for visiting and commenting! I am grateful for your kindness.
With fondest Aloha,
Stan
BTW Your gallery is amazing!

9/6/2006 7:22:56 PM

 
Diana L. Ralph
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WOW! Stan, your images are ALL awesome! Great saturation and clarity in ALL of them, not to mention awesome composition and color relationships! WELL DONE!

9/15/2006 3:26:06 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank You! very much, Diana, for taking the time to stop in and visit! I appreciate your supportive responses!
With fondest Aloha,
Stan

9/16/2006 2:46:18 AM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Okay .. WOW! This is incredible! Creepy and wonderful. Love your choice of composition, great background, and fabulous dof! Love it!!

9/17/2007 3:01:06 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Okay .. WOW! This is incredible! Creepy and wonderful. Love your choice of composition, great background, and fabulous dof! Love it!!

9/17/2007 3:02:10 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Thank you Crystal and I was very careful not to have this creepy creature get on me (LOL)! I appreciate your taking the time to stop in and comment!!
Aloha,
Stan

9/18/2007 12:54:20 AM

 
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