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What's in my Pocket #2.
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What's in my Pocket #2.
What's in my Pocket #2.
I have entered this in color, in sepia and now I have worked on it adding a little bit of buzz and darkening it a bit. I hope I haven't darkened it too much. Everyone love's this picture but the judge's. It is one of my personal favorite's so I am trying again.
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    Hey guy's I need an honest answer on this photo. What I want to know is it it too dark. And do you like it?

4/29/2005 8:24:18 AM

 
Barbara K. 
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I LOVE IT!!! So charming and wonderful expression captured.

It's not too dark - IMO. The only thing is that I would change is slightly offcenter it, cropping a little on the left leaving more space in the direction he is looking.

4/29/2005 8:31:50 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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I absolutely love this! What a great pose, expression, and sepia is a great choice, Donna!
Too dark for what? Computer viewing? I don't think so. However, it's possible it may be for printing. The only way I know to know for certain... is to try it.

4/29/2005 8:49:19 AM

 
Stacey A. Bates
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I love the tones, and I don't think it is too dark either. Such a cute moment.
Since you asked, I study the image a bit and found a couple nit picky things, but please understand, I really love this photo and would have been very proud if I had taken it!!!
I would try the crop Barbara suggested, also where the light is hitting the pine needles to the right seems a bit gray and my keeps drawing my eye, you might try running a burn brush over it before converting, also in your conversion you have created a bit of a hot spot on his left foot. You can also try to run a sharpening brush with a very low opacity over his eye.

4/29/2005 8:49:48 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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What a beautiful portrait, Donna!
Very nicely done!

4/29/2005 8:50:33 AM

 
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Very nice..Shelly

4/29/2005 9:10:34 AM

 
Jessica McCollam
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So Adorable, Donna! Great shot!:)

4/29/2005 9:21:17 AM

 
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This is EXCELLENT, Donna!! I LOVE it!!!

4/29/2005 9:40:35 AM

 
Judy A. Lawhon
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Oh Donna....I don't know about those judges, either....this is one of the cutest photos I have ever seen on BP.
It doesn't seem too dark to me...just great work!! JL

4/29/2005 9:51:56 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the great comment's, Barbara, Carla, Stacy, Cathy, Shelly, Jessica, Colette and Judy!!!Thank's for the advice. I can crop it but I don't know how to use a burn brush or sharpening brush.

4/29/2005 10:08:13 AM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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this picture looks great to me. I love it, too cute!

4/29/2005 10:18:42 AM

 
Paul Michko
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I loved it befor and I'm lovin it again, Donna.

4/29/2005 10:35:01 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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How cute, Donna!

4/29/2005 11:04:13 AM

 
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This is too cute for words, donna!

4/29/2005 11:37:24 AM

 
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Donna, just a gorgeous image, you know as long as you like it, doesnt matter what anyone thinks, but I know what you mean

Stan Kwasniowski

4/29/2005 12:08:24 PM

 
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I hope it gets the recognition it deserves this time!This is fantastic Donna!

4/29/2005 12:29:05 PM

 
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I think this is adorable! Great shot, Donna!

4/29/2005 12:32:59 PM

 
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Gorgeous treatment and presentation on this VERY cute and memorable shot, Donna!!

4/29/2005 2:12:34 PM

 
Theresa Marie Jones
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Love the sepia tones! Cute boy and pants!!

4/29/2005 3:08:37 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Very cute image, Donna!

4/29/2005 3:36:09 PM

 
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Donna this is a darling picture of this little boy. Love the sepia tones.

PRECIOUS..........Kerby

4/29/2005 3:42:14 PM

 
Kathryn Love
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wow! I think this is it! great, fantastic, & excellent !!

4/29/2005 4:42:47 PM

 
Michael S. McCook
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I love this shot! I looked at it in color in your gallery. I prefer this version. I agree with Stacey and Barbara on the cropping and the gray area on the lower right. Fix those few things and I think you'll have a winner!!!

4/29/2005 4:48:32 PM

 
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I know what you mean about the judges.. They over look my favorites every month.. oh well.. This is a WINNER in my book Donna.. This is the first time I've seen this so I don't have anything to compare it to.. But I love it!! The tones, the pose,, Such a sweet childhood moment captured.. Good luck with it this month!!

4/29/2005 4:54:01 PM

 
Goshka G.
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It's the first time I'm seeing it too, Donna, and it's a winner in my book as well (though the cropping suggested could only improve it). And I am all for reentering our favorites because you just never know...

4/29/2005 5:20:38 PM

 
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Donna, this is a magical moment that you both will remember! It is indeed rich in colors, contents, creativity, and composition. I believe you can see we all are supportative of this little jewel!

4/29/2005 5:26:47 PM

 
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Adorable, Donna! He has such a cute expression, love the tones and doesn't look to dark to me!

4/29/2005 5:43:45 PM

 
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Hi Donna! Like Barbara Said A Crop Off The Left And A Smidgeon Off The Top!
Stacey Had A Great Idea Too With The Hot Spots,It Is a Great Photo And Should Do Well!I Dont Think Its To Dark Either, It Looks Great In Sepia!!

4/29/2005 6:05:21 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou you all for the wonderful comment's and encouragement. I relly do appreciate it so much.

4/29/2005 6:17:52 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Loved it in color, Donna ~ still love it in sepia. What a face!!
Best of luck with it!

4/29/2005 9:01:48 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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I really like it.

4/30/2005 6:44:10 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the great comment's, Mary and Stephen!!!

4/30/2005 7:36:23 AM

 
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Wow - adorable image, Donna! Many congratulations on your beautiful finalist!

5/21/2005 8:45:58 PM

 
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Wonderful image and title, Donna! Congratulations:)

5/21/2005 9:49:00 PM

 
Muneer T. Al-Awami
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Wonderful shot.

5/21/2005 9:50:51 PM

 
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Many Congratulations on this cute Finalist, Donna!!

5/21/2005 10:01:47 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations, Donna!

5/21/2005 10:17:02 PM

 
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Congratulations, Donna!!

5/21/2005 10:34:19 PM

 
Lori S. Aschbrenner
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Congratulations, Donna!

5/21/2005 11:10:24 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Donna, I'm so happy to see this grin among the finalists!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

5/22/2005 3:03:41 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations Donna

5/22/2005 4:31:55 AM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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congrats on being a finalist, this is a great shot and deserves recogintion.

5/22/2005 4:41:32 AM

 
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Third time's a charm, congrats on your finalist!!

5/22/2005 5:53:00 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Donna!!

5/22/2005 7:11:33 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the congratulation's, Evy, Jim, Muneer, Sanjay, Tammy, Jane, Lori, Mary, Donna, Jessica, Claudia and Judy!!! I did it!!!

5/22/2005 7:37:43 AM

 
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Congrats Donna, Good luck in the Finals. Looks like a winner to me!

5/22/2005 8:44:17 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Congrats to you Donna, on a very deserving finalist! :0)

5/22/2005 8:44:47 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations Donna, it is good to try and try again!

5/22/2005 8:55:58 AM

 
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Hi Donna!I Guess It Really Didnt Matter With The Judges After All:-)
Its A Great Image Any Way You Make It!
Congratulations On Your Finalist:-)

5/22/2005 8:59:59 AM

 
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Great image...I know I luv it!! ...Congratulations and good luck in the finals Donna!

5/22/2005 9:07:22 AM

 
Sandy Driscoll
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Congratulations, Donna! This is utterly charming and unique!

5/22/2005 9:24:18 AM

 
Jessica McCollam
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Congratulations, Donna! I am so happy to see this here!!! Good luck in the finals!:)

5/22/2005 11:05:38 AM

 
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Precious, congratulations, Donna!

5/22/2005 11:07:33 AM

 
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It is a wonderful photo, Donna! Congratulations!

5/22/2005 1:09:29 PM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Donna! :D

5/22/2005 3:15:08 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou all for the nice and sweet comment's; I do appreciate it so very much!!!

5/22/2005 10:15:55 PM

 
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Congatulations on this very beautiful finalist, Donna!

5/22/2005 10:37:46 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much, Jonna!!!

5/23/2005 3:48:53 AM

 
Claudette Foote
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Congatulations on this very beautiful finalist, Donna!

5/23/2005 6:58:55 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the congratulation's, Claudette!!!

5/23/2005 2:44:48 PM

 
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Donna congradulations on your finalist.

Best of luck in the next round.

Job well done.

Kerby

5/23/2005 3:19:29 PM

 
Tammy McAllister
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Looks like you worked your magic with the judges this time too. Great shot Donna!
Tootles

5/23/2005 4:54:08 PM

 
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Very cute image Donna!! I'm glad you resubmitted!!

5/23/2005 5:36:04 PM

 
Karen Beri
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I don't think it's too dark Donna, I just love it! Congratulations, well deserved :)

5/23/2005 5:49:59 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the fantastic comment's and congratulation's, Kerby, Tammy, Donna and Karen!!!!

5/23/2005 6:34:43 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations Donna!!! Wonderful image!...How could anyone NOT love it? Excellent work!!

5/23/2005 6:39:26 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Donna, your hard work and persistence really paid off on making the finals with this charming image, congratulations and best of luck!

5/23/2005 6:56:21 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much, Len and Carol for the nice comment's and congratulation's!!! I really appreciate it. I did try really hard, Carol to get them to notice this image because I love it and of course He's my Grandson!!!!

5/23/2005 7:14:12 PM

 
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Big CONGRATULATIONS on this awesome Finalist, Donna!!!

5/23/2005 8:56:05 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou, Dan for the congratulation's; I appreciate it soo much!!!

5/23/2005 9:52:04 PM

 
Wendy Jones
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Such a cute photo! Congrats on the being one of the finalists!

5/24/2005 5:56:32 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much for the nice congratulation's, Wendy!!!

5/24/2005 9:39:16 AM

 
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Congratulations, Donna !!

5/24/2005 7:06:41 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much, Diane!!!

5/24/2005 10:30:46 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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So cute, Donna! Congratulations on your finalist!

5/25/2005 2:33:37 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much for the congratulation's, Jennifer!!!

5/25/2005 6:34:05 PM

 
Brian Cassar
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Another congratulations from me Donna. Well done!

5/27/2005 6:17:22 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much , Brian!!!!

5/27/2005 9:36:01 AM

 
Theresa Marie Jones
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A Big C from me Donna!
Congratulations on all of your hardwork!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/27/2005 11:13:46 AM

 
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Thankyou so much for the nice congratulation's, Theresa!!!

5/27/2005 7:30:14 PM

 
Cynthia A. Gallo Callan
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First, congratulations on your win!
Second - this photo is awesome!

5/29/2005 5:29:20 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou so much for the nice comment's and congratulation's, Cynthia!!!

5/29/2005 6:17:14 PM

 
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OMGOSH how precious is this. Love the expression. Love everything about this. Congratulations.

5/30/2005 5:08:17 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much, Roxanne!!! You make me feel good!

5/30/2005 9:23:54 AM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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WOW Donna this is absolutely FABULOUS!! Congrats. I've been gone & boy this is definitely a wonderful capture!!!! Love the sepia!!!:)

6/2/2005 7:58:32 AM

 
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Thankyou so much for the great comment and congratulation's, Alisha!!!

6/2/2005 11:54:38 AM

 
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Donna, sorry I missed this one! I LOVE this! Wonderful capture....you pulled it all together so nicely!

6/4/2005 11:02:23 AM

 
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Thankyou, Gail for the wonderful comment!! I tried really hard to get this one right because I love the way he was looking up.

6/4/2005 6:22:58 PM

 
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Donna, I LOVE this shot! And I imagine it's just as cute no matter how you present it but I really like the sepia tones on this one. Gives it such an old time feel. Congrats!

6/5/2005 9:26:51 AM

 
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Love it, so often my favourite pictures of little boys are when they are just in overalls. I think it just is sort of "boy personified" or something. Like an outfit Penrod would wear.

6/5/2005 10:15:50 AM

 
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Thankyou so much for the Grande comment, Olivia and Sara!!!

6/5/2005 5:52:06 PM

 
Amanda Price
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Donna, this is one of the cutest photos I've ever seen! Great title, great timing, great ps work!

6/6/2005 10:58:48 PM

 
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Thankyou very much, Amanda for the wonderful comment!!!!

6/7/2005 8:05:09 AM

 
Brian Cassar
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Congratulations. Good luck for next round!

6/22/2005 3:57:29 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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I knew it! CONGRATULATIONS on this adorable capture!

6/22/2005 7:17:37 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou soo much, Brian and Gail!!!

6/22/2005 8:33:04 AM

 
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This is so adorable Donna! What a cutie! Love the hand in the pocket. CONGRATULATIONS! :0)

6/28/2005 10:01:34 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much for the wonderful comment, Lori!!!

6/28/2005 5:12:18 PM

 
Christina M. Brekke
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very cute photo, worthy of an award for sure - chrissy, sweet pic

7/7/2005 2:36:10 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much, Chrissy!!! He is cute and sweet too; but he is my Grandson!!

7/7/2005 5:13:48 PM

 
Karma Wilson
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I didn't see this one. It's so cute I think it should have gone even farther than finalist!!!

Karma

7/20/2005 8:12:11 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much for the wonderful comment on my Grandson! I'm kinda fond of this photo also. I actually entered it 3 times changing thing's every time and finally I got finalist.

7/20/2005 8:40:29 PM

 
Sandy Landon
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Donna, I was just looking at your gallery and I saw this one and I had to comment!!! I love it!!! So cute!!! Perfect! I don't know what else to say except fantastic job!!!!!

9/13/2005 8:47:44 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much, Sandy for the great comment!!!!

9/13/2005 10:02:38 AM

 
Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay)
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Adorable photo. Great colors,pose and composition.

11/12/2005 10:18:20 PM

 
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I was browsing your gallery and this pic caught my eye above all others, I love it!

11/13/2005 9:07:18 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou soo much for the great comments, Kara and Neva!!!!

11/13/2005 7:12:02 PM

 
Christina M. Brekke
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CONGRATS ON THIS ADORABLE PIC!

11/13/2005 7:45:44 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Thankyou very much for the wonderful comment, Christina!!!

11/13/2005 9:15:07 PM

 
Jillian Danielson
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Another adorable photo,Donna! Too cute!! I do love the color!

7/12/2007 8:42:16 AM

 
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Thankyou soo much for your great comment and visiting my gallery, Jillian!!!

7/12/2007 11:08:49 AM

 
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