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The Awakening
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
The Awakening
The Awakening
aperture f6.3, shutter 1.6 sec., ISO 400; The Awakening is a scupture along the Potomac in DC. My original image had a helicopter that appeared to fly into the hand, but I took a plane from another image and "flew" it into the picture instead.
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Colleen Braun
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    very creative...

5/4/2005 3:12:48 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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Funny shot, Vicki.

5/4/2005 3:13:25 AM

 
S  J
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Very creative image, Vicki!! You really fooled me...lol.

5/4/2005 3:35:11 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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LOL...Creative, Vicki! Wonderful job!

5/4/2005 3:38:33 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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LOL...
Brilliant Vicki...bravo!

5/4/2005 3:59:29 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Welcome back Vicki!!!
Well, I must be in a way different mood than everyone else as I've taken a more serious view of your image. My first impulse was " a powerful and dramatic shot"..still is. It's a super shot, but it instills,for me, a sense of loss of power in that the hand appears ominous. An emotional shot for me. Well done by you!

5/4/2005 4:13:46 AM

 
Jason Gehrman
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Creative shot. I am interested to see the original shot instead of a photoshoped one. But great idea none the less. Have to agree with comment above. This shot is just on that cusp of about to be released chaos. The threat of doom. Creative thinking. Good luck with the competition.

5/4/2005 4:21:21 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Cindy, thank you for saying this...As I worked on this, I could not help but think of Americas loss on 9-11...I started to title this "Beware", but decided to use the name of the sculpture because I think this could say a million words for all of us to "Be Awake!"...We lost a friend in one of those planes that day as so many others did! I was hesitant to enter the image, since it can provoke emotion...but decided to go ahead....My other shot with the helicopter is on film...I will try to figure out soon how to add it on to this discussion... Helicopters fly back and forth constantly over the sculpture and look like they are flying into and out of the hand...Please feel free to make any comments you would like to....and thanks to you all who have posted!

5/4/2005 4:59:17 AM

 
Kevin Burns
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Perfect timing!!! Well done.
Sadly I thought of Sep.11th.

5/4/2005 5:00:23 AM

 
Brinn MacDougall
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I think photography should provoke different emotions..my first thought was 911 and it upset me. Then, the other side is the skill of presenting an image with emotion, which, is very well done!
design today..

5/4/2005 10:41:29 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Wonderfully done, but just a little scary!

5/4/2005 11:15:20 AM

 
Goshka G.
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My first thought was - what impeccable timing, before reading what you wrote, Vicki! Now I'm thinking - what impeccable PS manipulation!! Whatever the feeling the image invokes, it remains an impeccably composed shot, Vicki! Slightly ominous, true, but I didn't really think of Sept 11 (I was actually in NYC when it did happen, so maybe I'm just trying to block it out).

5/4/2005 12:57:51 PM

 
Patty Razonable

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Along with all the comments above, this image is very well done with the effects that generates the memories not forgotten......impressive!!!

5/4/2005 4:23:30 PM

 
DiAnna F. Paulk
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Wow, Vicki! Way to generate a discussion! You go, girl! :) It is a wonderful image. I can't tell that it was manipulated at all!

Only 7 more teaching days and I'm hitting the road! We'll have to get together again.

5/4/2005 4:55:50 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Very striking and emotional image, Vicki
Powerful and thought provoking.
Well done.

bill

5/4/2005 5:26:11 PM

 
Kathryn Love
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wow! now this is very very dramatic, stunning, and unique!

5/4/2005 5:28:51 PM

 
Debra Booth
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A very thought-provoking image, Vicki. It really points out that the events of 9-11 are far reaching and will continue to revisit us in many aspects of our lives. Very nice photo and PS work!!

5/4/2005 6:58:37 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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This is awesome Vicki!!!!

5/6/2005 12:27:05 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Vicki this FUNNY big time. Good job of putting the two picture's together.

Kerby

5/6/2005 12:29:04 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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I take it as serious, too. My first thoughts were Sept. 11 and the destruction that followed. This photo is emotional. WHich is GREAT! Emotions don't all have to be good. Beautiful work.

5/9/2005 5:33:45 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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This is wildly creative of you! Wonderful job!

5/9/2005 7:05:51 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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This is so awesome! I new this one would be a finalist!! Congrats!!!

6/21/2005 3:23:54 PM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Not surprised at all vicki to see this here! Congrats Girl!

6/21/2005 5:21:47 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Great finalist! Congratulations, Vicki!

6/21/2005 5:57:51 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations again, Vicki!!

6/22/2005 5:04:35 AM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this outstanding Finalist, Vicki!!

6/22/2005 5:41:50 AM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Unique work, good luck and big congrats!

6/22/2005 9:18:35 AM

 
bob cornelison
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First of all I want to say I love this shot...
Everytime I see a shot of a jet, I can't help but think of 9/11 and if it weren't for 9/11 I wouldn't have this aweful gut feeling for shots of jets. It's just a split second of remembering those planes hitting the towers...but it goes away quickly and I am back to present time and can appreciate the humor you have conveyed.
I am sorry for your loss of a friend on that jet but am glad you can still present a photo like this after the loss, showing that we can move on and we won't let terrorist stop us from being our creative selves.
Congrats on being a finalist!
~:O)

6/22/2005 2:38:12 PM

 
Colleen Braun
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congratulations...

6/23/2005 2:57:18 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations on this very unique shot and win, Vicki!

6/23/2005 3:50:20 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Controversy, discussion and fine, fine and creative photography get you here! CONGRATULATIONS VICKI! :-)

6/23/2005 4:18:20 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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congrats on this awesome WINNING image!

6/23/2005 5:04:55 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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I don't know how I missed this, Vicki!! The ability for this shot to create strong emotions speaks volumes of the power and your creativity in this image. A big congratulations for your well deserved win here! Wonderful and powerful image!

6/23/2005 5:07:17 AM

 
DiAnna F. Paulk
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Way to go, Vicki!!! I'm sooooo jealous!!! But so happy for you!!

6/23/2005 6:56:18 AM

 
Heather  Inich
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Wonderful capture!!! very cool!! Congrats on your winner!

6/23/2005 8:27:48 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Congrats on this awesome SECOND PLACE WINNER!!!!! WTG!!!!

6/23/2005 9:45:22 AM

 

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Great shot Vicki!
Congratulations on your win! Well deserved!

6/23/2005 9:48:13 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations!!! WTG!

6/23/2005 10:20:46 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Congrats on such a striking winner, Vicki!!

6/23/2005 11:56:05 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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CONGRATULATIONS, VICKI!

6/23/2005 1:14:17 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Very nice, Vicki!
Congratulations,

bill

6/23/2005 1:38:42 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations, Vicki!!!

6/23/2005 2:58:04 PM

 
bob cornelison
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I'm glad you placed!
Congrats Vicki!
~:O)

6/23/2005 4:05:38 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Very clever work Vicki and congrats on a well deserved win!

6/23/2005 5:08:32 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this well deserved win, Vick!!! Great work!!!

6/24/2005 2:15:20 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations on your win, Vicki! Wonderful work, and well deserved! I am so happy for you!

6/24/2005 2:58:00 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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I love the image and the discussion!!!! Excellent work, Vicki!!! Congratulations!!

6/24/2005 4:35:32 AM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this outstanding WIN, Vicki!!

6/24/2005 6:04:02 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your win...is that the hand of bankruptcy for Delta...lol

6/24/2005 6:17:45 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you Vicki!!!!

6/25/2005 7:21:29 PM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Wow! I am so excited and I thank each of you who took time to post a note. I came within a hair of removing this from the competition when I saw how it stirred people's hearts! Thank you BP for this wonderful award!

vicki

6/29/2005 3:56:45 AM

 
Michael S. Baker
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I'm very familiar with the Awakening. In fact, I have many pics of the entire sculpure, and have even given thought to creating a similar image...you beat me to it! Congrats on a great image!

Mike B-

12/6/2005 9:25:52 AM

 
Sharrie Thomas
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I really like this photo. Nice image effects. You have a wonderful gallery.

1/16/2006 11:00:25 AM

 
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