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Dominique Declerck
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    Wonderful!! great composition, Rakesh!!

7/18/2005 1:42:34 AM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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wow, this is very neat! your composition is wonderful!

7/18/2005 9:24:50 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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this is awesome....love everything about it!!

7/18/2005 10:50:42 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks,Dominique,Jessica and Gail.

7/18/2005 11:39:19 AM

 
S  J
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Love the arrangement and lighting on this beautiful still life, Rakesh!!

7/18/2005 10:19:36 PM

 
Lori Carlson
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Awesome Rakesh! Love this arrangement, your subject, your comp and your lighting!! Well done!! :0)

7/20/2005 8:26:11 AM

 
Janet Williams
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Do love this still life Rakesh. The choice of colour and the composition are wonderful. Very different, vibrant and it works really well.

7/20/2005 1:23:09 PM

 
Joyce ONeil
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Fantastic color contrasts!

7/20/2005 1:23:54 PM

 
Julie A. Rowan
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Very nice image!!

7/20/2005 3:57:32 PM

 
Daniel Diaz
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Beautiful still life Rakesh, love your vibrant set-up!!

7/20/2005 6:07:07 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Sanjay, Lori,Janet,Joyce,Julie& Daniel thanks. I am realy encouraged by your comments.

7/21/2005 12:13:37 PM

 

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Beautiful job with goegeous lighting and colors Rakesh, well composed!

8/2/2005 10:01:45 AM

 
Mary L. Graham
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Congrats again Rakesh!!!! =) this is an amazing still life!!

8/20/2005 1:24:47 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations again on another finalist!

8/20/2005 1:58:25 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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Wow, you have 3 wonderful finalists Rakesh - congrats and good luck in the next round,
Ann

8/20/2005 2:04:57 PM

 
Janet Williams
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Congrats Rakesh!

8/20/2005 2:40:43 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations!

8/20/2005 3:13:44 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on your 3rd finalist, Rakesh!

8/20/2005 3:20:59 PM

 
Navin Talwar
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Congratulations!

8/20/2005 3:53:30 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats again!!

8/20/2005 4:39:47 PM

 
Lori Carlson
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Way to go Rakesh!! :0)

8/20/2005 4:57:36 PM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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Absolutely beautiful, Rakesh!!! Congrats!!

8/20/2005 6:06:45 PM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Rakesh!!

8/21/2005 12:31:22 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations again, Rakesh :0)!

8/21/2005 2:45:01 AM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Rakesh!

8/21/2005 5:56:21 AM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Rakesh

Congratualions on your finalist.

Best of luck in the following round.

Kerby

8/21/2005 6:27:34 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
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Beautiful image, Rakesh! Congratulations and good luck in the next round!

8/21/2005 6:47:20 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Incredible still life Rakesh, congrats!

8/21/2005 7:03:32 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Congratuions on this beautiful still life!

8/21/2005 7:30:39 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Beautiful composition. Congrats and Good Luck in the next round.

8/21/2005 8:45:07 AM

 

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Congrats on this well deserving finalist Rakesh!

8/21/2005 9:23:57 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on this OUTSTANDING finalist and all your finalists Rakesh!

8/21/2005 9:34:04 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Very nice image, Rakesh...congratulations!:)

8/21/2005 9:46:46 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you all my friends!

8/21/2005 9:57:18 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Congratulations!!!!

8/21/2005 10:28:10 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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First of all, Congratulations!!!!! This is stunning, Rakesh.

8/21/2005 10:49:12 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Rachel and Roxanne!

8/21/2005 11:04:34 AM

 
Anne D. Eigen
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Congratulations, Rakesh! This image is just great! Good luck with it!!!

8/21/2005 12:28:06 PM

 
Marla  A. Lehr

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Amazing work as always. Hearty congratulations.

8/21/2005 12:40:09 PM

 
Kate Jackson
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Wonderful still life Rakesh! Congratulations!

8/21/2005 12:51:37 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Anne, Marla and Kate!

8/21/2005 2:25:40 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Oh this is stunning, I missed it when you posted it. Look at you your first month posting in BP...Congratulations on all of your finalist. I am sure we will see more and more each month. Good luck in the next round Rakesh

8/21/2005 2:48:01 PM

 
Bianca B. Steinfeldt
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Congratulation to this wonderful image!!!

8/21/2005 3:34:00 PM

 
Joyce ONeil
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Congratulations! Superb image - Good luck!

8/21/2005 5:54:01 PM

 
Jill M. Flusemann
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Congratulations on another beautiful portrait!

8/21/2005 6:01:56 PM

 
Ken Grooms
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Beautiful still life! Congrats!

8/21/2005 8:47:36 PM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Congratulations on your finalist, and good luck in the finals!

8/22/2005 8:08:56 AM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Congratulations on your finalist, and good luck in the finals!

8/22/2005 8:08:58 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations, Rakesh! Excellent work!

Cathy :)

8/22/2005 8:49:28 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks, Donna, Bianca, Joyce, Jill, Ken, Marvin and Cathy!

8/22/2005 9:02:08 AM

 
Souha Dooly
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congratulation,Rakesh!!well done !!like the colors!!

8/22/2005 9:11:58 AM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Big CONGRATULATIONS on this beautiful Finalist, Rakesh!!

8/22/2005 10:28:49 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Dan and Souha!

8/22/2005 11:19:09 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Rakesh!

8/22/2005 2:54:13 PM

 
Matthew D. Indes
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Rakesh, Congratulations on this fine finalist photo! Nice work!

8/22/2005 4:27:24 PM

 
Matthew D. Indes
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Rakesh, Congratulations on this fine finalist photo! Nice work!

8/22/2005 4:27:37 PM

 
Jonna Bergström

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Congratulations on this lovely finalist, Rakesh!!

8/22/2005 9:52:20 PM

 
S  J
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Big Congratulations on this OUTSTANDING Win, Rakesh!! Wow!!!

8/22/2005 11:03:22 PM

 
Paul Sikora

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Congatulations Rakesh, your work always stands out and this is a most deserved win

8/23/2005 12:27:36 AM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Wow!! CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN, Rakesh!!!

8/23/2005 12:33:02 AM

 
Paul E. Earl
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I am so pleased for you Rakesh!! Well done!!

8/23/2005 12:43:52 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on your beautiful win, Rakesh!!!

8/23/2005 1:49:11 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations, Rakesh!!!

8/23/2005 3:33:38 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Well deserved!!!!!

8/23/2005 3:35:45 AM

 
Daniel Diaz
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Congrats Rakesh, truly deserved!!!!!

8/23/2005 3:52:55 AM

 
Stephanie Lyons
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Well deserved congrats Rakesh!

8/23/2005 3:53:24 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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Hey, congrats on this awesome still!!!!

8/23/2005 4:10:27 AM

 
Mary L. Graham
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Congrats Rakesh on your Win!!!!!! =)

8/23/2005 4:45:07 AM

 

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Rakesh
Congratulations on your win, well deserved!

8/23/2005 4:49:13 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
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CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN, RAKESH!!!!

8/23/2005 6:21:05 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS Rakesh!!!!

8/23/2005 7:11:55 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congratulations Rakesh ! Wonderful capture you made here !

8/23/2005 9:26:31 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS BEAUTIFUL AND WELL DESERVED SECOND PLACE WIN RAKESH!!!

8/23/2005 9:50:36 AM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Congratulations on your well deserved win, Rakesh!

8/23/2005 11:33:24 AM

 
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Congratulations your your win, Rakesh!

8/23/2005 11:42:51 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Judy, Matthew, Jonna, Sanjay, Paul, Dan, Jenny, Tammy, Gail, Daniel, Stephanie, Mary, Reine, Laura, Laurence, Sylvia, Jill and Pu chen.

This is all because of your good wishes and support.
Thanks once again!

8/23/2005 12:04:14 PM

 
Mary Timman
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Beautiful. Congrats on your win!

8/23/2005 12:53:22 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Mary!

8/23/2005 2:07:45 PM

 
Anne D. Eigen
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Congratulations on this outstanding win, Rakesh!

8/23/2005 2:41:33 PM

 
Jill M. Flusemann
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Congratulations on a very well-deserved win, Rakesh!!!

8/23/2005 3:32:42 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Rakesh on this awesome winner!!!

8/23/2005 5:38:39 PM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
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Rakesh, I hadn't spotted this one before it won second prize. What a STUNNING still life! It's all been said above - congratulations.

8/23/2005 8:02:11 PM

 
Sachin M. Jadhav
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CONGRATULATION ON YOUR WIN, RAKESH

8/23/2005 10:07:45 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Fabulous! Great still life image with wonderful lighting.
Congratulations Rakesh :)

8/23/2005 10:39:54 PM

 
bob cornelison
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Great still life! Congrats!
~:O)

8/23/2005 11:24:28 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations Rakesh!!!

8/24/2005 2:41:32 AM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Congratulations, Rakesh, on your well-deserved win! Sorry it took me so long to respond.

8/24/2005 11:49:41 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks, Anne, Jill, Susan, Robyn, Sachin, Susan, Bob, Colette and Marvin. I am grateful!

8/24/2005 12:28:53 PM

 
Susana Heide
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Many CONGRATS Rakesh on this winning image!!

8/24/2005 11:58:30 PM

 
Lewis P. Church
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I love still life photography and this is very nice, great repetition of shape, and I like limited use of color. Nice feel overall, like a painting.

8/25/2005 6:51:17 PM

 
Katherine K

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CONGRATS on your winning image... STUNNING!

8/25/2005 11:19:46 PM

 
Claudia Romero

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Congratulations! :)

8/26/2005 11:13:39 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks, Susana, Paul, Katherine and claudia!

8/26/2005 1:43:16 PM

 
Shirley D. Cross
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A most beautiful and wonderful still life! Congratulations!

8/27/2005 12:57:48 PM

 
Sharon L. Smith
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Gorgeous photo, Rakesh.. I love this! Nice to see a classic still life on front page!

8/27/2005 5:16:24 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks, Shirley and Sharon!

8/28/2005 1:11:58 AM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Congratulations on your win, Rakesh! This is beautiful!

8/28/2005 11:55:28 AM

 
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This is superb, Rakesh! Congratulations on this beautiful win! Sorry I'm late, I've been out of town!

8/29/2005 5:28:25 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks Patricia!
Thanks Terry!

9/1/2005 1:18:20 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Incredible color and still life, Rakesh! And CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

9/26/2005 2:48:54 AM

 
Dorann Weber
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Congratulations Rakesh on you beautiful photo and win~!

9/28/2005 11:53:22 AM

 
Jill Odice
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A testemonial to your talent. You have used a black BG and black objects ,,,but somehow made them all perfectly exposed and visible, the tomatoes add just the right amount of color that makes it all work :-)

10/4/2005 12:00:06 AM

 
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Nice lighting job and great contrast using the red to set off the dynamics. I like this one best in your whole gallery. An elegant shot.

10/6/2005 2:20:47 PM

 
Martha  C. Little
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What a great shot. Reminds me of a paintin by the great masters. You deserved this prize. Your gallery is diverse and wonderful!

10/7/2005 7:27:20 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Stan, Dorann, Jill, Richard and Martha, your comments means a lot to me! Thanks!

10/7/2005 12:02:14 PM

 
Bianca B. Steinfeldt
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WOW!!! Is there still room, smile!!!
Congratulation - This is outstanding and a work of art!!!!

10/9/2005 6:26:29 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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this one grabbed my attention.... I like "dark" .. and this is super! fab shot...

10/10/2005 10:14:42 AM

 
Joy E. Cobb
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Oh, very easy on the eyes. Beautiful still life. Rakesh, you really deserved your win.

10/15/2005 6:49:04 PM

 
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Thanks Bianca, Laura and Joy for your wonderful comments!

10/15/2005 7:45:06 PM

 
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