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Race to the Finish
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Race to the Finish
Race to the Finish
Amber taking the lead at practice.

Exposure time 1/250 s
F-number 4.5
Exposure program Manual
Focal length 62 mm

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    OMG! This is so good you could work for Sports Illustrated!!! So...how much time do you spend at the pool? I'm so happy you've found a way to be productive while you wait.

7/23/2005 11:36:37 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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I spend lots of time at the pool. Amber swam on the summer team this year, just finished her season. She'll be joining the year around team now. Thanks so much Terrill!

7/23/2005 4:23:58 PM

 
Lesley Brown
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nice shot!!

7/23/2005 8:44:20 PM

 
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Nice action pic Susan, keep up the good work.

7/24/2005 8:18:32 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Lesley & Tony :)
My daughter's swim team just won their championship meet! Amber did awesome, placing 3rd on the IM, 4th on the butterfly, 5th on the medley relay, and 1st on the freestyle relay!

7/24/2005 9:30:19 AM

 
Gen Nagase
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Photo finish???
I like this one, too.
Great shot!!!

7/24/2005 3:05:05 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Nobi!

7/24/2005 7:50:06 PM

 
Jay Soldner
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Susan, your swimming photos are nice, I really like this one. So you're pleased with the new dslr I take it??

I am assuming these swim shots are at an outdoor pool in the early morning or evening - The soft and low light is so pleasing.

Nice work.
J

7/25/2005 4:09:07 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Jay :) Yes I am LOVING my new camera, what a difference it is making so quickly! You are correct in your assumption as well, Amber's practices took place early in the morning. She's all finished for the summer, so now we are looking to put her on the year around team here.
Their team won their championship meet. Amber was awesome! She placed 3rd on the IM (missed 1st by only 1 sec!), 4th on butterfly, 5th on the medley relay, and 1st on the freestyle relay. It is an incredible accomplishment for her since she has only been swimming for less than a year! We are so proud of her!!

7/25/2005 8:23:43 PM

 
Amanda Price
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This is great! Wonderful colour and super lighting! Super action shot!

Thanks for your comment on Solitaire2! I was in the process of uploading several options to see what they would look like on BP and I decided I liked another one better, so the one you commented on is no more! But I appreciate your immediate feedback. haha!

7/25/2005 9:56:41 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Amanda...I'll go take a peek at the shots you kept now :)

7/26/2005 9:25:43 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
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Susan, looks like you've definitely gotten a grip on the swimming photos. This is a really great shot.

Chris

7/26/2005 9:53:35 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks again Chris, this has become my favorite shot of Amber in the water.

7/26/2005 10:13:15 AM

 
Daniel Diaz
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This is one of the best swimming shots I've ever seen!! Amazing shot Susan!!

7/31/2005 8:25:28 AM

 
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Susan

Wonderful swimming image.

Lots of action and super job.

Kerby

7/31/2005 8:26:47 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Daniel and Kerby :)

7/31/2005 10:47:33 AM

 
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Susan, thanks for all your nice comments on my photos. I thought I would come in and check yours out too! Wow this is a stunning image. Love the saturated colours.

8/2/2005 4:20:51 PM

 
Jay Patel
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The position of the swimmer form a diagnoal line and their placement of the center makes for an excellent composition. The exposure is right on and the focus on Amber is perfect. Overall an excellent shot.

8/3/2005 3:24:42 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Natalie and Jay. It is so hard to try and keep up with everyone here but I try!

8/3/2005 10:02:22 AM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Excellent photo Susan!

8/4/2005 2:42:31 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Rachel!

8/4/2005 8:24:17 PM

 
Kirsi Bertolini
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Color and emotions and action and composition are so so great on this one Susan! I like that blue on the water!

8/7/2005 11:31:09 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Kirsi!

8/7/2005 8:05:22 PM

 
Sandy Landon
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Congratulations on this wonderful image!!!

8/20/2005 2:07:47 PM

 
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Congratulations!!! Susan!

8/20/2005 2:19:33 PM

 
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Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Susan!

8/20/2005 2:43:42 PM

 
Anita Taylor
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Awesome capture, Susan! Congrats on making finalist!

8/20/2005 3:32:32 PM

 
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Hooray!!! Hey, you're pretty good with that new camera, huh???

Congratulations, Susan!

8/20/2005 3:33:15 PM

 
Olivia Navarro
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Yaaaay Susan!!!!!! I'm so glad that one of the shots in this series earned a badge!!! They were all totally awesome!!! Congratulations!

8/20/2005 4:22:54 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Incredible stop action shot here!! Great capture!! Congrats on the finalist!!

8/20/2005 4:45:45 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Way to go, Susan!!!
Congratulations on your finalist for this great capture!!!

8/20/2005 5:12:36 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Way to go, Susan!!!
Congratulations on your finalist for this great capture!!!

8/20/2005 5:13:34 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congrats to you!!! Best of luck with this awesome shot!!

8/20/2005 5:45:44 PM

 
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Susan congrats on your finalist best of luck in the next round.

Kerby

8/20/2005 6:23:49 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much all my friends! Good luck to everyone in the next round!

8/20/2005 7:05:15 PM

 
Rachel Scott-Renouf
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Congratulations Susan! love this pic

8/21/2005 2:54:55 AM

 
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What a super action capture, Susan...Congratulations!!!!!

8/21/2005 8:56:48 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Rachel & Jim :)

8/21/2005 9:00:49 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your finalist...this is awesome

8/21/2005 10:39:08 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Cathy :)

8/21/2005 11:25:04 AM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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YIPPEEE SKIPPY for your Susan...CONGRATS on this wonderful FINALIST!!! GOOD LUCK:):)

8/21/2005 2:05:17 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Alisha!

8/21/2005 4:18:43 PM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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This is excellent, Susan!!! Congrats and good luck going on!!

8/21/2005 4:42:22 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Janet.

8/21/2005 5:26:19 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Great catch - Congrats!

8/22/2005 10:10:59 AM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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YIPPEEE SKIPPY for you my friend!!! CONGRATS on your SECOND PLACE WIN!!! HOORRAYYY for you!!!:):)

8/22/2005 11:18:41 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Wongratulations on your beautiful win, Susan!!!

8/23/2005 1:48:05 AM

 
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Susan congratulions on your second place win.

Super job.

Kerby

8/23/2005 2:40:30 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations, Susan. Excellent capture.

8/23/2005 3:49:57 AM

 
Daniel Diaz
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Way to go Susan, Congrats!!!!!!! I still stand by my original post!

8/23/2005 4:08:09 AM

 
Olivia Navarro
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Oh my gosh, Susan, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! YAAAAAY!!!!!

8/23/2005 5:52:37 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Susan! Terrific WIN!!!

8/23/2005 6:08:23 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Congratulations, Susan, on this big win!!!

8/23/2005 6:16:27 AM

 
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Congratulations on this great win, Susan!!!:-)

8/23/2005 6:24:36 AM

 
Margot Petrowski
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CONGRATS, Susan!!!! Love it!!

8/23/2005 7:52:28 AM

 
Jay Patel
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Congratulation Susan!!

8/23/2005 9:09:49 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Oh my gosh! What a happy surprise! Thanks so much everyone!

8/23/2005 9:19:53 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
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Congratulations Susan!

Persistance pays off!

Chris

8/23/2005 9:42:26 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your Second Place Win Susan. Way to go!

8/23/2005 9:47:07 AM

 
Gen Nagase
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WAY TO GO, SUSAN!!!
Many congratulations on your great win!!!

8/23/2005 9:47:25 AM

 
Pamela K
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Great action capture!! Congratulations!

Pam

8/23/2005 9:48:20 AM

 
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Fantastic image, Susan!!! Big congratulations!!!

8/23/2005 12:40:30 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Congrats to you Susan!!!:-)

8/23/2005 1:34:50 PM

 
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Ah ha! See, I knew it FIRST!!! What a spectacular image ~ you are so deserving of this award. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

(ring) (ring) "Sports illustrated calling . . ."

8/23/2005 2:03:28 PM

 
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An exciting capture -- congratulations on your big win, Susan!

8/23/2005 2:56:30 PM

 
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Congratulations Susan, it looks like both you and Amber are winners with this exceptional image!

8/23/2005 3:23:13 PM

 
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Congratulations Susan, this is beautiful, Amber must be thrilled as well. I'll bet all her team mates are going to ask you to photograph them as well now!

8/23/2005 3:37:13 PM

 
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Congrats Darls!!! I knew this was a winner!!! How exciting.

8/23/2005 4:03:32 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Wow it is so exciting, I still can't believe it! Thanks so much to all of you, I really appreciate it all!

8/23/2005 8:21:03 PM

 
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A well deserved win, Susan! Congrats!

8/23/2005 8:40:18 PM

 
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Congratulations Susan!!

8/24/2005 2:38:45 AM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Sorry I'm so late, but congratulations on your winner, great shot, well-deserved!

8/24/2005 7:36:01 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Nicole, Colette, and Marvin!

8/24/2005 8:21:46 AM

 
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Congrats on your win

8/24/2005 10:30:02 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Joy :)

8/24/2005 11:08:17 AM

 
Jay Soldner
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Great job Susan, congrats on a well deserved win.

8/24/2005 11:08:26 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Jay! Thanks, where have you been?
I'm going to email you this second ;)

8/24/2005 11:10:24 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your win...it just had to be cause it is fabulous...this is going on her wall poster size I hope

8/24/2005 3:25:38 PM

 
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Many congrats to you Susan for your win with this great image!! And congrats to your daughter who is obviously accomplishing a lot in a short time!! WTG to both of you!

8/24/2005 5:17:14 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Cathy and Susana :)

8/24/2005 8:15:00 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful image and win!!

8/25/2005 9:10:34 AM

 
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Congratulations Susan!!

8/25/2005 7:42:09 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you Serena and Khawla!

8/25/2005 8:26:41 PM

 
bob cornelison
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Sorry I'm so late but congratulations on this win! This is really excellent!
~:O)

8/26/2005 9:52:54 AM

 
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No problem Bob! So glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks!

8/26/2005 8:01:20 PM

 
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...great capture Susan...excellent colors and composition...and its my favorite stroke, butterfly! congratulations...well done!

9/1/2005 3:52:55 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thank you so much Robert!

9/1/2005 8:21:30 PM

 
Claudette Foote
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Congratulations!!! Susan! so so glad to see that you won... you deserved it so much... it is a wonderful, colorful,excellent image.. wow!
RIGHT ON Susan!
BRAVO!

9/2/2005 7:39:02 AM

 
Adrianna Province
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A HUGE congratulations Susan!! This is amazing!! Congrats again! You deserved it!!!

9/12/2005 6:18:34 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Claudette and Adrianna :)

9/13/2005 8:37:08 AM

 
David Birken
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Great shot Susan! I've been shooting my daughter swimming all summer and didn't even think of trying that angle!
:) Great job!

9/20/2005 8:16:42 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks David!

9/21/2005 9:32:43 AM

 
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Hi Susan,
I just clicked over to the BP home page and this image was the FEATURE!

So COOL!

9/21/2005 8:32:53 PM

 
Lewis P. Church
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I love these swimming shots! Well done.

10/14/2005 9:32:05 PM

 
Lewis P. Church
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I love these swimming shots! Well done.

10/14/2005 9:32:13 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks so much Paul.

10/14/2005 9:45:22 PM

 
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Congratulations on this well deserved win Susan!!!
Terrific capture!!!

10/16/2005 11:28:47 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks again Adilson :)

10/16/2005 6:05:07 PM

 
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Great action shot Susan. Great job.

10/23/2005 1:08:06 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks Bill :)

10/23/2005 9:10:13 AM

 
Laura Sejud

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Thanks for commenting on my Varenna, Italy shot- it encouraged me to come see your wonderful gallery and this amazing action shot!!

11/1/2005 10:47:53 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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You are so welcome Laura and thanks!

11/2/2005 9:15:17 PM

 
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Congratulations on this award winning image. The colors are so vibrant. Being on the swim team when I was young, this brings back memories. Great timing!

11/17/2005 12:39:39 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Thanks again Donna ;)

11/17/2005 8:30:01 PM

 
john dunne
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stunning stunning stunning picture. I wish I took one as good as that.

1/2/2006 9:03:29 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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bless you JOHN! But you have taken many pictures that are much better than this :)
Thank you so much!

1/2/2006 10:02:23 AM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Fantastic photo! Love the action, color, lighting, clarity!!!

1/17/2007 9:09:51 PM

 
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Terrific action photo, Susan!!! The framing and the brilliant colors are perfect...and the details are amazing!!!

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