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Ready for the Knobs
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Ready for the Knobs
Ready for the Knobs
Company F officers await the arrival of the "Knobs" (freshmen Class of 2009) - Padgett-Thomas Barracks - The Citadel – Charleston, South Carolina
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Vicki Hunt
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    I love the red checkered floor, and this staircase with the officer/cadet? going down the stairs. You must be so proud of your son.. and what a photo opportunity this building is for you!

8/18/2005 4:28:10 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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I second Vicki! Great shot!

8/18/2005 4:40:05 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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I see "winner" here Paul!!!!

8/18/2005 5:07:03 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Me too!! This is GREAT, Paul!!!

8/18/2005 5:29:35 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Vicki, Linda, Charlene and Colette... Thanks for you comments! FYI... I've heard that after registration day, the Knobs are not allowed to walk on the checkerboard square for the rest of their first year. They have to walk around the edges of the courtyard which is of course longer. Glad y'all like the photo!

8/18/2005 6:38:35 AM

 
Kathryn Love
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excellent perspective!!

8/18/2005 6:41:53 AM

 
Chris Macer

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Very cool POV, Paul.

8/18/2005 7:10:56 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Wow,wow, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it, Paul!

8/18/2005 8:40:52 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Kathryn, Chris and Leanne... Thank you all for your comments! I'm pleased you like the photo! Best wishes...

8/19/2005 6:28:58 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Excellent composition and sharp detail Paul ~ congrats on POTD!

9/7/2005 1:44:09 AM

 
Eileen Lee Lavergne
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What an original perspective!

9/7/2005 2:21:15 AM

 
Ed Heaton
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Good morning Paul,
Great job on this as well as the others in your gallery! Congrats on POTD!

9/7/2005 2:48:19 AM

 
Mata Patan
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Great capture! Congratulations on this POTD!

9/7/2005 2:51:08 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on your POTD

9/7/2005 3:03:49 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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loving that colorful floor and your pov from up above. congrats on potd

9/7/2005 3:24:31 AM

 
Tommy Lane

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Excellent photo. Congratulations.

9/7/2005 3:39:55 AM

 
Scott Pedersen

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Like that checkerboard floor. Like the view too, looking down like that.

9/7/2005 3:46:45 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
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THIS IS AWSSOME! Congratulations; Paul; on POTD!

9/7/2005 3:50:55 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Congrats on this wonderful image being POTD. This is so well deserved and I am really happy for you!

9/7/2005 3:55:25 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your POTD, Paul!

9/7/2005 3:57:09 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on your POTD, Paul, for this excellent image!
-Debby

9/7/2005 4:23:29 AM

 
Muriel Magee

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I love this picture. So well done.Congratulations!! It's like studying the next move on a chess board.

9/7/2005 4:38:19 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
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This is simply stunning - the colours, the crop, the whole catooty! Congrats on POTD

9/7/2005 4:39:41 AM

 
Robert Mann
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Excellent image, Paul! The graphic is stunning as is the composition. Many congrats on your POTD!

9/7/2005 4:51:19 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your POTD, Paul...i knew this one was a winner the moment I laid eyes on it

9/7/2005 4:59:59 AM

 
Terri L. Scribner
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Great perspective and composition!! Congrats on your POTD!!

9/7/2005 5:11:33 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations Paul!!!!!I knew this was going to be seen again!!!

9/7/2005 5:25:25 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Awesome perspective and shot Paul! Congrats on this well deserved POTD!! Really great graphic appeal!!

9/7/2005 5:30:22 AM

 
Claudette Foote
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Great capture! Paul
Congratulations on this POTD!

9/7/2005 5:38:08 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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A big thank you for all your comments on my "Ready for the Knobs" photo! I had a great time photographing inside the barracks with all the colonnades and especially the checkerboard courtyard. Being able to shoot down from the fourth floor gave a unique perspective as well. Thank you again for your comments and best wishes to you all!

9/7/2005 5:45:51 AM

 
Christy L. Densmore
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Very cool shot. Congratulation on POTD, I just love the floor and the cadets certainly make the shot.

9/7/2005 6:12:11 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Paul, on this outstanding POTD!!

9/7/2005 6:31:57 AM

 
Michelle Brown

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hi paul, sorry for being ignorant on this subject, im from aussie. what are knobs and why cant they walk on the floor.
appart from that I think the photo is great did you really take that from that angle.
lol shell

9/7/2005 6:52:44 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Awesome POTD Paul!!! Congrats a remarkable image!!!

9/7/2005 7:06:37 AM

 
Jessica Mocle

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That is such a surreal shot! Awesome job!

9/7/2005 7:16:41 AM

 
Susana Heide
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What an amazing design you've composed and captured!! I could go nuts in there with my camera!! This is really OUTSTANDING Paul!

9/7/2005 7:27:07 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Wonderful shot Paul! Congratulations on your POTD!

9/7/2005 8:05:58 AM

 
Patty Razonable

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Awesome image!! Congratulations on your POTD!!

9/7/2005 8:38:34 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Great surreal capture,Paul!! Congratulations on a well deserved POTD!

9/7/2005 8:54:53 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Thanks again for all the comments. The "Knobs" are first year cadets (college freshmen) who are treated like low-lifes much of their first year. Especially the first few weeks. The increase in status over the years at the Citadel as the prove themselves academically and leadership-wise. The first year they actually cannot walk on the sidewalks around campus but have a little walking lane in the gutter. That kind of thing. This barracks is one of about six there. It is the largest and was remodeled just a couple years ago. I'm going to try and attach a photo that shows more of the building so you can get a better feel for it. I have two other images in the Gallery B - Latest Images at my BP website. You can't miss them. I was standing on the fourth floor colonnade looking down the stairs to the courtyard. No elevators! Ha... Thanks again and best wishes to all.

9/7/2005 9:13:01 AM

 
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Photo 2

9/7/2005 9:18:26 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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COOL pic, Paul! What a clean-looking and graphical scene. Congrats on your POTD.

Nancy

9/7/2005 10:03:31 AM

 
Luhut Napitupulu

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Excellent composition and perspective, Paul!
Congrats on POTD!

9/7/2005 10:09:07 AM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Unique image. Congrats on POTD!!

9/7/2005 10:53:02 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Great image, Paul!!! Outstanding perspective and excellent composition. A very well-deserved POTD!!!
Congratulations!!!

9/7/2005 11:21:00 AM

 
Susana Matos
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wonderful photo, Paul! Congratulations!
Cheers from Portugal, Su

9/7/2005 12:18:21 PM

 
Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on POTD Paul - wonderful graphic image.

9/7/2005 12:31:01 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wonderful image, Paul! Many congratulations on your POTD!!

9/7/2005 1:06:51 PM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
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wonderful surrelaistic and provovative image, congratulations. Mary

9/7/2005 2:07:21 PM

 
Anita Taylor
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Incredible image, Paul! wonderful composition and angle of view!

9/7/2005 3:15:09 PM

 
Pu Chen

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What a wonderful shot, Paul! Very unique perspective on the life of the knobs. Very well done! Congratulations on your POTD!

9/7/2005 4:32:54 PM

 
Jill Sharwood

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What an interesting viewpoint. The image conveys an atmosphere of the sanitised environment totally ordered with rules and regulations, nothing out of line and with no leeway for individual expression. I notice that the table is perfectly on the diagonal.

The term 'knobs' is interesting. In this country it refers to the 'top brass' (or maybe that is an idiomatic term too!?

9/7/2005 5:01:53 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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Thank you to the latest group of commentators. I appreciate your feedback and kind words on my photo. I'd say your assessment Jill is pretty accurate. The relationship between giving up ones individuality in many ways to become a part of a highly ordered and effective team… and eventually a leader... is pretty interesting. I’m not sure of the derivation of the term “Knobs” but I think it refers to their shaven heads. The use of the word in your country is much more impressive! I'll have to email my son and let him know. Best wishes to all...

9/7/2005 6:43:35 PM

 
Jacqueline C. Harmon
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very interesting concept! congrats on potd!

9/8/2005 8:55:04 AM

 
Steven E. Remington
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Paul,

Aside from the fact that this is an absolutely great image, it also had a personal impact on me. As a class of 89 Citadel grad, this view was right outside my door for 4 years. Go Dogs!

9/8/2005 9:11:17 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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Jacqueline and Steven... Thank you for your comments on "Ready for the Knobs". I was wondering if any alumni would see the photo. There are two other photos of the barracks in the Latest Images gallery of my website if you'd like to check them out Steven. Best wishes...

9/9/2005 5:21:37 AM

 
James Miotke
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This is such a cool image, Paul, I had to stop and comment on it. As the previous comments testify, it works on many levels. Wow!

9/13/2005 6:16:36 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Jim... Thank you for taking the time to comment on my photograph "Ready for the Knobs". I've now printed it and am entering it in a juried exhibit later this week. I hope it's as well received there as it has been on BetterPhoto.com. It's great to hear from you. Best wishes...

9/13/2005 3:03:12 PM

 
Nicole Kessel

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Outstanding Paul! Congratulations!

9/23/2005 10:22:27 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
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Congrats Paul - one of the best pix of the year so far!

9/23/2005 11:57:29 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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I think you will do well with this! Congratulations!

9/24/2005 6:44:41 AM

 
Brian Lobdell
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Applause here (white gloves of course)and congratulations on your deserving finalist! Very unique perspective and geometric pattern(s) here - Love it!

9/24/2005 10:22:10 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Nicole, Robyn, Linda and Brian... Thanks so much for the comments. This is a favorite of mine, but that's no guarantee of BP "glory"... Ha. This month I had three finalists... all taken at the Citadel. It is a very photogenic location and I hope to shoot there again in October. Thanks and again to you all and best wishes...

Paul

9/24/2005 3:50:17 PM

 
Piotr M. Organa
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Amazing...
Winner.

9/24/2005 10:11:25 PM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Well, for all those who want to know, this image also won a first place award last week in a critique given by Craig Tanner, a famous published Georgia photographer. He gave it a "10". It is no surprise to see this as a finalist and my prediction is a huge future win! Congratulations on an awesome photo being finalist!!!
vicki

9/25/2005 11:53:49 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Piotr and Vicki... Thank you for your comments and kind words. And Vicki for your short history of this image! Ha... I also recall it's recent rejection for the APG show. Oh well...

9/26/2005 8:12:35 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations Paul....well deserved...awesome image!!!!

9/26/2005 10:18:13 PM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Paul congratulations and very well deserved. Job well done. Kerby

9/26/2005 11:04:24 PM

 
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Paul congratulations and very well deserved. Job well done. Kerby

9/26/2005 11:06:17 PM

 
Vicki Hunt
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I am so pleased for you! Congratulations!

9/27/2005 2:27:32 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations, Paul!!!

9/27/2005 3:41:54 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
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Congrats Paul - what a worth winner!!

9/27/2005 3:48:49 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Paul...I knew this would be a winner...Congratulations!!!

9/27/2005 6:08:10 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Charlene, Kerby, Vicki, Colette, Robyn and Linda... Thank you for all the congratulations! I really appreciate it...

9/27/2005 7:04:50 AM

 
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Congratulations on your wonderful Second place winner!!!!!!

9/27/2005 8:59:37 AM

 
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Congratulations!

ccc

9/27/2005 1:17:51 PM

 
Cathy Barrows
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congrats on your win...i think it should have placed higher but what do I know other than I love this one

9/27/2005 1:46:16 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats Paul!

9/27/2005 5:44:34 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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Khawla, Candice, Cathy and Claudia (what's with the C's and K)... Ha... Thank you for your comments and congratulations. I'm glad you like the photo. I'm very pleased with how it turned out myself! Ha... Best wishes.

9/27/2005 6:20:17 PM

 
James Reininger
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Cool... It reminds me of work done by a famous artist from the early 20th century, who did intrinsic designs. I want to say "Escher". Anyway, excellent image.

9/28/2005 1:26:27 PM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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Superb shot!

9/28/2005 5:06:45 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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James and Keith... Thank you for your comments. It is sort of Escher-like isn't it James? I hadn't thought of it before. Great observation. Here's the Escher site for anyone who's interested:

http://www.mcescher.com/

Best wishes...

9/28/2005 6:59:37 PM

 
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You know I'm a big fan so I'm always happy to see your work in the winner's circle! Congratulations Paul!!

9/29/2005 12:21:17 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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Thank you Murry! I'm honored to have a photographer fan of your caliber! Best wishes...

9/29/2005 12:32:23 PM

 
Bambi L. Dingman
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Paul, I'm so glad this picture was featured so that I had a chance to see it and then to view your web site. You have so many stunning photos! I have bookmarked your web site. I'm now a huge fan of yours and will continue to watch your work!! Good luck exhibiting this one!

10/14/2005 7:24:24 AM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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I really like your Citadel series, Paul. What great contrasts and composition. Thanks for your welcome to Atlanta, too.
kk

7/5/2006 4:38:56 AM

 
Paul Conlan
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Bambi and Kathleen... Thanks for your comments on Ready for the Knobs. It's one of my personal favorites and I'm glad you both like it! I hope to get back in the barracks at the Citadel sometime this year.

7/7/2006 3:42:28 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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What an eye-catcher Paul! Proud for your win! Congratulations ~
See you in Atlanta!
jo ann c.

10/7/2006 5:28:28 PM

 
Vikram Jamwal
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This is very beautiful Paul!

7/27/2007 11:20:00 PM

 
Paul Conlan
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Hi Vikram... Thank you for your comment and for finding my photo that's about two years old now. It is a favorite of mine. Best wishes...

7/28/2007 5:23:04 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Glad you resubmitted this Paul!
Sorry you didn't get to go on the Atlanta BP group trip but I certainly have admired your gallery!

jo ann c.

7/28/2007 5:39:02 AM

 
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