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Relaxation Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
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f/19, 1/20, Nikon VR AF 80-400 lens, Millennium Park, Chicago, late afternoon
© Dean Sandifer
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Beverley A. Daniels
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    Great shot Dean!

8/19/2005 5:17:46 AM

Katie Kunzelman
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You've got a WINNER here IMHO!!

8/19/2005 5:18:33 AM

Ronald Balthazor
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How perfect, Dean. Life can be hard.

8/19/2005 5:31:25 AM

Debra K. Johnson
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Wonderful capture Dean!

8/19/2005 5:43:23 AM

Kelly Barclay
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This is a great shot! I love the colors, the reflection, and the water spray in the background. Love it!

8/19/2005 5:49:30 AM

Bonnie C. Lackey
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Just great, Dean!

8/19/2005 5:49:54 AM

Anderson D. Co
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Wow , this is a winner for me. Great composition, nice color contrast and reflection, the slight blurring of motions from the back created a selective focusing to your main subject. Great photo!

8/19/2005 5:51:37 AM

Marcie A. Fowler
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I bet we see this again. I love it. The colors are magnificent. The "pose" is simply marvelous. The reflection and perspective are right on!! It just all works so very well together. BRAVO!!

8/19/2005 5:52:23 AM

Stephanie A. Laird
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Great image Dean! Colors jump out at you! Love the comp and subject! Very original! FANTASTIC!

8/19/2005 6:08:10 AM

Casey A. Hanson
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Definitely a winner, Dean. Fantastic capture! Way to go! :0)

8/19/2005 6:10:02 AM

Greg McCroskery
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I fully expect to see this somewhere in the winners' circle. To me, this is a near perfect image. Congratulations on some great work!

God Bless,

8/19/2005 6:37:32 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Excellent image Dean! Really well captured, breat light, color and depth! Jeff

8/19/2005 7:17:23 AM

Donna W. Neal
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Excellent, everything about this is wonderful. Detail, composition and color!

8/19/2005 7:58:34 AM

Murry Grigsby
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Wonderful image Dean! Terrific timing, action, colors and design of this slice of life photo!! Well seen and done.

8/19/2005 8:09:48 AM

Linda L. Ruiz
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So cute. I love how the colors just pop. A winner

8/19/2005 8:30:41 AM

Tiffani S. LaNeave
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EXCELLEMT IMAGE!!! Wonderful capture!

8/19/2005 9:00:39 AM

Kimberly C. Miner
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Great Shot!!! A winner in my opinion!

8/19/2005 9:14:27 AM

Dorann Weber
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What a great shot.. Very vivid color's, creative..

9/1/2005 7:47:24 PM

Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Dean, good luck in the next round!

9/24/2005 9:25:48 AM

Lori L. Thomas
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I love the contrasting colors in this photo. Congratulations.

9/24/2005 2:06:18 PM

Margot Petrowski
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Congrats. Dean...I love it!!!

9/24/2005 3:22:19 PM

Susan Patton
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What a wonderful capture of childhood...kind of says it all. Congratulations and good luck.

9/25/2005 4:49:33 AM

Sue L. Cullumber
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Dean, Excellent capture and colors - congrats!

9/25/2005 11:22:49 AM

Claudette Foote
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Congratulations and good luck in the next round!!

9/25/2005 4:02:14 PM

Amanda Price
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This is SO good! Congratulations on your win!

9/26/2005 11:07:22 PM

kerby lee pfrangle
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Dean congratulations on your second place win. Job well done. KErby

9/26/2005 11:11:45 PM

Janine Russell
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Dean, congratulations on your second place win. Wonderful colors, focus & DOF.

9/26/2005 11:24:49 PM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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I love this!!! Congrats!

9/27/2005 3:10:04 AM

Megan p
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Congratulations!!! This looks like fun.

9/27/2005 6:12:23 AM

Esra Belgin
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Great shot Dean. Congratulations on your win.

9/27/2005 6:18:20 AM

Kay Beausoleil
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Fun capture -- congratulations on your win, Dean!

9/27/2005 6:45:51 AM

Joyce ONeil
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Fantastic! Congrats!

9/27/2005 6:53:51 AM

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

9/27/2005 8:54:32 AM

Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Dean, on this incredible second place win! Awesome comp. and image!

9/27/2005 10:48:59 AM

bob cornelison
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Great shot!!!

9/27/2005 11:56:23 AM

Claudette Foote
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CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful Second place winner!!!
RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!

9/27/2005 1:37:23 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner.

9/27/2005 5:33:49 PM

Luhut Napitupulu

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What a moment, very awesome, Dean! Congratulations on your win!

9/27/2005 6:55:56 PM

Karen Bacon
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Congratulations!I absolutely love this photograph!

9/28/2005 5:33:27 AM

Lewis P. Church
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This is one of the photos I wish I took, it is sharp, has great color, interesting subject, and together make for an image with impact. Nice work.

9/28/2005 1:18:38 PM

Nandu Menon

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Excellent shot Dean. Have you worked on this photo after taken?

9/28/2005 4:36:05 PM

Serena Pierce

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Great capture! Congratulations!!

9/28/2005 7:59:11 PM

Dean Sandifer
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Thanks everyone for the supportive comments. Nandu, Yes I did use Photoshop CS to boost color & contrast, to as a little sharpening, to clone out an unwanted leg, and to alter the white balance that is a little too blue.
Here's the not-nearly-as-eye-catching original.

10/1/2005 7:47:34 PM

Dean Sandifer
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© Dean Sandifer
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Thanks everyone for the supportive comments. Nandu, Yes I did use Photoshop CS to boost color & contrast, to as a little sharpening, to clone out an unwanted arm, and to alter the white balance that is a little too blue.
Here's the not-nearly-as-eye-catching original.

10/1/2005 7:48:34 PM

Wendy Stevenson
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Dean this is such a GREAT shot no matter what steps you took to get to it!! You've a great eye to see this!!! Congratulations on a well deserved win!!

10/5/2005 4:32:27 PM

Lisa M. Throgmorton
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Great image! Congrats on your award. Love the rich color and light that really draws on the imaginative joy of the moment.

7/1/2006 4:36:09 PM

Lori K. Whitman
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What a fun photo!! I love it!

7/31/2006 6:52:39 PM

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