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Caught Red Handed Photo Contest Finalist
Caught Red Handed
Caught Red Handed
© Michael S. Swaffar
Minolta Maxxum 7D ...
Janelle Barry
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    Ohmygosh, this is adorable, Michael! Expressions are delightful, and the coloring job is gorgeous. Beautiful work!

10/7/2005 2:25:52 PM

Judy A. Lawhon
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Beautiful work, Michael. Adorable kids!!

10/7/2005 2:27:57 PM

Katleen R. Struckle
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This is the most adorable image I have ever seen. The expressions are delightful. What did you do to them to get those expressions?

10/7/2005 2:43:57 PM

Ronald Lunn
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Just to cute for words.

10/7/2005 3:02:40 PM

Janine Russell
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Michael, very cute; love the expressions.

10/7/2005 3:42:51 PM

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Awesome shot Michael. I love the soft colors. My only question is what was they looking at that caused those expressions? lol

10/7/2005 3:51:15 PM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Wonderful work Michael! Great Portrait!! Jeff

10/7/2005 4:07:23 PM

Michael S. Swaffar
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Thanks everybody! Most or even all of you may realize these kids were not together for this shot, so I really have no idea what causes them to make these faces. I just hang back and let the kids do whatever they feel.

10/7/2005 6:40:08 PM

Lorri Shank
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So Sweet, Michael! HOw did you get them (all)to express that way? Great job!

10/7/2005 10:02:23 PM

Susan L. Vasquez
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LOL! Fantastic post-production work.
Letting kids do what they do, almost never fails!

10/14/2005 9:32:54 PM

April  Riggs
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This is one of the cutest pictures ever!

10/22/2005 6:33:07 PM

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Congrats :)

11/22/2005 10:46:00 PM

Theresa McCloskey

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This is so cute - wonderful shot - and congratulations :-)

11/23/2005 3:44:31 AM

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Congrats on being chosen as a finalist!!!!

11/23/2005 7:05:23 AM

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11/23/2005 9:33:49 AM

Stephanie A. Laird
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Micheal this is such a great image!

11/25/2005 10:43:57 AM

Karen Diaz
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This is tooo cute, love and and luck to you on the final...:)

11/26/2005 11:44:09 AM


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This is soooo adorable!

12/3/2005 2:25:25 PM

Darryl Wilkinson

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Fantastic image, Michael! Congratulations on your POTD!!!

12/11/2005 12:30:32 AM

Luciano Imperadori
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Very nice. Congratulations from Italy

12/11/2005 12:35:49 AM

Karen Engelbreth
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Fantastic image, Michael - big congrats on your POTD!

12/11/2005 12:58:18 AM

Kate Jackson
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Adorable ~ I just love all those expressions! Congratulations on your POTD!!

12/11/2005 1:06:53 AM

Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Sweet shot! Congratulations on your POTD!

12/11/2005 1:11:39 AM

Laurence Saliba
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Adorable POTD Michael. Congrats!!!!

12/11/2005 1:41:31 AM

Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful POTD, Michael!!

12/11/2005 2:25:18 AM

Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations, Michael. This is not just a POTD but a truly impressive image. Well done. I can only imagine what you were doing to create the attention and expressions.

12/11/2005 2:39:02 AM

Denise Denomy
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Precious! Very creative! Congrats!

12/11/2005 2:42:11 AM

Vicki Hunt
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Absolutely wonderful!!!! Congrats!

12/11/2005 3:03:50 AM

Terri L. Scribner
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Great work on this! Congrats!!

12/11/2005 3:18:34 AM

Joline Frazier
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Marvelous work. Your mastery of the photo editing skills is amazing. Congrautlations on this adorable POTD.

12/11/2005 3:24:33 AM

Krista C. Reid
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Priceless capture, Michael. Congratulations!

12/11/2005 3:25:33 AM

Bill Houghton
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What a wonderful shot Michael. Great capture.

12/11/2005 3:42:53 AM

Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

12/11/2005 3:43:29 AM

Deb Holmes
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Michael, this is just the cutest image I have ever seen, brought a smile to my face this morning. Awesome work, and the treatment you gave this image is perfect! Congrats on your POTD!

12/11/2005 4:17:33 AM

LJ Corliss
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Congrats on your POTD :)

12/11/2005 4:20:08 AM

Rob Zuidema
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Awesome photo! Truly worthy of POTD. Congratulations!

12/11/2005 4:53:24 AM

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12/11/2005 5:01:04 AM

Laura Clay-Ballard
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AWesome potd!

12/11/2005 5:08:17 AM

Joe Ciccone
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Your own collection of 'Llardo's'
very cool...congrats on POTD

12/11/2005 5:09:25 AM

Bret Tate
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Great photo. Excellent editing. This is one of those "timeles" images.

12/11/2005 5:26:30 AM

Nicole Kessel

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Congratulations, Michael! Absolutely adorable! Love the coloring!

12/11/2005 5:27:45 AM

Cindy K. Bracken
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Congratulations! This is my favorite POTD in a long time!!
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12/11/2005 6:15:12 AM

Kara Hendricks
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How did I miss this??? Wonderful Michael.. Congrats on this darling POTD!!

12/11/2005 6:37:13 AM

Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Michael, are this fabulously adorable POTD!

12/11/2005 6:51:44 AM

Jill Flynn
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What a great shot Michael! Congratulations on your POTD!!

12/11/2005 6:52:46 AM

Ed Heaton
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Hi Michael,
This is extremely well done! Congrats on POTD!!!

12/11/2005 7:06:46 AM

Susan J. Allen
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Adorable. What amazing skill in editing! It's work like this that show us what is possible and what to shoot for in excellence.

12/11/2005 7:22:39 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Michael this is just precious - right from the expressions of these 4 adorable children to your masterful post processing. A real treasure of a shot! Congrats on your most excellent POTD!!!

12/11/2005 7:27:25 AM

Jim Kinnunen
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Beautiful image, Michael...very well done and congratualtions on this most excellent POTD!:)

12/11/2005 7:52:17 AM

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12/11/2005 8:10:10 AM

Kathy F. Nash
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Ahhhh! Truly an inspiration! I hope that I may some day achieve your level of technical expertise! As for the kids... my first thought was Spanky and Our Gang! Great candid timing! -Kathy Nash

12/11/2005 8:35:36 AM

Jennifer M. Combs
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What a wonderful image. Did you take the children from other photographs and put them all seperate onto this background? You did a great job!! Also all their expression match so well to put together! Congrats on POTD!

12/11/2005 8:45:29 AM

Tracy Reehal
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What a great shot, Michael. A very classic looking photo. Awesome job with the cololring.

12/11/2005 8:48:18 AM

Vicki L. Filippin
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Fantabulous shot, Michael!. From the individual shots to the flawless editing, it's perfection personafied! Congrats on your finalist and POTD. Truly inspirational!!! :-)

12/11/2005 8:52:19 AM

Evy Johansen
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Oh.... this is adorable, Michael!! Big congratulations on your finalist and your POTD!!

12/11/2005 9:23:18 AM

Robert L. Andersen
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Wonderful Image !! Congrats !!

12/11/2005 9:35:08 AM

Brandon e. Wall
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No joke this is one of the best photos I have ever seen. my whole family was gathered around the screen to look at it.

12/11/2005 9:51:38 AM

Kristi A. Howson
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Superb work and awesome results. Love it:) Congratulations on your POTD Michael!

12/11/2005 10:13:38 AM

Gerda Grice
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Michael, I'm delighted to see this as a POTD here. Since I first saw it, it has been on eof my very favourites of yours. The expressions on the kids are an absolute delight, and your art work is excellent! Many congratulations!

12/11/2005 10:21:50 AM

Susan L. Vasquez
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a well deserved POTD :) I love this and was happy to see it again!

12/11/2005 10:57:02 AM

Patty Razonable

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Magnificent image selected as POTD!! Congratulations!! Very well done in composing the image together and the color tones is absolutely superb!! Love the different expression!!

12/11/2005 11:37:33 AM

Mary  Clarke
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Many congratulations on POTD Michael - fantastic image!

12/11/2005 12:35:50 PM

Deborah L. Brown

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Michael, such a wonderful photo. I love the 3D effect with the colors.

12/11/2005 1:22:11 PM

Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrats on this awesome POTD!!

12/11/2005 5:29:22 PM

Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on a very well deserved POTD Michael!!! You've done a great job putting it all together!

12/11/2005 5:45:16 PM

Gunther Allen
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Hi Michael - Love love love this one! Congrats on your POTD and being a finalist. The expressions are priceless! Gunther

12/11/2005 6:03:38 PM

Mary N C. Taitt
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LOL! This is very cute and funny, nice coloring! Congratulations, Michael on your finalist and POTD! Mary :-)

12/11/2005 7:14:28 PM

Paul Spooner

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That is a magnificent photo and I know that it will remind people of when they where that age and what they got caught doing. I know that is what it did for me. You did great.

12/11/2005 9:32:37 PM

Nadia Paul
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Love this one Michael ... so charming ... congrats on your POTD!

12/11/2005 10:21:11 PM

Paul Spooner

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I also wanted to say that I have a photo of myself and family simialiar to that. Thanks for the memories.

12/11/2005 11:03:08 PM

Thomas L. Thornton

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This photo needs to be published. Such an incredible capture. Good work Michael!

12/11/2005 11:53:36 PM

Kye Norton
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Awesome shots and extremely good editing. A well deserved POTD. Clearly a lot of work/thought has gone into this. I do however think that by desaturating slightly the background (particulary the green) and also the boys shirt on the right the amazing expressions you have captured would stand out more. Well done!

12/11/2005 11:53:38 PM

Avis K. Williams Caesar

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I am very impressed by the composition and the capture. I am very elated by the editing Job that you've executed here. This is the first encounter with you and your work . As a fellow photographer,conveying this one message- Please Keep up The GOOD WORK!!! Congrats on your POTD !!! Avis K. Williams Caesar

12/12/2005 8:30:43 AM

Avis K. Williams Caesar

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I am very impressed by the composition and the capture. I am very elated by the editing Job that you've executed here. This is the first encounter with you and your work . As a fellow photographer,conveying this one message- Please Keep up The GOOD WORK!!! Congrats on your POTD !!! Avis K. Williams Caesar

12/12/2005 8:31:10 AM

Jacqueline C. Harmon
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wow so adorable! congrats on a very well deserved potd!!

12/12/2005 12:50:53 PM

Tammy Aurand

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Michael,I just love this photo ! It is PRICELESS.I have to agree with some of the other comments in saying you should get this one published.Nice job.I am a former BetterPhoto student and love getting the photo of the day.Very talented photographers out there. Keep Shooting and good luck.

12/12/2005 2:25:31 PM

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12/12/2005 3:40:59 PM

Matt Hicks

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While this is a nice piece of work, I think the child on the ground throws it off a bit. He's the most obviously pasted in -- particularly where his hand is in front of the girl's dress. I also don't think he's at the same scale as the other children, either that or his head is abnormally small. I initially thought that he was the only one who wasn't actually present for the shot -- he was the one who immediately tipped me off that this wasn't just a great capture. Otherwise it is very nice, if a bit *too* cute for my taste.

12/12/2005 8:10:00 PM

Michael S. Swaffar
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What a nice surprise to come home from a long weekend and find I had a POTD and so many wonderful comments. Thank you all so much.

12/12/2005 10:04:03 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Absolutely precious, a big congratulations!

12/14/2005 9:20:48 AM

Luhut Napitupulu

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So cute and great expressions, absolutely awesome, Michael! Congrats on a well deserved POTD!

12/16/2005 8:37:09 PM

Susi Lawson
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Michael! This is so incredible! Perfect in every single way! so glad I looked back at the POTD's!!!

1/1/2006 12:45:00 AM

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4/25/2006 4:21:10 PM

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Fabulous! I don't care if they were different pictures of children! You have to be pretty brilliant in my humble opinion to be so creative!
Love it!

6/24/2006 5:13:50 AM

Dale Ann Cubbage
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This is delightful! Each of these on their own, or together, are fabulous and would make excellent greeting cards, Micheal! Superb coloring, and captures!


9/20/2006 12:16:43 PM

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2/13/2007 10:31:00 AM

Lisa R. Buffington
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Absolutely adorable! Lord, those expressions are so cute. Great job. Lisa

4/15/2007 12:45:05 PM

Sheri Lynne Raper

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i LOVE this picture!! great color & a wonderful shot!

5/9/2007 2:57:22 PM

Paula L. Berry

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This is an Outstanding Photo. I love the coloring and the expressions are priceless. Way to go!!!

9/16/2007 9:04:59 AM

Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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In my humble opinion,I do believe this image is one of the best I've seen. You captured a moment for this age that is outstanding. I think this is cause for an ovation...Bravo,well is the rest of your portfolio. Absolutely adorable Michael.

6/4/2008 5:28:49 AM

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