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Cox Arboretum Bridge

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Cox Arboretum Bridge
Cox Arboretum Bridge
Colored and added effects in PSE.

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© Nicole Kessel
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Paula Kelly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
    Vert nice shot I like this photo and the effects.


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11/16/2005 6:04:36 AM

 
Mary Dimitriw
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Nice effect work. I just love this whole scene, it's so mystical looking.


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11/16/2005 6:05:47 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Like the mysitical look. Wonderful effects. :o)


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11/16/2005 6:36:58 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Gorgeous image Nicole!! Love the effects!! mlg~


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11/16/2005 7:15:41 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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LOVE the way this looks Nicole ... magical and dreamy. The tones are GORGEOUS. WOW!!!!


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11/16/2005 9:22:42 AM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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OMGOSH Nicole...I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! WOW....GORGEOUS!!! Awesome reflection & the effects you did are splendid!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!


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11/16/2005 10:01:11 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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What a magical look you have given this, Nicole, awesome job!


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11/16/2005 11:21:51 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Absolutely beautiful scene, Nicole, with really lovely effects!!


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11/16/2005 12:44:04 PM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Fantastic job on this one. Two thumbs up from me. RAM


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11/16/2005 5:41:21 PM

 
Lisa Clark
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Stunning image and PS work. Looks like a winner!!


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11/16/2005 9:15:42 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Paula, Mary, Dr. S, Michelle, Jill, Alisha, Deb, Goshka, Randy, and Lisa! I appreciate all of your wonderful comments so very much!! :)


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11/16/2005 9:50:28 PM

 
Desiree M. Bento
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WOW! Nicole, this BW and effects are just amazing!


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11/16/2005 10:05:51 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, for your kind comments, Desiree! :)


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11/16/2005 10:23:51 PM

 
Mary Timman
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This is awesome Nicole. I love the image and the tones. Wow...


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11/19/2005 1:38:00 PM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Wonderful photo and effects, Nicole!

Cathy :)


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11/19/2005 6:12:14 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Mary and Cathy!


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11/19/2005 9:37:05 PM

 
Sandra Freyler
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WOW! Beautiful image, Nicole! Great work!


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11/20/2005 5:22:54 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Sandra! :)


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11/21/2005 2:52:42 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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You've created a beautiful fairy scene Nicole ! Gorgeous use of effects :o)


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11/21/2005 10:06:27 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you very much, Sylvia! :)


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11/22/2005 10:39:36 AM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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This is lovely and mysterious Nicole---I really really like it. Beautiful toning as well.


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11/22/2005 2:02:54 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you so much, Connie!


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11/22/2005 8:31:27 PM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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I love the setting, tones, and effects you have done to this shot. Wonderful work!!


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11/23/2005 6:34:15 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you very much, Marvin for your very nice comments!


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11/23/2005 7:04:02 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is a beautiful image Nicole. Great shot. Thanks fo your comments on my photo.
Bill


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11/25/2005 8:58:33 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Bill!


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11/25/2005 6:32:30 PM

 
Katrina Diaz
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This is lovely, Nicole! I've been here a few times and the bridge is really very nice! Your effects work wonders here...great work! ; )
~K


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11/27/2005 9:32:56 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Katrina! It is definitely one of my favorite places to photograph!


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11/27/2005 2:57:13 PM

 
Kiran Voleti
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Wonderful Capture....
-k@n


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11/27/2005 8:09:18 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Kiran!


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11/28/2005 8:58:46 AM

 
Wayne Nolting
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Very nice capture and I like the filter(s) you used. Which filter did you select to give it that "dreamy" look?


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12/17/2005 9:32:01 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thanks Wayne. I used a combination of filters on this one. I still have to apply the effects to the original file. I was just playing around with the smaller version. So unfortunately, I don't really remember. Once I pull out the original and work on it I'll let you know if I can achieve the same results. I know I used a combination of gaussian blur, diffuse glow, dodge and burn, as well as some filter from virtual photographer. I'm glad you like it! :)


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12/19/2005 1:29:19 PM

 
Chris Macer  

Congrats on the finalist, Nicole!


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12/20/2005 8:37:20 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Nicole!

Cathy :)


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12/20/2005 8:57:14 AM

 
Dr Silly
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CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE. :o)


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12/20/2005 9:02:05 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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I remember this stunning and beautiful image Nicole. Congratulations on your win and good luck in the next round!


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12/20/2005 9:39:45 AM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Love the effects, Nicole, congratulations!


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12/20/2005 9:41:34 AM

 
Sandy Landon
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Love the effects on this!! Gorgeous!! Congrats!!


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12/20/2005 10:02:37 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Wonderful congratulations, Nicole, on this wonderful finalist!


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12/20/2005 10:35:37 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Told you it was beautiful. Congratulations and good luck!


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12/20/2005 11:05:27 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your finalist...beautiful


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12/20/2005 12:04:34 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congratulations Nicole :o)


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12/20/2005 1:09:11 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Nicole!!


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12/20/2005 3:37:25 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Congratulations, Nicole on this beautiful finalist win!!!!


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12/20/2005 5:44:53 PM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Nicole! Beautiful!!


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12/20/2005 8:26:45 PM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations Nicole, way to go!


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12/21/2005 6:53:02 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Big congrats, Nicole!!


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12/21/2005 3:38:44 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Chris, Cathy, Dr S, Jill, Deborah, Sandy, Terry, Mary, Cathy B., Sylvia, Jenny, Donna, Marie, Deb, and Goshka...

Thank you all for your incredible support! I appreciate everyone's comments so very much!


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12/21/2005 5:11:56 PM

 
Don Holland
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Congratulations, very deserving! Wonderful PSE work!


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12/21/2005 6:57:19 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Congratulations on this well deserved finalist, Nicole!!!


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12/21/2005 10:03:47 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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So beautifully done!!!
Congratulations, Nicole, on your finalist.
Best of luck on the next round.


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12/22/2005 9:00:58 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Don, Rakesh, and Nobi for all of your nice comments! :)


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12/22/2005 8:14:22 PM

 
Sandy Landon
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Congrats on your win!! Fantastic


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12/22/2005 10:57:16 PM

 
Mary Timman
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Well deserved Nicole. Congratulations.


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12/23/2005 5:30:32 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Congratulations, Nicole!!


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12/23/2005 6:01:41 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Nicole congratulations on your big win.:o)


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12/23/2005 6:25:37 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Nicole on this win. It is STUNNING, I love it, well deserved!


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12/23/2005 6:43:03 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Congratulations Nicole !!!!! :o)


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12/23/2005 6:56:57 AM

 
Chris Macer  

Congrats on the win, Nicole! Way to go! :)


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12/23/2005 7:09:19 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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This is so beautiful Nicole. I LOVE this!!!! Congratulations on your win!


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12/23/2005 7:56:04 AM

 
Deborah  Sandidge
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Beautiful work, congratulations Nicole!


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12/23/2005 7:56:45 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Super congratulations, Nicole, on this fabulous second place win!


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12/23/2005 10:15:09 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Congratulations!!!!Well deserved!!!!


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12/23/2005 11:35:22 AM

 
Katrina Diaz
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Congratulations, Nicole!!! ; )
~K


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12/23/2005 12:23:24 PM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Nicole!!


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12/23/2005 6:03:03 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations, Nicole!!!
Fabulous win!!!


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12/23/2005 7:07:26 PM

 
Cora Miller
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The ethereal mood you've created is wonderful. Congratulations on your win!


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12/23/2005 9:41:36 PM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Congratulations on your excellent win! Merry Christmas!

ccc


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12/24/2005 1:51:45 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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Congratulations on your fabulous winner Nicole! Superb work! :o)


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12/24/2005 2:11:06 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations on this beautiful winner Nicole, Bravo!


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12/24/2005 4:35:10 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Very Pretty Nicole!!Congratulations On Your Win!!


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12/24/2005 4:42:00 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this awesome winner Nicole


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12/24/2005 9:32:04 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Sandy, Mary, Marie, Dr S, Barbara, Sylvia, Chris, Jill, Deborah, Terry, Hendrik, Katrina, Jenny, Nobi, Cora, Candice, Alison, Deb, Terry, Donna, Everyone...

Thank you all for wonderful notes of congrats and fabulous comments! Everyone has given me such great support at BP and it is always appreciated! I hope everyone has a terrific holiday and a wonderful New Year!


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12/24/2005 12:54:55 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Congratulations on this outstanding win, Nicole!!! I love the tones and effects! Well done! Merry Christmas!


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12/24/2005 5:40:55 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Sharon! Merry Christmas to you, too!


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12/24/2005 9:52:47 PM

 
Tracy Reehal
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The effects give this photo sort of a noirish ambience...I really like this. You've created/captured a wonderful mood photo...emotionally provoking. Awesome PS work. Congrats to you for a well-deserved win!


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12/25/2005 2:09:19 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Tracy for your comments! I appreciate the great feedback!


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12/25/2005 4:26:37 PM

 
Terrill Province
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So happy for you on your win! Love this image ~ CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND!!!


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12/26/2005 7:53:42 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Terrill! :)


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12/27/2005 11:57:16 AM

 
William Moore
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great work and congrats on all your winning photos and finalists


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12/29/2005 7:30:08 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, William! I appreciate your comments!


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12/29/2005 8:33:16 AM

 
bob cornelison
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Nice work!
Congrats!
~:O)


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12/29/2005 5:01:37 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thanks so very much, Bob!


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12/31/2005 4:31:00 PM

 
Debra P. Chenault
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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Love the effects!!!!


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12/31/2005 7:56:30 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Debra for your great comments!


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1/1/2006 6:27:39 PM

 
Alton I. Vance
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Beautiful work, congratulations on your win! Well deserved.


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1/9/2006 1:19:52 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Alton!


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1/10/2006 7:44:03 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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Nicloe, I have always admired this winning image. Many times I have looked at it and wondered what filters you used for some to be in focus and some not. Hope you will give me a clue. I love it and think it is your best work.


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1/19/2006 7:18:23 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Nicole!

Cathy :)


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1/19/2006 12:18:09 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thanks very much for the nice comments, Karen and Cathy!

Karen, I use what I like to call an artistic approach when digitally enhancing an image. I just keep applying different filters and effects until I get the look I'm going for. Kind of like working on a painting. So, I don't recall the exact steps but, I will email you what I remember. Thanks again!


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1/19/2006 12:33:58 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Excellent image...belated congrats.


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2/10/2006 10:21:24 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thanks, Corinne!


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2/13/2006 10:07:18 AM

 
Brenda M. Wolfensberger
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Nicole, I just found this image and wanted to congratulate you on such an amazing capture. It's a breathtaking image and very well deserved win. Congrats!


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3/6/2006 8:15:46 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thanks very much, Brenda!!


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3/10/2006 6:36:25 AM

 
Jill Odice
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Nicole, don't know how I missed this gorgeous shot! Glad the judges didn't miss it! :-) I love everything about this, I bet it would be incredible framed and hung!


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3/15/2006 7:49:07 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you so much, Jill!! :)


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3/23/2006 6:25:27 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Totally stupendous, Nicole! Such a perfect shot! Congratulations on this gorgeous image and on your other placements, too!


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3/27/2006 11:36:57 AM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you Nadya for your very nice comments!!


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3/29/2006 7:16:58 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Hi Nicole, this is an awesome image! Love your PS work! I'm new to Better Photo and really have enjoyed looking through all the awesome galleries. Yours is one of them! :-) Can you give me some instructions on achieving a look like this? Thanks!


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8/4/2006 1:04:14 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Hi Nicole, this is an awesome image! Love your PS work! I'm new to Better Photo and really have enjoyed looking through all the awesome galleries. Yours is one of them! :-) Can you give me some instructions on achieving a look like this? Thanks!


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8/4/2006 1:05:14 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Well, didn't mean to send the same comment twice! It said there was an error sending and try again. :-) Well, it just tells you how much I like the image! lol


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8/4/2006 1:07:02 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you so much, Cheryl! You are incredibly sweet! It's been so long I can't say I remember what exactly I did to this photo. I mentioned in a comment above some of the things I applied to it. I hope that helps a little! I really appreciate your taking the time to comment! :)


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8/4/2006 5:50:30 PM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Gorgeous.


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10/5/2006 12:26:37 PM

 
Nicole Kessel  

Thank you, Roxanne!


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10/9/2006 7:47:49 PM

 
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