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ROAD TO VILLAGE
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ROAD TO VILLAGE
ROAD TO VILLAGE
Another winter morning village scene, I took last winters. Villagers are so simple and down to earth. It is always a pleasure to shoot them.
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Paul Sikora

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    Rakesh, how am I going to get anyone to look at my images if you continue to put up these magnificent pictures, that both tell a story and are visually beautiful. I almost gave up

1/3/2006 12:39:52 AM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Love the atmosphere you capture so well in your nature images, Rakesh! Beautifully done!!!

1/3/2006 12:42:33 AM

 
David L. Luchowski
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Well done, Rakesh.Beautiful tone and composition.Every picture tells a story, and there is a story behind every picture.

1/3/2006 12:43:17 AM

 
Kate Jackson
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I love all those rich dark tones and that wonderful light Rakesh. How rewarding it must feel to produce an image like this.

1/3/2006 12:43:48 AM

 
Rob Bishop
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I was about to go to bed out here in California, when this image caught my eye! Just wonderful atmosphere, Rakesh! I love it!

1/3/2006 12:49:25 AM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
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That lighting is really magical, Rakesh! I think this one will feature again. :o) Robyn

1/3/2006 12:51:03 AM

 
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WOW... Awesome image, Rakesh!!! Love it!

1/3/2006 12:52:17 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Rakesh, wonderful lighting and composition.

1/3/2006 1:18:41 AM

 
Pat Gamwell
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The lighting is exquisite, Rakesh! This is also a very moving & emotional image!

1/3/2006 2:02:41 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Wonderful light and composition, Rakesh.

1/3/2006 2:12:17 AM

 
Debbie Hartley
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This image is beautiful Rakesh!!

1/3/2006 2:20:53 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Incredibly beautiful!! I love it, too!

1/3/2006 2:25:42 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Very powerful silhouette, Rakesh! Well done!

1/3/2006 2:39:32 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Fantastic atmosphere, Rakesh - just wonderful!

1/3/2006 2:44:06 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Wonderful light and exposure.
Love the mood this creates.
Beautifully done

Bill

1/3/2006 3:04:11 AM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Another beautiful image, Rakesh!

1/3/2006 3:35:46 AM

 
Joy Rector
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Ohhh, I love this!

1/3/2006 3:54:10 AM

 
Janet L. Skinner
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I love your shots of life in India, Rakesh!! Makes me want to go back!

1/3/2006 4:12:10 AM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Beautiful silhouette shot, Rakesh! I love the contrasts and the dreamy effect with the haze in the picture. A really remarkable ARTISTIC shot. Wonderful work, my friend!!

1/3/2006 5:07:04 AM

 
Nina Shields
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What a dynamic and thought provoking image; love the insight into the lives portrayed; wonderful lighting revealing this "story"; great work!

1/3/2006 5:11:21 AM

 
Mary L. Graham
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Fantastic shot Rakesh, love the haze and the detail is amazing! =)

1/3/2006 5:44:49 AM

 
Nicole Kessel

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I love this! It is so beautiful, Rakesh!

1/3/2006 6:03:16 AM

 
Milan Banik
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like ur wonderful painting Rakesh!!!

1/3/2006 6:10:58 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Whoa...this is gorgeous Rakesh! Love how you've silhouetted the people in this shot with the mist in the background and long shadows in the front of the image!

1/3/2006 6:34:56 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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This is wonderful, Rakesh!

1/3/2006 7:11:11 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Very emotion based picture. Has some great mystery with the darkness of the morning. Great catch Rakesh!

1/3/2006 7:27:31 AM

 
Bridgette B
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Very dramatic!! Excellent image, Rakesh!!

1/3/2006 7:29:29 AM

 
Paula Dwyer
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Absolutely stunning!!!

1/3/2006 7:49:24 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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What an emotionally impacting capture Rakesh. So superb!

1/3/2006 9:12:00 AM

 
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Thank you friends for your overwhelming comments! Love you all!

1/3/2006 9:12:46 AM

 
Sandy Landon
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Another FANTASTIC image!! How are we all supposed to compete!

1/3/2006 9:28:51 AM

 
Navin Talwar
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Great work.

1/3/2006 10:15:03 AM

 
Goshka G.
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The atmosphere and mood are incredible indeed, Rakesh!! Great work!!

1/3/2006 10:17:22 AM

 
Pamela Shane
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This belongs in National Geographics
Rakesh!! Another spectacular image, & capture of daily life - love it.
Happy New Year to you & yours! :)

1/3/2006 10:38:13 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Nice slice of everyday life for these villagers! Excellent light and capture, Rakesh!

1/3/2006 10:45:28 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Sandy, Navin, Goshka and Pamela for your nice words!

1/3/2006 10:46:52 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Another excellent capture Rakesh!!!!! Awesome lighting!!!!

1/3/2006 11:11:49 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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Lovely natural capture Rakesh! :o)

1/3/2006 11:36:11 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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And another breathtaking image from you, Rakesh!! Awesome and excellent indeed!!

1/3/2006 11:45:29 AM

 
Melissa A. Mannon
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a nice peaceful scene.

1/3/2006 11:47:56 AM

 
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Rakesh you do a great job of bring parts of the world to us, who my never get see it. Wonderful photo. :o)

1/3/2006 12:30:34 PM

 
Lisa D. Greer
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Fantastic scene Rakesh! Makes for a truly gorgeous image! :)

1/3/2006 1:14:43 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Another awesome capture!

1/3/2006 2:06:14 PM

 
Jamil Saliba
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Rakesh another Stunning capture of your wonderful images the view and the soft lighting great

1/3/2006 2:26:35 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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You make such a simple scene look extraordinary!

1/3/2006 2:30:39 PM

 
Lynn Crawford
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What a lovely image, I especially like the foggy look to it and the way the sun comes down, great job :)

1/3/2006 4:06:18 PM

 
Anne D. Eigen
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Another superbe and moving image of light, silhouette, and simplicity, Rakesh! How much I enjoy seeing what you see!!!

1/3/2006 4:34:38 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Great image and mood capture!

1/3/2006 4:44:58 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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So moving...so brillant and beautiful Rakesh....wow!

1/3/2006 4:48:19 PM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Wonderful image and fantastic lighting, Rakesh!!!

1/3/2006 5:25:43 PM

 
Trisha Moe
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This is stunning...absolutely stunning!

1/3/2006 5:41:24 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Another amazing image. The lighting is just fantastic.

1/3/2006 5:46:27 PM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Wonderfully composed shadow and light. Great mood in this shot!

1/3/2006 5:49:00 PM

 
Cathy Barrows
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fantastic..love the misty light to sihouette them

1/3/2006 6:11:14 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Wow!Simply GORGEUS,Rakesh!! ... An EXCELLENT capture!!!!

1/3/2006 9:15:59 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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No doubt you have *deservedly* received ALL these wonderful comments on your image, Rakesh, but I feel I just HAVE to add another one to them!! ;o) This scene is SO-O beautifully captured, and I love E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G about it!! BRAVO!! All the best for 2006, to you and yours, my friend...and keep on clicking!! :o)

1/3/2006 10:40:12 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful....stunning...and moving. I love this Rakesh. Thanks for sharing your part of the world through your wonderful photographs! Love it :)

1/4/2006 3:39:45 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Just wonderful. I love the walkers going down the path. And capturing that mist is really stunning. Love it.
Wish simpler times were here like this.

1/4/2006 11:52:43 AM

 
Kirsi Bertolini
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Can I just say that you mastered the light here! Among everything else..

1/4/2006 5:34:54 PM

 
Dorann Weber
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What a beautiful, outstanding photo Rakesh.. Wonderful coloring and lighting...

1/4/2006 5:44:57 PM

 
Jeff Lovinger
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Rakesh,
Simply beautiful. Again this, and your amazing other images bring back such beautiful memories of my travels in India. I am wondering what area you are from?
Thanks for sharing with us.

1/4/2006 7:28:39 PM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Another outstanding image. It's a joy to see your work. RAM

1/4/2006 8:11:59 PM

 
Chris Macer

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Wonderful earthy feel to this, Rakesh! Outstanding!

1/4/2006 8:21:41 PM

 
Donna Roberts
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Dare I say this is *another* finalist waiting in the wings to become a winner?
This is one of those images which makes you stop and be quiet for a time as you savour the moment.
Love this......very well done.
:-) ddu

1/4/2006 8:41:43 PM

 
Desiree M. Bento
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Ah Rakesh, how this image just makes me feel like I am right there! Aloha and Happy New Year my friend!

1/4/2006 10:25:48 PM

 
S P Mukherji
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Absolutely magical Rakeshji! This is the real Rakesh Syal that I know!!

1/5/2006 5:34:26 AM

 
Cathy Stancil
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Love the feel this image evoques...another beautiful image Rakesh !

1/6/2006 11:57:57 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Another wonderful capture Rakesh ~ I love the light in these early morning shots!

1/6/2006 2:14:43 PM

 
John Connolly
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A delightful classic morning image Rakesh, and what a creative presentation!

1/7/2006 1:29:27 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Stunning shot Rakesh! Everything's just perfect - I have no doubt this is a winner!! Great light, composition and mood!

1/7/2006 7:55:15 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you friends for such a wonderful response!

1/7/2006 11:07:42 PM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
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WOW, Rakesh, this is stunningly beautiful. The lighting is Amazing, and so it the composition, love the sihouettes! Mary :-)

1/9/2006 4:41:29 AM

 
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Fabulous lighting and mood Rakesh!!! Another stunning image!!

1/9/2006 3:31:45 PM

 
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Thank you Mary!

Thank you Renee!

1/10/2006 8:09:29 AM

 
Claudette Foote
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WOW...
Awesome image, Rakesh!!!
Love it!
STUNNING...

1/14/2006 9:22:24 PM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Wonderful mood evoking photo, Rakesh!

Cathy :)

1/19/2006 9:38:37 AM

 
Lorri Shank
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Wow--another Wow. I love these images that conjure up questions for me--who are they, where are they going? The exposure/light is magnificent. A beautiful image, Rakesh!

2/4/2006 5:09:42 PM

 
Beth F.
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This image is truly stunning....very beautiful!

2/10/2006 11:05:19 PM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Another BIG congratulations on your finalists, Rakesh! Bravo!!!

2/21/2006 2:36:09 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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Fantastic Rakesh!!! Congratulations!!!!

2/21/2006 2:41:33 AM

 
Rudra Mandal
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Big Congratulations Sir!!
Best of luck for the next round :)

2/21/2006 3:23:12 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you all for big support, my friends!

2/21/2006 4:19:53 AM

 
Jill M. Flusemann
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Congratulations! This image is so well-deserving!

2/21/2006 4:32:51 AM

 
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Congratulations on your wonderful Finalists!!!

2/21/2006 4:53:27 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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very exotic! love it! congrats!

2/21/2006 5:33:48 AM

 
Melissa A. Mannon
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congratulations Rakesh!

2/21/2006 6:02:05 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Congratulations, Rakesh, on your well deserved finalists, and good luck!

2/21/2006 6:09:14 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congraulations Rakesh on this excellent finalist!! Best of luck to you in the next round!!

2/21/2006 6:23:12 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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So well deserved! Congratulations!

2/21/2006 6:39:24 AM

 
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Rakesh!

2/21/2006 6:57:19 AM

 
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Congratulations, Rakesh!! Good luck with this fine image.

2/21/2006 7:09:09 AM

 
Kevin Burns

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congrats!!

2/21/2006 7:17:55 AM

 
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Thank you so much for support, friends!

2/21/2006 7:44:58 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Many congrats rakesh ~ wonderful shot and well deserved finalist!

2/21/2006 9:05:54 AM

 
Bridgette B
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Congratulations Rakesh!! This is a beautiful image!

2/21/2006 9:09:59 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Congratulations, Rakesh!!

2/21/2006 9:45:32 AM

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

Cathy :)

2/21/2006 9:50:08 AM

 
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Another wonderful finalist ! Big congrats Rakesh :O)

2/21/2006 9:55:44 AM

 
Jamil Saliba
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BIG CONGRATS RAKESH GOOD LUCK IN THE SECOND ROUND

2/21/2006 10:37:47 AM

 
Marvin H. Gohlke Jr.
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Congratulations Rakesh, good luck in the finals, my friend!!

2/21/2006 10:42:11 AM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Wonderful work Rakesh, Congratulations!

2/21/2006 11:47:20 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Rakesh. Good luck.

2/21/2006 1:51:29 PM

 
Daniel Diaz
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Big Congrats on your finalists Rakesh, this one's my fave!!

2/21/2006 2:27:25 PM

 
Robyn Mackenzie
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Congratulations on this truly magical image, Rakesh - it deserves to go further! :o) Robyn

2/21/2006 2:29:49 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Congrats, my friend! This definetly belongs in an art gallery!

2/21/2006 2:57:59 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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Congrats on all your finalists Rakesh!
They are well deserved. Good luck!
Lorri

2/21/2006 4:53:37 PM

 
Goshka G.
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Congrtas on your wonderful finalists, Rakesh!!

2/21/2006 5:04:28 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Beautiful. Congrats, Rakesh.

2/21/2006 5:53:07 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Great to see this again...Congrats on your Finalist :)

2/21/2006 6:08:21 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Rakesh on this beautiful finalist!

2/21/2006 6:38:56 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Amazing finalist, Rakesh! Huge congratulations!

2/21/2006 6:48:24 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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WOW!!! I am overwhelmed, thanks!

2/21/2006 8:39:34 PM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your finalist Rakesh and good luck in the next round!

2/21/2006 8:55:09 PM

 
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Such a beautiful image, Rakesh! Congratulations and best of luck to you!

2/21/2006 10:56:13 PM

 
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You've done it again, Rakesh!! Congratulations on this dynamic WIN, dear friend!! Wow!!

2/21/2006 11:11:08 PM

 
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist Rakesh!

2/22/2006 1:05:31 AM

 
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Easy-paced atmosphere.

2/22/2006 2:47:04 AM

 
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Thank you Jill, Joy, Susan, Debbie and Judges for encoragement!

2/22/2006 5:17:38 AM

 
Chris Macer

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Awesome as always, Rakesh! Many congrats to you! Best of luck as well!! :)

2/22/2006 6:13:10 AM

 
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Congratulations on a well deserved finalist Rakesh! WINNER!

2/22/2006 6:23:42 AM

 
Joanne C. Anderson
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Congratulations Rakesh!!! Amazing work of art!!

2/22/2006 7:02:28 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Chris and Patricia!!!

2/22/2006 7:02:47 AM

 
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Thank you Joanne!!

2/22/2006 7:31:14 AM

 
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I love this so much, I wish it was mine! We are all pulling for a win on this one! Congrats!

2/22/2006 10:06:28 AM

 
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Both your finalists are winners Rakeshji! At least I hope so!

2/22/2006 10:43:20 AM

 
Navin Talwar
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Congrats.

2/22/2006 10:59:02 AM

 
Milan Banik
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Congratulations Rakesh ,my favourite one!

2/22/2006 11:18:56 AM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Love this mood Rakesh! Congratulations and best of luck!

2/22/2006 11:22:56 AM

 
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Nice mood to the light here.

2/22/2006 3:52:18 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS once again, Rakesh, and continued good luck to you in the next round with your Finalists!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

2/22/2006 5:46:27 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thanks for the big support friends!

2/22/2006 8:02:39 PM

 
Claudette Foote
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Congratulations on your wonderful Finalists!!!

2/23/2006 6:58:24 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Claudette for your supportive comments!

2/23/2006 8:24:22 AM

 
Jeff Lovinger
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This is still one of my favorites. The light and mood really set the scene. Good luck.

2/23/2006 12:14:58 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Rakesh!

2/23/2006 12:34:22 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Jeff and Judy, I am sitting with my fingers crossed!

2/23/2006 12:37:55 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Thought we might see this one again. Congratulations on a great image

2/23/2006 2:03:09 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Beautiful work, congratulations on your finalist win!!

2/23/2006 7:22:34 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Stephen!

Thank you Donna!

2/23/2006 11:31:14 PM

 
Jimmy Bhogal
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Beautiful and very creative !

2/24/2006 6:39:47 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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I loved this from the moment I saw it.
Congratulations Rakesh!

2/24/2006 8:15:45 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Donna, your words means a lot to me, God Bless you!

2/24/2006 10:16:13 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations on this amazing finalist!

2/24/2006 5:21:48 PM

 
Margaret Sikora
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Congratulations Rakesh on such a beautiful photo and being a Finalist,

2/24/2006 10:41:12 PM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Tammy and Margaret for your nice words!

2/25/2006 8:41:03 PM

 
Niels Sandal
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Great picture! Perfect light.

3/3/2006 11:56:51 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you so much, Niels!!

3/3/2006 8:56:53 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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Rakesh, this was a *MOST* deserving Finalist...and, IMHO, should have received a placing!!! ;o) It's SUCH a BEAUTIFUL image!!! :o)

3/4/2006 12:15:15 AM

 
Sandra Freyler
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This is really beautiful, Rakesh! Wonderful work and Congratulations! :)

4/17/2006 5:02:58 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you Carolyn!
Thank you Sandra!

4/17/2006 11:45:42 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Happened to come upon this image while surfing. For me, this is a stand out image...absolutely beautiful. There are many scenes that I see while browsing BP...this one has an elusive quality that none of the others have.

4/19/2006 11:00:28 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Thank you, Melissa!!

4/19/2006 11:51:54 AM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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Rakesh, this is truly excellent! I'm so impressed with the lighting and mood you have captured here. So well done!!

5/17/2006 11:07:23 PM

 
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