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Untitled Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
© Laurie Meehan-Elmer
Nikon D2X Digital ...
Ada Panichi
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    I love it!

7/14/2006 8:02:56 AM

Steven M. Gustafson
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Realy Cool. Love the photo!

7/14/2006 11:45:45 AM

Ellen L. Zaslaw
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Great image !

7/14/2006 2:18:52 PM


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It really is a great image. Brings back memories as I was just in Chicago with friends this past Sunday.

7/14/2006 2:48:44 PM

Ivan Chacon
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Great image , really nice photo!!!

7/14/2006 5:33:45 PM

Adriana M. Scardino
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Beautiful image!

7/14/2006 6:56:06 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Nice capture. That is really neat.

7/14/2006 7:10:25 PM

Laurie Meehan-Elmer

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Thanks for all the nice comments. Odelia, This was shot Monday. I had about an hour of free time during a very short business trip and walked around Milennium Park. I wish I'd had more time to shoot. The whole downtown area is an all you can eat buffet for street shooting.

7/14/2006 9:50:47 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist. Good luck in the next round.

8/26/2006 7:22:42 PM

Julie Robinson
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Congrats on your fantastic finalist!!!

8/27/2006 1:53:26 AM

bob cornelison
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Very fun!

8/27/2006 9:57:27 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your 1st place winner.

8/28/2006 2:25:17 PM

Ronald Balthazor
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Congratulations, Laurie. Wonderful winner.

8/28/2006 2:31:12 PM

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8/28/2006 2:36:17 PM

Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on First Place Laurie, wonderful image

8/28/2006 2:45:16 PM

Kay Beausoleil
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Such an imaginative image, Laurie -- congrautlations on your first place win!

8/28/2006 2:59:37 PM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding work; congrats on your 1st Place Win! Jeff

8/28/2006 3:39:31 PM

Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on your well-deserved First Place win!

8/28/2006 3:45:12 PM

Janine Russell
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Laurie, great colors, detail and lighting; congratulations on your First Place Win.

8/28/2006 6:11:14 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Cool and creative image!!! Congratulations on your First Place WIN!!!

8/28/2006 9:10:01 PM

Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations on this most imaginative First Place Winner, Laurie!!!

8/28/2006 10:23:12 PM

Nadya Johnson
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A huge CONGRATULATIONS (!!!!) Laurie, on this STUNNING First Place Winner! Totally superb!!

8/29/2006 9:47:26 AM

Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on your well deserved winner Laurie

8/29/2006 10:20:27 AM

Erica Murphy
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Congratulations Laurie! This is fabulous and surreal looking.


8/29/2006 11:25:40 AM

Michael S. Baker
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Much congratulations on this winning image. It is the best images I've seen at the Millenium Park. I have many similar images, but none that compares to this one. Was did you capture this, as there are always so many people around?

Interested in hearing your comments!

Mike B-

8/29/2006 12:39:40 PM

Laurie Meehan-Elmer

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Thanks to all for the really nice comments. I'm honored to have had my photo selected considering all the terrific images submitted.

Mike, This was shot on a cloudy Monday evening in between rain showers. I suspect that's what kept the crowds down (and made for some really nice light without harsh contrast). Also, most folks were staying off to the sides to avoid getting their feet wet. I happened to be wearing a pair of Gortex hiking shoes so the shallow water from the fountain wasn't a deterrent. I just stood in the middle, between the two face signs and waited for something to happen. It didn't take long. This little girl was mesmerized by the fountain and made the shot easy. I kneeled down for the best reflection and composed just tight enough to eliminate the edges of the face wall (and dull gray peripheral scene). I really wanted the message to be the little girls reaction so I left just enough of the face in for the photo to make sense. Mostly I just got lucky when all the elements came together.

8/29/2006 1:02:23 PM

Michael S. Baker
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Again, VERY nice capture. I'm looking at the little girl, in particular the lighting, and it almost looks as if she might have been layered in from another image.

Definitely a winning photograph!!!

Mike B-

8/29/2006 3:09:03 PM

Laurie Meehan-Elmer

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Mike, I wish my PS skills were up to that. I don't have the patience or ability to paste a figure and their reflection into a scene. The bright overcast light not only lit the scene nicely but the water on the ground reflected the nice even light back on her. I wish my studio set up worked as effectively.

8/29/2006 7:11:01 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations on this eye-catching winner!

9/1/2006 8:05:19 AM

Milan Banik
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Congratulations Laurie

9/1/2006 10:27:59 AM

Sue L. Cullumber
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Laurie, Gorgeous image and congrats! Very cool pic!

9/1/2006 7:28:22 PM

RC  Fritz
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Very, very creative, Laurie...Great work. Congratulations on yuor 1st P W!

9/2/2006 9:46:56 AM

Sherrye Nozaki
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Just perfect:)!!

9/3/2006 12:54:41 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Fantastic capture Laurie - Big Congrats on your FIRST PLACE WIN!!!

9/3/2006 1:28:57 PM

Ben S

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Hi Laurie,

Glad to be here. A fabulous image full of symoblism to me, the superwoman nurturing the dreams and ambitions of the girl, brilliantly isolated and portrayed in a compelling tonal range and with a perfect moment. Congratulations on a powerful and transcendant, Laurie.

Ben S

9/7/2006 1:00:35 PM

Vicki Hunt
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AWESOME! Congrats!

9/10/2006 11:00:40 AM

Maricris Macabeo
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Nice capture. Was this in Chicago? I was just there.

9/19/2006 5:41:19 PM

Claudette Foote
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So cool I love it
what great work and creativity

9/26/2006 10:34:58 AM

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10/8/2006 2:40:16 PM

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