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Soft Shadows

BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Soft Shadows
Soft Shadows
This was created by using my version of the Orton Technique.
Before pasting the blurred version, I flipped the other version up side down and pasted. I then blended with Multiply thus achieving the effects of the softened shadows.

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Margie Hurwich
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    Wonderful work on this image with fantastic results!


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11/3/2006 6:51:08 AM

 
Doug A. Newman
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This is stunning in the depth of colors, Melissa. Well done!


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11/3/2006 6:56:46 AM

 
Crystal M. Gove  

BEAUTIFUL image, Melissa :o)!! I really like the colors here and the shadows look really cool!


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11/3/2006 6:59:25 AM

 
Chastity Abbott
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Yes...this is excellent!! Love the shadows and the colors!....you are just awesome at portraits as these...wonderful Orton applied!!! Keep up the most awesome work, Melissa!!! :o)


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11/3/2006 6:59:26 AM

 
Joy Rector
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gorgeous, great job


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11/3/2006 7:06:23 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Lovely colours and effects Melissa ~ I've yet to learn about that technique but it sounds great!


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11/3/2006 7:06:29 AM

 
Amy Jackson
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Wonderful image, Melissa!! Great effects!


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11/3/2006 7:16:01 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Very creative use of Orton effect, Melissa. Awesome job.


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11/3/2006 7:18:52 AM

 
Denise M. Snyder
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This is just beautiful Melissa - wonderful rich colors.


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11/3/2006 7:23:25 AM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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OUTSTANDING, Melissa! I think we'll see this one again! <><


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11/3/2006 7:27:35 AM

 
David Phalen
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Awesome, creative work of art!


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11/3/2006 7:29:00 AM

 
ADILSON F. FERREIRA
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Very creative Melissa!!!
Fantastic image!!!


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11/3/2006 7:32:20 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Beautiful!!! With apologies to Mr. Orton, I think we can call this the Melissa G. technique -- !? Flipping the image was a stroke of genius! WONDERFUL result! I do think we'll be seeing this again.


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11/3/2006 7:35:41 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Beautiful, Melissa. :O)


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11/3/2006 7:38:07 AM

 
Shelly L. Rauscher
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The colors snatched my attention right away Melissa, so striking! Awesome effects, this is a beautiful eyeful!


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11/3/2006 7:44:41 AM

 
Gary Lange
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Excellent PS skills, Melissa! Very nice soft shadows.


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11/3/2006 7:46:16 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Extravaganza of shadows, lighting and colors!! Melissa, your work here is absolutely delightful!! Love it.


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11/3/2006 7:52:53 AM

 
Holly Shao
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Very beautiful colors, curves, and softness, Melissa!!

Love the composition and effects.

Holly


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11/3/2006 8:05:40 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Margie, Doug, Crystal, Chastity, Joy, Susie, Amy, Paul, Denise, Nadine, David, Adilson,Nadya, Doc, Shelly, Gary, Susana and Holly for taking a look and leaving such wonderful comments!!!


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11/3/2006 8:32:56 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful abstract, Melissa!


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11/3/2006 8:37:54 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Wonderful colors and shadows! Great job Melissa!!!


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11/3/2006 8:41:49 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thank you Karen and Hendrik for dropping by and leaving these wonderful comments!!!


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11/3/2006 9:43:39 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow Melissa, this is beautiful, gorgeous colours, lighting and lovely effects, great work!


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11/3/2006 10:51:06 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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This turned out really great Melissa! Nice work! Jeff


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11/3/2006 11:20:53 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Lynne and Jeff for taking a look and leaving these wonderful comments!!!


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11/3/2006 11:24:52 AM

 
Shirley L. Carpenter
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Excellent image and work Melissa!!


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11/3/2006 11:56:19 AM

 
Carol Sawyer
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Beautiful image and work, Melissa!!


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11/3/2006 12:15:22 PM

 
John Connolly
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Wonderful original creative DD work here, Melissa! A magical result!


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11/3/2006 12:43:51 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Very creative abstract, Melissa.
Sam


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11/3/2006 12:47:35 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Shirley, Carol, John and Sam for taking a look and commenting. Much appreciated!!!


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11/3/2006 1:38:28 PM

 
LENA U. FRIEDMAN
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Love the colors and shadows! Very deep and rich! Wonderful work!


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11/3/2006 1:49:16 PM

 
maria I. Warren
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very nice colors great job


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11/3/2006 1:50:36 PM

 
Ken Jarvis
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Nice job Melissa! Great colours and shadows.


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11/3/2006 1:52:48 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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I am going to have to try this, Melissa!! What a fantastic modification of Orton!!


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11/3/2006 1:56:43 PM

 
eileen bedford
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Beautiful work on this Melissa. love the colors...


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11/3/2006 2:11:24 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Lena, Maria, Ken, Ronald and Eileen for dropping by and leaving your wonderful comments!!!


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11/3/2006 2:31:51 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Beautiful colors and shadows Melissa. My first thought when I saw this was that it reminded me of a kilt I wore when I was in 5th grade...does anyone remember...scottish plaids with a pin to hold the skirt together? I guess I am probably dating myself for sure...thanks for bringing me back in time for just a minute or two!


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11/3/2006 3:19:28 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Love it Melissa. Great colors and design!


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11/3/2006 3:27:28 PM

 

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I agree, it reminded me of a beautiful plaid! Wonderful efects, Melissa!


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11/3/2006 3:59:45 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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Wonderful creative work. beautiful results.


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11/3/2006 6:27:37 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Wow, nice work.


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11/3/2006 6:50:09 PM

 
Hector Contreras
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Lovely colors and shadows! well done Melissa
Heco


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11/3/2006 6:56:56 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Lauri, Cheryl, Joyce, Tamara, Tonya and Heco for your great comments!!


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11/3/2006 8:06:06 PM

 
Swati Gavde
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Excellent work Melissa!!


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11/3/2006 10:13:18 PM

 
Michael Khoury
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Very lovely and unique colour story Melissa, has an abstract feel to it...
M


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11/4/2006 1:45:02 AM

 
Lani J
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This is absolutely stunning, Melissa!! I LOVE IT!!! :o) I hope we see it again!


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11/4/2006 2:50:01 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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GORGEOUS image, Melissa!!!


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11/4/2006 4:21:37 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Gorgeous abstract image, colors and effects, Melissa!


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11/4/2006 5:28:46 AM

 
Karim Abiali
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WOW, gorgeous colors.


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11/4/2006 6:02:06 AM

 
Bill Wyatt
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Wonderful lighting and shadows. I love the colors and full frame composition, Melissa!


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11/4/2006 6:18:10 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Swati, Michael, Lani, Colette, Jessica, Karim and Bill for taking a look and leaving these wonderful comments!!!


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11/4/2006 6:51:54 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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Stunning presentation Melissa. So soft and flowing with a nice fluent feel.


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11/4/2006 7:41:45 AM

 
Z. Banu
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Love the colors very beautiful image..superb capture Melissa


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11/4/2006 7:55:16 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Kaye and Zaanat for dropping by and having a look. I appreciate your comments very much!!!


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11/4/2006 2:54:43 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Melissa, nice effects! Very well done!


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11/4/2006 3:04:52 PM

 
Esther Smith
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Excellent work Melissa! Very pretty!


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11/4/2006 5:03:14 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Ohhhh Melissa! This is just gorgeous! You are such a creative artist! Love it! Bet this will be a winner!
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11/4/2006 7:23:52 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Ken, Esther, and Jo Ann for taking a look and leaving these terrific comments!!


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11/4/2006 7:35:34 PM

 
Virginia Leone
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Very pretty image, love the colors!


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11/5/2006 8:45:48 AM

 
Pamela Shane
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So creative, & lovely Melissa - love the softness. :)


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11/5/2006 9:01:18 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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11/5/2006 12:43:04 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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Love the colors and feel of this shot.


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11/6/2006 3:33:02 AM

 
Graeme Chow
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Excellent works. I like the colors and the shadows play, Melissa.


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11/6/2006 7:33:40 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Creative and pretty..love the softness of the colors and the shadows!


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11/7/2006 6:34:17 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks douglas, Graeme and Shelly taking a look and leaving there wonderful remarks!!


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11/7/2006 9:14:43 AM

 
Ivan Chacon
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Stunning and very "Unique" image! :)


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11/13/2006 5:41:55 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Ivan for your comments!!!


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11/13/2006 10:15:18 AM

 
Susana Heide
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Congrats Melissa on being featured in the DD Newsletter with this image! You did a great job with this technique!


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11/16/2006 7:46:30 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Susana for giving me the heads up on the DD newsletter. I took a look and there it was. Thanks for your comments, as well!!!


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11/16/2006 8:30:47 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulatons on your Digital Darkroom feature. I love the creativity and feel to this!!


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11/16/2006 11:59:53 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Beautiful floral shot Melissa !!


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11/17/2006 3:02:06 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Donna and Sylvia for your great comments!!


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11/17/2006 5:02:15 PM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
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Super, Melissa, I love the effect of your flipped Orton! Wonderful shadows! Congratulations on being featured in DD! Mary :-D


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11/20/2006 6:57:07 AM

 
Kate Jackson
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Gorgeous!! Love those soft shadows Melissa!


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11/20/2006 7:09:50 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Thanks Mary and Kate for your terrific comments!!!


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11/20/2006 8:26:18 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Beautiful image, Melissa!!! Congratulations on being featured in the DD newsletter! Great job on the effects!


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11/21/2006 6:06:56 PM

 
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