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Big City, Bright Lights

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Big City, Bright Lights
Big City, Bright Lights
Image was made from pictures of buildings I have taken in all different cities. The actual pano is 27 by 92 inches long.

For each building object that I created I did the following -

1) applied mystical lighting to each building with different custom light caster settings to get the colors/light.

2) applied flaming pear kyotocolor to each object to "kick up the color"

3) combined all objects together and applied the PS Midnight blue action. I then only kept the top layer which was the screen layer.

4) combined the "screen" layer from the Midnight action with the building images that already had mystical and kyoto color applied in screen mode at 100%.

5) combined all objects and applied Mystical TTC tonal smooth filter at about 70%.
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Joan Kocak
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    very cool shot Heather!


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3/16/2007 4:40:20 AM

 
Kiran Voleti
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Thanks for showing all the cities in colorful way..


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3/16/2007 4:56:31 AM

 
Linda M. Walker
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This is so impressive...what a creative and amazing image WOW!!! Thanks for sharing how you created this masterpiece


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3/16/2007 5:04:00 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Amazing work, Heather!


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3/16/2007 5:25:30 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Looks like a winner here to me. Awesome work!


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3/16/2007 5:49:49 AM

 
Robert Baer
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creative, colorful, awesome creation heather! thanks for sharing the process.


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3/16/2007 6:17:22 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Boy, I'd love to see this in person Heather!! :0) Wonderful resulting pano image from your creative PS work. It is so retro and reminds me of some of the art work done back in the 50s-60s. Great job!!


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3/16/2007 7:44:34 AM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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Outstanding work of Art Heather...wonderfully created with georgous colors and detail


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3/16/2007 7:52:24 AM

 
Mike Perez
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Beautiful vibrant image, Heather. Great PS work!


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3/16/2007 8:54:23 AM

 
Kimi A. Phillips
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Fantastic Heather! I bet this would show really well in an upbeat, fun gallery WINDOW!!!!


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3/16/2007 11:16:15 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Brilliant work, Heather! Love the concept and vibrant colors and hues.


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3/16/2007 11:36:52 AM

 
Joan Powell
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Wonderful !!!


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3/16/2007 2:20:55 PM

 
Darryl Wilkinson  

Quite the attention getter! This really is cool. Great idea and work, Heather.


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3/16/2007 2:37:39 PM

 
Arlene Krassner
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Heather this is a real treat and thanks so much for sharing the work flow.


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3/16/2007 3:29:27 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Stunning Pano, Heather! Incredible effects, colors and design elements!


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3/16/2007 3:51:21 PM

 
David Phalen
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Winner!!! Fantastic work Heather.


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3/16/2007 5:10:50 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Absolutely fantastic image, Heather. Excellent digital darkroom work.


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3/16/2007 6:49:12 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Heather, great colors, shapes, clarity and effects.


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3/16/2007 7:51:44 PM

 
Robin R.
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Cool images with eye catching color. Nice work.


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3/17/2007 9:32:18 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I love this image! It would make a great panoramic poster. Wonderful colors and super PS work--thanks for your description.


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10/19/2007 3:56:54 AM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations - fantastic finalist, Heather!!


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4/22/2009 6:35:35 PM

 
Lois J. Adomite
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Congratulations, creative finalist entry. lois


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4/22/2009 7:04:26 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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This is Well On Its Way To The
Winners Circle!!!! Grand Prize!!! :o)

Fabulous finalist!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

~J~


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4/22/2009 8:44:33 PM

 
A P
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Well all that work sure paid off. This is awesome Heather. WoW Congratulations on this finalist and best of luck in the next round.


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4/22/2009 9:13:45 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Perseverance pays. CONGRATULATIONS on this stunning Finalist, Heather. Good luck again!

Usman.


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4/22/2009 11:25:24 PM

 
Robert Baer
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Heather
this image was well worth your work! It is a winner in my eyes. congratulations!


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4/23/2009 8:11:30 AM

 
Allen O. Howard
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A great description of all the labor that went into this beautiful image, Heather! Congratulations!


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4/25/2009 8:54:17 AM

 
Susan and Neil Silverman
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Heather, We are delighted to see your progress and this is a stunning image. Great job!


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4/27/2009 10:56:12 AM

 
Kim  Kleinschmidt
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Congratulations on your Winner! Outstanding image!


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4/27/2009 2:05:26 PM

 
Pat Abbott
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Heather, the colors are so gorgeous! Congrats on your win!


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4/27/2009 4:39:38 PM

 
Larry L. Redmon
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Amazing work, Heather! Congratulations!


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4/27/2009 4:57:48 PM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Outstanding creativity, Heather. Huge congratulations on this spectacular winner.


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4/27/2009 5:39:22 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Wonderful work, as always! Congrats on the win, Heather.


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4/27/2009 6:04:35 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Big Congratulations on your fantastic second place winner, Heather!


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4/27/2009 6:20:38 PM

 
A P
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Picture perfect Heather CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!


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4/27/2009 8:10:31 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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WINNERS CIRCLE!!!!
YipEEEEEEE!!!
Awesome & Congratulations Heather!!!

~J~


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4/27/2009 9:07:18 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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An amazing image you've created Heather! Congratulations on your win!!!


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4/27/2009 9:17:44 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on this beautiful win, Heather!!


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4/27/2009 11:54:02 PM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your fantastic winner, Heather!


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4/28/2009 6:37:05 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"August Winners"


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4/28/2009 7:41:39 AM

 
Graeme Chow
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Big congratulation Heather on your super winner. Alot of works here and you are masterful in PS work- graeme.


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4/28/2009 7:52:20 AM

 
Allen Hughes
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Wonderful vision and you carried it off beautifully. A well deserved winner.


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4/28/2009 9:23:16 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"MARCH Winners"


Sorry!!!


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4/28/2009 9:26:28 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Wonderful creative image! Congratulations, Heather!


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4/28/2009 9:57:22 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATULATIONS, Heather on this fantastic WINNER!!

Usman.


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4/28/2009 10:28:13 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congratulations on your terrific image and win Heather! Wonderful post processing and thanks for the workflow :0)


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4/28/2009 12:24:30 PM

 
Ken Smith
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WHen I opened the thumbnail, I was hoping BP eased their restriction on the 800 pixel width..then noticed you had uploaded it awhile back..so darn! :-) Congrats on your beautiful shot, Heather!


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4/29/2009 10:37:12 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Beautiful Heather, congratulations on your win!


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4/29/2009 3:30:56 PM

 
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Congratulations Heather on your awesome win! B-


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4/30/2009 9:01:10 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Well deserved win Heather....congratulations!!!!!!!


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5/2/2009 5:42:18 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Heather on your Win!!!


Dominick


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5/20/2009 2:34:29 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Hope this goes all the way, Heather -- right into the GP Winner's spot. Congratulations.


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5/26/2009 3:38:49 PM

 
A P
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by Anne Pictures, Images and Photos
on your OUTSTANDING Finalist. Best of Luck in the next round!


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5/26/2009 6:33:12 PM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Excellent work, Heather! Congratulations!


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5/26/2009 7:45:17 PM

 
Eugenio Diaz  

Congratulations on your AMAZING Finalist…Well done!
Good Luck in the next Round!!!


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5/26/2009 8:34:09 PM

 
Lois J. Adomite
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congrats! Lois


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5/26/2009 8:44:30 PM

 
Wendy Moghadam
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CONGRATULATIONS on this stunning Finalist!


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5/28/2009 6:59:09 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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CONGRATULATIONS On this Fantastic WINNER Heather!!!
Job Well Done!!!

~J~


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5/28/2009 12:18:19 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on your first place win, Heather. Love this one


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5/28/2009 12:56:08 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Congratulations, Heather, on your first place win -- so imaginative!!


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5/28/2009 1:11:20 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE win Heather!


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5/28/2009 1:37:59 PM

 
Kelly S. Cavanaugh
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Congratulations on this beautiful win, Heather!


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5/28/2009 2:35:07 PM

 
Remi Trepanier
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Big congratulation on this first place winner :)


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5/28/2009 3:55:50 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Awesome image and processing, Heather! Congratulations on your 1st Place Win!


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5/28/2009 4:33:46 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Certainly a brilliant image!! Congratulations Heather!


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5/28/2009 4:38:06 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Finally got the recognition it deserved! Congrats on your win!


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5/28/2009 4:56:42 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful winner Heather, congrats!


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5/28/2009 5:53:00 PM

 
Sam Britt
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I remember this being a second place winner last month. Congratulations on your first place win, Heather!


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5/28/2009 7:06:20 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATS on getting the TOP GOLD in this category!! Just as I said earlier...perseverance pays!!

Usman.


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5/28/2009 7:49:32 PM

 
A P
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Congratulations on your wonderful first place winner, Heather


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5/28/2009 9:12:39 PM

 
Sharon 
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Heather, congratulations on your well deserved first place win!!!


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5/28/2009 9:26:11 PM

 
Erica Murphy
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Stunning winner Heather! Congratulations!


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5/28/2009 9:43:47 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Heather on this Fantastic 1st Place Win! Jeff


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5/29/2009 4:12:29 AM

 
Eugenio Diaz  

Wow, Congratulations on your Fabulous Win!!!
Well done, Heather!


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5/29/2009 5:05:24 AM

 
Heather K. McFarland
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Thanks so much everyone. This was actually a mistake that it got entered this month. I forgot that I had entered it last month and I entered it this month before the judging for last month completed. So all my contest entries had disappeared from my list and I wasn't sure what I had entered the month before.

I have rarely entered the same image twice on this site in the many years I have entered here even though I have seen it done here before. But I guess it was fine with the judges...LOL.


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5/29/2009 6:21:24 AM

 
JudyAnn Rector
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Stunningly beautiful creation, Heather. Well worth all the work you put into it and definitely deserving of the the win! Mega Congratulations!


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5/29/2009 1:42:36 PM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Good to see you in the winners circle again Heather! This is such a "HAPPY" cityscape image!! Thanks as always for sharing your techniques :0)


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5/29/2009 3:23:34 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Wow ! big congratulation on this amazing work of architecture., Heather. Today I just hang up the photo of the glass wine that I bought from u at my sister house.


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5/30/2009 6:03:24 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations.....fantastic work!!!!!!


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6/1/2009 10:19:23 AM

 
Sandra J. Anderson  

Congratulations on your win with this stunning pano. The attention to detail and arrangement is fantastic Heather.


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6/2/2009 12:06:48 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Heather -- This is amazing. Such wonderful work. Huge congrats on this outstanding first place winner.


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6/2/2009 12:52:31 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Congrats! Fantastic work! But most of all, thanks so much for taking the time to teach in detail how you did it--it was very generous!


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6/17/2009 5:30:16 AM

 
Deborah A. Ciullo
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Completely amazing!!! You have done an outstanding job here!!! This is definitely one of my absolute favorites! Wonderful color and details! Thanks so much for sharing your process! This is definitely a very WELL DESERVED win!


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6/17/2009 7:38:25 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Heather on your Win!!!


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