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Retro Bowling

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1/200 at f/13; Lens 24-70 f/2.8L; Focal Length 51; ISO 100; Hand Held; Natural Light

I was driving through Desplaines, Illinois and doubled back to photograph an old diner sign. On my way around the block, this bowling alley sign appeared like a mirage. I pulled over as soon as I could, jumped out of the car, and made this photo.
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Roxanne M. Bubar
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    John what a cool find and capture.


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6/1/2007 7:18:44 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you very much, Roxanne!


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6/1/2007 7:19:56 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I think this one leaps to the front of the line, of my favorites of all your "signage" images! Great capture of a great sign!


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6/1/2007 7:22:57 AM

 
Joy Rector
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beautiful detail


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6/1/2007 7:24:22 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow what a great image John, well seen and captured!


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6/1/2007 7:25:39 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Wonderful eye you have John. (Hope you have 2) I too think this is one of my favorite of your sign photos. :O)


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6/1/2007 7:28:25 AM

 
Margie Hurwich
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Fantastic capture, John!


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6/1/2007 7:31:25 AM

 
John Caruso
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Wow, thank you all so much! Reading your very kind comments really makes me happy, particularly knowing people think this one stands out amongst my signs (one of my all time favorite subjects).

And Doc, even though I do have two, I can't speak for either one of them, LOL.


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6/1/2007 7:41:58 AM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Cool shot.


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6/1/2007 8:36:42 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you Tonya!


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6/1/2007 9:35:20 AM

 
Susan Weisensel
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I love this kind of stuff. Great find and capture. I would of taken this shot also.


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6/1/2007 9:45:37 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Susan! I appreciate it.


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6/1/2007 9:59:26 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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Without a doubt, this is my favorite image you have posted in the last two months. Not to say your other stuff less then stellar. The triangle formed by the sky and the lower wall is perfect. There is a lot going on here and it all fits together to form a super well balanced image with an interesting subject that holds the viewers attention. Your post processing work is top notch on this one John. Keep em coming!


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6/1/2007 10:07:03 AM

 
John Caruso
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I am humbled by your very kind words, Les!


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6/1/2007 10:09:38 AM

 
Cheryl Meisel
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Great shot really eye grabbing :)
Cherylm


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6/1/2007 10:16:13 AM

 
John Caruso
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I thank you, Cheryl!


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6/1/2007 10:28:43 AM

 
Pat Gamwell
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WooooHooo! Fabulous comp, John! Les sums it all up: Top Notch!


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6/1/2007 11:07:39 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much, Pat!


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6/1/2007 11:11:53 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Wonderfully done John! Great lines, textures & colors!


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6/1/2007 12:27:39 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you Michelle!


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6/1/2007 12:35:13 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Great find John ~ love the old sign ~ good to get the blue sky as BG too :)


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6/1/2007 1:05:28 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Susie. I sure feel lucky/happy that I came across it.


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6/1/2007 1:16:02 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Great find, great job on it, John, from the composition to the colors. Bowls me over (can't believe no one has said that yet :) )


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6/1/2007 1:51:18 PM

 
John Caruso
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Oh Nikki, I'm sure they were all saving it for you, LOL! Thanks for lookin'.


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6/1/2007 2:09:28 PM

 
David Phalen
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Love those old signs. Excellent find and capture.


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6/2/2007 12:44:10 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much, David!


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6/2/2007 4:02:53 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Just saw this in the EFPs John...


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6/19/2007 3:30:11 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for the heads-up, Katarina!


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6/19/2007 5:13:01 AM

 
Lynn Haack
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Great photo idea!!! Wonderful design quality and color. Saw this on EFP...congrats. Lynn


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6/20/2007 3:08:04 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks so much, Lynn! I appreciate you taking a look.


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6/20/2007 3:22:52 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Fantastic shot, John--just saw this in the EFP! It has a wonderful surreal or pop-art quality to it. The clarity, color, POV and composition are all outstanding.


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6/23/2007 11:43:47 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Nice !!
Mike B-


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9/1/2007 5:54:39 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks a million Colleen and Michael!


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9/1/2007 3:54:24 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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This is a fabulous capture John with great comp and colors!


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4/23/2008 9:05:12 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks for reaching way back for this one, Corinne! I'm so glad you like it as it is one of my favorites.


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4/23/2008 9:48:19 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Congratulations for your FINALIST!!!


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5/19/2008 10:25:40 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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My favorite got a FINALIST!!!
Congrats John


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5/19/2008 10:26:52 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!


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5/19/2008 10:27:09 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Congratulations John!!!


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5/19/2008 10:29:05 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Wonderful composition here, John. Aren't you glad you re-submitted? Congratulations on the finalist button and good luck in the next round.


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5/19/2008 10:32:38 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you Elida, Les, Tiia, Michelle, and Nikki! I appreciate it a whole bunch!


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5/19/2008 10:45:44 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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AWESOME FIND AND CAPTURE JOHN!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS FANTASTIC FINALIST!!!

~J~


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5/19/2008 12:15:57 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks as always Jeana!


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5/19/2008 12:44:47 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Excellent finalist :)))


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5/19/2008 2:10:28 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Daniella!


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5/19/2008 2:38:38 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Love the deco feel.


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5/19/2008 3:36:04 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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There's gold in them thar hills!!!


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5/19/2008 4:12:15 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Way to go, John. BIG congrats on your 2nd place win!!
Regards,
Mike B-


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5/19/2008 4:16:35 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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WTG, John--congrats on your well-deserved win!


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5/19/2008 4:37:01 PM

 
Eugenio Diaz  

Congratulations on your Beautiful Winner!
Well done!!!


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5/19/2008 4:52:48 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Woohoo!! Congrats, John!


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5/19/2008 4:59:24 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Way to go John!! Congratulations!


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5/19/2008 6:15:53 PM

 
John Caruso
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I tip my hat in thanks to you all!


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5/19/2008 7:42:40 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win!! Excellent John!


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5/19/2008 8:23:27 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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YES... GOLD!!


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5/19/2008 8:32:52 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats to you John!


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5/19/2008 8:57:41 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this fantastic WINNER, John!!!
Cesar


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5/19/2008 9:19:23 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big Big congrats on your awesome winner John :O)


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5/19/2008 9:59:26 PM

 
Carol Teal
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I thought I commented on this image already John, but I didn't see where I did. I know this one is a fav of mine! Congrats on a very desrving win!!


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5/20/2008 12:55:57 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this well-deserved "sign" of recognition, John!!!


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5/20/2008 6:05:47 AM

 
John Caruso
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I am humbled by all your wonderful comments. Thank you so very much!


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5/20/2008 7:37:42 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The Weed Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The April Winners"


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5/20/2008 8:03:03 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Elida!


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Colette M. Metcalf
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Congratulations on your WIN!!!


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5/21/2008 4:47:15 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks to you Colette!


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5/21/2008 5:02:44 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations John on your Fabulous Win.

Dominick


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5/22/2008 6:06:14 AM

 
John Caruso
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I appreciate it Dominick!


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5/22/2008 6:34:48 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS John!!!! LOVE IT!!! :0)


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5/23/2008 8:00:10 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thank you Datha!


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5/26/2008 2:21:21 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Congrats John on your Gold. :O)


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5/29/2008 1:54:57 PM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks a million Doc!


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5/30/2008 5:02:46 AM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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Yet another strong WIN from John Caruso!
Congrats on this really kewl image!


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5/30/2008 5:35:54 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks to you, too, Vicki!


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5/30/2008 6:41:44 AM

 
linda ozag
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Is this bowling alley across from the Des Plaines train station? Funny, I must have passed it 100 times and never looked up! I'll be over there on Wednesday to check it out. Very nice photograph.


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6/9/2008 12:07:00 PM

 
John Caruso
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Good eye, Linda! It is indeed that one. Let me know if you get a good photo...I'd love to see it.

Thanks again!

--John


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6/9/2008 12:11:52 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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John, I'm with what Les said a ways back up in the post. All of these elements work so perfectly, your comp is spot on. Definately one of my favs too. Congratulations on your win!!!


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6/17/2008 9:45:03 AM

 
John Caruso
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Wow, thanks Susan!


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6/17/2008 10:20:30 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Wonderfully seen and captured, John!
Great comp and color.
Congrats on your winner!
~Lisa
PS: Happy Birthday!!!
(a little birdie told me...)


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9/17/2008 9:09:02 AM

 
John Caruso
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Thanks Lisa! (And thanks for the birthday wishes!)


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9/17/2008 9:40:01 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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...Let me add to the birthday wishes, John!


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9/17/2008 9:51:04 AM

 
John Caruso
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Let me add my thanks to you, Chris!


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9/17/2008 11:02:30 AM

 
Kim Dietrich Elam
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great find - love the way the pin and ball are framed!


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