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Short Title: Mom! Photo Contest Finalist
Short Title:  "Mom!"
Short Title: "Mom!"
Longer Title: "Mom. Do you have to do this now and in public!?" "Yes. See that man with the short neck; he wants to take your picture!"
© Stephen D. Swihart
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Dominick M. Dimacale
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    Lovely image and composition here Stephen...Dominick

8/2/2007 4:48:04 AM

Emily E. Bem
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WINNER! :))))))

8/2/2007 5:29:51 AM

Joan Kocak
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AWESOME image Stephen!!!

8/2/2007 5:36:53 AM

Anna Diederich
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Awesome shot Stephen!

8/2/2007 6:42:04 AM

Aleksandra Miesak
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WOW this is amazing!

8/2/2007 6:54:52 AM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Beautiful, Stephen. Looks like a winner.

8/2/2007 6:49:20 PM

Cheryl E. Molennor
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Definately a winner!

8/2/2007 7:11:28 PM

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8/2/2007 9:34:06 PM

Sharon F. Morris
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Great capture :-)

8/4/2007 6:07:52 PM

Cheryl Schneider
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VERY nice!

8/5/2007 8:42:42 AM

Vicki L. Filippin
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Is that the natural background?

8/18/2007 2:53:13 PM

Deborah K. Kelroy
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I love the composition of the interaction of the giraffes, Stephen!

I am somewhat distracted from the focus of the giraffes by the busy background. Had you given any thought to making it more simple or subdued? I would love to see a photo like that to be able to really zero in on the giraffes and the design of the artwork they are already wearing. Let me know if you produce another version. I would love to see it!

Great catch! Deborah

8/25/2007 3:05:07 PM

Erin Tyler
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Stunning capture! Congrats!

9/21/2007 11:36:09 AM

Candy Avera
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Love this! Congratulations!

9/21/2007 2:21:01 PM

Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations Stephen!!

9/21/2007 3:17:47 PM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Stephen on your outstanding Finalist! Jeff

9/22/2007 5:16:34 AM

Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your adorable finalist. Good luck in the next round.

9/23/2007 9:30:02 AM


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Umm, haven't we seen this picture before somewhere? I know I have...

10/6/2007 4:54:14 PM

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FANTASTIC! Congratulations! You deserve accolades! (ignore Elizabeth's slight)

11/7/2007 12:33:12 AM

Mary K. Robison
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I love the image, especially how the baby's horns/knobs are tilted together ~ Congratulations on your POTD/ finalist, Stephen!

11/7/2007 12:37:13 AM

Janine Russell
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Stephen, wonderful capture; big congratulations on your POTD and finalist.

11/7/2007 12:49:19 AM

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I love the short title longer title! LOL boy does that really say what this image says!! Doesn't matter if Michaels sells a giraffe pic that just means yours is good too. I do think the background might be a tad distracting as
Deborah mentioned nevertheless the capture is Awesome and you so nailed the title! Congrats on POTD too Steven!

11/7/2007 1:30:40 AM

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Congratulations Stephen on your POTD! Was this a photo of a photo with added effects? I am confused by Elizabeth's comment and post? Beautiful photo!

11/7/2007 1:38:29 AM

Wendy S. Mogul
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Congrats and thanks for making me smile this morning! I love this very sweet photo! Very well done!

11/7/2007 2:33:41 AM

Judyann Plante
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Stephen, Congratulations on this outstanding finalist and POTD!

Judyann <><

11/7/2007 2:34:45 AM

Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

11/7/2007 2:42:48 AM

Michelle Alton
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One of the most endearing animal pics I've ever seen! Perfectly executed.
Deserves to be a WINNER!!

11/7/2007 3:12:05 AM

Sheila Faryna
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Just beautiful Stephen!!! Congrats on the POTD :-)

11/7/2007 3:45:04 AM

Josselyne Klecanda
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Oh! that is great. Congrats

11/7/2007 4:10:42 AM

Laura Clay-Ballard
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beautiful! congrats!

11/7/2007 4:12:45 AM

Stephen D. Swihart
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I had no idea this was a Photo of the Day winner. Well, that helps to make my day as well.

Beautiful blessings to each of you!!!


11/7/2007 4:27:26 AM

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This is a nice image. I would agree the background is distracting. I would also believe this background was added after the fact considering the direction and color temperature of the light on the giraffes is significantly different from what a sunset/sunrise would provide. The mood of the image is great though. The expression on the face of the calf does capture the imagination. Arguably the color temperature variation makes you stop and take a look. This could be a good thing.

11/7/2007 4:32:55 AM

Autum Rhoades
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Stephen, this rocks! Fantastic work on this! Congrats on your finalist/POTD! Wonderful work!

11/7/2007 4:44:20 AM

Lisa A. Car
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Very Nice!

11/7/2007 4:47:33 AM

Dollly Lemaire
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This is just too cute!

11/7/2007 5:28:26 AM

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Congrats Stephen this is an amazing photo composition!!!! great PODT.

11/7/2007 5:58:36 AM

Vikram Jamwal
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Very nice pic Stephen, congrats on POTD!!!

11/7/2007 6:33:36 AM

Cheryl Meisel
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Ahhhhh what a sweet beautiful capture!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this!

11/7/2007 6:41:59 AM

David Collins
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Congratulations Stephen on your POTD and in capturing such a beautiful display of love between animals.

11/7/2007 7:25:42 AM

Dianna Hauf
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Wonderful and delightful image Stephen! Congratualtions on not only the finalist but you POTD!!!

11/7/2007 7:48:06 AM

Nancy Donnell
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Big congratulations, Stephen!

11/7/2007 8:32:58 AM

RC  Fritz
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Congratulations on your Finalist and POTD!

11/7/2007 8:39:02 AM

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the moment you caught is awesome, but, I'm sorry but the light on the giraffe doesn't match the background and the image look fake.


11/7/2007 8:44:36 AM

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Take a look at Jim Zuckerman blog (September 16, 2007).


11/7/2007 8:46:53 AM

Lee Anne French
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Stephen - Everything about this photo ROCKS. Fabulous capture, stunning clarity and background, fitting (and hilarious!) title. Thanks for starting my morning with a smile!

- Lee Anne

11/7/2007 8:47:10 AM

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Where did you take this photo?? Its awesome as you already know... very well done! I wouls just like to know where this is... a zoo?

11/7/2007 9:07:03 AM

Colleen Farrell
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Terrific image, wonderful short and long title! Congratulations on your finalist and POTD!

11/7/2007 9:29:50 AM

Aggie Villanueva
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Stephen, this is one of the most loving animal captures I've ever seen. Congratulations.

11/7/2007 9:30:22 AM

Milan Banik
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wonderful mother shot,congrates.

11/7/2007 10:00:37 AM

Jillian Danielson
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I love it!!!!!! The colors are gorgeous and its absolutely adorable! Congrats!!!

11/7/2007 10:03:05 AM

Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations on this great POTD Stephen!!

11/7/2007 10:03:45 AM

Judy A. Lawhon
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Beautiful image of this Mother and baby....congrats on POTD....well deserved, Stephen!!

11/7/2007 10:05:20 AM

Sunny Jewell
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So Cool! I love meaningful shots. Love the colors. Glad I got to see your gallery.

11/7/2007 10:25:40 AM

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The mood, the color, and your description are all wonderful. I love to read descriptions of photos. It takes me to the heart and humor of the photographer. Congratulation!!

11/7/2007 10:37:46 AM

Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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AWSOME capture girl! LOVE this. It is such a sweet capture!
BIG congrats on your finalist and POTD!

11/7/2007 11:40:09 AM

Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on POTD Stephen, wonderful image

11/7/2007 12:37:43 PM

Joan E. Herwig

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I love this image Stephen! In fact, the unusual background is one of the things that made me take a serious look at it, because it does not look like the typical "ZOO SHOT." I am most intrigued by the photo & wonder where did you take it & how? It is terrific & well worthy of recognition!

11/7/2007 2:29:22 PM

Stephen D. Swihart
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Today is my first son's birthday, but I feel like I have received many more presents than him. Thank you for your overflowing kindness. Normally, I respond to each email I get, but this day please accept my deepest appreciation in this short note!

Blessings to all of you.


11/7/2007 4:22:30 PM

Cheryl E. Molennor
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What an incredible shot. Congratulations

11/7/2007 4:25:01 PM

Patricia Ronan
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Great image! Congrats on your POTD:)

11/7/2007 4:30:24 PM

Dianna M. Holm

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WOW! Great picture!!!
That would be a great gift to give my mother. Are you selling?

11/7/2007 4:32:22 PM

Shirley A. Kinney
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Stephen, what a touching image. This just shows us that motherly love comes with all species. Contrats on your finalist and photo of the day.

11/7/2007 6:41:46 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Glorious interaction, great timing!! Congratulations on your potd and finalist wins Stephen!

11/8/2007 11:29:54 AM

Toni Riggs
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Congrats! This is a beautiful image. I love the long title :)

11/8/2007 2:38:48 PM

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1/9/2008 9:11:00 AM

Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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Well Stephen, What can I say that has not been said already... I just have to tell you that your are "King of the Cats"...and this image is with the help of your title is absolutely awesome too. You have an amazing talent and I am thrilled I ran across your photos. Thank you for your vision, your creativity and for sharing so we can enjoy and get insprired. Carolyn

3/12/2008 8:13:26 PM

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Ohmygoodness! I am totally in awe of this photo! I'm glad it won Photo of the Day. And finalist. But I have to say that this photo not winning first or Grand Prize takes a bit of credibility away from the judging in my opnion. It's going straight to my favorites so I can come see it often :)

11/10/2008 1:28:07 PM

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Stephen, this picture made me smile.
Your caption is perfect.
I just love everything about this, the composition, lighting, etc.
Great job! Keep up the wonderful works of art and letting your creativity shine so that all can enjoy! : )

1/2/2009 7:21:39 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on a beautiful finalist and POTD! An inspirational and captivating wildlife scene!!!!

I don't know how I missed this image Stephen!! I get the POTD newsletters and this one never came.

Outstanding work!


9/24/2009 10:48:24 AM

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A beautiful image and colors.....Nice one, Stephen!

11/22/2009 7:35:40 AM

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