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Self Portrait
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Self Portrait
Self Portrait
While trying to take a self portrait against a golden sunset, my golden retiever, Bella, insisted to be not only a part of the shot, but THE shot.
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Red S. Guiness
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    I love this.. excellect! Bella is a very smart girl!!

10/13/2007 4:57:44 PM

 
Katrina Thorsen
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Lovely image! What a wonderful friendship!

10/13/2007 5:00:40 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Super colors, tones and lighting. Fantastic silhouettes!!

10/13/2007 5:15:42 PM

 
Deb Koskovich
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Bella stole the show! What a great self portrait this is, and because of Bella you will cherish it all the more.

10/13/2007 5:22:53 PM

 
Robin R.
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Beautiful silhouette.

10/13/2007 5:55:41 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Sam, excellent tones, clarity, composition and silhouettes.

10/13/2007 6:23:24 PM

 
Heather L. Haderly
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Absolute Perfection Sam!!! Love this!!!

10/13/2007 6:31:24 PM

 
cheryl m. phillips
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Sam,
I just LOVE this!
Excellent work!
~cheryl

10/13/2007 6:41:42 PM

 
Lee Anne French
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This is priceless - so striking. Good for Bella for insisting on being in the picture. If you'd have wanted her to pose this way, you probably couldn't have convinced her!

10/13/2007 7:23:56 PM

 
Regina  L. Rickert
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Oh wow! Beautiful job on the silhouettes. The color in the background is perfect for setting them off. Nice work.

10/13/2007 8:18:11 PM

 
Sam Tallman
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Thanks all for the comments. I do appreciate them!

Sam

10/14/2007 5:40:42 PM

 
Red S. Guiness
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HOW DID YOU DO THIS?? WITH A REMOTE ON THE SECOND CAMERA?? pLEASE SHARE HOW YOU DID IT!!

10/18/2007 3:28:13 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
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This shot should make finals!!! Awesome piece of work, Sam.

10/21/2007 6:46:05 PM

 
Sam Tallman
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Red, two cameras and two tripods, one with a timer. Thanks for asking.

Hey thanks Ellen! I appreciate it!

Sam

10/22/2007 6:02:04 PM

 

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I love this!!! Wonderful work!

11/17/2007 12:28:58 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Congratulations on your POTD Sam, this is a fantastic image!

11/17/2007 12:36:24 AM

 
Wilson Low
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Very very very beautiful shot! Sam!
Congratulations too! :D

11/17/2007 12:42:55 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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Great shot Sam. Congratulations on your POTD. Bill

Check out some of my photos at:

Bill Houghton Photography

11/17/2007 1:46:14 AM

 
Avril Young
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wow, what a fantastic shot...really love it...congrats on the POTD...
excellent shot!!!! love it!

11/17/2007 1:46:59 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Wow...THIS is as good as they get! Love the subject, love the composition, love the color. Congratulations on POTD!

Just beautiful.
Michelle

11/17/2007 2:23:43 AM

 
Julie Christiansen
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It's a favorite of mine. Bella posed perfectly and its awesome.

11/17/2007 4:03:35 AM

 
Josselyne Klecanda
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This is great, I love it!

11/17/2007 4:33:37 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

11/17/2007 4:40:42 AM

 
Joe McBroom
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Congrats my friend!!!!! This is one of my personal favorites from you.
Cheers, Joe

11/17/2007 4:40:48 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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beautiful! congrats!

11/17/2007 4:44:45 AM

 
Ellen Devenny
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A big CONGRATULATIONS on this perfect POTD!!! I'm telling you, this shot will go far............. Ellen :)

11/17/2007 4:52:46 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding - Congrats Sam on your Well Deserved POTD! Jeff

11/17/2007 4:57:32 AM

 
Terri L. Scribner
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Stunning POTD!! Great job!

11/17/2007 5:13:31 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Beautiful! Congratulations, Sam!!

11/17/2007 5:15:23 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Fabulous and uplifting!
Congrats, Sam!
(Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the accolades today!)
--Lisa

11/17/2007 5:41:10 AM

 
Jim Britt

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Priceless shot. Nicely done. Looks like you have a great partner there. Congratulations to you and Bella on this great POTD self portrait.

11/17/2007 6:13:46 AM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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Fabulous POTD, Sam. You and Bella should be very proud.

11/17/2007 6:27:36 AM

 
Gretchen J. Gilkey
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Sam - This is simiply BEAUTIFUL!!! What settings were you using for this shot?
THanks and congrats!!!!

11/17/2007 6:35:46 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Congrats on this very cool POTD, Sam! I love it! :0)

11/17/2007 6:36:48 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful image and POTD!

11/17/2007 6:58:35 AM

 
Joni Earley
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The personality of your dog comes out in this pic! Well done!

11/17/2007 7:18:06 AM

 
Cheryl Meisel
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Wow this is just FANTASTIC!!!! I love everything about this wonderful shot. BIG CONGRATS on your well deserved wins with this one. SOOOOOOOOOOO COOL!
Cherylm

11/17/2007 7:20:34 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Fantastic! Congratulations on your POTD!

11/17/2007 7:23:25 AM

 
PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Oh my...what a lovely capture....congratulations to you & Bella for a wonderful submittal & P.O.T.D.!
Patricia

11/17/2007 7:25:25 AM

 
Denise Denomy
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Congratulations on yur POTD, Sam & Bella! What a great capture!

11/17/2007 7:28:54 AM

 
Susana Heide
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What an INCREDIBLE SP!!!! One of the best I've seen!! WOW!!! Love the poses! The grass at the bottom of the image is a beautiful detail! A+ all the way around! CONGRATS on your POTD Sam!!

11/17/2007 7:56:03 AM

 
Francine Savoie-Jansson
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Absolutely spectacular, love everything about it & congratulations on your POTD!

Francine

11/17/2007 8:06:42 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Wow! Just an awesome shot! Congratulations on the POTD!

11/17/2007 8:12:15 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A creative and beautiful potd Sam, congratulations!

11/17/2007 8:30:15 AM

 
Sam Tallman
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WOW! Are we blown away by this! What an honor for Bella and I! Thanks everyone for your kind comments, I appreciate every one of them!


Sam

11/17/2007 8:43:07 AM

 
Larry Citra
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Great Shot! My dog 'Robyn' accompanies my on most of my photographic outings,and although she is not a photographer herself, she sits patiently, waiting for me to finish. When I open my tripod she sits or lies down and when I close it up she gets up ready to continue. Great friends!!!

11/17/2007 8:46:33 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Beautiful photo Sam!! Congratulations on your POTD!

Erica

11/17/2007 9:00:05 AM

 
Suzanne R

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Wonderful! Bella knows what's up! Great shot!

11/17/2007 9:11:32 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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This photo really deserved to make POTD! It's awesome! It really evokes such a happy feeling.

11/17/2007 9:11:54 AM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Excellent work, great image!! Congratulations on your POTD!

11/17/2007 9:20:12 AM

 
Tim G. Stout
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Absolutely stunning image.

11/17/2007 9:44:52 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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This is a terrific silhouette, Sam. The lighting is great and the composition as well - Bella is a wonderful addition to the scene. Congratulations on your POTD!

11/17/2007 9:46:50 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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I would absolutely cherish a shot like this - it says so much about the relationship between you and your dog - and as a dog owner, it really touches me deeply. Congratulations on your well deserved POTD...

11/17/2007 10:01:07 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Sam, excellent tones, clarity and silhouettes; congratulations on your POTD.

11/17/2007 10:01:58 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Terrific! Congratulations on your POTD!

11/17/2007 10:03:07 AM

 
Mary  Clarke
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Congratulations on POTD Sam, great image

11/17/2007 1:03:10 PM

 
Patricia Ronan
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Great self portrait, congrats on your POTD:)

11/17/2007 1:45:31 PM

 
Sam Tallman
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Again, thanks all for the very nice comments. Elisabeth, this is one of my favorites. We love Bella very much, and everytime I see this, I smile (-:

Sam

11/17/2007 3:46:23 PM

 
Shirley Pearce
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Priceless! You are right....she stole the shot!!

11/17/2007 3:59:36 PM

 
Gregory  Hughes
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This is lovely Sam! What a treasured memory - both of Bella and your talent!

11/17/2007 5:59:52 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wonderful image, Sam! Congratulations on your POTD!!

11/17/2007 6:50:28 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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Wow--I sure like this. It's superb!

11/17/2007 9:14:58 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Congratulations on this terrific POTD, Sam!
-Debby

11/18/2007 3:31:21 AM

 
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AWESOME SHOT Sam! Congratulations on your POTD recognition! Well Deserved! Straight into my favorites!!!

11/18/2007 12:38:20 PM

 
Emily E. Bem
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Congrats on your POTD!!!! What a fantastic image.....WELL DONE!

11/19/2007 3:11:30 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Bella knew this was the one...what a good girl. I am not sure if my Jessie
(also a golden) would pose as perfectly as Bella. That will be my next challenge...but you also have a glorious sunset and such perfect timing! Love this, Sam!

11/19/2007 3:26:17 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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lol, Bella stole the show! Sam this is a superb SP and your capture of Bella's personality is spot on and just way cool :) Definately a favorite and a winner!

11/20/2007 6:24:22 AM

 
Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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This is a wonderful capture - Bravo - JP

11/24/2007 7:28:44 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist, Sam.

11/26/2007 7:00:17 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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WTG Sam! Congratulations!!

11/26/2007 7:18:51 PM

 
Melissa McCabe
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Congrats!! I love this one!! : ) -mm

11/26/2007 7:27:48 PM

 
Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Congrats Steve and Bella - Well deserved.
JP

11/26/2007 7:48:35 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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This one was a no-brainer! Congrats Sam and Bella on your finalist!

11/27/2007 6:17:37 AM

 
Joe McBroom
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I knew we would see this here....Congrats Sam and Bella deserves a treat!!Great job, Joe

11/27/2007 10:08:24 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
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I love this shot. I hope to see it adorned with gold.

11/27/2007 12:07:36 PM

 
Robert Baer
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very special image. congratulations on your finalist!

11/27/2007 2:19:10 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Congratulations on this great finalist, Sam! I loved this when I saw it for the first time just a few days ago!

11/27/2007 4:28:34 PM

 
Ellen Devenny
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Enjoy being in the clouds today! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/28/2007 2:56:34 AM

 
Autum Rhoades
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Superb image, Sam!!! Congrats on your win!

11/28/2007 5:19:18 AM

 
Laurie Daily
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I do not think I can ever get tired of looking at this image, Sam....Congratulations on this beautiful winner!

11/28/2007 2:26:40 PM

 
Cliff & Patti Smith
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Awesome! Congratulations on this well deserved win!

11/28/2007 2:41:02 PM

 
Sam Tallman
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Thanks all for the comments! Bella and I are pretty stoked about this! We appreciate the comments.

Sam and Bella

11/28/2007 5:45:03 PM

 
Sherrye Nozaki
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Just perfect...in every way...what a superb photo!!! Bella is awesome:)

11/29/2007 12:05:11 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Congrats on your win!!!!! ☺

11/29/2007 4:05:31 PM

 
Amanda Chapman
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Well this certainly looks familiar!
Congrats on the win and making it to BP's home page!

5/24/2008 6:37:41 AM

 
Inge Linden
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excellent

11/28/2011 2:24:55 AM

 
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