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Croatan Forest North Carolina Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Croatan Forest North Carolina
Croatan Forest North Carolina
Went for a drive with my boys to see what we could see and ended up in the forest. The Croatan is located near New Bern NC
© James R. Hardy
Canon EOS 40D Digi...
Mary Alston
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    Beautiful photo. I love the soft light. It looks so peaceful.

4/26/2008 6:35:24 AM

Jessica Jenney
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Gorgeous tones, composition and light, James!

4/26/2008 6:35:58 AM

Susan Heath
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Wonderful lighting, James! Love it.

4/26/2008 7:28:23 AM

Donna C. Arnold
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Great job James. Wonderful lighting!!!

5/1/2008 10:12:14 PM

Jane Hirst
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Great light, great feeling.

5/8/2008 6:14:33 PM

Martha N. Church
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Simply outstanding!

5/9/2008 6:02:47 PM

Mitzie Loland
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Great photo James - congratulations on your POTD!!

5/14/2008 12:50:47 AM

Mukesh Srivastava
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Excellent capture, James!!! A big congrates on this POTD win!

5/14/2008 12:54:52 AM

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Lovely photo, James. I've not heard of this place before. Your photo makes me want to go for that drive, too.

5/14/2008 4:09:12 AM

Josselyne Klecanda
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Nice work.congrats.

5/14/2008 4:19:54 AM

Joan Kocak
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this is such a classic, a truly excellent photo. COngrats!

5/14/2008 4:25:26 AM

Nikki McDonald
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You have beautiful light and inviting depth in this lovely capture, James. Classic is a good word for it. I love black and white but I'll bet the color version was just as welcoming. Congratulations on the POTD.

5/14/2008 4:40:32 AM

Gretchen J. Gilkey
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Beautiful image James!!! I love that you made the image in B&W. NC is a "treasure chest" just waiting for someone to discover all it has to offer... and you have uncovered one of it jewels!!!

5/14/2008 4:53:05 AM

Ann Mulholland
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wonderful photo James. I absolutely love this kind of shot, and yours is one of the best I've seen.
I love doing what you did, just getting in the car and seeing what there is to see. Lovely shot!!

5/14/2008 5:25:04 AM

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Congrats James on this excellent POTD!

5/14/2008 5:36:34 AM

Kathy L. Clark
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A very beautiful b&w James. Congrats on your lovely POTD.

5/14/2008 5:48:19 AM

Terry Olsen
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This an excellent photo! It really appeals to my personal style and photographic sensibilities. It certainly deserves POTD! Congratulations!

5/14/2008 6:10:59 AM

Djoanne Kramer
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I love the delicate grass and play of light......a wonderful capture! Congratulations!

5/14/2008 6:46:02 AM

Nadya Johnson
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A stunning photo, James! Very magical, I love the light and mood. Congratulations on your POTD!

5/14/2008 6:53:09 AM

Dianna Hauf
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EXcellent b&w composition here James!! I do so love the soft filtered lighting as it comes through the trees! 'Ansel' would be proud!!! Congratulations!

5/14/2008 6:53:55 AM

Richard Hardt
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Really nice James.

Clean and concise.

Is this one for sale?


5/14/2008 7:06:12 AM

Matt Hicks

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Very nice shot. Not to cheapen the effect, but the light makes me think of something from the X-Files -- there's an eerie feeling that something is going to come out of that light.

5/14/2008 7:20:35 AM

Holly Hitchcock
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Wonderful tones, comp and mood. Exceptional, James.

5/14/2008 7:53:48 AM

Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD

5/14/2008 7:55:08 AM

Daniella Puente
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James this is a wonderful BW photo! excellent focus and tone levels, beautiful POTD ++++

5/14/2008 8:17:24 AM


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Beautiful work!

5/14/2008 8:41:48 AM

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Such lovely light and perspective!
Congrats on your wonderful POTD!

5/14/2008 8:55:38 AM

Sheryl A. Hudson
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Congratulations on your beautiful POTD! I love your B&W work with it's wonderful light and tones!!!!

5/14/2008 9:02:06 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Stunning work James. The lighting is pure magic and this works well in black & white. Congratulations on your superb potd!

5/14/2008 9:30:00 AM

Katleen R. Struckle
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Beautiful B&W. Lighting is wonderful. Congrats on your POTD!!

5/14/2008 9:42:59 AM

Daniel P. Miller
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What a wonderful moody photo! And a well deserved winner. Great call on the B&W.

5/14/2008 10:11:55 AM

Wendy Stevenson
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Love the atmosphere the mist and back lighting produce! Gorgeous in B&W!! Big Congrats on this beautiful POD!!!

5/14/2008 10:41:27 AM

RC  Fritz
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EXCELLENT PHOTO, James!! Congratulations!!

5/14/2008 10:43:46 AM

Margaret Anna Durkin
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Beautiful image! Congratulations

5/14/2008 10:53:29 AM

Toni Riggs
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Beautiful, congrats!!!

5/14/2008 11:08:49 AM

Lindley Johnson
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This is a beautifully moody photograph, and it's perfect in black & white. The lighting is superb - great eye and great capture. Congratulations on your POTD, James.

5/14/2008 3:04:28 PM

James R. Hardy
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Wow, I have never had this many comments on a single photo. Thank you to everyone. This is greatly appreciated. I will try and get everyone a personal thank you. Again thanks soo much.

James R Hardy

5/14/2008 3:15:43 PM

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The mood, lighting, lines, and perfect in B&W...I could get lost here. Congrats on your very glad I saw this today, James.

5/14/2008 4:21:38 PM

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Congrats on POTD, James. Love everything about this photo and can see why they chose it !!!!

5/14/2008 10:27:06 PM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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Lovely image and congratulations to you James on your POTD win.


5/14/2008 10:57:50 PM

Kate Jackson
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Fabulous James - great B&W - congrats on your POTD! No reply necessary!

5/15/2008 12:26:44 AM

David A. Simons
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Congratulations, James. Big-D

5/15/2008 4:08:09 AM

Wanda Judd
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Congratulations on POTD..I love the B&W and the light is amazing.

5/15/2008 6:09:36 AM

J. A. Dingwall

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Love everything about this image, especially lighting. Congrats.


5/15/2008 9:30:03 AM

Cheryl E. Molennor
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Magnificent! Congrats

5/15/2008 11:28:49 AM

Doug Roane
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Awesome! Congratulations!

5/15/2008 10:21:52 PM

Cheryl Meisel
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Just beautiful! The light coming through the trees makes this WALL PERFECT!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this.

5/20/2008 12:41:13 AM


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Very nice atmosphere...congratulations.

5/23/2008 11:54:29 AM

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Great image.. Congrats on your POTD!!

5/31/2008 9:11:51 AM

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6/20/2008 10:02:09 AM

Mike Umbreit
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James - Congratulations on your win!! - Mike

6/20/2008 1:36:34 PM

Dianna Hauf
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YES! Congratulations JAMES!!!!!

6/20/2008 1:39:01 PM

Drena Clementino
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Beautiful image! Congratulations James!!

6/20/2008 2:23:03 PM

Susan Heath
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What fun, James! Congratulations on this exciting win!!! Good for you!

6/20/2008 2:25:00 PM

Elida Gutierrez
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The Golden Cup
A Special Trophy for
"The May Winners"

6/20/2008 7:51:08 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations! Nice design, tones and mood James!

6/22/2008 8:30:50 AM

Michael G. Marshall
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Congratulations on your wonderful winner James! Michael

6/22/2008 5:59:01 PM

Gary Lange
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Wonderful image here, James!! Many congrats on an outstanding winner!

6/23/2008 8:43:18 AM

Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations James on your double Win.


7/5/2008 6:32:20 PM

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