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The High Life

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The High Life
The High Life

Last saturday I spent most of the day in Chicago seeing many things that I have never seen before.
I will be sharing some shots from that adventure.

F/8 - 1/400 sec. - ISO-400 +0.3 step - 28mm

Comments welcome and appreciated!

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Roxanne M. Bubar
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    Stunning vivid colors.
Outstanding presentation, details and reflections.
I think we will be seeing this beauty again


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5/1/2008 4:51:07 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Love the POV you have, Mike.


Dominick


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5/1/2008 4:54:33 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Yup, we will see this one again.

Dominick


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5/1/2008 4:55:38 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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Wow -- amazing pov and clarity, Mike. Can't wait to see more in this series!


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5/1/2008 4:56:03 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Excellent perspective and capture Mike! Jeff


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5/1/2008 4:59:54 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Wonderful perspective and colors, Mike. Just beautiful.


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5/1/2008 5:03:15 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Interesting, I've seen you as a nature photographer, but I see now that you have more talents. Nice POV, great clarity and composition! Just excellent! I think too, that we'll see this again.


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5/1/2008 5:04:37 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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OH GOODY!!!
A trip to Chicago with Mike!!!
Can't Wait!!!
This is FANTASTIC!!!!
Awesome perspective..
wonderful color..
outstanding details!!!
I agree...we'll see this again!!!
Great work!!

~J~


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5/1/2008 5:17:46 AM

 
Anna Diederich
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Awesome perspective, Mike! We'll most definitly see this one again. :)


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Colette M. Metcalf
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WOWZA!!!!


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Laurie Daily
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Incredible color, pov, and lines...can't look up for too long..it makes my head spin. Fabulous, Mike!


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5/1/2008 5:38:24 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Dazzling color and fantastic design elements, Mike!! Taken from a dynamic POV, as well!!


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5/1/2008 6:21:45 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOOOOOOOOOOOW, Awsome colors and POV Mike, beautiful capture!


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5/1/2008 9:20:04 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Great study in blue, Mike. Love it!


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5/1/2008 10:06:20 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Awesome great color, detail, clarity, and love the reflection!!


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5/1/2008 3:40:21 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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VERY NICE JOB, Mike! You've got the eye, regardless of subject (nature, now cityscape). Love the deep blue color and the condo (elements of design). It's amazing what one may find simply by looking up!

Nice work, nice title!
Mike B-


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5/1/2008 4:31:17 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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AWESOME shot, Mike!


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5/1/2008 4:52:27 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much for all of the comments! I am so glad to hear that people think that I can do the city shots as well as the nature shots! I was out of my element but I really enjoyed the experience! - Mike


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5/1/2008 7:42:24 PM

 
Christian Rosito
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Excellent work here Mike! The perspective and tones are wonderful!


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5/1/2008 10:00:48 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Really fantastic perspective, color and lines, Mike. Chicago is SO FUN!! :)
Look forward to the rest of the shots...


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5/1/2008 10:17:12 PM

 
Kathy Reeves
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Wow!! A sure winner!


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5/2/2008 3:41:07 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Christian/Jennifer/Kathy - Thanks so much! - Mike


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5/2/2008 5:22:57 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Wonderful POV, colors and lines. A great photograph, Mike!!!
Cesar


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5/9/2008 5:53:46 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Cesar - Thanks! - Mike


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5/9/2008 3:10:46 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!


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5/23/2008 12:31:26 AM

 
Sharon 
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Congrats on your EFP and POTD !!!! Both well-derserved...this is amazing.


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5/23/2008 12:34:53 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations on your POTD Win, Mike, waiting for more to come!!!


Dominick


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5/23/2008 12:41:31 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
WTG buddy, HUGE CONGRAT'S on your AWSOME POTD!!!


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5/23/2008 12:54:38 AM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Big congrats, Mike!!! A super POTD win! :)


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5/23/2008 1:06:20 AM

 
Avril Young
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awesome shot, excellent composition.
congrats!


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5/23/2008 1:14:53 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is such an outstanding shot Mike. Congratulations on your beautiful POTD. Bill

Check out my new website at:

Bill Houghton Photography


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5/23/2008 2:16:43 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Wow!


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5/23/2008 2:28:56 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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WOW - cool shot...
Big congrats on your POTD, Mike!


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5/23/2008 2:29:57 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Great POV and perspective. Lovely colors and detail. Congratulations on your excellent POTD Mike!


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5/23/2008 2:52:40 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Everything works on this exceptional shot, Mike. Huge Winner here. Congratulations on POTD!
Michelle


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5/23/2008 2:54:33 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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Way to go, my friend!!


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5/23/2008 3:06:26 AM

 
Karen K. Givens
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Congratulations on beautiful photo of the day. Very nice work. :)


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5/23/2008 3:15:31 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Big congratulations on your POTD, Mike! These golden goose eggs are really hard to come by.


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5/23/2008 3:28:30 AM

 
Michael G. Marshall
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Congratulations Mike on your wonderful POTD! Beautifully composed! Michael


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5/23/2008 3:47:27 AM

 
Anna Diederich
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Congratulations on your POTD Mike! I just love this!


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Vicki L. Filippin
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WOW, MIKE!!! WELCOME TO THE POTD CLUB!!!
What an awesome, awesome, image, my friend!!


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5/23/2008 4:30:43 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!

I am speechless.......

I truly appreciate all of the support!!!

Thanks!!! - Mike


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5/23/2008 4:32:06 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Congrats to this awesome POTD, Mike!


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5/23/2008 4:55:47 AM

 
Danielle Fuller
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Mike, congrats on your POTD!!!!! Very well done.


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5/23/2008 4:59:30 AM

 
Derek D. Dafoe
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WTG Buddy!! Great POTD!! COngrats!!


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5/23/2008 5:17:43 AM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Yes, we got to see this again, and hopefully that's not the last of it! Big congratulations on your POTD, Mike!


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5/23/2008 5:21:21 AM

 
Mike Perez
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The perfect image, Mike! Great POV, lines, reflections and colors! Congratulations on the POTD. We should see it again.


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5/23/2008 5:26:06 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Incredible colors, perspective and design Mike. A beautiful potd, congrats!


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5/23/2008 5:27:20 AM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Oh Mike congratulations on your beautiful POTD. Very nice composition and color. WTG guy.


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5/23/2008 5:36:35 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Huge congrats my friend!!


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5/23/2008 5:48:37 AM

 
Patricia A. Stalter
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Wow! I am so happy for you! :) :) :)


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5/23/2008 5:49:07 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Totally awesome, incredible POV and how I love that deep blue color! Congratulations Mike.


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5/23/2008 6:07:28 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations!

This is awesome Mike!

jo ann c.


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5/23/2008 6:18:25 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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EXCELLENT photo ++++


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5/23/2008 6:24:43 AM

 
Amy Weiland
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Congrats on your POD, Mike! Excellent POV and color!


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5/23/2008 6:25:54 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Beautiful blues!
Captivating perspective and pov!
Congrats on your wonderful POTD!
~♥~Lisa


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5/23/2008 6:58:25 AM

 
A P
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Congrats Mike on your POTD.


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5/23/2008 7:33:06 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Very cool shot! Congratulations on your POTD!


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5/23/2008 8:05:04 AM

 
Angie Sidles
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Mike, HUGE CONGRATS to you on your POTD!! This is amazing work my friend!! :)


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5/23/2008 8:14:21 AM

 
Karen Rahlf
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Congratulations on a beautiful POTD. Great composition and colors!


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Kristi A. Howson
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Love the blues and towering perspective Mike. Congratulations!


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5/23/2008 8:29:27 AM

 
Christian Rosito
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Well done Mike, wonderful to find this as the POTD, Congratulations!


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5/23/2008 9:22:35 AM

 
Jim Britt  

Nice architecture shot. Congrats on your POTD...


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5/23/2008 9:24:30 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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I'm a little late..but BIG congrats on this fabulous POTD Mike!!!!
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

~J~


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5/23/2008 9:31:06 AM

 
Denise Denomy
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STUNNING CAPTURE, Mike! Great POV, color & clarity! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR EP & POTD! :0)


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5/23/2008 10:25:34 AM

 
Kathleen R. Struckle
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Awesome capture. Great POV,beautiful color.Congrats on POTD!!


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5/23/2008 11:39:17 AM

 
Lorri  Shank
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Incredible detail and color! Congrats!


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5/23/2008 12:20:49 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much for all of the very kind comments!!!

I remember previewing this image in the camera and thinking "Wow, that is a cool shot!".

That is one of my favorite things about photography...the rush of getting a good shot!

Now if I can just figure out how to do that every time! :)

Thanks again!!!

Mike


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5/23/2008 12:27:07 PM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD


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5/23/2008 12:50:15 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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EXCELLENT !! Congrats on your POTD !!!


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5/23/2008 1:05:13 PM

 
Stanley C. Sims  

Congratulation Mike, on a wonderful shot.


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5/23/2008 1:39:25 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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WoW! Congrats, Mike, on your fabulous POTD!!! Makes me think I really do need to get out to the big city one of these days. Sure love seeing this one again!


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Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Mike on your Outstanding POTD!! Jeff


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5/23/2008 3:41:12 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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HUGE (tall building) CONGRATS to you Mike! Awesome man! You caught a big fish today buddy! -Laura Swan


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5/23/2008 4:29:29 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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This is MAJOR, Mike!!!! Big congrats on your POTD. This is an absolutely awesome image!
Mike B-


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5/23/2008 6:52:35 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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Way to go Mike!!!! Congratulations on a fantastic capture, and well deserved POTD!!! Just beautiful! A winner for sure!!! Laura


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Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much!! I am honored by all of these comments!!! - Mike


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5/23/2008 8:12:39 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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I was very happy to see your beautiful photograph in my inbox this morning, Mike.
Congratulations on this well-deserved POTD!!!
Cesar


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5/23/2008 9:50:29 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Cesar - Thanks so much! - Mike


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5/24/2008 4:34:44 AM

 
James R. Hardy
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Wow, very, very, very nice shot. I love it. Congrats on the Photo of the Day.


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5/24/2008 6:04:00 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Gorgeous, graceful perspective shot, Mike!
CONGRATULATIONS on your very well-deserved POTD!


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Mike Umbreit
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James/Mary - Thanks! I truly appreciate your comments!! - Mike


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5/25/2008 5:47:42 AM

 
Steven W. Lepak
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Bravo Mike! Congrats on your POTD. Love the perspective on this one. Keep up the great work. Best Regards, Steven


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5/25/2008 4:20:23 PM

 
Margaret Anna Durkin
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Congratulation Mike! Wow! Love the colors and detail.


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5/26/2008 4:29:34 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Steven/Margaret - Thanks! - Mike


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5/26/2008 7:24:02 PM

 
Cheryl Meisel
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WOW unreal shot! Super!
BIG CONGRATS on your wins with this!
Cherylm


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5/30/2008 6:12:25 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Cheryl - Thanks! - Mike


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5/30/2008 3:20:48 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Congrats again, Mike, and good luck in the next round!!!! :)


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6/19/2008 9:58:25 AM

 
Christian Rosito
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Wonderful to see this one again. Congratualtions Mike!


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6/19/2008 10:13:27 AM

 
Steven W. Lepak
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Congrats Mike! Keep it going. Best Regards, Steven


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6/19/2008 11:07:49 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations again!


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6/19/2008 11:27:23 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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GOOD on you Mike!!! Congrats!!!!


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6/19/2008 11:41:32 AM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Wonderful color, composition and perspective. Congratulations.


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6/19/2008 12:24:03 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations, Mike!


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6/19/2008 1:38:43 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Way to go, Mike! I hope this will be a winner!


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6/19/2008 3:58:27 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much!! May was a very good month for me! :) I appreciate all of the comments! I have learned so much from everybody since I joined BP nearly a year ago! - Mike


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6/19/2008 4:03:08 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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I think you're WELL on your way for a WIN here Mike!!!
CONGRATS TO YOU for this FANTASTIC FINALIST!!!!!
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

~J~


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6/19/2008 4:43:14 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
BIG Congrats on your finalist!
Best of Luck in the next round!


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6/19/2008 4:51:21 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Jeana/Peaches - Thanks!!! - Mike


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6/19/2008 7:02:36 PM

 
Amy Weiland
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Mike! I love this picture. :)


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6/19/2008 7:02:54 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Alright MIKE!!! BIG CONGRATS!

Hey- We miss you on the SSS club. Please come back!

So happy for you buddy! -Laura Swan


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6/19/2008 9:07:58 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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TOTALLY saw this finalist coming, Mike! Waiting to see it place, now!
CONGRATS!
:-)


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6/20/2008 4:50:41 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Amy/Laura/Vicki - Thanks!!! - Mike


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6/20/2008 6:19:00 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Big congratulations,Mike!


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6/20/2008 8:32:07 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Way to go Mike, on this great winner! Keep looking up!


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6/20/2008 12:30:48 PM

 
Angie Sidles
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Congrats on this beautiful WINNER Mike!


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6/20/2008 12:32:11 PM

 
Vicki L. Filippin
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WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO
2ND PLACE WINNER RIGHT HERE!!!!!
WTG, MIKE


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6/20/2008 12:33:54 PM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Congratulations Mike!


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6/20/2008 12:38:33 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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FANTASTIC Winning image, Mike! BIG congrats to you! :)


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6/20/2008 12:40:20 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!


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6/20/2008 12:46:00 PM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Big congratulations,Mike!!!:-)


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6/20/2008 12:46:47 PM

 
Anita Hogue
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Congratulations, Mike!


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6/20/2008 12:54:24 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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I knew it would be a winner! Congratulations, Mike!!


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6/20/2008 12:59:52 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Congratulations on your winner, Mike!


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6/20/2008 1:06:33 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks so much!!! My first win!!! Wow...I think I may have to go out tonight and celebrate! :) - Mike

And yes...I will keep looking up!!!


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6/20/2008 1:14:26 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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AWESOME WINNER MIKE!!!!!!!!!!
Big Congrats To You!!!!!
WELL DONE!!!!!
You BETTER Celebrate!!!!

~J~


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6/20/2008 1:33:34 PM

 
Deb Koskovich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2007
 

Hooray Mike! We got our first wins in the same month!!


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6/20/2008 1:40:55 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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WTG Mike, congratulations!


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6/20/2008 2:57:05 PM

 
A P
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Congratulations on your win, Mike


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6/20/2008 3:26:17 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations on this winner, Mike!


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6/20/2008 4:49:03 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Thanks! I just got back from having some pizza and a couple of cold ones...I really know how to celebrate! :) - Mike


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6/20/2008 5:44:34 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2006
 

Congratulations on your terrific winner, Mike!


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6/20/2008 6:57:27 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/6/2007
 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The Golden Cup
A Special Trophy for
"The May Winners"


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6/20/2008 8:03:05 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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WTG, Mike!


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6/21/2008 12:58:24 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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CONGRATULATIONS, Mike!!!!


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6/21/2008 3:05:19 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Vladan/Elida/Barbara/Colette - Thanks so much!! - Mike


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6/21/2008 4:45:34 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Mike on your Win! Jeff


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6/21/2008 7:04:04 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Mike -- A fabulous shot. Huge congrats on this outstanding winner.


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6/21/2008 7:09:55 AM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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WTG MIKE!!!! So happy for you!! Congratulations on this outstanding capture!!! I knew it would win!!! Great work!! Laura


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6/21/2008 12:20:15 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Jeff/Mary Beth/Laura - Thanks for the very kind comments! - Mike


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6/21/2008 1:48:28 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Big congrats on your win Mike!! Way to go!


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6/21/2008 2:34:34 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Claudia - Thanks so much!! - Mike


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6/21/2008 5:01:53 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Congrats on this great winner and finalists, Mike!!!


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6/21/2008 8:45:20 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Ellen - Thanks!!! - Mike


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6/21/2008 9:36:13 PM

 
Derek D. Dafoe
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Congrats Buddy!! Great image!!


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6/22/2008 7:32:07 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/3/2007
 

Huge congrats on your win!!


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6/22/2008 12:14:10 PM

 
Michael G. Marshall
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2007
 

Congratulations on your wonderful winner Mike! Michael


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6/22/2008 6:06:57 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Derek/Kathleen/Michael - Thanks! I'm so glad to get my first win! - Mike


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6/22/2008 8:46:27 PM

 
Martie Last
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Congratulations!!! This is only one of a whole series of great photos you took in Chicago. I am so happy for you!


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6/23/2008 6:17:12 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Marty - Thanks! This was the first Chicago shot I put up. Now I have to come up with something even better. :) - Mike


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6/23/2008 8:03:49 PM

 
Kathy L. Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/29/2007
 

Congrats again Mike on your beautiful winner.


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6/24/2008 8:16:23 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Kathy - Thanks so much!! - Mike


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6/24/2008 8:31:36 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Congratulations, Mike! So very glad to see this one in the winner's circle...most deserving!!!


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6/25/2008 5:22:19 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Laurie - Thanks!! - Mike


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6/26/2008 7:49:14 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Mike on your Double Win.


Dominick


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7/6/2008 3:19:48 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Dominick - Thanks!! - Mike


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7/6/2008 7:53:44 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A superb winning image Mike, congratulations!


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8/28/2008 9:51:21 PM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Donna - Thanks so much! - Mike


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8/29/2008 6:24:53 AM

 
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