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Mitch Spence
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  41 .  Change in form of BP notifications
This morning, I've noticed that the BP email notifications, concerning comment on images, no longer include the name of the photographer. That is, they say "Discussion on photo by" and nothing else, when they did say something like "Discussion on Photo by Mitch, at - #1536001" I have just this minute noticed however that when one refers to an image of mine, the full wording is still there (at least in a recent one) but not there for others' images. This new wording (or rather, non wording) is a difficulty for me because I choose to get all notifications but just quickly delete any that aren't relevant. Not possible now without opening them all. Hope this is simply a temporary glitch.

4/10/2014 7:33:12 AM

  I have the same problem and now the filtering system that I had set up to help me manage these discussions is not working, either. I don't want to have to open each email to see whose image the discussion is on.

4/10/2014 7:50:51 AM

  Just noticed the same thing with 5 new email messages, Mitch - and I almost deleted all of them thinking they were spam. Luckily I read the thread at PG101 before I did. No idea the reason behind the change, but I do NOT like it.

4/10/2014 7:52:35 AM

  Mine are coming in with no subject.

4/10/2014 7:52:55 AM

  My started last night just like Martha's with no subject. Its kinda of a pain to have to open each one.

4/10/2014 8:49:13 AM

Jim Miotke
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  Thanks all!

This should be fixed.

Let me know if it continues.


4/10/2014 9:36:06 AM

  Just writing in the thread so that all of you above can check if its fixed yet or not.


4/10/2014 9:52:30 AM

Jim Miotke
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  Looks great to me!


4/10/2014 9:56:56 AM

  Yay, its fixed already.


4/10/2014 9:57:50 AM

  Yes! Yay! Fixed! Thank you!! :-)

4/10/2014 10:09:53 AM

  I thank you and so does my email filter :)

4/10/2014 10:40:05 AM

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Nikki McDonald
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  42 .  Snapshot newsletter archives
Where can I find the Snapshot newsletter archives? I've dropped down every menu and do not see them. Thanks.

4/9/2014 6:40:04 AM

4/9/2014 7:35:33 AM

  Got it for now. But where did you find it?
Thanks, Donna.

4/9/2014 7:38:47 AM

  Well, I went to it and it didn't do what I wanted :( I thought I would see the newest newsletter there as well as the archives, but alas there were only the archives. Then I followed the link to the "subscribe" page:

I can see POTD here and much mention of Snapshot, but no links at all. What I really want at this point in time is a good, direct link to the Snapshot that came out today. I got the email announcement, but don't seem to be able to click into it.

4/9/2014 7:42:42 AM

  Hi All,
Thanks for asking, Nikki, and thanks, Donna, for providing the link to the archives.

The archives have just been updated with the latest issue -- today's SnapShot


4/9/2014 7:55:22 AM

  Thank you, Kerry. This will do fine for today, but my memory is short and I'm sure I'll lose the link. How can I find it easily from BP's home page for future reference?
Thanks :)

4/9/2014 8:10:23 AM

Ken Smith
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  Kerry, it would be nice if all the newsletters could be somehow integrated into one of the mouse-over categories on the main page.

Nikki, I can access my subscriptions via the "My Member Info" link. But this is also a back-door method, I think.

4/9/2014 8:23:36 AM

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Usman Bajwa
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  43 .  Can't select a Fave!!!
I was browsing the new EPs, as usual, however, when I tried to click on the "red heart" to select the fave, the new page read:

"Photo Removed or Not Approved
Sorry - the photo you have requested has been removed or has not been approved for publishing. Return."


4/8/2014 2:44:52 AM

Jim Miotke
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  Thanks Usman. This is now fixed.

Really appreciate your feedback!


4/8/2014 11:39:45 AM

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Nikki McDonald
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  44 .  Link to Discussions missing
The link to the discussions is missing in some views. I haven't quite sorted out when this happens. Anyone else?

4/5/2014 4:29:36 PM

Lola M.
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  I am having the same problem'

4/5/2014 4:33:28 PM

  When I go to somebodies gallery click on a thumbnail to see an image there is no discussion link.If I click on the discussion link below the thumbnail and open the picture, then click on that thumbnail, there is a discussion link. If I go to the recent contest entries, there is discussion link after you click on the thumbnails...

4/5/2014 8:24:29 PM

  Thank you, Jill. That's what's happening to me, too. Plus when I copied the thumbnail from my gallery page and shared it in a yahoo group where it is clickable, it can be opened but there is no discussion option on it.

4/5/2014 8:29:30 PM

Ken Smith
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  It's happening to me too, when in the "Classic" gallery mode. It seems ok if I change my gallery to the new style.

4/5/2014 8:32:54 PM

  Oh dear. I'm in classic, too. I do hope they are not going to get rid of that option when they roll out the "new and improved" version . . .

4/5/2014 8:56:01 PM

Ken Smith
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  Nikki, there are many of us who still like the classic view...because it allows for the display of 30 thumbnails in a single view. I have to think there's a glitch with classic galleries. Hopefully on Monday the "discuss" link will be back.

4/6/2014 6:30:27 AM

  You can count me in towards the "Classic Gallery format" enthusiasts. I also have the trouble finding the Discussion thread. Hope it gets rectified earliest.


4/6/2014 9:37:10 AM

  I can see discussion threads but I am not receiving email notifications of discussions nor the regular daily POTD ; & snapshot emails from BP since Friday...

4/6/2014 9:42:36 AM

  I also use the classic gallery and like the more open view of everything on one page. Hope they don't do away with it!

4/7/2014 9:14:33 AM

  I think thumb nails display better in the classic view. I don't like the small distorted thumbs in the new galleries.

I also find myself spending more time browsing in galleries with the classic view.

4/7/2014 8:31:45 PM

  Is anyone on the BP team reading this thread?

4/7/2014 8:35:14 PM

  It seems that the discussion problem has been solved. Hopefully another problem will be also solved: currently it is not possible to add some photos to Favorites (except when browsing them in current contest entries).

4/8/2014 3:28:47 AM

Jim Miotke
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  Yes, the link to discussions is restored. Please email with a specific page URL if there is still a problem with favoriting photos. Thanks!

4/11/2014 11:47:03 AM

  I still cannot add any photos displayed in classic (old) galleries to my favorites (except when I go to new contest entries and click at them then).

4/12/2014 12:52:13 PM

Jim Miotke
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  Ok all fixed now - thanks for letting me know.


4/12/2014 2:04:47 PM

  Great! Also, before it was possible to share photos in Facebook etc., but now this button seems to be missing in classic/old galleries, too... Maybe you could fix that, too?

4/12/2014 2:19:29 PM

  My gallery is totally messed up and I think their sale banner with the time countdown could be the problem. I will email them as well as mentioning it here.

4/12/2014 2:22:37 PM

Jim Miotke
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  I think I just fixed your gallery, Sharon.

It was not the sale banner. It had to do with how you don't put a name in your last name field... I added back a space there and it works.


4/12/2014 2:51:38 PM

  Thanks Jim, It is fixed now... BUT I have never had a problem before in 6 years with not putting in my last name. Anyways my gallery is okay now.. I'm happy... you're happy. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

4/12/2014 3:18:14 PM

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Harriet Feagin
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  45 .  Textures
I want to find some colorful textures such as pastel oils or watercolors. Does anyone know a good source? Thanks!

4/5/2014 9:03:58 AM

  Have you tried Gimp (freeware from It also has texture-like effects and a lot more. Also, you can create and blend your own textures with photos.

4/5/2014 10:52:56 AM

  Thanks. I will look this up.

4/5/2014 1:56:38 PM

  Try Textures for Layers on Flickr:
They have lots of free textures. This will also lead you to individual Flickr accounts with more free textures.

5/31/2014 3:55:31 AM

  As Tiia mentioned you can create a texture by blending your own photos.

Sidewalk cement makes a good texture, as does tree bark, rusted metal, carpet, crinkled paper, frost/snow/rain on a window screen, etc.

For this photo I blended a picture of my counter top with a photo of corn stalks and adjusted the hue/saturation.

Garnished Grackle

5/31/2014 8:00:15 AM

  Double Gold
Double Gold
Same finch; flying and perching. Background is my sidewalk blended with my countertop.
This photo is an example of blending cement and a different counter top.

5/31/2014 8:02:55 AM

Anne Marie Hickey
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  Also try Joel Olive, Flypaper, Paint the Monn and my favorite is French Kiss for textures

6/13/2014 1:14:00 PM

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Usman Bajwa
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  46 .  recent increase in Judges' Comment
I have noticed that the frequency of Judges' Comments on the recently announced February Finalists was significantly higher than before. I, for one, received three judges comments out of my four February Finalists.

If this is part of a conscious effort from Judges and is in line with BetterPhoto 2.0, I think it is a wonderful step. This practice will not only give extra motivation/excitement to the contestants but will also give them some pro feedback on their entries.

Would like to hear from fellow members on their take on this.


3/31/2014 9:53:55 PM

  I also received four Judges comments on the three of my finalists. I noticed a lot of other comments from the Judges on other peoples finalist too. I think we all appreciate the extra effort it takes to do this and hope it continues.

4/1/2014 3:45:54 AM

  I received a Judges' comment on my one finlist, and it was indeed much appreciated! Thank you, Judges and BP!

4/1/2014 9:34:28 AM

  I think it's great. I've noticed it happening sporadically in the past, I'm wondering if it's just a certain judge or judges that like to comment, and the rest, not so much. What I'd really like to see is, especially on the Grand Prize, what went into their thinking as to why that one was special to them. Lots of times I will think that somebody in a first or second place position had the shot of the month. I'm always curious as to what went into their choice.

4/2/2014 1:21:25 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I received a comment from one of the judges on one of my finalist also. Very much appreciated. Between that
and the recent email of their changes I think our voices have been heard. So happy of what appears to be moves for the better.

4/2/2014 1:48:37 PM

  I just went ahead and checked the number of Judges' Comments on March's Finalists in the monthly theme category and found out that 29 out of the 43 got a Judges comment, that's a 67% rate.

Thanks for your time, Judges, its very much appreciated.


4/29/2014 4:37:24 AM

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Peggy J. Pfister
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  47 .  Contest Category
Hi, I'm still trying to wrap my head aroung the recent changes in the contest categories. :)
What if I have a close up (but not really macro) photo of a plant (no flower), not converted to B&W or any other DD-type processing? Previously I would put it in Catch-All, but now I don't know where to put it ...
Does anyone have any thoughts or advice that you wouldn't mind sharing?

3/31/2014 9:59:30 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  A Betterphoto Shaman?

3/31/2014 12:45:44 PM

  LOL, Gregory! Do you know one? :)

3/31/2014 2:19:18 PM

  Well now, I've always thought this kind of shot should go in N&L - but in the past it was usually overlooked there in favor of the expansive scenes - especially at sunset or sunrise LOL I'd probably try it there, though.

4/3/2014 12:55:24 PM

  And idle curiosity question for Gregory. Do you enter the contest here at BP?

4/3/2014 12:56:18 PM

  Thanks for your thoughts, Nikki. I'm still mulling it over, but now that resubs are allowed, I can retry it in a different category if I pick wrong ...

4/3/2014 12:59:26 PM

  Peggy, maybe if you put up an example, we could give a better guess? Nikki, I agree, I would probably have put it in N/L, but it surely wouldn't have much of a chance there. Very seldom do we see anything but landscapes picked in that category. It would have to be pretty special to beat out the super landscapes that usually dominate the category. And I don't think Greg enters the contest. He would probably do pretty well if he did, I've seen his website in the past.

4/3/2014 1:23:59 PM

  Hi Carolyn, thanks for responding. This is the one I was pondering ...


I ended up converting it to B&W, so I put it in DD. However, I still wonder where it should have gone if I had stuck with the color version.

4/3/2014 9:22:02 PM

  It's gorgeous, Peggy. If EoD is intact (part of the description of the Man Made category says "Bokeh, Painting with light, and motion blur photos belong in the "Abstract/Graphics" category" so I'm not quite sure what's going on there), I probably would put it there.
You can change the category before you enter tomorrow or some other day before the end of the month if you change your mind.
And you did catch that all bw does not have to go in DD, didn't you?

4/3/2014 9:29:58 PM

  Hi Nikki, thanks!
Yes, I caught that all B&Ws don't have to go into DD; I just thought it was probably safe to put it there. I thought of EoD as well. Seems that it could really go in several categories.

I think it would be a good idea if "Flowers" were actually "Flowers & Plants". I did at one time enter a plant photo (sans flowers) in "Flowers", and it got an EP, but went no further. Of course, I don't know if that was because it was considered miscategorized, or if it just wasn't destined to go further. :)

4/3/2014 9:43:04 PM

  I think it would fit in EOD, Macro (maybe) or DD.
Good question about the plant! I always wonder what to do with them, too. N/L, I guess.

4/4/2014 2:43:40 AM

Ken Smith
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  Peggy, I would vote EOD or macro. And I have seen some plants get recognition in N/L. And I'm more in line with Nikki for B/W; they don't have to go in DD just because they're converted to B/W. There's probably less DD work to convert to B/W than some of the other effects we see outside of the DD category.

4/4/2014 7:57:43 AM

  Thanks to all for the helpful advice! Much appreciated!

4/4/2014 9:49:52 AM

  Did I miss something about being able to resubmit?

4/6/2014 12:27:28 AM

  Yes, in one of the threads Jim said we could resubmit. I think it was Jessica's about replacement of the Catch-All category with Man Made.

4/6/2014 4:26:40 AM

Ken Smith
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  Jill, Jim M also sent out an e-mail Apr 2nd. Here's the words:
I have great news...

You can once again resubmit photos into the monthly photography contest. If your photo did not place and you want to try again, go for it.

Contest-lovers will also enjoy that we are selecting more Editor's Picks, and picking them sooner... so you have more time to enjoy seeing the results before we publish the next round, the Staff Favorites.

And if you did not already know, it's free to enter the contest.

But wait, there's more :-)

1. For WEBSITE OWNERS... we've improved the "Add to Favorites" system and made it so the photo title and ID display when you hover over a photo.
2. For STUDENTS... We have a really exciting development just around the corner, where you will get a new assignment each month, feedback from excellent photographers, and more.
3. For EVERYONE... we've improved speed and performance on the site as a whole. Enjoy a faster BetterPhoto!

We have a lot of improvement going on here.

And the really big improvements are right around the corner. Soon, we'll be unveiling the new BP 2.0.

I appreciate all the feedback many of you have sent me in recent surveys and emails.

Thanks for helping make BetterPhoto even more awesome.

Jim --------

4/6/2014 6:28:27 AM

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Beth W. DeBor
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  48 .  April EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
The posts in this forum should only be related to EPs, SFs and Fs. Please start a new thread for anything else. Good luck!

3/30/2014 6:54:04 AM


4/3/2014 2:18:25 AM


4/3/2014 7:06:10 AM

  Add me to the list of lurkers... :-)

4/4/2014 7:42:43 AM

  Latched on ;)


4/6/2014 9:41:10 AM

  April 1 - From Paris with Love - Man-Made


4/8/2014 2:29:02 AM

4/2..EOD..Patterned Web

4/8/2014 4:11:59 AM

  Skipped the 1st...resub..apparently they don't like oob stuff...
Ep for the 2nd...

4/8/2014 7:00:36 AM

  I appreciate these posts as it lets me know where the judging is. April is a bust for me so far...

4/8/2014 5:12:37 PM

  4/3..Landscapes..Oh What A Night

4/10/2014 2:08:15 AM

  April 2 - Backlit Birdy - Digital Darkroom


4/10/2014 2:13:17 AM

  April 1 - Animals
Bird Dog

Nothing for the 2nd :(

4/10/2014 7:55:19 AM

Lola M.
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  Monarch and Zinnia
Monarch and Zinnia
4/2 Details and Macro

4/1 Skipped

4/10/2014 8:40:21 AM

  One for me at this point, April 2, EoD

Against the Wall

4/10/2014 10:25:52 AM Photo Contest Finalist

Finalist - Digital Darkroom - April 2014

Sempervivum, or "hens and chicks" succulent, "Kalinda" variety.
Minor adjustments in PS CC, converted to B&W with Topaz Black and White Effects 2.
4/1 Digital Darkroom

4/10/2014 10:46:42 AM

  Essence of Life
Essence of Life

Minor adjustments in PS CC.
4/2 Monthly Theme (Back to Basics)

4/10/2014 10:49:36 AM

Bob D. Hall
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  4/3 skipped
4/4 skipped

4/10/2014 3:42:41 PM

Ken Smith
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  Bob, don't give up on the 3rd or 4th just yet. From looking at the EP link (, the latest EPs I've seen are from April 3rd. And no one has reported an EP for the 4th, on this thread.

A couple of days ago, folks were reporting EPs for the 2nd, but it took two more days before I got an EP for the 2nd. Meaning, you still might get an EP for third.

4/10/2014 4:43:24 PM

  Hope you're right, Ken. For now, I'm with Harriet -- 0 (for 10 in my case).

4/10/2014 5:04:30 PM

Bob D. Hall
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  Thanks, Ken!
I will not give up!

4/11/2014 7:53:32 AM

  I was looking at my entries for this month and realized that I don't know, with confidence, where to enter some of my shots. Elements of Design and Man Made are confusing to me. I still miss the Catch All category. It is like the junk drawer in the kitchen.....when in doubt, throw it into Catch All. This may have been a problem for BP,though.

4/11/2014 10:05:33 PM

  Just got one in the junk drawer - uhhh - Man Made category. Could have easily gone into T&P or, of course, C-A.

April 3
Door at Hacienda Martinez

But they skipped the 2nd which saddens but does not surprise me :)

4/13/2014 5:20:33 PM

  Got one for the 4th.....50% so far.. :-)

4/14/2014 5:03:39 PM

  Finally, on the boards. Elements of Design. 4-4-14 Happy dance! (not a pretty sight)

4/14/2014 5:47:48 PM

  4/4..Landscape..Early Morning Reflections

4/14/2014 6:06:04 PM

4/3 Flowers

4/15/2014 6:53:05 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
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  Very flustered. Have entered 8 and not one EP. I thought I read form BB that they were going t be more generous again. I definately dont expect every shot that was the case a couple years ago but 0 for 8. thats aweful. Hopefully my photography isn't really that bad. Its of course just a hobby for me but still like to think I can occasionally take a photo that is ok.

4/17/2014 4:20:39 AM

  I think they are only up to the 4th, Jackie. Maybe yours were entered later than that.

4/17/2014 4:28:58 AM

Ken Smith
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  And hopefully they haven't finished with the 4th yet. :-)

4/17/2014 4:32:35 AM

  1st and 3rd for me, too, though a skip on the 4th wouldn't surprise me. I'm actually more interested in their going back for a second look at the March EP's :)

4/17/2014 7:08:14 AM

  Jackie, in my opinion you take more than the occasional photo that is better than ok. I wish we knew who does the judging and what they're judging on.

I haven't had an EP since the end of Feb. but in fairness to them, I stopped entering as a result of frustration and then entered two at the end of March which were both skipped. The one I entered so far in April is from the 4th.

4/17/2014 8:16:32 AM

Bob D. Hall
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  4/3 skipped
4/4 skipped
4/5 "Mating Season" Animals
4/6 "Bride In A Barn (Sepia)" People

4/17/2014 10:39:30 AM

4/6..Landscape..Winter Sunset On The Rocks
4/8..Landscape..Snow And Ice And Some God Rays
4/9..Macro..Dew Tell

4/17/2014 12:01:21 PM

Lola M.
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  Yellow Sulphur
Yellow Sulphur
4/9 Details and Macro

6 skipped photos before this one

4/17/2014 12:15:52 PM

  Only two EP's so far this month. Discouraging. But, the month is not over yet!

4/17/2014 12:22:14 PM


Staff Favorite - Elements of Design - April 2014

Echeveria "Sunburst", shot in late afternoon window light.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
4/4 Elements of Design

4/17/2014 6:05:37 PM

  April 3 - Skipped
April 4 - Skipped
April 5 - Skipped
April 6 - Skipped
April 7 - A London Sunrise - T&P
April 8 - Skipped

And I have always loved the ones which are trend-breakers, April 7 in this case, lol!!!


4/17/2014 8:52:38 PM

  Up to the 10th!

Hoppy Easter tomorrow... :-)

4/19/2014 6:37:47 PM

Bob D. Hall
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  4/7 skipped
4/8 skipped
4/9 skipped
4/10 "Day of Refection" Landscape

4/19/2014 6:39:30 PM

  Aha, got two in a row, wow, and it feels awesome ;)

April 9 - Flying - People
April 10 - A New Addition - Flowers


4/20/2014 8:31:34 AM

Bob D. Hall
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  Staff Favorite "Bride In A Barn" people

4/27/2014 4:02:07 AM

  Thats great Bob and good luck in the next rounds. You may want to check the dedicated thread in the discussion forum for showcasing March's SFs, Finalists and Winners at the following link:


4/27/2014 5:15:49 AM

Bob D. Hall
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  4/11 skipped
4/12 NE
4/13 skipped
4/14 "1906" MM

4/28/2014 1:05:41 PM

4/12..Landscape..Pasture Weeds
4/13..Landscape..A Favorite View From Eufaula Cove

4/28/2014 1:13:51 PM

Lola M.
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  Spring Tulip
Spring Tulip
4/14 Flowers

4/28/2014 2:35:14 PM

  April 11 - Full of Beauty-Beautiful - Flowers
April 12 - Cactus Design - EoD


4/28/2014 8:19:05 PM

4/15..Macro..Stepping Forward

4/29/2014 11:24:27 AM

  April 13 - Skipped
April 14 - Strike a Pose - People
April 15 - Riding a Wave - D&Macro


4/29/2014 8:59:44 PM

  April 16 - Skipped (My fave of the month)
April 17 - One-arm Pushups - Animals


5/1/2014 8:38:28 PM

  April 18 - GEOMETRY - Man-Made
April 19 - POPPYLICIOUS - Digital Darkroom
April 20 - Ceiling Stars - Man-Made


5/3/2014 5:35:14 AM

  Wow! Not happy!!
4/21..Macro..Gross grass Dweller
Now that ain't pretty!!

5/3/2014 10:44:40 AM

  I'm not a happy camper either. Everything skipped, it appears, straight through from the 13th through the 21st.

5/3/2014 5:36:29 PM

  None for April....but my happiness doesn't come from getting an EP, mine comes from just being alive and healthy enough to be able to get out and enjoy the things I love to do.

5/4/2014 4:50:38 AM

  A total of 4 for me, the most recent on 4/21. Probably the worst showing since I joined BP. Maybe it's time to buy a new camera (that's a joke, folks)!

5/4/2014 6:20:36 AM

  4/22..Macro..Dropping Off
Mine aren't looking so good for the month, either. I hope it improves when (or if) they go back through the ones they skipped. I haven't had 5 in a row skipped in a LONG time.

5/4/2014 6:58:15 AM

4/24..Macro..Drops On Leaf
Yikes! These skips are painful. LOL

5/4/2014 3:44:03 PM

Lola M.
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4/23 Flowers
7 skips before that one

5/4/2014 5:04:55 PM

  April 21 - Skipped
April 22 - Skipped
April 23 - Skipped
April 24 - Last One Standing - D&M
April 25 - Carpet Landing - N&L
April 26 - Blue Turban - DD


5/4/2014 6:10:04 PM

  4/17 Flowers In Clover

4/19 Details & Macro Golden Spring

5/4/2014 6:53:59 PM

  4/25..Landscape..January Morning
4/26..Landscape..Sunrise Over Avalon Bay

5/5/2014 2:52:04 AM

  4/27..EOD..Web Patterns

5/5/2014 2:53:23 PM

  4/27..EOD..Web Patterns

5/5/2014 2:53:25 PM

Bob D. Hall
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  4/15 - 4/22 skipped
4/23 "Sedona Majesty" Landscape
4/24 "Bell Rock" Landscape
4/25 "Fishing" Animals
4/26 4/27 skipped

5/5/2014 3:30:30 PM

4/29..Macro..Like Tiny Jewels
4/30..Grand Finale
.....and waiting for the next run through. They did skip a bunch this month. Way more than usual. BUT, I'm hoping for a few more to show up later.

5/6/2014 2:51:44 AM

  I've only submitted six images since Feb.24--ALL SKIPPED. Maybe I'll just quit submitting to the contests all together.

5/6/2014 7:01:09 AM

  15 submits for April...O ep's! I'm batting 1000! :-)

5/6/2014 9:43:26 AM

  April 27 - Skipped
April 28 - Skipped
April 29 - Skipped
April 30 - Skipped

I am hoping they at least take a second look at the left-overs!!!!


5/6/2014 9:57:07 AM

  Skipped my last three, too. At 11/28, I'm just under 40% and from what I'm seeing in the thread, I should be counting myself lucky!

5/6/2014 10:02:38 AM

  8 out of 17....Ugh!!!

5/6/2014 10:20:09 AM

  6 out of 10 for me. meh.

5/6/2014 12:52:34 PM

  16 of 30 for me, about 50% that is.


5/7/2014 2:51:13 AM

  18 of 30 for me. I guess I shouldn't complain. They did miss some good ones, though, and I'm sure that's the case for all of you!

5/7/2014 2:56:05 AM

  Well, I was worried my photography really got bad....but I guess 8 out of 14 is not too bad. I just don't have time to put on an image every day. (Care taking for my mother) I'm like Carolyn, there are a few I really loved that didn't get Eps....

5/7/2014 3:52:01 PM

  Are we still not allowed to re-enter pictures to the contest? I didn't get a single EP for April and I feel like several of my entries would have deserved at least an EP. Maybe BP isn't the right place for a wildlife photographer. I thought I had improved, but I'm getting fewer EP's those days.

5/7/2014 6:24:14 PM

  You can now resubmit! And everybody got fewer EPs this time, it looks like.

5/7/2014 6:34:37 PM

  Thank you, Carolyn!

5/7/2014 8:10:33 PM

  Wild Flower
Wild Flower

Not only is the wild onion, or allium, a wildflower, it's a wild flower!
This one has burst open and is just about to send out tiny flower stalks.
Shot along the banks of Clear Creek, Galveston County, Texas.
Minor adjustments in PS CC and a bit of texture by Kim Klassen.
Picked up an EP ...

4/5 Flowers

5/8/2014 6:30:07 PM

  I just picked up another one from the 4th.. :-)

5/8/2014 6:45:01 PM

  Picked up the 2nd, 4th, and 5th

5/8/2014 6:50:19 PM

  The second pass through by the judges always feels like a big reliever, I see three new EPs.

April 3 - Fresh Salad on a Wheel Barrow - DD
April 4 - Summer Dreams - Flowers
April 6 - Spring Impressions - DD


5/8/2014 8:16:52 PM

  Not a one for me, at least at this point. Zip.

5/9/2014 6:02:58 AM

  Well, if they passed through a second time, they didn't pass through me. Nothing more than I already had.
None yet for May either. Boohoo.

5/9/2014 6:25:00 AM

  A big 7 out of 26...:-( Better then nothing I guess...

5/9/2014 11:10:23 AM

  Everything "new" that I see reported is for the 6th or earlier. Maybe they only got through the first week or not even.

5/9/2014 11:20:00 AM

  This morning:
4/7..Macro..Vine And Water Drop

5/11/2014 9:45:03 AM

  The word from Jim is:
we have a lot more EPs coming for April. My team may even be working on them this weekend or early this week. Hang in there.
The competition is steep... especially in the Flowers category. There are simply so many awesome high-quality close-ups of flowers. This makes it what Galen Rowell called a "mature" subject that then requires even more unique and eye-catching compositions and treatments.

5/18/2014 11:56:15 AM

  And I got an EP on a previously left-over one just recently, Yay.

April 8 - The Winning Team - Animals


5/19/2014 9:14:34 PM

  I just picked up the 7th and 8th, too.

5/19/2014 9:20:43 PM

  This Old House
Digital Darkroom

5/20/2014 5:14:27 AM

  The second run through has started.
4/17..T/P..Mountain Fork Riverbank Morning Mist
4/18..Macro..Mother Nature's Knick Knacks
4/20..EOD..Curve Appeal
4/23..Landscape..Gorgeous Cloud Colors

5/20/2014 5:57:13 PM

  Retro Style
Retro Style

A view of the iconic fin of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, shot at a small local car show.
Intentional extreme contrast and saturation, noise. All processing in PS CC.
4/7 Elements of Design

5/20/2014 6:11:36 PM

  Got a couple more EPs, I love the second pass through ....

April 16 - GOTHIC DESIGN - EoD
April 23 - GLOW - Flowers


5/20/2014 8:17:08 PM

  Don't Fence Me In

5/20/2014 8:31:26 PM

  I got one for the 17th--Bubby--but more exciting for me is a first place win in pictorial category that I received at camera club tonight. It's my first award.

5/20/2014 9:30:49 PM

  Congrats Beth, that is wonderful news! Was Buddy the winning image?

5/20/2014 10:49:54 PM

  Thats great, Beth. Big CONGRATZ, WTG!


5/21/2014 5:59:06 AM

  Thanks, Usman and Joannie. No, Joannie, he had to compete with cute furry little ducklings so Buddy didn't make it through. My textured rose was one of the three in that category for my level. Each judge got to pick a final image out of all the winners for the season.

5/21/2014 8:13:21 AM

  One of my two favorites was entered on the 20th and still doesn't have an EP. As Usman and Carolyn have both reported for the 23rd, I guess I can give up on that.

5/21/2014 6:53:03 PM

  A Serious Fellow
A Serious Fellow

The American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) is about two inches long, and lives mainly in the southeastern United States.
This little guy was sleepily lounging on a dry reed in a wetlands area near Houston, Texas.
He was a docile subject, but I couldn't get him to smile for the camera ... :)
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
One more ...

4/28 Animals

5/21/2014 7:54:29 PM

  Yep, just got one for the 30th. I reckon they have finished. I was picking them up left and right through the middle of the month but after the 16th, I didn't pick any up until the 30th (skips on the 20, 22, 24, 27, 28 and forgot to enter on the 29th).

5/21/2014 8:03:23 PM

  I'm also thinking they may be done, or close to it. Hopefully we'll see Staff Favorites in the next few days. Best of luck, everyone!

5/21/2014 8:21:39 PM

  April 30 - The Bright one - DD

That would make 23 EPs out of the 30 entries for me in April. That is actually more than I was expecting earlier ;)

However, my two favorites of the month were again skipped ;(
(which are now going into the resub folder).

I guess that is just like life, its a mix .... can't have all the happiness or all the sorrow!!!


5/22/2014 12:36:41 AM

  I also ended up with 23 of 30. They got most of the ones I thought would get one. Just one I think they missed. I have a similar one from the same batch I'll put up later.

5/22/2014 6:36:39 AM

  Glad they went back and did another round. I ended up with 14 out of 26...much better :-)
I was getting very discouraged until I heard from Jim about some of the new things they are working on for "The New BP..."I can't wait to see what changes are coming :-)

5/23/2014 7:49:01 AM

  Yes, I'm glad they went back also! I picked up one more EP, so I have two out of 13!

5/23/2014 9:05:16 AM

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Donna R. Moratelli
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  49 .  photo size
Are the images on the site bigger now? They look huge!

3/22/2014 12:13:09 PM

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Jill Odice
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  50 .  Self Portraits
How fun! Jim sent out an email asking us to post Self Portraits! It is nice to see the faces behind the cameras :-)

3/20/2014 11:27:47 PM

  I didn't know, but I already see me there. Good idea BP, so we would be able to put a face behind the name too !!


3/21/2014 4:24:05 AM

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  Thanks Jill and Usman - fun to see your faces for sure!!!

3/22/2014 2:04:40 PM

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