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Rajendra Tiwari

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  1 .  August contest
When will contest for month of August open?

7/17/2014 6:15:44 AM

  The first day of August

7/17/2014 8:00:07 AM

Ken Smith
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  And the results are usually announced at the end of the following month. For August, results late September. We should see the June contest results later this month. They'll first award Staff Favorites, followed by Finalists then Winners. Finalists are pulled from Staff Favs, and the Winners are pulled from the Finalists.

7/17/2014 3:15:25 PM

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  Thank You!!!

7/17/2014 6:31:15 PM

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  2 .  Countdown to June Contest Results
Hi everyone. Hard to believe, but it’s the middle of the month and time to share your favorite contest image(s) from June.

I’m also hoping for more participation from folks that have rarely, or never participated in this thread. I hope you’ll share your favorite photo(s) with us.

Looks like BP is making their 2nd pass-thru on the June EPs, so hopefully we'll see a more orderly flow of SFs, Finalists, and Winners.

Good luck!!

7/15/2014 3:35:03 AM

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  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:

1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your Reply here. This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Note the Photo ID# of the image you wish to include here (visible in your Member Center) then return to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, and choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down (even though you won't actually be uploading a file.) Click Submit; at the next screen, populate the "Photo ID" field shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, check the boxes at the bottom, and Submit.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.

From Usman Bajwa...If you want to post more than one thumbnail in your response…once you have put the ID # in before entering the contest for the day and you are on the next screen which says something like 'the image has been added', just don't close the browser window, use the back arrow button on the browser window which should take you to the same page where you had initially entered the ID#. All you have to do now is change the ID with the one which you want and press enter again. And voila you'll have two images as thumbnails. You can append as many images as you want by using the back button of the browser window. It’s counter-intuitive, but it works.

7/15/2014 3:35:59 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Summertime
Summertime
From rural Nebraska.

F16, 0.8 sec, ISO 250, 47mm focal length

 
 
My hopeful...

7/15/2014 3:38:11 AM

  Beautiful image, Ken!
(tag)

7/15/2014 9:00:11 AM

 
 
  Breezes   (Has an EP_
Breezes (Has an EP_
 
  Highlighted (No EP)
Highlighted (No EP)
 
 
Still not sure what is going to end up with EPs, so I'll post one with and one without.

7/15/2014 1:21:03 PM

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  Hey Carolyn, welcome aboard. I actually like the single water drop (the one without the EP) more than the one that got one. Both are exquisite, though. And I'm hoping we'll see Staff Favs much earlier this month. Knock on wood. :-)

7/15/2014 4:48:43 PM

  My fav for June ...
Details & Macro

7/15/2014 6:00:32 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
White Hot
White Hot

Detail of a gas stove burner and flames.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
Duh. Forgot the photo.
Details & Macro

7/15/2014 6:01:41 PM

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  Hey Peggy...wow...a really cool shot. I like the zones of colors..very creative. Frame it!! :-)

7/15/2014 7:46:02 PM

  Thanks, Ken! Much appreciated!

7/15/2014 7:56:40 PM

 
 
  Jumper
Jumper
MT 6/6/14
 
 
Monthy Theme. My boy cat, Jumper.

7/15/2014 10:08:10 PM

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  Hi Susan, thanks for joining the thread. What a cute little guy...love his expression and the black/white works well. Good luck in the SF round!

7/16/2014 3:36:29 AM

  Thank you, Ken. I appreciate your comment. Best of luck to everyone!

7/16/2014 8:44:11 AM

 
 
  Rose
Rose
 
 
Flower's abstract.

7/16/2014 5:25:47 PM

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  Hi Beatriz, thanks so much for joining our group.,..what a soft focus...and full-frame photo. Very exquisite. Good luck in the next round!

7/16/2014 6:26:09 PM

 
 
 
Late to enter today which worked in my favor as now I can post the links to my personal favorites. I actually thought I had a pretty strong month, so it wasn't easy to narrow it down. But here are my two favorites, one with an EP and the other without.

7/16/2014 6:43:15 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Abandoned Work Truck
Abandoned Work Truck
Category: Man-Made
 
  Signs of the Times
Signs of the Times
Category: People
 
 
oops :)
Signs of the Times - no EP
Farm Truck - EP on 2nd round

7/16/2014 6:44:58 PM

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  Hey Nikki, welcome aboard! I'm surprised no EP for Sign of the Times. It's a super shot, as is the Farm Truck photo. You are gifted in that you excel in all sorts of photography environments. Good luck to you in the next round!

7/16/2014 7:04:40 PM

  Thanks for your nice words Ken! Best to all.

7/16/2014 8:57:42 PM

 
 
  Golden - II
Golden - II
A wide-angle view of the entrance to the main hall of Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi.

Nikon D40 with Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm, f/22, 8 secs, ISO200. HDR and adjustments in PS CS6 and NIK Color EFX.


 
  Coconut Smile
Coconut Smile
Taken with a Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens.
 
 
Thanks Ken for hosting the thread.

Just like the past few months, I am posting one Fave that got an EP and the other that didn't.

Good luck to you all in the contest.

UB.

7/19/2014 4:10:59 AM

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  Hey Usman, thanks for joining the fun. Your two photos show the range of your photographic talents. Both very different, and both are super. Both should have gotten an EP. Good luck in the next round!

7/19/2014 7:39:06 AM

 
 
  Memories
Memories
Another version of my retired clutch. This one is a multi-image focus stack.

f/5.6, 1/6, +.5, ISO100, 100mm

** Elements of Design **

 
 
Terrific images, everyone!

Here's my fave for June.

7/19/2014 11:54:10 AM

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  Hey Martha, welcome aboard. That's a cool photo...a very nice abstract with good details. I like the colors/comp. Hopefully we'll see a SF on it shortly! :-)

7/19/2014 4:56:53 PM

 
 
 
This is a favourite of mine.

7/19/2014 6:10:40 PM

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  Hey Pat, thanks for joining our countdown thread. Hopefully you can upload your photo. If not, just send the URL and we can take a look. It's nice to have new folks join (at least I think you're new to this thread).

7/19/2014 8:09:38 PM

 
 
  Pretty Kitty
Pretty Kitty
 
  Midnight St. Louis Cemetery #1 New Orleans La
Midnight St. Louis Cemetery #1 New Orleans La
 
 
2 of my favorites from June that got EPs...the first is a close up of my 16 year old cat Baby Kitty. She passed away on 07/17 and this is my favorite picture of her. "Pretty Kitty"
the 2nd one is Midnight St. Louis Cemetery #1
New Orleans La. DD category . I shot it on film and converted it using NIK Color Efex, added a moon and made it spooky :-)

7/20/2014 11:24:44 AM

 
 
 
As many if you know, I enjoy black and white photography. BP has seemed to follow my likes during recent months with the majority of my finalists being black and white. So I am going with my black and white favorites again this month.

"Connections" was taken on the Outer Banks one evening. I like the graphics and the story that it tells.

7/20/2014 4:33:39 PM

 
 
  Illusions
Illusions
St. Louis, MO. 1/800 sec; f/11; ISO 2000
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Connections
Connections
Canon 5D; EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM; 1/32 sec; f/22; ISO 100
Full frame, tripod, Atlantic Beach, NC.
This is a conceptual photo. In our high tech world, have we lost our propensity to communicate on a personal level? Give someone a call tonight, the old fashion way. Or better, go on a walk with a friend.
 
 
As many if you know, I enjoy black and white photography. BP has seemed to follow my likes during recent months with the majority of my finalists being black and white. So I am going with my black and white favorites again this month.

"Connections" was taken on the Outer Banks one evening. I like the graphics and the story that it tells.

7/20/2014 4:35:47 PM

 
 
 
As many if you know, I enjoy black and white photography. BP has seemed to follow my likes during recent months with the majority of my finalists being black and white. So I am going with my black and white favorites again this month.

"Connections" was taken on the Outer Banks one evening. I like the graphics and the story that it tells.

"Illusions" is my second pick. Another graphic black and white taken in downtown St Louis. Good luck to all in the contest! Errick

7/20/2014 4:39:56 PM

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  Hey Erick, welcome aboard! A very cool concept with the "Connections." It took a 2nd look to see the couple in the photo, and then it all clicked. Very nice...same for you "Illusions." I've also liked the photos where the leading lines of different buildings converge into an interesting abstract. Good luck in the next round!

7/20/2014 5:42:05 PM

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  Hey Jill, thanks for jumping on board! :-) I'm sorry to hear about your cat...she led a great life I'm sure and I know your photo has great meaning. Gotta love the eye in it! And nice DD work with the New Orleans photo. Film? How long ago?

7/20/2014 5:44:51 PM

 
 
 
Some of my Faves for June...

7/22/2014 9:36:28 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
~ ~ LEAF PATTERNS ~ ~
~ ~ LEAF PATTERNS ~ ~

(((~~ DIGITAL DARKROOM ~~)))


Image taken today here in the Philippines, using my New Philippine Cellphone, the Myphone Infinity with 16 Megapixel rear camera.

 
 
Some of my Faves for June...

7/22/2014 9:36:45 AM

 
 
 
,

7/22/2014 9:52:40 AM

 
 
 
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7/22/2014 9:53:46 AM

 
 
  ~ ~ ALL IN LINE ~ ~
~ ~ ALL IN LINE ~ ~


(((~~ ELEMENTS OF DESIGN ~~)))


Image taken in Kansas City, MO, a few years back.


 
 
,

7/22/2014 9:54:52 AM

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  Dominick, you have some great B/Ws; I especially like the first one. For the 2nd, was that KC visit when I first met you, with Candice and several others? Regardless of when you were in KC...good luck in the next round! :-)

7/22/2014 2:38:58 PM

  Just curious has anyone else received any EPs for the month of June? Do you think they are done?

Good Luck to everyone!!

Jane

7/23/2014 11:46:53 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Vintage
Vintage
People: June 10, 2014
 
 
Hello All! What inspiring images as I scroll thru this thread!

I haven't been participating much at all, just two entries in May and two in June. Since one of the June entries got an EP I'll post it here.

Good luck to everyone!

7/23/2014 12:45:51 PM

  Susan,

WOW! Love the image. The lighting is amazing!

Good Job!

Jane

7/23/2014 12:56:10 PM

 
 
 
One of my favourites.

7/23/2014 4:56:39 PM

 
 
  Crane in the sunrise
Crane in the sunrise
Sydney sunrise. Canon EOS1100D.
 
 
One of my favourites.

7/23/2014 4:59:07 PM

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  Susan, welcome to our fun group! :-). Very nice portrait and Vintage is perfect! Time to participate more!! :-)

Jane, based on June EP thread, my gut feeling is they are finished with June. Hopefully SFs in next few days.

7/23/2014 5:02:20 PM

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  Hi Pat, welcome to our group! Lucky you...Sydney. I'm assuming Australia. Super silhouette. Beautiful colors. Good luck in the SF round!

7/23/2014 5:48:16 PM

 
 
  Un-Synchronized Swimming
Un-Synchronized Swimming
 
 
Here's my fave from June just because it's kind of funny to look at. I entered it the MT category.

7/24/2014 7:11:37 AM

 
 
  Rose Geranium
Rose Geranium
Flowers 6/14/14
Figured it out with the help of Debbie who put me on the right track. Thanks.
 
  County Hall from the London Eye
County Hall from the London Eye
 
 
Here are my faves for June. Good luck everyone.

7/24/2014 7:42:22 AM

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  Dayna, a very beautiful arrangement of colors, from a water world unlike ours. Welcome to our little group! :-)

7/24/2014 10:41:54 AM

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  Beth, welcome to you too. It's great to see a larger number of folks participating. Your flower is beautiful. Very rich in the color. Best of luck in SF round!

7/24/2014 10:44:27 AM

  Beginning to get antsy . . . maybe I'll go visit and comment on everyone's faves :)

7/25/2014 4:24:12 PM

Jayne Martin

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Old to BP, but new to this thread. Let's hope this works! Good luck to everyone!

7/27/2014 12:37:17 AM

Jayne Martin

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Fail!! Anyway, a lot of great photos on this thread and once again, good luck to all!!

7/27/2014 12:45:29 AM

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  Jayne, just cut/paste the web link/URL and we can call it up.

7/27/2014 6:11:54 AM

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  Best of luck to everyone for June!
I don't really have a horse in the race this time, with only 3 entries in June, which I'd forgotten I'd made(!) -- and checking just now, I see only one of those made the EP cut.
Surely some results will be released shortly!

7/28/2014 8:46:43 AM

  Jayne, I go to My Photos and write down the photo ID of the one I want to add to the post (this only works if you haven't entered the contest for the day). Then at the bottom of your comment, you select 1 photo to attach. When that screen comes up, look all the way to your right and you will see a box where you can enter that photo ID#. All you do is type that # in and then submit! :)

7/28/2014 1:09:25 PM

  Staff Favorites are out.

7/28/2014 4:56:46 PM

  One SF for me, and it is my fav. :)

Congrats to all, and best of luck in the next round!

7/28/2014 5:28:16 PM

  6 SFs.. Good luck, all.

7/28/2014 6:16:23 PM

  Congrats Everyone!

Three for me - yahoo that's a record for me.

Good Luck!!!! :-)

7/28/2014 7:21:19 PM

  One SF for me as well! :-)

7/28/2014 7:45:50 PM

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  Congrats to all of you that got SFs! The selection rate was 9.9%, which was higher than last month. For the folks that posted photos on this forum, I noted Susan, Peggy, Dominick, Nikki, and Errick's submission got SF.

Good luck to everyone in the finalist round!

7/28/2014 7:52:41 PM

  Two SFs, both a nice surprise. My favorite didn't advance, but remains my favorite.

Best of luck to all in the next round!

7/28/2014 8:24:46 PM

  Got 9 Staff Favorites and one of my Favorite made it!

7/28/2014 9:21:17 PM

  CONGRATZ to all who got one or more SFs. Fingers crossed for Finalist and Winners round!!!

UB.

7/28/2014 10:46:15 PM

  Congrats to all who received Staff Favorites! I'm happy that my one of two entries got one :)

Best of luck to all in the next round!

7/29/2014 2:42:18 AM

 
 
 
Haven't posted in awhile. Glad to be back. Congrats to all!


7/14/2014

Monthly Theme

7/29/2014 4:01:56 AM

 
 
  ~~~
~~~
-Monthly Theme-
 
 
Haven't posted in awhile. Glad to be back. Congrats to all!


7/29/2014 4:04:40 AM

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  Hi Debra, welcome back! Very nice effects on your portrait. Hold onto this photo for our July countdown; I hope we see it again!

7/29/2014 5:10:32 AM

  Hi I'm new to this thread, could someone please tell me where I find the June Staff Favourites?

7/29/2014 8:25:26 PM

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  Hi Pat, BP doesn't post the Staff Favs on the site, unlike what they do for finalists and winners. They just show up similar to EPs, along with the e-mail notification.

7/30/2014 3:31:11 AM

  Dang, now I know I spend too much time on facebook as I am going through comments and pics here wanting to click on "like." lol

7/30/2014 5:23:20 AM

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  Ken -- I think they do -- but I don't know if June is "batched" with a link yet.

Here's the main SF link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/staffFavorites.asp

7/30/2014 6:00:22 AM

 
 
  The Hidden Staircase
The Hidden Staircase
Taken from the choir loft at Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA. The colors come from the stained glass windows that surround the loft.
 
 
Hope I'm not too late to enter my favorite. I did a bit of doctoring, but the shapes and colors were captured primarily in camera. This is a stairway at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA.

7/30/2014 7:17:21 AM

  Hey, folks, I think I jumped the gun. You now know my favorite for July. Just saying..............

7/30/2014 7:26:09 AM

  That's a terrific photo, Mary Beth!

7/30/2014 9:32:30 AM

  Anyone heard anything about the Finalist Round.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

Jane

7/30/2014 9:34:41 AM

  Hoping for Finalists any time now! :)

7/30/2014 9:35:27 AM

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  Chris, thanks for sending the link. I had forgotten about it. Would be nice if BP would have a visible "Staff Favs" button on the contest page.

Mary Beth...super photo..I know you're real proud of it but you'll have to wait until 15 August, when I start next month's countdown thread. :-)

Jane, I think we'll see finalists later this afternoon or evening.

Good luck, everyone!

7/30/2014 11:01:55 AM

  Ken, I think Chris was trying to say there IS a visible "Staff Favs" button on the contest page - it's just not "populated" until later which means that at this time, we can only view all the SF's from May. We're wishing they would put the images in there when they send the emails, the way they do with Finalists and Winners. Well, sometimes there's a lag, but not that long.

To find it, go to Contest > Contest in the main blue bar across the top of the page and drop the menu down.

7/30/2014 11:12:34 AM

  You are all invited...

You are all invited to participate in a mass upload tomorrow at non BP time. Enter a photo into the monthly theme and title your photo "Filters and Plu-ins". Everyone enter as close as possible to exactly 12:00, noon, BP time. That would be 2:00 PM Central, 3:00 PM Eastern. This is to have some fun and also to thank BetterPhoto for having the monthly online contest which we all very much enjoy. If you choose to give a little thanks in the discussion tag please do so. Hope to see you there. And... invite your other BP friends to join in the fun!

If we are successful will may repeat this activity on August 31st.

7/30/2014 4:08:00 PM

  Finalists are out! Congrats to all who received Finalists!

I was tickled silly just to get a SF on my lone little EP. Now I'm kinda thrilled!

7/30/2014 4:32:59 PM

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  Nikki..we're saying the same things. I was hoping we'd see current SFs instantly on the visible link, versus waiting til later.

Errick, I've entered three photos in the theme and all have struck out. So, I"m jinxed in the filters theme so will enter a boring N/L shot. :-) But sounds like a great idea!

Tomorrow is the end of the month, so if you're in the habit of copying your contest entries, please do so tomorrow before the clock resets to August.

Congrats to all that got finalist(s). Good luck in the next round!

7/30/2014 7:18:59 PM

  Okay, sorry, Ken :) I was thinking maybe you thought Chris had posted some unpublished link he'd found somewhere LOL
And I'm off to find an entry for the MT upload tomorrow.
I think Errick means .. . and Plug-ins :)

7/30/2014 7:34:35 PM

  Have been browsing all the finalist eye candy ... soooooo inspiring! Congrats to all and best of luck in the next round!

7/30/2014 7:49:21 PM

  Oh, and Ken, I just went and created something for tomorrow's Filters and Plug-Ins upload. Just did a serious distort on something I had in my gallery - that way I can use it tomorrow and also as it originally was :) I'll save what I had planned for tomorrow for another day.

7/30/2014 7:58:37 PM

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  Nikki, I've struck out on filters and plug-ins. I'll go back to my comfy N/L for the last day. :-)

7/30/2014 7:59:22 PM

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  3 .  Spam?
I discovered this in the contest??

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14562065&catID=560&cn=Photography-Contest-Flower-Photos&contestCatID=7&rowNumber=10&camID=

7/11/2014 7:13:47 AM

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  4 .  Photo Contest
Can someone please tell me how to enter the photo contest?

7/5/2014 1:19:17 AM

  Jasmin, just follow these steps:
1. Go to "My Member Center"
2.Click on "My Photos" on the left hand side menu at the top.
3.On the left you will see : "Enter Our Monthly Contest" Click on "Image Uploader" just below and it will take you to the page to enter your choice of image.
4. Click "Choose File" and upload your photo.
Fill out any description you want to describe it, pick a contest category and make sure to check the box that says you read the rules etc.
If you want notifications for each time somebody comments, check the box.
Good luck!

7/5/2014 8:31:25 AM

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  Jasmin, here's a link that gives an overview of each category, with examples of what's included or excluded:

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/categories.asp

7/5/2014 10:53:45 AM

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  Thanks Jill and Ken!

7/5/2014 5:35:43 PM

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  5 .  July Monthly Theme
July Monthly Theme is Photoshop Filters. I'd like to know if it means only PS own filters or any plug-in collection we can think of (Topaz, Nik, Alien Skin, etc.). Also it would be nice to know what kind of a filter(s) was used for every MT image.

Thank you.

7/2/2014 7:06:14 PM

  Good question, Natasha - I wondered the same thing.

7/3/2014 7:11:32 AM

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  I think a 3rd party plug-in filter like NIK, Topaz, Flexify, etc qualify as a Photoshop filter. Unclear if BP will clarify this. If not, I'll assume they are ok for theme.

7/3/2014 7:22:01 AM

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  Also, I don't view HDR or photo stitching as filters, even though they are part of Photoshop. I suppose it's a gray area.

7/3/2014 7:26:25 AM

  Monnie and Ken, thank you for responding. I hope BP will clarify this. If a 3rd party plug-in filters can be used, why bother with this MT? Everything can be put in the Digital Darkroom. But then again, it's good when you can choose from the 2 categories.

7/3/2014 9:25:26 AM

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  Natasha, I like "Photoshop Filters" as a theme, especially if folks say which filters they use, and/or how they used them...an educational thing. If BP limits the theme to just those filters that come out of the box with Photoshop, then the judges will pass over a lot of the theme entries.

7/3/2014 10:37:53 AM

  They never clarify ...they always leave it up to our own interpretation :-) This one should be fun as I use lots of NIK and Flaming Pear filters...Glad we can resubmit stuff!

7/3/2014 11:40:44 AM

  I was wondering the same thing! Unless BP clarifies otherwise, I'm going to assume plug-ins are okay.

Happy filtering everyone! :)

7/3/2014 3:59:58 PM

  I am also with all of you and understand this month's theme to mean that any filters (Photoshop supplied or other Company plug-ins) are fine as long as they are used in Photoshop. There are other filters which are stand-alone kind and don't require photoshop.

Jill, allow me to disagree with your statement "They never clarify", I believe BP have responded to quiet a few times specially recently in the last few months. And I am hoping that someone will clear the fog in this case too.

Happy shooting all.

UB.

7/3/2014 7:33:42 PM

  Hi Everyone,
A fine discussion here, and for everyone who thought plug-ins would be OK for this month's theme, you are correct :)

In fact, the July theme has just been updated to this:

Photoshop Filters and Plug-ins

Thanks for your interest in the contest, and have fun "filtering"!!
Kerry

7/3/2014 10:11:59 PM

  Thank you very much, Kerry! Great MT! Unlimited possibilities!
Happy 4th of July to everybody!

7/4/2014 7:47:40 AM

  Thank you, Kerry!
For those in the US, Happy July 4th, and a great weekend to all!

7/4/2014 8:13:48 AM

  Kerry, thanks for clarifying :-)

7/5/2014 8:22:54 AM

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  6 .  July EPs, SFs, Fs
The posts in this forum should only be related to EPs, SFs and Fs. Please start a new thread for anything else. Good luck everyone! Also, I won't be submitting images to the contest for a while but I will continue to start this thread until I get really fed up.

7/1/2014 1:45:01 PM

  tag

7/1/2014 2:16:48 PM

  Checking in..... :-)

7/2/2014 2:43:22 PM

  Glomming on ...

7/3/2014 4:04:56 PM

  7/1..SKIPPED
7/2.MT..Shining Light

7/4/2014 1:52:53 PM

  7/1/14
Evening Sun
Monthly Theme

7/4/2014 3:23:39 PM

  7/1 skipped. 7/2 People

Made It Through the Night

7/4/2014 6:58:06 PM

  7/1 skipped. 7/2 People

Made It Through the Night

7/4/2014 7:06:05 PM

  Surprisingly,
July 1 - Afternoon Snack
July 2 - For the Long Afternoon

7/4/2014 9:38:20 PM

 
 
  Sunshine Superman
Sunshine Superman
 
 
July 2nd. Sunshine Superman in the details category I didn't want to put it under flowers since it such a macro closeup and the flowers category seems to get so may more entries...

7/5/2014 8:35:11 AM

  TAGGING.

UB.

7/6/2014 7:16:49 AM

  7/3..MM..Boat?Check!Cooler?Check!
7/4..Macro..Flag Day
7/5..Flowers..Patriotic

7/8/2014 12:32:06 PM

 
 
  Blue Blazes
Blue Blazes

Detail of a gas stove burner and flames, shot in a dark kitchen.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
7/2 Elements of Design

7/8/2014 5:24:00 PM

 
 
  Delphinium
Delphinium

Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
7/3 Flowers

7/8/2014 5:24:55 PM

  Silhouetted Pagoda
7/6
Man-Made

7/8/2014 8:56:25 PM

  One - July 2 (Flowers).

7/9/2014 7:24:11 AM

  Looks like another month of slim pickings. So far only one for 7-1-Nature and Landscapes.

7/9/2014 1:38:45 PM

  Up through July 5 for me - I forgot to enter on the 6th and my entry for the 7th was from my gallery and already had an EP. I also forgot to enter on the 1st and 2nd but have new EP's on the 3rd and 4th so a remarkable success rate so far.

7/9/2014 6:19:15 PM

  Try beating this ....

A Finalist and an EP already till the 7 July.....


........ both are from previous months though ;)

UB.

7/10/2014 4:44:03 AM

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  I was in Colorado in May, so my entries since then have been from that trip. I think it is safe to say that I should not choose landscape photography as a career path. :)

7/11/2014 9:31:30 AM

  7/6..Macro..A Drop Of Light And Color

7/12/2014 2:11:55 PM

  7/7..DD..Mirror Image

7/14/2014 11:55:52 AM

  7/8..Animals..Chowin' Down
7/9..Landscape..A Patch Of Blue

7/14/2014 1:14:01 PM

  7/10 Animals

Rounding the Turn

7/16/2014 5:03:54 PM

  7/10.. Animals.. OMG! Are You SURE??

7/16/2014 5:48:40 PM

  7/4 - Tiny Crabapples
7/6 - Grand Finale
7/10 - Illusions of Light

Skips in between

7/20/2014 1:13:12 AM

  Everyone Out There,

Can someone tell me what "Portrait Theme Day" is? Just curious. :-)

Thanks,

Jane

7/21/2014 4:10:17 AM

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  Jane, I've not heard about this either. Was it mentioned in a BP newsletter? Do you have a reference link to share?

7/21/2014 5:10:40 AM

  Ken, Jane has probably seen a few entries entered at BP by the PG 101 Club members wherein the members compete for three to four Themes each month. This weeks Theme was "Portrait" in the club.

UB.

7/21/2014 5:23:06 AM

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  Usman, I thought it might have been from one of the local BP clubs. Thanks for chiming in.

7/21/2014 7:37:43 AM

  Usman,

Just a few questions. What are the benefits of being a club member? Would you recommend being a member? How much does it cost? Just curious. :-)

Jane

7/21/2014 5:08:38 PM

  Jane, PG101 is a club on Yahoo groups. However, its members are all current or previous BPers. Its a fun club where members interact with each other and have activities like the Themes challenge. Here you can share and ask anything about photography and the members are generous in the sharing of knowledge.

I definitely recommend joining PG101. There are no fees as such, however, you are expected to give some time to the club.

If you or anyone else would like to join the PG101 club just send an email to either Kara Hendricks, Nikki MacDonald, Mitch Spence or Melinda Schneider and ask for an invite.

I have been a member of this club since 2008 and have greatly benefited from it and made many a friends too.

UB.

7/21/2014 7:23:44 PM

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  Tagging ... I've posted a few this month but not until 19th I believe. I've got a while to wait.

7/24/2014 11:06:11 PM

  They seem to be stuck on July 11th.

7/25/2014 7:34:02 AM

  Staff Favorites are out.

7/28/2014 4:55:35 PM

  7/11..Skipped
7/12..Skipped
7/13..Landscape..A Windy Day At The Point
7/14..Flowers..Blues In The Springtime

7/29/2014 2:38:41 AM

  7/11 ~ After the Out

7/29/2014 7:19:58 AM

 
 
 
Woo Hoo! Got one for the 15th... :-)

7/29/2014 7:44:45 AM

 
 
  KL
KL
For the photogroup101's "In the Sky" theme day.

Happy Theme Day

(last year in the Palouse at a photo workshop with Susan/Neil Silverman)

 
 
Why does it do this? I closed the page before hitting the submit button!!

7/29/2014 7:55:38 AM

  7/15..Skipped
7/16..EOD..Website

7/30/2014 9:21:08 AM

  7/17..Animals..Elephant

7/30/2014 1:41:59 PM

  7/17..Animals..Elephant

7/30/2014 1:42:29 PM

  I haven't been participating much lately, only two entries each month since May! So I wanted to check in here and see if the EPs are still following the same pattern? It does look like they stopped July mid month. When they start back up are they gonna start doing August, then go back and finish July? Thats the pattern it was last time I was following. Frustrating because I liked the old way sooo much better lol!

7/31/2014 4:04:32 AM

  They seem to have stopped the going back and forth. We are all happy about that..however, to better answer you, they will take a second run through the month (in this case, July) later on in August to pick up some of the ones they missed.

7/31/2014 4:40:33 AM

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  7 .  BP 2.0 enhancements?
Hi BP / Jim... Just curious if there's any update on any of the exciting planned enhancements you'd mentioned some months ago, such as larger display files, or mobile platform connectivity, etc. Seems like there was a fair bit of hype about it a few months back, but then I don't think we've seen or heard anything since...?
Just curious... Thanks!

6/20/2014 11:33:55 AM

  Just like Chris, and I am sure many others, I would also like to know when BP2.0 coming, Jim.

UB.

6/23/2014 3:36:17 AM

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  Hi Chris and Usman,

Thanks for your comments. We are still working hard on it; the project is just turning out to be much bigger and more difficult than we imagined.

Would you (or anyone else) like to be in a "Beta" group to see what we've done so far and perhaps helps us find bugs?

If so, email me at jim at better photo dot com - tell me a bit about yourself if we haven't "met" yet. Thanks!
Jim

6/24/2014 1:37:40 PM

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  8 .  Why my image pixelated on the BP website?
Just recently when I have uploaded an image from my computer to the contest website, it appeared more pixelated than my original image. I have not had a problem with this before but have noticed it the last couple of days. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Thanks,

Jane

6/18/2014 1:32:20 PM

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  9 .  Spam again
"Catheters" posted by Surface Solution in the flowers category.

6/17/2014 6:15:32 PM

  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14541211&catID=560&cn=&contestCatID=&rowNumber=10&camID= more spam!

6/23/2014 12:14:34 AM

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  Might be the same ad company that's doing that. I wonder if anybody will get the idea to use the comment section to that photo to recommend not traveling there.
I wonder if it will stop.

6/23/2014 8:19:29 AM

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  10 .  Countdown to May Contest Results
Hello everyone. It's the middle of the month and time to share your favorite contest image(s) from May.

So give your favorites a showcase here, tell us why you picked them, and join us in the countdown! Good luck everyone!

6/17/2014 3:37:19 AM

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  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your Reply here. This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Note the Photo ID# of the image you wish to include here (visible in your Member Center) then return to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, and choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down (even though you won't actually be uploading a file.) Click Submit; at the next screen, populate the "Photo ID" field shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, check the boxes at the bottom, and Submit.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.

6/17/2014 3:38:07 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
In-Bound, Out-Bound New Orleans
In-Bound, Out-Bound New Orleans
Hwy 90 looking west across the Mississippi River, to New Orleans. The bridge on the left is for outbound traffic while the other is for inbound traffic. The river is very murky. The slow shutter speed flattened out the water.

I had a business trip last week to southern Mississippi so took a quick side-trip to New Orleans.

F13, 13 sec, ISO 500, 20mm focal length

 
 
Here's my fav...

6/17/2014 3:39:53 AM

 
 
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Drops of Spring
Drops of Spring
 
 
Here's my fave from May. I entered it in the MT category. (Water Drops)

6/17/2014 8:05:09 AM

 
 
  A State Of Graceful
A State Of Graceful
This one has an EP and is in the MT category.
 
  Delicate
Delicate
NO EP for this one, in the Flower category.
 
 
Two faves..One without an EP and one with an EP.

6/17/2014 11:20:32 AM

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  Hey Dayna, I love the lushness of the greens in your shot; very refreshing view.

Carolyn, you continue to excel with your water macros; another beauty here. And hopefully the EP gods will sprinkle an EP on the flower shot.

Good luck to both of you in the next round!

6/17/2014 12:54:03 PM

  tagging for now ...

6/17/2014 6:29:48 PM

 
 
  On The Road Again
On The Road Again
 
  Gazania and Raindrops
Gazania and Raindrops
 
 
My 2 favorites, both even have EPs!

6/18/2014 7:20:50 AM

  I really love that first one, Jill. That's a winner in my book!

6/18/2014 8:29:06 AM

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  Hey Jill, welcome aboard! Great story-telling in the first photo and I agree with Carolyn. And I like the effects in your second photo; has a very nice look to it. Good luck in the next round!

6/18/2014 10:52:49 AM

 
 
 
Hello all!
I hope that everyone has had a fun month in photography? I have selected two hopefuls for you to view. Both are antithetical design type photos and were taken on 5/4/2014. I was traveling to Chicago for continuing ed meetings and decided to rise early so as to get some photography in.

6/19/2014 4:47:58 AM

 
 
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Michigan Ave. and E. Ontario
Michigan Ave. and E. Ontario
Chicago, IL. Street lamp. 5/4/2014. Wide angle; 1/4000 sec; f/4.0; ISO 2000
 
 
Hello all!
I hope that everyone has had a fun month in photography? I have selected two hopefuls for you to view. Both are antithetical design type photos and were taken on 5/4/2014. I was traveling to Chicago for continuing ed meetings and decided to rise early so as to get some photography in.

6/19/2014 4:50:32 AM

 
 
  spring rain
spring rain
1/160 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400
 
 
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:52:06 AM

 
 
 
Sorry... That was the wrong file number!
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:55:08 AM

 
 
 
Sorry... That was the wrong file number!
My second hopeful....

6/19/2014 4:58:12 AM

  This must be a BP problem!

6/19/2014 5:00:43 AM

  Well, I just love that Chicago shot. It's fabulous! Excellent work!!

6/19/2014 5:53:59 AM

 
 
  functional structure
functional structure
Taken 5/3/2014; fl 45mm; 1/25 sec; f/13; ISO 2000
 
 
Thanks Carolyn. I will try to post the other photo one last time. This time from my work PC.

6/19/2014 6:05:44 AM

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  Errick, great job with perseverance to post your photos...B/W works well and your perspective is icing on the cake. Hopefully we'll see one, or both, in the SF round!

6/19/2014 6:18:38 AM

 
 
  Lady on a Tree
Lady on a Tree
Nikon D7100 with Tokina 100mm macro lens and late afternoon light.

 
  ROAD CODE
ROAD CODE
Shot this looking down from the 17th floor of an apartment building in Sharjah, UAE.
 
 
Thanks for bringing to us this fun and interesting thread, Ken. And thanks also for keeping us all motivated with your considerate and thoughtful comments.

As usual, I am going again with one EP fave and one non-EP fave. Try guessing which one is without an EP before clicking on the thumbnails.

Good luck to all in the May contest, and keep shooting and smiling ;)

UB.

6/19/2014 7:00:34 AM

  Hey, Usman, how did you get photo links to two images in this thread? I know to put the ID # in before entering the contest for the day, but I thought that only worked for one image.

6/19/2014 8:13:20 AM

 
 
 
Here is my other favorite from May. This one is also in the MT category. I really enjoyed last month's theme. The competition is going to be tough because there were some amazing photo's of water drops. Good luck to you all and fingers crossed!

6/19/2014 12:36:38 PM

 
 
  Spring Rain
Spring Rain
 
 
Tried to upload this pic and it kicked me off and had to sign back in so I will try again. lol

6/19/2014 12:38:15 PM

 
 
  Freelensed Wildflowers II
Freelensed Wildflowers II

Trying a different kind of in-camera impressionism ...
This photo is freelensed, that is, the photo was shot with the lens held up to the camera body, but not attached to it.
By manipulating the position of the lens, I created some light leak, and got
soft focus on the main flower, and a dreamy look to the rest of the image.
Straight out of camera, no edits of any kind.
 
 
Enjoying everyone's favs, as always ...

May wasn't a great contest month for me ... only 3 EPs out of only 8 entries.

But here's my fav ... entered in Flowers. I like this one because I used a new and fun technique ... freelensing (described in the photo description).

Best of luck to all!

6/19/2014 6:05:03 PM

 
 
 
my two hopefuls for may....

6/19/2014 6:13:04 PM

 
 
 
My two favorite images in May...

6/19/2014 6:28:18 PM

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  Welcome Usman and Peggy…and welcome back, Dayna. And Dominick, welcome partially. And I’m thinking we’ll hear from Nikki more tomorrow. :-)

Usman, super variety in your two shots…a great macro and a cool elements/design shot. Love the comp on both, especially the Road Code shot!

Peggy, very nice dof and love the yellows. I like seeing all the flowers throughout the composition.

Dayna…another lush shot. Lucky you to get the great shots; right time, right place.

Good luck to all of you in the SF round!

6/19/2014 7:04:28 PM

 
 
 
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6/19/2014 7:43:11 PM

 
 
  ~ ~ EMERALDS AND AMETHYST ~ ~
~ ~ EMERALDS AND AMETHYST ~ ~


(((~~ MONTHLY THEME ~~)))


Clear plastic with water sprayed all over and two different color lights one at each side to obtain the effect.


 
 
Finally, here's one....

6/19/2014 7:44:31 PM

 
 
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~ ~ WALKING WITH MY SHADOW ~ ~
~ ~ WALKING WITH MY SHADOW ~ ~


(((~~ PEOPLE ~~)))


Image taken in Tunis, Tunisia, on the balcony of my room looking down in the street leading to the Medina.


 
 
and another...

6/19/2014 7:47:47 PM

  Thanks for your kind comment, Ken! :)

6/19/2014 8:03:12 PM

  Nikki, its a neat easy trick that I believe fellow BPer Christopher Budny told me. The process to put more than one thumbnail in your single response in the discussion thread is as follows:

Once you have put the ID # in before entering the contest for the day and you are on the next screen which says something like 'the image has been added', just don't close the browser window, use the back arrow button on the browser window, which should take you to the same page where you had initially entered the ID#. All you have to do now is change the ID with the one which you want and press enter again. And voila you'll have two images as thumbnails. You can append as many images as you want by using the back button of the browser window.

Its counter intuitive, but it works!!!

UB.

6/19/2014 8:26:04 PM

  Thanks Usman.. and Chris...for the insight. And a big thanks to Ken for setting up this site. It is always fun to go through the finalists and follow particular photos and photographers but it is really neat to see the photographers perspective and what they believe is their most inspiring work.

6/19/2014 8:58:40 PM

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  Hey Dominick, you persevered! Your two photos are very different, but very unique. I like the mood/tones of the b/w and it's a very strong comp!

Peggy and Errick...thanks! And thanks Usman for the additional tip.

6/20/2014 3:34:03 AM

 
 
  Checkers, bw
Checkers, bw
Staff Favorite
Category: Man Made
 
  Fishing with Dad
Fishing with Dad
This was taken just before the bridge leaving Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Category: People
 
 
OK, so here we go. Thanks, Usman. My "with EP" favorite is "Checkers" and my "no EP" favorite is "Winter Morn" which no one but me seems to like much :)
Good luck, everyone. Personally, I am still holding out hope for a second run-through of the May entries before the SF's come out. I had a ton of skipped entries that I really liked.

6/20/2014 6:25:35 AM

 
 
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Racing the Rain
Racing the Rain
People 5/10/14
 
 
Here's my favorite for May, a chance encounter taken with my iPhone. I also hope there is another look at the May entries, and not just for myself. It seems a lot of outstanding work was passed up.

6/20/2014 6:58:21 AM

 
 
  Tickled Pink
Tickled Pink
I did some adjustments on this previously submitted image in order to get it to print better, for a Mother's Day card. I think the adjustments work on the online version also.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

f/2.8, 1/90, ISO400, 100mm

** Flowers **

 
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Wind Arrows
Wind Arrows
This outdoor Exploratorium exhibit at Aquatic Park in San Francisco demonstrates how even a small change in elevation affects the wind direction.

Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

f/22, 1/60, -.67, ISO160, 105mm, cropped

** Elements of Design **

 
 
Thank you, Ken, for being a warm and gracious host! And thanks to Usman & Chris for the tip which I will now attempt to use to attach my favorite "with" and "without" images from May.

Beautiful work everyone.

6/20/2014 7:09:55 AM

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  Welcome Nikki, Susan, and Martha!

BP is going thru the 2nd pass-thru now, for May. I've seen several people comment in the June EP forum too, about May EPs. So, fingers crossed for you...and all of us, for a few more EPs!

Nikki, you mentioned "Winter Morn" but posted "Fishing with Dad." I wasn't sure if you meant to post Winter Morn. Regardless, the fishing photo is super..love the sky in this. And you always do good with your b/w photos; no exception with Checkers.

Susan, your POTD on Racing the Rain proves you have a great photo...a very cool comp for sure.

Martha, I love the sharpness of the foreground flowers...beautiful work for sure. And as a weather guy, I can confirm that the winds change in altitude. Very striking composition.

6/20/2014 10:57:36 AM

  Good catch, Ken. I meant to post Winter Morn but then when I went to get the ID, I saw Fishing with Dad and changed my mind. I forgot I'd mentioned Winter Morn :(

6/20/2014 7:48:18 PM

  Thank you, Ken, and thanks for all your good work keeping things moving along here.

6/20/2014 10:48:58 PM

 
 
  A Rose By Any Other Name . . .
A Rose By Any Other Name . . .
DD 5/19/14
 
 
This is one of my favorite flowers photos.

6/22/2014 2:21:17 PM

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  Hi Beth, welcome to the countdown country club! :-) Very nice full-frame photo and I like the painted effects. Gives it a surrealistic feel.

BP continues to go thru the May photos. Based on Carolyn's update to the May EP thread, they're up to May 14th. So, be sure to check your may photos and perhaps you have gotten a few more.

6/22/2014 3:40:09 PM

  Thanks, Ken.

6/22/2014 4:32:40 PM

 
 
  After the Out
After the Out
People 5/14/14
 
 
Picked up in the second round

6/23/2014 6:39:12 AM

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  Congrats to those of you that have picked up new EPs. Based on the EP forum, it's quite possible they have finished the 2nd go-around. Guess we won't truly know until SFs come out, which could be within next couple of days.

SFs came out on Mar 26th, Apr 26th, and May 29th. I will predict June 27th.

6/23/2014 12:56:19 PM

  Well, if they have finished, might I suggest a third pass through?

6/23/2014 1:41:08 PM

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  Carolyn, sure...suggest away! :-)

6/23/2014 5:37:44 PM

 
 
  Criss-Cross
Criss-Cross
 
 
Here's my hopeful. Good luck everyone!

6/24/2014 9:16:08 AM

  I second the motion, Carolyn. I didn't pick up a thing when they came back to "complete" the second pass :(

6/24/2014 9:50:03 AM

  I did pick up a couple back towards the first part of the month. I had a big block of about 5 or 6 towards the end of the month who got passed over twice. I am happy with what I did get, but we all know it's hard to let go when we think something is good.

6/24/2014 9:57:46 AM

  Yes, I feel the agony Carolyn. I had a block of skips as well. One even received a lot of attention in 1x but a big blank here.

6/24/2014 10:28:37 AM

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State House
State House
Looking up into the West Virginia State Capitol dome. Cass Gilbert designed the structure, completed in 1932. (He also designed the US Supreme Court building, and it directly incorporates a larger version of part of the WV Capitol chambers.) The central dome here the tallest dome on any American capitol building (exceeding the height of the US Capitol's dome by 5 feet.)
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Hi folks; better late than never, to join Ken's party!
I saw Usman sharing the "more than 1 photo" tip -- I think Ken originally told me about that tip -- I know someone did at BP, so I can't take credit as the original discoverer of that feature ;)

I only managed 4 entries in May, which means I love them all pretty equally ;) One appears skipped for EP at this point; ouch! Anyway - as the 3 remaining are equally my favorites, I'm going with this shot of the inside of the WV state capitol dome, because it was years ago when I first tried to shoot it and couldn't do it justice back then, so this was a fun repeat visit, with my current wide-angle gear...
Best of luck to you all!

6/24/2014 10:31:49 AM

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  Hi Michelle and Chris..welcome to the party! And best of luck in the SF round! :-)

Michelle, very nice warm/friendly portrait. I also like the bokeh-like effects in the background. A wonderful photo, for sure!

Chris, you are very good at designs and symmetry...this looks like a kaleidoscope. Very cool shot.

6/24/2014 6:57:21 PM

  OK so I really think they will get this show on the road tomorrow. I kept hoping against hope that I'd pick up a few in the 2nd pass but alas, no, so it appears my "no EP" favorites are out.

6/27/2014 8:25:54 PM

  Thank you Ken! I love the Bokeh that my lenses give me. I took that picture at the Dallas Arboretum. It's beautiful there, and Elijah was a great subject.

6/27/2014 9:08:47 PM

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  Hey Nikki, I only picked up one EP in the 2nd pass thru, and I know others got 3-5 new EPs. One of my "fav" photos didn't pick up an EP and I'll resubmit it today. :-) Hopefully today is the day for SFs! Good luck, everyone!

6/28/2014 5:04:10 AM

  Hi all,
Have Staff Favorites come out yet?

6/29/2014 6:18:11 PM

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  Peggy, I don't think so otherwise folks would have posted here. No notifications for me. It will be the mad dash to the finish line, unless they extend into July.

6/29/2014 8:02:46 PM

  Hi Ken,
That's what I thought, but just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything!
Good luck to all ... hoping we hear/see something soon!
Peggy

6/29/2014 8:25:24 PM

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  Looking on the bright side...only 16 days til I start the new "Countdown to June Contest Results" :-)

6/30/2014 8:01:17 AM

  Hope the two threads don't overlap :)

6/30/2014 8:34:48 AM

  Good one, Nikolyn!!

6/30/2014 10:21:23 AM

  Just curious has anyone out there heard anything yet? Good luck to everyone!!!

Jane

6/30/2014 11:17:12 AM

  Nada - and trust me, you will know :)

6/30/2014 11:25:39 AM

  Staff Favorites are out!

6/30/2014 11:29:15 AM

  Will the finalists be posted later today?

6/30/2014 11:31:13 AM

  Staff Favorite
Blue Bonnet Fence Line

6/30/2014 11:38:55 AM

  5 SFs for me.

6/30/2014 11:41:27 AM

  What did I tell you :) Three for me and wonder of wonders my EP pick for favorite is among them :) I'll move all three to the front of my gallery for a day or so.

6/30/2014 11:43:49 AM

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  Fingers crossed now--my Countdown choice (for my personal favorite) made it to S.F.

Best of luck to everyone with a horse in the race!

6/30/2014 11:45:45 AM

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  Good grief that was fast; I barely finished posting here about my SF, and it has turned into a Finalist already.

Good luck!

6/30/2014 12:01:59 PM

  Fast isn't the word for it - and I got two notices on each of mine (so don't get excited if you see a bunch of You're a Finalist emails in your box LOL). Pleased to get two, sad that my favorite was not among them. Ah well . . .

6/30/2014 12:05:14 PM

  4 Finalists

6/30/2014 12:05:24 PM

  I do see quite a few Finalist badges scattered among the favorites on this thread. Congratulations to all of you - and for any others you may have had and to anyone else who got one.

6/30/2014 12:07:02 PM

  Congratulations to the faves and finalists! Good luck in the next round.

6/30/2014 12:11:11 PM

  My SF turned into a finalist! :-)

6/30/2014 12:19:09 PM

  Both of the ones I posted here got Finalists :-) Here is the link for all the Finalists for May:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=62903

6/30/2014 12:31:43 PM

  Congrats to all the finalists.

6/30/2014 12:41:41 PM

  Big congrats to all the finalists! I ended up with two.

6/30/2014 1:24:36 PM

  Congratulations to all the Staff Favorites and Finalists, and best of luck in the last round.

6/30/2014 4:05:53 PM

  A dry month for me, but I'm very happy for all you guys who got SFs and Finalists!
Wishing you all the best of luck in the next round!!

6/30/2014 6:24:15 PM

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  Hello everyone, I'm late to the party. Congrats to all of you that got SFs and Finalists. The selection rates were very low. 6.7% for SFs and only 4.7% for finalists. And I'm pretty certain we'll see winners soon, before midnight Pacific time.

6/30/2014 7:46:26 PM

  Good luck to all in the coming Gold round who got SFs and Fs.

I am happy to have got 2 SFs both turning to Finalists ;)

UB.

6/30/2014 8:28:42 PM

  CONGRATZ to all the Winners and good to see Susan, Eric, and Dayna with their bulls-eye selections going Gold here in this thread.

UB.

7/1/2014 10:45:51 PM

  Congratulations to Susan, Eric and Dayna on your gold wins!

7/2/2014 6:22:46 AM

  None of the ones I picked, but I did snag a gold in Macro.

7/2/2014 6:52:25 AM

  Carolyn,

Congrats on your Gold!! I have been admiring your work. Great Job!!!

Jane

7/2/2014 1:34:01 PM

  Carolyn,

Thanks for your email. :-) It is so nice to have the support of fellow photographers.

Jane

7/2/2014 4:41:32 PM

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