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Ken Smith
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  21 .  Countdown to January's Contest Results
Hello Everyone! It's the 15th of January and time to share our favorite contest image(s) from January. If it makes Staff Fav/Finalist/Winner, all the better. So give your favorites a showcase here, tell us why you picked them, and join us in the countdown!

In December, there were 5,600 contest entries and in January the number was closer to 7,000. So, that's a good thing…an upward trend in contest entries. And I would like to see an upward trend for the number of folks that share their fav. :-)

In earlier forum threads, BP (via Jim Moitke) said that they were striving to speed up the contest results. And BP finished up the January EPs much faster than previous months. So, fingers crossed that we'll see Staff Favs in a few days, and no more "Mad dash to the Finish Line!" :-)

So, upload your Fav photo(s) then join us as we await the contest results. Good luck everyone!

2/15/2014 6:09:44 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.

2/15/2014 6:11:46 AM

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  Mushrooms on the Rocks
Mushrooms on the Rocks
Ah-She-Sli-Pah Wilderness Area, New Mexico. This is a vast area of twisted rocks and petrified wood. No automobiles allowed; just lots of hiking trails.

F10, 1/10th sec, ISO 250, 23mm focal length

 
 
Here's my fav...

2/15/2014 6:12:08 AM

  tag..I haven't decided on a fave yet.

2/16/2014 5:38:38 PM

  Thanks, Ken. I'll try to remember to post tomorrow. And I want to let everyone who might not know to double check their January EP's - they doubled back the last couple of days and picked up some more images.

2/16/2014 5:43:21 PM

  Tag!

2/16/2014 5:53:04 PM

  Thanks for starting the thread, Ken.
Tag!

2/16/2014 5:56:00 PM

  What a fascinating, almost other-worldly scene, Ken, with superb lighting, perspective and mood.

Thanks for picking up the thread again this month!

2/16/2014 6:00:26 PM

 
 
  Curly
Curly
Osteospermum blossoms nearing the end of their life cycle. I've had several osteospermum plants over the years, but this is the only one that curls up in this fashion. Shot on some old bricks with window light bounced off a gold reflector.

f/2.8, 1/60, ISO100, 100mm

** Details & Macro **

 
 
Here's my fave for the month.

Good luck, everyone!

2/16/2014 6:01:00 PM

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  Nikki, great reminder on the January EPs; I picked up a couple more during their double-back and I bet most of us got a bonus EP(s). So, please check!!

Martha, I should use reflectors a lot more than I do now, especially for flower photos. Your photo shows me why. I like the golden tones in it. Good luck in the next round!

2/16/2014 6:19:12 PM

  Dang, I forgot again to enter the image here before entering the contest.

Hopefully by tomorrow.

UB.

2/17/2014 7:17:56 AM

 
 
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Sunset in the Country
Sunset in the Country
POTD and Finalist
Sarpy County, Nebraska
The sky was very promising Christmas day so we went out to look for things to put in front of it in the late afternoon light and sunset hours. This was one of my last shots before we went home.
Category: Travel and Place
 
 
At least 3-4 personal favorites this month, but I'll go with this one that seems to be the most popular with others. Ken will recognize the venue :)

Good luck to everyone. Hopefully, we will see some Staff Favorites later this week with Finalists and Winners next. Short month and all, you know :)

2/17/2014 7:34:39 AM

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  Hey Nikki…such a magical scene. You got great light and I like the warmth of the scene, especially the clouds. A very beautiful rural scene.

Yep…nothing like a "Brown" Christmas in Omaha. And today's snow is great; will be gone shortly! :-)

2/17/2014 7:50:12 AM

 
 
  Beach Balls
Beach Balls
 
 
Most of my favs did not get EPs, but of the ones that did, this one is my favorite. I took it when my friends and I went to Santa Monica Beach. It is a great spot for shooting, but we went at rush hour wheich made it hard to get a clear shot with no traffic...

2/17/2014 1:31:00 PM

 
 
  Frosty Berries
Frosty Berries
 
 
I had a lot of favorites in January. This is one of them.

2/17/2014 2:57:41 PM

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  Hey Jill, that's a unique view…and my thought was "I hope the balls don't burst thru netting, otherwise there will be a few sore heads." :-) The people add great perspective!

Carolyn, you're getting really good at these macros…and this one is no exception. I like the diagonal of the meandering barb wire. And the berries bring it over the top.

2/17/2014 4:30:41 PM

 
 
 
I had two in January. I usually submit only up to five photos so I never have as many EP's like some of you do! :-).

Here they are!

2/17/2014 5:05:59 PM

 
 
  Leaf
Leaf
Nikon D7000, 24-85 mm lens at 78mm, 1/100 at f5, & ISO 160. PP in LR5 and in camera white balance adjustment. 1/15/2104
 
 
I have two, but can only upload one at a time.

2/17/2014 5:08:30 PM

 
 
  Ropes
Ropes
"All Secure, Captain" - These are side ropes for the sails on the Elissa in Galveston, TX.

Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optic. 1/7/2014

 
 
2nd one.

2/17/2014 5:11:06 PM

 
 
  Light Play
Light Play

Refracted light from my front door beveled glass onto an electrical outlet.
The light plays this way along this wall for only about fifteen minutes a day.
Other than minor straightening and spot healing on the outlet, this is straight out of camera.
 
 
This photo is a 99% straight-out-of-camera presentation, which is fairly rare for me. I have no idea if it will do well in the contest, but it's my favorite because I had so much fun with shooting this ordinary but interesting and fleeting light.

2/17/2014 6:52:47 PM

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  Hi Kalena and Peggy…welcome aboard! :-)

Kalena, both your "favs" are very nice. I like the simplicity of the leaf photo, and lens baby gives the ropes a unique perspective. I tried a lens baby several years ago but could never master it. You should enter more photos; strive for 10 in March! :-)

Peggy, sometimes the "right out of the camera" is just fine. I'm not sure what else you could have done to it….it's very eye-catching and congrats on waiting for just the right light!

2/17/2014 7:05:39 PM

  Thanks, Ken!
Enjoying everyone's favorites ... Best of luck to all!

2/17/2014 7:09:17 PM

 
 
  d e c a y
d e c a y

For the 101 Wilted & Worn Theme..

Thanks for looking!

~Flowers~

 
 
Thanks Ken for hosting this again.. I know many of us love to have a thread to hang out on and make the time go by... I have a few favs. from last month.. But I suppose this is my favorite...

Good luck everyone.. some great work here!

2/18/2014 6:25:54 AM

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  Thanks, Kara. And hopefully we won't be hanging out til the very last day of the month. :-)

Nice job with your "fav of favs." You have a unique style for your photos, to include the texture overlays. I think your decayed flowers look better than my fresh flower photos.

2/18/2014 6:45:25 AM

  Thanks, Ken. I love working with my Lensbaby. It's fun, but you're right. It does take some getting used to.

As far as more photos, I have a hard enough time keeping track of what I put in the contest. Sure wish we could manage our photos into monthly uploads or something like that instead of just having one loonnnggg list! Lol

2/18/2014 7:12:54 AM

  It takes a little extra time, but there are relatively simple way to keep track of your uploads and entries. Here are a couple of things that work for me.
I upload and enter the contest on the same day and I always have a description of some kind, even if it's only "Category: Animals". This ensures that the date of upload stays on the image. If I must upload early and enter from my gallery later, I include the date I do submit in my description.
On the last day of the month, I go to my member center - my photos and down to contest entries. Then I copy and paste those into a document which I keep in a folder on my hard drive.
I am actually kind of obsessive about keeping track of these things, so I have several other things I do (like I actually plan out an entire month's entries in advance so I don't have to think about it the night before or in the morning), but these two things are quick and easy so I thought I'd share.

2/18/2014 7:30:07 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Painted With Light
Painted With Light
Winter is my favorite season to witness the sunlight through Washington National Cathedral's stained glass windows. Here, the (unseen) windows of the south clerestory cast their light on the adjacent rib clusters of the vaulted ceiling, just starting to spring up and away from the wall. I wanted a compressed composition of just light-washed ribs, so I used 200mm on the 70-300. I was fortunate to get access to a scaffolded platform situated 75 feet off the floor; the platform put me about 2 feet above the bottom edge of the large clerestory windows.
1/14 2nd Place - EOD

In grateful and loving memory of Rowan LeCompte, renowned stained glass artist, who designed nearly four dozen of the cathedral's 231 windows, including the 8 windows casting the beautiful colors in this image.
March 17, 1925 - February 11, 2014
 
 
Fingers crossed for everyone, and for (hopefully!) a quicker announcement trend this year, as Jim alluded to...

I'm choosing this one as my favorite from January because I've long wanted to capture a sunlight-through-stained-glass image like this, focusing on the gracefully curving ceiling ribs. But an upward shot taken from the floor (90 feet below these ribs) just doesn't produce what I've had in mind. This composition was only made possible recently, with the installation of some earthquake-repair scaffolding. I shot this as part of a 3-bracket series for possible HDR, but the middle exposure was quite nice, and I ended up using it alone, just pulling up the shadows a bit.

2/18/2014 7:51:13 AM

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  Kalena, to footstomp what Nikki said...many of us do a copy/paste of our contest entries. On the last day of the month, I paste them into an e-mail and send to myself. I label the e-mail "Contest Entries for ____ (insert the month here)." That way, you'll always have a record of what you entered into the contest.

2/18/2014 9:25:29 AM

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  Chris, you're blessed to be associated with the National Cathedral, and because of that you can pick/choose the best time to photograph. And no exception here; a real beauty and hopefully BP will recognize it as such. Welcome aboard!

2/18/2014 9:27:16 AM

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  Thanks, Ken... fingers crossed on this one! I'm definitely happy to take advantage of the "perks" (ie, special access) that come with being a volunteer tour guide there!!

Kalena, similar to Nikki's comment, I also keep a very simple spreadsheet on my computer desktop, and for each new image I upload into BP's contest, I record a new row in that spreadsheet, including the image's filename, the image's "BP name" I chose, the category I entered, the contest period (ie, "Jan-14") and a very brief description of the image. (If I resub an existing entry directly from my Member Center, I go back and update the original row for that image, rather than make a new row.) In the end, I have a basically chronological record of every entry I've ever made, all in one place. (A separate tab in the spreadsheet tracks any Finalist/Winner outcome.) It has been interesting to see, over 8 years of accumulated entries! It is also useful if someone, say, wants a print of a particular image they saw deep in my gallery -- I can look up the BP image name they give me, see the camera filename, then pull that out of my archives. Sounds more complex than it is, but it isn't much "work" once you get into the habit of quickly updating the sheet for each new entry.

2/18/2014 9:46:16 AM

  Thanks for the tips everyone. I do put the date in the comment section when I upload for the contest. I should probably keep a separate list on my computer, but I don't upload that many each month. I don't get out the the camera as much as others do. Maybe later on I'll be able yo do that.

:-)

2/18/2014 11:20:13 AM

 
 
  Window to the Past
Window to the Past
Katasraj Mandir is a temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. These were built around 900 years or so ago, although the earliest of them dates back to the latter half of the 6th century AD.

Using Nikor 10.5mm Fisheye lens. Processed on NIK's HDR Efx Pro2 and PS CS6.


 
 
Here is my fave of the month. I have experienced difficulty in composing with a fisheye and found it a challenging task. The camera almost picks everything your eyes see at a time and finding the right composition to point to your subject is not easy, in my humble opinion. Maybe I need more practice.

Wonderful picks and wishing you all lots of luck. The Staff Favorite's should not be too long!!!

UB.

2/19/2014 1:49:15 AM

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  Welcome aboard, Usman. I also have a fisheye and agree with you; it's a bit of a challenge because perspective is altered. But that's what makes it fun. And you did great with yours. My eyes hit the temple first, then go to the right as I walk along the path to the right. Cool shot for sure!

2/19/2014 3:51:59 AM

 
 
  Wake Up, Wake Up, Wherever You Are
Wake Up, Wake Up, Wherever You Are
F/14, 1/8sec, iso 100, 24mm Focal Length.
 
 
I have a couple fav's, but I decided on this one. Good luck everybody.

2/20/2014 8:28:10 AM

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  Welcome aboard Mike! Such a beautiful view of Vermillion Lakes. Don't you wish Omaha had mountains like this?

I hope we see your photo with a Staff Fav emblem real soon...and hopefully I don't jinx their release. :-)

2/20/2014 10:18:12 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Hmmm... Doesn't look like we're headed for an "early" announcement month this time around, with only 5 3/4 days to go... Best of luck everyone!

2/23/2014 5:43:10 AM

  CONGRATZ Nikki, your above pick has already a Gold badge underneath it, a well deserved POTD!!!

UB.

2/23/2014 5:49:21 AM

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  Way to go, Nikki! You are paving the way with your "fav" from the Countdown thread.

2/23/2014 6:22:33 AM

  Congrats, Nikki!

2/23/2014 7:49:09 AM

  Thank you so much, Usman, Ken, and Peggy. I'm delighted, of course. Now if only the Staff Favorites from January would appear so we could all have something to celebrate today :)

2/23/2014 7:55:06 AM

  I got one staff favorite for Jan 17. It a picture of Julia my friends sister in from Russia. She is so pretty.

2/23/2014 9:12:03 AM

  They're here, Nikki.....I got one

2/23/2014 9:12:35 AM

 
I got 10! I think I'll keep them!

2/23/2014 9:51:31 AM

  Way to go, Carolyn!!!

2/23/2014 11:04:52 AM

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  Congrats to everyone that got Staff Favs. The BP announcement said there were 675 Staff Favs, or about a 10.2 percent success rate. Last month, the Staff Fav rate was over 12%.

Assuming Finalist rate is similar to last month (8%), we'll see about 530 finalists. Meaning…if you got a Staff Fav, there's a 75% chance it will get finalist…assuming there are 530 finalists. :-)

2/23/2014 1:20:48 PM

  Thanks Ken for letting us know what our odds are. LOL I think maybe you hold the record for the most staff favorites. Congrats to you!

2/23/2014 1:37:16 PM

  I am happy to have two Staff Favorites ... Congrats to all who received SFs and best of luck in the next round!

2/23/2014 2:50:56 PM

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  Here's the URL for the Staff Favs…based on an e-mail Jim Moitke put out earlier today:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=60990

2/23/2014 5:18:51 PM

  Got three SFs and very excited. CONGRATZ to you all and good luck in the coming rounds!!

UB.

2/23/2014 7:09:26 PM

 
 
  Warm Cookies on a Cold Snowy Day
Warm Cookies on a Cold Snowy Day
 
 
Staff Favorite

2/25/2014 3:28:25 AM

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  Now that's a yummy treat, Melissa. Congrats on your Staff Fav and fingers crossed on Finalist…which hopefully we'll see the announcement later today.

2/25/2014 3:52:14 AM

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  Hmmm... Monday, then Wednesday, then Tuesday, are the top 3 most common days to announce Finalists; while there's still 3.5 hours left in Tuesday (BP time), perhaps we'll see something Wednesday? tick tock, tick tock ;) Good luck to everyone!

2/25/2014 8:13:04 PM

  Finalists just in. Got lucky to get two this time. CONGRATZ to all the Finalists and Good luck in the final round!!!

UB.

2/25/2014 11:58:36 PM

  Six finalists for me. Wonders never cease..

2/26/2014 2:38:12 AM

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  Congratulations to all the finalists! Two of my three staff favorites advanced. I see Nikki's posted favorite here, went to finalist; mine too… Did others post their "thread favorites" here without linking to the Member Center originals?

2/26/2014 3:37:56 AM

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  Congrats to all that got a finalist, be it via your "Fav" photo here (congrats Nikki and Chris!), or a different photo.

The selection rate was 6%, which is a little lower than normal. And with only 399 photos picked, there's a better chance to get gold. Good luck to everyone in the gold medal round!

2/26/2014 3:49:19 AM

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  Congrats to Jill too; her "Beach Balls" also made finalist!

2/26/2014 4:52:40 AM

  Happy to report that my two Staff Favorites progressed to Finalist. :)

Big congrats to all the Finalists, and best of luck in the gold round!

2/26/2014 9:41:36 AM

  Is anyone noshing on chocolate, waiting for winners?

I'm having Dove sea salt caramel dark chocolate Promises. nom nom nom

2/27/2014 7:58:29 PM

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  Hey Peggy…well, I had a cold beer on a cold Omaha night. Does that count? :-) They should be coming out soon; tomorrow is the last day of the month. But at least this month, it wasn't as rushed as the last few months. We could catch our breath and enjoy the last few rounds.

2/27/2014 8:10:27 PM

  Hi Ken
Yes, refreshing adult beverages definitely count! I have enjoyed the timing of the announcements this month ... the anticipation and the chance to enjoy each stage has been really nice.
Again, good luck to all!

2/27/2014 8:14:35 PM

  You are so right, Ken. Its been after sometime that I went through most all the Finalists and got a good dose of inspiration. Hope this trend continues in the coming months. Just had breakfast here which was a "paratha", with "chanay currie" and a cup of nice warm tea. I know most of you would not be able to relate, but believe me my taste buds are as sated as yours or Peggy's ;)

UB.

2/27/2014 8:14:41 PM

  A little Merlot here tonight. I, too, have enjoyed the time. But now I'm ready to see the winners. Don't expect one myself so I'm not anxious - just looking forward to seeing what is selected. Continued good luck vibes to everyone.

2/27/2014 8:18:26 PM

  Sounds good to me, Usman (and definitely healthier than my chocolate!) ... :)

2/27/2014 8:19:07 PM

  Hi Nikki
Merlot sounds good ... goes really well with dark chocolate ... :)

2/27/2014 8:23:38 PM

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  Good morning, everyone. While we wait on the gold medals, just a reminder that today is the last day of the month, so do a copy/paste of your February contest entries for reference (if you're in the habit of doing that).

Also, next month's theme is "Creativity." And like all BP themes, it's open to our interpretation. I've seen creative macros of oil patterns in water, or objects set against computer monitors, with reflecting base. Or a fisheye photo from inside a mailbox/oven, etc. If you have ideas on creativity, feel free to share while we wait. Or have more chocolates. :-)

2/28/2014 3:51:43 AM

  January contest winners are out!
Congrats to all the awesome winners!

2/28/2014 3:24:52 PM

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  Congrats to the following folks that participated on this Contest thread…you all got GOLD!!

Usman (1st place), Peggy, Carolyn, Kara, Tammy A , Chris B, Jill, and Bob C. A pretty good showing by the "Countdown" folks. :-)

2/28/2014 4:44:08 PM

  Don't forget our new countdown leader's (Ken Smith) two second place winners too. Congrats to Ken and all the Winners for January.

2/28/2014 4:59:26 PM

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  My apologies….I left off Nikki McDonald, my fellow Omaha photographer! Sorry about that, Nikki!!

Tammy, thanks! :-)

2/28/2014 5:15:18 PM

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  Oops…I left off Nikki McDonald. Sorry about that, Nikki!!

Thanks, Tammy! :-)

2/28/2014 5:25:25 PM

  Congratulations Winners. Wonderful images. Good luck to all of us next month. :)

2/28/2014 6:27:49 PM

  Thanks Ken, and CONGRATZ to all the Winners, Finalists, Semi-Finalists and participants for making this such a wonderful place to share our passion.

UB.

3/1/2014 2:35:24 AM

  Thanks, Ken, and everyone else who has sent their congratulations. And congratulations to everyone here who had a SF, a Finalist or a Winner - wonderful images in the pools this month.

3/1/2014 3:34:16 PM

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  22 .  What Happened to...
What happened to the button for adding the type of camera used when uploading an image for the contest? It seems to have disappeared once again...Also On the menu to the left in our member area it now says under "Galley Images", "Manage My Photos", instead of "Edit My Photos"? I remember they did away with the camera used information once before and personally, I like seeing what camera was used... Just my 2 cents worth...

2/8/2014 2:42:09 AM

  The camera option was gone when I posted yesterday, but I thought it could be just a glitch. Still gone today, though, so figure it's part of the recent changes.

2/9/2014 6:39:31 AM

  I was asked to provide the camera model when I uploaded two pictures yesterday. I use Mozilla, I don't know about Internet Explorer.

2/9/2014 6:16:28 PM

  That is interesting Irene. I also use Mozilla Firefox and the box for choosing what camera was used has been missing for the last 3 images I posted for the contest...

2/10/2014 12:04:55 AM

  I use Chrome, and the option wasn't there for this morning's post.

2/10/2014 6:55:48 AM

  I found if you use the "Upload New Images" button under Gallery Images on the left instead of the Image Uploader under the "Enter our monthly contest ...you can enter what camera you used. It take a few more steps because after you upload you then have to go back and click to enter it into the contest...

2/10/2014 12:13:24 PM

  I hadn't noticed that the popular camera selection option had been taken away again. It's nice to know there's another way to get it back, but I prefer using the basic uploader rather than the java-based one that Jill describes above. I'm not sure why it would be available one way but not the other...

2/11/2014 7:59:50 PM

  I have always uploaded my photos first to the gallery and then decided what to do with them. I didn't even know there was a different way to do it.

But I upload many photos not intended for the contest so for me my system works well.

Martha, how do you get to the basic up-loader? I hadn't posted any new photos for a long time. Then this week when I wanted to post pictures to a club I had to install Java in order to do it. I don't want Java on my computer but thought I had to have it in order to get my pictures onto Better Photo.

2/12/2014 7:45:26 AM

  I found the image up-loader. Can you only up-load one picture at a time? Does the picture go into the contest or can you use this method to up-load pictures not intended for the contest?

2/12/2014 7:50:04 AM

  Irene,
it's only one at a time. You can upload without selecting a category for images not intended for immediate (or eventual) entry the contest. What I do is upload without a category, review, update description, and then submit to the contest.

2/12/2014 7:52:58 AM

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  23 .  Can I check at which time I submitted a picture?
Hello all, I am new here. I started uploading photos and entering them into the contest. I am having some trouble with the uploading and picture managing. Sometimes my clicks don't work quite the way I thought they would. Question: Can I check somewhere at which time point I entered a certain picture into the contest? This morning I submitted one and got a warning message that I had already entered one today. But the last one I entered intentionally was yesterday (and I made my best effort to take time zones into account correctly). I would like to be able to trace what happended there... and which pictures count for which day. Is there any way to do this? I see that below the pictures, the upload time is displayed but that does not necessarily correspond to the time it was entered into the contest.

2/7/2014 1:48:20 AM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  And what is the right strategy when this happens? Can I delete the picture that apparently cannot be counted for the day, and upload it again on a different day? Thanks in advance for helping me with basic technicalities...

2/7/2014 5:31:59 AM

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  Welcome to BP, and good luck in the contest.

To see what time you uploaded your photo to BP, click "My Member Center" (which is next to the "Sign out" link). On the left hand side, click "My Photos", then towards the bottom left hand side, click "Your Photos." You should see all the photos you uploaded, in descending order for when you uploaded to BP. Click on the image and the bottom, you'll see the date/time you uploaded to BP. And this time is based on United States Pacific Coast Time.

I've been at BP many years, and I don't know how to find out the time you actually entered the photo into the contest. And as you've noted, the upload time is different than the contest time.

As for your "strategy" question. There's no need to delete the photo (although you could do so and upload again). From the same "Your Photos" link I described in my first paragraph, find the photo you want to enter into the contest, and click the "Enter into Contest" button.

And one final tip. If you enter a photo into the contest but then realize you don't like it, or want to make a change, you can delete it from the site, and enter a brand new one into the contest. You don't have to wait until the next "BP Day" to enter again.

2/7/2014 7:24:09 AM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  Hi Ken, thanks a lot for your response, this is very helpful.

2/8/2014 9:03:16 AM

  My experience has been that the dates change as of midnight west coast time.No matter what time I post a photo for the contest during the day, I cannot post another one until after midnight of that day. So if I post one on 02/08/14 at 11:45 PM or 11:45 Am, I cannot post another one to the contest until 12.01 AM of 02/09/14

2/8/2014 12:13:22 PM

  Actually it's not possible to upload a new day's photo at 12.01 AM: it's possible at 12.08 or 12.09 AM.

2/8/2014 2:09:36 PM

  Actually Tiia is right...I usually wait until 12:15 AM :-)

2/10/2014 12:14:52 PM

Leonore M. Wigger

member since: 2/3/2014
  Thanks a lot Jill and Tiia. Actually I now believe my problem wasn't about upload time. I think I did things in the wrong order (clicking "enter contest", checking checkbox "display", clicking "submit") and somehow the same image was entered twice. But, of course, it is very useful to know what you wrote about the approximate time when upload starts to be counted for each day.

2/10/2014 12:38:15 PM

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  24 .  February 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
Please limit your posts to images that have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in February 2014. Other topics can be started in their own thread. Thanks and best of luck!

2/6/2014 6:51:29 PM

  TAG

2/6/2014 7:28:19 PM

  TAG?

2/6/2014 7:32:25 PM

  It just means that I have joined this thread, Beth, and have no EPs to report yet ;)

UB.

2/6/2014 7:46:42 PM

  Tag. Good luck to all!

2/6/2014 8:01:02 PM

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  Blue Beauty
Blue Beauty
 
 
2/1 Details and Macro

2/7/2014 6:22:01 AM

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  Softly Setting
Softly Setting
 
 
2/3 Nature and Landscapes

2/7/2014 6:23:03 AM

  February 1 - Animals
Lazy Lunch

And no, this image was not rotated. He was eating upside down.

2/7/2014 10:13:00 AM

  tag

2/7/2014 10:47:47 AM

  Count me in!

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 11:16:28 AM

  2/1..Animals..Baby Sally
2/2..SKIPPED
2/3..T/P..Mountain Fork Park In The Rain

2/7/2014 2:26:54 PM

  EP Feb 2, Serenity

jo ann c.

2/7/2014 3:06:54 PM

  Tag

2/7/2014 3:27:07 PM

 
Got another:

2-1 Do You See What I See

jo ann c.

2/8/2014 11:50:10 AM

  Feb 2- Hanging by the Stairs! - Catch All

UB.

2/8/2014 4:03:15 PM

  Tag, although did not enter until the 6th .

2/8/2014 7:36:17 PM

  I thought they skipped this one. Now it has an EP.
2/2..Landscape..Beautiful Reflections

2/9/2014 2:10:50 AM

  I just got my first one for Feb. (Rose) that I entered on the 3rd. I haven't entered since the 6th.

2/10/2014 5:18:48 PM

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  Pretty in Blue
Pretty in Blue
 
 
2/4 Flowers

2/11/2014 9:11:28 AM

  2/4..Macro..Stripper Pole
2/5..T/P..My Neighbor's Shed

2/11/2014 9:17:43 AM

  Looks like you are heading for another great month Carolyn! :-)

2/11/2014 8:36:55 PM

  Tag

2/12/2014 4:52:54 PM

  And my EPs are heading true South ;)

UB.

2/12/2014 8:24:18 PM

  Tag. Only 2 entries so far this month. I want to watch and see how and if they are making changes to the contest (as mentioned by Jim).

2/13/2014 12:43:36 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Usman,

Love your sense of humor. I am joining you down south.

Thanks,

Jane

2/13/2014 12:57:32 PM

  Usman and Jane, I've been there for quite some time now although I did have three EPs last month.

2/13/2014 1:09:13 PM

  Checking in... :-)

2/13/2014 4:10:05 PM

  2-1 Do You See What I See
2-2 Serenity
2-13 Snow

Not moving forward very fast! lol

jo ann c.

2/13/2014 4:49:17 PM

  Holy Toledo, Jo Ann. 2-13? I thought they were back at 2-4. I'm off to check my gallery. Maybe I have more than one!

2/13/2014 4:52:57 PM

  Nope. Still just one. And I've entered every day. Are you sure about the 2-13? Or did you mean 2/03?

2/13/2014 4:54:33 PM

  2-13? My blood pressure just went up a few notches.....

2/13/2014 5:49:56 PM

  no EP for me since like january 3rd. I thought for sure my 2/5 vogue would get one. oh well

2/13/2014 6:04:58 PM

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  Tony, I think they're only up to Feb 3rd, so your 2/5 shot should still be in the running. I think JoAnn had a typo.

2/13/2014 7:45:48 PM

  Ken, I have also noticed some EPs on Feb 5 on the first page when I click on "View ALL new Editor's Picks" on this BP page.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery-editors-current.asp

So we know for sure that they at least have started giving EPs on Feb 5.

Usman.

2/13/2014 7:51:27 PM

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  Usman, yes, you're correct. I meant Feb 5th, as I got an EP on the 4th and I've noted that Carolyn got one on the 5th. My confusion. :-) Hopefully they'll give out more EPs on the 5th and Tony's "vogue" shot will get one too! And your EPs will then head back to the North!

2/13/2014 8:12:40 PM

  I was so hoping my 2/5 shot of my granddaughter in the sketch mode would get an EP, I think it's one of my best. In face none of the sketch images I did of my grandchildren got an EP...I put them in the digital darkroom category, but no interest in them! :-( Do you think they should have gone in the people category?

2/13/2014 9:14:12 PM

  1/6..MT..A Good Night On The Rocks
1/7..DD..Fantastic Flower Field

2/14/2014 2:22:22 AM

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  Heading North. Yippee!!!

2/5 Big Eyes!
2/6. Blue Grotto Boat Ride of Malta

Have a Happy Valentine 's Day!!!!

Jane

2/14/2014 2:57:23 AM

  OOPS! I meant 2/6 and 2/7

2/14/2014 3:03:44 AM

  Carolyn, I LOVE your 'Fantastic Flower Field". Frame it and hang it on a wall :)

UB.

2/14/2014 3:16:13 AM

  My walls are full, but I need to change out some, so maybe I'll put this one up.

2/14/2014 4:10:06 AM

  Ha! I didn't know I did that, however, first comments I have had was to remind me! I live in the future, not the past! :-)
O.K. here is all I have which isn't much:

2-1 Do You See What I see?
2-2 Serenity
2-3 Snow
2-7 House on the Hill

Have a great day gang!

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 4:32:25 AM

 
 
  Spruce and The Bench
Spruce and The Bench
 
 
2-6 Spruce and The Bench

2/14/2014 5:18:27 AM

  Improved to 50% with EP’s on these two, C-A February 5 and DD February 6.
Chocolate Mocha Torte
The Day’s Last Kiss

2/14/2014 7:35:24 AM

  Answer to Joannie B.
I think your sketches of your grandchildren are fantastic. I see nothing wrong with trying DD but People would have been my first choice.

2/14/2014 7:39:19 AM

  Just got one for Feb. 5--Lime I'd post a link but I'm not sure how Nikki did it. I can post the entire link but hers is much shorter.

2/14/2014 8:41:19 AM

  Trying out putting in links to my Feb. EPs.
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=14369062Rose
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14370874Lime

2/14/2014 9:50:28 AM

  Thank you so much Nikki for your input, appreciate it! :-)

2/14/2014 11:38:26 AM

  Anybody know what happened to the POTD today?

2/14/2014 3:11:53 PM

  I got the POTD email and could open and view the photo from the email, but not from the website ...

2/14/2014 3:14:28 PM

  I got it in an email for every time there is a POTD??

jo ann c.

2/14/2014 3:24:20 PM

  Me, too, Jo Ann!

2/14/2014 4:35:11 PM

  Here is the link of yesterday's POTD, Cindy. Interesting as it doesn't show the POTD badge yet!!

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=14338566

UB.

PS: And BTW, I think I'll be reaching the South pole pretty soon!!

2/14/2014 6:57:30 PM

  Usman, I'll catch you on the way down...I'm already down here! :-)

2/15/2014 1:30:29 AM

  I got yesterday's POTD today and haven't gotten today's.

2/15/2014 6:23:07 PM

  guess I have fallen out of favor with the judges.. no EP's at all for february.

2/17/2014 4:04:37 PM

  O... so its you Tony, I have been wondering ever since the start of this month who was this guy just ahead of me going to the South pole. So now, at least we can enjoy the journey together to Joannie who has already reached there ;)

UB.

2/17/2014 7:21:27 PM

  :-)

2/17/2014 11:19:14 PM

  Feeling unloved. :( Oh well...maybe I am joining the South Pole crew?

2/18/2014 5:41:19 AM

  Hey, it's starting to get a little crowded down here! ;-D

2/18/2014 5:43:40 AM

  I'll meet you-all there. :)

2/18/2014 5:48:47 AM

  Some one just stepped on my big toe! Spread out everyone! :-)

2/18/2014 6:05:58 AM

  When was the last EP? Was it the 7th? I have 5 so far but have lost track. My favorite may have been skipped.

2/18/2014 11:46:33 AM

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  Harriet, I believe it's the 7th, and it's possible they haven't finished for the 7th yet. I haven't seen any for the 8th, but that's not to say there aren't any out there. None have been reported on this forum yet.

2/18/2014 12:30:57 PM

  Make room for one more down South...

2/18/2014 1:07:58 PM

  I'll bring the coffee.

2/18/2014 3:49:38 PM

  Patricia, I don't drink coffee, could you bring me a diet dr.pepper? :-)

2/18/2014 4:05:44 PM

  Make room for another one. I'll bring some wine.

2/18/2014 5:06:30 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  I so am going to join this party! I make a mean chocolate covered strawberry!!!

2/18/2014 5:44:06 PM

  Tag... :) Stay warm everyone!

2/18/2014 6:28:07 PM

  Ooh I like Beth's wine idea! Not so bad down here now. :)

2/18/2014 7:51:21 PM

  Mmmm. And I like Jane's idea.

2/18/2014 9:00:58 PM

  Wow, didn't realize there are so many folks heading South. At least that makes it feel a lot better. And looks like there's going to be a huge party down there, so looking forward to having lots of fun when we all meet!

UB.

2/18/2014 9:57:23 PM

  Nothing since 1/28!

2/19/2014 6:25:15 AM

  I'M at the bottom of the well!

2/21/2014 5:03:03 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I don't think they have given EPs for a long time. I think my last one was 2/6.

Did anyone get an EP lately? So, I wouldn't take it personally. Oh my gracious, I saw some of your work. It is amazingly beautiful. You should be proud!

Jane

2/21/2014 6:15:06 PM

  If you go to the contest page and click on the "New Editor's Picks" link, the same photos have been there for several days. It looks like the last EPs may have been for 2/7 ...

2/21/2014 7:13:13 PM

  It's discouraging. The way it was going they would have gotten up to about 1/2 thru this month by now before stopping and going back to January, selecting more EP then contest results, then starting on March EP's before again going back to February. Confusing? Yep.

I had slacked off at the end of last year but I picked my participation back up again this month because I had read about some improvements coming. Did I miss anything? lol

2/21/2014 7:18:39 PM

  Hi Susan, glad to see you participating again! Your photography is beautiful!

2/21/2014 7:29:21 PM

  Thank you, Jane! I appreciate your motivating comments- every little bit helps! Maybe if we collectively, check in on each other's galleries and comment on photos, that would make a difference just a thought, when we are not getting motivated with EPs, it would seem. JMT

2/21/2014 8:32:50 PM

  Nancy Marie (or is it just Nancy?), I agree with Jane. Your photography is so expressive. Love your impressionistic ones, especially "All About Trees".

2/22/2014 8:59:19 AM

  Thank you, Peggy I appreciate your comments!!

2/22/2014 10:20:17 AM

  I think they have started back with EPS because I did get one for Feb. 8th

2/22/2014 2:36:33 PM

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2/8 Details and Macro

2/22/2014 2:38:50 PM

  I still have nothing beyond 1/28.

2/22/2014 7:28:43 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I am not sure if they did a few and quit. I have been watching and it looked like it ended. I haven't had anything since 2/6. Hang in There!!

Jane

2/22/2014 7:40:25 PM

  And the long dry spell continues to persist in February. Not even a single cloud to be seen on the horizon. What a desolated barren sight my BP farmlands have become!! I guess that's it, I am done here, no more entering the contest, its frustrating, demoralizing, demotivating and excruciatingly painful....urghhhhh!!

I am kidding of course, as my love/passion for photography is still burning strong and "EP-or-no-EP" won't douse it, I just wanted to vent a bit, and it feels much better ;)

UB.

2/22/2014 10:27:21 PM

  Oh yes, and the below image (link) dedicated to all the South-bound BPers to cheer you all up, I hope so ;)

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=14388253

UB.

2/22/2014 11:11:33 PM

 
 
  ******************
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Ghost Town Sunset
Bodie Ca. Nikon D40. MT category. 02/08/14

2/22/2014 11:15:11 PM

  Thank you Peggy! Your photography is such an inspiration! I love following and watching what everyone here creates. I don't have near enough time to comment as I would like to :(

That said, UB, I think you have confused discouragement with BP to mean discouragement with photography. That couldn't be farther from reality. I'm involved in more things photography related now than ever and my passion keeps pushing me forward. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Further, I participate at another contest site that I find challenging, get some good feedback from and do fairly well at.

So no, not getting an EP here doesn't cause despair. Guess I should have been more clear in my comment that I was talking about the crazy confusing way BP operates now as compared to before. I've heard a lot of people mention that many members have left. I kinda doubt it was over an EP or that they quit photography.

2/23/2014 6:00:23 AM

  Also, if anyone is getting so discouraged from lack of EPs here, I wanted to say that of all my sales at my gallery, only *one* has been a medal recipient here. In fact my BIG sale was an image that had gotten an EP here before, but on resubmit here recently, didn't get one at all! lol

2/23/2014 6:06:12 AM

  I am confused....again. Are the finalists out yet? I got an email that said some of my photos are staff favorites and another said to check out the finalists.

2/23/2014 10:34:34 AM

  I just got staff favorites notices this morning-(2)-I did not see Finalists, yet.
I guess there is still hope!

2/23/2014 10:49:20 AM

  No finalists, just SFs.

2/23/2014 10:56:57 AM

  Me either, got too Staff Favorites..

Do they EVER go further??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 11:03:57 AM

  I got an e-mail this morning to find inspiration from the new finalists! They are out!

2/23/2014 12:32:52 PM

  I don't see that they are out yet when I go to the finalist and winners??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 12:48:02 PM

  Not finalists..Just pre-finalists.

2/23/2014 12:50:39 PM

  My bad! Sorry!

2/23/2014 12:58:50 PM

  Soooo...what is a pre finalist??

jo ann c.

2/23/2014 1:57:05 PM

  Congratulations to all who received Staff Favorites and best of luck in the following rounds!

Perhaps the earlier announcement is the change BP mentioned? We shall see. Crossing my fingers for ya'll!

2/23/2014 2:31:33 PM

  Jo Ann, a staff favorite comes before finalist.

2/23/2014 2:56:04 PM

  I haven't gotten any emails about EPs or Staff Favorites being announced. Do you only get those emails if your photo is picked?

2/23/2014 3:00:56 PM

  There are no announcements of EPs..You will get an email if you get a staff favorite, finalist or winner.

2/23/2014 3:05:07 PM

  So what email was Joannie talking about?

2/23/2014 3:10:57 PM

  I don't know. I didn't get the memo, or if I did, I forgot to read it. My stupid email system deletes whatever it feels like deleting without waiting for any input from me.

2/23/2014 3:34:27 PM

  Beth, I got an email with the subject line "Peggy Need inspiration? See these beauties ...", and this is the text:

Hi Peggy

Two quick things...

1) Have you seen the Deluxe Website Super Sale this week?

Get TWO YEARS for the price of one... offer ends Wednesday!

Get or RENEW your website today.

Showcase your favorite photos with your own domain name!

2) The January photo contest Staff Finalists have been posted.

Check out these amazing photos for a huge dose of inspiration...

Browse, be inspired, mark a few of your own Favorites... and go have fun making your own amazing images!

Enjoy!
Jim Miotke
Founder, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.

Become a Better Photographer Today!

P.S. Here's the link to the contest Staff Favorites... have fun:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=60990

2/23/2014 4:07:55 PM

  2/8..SKIPPED
2/9..DD..Added Beauty

2/23/2014 4:58:05 PM

  I think the "pre" was omitted between staff and finalists in the email meant to inspire. Well, I am thankful for the staff favorites I have. We'll see if any go on to the next round.

2/23/2014 6:55:10 PM

  Yes Peggy that is the e-mail I received and I guess I missed the word "staff" finalists!

2/23/2014 8:00:49 PM

  Peggy, I never got that email. How odd.

2/23/2014 8:08:25 PM

  Finally some hope, got one on the Feb 8.

Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place

UB.

PS: Susan M., maybe it just me but I do feel a bit of discouragement creep in when an image I submit do not get an EP. When I submit an image, it gets selected/scrutinized from a lot of my other images and I then carefully do the post processing work and spend some time hoping it to at least fetch an EP. I understand that sometime the judge may not see what I intend to portray in my work, and its fine with me, nonetheless it does feel a bit discouraging.
And I am all with you when you say that discouragement with not getting an EP from BP to mean discouragement with photography is not true at all.

UB.

2/23/2014 8:18:03 PM

  For those who didn't get the email, perhaps it went to a spam folder?

Usman, it really shows that you put a lot of time, thought, and effort into your photos. Your photography is excellent and inspiring.

I think that art is so personal that it's impossible not to be a little disappointed or discouraged sometimes when others don't see what we see. Hopefully it challenges us to work harder ... I know it does for me and for many others. And as Nancy Marie mentioned earlier in the thread, we should remember to encourage each other.

Wishing everyone a good week, happy shooting, and the best of luck in the contest!

2/23/2014 8:36:06 PM

 
 
  give good face
give good face
another picture from my study of orangutans
 
 
whoo hooo I finally got one

2/25/2014 7:18:06 PM

  My 2 Staff Favorites got Finalist, they are the first two pictures on my gallery..

"Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!"

"Mabry Mills - Infrared"

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 4:20:17 AM

 
 
  Ollie
Ollie
another picture of in my orangutan series
 
 
wow I am on fire now LOL. I got 2 EP for the month

2/26/2014 5:28:22 AM

  Congratulations, Jo Ann, on your Finalists. Good luck on the next round.

2/26/2014 7:40:53 AM

  Do you have to get staff favorites to get finalist? Not sure how this works.

2/26/2014 8:54:28 AM

  Yes, Patricia. The selection marker sequence is EP - SF - F - W
If you don't get an Editor's Pick, your image will not be considered for any higher round.

2/26/2014 8:58:14 AM

  Thanks Nikki--that means I am out for the month. It must be new because I have had finalist in the past that never got a staff favorite.

2/26/2014 9:02:58 AM

  I got to Staff Favorites last month but didn't get then changed to Finalist, so guess you don't...they did turn into Finalist this month though...

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:49:07 AM

  Yes, Patricia, revealing the pre-finalist level and marking those images with a "Staff Favorite" badge is relatively new. I checked back and I think July 2013 was the first month they did that.

2/26/2014 11:02:35 AM

  Has anyone started the March thread?

2/27/2014 7:52:19 PM

  This is a new one for February that I saw this morning. Not sure exactly when it came in, but I've been checking fairly regularly.

February 9: Catch-All
Chevrolet of the Mountains

2/28/2014 8:07:24 AM

  I'll start it. I guess I'll renew my gallery even though I'm extremely discouraged by BP at the moment.

2/28/2014 8:53:23 AM

  I do like that the Staff Favorite is being used. It gives recognition to more good photos rather than just the Finalist and Winner rounds. I guess the judges go through the photos selecting the ones they like (favorites) then move on to narrowing down the field. I think it is a good thing. More people are being rewarded for their work.

2/28/2014 10:36:34 AM

  I agree Harriet...I like they got through with January favorites early too..I love to look at all of them. Glad they haven't put the winners out til next month..I usually start looking at the finalist and like to comment on the great ones and if the winners come out at the same time nearly, I don't get to look at all the finalist usually..

Have a great weekend y'all!

jo ann c.

2/28/2014 12:26:43 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Just wondering if anyone has gotten an EP since 2/9. Congrats to all of the finalist and winners!!

Jane

3/1/2014 1:59:15 PM

 
 
  Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
Turn Out The Lights, The Party is Over!
 
 
The last one I got was

3/1/2014 3:35:03 PM

 
 
 
The last one I got was the 7th!

I did get a 2nd Place, Turn Out the Lights, The Party is Over! Yipee!

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 3:41:55 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Jo Ann,

WOW WHAT AN IMAGE!!! CONGRATS! GREAT JOB! Very Creative!

Jane

3/1/2014 3:48:09 PM

  Thanks Jane, I really appreciate that!

Hey, this is the first time I posted the picture because I just didn't but now that I did, I screwed that up! lol

jo ann c.

3/1/2014 4:27:55 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Jo Ann,

You're funny!!! Love a sense of humor with all of these blizzards.

Jane

3/1/2014 4:56:06 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Yahoo! I got an EP on "Frozen Beauty" dated 2/9/14.

Jane

3/2/2014 12:55:44 PM

  I haven't gotten an EP since 1/28, and that is one of the reasons I'm looking elsewhere.

3/2/2014 1:16:04 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Nancy,

I just check your gallery again. Oh my gosh!! Your photos are amazing!! Do not be discouraged. You have raw talent and a good eye. Hang in there!

Jane

3/2/2014 1:20:01 PM

  2/10..SKIPPED
2/11..Macro.. Bubbly Beauty

3/2/2014 1:34:32 PM

  I believe the EP's are done alphabeticallly because if I get one it is before Caroyn gets one! With her 2/11 EP I checked my 2/11 image John, George, Paul and Ringo and there was no EP, but we were told that having a picture faved helps with the achievement of an EP...Caroyn's 2/11 received 3 favs (congrats Caroyn), where my 2/11 received 4 favs...so much for anything going the way we were told at this site!

Jane I've been here for 10 years and I think it's commendable for you to encourage Nancy and her great work but she knows and I know it ain't going to happen! Things are NOT the same nor will they ever be the same here again!

I do hope some of you can read this message before it is deleted!

3/2/2014 2:39:53 PM

  Welp, I wasn't gonna say a thing because after all is said and done, it gets pretty tiresome complaining about a situation when you really don't have knowledge or info about that situation. Sorry but BP members don't know the why or who about anything.

I've been more than fine about an increased bar for getting an EP. I love a challenge! But unfortunately I no longer believe that is the case . There is no standard to meet when one image gets an EP and another equally good if not better does not. My feelings on this were decided the other day while looking through newly awarded EPs when I came upon a newborn pic where, not only was almost half the childs face in shadow due to poor light but said shadow was purple. Um, sorry, but that's not a "subjective" call. And it had an EP.

At another site I know an image does well because it has merit. Here its more like if it gets lucky. We all have known that b/c of resubmits that would win one time and another not. It seems even more obvious now but maybe its just me seeing that.

3/2/2014 5:08:27 PM

  Joannie, I read your message and I hope you don't jump ship along with others in this group now that I found it. I decided today that I was going to renew my gallery for one more year mostly because I like the people I've "met" here. As long as we can vent to each other be it here or in email so as not to get censored it helps. I wish I knew the other site Susan referred to earlier. You can email me if you want. They're only up to Feb. 11. If they can't keep up with the judging, maybe they should re-think the system (whatever it is).

3/2/2014 9:55:40 PM

  2/12..Landscape..Fast Moving Water
2/13..Catch All..Fall Fishing Trip

3/3/2014 5:33:59 AM

  2/14..Macro..Starry Drops With Reflections
2/15..Catch All..Reflections Of Autumn
2/16..Animals..Heading For Home

3/3/2014 8:57:38 AM

Lola M.
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  Peeking
Peeking
 
 
2/17 Animals

3/3/2014 9:34:10 AM

  2/17..Landscape..Autumn Rush
2/18..Macro.. Dew Drop In

3/3/2014 9:47:08 AM

  Finally:
2/18 Fading Winter Moon

Thanks Nikki for letting me know. I had begun to not care so much.

3/3/2014 12:38:36 PM

 
 
  study of chimps
study of chimps
taken at chimphaven near shreveport louisiana
 
 
whoo hoo.. ended up with 3 for february

3/3/2014 2:05:09 PM

  They skipped almost a whole month of photos from me, 1/28 to 2/18! I am still NOT happy!

3/3/2014 2:15:10 PM

  After a dry spell, it seems to pick up a bit for me, got 7 EPs out of the 17 or 18 judged so far.

Feb 3 - Hanging by the Stairs! - CA
Feb 8 - Touching Sky - Travel & Place
Feb 11 - Missing Summer - Flowers
Feb 12 - ONCE - Travel & Place
Feb 14 - Tulip Time - Flowers
Feb 16 - GOLDEN - Digital Darkroom
Feb 17 - Pringles - Details & Macro

UB.

3/3/2014 7:51:19 PM

  2/19..People..Fall Is For Lovers

3/4/2014 3:25:30 PM

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  Columbine Beauty
Columbine Beauty
 
 
2/19 Flowers

3/4/2014 3:52:15 PM

  2/15-Reaching Out

3/4/2014 7:10:44 PM

  Yahoo, got another one. Wow it now feels a big achievement every-time I see an EP badge pop-up!!

Feb 19 - Yellow - Digital Darkroom.

UB.

3/4/2014 8:38:31 PM

  Petite
2/20
Flower

3/4/2014 11:09:22 PM

 
 
 
Got EP'S for
2-1 DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE
2-2 SERENITY
2-5 DEEP BLUE WATERS
2-7 HOUSE ON THE HILL
2-11 BUBBLES UP
AND TODAY THIS ONE GOT TODAY
2-20 COLORFUL SPLASH


3/5/2014 6:00:25 AM

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  Beautiful Landing
Beautiful Landing
 
 
2/20 Details and Macro

3/5/2014 7:39:09 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Hummingbird Portrait
Hummingbird Portrait
 
 
2/21 Animals

3/5/2014 11:29:07 AM

  SKIPPED 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23
2/24..Macro..Delightful Dewdrops

3/5/2014 2:23:29 PM

  2/25..MT..Flameout
2/26..Catch All..Wild Water Abstract

3/5/2014 3:11:37 PM

  I've finished up Feb. with 18 photos and one EP!

3/5/2014 4:34:49 PM

  2/27..Macro..No Escape

3/5/2014 5:24:15 PM

  Four out of ten for me.
The four are:

2/14 Flowers Intimacy

2/15 Catch-All Around Back

2/22 Digital Darkroom Low Tech

2/27 Animals Intention

This is amazingly early to have EPs done (if they are indeed done).

3/5/2014 7:10:07 PM

  Well, it seems they are done for the month. I got two more EPs,

Feb 23 - Color me Spring - Flowers
Feb 28 - Lava Flower - MT

If they don't revisit some of the left overs ones, that makes it a total of 10 out of the 25 images which I submitted in Feb, giving a 40% success rate. Well it looks like the bar for EPs has again been raised a fair bit, so I am happy to have got 10 which are in the running!!!

UB.

3/5/2014 7:38:19 PM

  I got 15/27 for 55% which is looking really good from what I've been reading here and elsewhere. I do have several I would like to point someone back to, though LOL As Peggy indicated, someone may well go back through the skipped entries with an eye to making sure no gems were skipped, so don't delete until the Staff Favorites come out later this month.

3/5/2014 7:49:18 PM

  2/22-A Favorite Place

3/5/2014 8:55:14 PM

  Are they through? I do have several but (in my opinion) a couple of good ones were skipped. Oh well.... the pace has certainly sped up so that's good but I hope it is a thorough process.

3/5/2014 9:17:52 PM

  12 of 26 images skipped. So outrageous its comical. That's what I get for renewing my gallery in February? Thanks BP.

3/5/2014 10:56:43 PM

  I entered 6 photos and got 3 ep's, so a 50% for the month. Haven't entered any yet this month.

3/6/2014 12:49:30 AM

  Maybe they will go back through. They did that last month.

3/6/2014 2:33:49 AM

  I entered seven and only got three. I'm not holding my breath for any others. I haven't entered any for March yet either. I'm in the process of switching cameras.

3/6/2014 6:55:05 AM

Ann Varley
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  I got one in February, just in time!

3/6/2014 3:32:45 PM

  Hey,they do go back sometimes!
Windows
2/7
EOD

3/7/2014 5:08:25 PM

  I got another one so 4 out of 6 for me. Has anyone started a March thread yet?

3/7/2014 6:16:58 PM

  Got another one, so now it is 11 out of 25 ;)

UB,

3/7/2014 9:40:15 PM

 
 
 
whoooo hooooo !!!!!!!!! my vogue finally got a EP

3/9/2014 9:59:03 AM

 
 
  Chilly Curves
Chilly Curves
 
 
Chilly Curves

That makes 2 out of 10... I am feeling a little better since I just realized that I only submitted 10 for Feb. :)

3/9/2014 5:49:00 PM

  i ended up with 5 out of 7 for 71%... so I guess I cant complain.. now if I could get one to move on to the second round LOL

3/10/2014 1:00:18 PM

  I just picked up two EP's on February entries. I had given up on them but it looks like they r making another run through after all. I entered three and got three EP's. Woohoo!!!!!!

3/18/2014 1:39:13 AM

  Thank you Dayna for pointing out the new run of EPs, and like you I also now see two new EPs for my February contest submissions, making a total of 13 out 25 @ a healthy 50% success rate, I think.

UB.

3/18/2014 2:11:38 AM

  I picked up 2 more..
2/21..Catch All..Child's Play
2/23..MT..Floater

3/18/2014 2:24:33 AM

 
 
 
This is for March

Natures Painting of the Day..

joann c.

3/18/2014 5:05:32 AM

  Spring Bouquet
2/16/14
Monthly Theme

Orchids
2/24/14
Flowers

I believe this gives me a 25% for the month!

3/18/2014 10:03:02 AM

  Petite
2/20/2014
Staff Favorite

3/27/2014 3:42:06 PM

  My apologies ahead of time for offering these in a single batch, but sincere Congratulations to all of you who have received Finalist Badges (or in some cases many Finalists.) Good Luck in the next round.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=61472

3/28/2014 5:04:53 PM

  No staff favorites or finalists for me in Feb. I didn't enter any for March. Maybe I'll get one in before the 31st.

3/28/2014 9:35:15 PM

  One finalist for February, and I consider myself lucky for that one.

3/29/2014 6:06:52 AM

  Zilch for me for February, although I did end up with a fair number of EPs, which I'm happy with. This month I've got only 2 EPs out of 29 entries, though, so it's not looking good.

3/29/2014 4:31:51 PM

  Here is the link for the Feb. Finalists. Best of luck everybody !
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=61472

3/29/2014 6:32:51 PM

  Winners are out. Congratulations Carolyn F. and Ken for wining first place. I probably missed some. But congratulations to all winners. Wonderful images.

3/30/2014 5:48:12 AM

  A bridesmaid yet again for me. I haven 't won since a 1st in 2011. I know my photography has gotten much better, but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out....

Congratulations to all who made it to the winners circle this month!!!

3/30/2014 7:02:33 AM

  I received a 2nd also Nancy. Not sure what you are referring to when you "but I quit taking classes, so I've figured it out...." You you say they have preference to those that take classes or that to up your skills you need to take a class?

3/30/2014 7:18:33 AM

  Jackie, I have had nothing above a finalist since the 1st I took in 2011. I have taken 3 classes on BP since then, but found inspiration and skills just shooting everyday and learning from other photographers, and classes on other sites.BP makes more $$$ if you take classes, in addition to renewing galleries. I do not know what new improvements they are coming up with. You do need to take classes IF you think your photography needs to be better. I know many professionals and and really great non/professionals, that take classes all the time, on this site and elsewhere. After you take a class, you should go out and use the information you learned to make better compositions, read and re-read your camera's manual, look at great photographer's work everywhere. I follow a couple of former BP photographers, both professionals, who have had great success, and one of them has been shown Worldwide, and who's photographs hang in the Smithsonian. Send me an email and I will tell you more.

3/30/2014 8:50:19 AM

  I don't think Nancy Marie was trying to say this, but I really strongly believe that BP does not show and never has shown preference to members who take classes there when it comes to their contest.

3/30/2014 9:20:46 AM

  I agree with Nikki. I've never taken a class, here or anywhere else, but I have learned a ton of stuff on this site due to the willingness of members to share with those of us who can't afford classes. Thanks to all of you who help others.

3/30/2014 9:32:39 AM

  I agree with Nikki and Carolyn. I have never taken a class and had SF/finalist and winners. I feel classes has nothing to do with their decision on picking the finalist/winners. I have also learned so much from the other members, their photography and the BP articles and tips they put out on BP. I do own and have read everyone of their books they have published and they are filled with helpful tips and info. too.

3/30/2014 10:23:16 AM

  I can say without a shadow of a doubt that taking classes has nothing to do with winning the contests or I would have numerous gold instead of the three Finalists over five years. Judging is so subjective there's no way to figure it out. At this point, positive encouragement and comments and constructive criticism means more to me.

3/30/2014 12:08:16 PM

  I don't think classes have anything to do with the winners. All the winners I have seen are well deserved. My best shot(the one with the most praise and a gold winner) was taken in my back yard while testing a new lens. I didn't think it worthy of entering but I did not have a flower photo for the month. The trick is to figure out what the judges like but that is impossible. Keep clicking and don't give up.

3/30/2014 2:04:10 PM

  Nancy it just kind of worried me that you were thinking if the same image was entered by a member that takes classes and one that doesn't that the one would have a better chance. I'm glad you weren't thinking that.

I definitely don't think taking classes here helps or hinders your image chances of winning. I know they are great for learning and wish I could take some of them but they are priced to high for me.

3/30/2014 5:14:08 PM

Bob D. Hall
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  I just started back on 3/29 and I have eps for 29,30,31.
I see the reasons I left for are still here! I also see the sight is experiencing bandwidth problems that keep the photos from populating the page for several minutes.

4/5/2014 3:12:56 PM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  25 .  Judges
Now I know who the teachers are.

Who are the judges?

thank you for your time.

2/1/2014 11:51:29 AM

  This is a big secret hidden from members... I have no idea.

2/1/2014 1:18:16 PM

  Ghis is what BP has to say on the Judges:

"The contest is, of course, a huge undertaking for BP - for judges as well as for BP's technical and support staff! Thus, with thousands images submitted each day and month, we long ago decided not to go into great detail on the inner-workings of the judging process.

Here are three contest pages with more contest information:

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/guidelines.asp
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/categories.asp
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/captioning.asp"

UB.

2/1/2014 6:49:55 PM

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Marc A. Griffin

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  26 .  Submitting Photos for Class
I am not certain that the photos I uploaded today for a class assignment are in the proper place for my instructor to find. They are in my BetterPhoto gallery but I am not sure if this is correct.

1/22/2014 12:03:29 PM

  Hi Marc,
Thanks for the note. Actually, if you uploaded in your Member Center, that's not the correct place ... they must be uploaded directly into class -- Campus Square. And it's easy :) ... here's how:

Sign in at the upper right of BetterPhoto's home page.

That puts you in your Member Center.

Next, click on the My Courses link near the top of the far-left column. Then, when the next page displays, click on the course title link under the "Your Campus Squares" header. You'll then be in Campus Square!

Then, click on the Photos tab and when that page displays, click on the Upload New Photos link. Along with other uploading options (JPEGs are best), you'll be able to choose the particular assignment for uploading.

To make sure your photos were uploaded properly, just go into the Light Box (Photos area of Campus Square - far left column) ... that's where all submitted assignment photos are.

Have fun!

Kerry

1/22/2014 3:46:56 PM

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Beth W. DeBor
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  27 .  Difference Between EP and Staff Favorite
Can someone please explain the difference between EP and Staff Favorite and also, if you get an email that your image is a Staff Favorite does it get some sort of icon under it like the EP and others? Thanks.

1/21/2014 8:29:18 PM

  A Staff Favorite is a new category between EP and Finalist (all Finalists first get EPs and then become Staff Favorites, but not all EPs become Staff Favorites). If your image becomes a Staff Favorite, you'll get an e-mail. Also, the image gets a badge. If this image will get a Finalist badge, then the Staff Favorite badge will be removed.

1/22/2014 12:00:55 AM

  Very good explanation Tiia! :-)

1/22/2014 2:04:14 AM

Ken Smith
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  Beth, here's an example that hopefully puts the contest rounds into perspective. in the December EP thread, Jim Miotke said there were 6 rounds.

Assume 10,000 photos submitted to the contest.
Round 1. EPs. Assume 50%, so 5,000 EPs
Round 2. Internal BP elimination round. Assume another 50% cut, so down to 2500 images
Round 3. Staff Favs. Last month's SF percentage was 13%, so down to 1300 images
Round 4. Finalists. Last month's Finalist percentage was 9%, so down to 900 images
Round 5. Gold Medals. 110 images
Round 6. Grand Prize. 1 image

BP is very transparent in its contest rounds. With the exception of Round 2, we know how we're doing all along their process.

1/22/2014 3:48:46 AM

  Thank you so much Tila and Kim for the clarification. I missed Jim's explanation. If a photo gets to Finalist, the EP badge also gets removed, right?

1/22/2014 6:58:39 AM

Ken Smith
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  Correct. And if the finalist gets selected as a "gold" then the gold medal replaces silver finalist badge.

1/22/2014 7:18:03 AM

  After all these years, I finally get it. Now, if I could just figure how they make their decisions.

Can you also explain how the POTD gets picked or the photos that are featured in the newsletters or the photo groups that appear in the newsletters?

1/22/2014 7:22:23 AM

Ken Smith
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  Beth, POTD and newsletter photos are management decisions. I don't have any insights in this area.

1/22/2014 7:33:36 AM

  Ken's big picture is very helpful; however, you may also want to know that, except for the Winners or Gold Medal round, his percentages are very rough. I think that's what he's indicating when he says "assume".

There have been many finalist rounds that ended up at less than 5% or even 4% of the total entries. 9% is very high, imo.

Staff Favorites have only been awarded for a few months; it's much too early for us to have a sense of that.

I would guess EP percentages have fluctuated even more widely than Finalist percentages; they certainly have for individual members.

1/22/2014 3:06:07 PM

Ken Smith
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  Yes, I agree with Nikki. Seems like last few months finalist rate 9% or so. I think it was 11% several months ago, historical high since I've been on BP. And I think one month it dipped to 3% and you can imagine the forum chatter that month :-)

1/22/2014 4:25:05 PM

  Also, the POTDs are only chosen from EPs and images with higher medals than EP. I think they are chosen in advance for each date by the BP management.

UB.

1/22/2014 9:43:26 PM

  POTDs seem to be chosen from images with at least an EP. I have never seen a POTD without another accompanying badge: EP, Finalist, 2nd place Winner, 3rd place Winner, or Grand Prize. I personally have a couple of POTDs which did not go past EP so their two badges are EP and POTD.

1/23/2014 8:30:12 AM

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last matiya

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  28 .  How to Upload Photos
 
Which section do I go if I want to upload my photos.

1/18/2014 4:06:34 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Hello; You can upload photos directly in your Member Center, once you fully sign-in to BP with your Username and Password. You'll find the link to Member Center at the upper right of the page, once you're signed in. Then go to the link for "My Photos" on the left...

1/18/2014 5:53:38 AM

  If you don't have it in your gallery yet:
go to My Member Center,
click at My Photos,
click at Image Uploader,
select a file, add a title, description and contest category and check the box that you've read & agree to their terms and conditions; then, click at Submit Your Photo,
after that you should see a new page; check the box Display and click at Submit.

If you have it in your gallery:
go to My Member Center,
click at My Photos,
now you should see all photos you've uploaded before,
select a photo and click at Enter Into Contest,
now you should see this photo in much bigger format, select a contest category and click at submit.
NB! If you use this method, the photo will not appear on the 1st page of contest entries, but in the page it could have been if you'd entered it at the time you uploaded it to the gallery (e.g. 5 days ago).

1/18/2014 7:40:32 AM

James Miotke
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  Chris and Tiia, you are so awesome! I really appreciate you helping our new member out!

BTW, the image uploader has just been greatly improved. If anyone has been having a hard time, try it again and let us know how it goes.

More great things to come...

Thanks again - I am very grateful to have you on board.

Jim

1/18/2014 12:14:26 PM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  29 .  The instructor
Who teaches these courses? What is this persons back ground and where did they study photography?

Please share some true positive news.

1/16/2014 2:30:39 AM

  If you go to the pull down menu for interactive courses, there is a tab for pro instructors. If you click on a photo, it takes you to their bio/gallery and you can get a pretty good idea of what they shoot and see if their course would be right for you.

1/16/2014 4:52:34 AM

Ken Smith
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  To piggy back on Carolyn's reply, here's the course catalog:

http://www.betterphoto.com/online-photography-courses-all.asp

Feel free to contact the instructor directly for questions on the course, experience, etc. It doesn't have to be a mystery.

Although I've not taken a BP course, I've heard positive comments about them.

1/16/2014 9:12:33 AM

  MaryAnne,

There are currently 23 instructors with Betterphoto, and you can see the list here:

http://www.betterphoto.com/photography-classes-instructors.asp

Each will have a bio. I believe all of us have been with BP for several years, at least! All are experts in the field, though experience and specializations vary widely. The courses should mostly have reviews from other students -- unless the course is new.

I'd be glad to answer any questions about the two courses I teach now. I hope to have a few more in the coming months!

Richard

1/17/2014 1:05:54 AM

  Thank you all for taking the time to give me positive information! I am very thankful.

I am so glad to hear that there are qualified teachers available and that I may see their bios. I had no idea who was teaching the courses. I teach and wanted to make sure that the courses were taught by someone who is very professional and has a lot of experience.

Thank you for taking the time to enlighten me. I appreciate your time and energy.

many blessings and happy photographing.

1/20/2014 1:59:04 AM

  Glad you feel at ease, MaryAnne.

By the way, Jim also is a big fan of the Green Drink too.

UB.

1/20/2014 2:25:12 AM

  MaryAnne,

I think Jim's expertise is a bit understated!! And formal training in a subject never substitutes for real experience. For example, I have a Master of Fine Arts... in Fiction Writing! I can count the dollars I made writing fiction. On the other hand, I am probably one of the most experienced Photoshop experts on the planet. At the time I started learning PS there were no books on the subject, let alone classes or formal training. I've written 9 books on the topic, taught formally in college classrooms, have been a consultant, a columnist and actually added features to the Photoshop program... Ansel Adams actually trained in ... classical music, not photography. Safe to say "training" is not always the best gage of qualifications. The instructors here have vast knowledge. When I came here with 25 years of experience, I learned from the instructors I talked to by sharing experience. I am excited about my piers, and I think you will be too.

Just to say: My best college instructors... did not have a PhD. Words they said 20+ years ago resonate in my head at times I least expect it. and they may be words about writing fiction that apply to photography, or words about how to stage a play, or how to cook a roast... Real teachers make you understand, and grow... not develop under their light.

Richard

1/20/2014 2:37:31 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  You forgot your days with Cream and your sets with Steve Winwood at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Jim wrote 5 books on women?

1/20/2014 2:38:00 PM

  Honestly, I think I'm better looking than Clapton.

I don't know about Jim writing about women... but here is a list of his photography books on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Miotke/e/B001IOH9X8/newwriting/

1/20/2014 11:47:27 PM

  thank you for taking the time to respond.

I look forward to seeing your photos Richard L. Perhaps leaving out one's last name is a good idea.

blessings to all.

1/21/2014 3:19:31 AM

  One more thing........

Richard L is what I saw when I scrolled up on the response page - I did not realize you published your whole name. I am new and have not explored all areas of BP. Now I see my last name as "B".

Richard I love your photo "Tritone Parsnip". Wonderful. Good eye!

Blessings.

1/21/2014 3:27:51 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  PS---The author Jim Miotke for the books "about women", is a different Jim Miotke than the one who operates Betterphoto. You can read the two different author biographies at Amazon.com.

About the Author (Not BP Jim)
Jim is retired career military who: traveled world-wide; Celestial navigator; Mater rifle and pistol shot; lived overseas ten years and six years at sea. Learned Greek to ask for wife's hand, which he's been holding for forty years. Also learned German.

1/21/2014 3:56:13 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Secret Agent Jim Miotke. Learned Greek just to ask a woman to marry him? That's just four words.
Understanding exposure from all those spy photos.

1/21/2014 7:30:50 AM

  Yes, if you just look up Richard Lynch, you'll find that I am dead several times over and used to act in horror films having been terribly burned and scarred at one point. I'm just the Richard Lynch part that writes the Photoshop books, and some off-the-wall prose.

I learned a lot the day I shot that Parsnip. I shot it for about 4 hours playing with vintage lenses on my digital camera. I was in a Edward Weston moment... The tri-toning is my own very monotonous process using the very misunderstood Multichannel mode in Photoshop.

I'm not hiding my name!

Richard Lynch

1/21/2014 8:37:39 AM

  Darn! I was hoping he wrote those books and this one ... http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adultery-jim-miotke/1007666261?ean=9781599264288

Seems Jim 2 is very different than Jim 1. but it seems they both are not one trick ponies either...like myself.

I manage a stock portfolio and an art portfolio.

I am sorry to hear about your multi-deaths Richard L. You look great for a dead guy!!

If you look me up (under images). I am a beauty queen from the USA with big Farah Fawcett hair. It seems I won some contest and women flocked around me and started crying. NOT my scene.

My best photo instructor, is my girlfriend's 26 year daughter with Down's Syndrom. She speaks 8 lanuages but has no college or University training.


cheers

1/21/2014 10:01:19 AM

  ps.
I have been a Stock Trader for 30 years. With no traing what so ever. I have not even read a book about it. Maybe that is why I do so well.
:)

1/21/2014 10:14:59 AM

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Jill Odice
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  30 .  January 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists
Please limit your posts to your images which have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in January 2014...Other topics can be started in their own thread.Thanks and best of luck in this new year!

1/15/2014 11:07:35 AM

 
 
  *****************
*****************
 
 
I will start things off with my entry :-)
1/2/2014 Dark Clouds in the Mojave. MT category is Weather.

1/15/2014 11:09:27 AM

  1/1..Didn't Post
1/2..Macro.. Web 20131022-4
1/3..CatchAll..Frosty Web And Fencepost
1/4..Macro.. Lower The Drawbridge

1/15/2014 2:23:02 PM

  Tag :)

1/17/2014 5:26:09 PM

  Glomming on to this thread ... :)

1/18/2014 9:06:04 PM

  1/5..EOD..A Colorful Dewdrop

1/20/2014 3:23:09 PM

 
 
  Holly Berries
Holly Berries
My holly bushes are laden with an absolutely amazing amount of berries.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/4 Details & Macro

1/20/2014 5:53:31 PM

  Jan 4 - Into Myst - Monthly Theme
Jan 5 - Togetherness is beautiful - Details & Macro

And no EPs for Jan 2 and 3.

UB.

1/20/2014 7:40:08 PM

  entries every day; EP’s on Jan. 1 (Animals) and 4 (D&M)
Urban Exploration
Three Boards and a Hinge

1/20/2014 9:11:53 PM

  Entered Jan 1 thru Jan 6. No EPs for any of them.

1/21/2014 2:09:28 PM

  tag

1/21/2014 2:59:24 PM

  Entries every day from Jan 1 - 18; EPs on Jan1,2,3 and 4 so far.

1/21/2014 8:09:52 PM

  Close to My Heart
1/6/2014
Animals (Flash):-)

1/22/2014 2:10:21 AM

  1/6..Theme..Ominous

1/22/2014 2:33:43 AM

  TAG....

jo ann c.

1/22/2014 7:47:53 AM

  1/1-could not post
1/2-Ancient Sculptures
1/3-Multnomah Morning Colors

1/22/2014 10:50:10 AM

  Great photos, everyone. Just waiting until BP gets to the days I posted.

1/22/2014 1:54:33 PM

 
 
 
1/5-Winter Blues

1/22/2014 2:56:42 PM

  1/5-Large Stone Carving (Travel & Place)

1/22/2014 8:29:33 PM

  1/7..EOD..Website

1/23/2014 8:07:10 AM

  Does anyone know what day the evaluations are up to and are they doing all categories? Thank you!

1/23/2014 1:03:39 PM

Ken Smith
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  Kalena, I got an EP on the 7th, in Catch-all. But I don't know if they've done all the categories for the 7th. You could go to the "Recent Contest Entries" page and just scroll thru each category and look for yourself...it's tedious, though.

If you see some people start getting them on the 8th, then it's probably a safe bet that BP is thru with the 7th. However, this is not a hard/fast rule because many people reported EPs a few days ago for early December, long after BP had done their initial pass through.

1/23/2014 2:06:05 PM

 
 
  Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
this chimp was playing peek-a-boo with us at chimphaven in louisiana
 
 
so far the only one

1/23/2014 3:27:49 PM

  I have one January 2nd:

"TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY'S OVER"

jo ann c.

1/23/2014 3:32:13 PM

  Thank you, Ken. :-)

1/23/2014 3:45:41 PM

  Jan 6 - Alone under Shard - DD
Jan 7 - FLASH - People

UB.

1/23/2014 6:11:16 PM

  1/8..Catch All..Dewdrops And A Really Small Fly

1/24/2014 3:50:54 PM

  The Bride
1/8/14
Digital Darkroom

1/24/2014 7:10:27 PM

  01/08 Upside Down

1/25/2014 4:19:19 AM

  1/9..MT..Autumn Rain

1/25/2014 5:35:55 AM

  1/9-Feather River Wilderness

1/26/2014 4:57:41 AM

  1/10 Isobel In Window Light

1/26/2014 5:17:07 AM

Lola M.
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  Looming Large
Looming Large
 
 
1/4 Details and Macro

1/9 Animals
All Alone

1/26/2014 12:41:59 PM

  I seem to have such problems today uploading this morning took so many attempts. Now commenting has error messages.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Thanks,
M

1/26/2014 4:18:05 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Role Model
Role Model

Finalist - Flowers - January 2014

Pink and yellow carnation and bud, with selective focus on the bud.
Afternoon window light. Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/11 Flowers

1/26/2014 5:16:11 PM

  1/10..Skipped
1/11..Catch All..Drop On Grass 4
1/12..N/L..Dropping In

1/26/2014 6:01:06 PM

  Marilyn, I, too, had problems getting on BP. It would "time out" and then I would have to sign in again. I gave up after 3x.

1/26/2014 7:37:05 PM

  Jan 8 - Skipped
Jan 9 - Skipped
Jan 10 - Three Circle - EoD
Jan 11 - EMPEROR - DD

UB.

1/26/2014 9:03:38 PM

  I now have 4 EP'S for January...

jo ann c.

1/27/2014 9:08:21 AM

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  Going Down
Going Down
 
 
1/11 Details and Macro

1/27/2014 4:38:24 PM

  My last one was on the 10th. Gonna be a little sad if the 11th was skipped . . .
Tops

1/29/2014 2:03:05 PM

  Wow, guess things are running a bit behind for January.

1/30/2014 3:42:09 PM

Lola M.
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  Uphill Climb
Uphill Climb
 
 
1/12 Details and Macro

1/31/2014 7:58:35 AM

Lola M.
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  A Butterfly
A Butterfly
 
 
1/13 Details and Macro

2/3/2014 4:39:13 PM

  1/13..Catch All..A Not So Still Life
1/14..Macro..Dripping With Dew

2/3/2014 4:46:57 PM

 
 
  First Light
First Light
Taken in January 2013, processed for the first time January 2014.
 
 
First Light-1/14

2/3/2014 6:11:15 PM

  Jan 12 - The way to her Heart - Catch-All (No EP)
Jan 13 - Boating into the Night - Digital Darkroom (No EP)
Jan 14 - Window to the Past - Travel & Place

2/3/2014 7:39:21 PM

  Looks like there is some movement !

2/3/2014 8:55:47 PM

  Did anyone start the February EFP thread yet? What is the new url id#?

2/4/2014 9:28:51 AM

  I don't see one for February yet.
This just came in..
1/15..EOD..Reflections In Webs

2/4/2014 9:43:20 AM

 
 
  Winter Brush
Winter Brush

Stark dry winter brush with windblown seeds and soft muted colors. Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/14 Monthly Theme (Weather)

2/4/2014 10:25:04 AM

Lola M.
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  Eye of the Butterfly
Eye of the Butterfly
 
 
1/16 Details and Macro

2/4/2014 12:31:33 PM

  1/16..Macro..Artwork From The Pasture

2/4/2014 12:49:52 PM

  This was on last month, thought I would just copy and past it from Jim.

Jim Miotke
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc. Yes, the Staff Favorites, Finalists, and Winners all came out on the last day of the month. Our intention is to improve the timing of the contest this month. Keep an eye out for great changes and more timely feedback for you.

2/4/2014 7:37:20 AM

2/4/2014 1:30:00 PM

 
 
  Ice, Snow, And Freezing Fog
Ice, Snow, And Freezing Fog
Category: Weather-Monthly Theme
 
 
1/13/14-Ice, Snow, and Freezing Fog-MT

2/4/2014 3:13:01 PM

  1/17.. Catch All..Chandeliers Courtesy Of Mother Nature
1/18..MT..Frosty Berries

2/4/2014 5:16:59 PM

  I never realized how important an EP was to me. Nothing... :( wow... Maybe they can't see my pics? :) Happy day to all. Lots of snow here in the Northeast.

2/5/2014 6:06:54 AM

  Betty Ann, I know the feeling. I stopped entering for a while and tried again the last week or so of January but nothing. I know it shouldn't make a difference but it does offer encouragement. A POTD would also be encouraging. I'll give it to the end of Feb. then I'm done. I'm in MA and the snow looks like it's getting lighter now.

2/5/2014 8:56:38 AM

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  Hi Beth. You mentioned you started entering again the last week of January. Based on this EP thread, I think they're only up to Jan 18th. If you entered new photos after Jan 18th, then you may still get an EP or EPs.

2/5/2014 9:53:56 AM

  Thanks, Ken. I'll check back in a day or two.

2/5/2014 10:14:07 AM

  1/19..EOD..Finely Crafted

2/5/2014 3:52:03 PM

  1/20..Macro..Carnival Of Color

2/5/2014 5:22:11 PM

 
 
 
1/18 Details & Macro

2/5/2014 5:41:22 PM

 
 
 
1/15 - Leaf

2/5/2014 6:47:40 PM

  Did not enter on Jan 18.

Jan 15 - Circles and Lines - EoD
Jan 19 - Ranunculus in Oil - CA
Jan 20 - BEDEWELLED III - Flowers

UB.

2/5/2014 8:34:36 PM

 
 
 
Got one for the 20th....that's it for the month... :-)

2/5/2014 8:45:25 PM

 
 
  Heavenward
Heavenward
iso 1250, 400mm (Canon 100-400L), f/5.6, 1/250, handheld..... Yesterday morning at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville WA
 
 
~

2/5/2014 8:47:10 PM

  15, 18, 23, and 26th, and two with no date : Under Ice, and Covered Bridge- final .

Typing this on my iPhone in bed too early in the morning ;)

Sure hope they are on a roll and not stopping yet !

2/6/2014 6:08:14 AM

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  It Panes me 20
It Panes me 20
 
  Trexler Overlook Sunset 21
Trexler Overlook Sunset 21
 
 
Wow! I just got an EFP for the 21st! BP seems to be on the ball! Thanks BP!

2/6/2014 6:09:53 AM

Ken Smith
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  They are moving fast. I got quite a few EPs over night, with the last one on the 25th.

On the December EP thread, Jim Miotke said that BP was going to improve the timing for the contest. Who knows, maybe we'll see Staff Favs by the middle of the month with Finalists by the 21st..a return to yesterday. :-)

2/6/2014 6:23:47 AM

  1/21..MT..Did Ya Ever Wonder?
1/22..Macro..Klingons
1/23..Macro..Beautifully Wrapped
1/24..Macro..Droplets With Bokeh
1/25..MT..Weather
1/26..Macro..Splendor In The Grass
Yikes! These were all from today. They are on fire back there...and it's snowing here. Miracles do happen.

2/6/2014 6:26:25 AM

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  Carolyn, BP never sleeps. :-)

2/6/2014 6:45:40 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Succulent in Black & White II
Succulent in Black & White II

Second Place - Catch-All - January 2014

Sedum plant, taken on my patio.
Black & white conversion and minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
1/21 Catch-all (I think ...)

2/6/2014 6:56:23 AM

 
 
 
Last Feb. I received an EP for this image for Travel & Place and I resubmitted it last week for January's MT after I had done some adjustments on it in Topaz Detail which I thought improved it and made it look more like what I saw when taking it. It got overlooked this time. Go figure? Any comments are appreciated.

2/6/2014 7:49:08 AM

  I like the second version a lot better. Go figure. Maybe it was the monitor this particular judge was using. All monitors show it different.

2/6/2014 7:59:52 AM

 
 
  Jackson, NH Covered Bridge
Jackson, NH Covered Bridge
Feb. 2013; Travel & Place
 
  Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
 
 
For some reason the photos didn't upload into this thread. I'll try again.

2/6/2014 8:03:50 AM

  Jan 21, 22 and 24 got skipped.

Jan 23 - Tower Bridge - Catch All
Jan 25 - A Winter's Morn - Monthly Theme
Jan 26 - Multi-Colors - EoD

UB.

2/6/2014 8:18:18 AM

  Wow, just got another one!!

Jan 27 - Back Alley - Catch All

UB.

2/6/2014 8:26:08 AM

  1/27..MT..Stormy Weather Coming Soon
1/28..Macro..String Of Beads
1/29..MT..The Weather Is Weird
1/30..SKIPPED
1/31..Flowers..Seedy

2/6/2014 9:38:19 AM

  Should we start a Feb. thread?

2/6/2014 11:22:05 AM

 
 
  Isn't it Grand
Isn't it Grand
People: January 28, 2014
 
 
I think I entered 4 in January. This one got an EP. Waiting to see if they are through with 1/31 yet...

1/28 People

2/6/2014 12:22:06 PM

  Held steady at 16%...

A Little Remaining Light

2/6/2014 12:38:18 PM

  St. Edwards Catholic Church
1/30/14
Catch-All

2/6/2014 12:45:53 PM

 
 
 
1-25 Winter "Paws"
1-27 Tree Gift

Kind of surprised that these two got an EP but not others. Oh well...happy for this! :)

2/6/2014 1:47:15 PM

  1-25 Winter "Paws"
1-27 Tree Gift

Kind of surprised that these two got an EP but not others. Oh well...happy for this! :)

2/6/2014 1:47:41 PM

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  I just got an EP for Feb 1st. They aren't slowing down.

2/6/2014 1:54:50 PM

  Patricia, I like the second one better, too. I wish I knew what they liked about the first one that they didn't like in the second one.

2/6/2014 2:00:18 PM

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  Orange Bench
Orange Bench
 
 
1/24 Catch All

1/27 Nature and Landscapes
Smooth Flow

1/30 Nature and Landscapes
Winter Calm

2/6/2014 2:28:33 PM

  1/28-At Dawn's Early Light

2/6/2014 3:58:42 PM

  I also got a couple for February..1st and 3rd. Skipped the 2nd.

2/6/2014 4:00:45 PM

  16 out of 20 for January. That's 80% for the best month in a long, long time.

2/6/2014 4:50:45 PM

  Jill had mentioned to Joannie and me that it was easy to start the new Month's thread for the EPs, Finalists, Winners, and Judges' Favorites.

As February is already seeing some EPs, there are going to be requests to start it immediately. I've decided not to do it. Hopefully, this won't be construed as a negative and removed. It's just a heads up that someone else needs to step up to the plate.

2/6/2014 5:55:11 PM

  I'll give it a shot for Feb. but can't guarantee I'll continue.

2/6/2014 6:40:07 PM

  Did not enter on Jan 30. Skipped for Jan 29 and 31. Got one for Jan 28. Overall, 16 out of 29 got EPs, almost 50% success rate.

Jan 28 - TULIP - Flowers

UB.

2/6/2014 7:38:16 PM

  I had entered 9 and got 5 EP's.

2/6/2014 8:16:55 PM

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  14 out of 27 for me. It was better last month.

2/7/2014 6:51:22 AM

  11 EPs for January-better than last month!

2/7/2014 7:32:15 AM

  January was another light month for me ... only six entries. But five got EPs, so I'm happy with that. :)

2/7/2014 10:05:42 AM

  Beth started the February EP thread. Here's the link:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36087

2/7/2014 10:11:15 AM

  I think I had entered five and got three. None in Feb. yet.

2/9/2014 8:20:26 AM

  It appears they have gone back and added things for January EPs that previously were skipped. Four additional suddenly for me, although my favorite still lacks one.

2/15/2014 9:12:09 AM

  Well that makes for more EP's! Yayyyyy!
I now have 9!

1-2 Turn out the Lights, the Party is Over
1-9 Mabry Mills
1-11 Juice Any One?
1-18 Let the Sunshine In
1-20 A Rose
1-22 Pretty as a picture
1-24 Deer Crossing
1-27 Fractalius Macro
1-29 Rain, Rain Go Away

2/15/2014 9:45:38 AM

  I just discovered the same thing, Mitch. I had one for the 6th (which was my final entry.) Now, all but one of the six entries have an EP. I haven't taken any pictures since Christmas.

Catch-All:
01/01 - Night Fall

Nature & Landscapes:
01/02 - Lakeside Tree

Nature & Landscapes:
01/03 - Lakeside Five

Catch-All:
01/05 - Approaching Night

01/06 - A Little Remaining Light

2/15/2014 10:22:19 AM

  Oops. Error - No EP on 01/05, and the one on the 6th is a Catch-All.

2/15/2014 10:26:36 AM

  Thanks Mitch for pointer. I received a couple more EPs and one was a favorite, so extra happy!!!

UB.

2/15/2014 11:22:06 AM

  Got another for January!

1-17 Ferris Wheel

Sooo, that's ten EP's for January, never thought I would be so happy to get EP's! :-) Used be those would always be finalist, boy, did that ever change! lol

jo ann c.

2/15/2014 3:15:48 PM

  Picked up two more for a total of 13 EPs for January- mor than I thought I'd get!

2/15/2014 5:20:48 PM

  Their timing is improving quite a bit. Now, if only they'd stop jumping around. Once, they skipped my first five entries and gave an EP for 01/06 - I figured that was it, and didn't return. Checking back all the time is pretty depressing. At least, I did check after receiving an email notification about a comment on one of mine. It had an EP that wasn't there before. That's when I found the new EPs for three of the five ones that were skipped earlier.

2/15/2014 5:53:33 PM

  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=60991&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

2/26/2014 9:16:20 AM

  ooops,
January 2014 contest Finalists link:


http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=60991&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

2/26/2014 9:17:29 AM

  Out of 13 EPs, I got one Finalist-I guess that is better than nothing!

2/26/2014 10:05:01 AM

  11 Finalist, and 2 Staff Favorites...

The 2 Staff Favorites turned into finalist!

Yayyyyy!

If you want to see them,go to my gallery and they are right up front!

Thanks for the comments already..

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:42:13 AM

  DUHHHHH, NOT 11 finalist, 11 EFP'S! Now that was dummmmbbb joann! :-(

But I did get the two finalist...

jo ann c.

2/26/2014 10:46:42 AM

  I just thought those were Roman numerals, Jo Ann LOL

2/26/2014 10:59:40 AM

  Out of my 19 EPs, three went on to become SFs and 2 progressed further to Finalists. I am just hoping its not the end of it, lol!!!

UB.

2/26/2014 8:28:39 PM

  Can someone explain to me when the monthly contest winners are posted usually. Is there a certain time each month?

3/24/2014 7:40:52 AM

  No.
and
Nope.
We can give you very general parameters - through the years the finalists have been posted as early as mid-month (even earlier, once, I think) and as late as a day or so into the next month. More recently, they are quite late in the month but by the end of the month. But you can be assured that they will be selected and posted :)

3/24/2014 7:50:15 AM

  Thanks Nikki, I have not seen a pattern to many things over the past months.

3/24/2014 8:08:15 AM

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