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Ken Smith
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  31 .  Countdown to February Contest Results
Hello Everyone! It's the 15th of March and time to share our favorite contest image(s) from February. 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!

Going off memory, I think February had nearly 6,800 images which is more than January, even with only 28 days. So, that’s a good thing…more photos. But we are nearly halfway thru March, and the rate is lower than in Feb.

BP has already gone thru the Feb EPs, and they may take another pass before they announce Staff Favs. And hopefully this month, we’ll see Staff Favs by March 21st.

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

3/15/2014 5:46:02 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.

3/15/2014 5:47:42 AM

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
 
Portal
Portal
From the traveling "Architects of Air" exhibit that was in Omaha, NE for a couple of weeks. There are many tunnels and domes inside, with lots of hues and colors. The sunlight bounces around, giving it a surreal feeling. across the curved walls.

F7, 1/125th sec, ISO 3200, 19mm focal length

 
 
Here's my fav...

3/15/2014 5:49:07 AM

 
 
  Added Beauty
Added Beauty
 
 
I'm picking this one, as much of a fave as any of them, I guess.

3/15/2014 7:30:46 AM

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  Hi Carolyn, you get the prize for being the first to join! :-) You've really excelled with your macros and this one is no exception. I hope we see the SF emblem on it shortly!

3/15/2014 9:16:49 AM

 
 
  Low Tech
Low Tech

Staff Favorite - Digital Darkroom - February 2014

Antique Royal typewriter, shot in morning window light.
This is a teaching typewriter; the keys have caps (a few of which are missing), so that
when removed, the student must learn what the keys are and type by touch.
Textures by Shadowhouse and Flypaper, black and white conversion and other adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
Hi, Ken! Thanks for hosting the thread again!

My fave for February ... Digital Darkroom.

3/15/2014 9:54:24 AM

  Tag - already entered today, so will have to pick a favorite tomorrow.

3/15/2014 9:55:21 AM

 
 
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Yellow
Yellow
Selective application of Oil Paint filter in PS CS6 and other adjustments in NIK Color EFX.
 
 
My favorite of the month did not even get an EP :(So, I am picking the next in line which did get an EP.

Good luck to us all ;-)

UB.

3/15/2014 11:51:48 AM

 
 
  The Red Suit
The Red Suit
Submitted for the PG 101 RED theme.
I spotted this handsomely dressed gentleman coming out of a shop in our Old Market area and couldn't resist asking him whether I could take his photograph. As you can see, he obliged. Such a very nice person! And yes, even his shoes were red :)
Resubmitted May 29, 2014
Category: People
 
 
My favorite is from the 15th, so I don't know whether it will make the first cut or not - but I do like it a lot so here we go.

Thanks for getting us off to another good start, Ken. Good luck, all.

3/15/2014 12:25:45 PM

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  Welcome Peggy, Michelle, Usman, and Nikki!

Peggy, I'm so glad I took a typing class in high-school. It's such a skill to have, versus keyboarding with one finger on each hand. Very nice tones on your photo.

Usman, a mesmerizing photo. And I've used the oil paint filter too; it's pretty cool. After this cold winter, I'm ready for a little sun and your flower is step 1!

Nikki, a fantastic portrait. I sure hope we see this one again. And what a beautiful day it was today in Omaha..but all things end as the cold front just went thru and a chance of snow/rain tonight. Lovely!

3/15/2014 2:13:51 PM

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Vacant Niches
Vacant Niches
A beautiful, cloudless February afternoon cast strong, late sun on the west facade of the cathedral; the empty statuary niches of the main portal always grab my eye, with strong clean lines in the absence of traditional standing gothic figures that may one day occupy them.
2/14 Finalist - EOD
 
 
Another lite month for me---7 entries. But I really like this one! Good kuck to everyone!

3/15/2014 8:11:25 PM

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  Hey Chris, welcome aboard. What a super shot...nice lighting and strong patterns. And it's not how many you enter; it's the quality of the ones entered. I hope we see this one again!

3/15/2014 8:29:47 PM

 
 
  Forum image
Forum image
 
 
Cape Cod Dawn is my favorite image for Feb 2014. I got an EP so that is the first step :-)

3/16/2014 9:30:18 AM

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  Hey Jill, welcome aboard! :-) I've never been to Cape Cod but I remember a lot of great photos from your gallery, plus this one's pretty special too. Love the lighting on this. Good luck in the next round!!

3/16/2014 1:29:44 PM

 
 
 
Here's my Feb fave. Good luck to all!

3/17/2014 8:04:07 AM

 
 
  Downtime
Downtime
A woman relaxing at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

f/5.6, 1/320, ISO400, 163mm (equiv)

** People **

 
 
Hmm, not sure why the image didn't attach...trying again.

3/17/2014 8:05:05 AM

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  Hi Martha, thanks for joining our group. And after my busy work morning, I can certainly relate to the lady in the photo...relaxation! Good luck in the next round; fingers crossed!

3/17/2014 8:15:36 AM

 
 
  vogue
vogue
I love orangutans
 
 
this is my fave but I dont think it will be the one to go on to the second round if I get one. but it is my favorite

3/17/2014 2:01:48 PM

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  Hey Tony, welcome to the fun! And we're all about your fav here, regardless if it goes to the next round. But I have high hopes for your photo; I like the full frame look and the tilt in the comp. Time will tell on your fav! :-)

3/17/2014 5:22:37 PM

 
 
 
Here's my fave from February. Good luck everyone!

3/18/2014 1:44:57 AM

 
 
  Flying Colors
Flying Colors
 
 
Let me try again to get my fave uploaded....

3/18/2014 1:50:30 AM

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  Hi Dayna, what a super shot you have here. Very creative (hopefully you saved a few for this month's theme) and I like how you've tilted the perspective. I've never attempted water drop shots. You did great!

3/18/2014 3:45:56 AM

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  I just noticed on the February EP forum that folks are getting new EPs, including me. So, double-check your shots and you may have more photos in the running!

3/18/2014 3:51:53 AM

  Picked up a couple more EP's for Feb. too. Hope everyone did.

3/18/2014 9:29:06 AM

 
 
  Bow Bridge Crossing
Bow Bridge Crossing
*Catch-All*
 
 
Here's my fave for the month

3/20/2014 9:58:03 AM

Ken Smith
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  Hi Jessica, welcome to March Madness...oh wait, that's basketball...never mind. :-)

What a beautiful photo. I've always admired your DD effects; no exception here. Good luck in the next round and hopefully we'll see Staff Favs this weekend!

3/20/2014 1:29:27 PM

 
 
  Colorful
Colorful
For Monthly Theme Feb. 2014 - Colorful
 
 
Finally remembering to share a pic before I enter for the day! Good luck everyone!

3/20/2014 3:57:09 PM

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  Hi Michelle, welcome aboard! Your photo jumps right off my monitor. Very beautiful...and super details. It should be printed and hanging on the wall, at your local botanical gardens!

3/20/2014 8:24:10 PM

  Lovely work everyone. Can't wait to see the SFs come out this weekend, Ken.

UB.

3/20/2014 9:20:31 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Love your optimism, Usman ;) Hopefully we'll see them by Wed.?

3/24/2014 12:37:43 PM

Ken Smith
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  Chris, Usman was optimistic about my weekend optimism. Thankfully we didn't take any bets that Staff Favs would be released this weekend. So, maybe we should bet on Wednesday? :-)

Last month, Staff Favs were announced on the 23rd, or 5 days before the end of the month. If they announce on Wednesday (based on Chris' optimism), then that's 5 days before the end of March. So, Wednesday it is! :-)

3/24/2014 4:45:57 PM

  Being on a diet makes the wait for the SFs a bit harder since I am not eating anything with manufactured sugar in it. I guess now fruits and honey are the only other sweet options left for me, which isn't that bad either!!!

And I would love and welcome SFs coming out even earlier than Wednesday ;-)

UB.

3/24/2014 10:31:04 PM

 
 
  Father Time - Time Series
Father Time - Time Series
Weights for the chimes and time on my grandfather clock. Nikon D7000 24-85mm lens and PP in LR5.

2/7/2014

 
 
Hey, everyone! Here's one of my fab's for February!

3/25/2014 6:36:09 PM

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  Hi Kalena, you made it to the party in the nick of time, I think. :-) What a cool photo...very striking the colors and the design. I hope we see this one again!

3/25/2014 8:01:29 PM

  Staff Favorites are out!

Two for me, yipee!

Digital Darkroom Low Tech

Flowers Intimacy

3/26/2014 5:40:12 PM

  13 SFs for me. There is a God!

3/26/2014 5:54:35 PM

  Holy Toledo, Carolyn. WTG!! Four for me but not my favorite.

3/26/2014 5:59:07 PM

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  Fingers crossed for everyone going into the next round... Not to jinx it, but my favorite choice, above, is officially in the running!

3/26/2014 6:04:32 PM

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  Two for me.
WOW - 13 Carolyn!!!
Good Luck Everyone

3/26/2014 6:30:22 PM

  Got 6 this time. CONGRATZ to all SFs and good luck in the next rounds.

UB.

3/26/2014 6:46:05 PM

  Carolyn, you're on fire!!!
Congrats to all and best of luck going forward!

3/26/2014 7:08:53 PM

  Thanks all. I'll take all I can get. And much appreciated!

3/26/2014 7:12:13 PM

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  Hey guys, congrats to Peggy, Usman, Chris B, and Carolyn as your Favs made Staff Fav!! Fingers crossed for the Finalist round.

BP handed out 13% rate for Staff Favs, and I'm thinking they'll knock it down to 7 or 8% for finalists. So, good luck to everyone!

3/26/2014 7:30:40 PM

  And CONGRATZ and good luck to you too Ken on getting a SF on your pick above.

UB.

3/26/2014 8:30:27 PM

  Yep, what Usman said ... :)

3/26/2014 8:53:35 PM

 
 
  Dark Eyed Junco - N&L - 2/14/14
Dark Eyed Junco - N&L - 2/14/14
 
 
I had stopped checking by early March and haven't submitted an entry since the end of Feb. and when I checked today I had three Eps that weren't there when I last checked. A surprise but not terribly exciting since I've never gotten beyond three Finalists. My favorite for Feb. is the "dark-eyed" junco.

Good luck everyone.

3/26/2014 9:26:20 PM

  I entered three in February, had three EP's and now one staff favorite. Not the fave I uploaded here but I'll take it! lol
Good luck to everybody in the next round!

3/27/2014 3:27:02 AM

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  Thanks Usman and Peggy. :-)

Beth, for the last couple of months, BP has made another pass-thru on the photos and handed out more EPs. So, never be discouraged if the first pass-thru skips some photos.

I like your Junco photo. It's amazing that birds can handle snow and bitterly cold. We've had wind chills -30F and doesn't seem to impact them at all.

3/27/2014 3:42:49 AM

  Congrats everyone, and good luck in the next round!


Has anyone seen a link that shows all the SFs, like the one that was shared last month?

3/27/2014 7:20:57 AM

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  Martha, last month BP supplied the SF link. That was the first time they publically posted it. Perhaps they will publicize it this month, and/or permanently include on contest page, with links for Finalists and Winners.

3/27/2014 8:39:36 AM

  Finalists are out!
Congrats to all!

One for me ... Flowers Intimacy

3/28/2014 1:36:32 PM

  Congrats to Ken, I think he got about 15! (nobody likes a show off) LOL..
I got 7 and am happy as can be.

3/28/2014 1:41:51 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to the Finalists! With only 7 entries in February, I was thrilled to receive 2 Finalists, including my "favorite choice" in this thread!
Best of luck in the Winner's round!

3/28/2014 1:55:45 PM

Ken Smith
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  Hi everyone, congrats to those that got finalists! The selection rate was 9%, as compared to 6% last month.

And Carolyn, no I definitely didn't get 15 finalists. And your 7 finalists are certainly a good show, even if you aren't showing off either. :-)

And for those that participated in our Countdown thread but didn't get a finalist, I hope next month will be better. We are all gifted in our photography.

3/28/2014 3:07:38 PM

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  Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day in March, so if you're in the habit of copying your contest submissions, don't forget.

And April 1st marks the transition from Catch All to Man Made. Per Jim's comments on the "Man Made" forum topic, the category includes Architecture,
Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles), and Industry.

Finally, next month's theme is "Back to Basics."

Good luck in April and we'll reconvene April 15th (American tax day) for the March countdown.

3/30/2014 4:38:24 PM

  CONGRATZ to All the Winners and to Ken for his First Place Gold which was picked in the thread too!!

I am at a loss interpreting "Back to Basics" for April's Monthly Theme, would love to hear from other members on their thoughts on the same.

UB.

3/30/2014 11:01:46 PM

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  Usman, like most BP themes, it's open to our interpretation. Here's a quick google search for "Back to Basics."

1. Stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles: The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated.

2. Emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.

3/31/2014 3:40:01 AM

  Thanks Ken, but I am afraid trying to figure out subject/(s) that would be a good fit for this theme still eludes me.
Maybe it will be one of the months when I won't enter any in MT!!!

UB.

3/31/2014 4:23:11 AM

  I'm also having trouble thinking up something that will work for this theme.
I'm probably going to skip it this month, too. So don't feel alone, Usman!

3/31/2014 5:21:18 AM

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  Thanks for the reminders, Ken, and for the thread itself!

Congratulations to all the gold winners, and best of luck to everyone in March's contest... seeya back in the Countdown in a few weeks...!

3/31/2014 8:40:00 AM

  Thanks very much for hosting, Ken!
Big congrats to all the Staff Favorites, Finalists, and Winners!
Best of luck in the March contest!

3/31/2014 9:55:20 AM

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  Thanks Usman, Peggy, and Chris.

For those that aren't following the "Man-Made" forum thread, BP has publicly stated that Resubmits are now allowed.

Usman and Carolyn...ref the theme. I was thinking about this while driving home today. I don't submit many photos into the theme, because the themes are generally out of my comfort zone for outdoor landscapes. But, maybe we can all step out of our box for this.

One way of portraying "Back to Basics" is to contrast the simple ways of life to our fast-paced, techno driven environment. For example, how about a photo of a manual camera (now that's back to basics for understanding shutter speed and aperture for exposure), with some modern-day cameras (or cell phones) in the background, out of focus.

Or, an elementary student working on a math problem using a pencil and paper, while mom/dad are in background keying in the same problem on the computer monitor, pulling their hair out.

Or a rotary dial phone because the cell phone accidentally dropped into the small fish-bowl adjacent to grandmother's phone.

I know these ideas are rather silly, but hopefully they'll get you to thinking of something creative. So, I would encourage all of us to step out of our box and give it a creative shot!

3/31/2014 5:09:03 PM

  Thanks for pointing that out about the resubs, Ken ... I hadn't been following that thread. Great news!

3/31/2014 5:24:17 PM

  Thanks for some interesting ideas on the MT, Ken.

How about a hand shot holding a rose with a perfume in the background with focus on the rose, shot with a shallow dof.
I might eventually enter the MT this month ;)

UB.

3/31/2014 9:16:37 PM

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  Usman, that's the nice thing about theme; it's open to interpretation and many directions you can go. Sounds like you're onto something!

4/1/2014 3:37:43 AM

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  32 .  Facebook link problem!
I would just love to know why every image I have shared on Facebook no longer is visible? If you click on anything I have posted recently it goes to this page ...http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery.asp#.UxmBBbu2XMs.facebook
I have been accused of posting SPAM to sell BetterPhoto products by several people which is a bit upsetting! I love BP, but I would really rather have folks be able to see my images I have posted here instead of a page promoting BP! I do not like posting actual images on Facebook due to people who can just steal anything posted there. At least when you share from BP to FB, the link used to take you to your BP gallery image which cannot be copied.

3/14/2014 6:01:47 PM

  Another problem I am having is that even though I check the box to be notified if anybody comments on a image I have uploaded when I go to "Email Notifications" under the "Discussions You've Initiated" it is turned off. I have to physically go in and change it back to "Yes" and even then, I am only getting like one email for an image I have maybe 12 comments on...I also noticed that the Photo Flash and Digital Darkroom newsletters seem to have disappeared? What is going on with BP? If it isn't broken, why fix it?

3/15/2014 7:56:15 AM

  Good morning Jill.

I think the problem is because the link to access, recent entries, doesn't work.

I know there is some kind of glitch with POTD. Now there seem to be lots of glitches. I'm sure they are working on fixing the problems.

3/15/2014 8:05:03 AM

  Donna, I am not having any problem accessing the recent entries if I go to the contest link at the top of the page and click recent entries from the drop down list, but,,,after I just commented an about 2 dozen images I went back to check my email and had notifications about all the images I had just commented on! Something is really messed up at BP! It kind of takes the incentive to comment away if I have to physically go back and change the notification of every single image I comment on!

3/15/2014 8:51:26 AM

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  Jill, I wonder if your "default" setting for comments is turned on, by accident? Try turning it off and maybe that will do the trick. Just go to your Member Center then click "My Info." You'll see something like this:

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Your default is currently set to not receive favorites and discussion notifications.
Change your default.
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I'm hoping your default setting is set to "receive" and it's a simple matter to change it back to "not receive."

3/15/2014 4:40:22 PM

  Thanks ken, but I have already tried that. The thing that gets me is that I never touched anything and somehow I stopped getting any notifications about all the comments on my images. When I looked they were all set to Off. When I upload I always check the box to be notified, somehow it isn't going through. When I changed it to receive I started getting emails about everybody else's comments on the pictures that I commented on. This is not the first time this has happened over the years. It is somebody messing around on BP's end of it. At this point I am now magically getting my emails, so I am not touching anything...
The thing I am really upset about is that all the images I have shared since October on Facebook can no longer be seen. If you click on the link it takes you to : http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery.asp#.Utb_1oMMewo.facebook. As a result my professional page at Facebook is now useless unless I want to sell websites on BP!

3/15/2014 5:51:49 PM

  Jim wrote me a very nice email and I sent him links for my page on FaceBook and a couple of the images I had shared from BP to that page that when you click on them no longer go to my image here on BP. Hopefully he can help me restore all the broken links since October...Everything I have posted for the last couple of days works fine. Maybe I will just have to write off the older ones...It was so nice of him to take the time to personally address my problem. Thanks Jim :-)

3/16/2014 9:27:53 AM

  YES! Jim fixed the problem on BP's end and everything is working once again. Thank you Jim!You have restored my faith in BP :-)

3/16/2014 10:23:18 PM

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  YAY! :)

3/18/2014 3:57:04 PM

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  33 .  Accessing recent entries
I'm not sure if this is related to the same glitch as not getting POTD's, but I can't access anything on the contest page, that is recent entries, or any of the categories that photos have just been put into. I would like to check if my photos have been entered.
Many thanks for your help.

3/14/2014 1:37:26 PM

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  Debbie, I don't have a problem accessing them. I just now navigated to the page; here's the URL:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=560

Maybe there are different ways to navigate to the Recent Entries. For me, I go to My Member Center, then, My Photos (link towards the top left), then "Enter our Monthly Contest." Scroll down on the LHS and click "View All Recent Entries."

3/15/2014 5:54:53 AM

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  I just realized there's an even easier method for finding the contest entries; was staring right at me and I just never saw it. From the main home page, you'll see the main tool bar with Home, Self-Paced Courses, etc etc, Contest, Websites. Mouse over Contest then select Recent Entries. It goes to the same URL I just posted. If this doesn't work, then maybe it's a browser issue. I use Safari at home, and Internet Explorer at the office.

3/15/2014 6:37:04 AM

  I can't access them either Debbie. I have tried with Safari and Firefox.

To check if your photos have been entered, there is a link in your members gallery- current contest entries.

I haven't been able to access the contest entries for a couple of days now. You are not alone.

3/15/2014 7:46:17 AM

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  That's weird that I can access with no problems, but you guys can't. And I can see Debbie's "Fallen Comrade" on Page 8 of the "Recent Entries."

3/15/2014 9:15:31 AM

  I know right, it has been 2 or three days. This is what I see when I click on Recent Entries-

Safari can’t open the page.
Too many redirects occurred trying to open “http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?pageID=1&catID=560&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=&rows=&updaterAccess=”. This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirected to open the original page.

3/15/2014 10:59:44 AM

  I use Internet Explorer as well, and I have tried both links, but to no avail. It's just been the last 3 days now, like Donna says. I can open "Finalists" and "Winners" on the same contest page, just not the contest entries, in all categories.
Thanks for your help, Ken and Donna. I'm glad I'm not the only one having problems.

3/15/2014 2:57:43 PM

  Hi Ken, I pasted the link, and still can not access the page. Thanks for you time.

3/16/2014 4:47:55 AM

  Hi Ken, I pasted the link, and still can not access the page. Thanks for you time.

3/16/2014 4:48:20 AM

Ken Smith
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member since: 6/11/2005
  Very strange, Debbie. Hopefully BP staff is monitoring this thread and can figure out what is going on. Have you tried the link on a different computer, or iPhone, or iPad, laptop, etc? Granted, that won't fix your current issue but maybe you can view "Recent Entries" from a different device.

3/16/2014 6:16:25 AM

  I tried yesterday on my laptop, just to be sure. It didn't work for me.

Happy Sunday,

Donna

3/16/2014 7:54:04 AM

  Very strange. I used Firefox and have had absolutely no problem...Still using Windows XP, maybe that is what the problem is?Hope they figure it out for you!

3/16/2014 9:24:48 AM

  Debbie,

I, too, am having problems with my Recent Entries. It does not work on my phone either. I have been gone for days and did not have access to my computer, so couldn't really check it out.
Is there any solution?

Thanks,

Jane

3/16/2014 2:13:00 PM

Karen E. Michaels
karenemichaels.com

member since: 8/24/2004
  I cannot access entries.

3/17/2014 7:19:11 AM

  For the folks having issues ... Is it possible you need to do Java updates? Sometimes that fixes seemingly random problems for me.

3/17/2014 7:43:49 AM

James C. Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Thank you for all the feedback, friends. I think this issue should be resolved now. If not, let me know.

We are making lots of improvements, in anticipation for a WAY better BetterPhoto coming soon... I'm really excited to share it with you. SUPER excited.

But it's a lot of work so I can only hope we have it ready for primetime soon.

Thanks to all of you.

3/18/2014 3:55:00 PM

  Thanks Jim, the issue has been resolved. Oooh, the new improvements sounds interesting!! Thanks for sharing with us first!

3/29/2014 2:48:32 AM

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Photography Question 
Peggy J. Pfister
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  34 .  POTD
What happened to the POTD for yesterday and today? Did I miss them?

3/10/2014 6:06:52 PM

Ken Smith
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  Peggy, I didn't get the daily POTD e-mail for the last two days, and according to the POTD page (http://www.betterphoto.com/Photo-of-the-Day.asp), the last one on there is from Mar 8th.

Hopefully it's just a glitch and we'll see POTDs return shortly.

3/10/2014 8:07:41 PM

  Ken and Peggy, its actually because they are still contemplating if they will showcase two of my images as consecutive POTDs as they have never done that before, LOL!!!

UB.

3/10/2014 8:51:07 PM

Ken Smith
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  Usman, thanks for bringing BP to a screeching halt with POTDs! :-)

3/11/2014 4:44:21 AM

  Thanks, Ken and Usman!
Usman, I thought it was my images they were considering, LOL!

3/11/2014 6:47:39 AM

  Hi All,
A nice -- and fun!! -- discussion. Yes, Ken has it right ... "just a glitch and we'll see POTDs return shortly". The tech crew is working on it!
Thanks,
Kerry

P.S. Sorry, Usman and Peggy :)

3/11/2014 11:58:29 AM

  Hi Kerry! Thanks for popping in and letting us know!

3/11/2014 12:17:44 PM

  Its all right, Kerry. Watching POTD is just like getting a quick shot of extra inspiration each day, and I confess, I am addicted to it!!! Glad to know, it will be back soon :-)

UB.

3/11/2014 8:23:20 PM

  Hi Peggy and Usman,
Thanks for the followup, and glad that you enjoy POTD!
Kerry

3/11/2014 10:00:36 PM

  Kerry, the POTD daily email is still not reaching us, however, I do see a POTD given on March 12, 2014 by looking at the POTD archives page;

http://www.betterphoto.com/Photo-of-the-Day.asp

UB.

3/13/2014 9:08:04 PM

  Something must be up with the email system. I have not been getting my comments emails either. Even though I click the button to be notified of comments when I look in my discussions, the notification is turned off...

3/13/2014 11:29:53 PM

  It seems it is resolved as I got POTD email notification for today ie., March 17, 2014. Thanks Team BP ;)

UB.

3/17/2014 8:48:20 PM

James C. Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Thank YOU! :)

3/18/2014 3:52:37 PM

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Stella Larbi
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/3/2014
  35 .  How to Change the Setting from AE to AF
How do I change the setting from AE to AF on the Nikon D7000 pls?

3/5/2014 11:04:48 AM

  Hi Stella,
Thanks for posting this question. Although both are auto settings, the two really aren't closely related, since one (AE) refers to exposure, while the other (AF) relates to focusing ... two different "animals" entirely.

BetterPhoto instructor Peter Burian offers some great tips on auto-focus. See his article here...

And here is instructor Lynne Eodice's article on auto-exposure...

For the specifics on the D7000, we offer an outstanding interactive course...

Enjoy learning more about AE and AF!

Kerry Drager
Course Advisor
BetterPhoto.com

3/5/2014 3:19:11 PM

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Brett Dolsen
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  36 .  Identity Theft
I have sent Jim an email but this is of urgent need to address.
Some time ago I had to let my Deluxe website expire due to unemployment and cost.
A couple of people contacted me recently to say they had noticed I had updated my website.
On examination I found that someone had hijacked my old site, still with my identity, and uploaded photography information and contact forms to elsewhere.
My concern is that I believe this was my Betterphoto URL and the identity theft may be a scam.
Here is the link: http://brettdolsenphotography.com/

3/4/2014 10:44:12 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  Which is the hijacked site? Your gallery and the site that you have the link to both have pictures from Australia.

3/5/2014 4:07:11 PM

  Thankyou Gregory,
The site that has been hijacked is http://brettdolsenphotography.com/
My basic Betterphoto site still has my images.
Anyone that googles Brett Dolsen Photography will hit the hijacked page and URL at the top of the search page.
There is a blog there with four entries titled *The best of photography *Photography lighting tip kits*Photography information about street photography*Marriage ceremony photography courses.
There is a contact form also to someone else!
There is also links to to websites*PaulaGPhotography and scottbirdsongphoto.com
There are none of my images or information displayed other than the social media links will take you to my pages and the title of the blog being BrettDolsenphotography.

Hoping this clarifies the problem

3/5/2014 5:44:35 PM

James C. Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Brett,

I can understand your concerns.

However, the terms "identify theft" and "hijacked" are not really the correct terms for this situation.

You let you domain name expire in early 2013. It because available for another to register it and in August of 2013, someone did. They have the same name as you but operate in a different part of the world (it appears to me to be in Washington, near Seattle). So they have set up a website, published a few blog posts, etc. The social media links direct visitors to the main URLs for twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc so when you click one of them, it appears to go to YOUR twitter, G+, LinkedIn etc. but it is really just going to the main site for each and because you are signed in, it looks like your profile there. When I click on one, I see my own LinkedIn page, for example.

I hope this has clarified the situation and allayed your fears. There is nothing illegal or scammy going on here... it's just how domain name availability and registration works.

I'll email this to you as well.

Enjoy!
Jim

3/6/2014 11:10:26 AM

  I guess the main point here is to never let your domain name expire.
The person that has the name now does not have the same family or given name as me.
My information initially uploaded on the deluxe portfolio still shows up in search engines so anyone that searches for me is being directed to somewhere else.
It seems that someone is attempting to capitalise on other peoples reputation and credibility.
I see this as a warning to other members not to let your domain name pass into someone else's hands.

3/6/2014 11:52:01 AM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  37 .  bird and flower overload
maybe its just me - but there seems to be a huge influx of birds and flower photos.....and that baby being held in someones forearm is so so so over done.

we need some new sherifs in town perhaps

3/2/2014 3:05:40 PM

  In my opinion it must be just you. I have been here since August 2007 and I still love seeing the flowers, birds and babies that are displayed here at BP. I think every photographer has certain things they prefer to photograph and enjoy sharing them here at BP without restrictions. Not sure MaryAnne what your idea is with needing new sheriffs in town?

3/2/2014 3:56:27 PM

Karen E. Michaels
karenemichaels.com

member since: 8/24/2004
  Perhaps you may be thinking more fine art photography. There are as many types of photographers as there are people.
Good is Good, no matter the type.

3/2/2014 4:31:30 PM

  Yes I am thinking of fine art photography and creative shots with intentions behind them, conceptual, interesting and unique. Not carbon copies.

SOME of the birds and flower shots are simply journalism. Here is a flower and here is what it looks like. It's just not interesting. We all know what a bird looks like.

BTW..I have 2 birds in my gallery.

Tammy "it must be just you", is a good laugh and an insult no well received.

I do not appreciate being insulted in an open forum in a world were freedom of speech is such a treasure. I assure you, it is not just my opinion. There are many conceptual artist on this site, that agree with me.

I look forward to seeing your gallery, you probably have more creative, conceptual and non-carbon copy photos than it sounds like in your comment.

Good for you if you love seeing birds.

You stated your opinion and I stated mine. Thank goodness we live in a world where freedom of speech is considered a great thing.

" it must be just you"... an odd and immature insult.

thank you for your in put.

Happy photo to all.

3/3/2014 1:51:28 AM

  Tammy,
You have some really nice photos. I would hang some of them in an art gallery.
"Natural Framing" is one of my favourite shots.
Your photos are not the type of photos I was referring to. So no need to be defensive.
Your photos are nice.
They are not staged journal photos.
They are free and in the moment; really lovely.

3/3/2014 1:59:50 AM

  Tammy
I just peeked at the editors picks today and they are a nice cross section of all types of photos. I love it.
There are so many genres of photography, I simply would like to see them all represented...as long as they are fantastic.

thank you for your input....and NO, its not just me. Just look at who won awards today. No, its not just me.

3/3/2014 2:06:36 AM

  Sorry you took this as an insult. Not intended. Just restated what you stated. Thanks for your opinion but this will be the last I say about this. Thanks.

3/3/2014 3:02:34 AM

  That is probably a good idea.

Good luck with your nature shots.

3/3/2014 3:04:20 AM

  Karen,
I just looked at your website. Fantastic! Absolutely Fantastic!
You are very talented and have a great eye for great art.

3/3/2014 10:10:40 AM

  Well, since flowers are my favorite photography subject (as they are with quite a few other BP members, I'm sure), as long as there's a category for them here at BP I'll keep adding them to my gallery. And yes, no matter how numerous they are, I enjoy (and get inspired) by seeing other members' work; so as far as I'm concerned, keep 'em coming.

3/3/2014 11:08:47 AM

  Well Monnie, that's 2 of you now.

Clearly I am out numbered. LOL.

Thank Goodness the judges enjoy conceptual work, because I already know what a flower looks like. I have thousands of them in my 5 gardens, mostly perenials from different countries.

thank goodness for freedom of speech and the freedom to express ourselves artistically or the world would be a big cookie cutter.

3/3/2014 1:52:34 PM

  Well
Someone more eloquent than me once said,
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

3/4/2014 3:18:56 PM

  Literally , that means: what ever someone looks at is beautiful to them.

I am not that easily impressed.

Yes. I am not like that. I enjoy things that have integrity..

A flower is a flower....wait for some nice lighting... And take a photo.

And Wow it's painful to see someone try to photoshop a beautiful flower. Mother Nature should sue for plagiarism. :) and distruction of intellectual property .

I love flowers. In my garden , not on my wall.

To each there own. If we all thought the same. We would be like massed produced tacky postcards.

3/4/2014 3:44:50 PM

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Photography Question 
Denny E. Barnes
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member since: 1/19/2008
  38 .  Finalist & Winner Positing
My question is how long does it take PB to post the finalists. I know there are finalist for Jan. but no posting. I'm very busy right now and don't have time to search everyones gallery to see if they have a finalist to comment on. Sometimes I thank the old system worked much better.

2/28/2014 11:28:16 AM

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

Denny, that's the link for Jan's finalists. Happy watching ;)

UB.

2/28/2014 11:33:31 AM

  Thank You, Usman! As of this morning I could only get Dec. to come up. I used you link and there they were. Went back and tried again and this time Jan. came up???? Thanks Again!!

2/28/2014 12:11:02 PM

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Photography Question 
Beth W. DeBor
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  39 .  March 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
Please limit your posts to images that have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in March 2014. Other topics can be started in their own thread. Thanks and good luck!

2/28/2014 8:58:13 AM

  tag

2/28/2014 12:28:55 PM

  Tag. Congrats to all winners and finalist. Keep warm! Another blizzard heading our way.

Jane

3/1/2014 7:26:16 AM

  tag

3/4/2014 4:31:11 PM

Ann Varley
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member since: 8/16/2007
  One for me! :) Good luck everyone!

3/6/2014 2:35:18 PM

  3/1..SKIPPED
3/2..Landscape..A Dazzling Sunset At Lake Eufaula

3/6/2014 3:07:30 PM

Ann Varley
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 8/16/2007
  whoops! looks like my entry was in Feb, not March ... sorry folks.

3/6/2014 3:30:16 PM

  Tag.... :-)

3/6/2014 5:17:19 PM

 
 
 
3/2 Elements of Design

3/6/2014 6:01:34 PM

  Mar 1 - 7:40 a.m. - MT
(a Selfie taken in London)

UB.

3/6/2014 10:11:16 PM

  Hi there. Just returning to BP after a while away. Question---are they getting to EP's later or are there fewer? Just wondering....Thanks

3/9/2014 11:04:44 AM

Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 6/11/2005
  Lorri, I'm not sure how long you've been gone from EP. Several years ago BP was pretty consistent in handing out EPs within a few days after the contest day.

But over the last few months, they've gone several weeks without awarding any EPs, and then in a 2-3 day period they catch up and do about 10-15 days.

Last month, Jim M said that BP was working hard to award EPs faster, including the Staff Favs and Finalists/Winners. And BP has already gone thru all days in Feb. And recently, folks have reported more EPs in Feb so it looks like they're taking a 2nd run thru the images.

Long story short...they are getting to EPs faster now (at least for Feb and initially, for March).

As for whether there are fewer EPs. There are far fewer contest entries now as compared to a few years ago, so the number of EPs are lower as well. And the EP rate fluctuates. I've gone thru a sampling of photos to see which ones got an EP and which ones didn't. Several years ago, I remember seeing months when the rate was 80% (which means virtually all contest entries got an EP), to as low as 25% (one in four got an EP).

I checked the EP rate for March 1st, from Midnight to 12PM (12 hour period), and the rate was 38% (42 EPs out of 110 entered). That's lower than normal, although maybe 40% is the new norm?

3/9/2014 3:12:50 PM

  3/3..SKIPPED
3/4..Flowers..Pretty Colored Flower

3/9/2014 5:49:00 PM

  Ken--thanks for your detailed feedback. Much appreciated!

3/9/2014 6:08:33 PM

  checking in

3/10/2014 1:33:23 PM

  Mar 2 & 3 skipped,

Mar 4 - Through the Arches - T&P.

UB.

3/11/2014 3:40:04 AM

  3/5..EOD..Autumn Website Bling

3/11/2014 3:55:26 AM

  This just in ....

Mar 5 - Spring Sprung - Flowers

UB.

3/11/2014 4:08:17 AM

 
 
 
3/03-A Favorite Place

3/11/2014 5:06:45 AM

  3/6..SKIPPED
3/7..Macro..Ornamental
Somebody's up early! This just came in.

3/11/2014 5:16:17 AM

  Russell Stover Candies
3/7/14
Digital Darkroom

3/11/2014 7:15:18 AM

  3/8..SKIPPED
3/9..Landscape..A Walk At Sunset
Looks like about every other one is skipped this month. 5 of 9 so far for me.

3/11/2014 3:00:49 PM

  That's a whole lot better than the one I had so far, Carolyn - based on my abysmal record, you're doing great! ;-D

3/11/2014 3:25:32 PM

  Mar 6 - SKIPPED
Mar 7 - Softly Pink - Flowers
Mar 8 - Step Up - Step Down - EoD

So far its 5 EPs out of 8, which I feel isn't bad at all considering what happened last month.

UB.

3/11/2014 8:29:48 PM

  Love the glich that is going on right now on my gallery! All of my finalists for the past years have gold badges on them and I have gold badges on images that haven't been through the finalist period yet...I love it! :-)

3/12/2014 10:15:39 AM

  My goodness, Joannie, wonder what's going on there! No changes like this in my gallery as far as I can see. Too bad, LOL. Also, not doing well so far with EPs. Missed the first three days of the month, and since then have only two EPs, with the last one on the 9th.

3/12/2014 10:20:22 AM

Susan M. Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/22/2004
  Checking in late. I've only submitted one entry on 3/4 and it was skipped. I've been submitting more people portraits and BP doesn't seem to like them :( Since I am newer with people pics, does anyone know where to get some good feedback or critique?

3/12/2014 11:27:36 AM

  :-( I knew it wouldn't last...all the extra gold badges are gone!

3/12/2014 3:53:38 PM

 
 
  Soft Green
Soft Green

Echeveria "Sunburst" shot in morning window light.
Intentional soft focus, straight out of camera.
 
 
3/8 Catch-All

3/12/2014 6:30:20 PM

 
 
  Loropetalum
Loropetalum
The loropetalum shrub is related to witch hazel and is native to China, Japan, and southeastern Asia.
In the spring, strap-shaped petals burst from these tiny buds, producing small bright pink flowers all along the branches.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
3/9 Flowers

3/12/2014 6:31:21 PM

  Got one, lost one !

Mar 9 - SKIPPED
Mar 10 - Gate Design - EoD

UB.

3/12/2014 8:49:41 PM

  Mar 11 - Chimney & Holes - EoD

UB.

3/15/2014 11:57:27 AM

 
 
  Got An Itch
Got An Itch
 
 
3/11 Got an Itch

I remember someone commenting before but can't find the thread...even though I am submitting entries on different two of them were "logged in" as the same date. Does anyone know why this is or how to correct? Thanks.

3/15/2014 2:14:28 PM

  Looks like I'm skipped for both the 10th and 11th. Bummer.

3/15/2014 2:44:05 PM

  Nada for March for me- of course I didn't expect any :0

3/15/2014 8:05:09 PM

  3/12..People..A Little Fishing Makes For A Nice Afternoon

3/16/2014 12:29:24 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Yellow and Lavender
Yellow and Lavender
 
 
3/13 Details and Macro

My first EP after 11 skips!

3/16/2014 12:43:04 PM

  Mar 12 - Waiting for Sunlight - SKIPPED!
Mar 13 - Eons of Decay - Travel & Place.

UB.

3/16/2014 11:37:44 PM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Soft Green II
Soft Green II

Finalist - Catch-All (Man Made) - March 2014

Echeveria "Sunburst" shot in morning window light.
Intentional soft focus, straight out of camera.
 
 
3/12 Catch-All

3/17/2014 7:27:23 AM

  Lots and lots of skips for sure. Just got one for 3/12 in D&M though.

Networks Triptych

3/17/2014 8:18:40 AM

  I have not received any EPs for March despite entering every day... no comments...

3/17/2014 8:51:36 AM

  TAG


jo ann c.

3/17/2014 10:30:50 AM

  3/13..SKIPPED
3/14..Landscape..A Spectacular Start For 2014
3/15..Catch All..Canoes

3/18/2014 12:31:48 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Summer Dahlia
Summer Dahlia
 
 
3/15 Flowers

3/18/2014 5:09:10 PM

  Mar 14 - Missing Summer - Flowers

UB.

3/19/2014 12:21:24 AM

 
 
 
3/13- Lighting First Blooms

3/19/2014 6:20:29 AM

  3/16..SKIPPED
3/17..DD..Wild Beauty

3/27/2014 3:00:03 PM

  Twinsies, Carolyn :)
3/16 skipped
3/17 Travel and Place Wood Islands Light

3/27/2014 3:09:20 PM

  Maybe they'll go back and get them later....Could happen!

3/27/2014 3:20:37 PM

  It could :)
I don't hold much hope for 3/16 (and a few others), but maybe 3/2 or 3/7 or 3/9 or 3/14 . . .

3/27/2014 3:36:30 PM

  Up to the 17th? Pooh!!!

3/27/2014 4:35:01 PM

  So are you saying they may never get to the rest of the EFP's? I am just returning to BP. Does that happen often?

3/30/2014 12:28:09 PM

  I have:

3-13
3-15
1-17
3-19

jo ann c.

3/30/2014 1:29:37 PM

  I have:

3-13
3-15
1-17
3-19

jo ann c.

3/30/2014 1:29:58 PM

Lola M.
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  Young Male
Young Male
 
 
3/19 Animals

3/31/2014 1:05:12 PM

  3/18..SKIPPED
3/19..SKIPPED
3/20..Macro..Hanging In The Balance
3/21..Flowers..Daisies

3/31/2014 1:31:02 PM

  March 15 - Skipped
March 16 - Skipped
March 17 - Creation - Monthly Theme
March 18 - DID NOT ENTER
March 19 - Rowing Forever - People
March 20 - On Top of World - Monthly Theme
March 21 - DID NOT ENTER
March 22 - DID NOT ENTER

UB.

3/31/2014 9:10:31 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Remnants of Yesteryear
Remnants of Yesteryear
 
 
3/22 Nature and Landscapes

4/2/2014 9:22:37 AM

  3/22..Landscape..Cold Winter Sunset
3/23..Landscape..From Black Water To White Water

4/2/2014 11:02:44 AM

 
 
 
3/21-Last Morning At Lassen
3/16-Blank Signage

4/2/2014 12:33:29 PM

 
 
 
3/21-Last Morning At Lassen
3/16-Blank Signage

4/2/2014 12:38:16 PM

 
 
 
Last Morning At Lassen

4/2/2014 12:41:51 PM

  3/24..Macro..Drop And Roll

4/2/2014 1:04:54 PM

  3/15 Flowers Cuppa Sun

3/23 Details & Macro Fringy

4/2/2014 7:10:18 PM

  March 23 - Beyond Pine Trees - Digital Darkroom
March 24 - Musee du Louvre - Travel & Place

UB.

4/2/2014 8:08:53 PM

  3/25..Catch All..Cool Lockout
3/26..Landscape..Sunburst

4/3/2014 2:16:46 AM

  The Letter Y
3/27/14
EOD

4/3/2014 5:15:10 AM

  3/25 Digital Darkroom Electric Spring

4/3/2014 7:00:36 AM

  3/27..Macro..Dewy Website

4/3/2014 7:02:32 AM

  3/28..Flowers..Orangey Peachy Rose

4/3/2014 1:19:15 PM

Lola M.
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Flowing
Flowing
 
 
3/28 Nature and Landscapes

4/3/2014 4:16:52 PM

  March 25 - SKIPPED
March 26 - SKIPPED
March 27 - Awe-inspiring - Nature & Landscape

UB.

4/3/2014 9:20:44 PM

  GOOD NEWS - found in SnapShot# 670...

"Contest news: 1) Once again, it's OK to resubmit. If a photo didn't place, and you'd like to try again, then feel free to go for it! 2) The judges are now selecting more Editor's Picks, and best yet, the EP's are being chosen sooner."

4/4/2014 2:19:33 AM

  February - no entries.
March - one entry. Skipped.

Encouraged.

4/4/2014 2:22:16 AM

  3/29..T/P..Beavers Bend Fly Shop In Autumn Colors

4/4/2014 2:49:02 PM

  3/30..Landscape..Ripply Reflections
3/31..Landscape..Touchdown

4/4/2014 3:33:50 PM

 
 
 
3/28-Stars Out Tonight

4/4/2014 4:13:50 PM

  My precious great-grandson skipped again! :-(

4/4/2014 5:45:57 PM

  I have cut way back on entering photos and I really wish I hadn't renewed my gallery for another year. I entered two for March and both were skipped. No reason to be encouraged.

4/4/2014 6:18:53 PM

  Are they through for March? I was looking at the EP's and there are some fabulous photos this month and lots of EP's. I haven't been anywhere to photograph and have not done much for a few months. I can see that I have some catch up work to do. Good luck to everyone.

4/4/2014 8:19:21 PM

  Yes Harriet, they are through with their FIRST pass of March contest entries. However, as has happened in the last few months, I expect there will be at least one more pass where they will pick more EP.

March 28 - Basking - Travel & Place
March 29 - DID NOT ENTER
March 30 - DID NOT ENTER
March 31 - Cresting an Impression - Monthly Theme

UB.

4/4/2014 9:20:43 PM

  March 31 - Creating an Impression - MT

Mis-spelled the title.

UB.

4/4/2014 9:23:58 PM

  Thanks, Usman

4/4/2014 10:27:59 PM

  Like Usman I am very much hoping for a second chance for my 19 skipped images.

4/5/2014 3:17:59 PM

  They went back the last couple months, so if we think good thoughts, maybe they will again.

4/5/2014 5:46:34 PM

  They went back the last couple months, so if we think good thoughts, maybe they will again.

4/5/2014 5:46:37 PM

 
 
  Hello?
Hello?
British style phone booth taken in Galveston, TX on the Strand.

Nikon D7100, 24-85 mm lens, and pp in LR5 and Nik.

3/30/2014

 
 
Had two this time out of four in the contest so far. Loading one at a time.

4/6/2014 8:22:55 AM

 
 
  Daisy
Daisy
Taken a Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. PP in LR5.

3/31/2014

 
 
2nd one!

4/6/2014 8:25:51 AM

  17 of 26 entered skipped for me, so I'd be quite happy with a second look.

4/6/2014 10:54:44 AM

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  I just started back on 3/29 and I have eps for 3/29,30,31 & 4/1.
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.

4/7/2014 4:07:45 PM

  I only have 6 for March...however, happy to even get that! lol

jo ann c.

4/7/2014 4:28:21 PM

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4/2 Flowers

4/8/2014 3:38:53 AM

  4 out of 7 for me for March - a little better than half.

4/8/2014 4:25:09 AM

  17 EPs out of 26 entered in March for me. Can't complain and there is still a chance of a second pass. Good luck all.

UB.

4/8/2014 4:30:28 AM

  21 of 31 for me, but I'm still hoping for a couple of pickups later on if they go back through. I'm thrilled with what I got, but I see a couple that I think should have an EP.

4/8/2014 4:35:40 AM

  2 out of 12! :-(

4/8/2014 6:55:38 AM

  Joannie, they will probably reassess some skipped images and grant a few more EPs in the second pass. I am an optimist and see two potential golds out of two EPs. Best of luck.

UB.

4/8/2014 7:50:43 AM

  I wonder if, although the CA category changes don't go into effect until the April entries, entering anything else under the CA category is already a no-go.

So now do I re-enter my skipped entry under a different category in the future or just assume that the Judges are right about my photography skills?

4/8/2014 8:02:22 AM

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  Kathy, you can reenter photos into whatever category you like. If you provide a link to the photo in question, perhaps we can give you our thoughts on the category.

4/8/2014 9:12:48 AM

  I did get that email - I thought that was the best reversal decision they've made.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14416857

It's probably no good, but it was so dramatic that I was intrigued enough to enter it.

4/8/2014 12:34:37 PM

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  Hey Kathy, I like it. But most importantly, do you like it? Don't let the omission (or inclusion) of an EP be the barometer for whether a photo is good or bad. We've all seen resubmitted photos that didn't have an EP initially, go all the way to 1st place and Grand Prize.

It's certainly not applicable for the new Man-made category. But People would be an option. And I'm going off memory, but I think "Elements" also accounts for abstracts. And maybe this is an abstract...would be curious what others thought too.

4/8/2014 3:04:12 PM

  Kind of pitiful- 6 of 12 EPs this month. Pitiful because they skipped what I thought were the best of the bunch!

4/8/2014 5:15:54 PM

  I do like it, Ken (wasn't thinking that People would be the next try.)

4/8/2014 5:44:15 PM

  None for me this month, although I only entered twice. I've learned not to expect much from these judges, whoever they are.

4/8/2014 9:02:52 PM

  Oops. Ken, I meant to say that People is probably the next category for a re-entry. Thanks for checking out the image.

4/8/2014 9:24:33 PM

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  4/3 skipped
4/4 skipped

4/10/2014 9:34:23 AM

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  Bob, there's an April EP thread at this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36113

4/10/2014 10:15:17 AM

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  Thanks for the update Ken.
I have been gone for a while and I guess I am clueless!!!
Where is link to the new thread usually posted? It was posted in the body of the previous month's thread before????

4/10/2014 3:40:46 PM

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  Bob, just navigate to the Forum page and click "all new responses." You might want to bookmark this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/QnACat.asp?catID=251

Usually, the EP thread is towards the top of the page, because it's pretty active. And this URL is quid reference if you wish to see any of the active forum topics.

4/10/2014 4:33:56 PM

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  To navigate to the Forum page, click on the link "My Member Center." On the left hand side you'll see various things like My Photos, My Courses, Forum, Gallery, etc. Then click "Forum." And from there, click "all new responses."

4/10/2014 4:36:44 PM

  Now that Ken added the number of the April EP thread, all you have to do is change the 5 digit number in the address box above from 36098 to 36113.

4/10/2014 5:00:48 PM

  All I did was went to the top of this page and changed the last 3 numbers...worked for me!

jo ann c.

4/10/2014 5:09:53 PM

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  Thanks, Ken, Kathy and Jo Ann.
The only thing I was unaware of was the
"all new responses.".
You all are great!!

4/10/2014 5:35:08 PM

  Maybe the reruns for March have begun. I just got one for:
3/3..DD..Flooded Fun

4/18/2014 1:09:11 PM

  Oops! I didn't see this on...
3/1..Animals..I'm Innocent, Grandma!

4/18/2014 1:11:16 PM

  They must have started back at the beginning of the month, I just got 3 more..

3-3 Butterfly Painting
3-5 A "Prickly" Situation
3-6 Flutter By

Hope they keep on "picking!" :- )

jo ann c.

4/18/2014 5:12:43 PM

 
 
  Before It Was a Hashtag
Before It Was a Hashtag

From an antique Royal typewriter.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
Another early March pick for me too ...

3/6 Catch-All

4/18/2014 6:07:50 PM

  3/16..EOD.. I'm A Big Fan

4/18/2014 6:32:42 PM

  I picked up 6 but there are still several more IMO :)

4/18/2014 6:39:00 PM

  Out of 12 images I have 2 EP's and they are sticking to that! :-(

4/18/2014 7:35:54 PM

  At this point, not one new one for me.

4/19/2014 5:27:29 AM

  I entered 4 times and got 4 EPs so I'm happy for now.

4/19/2014 5:37:12 AM

  Only entered two and still both were skipped.

4/19/2014 6:23:16 AM

  Good thing I read this and checked, someone gave me 2 more EPs .... 6 out of 8 entries for March... Woot!

4/19/2014 6:29:12 AM

  I went back and recounted, and found that 2 were skipped, so, 4 EPs out of 6 entries, a little better than 1/2.

4/19/2014 6:59:10 AM

  Maybe they aren't done?? I don't see any listed past the 16th for the repacks.

4/19/2014 8:40:03 AM

  Seems I've finally picked up a new one, for the 19th, in Catch-All (or whatever that may be at the moment).

(a href=http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=14412443>Have You Any Wool?

4/19/2014 9:04:37 AM

  Well, that link didn't work, but that's OK. It's the date that matters here.

4/19/2014 9:06:13 AM

  I got one for the 29th, I think, but it's possible that it was already there and I had missed marking it. Between the 16th and the 29th I have eight skips.

4/19/2014 9:06:23 AM

  They are definitely going back to the front and the end of March..
Now have from 3-3 to 3-29 making a total of nine now..keep 'em coming BP! I love it! :-)

jo ann c.

4/19/2014 2:15:16 PM

  One more ...

3/29 Digital Darkroom In Waiting

I've ended up with nine out of ten for March, so I'm very happy. And honestly, on the one that didn't get an EP, I agree with them ...

4/19/2014 3:03:15 PM

  I also got one additional EP for the March 15 submit.

UB.

4/20/2014 2:28:20 AM

  I think they are done with mine. That makes 24 of 31 for me.

4/20/2014 3:08:56 AM

  Here is the link for March Finalists :-)
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=61921

4/27/2014 7:21:36 AM

  I got a Staff Favorite and by the time I got to look at it, it was a finalist!
:-) Would love t do even better but thankful for even one!
I moved it to the front of my gallery if you want to see it...

Good Luck to everybody, won't be able to comment probably til tomorrow!

jo ann c.

4/27/2014 11:29:40 AM

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  40 .  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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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

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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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