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Photography Question 
Christopher J. Budny
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member since: 10/3/2005
  41 .  October Countdown
Greetings from DC, were fall is well and truly underway!

This monthly thread is intended to let you share your one favorite image from your entries last month -- your personal favorite, or maybe your most hopeful, or your proudest photographic achievement that month, etc.; often, this isn't always the image that you *think* will potentially go on to Finalist or better, and it may not be an image the BP Judges are drawn to! It isn't about predicting a Finalist/Winner (although that's a fun trick when it happens here!); it is about sharing your personal best/favorite image.

So give your favorite a showcase here, tell us why you picked it, and join us in the countdown... Best of luck to everyone in the October contest results!

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

1) Sign into BP (name + password.) IF YOU HAVE NOT YET entered the Contest for today, you can take advantage of 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. First go get 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, and finalize the submit at the bottom.

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 (*before* making your new Contest entry) or upload a copy (from your PC) of the image into 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 direct 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.

11/18/2013 5:08:24 AM

 
 
 
So I get to be first this month. I have two hopefuls, Ascent which is special to me personally for a couple of reasons and Chevy of the Mountains which is the one I have decided to post. It feels so funny to be choosing a favorite when a third of my entries - including this one - haven't even been looked at in terms of EPs, but there it is.

Good luck to everyone in the quest for Staff Favorite, Finalist and Winner; and remember, any image you really like personally is already "gold".

11/18/2013 6:38:15 AM

 
 
  Baby Boy Blues
Baby Boy Blues
 
 
Here's my favorite for October. I usually don't do "people" photography but I took some shots of this little guy as a favor for a friend. He looks so serious in this photo and normally he is grinning from ear to ear and his eyes are so blue they just sparkle. It was a such a fun shoot for me!

11/18/2013 6:56:31 AM

 
 
  Mauve Morning
Mauve Morning
Sunrise on the north shore of Kauai.

f/4, 1/20, +.5, ISO640, 40mm

** Nature & Landscapes **

 
 
Thanks for hosting the thread again, Chris!

This is one of my favorite shots from last summer's Kauai trip. It was skipped over for an EP, so I decided to showcase it here.

Good luck everyone, in the contest, and in achieving your own photographic goals this month!

11/18/2013 7:26:30 AM

 
 
  It's A Small, Small World
It's A Small, Small World
 
  Chain Of Rain
Chain Of Rain
 
 
I'm going with my personal favorites, too. I have 2 of them.

11/18/2013 10:04:42 AM

 
 
  boundless
boundless

Emylee is wearing a strapless blouse in this shot..:)
Thanks for looking!

~People~

 
 
Wow... another month down.. I haven't been entering much but I guess I'll go with this fav. of mine.. Emy from a few years back...

11/18/2013 3:26:57 PM

  I'm just tagging in - already entered today. Good luck everyone!

11/18/2013 4:47:17 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Undulation
Undulation
Striking balcony shapes on a high-rise in Chicago.
10/13 Finalist - EoD
 
 
I too, had already entered yesterday before I started the thread... So here's my October favorite, from an October visit to Chicago... This building was still partially under construction the last time I was in Chicago, so I was thrilled to see it again, without any scaffolding. I really like the lines of the balconies, and I was very happy with this particular b/w conversion, with the bright edges.

11/19/2013 4:12:52 AM

 
 
 
This is a completely new rework of an old favorite of mine. Best wishes to everyone on your advancement of your favorite photo!


Errick

11/19/2013 4:59:42 AM

  I really like your image Chris. Well done! Errick

11/19/2013 10:49:27 AM

Pat Harry
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member since: 11/26/2006
 
 
  End of the Season
End of the Season
Beaver's Bend in Oklahoma
 
 
I only entered a few in October, but this one is my favorite.

11/19/2013 4:47:54 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Thanks, Errick! It is such a cool building. Part hotel -- I will have to see about getting a room inside the building, next time!

11/19/2013 4:50:41 PM

 
 
  Red Barn and Clouds
Red Barn and Clouds
 
 
Red Barn and Clouds. I found this barn while driving around New Hampshire last fall. Love the weird faces by the fence and all the stuff hanging on the barn :-)

11/19/2013 5:40:36 PM

 
 
  The Hangover Effect
The Hangover Effect
Shot on a Saturday night in one of the escalators of an Underground train station in London.
 
 
Here's my fave of the month. Good luck all.

UB.

11/21/2013 8:15:17 AM

 
 
  my girl
my girl
 
 
Here's my favorite from October. Good luck everyone!

11/21/2013 7:29:55 PM

  I now know my fave above is not getting any badges as it was just skipped for an EP. Looking forward to many here advance to Gold, good luck.

UB.

11/23/2013 9:20:03 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
design=Oct 27
design=Oct 27
Design at our hotel in Orlando. Element of Design.
 
 
I had two favorites one made an editors pick the other did not.

This is the one that did.

11/23/2013 3:25:50 PM

 
 
  Rhiannon
Rhiannon
Queen of the fairies...
 
 
digital darkroom

11/24/2013 3:11:05 PM

Lola M.
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Country Beauty
Country Beauty
 
 
My favorite. Monthly Theme Category

11/25/2013 9:05:20 AM

 
 
  Her Secrets
Her Secrets

Detail of center of fall chrysanthemum. Minor adjustments in CS5.
 
 
Hard to choose a favorite because all my photos are my "babies" ... but I'll choose this one ...

Details & Macro

11/25/2013 10:29:15 AM

  Well, I did pick up an EP on my favorite above - as well as on my other "favorite" that I didn't post. Looking for Staff Favorites in the next couple of days but that may be optimistic :)

Good luck to everyone.

11/25/2013 10:40:50 AM

  two of my editor picks disappeared off my pictures for october. MMMMMM

11/25/2013 8:14:32 PM

 
 
  Magical Light
Magical Light
Uploaded Sept 13
 
 
One of my favorites for the month. Good luck everyone.

11/26/2013 5:03:34 AM

 
 
  The Long Walk
The Long Walk
just love the walk up to this old plantation home.
 
 
well since my editors pick disappeared I will choose another LOL

11/26/2013 11:42:34 AM

  I received emails for 6 staff favorites (not the one I had picked above). Looks like finalists should be out soon! Fingers crossed for my 6 and for all your favorites too!

11/29/2013 3:19:56 PM

  Hoping for finalists tonight! Good luck, all!

11/29/2013 3:50:49 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Don't know that I can stay up much later hoping to see if they come out tonight… My favorite pic here in the thread, did advance to staff favorite, so my fingers are crossed that it goes on… Best wishes (and a happy Thanksgiving weekend) to everyone!

11/29/2013 6:14:32 PM

  I got one staff favorite and it the picture I picked as my favorite in the this thread.

It my first staff favorite.

11/29/2013 6:55:25 PM

  I think you got it, Chris!

11/29/2013 7:04:45 PM

  Finalists are out!
Two for me ...

11/29/2013 7:37:19 PM

  Congratulations to the finalists and good luck in the next round. Four of my six staff pics made finalist. Fingers and toes crossed now!

11/29/2013 8:07:57 PM

  2 finalists for me.

11/29/2013 10:31:24 PM

  Shell, that is exactly what happened to me too.

Good luck to all in the Golden round!!!

UB.

11/29/2013 10:43:18 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Congratulations to those with staff favorites, and those whose staff favorites turned into finalists! Fingers crossed for you all, to advance to gold!

11/30/2013 4:31:58 AM

  Congrats and good luck. Two of three for me.

11/30/2013 6:32:09 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Congratulations to the October Winners! I don't see any gold in our picks above, in this thread, but some may in fact have won (if the linked image here is not the original entry...) I know I saw Nikki's name in the list of winners, for starters, on a quick skim so far...

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/winners/1310.asp

11/30/2013 6:05:01 PM

  Big CONGRATZ to all the Winners. Inspiring imagery as always.

UB.

11/30/2013 6:28:23 PM

  Woooo hooooooo.....I didn't win again. I'm so proud of my record.
Congrats to the winners.

12/1/2013 3:18:22 AM

  Congrats winners. Better luck next time to the rest of us.

12/1/2013 3:29:53 AM

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Photography Question 
Linda M. Solari
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member since: 2/28/2013
  42 .  better photography 101
I purchased Better Photography 101, and I inadvertently deleted the e-mail that I signed in on and now I can't find the course material. How can I get it back?
Thanks
Linda

11/11/2013 9:10:36 PM

  Only guessing, but, if you go to "My Member Center", then click on "My Courses", then click on your course, that might have what you're missing somewhere in there.... :-)

11/12/2013 11:08:23 AM

  Hi Linda,
Thanks for the note, and your log-in information has been re-sent.
Kerry


P.S. Thanks for your input, Bob!!
Kerry

11/12/2013 4:44:19 PM

  Thank you Bob, I appreciate the information you sent me!

Thank you Kerry!

11/12/2013 9:47:20 PM

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Photography Question 
Terry A. Stoa
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member since: 12/23/2009
  43 .  Displaying BP Gallery images on Deluxe site
I took the plunge and purchased a Deluxe site and just started poking around.

Is there a way to display ALL images I currently have on the Basic site... or do I need to do this (30) images at a time, which seems primitive.

I presume I could review after "copying" them all... and select those I do NOT want displayed.

Thanks!

11/5/2013 8:39:04 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Hi Terry -- All the images you've ever placed in your BP Member Center, are available to appear in your new Deluxe. The Deluxe has a "categorize in bulk" feature that would let you pull every image ever, into a category of your choosing... not terribly useful, if you plan on having multiple categories / albums.
I've kept my Deluxe to a subset of my Basic. I don't display every image (currently in my Basic) in my Deluxe; but that's just one choice...
I created several categories (I consider them albums) by theme, then started manually picking which images I wanted in each, from the normal "Select & Categorize" menu in Deluxe Admin. Yes, you can only see 30 images at a time this way (to assign categories) -- but since I was only doing a subset, it was a one-time setup "chore" to sift through and find the particular images I wanted to appear in my "slimmed down" categories...

11/7/2013 6:18:21 AM

  Thanks, Chris. Type explanation is helpful.

Terry

11/7/2013 9:56:36 AM

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Photography Question 
Kerry Drager
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member since: 2/4/2002
  44 .  New Course by Richard Lynch!
Hi Everyone,
Just a note that Richard has come up with another outstanding online course for Photoshop or Elements:

Correcting and Enhancing Images

Thanks,
Kerry

11/4/2013 2:03:25 PM

  Thanks for mentioning this Kerry! If I can help anyone out by answering questions about the course or enhancements, I'd be glad to discuss!

Richard

11/5/2013 1:41:00 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Just signed up for his other new one (about color workflow)... looking forward to it!

11/7/2013 6:11:02 AM

  Excellent, Chris - enjoy the class!!
Kerry

11/7/2013 11:22:51 AM

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Photography Question 
Jill Odice
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member since: 7/1/2005
  45 .  November EFPs
Thought I would get the jump on things this month by posting this before they start handing out EFPs :-)

11/1/2013 12:27:14 PM

  tag

11/2/2013 2:46:37 PM

  I got one for Nov. 1 in elements of Design

11/2/2013 2:48:59 PM

  EP for Nov. 1st in N&L.

11/2/2013 6:10:00 PM

  Getting an EP now feels such a big accomplishment, LOL.

Got one on Nov one.

UB.

11/2/2013 11:26:39 PM

 
 
  *****************
*****************
 
 
11/01 Desert Landscape and Clouds.N and L category

11/3/2013 12:41:08 AM

Schiavonn M. Hasslinger
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/9/2007
  11/02 - Kenzie

Good luck to all for November :)

11/3/2013 9:15:33 AM

  Nov 2

Happy Thanksgiving.

My grandbaby Kailyn with her turkey dress on.

11/3/2013 9:21:19 AM

Pat Harry
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member since: 11/26/2006
  Weird. I got one for Nov. 1st, too. "Remembering Fallen Journalist".

None for October, though.

11/3/2013 4:53:45 PM

Lola M.
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Dahlia
Dahlia
 
 
11/2 Flowers

11/3/2013 5:31:29 PM

  Got one for Nov two too.

UB.

11/3/2013 7:26:05 PM

 
 
  Desert Double Rainbow
Desert Double Rainbow
 
 
Desert Double Rainbow MT Category

11/4/2013 9:17:41 AM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Cathedral of St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul
 
 
11/3 Travel and Place

11/4/2013 2:50:33 PM

  11/2..Macro..A Very Busy Website
11/3..Landscape..It Was Just Going To Be One Quick Shot

I'm back home after a short trip to Beavers Bend. I got rained out yesterday afternoon, but I still had a pretty good time.

11/5/2013 2:42:52 AM

  Nov. 2 and 3 for me - and zero for October.

11/5/2013 5:29:36 AM

  11/4..Macro..Balancing Act

11/5/2013 4:03:24 PM

Pat Harry
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  11/4 - Travel & Place - "The View from George Washington's Porch"

11/5/2013 4:15:06 PM

  I only got 2 for October before they skipped-to:

11/3-Having The Last Word
11/4-Ready For Winter

11/5/2013 5:54:02 PM

 
 
  Lady Sips
Lady Sips
F5.6, 1/1000, 18-55mm nikkor vr @55mm, iso640, natural light.

Animals: November 2, 2013

 
 
Only one entry for November so far for 11/2, with an EP.

11/13/2013 8:51:25 AM

  Haven't been around much lately. (Life three me a curveball and tangled me up in pink ribbons, so to speak.)
But I'm back and I've enjoyed peeking around old friends' galleries... Lots of really great images! I've posted a few images...even revised one when it didn't get an EP. Entered five or six new images since September... no badges.
I guess the judges are telling me to work harder. LOL!
I'm not discouraged, but was a little puzzled....figured that BP had changed a little in the time I'd been away. Was relieved to hear Usman acknowledge that EP 's were tougher to get these days.
Good luck everyone!

11/13/2013 11:59:56 AM

  Lisa, sorry to hear that, and hope all is in good shape now. I'm just checking in here. Same song second verse with the EP stuff and the truly weird schedule.

Nov 1 skip
Nov 2 EP
Nov 3 EP
Nov 4 skip apparently if you're seeing those now.

11/14/2013 9:52:30 AM

  11/5..Landscape..Beautiful Rays Of The Morning
Nothing for October after the 12th. Confusing. The November EP picker should put a boot up the backside of the October EP picker. LOL

11/14/2013 12:05:04 PM

 
 
  Niagara Fantasy (2)
Niagara Fantasy (2)


~♦~•~♥~•~♦~

Seagulls love soaring in the mist of Niagara Falls in late winter.
Melting ice formations resemble marblized boulders.
Captured at the base of Niagara's Bridal Veil Falls
Nikon 18-200VR with Moose (warming) polarizer
(lower right corner edited from prior version)
 
 
Guess what I just found... first EP in a long while. Go figure! ;)
11/5

11/14/2013 1:40:02 PM

  No EP for Nov 3 :(

Gotcha for Nov 4 and 5 though :)

And you crack me up, Carolyn.

UB.

11/15/2013 6:06:15 AM

  Great idea, Carolyn!!!

(I haven't entered anything for November yet.)

11/15/2013 6:47:01 AM

  I decided to put the discouragement behind me and get back to entering every day in November (after all, I had just returned from a fabulous trip to PA to photograph the Elk Herd and landscapes/Vistas.)

You can imagine my excitement to discover they have already judged through November 5th and apparently didn't find any of my images worthy (again!) Geeze, Judges - even Richard Lynch liked one of them!

11/16/2013 7:40:48 AM

Pat Harry
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  Kathy, I don't think you can assume they skipped your entries. I think judging is no longer done linear - they are all over the place. So don't give up!

My gallery expires on 12/1. I'm pretty torn about renewing. I enjoy the company here, but conversation has dropped over the past few months. I'm guilty of that myself. Two weeks to make a decision.

11/16/2013 8:16:14 AM

  My comments fell off too That was a concious effort on my part - I was soooooooo tired of moaning and whining. It was my decision to suck it up and enter one a day this month. It didn't take long to start whining again, so you'll only hear from me when joy returns to Mudville.

Good Luck with the decision-making, Pat - it's a hard one.

11/16/2013 8:33:55 AM

  tagging; haven't entered any yet

11/26/2013 7:15:04 AM

  Just wanted to wish everyone a "Blessed Thanksgiving" (no matter which country you are from.) 26 entries in November and not one EP yet (but 3 in October! Yea!)

How could they ignored the pooping caterpillar???!!!! lollllllll

11/26/2013 8:12:20 AM

  TAG. HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK TO ALL THOSE CELEBRATING IT. I PRAY YOU FIND A BUNDLE FULL OF BLESSINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR!!!

11/26/2013 5:13:18 PM

  Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing all a safe and happy holiday!

11/27/2013 6:48:06 AM

  Tag.

11/29/2013 9:35:55 AM

 
 
  Mars
Mars
 
 
11/3 skipped
11/5 skipped
11/6 Mars MT category

12/1/2013 10:03:17 PM

  Tag

12/2/2013 9:54:07 PM

  11/6..SKIPPED
11/7..Macro..Web And Accessories
11/8..Animals..Beautifully Colored Butterfly

12/3/2013 11:51:54 AM

  Oct 6 - Rawal Lake Sunset - N&L
Oct 7 - Cruising Thames - DD
Oct 8 - A London Sunrise - T&P

UB.

12/3/2013 8:04:45 PM

  Nov 6 - Rawal Lake Sunset - N&L
Nov 7 - Cruising Thames - DD
Nov 8 - A London Sunrise - T&P

UB.

12/3/2013 9:56:36 PM

  11/4-Sunrise Over High Desert
11/6-Homestead

12/4/2013 6:42:13 AM

  11/9.. Landscape..Cloud Reflections And A Shiny Shore

12/6/2013 9:24:47 AM

 
 
  Mojave Clouds
Mojave Clouds
 
  Desert Truck
Desert Truck
 
 
11/7 and 11/8 skipped
11/8 Mojave Clouds MT category
no posts for 11/9, 11/10 or 11/12
11/12 Desert Truck MT category

12/6/2013 9:36:12 AM

 
 
  Color & Structure
Color & Structure

This is a portion of a new building at a junior college in the Houston, Texas area.
The red structure is a large column sheathed in red metal diamonds with a few scattered diamond shaped windows.
The sun brings out various shades of red, magenta, and orange, ranging to gold, depending on the light.
The silver portion is one of two buttress-looking structures on either side of the column.
The amazing blue sky is typical for Houston in the fall; it was not saturated in post-processing.
 
 
11/10 Elements of Design

12/6/2013 9:40:29 AM

 
 
  Mid Fall Color
Mid Fall Color
A view of the Truckee Meadows (the name of the Valley that sits at the foot of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in Reno, NV):

Filters and masks were used in PP.

 
 
11/9-Mid Fall Color

12/6/2013 5:03:50 PM

  None for November so far! :-(

12/7/2013 12:21:03 PM

  None for November so far! :-(

12/7/2013 12:21:22 PM

  All November entries are from my trip to PA for the Elk Rut and Vistas. What a wonderful place to be in October!

No EPs for Nov 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12th..

Animals:
11/08 - Afternoon in the Meadow

Catch-All:
11/11 - Fall Fishing

12/7/2013 2:54:13 PM

  Well, I guess I'm skipped for the 10th, 11th and 12th.. Bummer.

12/7/2013 3:12:55 PM

  They skipped me, too, but maybe they just didn't get that far, and will return there- keep hoping!

12/7/2013 4:30:30 PM

Lola M.
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Sedum
Sedum
 
 
11/9 Flowers

11/10 Elements of Design
A Work of Art

11/11 Details and Macro
Spoon Rest

12/8/2013 1:45:58 PM

  Nov 9 - Sunset Bites - Catch-All (Skipped)
Nov 10 - On Golden Pond - People
Nov 11 - Tube lights - Elements of Design

UB.

12/9/2013 1:28:48 AM

  Does anyone know what date they are up to in November? Thank you!

12/9/2013 8:02:58 AM

  Kalena, the last one I got was 11/12

12/9/2013 12:22:51 PM

  Thank you, Jill. Mine all went in later than that. Good to know I may still gave a chance! Lol

12/9/2013 9:19:27 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Hey Everyone,

I am new to this forum. I read it all of the time and enjoy your comments. Plus, it helps me to understand what is going on in the contest world. My last EP was 11/11 One Good Looking Bird! I haven't heard anything since then.

I have a question. What does TAG mean? I asked my kids (teenagers), and they thought I fell out of a tree. So, please rescue me.

Thanks,

Jane

P.S. I have followed a lot of your work. It is amazing, and I hope that I can reach to your levels.

P.S.S. Have a Very Merry Christmas!

12/11/2013 6:08:13 PM

 
 
  11/12/13 6:21 AM
11/12/13 6:21 AM
MT category
 
 
11/12/13 6:21 AM MT category

12/11/2013 6:16:04 PM

  "Tag" is just a way of getting your name onto the notification list for the newest thread (assuming that you have elected to receive notifications for threads you participated in.)

You only need to do it once - or not at all if you got an EP and mention that. "Tag" is just a shortcut (you could just as well type "Jane" or "X".)

12/11/2013 6:23:23 PM

  Nov 12 - Golden - Catch-All

Hi Jane, Merry Christmas to you too. This thread is a way for people to know the latest EP award date. I got one for November 12 and I put it here so everyone (who has 'Tagged' or 'latched' or have otherwise commented in this thread and have 'checked X' the option of receiving replies to this discussion thread) would have an email sent to the person informing that there has been some activity in the thread.

Hope this clarifies. And as Kathy says above the word "TAG" is just so tat you receive emails by BP when someone responds in this thread.

UB.

12/11/2013 7:32:53 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Thanks UB and Kathy! You really cleared up the cob webs in my brain. I finally understand. I will check X so I can receive the discussion thread. I appreciate the explanation.

Thanks,

Jane

12/12/2013 3:48:18 PM

  You're welcome, Jane. And... Welcome to our (unofficial and unstructured) group of nice people/terrific photographers!

12/12/2013 4:56:13 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  You're funny! I haven't gotten one EP since 11/11. I will just hang in there. I have had three of my images with a Finalist score, but I have never had a winner. A goal I have to reach for. Just have to continue to work for it. I enjoy the competition. it will stretches me. I have to make sure that I don't get discouraged though. Have to focus on the fun of it.

Have a super day!

Jane

12/12/2013 5:08:52 PM

  I got one for 11/12 - flowers, but don't know how to post the thumbnail. Lol

12/14/2013 9:22:10 AM

  This sure doesn't look good for the November/December months. Nothing since 11/12 and only one for December, how can they possibly keep up if they are going to get this far behind?? It makes you a bit discouraged, especially when there are supposed to be no resubmits and not only are some ignoring this, but they are even winning. It's just not right!

12/16/2013 12:02:04 PM

  I've noticed that also Carolyn!

12/16/2013 1:33:54 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  I agree with Joannie. I also have noticed. They should hire some experienced photographers with Better Photo to help keep up with the contest. I often wonder if they hire the instructors for judges. Just speculating, but the judges may be way to busy. It might be time to look at some excellent photographers that submit photos to judge the contest work.

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Jane

12/16/2013 2:00:03 PM

  That's been suggested and rejected years ago, Jane. It has too much potential for cronyism, and of course the person judging would have to withdraw from entering. They would never allow it, and I think they are correct on that issue.

12/16/2013 2:22:55 PM

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  I do like that when EP's are given, they are meaningful. In otherwords, the image has really been looked at, and it worthy of the EP. Not just randomly handed out.

What I don't like is the long, long gap. It takes the fun out of the contest. I enjoyed looking each day to see who had what, and participate in the discussion here. That is what is getting lost.

BP - please, be selective about EP's. This benefits those of us who use the EP as feedback on our image, and motivates us to improve. But stay current, so we can enjoy the process and the social aspect of sharing with other contest participants.

12/16/2013 3:03:43 PM

  We are half way through December and as far as I can tell there are a little over 3,000 entries for the month so far. Back when I first joined BP there would be at least 20,000 entries in any given month and even with that many entries EP's were NEVER this far behind. I have seen many amazingly talented photographers leave this site and it is such a shame. I don't participate like I used to because it's not much fun anymore. It's kind of like a ghost town around here now. Sad.....

12/16/2013 4:09:01 PM

  Ok. After skipping the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, here's one for :
11/14..Landscape.. Dewdrop Morning

12/16/2013 5:12:08 PM

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  Pat and Dayna, I've been with BP since 2005 and have seen the evolution in the contest. I remember 40,000 images one year. And now we're down to 3000 midway thru December. Times have changed. I have suggested to BP on several occasions that they could do two simple things that would make the contest more enjoyable for most: (1) pick a consistent EP rate; e.g. 50%. That way, folks will have a baseline. And (2) hand out EPs in a timely fashion, perhaps no later than one week after the contest day. There's no need to do the mad dash at the end of each month.

I think these two minor changes, which probably don't require any software changes, or website changes, would generate more excitement and ultimately more participation in the contest, which could dove-tail into more interest in classes and/or web sites, or renewals.

Regardless, I love BP and am very thankful I found the site many years ago, as I credit them (and the BP members), for my love of photography. But I would like to see the fun return to the site. And I have many friends that have left the site, because it's not as fun as it used to be (their words). I want the forums to return to tips/techniques for good photos, or "how-to" for Photoshop, or where to travel for certain types of photographs.

12/16/2013 6:19:08 PM

  No entries for me since 11/1. Like Carolyn I also noticed the resubmits of images that had already won Finalist/Winner (no changes other than being reuploaded). I saw them get EPs then SFs so I wrote BP and never heard back. I doubt it's just one person but one of them is very dishonest on here. Once these images went on to Finalist/Winner (again) I pretty much realized this contest, which I resisted believing, really doesn't have the integrity that it once seemed to have.

It's a bummer but in that light, all the other changes from this past year really appear to be just as ill-conceived and shoddy. :(

12/16/2013 6:45:51 PM

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  Wow Ken I agree with all that you said. I am fairly new to BP. It definitely has been a great experience. I also agree that consistent judging with the time frame is important.

Thanks for your comments!

Jane

12/16/2013 7:45:27 PM

  Nov 13 - From Paris with LUV - Digital Darkroom

UB.

12/16/2013 8:49:57 PM

 
 
  11/12/13  4:56 PM
11/12/13 4:56 PM
 
 
11/13...11/12/13 4:56 PM MT category

12/16/2013 10:01:28 PM

 
 
  11/12/13 6:21 AM
11/12/13 6:21 AM
This is the correct image :-)
 
 
OOOOPS, I just realized I posted the wrong image for 11/12

12/16/2013 10:05:28 PM

 
 
  Ole!
Ole!
 
 
11/14 Ole! E of D category

12/18/2013 9:50:25 AM

  Nov 14 - Curvilinear - Elements of Design

UB.

12/18/2013 8:57:51 PM

  November 15, Elements of Design

Corner to Corner

12/19/2013 6:22:16 AM

  My last one was November 12 which gives me a grand total of 4/13 or 15 (I forgot to enter on the 14th but nothing for the 15th yet) for about a 30% average, my lowest in years.

12/19/2013 7:03:31 AM

 
 
  Autumn Gift from the Garden
Autumn Gift from the Garden
 
 
11/15 Autumn Gift From the Garden Flowers category

12/19/2013 8:30:26 AM

  Looks like a skip for the 15th for me, too. That's 8/15..I guess we can expect a lot of skipping since they are soooo far behind.

12/19/2013 8:36:00 AM

  Nov 15 - Touch of Blue - Flowers
Nov 16 - STREAKY - Catch-All

UB.

12/20/2013 10:53:02 PM

 
 
  Joshua Tree On Mars
Joshua Tree On Mars
 
 
11/16 Joshua Tree on Mars MT category

12/20/2013 11:41:44 PM

  11/16..Flowers..Quiet Beauty

12/21/2013 12:36:08 AM

  Seems I can't buy an EP this month!!! :-)

Carolyn, what are you doing up so late? :-)

12/21/2013 1:21:46 AM

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  Fence Shadows
11/16 Nature & Landscapes

12/21/2013 6:05:43 AM

  I was up most of the night..it thundered and then the dog wanted in and then the dog wanted out and then the dog wanted in etc etc etc. He's pretty scared of T-storms since a tree fell on his doghouse a few years back, so we indulge his weird behavior.

12/21/2013 6:48:44 AM

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  A Beautiful One
A Beautiful One
 
 
11/16 Details and Macro

12/21/2013 9:28:52 AM

  Can someone tell me how to put the link to a photo like I see here. Pat has one type of link and then I see others that actually have the photo. I appreciate the assistance.

BTW, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone!

12/21/2013 3:45:48 PM

  Nov 17 - Tears of Joy - Flowers

UB.

12/23/2013 4:08:17 AM

  11/17..macro..The Shining
11/18..Animals..Let Me In! It's Raining!

12/23/2013 4:14:54 AM

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  Smithsonian
11/17 Travel & Place

12/23/2013 5:06:08 AM

  November 18 - Digital Darkroom
Beowulf

Sent you a message about links, Kalena.

12/23/2013 6:29:41 AM

  Happy holidays to you all.

November 18, theme

Evening on the Verandah

12/23/2013 7:23:33 AM

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  On The Edge
On The Edge
 
 
11/17 Details and Macro

12/23/2013 8:26:33 AM

  11/19..Landscape..Purely Beautiful

12/23/2013 12:29:39 PM

  11/20..Animals..Strike A Pose

12/23/2013 3:39:15 PM

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  Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden
 
 
11/19 Details and Macro

12/23/2013 4:05:00 PM

  11/18-Sierra Reflection
11/19-Why, You Can See All The Way To California!

12/23/2013 4:40:30 PM

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11/20 Details and Macro (why did I put this in that category???)

12/23/2013 4:46:08 PM

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  Well, that didn't work, huh?? :)

Reflecting on Saturn 5

11/20 Details & Macro

12/23/2013 4:48:12 PM

  Nov 13 through Nov 20th - Nada
but.........

Nature & Landscapes:
11/21 - Twilight in the Mountains

12/23/2013 5:58:55 PM

  11/21..Macro..Interaction

12/23/2013 6:14:23 PM

  Nov 18 - Ghost People - Catch-All (No EP)
Nov 19 - Fake Reality, Real Reflections - DD (No EP)
Nov 20 - Ice on Snow - D&M (No EP)
Nov 21 - SculpturePedia - D&M

UB.

12/23/2013 8:13:37 PM

  Nov 22 - Villa - Monthly Theme
Nov 23 - Last to fall - N&L

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12/24/2013 4:25:43 AM

  11/22..Flowers..My Bud
11/23..Landscape..I Love Mornings

12/24/2013 4:53:24 AM

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  Repetition
11/21 Travel & Place

Fence Post
11/22 Catch-All

12/24/2013 5:47:47 AM

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11/2 Details and Macro

12/24/2013 7:23:48 AM

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On Top
On Top
 
 
11/22 Details and Macro

12/24/2013 7:24:06 AM

  11/24 Nature and Landscapes

I didn't know about this one. I like it but it's different. I printed it for a holiday fair I participated in a couple of weeks ago and it was one of the very few I sold, so I guess its appeal is wider than I thought :)

Stenophobia

12/25/2013 11:01:37 AM

 
 
  Mums the Word
Mums the Word
 
  Picnic By The Water
Picnic By The Water
 
  Peach Trees and Storm Clouds
Peach Trees and Storm Clouds
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody!
11/18 Mums The Word-Flowers category
11/19 Picnic By The Water -MT category
11/21 Peach Trees and Storm Clouds- MT category

12/25/2013 1:41:46 PM

  11/18 - http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=14184178&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

11/20 - http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetailMember.asp?photoID=14268953&catID=&camID=&zulu=&contestCatID=

12/25/2013 1:52:55 PM

  My above post isn't right, I guess. I don't know how to post the hot link. Oh, well.....

12/25/2013 1:54:36 PM

  11/24..SKIPPED
11/25..SKIPPED
11/26..Landscape..More Cove Colors

12/25/2013 2:32:03 PM

  Hope all of you had a lovely Christmas Day - or are still having it.

Catch-All:
11/22 – The Bench

Catch-All:
11/24 – Off Season

Animals:
11/25 – Coming Back

12/25/2013 4:33:39 PM

  Nov 24 - Tile Design - EoD
Nov 25 - WELCOME - MT

UB.

12/25/2013 7:49:18 PM

  11/27..Catch All..Flight

12/26/2013 2:52:56 AM

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  Going Up
11/30 Catch-All

12/26/2013 7:24:28 AM

  Seems to be done EPs for November. Gotten several new ones up to the end of the month.

12/26/2013 8:03:46 AM

  11/28..Macro..Drops On A Blade
11/29..Catchall..Buttonbush Bug
11/30..SKIPPED
That's 20 of 30 for November. Probably won't do so well when we get to the rounds that count. LOL

12/26/2013 8:18:10 AM

  A never before happening for me...zero, nada, no EP's for November! I guess my work really sucks!

12/26/2013 9:28:26 AM

  Oh, that's awful, Joannie! It definitely sucks, and I don't mean your work!

12/26/2013 9:57:47 AM

  I agree with Carolyn. And I certainly don't mean your work either.

12/26/2013 11:14:59 AM

  Thank you ladies for your support! I see so many excellent photos being passed up for EP's and that is not taking away from any the rest of you receive and deserve but what the hell! In the past three months I've received two gold 2nd place badges and then no EP's for a month...something is very strange! The very best for all of you EPers on the next round!

12/26/2013 11:21:42 AM

  11/29-Approaching Colors

12/26/2013 11:28:25 AM

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  Joanie,

I have seen your work and it is wonderful and whimsical.

Do not let this get you down. I would die for a second place award. Remember you are an award-winning photographer!!! :-)

Jane

12/26/2013 11:28:48 AM

Jane E. Miller

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  Joanie,

I have seen your work and it is wonderful and whimsical.

Do not let this get you down. I would die for a second place award. Remember you are an award-winning photographer!!! :-)

Jane

12/26/2013 11:28:53 AM

  Thank you so much Jane! :-)

12/26/2013 1:11:57 PM

  29 entries from a huge trip - 8 EPs. My biggest percentage in forever!

Animals:
11/25 – Coming Back

Animals:
11/30 – Downhill

12/26/2013 5:44:05 PM

 
 
  Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 
No posts from 11/22-25
11/26 skipped
11/27 no post
11/28 Happy Thanksgiving MT category

12/26/2013 5:56:48 PM

  Joannie, the Peons don't know who they are messing with Your Highness...You know I hold all your beautiful images in the highest of regard
OXOXO Your Princess

12/26/2013 6:03:44 PM

  Your work is wonderful, Joanie. And that's quiet a fab record. Keep shooting and sharing.

UB.

12/26/2013 7:21:48 PM

  Nov 29 - FALLTASTIC - DD (No EP)
Nov 30 - Balancing Act - People

UB.

12/27/2013 1:36:24 AM

  Are the Finalists out? It gets so confusing with everything so far behind the schedule.

I just saw 2 Congrats on an image uploaded in October - one from Dec 15 and one from today (so it's probably an October Finalist?)

12/27/2013 10:09:20 AM

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  Kathy, BP hasn't posted Staff Favs yet, for November. So, they must have been from October.

12/27/2013 10:14:23 AM

  Finalists are not out yet, Kathy. I just got my congratulations from Merna on my October finalists today - holidays must have put her behind as they did everyone else :) I find that the first official posts of the Finalists and Winners comes on this page:
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest.asp

At the top of any page, go to Contest and then Contest again. Then pick Finalists or
Winners. Ironically, the other drop-down menu, Contest - Finalists or Contest - Winners is usually late to be updated.

12/27/2013 10:16:16 AM

  Thanks, Mitch - yours was the image that came up, so I just wondered. And.... I finally figured out how the find the current Finalists before the official Finalists link is updated.

Btw, there's a new glitch that I just sent a message about.... While scrolling through the October Finalist galleries, I noticed Ads (lots of ads). There is a notification that states: "Hide these ads. Become a member". I thought maybe I needed to login again, so checked it out. Nope, my login was fine. So, if anyone else is running into that situation, know that I sent feedback already.

12/27/2013 10:23:05 AM

  If you are a member, you can go to your member center, BP Gallery and then deactivate ads. Try that. Mine are not on and they are not showing when I browse October Finalists.

12/27/2013 10:32:46 AM

  I'll go check there - I haven't seen an ad there in years until this week (and I haven't changed any preferences.) It'll be fixed one way or another, no doubt. Thanks, Nikki.

12/27/2013 10:42:58 AM

  Thanks, Nikki - that was it. It never occurred to me to look there as I haven't changed any defaults in "forever"!

12/27/2013 10:49:47 AM

  Okay, I'm testing here to make sure I got the directions Nikki sent to me right! If I goof, just laugh!

November EP -

Red Chevy

12/27/2013 11:34:07 AM

  Hahahahaha

Just kidding, Kalena. Looks perfect! :)

12/27/2013 11:44:46 AM

  Thanks very much, Nikki, for sending the instructions to me. I've saved it on my computer in a word doc so I won;t loose it!

12/27/2013 3:11:23 PM

  If anyone else wants my document, just write and send me your non-BP email address so I can send it as an attachment. I have it saved, too, so each time I want to put in a link, I just open, put in the information for the new link, copy, paste and close without saving so I make sure I don't mess it up LOL

12/27/2013 3:45:26 PM

  I save a monthly document on my desktop (which moves into a folder as the Contest for each month is completed); the two current ones remain on top.

The url format stays at the top so it's always handy. The entries are continually added plus EP notes and the url info for each one to be posted on these threads.

It help keep track of what is entered when and under what category.

12/27/2013 4:04:17 PM

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  I did receive some EPs for November. I also need directions on how to include a link but for November my EPs were

de las golondrines - details/macro
echoes from ago - places
far past any living memory - places
a vintage - details/macro
life's bounty - details/macro

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and will have a great new year! ~April

12/28/2013 8:21:26 AM

  I only put three photos in this month. I guess I did something the judges liked because all three went EP. I posted the Red Chevy already. Here are the other two.

Great Egret

Petals Edge

12/28/2013 12:15:09 PM

  Whoops! I messed it up that time! Try again!

Petals Edge

Great Egret

12/28/2013 12:18:17 PM

  Is there a new page for next month?

12/28/2013 12:23:36 PM

  This thread for November:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36045


Thread for December:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36054


Note that the only difference is the last two numbers in the url thread. So, if you're looking at November and want to move to December, just change the end number from 36045 to 36054 in the address box at the top of the screen. It saves a lot of time to do it that way.

12/28/2013 2:07:50 PM

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  46 .  Photos of the Day
Are the photos of the day selected from each days photos? I understand that editors picks are 3 to 4 weeks behind so are the current photos of the day pictures that we submitted several weeks ago? I am not sure how the entire process works regarding submitting photos for both the contest and POTD!

10/28/2013 6:19:47 PM

  The POTDs have mostly been picked from the EP pool. However, the latest re-organization of giving out badges at BP may have changed this too. If your photo gets an EP badge, it becomes in the running for a potential POTD badge.

At least this is what I know, but who knows, with the recent re-organization, this may also have been changed.


UB.

10/28/2013 11:25:13 PM

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  Paul, I don't think BP has changed their POTD process. They're still selected from EPs. Which means POTDs will come from Oct 1st thru 3rd, or from September (or earlier).

10/29/2013 3:42:31 AM

  Looks like today's POTD was uploaded on 10/3. Yesterday's was uploaded on 10/1.

10/30/2013 9:57:06 AM

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  47 .  September October 2013 contest
What happened to the Editor's picks in September and October. They have greatly decreased. The EP is such a great encouragement to photographers. It motivates us. It pushes us to tAke better photos. Is something happening at Bp? This is my positive pat on the back. Just curious.

Thanks,

Jane

10/24/2013 6:16:28 AM

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  Jane BP is now and has been for awhile 4-5 weeks behind on handing out EP"s.. I will say that they seem to be really behind for September. There is only 7 days left for the month and still BP is WAY behind. Maybe BP is changing the way they do things again.. Not sure??

10/24/2013 7:40:55 AM

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  Brian,

Thanks a million! Very insightful!

Jane

10/24/2013 7:46:09 AM

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  Jane, to piggy back on Brian's comments. There's a September and October EP forum thread that can help you ascertain where BP is at, regarding EPs. Looks like they've given out EPs thru Sept 14th (and maybe the 15th), and thru Oct 2nd-3rd. There will probably be a flurry of EPs handed out in the next few days, for Sept 15th thru 30th.

10/24/2013 2:33:14 PM

  BP has not been very fast in giving EPs since spring... so, maybe something changed then and the current situation is their 'new normality'.

10/24/2013 11:07:24 PM

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  48 .  Great Course Sale This Week!
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NOTES: Be sure you enter the code into the Gift Card field on the order form and click "Submit" to get your discount. Act fast, since the BetterPhoto Sale ends this Friday, Oct. 25th ... see you in class!

Kerry

10/21/2013 3:30:23 PM

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  49 .  September 2013 Contest Countdown
Greetings fellow BP Members! The days may be getting shorter, but it doesn't make the Contest Results come any faster, alas!

The purpose of this monthly thread is to share your one favorite image from your entries last month -- your personal favorite, or your most hopeful, or your proudest photographic achievement that month, etc.; often, this isn't always the image that you *think* will win, nor the image the BP Judges may be drawn to! It isn't about predicting your Finalists/Winners (although that's a fun trick when it happens here!); it is about sharing your personal best/favorite image.
So give your favorite a showcase here, tell us why you picked it, and join us in the countdown... Best of luck to everyone in the September results!

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

1) Sign into BP completely (name + password.)

2) If you have NOT YET submitted your Contest Entry for today, you can take advantage of the "Photo ID" method (to pull an existing image from your Member Center into your Reply to this thread.) This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Go get the Photo ID# from your Member Center first, then come to back this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, then 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" box shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, and finalize the submit at the bottom.

3) If you HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. You can either wait until tomorrow to reply here (before making your new Contest entry) or, upload a new copy of your image (from your PC) into 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 direct BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, when 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.

10/15/2013 9:50:51 AM

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  Grumpy
Grumpy
One of the thousand or so hand-carved limestone grotesques adorning Washington National Cathedral.
 
 
My favorite is a carving from the Washington National Cathedral, high up amidst some of the worst earthquake damages. He seems quite upset by the earthquake ;)
This is a total rework from the original RAW - an improvement over the first version I originally posted some time ago.

10/15/2013 9:59:16 AM

 
 
 
Here's my favorite from September. Good luck everyone!

10/15/2013 10:53:05 AM

 
 
 
I have a number of things I like quite a bit from September, but I think this is my favorite. Haven't gotten there in EP giving yet, so who knows about that?

10/15/2013 10:55:26 AM

 
 
  Passion Flower
Passion Flower
 
 
Pic didn't upload so I'll try again. lol

10/15/2013 10:55:43 AM

 
 
 
I have a number of things I like quite a bit from September, but I think this is my favorite. Haven't gotten there in EP giving yet, so who knows about that?

10/15/2013 10:57:42 AM

  This really is making me buggy. There simply is no option when I'm doing this to put in the photo id number. So, once again, I uploaded it anew. I know that option has been there elsewhere and before, but it simply isn't now.

10/15/2013 11:01:30 AM

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  Hi Mitch -- I think you had already made your still-life/Gone Fishing contest entry for today, before you came here and tried to embed your Favorite. (Your contest entry shows about 9:45am PST upload, while your first attempt here in the Forum shows 10:55am PST.)

The Photo ID method to embed existing photos, only works (each day) *before* you make the daily contest entry on that day. As soon as you enter an image into the contest for a given day, the Photo ID method will not work in the Forum until the next morning...

10/15/2013 11:33:07 AM

 
 
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
adoring autumn
adoring autumn

Thanks for looking!

~People~

 
 
Well here's mine... no surprise....lol

Good luck everyone!!!

10/15/2013 12:31:24 PM

  Chris, thanks. I guess that's it. I thought it applied only if you were trying to post your entry of that specific day. Didn't realize that was the case for any image once you'd done your BP daily entry.

10/15/2013 1:22:21 PM

 
 
  Rest In Peace, Sweet Sammy
Rest In Peace, Sweet Sammy
 
 
It's hard to tell what to hope for when hardly any have EPs (yet?)..so I'll go for our dearly departed Sammy this month.

10/15/2013 3:13:12 PM

 
 
 
Love seeing everyone's faves! Good luck everyone!

10/15/2013 9:40:14 PM

 
 
  Back to School in Bodie
Back to School in Bodie
 
 
This is my favorite shot from September. I went to the Friends of Bodie day picnic with my friend Linda Ruiz a couple of years ago. We were allowed to stay long after the gates to the park had been closed to the tourists, until the sun set and got to go inside several of the buildings which are usually off limits. There were wonderful clouds and the sky was so blue!

10/16/2013 8:50:34 AM

 
 
 
I don't want to jinx my "real" favorite, so I'll go with this one instead - for a flower picture, I quite like it :)

Good luck to everyone else - and glad to see this thread, Chris. With the slowed official activity at BP on all fronts - not just the announcing of Finalists and Winners - the social activity seems to have crawled to almost a complete stop, too. I find myself forgetting to even upload my daily entry sometimes which never used to happen. Anyway . . . here's to the Staff Favorites, Finalists and Winners in advance. I know the pool will be filled with excellent images as always.

10/16/2013 9:53:46 AM

 
 
 
Well for goodness sake - no image. And I did have an image id box and I did paste a number in there. I'll try one more time. Maybe I was too quick to get off the page after hitting submit.

10/16/2013 9:55:32 AM

  Still not working. I'll just put in a link - hopefully! - and get on about my business. It said I was successful both times, but no image!
Desert Grace

10/16/2013 9:59:54 AM

 
 
  Kathryn-Sept 17
Kathryn-Sept 17
Kathryn my five year old grandchild playing peek a boo with me and my camera.
 
 
Kathryn my five year old grandbaby (Sept 17 entry) playing peek a boo around a tree. I love her smile on this photo.

10/17/2013 6:21:26 AM

  here is my guess

10/17/2013 1:36:15 PM

 
 
  the only way to ride
the only way to ride
while in paris I noticed these bikes everywhere..
 
 
oops

10/17/2013 1:36:34 PM

 
 
  Lavish & Lankies
Lavish & Lankies
Two silhouetted guys against the lavish and bright lighted wall of a posh cinema theater lounge, Cine Gold, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Its an Iphone shot.

 
 
Late to the party here this month as I was away for work the first week and then got busy celebrating Eid on a very long weekend. But looking at the recent trend of late Finalist announcement, I am all right.

The favorite this month for me is actually taken by my Iphone and not with my dear D40.

Good luck to all in the September contest, which should be done and over with in the next 10 days or so, hopefully!!!

UB.

10/21/2013 12:07:08 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Never too late to the party these days, Usman!
Just back from about 5 days shooting in Chicago; hopefully we're only about a week away from Finalists... fingers crossed; best of luck for everyone!

10/22/2013 9:50:04 AM

 
 
  The Louvre
The Louvre
one of my fave places in paris to shoot. so many angles to choose from.
 
 
this is my other hope

10/22/2013 3:18:25 PM

 
 
  Our Side
Our Side
The western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, shot from the Embarcadero last month. This weekend it stands empty and idle, closed while construction crews work to connect the new eastern span on the other side of Treasure Island. The old eastern span was discovered to be flawed when part of it collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Meanwhile, the new span, while designed to withstand a massive earthquake, exhibited problems during testing, when 32 bolts snapped. Officials insist it's still safer than the old eastern span. I think I'll stay on this side for a while!

f/16, 1.6, ISO50, 27mm

** Travel & Place **

 
 
Like Nikki, maybe not my *very* top favorite for September. :)

10/23/2013 8:22:39 AM

 
 
  A New Day
A New Day
Uploaded Sept 1
 
 
I like this one out of my September entries. I entered it on the first day so not sure if that hurts its chances or not.

10/24/2013 3:07:15 PM

  Well, good luck, everyone. It's so late in the month now, they will have no alternative but to rush through the rest of the month and miss half the good ones. It's getting quite frustrating.

10/24/2013 3:24:47 PM

  For me, the worst part about the huge gaps in activity at BP is not that they end up rushing (though that is annoying), but that it has curtailed almost completely our interest in the site. I used to check in multiple times a day for all kinds of reasons. Now I seldom check in more than once or twice and would not do that if it wasn't for a critique club here that I really enjoy (FFFP Club if anyone is interested).

10/24/2013 3:37:26 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I have that tingling in my bones that we're bound to see Finalists within a day... May that be a "treat" for everyone in their trick-or-treating this week...! Best of luck!

10/29/2013 11:38:09 AM

  Thanks, Chris.
Don't we need Staff Favorites first though?

10/29/2013 11:46:10 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Maybe -- who knows anymore ;) Maybe that's the tingling, then... ;)

10/29/2013 11:52:02 AM

  Tingle away, guys. It's gotta happen sooner or later..doesn't it?

10/29/2013 4:11:56 PM

  Looks like later!

UB.

10/30/2013 7:59:32 AM

  Hoping for Staff Favorites / Finalists any time now ... Good luck everyone!

10/30/2013 12:58:56 PM

  Maybe late tonight. Nothing going on yet.

10/30/2013 1:28:49 PM

  Just got notification on the SF's, got lucky and got four this time.

Good luck to you all on the remaining rounds!!

UB.

10/30/2013 10:44:08 PM

john dunne
BetterPhoto Member

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  Finalists are out

10/31/2013 1:22:37 AM

  Those aren't finalists, they are Staff Favorites..Finalists not released yet, the page still shows August.

10/31/2013 3:27:36 AM

  Those aren't finalists, they are Staff Favorites..Finalists not released yet, the page still shows August. I got 5 this time.

10/31/2013 3:28:05 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  The tingling continues... ;)
Hope your goodie bag is filled with Staff Favorites that turn Finalist and then Winner! Happy Halloween!

10/31/2013 3:35:37 AM

  Okay this SF must be something fairly new. I got one. However it's not listed among all the other SF's under people. I wonder why????

10/31/2013 3:50:59 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Hi Tammy; yes, the Staff Fav's are new -- came out in July's contest. They are a new "layer" in the progression from Editor's Pick to Finalist to Winner.

From the pool of Editor's Picks, Staff Fav's are selected. Then from those Staff Fav's, Finalists are selected.

10/31/2013 3:55:34 AM

Ken Smith
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  Tammy, BP also has a labeling problem with on their finalist page. The August finalists are also labeled as September Finalists, which makes it very confusing. You probably went to the People category of the "September" finalists, but you were really looking at August finalists. Still confused? :-)

10/31/2013 4:03:29 AM

  Actually September was blank until the SF's came out. SF's are in categories just like finalist would be for the correct month, however if you look under people my photo is NOT there but it I got a notification that I had a SF photo and it shows in my gallery. Hmmmm Maybe there are not done loading all of them.

10/31/2013 4:25:10 AM

  I don't know what page you are seeing, Tammy. I'm looking at the SF page and it doesn't have categories. What's the URL # on the page you are looking at?

10/31/2013 4:28:59 AM

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

copy and paste

I know it says (Photography Contest Finalists - September 2013) but if you click on photo categories and then click each photo individual it will show they are all just SF's for the correct month of September, however, under people my is NOT listed but I do have one.........LOL

10/31/2013 4:35:06 AM

Ken Smith
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  You are correct, Tammy. Interesting. At first, I thought maybe BP had posted the actual finalists without the formal notification, by accident. But I summed up the # of SFs that are at this link. Only 150. That number would be very low, if it were finalists. So, it's a mystery but I do think we'll see more than 150 finalists. I believe there were 750+ Staff Finalists (going off memory as I don't have the notification e-mail at work). And even if they take half of those for finalists, it would be far greater than 150.

10/31/2013 5:09:14 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  (Correct, Ken -- 743 Staff Favs picked for Sept.)

10/31/2013 5:16:55 AM

  So this means that they have only listed 20.0% of staff picks thus far based on 748 picks....

10/31/2013 5:26:35 AM

Ken Smith
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  Tammy, they've only handed out Staff Favs for three months now, I think. And they've never displayed them like they did this month. It's quite possible you're really seeing the finalists...only 150, which would be a low percentage. Time will tell.

10/31/2013 5:31:50 AM

  They are clearly labeled SF, however, it could be the finalist to come. If they only pick 150 finalist may do more harm than good unless they are trying to thin a crowd. They are a business and feel it would eventually drive people away leaving only the extreme best of the best to compete which most certainly would leave out any chances of myself ever getting to the finalist round. I would be FLOORED if they only picked 150 but then again, they have surprised us many times with hard changes. As you said, time will tell.

10/31/2013 5:39:52 AM

  Nothing for me. Darn I had hoped my sunrise through the tree would have gotten a SF. Good luck to all still in. Wonderful images.

10/31/2013 5:43:49 AM

  By my count there are 111 winners selected each month, so I think that this must be a glitch as there are not enough in the pool to account for both winners and finalists.

This is just a guess, but I suspect we're looking at the finalist nominations of just one (or perhaps two) judging queues. The glitch is that it is publicly visible. Once all the judges are finished the badges in this pool should turn to finalists... assuming they system works the same way it did years ago.

10/31/2013 6:23:29 AM

  If this SF selection just started in July I really don't seen any of the August winners with such a badge. Surely the staff would have liked many of the winners. This is confusing for me.... hmmmm

10/31/2013 6:30:39 AM

  The badges get replaced at each phase. The staff picks are essentially Semi-finalist. If it moves on to become a finalist, it's no longer a semi finalist and the badge is replaced. If it doesn't move on, it keeps the staff pick badge, presumably forever.

10/31/2013 6:34:02 AM

Ken Smith
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  Tammy, if a SF gets a finalist, the finalist badge will replace the SF badge. That's why you don't see any SFs for the recent winners and finalists. Kinda like the gold medal replaces the silver finalist medal.

10/31/2013 6:36:31 AM

  I SEE just like what happens to the finalist badges if you place in the contest.

10/31/2013 6:51:32 AM

  But wait, why on earth would they add yet another step in the process with over 6000 photos a month to weed through? So does that mean only 1 of my 3 entries have the potential to move forward based on SF? Maybe I am just all mixed up and maybe that is why I enter very little these days...........LOL.

10/31/2013 6:56:46 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Nobody really knows the mysteries of how/why BP makes the various contest decisions they make ;) The addition of Staff Favs as yet another non-Finalist, non-Winner 'badge' was a bit of a head-scratcher for most of us...

10/31/2013 7:12:38 AM

Ken Smith
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  Tammy, I just sent you a "Contact" e-mail regarding the various rounds of the contest. I think it will answer your question. Just be sure it doesn't hit your "junk" folder. :-)

10/31/2013 7:25:15 AM

  So it appears that the Finalist page is currently listing the SFs ... I got an SF email notification for one of my photos, but it is not on the Finalist page with the other SFs. I think we are seeing the sausage being made, LOL!

10/31/2013 8:02:40 AM

john dunne
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  Sorry if I confused people. I got the email yesterday saying I got a staff selection and there are 743 of them. Interestingly when I checked this morning 7AM irish time, I went through the finalists link and saw September finalists. They were adding pictures live as I watched the number in my Travel category increased as I was viewing them.

Sorry if I called finalists too soon.

10/31/2013 8:19:02 AM

  Has anybody actually got a finalist notice in their email? Weird.

10/31/2013 9:30:21 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  I suspect it is a glitch as mentioned above -- an accidental "reveal" for some (hopefully not all) of the Finalists, *before* the announcement is actually sent out...?

10/31/2013 9:43:40 AM

 
 
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Young Dancer
Young Dancer
 
 
Well here is my SF

10/31/2013 10:13:19 AM

  Finalists are out! Congrats to all!

I am fortunate to have one ... Details & Macro Roller Derby

10/31/2013 1:18:39 PM

  Two for me. A landscape and a catch all.

10/31/2013 1:20:27 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to the 508 Finalists! Best of luck in the winning round. Have a safe and happy Halloween tonight!

10/31/2013 1:25:21 PM

  none for me :-(

10/31/2013 1:38:51 PM

  Woke up to see 3 out of my 4 SF turned to Finalists. Very excited, as I had very little hopes of any of the four advancing further.

Good luck in the Final round!!

UB.

10/31/2013 8:30:42 PM

  BIG CONGRATZ to all the wonderful Winners.

I was pleasantly surprised to find one of mine among them!!!

UB.

11/1/2013 3:02:42 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Congratulations to the winners! You simply never know what will come out in the contest rounds... My favorite in this thread didn't even land a Staff Fav pick, but I managed a 2nd Place on something else ;) I kind of enjoy that its never predictable... Best of luck to everyone in the October results now... seeya in a few weeks!

11/1/2013 5:39:35 AM

  I agree with Chris. Most will not agree but I like the change in EPs and the new SF. Makes it more interesting.

11/1/2013 7:42:40 AM

  Congratulations to all the fabulous winners!

11/1/2013 7:47:03 AM

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William R. Box
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  50 .  viewing shopping cart on Pro Websites
I am a little confused about the Pro Websites and when someone wants to buy an image. I have "Add to Cart" on my images and when that is clicked the pricing structure comes up and a person can select size they want. But if you then want to continue shopping and view more images, there is no button or tab to view or return to the shopping cart. I am sure I am missing something and would greatly appreciate some direction.

Also I set up a new gallery and I can't figure out how to get the "Add to Cart" link to show up in the new gallery. It is there on my older galleries I just drawing a blank on how I did that - so I need help with this as well.

Thanks for your help - Bill

10/6/2013 7:12:42 PM

James Miotke
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  Hi Bill,

I believe some of the confusion might be coming from the use of the phrase "Add to Cart". I might go with another phrase like "Buy this photo!"

For the new gallery, did you set up any of the phtos in that gallery to have "products" associated with it?

Hope that gets you pointed in the right direction.

Enjoy showcasing your photos. You have, by the way, beautiful photography up there!

10/9/2013 2:53:15 PM

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