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Beth W. DeBor
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  11 .  June EPs, SFs, & Fs
The posts in this forum should only be related to EPs, SFs and Fs. Please start a new thread for anything else. Good luck everyone!

6/2/2014 7:02:21 AM


6/2/2014 7:15:09 AM


6/3/2014 8:09:39 PM

  I have a question. Where would I enter a photo of flowers blowing in the wind? It is a blurred effect made by moving my camera so not much was done in digital darkroom.... I remember that Carolyn had one similar to mine but was it in Catch All? Since catch all is now Man Made, it would not work there. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

6/4/2014 5:59:10 AM

  My guess is, if they are recognizable as flowers, they should still go in the flower category..if they are more abstract, maybe in EOD.. In your member center there is a link under "your photos" for how to categorize. I just read through them, and that's the best I can come up with.

6/4/2014 6:35:40 AM

  Thanks, Carolyn. I think that there should be a separate category for abstracts, maybe.

6/4/2014 8:19:04 AM

  Well, they started June EPs.
6/2..Landscape..A Sundown In Gold And Black

6/6/2014 10:20:23 AM

  They've started June???? News to me!

6/6/2014 1:59:47 PM

  Sedum in Black & White
Sedum in Black & White

The small round alternating leaves of sedum makinoi, or Japanese golden sedum.
Black and white conversion and other adjustments in PS CS5.
6/1 Digital Darkroom

6/6/2014 6:06:04 PM

  June 1 skipped (fine with me)
June 2 Landscapes and Nature - View from Steptoe

6/6/2014 7:09:00 PM

  It looks to me like there were only a few EPs given out for June 2 unless they're not done for that day yet.

6/6/2014 7:11:41 PM

  I meant to say June 2 and 3 since there are only a very few on June 3.

6/6/2014 7:13:19 PM

Ken Smith
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  I went thru the N/L and flowers contest entries for May 2nd. Opened each one to see if it had an EP. For N/L, 39% got an EP.

For flowers, the EP rate was much lower, 6 out of 27 for 22%. Maybe they're still going thru flowers.

Assuming these EP rates don't change, they're lower compared to previous months. But the 2nd pass-thru could bring these numbers up.

6/6/2014 7:37:49 PM

  OK, got a skip (Animal and EoD) on June 1 and 2 and an EP on this one in MM for June 3.

Inside Out

6/7/2014 11:09:51 AM

6/5..Landscape..A Great And Glorious Evening

6/9/2014 6:06:38 PM

  Hahaha, Exactly what I thought, Monnie.

6/9/2014 8:40:30 PM

  June 1 - did not enter
June 2 - entered a resub which had an EP
June 3 - Skipped again :(
June 4 - Skipped again :(
June 5 - Dad, I see faces - D&M


6/10/2014 12:44:54 AM

  Well, it appears they are done with June 4 for the first round. I'm a little annoyed :)
June 1 - skipped
June 2 - EP
June 3 - skipped
June 4 - skipped
June 5 - nothing yet

6/10/2014 8:29:00 AM

  Only one for me, on the 4th.

6/10/2014 9:17:29 AM

  None for me yet.

6/10/2014 11:14:46 AM

6/7..Landscape..Dancing Water

6/13/2014 1:54:14 AM

  6/5 (Details and Close-Ups) and 6/6 (Flowers)

6/13/2014 4:08:04 AM

  6/6 Petunias

6/13/2014 8:17:58 AM

  Yay, Joannie! It's a beauty.

6/13/2014 8:22:53 AM

  Thank you Beth! :-)

6/13/2014 8:35:52 AM

  Just one for me thus far. Carolyn, I had a chance to view your gallery and I was blown away. You have such a great eye.

6/13/2014 9:38:57 AM

  Thanks, Harriet. Now if I'd quit poking tree branches in it. LOL

6/13/2014 11:39:11 AM

  6/1 skipped
6/2 EP
6/3 skipped
6/4 skipped
6/5 skipped
6/6 EP

Are they skipping certain days?? Very few here noting they got an EP for the 3rd or 4th.

6/13/2014 5:55:16 PM

Ken Smith
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  Sharon, I didn't get an EP either for the 4th, in N/L. So, I took a look at all N/L entries from the 4th. BP handed out 9 of 26 for EPs, with success rate of 35%. So, they are handing out EPs but at a lower rate than what they've done in the past.

6/13/2014 6:54:48 PM

  Lots of skips, but I did get one for the 4th. Just noticed one for the 8th in People.

Ragtime Piano Player

6/14/2014 7:02:35 AM

  Thanks, Ken! Just curious why so many images not making any kind of cut.

6/14/2014 8:12:19 AM

  Not many EPs for me too this month. But I still had a great time today shooting and loved it.


6/14/2014 9:41:51 AM

  Last month I had 13/16 which is a little over 81%. This month I have one. Discouraging.

6/14/2014 5:18:09 PM

  I know that this discussion is about the June EP's but I asked this question in the Q/A and only got one reply. Since I am not having a lot of luck this month,I guess these questions do pertain to the June EP's :-) I am hoping that my fellow photographers would answer a couple of questions for me.
1. What program do you prefer, Adobe or Lightroom?
2. What do you use for HDR ?
3. Is there a pluggin or program that would be best for florals?
Since joining BP I have had a lot of help and am hoping that I can get some responses to these questions. Thanks in advance. Feel free to use BP mail if you wish.

6/14/2014 5:37:00 PM

Ken Smith
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  Harriet, I've never used Lightroom; just Photoshop. And I have Photomatix for the HDR software. I also use NIK Color Efex which has various categories of effects; e.g., Nature, Landscape, Portrait, and Wedding.

6/14/2014 5:46:55 PM

  Harriet, I couldn't figure out how to respond in BP mail.

I use CS6 for editing. I've never had any use for Lightroom more because I don't need it for file organization so I don't really see the point in having it.

I use Photomatix and Nik for HDR. Sometimes Photomatix works better and sometimes Nik works better. I guess it just depends on the set of images I'm working with. Why one program works better with some images than the other is beyond me but that's my experience with HDR.

I'm not sure about floral images. I just edit those like I would any other image. I love pretty texture overlays, but rarely use them.

6/14/2014 5:49:09 PM

6/9..Landscape..The Rain! It's Insane!

I still use Photoshop 7.. And some filter programs, such as Topaz. Can't afford a Photoshop upgrade and am used to having to put out a little more effort to get what I want, so I'll probably be using what I have for the duration.

6/14/2014 5:52:41 PM

  Thanks so much Ken, Carolyn and Sharon. I look forward to hearing more.

6/14/2014 6:32:22 PM

  6/10..Landscape.. Breezes

6/15/2014 5:53:36 PM

  Just noticed new EFP's for the 10th & 11th.

6/19/2014 9:54:45 AM

Lola M.
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  Freshly Rained On
Freshly Rained On
6/11 Flowers

6/19/2014 11:20:53 AM

  Many more skipped.... got 2 tough..

May 10 - Windows - DD
May 11 - Pollen Dusted - D&M


6/20/2014 1:58:33 AM

  I have two, too, to claim....How's that for an English lesson? At any rate, plenty have been skipped. Are they on vacation? Hope so.

6/20/2014 9:09:21 AM

  True Blue
True Blue

These brilliant blue little flowers are called Blue Daze, scientific name Evolvulus glomeratus.
They are of the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory family, so they are open early in the day and close up at night.
These little beauties live on my patio, and are quite tolerant of our very hot summers.
Minor adjustments in CS PP, and a bit of texture from Kim Klassen.
Yay! Another EP showed up ... batting .500 now! :)

5/6 Flowers

6/20/2014 10:03:32 AM

  Yes, it looks like the judges are back to May!

Orange Sherbert

Blue Bonnet Fence Line
Nature and Landscape

6/20/2014 10:11:43 AM

  Zip, nada, nothing new for me through the 11th. That's the way it was for me last month too.

6/20/2014 11:48:23 AM

  I'm with you, Mitch. Nothing for me since May 8th.

6/20/2014 1:42:04 PM

  Just now..
6/12..Macro..Raindrops On Grass And Web

6/20/2014 2:53:39 PM

  This month has been an exercise in futility. Guess I'll crawl back in my hole again. It's pointless to enter when so many aren't even making the first round. As for May, I picked up one in the 2nd pass. 13 entries, 4 EP total. I give it to those of you who hang in there. I just don't see the point.

6/21/2014 5:38:00 AM

  Only one for me way back on June 4, although starting this month I decided to give up on trying to post every day and have only 8 entries so far. May isn't much better, with just 8 EPs out of 31 after what appears to be a second pass.

6/21/2014 8:37:43 AM

  Monnie, Sharon, Beth, Mitch, I hear you! I almost feel like not even bothering to post anymore...It is just so disappointing each morning to look and not see any EPs...I even wrote to Jim and asked what I was doing wrong...His reply that the Flowers category had so many entries that they were looking for truly unique images, really doesn't mean much when you look at the ones that have gotten EPs...Of course there are some stunning ones, but I see so many that are nothing special...I have given up trying to figure out how they choose. :-(

6/21/2014 11:10:23 AM

  Jill, my sentiments exactly. I'm a couple weeks away from pulling down all my non-EP images, then I'll stop competing.

6/21/2014 11:50:28 AM

  Jill, I also agree with you; 100%. :/

6/21/2014 12:26:29 PM

  This is a replay of what happened about this time last year. It ended up with our posts being deleted if they were negative. Thing is, in may I had 80% EP's but in June so far, I only have three. I have almost given up on flowers and the new categories have me confused. I feel that I have not entered photos in the correct place and this may have affected the outcome. The winners are outstanding for sure but I feel that some of my photos are good enough for EP at least and they have been skipped this month. It is frustrating. I will keep plugging away and hope for the best.

6/21/2014 1:10:01 PM

  What it will boil down to is are you having fun? If it's fun to just share your photos without any expectations then it's still worthwhile. I like to win occasionally though ;). I can't even remember my last win. BTW, no one should get all bummed because something is passed over. While that is disappointing I can say some of my best sellers with microstock the judges have just completely ignored, AND you're in good company :). Several have mentioned all the great photos passed over.

6/21/2014 1:12:42 PM

  6/13..Landscape..A Glorious End to January

6/21/2014 6:36:09 PM

  I wonder if the powers that be are tired of reading all our complaints? That thought just popped into my head. Another thought I had was that maybe there could be a way for these contests to be anonymous. I don't know if it's possible but it would be interesting to see if that made a difference.

6/22/2014 9:47:50 AM

  Beth, I will stop complaining now :). I'm going to try and finish out the month then after that I'll wait to enter again when things return to normal. A few years ago the EPs got scarce then it picked up again. I'm patient, I can wait.

6/22/2014 4:19:45 PM

  While you are waiting Sharon, please don't hold your breath, we don't want to lose you! :-)

6/22/2014 4:50:54 PM

  LOL Joannie! I learned a long time ago not to hold my breath ;).

6/22/2014 5:53:28 PM

  June 15, Elements of Design


6/23/2014 7:00:17 AM

  6/14..Macro..Both Sides Now

6/23/2014 7:51:48 AM

Yellow Watering Can

6/23/2014 8:38:08 AM

1 EP out of 13 entries...

6/24/2014 11:33:48 AM

  Jill, "Pink" is absolutely stunning! Amazing color and detail. What kind of flower is it?

6/26/2014 8:26:29 PM

  tag, tag, and tag.... :( Oh well.

6/27/2014 9:25:17 AM

  Beth, It was growing on a bush, I think it might be a Camellia...? Or maybe a rose?

6/27/2014 9:56:28 AM

  Tag. All the best everyone... don't think the Staff Favorites are out yet. Are they?

6/29/2014 7:54:31 PM

  Oops.. I guess I should be asking in the May thread... Sorry! :)

6/29/2014 7:56:04 PM

  Hi Sharon
I just asked in the May countdown thread, and it seems nothing has come out yet.
Good luck to all!

6/29/2014 8:26:55 PM

  Just now..
6/16..Macro..On The Edge

7/1/2014 1:13:23 PM

  Nothing for me since May 20th.

I started the July thread even though they're still on June 17th.

7/1/2014 1:46:23 PM

  June 5 - Reflections and Red Paint (MM)(
June 6 - Jumper (MT)
June 7 - Wildflowers (Flowers)
June 8 - Rainbow in the Night Sky (N&L)
June 17 - Furling Leaf (N&L)

7/1/2014 2:41:30 PM

  Just received one for the 18th.

7/2/2014 4:32:26 AM

6/19..Landscape..another One Of Our Beautiful Nights

7/2/2014 5:37:17 AM

  6/18 Skipped
6/19 - Harley

7/2/2014 7:06:05 AM

Lola M.
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  A Plain Bird
A Plain Bird
6/19 Animals

Just my 3rd EP for June

7/2/2014 5:54:13 PM

  Wow, if they're up to 6/19, they're really hating my stuff for June! Waaaaahhhhh! Sniff. (picture pouty face) LOL!

7/3/2014 4:02:11 PM

  and tag again....

7/3/2014 4:41:56 PM

  Peggy, I'm in your boat. Zero for six so far. Taking a break in July.

7/3/2014 9:27:55 PM

  Overnight, these came in..
6/20..Macro..Unknown Plant After A Rainstorm
6/21..Landscape.. An Amazing Evening Sight
6/22..Animals..Cutie Patootie
6/23..DD..A Floral Arrangement
Somebody was filled with holiday spirit, I guess. I'll take it any day!

7/4/2014 3:48:06 AM

  6/20 - skip
6/21 - skip
6/22 - Clouds in Glass
6/23 - skip
6/24 - Pilings

7/4/2014 6:49:16 AM

6/26..Macro..Morning In The Daylily Leaves

7/4/2014 6:53:47 AM

6/24 Details & Macro

This was my last entry for June, so that makes 2 out of 8 for the month. Yikes, that's my worst ever.

7/4/2014 8:20:45 AM

6/30..MT..Run Faster! We're REALLY Late
That makes 16 of 30 for me for June.

7/4/2014 1:51:45 PM

  6/30 - My first since May 20th. One for eight.

7/4/2014 1:58:54 PM

  3 EP's out of 19 for June, but we still have the second pass...I hope!

7/4/2014 3:22:28 PM

  Got one! Holy moly! :) Simple Serenity.

7/4/2014 5:15:38 PM

  Thanks, Jill and Joannie. I have never tried them. Maybe next time I see them I pick up a couple. Jill, what do they taste like? Are they tart?

Good luck on the second pass.

7/4/2014 7:25:48 PM

  I am doing so much better in June than May. But, I have been working so so hard at improving my photography. :-)

Have a very exciting 4th.


7/4/2014 8:35:31 PM

  only 3 out of 14...

7/5/2014 8:39:30 AM

  It looks like 11 out of 26. I had a lower percentage than in May. Oh well.

7/5/2014 9:33:08 PM

  Are they done with June? If so I got 9 out of 26 entries. Hopefully one of them will at least get a finalist.

7/6/2014 5:09:49 AM

Ken Smith
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  Sharon, I think they're done with the first pass through. For the last few months, BP has gone thru them again, prior to Staff Favs being handed out and most folks have picked up a few more. Hopefully tthis 2nd look is now part of their contest selection process.

7/6/2014 5:55:38 AM

  Thanks, Ken!

7/6/2014 10:20:51 AM

  I just noticed an EP on one that didn't have any before. It was entered June 1. No others though at this point.

7/10/2014 8:56:40 AM

  Well, I deleted several thinking that they were through.....

7/10/2014 7:38:40 PM

Ken Smith
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  Harriet, for the last three or four months, BP has gone thru all contest entries a 2nd time...part of their new contest process. I know some folks that pick-up five or 6 new EPs. So, don't delete any more! :-) Usually, the 2nd pass-through is closer to when they hand out Staff Favs. Based on Mitch's update, maybe they're doing them earlier for June's contest.

7/10/2014 8:10:12 PM

  I picked one up, too. June 4. I never delete until after Staff Favorites are announced. I may undisplay, but I do not delete. You never know.

7/10/2014 8:16:39 PM

  I picked up one from the first, too.
6/1..MT..Hurry! We'll Miss TKW Day!

7/11/2014 2:38:32 AM

  I picked up one from the first, too.
6/1..MT..Hurry! We'll Miss TKW Day!

7/11/2014 2:38:37 AM

  Impatience, discouragement and frustration are bad emotions. No more deleting until after staff favs for me. I did pick up at least one from the ones I did not delete.

7/11/2014 8:22:55 AM

  I now have a new one from the 7th. Monthly theme.

Book Learning

7/12/2014 6:47:16 AM

  6/6..Macro..One Beautiful Dewdrop

7/12/2014 7:39:35 AM

  6/11..MT..Kisses For My Bro

7/13/2014 3:01:25 AM

  HI all. When are staff favs picked? This is new to me since I"ve returned. Thanks!

I have 4 EP's this month.

7/14/2014 6:53:49 AM

  It's been pretty close to the end of the month, Lorri. It comes right before finalists. Don't delete anything that didn't get an EP until the SFs are out. They go back through them a second time before SFs, so you might pick up more.

7/14/2014 7:51:09 AM

6/12/14 Monthly Theme

Picked this one up on the second round!

7/14/2014 8:04:26 PM

  6/15..MT..Gimmie Some Sugar
6/16..Macro..What's Inside

7/15/2014 1:16:12 PM

  6/18..Macro..Hanging Beauty

7/15/2014 2:52:28 PM

  Eight of about 26 for me. In the second round, nada, no means no. I'm okay with that. In May, I only got one Staff Favorite and it made POTD and then 2nd Place Gold. So, sometimes one is enough.

7/15/2014 10:15:21 PM

  6/24..Macro..I Should Have Had This Last Month
6/27..MT..This Photo Shoot Is OVER!

7/17/2014 8:02:36 AM

  Denton Clock Tower

7/17/2014 8:56:10 AM

  Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit
D&M 6/20/14
Picked up in the second round.

7/19/2014 10:20:39 AM

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Josie  Detmers
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  12 .  Can you help?
I have two pictures entered in a calendar photo contest. The winner is chosen by votes on the sponsor's Facebook page. I would really appreciate each and every vote, as the winning prize money would be donated to a charity. If you would like to vote, go to My pictures are a windmill and a swing on tree in autumn. Thanks so much, if you can help!

5/31/2014 6:28:55 PM

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Usman Bajwa
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  13 .  Staff Favorites
Its not a question rather a request to Team BP to provide a link for all Staff Favorites for a month similar to the link of Finalists and Winners that BP provides in its email announcement.

It will just make it easier to look at all the SFs at one place.


5/29/2014 9:19:24 PM

  Good Idea!

6/22/2014 3:49:18 PM

Jim Miotke
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  Thanks Usman! You ask, and you receive :)

Here's the page

It's also to be found in the CONTEST menu and on the main contest page.

Hope you enjoy!

7/1/2014 5:41:00 PM

  Thanks so much, Jim. Very much appreciate the prompt action on your part to facilitate BP members.


7/1/2014 7:47:59 PM

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Mayra  Pau
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  14 .  Contest
I would like to use one of my photos on my gallery for a contest.

I can't find how to do it anymore. I used to be able to,through the gallery

5/29/2014 9:16:57 AM

  look at this link:

5/29/2014 1:02:57 PM

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  Thank you, Tiia

5/29/2014 1:04:52 PM

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Ken Smith
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  15 .  Countdown to April Contest Results
It’s May 15th; where does the time go? Please share your favorite contest image(s) from April. Within the next 10 days, we should see the Staff Favs. Based on the April EP thread, BP is making their second pass-thru for EP selection. Hopefully everyone picks up a few more.

It would be great to see more BP members participate in this forum thread. We’ve only had about 10 people contribute “fav” photos for the last few months. If you’ve never participated in this forum, or rarely, I encourage you to join us this month.

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

5/15/2014 6:24:23 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.

5/15/2014 6:25:21 AM

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Here's my fav.

5/15/2014 6:25:58 AM

Ken Smith
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Trying again...

5/15/2014 6:27:27 AM

Ken Smith
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  Well, I'm striking out. I'll try again later. Hopefully you'll be more successful. :-)

5/15/2014 6:30:03 AM

  Here's my favorite and it got overlooked.

5/15/2014 1:50:22 PM

  tag..I gotta go look. So many didn't get EPs, I'll have to think about it.

5/16/2014 8:12:04 AM

Ok, I'm putting up my fave with an EP and one without.

5/16/2014 8:14:35 AM

  Drops On A Leaf
Drops On A Leaf
This is a resubmit that did get an EP this time.
  Gorgeous Cloud Colors
Gorgeous Cloud Colors
This one got skipped. NO EP! How sad!
Ok, I'm putting up my fave with an EP and one without.

5/16/2014 8:15:49 AM

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Twilight Falls
Twilight Falls
Nebraska countryside from Sunday night. 10-stop ND filter to slow the shutter speed to ~ 2 minutes, with a 3-stop graduated ND filter on the sky. And the barn’s exposure is from the same RAW image, but lighter exposure.

F11, 108 seconds, ISO 125, 17mm wide angle

Here's my fav; trying to upload it again.

5/16/2014 11:59:41 AM

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  Beth, thanks for joining our group. And I like the photo of the cat. I like how you cropped it. Fingers crossed; it might get an EP this next go around. I'm not 100% sure where they're at with the 2nd go-around.

Carolyn, welcome back to the countdown thread. And both photos are super. I hope the sunset shot gets an EP; it's my kinda scenery.

Good luck to both of you in the next round!

5/16/2014 12:03:08 PM

  Pretty as a Princess
Pretty as a Princess
Angela's Quinceniera. Kate and she have been best friends since grade school.
Here's my pick.

Good luck everyone!

5/16/2014 2:12:29 PM

  ****Nubble Lighthouse***
****Nubble Lighthouse***
  **** Vine Grown ****
**** Vine Grown ****
Sorry put wrong title in the comments...
My pick for what got an EP would be Nubble Lighthouse and for my favorite that did not get an EP is Vine Ripened

5/16/2014 3:14:36 PM

  Great Nubble shot, Jill!!

5/16/2014 3:34:14 PM

  Happy Birthday Mom
Happy Birthday Mom
For my beautiful Mom who is 84 years old today!
Here's my fave from April. Good luck to everyone!

5/16/2014 4:00:44 PM

  Sad to say I have no EP's for April! :-(

5/16/2014 4:16:39 PM

Ken Smith
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  Michelle, what a beautiful 15th birthday gown. And the pose is super. I bet she loved your portraits.

Jill, you gotta love Nubble. It's a picturesque locale, as your photo has conveyed. And the tomatoes look very juicy; full frame works great!

Joannie, this forum is for your fav "contest photo", not favorite EP photo. And they're still going thru EPs, so it might still make it to the next round. So, share away! :-)

5/16/2014 4:33:03 PM

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  Dayna, I missed your photo. Sorry about that. A beautiful photo for your mom. I like the lighting on it and fingers crossed for the Staff Fav round!

5/16/2014 6:23:48 PM

Pink rose, in late day window light.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
Enjoying everyone's terrific photos, with or without EPs! You guys are a very talented bunch!

I'll go with this one as my fav ... I had entered this in D&M in February and it was skipped ... entered this month in Flowers and it got an EP. If at first you don't succeed ... :)

5/16/2014 8:33:31 PM

  A Night at the Ice Caves
A Night at the Ice Caves
40mm, f/8, 490 sec, ISO 100
Natural ice caves an hour drive and a mile walk in the woods from my house.
I used an LED spotlight inside the cave and an LED flashlight outside.
  Flying Ace
Flying Ace
Canon 24-105L, 24mm, f/5.6, 0.3 sec, ISO 400
Hand-thrown playing card captured in flight using continuous light and flash
Since I incorrectly posted my Ice Caves image last month and it is still my favorite to get an EP, I thought that I would post it again. I also wanted to add a second, which didn't get an EP, that I liked just as much since it was more technically challenging and required learning a new skill set (I normally shoot landscapes).

5/16/2014 11:02:46 PM

Opps, sorry Ken! Here is my favorite of my two great-grandchildren on Easter morning! :-)

5/17/2014 12:11:43 AM

  Ant World
Ant World
Shot this close-up on a working ants colony.
Only after I opened the image did I see an ant carrying a tiny new-born.
I am not sure, if its the ant's or if its one of the predator-and-prey scene of the animal world!!!

Nikon D40, Tokina 100 Macro lens @ f/8, 1/80s, ISO 800

Both of my April faves got skipped for an EP. So, I am posting both here. One was a direct resubmit with a change in category, which again was nudged aside with complete abandon.

5/17/2014 12:50:02 AM

  Well, I'm at a loss to see why both of Paul's haven't got EPs. Wow! They are both spectacular!

5/17/2014 2:52:01 AM

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  Peggy, good motto for the resubmits. Different EP picker, different category; both come into play. Your pink rose photo is beautiful and fills up the frame. Good luck this time around!

Paul, lucky you to live so close to this natural phenomena. Your hike was worth it. I read about some ice caves in Lake Michigan that were much more accessible to the public this winter, because of the frozen lake. And the Ace photo..I'm with Carolyn. I sure hope it gets an EP the 2nd go around. Very creative and well executed.

Joannie, thanks for sharing. What a special photo of the great grandkids. This is what photography should be about; capturing special times that can live on forever, even if it doesn't get a shiny EP.

Usman, I remember the mosque from last month, and still surprised it hasn't gotten an EP. Your symmetry is perfect. I'd keep resubmitting. And it's a whole new world at the macro level, for the ants. I remember a photo assignment from years ago; the instructor placed four pegs in the grass that bounded an area about 2 square feet, and told folks they had to find compositions within the box. It forced people to rethink how to shoot photos when confined within such a small area. But over time, people came up with a myriad of compositions.

5/17/2014 5:51:18 AM

  Columns and Rows
Columns and Rows
Category: Elements of Design
  After the Hunt - for forum only
After the Hunt - for forum only
Image will be deleted. Here's a link to the actual image as a contest entry:
After the Hunt
I'll do what others have done and post two - one that has an EP (Columns and Rows) and one that does not (After the Hunt). I still hold some hope that they will complete the second round look at April submissions as I think they only got to the 7th or so and I have a TON that were skipped after that :)

Good luck to everyone in this month's contest.

5/18/2014 8:02:44 AM

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  Nikki, good idea to share two photos. And I like the ivy (?) vines thru your comp. Gives it character. And the hunter/dogs photo is a super portrait. You were at the right place, right time.

From Jill's comment today on the April EP forum, BP says they have many more EPs to post (presumably from April 7th to end of month). So, be patient and hopefully you'll get a few more during the 2nd pass-thru.

5/18/2014 1:27:20 PM

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  Genius of Tile
Genius of Tile
A marvelous, tight diameter, self-supporting spiral stairway rising more than 10 stories and created entirely out of Guastavino tile, without a central support column. Typically, access spirals like this, inside a cathedral's walls and turrets, would be stacked stone steps, resulting in a "column" running right up the middle. This view is up the central void resulting from Guastavino's ingenious design. Guastavino tile installations are most often domes and vaults, but sometimes complex stairways were done. (Engineers at MIT today are still trying to unravel the secrets of Guastavino's proprietary systems; the company dissolved in the early 1960's.) When the tile is not plastered over, the installations feature a distinctive herringbone pattern, often with ribbed, unglazed tiles and protruding mortar seams. This stairway, from the early 1900's, is tucked away in the cavernous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City.
Details from an oak panel forming a side wall of the great choir at the cathedral. Each pointed arch features a quatrefoil with a different flower or leaf pattern carved at the center.
You'd think I could settle on JUST ONE favorite, seeing as I only had 8 entries in April...! ;)
But it is really tough, because I have two very strong personal favs; one for a first-ever visit to something I've wanted to see for years (a specific spiral staircase) and the other for something very mundane I walk past many times a day while giving cathedral tours myself -- but I love the way it turned out.
Feels weird to claim 25% of my entries (ie, two entries!) as my "favorites" -- but here are my 2 favorites!

5/19/2014 1:25:51 PM

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  PS -- BP must have initially bounced around on April EP's -- I have EP's on 3 of my early-April entries, and then again on 2 late-April entries.

5/19/2014 1:35:36 PM

  A couple of my favorites did not make it past the first round but... oh well...
Here is one I am particularly like. hope my down load works.

PhotoID 14427602

PhotoID: 14427602
Title: Smoky Mountain Fog
Entered: 4/4/2014
Category: Digital Darkroom

5/19/2014 2:54:44 PM

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  Chris, no worries on picking 25% of your entries as a fav! :-) Really like the spiral staircase and your tones for it...same for the Tracery photo. And often we should look up or down more often...or squat low and shoot up. And thanks for the update on the April EPs; I'll take a look at my late-April entries.

Eric, perhaps try again with your photo. But I cut/pasted the link and opened it up...very dramatic scene with the trees in the fog. And it could just as easily be during some light snow. Very cool comp!

5/19/2014 5:51:30 PM

  Thanks Ken. Will post it properly in the morning. Great images in the link thus far!

5/19/2014 5:59:42 PM Photo Contest Finalist
Smoky Mountain Fog
Smoky Mountain Fog
Let's try my upload again...

5/20/2014 6:21:40 AM

  Could it be as early as Friday???


5/22/2014 9:13:42 AM

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  Usman, here's the dates for Staff Favs for the last two months: Mar 26th and Apr 26th.

I think for each of those months, the 2nd pass thru for EPs had occurred about the same time frame as this month.

My guess for Staff Favs would be May 26th, Memorial Day (American Holiday). But who knows, maybe they'll post tomorrow in advance of the holiday.

Soooo, there's still time for folks to post your Favs. I'd like to see some new people participate in this forum. :-)

5/22/2014 3:14:09 PM

  May 26th has dawned here and I hope your guess is spot on, Ken. Heres hoping to see the April SFs on the Memorial Day!!!


5/25/2014 8:02:22 PM

  Tick tock ... hoping for Staff Favs soon! :)

5/27/2014 6:26:50 PM

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  I seem to recall one month we had SFs, then finalists, then winners all on the same, there's still plenty of time left in the month! :-)

5/27/2014 7:39:46 PM

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  Tight Quarters On The Train
Tight Quarters On The Train
Not good at choosing but I guess this is one of my favorites for April. good luck to all and hope SF's are announced soon.

5/28/2014 4:25:50 AM

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  Hi Jackie, thanks for joining the party. Very nice tones in this...very nostalgic feel. Fingers crossed on the impending SF round! :-)

5/28/2014 11:59:13 AM

  Sharing a Joke here just to kill the time waiting for the announcements:

A gentleman was lonely and decided life would be more fun with a pet friend. He went to the pet store and bought an unusual pet; a centipede that came in a little white box. He took the box and pet back home and the centipede settled in.

That night the fellow decided to take his new pet to the bar to have a drink. He asked the little furry creature, "Would you like to go to Frank's with me and have a beer?"

There was no answer from his new pet. This worried him a bit, but he waited a
few minutes and asked him again, "How about going to the bar and having a drink with me?"

Again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few
more minutes while assessing the situation. He decided to ask him one more time, while putting his face up against the centipede's house, and shouting, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to Frank's place and have a drink with me?!!"

A little voice came out of the box, "I heard you the first time! I'm putting my
darn shoes on!"


5/29/2014 6:39:14 AM

  Thanks for the giggle, Usman... :-)

5/29/2014 9:12:34 AM

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  Looks like Staff Fav's are out...! Best of luck, everyone!

5/29/2014 4:03:12 PM

  9 for me this time. 4 in N/L 2 in EOD and 3 in macro.
Good luck you all.
Ken just killed it this month! Congrats!

5/29/2014 4:12:34 PM

  Two for me this time.
Congrats to all, and best of luck in the next round!

5/29/2014 4:32:32 PM


5/29/2014 4:34:16 PM

  My "Smoky Mountain Fog" Made it to the next round. How did everyone else do? I hope well, some really good stuff from you all!

5/29/2014 5:55:50 PM

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  Congrats Erick, Peggy, and Carolyn! And I've seen SFs from other participants to this congrats to everyone!

Carolyn, if I "killed it this month", then I'm in good company cause we'll both be in jail together! Thanks!

5/29/2014 6:36:01 PM

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  SF rate was 10.1 percent, so I think finalists rate will be 7%. And I'll predict they release finalists Friday afternoon, Pacific Coast time. Good luck to everyone!!

5/29/2014 6:38:05 PM

  Happy to have got 6 SFs. Good luck to all in the coming rounds of Silver and Gold.


5/29/2014 8:22:22 PM

  Two for me, both ones I would not have guessed. Congrats to all who got one and good luck in the next round.

5/29/2014 9:28:45 PM

  None for me. Why aren't I surprised?

5/30/2014 10:58:32 AM

  None for me. Why aren't I surprised? Good luck to everyone in the next round.

5/30/2014 10:59:22 AM

  Finalists are out.

I had a 50% rate. Good luck all in the next round.


5/30/2014 11:42:35 AM

  Four of my seven went on.... but not "Smoky Mountain Fog"
Good luck to everyone in the next round and may you take your best photo ever this June!

5/30/2014 11:48:26 AM

  4finalists of 9SFs for me.
Good luck everybody.

5/30/2014 11:50:56 AM

  One finalist out of two SFs for me.
I'm looking forward to browsing the finalists ... Congrats to all and good luck!

5/30/2014 3:22:59 PM

  A big congrats to everyone who made it to the finalist stage. We just moved and things have been CRAZY!!!! But I did manage to get 2 finalist photos. I am always so humbled by the amount of talent that I see at BP. That is what I love about photography that I am always challenged to do better. Best of luck to everyone tomorrow. :-)

5/30/2014 6:41:46 PM

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  Hey guys, awesome job to those that participated on this forum topic. Lots of great photos, SFs, and finalists. Good luck in the Gold Medal Round!

Don't forget...tomorrow is the last day of the month so if you're in the habit of copy/pasting your monthly contest entries...don't forget!

Also, the BP theme for June is Cute Pet Pictures.

5/30/2014 8:42:21 PM

  Can someone post the link to the finalist's. I am out of town and only have an iPad. Can't find the link. Thanks.

5/30/2014 9:46:12 PM

  Winners are out ... Congrats to all! Beautiful work!

5/31/2014 8:55:46 AM

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  Congrats again, everyone. Lots of SFs, finalists, and gold, including golds for Nikki and Errick. Congrats, guys!

Errick, here's the finalist link if you haven't already gotten it:

5/31/2014 4:54:01 PM

  Was out of town and away from the cyberspace.

CONGRATZ to all the Winners, Finalists and players. Thanks for sharing your wonderful captures. Keep it up.


6/2/2014 4:44:34 AM

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  16 .  uploading
Nikon D80.ISO 100. 300mm lens.2EV f/5.6
1/20 shutter speed

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  Smile please your on camera
Smile please your on camera
Nikon D80 ISO 100, 58mm , f/5.6, 1/200
Taken at mid afternoon shooters hill south east london

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  Germany Street Scene
Germany Street Scene
aperture, shutter, lens, location, name, time of day, etcNikon D80, ISO 500 , 30mm 0.7EV f/4.5 , 1/500.
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Nikon D80 Digital ...
ISO200, 42mm wide angle lens, 0.3EV, f/16, 1/30
© Sylvia Scotting
Nikon D80 Digital ...
this is a very complicated site to get round, can you not make it more friendly. How do I upload a photo for this site.?

5/15/2014 4:03:42 AM

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  It looks like you've figured it out -- I see 4 photos in your message.
All uploading & contest entry steps are done from your Member Center, once you're fully logged in. Images can be uploaded to your library, for display in your gallery (or not on display) - and can be entered into the contest (or not). It is pretty flexible.
Also, be sure and read the straightforward "Help With Updating Gallery" link, right on the main page of your Member Center.

5/15/2014 5:29:18 AM

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  Sylvia, for new members it can be confusing. Same for entering the contest. Once you’ve figured it out (and Chris has given some good advice), it’s pretty easy. BP has said they have a new and improved BP coming soon, and perhaps it will be more intuitive in this area.

For BP staff. If you add the following options to the front page, I think it will benefit new members. (1) Add “Upload Photo” as a menu option for the “Photos” menu. And for the “Contest” menu, add “Enter the Contest.”

5/15/2014 6:13:57 AM

  Sylvia, you asked this question before and I gave you very clear directions...Maybe you missed my post. Here is a link for it again:

5/15/2014 8:59:45 PM

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  17 .  SPAM???
I see a few entries in the contest that sure look like Spam to me...what do you think?

5/13/2014 12:22:34 AM

  Definitely shouldn't be in the contest entry area, but could it be just a new way of getting ads onto the site?
BP??? What's up?

5/13/2014 3:24:04 AM

  Looks as if a few enterprising and devious souls are taking advantage of the opportunity to sign up and enter the contest for free - and their entries are ads. I'll give them points for clever - but now the question is, how does BP keep them out (I'm assuming for now that the BP folks have nothing to do with them).

5/13/2014 5:21:12 AM

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  Looks like the two you linked have since been removed -- but I saw 2 more "ads as entries" in the first 10 pages of Recent Contest Entries just now... sigh.

5/14/2014 9:24:41 AM

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  18 .  how to enter the monthly contest
Where do you go to on this site to enter the contests? I just keep going in circles.

5/11/2014 5:02:24 PM

  look at these links:

5/11/2014 11:37:19 PM

  1. Click on "My Member Center" top right corner
2.Click "My Photos" on left hand menu
3. look at the bottom left hand corner and click on "Enter Our Monthly Contest", Image Uploader
4. Click the "Browse" box and upload the image you want to enter and fill in your info.
5. Don't forget to click the box that you agree to the terms and if you want to be notified of comments
Best of luck :-)

5/12/2014 4:12:19 AM

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  19 .  May EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
The posts in this forum should only be related to EPs, SFs and Fs. Please start a new thread for anything else. Good luck everyone!

5/5/2014 3:52:21 PM

  May 1 - Skipped
May 2 - skipped
May 3 - skipped
May 4 - skipped
May 5 - Just tagging for now - category (humor)


5/6/2014 1:48:54 AM


5/6/2014 2:47:24 AM

  Roger 1,2,3..... Reporting right from the middle of EP dispatch section, got some, missed some, the usual stuff!! Go check yours, lol

May 1 - Skipped
May 2 - Rain Catcher - MT
May 3 - Droplets on florets - MT


5/8/2014 8:20:58 PM

  Tag--once again skipping me it seems.

5/9/2014 11:36:58 AM

5/4..Macro..Webs In Gold
Aw, come ON! 1,2 and 3 were pretty good..all better than 4.. Oh well, maybe later.

5/10/2014 9:47:23 AM

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5/4 Animals

5/1 5/2 5/3 Skipped

5/11/2014 5:24:07 PM

  May 4 - A Metal-Clad Face - People


5/12/2014 1:44:00 AM

  Every single one of my entries has been skipped so far, sad to say.

5/12/2014 10:55:07 AM

  Me too Monnie...beginning to lose incentive here...It's so disappointing...

5/12/2014 9:32:13 PM

  Every one of my images in April was skipped also the ones for May! :-(

5/13/2014 12:55:19 PM

  Well Joannie, I am one of your oldest and biggest fans :-)

5/13/2014 6:58:58 PM

5/7..MT..Is That My House In There?
5/8..NL..Patterns On The Web
That's 3 of 8 so far. Not so good!

5/14/2014 2:59:47 AM

  My first since the end of Feb. - Lines

5/14/2014 1:24:18 PM

  Joannie, I know how you feel. I haven't entered many lately since I was extremely discouraged. I just got my first EP since the end of Feb.

5/14/2014 1:26:37 PM

  WTG Beth! :-)

5/14/2014 2:36:02 PM

  Carolyn I am right by your side with 3 from 8 if they are done stamping EPs till the 8th. Agree, not a very nice feeling it is :(


5/14/2014 7:50:17 PM

  I've got 2 for May (8 for April) but... so what? It seems now to be a bit like a lottery, thus getting or not getting them is not necessarily an indicator of quality of photos.

5/14/2014 11:42:20 PM

  Thanks, Joannie; but Tiia has a point. There are some really good photos being overlooked and vice versa.

5/15/2014 6:36:47 AM

  I'm not sure who is judging this month, but it seems they are only picking a very few EFP's and overlooking many really good photos.

5/15/2014 7:44:28 AM

  Leslie, I have always wondered who does the judging. I've never been able to get an answer.

5/15/2014 7:49:47 AM

  You never will Beth!

5/15/2014 10:19:28 AM

  I'm bet that the judging rotates to different people each month, which really is a good thing as every judge has their own bias as to what they like and don't like. Who the judges are has never been disclosed by BP and really doesn't matter. I am very active in the Chicago Area Camera Club Association as both a judge and someone who enters photos into the contests. One month the judges will love your images, the next month nothing. Judging is definitely subjective.

5/15/2014 12:29:17 PM

  Yes, judging is subjective which is why I don't shoot to please these illusive judges. Although I have to admit, it is extremely frustrating when you think you have a good photo and it gets overlooked. Sometimes I submit images out of curiosity to see if they'll go anywhere, but mostly I submit what I like.

5/15/2014 1:32:13 PM

5/11.EOD..Designer Web
5/12.Macro..Dewdrop Definition
5/13.MT..Delightfully Dewy

5/15/2014 3:22:25 PM

  May - 5 Skipped
May - 6 Skipped
May - 7 Skipped
May - 8 Skipped
May - 9 Skipped
May 10 - Dancing on the side - Flowers
May 11 - A fishless day - Nature & Landscape


5/15/2014 6:10:38 PM

  5/10 Flowers Freelensed Wildflowers

5/11 Flowers Freelensed Wildflowers II

5/15/2014 6:20:29 PM

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5/10 Details and Macro

5/12 Flowers
Columbine Flower

5/15/2014 6:33:36 PM

  Ok everyone sit down...I got an EP!

Monthly theme

5/15/2014 8:18:47 PM

  Yay, Joannie!

5/15/2014 8:21:42 PM

  Glad you got one Joannie..I must be on the Ignore list...

5/15/2014 9:05:30 PM

  Just saw this and checked my gallery. Pretty sparse the first few days - EP May 1 and then skipped the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th followed by an EP the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th (skip on the 8th). Does it look as if they changed EP pickers on us after a week? LOL

Here's my most recent - entered the 12th. If you can visualize (or do a screen shot and check it out) a horizontal flip (having the door and light on the right), which orientation would you prefer?

5/18/2014 8:14:25 AM

  I'm doing about the same as you. Skipped the 1st, 2nd and 3rd. EP on the 4th..Skipped the 5th, 6th, EP on the 7th and 8th, Skipped the 9th and 10th, EP on the 11th, 12th and 13th. I sure hope they go back through. Both last month and this one, they are skipping a lot of good ones. (IMO, of course).

5/18/2014 8:34:47 AM

  May 12 - Did not enter
May 13 - MeLbOuRnE - Travel & Place


5/19/2014 12:52:47 AM

  Are they still only on the 13th or am I missing something? The EP page has been stalled since then.

5/22/2014 1:25:28 PM

  Looks like the 13th is the last day that has EPs.

5/22/2014 3:04:30 PM

5/15..EOD..Web 20131022-9

5/29/2014 3:16:41 AM

  Ditto for me, Carolyn. One skipped one stamped.

May 14 - Skipped
May 15 - INNOCENCE - People


5/29/2014 4:04:33 AM

  Got an EP for the 20th that showed up over night.....only 1 image left for my 4 entries in May.....

6/1/2014 7:44:30 AM

  5/16..SKIPPED!! I can't believe they passed this one up. BUMMMMMMMMMER!!!
5/17..Macro..Two Drops
5/18..MT..Double Droppings
5/20..MT..Tiny Water Drop

6/1/2014 9:00:45 AM

  Try this, Carolyn :)
13 skips out of 20 entries: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20

I am really looking forward to the second pass through LOL

6/1/2014 10:56:05 AM

  Do like I do, the entries 3 or 4 or 5 days apart and then they don't get tired of looking at your stuff.... ;-)

6/1/2014 11:08:06 AM

  LOL Bob
And here all along I thought I was increasing my chances by having more entries :)

6/1/2014 11:14:20 AM

  Not much better for me, Nikki..10 of 20.

6/1/2014 12:36:35 PM

  May, 14 entries, so far 2 EPs.

6/1/2014 1:43:06 PM

  May 16, 17, 18 skipped
May 19 - So you think you can dance - D&M
May 20 - Gone Fishing - People

That makes it 9 out of 20 for me, we are all together in our boats within this BP EP pond ;)


6/2/2014 4:42:59 AM

  Congratulations to all the May winners.

I started the June thread. Good luck.

6/2/2014 7:06:01 AM

  Well...I only have 4 out of 27, feeling very bummed out even after getting an email from Jim. I know I should not let it bother me, but it is very disappointing, not inspiring...:-(

6/2/2014 7:36:16 AM

  I know how you feel, Jill. It is nearly impossible not to let it bother you.

6/2/2014 7:54:34 AM

  I agree with you Beth, Joannie, Jill, and other. It is disappointing.
Even more so when you feel you've gotten out of a bit of a personal slump, and still... all the skips. I also hope they go back thru for everyone with skips.

6/2/2014 8:50:58 AM

  5/21..SKIPPED (don't care)
5/22..MT..A State Of Graceful

6/2/2014 1:23:30 PM

  I only had a couple of staff favorites last month but I was gone most of the month and have not paid much attention to things. I was wondering about the second go around. Did anyone get a finalist out of those skipped during the first go through and EP'd on the second go through? I hope I have been clear enough. Those first overlooked photos may not have a chance or do they? Just wondering.

6/2/2014 2:15:45 PM

  Yes, I have had SF's and 1 finalist from overlooked first round stuff.
Don't give up.

6/2/2014 2:59:09 PM

  Thanks, Carolyn.

6/2/2014 4:17:43 PM

  17 entries in May and only 1 EP! :-( I think this is some of my best work...oh well!

6/3/2014 8:20:00 AM

  I'm done with May....4 EPs out of 4 entries....

Oh, re the overlooked previously stuff...I had an sf/finalist in April that was overlooked several times prior.

6/3/2014 8:27:55 AM

  Out of 31 entries, 5 EPs for me. Maybe if they do a third or fourth time around??? ;-D

6/3/2014 10:28:49 AM

  Do you think they are through with May? I was doing fine until the 22nd and not another one for the month. It is only the 3rd of June and there is still a lot of time......

6/3/2014 10:35:50 AM

  I don't think they are done. My last was for the 22nd, also. I'm almost sure they are not done.

6/3/2014 10:51:59 AM

  And....question answered! Not done!
5/24..MT..Lower The Drawbridge (resubmit)

6/3/2014 12:47:20 PM

  My last EFP' is for the 26th which just came today.

6/3/2014 3:35:50 PM

  Continuing with the skips (last EP on 16th):
21, 22, 23. Got one for the 24th. Nothing new after that (out of town at end of month so entered resubs from 27th on of which two already had EPs)

6/3/2014 3:56:08 PM

  If they are done till the 26th, then I have one more to show from 21 onwards, which makes it 10 out of 26 so far. Almost 40% in the first pass. In times like these, I consider this not bad at all.

May 23 - Wall Art - Elements of Design


6/3/2014 8:07:31 PM

  OBOY! I hope to heck they aren't going to leave it like this!!
5/31..MT..Fun With The Macro Lens
There are 2 of those skipped ones that are pretty good, IMO. Wow, that's just downright sad! That's 13 of 31.

6/4/2014 3:28:00 PM

  I was feeling so bad but ......guess I'm not that bad
Well, I got 8 out of 14 and the last EFP was 5/31/14

6/4/2014 3:46:37 PM

  I was feeling so bad but ......guess I'm not that bad
Well, I got 8 out of 14 and the last EFP was 5/31/14

6/4/2014 3:46:37 PM

  Sorry I double hit the response

6/4/2014 3:48:11 PM


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6/4/2014 4:07:10 PM

  Carolyn, your 42% is not sad compared to someones 18%! :-)

6/4/2014 4:19:42 PM

  You're right, Joannie. I didn't think it was that high. I'll quit crying now. I still think they missed some good ones. Maybe on second run through.

6/4/2014 5:58:54 PM

  Sorry, but I have to agree with Joannie, I posted 27 and got only 7 EPs.I just don't feel sad for those folks who get lots of EPs, Staff Favorites and Finalists and have a few skipped......We all are disappointed when one of our images doesn't get any recognition, but to have so many ignored in favor of the same folks who win all the time is very disheartening. Just my 2 cents... Granted those photographers are talented, but I sure see a ton of incredible images that are passed over in favor of some that are not so exciting...

6/4/2014 7:46:46 PM

  May 27 got skipped and don't know about May 30 and 31st as both were resubs. Got two new ones though making it 12 out of 30 entries, a whopping 40%, in the first pass!!

May 28 - ROAD CODE - EoD
May 29 - London from London Bridge - T&P


6/4/2014 8:48:36 PM

  Well said, Jill, but you forgot to mention all the golds and POTDs.

6/4/2014 8:52:53 PM

  Sorry. I was in your shoes for quite a while, and I know where you are coming from. I'll quit complaining.

6/5/2014 2:34:13 AM

  Don't get too discouraged. Last month I had quite a few passed up the first time. The second round I did do much better. But the photo that I got gold on was not given an EP until the second round. So hang in there. This month's entries given EPs have been very slim. But I am not going to lose heart no doubt I will get more in the second round. The power of positive thinking.:-)

Good luck everyone,


6/5/2014 5:36:17 AM

  I agree with Jane, the second round of EPs almost doubled my last months EPs. So lets keep our chin up and hope for the best. I am sure there are many more EPs in store for all of us in May too ;)


6/5/2014 8:01:15 PM

  Anything happening?


6/11/2014 10:29:42 PM

  Nothing new in my gallery, Jane. Its the usual deafening sound of silence!!!


6/12/2014 3:36:09 AM

  Nothing here for May since 12th (and I entered every day of the month).

6/12/2014 1:39:24 PM

  Nothing new for me either. I wonder if they're done for May.

6/12/2014 1:56:50 PM

  Waiting patiently - or maybe not so :) - for them to finish the 2nd round of May EP's.

6/18/2014 7:33:34 PM

  I know me too!! I also am trying to be patient. I guess it is just that I am curious. At least the forum is a place that we can relate to each other. :-)


6/18/2014 7:43:37 PM

  Picked up 3 overnight..
5/1..Animals..Peek A Boo
5/3..EOD..See Through
5/6..Macro..Web 20131022-54

6/20/2014 2:53:55 AM

  Yahoo! I received one overnight.

5/1 Rain Man. MT

6/20/2014 4:47:07 AM

  Yay .... one more for me too!!


6/20/2014 6:54:56 AM

  5/9..Macro..Great Coverage

6/22/2014 1:58:08 PM

  5/14..Macro..Beautiful Morning In The Garden

6/22/2014 3:11:03 PM

  Three more new EPs are showing up.


6/23/2014 1:15:35 AM

  5/19..MT..Sudden Storm

6/23/2014 2:41:39 AM

  I picked up four in the second round so a total of 10 of 28.

Best of luck to everyone as we await the SFs.

6/23/2014 6:42:23 AM

  I still expect a few more May EP's - here's hoping I'm right.

6/23/2014 6:56:01 AM

  Got 2 last night - 22nd and 30th - but the total for the month remains abysmal.

6/23/2014 8:11:16 AM

  Well, in that case maybe they are done. I got none. That would leave me with 13/31.

6/23/2014 8:24:17 AM

  I got that last one this morning and that was for the 19th.

6/23/2014 8:50:53 AM

  If they are done selecting EP's for May, I ended up with 6 out of 9. Good luck to everyone in the next round!

6/23/2014 10:27:31 AM

  Has ANYONE seen a SF for May yet?

6/27/2014 1:33:56 PM


Nope not me. Good luck everyone. There were so many amazing images to pick from.

Jane Miller

6/27/2014 1:46:57 PM

  Two our of six EPs for me. None in June yet.

6/27/2014 1:58:22 PM

  Congratulations, Beth. I haven't seen any and others in a group I'm in were asking as they had heard Staff Favorites were out. Are you sure you understood my question - I was asking whether anyone has seen a Staff Favorite on a May entry yet.

6/27/2014 2:08:33 PM

  I haven't seen any staff favorites yet, but hopefully this evening. I think they usually send emails. Monday is the end of the month so unless they are going to do it all in one day, they should come tonight or over the week-end. Good luck to everyone.

6/27/2014 3:32:32 PM

  Nikki, I understand your question, I was just stuck on the lack of EPs and frustrated.

6/27/2014 9:17:31 PM

  Tag. All the best everyone... don't think the Staff Favorites are out yet. Are they?

6/29/2014 7:57:32 PM

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  Sharon, I don't think they're out yet. We'll probably seen them shortly, along with finalists a few hours later.

6/29/2014 8:04:12 PM

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  20 .  uploading
How do I upload a photo. There is nowhere that I can see that says upload

4/30/2014 6:21:53 AM

  To upload an image for the contest:
1. Click the "My Member Center" link at the top right of the page
2.Click "My Photos" on the left menu
3.At the bottom of the list on the left you will see "Image Uploader" under the "Enter Our Monthly contest" link. Click it.
4. Where it says "Browse", click it and upload whatever picture you want.Then fill in the information you want and make sure you click the box for the Terms and Conditions.
You can nly enter one image a day for the contest.
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