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Michelle L. Frick
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December 2012 Countdown Thread


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 15, 2013...WOW! Welcome to 2013 everyone! I hope that this new year is treating you all well with happiness, health and maybe some special treats from the BP judges. It's time to select our favorites and to break out the chocolates (I have a bunch left from my stocking) and your favorite beverage. It's chilly here, so I might need some hot chocolate.

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Good luck everyone!!!

1/15/2013 5:33:29 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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I can't believe it's the middle of the month already!
I don't have a clear favorite, so I'll go with my doggie. He likes to be showing off.

1/16/2013 4:35:00 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Hi Michelle! Happy New Year and thanks for continuing to host this thread :)

I haven't picked a fav yet. If a pic got a POTD, I guess that one is more likely to move forward? Anyone have any takes on that?

1/16/2013 6:49:45 AM

 
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was on vacation in santa fe new mexico and saw so much beauty everywhere, then turned around and saw the simplicity of this wall...Simple can be beautiful also
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I finally got around to making a folder on my gallery for the EP for january.. YEAH.... so from now on I can keep my picks each month in a folder.... here is what I think is my best shot for december

1/16/2013 7:24:05 AM

 
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  Susan, I think it has a good chance if it has a POTD, but it's not a guarantee.
I once had a POTD that disappeared from everywhere else..that was back in the day when we could know such things..but it never reappeared until I resubmitted it, and then it got a 2nd place.
I forgot to say that my Decembers run from "Mountain Fork River" on page 3 to
"Crackin' An Eyeball" on page 6, if anybody wants to pick their faves.

1/16/2013 8:31:27 AM

 
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  Good luck, everyone!

1/16/2013 9:12:08 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Thanks Carolyn! So if I pick that one I *might* be right for once! lol

Yours are always tough to choose a fave from Carolyn, but I'm going with Apocalyptic.

Already uploaded for today so I'll post a pick tomorrow. My entries are from Buh-Bye 2012 on page 2 to No Wine-in Here on page 3.

1/16/2013 12:54:58 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Susan I like your Dahlia shots, all of them.

1/16/2013 3:19:12 PM

 
Pat Harry
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  I haven't picked a favorite for me yet. But if you are interested in looking, I put "bookends" around my December photos. I uploaded a December and November marker - December images fall in between. :)

Good luck everyone!

1/16/2013 5:02:58 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Mine run from "The Homestead" to "Danger".

The Homestead is probably my favorite.

1/16/2013 5:07:10 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Pat: Now Arriving is definitely the one!
Jeff: I liked several, but also The Homestead for me.

1/16/2013 6:47:08 PM

 
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A moment of eye contact with this beautiful, endangered ebony langur, from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
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I'm still putting up Iceland images from my August trip, but I'll take a break from picking a favorite hopeful from them... and go with this rework from the Omaha zoo. Good luck everyone!

1/17/2013 3:45:34 AM

 
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Hi All! Here's my December favorite...:)

Good Luck!

1/17/2013 6:00:09 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Great Egret
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Animals: December 29, 2012

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well, I think I narrowed it down to two :) I'll only post my first pick, but Sweet Joy is my second.

1/17/2013 10:14:36 AM

 
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  Thanks Carolyn, about the Dahlias :)

Jeff - Curves and Angles (but I also loved the Shattered series you did! Cool and unusual)
Pat - National Gallery Portrait (it has that storytelling element)
Chris - Connection (wasn't totally sure on where Dec's are but I also liked Colorful Living)

Tony, I like with your pick above and Kara's as well (so adorable). Michelle, I don't know where your Dec's are but I really enjoyed browsing your gallery! ;)

1/17/2013 10:21:10 AM

 
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I actually have a couple of favorites - both resubmits.

1/17/2013 2:37:36 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Happy New Year again - I keep forgetting to post my favorite. I haven't seemed to pick one the judges pick in quite awhile. Hmmm...going to go with a resub that I love, and also because December is usually when I go to the Omaha Zoo (but this year we went in October) - Big Bored Bear

1/17/2013 3:26:04 PM

 
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  Okay - my personal favorite by far from my own gallery is "Searching" - the woman in front of the National Portrait Museum searching through the trash. Susan stated exactly my reasons for loving the image - it tells a story. A sad story, right in front of an amazing building.

Carolyn - "An Autumn Evening in Oklahoma"
Jeff - "Navy Bean"

I didn't pick for anyone else because I don't know where December starts and ends. Please let us know! :)

1/17/2013 4:01:39 PM

 
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  oops, sorry Pat I got the name of the pic wrong! Mine start at Buh Bye 2012 on pg2 to No Wine-in Here on pg 3.

1/17/2013 8:03:13 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  Susan, I did a very quick check of the November POTDs for badges and found:

6 gold (including at least one 1st)
12 silver

1/17/2013 8:10:18 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Thanks Martha! I was also cruising another gallery and they had a lot of POTD's and about 1/2 of them didn't advance. But that's ok with me cause I am just thrilled to have gotten a POTD, something I figured was as hard to get as a 1st Place!

1/17/2013 8:14:52 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Well, I've had 3 POTD's. One ended up with Gold, one with Silver, and one with an EP. I know, I'm not very helpful. . . .

1/17/2013 8:22:39 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Dang ....!! I forgot again to put my entry in the thread before submitting my daily entry. Hopefully tomorrow....

For those who would like to take a pick from my December hopefuls, these start on page 2 with the image "Majestic" and ends with "Joy of Photography" on the same page down below.

Good luck to you all. Could it be that Judges surprise us with early Finalists this month!? Stock up with the goodies, if they don't.

Usman.

1/18/2013 2:00:34 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Usman, I like your "Looking Down" pic..
It's unusual and cute!

1/18/2013 2:45:59 AM

 
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  Usman, it's a tie for me between "First Light" and "The Knowing Look" Like all the other galleries I've looked through, I see many award-worthy images! :)

1/18/2013 12:45:58 PM

 
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  Usman - I'm going to go with two:

G R A N D I L O Q U E N T
The Knowing Look

1/18/2013 1:43:28 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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  Thanks Carolyn, Susan and Pat for your peek and pick from my gallery.

My favorite "B I R D S" was shot looking down from the 19th floor building right opposite the Lake front in Sharjah, UAE. Was happy to get the blurry effect on some of the birds, which I intended.

UB.

1/19/2013 4:36:44 AM

 
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When viewing everyone's images, I feel I'm not worthy to post here. I'm sure I'll be inspired and maybe some of your talent would rub off on me. Of my December EFPs I pick "Changing Guard go Evergreen".

Carolyn - Apocalyptic
Susan - No Wine in here - colors are fantastic!
Pat - Amid the Hustle and Bustle
Jeff - US Capitol
Usman - Through the Arches

1/19/2013 6:00:26 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Not sure of the December EFPs for: Tony, Michele, Martha, Kara. Lola and Christopher.

1/19/2013 6:13:00 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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Here's my December pick.

My December images start on page 6 with Fiddlehead and end on page 3 with Tiny Bubbles. I'll try to review all the galleries listed this weekend!

1/19/2013 8:51:45 AM

 
Ken Beatty
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  Martha - I love "Tiny Bubbles" The color is amazing!

1/19/2013 10:08:05 AM

 
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  Martha, I like Tiny Bubbles a lot, too.

1/19/2013 10:19:30 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Ken - Buttermilk Falls 2 (also Niagara Skywheel if that's in Dec) Phooey, your images are worthy! But yea, I learned tons from sharing with other members!

Martha - Tiny Bubbles with Candy Canes 2nd.

1/19/2013 1:08:32 PM

 
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  my december EP are all over so for the start of 2013 I decided to start a folder each month of my entries. so starting with Januarys EP everyone will be able to look them over :-)

1/19/2013 1:27:20 PM

 
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  Susan - guess you found my December EFPs. They run from after White Christmas? to just before the 3 finalist I've gotten so far in the past 4 months.

1/19/2013 1:36:36 PM

 
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  Ken, leave it to me to be different, but I like your Niagara Skywheel.

1/19/2013 3:50:28 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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  My picks so far:

Susan - Great Egret & A Thing of Beauty is
Carolyn - An Autumn Evening in Oklahoma
Ken - Wet Wet Wet
Pat - It's Time!
Jeff - The Homestead
Usman - Majestic

good luck everyone!

1/19/2013 5:12:43 PM

 
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  Wow, beautiful imagery everyone. Here what my eye liked:

Carolyn = Misty Impressions (frame it)
Jeff = WWII Memorial (cool long exposure)
Pat = One Way (If I were a gambler I put all my money on this beauty, great eye for comp and seeing the Extra-ordinary in ordinary)

Tony = Best Friends (wonderful feel)

Kara = You've Got a friend (Another Big Winner IMHO)

Chris = 6 (awesome tones and EOD)

Michelle = Jaden (Wonderful portrait work)

Lola = I like both of your above picks.

Ken = Maple Colors (lovely colors and dof)

Good luck with all these and more ;)

UB.

1/19/2013 6:47:41 PM

 
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Hoping this resubmit makes the cut

1/20/2013 6:54:17 PM

 
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  Gorgeous, Erik!

Michelle - Sugar -n- Spice
Lola - Posing

1/21/2013 8:53:56 AM

 
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Well, I only had a couple of entries, but I like this one the best! Good luck to all!!

1/21/2013 3:27:15 PM

 
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Here is the birds image itself.

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1/23/2013 2:04:05 AM

 
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  Lola - Wayward Drive

Any image that causes me to pause and stare deeper into the picture is a winner! Nice Job! I hope this is a December Photo entry.

1/23/2013 3:53:36 AM

 
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  Thanks Ken - yes it is a December entry. They go from "Just My Size" to "Happy New Year!!!"

1/23/2013 9:19:36 AM

 
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  I have been trying to find time to pick favorites, but life's been a little crazy. Hopefully I'll get to it before they post finalists.

1/23/2013 2:42:53 PM

 
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  Wow - that was fast. Congratulation's to the finalists - I was happy to get one as I was not really expecting any this month. Good luck in the next round!

1/23/2013 6:00:53 PM

 
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  Disappointed as usual

1/23/2013 6:05:14 PM

 
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Guess I wasn't quick enough. Congrats to the finalists! Best of luck in the next round.

Two for me for December.

1/23/2013 6:15:32 PM

 
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Let's try this again. . . . .

1/23/2013 6:16:22 PM

 
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  Congrats to all the finalists!
(Three for me this time ... I thought December was not one of my better months, so I am ecstatic!)
Best of luck to all in the next round!

1/23/2013 6:27:38 PM

 
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  Woo hoo! Three this time - first time I've ever had three in a month. So I'm excited! :)

1/23/2013 6:42:14 PM

 
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And one more time. . .

1/23/2013 6:44:03 PM

 
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  Jeff, if you're trying to attach with the Photo ID method, remember you can't do it today, if you've already entered the contest yourself...

Congratulations Pat, and the rest of the Finalists! Managed 3 here as well (not the 3 I'd pick, but I seldom predict it correctly anymore!)

Good luck in the next round! I was surprised how early the Finalists came out this time---Haven't come out this early since May '12, and that month was a bit of an anomaly for 2012...

1/23/2013 6:48:17 PM

 
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  Yup, I'm aware of that and haven't entered yet today (usually the last thing I do before logging off for the day). I was able to post in the Phello's thread, but keeps failing on this one. Oh well.

1/23/2013 6:52:14 PM

 
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Congrats to everyone! Christopher, the three I got were not ones I picked either. But I'll take them.

Jeff, I'm going to see if I can get mine posted. I haven't entered yet today either.

1/23/2013 6:56:16 PM

 
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  It's weird, Jeff...I saw it attached earlier, but now I don't.

Congrats to all the finalists!

1/23/2013 6:57:53 PM

 
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  Yeah, the last time it showed that it was successful. Oh well, y'all will just have to imagine how good they are :o)

Pat, that first one is amazing!

1/23/2013 7:03:11 PM

 
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  Hot-diggity, I finally got a pick correct! Very pleased that I got two for December, Great Egret posted above (Martha's pick) and No Wine-in Here (Ken's pick).

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

1/23/2013 7:04:41 PM

 
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  Congratulations to all of the finalists. None for me this time.

1/23/2013 7:24:03 PM

 
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  Huge CONGRATZ to all the Finalists. I am excited to have gotten Four this month. Its my second time ever that I got four in a month.

Good luck to all in the next round !!

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1/23/2013 8:31:22 PM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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  I have been feeling a bit blue and haven't entered much in January nor visited the site much. :( Contgratulations to those that received finalists. I was lucky to have received two. One for monthly theme for December which I think was Joy. It was a candid of my Granddaughter so it was such a joy to me to see it was a finalist. :)

1/25/2013 8:05:06 AM

 
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  Winners are out!
Big congrats to all!

1/27/2013 5:37:40 PM

 
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  CONGRATZ to all the Winners and special CONGRATZ to Jessica on her Grand Prize win!!!

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1/27/2013 7:22:36 PM

 
Susan M. Smith
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  Congratulations to all the December Winners!

It was a real treat having the Finalists and Winners announced earlier this month! It didn't seem like such a nail biter! lol


1/28/2013 4:09:58 PM

 
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  I agree with Susan nice to have the early announcement. Congratulations winners wonderful job!!!

1/28/2013 4:17:57 PM

 

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