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Jeff E Jensen
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Winners Circle Jan. 2013 through June 2013


Phello Photographers Club - Winners Circle Jan through June, 2013.

This discussion is for members of the Phello Photographers club to post finalists and winners.


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2/25/2013 8:00:35 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Two for me for January!


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2/25/2013 8:03:02 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Got three this time, one less than last month's four. Judges have been kind to me recently. And I am a happy person ;)

UB.


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2/25/2013 8:08:04 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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119
119
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Distorted Spiral Jetty
Distorted Spiral Jetty

1/250 Sec - f/16 - ISO 160 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L

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Hmm, my images seem to have disappeared. Lets try this again. . . . .


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2/26/2013 4:39:30 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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~INSIDE A GUEST ROOM AT MOUNT VERNON~
~INSIDE A GUEST ROOM AT MOUNT VERNON~
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~COLORS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL~
~COLORS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL~
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Three for me this January!


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2/26/2013 12:25:12 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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**IMPOSING**
**IMPOSING**
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Hummmm...Where did #3 go? I'll try again, too!


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2/26/2013 12:27:52 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Beautiful Finalists Jeff and Debbie. Good luck!

UB.


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2/26/2013 7:56:50 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
7-Story Curves
7-Story Curves
After shooting in Reykjavik all day upon arrival, it was a neat treat to find this great stairway waiting in the hotel we'd booked for that first night.
1/13 Finalist - "Indoors" Theme. PG101 Curvature Theme Winner

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B˙­ir
B˙­ir
There has been a small parish church here since 1703; this building is the fourth. It sits quite near the beach on the southern coast
of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, 75 miles north of Reykjavik, as the puffin flies, but a 3 hour drive otherwise.
1/13 Finalist - T&P

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Two for me in January, and both Iceland - which makes me very happy!


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2/27/2013 3:57:17 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Wonderful both of these, Chris. Good luck with these. I have yet to find out how to insert the images with the badge, would appreciate any help on this.

UB.


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2/27/2013 4:49:13 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Usman, I just sent you the steps...


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2/27/2013 5:15:07 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Chris. Will try to remember to post my Finalists here before entering for the day.

UB.


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2/27/2013 6:09:33 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  As always, some excellent images from the club! Best of luck to everyone.

Chris - the stairway is amazing!


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2/27/2013 7:48:06 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Archways
Archways
Arches and their reflection in the cool pool inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Ever So Watchful
Ever So Watchful
Shot this from eye-level. Sigma 70-300 @ 195mm, f/5, 1/400sec, ISO 200.

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HANDS
HANDS
A local craftsman was molding soft clay to create a flower vase, just like a painter creating art from pure imagination.
His extreme concentration and deft touches were both remarkable and inspiring at the same time.

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Ok, as per Chris's instructions, my first try putting my three Finalists in one response in the thread.

UB.


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2/28/2013 3:33:34 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Wow, that was a breeze. Thanks again, Chris ;)

UB.


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2/28/2013 3:37:36 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  No problem - just sharing what Jeff shared with me awhile back ;) Neat little trick - though it would be ideal if BP would just fix the problem and allow unlimited attachments by Photo ID any time of day... ;)


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2/28/2013 3:42:52 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Now Chris, why would you go and think that something logical is a good idea?

Someday I'm going to make it to your neck of the woods, Usman. For a long time, I've enjoyed the images you create of your surroundings. Amazing work!


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2/28/2013 6:20:50 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Congrats on the gold medals!!!!


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2/28/2013 9:23:49 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to Jeff, Debbie and others who grabbed a Gold.

I am super pleased to have bagged two, Thank you Judges for your thumbs up :)

UB.


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2/28/2013 9:48:59 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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  My congratulations to everyone with the golds AND the silvers AND to all the EP's that we all got this month. This is such a huge contest that we all need to remember that much of what all of us Phellos submit is worthy of an EP but just because our EP's don't proceed forward doesn't mean that they are any better than some of the higher placed ones. In a nutshell, we all did good this month.i saw so many wonderful I ages from each and every one of you.


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2/28/2013 10:11:50 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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  "I ages" translates to "images" for those of you who can't figure out my wayward typing finger! Good night -- it is late here... Also, "they are" should read "they aren't". WHEN will our responses to threads be editable, anyway?


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2/28/2013 10:18:31 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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  Congratulations to everyone this month!!


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3/5/2013 8:05:55 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Lone Tree
Lone Tree

1/320 Sec - f/18 - ISO 320 - 36mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon EF 17-40 f/4.0L

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Taking Flight
Taking Flight

1/1600 Sec - f/9 - ISO 320 - 800mm
Canon 1D Mk IV - Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS - Canon 2x Extender III

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Splash
Splash

1/200 Sec - f/13 - ISO 400 - 100mm
Canon 1D Mk IV - Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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Battle
Battle

1/1250 - f/5.6 - ISO 250 - 800mm
Canon 1D Mk IV - Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS - Canon 2x Extender III

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Looks like finalists have been posted. Four for me, I think that's a record.


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3/27/2013 12:00:06 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to all Phello Phinalists and good luck in the next round.

Wonderful images, Jeff. WTG.

I was lucky to have gotten seven this time, a record for me. Will try to remember to post these before my daily submission later in the day.

UB.


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3/27/2013 3:38:49 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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The Light of my Life
The Light of my Life
Nikor 35mm, f/2.2, 1/2000s, ISO 200.

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MesmerEYES
MesmerEYES
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
To that Golden Door - II
To that Golden Door - II
The pathway under the arches of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Sky Window
Sky Window
A view of the top two floors of a brand-new Luxury Apartment Building in Islamabad.


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THE ULTIMATE PRICE
THE ULTIMATE PRICE

A World War-II Memorial Wall (Canberra, Australia) with names of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the LOVE OF COUNTRY.
Texture by French Kiss.


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For the Love of GOD
For the Love of GOD
Like the couple sitting on the floor under the arches, many Muslims come here to pray inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO200.

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Here are my seven Finalists.


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3/28/2013 2:02:39 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Guardians
Guardians
Grotesques adorn the pinnacles of gothic cathedrals in the hundreds, often carved as animals, or dragons and imaginary beasts.
2/13 D&M Finalist

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Around the Bend
Around the Bend
The view down part of the semi-circle arcade of a building in Federal Triangle.
2/13 Catchall Finalist

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Splendor
Splendor
A rework of a favorite lotus image, captured with a borrowed 100-400mm at 400mm.
2/13 Flowers Finalist

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Mystairious
Mystairious
I thought these stairs, while outdoors, seemed to take on a mysterious or even sinister air, partially obscured by the foreground wall's corner.
2/13 EOD Finalist

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Skˇgafoss
Skˇgafoss
Skˇgafoss makes for an impressive display from the highway, rising 200 feet with an 82 foot width.
Iceland's ubiquitous clusters of 3 sheep can be found here as well; one group appears on the slope
above the falls, one group near left edge center. B/W conversion to build on the poor weather that day.
2/13 N&L Finalist

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Bonfire Trails
Bonfire Trails
My sister's Iceland wedding concluded later that night with a massive bonfire on the beach. The millions of sparks flying up and away made a
captivating sight, and the only images I could capture handheld were the trails left by them as they soared upward.
2/13 Catchall Finalist

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My personal best - at 6 this month. Congratulations to all the Finalists and best luck in the next round!


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3/28/2013 3:58:13 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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  Congratulations to all of You!! Lots and lots of very impressive pictures!!
I managed one this month! I will have to post it tomorrow, as I have already entered one for today!


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3/28/2013 8:49:56 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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  Same with me, Beth! I have two to share but already entered today. Will make sure I post later tomorrow.


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3/28/2013 10:09:12 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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  It would be wonderful to know who this club is and where to find this club on Betterphoto.

Thanks so much!
Marilyn


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3/28/2013 1:55:15 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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I am finally getting around to posting my two. Glad I waited now. One of these days I will show you the original of "Walk on the Wild Side".


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3/29/2013 11:00:25 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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~FIRE AND ICE~
~FIRE AND ICE~
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**WALK ON THE WILD SIDE**
**WALK ON THE WILD SIDE**
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Here they are, (hopefully!) -


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3/29/2013 2:20:27 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Here is the raw image.


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3/29/2013 2:36:24 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to Jeff and Debbie on your beautiful Golds,

UB.


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3/29/2013 2:37:45 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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  Congratulations to you too, Usman. I just love your placed winner. Such a great title, too. I used to do a lot of congratulations to everyone but it really takes up a lot of room in my email so I usually comment in this thread or email folks instead.


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3/29/2013 4:33:34 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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Frozen In Ice
Frozen In Ice
Canon 7d, Canon 70-200mm lens, ISO 200, 1/320, f/5.6,
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Here is mine! Debbie yours are great, I love the way you changed the "Walk on the Wild Side" Congratulations!


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3/29/2013 4:39:28 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Smiley Face
Smiley Face
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In safe hands
In safe hands

~~~


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Dancing in the Desert
Dancing in the Desert
Shot this while watching a Tanoura dancer swirl vehemently with embroidered and decorative colorful clothing as part of the last activity while on a Dubai Desert Safari.
Using a slow shutter speed I tried to capture the sense of motion under the lights on a dark desert night.

f/5.6, 1/4 secs, ISO 800, at 45mm.

A flash fired capture in discussion thread for comparison.


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Seasonal Circles
Seasonal Circles
Thanks Melinda S. for your constructive feedback twice, I really appreciate it.


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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Micro Cosmos
Micro Cosmos
A close-up of dew drops on a spider's web.

Tokina 100mm Macro, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400.

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Waves on the Roof
Waves on the Roof

CONGRATZ TO ALL FEBRUARY FINALISTS AND GOOD LUCK IN THE NEXT ROUND.

Roof tiles as seen on the roof of a home in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Nikkor 18-200 @ 200mm, f/16, 1/125s, ISO200.


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Woke up to find Seven Finalists, made my day.

CONGRATZ to all the Phello Phinalists and good luck in the next round.

UB.


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4/29/2013 12:23:50 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  WTG, Usman! 7 Finalists, two months in a row, if I'm not mistaken? Awesome work!


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4/29/2013 5:26:58 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Skˇgafoss II
Skˇgafoss II
One of my favorites from the Iceland trip, reworked a bit. This massive waterfall was just breathtaking!
3/13 Second Place - Theme (Showing Motion)

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Arcade at Morning
Arcade at Morning
Low morning sun reaches into the depths of this large arcade (which ultimately forms a full semi-circle shape.)
3/13 Finalist - Catchall

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Elegant Descent
Elegant Descent
The final sweeping curve of the elegant elliptical spiral stairs in the US Supreme Court.
Thanks, Dayna, for the nudge on this one, prompting me to rework it!
3/13 Finalist - EOD

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In the Flow
In the Flow
A rework of an Iceland stream long exposure (6s) from an unplanned stop on our roadtrip - we ended up staying for more than an hour!
PG101 Long Exposure Theme winner
3/13 Finalist - Theme (Showing Motion)

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Four for me this month, including 2 resubs or reworks; always a treat! Congratulations to the Finalists, and best of luck for Gold!


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4/29/2013 5:28:01 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Seneca Rocks, Fall 2012
Seneca Rocks, Fall 2012
Canon 7d, Tamron 18-270mm lens, 1/80, f/14, ISO 200
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Congratulation to you all! Way to go! I have one for the month.


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4/29/2013 2:32:08 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Water Alien
Water Alien
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One for me for March. I'm surprised at this one, definately not my favorite from the month.


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4/29/2013 3:19:02 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ to Jeff and Chris on landing in the Golden Circle.

UB.


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4/29/2013 9:45:41 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  And to you too, Usman!


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4/30/2013 4:44:52 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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~FOR ISOBEL~
~FOR ISOBEL~
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Just one for me.


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4/30/2013 7:57:09 AM

 
Stephen Shoff
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Sunlamp
Sunlamp
f/9.0, 1/125 sec, ISO 1000; EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
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This one caught me by surprise.


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4/30/2013 8:35:54 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Congrats, everyone! I'm really surprised by mine. Not one I would have chosen for a finalist, let alone a 2nd place.


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4/30/2013 9:54:53 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ Debbie and Stephen, beautiful shots, could easily be winners, IMHO.

UB.


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4/30/2013 10:38:52 PM

 
Susan Williams
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I am the newbie, jumping in on all the fun here. Fingers crossed my image will show up. :)


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5/2/2013 8:19:14 PM

 
Susan Williams
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I am the newbie, jumping in on all the fun here. Fingers crossed my image will show up. :)


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5/2/2013 8:20:38 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Been a while since I've gotten one of these. Nice surprise for a Sunday morning!


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5/5/2013 9:14:44 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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  Weird that the badge doesn't show up in the thread. If you click on it, you'll see it :o)


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5/8/2013 10:20:44 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Melbourne Gold
Melbourne Gold
Melbourne city center and its reflection in Yarra River just East of Princess Bridge in Melbourne.

I was fortunate to have met Renee Doyle in Melbourne for a day of shooting together. Her giving and kind ways were the icing on the cake, hoping to have gotten dusted with her talent. She took me around on most all the wonderful places in Melbourne.

Thanks so much Renee and hoping to do it again sometime. And say hi to Barry.


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Seats-a-Plenty
Seats-a-Plenty
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Natural
Natural
Somewhere on the Hume Highway between Melbourne and Canberra, Australia.
Had to stop the car on the shoulder, jump over to the humpy fields and capture the beauty of nature at its refreshing best.


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A Hole in the Clouds
A Hole in the Clouds
One of the peaks (at 16,000ft) in District Mansehra, in Naran, Northern Pakistan.
Shot from another peak from across the valley.

Thanks to Phellos for their constructive critique!!!
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An Autumn 's Sunrise
An Autumn 's Sunrise

Another one from Melbourne while on the photo-shoot with Renee Doyle in March, this fall.
Renee took me to so many beautiful locations in Melbourne and this one by the Yarra river was no exception.


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CONGRATZ to the Phellos on the Phinalists. I am very happy to have received 5 this time. Thanks Judges.

Good luck to all in the golden Round.

UB.


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Christopher J. Budny
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Rings II
Rings II
I enjoy the challenge of trying to find interesting compositions or images in some of the blown glass pieces I have at home, especially in winter
when the cold offers no motivation to photograph outside. This is a light rework of an earlier image; aiming straight down on a very bulbous,
tear-drop-shaped vase, made in the encalmo technique, joining 3 different sections of molten glass (blue, gold cane, red).
4/13 Finalist - EOD

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Grounded
Grounded
40-some years ago, this US Navy plane had to make an emergency crash landing in southern Iceland, apparently during a white-out, low on fuel.
The plane was eventually stripped of engines and all interior fittings. The tail was cut off and moved to another part of Iceland
(where a farmer had a different fuselage on his property, missing a tail; he was able to attach this plane's tail, completing his plane.)
Later, this fuselage was dragged further into the black sand beach, to make sure the surf wouldn't reach it. It has since been used for target
practice (peppered with bullet holes all over). It was by far the most unusual, unexpected sight of our trip!
It was a bad weather day (the worst of our 10 days); several NIK filters applied to further the moodiness of the scene.
4/13 Finalist - T&P

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Foss
Foss
One of the many, many beautiful waterfalls (a foss) in Iceland, which aren't grand enough to warrant mention in the tourbooks, but which had
me slamming on the brakes every other mile, to make a few captures.
4/13 Finalist - N&L

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Road to Lßtrabjarg
Road to Lßtrabjarg
The crinkled coastline of Iceland's Westfjords means there are no straight lines from point A to point B. But the sights are worth the endless zigzagging.
We drove out to the Lßtrabjarg cliffs (I'm on their slope, in this composition) and the view back over the way we came was remarkable, for the 'layered'
look of the fingers of land jutting out, one after the other, enclosing the numerous fjords of the area. The dirt road leads back to our hotel, about 10
miles east. Lßtrabjarg is the western most tip of Iceland and thus of Europe; Greenland sits about 275 miles west.
4/13 Finalist - T&P

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Mother Nature
Mother Nature
Sandstone slot canyons, slowly sculpted by wind & water, become both sinuous and serrated, teasing the eye to find familiar forms.
(I couldn't resist the alliteration!)
PG101 Group - April 2013 Favorite -- Thanks!
4/13 Finalist - T&P

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Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend
Just south of Page, AZ, the Colorado River makes this marvelous bend (I learned it is called an entrenched meander.)
I never seem to catch "sun rays" when I want them, so to have them appear in the image was a pleasant surprise!
4/13 Second Place - N&L
Featured, Snapshot #632, 6/12/13

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Congratulations to the April Finalists! I'm thrilled with my April results; due to vacation in April, I only made 18 entries, of which 8 were resubmits--and 4 of those resubs made Finalist. Always a treat when an image you really believe in, makes it after an initial passing over.


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I don't know if and how I should be doing this but here it goes...


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Lovers long ago
Lovers long ago
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let's try again...


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Beth Spencer
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  Congratulations and good luck to all of you!


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Teresa H. Hunt
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My first ever 2nd place win


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Teresa H. Hunt
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  Shoot! I can't remember how to add the picture to the thread :(


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Usman M. Bajwa
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  CONGRATZ on the Second Place Gold Winner, Teresa. The first GOLD is always so special. Also CONGRATZ to Chris and Jeff on their Golds too, WTG!!

UB.


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Debbie E. Payne
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  Congratulations to all of you on some amazing photography. Teresa, I knew when I first saw yours that it had gold written all over it.


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Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake
f/13, 1/50 sec, ISO 100; Tamron 18-200 OIS @ 24mm
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My April winner


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Teresa H. Hunt
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Heaven's Playground
Heaven's Playground
I had the opportunity to go flying at sunset the other day. It was so fantastic!! We flew between the mountains during sunset. This photo show's Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams in the background
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Trying this again


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Balance
Balance

1/160 Sec - f/11 - ISO 400
Canon 6D - Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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White Rock Bay
White Rock Bay

1/320 Sec - f/2.8 - ISO 250 - 100mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

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Teapot Lake
Teapot Lake

1/250 Sec - f/16 - ISO 320 - 17mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 17-40mm f/4.0L

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Congrats, everyone! Teresa, double congrats on the gold!!

I had three finalists and a gold for the month.


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Beth Spencer
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  Congratulations to all of you!


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Susan Williams
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  Congratulations to all the winners! What a great showing from the Phellos!


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Rita K. Connell
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  congratulations to all the winners and finalist I'm proud of all of you Phellos for keeping us alive!


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  WTG everyone!


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Jeff E Jensen
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Pete
Pete
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Pines and Aspens
Pines and Aspens

1/250 Sec - f/8 - ISO 160 - 70mm
Canon 6D - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS

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Aspens
Aspens

1/160 Sec - f/8 - ISO 160 - 105mm
Canon 6D - Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS

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Three for me for May!


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Heading Home
Heading Home
Canada Geese walking back to their pond.
f/8.0 1/125 ISO 100
Canon 18-55mm at 55.0

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One for me.


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Jeff E Jensen
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  Congrats, Susan! I love the silhouette!


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Susan Williams
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  Thanks, Jeff! And a big Congratulations to you, too, for three fantastic Finalists!


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Christopher J. Budny
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Dune
Dune
Part of the switchback ridge of a large sand dune at sunset, in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
5/13 2nd Place - EOD

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Aspen Detail
Aspen Detail
Leaning out my 3rd floor bedroom window while in Brian Head, UT, the low morning light was not yet hitting this aspen tree, but was striking
the red wall behind it. We'd rented the 135 f/2, and I decided to explore the f/2 aperture. I really liked the creaminess of the resulting blur,
and the warm reds/oranges of the sunlit building against the cool tones of the aspen's mostly-shaded bark.
5/13 Finalist - D&M

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Horseshoe Sunset
Horseshoe Sunset
HDR of 3 long exposures (2, 6, 20 seconds) to help smooth out the Colorado River waters.
5/13 Finalist - N&L

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Sculptural
Sculptural
Somewhere in northeast Arizona; this long-dead tree stood out strongly against a completely clear blue sky.
It was probably the least "tree-looking" dead tree I've ever seen, taking on the feel of abstract art.
The pure blue spotless sky became this interesting background during the b/w conversion process,
starting to resemble perhaps, a photo studio backdrop or drape. Much more interesting, I thought, than blue sky!
5/13 Finalist - CA

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The Outsider
The Outsider
Blue and yellow is a favorite color pairing of mine, so this old sign caught my eye.
The lone bulb in the blue area was intriguing; there were very few of them overall.
5/13 Finalist - EOD

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Managed 5 from my April trip out west!


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6/30/2013 7:55:12 AM

 
Susan Williams
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  Five Fantastic Finalists, Chris! Congratulations and good luck on the next round!


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Two does it for me this month!


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~LOOKING SKYWARD~
~LOOKING SKYWARD~
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Two does it for me this month! Here is the first one.


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~UNIQUE ROOF TILES~
~UNIQUE ROOF TILES~
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And here is the second one.


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Beth Spencer
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Different sky tone
Different sky tone
The sky with a different tone
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Congratulations to everyone and Good Luck in the next round.
I got one this month!


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Debbie E. Payne
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  Yeah...Let's Here it For the Boys!


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Usman M. Bajwa
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Dream World - II
Dream World - II
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Pas de deux
Pas de deux
A pas de deux (French, steps of two) is a type of duet in ballet consisting of an entrÚe and adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.

Tokina 100mm Macro Lens on Nikon D40. Handheld (of course holding my breath before pressing the shutter), f/13, 1/60s, ISO400.


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PLANETARIUM
PLANETARIUM
Dew Drops on Spider's Web.

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Urban Jungle - II
Urban Jungle - II
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CONGRATZ to all the phello phinalists and Winners.

Was away on work and was excited to see Gold under one of my Finalists. Great work all, as always.

UB.


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Jeff E Jensen
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  Congrats, everyone! Some pretty fantastic work.


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Susan Williams
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Wonderful surprise!


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Susan Williams
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Taking a Break
Taking a Break
f/7.1 1/800 -0.67 ISO 200
Canon 70-200mm at 144.0
Animals 6/15/13

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Wonderful surprise!


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Magnolia
Magnolia
f/6.3 1/400 -1.0 ISO 250
Canon 55-250mm at 123.0
Flowers 6/29/13

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Surprise!


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Jeff E Jensen
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Star Trails
Star Trails

30 Sec - f/2.8 - ISO 1600 - 14mm
Canon 40D - Canon 14mm f/2.8L
Stack of 164 images captured over 90 minutes

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Red Fox Kit
Red Fox Kit

1/1250 Sec - f/5.6 - ISO 400 - 560mm

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
The Milky Way
The Milky Way

30 Sec - f/4 - ISO 3200 - 21mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 17-40mm f/4.0L

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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Almost Super Moon
Almost Super Moon

1/250 Sec - f/5.6 - ISO 640 - 560mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 400mm f/4.0L DO - Canon 1.4x III

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Congrats to those with silver medals!

4 for me this month!


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Christopher J. Budny
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B˙­ir & SnŠfellsj÷kull
B˙­ir & SnŠfellsj÷kull
The old church at B˙­ir, with a glacier-capped volcano in the distance, at the end of the SnŠfellsnes penninsula.
The volcano became the entrance to the underground journey in Jules Vernes' "A Journey to the Center of the Earth."
6/13 Finalist - T&P

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Old Neon
Old Neon
I liked the variety of contrasts found here; red vs. blue paint, strong light vs. strong shadows,
broken glass tubing vs. intact (and clear vs. white), diagonals vs. verticals...
06/13 Finalist - Theme

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HallgrÝmskirkja
HallgrÝmskirkja
The largest church in Iceland, HallgrÝmskirkja features a single tower at the front, rising 244 feet, mimicking the look of hexagonal basalt columns.
06/13 Finalist - T&P

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One Out
One Out
Details from a large panel of lights, once part of a towering Las Vegas sign of neon and incandescent bulbs.
During editing, I brightened most of the bulbs to suggest they were lit, leaving one "out".
06/13 Finalist - D&M

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Trellis Lines
Trellis Lines
A wall trellis of thin metal wire; there are two layers of the square grid form, set apart from each other and joined together by zig-zagging wire.
The shadows cast by all this wire in the strong Vegas sun were eye-catching, since you don't really "see" the zig-zag wires when looking head-on.
06/13 Finalist - EOD

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Still Got Sass
Still Got Sass
Part of a massive retired neon sign, formerly advertising "Sassy Sally's", now in the Vegas neon boneyard.
06/13 Finalist - CA

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Congratulations to the Finalists! Can't wait to start reviewing them tonight (though being late in the month, I may not even get partway through before we see golds!) Best of luck in the next round.


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Usman M. Bajwa
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Here are my five Finalists this month, two brand new ones and three promoted from earlier EP status.

Good luck to all of you in the next round.

UB.


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Open seating
Open seating
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SEW
SEW
A needle pulling a thread.

June 2013 First Place Winner in Details & Macro.

Using natural window light only and Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 prime lens attached to the camera body in reverse.

Tripod, f/22, 6 secs, ISO 200.

~~~

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BLOSSOMS
BLOSSOMS
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM. MISS YOU LOTS!!!

For PG101's "Letter B" Theme Challenge. HTD.
Texture by Leslie Nicole.


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Grand Entrance
Grand Entrance
Looking up as one enters the main dome hall of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Single image HDR tone-mapping in Photomatix Pro, and other adjustments in PS CS5.

Using a tripod and Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm, f/22, 8 secs. ISO 200.

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Against All Odds
Against All Odds
Life will always find a way even in the most challenging of environments.
This tiny plant sprouting amidst the concrete sidewalk and the wet graveled road is only one such example.

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Trying once again....


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Debbie E. Payne
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Congrats to Susan, Jeff, Chris and Usman and to anyone who hasn't put theirs in here yet!! Beautiful images.

Here are my two.


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Debbie E. Payne
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~THE VIEW BEYOND THE COURTYARD DOORS~
~THE VIEW BEYOND THE COURTYARD DOORS~
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Congrats to Susan, Jeff, Chris and Usman and to anyone who hasn't put theirs in here yet!! Beautiful images.

Here are my two.


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Debbie E. Payne
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~TWO BEAUTIES SIDE BY SIDE~
~TWO BEAUTIES SIDE BY SIDE~
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And trying again for the second one.


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7/31/2013 7:07:34 AM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Utah Wildflower
Utah Wildflower
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Nikon D5100
 
 
Almost forgot-I got one for June!


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Susan Williams
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  Congratulations to all! Beautiful work! Way to go!


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