The Joy of Being Friendly

© Karen Celella

The Joy of Being Friendly

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 4/21/2010 5:28:54 AM

Hey, neighbor. Just so priceless. Not only did you capture the character of the Amish with the friendliness and curiosity of the children, but the entire scene, complete with fence and farm building, captures the life of the Amish. So well done, Karen. Love it. #1261044

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 4/21/2010 5:34:01 AM

Wonderful capture Karen. Your shots of this Amish family is priceless. They are done to perfection. I hope we see them both again. #8557576

Agnes Fegan level-classic 4/21/2010 6:03:37 AM

I just love how the little boy has turned around and is waving! Wonderful Amish scene! #8557649

John Rivera 4/21/2010 6:12:24 AM

What a great capture Karen.
I like the smiles and the little boy waving.
Great comp! #8557674

Patricia Seidler 4/21/2010 7:03:03 AM

Love this amish family photo Karen. I bet they would too! Timing is everything and you captured them in the perfect spot and the wave and smile from that little boy is priceless. #8557796

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 4/21/2010 7:04:25 AM

A definite winner in my book!!! Excellent! #8557800

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 4/21/2010 7:33:28 AM

Fantastic capture, love the interactive expression! #8557891

Loan Tran level-classic 4/21/2010 8:05:49 AM

Great capture indeed, like the composition, the boy's expression. #8557965

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 4/21/2010 8:10:14 AM

Agree with the above comments and hope to see it again, Karen. #8557976

Patti Coblentz level-classic 4/21/2010 9:36:51 AM

Ditto across the board, Karen!! Hope to see this one again!!

Patti #8558468

Jeff Robinson level-classic 4/21/2010 9:59:22 AM

Outstanding comp and capture of the moment!! Jeff #8558552

Carol L. Fowler 4/21/2010 1:55:25 PM

Wonderful moment captured! The family together is joyous enough! #8559261

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 4/21/2010 4:03:03 PM

Great moment that I will remember for sure.
JP #8559624

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 4/21/2010 6:39:52 PM

Very cute. Great capture. Perfect MT entry. #8560000

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 4/21/2010 6:59:58 PM

Wow, Karen!
This is truly a spectacular capture!
In my eyes, a WINNER!
~♥~Lisa #8560042

Rony Sagy 4/21/2010 7:32:04 PM

Fantastic capture, Karen. #8560133

Ann H. Belus level-classic 4/21/2010 9:30:15 PM

Awesome presention, Karen; wonderful comp and detail, and a great MT entry! #8560280

Ken Smith level-classic 4/22/2010 4:08:03 AM

That's cute, Karen...perfect family portrait and great effects too! #8560873

Karen Celella level-classic 4/22/2010 6:39:32 AM

I'm not good at shooting people, so this was a little uncomfortable, but we were having so much fun during the trip that it was easier to take some chances. I was trying not to be intrusive and got very lucky that the children were so happy and interested in looking at us too. Thank you all for your kind comments. #8561314

Mitch Spence level-classic 4/22/2010 9:29:06 AM

I love this shot, Karen. Taken at the perfect moment. #8561744

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 4/22/2010 7:18:22 PM

I want to say it like Mary Beth ,but I cannot-LOL! I expect to see this again , Karen! Everything said above & then more! Good luck,my friend! WTG! #8563008

Daniella Puente level-classic 4/26/2010 11:20:46 AM

This has something special Karen, is a beautiful capture of the moment :)) love it! #8570899

Kim Andelkovic level-classic 4/26/2010 5:16:24 PM

I love these shots Karen.....beautiful work. #8571600

Karen Celella level-classic 4/30/2010 6:34:05 AM

Thank you Mitch, Patrick, Daniella and Kim. #8580364

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 4/30/2010 6:37:06 AM

This is a fantastic capture of a wonderful family moment! 8o) #8580375

Nikki McDonald level-classic 5/2/2010 6:20:49 PM

This is superb, Karen, and I love the fresh, clean light and color of the sky and fields as a background. A great moment for sure -- just saw this in Editor's Picks. Congratulations. #8584778

Karen Celella level-classic 5/5/2010 6:31:19 AM

Many thanks Nancyj and Nikki! I like this one too. lol #8590428

Cyn Valentine level-classic 5/5/2010 6:33:13 AM

Fantastic! Love it!!! #8590434

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 5/24/2010 1:28:06 PM

This appeals to me because so many images of Amish families are gentle or somber in tone. The laughter and fun portrayed in your picture is probably as much a reality as the other emotions. Good Luck moving beyond the Finalist. #8632854

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/24/2010 1:39:28 PM

Makes me smile each time I see it!
Big congratulations here, Karen!

Patricia Seidler level-classic 5/24/2010 1:46:11 PM

I knew we would see this one again Karen. Congratulations! #8633084

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 5/24/2010 4:20:54 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8634777

Melissa G. Meiselman 5/24/2010 4:45:11 PM

Big congratulations on this stunning finalist!!! Simply beautiful!! #8635020

Patti Coblentz level-classic 5/24/2010 4:47:16 PM

I'm so pleased to see this as a finalist, Karen!! Congratulations! Patti #8635036

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 5/24/2010 7:02:40 PM

Big congratulations on this awesome Finalist, Karen!!! #8636387

Ron McEwan level-classic 5/24/2010 7:08:55 PM

Congratulations on the silver you collected for April, well deserved WTG #8636431

Mike D. Perez level-classic 5/24/2010 7:44:26 PM

A great capture, Karen! Congratulations. #8636681

Rona L. Schwarz 5/24/2010 9:04:20 PM

Another outstanding Lancaster image, Karen! Such joy and a very special moment! CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round! #8637320

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 5/24/2010 9:19:06 PM

Congratulations Karen on this excellent Finalist. Best of luck to you in the next round. #8637370

Bojan Bencic level-classic 5/24/2010 11:03:50 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Karen. #8637932

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 5/25/2010 4:09:58 AM

Wonderful. Big congrats. What a moment this was.
JP #8638912

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 5/25/2010 5:48:03 AM

Wonderful finalist, Karen. Congratulations. #8639606

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 5/25/2010 8:58:54 AM


UB. #8640515

Carol L. Fowler 5/25/2010 11:14:39 AM

Congrats on this Finalist! #8640851

Freddy Bland 5/25/2010 12:07:34 PM

Fabulous capture, Karen!! Lots of goodies in this image to enjoy!! Congrats on your Finalist!! #8641090

Maria Morrow 5/25/2010 1:52:41 PM

Congratulations on this charming finalist, Karen! #8641440

Janet McNeil level-classic 5/25/2010 3:53:28 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist!! What a lovely capture!! #8641826

The Judges at 5/25/2010 4:16:29 PM

Good depiction of theme #8641906

Renee Doyle level-classic 5/25/2010 6:17:34 PM

Great pov Karen!! Congrats on this outstanding finalist! #8642296

Nikki McDonald level-classic 5/25/2010 7:09:16 PM

Congratulations on this priceless finalist, Karen. Good luck in the next round. #8642503

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 5/25/2010 8:03:20 PM

Congratulations on your finalist!!! Darling Karen! #8642627

Bojan Bencic level-classic 5/25/2010 10:57:11 PM

Congratulations on your win, Karen. #8643030

Renee Doyle level-classic 5/25/2010 10:58:27 PM

Big congratulations on going GOLD here Karen!!! #8643042

Patti Coblentz level-classic 5/25/2010 11:01:41 PM

So happy for you, Karen...congratulations on your beautiful winner!

Patti #8643061

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 5/26/2010 1:39:24 AM

Huge CONGRATZ. on your Theme Gold, Karen!

UB. #8643407

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 5/26/2010 3:34:39 AM

Congratulations on your big winner, Karen. #8643565

Patricia Seidler level-classic 5/26/2010 4:21:57 AM


Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 5/26/2010 4:50:09 AM

I love this, Karen!
Congratulations on the GOLD!
~♥~Lisa #8643864

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 5/26/2010 4:52:18 AM

Big congratulations on your beautiful Second Place win, Karen!!! #8643872

Anita Hogue 5/26/2010 4:54:17 AM

Congratulations, Karen! This is a wonderful winner! #8643880

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 5/26/2010 5:51:51 AM

Amazing win Karen - Big congrats.
JP #8644167

Kathy L. Clark 5/26/2010 5:51:51 AM

This is so wonderful Karen. Congrats on a truly heart touching winner. #8644168

Kathy L. Clark 5/26/2010 6:09:36 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding Gold Award Karen. A very well deserving win for a very well deserving photo and great photographer and fiend.

Have a great day.

Brian #8644269

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 5/26/2010 6:16:43 AM

"The Joy of Seeing this one Win!" Congratulations, Karen. #8644301

Linda D. Lester level-classic 5/26/2010 6:34:21 AM

Congratulations on your outstanding 2nd place win!!!!!!!!! #8644436

Ruth Grimm level-classic 5/26/2010 7:07:53 AM

Congratulations on your fabulous win, Karen!! WTG!!! #8644607

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 5/26/2010 7:20:23 AM

on your 2nd Place Winner
for this outstanding image! 8o) #8644676

Memoriee G. Sconce level-classic 5/26/2010 8:46:38 AM

Karen, Congratulations on this winning image.


Mitch Spence level-classic 5/26/2010 9:57:48 AM

I love this image, Karen, and I'm so please to see it go gold. #8645200

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 5/26/2010 1:20:32 PM

Great MT winner, congratulations!! #8645665

Carol Eade level-classic 5/26/2010 3:43:21 PM

Warm congratulations, Karen, it's a beauty! #8645967

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 5/26/2010 5:40:26 PM

WTG, Karen!! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!! #8646256

Ken Smith level-classic 5/26/2010 7:15:43 PM

Super job, Karen. Congrats to you!! #8646486

Nikki McDonald level-classic 5/26/2010 7:28:55 PM

Very glad to see the gold on this one, Karen -- congratulations! #8646499

Carol L. Fowler 5/26/2010 7:52:10 PM

Congrats on the Win! #8646526

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 5/27/2010 7:10:16 AM

Simply WOnderFul... I love this image you caught here Karen... truly beautiful!!! I love people and your abilities to show this scene with all the emotion and life around them is AMAZING!!!!!!
I am thrilled to see this shot as a WINNER!!!!! Simply beautiful!!!
Into my Fav's...
SMILIN' BiG, CHRIS #8647446

Ann H. Belus level-classic 5/27/2010 8:54:51 AM

Congratulations, Karen, on this wonderful winner! #8647709

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 5/27/2010 1:58:17 PM

Loved this the first time I saw it...and still do. Huge congrats, Karen, on the outstanding winner. #8648093

Joseph T. Pilonero level-classic 5/27/2010 2:16:03 PM

Congratulations, Karen, on your wonderful winner. TED #8648103

Maria Coulson 5/27/2010 8:17:56 PM

Karen, what a great captute! Congratulations. #8648505

Rona L. Schwarz 5/27/2010 9:41:57 PM

Very glad to see this a Gold Winner, Karen! Congratulations! #8648568

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 5/28/2010 10:30:09 AM

Congratulations Karen on your Win!!!

Dominick #8649717

Kim Andelkovic level-classic 5/28/2010 10:12:19 PM

congrats on a wonderful win Karen.....whoo hoo WTG #8650491

Karen Celella level-classic 5/31/2010 3:40:14 AM

Heart felt gratitude to each and every one of you for your kind words! It's a thrill to receive a gold award in this field of amazing talent. Thank you for your inspiration! #8654284

Debra R. Harder 5/31/2010 10:31:55 AM

This is one of my favs, Karen! Huge congratulations on your SUPERB GOLD WINNER! Absolutely LOVE this!! Deb #8655066

David M. Montero level-classic 5/31/2010 12:23:27 PM

So expertly composed and the timing of the capture make it a winner. A well deserved congratulations Karen!!! #8655411

Ellen Hodges level-classic 6/1/2010 8:04:00 PM

Huge congrats on this super winner, Karen!!! #8659025

Michael R. McKenney level-classic 6/2/2010 8:50:37 AM

I think this is an extraordinary photograph that captures the beauty and simplicity of family. I love your composition utilizing the other elements of the shot, and your timing could not have been more perfect. A great job, and added to my favorites. I love it! #8660167

Leslie McLain level-classic 6/2/2010 5:59:27 PM

Congrats on your terrific winner. #8661086

Karen Celella level-classic 6/3/2010 7:13:02 AM

Gosh, I'm running out of words to express my gratitude for all of your kind comments. Thank you so very much!! #8662276

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 6/5/2010 7:44:56 PM

A belated Congratulations to you Karen. I am so happy that this picture was picked as a winner because it is so deserving and just a wonderful shot all together. #8668194

Joni Earley level-classic 12/6/2010 7:24:10 AM

There's not much I can add to all those comments above, but as I was looking through your gallery this image just struck me. The technical aspects are perfect..comp, lighting, etc., but the feeling of the image is what grabbed me, and made me long for the days when my children were younger and we spent happy days together. A wonderful capture of a simple, satisfying life, Karen! Congratulations! #9083321

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 11/11/2012 4:37:06 PM

How cute! Love it!! I use to love to go to Lancaster PA. I lived in Carlisle. I tried many times to get a picture but was afraid as I heard they didn't like it. Nice work! #10414747

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