We're not in Kansas anymore

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We're not in Kansas anymore

Michelle Alton Student 5/7/2010 1:41:57 AM

Wow...what a brilliant composition, with fantastic geometry, color, clouds, and the birds complete the picture perfectly. I think you have a winner here...CERTAINLY through my eyes! #1266210

Dale Hardin 5/7/2010 9:34:04 AM

Michelle, thank you for that nice comment. I so enjoy perusing your gallery, not only because of the superb images that you capture, but because of the wonderful stories that accompany them. Makes them seem like "family". #8595180

Nikki McDonald 5/7/2010 5:27:30 PM

I agree with Michelle -- super composition here. The birds are brilliantly placed and I adore lines of the irrigated furrows. Beautiful sky, too. Where are we? #8595813

Dale Hardin 5/7/2010 5:51:36 PM

Thank you Nikki. This is in Tulare, California in the San Joaquin Valley. #8595870

Aimee c. Eisaman 5/8/2010 4:09:16 PM

This is a great image...I remember trying to get you to see the circle of light....lol! Congrats on your EP! :~) #8597660

Dale Hardin 5/8/2010 6:47:44 PM

thanks Aimee. Had forgotten about that. #8597875

Steve M. Harrington 5/12/2010 3:06:49 PM

A textbook composition, Jack. The lines are so powerful!
Steve #8607423

Dale Hardin 5/12/2010 3:45:37 PM

thanks a bunch Steve. #8607511

Sharon Day 5/12/2010 5:26:39 PM

Beautiful image, Dale!! I love the editing on this as well! #8607669

Dale Hardin 5/12/2010 7:59:50 PM

thank you Sharon. I had some excellent input from our photo club here on BP. It's called "Phellos" Check it out. #8607950

Patricia A. Coblentz 5/13/2010 4:26:12 PM

Gorgeous colors and fantastic composition, Dale!

Patti #8609838

Dale Hardin 5/13/2010 7:04:04 PM

Patti, thanks so much. I truly appreciate the nice comments. #8610122

Stefan Nielsen 5/14/2010 8:57:23 AM

I had to visit your gallery after all your kind words about my work - and I got blown away by alle the great pictures you show here.

Your landscapes are outstanding and this one caught my attention at once. Colors, composition and lighting is spot on - and the birds are exactly where they should be (Did you place them there or was mother nature being helpful?)

Wonderful work indeed :) #8611380

Dale Hardin 5/14/2010 9:13:23 AM

Thank you Stefan. This is the second version of an image I took one morning in Tulare, California. In the original there were a line of trees in the distant horizon. I removed those, added the sky, and placed the birds.

The furrows were enhanced using a combination of blends etc in PSE7.

Also had some helpful input from the BP club I belong to called "Phello Photographers" We each post a new image about once a week and are required to critique each entry. It's amazing how much one can learn when hearing lots of views. #8611408

Nikki McDonald 5/22/2010 4:58:47 PM

A beautiful result -- I enjoyed reading the comments since my initial comment. Just saw it in Editor's Picks -- congratulations, Dale. #8629235

Dale Hardin 5/22/2010 5:27:03 PM

Thank you Nikki. I so enjoyed your gallery. One that really stuck with me was "Framework" You have such a wide variety of subjects and techniques. I'm very impressed.

By the way I see you use the Sony as well. I'm still using the DSC-R1 and H2. Haven't advanced to the a DSLR yet. Too much $$$ for me and too much stuff to carry. #8629265

Jeana Clark 6/5/2010 1:22:18 PM

Hi Dale!!
This is Stunning!!!
Love the entire composition!!!
the lighting is superb!!!!
I currently use the same camera as yourself, your images are very inspiring!!!! What PS program do you use?? I, too, want to advance on to
a DSLR, but am with you....lotsa $$$$$$!
Again....BEAUTIFUL/!!!!!!!!!!!

~J~ #8667592

Dale Hardin 6/5/2010 2:24:22 PM

Hi Jeana. How nice of you to comment. Had no idea you used the same camera when I placed you on my favorites list some time ago. I need to go through my favorite galleries more often it seems.

Was especially pleased with images such as "Watching over you" and "Summer Breeze". By the way, didn't I comment on "Soda Shoppe" in the Sony forum over a year or so ago? That image looks familiar.

Almost forgot. I use PhotoShop Elements 7. Would get good use out of regular PhotoShop but, like the camera, $$$$'s control that situation. And congratulations on all the array of finalists and wins. Very well deserved. #8667673

Jeff E Jensen 6/7/2010 2:40:35 PM

Congratulations my friend! #8672223

Patricia A. Coblentz 6/7/2010 2:49:14 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Dale! So pleased.

Patti #8672311

Michael J. Kelly 6/7/2010 3:29:55 PM

Congratulations Dale! This is a classic and deserves the recognition it has received. Wonderful Finalist -- perhaps more? #8672620

Dale Hardin 6/7/2010 6:38:56 PM

Jeff, Patricia and Mike, thank you so much for commenting. #8674752

Anthony L. Mancuso 6/7/2010 7:00:14 PM

Congrats on the awesome finalist Dale! #8675064

Jeana Clark 6/7/2010 7:05:15 PM


Happy to see finalist badge with this one Dale...Now it just needs a GOLD!!!
Fantastic work and a well deserved finalist!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Best of luck in the next round!!!

~J~ #8675122

Debbie E. Payne 6/7/2010 8:35:41 PM

This is such an awesome landscape, Dale. Congrats on a well-deserved Finalist. Good luck in Round Two! I, too, would like to see you get Gold on this one. #8675727

Dale Hardin 6/7/2010 11:08:18 PM

Tony, Jeana, and Debbie, thank you. LOL I hope your wishes come true! :o) #8676603

Irene Colling 6/8/2010 8:41:17 AM

Wow Dale, you created a very compelling image.
Congratulations on your great finalist. #8678524

Dale Hardin 6/8/2010 11:50:54 AM

Thank you Irene. So good to hear from you again and enjoy your gallery once more. I really was drawn to your treatment on "Path to Summer". It tells a wonderful story and is beautifully composed. It would fit perfectly in the Phello's challenge for this month. "Paths and trails" #8679203

Patrick Rouzes 6/8/2010 5:54:48 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this superb finalist, Dale! WTG! #8680415

Usman M. Bajwa 6/8/2010 7:48:47 PM

CONGRATZ Dale, I do see this among the winners, hope the Judges too!

UB. #8680855

Dale Hardin 6/8/2010 11:08:42 PM

so nice of you Patrick and Usman. Thanks for the comments. #8681232

Aimee c. Eisaman 6/9/2010 6:45:38 AM

Congrats on another finalist for this one....I hope the birds put it over the top this time! :~) #8681859

Dale Hardin 6/9/2010 9:11:07 AM

Thanks Aimee. I do too. Then it can be a "Phellos" win. #8682256

Jeff E Jensen 6/9/2010 3:50:57 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your GOLD medal my friend. This is truly a well deserved winner. #8683045

Patricia A. Coblentz 6/9/2010 3:52:53 PM

Oh so happy for you, Dale...congratulations on your well deserved gold medal!!!

Patti #8683050

Aimee c. Eisaman 6/9/2010 4:08:20 PM

Whoohoooo you made it! Congrats Dale! :~) #8683141

Michael J. Kelly 6/9/2010 4:14:09 PM

WTG Dale - had to be. Congratulations! #8683162

Patrick Rouzes 6/9/2010 4:20:01 PM

WTG, Dale, CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible WINNER! #8683200

Anthony L. Mancuso 6/9/2010 5:38:24 PM

Congrats on bringig home the gold Dale! #8683592

Renee Doyle 6/9/2010 6:07:58 PM

Congratulations on this excellent winner Dale!!! #8683766

Paul Kleiner 6/9/2010 6:50:22 PM

Congrats Dale, what a comp you have here!
Paul K. #8684039

Michelle Alton 6/9/2010 6:59:21 PM

A superb shot and very apt winner, Dale.
Congratulations! #8684063

Rona L. Schwarz 6/9/2010 7:59:54 PM

Wow! I just caught this for the first time - it is a marvelous composition with the leading lines of the irrigated furrows, and perfect placement of the birds! Great treatment, and thanks for sharing the details with us! Instant favorite! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS SUPERB GOLD WINNER!!! #8684285

Jeana Clark 6/9/2010 8:08:08 PM


Seems our wishes Did come true!!! LOL!
Huge congratulations for your fantastic win Dale!!!!!!

~J~ #8684312

Dale Hardin 6/9/2010 8:22:59 PM

I'm thrilled to see this and thanks to all your wonderful encouragement and comments.

Truth is, this image was a collaborative effort that used the suggestions and assistance of the members of our wonderful Phellos Photo club. Congratulations to you all and thanks for the never ending help. #8684361

Laurence Saliba 6/9/2010 8:34:26 PM

Congratulations for your fantastic win my dear friend Dale!!! #8684413

Dale Hardin 6/9/2010 8:43:42 PM

Thanks so much Laurence. #8684451

Memoriee G. Sconce 6/9/2010 9:00:16 PM

Dale, Congraulations it is so nice to see this win. You have helped so many others with you knowledge. Well deserved.
Memoriee #8684500

Dale Hardin 6/10/2010 12:06:44 AM

thank you Memoriee. By the way, while I was looking through your excellent gallery I ran across "side view Mirror" One of the best renditions I've seen of this classic shot. Well done. #8684732

Bojan Bencic 6/10/2010 1:30:55 AM

Congratulations on you winner, Dale. Fantastic photo. #8684842

Usman M. Bajwa 6/10/2010 2:13:48 AM

I am glad the judges agreed, Dale. CONGRATZ on this terrific GOLD WINNER!

UB. #8684929

Mitch Spence 6/10/2010 6:28:23 AM

Great work, Dale. Congratulations on the gold! #8685554

JO ANN CLEVELAND 6/10/2010 8:22:35 AM

Big congratulations on your awesom Gold 2nd Place Win Dale, very well deserved too!!!

jo ann c. #8685845

Dale Hardin 6/10/2010 10:06:08 AM

Bojan, Usman, Mitch, and Jo Ann, thank you all. You're so kind to offer such nice comments. #8686060

Raymond Pauly 6/10/2010 1:17:20 PM

Congratulations on this eye-catching Winner, Dale! Fantastic composition! #8686358

Dale Hardin 6/10/2010 2:32:55 PM

Raymond, thanks very much. I appreciate it. #8686476

Tommy E. Burgess 6/13/2010 11:33:20 PM

Congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved winner Dale!! #8693053

Dale Hardin 6/13/2010 11:47:00 PM

Thank you Tommy. Much appreciated. #8693061

Dominick M. Dimacale 6/17/2010 11:49:41 PM

Congratulations Dale on your Win!!!


Dominick #8702136

Dale Hardin 6/18/2010 10:20:26 AM

A warm thanks Dominick. I appreciate your comments always. Thanks. #8703350

Nadia Paul 6/27/2010 7:30:32 PM

Picture perfect Dale - congrats on your wonderful winner! #8720365

Dale Hardin 6/27/2010 8:18:26 PM

Thank you Nadia. And thanks for sharing your gallery. I enjoyed it tremendously. Clear down to the last drop! :o) #8720407

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