To those who serve

© Courtenay Vanderbilt

To those who serve

Anita N. Hogue Student 5/31/2010 4:36:21 AM

A beautiful capture, Courtenay! Sorry about your unreadable card. That must be very frustrating. #1273896

Tammy M. Anderson 5/31/2010 4:38:04 AM

Very disappointing. But this is wonderful, Courtenay. Excellent composition and colors. #8654389

Carolyn M. Fletcher 5/31/2010 4:46:32 AM

Wow,that's too bad. But this is so good you couldn't have done better anyway! #8654404

Danny B. Head 5/31/2010 5:02:28 AM

Never had a card to do that and I hope I never will. Nevertheless, great image! #8654437

Linda D. Lester 5/31/2010 5:14:44 AM

Beautiful colors...sorry about the card! Bummer! #8654471

Val Feldman 5/31/2010 5:46:14 AM

Beautiful crisp colors and capture, Courtenay...a wonderful Memorial Day tribute....and sorry about the card - they are always so reliable that you have to wonder what made this one go kaput!? Great recovery act, tho...this is a wonderful image! :) #8654530

Sabrina Ryan 5/31/2010 5:59:55 AM

Nicely composed and beautifully captured, Courtenay! #8654541

Nikki McDonald 5/31/2010 6:17:58 AM

I would never have guessed this was a substitute for anything, Courtenay. It is wonderfully composed and captured. I love the texture of the fabric, the loose folds and the brilliance of the color in this full frame. Perfect for Memorial Day. #8654576

Ron McEwan 5/31/2010 6:31:34 AM

You were able to recover well to post on this Memorial Day after all.

I dread to come home after miles of hiking of which I will never return and find an empty or unreadable card, was this a new card or one that you have used before. I screwed up about 600 images of the smokies. #8654598

Patrick Rouzes 5/31/2010 7:06:39 AM

That sucks, Courtenay! Most can relate to this frustration! Wonderful colors, detail, clarity & comp here! You did great with what you had! WTG! #8654628

Jeana Clark 5/31/2010 7:21:41 AM


Oh No!!!!
so sorry to hear!
I don't know what I'd do if that
happened to me...I better find some
wood to knock on!!! LOL!!!
Regardless...this is PERFECT for this
day!!! Beautifully captured BDB!!!

~J~ #8654647

Bobby Ray Goodman 5/31/2010 7:28:08 AM

That is a stunning capture,Courtenay.Beautiful color!!! #8654660

Sam Britt 5/31/2010 7:46:14 AM

Beautiful Memorial Day tribute, Courtenay. Sorry about your unreadable memory card. I had that problem about 5 years ago. I think it was damaged by using the card reader slots on my PC. I transfer my images directly from camera to PC now. No problems since. #8654688

Diane Garcia 5/31/2010 8:16:01 AM

Thank you for this beautiful memorial. It is very fitting to have the frayed edges to show such endurance of freedom. #8654770

Kerry Hill 5/31/2010 10:32:21 AM

Wonderful image with fabulous colours Courtenay! #8655068

Monnie Ryan 5/31/2010 10:52:49 AM

Oh no -- guess that's one reason I'm reluctant to use the higher capacity cards. I had one fail, but the recovery software did the job. So sorry your photos were lost! But you've compensated beautifully -- love the textures in this old flag! #8655145

Patricia A. Coblentz 5/31/2010 11:00:03 AM

Well, the card failure yielded something good...this image is brilliant, Courtenay..I love the full frame of your composition with the perfect lighting and terrific texture!

Patti #8655167

Leslie McLain 5/31/2010 11:12:03 AM

Terrific capture and colors, Courtenay. Sorry to hear about your card failure, how awful. #8655216

Ken Smith 5/31/2010 12:03:14 PM

I agree with Nikki...can't imagine anything better than this, but I am sorry you lost your card. Hopefully you can recreate some of them. Super work on this one! #8655350

Mike Clime 5/31/2010 1:24:08 PM

Well this one turned out great and it has some history to it too! Sorry about the card! #8655543

Courtenay Vanderbilt 5/31/2010 3:25:26 PM

Many thanks for your kind words and condolences!

~ Sam, I believe you are correct! I lost faith in the card reader last night and will now only use my camera cable!

~Ron, this was a card I had used many times. I was able to view the images on my camera but it failed when I went to download them via the card reader.
#8655751

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 5/31/2010 6:06:29 PM

Nik Expressed my thoughts exactly
This is No Substitute
Excellent Capture Court
I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day! #8656036

Sharon 5/31/2010 7:29:08 PM

Sorry to hear about your card, Courtenay.. what a disappointment! This image is brilliant... excellent recovery for your tribute. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! #8656237

Barbara Waldoch 5/31/2010 10:58:37 PM

Terrific capture, Courtenay!
I think we all live in fear of a card failing. #8656431

Margaret R. Barry 6/1/2010 1:51:16 AM

Sorry to hear about your card failing. This is fantastic, Courtenay! #8656542

Doug Pignet 6/1/2010 11:36:17 AM

Wonderful capture with wonderful colors and clarity,very nice comp.. #8657911

John Connolly 6/1/2010 1:40:17 PM

Marvelous color and composition here Courtenay! Card readers can be a worry!

Happy T ~ K ~ W Day! #8658134

Shirley A. Kinney 6/1/2010 7:01:22 PM

Great "recovery" photo Courtenay. I have been there, done that with the card which is why I also don't use the higher capacity cards. One time will put a fear in you. But this is beautiful anyway. I appreciate all the tributes as my son, Shane, has served in the Navy for 21 years and is on a sub somewhere out in the big ocean for the next several months. #8658853

Marilyn Cornwell 6/2/2010 5:05:26 AM

Nicely done, Courtenay! #8659725

Phyllis Burchett 6/2/2010 6:07:19 PM

Lovely tribute Courtenay! #8661111

Tommy E. Burgess 6/3/2010 12:38:36 AM

Very beaautiful caapture and tribute Courtenay!! Sorry about the memory card problem. Ugh! #8661528

Debra R. Harder 6/3/2010 5:16:57 AM

Beautiful Memorial Day tribute, Courtenay! I love how you composed this...just perfect. The linen texture of the flag just adds to this already gorgeous image! jsb #8661953

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 6/5/2010 5:45:24 PM

It's beautiful, Courtenay! Wonderful way to honor our fallen service men and women! :-) k #8667952

JO ANN CLEVELAND 6/5/2010 6:27:31 PM

Well this is gorgeous Courtenay, a treasure to keep, the flag and the shot....sorry about the memory card but this works perfectly!

jo ann c. #8668032

Sharon 6/7/2010 1:40:36 PM

Courtenay, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist!!! All the best in the next round. #8671725

Melissa Gurdus 6/7/2010 2:21:09 PM

Big congratulations on this most deserving finalist!! WTG #8672011

Elliot Barnathan 6/7/2010 2:46:49 PM

Congratulations on a great finalist! #8672291

Carol Eade 6/7/2010 3:03:12 PM

Awesome finalist, Courtenay, warm congratulations! #8672398

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 6/7/2010 3:06:51 PM

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE Congrats on your AWSOME finalist
Best of luck in the next round!!! #8672429

Patricia A. Coblentz 6/7/2010 3:16:11 PM

Big congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Courtenay!!

Patti #8672519

Leslie McLain 6/7/2010 3:23:13 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Courtenay. #8672570

Renee Doyle 6/7/2010 3:26:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your card but this turned out great Courtenay!! Congratulations!! #8672587

Debra R. Harder 6/7/2010 3:31:29 PM

So happy to see this beautiful image as a finalist, Courtenay! I just love how you composed this. Huge congratulations! jsb #8672637

Sherran Andersen 6/7/2010 3:35:41 PM

Congrats Courtenay. #8672680

Nancyj Hovey 6/7/2010 4:01:08 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8672989

Wm Nosal 6/7/2010 4:13:21 PM

Great Shot!
Congratulations #8673134

JO ANN CLEVELAND 6/7/2010 4:58:42 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Courtenay!

jo ann c. #8673568

Dianna Murphy 6/7/2010 5:15:11 PM

Wonderful!!! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist. Much luck to you in the quest for the Gold! #8673736

Linda D. Lester 6/7/2010 5:18:56 PM

Beautiful , red, white and blue! Congrats girl!!! #8673777

Ron McEwan 6/7/2010 5:24:48 PM

Congrats Court on making some Silver for May #8673855

Doug Pignet 6/7/2010 5:27:45 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! #8673890

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 6/7/2010 5:39:13 PM

I have some Stiff Competition ;0)

Congrats Court
This is Beautiful!! #8674045

Bobby Ray Goodman 6/7/2010 6:33:19 PM

Big Congratulations,Courtenay!!! #8674681

Danny B. Head 6/7/2010 6:45:43 PM

Great image. Congrats! #8674855

Kathy Salerni 6/7/2010 7:01:22 PM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Courtenay! #8675081

Ken Smith 6/7/2010 7:26:59 PM

Looks like your failure did pretty good! :-) Congrats, Courtenay! #8675333

Nancy L. Green 6/7/2010 7:52:30 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Court on this WONDERFUL finalist, WTG!!! <>< #8675519

Sabrina Ryan 6/7/2010 8:04:30 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Finalist image, Courtenay! #8675593

Stefania Barbier 6/7/2010 10:24:48 PM

huge congrats on your beautiful finalist!!! #8676321

Tommy E. Burgess 6/7/2010 10:34:14 PM

Huge congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist courtenay!! #8676368

Barbara Waldoch 6/8/2010 2:17:57 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist!
#8677205

Marilyn Cornwell 6/8/2010 4:17:07 AM

Congratulations Courtenay on this wonderful Finalist, the stand-in success!!! #8677407

R. J. Laudenbacher 6/8/2010 4:52:22 AM

Huge congratulations to you Courtenay on this outstanding Finalist. #8677561

Boyd L. Alexander 6/8/2010 5:55:59 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Finalist Courtenay!! (Maybe fate..and the failed card..meant this to be..??) #8677803

Patrick Rouzes 6/8/2010 7:16:25 AM

You made lemonade out of lemons! CONGRATULATIONS on this superb finalist, Coutrenay! WTG! #8678266

Anita N. Hogue 6/8/2010 8:16:52 AM

Congratulations, Courtenay! This is such a lovely capture! #8678408

Jeana Clark 6/8/2010 8:29:30 AM

OUTSTANDING!!! Congratulations on this wonderfully presented finalist!!! Best of luck in the next round!!!

~J~ #8678463

Julie Burnett 6/8/2010 2:18:46 PM

Congratulations on this fabulous finalist, Courtenay!! #8679768

John Connolly 6/8/2010 3:17:10 PM

Congratulations on your finalist awards, Courrtenay! Well done! #8679892

Phyllis Burchett 6/8/2010 3:25:24 PM

Congrats Courtenay! #8679906

Daniella Puente 6/8/2010 5:02:31 PM

Hi Courtenay and congratulations for all your beautiful finalists! I like the texture and impact of this one very much :) #8680208

Val Feldman 6/8/2010 5:48:05 PM

Funny how things work out, isn't it? Your "kaput" card and your cloud of despair actually turned into a cloud with a SILVER lining....now, wouldn't a bit of GOLD sunshine wonderfully complete the turn of Fate?? Hope so!!! WTG, Courtenay, Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist!! ~Val #8680370

Jean-Pierre Ducondi 6/8/2010 6:12:44 PM

Big congrats Courtenay on your fabulous finalists.
JP #8680488

ROLAN NARMAN 6/8/2010 6:38:49 PM

Big Congrats on your fantastic finalist Court! #8680629

Sam Britt 6/8/2010 6:43:13 PM

Big congratulations on this finalist, Courtenay!! #8680643

Tamara K. Walker 6/8/2010 7:09:30 PM

CONGRATULATIONS! #8680723

Cindy Bendush 6/8/2010 10:35:30 PM

WTG Courtenay! Congrats on this beautiful finalist! #8681190

Linda Blair 6/9/2010 6:21:22 AM

Wonderful finalist...congratulations...sorry about your card...that stinks!!!!!! #8681763

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay 6/9/2010 7:15:55 AM

Congratulations Courtenay! Awesome work on this beautiful capture! #8681990

Shawn Jennings 6/9/2010 7:38:36 AM

Awesome!!!! Congratulations on your finalist, Courtenay! #8682052

Michael G. Marshall 6/9/2010 9:59:18 AM

Wonderful Finalist, Courtenay! Congratulations! Michael #8682384

Amy M. Wilson 6/9/2010 8:33:37 PM

Huge congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Courtenay... that's too bad about the card!! #8684406

Kathy Cline 6/25/2010 6:16:03 PM

A wonderful award for your Courtenay. Iv been traveling and not much time to view my friends galleries. We have all had our cards fail. My recovery worked and I was so thankful and stressed out.
You poor thing. My thoughts are with you.
Congratulations on a very touching image!! #8717034

Karen Celella 7/18/2010 10:36:02 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Courtenay! #8771551

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I've never had a card completely fail me! All the images I took hoping to commemorate this day are on a card that is now completely unreadable! Even recovery software will not work. :-( So, I have this small flag (which incidentally has only 48 stars) at home which I photographed instead. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/13 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D700

Uploaded on 5/31/2010 4:27:56 AM

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