© Stanley J. Contrades


S J 7/14/2005 12:04:51 AM

Wow!!! What an artist you're, Stan!!! Love the effects you've applied on this BEAUTIFUL image!!! Very well done, my dear friend!!! #278246

Janet Williams 7/14/2005 12:05:42 AM

Fantastic Stan. I love the blue and white colouring and I also love the use of the dry brush (its one of my favourite filters). This really is stunning. #1590402

Dan Holm 7/14/2005 12:08:10 AM

Absolutely GORGEOUS treatment on this, Stan!! VERY dynamic an different! Love it! #1590408

Mary K. Robison 7/14/2005 12:15:43 AM

Dream-like and OH! so cool, in every way, Stan! The perfect antidote for the California heat wave withers!!! THANKS! #1590420

Stanley J. Contrades 7/14/2005 12:19:42 AM

Sanjay, Janet, Dan, and Mary you are way too kind and I thank you and appreciate your very supportive comments.
I was very surprised at this turning blue after I inverted this after applying the VP Sepia process! Guess that's the fun of "playing" in the digital darkroom!
Many thanks once again and have a great remainder of the week!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590428

Paul E. Earl 7/14/2005 12:25:12 AM

WOW!!! Very impressive. What great effects. Well done!! #1590441

Donna Roberts 7/14/2005 12:27:46 AM


Oooh - this is such a pleasant surprise, dont you think Stan?
I love the result you were lucky to create as it is so different from your usual vibrant blooms.
Stan-tastic, once again!!!

:-) dddu #1590444

Stanley J. Contrades 7/14/2005 12:58:44 AM

I guess I better upload the original of this!! Thank You!, as always, Paul and Donna, for your continued support and encouragement for which I am truly grateful!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590496

Stanley J. Contrades 7/14/2005 1:00:27 AM

The original! #1590499

Kerby Pfrangle 7/14/2005 1:02:18 AM


THis image looks like it floating or is a beautiful dream.

Wonderful image. Love your blues.

Kerby #1590503

Stanley J. Contrades 7/14/2005 1:06:01 AM

Hi, Kerby! Must have crossed in cyberspace! As you may or may not know "blue" is my favorite color :-)!!
Thanks very much for stopping in with your most generous comments that are always appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590508

Karen Engelbreth 7/14/2005 1:21:42 AM

Just wonderful - love the blue, Stan! #1590527

Mata Patan 7/14/2005 2:42:37 AM

I feel I'm a witch today...and I feel we'll see this one again Stan!!! #1590593

Paul Michko 7/14/2005 2:45:28 AM

Beautiful job, Stan. #1590598

Donald K. Cherry 7/14/2005 3:16:52 AM

Just an all around beautiful image, Stan!! #1590654

Kathleen Clemons 7/14/2005 3:43:06 AM

The images are so different, but both are so beautiful, Stan! #1590725

Joy Rector 7/14/2005 3:57:04 AM

Gorgeous #1590796

Stephanie Lyons 7/14/2005 4:23:35 AM

Both are beautiful, but the blue is so very dramatic! Very well done Stan! #1590902

Darren K. Fisher 7/14/2005 4:55:31 AM

WOW WOW and WOW, I love the mood you have created with the blue tones. Awesome job here Stan. #1591076

Colette M. Metcalf 7/14/2005 5:19:51 AM

This is so beautiful, Stan!!! Love it!! #1591220

Mary Timman 7/14/2005 6:21:05 AM

Just beautiful! Even the original is just as beautiful. What you did with all the effects is really a great job. Love it! #1591598

Cathy Barrows 7/14/2005 7:56:57 AM

wow this is gorgeous #1592074

Jill M. Flusemann 7/14/2005 8:37:48 AM

Another beautiful image - you should be proud! I love having my breath taken away by your work! #1592237

Cathy Stancil 7/14/2005 9:29:02 AM

Midnight blooms...Unbelievably gorgeous Stan !! Excellent PS work on this already beautiful image...I Love it !! #1592441

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 7/14/2005 10:03:55 AM

Fantastic image Stan!!!
I love the softness of the floweer against the dark background!!!
Great composition!!! #1592650

Laurence Saliba 7/14/2005 10:27:43 AM

This is just too GORGEOUS Stan!!!! #1592760

Deb Holmes-Hatfield 7/14/2005 10:53:02 AM

This is awesome Stan, wonderful effects, the blue is just beautiful, exceptional PS work! #1592852

Lucia De Giovanni 7/14/2005 11:20:07 AM

ok - don't know what half that stuff means, I just know that this is incredible, Stan! Wonderful work and presentation my friend! #1592956

Kathleen R. Struckle 7/14/2005 4:47:32 PM

Gorgeous Stan!! I got very confused reading what you did. #1593756

Marsha S. Smith 7/14/2005 4:48:40 PM

Just magical it is so beautiful, Stan! #1593759

Noel Baebler 7/14/2005 5:08:53 PM

Terrific work, Stan! Even in thumbnail you can sense something special about this image. #1593799

Bobbie Davis 7/14/2005 5:24:55 PM

AWWWWESOMMMMMEEEEE!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Great Stan! #1593835

Deborah Sandidge 7/14/2005 6:43:19 PM

Love the blues, Stan - great work in the digital darkroom! #1594083

KHAWLA Haddad 7/14/2005 8:14:25 PM

FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!! #1594399

Nobu Nagase 7/14/2005 8:28:46 PM

Beautiful work in DD, also appearing to have been in outerspace..., that makes me wonder what it would really look out there...., are you writing a sci-fi by any chance, Stan???... just kidding, of course :D ....
...i got to love this, blue is my favorite color!!!
...i like the flower on the top that looks like a pinwheel... #1594428

Souha Dooly 7/14/2005 11:33:07 PM

Beautiful work !!love all about it!! #1594707

Stanley J. Contrades 7/14/2005 11:58:16 PM

Karen, Mata, Paul M., Donald, Kathleen C., Joy, Stephanie, Darren, Colette, Mary, Cathy B., Jill, Cathy S., Adilson, Laurence, Deb, Lucia, Kathleen S., Marsha, Noel, Bobbie, Deborah, Kelly, Nobi, and Souha, Thank You! all for supporting my work and your generosity! I am very grateful for your kindnesses!!
With fond Aloha,
Nobi: Blue happens to be my favorite color as well!! Sorry, no sci-fi novel in the works!!

Jenny Bosmans 7/15/2005 2:11:17 AM

AWESOME!!!! Love everything about it, Stan!! Fantastic use of effects! To be seen again! #1594902

Laura E. OConnor 7/15/2005 4:40:47 PM

Stan, you constantly leave me in awe. This image is just stunning!!! I LOVE what you ended up with here! GREAT job, my friend!!! I agree with all of the above, I think we'll see this again AT LEAST once! #1597904

Kristi A. Howson 7/15/2005 10:27:39 PM

Stan, I just love this in blue...I would like to have this hanging on my is just stunning...I could gaze into those blues for a very long time...!!!! #1598550

Goshka G. 7/16/2005 10:16:15 AM

JUST EXQUISITE!!! #1600356

Stanley J. Contrades 7/16/2005 2:04:36 PM

Jenny, Laura, Kristi, and Goshka, you are too kind and I appreciate your generous responses and encouragement! Thank you, too, for your confidence!
Hope you are having a terrific weekend!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1600979

Pu Chen 7/18/2005 3:41:51 PM

Wow, blue version is defenitely cooler :) Love the effect! Make them look like those clay flowers but only more artistic. Great job, Stan! #1607772

Margot Petrowski 7/18/2005 11:10:46 PM

Awesome!!!! #1608813

Jill Flynn 7/19/2005 2:59:20 PM

I REALLY love this in blue Stan. Gives it a real arsty and surreal look. Great job on this! #1611266

Linda D. Lester 7/23/2005 7:34:36 PM

So Beautiful....Love this shot, Congrats on such a beauty!!! #1629345

LJ Corliss 7/23/2005 8:42:55 PM

Beautiful work :) #1629611

Stanley J. Contrades 7/24/2005 12:36:37 AM

You are all too generous and I thank you for your encouragement and support! Thank You!, Pu, Margot, Jill, Linda and L J, and I am very grateful your generosity!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1630004

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 7/24/2005 1:46:56 PM

Such a lovely work of ART Stan, a great flow of blue beauty!!! #1632032

Stanley J. Contrades 7/25/2005 8:00:40 PM

Thanks, Donna! Your kind response is very much appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1638556

Tammy Scott 7/26/2005 4:38:56 PM

WHOA! I missed some shots while I was away and I am certainly glad I stopped by your gallery to take a look!!! This is just FANTASTIC, Stan! #1642478

Stanley J. Contrades 7/26/2005 10:08:26 PM

Am very grateful for your taking the time to stop and visit, Tammy, and I thank you very much for doing so! Hope you are having a great week!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1643188

Photographer 7/29/2005 1:08:09 AM

WOW! Love the Blue Stan! Great colors and lighting, as well as the wonderful composition! #1651621

Stanley J. Contrades 8/1/2005 6:48:10 PM

Thank you, Reine, and I am grateful for your always being supportive and generous with your comments!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1664838

Shelly A. Van Camp 8/4/2005 11:35:26 AM

Beautiful, Stan Aloha :) #1676966

Tammy Scott 8/20/2005 2:11:44 PM

Congratulations on your finalist! #1740019

Sandy Landon 8/20/2005 3:03:15 PM

Congrats!!! This is gorgeous!! #1740703

Wendy Stevenson 8/20/2005 3:07:12 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Stan!! Best of luck to you in the next round! #1740757

Michelle R. Kovach 8/20/2005 3:25:58 PM

Congrats Stan! Aloha! #1741011

Pu Chen 8/20/2005 3:28:52 PM

Congratulations Stan! #1741050

Jenny Bosmans 8/20/2005 3:34:09 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Stan! #1741120

Linda D. Lester 8/20/2005 3:35:35 PM

Congratulations on your finalist!
Miss you!!!!! Can't wait to see your new shots! #1741139

Cathy Barrows 8/20/2005 4:16:24 PM

Congrats on your finalist...gorgeous #1741650

Sharon Day 8/20/2005 4:37:53 PM

Big Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Stan!!! WTG! Good luck next round! #1741833

KHAWLA Haddad 8/20/2005 5:04:15 PM

Congratulations on Wonderful finalists!!! #1742092

Kristi A. Howson 8/20/2005 5:27:15 PM

Congratulations Stan on your finalist and good luck in the next round! I love these blues..still!!! #1742299

Kara L. Hendricks 8/20/2005 5:33:16 PM

Congratulations to you on this wonderful finalist Stan.. Best of luck to you! #1742354

Deborah C. Lewinson 8/20/2005 5:34:59 PM

Stunning finalist, Stan, hope to see this again!
-Debby #1742365

Noel Baebler 8/20/2005 5:41:10 PM

Beautiful blue, Stan! Huzzah!!! #1742414

Cathy Stancil 8/20/2005 5:41:46 PM

Congratulations Stan !!! We miss you !! #1742420

Nobu Nagase 8/20/2005 8:39:39 PM

Fabulous finalist!!!
Congratulations, Stan!!!
Best wishes!!! #1743571

Cesar J. La Rosa 8/20/2005 11:04:20 PM

WOW!!! This is just BEAUTIFUL, Stan!!!
Congratulations on this very well-deserved Finalist!!! #1743862

Jim Kinnunen 8/20/2005 11:43:53 PM

Beautiful image and excellent effects, Stan!!! Congratulations!:) #1743956

Patricia Marroquin 8/21/2005 12:49:59 AM

Incredibly beautiful! Congrats, Stan! #1744127

Donna Roberts 8/21/2005 2:25:16 AM

Love this stan-tastic image when I first saw it and my opinion hasn't changed.
Best of luck for this beautiful finalist Stan.
:-) dddu #1744327

Tom Andersen 8/21/2005 5:23:01 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Stan! #1744710

S J 8/21/2005 7:36:21 AM

Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist, Stan!! #1745533

Gail Vitikacs 8/21/2005 7:36:55 AM

STUNNING...Congratulations Stan! #1745537

Patty Razonable 8/21/2005 8:01:42 AM

Excellent composition, Stan!! Congratulations on this finalist!! Good luck!! #1745689

Ken Grooms 8/21/2005 11:55:48 AM

Congrats on this stunning winner! #1746770

Jennifer Rennison 8/21/2005 1:22:49 PM

WOW!!!! Absolutely gorgeous, Stan! Congratulations on your stunning finalist! Best of luck in the next round! #1747124

Debra Booth 8/21/2005 6:58:06 PM

Wow!! Awesome, awesome finalist, Stan!! Congratulations and best of luck to you! #1748256

Jill M. Flusemann 8/21/2005 7:42:56 PM

Congratulations Stan!!! A well-deserved finalist! #1748461

Laura E. OConnor 8/21/2005 8:15:09 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, STAN!! Looks like both of our "blue" shots made it to the finals!!! Playing in PS is great, isn't it!! Good luck in the final round! #1748560

Stanley J. Contrades 8/22/2005 12:52:04 AM

Many thanks to all of you for stopping by and I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Congratulations as well to you as well and best wishes in the next stage. I'll see you all next month. Thank You very much, Shelly, Tammy, Sandy, Wendy, Michelle, Pu, Jenny, Linda, Cathy B., Sharon, Kelly H., Kristi, Kara, Deborah, Noel, Cathy S., Nobi, Cesar, Jim, Patricia M., Donna R., Tom, Sanjay, GAil, Patty, Ken G., Jennifer, Debra B., Jill F., and Laura.
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1749130

Paula M 8/22/2005 8:45:13 AM

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round.

Paula #1750844

Carol Brill 8/22/2005 9:39:30 PM

Congratulations on this glorious finalist, Stan! #1753777

S J 8/22/2005 11:06:44 PM

Big Congratulations on this OUTSTANDING Win, Stan!! Wow!!! #1754048

Sherrye Nozaki 8/22/2005 11:40:09 PM

Aloha Stan...CONGRATULATIONS! Hana Hou!

Sherrye #1754122

Pu Chen 8/22/2005 11:52:48 PM

Congratulations on your win, Stan! #1754135

Jordi Delgado 8/23/2005 12:08:42 AM

Congratulations, Stan!!! Terrific win!!



Lani T. Broadbent 8/23/2005 12:28:41 AM

Congratulations on your WINNER award, Stan! #1754224

Dan Holm 8/23/2005 12:36:23 AM

WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Stan!!! A magnificent WINNER! #1754249

Paul E. Earl 8/23/2005 12:47:27 AM

Such a well deserved win!! Well done!! #1754276

Jenny Bosmans 8/23/2005 1:52:39 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful win, Stan!!! #1754359

Nick Lagos 8/23/2005 2:12:35 AM

Don't understand much of what you did..... but it turned out great Stan.... big congrats on a "Gold" #1754411

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 8/23/2005 2:16:21 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic win Stan!!! #1754420

Wally Orlowsky 8/23/2005 2:56:40 AM

Congratulations on this gorgeous winner, Stan! #1754486

Tom Andersen 8/23/2005 3:14:35 AM

Congratulations on this superbly beautiful winner, Stan! #1754536

Diane Dupuis 8/23/2005 3:28:11 AM

Congrats Stan on a beauty! #1754613

Tammy Scott 8/23/2005 3:35:10 AM

Congratulations, Stan!!! #1754667

Gail Vitikacs 8/23/2005 3:36:42 AM

Way to go Stan!!!!! #1754682

Ronald Balthazor 8/23/2005 3:48:17 AM

Congratulations, Stan. Great treatment. #1754776

Michelle R. Kovach 8/23/2005 4:17:14 AM

Congratulations on your win Stan! #1754957

Cathy Gregor 8/23/2005 4:27:22 AM

What a beauty!
Congratulations on your win, Stan! #1755016

Photographer 8/23/2005 4:56:37 AM

Just beautiful Stan!
Congratulations on this gorgeous winner! #1755230

Charlene Bayerle 8/23/2005 5:57:20 AM

Outstanding Stan and a well deserved winner....Congratulations!!!! #1755528

Marie Fields 8/23/2005 6:13:54 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful win, Stan! #1755658

Jim Kinnunen 8/23/2005 6:26:07 AM

Congratulations on this fine winning image, Stan!:) #1755752

Laura E. OConnor 8/23/2005 6:30:26 AM

Hi! Lanakila!


Murry Grigsby 8/23/2005 6:36:25 AM

Congrats on your win Stan!! #1755815

Wendy Stevenson 8/23/2005 7:12:13 AM

Congratulations on this stunning winner Stan! #1756004

Jennifer Rennison 8/23/2005 7:37:31 AM

Congratulations on your gorgeous win, Stan!!! #1756153

Eric Schneider 8/23/2005 8:23:21 AM

When I saw this in the finals, I thought we would be seeeing it again.. Great effects. Wonderful shot ! Way to go ! #1756292

Noel Baebler 8/23/2005 9:38:58 AM

Beautiful work, Stan! Congratulations!!! #1756540

Nobu Nagase 8/23/2005 9:53:06 AM

Beautiful creation, Stan!!!
Many congratulations on your great win!!! #1756583

Jill Flynn 8/23/2005 9:57:03 AM


Jill Flynn 8/23/2005 9:57:09 AM


Deb Holmes-Hatfield 8/23/2005 11:13:55 AM

Awesome image, Stan, congrats on this well deserved win! #1756891

Sharon Day 8/23/2005 12:44:07 PM

Huge congratulations, Stan!!! Wonderful image and well deserved win! #1757180

Stanley J. Contrades 8/23/2005 12:56:01 PM

Many thanks, Paula, Carol, Sanjay, Sherrye, Pu, Jordi, Lani, Dan, Paul E., Jenny, Nick, Adilson, Wally, Tom, Diane, Tammy, Gail, Ronald, Michelle, Cathy G., Reine, Charlene, Marie, Jim, Laura, Murry, Wendy, Jennifer, Eric, Noel, Nobi, Jill X2 :-)!, Deb, and Sharon. It's always fun to play in the Digital Darkroom to see what results and I thank you all for the generosity in your responses for which I am very grateful!! See you all next month!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1757224

Marsha S. Smith 8/23/2005 2:08:06 PM

A gigantic Texas congrats on this blue beauty, Stan! It is just gorgeous! #1757459

Deborah Sandidge 8/23/2005 2:23:49 PM

Beautiful in blue, Stan, congratulations!! #1757563

Jill M. Flusemann 8/23/2005 3:36:00 PM

Stunning win!!! Congratulations! #1757889

Laura Clay-Ballard 8/23/2005 3:50:21 PM

congrats on this awesome winning image! #1757951

Claudia Kuhn 8/23/2005 5:41:50 PM

Very cool tones Stan, big congrats on your win! #1758266

Diane Addonizio 8/23/2005 7:03:47 PM

Congratulations! #1758547

Karen Bacon 8/23/2005 7:41:38 PM

Your hard work certainly paid off Stan!Congratulations on your win! #1758614

Stanley J. Contrades 8/23/2005 8:48:00 PM

Thank You! very much, Marsha, Deborah, Jill, Laura, Claudia, DIANE, and Karen for taking the time to stop by with your generous comments which are always appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1758763

Colette M. Metcalf 8/24/2005 2:51:41 AM

Congratulations on your win Stan!!! This is just beautiful! #1759167

Allan L. Whitehead 8/24/2005 3:38:24 AM

MAGNIFICENT, as always, Stanley, congratulations on this phenominal study and win in last month's contest in the 'Digital Darkroom' category. It is truly richly deserved, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan #1759301

Debra Booth 8/24/2005 4:28:15 AM

Congratulations, Stan!! #1759658

Tammy McAllister 8/24/2005 7:11:58 AM

Lovely Stan, congratulations!
Tootles #1760608

Jeff Robinson 8/24/2005 9:43:33 AM

Congrats Stan on your beautiful winning image! Jeff #1761233

Stephen Zacker 8/24/2005 1:38:18 PM

A Beauty. Congratulations #1762225

William C. Raco 8/24/2005 6:14:13 PM

Beautiful photo, Stan!

bill #1763095

Goshka G. 8/25/2005 5:00:11 PM

Many congrats on this absolutely beautiful win, Stan!!! #1767281

Serena Pierce 8/25/2005 6:03:03 PM

Beautiful image and super digital darkroom work! Congratulations!!! #1767391

KHAWLA Haddad 8/25/2005 7:47:52 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner , Stan!!!!! #1767574

Kristi A. Howson 8/25/2005 10:02:29 PM

Well you know how much I love this one Stan...Congratulations on this stunning winner!!! #1767772

Patricia Marroquin 8/28/2005 11:58:14 AM

Congratulations, Stan, this is a fabulous image! #1776941

Lisa Clark 9/4/2005 11:20:40 AM

Hi Stan, I saw this image for the first time today. Very impressive photography and digital magic. Congratulations on a well deserved win!
PS. I hope you had this framed. #1801625

Joy Rector 9/8/2005 12:25:55 PM

congrats on this beautiful win #1814779

Lori Carlson 9/14/2005 2:25:51 PM


Claudette Foote 9/19/2005 7:03:16 AM

WHAT A Beautiful creation, Stan!!!
Many congratulations on your great win!!!


Jane Summa 9/19/2005 10:56:37 AM

WOW! Awesome work, Stan!! Congratulations! #1855643

Stanley J. Contrades 9/20/2005 1:32:46 AM

My apologies for not responding sooner to your gracious comments on this image! Thank You!, Colette, Allan, Debra, Tammy, Jeff, Stephen, bill, Goshka, Serena, Kelly, Kristi, Patricia, Lisa, Joy, Lori, Claudette, and Jane, and the very best of success in the upcoming judging of your August images!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1858036

Mary N C. Taitt 9/26/2005 4:52:23 PM

Congratulations on this delicately sweet win. :-) Mary #1887957

Christopher Budny 12/20/2005 7:00:37 AM

I'm late to the game, but this is a beautiful image! Congratulations! #2203393

Stanley J. Contrades 12/20/2005 10:22:35 AM

Thanks to the both of you for your most kind and encouraging responses, Mary, and Christopher!! I am grateful for your taking the time to stop in and visit!! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to the both of you!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #2204729

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Plumeria Series. Playing in the digital darkroom with PS CS: Dry brush, Accented edges, Contrast boost to 50%, USM, Invert, VP Sepia, Invert, Variations (Lighten), USM. 2005:07:09, 14:29:52. 1/180sec, f4.5, RAW, ISO 100, 35-80mm @ 56mm, Closeup mode.

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