Enjoy Life...

Freddy Bland 1/2/2011 8:44:14 PM

Beautiful photo and stop-action, Donna! Great comp and color, too! #1340758

Datha Y. Thompson 1/2/2011 8:52:05 PM

LOVE this Donna!! PERFECT in every way!! :) #9139684

Michele Peterson 1/2/2011 9:52:01 PM

Donna, this is great!!! #9139721

Sarah A. Christian 1/3/2011 12:12:54 AM

This is great, Donna! What a "happy" capture! Well done. The colors are magnificent and the image is so uplifting and full of optimism! #9139771

Melinda F. Schneider 1/3/2011 2:19:41 AM

Wonderful depiction of "happy!" #9139821

Nikki McDonald 1/3/2011 5:10:38 AM

Unbridled joy, Donna, and the light and color are terrific. Love this capture. #9140063

Jack Ryan 1/3/2011 5:31:22 AM

Outstanding action image...wonderful comp and color...great work. (Sure wish I could jump like that!) #9140111

Marcie A. Fowler 1/3/2011 6:21:39 AM

Love it . . . what a happy image. Great colors as well. #9140229

Richard B. Hallick 1/3/2011 6:52:55 AM

Really like your daughter's exuberance, and the background of the sea and setting sun. #9140271

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/3/2011 8:00:24 AM

Beautiful Donna, Happy New Year to you too! #9140451

Jill Odice 1/3/2011 11:47:19 AM

This is so great Donna! Wahoo!!!Happy New year :-) WE got 4 inches of snow last night, so that is what I am shooting :-) The foam on the sand almost looks like snow ! #9140740

Patrick Rouzes 1/3/2011 1:02:51 PM

WOW, Donna, superb tones, colors, lighting, reflections, comp, beauty & mood captured here! Looks like a Winner to me, my friend!

Happy New Year, Donna! #9140813

Julianne Bradford 1/3/2011 2:23:02 PM

Exceptional capture Donna! What a great image to start out the new year! Happy New Year girlfriend! #9140879

Marilyn K. Lincecum 1/3/2011 8:03:19 PM

Beautiful and happy image...fantastic lighting and colors. Great way to start the New Year!! #9141356

Karen Celella 1/4/2011 5:40:49 AM

Fabulous action shot in a gorgeous scene that really makes you feel good just looking at it! Wonderful, Donna! #9141973

Fanie Heymans 1/7/2011 1:14:44 AM

What a fabulous capture and wonderful pose, Donna! Great timing! #9147633

Laura E. Swan 1/9/2011 10:28:42 PM

How light hearted and fun! Beautiful image Donna!


-Laura #9152881

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 1/13/2011 10:32:23 AM

Thank you for all of your kind comments.

Take care,

Donna #9160516

Sarah A. Christian 1/31/2011 10:18:09 PM

Such a wonderful joy of life and living you have portrayed here, Donna! It is so totally uplifting and very refreshing! Another exceptional image! #9204938

Michelle L. Frick 2/1/2011 11:54:24 AM

This makes me smile from ear to ear! She's so beautiful and you've captured the fun and her spirit here so perfectly! Happy New Year my friend! I adore you! #9206330

Erica Murphy 2/20/2011 8:45:25 AM

Awesome Donna!! Perfect for this month's theme! #9251425

Julianne Bradford 8/29/2012 7:22:33 AM

YAY! Celebration for sure! Congratulations on this wonderful finalist girlfriend!! #10295766

Erica Murphy 8/29/2012 11:44:22 AM

Congratulations on this FUN finalist Donna! #10296805

JO ANN CLEVELAND 8/29/2012 5:50:53 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Donna!

jo ann c. #10297930

Nikki McDonald 8/29/2012 7:16:50 PM

Incredible light and color. Congratulations on this joy filled finalist, Donna. #10298228

Christopher Budny 8/30/2012 1:24:46 PM

Congratulations, Donna! #10299810

Phyllis H. Burchett 8/31/2012 10:45:22 AM

BIG congrats Donna on this wonderful finalist!!! #10301534

Jessica Jenney 8/31/2012 1:17:43 PM

Congrats, Donna on all your fabulous finalists! #10301796

Renee Doyle 8/31/2012 6:34:09 PM

Wonderful mt capture and finalist Donna! Congrats! #10302292

Stefania Barbier 8/31/2012 7:21:53 PM

gorgeous winner, huge congrats Donna!!! #10302324

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 8/31/2012 7:25:34 PM

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate all of your kind comments and congratulatory wishes.

This is an extra special win, because it is a photograph, of my lovely daughter. I have fond memories of this sunset, at the beach!!!

Take care,



Ellen Hodges 8/31/2012 7:59:38 PM

Huge congrats on a gorgeous winner!!! Lovely daughter and image, Donna!!! #10302459

Rona L. Schwarz 8/31/2012 9:13:47 PM

Your daughter - WOW! And now she has Gold! Amazing capture of pure joy and the light and colors are fantastic! Huge Congratulations, Donna, on this wonderful Gold Winner and special keepsake! #10302677

Michele Peterson 8/31/2012 10:21:19 PM

Congratulations, Donna, what a special memory for you! #10302748

Katarina Mansson 9/1/2012 12:06:29 AM

Congratulations on another beautiful winner Donna! #10302844

Dr Silly 9/1/2012 5:04:49 AM

Congratulations Donna on your win, for this beautiful capture. :O)

Anita Hogue 9/1/2012 5:21:17 AM

A delightful capture, Donna! Congratulations on this beautiful winner! #10303160

Leslie McLain 9/1/2012 5:23:35 AM

Congrats on a fantastic winner, Donna. #10303165

Kay E. Mahoney 9/1/2012 5:55:42 AM

Congratulations on your second place winner, Donna. #10303227

Jessica Jenney 9/1/2012 6:04:18 AM

Congratulations, again Donna on another fabulous win! #10303259

Monnie Ryan 9/1/2012 6:41:47 AM

Outstanding, Donna - congratulations! #10303361

Claudia Kuhn 9/1/2012 7:19:44 AM

Congratulations Donna on a terrific winner #10303435

Julianne Bradford 9/1/2012 8:14:49 AM

Yay! Congrats girlfriend! #10303507

Linda L. Ruiz 9/1/2012 9:01:42 AM

Super huge congrats. love this. #10303583

Joseph T. Pilonero 9/1/2012 9:28:21 AM

What a lovely, joyous capture! Love it. Congratulations, Donna. TED #10303650

Diane Dupuis 9/1/2012 10:12:21 AM

I love it!!! congrats!! #10303713

Emile Abbott 9/1/2012 11:08:56 AM

Congratulations on another gorgeous winner, Donna #10303748

Dan Holm 9/1/2012 2:30:44 PM

Beautiful, evocative and full of life! Awesome shot, Donna! Congrats! #10304165

JO ANN CLEVELAND 9/1/2012 3:40:32 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic 2nd Place Gold Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #10304280

Renee Doyle 9/1/2012 4:02:15 PM

Congrats on another outstanding winner Donna!!! #10304350

Don Johnson 9/1/2012 6:23:20 PM

Outstanding shot! Really, really great. Congratulations! #10304552

Carla Capra 9/1/2012 7:36:38 PM

Love this joyful winner.
Congratulations. #10304646

Deborah C. Lewinson 9/2/2012 5:54:37 AM

Congrats, Donna, on another superb winner!

Debby #10305005

Phyllis H. Burchett 9/2/2012 8:47:57 PM

Congrats Donna!!! #10306016

Laura E. Swan 9/2/2012 9:52:17 PM

On This Beautiful Gold Win, Donna. You and Julianne are always blowing me away!

This is so beautiful!!!
-Laura :D #10306047

Susan M. Campbell 9/3/2012 8:25:04 AM

#2....awesome!!! #10306574

Ken Smith 9/5/2012 4:04:30 AM

Doesn't get better than this. Congrats, Donna!! #10309135

Christine Czernin 9/5/2012 10:29:03 AM

Just gorgeous, Donna. You captured a wonderful mood with your lovely daughter.
Congratulations on your gold win. #10309903

Kathy Cline 9/6/2012 4:09:01 AM

Congratulations x a million Donna. You had a great month and well deserved! #10310883

David M. Montero 9/9/2012 5:54:20 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful win Donna! #10316071

Usman M. Bajwa 9/13/2012 3:39:45 AM

Big CONGRATZ on your second Second Place Gold, Donna!!!

UB. #10320795

Carmody Baker 9/15/2012 8:30:54 PM

You just feel it . Congrats! #10324572

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).


...Happy New Year!!!

Oceanside Beach
Oceanside, California
December 30, 2010

50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF
RAW / Tripod / Aperture Priority / -.33 EC / 50 mm
F 5 @ 1/500 sec ISO 400

*Monthly Theme-Celebration*

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 1/500 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi

Uploaded on 1/2/2011 8:31:09 PM

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Staff Favorite
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Donna La Mattino Pagakis. Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Contact photographer via gallery.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.