Bye Bye Miss American Pie...

© Michelle Alton

Bye Bye Miss American Pie...

Carolyn M. Fletcher Student 7/31/2011 4:03:07 AM

She does look like she's gettin' with it! Cute shot! #1397318

Brett Dolsen 7/31/2011 4:23:00 AM

Wonderfull lighting,treatment and capture of the moment Michelle! #9570952

Ron McEwan 7/31/2011 5:15:52 AM

Great work Michelle, I am parcel to candid shots anyway. I have seen here before in some of your postings; I think? She is very photogenic she has the lines that photographers are looking for. #9571043

Linda D. Lester 7/31/2011 5:17:28 AM

She is beautiful....great BW tones! #9571050

John Rivera 7/31/2011 5:23:53 AM

Fabulous B/W shot Michelle!
I think you got another winner! #9571071

Gregory R. Gaskin 7/31/2011 6:56:57 AM

As with most of the photography you do I really enjoyed this whole series, was glad to see one more today. #9571187

Patrick Rouzes 7/31/2011 7:04:05 AM

A masterful & exceptional image & work, Michelle! Right up there with the professionals! I agree with John R.! #9571204

Jack Gaskin 7/31/2011 7:20:43 AM

Great 50's look an a stunner in B&W

Happy Happy
Jack #9571224

Hendrik Storme 7/31/2011 7:23:19 AM

Great in B&W,well done Michelle! #9571226

Renata Gusciora 7/31/2011 7:58:47 AM

Beautiful portraiit,Michelle!Wonderful clarity,lighting and tones!Great shot! #9571267

adrifil 7/31/2011 8:01:36 AM

It looks like it was done done by a pro, a real good one pro.
It's a fantastic photo and the B&W was a perfect choice, congratulations.

By the way, did someone drove the Chevy to the levee? And was the levee dry? ;) #9571279

Tiia Vissak 7/31/2011 8:33:20 AM

a cool MT image! #9571352

Stefania Barbier 7/31/2011 8:44:03 AM

fantastic B&W capture! #9571382

Monnie Ryan 7/31/2011 11:21:51 AM

Wonderful B&W portrait, Michelle! #9571597

Bonnie C. Lackey 7/31/2011 12:33:43 PM

This looks like a picture one would see in Life magazine. Wonderful capture with the earring swinging and the fingers ready to snap. Great job! #9571774

rony sagy 7/31/2011 1:45:09 PM

Spectacular capture, Michelle. I am sure we'll see this one again. #9571844

John Connolly 7/31/2011 2:38:26 PM

A wonderful candid capture Michelle! Your DD work and presentation is outstanding! #9571944

Carol L. Fowler 7/31/2011 3:22:30 PM

Beautiful image- such a wonderful candid shot #9572104

Barbara Waldoch 7/31/2011 4:02:42 PM

This looks great, Michelle!

Avril's dog is a miniature Schnauzer, but Kelso is a Black Russian Terrier :-) #9572196

Karen Kessler 7/31/2011 5:43:48 PM

Gorgeous image, Michelle! You should show it to this young lady if you can...I'm sure she would like a print of it! WOW!!! #9572426

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 7/31/2011 5:50:40 PM

Bonnie and I were on the same page here

Looks like she stepped off the pages of Life magazine

Quite the coincidence on the title ;0)

Sensational capture Mickey

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Avril Mrs Young 7/31/2011 7:16:03 PM

stunning, beautifully captured, she is a lovely model....I sure do think you have a winner here Michelle... #9572598

Rona L. Schwarz 7/31/2011 9:26:58 PM

This is so stunning, Michelle! I remember your other candids of this event - this model is unforgettable. And your processing, once again, is sensational! She looks like liquid gold! I bet it brings you gold, too! #9572754

Robert K. Bemus 7/31/2011 9:50:47 PM

It looks almost vintage only much better-- the tones and smooth textures are outta-sight, Michelle...beautiful portrait!!! #9572771

Yulianto Soeroso 7/31/2011 9:53:59 PM

wow old fashion style
#9572775

Ann Coates 8/1/2011 12:21:05 AM

Wow, beautiful image Michelle. #9572898

Ken Smith 8/1/2011 4:02:51 AM

You've got some great b/w shots, Michelle. Excellent job on this one too! #9573288

Jorgen Jensen 8/1/2011 4:10:26 AM

The young lady is so photogenic and in my opinion you have made a master shot of her Michelle. Extraordinary B/W work. #9573306

Ujjwal Mukherjee 8/1/2011 7:54:40 AM

OUTSTANDING in every aspect!! Truly captivating work,Michelle!! #9573868

Debra R. Harder 8/1/2011 9:35:48 AM

I agree with Ujjwal!! Outstanding in every way, Michelle! Love the b/w. Feels like a different time. Brilliant! Deb #9574180

Heather Loewenhardt 8/1/2011 6:19:50 PM

Your b/w photography is always so outstanding and this one is over the top terrific. #9575240

Ermanno Radice 8/2/2011 6:06:00 AM

Gorgeous image, wonderful candid shot, beautiful in B&W!! #9576464

Rhonda Thornton-Hecker 8/3/2011 8:35:58 AM

This is an amazing "personality" capture. I love candid shots like this. The choice to do it in black and white makes it perect! #9579148

Emile Abbott 8/3/2011 12:15:03 PM

Another great capture of her and your DD work is amazing. #9579579

Guy D. Biechele 8/4/2011 10:07:52 AM

Wonderful envioromental portrait. Stunning capture and B/W presentation. #9581696

Randy A. Myers 8/20/2011 10:07:58 AM

Perfect tones and contrast. Stunning image. #9616498

Bobby Ray Goodman 8/25/2011 12:44:19 PM

Congratulation on this beautiful finalist,Michelle!!!! #9627435

Bojan Bencic 8/25/2011 12:47:44 PM

Great B&W. Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle. #9627452

Ermanno Radice 8/25/2011 1:23:39 PM

Congratulation on this superb finalist,Michelle!!!!
Good luck for the next round! #9627599

Nancy L. Green 8/25/2011 1:46:39 PM

CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE, WTG!!! <>< #9627743

Reynaldo D. Reyes 8/25/2011 2:01:49 PM

Congrats on this awesome finalist Michelle! #9627885

Val Feldman 8/25/2011 2:09:08 PM

A winner from the "git-go"!! Beautifully done, Michelle...Warmest congratulations and all the best in the upcoming round! #9627948

Phyllis A. Houghton 8/25/2011 2:11:04 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Michelle. I love this one. Good luck at the next level. #9627969

Danny B. Head 8/25/2011 2:18:15 PM

I think this will be a winner! Congrats! #9628037

Phyllis Burchett 8/25/2011 2:22:08 PM

Fabulous Michelle...big congrats on your finalist!!! #9628072

Lisa J. Boulden 8/25/2011 2:34:46 PM

Deserves the GOLD!
Congratulations on your MT finalist!
~♥~Lisa #9628194

Patrick Rouzes 8/25/2011 3:15:18 PM

Not surprised- Congratulation & good luck, Michelle! Ditto Lisa! #9628392

Jeff W. Robinson 8/25/2011 3:31:33 PM

Congrats Michelle on this Outstanding Finalist!! #9628496

Stefania Barbier 8/25/2011 3:39:36 PM

wonderful finalist, congratulations Michelle!!! #9628551

Ann Coates 8/25/2011 3:46:08 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist award Michelle. I really hope it goes further. #9628598

Eivor Kuchta 8/25/2011 3:48:38 PM

Great choice for B&W, Michelle! Congratulations on your finalist, and good luck in the next round! #9628621

Jessica Jenney 8/25/2011 3:59:15 PM

Congratulations, Michelle on your fabulous finalist! #9628728

Maria Capilupi 8/25/2011 4:05:04 PM

Awesome finalist Michelle, I'm predicting Gold on this one! #9628790

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) 8/25/2011 4:29:23 PM

Congrats Michelle.....beautiful work as always :-) #9629051

Christopher J. Budny 8/25/2011 4:32:10 PM

Congratulations, Michelle, on your beautiful finalist! #9629080

Jack Gaskin 8/25/2011 4:38:23 PM

CONGRATS THIS WAS A NO BRAINER ON BP's PART
Hope you earn the gold

Jack #9629160

Deborah C. Lewinson 8/25/2011 4:46:17 PM

So glad to see this get a finalist, Michelle!

Congrats and best wishes for the next round!
Debby #9629250

Karen Celella 8/25/2011 4:54:57 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Michelle! #9629347

Judy V. Kennamer 8/25/2011 5:02:31 PM

A BEAUTIFUL Finalist Michelle!!! Congrats!!!! #9629439

Mary Timman 8/25/2011 5:53:15 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist! Good Luck on the next round! #9629844

Daniella Puente 8/25/2011 6:09:45 PM

Beautiful candid capture and the bw tone is so great! congrats Michelle :) #9629994

Tamara K. Walker 8/25/2011 6:18:01 PM

On ward to the gold! #9630091

Mukesh Srivastava 8/25/2011 6:21:13 PM

A Big congrats for the Silver and good luck for the GOLD, Michelle!!!!! #9630121

Tammy Espino 8/25/2011 7:07:50 PM

A huge congrats on your finalist!!!! :) #9630598

Avril Mrs Young 8/25/2011 7:13:53 PM

congrats Michelle, think this one will get gold for you..best of luck.. #9630654

Rona L. Schwarz 8/25/2011 7:23:32 PM

Here's to the GOLD that I think will be coming your way, Michelle!!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you! MANY CONGRATULATIONS again on this superb FINALIST! #9630742

Peggy Kahan 8/25/2011 8:46:19 PM

Fabulous capture and treatment on this, Michelle. Congrats and best of luck. #9631123

Stan Kwasniowski 8/25/2011 9:02:46 PM

Michelle, congratulations #9631211

Graeme Chow 8/25/2011 11:05:56 PM

Congratulations Michelle! wonderful b/w finlist. I think with the crp factor, still about 45mm very close to 50mm. #9631677

Tarun Bose 8/26/2011 1:35:01 AM

Congrats Michelle, for your finalist. #9631912

Marijana Fajgl 8/26/2011 4:23:23 AM

big congratulations, Michelle, on your fantastic finalist! #9632206

R. J. Laudenbacher 8/26/2011 4:38:34 AM

I told you...you were the queen of B&W. This looks so vintage it is amazing. Congrats Michelle on this outstanding B&W. I hope to see it with the Gold it deserves. #9632251

Ron McEwan 8/26/2011 4:59:34 AM

Good to see this one get the Silver Michelle, good luck in the next round and good luck with Irene #9632333

Renata Gusciora 8/26/2011 5:32:53 AM

Big congratulations on this awesome finalist,Michelle!!!:-) #9632453

Thomas E. Hinds 8/26/2011 5:35:36 AM

Beautiful Finalist, Michelle! Congratulations! #9632473

Candice C. Calhoun 8/26/2011 6:41:56 AM

Congratulations, and good luck in the next round!

ccc #9632711

JO ANN CLEVELAND 8/26/2011 7:50:53 AM

Congrats on this super finalist Michelle!

jo ann c. #9632929

Emile Abbott 8/26/2011 8:45:46 AM

Congratulations yet again on another great finalist Michelle. #9633248

Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer 8/26/2011 8:47:14 AM

Congratulations on this sensational finalist, Michelle. #9633253

Dave Montero 8/26/2011 9:04:17 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist selection Michelle. This is a fantastic capture. The lighting is perfect and her smile lights up the image. #9633356

Erica Murphy 8/26/2011 9:13:47 AM

Congratulations Michelle! What a wonderful step back in time. #9633408

Bill Johnson 8/26/2011 10:05:22 AM

Michelle, Congrats on your selections as a finalist. Good luck! #9633638

Ming Liu 8/26/2011 11:39:39 AM

Michell, Congratulation on you outstanding finalist. Good luck to the second run! #9633977

Debra R. Harder 8/26/2011 2:43:05 PM

I knew we'd see this fabulous image again, Michelle! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb #9634738

Stephen Zacker 8/26/2011 3:34:17 PM

Wonderful feeling this has. Congratulations #9634925

Carol L. Fowler 8/26/2011 8:52:52 PM

Big Congrats! WTG! #9635851

Linda Blair 8/27/2011 6:51:51 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist!! #9636511

Mitch Spence 8/27/2011 12:51:34 PM

Finalist, oh you bet. What terrific work here, Michelle. #9637171

Ian M. Hill 8/27/2011 6:23:32 PM

Congratulations Michelle, a fine capture,looks great and best of luck. #9637781

Nadia Paul 8/28/2011 10:32:35 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Michelle! #9639761

Mike F. Anderson 8/29/2011 2:27:32 PM

Hey Michelle - Congratulations on this great finalist! #9641145

Allen O. Howard 8/29/2011 4:31:07 PM

Congratulations Michelle! I love it! A fantastic finalist!!! #9641362

Marilyn K. Lincecum 8/31/2011 6:35:27 PM

Beautiful finalist Michelle...Congratulations on a job well done. #9645206

Heather Loewenhardt 9/1/2011 12:01:36 AM

I love this image Michelle and am so glad it made the finals. #9645799

Sharon 9/1/2011 7:25:18 PM

Such a great capture, Michelle!!! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist! #9647712

Merna L. Nobile 9/7/2011 10:26:23 PM


Great photographers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
Congratulations for your achievement, August, 25, 2011. Merna
#9659270

Lester A. Garcia 9/15/2011 5:21:13 PM

This finalist is GOLD to me. Looking at the image, the tones are perfectly blended that display all the gradations of b&w. The composition is impeccable the singer being properly positioned in the composition with the musician's hand doing the expression.

Such a great image and this photo deserves to be an a wall in a bar or a jazz joint.

Regards, Michelle #9673404

Boyd L. Alexander 9/22/2011 10:44:12 AM

Congratulations on a terrific Finalist Michelle!! Good luck in the next round!!! #9685254

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At a Gala fund raiser that I shot for a cultural group last April. While the guests enjoyed their dinner, the brilliant Courtney Colletti Band
took requests at each table. Someone asked for "American Pie" and the entire room was on their feet, dancing and singing.
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Here coloratura soprano, Marcy Richardson, who had been seated beside me, was just letting the spirit move her. This is entirely candid (though performers are always subliminally aware of any cameras pointed at them).
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Reworked, using Nik Viveza to add some structure to the blond hair, and resubmitted for the last day of the MT.
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Raw, Aperture Priority: F4, ISO:1600, 1/60s 32mm (breaking the rule of never shooting a portrait at less than 50mm). Canon 24-105mm f4L IS lens.
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Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 32.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 7/31/2011 3:09:43 AM

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