Silent Wonderment

© Donna LaMattino Pagakis

Silent Wonderment

Patricia A. Coblentz level-fanatic 10/3/2011 10:04:33 AM

The lighting and composition are wonderful, Donna..I love her silent look in to the aquarium, and the movement of all the colorful fish and kelp are Beautiful! #1412635

Debra R. Harder level-fanatic 10/3/2011 10:44:25 AM

OMG...this is awesome, Donna!! Your daughter is beautiful. I love the pose and, of course, the fabulous fish. A winner all the way! Deb #9713577

Daniella Puente level-fanatic 10/3/2011 10:54:17 AM

Wonderful capture Donna! #9713601

Bob Cournoyer level-fanatic 10/3/2011 11:47:56 AM

Great work/comp/light/etc... :-) #9713683

Rony Sagy level-fanatic 10/3/2011 11:52:40 AM

Spectacular composition, color detail and light. Wow. #9713688

Joy Rector level-fanatic 10/3/2011 12:58:17 PM

awesome #9713770

Michelle Alton level-fanatic 10/4/2011 4:23:23 AM

Superb composition and handling of the light, Donna. Just magnificent and a winner for me! #9715083

Nikki McDonald level-fanatic 10/4/2011 11:41:46 AM

I love the tilt, colors, light and your beautiful daughter's rapt expression, Donna. Great work. #9716055

Julianne Bradford level-fanatic 10/4/2011 1:33:32 PM

Looks like a winner to me Donna. What a great portrait with wonderful lighting! #9716228

Anita Hogue level-fanatic 10/5/2011 4:41:11 PM

WOW, just awesome, Donna! #9718828

Rudi Reiner level-fanatic 10/7/2011 12:22:40 PM

Super shot, even the position of the fish! #9722262

Stephen Zacker 10/8/2011 6:17:59 AM

Fantastic #9723253

Emile Abbott level-fanatic 10/8/2011 12:19:30 PM

You really captured the moment Donna. Your daughter is gorgeous. #9723782

Deborah C. Lewinson level-fanatic 10/8/2011 6:20:16 PM

Wow, Donna, this is my choice for photo of the year! Brilliant image!

Debby #9724291

Ken Smith level-fanatic 10/8/2011 7:23:12 PM

I like the apex in this. Superb work, Donna! #9724389

Lisa J. Boulden level-fanatic 10/12/2011 1:21:37 PM

Beautiful, Donna!
Love the color, light, and angle of the shot!
~♥~lisa #9731125

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-fanatic 10/12/2011 1:25:35 PM

Thank you for all of your very kind and much appreciated comments.

I was fortunate to share this incredible aquarium, with my lovely daughter.

Take care,



Michelle Alton level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:21:45 AM

Congratulations on this POTD, Donna. I pegged it as a winner, so I feel proud, myself! #9736088

Dominick M. Dimacale level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:37:29 AM

Congratulations Donna on your POTD Win!!!

Dominick #9736117

Bojan Bencic level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:40:50 AM

WOW! Amazing photo, Donna. Congratulations on your POTD! #9736119

Marilyn Cornwell level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:58:04 AM

Congratulations on POTD! #9736134

Usman M. Bajwa level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:59:40 AM

CONGRATZ on the POTD, Donna. Beautiful light!!!

UB. #9736138

Sarah A. Christian 10/15/2011 4:19:07 AM

Beautiful and exceptionally well done! Congratulations, Donna, on POTD! #9736172

Phyllis Burchett level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:19:12 AM

BIG congratulations Donna on this wonderful POTD!!! #9736173

Joseph T. Pilonero, Jr level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:20:14 AM

Awesomely wonderful! Donna. And your daughter is quite beautiful, too. Congratulations on POTD. TED #9736176

Gord MacEachern level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:20:22 AM

A big congratulations on this well deserved POTD Donna!! #9736177

Joy Rector level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:20:56 AM

congrats on the POTD #9736179

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:24:39 AM

Congratulations, Donna! Your daughter is beautiful! #9736184

Melinda F. Schneider level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:26:19 AM

What a special image; glad to see it garner recognition. Congratulations!! #9736187

Richard M. Waas level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:26:23 AM

Very nice Donna....Congrats on your POTD!! #9736188

Stefania Barbier level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:29:56 AM

gorgeous POTD, Donna, huge congrats!!! #9736196

Debbie Bray level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:31:31 AM

Congratulations Donna, on your well earned POTD!! #9736200

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:43:34 AM

Woohoo! Congratulations, Donna!! #9736223

Tammy M. Anderson level-fanatic 10/15/2011 4:52:21 AM

Congrats on a beautiful POTD, Donna. #9736241

Anne McKinnell level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:06:03 AM

Beautiful! congrats on your POTD Donna! #9736256

Wayne T. Fisk level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:24:38 AM

WOW! Amazing photo, Donna. Congratulations on your POTD! A winner! #9736284

Linda D. Lester level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:26:33 AM

She is pretty! Congratulations on your POTD! #9736289

Mary Beth Aiello level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:32:51 AM

The comp and light are fantastic, Donna. Huge congrats on this wonderful POTD. #9736296

Anita Hogue level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:39:44 AM

Gorgeous POTD Donna! Congratulations! #9736302

Ken Smith level-fanatic 10/15/2011 5:47:25 AM

what a cool shot...and congrats, Donna. Very well deserved!! #9736313

Datha Y. Thompson 10/15/2011 5:57:47 AM

EXCELLENT!!! Congratulations Donna :) I dont know how I missed this before but I sure do LOVE it :) WTG #9736329

Susan D. Royce level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:11:44 AM

Congrats, Donna, on your beautiful POTD! A definite winner! #9736355

Carol Eade level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:20:41 AM

Beautifully captured, Donna, congratulations on your POTD! #9736368

Terry Cervi level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:29:57 AM

Congrats on your awesome POTD, Donna! #9736378

Ann H. Belus level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:35:29 AM

Congratulations, Donna! #9736382

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 10/15/2011 6:38:05 AM

WTG on this awesome POTD, Donna! :-) k #9736384

Richard B. Hallick level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:47:21 AM

Congratulations on this fabulous POTD. WTG! #9736394

Stephen Zacker 10/15/2011 6:53:35 AM

This is Very Cool.Congratulations #9736402

Linda L. Ruiz level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:53:55 AM

Congrats on you potd. I love how the aquarium lights up her face. excellent #9736403

Kathleen K. Parker level-fanatic 10/15/2011 6:56:40 AM

Well done, Donna!! Congrats on your POTD!
kk #9736407

Patricia A. Coblentz level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:11:34 AM

Yea, Donna...congratulations on this magnificent POTD!!! WTG!! #9736413

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:13:06 AM

Simply magnificent, Donna. Congratulations on a most well deserved potd. #9736416

Cesar J. La Rosa 10/15/2011 7:28:25 AM

Beautiful photograph, Donna!!! Your daughter is beautiful and the composition of this image is simply amazing. Love the diagonal lines, the beautiful lighting and the colors. I am sure everyone has thought of Alice In Wonderland the minute they saw this wonderful POTD.
Congratulations on this very well-deserved recognition, Donna!!!
Cesar #9736431

Jean E. Hildebrant 10/15/2011 7:36:20 AM

Love this, Donna! Your daughter is so pretty! Congrat's to you :D

Dr Silly level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:36:45 AM

Congratulations Donna on your beautiful POTD. :O) #9736444

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:44:30 AM

Wow!!!! I'm touched and honored, by the great response to this photograph. I would like to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart.

Take care,

Donna #9736450

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:44:46 AM

Congrats on this awesome POTD Donna!!

Your daughter is sooo pretty, love the pose, the light, everything about thi!

jo ann c. #9736451

Mitch Spence level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:48:26 AM

Beautiful shot, Donna. Congratulations on the POTD today. #9736458

David Phalen level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:56:09 AM

BIG Congrats on a beautiful POTD!! #9736467

Rony Sagy level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:58:19 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic POTD, Donna. Fantastic work. #9736469

Nancy Marie Ricketts 10/15/2011 8:35:29 AM

Congratulations on your POTD-just beautiful all around! #9736525

Mike F. Anderson level-fanatic 10/15/2011 8:42:10 AM

Great composition and especially like the framing. Wonderful mood. Congratulations on your POTD, Donna! #9736545

Larry L. Redmon level-fanatic 10/15/2011 8:54:54 AM

Love this, Donna! Congratulations! #9736567

Deborah A. Ciullo 10/15/2011 9:04:09 AM

Fabulous Donna!!! This really caught my eye! Lot's to look at! Love everything about it! Congratulations on your POTD! #9736580

Michele Peterson level-fanatic 10/15/2011 9:18:53 AM

Yeah, Donna!!!! So happy to see this as POTD today! Love everything about it, and Cesar is right... very Alice in Wonderland-like, lol! Congratulations to you and your daughter!! #9736612

Debra R. Harder level-fanatic 10/15/2011 9:20:59 AM

I knew this was a WINNER!!!! Huge congratulations, Donna, on your AWESOME POTD!! Deb #9736616

Katarina Mansson 10/15/2011 9:37:52 AM

Superduper megacool! Congratulations Donna! #9736643

Jill Odice level-fanatic 10/15/2011 9:52:06 AM

Donna, this is fabulous! Congrats on your well deserved POTD! #9736676

Mike Umbreit level-fanatic 10/15/2011 10:15:16 AM

Donna - Congratulations on your POTD!! - Mike #9736728

Ann Coates level-fanatic 10/15/2011 10:18:18 AM

Congratulations on your stunning POTD. #9736738

Shirley A. Kinney 10/15/2011 10:49:46 AM

Awesome capture, Donna. Congrats on your POTD. #9736827

Tiia Vissak 10/15/2011 11:02:13 AM

Congratulations! #9736858

Julianne Bradford 10/15/2011 11:04:36 AM

Donna this is fantastic!!! Congratulations on your well deserved POTD!!! #9736864

Erica Murphy level-fanatic 10/15/2011 11:38:28 AM

I knew this photo was special when I saw it!! Such a lovely shot and such a great job with the lighting you had. Congratulations on being the POTD Donna! Well deserved! #9736941

Darryl Wilkinson 10/15/2011 12:09:47 PM

What a great shot of your daughter, Danna - excellent filling of the frame, too! Congratulations on the award! #9736992

Leslie McLain level-fanatic 10/15/2011 12:14:27 PM

Congrats on an amazing POTD, Donna. #9737002

Kathy Cline level-fanatic 10/15/2011 12:26:01 PM

Im so very excited for you Donna. I just knew this would win a prize after I saw it a few weeks ago.
Your daughter is so beautiful! I hope you take time to get a BIG print of this and hang it somewhere in your home. Also take and show it to the CEO of the aquarium. They would be excited to have this in their brochure! Have a blessed weekend and a HUGE BIG FAT JUICY congratulations. xoxo #9737011

Raymond Pauly level-fanatic 10/15/2011 12:36:51 PM

Huge congratulations on this wonderful POTD, Donna! #9737017

Jeff Robinson level-fanatic 10/15/2011 1:35:46 PM

Wow Donna - This is Great! Congrats on your Well Deserved POTD! #9737089

Nikki McDonald level-fanatic 10/15/2011 1:41:52 PM

Nothing to add to all the accolades, Donna, except another very hearty congratulations and a hope to see this again and again. Wonderful. #9737093

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-fanatic 10/15/2011 2:21:16 PM

Beautiful capture, Donna.....we'll see this again....Cheers on the POTD! =^..^= #9737134

Sabrina Ryan level-fanatic 10/15/2011 2:49:53 PM

Fabulous capture, Donna! Congrats on your POTD! #9737175

Alex T. Mizuno level-fanatic 10/15/2011 3:17:10 PM

Congratulations on your POTD Donna! Love the angle, lighting and colors! Excellent work! #9737221

Cathy Barrows 10/15/2011 4:15:41 PM

Congrats on your wonderful POTD #9737338

Diane Dupuis-Kallos 10/15/2011 4:55:06 PM

love it!!!! congrats! #9737403

Pamela Koch 10/15/2011 7:05:57 PM

This is a stunning photograph. Congratulations on a well deserved POTD! #9737608

Guy D. Biechele level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:11:29 PM

Brilliant capture, Donna. Congrats on your POTD!! #9737614

Evy Johansen level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:26:30 PM

Wow, beautiful image, Donna! Big congratulations on your POTD!! #9737622

Mary K. Robison level-fanatic 10/15/2011 7:54:32 PM

Lovely capture, Donna ~
Congratulations on your well earned POTD! #9737639

Maria Coulson 10/15/2011 8:11:38 PM

Congratulations!! #9737661

Laura E. Swan level-fanatic 10/15/2011 8:16:23 PM

Truly a work of art, Donna. The colors and shimers, her look...I love how her body is in hormony with the kelp!

Terrific and BIG CONGRATS TO YOU on this one!!! Yeee Whoooooooooooo!!!!!!

-Laura :))) #9737667

Stanley C. Sims 10/15/2011 9:33:53 PM

Very cool image Donna. Congratulations on the POTD. #9737735

Robert K. Bemus level-fanatic 10/16/2011 12:03:47 AM

Gorgeous lighting and colors and super portrait of your daughter. Congratulations on your POTD!! #9737873

Heather Loewenhardt level-fanatic 10/16/2011 7:56:44 AM

Terrific content, angle and lighting. Congrats on POTD! #9738538

Amanda D. Austwick level-fanatic 10/16/2011 9:55:10 AM

Love the lighting and the tones, with such a beautiful portrait of your daughter. Congratulations on your POTD! #9738646

Marijana Fajgl level-fanatic 10/16/2011 1:23:54 PM

What a beautiful capture, Donna! Big congratulations! #9738996

Kathy Wesserling 10/16/2011 6:14:06 PM

The lighting and her pose are perfect. That one fish's eyeball just cracks me up. This is a wonderful image, Donna. #9739404

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-fanatic 10/16/2011 6:45:51 PM

Thank you, you are all so cool to leave such great comments and congratulatory wishes. I appreciate your feedback.

Take care,



Deborah C. Lewinson level-fanatic 10/16/2011 7:58:28 PM

So glad to see this fantastic image get a POTD, Donna!

Debby #9739522

Christine Czernin level-fanatic 10/17/2011 10:45:40 AM

Fantastic image, Donna.
I never was able to get such a clear picture in an aquarium.
Huge congrats on your fabulous POTD. #9740779

Jessica Jenney level-fanatic 10/17/2011 1:00:11 PM

Congratulations, Donna on your fabulous POTD! #9741004

Thomas E. Hinds level-fanatic 10/17/2011 2:49:45 PM

Fantastic image, Donna! Big congratulations on your wonderful POTD! #9741186

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-fanatic 10/17/2011 10:59:26 PM

A superb image and POTD,Donna!! Congratulations!! #9741909

Richard D. Love level-fanatic 10/18/2011 1:51:44 PM

Congratulaions, Donna. Wonderful composition, colors, and light.

Rick #9743358

Irene Colling level-fanatic 10/19/2011 8:06:38 PM

That is an amazing scene. I've never seen an aquarium like this, you so skillfully captured the scene it seems like the fish will swim out of the photo.

Congratulations on your POTD. #9749286

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-fanatic 10/24/2011 10:55:11 AM

I'm honored by all of your wonderful comments and congratulatory wishes. Thank you so very much!!!



Scott D. Moody 1/12/2012 4:20:55 AM

I simply can't stop looking at it. What a spectacular capture!!! Awesome awesome job! #9916033

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-fanatic 1/12/2012 7:47:32 AM

One of the best compliments a photographer can get. A sincere thank you Scott! #9916359

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My daughter, Rebecca, checking out the fish that swim among the kelp beds.

Birch Aquarium
La Jolla, California
September 28, 2011

50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF
RAW / Aperture Priority / -2/3 EC / 50 mm
F 3.2 @ 1/125 ISO 1600

Exif: F Number: 3.2, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi

Uploaded on 10/3/2011 9:43:43 AM Editor's Photo of the Day

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