Youthful Expectations

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

Youthful Expectations

Ken Smith level-classic 9/17/2012 4:01:16 AM

A peaceful scene, Donna. Beautiful work!! #1486795

Joy Rector 9/17/2012 4:33:39 AM

love this shot #10326142

Katarina Mansson 9/17/2012 6:52:56 AM

That childīs curiosity so well and beautifully captured! Winner! #10326314

Mitch Spence level-classic 9/17/2012 7:08:55 AM

As Katta says, Donna, and that color combination is great. #10326327

Richard B. Hallick 9/17/2012 4:22:51 PM

Your aquarium shots are so stunning. The girl's expression is priceless., #10326892

Julianne Bradford 9/17/2012 9:38:22 PM

Just adorable Donna! #10327166

Jill Odice level-classic 9/18/2012 9:37:51 AM

Winner :-) That's all I have to say :-) #10327823

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 9/18/2012 11:02:47 AM

A huge THANK YOU to all of you. Your comments inspire!!!!



Julianne Bradford 3/27/2013 12:30:31 PM

Congrats on #6!!!! You ROCK girlfriend!! #10625871

Nikki McDonald level-classic 3/27/2013 5:38:12 PM

Wonderful month for you, Donna. I think this is my favorite - it's just delightful. Congratulations on all the Finalists and good luck in the next round. #10627564

Linda S. Smith level-classic 3/27/2013 6:03:22 PM

This is just stunning Donna! Huge Congrats and hope to see it again soon! #10627712

Irene Colling level-classic 3/27/2013 9:03:39 PM

Your amazing photo brings the sea creatures to life.

Congratulations on your creative Finalist. #10628320

Debra R. Harder 3/28/2013 8:02:51 AM

This is magical...and another WINNER!! LOVE THIS, Donna! Huge congrats on your outstanding finalist!! #10629440

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/28/2013 9:59:05 AM

I love this Donna, congrats on ALL your outstanding finalists ...hope to see all again in GOLD!

jo ann c #10629798

ALLEN O. HOWARD 3/28/2013 12:28:11 PM

I love these pictures at this location Donna! They are simply awesome! Congratulations. #10630188

Stefania Barbier level-classic 3/28/2013 2:56:46 PM

she's in awe... so beautiful... congratulations!!! #10630778

Carla Capra level-classic 3/28/2013 4:08:31 PM

I so love these shots. Well done!
Congratulations. #10630947

Stefania Barbier level-classic 3/29/2013 12:36:47 AM

huge congrats on your beautiful winner!!! #10631762

Renee Doyle level-classic 3/29/2013 12:48:16 AM

Congratulations Donna on this wonderful winner!!! #10631794

Linda S. Smith level-classic 3/29/2013 1:34:32 AM

Huge Congrats on getting the Gold Donna! Well Deserved! #10631841

Cheryl Schneider 3/29/2013 2:08:02 AM

Beautifully done, Donna. Congratulations!!! #10631911

Terry A. Stoa level-classic 3/29/2013 2:39:03 AM

Congratulations on this Winner and on all of your Finalists, Donna. Superb work. #10631944

Leslie McLain level-classic 3/29/2013 4:43:34 AM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Donna, #10632082

Dennis Behm 3/29/2013 5:10:09 AM

Congratulations on your Second Place Win! #10632159

Christopher Budny level-classic 3/29/2013 5:20:11 AM

Congratulations, Donna! #10632205

Monnie Ryan level-classic 3/29/2013 6:03:17 AM

Fabulous, Donna - congratulations! #10632365

Photographer level-classic 3/29/2013 6:08:48 AM

So Happy This One Gold.. A Big Congrats To You Donna For this Win.. #10632384

Ken Smith level-classic 3/29/2013 6:26:53 AM

Superb work, Donna. Congrats to you for the gold! #10632441

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/29/2013 7:24:00 AM

I'm truly honored, thanks so much!!!

Keep up the incredible work, my friends!!!



Katarina Mansson 3/29/2013 7:38:42 AM

Love it - congratulations Donna on your superb winner! #10632639

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 3/29/2013 7:50:27 AM

Congrats, Donna... :-) #10632675

Debra R. Harder 3/29/2013 8:08:22 AM

Not surprised one bit to see this brilliant image win GOLD, Donna! Huge congratulations on your outstanding winner!!!! #10632717

Martha R. Mazon level-classic 3/29/2013 8:12:05 AM

Congratulations Donna! I adore this one! #10632735

Mitch Spence level-classic 3/29/2013 8:21:17 AM

Such a pleasure to see, Donna--both the image and the fact that is has gold. Congratulations to you. #10632774

Julianne Bradford 3/29/2013 8:21:27 AM

Congrats on your gold girlfriend!! #10632775

Linda L. Ruiz 3/29/2013 8:34:58 AM

You have the Gold trigger finger....Huge congrats on this cool shot #10632819

Katherine Kuhn level-classic 3/29/2013 9:45:03 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Donna! Gorgeous! #10632929

Carmody Baker 3/29/2013 10:41:14 AM

Great job Donna. Congratulations! #10633024

Carol Quina level-classic 3/29/2013 10:44:32 AM

Congratulations on your well deserved WIN! #10633036

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 3/29/2013 12:55:45 PM

What a magical image, Donna!

Congrats on your win!
Debby #10633312

Emile Abbott level-classic 3/29/2013 1:29:48 PM

OH to be young again. Congratulations Donna on your Gold winner. #10633376

Terry Cervi level-classic 3/29/2013 4:14:25 PM

Congrats on your adorable win, Donna!! #10633548

Kathy Salerni level-classic 3/29/2013 5:12:01 PM

Congrats on your Gold Winning image, Donna! #10633618

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 3/29/2013 11:09:12 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful Win, Donna!! #10633997

Carla Capra level-classic 3/30/2013 7:37:57 AM

An awesome Winner. Congratulations. #10634512

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/30/2013 12:19:37 PM

Wowwwww... Big congrats on this wonderful 2nd Place Gold Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #10634898

Stephen Zacker 3/30/2013 5:14:09 PM

Awesome. Congratulations #10635315

Michele Peterson level-classic 3/30/2013 10:52:10 PM

Big smiles, this is so adorable. Congratulations, Donna, on this wonderful win! #10635598

Phyllis H. Burchett 3/31/2013 1:23:16 PM

BIG congrats Donna on this fabulous winner!!! #10636232

Lucy Abrao level-classic 3/31/2013 1:36:31 PM

Congrats on this win!
Lucy #10636259

ALLEN O. HOWARD 3/31/2013 6:07:33 PM

WINNER!!! Congratulations! #10636509

Susan Williams level-classic 4/1/2013 6:37:51 PM

Congratulations on your Gold, Donna. Such a wonderful capture and beautifully presented. #10637992

Nadia Paul 4/2/2013 10:37:38 PM

Such a beautiful winner Donna - congrats! #10639533

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 4/4/2013 4:10:39 PM

Beautiful capture and connection, Donna. CONGRATZ !!!

UB. #10641643

Kathy Cline level-classic 4/6/2013 8:31:39 PM

Congratulations Ms. Donna! I know this spot well.
You can always find and capture such creative images there. I always love them.
Have a blessed weekend. #10643758

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 4/7/2013 12:10:03 PM

Congratulations Donna on this wonderful Gold Winner!!! #10644438

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 4/7/2013 12:15:35 PM

You have left so many kind comments and congratulatory wishes, thanks!!! #10644443

Merna L. Nobile 4/16/2013 10:02:54 AM

Dear Photo Friend: I feel that something has changed at Better Photo but cannot tell you just what has happened. I have been here since 2003 and most every month I have written to all the winners telling them how their work touches me. I have witnessed photographs that bring tears to my eyes and colors that are unbelievable, now I am worried that like all good things that it will not be here the next time I look.
But the feeling of not being able to congratulate all the winners for the hard work, and sharing their talent with all of us makes me so sad.
However it turns out and even if this is the last time I have this privilege, to let you know how exceptional your work has been, please know that I will never forget.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you for the month of February, 2013, I send my very best to you always, Merna Nobile

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This young lady appears fascinated, with all the colorful sea life, among the kelp forest.

50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF
RAW / Monopod / Aperture Priority / - 1 EC / 50 mm
F 7.1 @ 1/250 ISO 6400

Birch Aquarium
La Jolla, California
September 12, 2012

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: -1.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 9/16/2012 6:18:05 PM All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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