R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe 9/24/2012 4:55:28 AM

A fabulous capture for this month MT, Nikki. Love the comp and the light on this one! #1488095

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe 9/24/2012 5:04:30 AM

A story telling photo. Well done Nikki! #10335231

Jack Gaskin level-deluxe 9/24/2012 5:14:53 AM

Great Capture seems he has a captive audience

Jack #10335249

Ken Beatty level-deluxe 9/24/2012 5:23:34 AM

Love the capture! background tools and Lighting! #10335258

Shelly A. Van Camp level-deluxe 9/24/2012 6:31:17 AM

Great capture, Nikki! #10335307

Dayna Cain level-deluxe 9/24/2012 7:20:25 AM

The expression on his face is perfect. You can tell he loves what he's doing. Great work Nikki! #10335391

Bob Cournoyer level-deluxe 9/24/2012 7:49:12 AM

Well composed, love the light and the hint of the "student".... :-) #10335445

Joy Rector level-deluxe 9/25/2012 5:14:49 AM

love this shot #10339798

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 9/25/2012 6:00:17 AM

Love this image, Nikki! You've captured a wonderful facial expression with perfect light. #10339896

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe 9/25/2012 11:01:20 AM

Wonderful character shot, Nikki... beautiful image all around! #10340625

Linda S. Smith level-deluxe 9/25/2012 11:05:28 PM

Love the expression on the teacher's face! Looks like he loves his job. Very nice capture Nikki! Hope to see this again! #10341757

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 9/27/2012 1:42:33 PM

I think your choice to include that little piece of his "audience" is inspired here, and the portrait and environment are just right on. #10343894

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 10/28/2012 9:24:32 PM

The earnest expression is delightful Nikki. Congrats on this finalist image. Good luck in the next round. #10388848

Sherran Andersen level-deluxe 10/28/2012 9:40:51 PM

Congrats again. #10388883

Nancy Marie Ricketts 10/28/2012 10:43:07 PM

What a great shot, Nikki! Congratulations on the Finalist badge! #10388967

Connie J. Bagot 10/29/2012 4:06:34 AM

Congratulations Nikki---superb finalist! #10389510

Nadia Paul 10/29/2012 4:07:26 AM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Nikki! #10389516

Linda S. Smith level-deluxe 10/29/2012 8:22:54 AM

Yeay Nikki! Congrats on your finalist win here! Well deserved! #10390404

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 10/29/2012 8:48:44 AM

Another excellent and appealing character study from you, Nikki. Thank you for the pleasure, and congratulations once again. #10390569

Susan M. Smith level-deluxe 10/29/2012 9:22:35 AM

So many interesting elements in this Nikki! I just love the earnestness you captured in the blacksmith's expression! Congratulations! #10390758

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 10/29/2012 10:53:28 AM

You can tell he's excited to talk about his trade, just look at that face! A wonderful MT submission, Nikki! Congrats! #10391167

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:12:48 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Nikki on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10391248

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:13:02 AM

Love this finalist, Nikki - congratulations! #10391249

Kathryn Wesserling level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:14:32 AM

You capture the character of these actors so wonderfully - I really enjoy your forays into the past. Good Luck in the run for the Gold, Nikki. #10391261

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:32:07 AM

Another exquisite capture Nikki....Congratulations & all the very best in the next round. #10391417

Michele Peterson level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:55:46 AM

Another wonderful portrait, I love his obvious love for what he is doing! Congratulations!! #10391531

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 10/29/2012 11:58:03 AM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist
Nikki! I love it...

jo ann c. #10391549

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-deluxe 10/29/2012 12:07:24 PM

Can you count to 3???

Congratulations on All of your finalists NiK!! #10391609

Brad Harding 10/29/2012 1:24:18 PM

Wonderful expression, you can tell he enjoys his craft. Congrats on the finalist Nikki. #10391953

Sharon Day level-deluxe 10/29/2012 4:03:46 PM

Another excellent portrait finalist, Nikki!! Congratulations and good luck! #10392623

Nancyj E. Hovey level-deluxe 10/29/2012 4:06:22 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10392631

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe 10/29/2012 4:26:02 PM

More then a photo! Congratuations on this superb fianlist! #10392697

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 10/29/2012 7:25:49 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Nikki! #10393405

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:13:23 AM

The light is incredible as is the teacher's expression here, Nikki. I think you have a Winner here, CONGRATZ and good luck!

UB. #10393913

Ken Smith level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:11:54 AM

Leave it to a teacher to find a teachable moment. Congrats, Nikki. Super job! #10394093

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe 10/30/2012 10:45:40 AM

Congratulations, Nikki! #10394664

Lydia Williams level-deluxe 10/30/2012 11:45:10 AM

Amazing, Nikki...love your portraits...Congratulatons on this well done finalist! #10394737

Virginia Kickle level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:10:55 PM

Congratulations Nikki! Well done character portrait! #10394798

Bob Cournoyer level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:15:03 PM

Great gold, Nikki... :-) #10394812

Christopher Budny level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:15:09 PM

Congratulations Nikki, on your terrific winning portrait! #10394813

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:43:09 PM

Terrific work, Nikki - congratulations! #10394894

Kathryn Wesserling level-deluxe 10/30/2012 12:49:39 PM

Yea - a well-deserved Gold! #10394924

Michele Peterson level-deluxe 10/30/2012 1:12:32 PM

Woo-hoo, Nikki! I am so glad to see this get gold! Congratulations!! #10395030

frank w. degenhardt level-deluxe 10/30/2012 1:13:43 PM

The expressions are priceless. Congratulations on the Second Place Win my friend. #10395036

Lydia Williams level-deluxe 10/30/2012 1:31:16 PM

Yay, Congratulations on your golden win! #10395092

Tammy Espino level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:22:14 PM

Congratulations on your gold win :) #10395250

Jessica Jenney level-deluxe 10/30/2012 2:53:23 PM

Congratulations, Nikki on your fabulous winner! #10395364

Stefania Barbier level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:19:08 PM

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #10395473

Chuck Bruton level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:22:30 PM

Congratulations 101 member ! #10395491

Julianne Bradford level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:24:09 PM

Wonderful Gold Nikki! Congrats! #10395500

Phyllis H. Burchett level-deluxe 10/30/2012 3:28:14 PM

Congrats Nikki on this wonderful winner!!! #10395521

Carol L. Fowler 10/30/2012 3:53:37 PM

Congrats on the Win! #10395635

Renee Doyle level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:03:10 PM

Congratulations on this excellent winner Nikki! #10395674

Lindley Johnson level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:03:35 PM

Big congratulations, Nikki - this is a wonderful image! #10395675

Val Feldman level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:27:23 PM

He certainly enjoys what he does and it shows on his wonderfully expressive face. What a perfect love of teaching moment captured. Congratulations, Nikki, on an excellent Gold Win! #10395760

Colette M. Metcalf level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:29:19 PM

CONGRATS!!! #10395771

Sharon Sawyer level-deluxe 10/30/2012 4:45:18 PM

Nikki, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved Second Place Winner!!! #10395821

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:05:17 PM

The lighting and detail are fantastic, Nikki...a perfect theme entry and well deserved winner! Big congratulations! #10395872

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 10/30/2012 5:55:09 PM

This is wonderful, Nikki! Congrats on your win! #10396054

Leslie McLain level-deluxe 10/30/2012 6:22:13 PM

Congrats on a terrific winner, Nikki. #10396098

Rona L. Schwarz 10/30/2012 7:49:45 PM

Last, but certainly not least, Nikki! A wonderful story-telling image...I just love the earnestness and passion you have captured here...beautifully composed with just a hint of his audience. Perfect for the MT and for the Gold Win! Congratulations! #10396270

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe 10/30/2012 8:12:09 PM

No surprise here, Nikki. I knew this had Gold written all over it from the first time I saw it. Congratulations. #10396329

Priscilla J. Burgers level-deluxe 10/30/2012 8:22:58 PM

Congratulations, Nikki. Great expression! I love your images with a story. #10396348

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 10/30/2012 8:33:24 PM

Huge congratulations on your gold win! #10396369

Nadia Paul level-deluxe 10/30/2012 9:50:00 PM

Congrats on this wonderful winner Nikki! #10396472

Mike Clime level-deluxe 10/31/2012 1:36:57 AM

Congratulations, Nikki! #10396637

Beatriz Rocha level-deluxe 10/31/2012 6:48:46 AM

Just perfectly wonderful. congratulations Nikki on this gold! #10397007

Susan Williams level-deluxe 10/31/2012 7:48:26 AM

Congratulations on this Gold, Nikki. Outstanding work. #10397147

Debra R. Harder 10/31/2012 8:38:49 AM

This is a great image, Nikki!! Huge congratulations on your fabulous GOLD WINNER!! #10397235

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 10/31/2012 9:32:58 AM

Your portraits warm us and engage us and are always such a pleasure, Nikki. Congratulations on the gold. #10397325

Christine Czernin level-deluxe 10/31/2012 9:33:16 AM

Big congratulations, Nikki. Your gold is truly deserved. It is such a lively, authentic picture.
I love the old man's expression. #10397326

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 10/31/2012 9:54:03 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Nikki on your wonderful win, WTG!!! <>< #10397385

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 10/31/2012 2:16:57 PM

I had my eye on this one!!

Congratulations NiK
This is a Fabulous Winner!!! #10397797

Neal D. Hatcher level-deluxe 10/31/2012 5:17:25 PM


Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 10/31/2012 5:36:13 PM

Wonderful period portrait Nikki, congratulations on your fine winner #10398112

David Phalen 10/31/2012 5:42:25 PM

BIG Congrats on a fabulous Winner!! #10398127

Cheryl Schneider 11/1/2012 3:33:08 AM

Wonderfully composed image. Congratulations!!! #10398679

JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe 11/1/2012 11:23:46 AM

I am SO delighted you won gold with your superb image, Nikki...

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 11/2/2012 2:27:17 AM

So happy for you, Nikki. CONGRATZ on the Gold Winner, WTG!!!

UB. #10400418

Nancy Marie Ricketts 11/2/2012 5:51:18 AM

Congratulations on this well-deserved GOLD winner, Nikki! #10400655

Joannie Bertucci level-deluxe 11/2/2012 5:16:42 PM

Perfect image for the monthly theme Nikki! Love how you have the teacher as the focal point and the student off to the side! Marvelous gold badge, contrats! #10401423

Katarina Mansson 11/5/2012 3:44:35 AM

Congratulations on your storytelling and spectacular winner Nikki! #10404850

Graeme yew Chow 11/7/2012 5:25:10 PM

Congratulations on your super winner, Nikki. I like the lighting and the expressions of the man. #10408876

Merna L. Nobile 11/13/2012 2:36:29 PM

Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna

Linda S. Smith level-deluxe 11/15/2012 1:30:34 AM

Huge Congrats Nikki on this well deserved Gold Win!!! You certainly captured a special moment in time beautifully! #10419306

Susan Jane Allen level-deluxe 3/13/2013 7:33:37 AM

GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS! You just get better and better! What a joy to get back to your gallery after so long! #10607759

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2nd Place Winner
This blacksmith loves to explain his trade to the young people who visit Fort Atkinson, Nebraska.
Category: Monthly Theme (Education)

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 40000/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400,400, FocalLength: 26.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

Uploaded on 9/24/2012 4:31:30 AM

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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