Martha R. Mazon level-classic 1/12/2013 9:09:52 AM

Simply stunning, Donna!! I love the depth, tones, clarity and mood! Terrific use of wide-angle magnification. #1508508

Katarina Mansson 1/12/2013 9:52:49 AM

Beautiful colors, light, composition and details in the foreground! #10511567

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 1/12/2013 9:56:42 AM

Happy BP 9th Anniversary to you and a fitting image to go with it, Donna. WOW!!!

UB. #10511571

Jeff Robinson level-classic 1/12/2013 10:14:18 AM

Big "WOW" Factor here Donna! Wonderful pov, depth and light! Congrats on 9 years!! #10511588

Joy Rector level-classic 1/12/2013 11:10:00 AM

gorgeous #10511633

Julianne Bradford level-classic 1/12/2013 11:33:25 AM

An awesome capture and fabulous detail Donna! I'm so glad I joined and met you! Your such a great photographer and friend :-) #10511669

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 1/12/2013 12:33:36 PM

Happy anniversary Donna, my 10th here is coming up in March. Love your leading seaweed line, gorgeous light

Michelle Alton level-classic 1/12/2013 1:14:02 PM

And what better anniversary shot than a gorgeous one of the pier that never stops giving for you! #10511819

Dr Silly level-classic 1/12/2013 1:44:45 PM

AWESOME. :O) #10511920

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic 1/12/2013 1:50:08 PM

Love the leading line. Great shot. amazing #10511934

Katherine Kuhn level-classic 1/12/2013 1:53:58 PM

Beautiful light, color & composition, Donna - happy anniversary! #10511945

Ann H. Belus level-classic 1/12/2013 4:09:51 PM

Happy Anniversary, Donna! Absolutely beautiful capture of this gorgeous sunset! #10512094

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/12/2013 5:05:39 PM

You have a beautiful, celebratory capture here, Donna - the curving line of the seaweed makes a fantastic foreground and your exposure is spot on as always. Congratulations on your BP anniversary - quite a milestone. #10512176

Michele Peterson level-classic 1/12/2013 5:20:55 PM

Wow, Donna, 9 years? Happy Anniversary, you have been an inspiration to me! This image is amazingly beautiful. The curve leading to the pier which leads to the sunset... fabulous!! #10512222

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 1/12/2013 5:36:41 PM

Beautiful, Donna! Love the leading line, the color, and clarity! Fantastic work and congratulations on the sharing of your beautiful images for nine years! I have always marveled at your work! #10512249

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 1/12/2013 5:58:04 PM

Thank you everyone!!!! You are all so inspirational.

Take care,



Katarina Mansson 1/12/2013 11:33:39 PM

Happy anniversary Donna and thanks for all inspiration and support throughout the years! #10512497

Connie J. Bagot 1/13/2013 6:00:06 AM

This is beautiful! Lovely scene, wonderful colors and love that lazy s-curve leading to the pier! #10512814

Cindy Bendush level-classic 1/13/2013 4:18:08 PM

Great color, line and reflections Donna - and happy anniversary!
Not sure when mine is, but its this month also! #10513631

Leslie McLain level-classic 1/14/2013 4:18:00 AM

Beautiful capture and perspective, Donna. #10514399

Photographer 1/14/2013 8:38:46 AM

LOVE, LOVE this presentation from you Donna. The eye leads you all the way from the foreground to the background.. PERFECT!!! I hope we see this again #10514813

Ken Smith level-classic 1/15/2013 7:24:00 PM

Nine years. How time goes by. It's been over 7 years for me. Geez....I'm getting old! :-) Love the comp in this...and your bold style of beach/sunset colors. Beautiful work, Donna! #10517096

Debra R. Harder 1/18/2013 7:34:44 AM

Nine years...time sure flies! Love having you here at BP, Donna. You are a true inspiration! This is beautiful. The foreground is takes us out to the gorgeous sea. The comp, details, light and colors are always! #10521500

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 2/24/2013 9:42:40 PM

Thanks again to each of you. I love being a member here and seeing all of your inspirational photographs.

And a BIG thank you to the judges!!!

Good luck everyone,

Donna #10582315

Michelle L. Frick 2/24/2013 10:30:10 PM

Congratulations Donna! This is incredible, as always!!! #10582383

Jill Odice level-classic 2/24/2013 11:58:08 PM

Congrats on your Finalist! Awesome!!! #10582488

Stefania Barbier level-classic 2/25/2013 1:34:54 AM

fantastic pov, lighting, and leading line... congratulations again Donna! #10582635

Summer A. Kozisek 2/25/2013 3:13:55 AM

Wonderful image with great leading lines! #10582817

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic 2/25/2013 3:56:36 AM

Congratulations Donna Beautiful work and finalist! #10582895

Katarina Mansson 2/25/2013 5:33:52 AM

Already a favorite of mine - such brilliant and beautiful capture. Congratulations on your finalist Donna! #10583090

Julianne Bradford 2/25/2013 8:38:31 AM

Such terrific leading lines and clarity! A winner in my book Donna! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist! #10583635

Martha R. Mazon level-classic 2/25/2013 9:01:20 AM

I'm glad to see this again! Congratulations on this wonderful finalist! #10583720

Bojan Bencic level-classic 2/25/2013 9:43:38 AM

Amazing. Congratulations on your finalist, Donna! #10583907

Christopher Budny level-classic 2/25/2013 10:13:29 AM

Fantastic, as always, and the seaweed is a terrific added line... Congratulations! #10584008

Debra R. Harder 2/25/2013 3:13:46 PM

A gold winner in my book, Donna! Huge congratulations on another superb finalist! #10584590

Ken Smith level-classic 2/25/2013 4:53:52 PM

You nailed this one, for sure! Congrats on this beauty, Donna! #10584798

Nadia Paul 2/25/2013 5:37:31 PM

Simply gorgeous Donna - congrats on your finalist! #10584907

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 2/25/2013 6:18:57 PM

Terrific comp and light!!! Congratulations!! #10585024

Carol Eade level-classic 2/25/2013 7:24:49 PM

A gorgeous finalist, Donna, congratulations! #10585254

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 2/25/2013 7:50:24 PM

Love the way you work a scene, Donna!

Spectacular finalist!

Congrats and best wishes for the gold!
Debby #10585340

Carol Quina level-classic 2/25/2013 9:35:49 PM

Beautiful Donna! Congratulations! #10585490

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 2/25/2013 9:43:45 PM

Thank you everyone. I'm honored and inspired by your comments.

Take care and best of luck,



Naomi Weiser 2/26/2013 1:43:16 AM

wow amazing shot, I love the way the focus follows the lines. congrats! #10585688

SaMi Martin 2/26/2013 6:57:42 AM

Great capture with wonderful lighting and leading line. Congrats Donna on your finalist's! #10586180

Jim E. Anderson level-classic 2/26/2013 8:00:26 AM

Wow You have my vote for a gold medal!!!!! This is a wonderful photograph. #10586332

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic 2/26/2013 10:11:22 AM

Gorgeous in every way..hope we see it with the Gold. Congratulations on a well deserved finalist. #10586559

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/26/2013 2:41:08 PM

Happy anniversary and congratulations on this excellent finalist Donna! #10586972

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/27/2013 10:18:52 AM

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/27/2013 10:18:59 AM

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/27/2013 10:19:16 AM

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

Michele Peterson level-classic 2/27/2013 12:48:21 PM

So happy to see this get a finalist!! My favorite of yours this month. Congratulations!! #10588520

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic 2/27/2013 4:06:12 PM

wtg! Congrats on a beauty #10588816

Emile Abbott level-classic 2/28/2013 7:20:42 AM

Great leading lines and awesome tones. Congratulations Donna on fabulous finalist and a 9th Anniversary. #10589649

ALLEN O. HOWARD 2/28/2013 10:26:24 AM

WOW!!! What can you say? It is an overwhelming image. Congratulations Donna!

Terry A. Stoa level-classic 2/28/2013 11:31:32 AM

Another awesome sunset - so deserving of the Finalist badge. You set the bar really high for sunset photos, Donna - congratulations and thanks for sharing (all of them). #10589921

Martha R. Mazon level-classic 2/28/2013 9:33:08 PM

Congratulations on this incredible winner, Donna! I loved this at first sight! #10590535

Kathy Salerni level-classic 2/28/2013 9:49:32 PM

Huge congrats on your beautiful Winner, Donna! #10590572

Photographer 2/28/2013 10:10:15 PM

Congrats on this outstanding 2nd place Gold win Donna. I knew this was going to get Gold #10590606

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 2/28/2013 10:56:50 PM

Congratulations on a beautiful Win, Donna!! #10590691

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/1/2013 12:14:35 AM

I'm truly honored. Thanks so much!!! You all INSPIRE!!!

Take care,

Donna #10590784

Patti Coblentz level-classic 3/1/2013 12:59:43 AM

And thank you for sharing and gracing us with your wonderful talent and beautiful work...this is a beauty to bring in the 10th year! Congratulations on your winner, Donna! #10590817

Ken Smith level-classic 3/1/2013 3:58:40 AM

No surprise here...congrats, Donna!! #10591042

Katarina Mansson 3/1/2013 4:05:37 AM

Not surprised to see this beauty with a GOLDen badge! Great, great work Donna. Congratulations on your wonderful winner! #10591067

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 3/1/2013 4:08:45 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful Win! #10591073

Leslie McLain level-classic 3/1/2013 4:38:19 AM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Donna. #10591145

Monnie Ryan 3/1/2013 6:20:47 AM

Fabulous, Donna - congratulations big-time! #10591352

William C. Raco level-classic 3/1/2013 6:55:07 AM

Congratulations, Donna #10591423

Bojan Bencic level-classic 3/1/2013 7:09:31 AM

Well done, Donna. Congratulations on your win! #10591484

Stefania Barbier level-classic 3/1/2013 7:15:29 AM

wonderful winner, congratulations Donna!!! #10591508

Debra R. Harder 3/1/2013 7:53:20 AM

Soooooo happy this won GOLD, Donna! It is a magnificent landscape. Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER!!! #10591596

Emile Abbott level-classic 3/1/2013 8:29:25 AM

Not surprised to see this with a gold badge. Huge congratulations on your winner to celebrate your 9th Anniversary, Donna. #10591698

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/1/2013 8:34:39 AM

Thanks again to each and every one of you. This golden win, is extra special, because it is my anniversary photograph.

I enjoy sharing and learning. I appreciate your congratulatory wishes and friendships.


Donna #10591705

Julianne Bradford 3/1/2013 11:14:59 AM

Whoo Whoo!!! Congratulations girlfriend! You so-o deserve this Gold!! #10591920

Tarun Bose 3/1/2013 12:21:11 PM

Big congrats Donna.

Val Feldman level-classic 3/1/2013 12:46:23 PM

You enjoy the BP experience of sharing and learning...we enjoy viewing your beautiful photos - win/win!! :) Huge congrats on a stunning Gold Win, Donna! #10592037

Renee Doyle level-classic 3/1/2013 4:52:07 PM

Happy to see this beauty again!! Big congrats to you Donna on this wonderful winner!! #10592298

Carla Capra level-classic 3/1/2013 4:58:54 PM

So Beautiful. #10592314

Nadia Paul 3/1/2013 5:36:34 PM

Congrats on your well deserved gold Donna! #10592389

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 3/1/2013 6:14:19 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful seaside scene winner. #10592438

Thomas E. Hinds 3/1/2013 6:39:11 PM

Congratulations , Donna, on this fabulous and well deserved Winner! Awesome! #10592495

Phyllis H. Burchett 3/1/2013 7:01:40 PM

Love this Donna, big congrats on your win and so happy to know you through your work here on BP, Happy 9th Anniversary!!! #10592540

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 3/1/2013 10:17:38 PM

Beautiful, Donna. Congratulations! #10592691

Michele Peterson level-classic 3/1/2013 10:47:05 PM

Again.... Congratulations, Donna!!! :-) #10592709

Graeme yew Chow level-classic 3/2/2013 1:07:26 AM

Simply outstanding winner! congrats Donna. #10592779

Joseph T. Pilonero level-classic 3/2/2013 9:08:13 AM

Another breathtaking capture from you, Donna. This must have only barely missed first place. Love it! Congratulations! #10593201

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 3/2/2013 7:06:36 PM

Fabulous! Congratulations on your wonderful 2nd Place GOLD Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #10593964

Linda S. Smith level-classic 3/2/2013 7:18:54 PM

Huge Congrats on a beautiful Gold Win Donna! #10593984

Cindy Bendush level-classic 3/2/2013 11:16:02 PM

Big congratulations on your gold! #10594139

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/3/2013 5:05:16 AM

Thanks again! Your congratulatory wishes and comments are appreciated!!!

Take care,

Donna #10594383

Stephen Zacker 3/3/2013 9:06:45 AM

Fantastic depth. Congratulations #10594671

Glenn E. Traver level-classic 3/3/2013 6:34:04 PM

Congratulations Donna on this winning Composition ~ GT #10595265

Michelle L. Frick 3/3/2013 9:13:34 PM

Congratulations Donna - love you, your breathtaking work and love that you've reached another milestone on BP (9 years). Congratulations on another beautiful winner! #10595441

Carmody Baker 3/6/2013 6:03:50 AM

Donna I knew this would be a winner. Congratulations! #10598471

Christine Czernin level-classic 3/6/2013 9:17:27 AM

Huge congratulations on this fabulous gold win, Donna. #10598761

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 3/14/2013 6:10:12 AM

Belated CONGRATZ on this marvelous Winner, Donna!!

UB. #10609085

Merna L. Nobile 3/17/2013 11:20:11 AM

What a great way to start a new year! Your award winning photographs go from Editorís Pick to Finalist and hopefully to Gold.
CONGRATULATIONS for the month of January, 2013! #10613118

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 3/20/2013 9:34:56 PM

Donna, HUGE congratulations on your brilliant & well deserved Second Place Winner!!! #10617788

Lynn Haack 4/2/2013 9:02:01 AM

This creative perspective really draws the viewer in.....perfect, beautiful image! Congrats..... #10638800

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/1/2015 11:59:57 AM

Happy 9th Anniversary, Donna, and a big WOW on catching the seaweed some GOLD DUST! This is one awesome image! Congratulations!! :))) Sending love! -Laura :) #11216738

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Today marks my 9 year anniversary, here at BetterPhoto. I have enjoyed being part of this community and appreciate your friendships!!

Oceanside, California
January 11, 2013

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
RAW / Tripod / Aperture Priority / 17 mm
F 22 @ 1/10 1/50 & 1/250 ISO 100

*Travel & Place*

Exif: F Number: 22, ExposureTime: 1/50 seconds, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 17.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

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