Ada Panich 7/14/2006 8:02:56 AM

I love it! #483988

Steven M. Gustafson 7/14/2006 11:45:45 AM

Realy Cool. Love the photo! #3029099

Ellen L. Zaslaw 7/14/2006 2:18:52 PM

Great image ! #3029656

Odelia 7/14/2006 2:48:44 PM

It really is a great image. Brings back memories as I was just in Chicago with friends this past Sunday. #3029793

Ivan Chacon 7/14/2006 5:33:45 PM

Great image , really nice photo!!! #3030302

Adriana M. Scardino 7/14/2006 6:56:06 PM

Beautiful image! #3030464

Kay E. Mahoney 7/14/2006 7:10:25 PM

Nice capture. That is really neat. #3030506

Laurie M. Elmer 7/14/2006 9:50:47 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Odelia, This was shot Monday. I had about an hour of free time during a very short business trip and walked around Milennium Park. I wish I'd had more time to shoot. The whole downtown area is an all you can eat buffet for street shooting. #3030981

Kay E. Mahoney 8/26/2006 7:22:42 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3222135

Julie Robinson 8/27/2006 1:53:26 AM

Congrats on your fantastic finalist!!! #3223984

bob cornelison 8/27/2006 9:57:27 PM

Very fun!
~:O) #3229730

Kay E. Mahoney 8/28/2006 2:25:17 PM

Congratulations on your 1st place winner. #3234823

Ronald Balthazor 8/28/2006 2:31:12 PM

Congratulations, Laurie. Wonderful winner. #3234878

Serena Pierce 8/28/2006 2:36:17 PM

Congratulations!! #3234937

Mary Clarke 8/28/2006 2:45:16 PM

Congratulations on First Place Laurie, wonderful image #3235004

Kay Beausoleil 8/28/2006 2:59:37 PM

Such an imaginative image, Laurie -- congrautlations on your first place win! #3235100

Jeff Robinson 8/28/2006 3:39:31 PM

Outstanding work; congrats on your 1st Place Win! Jeff #3235370

Mary K. Robison 8/28/2006 3:45:12 PM

Congratulations on your well-deserved First Place win! #3235398

Janine Russell 8/28/2006 6:11:14 PM

Laurie, great colors, detail and lighting; congratulations on your First Place Win. #3236120

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 8/28/2006 9:10:01 PM

Cool and creative image!!! Congratulations on your First Place WIN!!! #3236938

Melissa G. Meiselman 8/28/2006 10:23:12 PM

Congratulations on this most imaginative First Place Winner, Laurie!!! #3237112

Nadya Johnson 8/29/2006 9:47:26 AM

A huge CONGRATULATIONS (!!!!) Laurie, on this STUNNING First Place Winner! Totally superb!! #3239607

Donna W. Neal 8/29/2006 10:20:27 AM

Congratulations on your well deserved winner Laurie #3239780

Erica Murphy 8/29/2006 11:25:40 AM

Congratulations Laurie! This is fabulous and surreal looking.

Erica #3240126

Michael S. Baker 8/29/2006 12:39:40 PM

Much congratulations on this winning image. It is the best images I've seen at the Millenium Park. I have many similar images, but none that compares to this one. Was wondering...how did you capture this, as there are always so many people around?

Interested in hearing your comments!

Mike B-

Laurie M. Elmer 8/29/2006 1:02:23 PM

Thanks to all for the really nice comments. I'm honored to have had my photo selected considering all the terrific images submitted.

Mike, This was shot on a cloudy Monday evening in between rain showers. I suspect that's what kept the crowds down (and made for some really nice light without harsh contrast). Also, most folks were staying off to the sides to avoid getting their feet wet. I happened to be wearing a pair of Gortex hiking shoes so the shallow water from the fountain wasn't a deterrent. I just stood in the middle, between the two face signs and waited for something to happen. It didn't take long. This little girl was mesmerized by the fountain and made the shot easy. I kneeled down for the best reflection and composed just tight enough to eliminate the edges of the face wall (and dull gray peripheral scene). I really wanted the message to be the little girls reaction so I left just enough of the face in for the photo to make sense. Mostly I just got lucky when all the elements came together. #3240551

Michael S. Baker 8/29/2006 3:09:03 PM

Again, VERY nice capture. I'm looking at the little girl, in particular the lighting, and it almost looks as if she might have been layered in from another image.

Definitely a winning photograph!!!

Mike B- #3241027

Laurie M. Elmer 8/29/2006 7:11:01 PM

Mike, I wish my PS skills were up to that. I don't have the patience or ability to paste a figure and their reflection into a scene. The bright overcast light not only lit the scene nicely but the water on the ground reflected the nice even light back on her. I wish my studio set up worked as effectively. #3241900

Christopher Budny 9/1/2006 8:05:19 AM

Congratulations on this eye-catching winner! #3254336

Milan Banik 9/1/2006 10:27:59 AM

Congratulations Laurie #3254800

Sue L. Cullumber 9/1/2006 7:28:22 PM

Laurie, Gorgeous image and congrats! Very cool pic! #3256234

RC Fritz 9/2/2006 9:46:56 AM

Very, very creative, Laurie...Great work. Congratulations on yuor 1st P W! #3258223

Sherrye Nozaki 9/3/2006 12:54:41 AM

Just perfect:)!! #3259999

Wendy Stevenson 9/3/2006 1:28:57 PM

Fantastic capture Laurie - Big Congrats on your FIRST PLACE WIN!!! #3261853

Ben S 9/7/2006 1:00:35 PM

Hi Laurie,

Glad to be here. A fabulous image full of symoblism to me, the superwoman nurturing the dreams and ambitions of the girl, brilliantly isolated and portrayed in a compelling tonal range and with a perfect moment. Congratulations on a powerful and transcendant, Laurie.

Ben S #3280160

Vicki Hunt 9/10/2006 11:00:40 AM

AWESOME! Congrats! #3291598

Maricris Macabeo 9/19/2006 5:41:19 PM

Nice capture. Was this in Chicago? I was just there. #3332107

Claudette Foote 9/26/2006 10:34:58 AM

So cool I love it
what great work and creativity
congrat... #3364057

pix & pixels 10/8/2006 2:40:16 PM


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