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Kathleen Clemons 5/5/2004 4:07:24 AM

Great catch, Ron! #124701

Rob Friedman 5/5/2004 4:14:21 AM

Great shot, expertly composed Ronald! #520530

Kelly Abernathy 5/5/2004 4:20:09 AM

Very cool shot - love it - great eye! -K #520558

Colette M. Metcalf 5/5/2004 4:34:22 AM

Great shot!! #520585

Theresa McCloskey 5/5/2004 4:44:45 AM

wonderful Ronald :-) #520597

Ronald Balthazor 5/5/2004 4:53:36 AM

Thank you very much, Kathleen, Rob, K, Colette, and Theresa. It was exciting to be able to capture the moment. #520611

Mette Vendelboe Allison 5/5/2004 5:30:40 AM

Very good shadow photo, Good luck, Ronald! #520713

Charlene Bayerle 5/5/2004 5:42:04 AM

Perfect Ron!!!!!!! #520752

Ronald Balthazor 5/5/2004 7:23:33 AM

Thank you very much, Mette and Charlene. #521102

Donna J. Taff 5/5/2004 7:24:49 AM

Cool shot; great shadow!!! #521106

Patricia Marroquin 5/5/2004 9:01:00 AM

How fun and well seen! Perfect title! Hope we see this one again! :-) #521247

Ronald Balthazor 5/5/2004 10:23:21 AM

Thank you for the kind words, Donna and Patricia. Funny, whenever I see red I think of you, Patricia. #521396

Susan T. Evans 5/5/2004 2:50:28 PM

Terrific Ron, great compostion! #521689

Susan T. Evans 5/5/2004 2:50:31 PM

Terrific Ron, great compostion! #521690

Ronald Balthazor 5/5/2004 3:53:08 PM

Many thanks, Susan. #521799

Brenda W. LaFleur 5/5/2004 9:18:15 PM

This is great, Ron. It's a great catch and a great title. Way to go....can't wait to see more! #522124

Brenda W. LaFleur 5/5/2004 9:18:19 PM

This is great, Ron. It's a great catch and a great title. Way to go....can't wait to see more! #522125

Ronald Balthazor 5/6/2004 5:05:35 AM

Thanks, Brenda. I appreciate the feedback. #522727

Debra Booth 5/8/2004 6:17:51 PM

Beautiful shot, and the title made me chuckle! #526970

Ronald Balthazor 5/8/2004 10:03:33 PM

Thank you very much, Debra. #527234

Kelly Abernathy 6/15/2004 1:40:16 PM

Congrats on your finalists! -K #595833

Kristen McKain 6/15/2004 2:20:08 PM

Congrats!! #596035

Debra Booth 6/15/2004 5:42:45 PM

Congratulations, Ronald! #596997

Mette Vendelboe Allison 6/16/2004 1:23:32 AM

Such a cool photo! Congratulations, Ronald! #597850

Kathleen Clemons 6/16/2004 1:13:10 PM

Such a great shot, Ron. Congrats again! #599434

clifton Mair 6/16/2004 2:39:44 PM

Great shot, congrats! #599659

Kelly Abernathy 6/16/2004 6:32:51 PM

Well-deserved win! Congrats! -K #600109

Patrick Campbell 6/16/2004 6:42:54 PM

Congrats Ron on your win, a great catch! #600131

Ron Goldman 6/16/2004 7:19:41 PM

Congratulations Ron!!!! #600205

Brenda Tharp 6/16/2004 7:40:15 PM

Ah, we have similar vision, Ron! I took a picture like this a few years back and it remains one of my favorites for the simple graphics of it! You did a great job - nice light, great colors, and composition! Congratulations. #600254

Mary K. Robison 6/16/2004 8:22:49 PM

Wonderful image and title, Ron. You certainly earned your win ~ CONGRATULATIONS! #600342

Evy Johansen 6/17/2004 12:16:22 AM

Congratulations on your second place win, Ronald! Cool image!! #600510

Mette Vendelboe Allison 6/17/2004 12:45:29 AM

Well-deserved, Ronald! Congrats! Great title by the way! #600520

Sharon E. Lowe 6/17/2004 3:28:58 AM

Congrats Ron - well-deserved win! #600641

Donna W. Neal 6/17/2004 3:38:53 AM

I missed this one Ron. It is excellent and well deserved win, CONGRATULATIONS! #600685

Gil Hires 6/17/2004 4:28:22 AM

Ron, Congratulations on another great photo! Keep up the good work! #600797

Donna J. Eaton 6/17/2004 5:15:23 AM

A big hurray for your win Ron!!!! Wonderful image! #600907

Lori Ditlefsen 6/17/2004 7:03:28 AM

congrats on the win Ron! Nice shot! #601212

Donna R. Moratelli 6/17/2004 8:07:54 AM

Excellent image! Well deserved Ron! #601398

Wanda Judd 6/17/2004 9:01:29 AM

Ron, I could not possibly be prouder of you...great capture. #601468

Cathy Shotz 6/17/2004 9:27:56 AM

Ron...CONGRATULATIONS on your win with this fabulous image. The win is sooo well deserved. #601507

Karen Engelbreth 6/17/2004 11:51:55 AM

Congratulations, Ronald! #601854

Susana Matos 6/17/2004 12:18:48 PM

Congratulations, really great shot!
Cheers from Portugal, Su #601927

Colette M. Metcalf 6/17/2004 8:53:39 PM

Congratulations, Ron!!!! #602534

Sherrie H. Penny 6/18/2004 5:35:22 AM

Ron, CONGRATS! #603203

Frederic David 6/18/2004 8:36:07 AM

Congrats for this amazing composition and really well found title!

Fred #603673

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 6/18/2004 1:55:53 PM

Wow, what a work of art. Well done!! #604015

Ronald Balthazor 6/20/2004 3:08:23 PM

Thank you everyone. It was a great surprise to return from vacation to your wonderful words of kindness. #607115

Carol Brill 6/20/2004 9:32:49 PM

Superb utilization of punctuation, Ron, congratulations!! #607486

Ronald Balthazor 6/21/2004 4:21:13 AM

Thank you very much, Carol. I guess that degree in English finally kicked-in. #607672

Julie L. Curiel 6/22/2004 6:35:44 AM

COngrats Ron! You just keep getting better and better! #609969

Ronald Balthazor 6/22/2004 6:49:48 AM

Thanks, Julie. I appreciate the comment. #610020

Jim Collier 6/22/2004 8:55:16 AM

This is so cool! A very "exciting" shot. It needs a bit of sharpening though. Try an unsharp mask with amount=300 and radius=0.7 for starters. I bet you would have one had it been sharper!

And if that line of hedges had not been in the shot (e.g. the band of dirt and surrounding green continued uninterrupted), you DEFINITELY would have one! Could you imagine such a cool shot? That's just purely luck though (and being ready when you see it), not skill. It looks like such a wish would be impossible anyway, as it appears there is another hedge row on the right side of the frame--maybe they are at regular intervals, making a clean shot impossible.

You could "fix" that with some careful and creative use of Photoshop, but it would be totally unethical to win a photo contest that way, where the expectation is no editing of that kind. But it would be great if your intent was an artistic shot to frame! #610315

Ronald Balthazor 6/22/2004 1:36:38 PM

Thank you for the lengthy comments, Jim. I appreciate them.
If we can't find perfection we can certainly come close in PS, and, as far as I know the PS work is acceptable to BP as long as it is acknowledged. #610710

Robert Brown 6/23/2004 8:04:13 AM

Ron, this is a terrific shot--I'm glad you were able to shoot something but flowers over the last few months. I agree with the above comment on sharpening--this image isn't quite sharp. Where did you shoot it from? Did I miss that in the earlier discussion? Congratulations! #612331

Ronald Balthazor 6/23/2004 4:48:55 PM

Thanks, Robert. It was taken out the window of a small plane with an 80-200mm lens at 1/250 sec. on Ektachrome E100VS film near sunset. #612797

Robert Brown 6/24/2004 7:51:15 AM

Ron, I guess this is plenty sharp given the circumstances! Are you a pilot? #614003

Ronald Balthazor 6/24/2004 11:30:51 AM

No, Robert, I am not a pilot. I've been accused of getting high very often but that may be a different story. #614386

Nobu Nagase 6/25/2004 4:01:43 PM

This is really a great shot!
Winner was written all over from the beginning...
Congratulations on the 2nd place win!!!
I bet you that you didn't miss much for the first place... #616466

Ronald Balthazor 6/27/2004 2:34:04 PM

Thank you for your vote of confidence, Nobi. #619322

Anderson D. Co 8/21/2005 6:49:37 AM

Well done Ronald. There is a rule in photography whether you be a hobbist or a pro, if you see something interesting or anything out of the ordinary, it matters of course how you compose , expose etc. but never never never miss the shot and thats what you basically did. Hats off to you! #1745269

Ronald Balthazor 8/21/2005 4:09:02 PM

Thanks, Anderson. #1747791

Shelly A. Van Camp 9/3/2005 7:51:48 AM

Love this! One of my favorites in your gallery of beautiful pictures!!! #1798840

Ronald Balthazor 9/3/2005 8:24:04 AM

Thank you, Shelly. #1798880

Jill Odice 10/26/2005 6:48:20 PM

The perfect title for this wonderful shot Ronald :-) #2002349

Ronald Balthazor 10/27/2005 5:37:43 AM

Thanks, Jill. It's nice of you to comment. #2003448

RC Fritz 5/18/2006 4:57:54 AM

Wonderful image! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! #2780064

Ronald Balthazor 5/18/2006 2:42:50 PM

Thank you very much, RC. #2782477

Graeme yew Chow 7/9/2006 8:43:17 AM

Glorious image, Thanks for your wonderful critque, Ronald. #3003542

Ronald Balthazor 7/9/2006 11:56:02 PM

Many thanks, Graeme. #3006209

Vladan D. Djordjevic 1/5/2007 1:38:32 PM

Great composition, perspective, lines, colors, textures! #3785211

Ronald Balthazor 1/5/2007 6:10:32 PM

Thank you very much, Vladan. #3786068

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett 1/19/2007 5:28:30 AM

Well Done, Ronald ... Beautiful image, Wonderful shadow ....

Nice work, Ron

Steve Hurkett #3838171

Ronald Balthazor 1/19/2007 10:44:51 AM

Thank you very much, Steve. #3839469

Lori Carlson 6/23/2007 10:11:33 AM

I thought I would find you in the SnapShot featured gallery!! :0) Congrats on all your recognition, Ron! :0) #4428230

Ronald Balthazor 6/23/2007 1:53:11 PM

Thanks a ton, Lori. #4428644

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