Soft landing

© Monika Sapek

Soft landing

Stacey A. Bates 7/9/2004 12:00:56 PM

Beautiful image Monika!! #146274

Monika Sapek 7/9/2004 12:06:27 PM

Thank you so much, Stacey!

Wim Wilmers 7/9/2004 12:13:28 PM

very good picture monika beautiful soft tones and a good highlight.

its a eyecather

greetings wim wilmers holland #639613

Monika Sapek 7/9/2004 12:19:42 PM

Thank you very much for your comment, Wim!

Rob Friedman 7/9/2004 12:26:18 PM

That's awesome Monika! And excellent title as well. :) #639628

Karen Bacon 7/9/2004 12:52:03 PM

Spectacular Monika!!! #639641

Brinn MacDougall 7/9/2004 12:52:09 PM

So nice..just wonderful, Monika! #639642

Jennifer Rennison 7/9/2004 1:00:17 PM

Beautiful, Monika, love the soft tones and selective focus! #639652

Robin L. Wehrman 7/9/2004 1:31:06 PM

Sensational work Monika! I also like the soft tones and awesome detail on the ladybug. Perfect photo!!!!!!!! #639707

Susana Ms Heide 7/9/2004 3:01:29 PM

WOW!! What an awesome image!! Love the contrast of the blurry , soft purple background and the sharp, red ladybug as the focal point! Beautiful combination! #639784

Terry R. Hatfield 7/9/2004 3:23:53 PM

Hi Monika! The Contrast In Colors And The Details Are Exceptional:-) #639821

Carolina K. Smith 7/9/2004 4:02:05 PM

Fabulous, Monika. Love the very softness of the flowers with the harder contrast of the bug :) #639863

Elisabeth A. Gay 7/9/2004 4:27:02 PM

This is so lovely Monika!! #639887

Carina Ekholm 7/9/2004 5:15:09 PM

lovely picture Monika very nice and beutiful colors / Carina #639913

Michael Brown 7/9/2004 5:20:23 PM

I need not say anything, ........... as this image speaks for itself! #639917

Darren K. Fisher 7/9/2004 7:10:26 PM

WOW Monika this is awesome. I really like the pastel color and how the red pops right off of the monitor. Really well done. #639996

Monika Sapek 7/9/2004 7:16:29 PM

Wow! Thank you, guys, for your all wonderful comments on this image! Because I don’t feel well today, reading your positive thoughts about it made me feel much better ;-).
I took this image two days ago while visiting my favorite place to shoot plants and flowers, The Bellevue Botanical Garden. While taking some photos of those purple flowers I accidentally spotted this little lady bug. She was so fast and smart so every time I try to take a photo of her she was rushing from petal to petal or hiding under it, and finally – before I took this picture – she flew away. Lucky me I got what I wanted before that happened ;-). I am glad you enjoyed this image of a small but very beautiful world! Thank you!

Murry Grigsby 7/9/2004 7:49:16 PM

Very nice design and macro work Monika! Looks like this little bug is crawling through cotton candy :0) #640038

Cora Miller 7/9/2004 9:01:36 PM

Fabulous use of contrasts and color. Excellent shot, Monika! #640120

Serena Pierce 7/9/2004 9:15:57 PM

Wow! It really is awesome! Hope you feel better!! #640128

Gunther Allen 7/9/2004 11:00:52 PM

This is a real winner! Excellent in every way! Hope it becomes POTM! Would love to see it at too! #640172

Melisa R. McKolay 7/9/2004 11:18:20 PM

The colors are amazing and composition wonderful!! A winner for certain. Hope you feel better soon. #640183

clifton Mair 7/10/2004 3:01:30 AM

This is beautiful, the colours and selective focus are so soft, wonderful! #640259

Kristen McKain 7/10/2004 5:20:33 AM

WOW! Gorgeous Monika! #640467

Monika Sapek 7/10/2004 6:48:10 PM

Murry, Cora, Serena, Gunter, Melisa, Clifton, and Kristen – thank you very much for your all wonderful comments! I meant to write that I took the photo before she flew away in my previous message. I hope you guys took this as a funny mistake. Sometimes my thoughts are running faster than my fingers ;-).


bob cornelison 7/13/2004 10:55:10 AM

Love the colors! ~:0) #645832

Monika Sapek 7/13/2004 4:32:55 PM

Thank you, Bob!

Mette Vendelboe Allison 7/20/2004 8:46:20 AM

A smashing poetic composition, Monika! #660679

Monika Sapek 7/21/2004 10:36:30 AM

Mette – thanks so much for your very nice comment! ;-)

Mette Vendelboe Allison 7/21/2004 11:22:21 AM

Monika, I just checked out your homepage yesterday and loved it! It is one of the very best galleries, I've seen for a long time, especially your Kate-photos and portraits in b&w nad IR! You are so talented! I just wish you had a guestbook, so one could leave a message! Do your sell your stuff? #662835

Monika Sapek 7/22/2004 11:38:04 AM

Mette, thank you so much for visiting my gallery and for such kind words about my work! I really do appreciate! I must tell you that with the idea of my photo gallery came from my husband. He put a lot of work into this site setting everything up there by himself. Also my friend, who lives in Poland, designed those special small icons which appear above each photo. He made them just for me. I was thinking about writing there, about adding some information under my photos, but I didn’t find time for that yet. So maybe later? Than maybe this site will be more enjoyable ;-). Oh, and I do not sell my images yet, but I’ve started thinking about it. I have left this thought for the future too ;-).
Once again – thank you so very much for taking your time to write, Mette! I was really happy reading your note!

Charlene Bayerle 3/5/2005 12:11:00 AM

Way to go Monica....Congratulations on a well deserved POTD!!!!!! #1148953

Karen Engelbreth 3/5/2005 12:16:16 AM

Perfect shot - big congrats on your POTD, Monika! #1148956

Gunther Allen 3/5/2005 12:23:26 AM

An incredible capture! Great DOF that ads so much to the composition. Congratulations on your POTD! - Gunther #1148962

Arya Bandyopadhyay 3/5/2005 12:33:21 AM

Terricfic shot...congrats on your POTD!! #1148971

Susie Peek-Swint 3/5/2005 12:36:57 AM

A beautiful capture Monika ~ congrats on potd! #1148976

Anette Linnea Rasmussen 3/5/2005 12:37:10 AM

Absolutely beautiful Monika! Well captured and presented - love it!
Congrats on your POTD!

Best wishes, Linnea #1148977

Leanne M.E. Boyd 3/5/2005 12:42:15 AM

Gorgeous shot Monika! Congratulations on your POTD! #1148982

Mary K. Robison 3/5/2005 1:20:39 AM

Congratulations on a well-deserved POTD, Monika! This is brilliant! #1149011

Linda Stander 3/5/2005 1:23:03 AM

love your photo. people like you give me inspiration to try different photos. congrats. really beautiful!!!

Diane Dupuis 3/5/2005 2:15:22 AM

Gorgeous shot - congrats on your POTD! #1149040

Tammy McAllister 3/5/2005 2:49:06 AM

Just beautiful, Congratulation on your POTD #1149071

Kelly Abernathy 3/5/2005 3:01:54 AM

This is just lovely. Congrats on your POTD! -K #1149090

Kathleen N. Nelson 3/5/2005 3:03:12 AM

Incredibly beautiful photo, Monika. Congratulations on your POTD! #1149096

Wim Wilmers 3/5/2005 3:08:07 AM

i ve said this before, but its an incredibble picture its such a beauty #1149102

Evy Johansen 3/5/2005 3:14:36 AM

Big congrats on your gorgeous POTD, Monika! #1149115

Cathy Barrows 3/5/2005 4:13:01 AM

Congrats on your is so gorgeous #1149162

Wendy Stevenson 3/5/2005 4:18:44 AM

Congratulations Monika on this wonderful POTD!! Love that little guy on the soft lavender!! Really well done!! #1149169

Scott Pedersen 3/5/2005 4:21:49 AM

Nice job. Lady bug or Asian beetle? Nice job anyhow. #1149174

Terry R. Hatfield 3/5/2005 4:50:47 AM

Congratulations On Your POTD Monika:-) #1149223

Cherie Early 3/5/2005 5:03:51 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the colors. #1149258

Emily OConnor 3/5/2005 5:13:59 AM

It never ceases to amaze me at how creative photographers are. It is great to see what others see and opens my eyes to more possibilities. This is a terrific example of a peek at one of nature's small wonders, and done so beautifully. Monika - you have captured this perfectly with focus on the subject and soft flowing color behind. Love it!
Emily #1149276

Murry Grigsby 3/5/2005 5:23:22 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful POTD Monika!! #1149319

Beverly A. Burke 3/5/2005 5:46:53 AM

Wow Monika! Absolutely stunning image and wonderfully done. Well deserving of POTD and definitely a winner! #1149394

Julie K 3/5/2005 6:04:23 AM

WOW! Love it! Excellent POTD!!! #1149433

Dan Walters 3/5/2005 6:04:48 AM

Very nice image. I really like the soft colors. #1149435

Kathleen K. Parker 3/5/2005 6:11:08 AM

Beautiful...what a great combo of colors. Congrats on the POTD, Monika! #1149456

Kimberly J. Whipps 3/5/2005 6:19:52 AM

Incredible! Well deserved POTD. Congrats. #1149483

Teresa P.Pelaez 3/5/2005 6:41:16 AM

Congratulations Monika! #1149538

Lorraine T. Lynch 3/5/2005 6:44:59 AM

Hi Monika and congratulations on your POTD today! I have not been successful capturing a ladybug yet....but you certainly have! Simply beautiful and the colors and composition are fantastic! Feel better as well :) #1149543

Maryke A. Kolenousky 3/5/2005 6:49:11 AM

What an awesome shot, Monika. Any comment I could make has already been said, but the contrast between subject and background is wonderful. What camera settings did you use? #1149554

Cindy K. Bracken 3/5/2005 6:51:06 AM

Wonderful image - congrats on your POTD!
Cindy Bracken
shuttermom profitable photography #1149559

Doug Bascom 3/5/2005 6:51:53 AM


An Excellent image with a pleasing composition and use of selective focus with your macro lens. Your site is splendid and a visual delight to browse through as well.

Keep up the Wonderful Work!

Doug Bascom #1149562

Robert D. Flemming 3/5/2005 7:09:33 AM

Very, very beautiful. Love the softness of the flowers. The contrast of colors is wonderful. Congratulations on a great POTD. #1149616

Casey A. Hanson 3/5/2005 7:21:18 AM

Wonderful image Monika! Congrats on your POTD! :0) #1149670

Janet Kinney 3/5/2005 7:32:10 AM

Monika, I would have picked that too as the best picture of the day. The colors and sharpness of the ladybug are fantastic! Great job. #1149708

Peggy Wolff 3/5/2005 7:34:38 AM

Monika, this is gorgeous! Congratulations on your POTD! #1149713

Lori L. Heustess 3/5/2005 7:37:06 AM

Wow!!! I really like this shot. Excellent! #1149719

Lani Allen 3/5/2005 8:01:09 AM

This was such a beautiful image to view this morning. One of the best images I have seen. Truely a winner #1149741

Kathleen R. Struckle 3/5/2005 8:39:00 AM

Just beautiful Monika!! Congrats. on POTD!! #1149796

Ed Heaton 3/5/2005 9:13:05 AM

Great image Monika,
Congrats on POTD! #1149895

Rhonda Journeay 3/5/2005 9:37:45 AM

Monika, what a lovely image. The surreal quality with the soft colors and great focus of the lady bug are just first rate! I also took a look at your gallery and I'm extremely impressed. You certainly have a wonderful eye for photography. I look forward to seeing more of your images. Congratulations on the POTD! #1149945

Cathy Stancil 3/5/2005 10:00:26 AM

Simply beautiful Monika ! Love everything about it... Congratulations on your POTD ! #1149975

Cesar J. La Rosa 3/5/2005 10:35:56 AM

Awesome macro, Monika! The soft colors of the flower make a perfect background to enhance the bright colors of your subject.
Congratulations on this great POTD!!! #1150038

April Bryant 3/5/2005 10:47:21 AM

So beautiful. Congrats of POTD! #1150054

Lori Carlson 3/5/2005 11:52:33 AM

First Monika, Congrats on your POTD!
I just visited your amazing gallery! What great images girl! I love the mood and what you did to make "Infinite Flight"...that was just a "wow" for me!! :0) And your "Checkered Leaves" is such a unique capture...great comp! I also love what you did in PS with your "Red Bridge" photo. You have a wonderful eye and a special creativeness.

Vik Orenstein 3/5/2005 12:56:37 PM

a stunning shot! the purple/red together are really beautiful! #1150183

Sharon McClung 3/5/2005 1:09:44 PM

Congratulations, Monika! Great capture! And your gallery is fantastic! Love that D70!! #1150194

Monika Sapek 3/5/2005 3:00:25 PM

I want to thank you so much for all your wonderful and overwhelming responses on this image, everyone! For the first time I decided to resubmit my earliest entry for the contest, so I am really surprised and pleased it made POTD at BP! A wonderful surprise for me!
I remember that the day I took this photo, I was with my two daughters in the botanical garden and we were looking for ladybugs. After a couple of minutes of searching I found one ladybug hiding on the purple bells and I took three or four photos of her, before she flew away. My daughters weren’t as lucky as I was, so my photo made them a little jealous, but it still one of favorite photos of theirs that their mom had taken. So I am really glad you like it too, everyone! Thank you once again!

This photo was taken with Tamron 90mm Macro lens, 1/320 sec and f/6.3.


Larry J. Citra 3/5/2005 3:25:38 PM

Great use of Depth of Field. Very artistic! #1150358

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/5/2005 4:37:34 PM

Most beautiful Monika!!! Love the softness and color combinations. Congrats!! #1150451

Deborah C. Lewinson 3/5/2005 5:53:21 PM

Congratulations on your POTD, Monika, for this magnificent macro!!!!
-Debby #1150563

Susana Matos 3/6/2005 12:29:51 AM

absolutely wonderful! A winner!
Cheers from Portugal, Su #1150840

Maryke A. Kolenousky 3/6/2005 5:48:03 AM

Thanks for the technical info, Monika, again congrats on your fabulous image. Cheers, Maryke #1151119

Sharon Day 3/6/2005 5:53:56 AM

Gorgeous image, Monika!!! Congratulations on POTD! #1151136

Kelly Heaton 3/6/2005 5:09:56 PM

Awesome! #1152249

Sanford Dickerson 3/7/2005 5:27:51 AM

Excellent photo. However, I think it would have more impact if your cropped it a little tighter. Still, a gorgeous image! #1153226

Carol Brill 3/7/2005 5:42:38 PM

Congratulations on your POTD for this lovely pastel study with such a tiny but captivating star, Monika! #1155036

Monika Sapek 3/7/2005 6:35:55 PM

Larry, Donna, Deborah, Susana, Maryke, Sharon, Kelly, Sanford, and Carol – thank you very much for your cheerful notes on my POTD! I truly appreciate your taking your time to write!

Stanley J. Contrades 3/15/2005 8:24:42 PM

Incredible image, Monika and Congratulations and best of luck with this beauty in the next stage! I wouldn't be surprised to see this one again!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1177762

Carla Metzler 3/15/2005 9:11:34 PM

Congratulations, Monika! #1178057

Jill Flynn 3/15/2005 9:54:21 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Monika! #1178247

Kelly Abernathy 3/15/2005 10:02:54 PM

Congrats on a great finalist! -K #1178283

Claudia Kuhn 3/16/2005 5:35:21 AM

Congrats Monika! #1179612

Kay Beausoleil 3/16/2005 6:58:56 AM

Wow! Congratulations, Monika, and good luck for the next step! #1180123

Colette M. Metcalf 3/16/2005 8:07:26 AM

Congrats!!! #1180425

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/16/2005 9:34:37 AM

Another congratulations coming your way!! Good luck in the next round!! #1180827

Linda D. Lester 3/16/2005 1:06:00 PM

Congratulations!.... Great shot! #1181547

Mary K. Robison 3/16/2005 7:44:01 PM

Monika, Congratulations! again on a truly amazing capture... best of luck with this next level up!! #1183085

Monika Sapek 3/16/2005 7:55:06 PM

Stan, Carla, Jill, K, Claudia, Kay, Colette, Donna, Linda, and Mary – thank you very much for your kind notes! Your great support means a lot to me! Thank you!

Anette Linnea Rasmussen 3/16/2005 8:55:11 PM

Beautiful Monika!
Congrats on this well deserved finalist!

Best wishes, Linnea #1183255

Monika Sapek 3/16/2005 9:41:04 PM

Thank you so much, Linnea!

Anette Linnea Rasmussen 3/17/2005 2:34:43 PM

Beautiful Monika!
Big congrats on your first place win!

Best wishes, Linnea #1185572

Murry Grigsby 3/17/2005 2:36:07 PM

Congratulations on your terrifc image and First Place win Monika! Well done!! #1185579

Stanley J. Contrades 3/17/2005 2:42:42 PM

And here it is again :-)!! Fabulous, Monika, just an amazing and worthy First Place win! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #1185601

Janet L. Skinner 3/17/2005 2:47:59 PM

Truly a work of art, Monika!!! Congratulations!! #1185630

Judy S. Fung 3/17/2005 3:17:16 PM

Congrats on your win, Monika! #1185780

Casey A. Hanson 3/17/2005 3:18:09 PM

Congrats on this beautiful win, Monika! #1185784

Judith G. Secco 3/17/2005 3:23:17 PM

Congratulations Monika. This is just beautiful.

Ed Heaton 3/17/2005 3:28:07 PM

Hi Monika,
Congratulations on this tremendous image! #1185851

Monique Bogaerts 3/17/2005 3:28:20 PM

Congrats on your winning picture!!! #1185853

Cindy Paquette 3/17/2005 3:38:40 PM

Amazing and quite beautiful Monika! Congratulations on your win! #1185913

Terry R. Hatfield 3/17/2005 3:45:07 PM

A Very Beautiful 1st Place Win Monika!!
Congratulations To You:-) #1185941

Susi Lawson 3/17/2005 4:21:08 PM

superb Monika! Congrats!! #1186106

Mark Scherer 3/17/2005 4:29:15 PM

Big Congrats on your win Monika. Such a lovely and delicate image. Very happy for your win. #1186129

Robert Mann 3/17/2005 4:56:26 PM

Big, huge, wonderful congrats on your first prize win, Monika! RoB #1186201

Rhonda Smith 3/17/2005 5:22:36 PM

What a beautiful image.. this is frame worthy for sure. My grandaughter's fave color is purple and she'd luv to have this hanging in her room. Congrats on your win.. you deserve it ! #1186264

Piotr M. Organa 3/17/2005 5:22:50 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful photo, Monika! Well deserved first prize! #1186266

S J 3/17/2005 5:26:27 PM

Many Congratulations on this Well deserving WIN, Monika!! #1186277

Jill Flynn 3/17/2005 5:41:47 PM

A big congratulations on your FIRST PLACE win Monika!! #1186325

Kelly Abernathy 3/17/2005 7:01:08 PM

Congratulations on your first place win! -K #1186556

Charlene Bayerle 3/17/2005 7:10:16 PM

Way to go Monika!!! Well deserved win!!! Congratulations!!! #1186593

Sharon Day 3/17/2005 7:33:00 PM

Congratulations on your first place win, Monika!!! Wonderful image! #1186696

Colette M. Metcalf 3/17/2005 7:52:33 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful image Monika!!!! #1186784

Carol Brill 3/17/2005 8:00:34 PM

Congratulations on your win, Monika! #1186823

William Neill 3/17/2005 8:48:17 PM

Monika, congratulations! Excellent image. Keep up the good work! #1186946

Laurence Saliba 3/17/2005 8:48:50 PM

A BIG Congrats Monika!!! Splendid image!!! #1186949

William Neill 3/17/2005 8:51:01 PM

Monika, congratulations! Excellent image. Keep up the good work! #1186955

Mary K. Robison 3/17/2005 9:07:11 PM

So glad this won First Place, Monika!! It is perfection! #1186984

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/17/2005 10:28:57 PM

Congratulations Monika, on your first place win. Very nice!! #1187095

Kathleen Clemons 3/18/2005 3:00:56 AM

Well deserved, Monika, this is beautiful. Congrats! #1187292

Claudia Kuhn 3/18/2005 4:45:32 AM

Big congrats on your first place win Monika!! #1187618

Evy Johansen 3/18/2005 5:42:04 AM

Wow, that's a lot of comments... :-) and very well deserved!
Big congratulations on your beautiful first place, Monika! So well deserved! #1187884

Donna W. Neal 3/18/2005 5:48:36 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Monika #1187919

Nancy Donnell 3/18/2005 6:49:22 AM

Just beautiful! #1188206

Peggy Wolff 3/18/2005 7:05:54 AM

Congratulations on your win Monika, this is gorgeous and a well deserved 1st place win! #1188258

Kay Beausoleil 3/18/2005 9:01:15 AM

Hooray for you and for the image, Monika, and congratulations on your first place win! #1188511

Danilo Piccioni 3/18/2005 9:41:22 AM

Fantastic image!

Dado #1188573

Cynthia A. Jones 3/18/2005 10:11:33 AM

Superbly Done. Congratulations Monika
on first prize. Well deserved.
What lens did you use with the d70/ #1188668

Karen Engelbreth 3/18/2005 12:02:38 PM

Congratulations on your first place win, Monika! #1188892

Monika Sapek 3/18/2005 6:08:17 PM

I want to thank you very, very much for your wonderful notes, everyone! I am totally amazed that this image won and of course absolutely happy with it! It is always a huge honor and tremendous pleasure to be on this page among so many great photographers such as you! Thank you once again!

Lewis P. Church 3/18/2005 7:07:19 PM

Congratulations, just very nice! #1189546

Christopher B. 3/18/2005 10:52:31 PM

great color contrast and nice soft tones .excellent picture.Congrats #1189815

Jim Kinnunen 3/18/2005 11:32:03 PM

Congratulations on this excellent winning image, Monika!!! #1189842

Nick Lagos 3/19/2005 5:12:04 AM

I've always loved this one Monika....and I'm verry happy it's got the recognition it deserves... #1190313

Robin L. Wehrman 3/19/2005 1:32:50 PM

Congratulations to you Monika on this outstanding winning image!!!! #1191343

Leonard Pierce 3/19/2005 3:15:00 PM

Congratulations on your First Place win, Monika!!! #1191432

Wendy Stevenson 3/20/2005 4:26:45 AM

Congratulations on placing FIRST with this winner of a shot!! Excellent in everyway Monika! #1192162

Gustavo Márquez 3/20/2005 7:09:25 PM

Definitely a professional shot! Excellent. #1193719

Kristi A. Howson 3/23/2005 10:50:03 AM

Fantastic detail in such a beautiful environment Monika. Congratulations this first place winner! #1200944

Nancy Grace Chen 3/26/2005 7:41:52 PM

I really love this one and am glad to see it win here. A late congrats to you, Monika!

Nancy #1208723

Cora Miller 3/28/2005 7:55:09 PM

Congratulations, Monika! It's such a treat to find this among the winners! I love it just as much now as the first time I saw it. Very well deserved! #1213294

Alicia A. Bruce 3/29/2005 11:34:04 AM

Awesome photo, I love it. What settings on your camera were used? #1214926

Alicia A. Bruce 3/29/2005 11:34:12 AM

Awesome photo, I love it. What settings on your camera were used? #1214927

Laura Clay-Ballard 3/30/2005 5:53:43 PM

Monika, this is an incredibly beautiful piece of work. Thanks for photographing it! #1217901

Jason T. Platanella 3/31/2005 12:10:34 PM

Beautiful! a deserved win! #1219835

Jenni Ms Petterson 2/19/2008 1:08:04 PM

So lovely #5517081

Rebecca K. Lefferts 4/24/2009 10:03:51 AM

Awesome shot- it is simply gorgeous. Wonderful work! Congrats on the huge win! #7444819

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Camera: Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner Photo of the Day

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