Rick Ricozzi 8/6/2004 6:00:04 AM

Very cool and creative!
Rick #155359

Gloria B. Wood 8/6/2004 6:22:29 AM

WOW! This is the most creative/inventive piece I have seen here! WOW! #691026

Theresa McCloskey 8/6/2004 7:32:21 AM

very creative Brian :-) #691194

Dolores Neilson 8/6/2004 10:03:15 AM

It's a I told ya! #691441

Debra Booth 8/6/2004 4:01:35 PM

Great image, Brian! Very creative and well done! Thanks for sharing your process! #691965

Susie Peek-Swint 8/6/2004 5:00:46 PM

Very creative! #692075

Cindy Cone 8/6/2004 7:45:52 PM

Awesome work, Brian! Great creativity and talent. Thanks for sharing the details! #692306

Brian D. Watters 8/8/2004 6:26:35 PM

Thanks folks, it was a lot of fun experimenting to create this image.
Brian #695009

Debra Booth 3/16/2005 6:34:38 PM

I'm confused. I'm sure this came up as a finalist for February! Maybe it's a resub? Anyway, congratulations on a terrific finalist! #1182951

Brian D. Watters 3/16/2005 6:50:39 PM

Hi Debra, thanks and yes, you are confused, but I think I know why. If you look four posts above the one you just left, you'll notice that you left your original comment on this image in August of last year when I first submitted it. :) The only image of mine that became a finalist in February was the one at the following URL: which also features myself as the model. :)
I have been graced with some luck at having it win on some other sites though.
Thanks again, and I hope this helps to clear the confusion.
Brian #1182969

Debra Booth 3/16/2005 7:26:23 PM

Well, not exactly, Brian. I'm looking at row 8 on page 29 of the finalists from the February entries (, and I see this photo there. It looks like it became a finalist again like it does when you resubmit a photo. See it? #1183040

Brian D. Watters 3/16/2005 8:09:39 PM

Debra, I'm sorry, but you are still confused as I can count how many times I've made finalist on this site. 1st was in Nov of 2001, 2nd Nov 2004, 3rd (and winner) Dec 2004, 4th Jan 2005, and 5th/6th just a couple days ago with this image and my lunch box image.
I looked at the page you indicated, and at the top of the page it says February 2005. The same goes for my Lunch Box entry, and is also indicated on the email I just received on the 15th of March. Next month the Finalists of the March contest will be announced. I think you may have answered your own question, as it would be pretty difficult to pick all the March finalists only half way through the month of March as far as I can tell.
Please feel free to continue posting here if you like, but to be honest with you, had I been confused about something like this, I would have emailed you directly with my concerns rather than add it to a photographers comment page. :)

Brian D. Watters #1183172

Cindy Cone 3/17/2005 3:25:56 PM

Congrats on this well-deserved win, Brian! #1185831

Nobu Nagase 3/17/2005 3:28:44 PM

Congratulations on your big win, Brian!!! #1185856

Monique Bogaerts 3/17/2005 3:32:11 PM

Congrats on your winning picture!!! #1185879

Ed Heaton 3/17/2005 3:52:36 PM

Hi Brian,
Congratulations on your outstanding winner! #1185966

Susi Lawson 3/17/2005 4:17:45 PM

Hey Brian!! It is sooo great to share the page with you! Big congrats on this super photo win!!! #1186092

Brian D. Watters 3/17/2005 5:25:56 PM

Oh my goodness!!! Wow!!! Holy Cow!!!! I'm in shock and feel greatly honored! Thank You!!!! Very VERY Much!
I just called my wife in to tell her. This means a great deal to me, THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!
Whew!! Okay, I've got to calm down a bit. :D
Brian #1186275

Kathryn (Love) Scheet 3/17/2005 5:32:11 PM

CONGRATS Brian!!!! #1186287

kathy wolfe 3/17/2005 7:11:30 PM

This is just way too cool! Congratulations on a superb win! #1186599

Kelly Abernathy 3/17/2005 7:20:04 PM

Congratulations on your first place win! -K #1186637

Claudia Kuhn 3/18/2005 4:47:44 AM

Hey Brian, congrats on your win!! #1187637

Karen Beri 3/18/2005 5:20:54 AM

Congratulations Brian, on this fabulous creative shot! I never cease to be amazed at you creativity:) KUDOS! #1187788

Peggy Wolff 3/18/2005 7:09:33 AM

Congratulations Brian on your win with this creative shot! #1188271

Laura Berman 3/18/2005 7:38:25 AM

Hi Brian! A great image. I knew you'd be having more winners here. I love your sense of humour and so apparently do the judges! Big congratulations--just don't get a swelled head ;o) #1188318

Jennifer L. Bales 3/18/2005 8:25:00 AM

Awesome pic! And a big THANKS for telling us how you accomplished that!! I will try that (well, not exactly on my PS. Where did you get the mystical lighting thing you were talking about? Can you get it at like Best Buy?

Jen #1188419

Brian D. Watters 3/18/2005 8:35:06 AM

Thanks very much folks.
- Laura, I had to switch from my regular hat to a toque to allow for the temporary swelling. :)
- Jannifer, check our
Brian #1188456

Danilo Piccioni 3/18/2005 9:50:24 AM

This is so COOL !


Dado #1188602

Monika Sapek 3/18/2005 4:22:23 PM

Many congratulations on your First Place Win, Brian!

Leonard Pierce 3/19/2005 3:44:20 PM

Congratulations on your First Place win, Brian!!! #1191471

Dolores Neilson 3/20/2005 8:58:01 PM

I wouldn't miss this congrats for nothin'!! A big congrats to you for this very cool DA!! Can't believe it hasn't made it "you know where"!!!! (It's pissing me off actually!) But now I'm smiling because you won big here!! #1193852

DELETE ME 3/20/2005 10:23:40 PM

Am I the only one that sees the word "hello" upside down??
Great picture! Maybe im just weird, thats the first thing that jumped out at me... #1193881

Wendy Stevenson 3/21/2005 11:58:14 AM

WTG Brian - a well deserved win with this creative and superbly executed image!!! So happy to see it in FIRST PLACE!!!! #1195493

Vern E. Wahlberg 3/22/2005 5:45:14 PM


Brian D. Watters 3/22/2005 6:23:14 PM

Wow, thanks again everyone. I don't thank I've ever had this many comments on an image before.
Dolores, Thanks also, bit there are a lot of really deserving works over there. I had a non DA of the same image, less the bar-code and scanner light win under people, so they might consider it the same image? :) I'll keep trying though, it's one of my personal favorites.
Thanks again. Brian #1199238

Kristi A. Howson 3/23/2005 10:58:04 AM

Congratulations on your First Place Winner Brian. Very clever. #1200961

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This self portrait (Digital Art) was created using my Cameras timer, and photoshops "line tool" to make the bar code. Once all the lines and numbers were added, linked and merged those layers and reduced he opacity so the pores of my head could be seen beneath. Next I created a bounding box around the newly merged bar-code layer and applied Photo Shops Pinch filter. Finally, configuring an Auto F/X Mystical lighting filter to create the red-white bar-code reader light, I used the pinch a

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