Building Castles in the Sand

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

Building Castles in the Sand

Christian Rosito level-classic 3/14/2008 11:03:40 AM

A great entry for the MT, shows as a classic. #877496

Lynne Morris 3/14/2008 11:11:13 AM

Oh Donna, this is a beautiful theme entry, the tones and comp are fantastic! #5642669

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 3/14/2008 11:36:37 AM

Very cute, Donna. Love the tones. #5642783

Bill Knaps 3/14/2008 11:56:11 AM

Precious shot Donna. Bill #5642855

Linda D. Lester level-classic 3/14/2008 2:08:44 PM

Makes me think of my girls when they were this age! Wonderful shot! #5643217

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 3/14/2008 6:41:06 PM

Fantastic tones, comp, & clarity on this wonderful capture!!! Superb job on this, Donna!!! #5643885

Su Sana E. P level-classic 3/14/2008 7:27:43 PM

aww...this is so very cute, Donna!! Thanks for the sweet memories. #5644020

Stefania Barbier level-classic 3/15/2008 12:10:21 AM

adorable... love the tones, softness and lighting... #5644475

Brett Dolsen 3/15/2008 2:34:52 AM

Great MT entry Donna!!Love the tones,textures and composition.
Brett #5644682

Anastasia Hoff 3/15/2008 6:30:08 AM

Excellent tone, Donna. Great capture for the monthly theme. #5645208

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/15/2008 12:36:15 PM

Thanks for all of your excellent comments. This is one of the great joys of growing up close to the beach. I'm glad I was able share this moment with all of you!!

Take care!!

Donna #5646335

Ken Smith level-classic 3/15/2008 2:14:58 PM

I like the color tint to this...excellent capture and crop...a beautiful "sister" moment! #5646641

Sandra R. Alvey 3/15/2008 6:35:14 PM

I love the filters and colors you used Donna, and the POV and long and low crop really lend to my being able to visualize being right down there with them playing in the sand! Yes, I'm a big kid, I'd be right in the middle of it. LOL! #5647427

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/15/2008 8:46:57 PM

Thank you Ken and Sandi!!! Your comments are very kind!! #5647756

Marina Moore 3/15/2008 10:20:50 PM

Perfection! Beautiful capture!!! #5647919

Carolyn J. Connolly level-classic 3/15/2008 11:53:12 PM

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL monthly theme entry, Donna!! I LOVE it!! The tones, lighting, low point of view, composition AND effects are all OUTSTANDING!! (What filter did you use to achieve the dreamy effect?) :o) #5648009

Corinne M. Thompson 3/16/2008 8:54:17 AM

PERFECT monthly theme entry Donna! I love the image and effects! #5649208

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/16/2008 1:24:57 PM

Thank you Marina, Carolyn and Corinne.

I desaturated the image and applied the Orton Technique to get the dreamy feel. Then I used a gradient and pattern layer to get the colors and textures.

Thanks again to all of you!!

Donna #5650159

Janice Mezzacappa 3/16/2008 5:26:09 PM

Beautiful comp Donna, the effects worked perfectly together! #5650829

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 3/17/2008 2:05:38 PM

Well, very well done, Donna! A fantastic capture and theme entry! #5654267

Susan Fox 3/17/2008 7:33:45 PM

Wonderful image Donna! Love the sepia color tones #5655383

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/17/2008 7:55:25 PM

Thank you Janice, Terry and Susan!!! #5655439

Jennifer L. Alder 3/19/2008 9:44:49 PM

Full of magic! FANTASTIC MT entry-- great tone and treatment, Donna :) #5666007

Michelle M. Moyer 3/20/2008 10:41:43 AM

Nice job! This is a definate framer! #5668916

Nikki McDonald level-classic 3/21/2008 4:33:10 PM

Wonderful job, Donna. So glad to see it with an EP. The sepia treatment and texture are perfect for this capture. #5674290

Tammy Espino 3/21/2008 5:04:20 PM

Precious capture & fantastic effects! :) #5674419

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/21/2008 5:10:23 PM

Thank you Jennifer, Michelle, Nikki and Tammy!!! #5674441

Janie Carpenter 3/21/2008 8:36:18 PM

I love this great shot!! #5675119

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 3/22/2008 2:25:51 PM

Thanks Janie!! #5678835

Lois Adomite level-classic 4/1/2008 6:31:57 AM

Donna, great entry for the theme and I love the effects you applied. Lois #5727988

Tammy Espino 4/21/2008 3:56:22 PM

Congrats on a great finalist!! :) #5818447

Janice Mezzacappa 4/21/2008 4:29:22 PM

Big Congrats on your fantastic finalist! #5819000

Barbara Waldoch 4/21/2008 4:56:01 PM

Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Donna! #5819357

Teresa Norris 4/21/2008 5:21:25 PM

Donna, congratulations on this beautiful finalist!!! #5819701

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 4/21/2008 5:25:55 PM

Charming image, Donna! Congrats on another outstanding finalist!

Debby #5819774

Marina Moore level-classic 4/21/2008 5:27:56 PM

Congratulations Donna!!! :) #5819806

Chastity Abbott 4/21/2008 5:29:09 PM

LOVE this image! Hope we see it again! #5819829

Debra R. Harder 4/21/2008 5:44:37 PM

Congratulations, Donna, on this BEAUTIFUL finalist! Deb #5820068

Colleen Farrell level-classic 4/21/2008 5:53:35 PM

I missed this beauty--big congrats on a terrific finalist, Donna! #5820192

Renee Doyle level-classic 4/21/2008 6:00:52 PM

Congratulations Donna on this gorgeous finalist!! #5820280

Ken Smith level-classic 4/21/2008 6:00:54 PM

You had a great month! Congrats again!! #5820281

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 4/21/2008 6:03:23 PM

Big Congrats on your finalist, best of luck in the next round! #5820310

Mike D. Perez level-classic 4/21/2008 6:34:46 PM

A beautiful Sisterhood Finalist, Donna!Congratulations! #5820638

Jessica Jenney level-classic 4/21/2008 6:37:46 PM

Congratulations, Donna on this beautiful finalist! #5820676

Lois Adomite level-classic 4/21/2008 6:38:03 PM

Congratulations. Lois #5820680

Sam Britt level-classic 4/21/2008 6:45:46 PM

Congratulations again, Donna! #5820758

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/21/2008 6:55:58 PM

Congratulations on the finalist badge on this nostalgic favorite and best of luck in the next round, Donna. #5820873

Elida Gutierrez level-classic 4/21/2008 7:03:50 PM

Caongratulations in your Finalist!!! #5820975

Cindy Bendush level-classic 4/21/2008 7:17:00 PM

Beautiful work Donna! Congratulations on your finalist! #5821127

Michelle L. Frick 4/21/2008 7:47:05 PM

Congratulations Donna!! #5821377

Evy Johansen level-classic 4/21/2008 8:02:34 PM

Big congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Donna! #5821498

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/21/2008 11:07:58 PM


Nadya Johnson level-classic 4/21/2008 11:59:16 PM

Congratulations on your outstanding finalist, Donna! Wonderful! #5822251

Bill Wyatt 4/22/2008 4:03:00 AM

Excellent work congratulations on your finalist! #5822894

Laurence Saliba level-classic 4/22/2008 4:38:26 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Donna!!! #5823126

Anita Hogue 4/22/2008 4:44:26 AM

Congratulations, Donna! Sweet image! #5823172

Ross Throndson 4/22/2008 5:33:18 AM

Lovely Finalist, Donna.....Great Work here.....Congratulations!! :-) #5823515

Cyn Valentine level-classic 4/22/2008 5:34:12 AM

Congratulations Donna!! #5823521

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 4/22/2008 11:02:58 AM

A beautiful finalist, Donna! Huge congratulations.

You'll hear from me soon! #5825137

Corinne M. Thompson 4/22/2008 11:23:33 AM

So glad to see a Finalist here, Congrats Donna! #5825264

Tiia Vissak 4/22/2008 11:36:38 AM

Congratulations! #5825347

Susan Fox 4/22/2008 11:46:57 AM

Congratulations Donna :-) #5825423

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 4/22/2008 11:56:27 AM

Way to go Donna....congrats on this winning image. #5825505

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 4/22/2008 12:43:24 PM

Huge congratulations on this wonderful finalist Donna!! Best of luck in the next round!! #5825717

Dr Silly level-classic 4/22/2008 1:37:54 PM

WTG Donna, congratulations for your finalist on this wonderful photo. :O)

Laurie Daily level-classic 4/22/2008 2:27:14 PM

Beautiful! Congratulations, Donna! #5826067

Jeff Robinson level-classic 4/22/2008 3:26:37 PM

Excellent composition and capture of the moment - Congrats Donna on your Finalist! Jeff #5826317

Stan Kwasniowski level-classic 4/22/2008 3:55:26 PM

Donna, congratulations #5826441

Melinda B. Shiflet level-classic 4/22/2008 3:57:55 PM

Hi Donna.

Congratulations on your finalist! That's a GREAT capture! I love the black and white tones! Very sweet! Best of luck to you! Take care!

Melinda #5826461

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 4/22/2008 4:54:04 PM

Thanks to each and every one of you!! I appreciate your congratulatory wishes and inspirational comments!!

Donna #5826651

Datha Y. Thompson 4/23/2008 7:47:34 AM

Congratulations Donna!!! This is so Sweet and Special!! LOVE it :0) WTG!! #5829894

Chastity Abbott 4/23/2008 8:58:34 PM

I knew this one needed a GOLD button above it! It's just beautiful!!! HUGE congrats to you!!!!! YAY!!!!!! #5832464

Colleen Farrell level-classic 4/23/2008 9:16:14 PM

WTG, Donna! Big congrats on your WIN! #5832563

Alex T. Mizuno 4/23/2008 9:32:43 PM

Wow, such a lovely heart-warming image! Congratulations on your winning Donna!!! #5832659

Erica Murphy level-classic 4/23/2008 9:36:04 PM

Congratulations Donna!!! Awesome photo!


Evy Johansen level-classic 4/23/2008 9:39:02 PM

Big congratulations on your wonderful win, Donna! #5832687

Les Rhoades level-classic 4/23/2008 9:55:31 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd place Win! #5832802

Janice Mezzacappa 4/23/2008 9:59:16 PM

Congrats on your wonderful well-deserved win!!! #5832826

Jennifer L. Alder 4/23/2008 10:07:09 PM

Still think this is full of magic, Donna!! BIG congrats on your winning work! Yay! :) #5832886

Stefania Barbier level-classic 4/23/2008 10:07:47 PM

FANTASTIC winner, congrats!!!!! #5832890

Laurence Saliba level-classic 4/23/2008 10:44:53 PM

A BIG Congrats Donna!!!! #5833025

Mary K. Robison level-classic 4/23/2008 11:16:36 PM

Excellent capture and fine use of sepia, Donna!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you for your well-deserved win! #5833105

Anastasia Hoff level-classic 4/23/2008 11:20:00 PM

Congratulations Donna #5833114

Tiia Vissak level-classic 4/23/2008 11:20:22 PM

Congratulations again! #5833115

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 4/24/2008 12:27:13 AM

And another huge congratulations on this awesome WINNER Donna!! Way to go!! #5833222

Ross Throndson 4/24/2008 1:39:33 AM

Many Congratulations on this Beautiful Winner, Donna....WTG!!! #5833372

Katarina Mansson 4/24/2008 2:00:23 AM

Wonderful in all aspects Donna - congratulations! #5833411

Brett Dolsen 4/24/2008 2:48:48 AM

CONGRATULATIONS well deserved Donna!!
Brett #5833554

Colette M. Metcalf 4/24/2008 3:20:30 AM


Linda D. Lester level-classic 4/24/2008 3:30:47 AM

What a special moment...Congratulations! #5833739

Bill Wyatt 4/24/2008 3:58:07 AM

Congratulations on your awesome winner!! #5833845

Melinda B. Shiflet 4/24/2008 4:00:25 AM

Yaayyyeeee!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Donna! That's awesome!! Great job! I need to get off to school, but wanted to drop you a quick note! Take care!

Melinda #5833854

Ken Smith level-classic 4/24/2008 4:44:38 AM

Way to go, Donna! Congrats!! #5834048

Anita Hogue 4/24/2008 5:00:02 AM

Susch a lovely win, Donna! Congratulations! #5834143

Cyn Valentine level-classic 4/24/2008 5:01:17 AM

Big congratulations Donna! #5834153

Vicki Hunt 4/24/2008 5:11:03 AM

Congratulations!!!! #5834208

Wally Orlowsky 4/24/2008 5:50:54 AM

Congratulations on this sweet Winner, Donna!!! #5834402

anonymous 4/24/2008 6:21:03 AM

Congratulations Donna on this outstanding win! B- #5834595

Sam Britt 4/24/2008 6:34:31 AM

Big congratulations on your winner, Donna! #5834717

Elida Gutierrez 4/24/2008 6:42:07 AM

Crystal Rosse Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The March Winners" #5834785

Kimi A. Phillips 4/24/2008 6:58:52 AM

CONGRATS!!!! :) #5834872

Lois Adomite level-classic 4/24/2008 7:11:35 AM

lovely photo, congrats on your win. Lois #5834942

Larry L. Redmon level-classic 4/24/2008 7:12:36 AM

Congratulations, Donna! #5834948

Nadya Johnson 4/24/2008 7:28:15 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Donna! #5835021

Holly Shao 4/24/2008 7:34:52 AM

Congratulations on your win, Donna!!

Holly #5835062

Jessica Jenney level-classic 4/24/2008 7:35:26 AM

Congratulations, Donna on your beautiful win! #5835064

David Phalen level-classic 4/24/2008 9:08:40 AM

BIG Congrats on a well deserved Winner!! #5835463

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 4/24/2008 9:53:05 AM

Wow, I'm honored to have been selected as a winner in the contest. Thanks to the judges and especially to ALL of my friends and fellow photographers here at BetterPhoto!!! You are all amazing!!!


Donna #5835653

Michelle L. Frick 4/24/2008 10:08:52 AM

Beautiful winner Donna! Congratulations!! #5835746

Stan Kwasniowski 4/24/2008 10:17:19 AM

Donna, congratulations #5835792

ALLEN O. HOWARD 4/24/2008 10:38:57 AM

A golden congratulations Donna! #5835886

Tarun Bose 4/24/2008 10:57:00 AM

Big congrats Donna for your excellent winner. #5835962

Sylvia Rossler 4/24/2008 12:43:09 PM

Big congrats on your awesome winner Donna :O) #5836567

Lee Canham 4/24/2008 2:56:02 PM

This is a moment.. the moment before or the moment after is not this moment that you have caught..and caught so well... it's perfect.. congratualations Donna.. and congratulations to the sisters for some of their castles are still standing,some have falen and no time to give up.. #5837182

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 4/24/2008 4:53:48 PM

WTG on your win and BIG Congrats!!! #5837644

Susan Fox 4/24/2008 4:59:28 PM

Congrats on your wonderful winning photo Donna! #5837667

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 4/24/2008 5:49:49 PM

Congratulations to you Donna, lovely winner! #5837848

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic 4/24/2008 6:47:04 PM

Beautiful Donna..CONGRATULATIONS on a well deserved Second Place !! #5838058

Datha Y. Thompson 4/24/2008 6:47:46 PM

Congratulations Donna!!! This is so Special!!! Love it :0) #5838060

Renee Doyle level-classic 4/24/2008 8:29:10 PM

I think the gremlins ate my previous post - lol!!! Big congrats to you Donna on this wonderful winner!! #5838482

Pat Gamwell level-classic 4/25/2008 8:43:47 AM

WooHoo! Superb winner, Donna! #5840252

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 4/25/2008 8:47:01 AM

Congratulations, Donna, on this lovely winner!!!
~♥~Lisa #5840262

Jean E. Hildebrant level-classic 4/25/2008 9:48:28 AM

Donna, what a beautiufl, timeless image of sisterhood! Love it! Huge Congrat's to you!!! #5840517

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 4/25/2008 2:31:36 PM

Beautiful, Donna! Congratulations on the 2nd place win! #5841524

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic 4/25/2008 4:18:22 PM

PRICELESS capture, Donna!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! <>< #5841901

Cassie L. Woodlee 4/25/2008 5:51:25 PM

Congratulations Donna!!!!!!!!!!!! #5842229

Nick Lagos 4/25/2008 6:37:34 PM

Congratulations on winning the Gold with this timeless image Donna...a very deserving win for sure... #5842396

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 4/25/2008 7:04:12 PM

Thanks again to ALL of you!! I truly appreciate your congratulatory wishes and great comments!!

Donna #5842552

Jill Flynn level-classic 4/25/2008 7:15:11 PM

What a sweet and intimate moment you captured Donna. The tones are perfect. Congratulations on your beautiful win! #5842610

Michael G. Marshall 4/26/2008 7:15:46 AM

Congratulations on your Winner Donna! Michael #5844123

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 4/26/2008 9:21:50 AM

I'm truly honored and appreciate all of your kind comments!! Thanks everyone!!

Donna #5844554

Marcel J. Fernandez 4/26/2008 7:12:59 PM

Congratulations Donna on another creative and beautiful image. #5845961

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 4/26/2008 11:32:18 PM

Huge congratulations on your beautiful Winner,Donna!! #5846436

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 4/28/2008 2:18:21 PM

An outstanding winning image, Donna! Huge congratulations! #5854314

Laurie Daily level-classic 4/28/2008 5:54:23 PM

Suh a perfect winner for this very timeless theme, Donna...congratulations to you! #5855155

Linda Blair level-classic 4/29/2008 10:40:15 AM

Congrats on your it!!!! ☺ #5858164

Patricia Ronan level-classic 4/29/2008 5:30:24 PM

This is gorgeous Donna, congratulations on your win:) #5859484

Cheryl E. Molennor level-classic 5/4/2008 7:44:33 AM

Please accept my late congratulations. Mycomputer has been down. #5881777

Graeme yew Chow level-classic 5/6/2008 12:28:18 AM

Super winner ! big congratulation. I missed out earlier week ago. #5889198

Corinne M. Thompson level-classic 5/13/2008 10:07:19 AM

Congrats on your win Donna! #5917653

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 5/13/2008 10:30:26 AM

Thanks again everyone!! I'm honored!!

Donna #5917754

Michelle M. Moyer 5/20/2008 3:18:52 PM

Adorable. #5953364

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 5/20/2008 4:54:04 PM

Thanks Michelle!! #5953852

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 7/10/2008 11:50:59 PM

Many Congrats on this winner. Great Snap Donna. #6166123

Lorri Shank 10/3/2008 7:20:50 PM

Wow-I never know which image to comment on, Donna! There are so many wonderful shots. This is special and I love the effect! Nice work! #6550206

Max Aureli 10/8/2008 6:49:07 PM

Great timing and beautiful portrait!! Congratulations for your Winner Donna!! #6572379

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 10/8/2008 6:57:01 PM

Thank you Usman, Lorri and Max!! #6572417

Keith Butler 10/9/2008 4:43:39 AM

Congratulations Donna! excellent capture and effects #6574088

Lynn Crawford 6/2/2009 11:54:15 AM

This is beautiful Donna, I can see why it was a winner. Congrats. I love the sepia tone, beautiful work :) #7589652

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 6/2/2009 12:03:48 PM

Thank you Keith and Lynn! #7589691

Cable Phillips 8/24/2014 8:14:23 PM

The sepia look was a great choice. #11115534

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