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Barbara Gordon 10/31/2004 8:01:03 AM

Ahhhhh!!!!!! Oh, sorry. You scared me! :) LOVE THIS! #184050

Ellen Peach 10/31/2004 8:03:48 AM

Excellent work, Casey...Happy Halloween! #881106

Terry R. Hatfield 10/31/2004 8:05:21 AM

Very Scary Casey:-),I Like The Necktie! #881110

Cindy Cone 10/31/2004 8:22:21 AM

Great work, Casey! #881164

Claudia Kuhn 10/31/2004 8:25:46 AM

Wow, quite creative Casey! #881176

Casey A. Hanson 10/31/2004 8:26:58 AM

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This is DEFINITELY scary, and would make a great Halloween poster. I don't know how you did it, but the effect is fantastic. Outstanding work, Casey!

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10/31/2004 8:00:55 AM

Thanks Barb, Ellen, Terry, and Cindy!
I hope you have a fun Halloween! :0) #881179

Casey A. Hanson 10/31/2004 8:28:15 AM

Hi Claudia!
I missed you in cyber-space. Thanks for commenting, have a great Halloween! :0) #881183

Carolyn M. Fletcher 10/31/2004 8:44:24 AM

Please tell me this isn't a self portrait! LOL. Great one, Casey!!! #881222

Wendy M. Amdahl 10/31/2004 8:48:43 AM

Eeek...awesome job Casey!
Great work on this!
Have a "Spooktacular" Halloween! :o) #881229

Jane Summa 10/31/2004 9:47:36 AM

Great work, Casey!! Happy Halloween to you, too!!! Love it! #881311

Cindy Paquette 10/31/2004 9:49:54 AM


What a "boo"tiful job on this! Very scary and the effects are worth the end result!! #881313

Rob Friedman 10/31/2004 10:01:09 AM

Very very cool and creative!! And spooky! #881333

William C. Raco 10/31/2004 10:01:23 AM

This is sooooo cool!!!
What a great job, Casey!
Happy Halloween to you and yours.

bill #881334

Stephen Zacker 10/31/2004 10:48:30 AM

Looks like a girl I dated once! LOL! :-)

Excellent PS Work! This is Great!

Happy Halloween! #881417

Murry Grigsby 10/31/2004 11:20:59 AM

Okay enouogh with the self-portraits :0) Seriously -- nive work and image Casey!! #881463

Robin L. Wehrman 10/31/2004 11:57:23 AM

WOW! This is scary, Casey! Excellent work on this, and a awesome image. Happy Halloween:-) #881494

Donna J. Taff 10/31/2004 12:20:12 PM

Fantastic image and very creative, Casey!!!! Look's just like my Mother- in - Law!!!!!! #881530

Karen Beri 10/31/2004 5:34:41 PM

This is so great Casey! Wonderful creative work :) #881849

Casey A. Hanson 10/31/2004 7:37:44 PM

Thanks everyone! Hope you all had a fun day! The boys are loaded up with candy and pooped.( So am I!) Thanks again! :0) #881970

Leonard Pierce 10/31/2004 8:51:45 PM

Wonderful Halloween image Casey!!! #882048

Casey A. Hanson 10/31/2004 9:38:53 PM

Thanks Len! Hope you and yours had a fun Halloween! :0) #882081

Claudia Kuhn 11/15/2004 4:55:47 PM

Ohhhhhhh, so scary Casey, congrats!! #911900

Terry R. Hatfield 11/15/2004 5:06:41 PM

Congratulations On Your Finalist Casey!! #911963

Debra Booth 11/15/2004 5:20:07 PM

Congratulations on this great Finalist, Casey! #912109

Janet Detota 11/15/2004 5:23:40 PM

This is awesome, Casey! Congrats!! #912161

Wally Orlowsky 11/15/2004 5:28:53 PM

Congratulations on this spooky finalist, Casey! #912224

Wendy M. Amdahl 11/15/2004 5:36:36 PM

Congrats on your "fiendish" Finalist Casey! :o) #912326

Cindy Paquette 11/15/2004 5:37:31 PM

Wickedly deserving Casey!! Congratulations! #912337

William C. Raco 11/15/2004 5:42:38 PM

awesome it is!
Congratulations, Casey!!!

bill #912426

Diane Addonizio 11/15/2004 5:58:37 PM

Congratulations! #912703

Jim Kinnunen 11/15/2004 6:03:44 PM

Congrats Casey!!! #912785

Darren K. Fisher 11/15/2004 6:07:13 PM

Congratulations On Your Finalist. #912835

Kelly Abernathy 11/15/2004 6:36:41 PM

Terrific! Congrats on your finalist Casey! -K #913254

Donna J. Taff 11/15/2004 6:55:08 PM

Congrat's, Casey!!!! #913528

cj patterson 11/15/2004 7:03:24 PM

congrats casey! this is awesome...i missed it first time around...good luck!!! #913626

Stanley J. Contrades 11/15/2004 7:16:20 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, Casey, and best of luck in the next stage!
Stan #913754

Murry Grigsby 11/15/2004 7:18:14 PM

Congrats Casey!! #913777

Carol Brill 11/15/2004 8:00:25 PM

Casey, congratulations and best of luck! #914217

Casey A. Hanson 11/15/2004 9:09:31 PM

Thanks everybody! Who knew such an ugly guy would be liked so much ;0) #914660

Donna W. Neal 11/16/2004 4:17:13 AM

Congratulations Casey #915550

Karen Engelbreth 11/16/2004 5:12:57 AM

Congratulations, Casey!


Dave Tilley 11/16/2004 6:31:53 AM

I may be in the minority here, but I think your image, while demonstrating talent to be sure, is an illustration, and should not qualify to be recognized as "photography."

In general, there seems to be a disconnect on this month's choices for Finalists. I applaud your effort here. Just wish it was a real photograph.


Peggy Wolff 11/16/2004 7:05:21 AM

Congrats Casey, this is perfect for October and it a well deserved finalist! Don't you let anyone try to burst your bubble! #916626

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 9:08:05 AM

Thanks Donna, Karen, Dave, and Peggy.
Dave~ on your comment concerning my finalist, I couldn't agree more. I am pleased that they picked it in the category of digital darkroom, but at the same time, I feel I had a few nice submits this month that were exceptional "Photographs". As were many wonderful images from all the other members that were overlooked.But when you're dealing with thousands of images every month, that happens. All that being said, it is just for fun, and free. I don't take it to heart when I am not chosen each time. I don't believe anyone should.I think it helps us all "improve our game". My congrats to all the finalists, good luck in the next round. Have a great day! #917118

Colette M. Metcalf 11/16/2004 11:35:51 AM

Congratulations to you Casey!!! #917458

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 2:44:08 PM

Thanks Colette! I appreciate it :0) #918057

Patricia A. Kuniega 11/16/2004 4:15:09 PM

Quite frankly I don't see the difference between taking a photo of a door cling, a basket of fruit or a mountainside. As photographers we don't create the subjects that we shoot. What we do is capture the subject to the best of our ability, and if we choose to, enhance it. Seems to me that Casey has done a superb job of enhancing her photograph and deserves the recognition she has received! Congratulations Casey! #918394

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 4:30:00 PM

Thank you Patricia! I do enjoy taking pictures in the "truest" form, but I also love Photoshop for the endless ways you can create your own one-of-a-kind piece of art. I appreciate your opinion greatly, and thanks for the wonderful sentiments! Congratulations to you again on all your fine finalists , they are well deserved.:0) #918450

Dave Tilley 11/16/2004 4:33:02 PM

I agree, to a point. As photographers, our goal is to capture the subject as it exists. And to enhance it? Yes. But there is a fine line between enhancing, and manufacturing.

If I take a photograph of a sunset, and then draw-in mountains, a stream and some wildlife, then I no longer am being judged on my photographic skill.

Furthermore, if I'm entering a "photography" contest, and the overwhelming composition of my submission is illustrated, then how can I claim to be playing on a level field with other contestants?

No. I think this site is designed to showcase work of photography, not illustration. This is not a personal attack on Casey. The talent is quite clear.

The bottom line is that enjoying Casey's art is not the issue. The issue is the integrity of the phographic process, and the virture of photographic exhibitionism. #918460

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 4:44:27 PM

Hi Dave~
I understand your point, but as you may know, or not, there is the category of "Digital Darkroom" that is specifically for this type of manipulation with a photograph. We are in a digital age, and Photoshop is there for the purpose of enhancing and manipulating an already present subject. This site happens to offer a class on this very thing. I'm sorry if this offends you, but hey, I had alot of fun making it. :0) #918500

Stanley J. Contrades 11/16/2004 5:11:48 PM

Your 'closet wizardry' is impeccable, Casey, and aren't you glad you don't live in the times of the witch hunts that went on quite some time ago :-)!! Evidently the "witches" and "warlocks" in judgement felt a liking for this image! Just keep on shooting and creating and don't let anyone steal your dreams, Casey!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Stan #918582

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 6:33:48 PM

Thanks Stan! Bless your heart. I appreciate that! :0) #918842

Wendy M. Amdahl 11/16/2004 6:59:21 PM

Casey, your image is creative and unique and fun and yet it still originated from a PHOTO! It was entered into this contest in the DIGITAL DARKROOM category. And as such, it received the recognition that it deserved from your peers and the judges. Congrats again on your fantastically spooky PHOTO!

And Dave, although you certainly have the right to voice your opinion...you should do so in the appropriate forum. And Casey's congratulatory discussion thread is not it! Especially, since you yourself admitted that it was not even about CASEY'S art, but rather your distaste for digitized photography as a whole. Your argument would be better made directly to BP or on the Q&A boards. Additionally, there is MUCH great information on this very topic going on in my Haunted Mansion discussion thread right now and you would be well served to review it.

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution." -Ansel Adams


Brenda W. LaFleur 11/16/2004 8:56:10 PM

Hey Casey, what an interesting thread this turned out to be :)

Just a well deserved congrats from me!! #919101

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 9:04:33 PM

Thanks Wendy! Not only for you wonderful compliment, as it means a great deal to me, but for the insight that you give.
I, for one, am always open to new challenges and knowledge where photography is concerned. Whether that be Photoshop, or mastering a difficult subject in the field, RAW. Mastering ALL the tools is part of my success as a aspiring photographer.

Dave~ my photogragh was submitted in pure fun and not intended to put a bad taste in anyone's mouth, but I will not apologize for a piece of work that I spent a reasonable amount of time on.
My thoughts on your opinion are simply...
Opening one's eyes can open many doors.
Thanks again, Wendy! :0) #919116

Casey A. Hanson 11/16/2004 9:07:17 PM

Thanks so much Brenda! Sorry, I crossed you in cyber-space! :0) #919125

Robin L. Wehrman 11/17/2004 3:13:51 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Casey well deserved!!! #921647

Casey A. Hanson 11/17/2004 3:48:15 PM

Thanks Robin! :0) #921771

Jane Summa 11/17/2004 10:15:26 PM

CONGRATULATIONS CASEY!! I loved this image when I first viewed it on Halloween...and I'm glad to see it back again! Good Luck to you! Beautiful work!! #922513

Casey A. Hanson 11/18/2004 5:52:38 AM

Thanks Jane! I appreciate it! :0) #923295

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This started out as a window cling on my front door. Lots and Lots of Photoshop! :0)
Have a fun day everybody!

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