Out of the Darkness

© Melissa Gurdus

Out of the Darkness

Melissa Olsen Student 7/23/2008 7:55:19 AM

Beautiful color and pov Melissa...this is just stunning! #965932

Nadine A. Lewis 7/23/2008 8:03:40 AM

BEAUTIFUL, Melissa...LOVE the rich color!!! <>< #6221124

Vitor Dias 7/23/2008 8:29:45 AM

Master work Melissa, as usual.

Rgs Vitor #6221213

Jessica Jenney 7/23/2008 8:53:42 AM

WOW! Stunningly brilliant color!!! Beautiful lighting and shallow DOF! #6221284

Randy A. Myers 7/23/2008 9:07:58 AM

Nicely done. It has a 3D look to it. #6221339

Bobby Ray Goodman 7/23/2008 9:25:39 AM

Melissa,you captures are always so beautiful.Stunning image!!!! #6221414

Melissa Gurdus 7/23/2008 9:40:29 AM

Thanks so much, Melissa, Nadine, Vitor, Jessica, Randy and Bobby for your great comments!! They are very much appreciated!!! #6221452

Cyn D Valentine 7/23/2008 9:49:26 AM

WOW..beautiful..love the color!!! Stunnning image Melissa!! #6221476

Jeff W. Robinson 7/23/2008 10:12:19 AM

Very beautifully captured Melissa! Jeff #6221575

Tiia Vissak 7/23/2008 10:22:17 AM

a beautiful floral! #6221618

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 7/23/2008 10:35:07 AM

WOW, BEAUUUUUUUUTIFUL Melissa, awsome color!!! #6221651

Nadya Johnson 7/23/2008 11:15:29 AM

This is just exquisite! High-Def! And I love the deep magenta. Stunning work, Melissa! #6221755

Melissa Gurdus 7/23/2008 11:25:38 AM

Thanks so much Cyn, Jeff, Tila, Nancy and Nadya for your great comments!!! #6221786

Bojan Bencic 7/23/2008 1:08:03 PM

Beautiful soft image, Melissa. Great colors. #6222128

Margaret R. Barry 7/23/2008 1:22:32 PM

Stunning, Melissa. Great composition and the colors just pop off the screen! #6222164

Janet Daniel 7/23/2008 1:42:05 PM

Fabulous color & lighting, lovely floral, Melissa! #6222244

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/23/2008 2:46:21 PM

OH!!!!! What a Gorgeous glowing glorious image, Melissa!!!!!! Superb colors and DOF!!!!!! ♫ k #6222435

Melissa Gurdus 7/23/2008 3:01:48 PM

Thanks so much Bojan, Margaret, Janet and Kitty for your great comments!!! #6222507

David Phalen 7/23/2008 5:53:07 PM

Love the soft beauty of this image!! Very well done!! #6223028

Patrick Rouzes 7/23/2008 7:27:23 PM

Brillaint colors/combo, detail, SF, beauty, dof, pov, & presentation here!!! Exceptional work,as always, Melissa!!! Have a great night,my friend!!! #6223323

Melissa Gurdus 7/23/2008 7:46:06 PM

Thanks so much David and Patrick for taking a look and leaving these great comments!! #6223365

Evy Johansen 7/23/2008 8:05:53 PM

This is lovely, Melissa!! Beautiful color!! #6223418

frank w. degenhardt 7/23/2008 10:40:38 PM

Melissa- Good morning my friend. Oh girl, I love the look of this. The title saids it all and I love the way it is coming out of the dark. Fabulous composition and DOF. Love the look of the natural background. Its colors really enhance the colors of the flowers. That royal purple is a treat for the eyes. Lighting and clarity excellent. If I'm not mistaken, these are very small flowers, but your defintions and details done to perfection.
Beautiful work
Have a wonderful day, take care, enjoy #6223682

Stefania Barbier 7/24/2008 1:24:30 AM

exquisite.... truly special Melissa! #6223914

Eugenio Diaz 7/24/2008 4:54:09 AM

wonderful image, my dear friend....lovely light and colours.... #6224556

Melissa Gurdus 7/24/2008 6:43:52 AM

Thanks so much Evy, Frank, Stefania and Eugenio for your great comments!!! #6225034

Bill Knaps 7/24/2008 9:34:08 AM

Beautiful capture and great DOF Melissa. Bill #6225690

Nikki McDonald 7/25/2008 7:19:17 AM

Love the way these seem to float in the background, Melissa. The colors are great. #6229118

A P 7/25/2008 2:41:33 PM

Lovely floral capture, Melissa #6230955

Sharon 8/6/2008 9:51:44 PM

Beautiful image, Melissa. Love your POV & congrats on your well deserved EFP. #6281587

Vladan D. Djordjevic 8/6/2008 10:16:48 PM

A very beautiful image! The colors are superb! #6281640

Nadya Johnson 8/21/2008 3:39:49 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa!!! (Didn't I say???) #6343688

Karen Engelbreth 8/21/2008 3:40:18 PM

Congrats on your finalist, Melissa! #6343693

Jessica Jenney 8/21/2008 3:48:56 PM

Congrats, Melissa on your stunning finalist! #6343776

Margaret R. Barry 8/21/2008 3:51:16 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa! #6343810

Nikki McDonald 8/21/2008 4:02:53 PM

I thought the DOF was particularly lovely here, Melissa. Congratulations on the finalist badge and good luck in the next round. #6343931

Debbra L. Bailey 8/21/2008 4:37:13 PM

Beautiful image Melissa - congratulations! #6344463

Colleen Farrell 8/21/2008 4:48:48 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Melissa! Congratulations on your finalist! #6344662

Jennifer L. Alder 8/21/2008 4:52:10 PM

Big congrats, Melissa, on this beautiful finalist image :) #6344716

Judy V. Kennamer 8/21/2008 4:55:08 PM

Beautiful Melissa!!! Congrats!!!! #6344764

A P 8/21/2008 4:58:42 PM

Congrats Melissa. Good luck in the next round #6344803

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 8/21/2008 4:59:39 PM

HUGE Congrats and best of luck in the next round! #6344814

Janet Daniel 8/21/2008 5:13:32 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! :-) #6345016

Barbara Waldoch 8/21/2008 5:19:56 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding Finalist, Melissa! #6345084

Sharon 8/21/2008 5:34:59 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa !!! #6345251

Sam Britt 8/21/2008 5:37:19 PM

Congratulations on this finalist, Melissa! #6345276

Mary Beth Aiello 8/21/2008 6:04:47 PM

So soft and dreamy, Melissa. Congrats on this wonderful finalist. #6345657

JO ANN CLEVELAND 8/21/2008 6:13:31 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Melissa!
Go on and go for the gold!

jo ann c. #6345794

Agnes Fegan 8/21/2008 6:38:34 PM

Congratulations Melissa ! #6346099

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 8/21/2008 6:59:12 PM

Another WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations on this finalist too, Melissa!!!!! #6346343

Bill Knaps 8/21/2008 7:15:53 PM

Melissa congrats on your well deserved Finalist. Bill #6346550

Bill Knaps 8/21/2008 7:15:57 PM

Melissa congrats on your well deserved Finalist. Bill #6346552

Terry L. Ellis 8/21/2008 7:22:46 PM

A beautiful finalist, Melissa! Congratulations! #6346634

Pamela Shane 8/21/2008 7:40:24 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Melissa. #6346859

Debra R. Harder 8/21/2008 7:59:58 PM

Congratulations, Melissa, on this GORGEOUS finalist! Deb #6347057

Evy Johansen 8/21/2008 8:20:57 PM

Big congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa!! #6347246

Eugenio Diaz 8/21/2008 8:30:20 PM

CONGRATULATIONS one more time!!!
AWESOME FinalisT! #6347375

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas 8/21/2008 8:43:05 PM

Big Congratulations Melissa!,
Amalia #6347511

Renata Gusciora 8/21/2008 10:56:57 PM

Big congratulations again,Melissa!!! #6348072

Vladan D. Djordjevic 8/22/2008 1:46:39 AM

Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Melissa! #6348581

Derek D. Dafoe 8/22/2008 2:33:50 AM

Fantastic Melissa!! Congrats again on a super Finalist!! #6348766

Sue Marshall 8/22/2008 3:42:13 AM

Congrats Melissa on this gorgeous Finalist!! :-) #6349026

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 7:14:41 AM

Thanks so much everyone for these great congratulatory remarks!! They are all very much appreciated!!!! #6350067

Susan M. Campbell 8/22/2008 7:21:48 AM

Way to go!! This is beautiful. Congrats. #6350111

Cyn D Valentine 8/22/2008 7:26:57 AM

Congratulations Melissa!! #6350151

Daniella Puente 8/22/2008 7:41:08 AM

WOW Melissa this is excellent, congrats!!! #6350241

Stan Kwasniowski 8/22/2008 7:59:07 AM

Melissa, congratulations #6350367

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 9:07:02 AM

Thanks Susan, Cyn, Daniella and Stan for your contrats on this finalist!! #6350853

Eivor Kuchta 8/22/2008 9:53:52 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Melissa! #6351171

Kate Jackson 8/22/2008 12:11:42 PM

A very beautiful floral Melissa! Congrats on your finalists! #6351669

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 1:11:19 PM

Thanks Eivor and Kate for your great comments!! #6351968

Laurie Daily 8/22/2008 1:27:30 PM

This is such a beauty, Melissa, a big congratulations on your wonderful finalist! #6352104

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 1:28:30 PM

Thanks so much, Laurie!!! #6352115

Patricia Ronan 8/22/2008 2:13:55 PM

Congrats again Melissa on your great finalists:) #6352458

Tiia Vissak 8/22/2008 2:24:23 PM

Congratulations! #6352507

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 2:35:04 PM

Thanks Patricia and Tila!!!!! #6352539

Wendy Moghadam 8/22/2008 4:42:07 PM

Congratulations on your finalist #6352913

Amy M. Wilson 8/22/2008 5:03:39 PM

Gorgeous colors Melissa, congratulations on your finalist! #6352980

Patrick Rouzes 8/22/2008 6:11:55 PM

CONGRATULATIONS again,Ma!!! #6353358

Ken Smith 8/22/2008 6:32:00 PM

Beautiful colors, Melissa. Congrats to you! #6353487

Melissa Gurdus 8/22/2008 7:52:12 PM

Thanks so much Wendy, Amy, Patrick and Ken for your great comments!!! #6353777

frank w. degenhardt 8/22/2008 8:20:19 PM

You made it to the finals! Iím so happy for you and wish you the best of luck in the next round. Fabulous work #6353915

Jeff W. Robinson 8/23/2008 4:22:43 AM

Congrats on your Beautiful Finalist Melissa! Jeff #6354809

Melissa Gurdus 8/23/2008 7:18:45 AM

Thanks Frank and Jeff for your great comments!! #6355304

Mitch Spence 8/23/2008 8:33:29 AM

Congratulations, Melissa! #6355459

eileen bedford 8/23/2008 10:14:35 AM

Congrats on you finalist win Melissa, well done.... #6355785

Melissa Gurdus 8/23/2008 10:21:28 AM

Thanks so much, Mitch and Eileen for your great comments!!! #6355812

Jennifer L. Taranto 8/23/2008 10:55:46 AM

~congratulations~ #6355976

Nancyj Hovey 8/23/2008 12:53:57 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on your well deserved Finalist Award. Outstanding! 8o) #6356375

Melissa Gurdus 8/23/2008 2:12:38 PM

Thanks so much Jennifer and Nancy for your great comments!! #6356546

Erica Murphy 8/24/2008 9:18:02 AM

Beautiful colors and image Melissa!! Congratulations! #6359299

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 8/24/2008 9:43:38 PM

Congratulations on your finalist! This is captivating, I LOVE the colors! #6362191

Tarun Bose 8/25/2008 9:48:46 AM

Big congrats for your finalist, Melissa. #6364652

Alison Krylowski 8/25/2008 11:05:05 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa! #6365206

Kathy L. Clark 8/25/2008 7:25:57 PM

Such a beauty Melissa. Congratulations. #6367886

Melissa Gurdus 8/26/2008 7:56:21 AM

Thanks so much for your great comments!! #6370292

Cassie L. Woodlee 8/26/2008 8:47:58 AM

Congratulations Melissa!!! #6370591

Allen O. Howard 8/27/2008 11:26:17 AM

Congratulations Melissa! #6376670

Melissa Gurdus 8/27/2008 1:21:33 PM

Thanks so much Cassie and Allen for your great comments!! #6377180

Gail Vitikacs 8/27/2008 2:31:33 PM

Big congratulations Melissa! #6377437

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Taken at Busch Gardens in a shaded location.
ISO 200, speed 1/640, Av. 2.8.

Shot in RAW and edited/developed in Adobe RAW editor. Otherwise this is straight from the camera.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners for June.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/640 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D

Uploaded on 7/23/2008 7:37:52 AM

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