Sun Goddess

© Val Feldman

Sun Goddess

Tess L. Yee 9/14/2009 4:31:24 AM

Incredible colors & lighting, and fab comp, Valarie! A realy beauty! #1180300

Eric S. Rundle 9/14/2009 4:36:42 AM

Stunning color clarity and POV Velarie #7941489

Eric S. Rundle 9/14/2009 4:37:02 AM

Stunning color clarity and POV Velarie #7941492

Amy M. Wilson 9/14/2009 5:01:17 AM

STUNNING capture, love the pov, colors, clarity...wonderfully done, Valarie!!! #7941584

Courtenay Vanderbilt 9/14/2009 5:29:48 AM

Fantastic in every way, Valerie! Stunning colors, lighting, details and framing! #7941642

Jeff Robinson 9/14/2009 5:44:01 AM

Very Beautifully captured!! Amazing color and detail! Jeff #7941674

Robert R. Goodman 9/14/2009 6:09:52 AM

Hi Valarie,Now that is a beautiful winner.Excellent color and lighting!!! #7941754

Kay E. Mahoney 9/14/2009 6:10:05 AM

Nice capture, Valarie. Beautiful flower. Love the colors and details. #7941756

Patricia Seidler 9/14/2009 6:18:37 AM

Absolutely beautiful Valarie. What color, detail and composition. Great work. #7941792

Margaret R. Barry 9/14/2009 6:19:30 AM

Beautiful color, composition, detail and light, Valarie! #7941795

Monnie Ryan 9/14/2009 6:58:30 AM

I don't think I've ever seen one in person, but they're sure beautiful. Love the composition and perspective on this one, Valarie! #7941908

Ron McEwan 9/14/2009 7:08:42 AM

The first time I saw some of these were in ponds (tanks for you Texans) out in the middle of the Wichita mountains in OK. You captured this one beautifully Valarie.

We rode the mules last spring over on the north side. Going down would be alright but going back up would put me out of the race for sure. #7941940

Douglas Pignet 9/14/2009 7:13:28 AM

Wonderful capture of this lovely floral...Love the lighting and colors. #7941966

Tammy M. Anderson 9/14/2009 7:24:13 AM

This is superb, Valarie. Light, details and composition are perfect. #7942017

Melissa G. Meiselman 9/14/2009 7:54:16 AM

Exquisite portrait of this beautiful lotus taken with ultra sharp detail, dramatic lighting and vibrant color, Valarie!!

I really like the square format presentation, as well!! #7942092

Kim Kleinschmidt 9/14/2009 8:07:09 AM

WOWZERS Valarie! This is an incredible capture. Fabulous is everyway! #7942123

Nancyj E. Hovey 9/14/2009 8:48:14 AM

Absolutely awesome lotus presentation... perfect! 8o) #7942204

Gord MacEachern 9/14/2009 9:12:58 AM

Beautiful floral Valarie,love the detail,dark bg, wonderful colors,and the square format. So very well done!! #7942271

Julianne Bradford 9/14/2009 9:53:31 AM

Fabulous presentation Valarie! Wonderful BG and vivid color with exceptional detail! #7942376

Cathy Barrows 9/14/2009 9:59:19 AM the angle on this one #7942392

Kathy Cline 9/14/2009 10:16:59 AM

KILLER LOTUS I want to go to this lotus place of yours Val one day. hint hint
You are the LOTUS QUEEN!!!
GOD BLESS #7942425

Val Feldman 9/14/2009 10:29:49 AM

Good of you-all to stop by and comment - as always, it's much appreciated! And Kathy, the welcome mat is always out!! #7942452

Ann Coates 9/14/2009 10:33:00 AM

You do seem to find the most exquisite flowers Valarie. Beautifully captured, composed and presented Valarie. That sure is one pretty flower. #7942460

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 9/14/2009 11:43:21 AM

GORGEOUS and luscious shot, Val!!! :-) k #7942565

Marty Straub 9/14/2009 12:47:58 PM

Over the weekend I saw a photo book with several shots of these, and I said (quietly to myself), "I've seen much better photos at BetterPhotos." This one should be on the cover, Valarie. What a beautiful diagonal composition, petal to petal-corner to corner. Love the black bg and faded green compliment, and especially the center of the flower focusing on the light. How appropriate for a lotus. #7942689

Kerry Hill 9/14/2009 1:19:24 PM

Gorgeous shot Valarie, great composition with beautiful colour and details!! #7942731

Carol Sawyer 9/14/2009 1:45:09 PM

Gorgeous capture, color lighting and details, Valarrie!! #7942776

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 9/14/2009 4:13:25 PM

Excellent lighting, colors, clarity and composition, Valarie! Beautiful!! #7943009

Barbara Waldoch 9/14/2009 4:51:01 PM

How beautiful, Valarie! #7943073

Chris Ebben 9/14/2009 4:51:36 PM

Truly beautiful. Great POV, details, colour, good all around=^..^= #7943074

Anita Hogue 9/14/2009 5:51:46 PM

Soooooo Beautiful!!!!! #7943176

Jeana Clark 9/14/2009 6:42:30 PM

Remarkable clarity!!!
Beautiful Colors!!!
Awesome comp & lighting!!!
Very Beautiful Valerie!!

~J~ #7943311

Sam Britt 9/14/2009 7:53:13 PM

Gorgeous, Valarie! Terrific color, light, detail & composition. #7943428

Anita Tykwinski 9/15/2009 3:34:47 AM

Fabulous lighting, POV, sharp clarity...awesome job Val!...I love them also, but not long enough season to really bloom hoo #7944086

Maria A. Gonzalez 9/15/2009 3:58:59 AM

Beautifully captured,Valarie...The colors and lighting are beutiful,but I love the composition...Well done. #7944180

Val Feldman 9/15/2009 4:52:55 AM

Many thanks for your comments - as always, they are very much appreciated....Val #7944371

Kathleen Rinker 9/15/2009 6:42:23 AM

Very beautiful lotus image Val, fabulous color, detail, lighting and clarity, great work!!! #7944827

Val Feldman 9/15/2009 4:25:07 PM

Thanks so much, Kathleen! #7946127

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 9/15/2009 8:42:56 PM

Stunning, Valarie! Gorgeous comp, colors, clarity and lighting! #7946489

Tommy E. Burgess 9/15/2009 11:40:39 PM

Gorgeous Lotus capture with beautiful colors and excellent detail, light and composiiton Valarie!! #7946686

Jane E. Kirn 9/16/2009 7:38:14 AM

Valarie, very stunning. Colors are WONDERFUL. Loving your gallery... #7947737

Val Feldman 9/16/2009 7:52:34 AM

Thanks so much Kelly, Tommy and Jane! #7947792

Nadya Johnson 9/16/2009 9:31:28 AM

Wow! Spectacular!! Straight into my Favorites, Valarie! I love lotuses. They grow here, in the marshes on the Mississippi River but are white in the wild, never pink. This is absolutely stunning! Perfect capture, done so beautifully! #7948078

Daniella Puente 9/16/2009 11:20:17 AM

Agree Valarie a big WOW!!! Wonderful and so great capture :)) #7948296

Debra K. Johnson 9/16/2009 4:12:57 PM

O'WOW! Ditto on all the above. This is spectacular for sure. #7948902

Val Feldman 9/16/2009 7:06:05 PM

Thanks so much Nadya, Daniella and Debra! #7949430

Carol L. Fowler 9/22/2009 7:19:25 AM

The lighting and colors are superb #7970630

Val Feldman 9/22/2009 7:37:59 AM

Thanks, Carol! #7970721

Gina Cormier 9/22/2009 5:27:09 PM

OMG that is gorgeous!! Stunning work!! wowie!!!
fAV'D!!!!! #7972410

Val Feldman 9/24/2009 10:34:37 AM

Hello, Gina! Good to hear from you - been thinking of you... Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and fav'ing! #7979840

Diane E. Deming 10/22/2009 5:15:29 PM

Congrats on your finalist.This is just beautiful. #8059685

Robert R. Goodman 10/22/2009 5:31:18 PM

Congratulations,Valarie!!!! #8059814

Carol Eade 10/22/2009 5:58:07 PM

Wonderful colors, glow and clarity...Congratulations! #8060036

Patricia Seidler 10/22/2009 6:26:36 PM

Congratulations Tess. Well deserved. Good luck in the next round. #8060282

Sam Britt 10/22/2009 6:27:28 PM

Congratulations, fantastic finalist, Valarie!! #8060289

Amy M. Wilson 10/22/2009 6:28:37 PM

Big congratulations on this GORGEOUS and well-deserved Finalist, Valarie!!! #8060302

Valentin M. Armianu 10/22/2009 6:42:55 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist! #8060435

Summer A. Kozisek 10/22/2009 7:31:34 PM

Stunning floral Valarie, congratulations on your finalist!! #8060880

Eugenio Diaz 10/22/2009 7:39:01 PM

AMAZING Finalist!!!
Wonderful image, really well presented…Good luck in the next round!

Tommy E. Burgess 10/23/2009 1:04:02 AM

Congratulations on your stunning finalist Valarie!! #8062433

Melissa G. Meiselman 10/23/2009 2:48:23 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist!!!! #8062769

Usman M. Bajwa 10/23/2009 3:26:09 AM

Wow...beautiful floral capture. Congratulations on this deserving Finalist, Valarie.

UB. #8062949

Barbara Waldoch 10/23/2009 3:54:35 AM

Congratulations, very well done, Valarie! #8063146

Nancyj E. Hovey 10/23/2009 5:30:49 AM

on your deserving FINALIST!!! 8o) #8063638

Julie Burnett 10/23/2009 5:33:46 AM

Congrats on this stunning finalist, Val!! #8063657

Mary L. Graham 10/23/2009 6:29:32 AM

This is stunning...congratulations Valarie!! =) #8063889

Howard B. Cheek 10/23/2009 6:38:51 AM

Congrats on this fine entry Valarie,
Best of luck :) #8063937

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 10/23/2009 7:08:10 AM

Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist, Valarie! #8064164

Gina Cormier 10/23/2009 8:27:42 AM

Congrats girlfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WTG!!!!!!!!!! #8064753

Debra R. Harder 10/23/2009 9:04:08 AM

WOW, Valarie!! This is PERFECTION! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist!! Deb #8064997

Val Feldman 10/23/2009 9:23:30 AM

Thank you, everyone, for your most kind comments and encouraging support! You are all the best! ~Val #8065088

Carol Sawyer 10/23/2009 3:18:01 PM

Congratulations on your finalists, Valarie!! #8066377

Carol L. Fowler 10/23/2009 4:39:18 PM

Congrats on this one- probably a clan favorite! It should be! #8066567

Anita Hogue 10/23/2009 4:42:35 PM

WOW, this is absolutely gorgeous Valarie! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! #8066583

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 10/23/2009 4:49:48 PM

WTG on all your finalists, Val!!! :-) k
Tell the "gang" hi from me!!! LOL #8066614

Tammy M. Anderson 10/23/2009 5:38:17 PM

Congratulations on all your beautiful finalists, Valarie. #8066789

Courtenay Vanderbilt 10/23/2009 6:34:57 PM

Wonderful, Valarie! Congratulations!!! #8066954

Patrick Rouzes 10/24/2009 5:28:18 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Valarie! #8069598

Jeff Robinson 10/25/2009 7:01:23 AM

Congrats Valarie on your Outstanding Finalist! Jeff #8070971

Anita Tykwinski 10/25/2009 6:56:59 PM

Hello dear friend, congrats on all your beautiful finalist....this one's a winner for sure!! #8072394

Ellen Hodges 10/26/2009 7:34:55 AM

Congrats on a fantastic capture, Valerie! Best luck! #8074218

Julianne Bradford 10/26/2009 9:28:59 AM

This is so magnificent Valarie!! Congratulations on your finalist award..I sure hope this is a gold winner in the next round! #8074623

Tammy M. Anderson 10/26/2009 12:18:44 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Valarie. #8075120

Mark Dodge 10/26/2009 12:43:26 PM

Congratulations, Valarie! Way to go! #8075315

Amy M. Wilson 10/26/2009 1:00:22 PM

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your STUNNING Winner, Valarie!!! WTG! #8075415

Maria A. Gonzalez 10/26/2009 1:13:15 PM

Congratulation,Val..This is a very beautiful image of this Lotus...Very well done. #8075487

Agnes Fegan 10/26/2009 1:18:47 PM

Congratulations Valarie...this is just beautiful! #8075536

Nancyj E. Hovey 10/26/2009 1:45:22 PM

on your 2nd Place Winner! 8o) #8075742

Jeana Clark 10/26/2009 1:56:26 PM

Huge congrats for this most excellent

~J~ #8075794

Sam Britt 10/26/2009 2:50:48 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic winner, Valarie! #8075980

Diane E. Deming 10/26/2009 3:22:34 PM

I'm so happy for you, Valarie. Congratulations! #8076140

Carol L. Fowler 10/26/2009 4:21:05 PM


Melissa G. Meiselman 10/26/2009 5:19:14 PM

Big congratulations, Valarie on this most impressive winner!! Stunning shot of this lotus!! #8076436

Valentin M. Armianu 10/26/2009 5:21:23 PM

Big congratulations for your excellent winner, Valarie!! #8076447

Gina Cormier 10/26/2009 5:47:21 PM

You so deserve this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whiskey all around!!!!! #8076561

Debra R. Harder 10/26/2009 6:06:02 PM

WTG, Valarie!! Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER!!!! Deb #8076640

Bonnie C. Lackey 10/26/2009 7:24:55 PM

Well, thank goodness!!! I'm still mad about last month! This is also a most deserving win, Valarie - huge congrats! #8076809

Mary K. Robison 10/26/2009 7:31:07 PM

A glorious floral, Valarie, so perfectly captured!
CONGRATULATIONS on your well earned win! #8076834

Anita Hogue 10/26/2009 7:37:55 PM

Absolutely gorgeous Valarie! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #8076857

Eugenio Diaz 10/26/2009 8:47:25 PM

WOW - what an incredible image! congrats on your awesome Win!!!
WTG! #8077107

Margaret R. Barry 10/26/2009 10:33:31 PM

Huge congratulations on this gorgeous winner, Valarie! #8077249

Julie Burnett 10/27/2009 4:40:30 AM

So well deserved, Val!! A HUGE congrats!!! :) #8078107

Tess L. Yee 10/27/2009 5:03:48 AM

Congrats on this wonderful winner, Valarie! #8078254

Anita Bower 10/27/2009 5:06:56 AM

Congratulations! What a glorious capture of this beautiful flower. It stands out beautifully against the dark BG. I'm impressed that you got such an excellent shot in full sun. #8078264

Karen Celella 10/27/2009 5:14:04 AM

Congratulations on your stunning second place win Valarie. #8078303

Val Feldman 10/27/2009 5:58:58 AM

To all of you, sincere and warm thanks for all your support and wonderful comments...they are all so very much appreciated... ~Val #8078476

Dianna Murphy 10/27/2009 9:01:44 AM

How on earth did I miss this! Holly cow girl. WTG. So proud/happy for you. #8079168

Jim Baines 10/27/2009 9:37:42 AM

Such a well-deserved WIN on this awesome display of talent, Valarie! #8079322

Gord MacEachern 10/27/2009 10:44:49 AM

Congratulations on this so well deserved GOLD Valarie!! #8079508

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 10/27/2009 4:11:22 PM

Congratulations, Valarie! I love this image!! Fantastic work and well deserved win!!! #8080132

Mary Beth Aiello 10/28/2009 5:38:00 AM

Just outstanding capture, Valarie. Huge congrats on this wonderful and gorgeous winner. #8081786

Courtenay Vanderbilt 10/28/2009 3:57:29 PM

What a beauty, Valarie! And, an outstanding win! #8083358

Val Feldman 10/29/2009 6:04:02 AM

Thanks so much Dianna, Jim, Gord, Kelly, Mary Beth and Courtenay! #8085065

Kathy Cline 11/1/2009 2:39:06 PM #8094355

Val Feldman 11/13/2009 12:56:41 PM

Awww, Thanks, Kathy! #8128875

Murry Grigsby 4/29/2010 2:04:05 PM

What a grand floral image Valarie! I love your squarish crop, diagonal comp, bright light, dark background and oh those glorious colors!! #8578609

Laura E. Swan 3/11/2012 6:10:22 PM

You gave this beautiful flower life that will live on for years! I think that is exactly what she was hoping for! :) Her wish come true!

Wonderful GOLD WIN, Val and VERY well deserved!

-LOTW :)))


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These flowers are just so grand to me - huge pink flowerheads growing on such long stalks - everything about them seems over-the-top.. This particular one was found at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX, along with about 100 others! It was growing in full sun and stood heads above the others. Really seemed to stretch out as far as it could to soak up as much of that radiant, glorious light as possible...

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/8000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 500, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 200.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

Uploaded on 9/14/2009 4:29:53 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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