California Dreamin'

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

California Dreamin'

Michael Umbreit 11/9/2009 8:18:07 PM

Donna - Nice work! - Mike #1203018

Anita J. Luellen 11/9/2009 8:24:28 PM

Beautiful colors...nice composition. #8118239

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 11/9/2009 8:26:05 PM

Gorgeous in every way, Donna!!! :-) k #8118246

Lisa J. Boulden 11/9/2009 8:43:04 PM

Beautiful light, color, and comp!
Wonderful, Donna!
~♥~Lisa #8118275

Daniella Puente 11/9/2009 9:02:37 PM

Fabulous view, tones and composition Donna, love this! #8118301

Clyde P. Smith 11/9/2009 9:25:06 PM

Beautiful definition, clarity, POV, comp, tones and light. It's all there Donna! Great HDR work without being over done. #8118334

Sherran Andersen 11/9/2009 10:05:43 PM

Beautiful Donna... looks so peaceful. Sherran #8118377

Melinda F. Schneider 11/10/2009 2:24:10 AM

Gorgeous!! I love the pinkish purply tones!!! #8118718

Tess L. Yee 11/10/2009 3:36:23 AM

Fabulous color and light, and awesome (natural-looking!) HDR work, Donna! #8118918

Jane Holestine 11/10/2009 4:49:16 AM

Amazing colors and comp, Donna. The way the glistening beach directs the viewers eye is perfect. We should see this one again. #8119183

Monnie Ryan 11/10/2009 5:57:13 AM

Just gorgeous, Donna -- love the colors and lighting! #8119442

Amy M. Wilson 11/10/2009 6:39:28 AM

Gorgeous colors and light, Donna! #8119594

Julianne Bradford 11/10/2009 7:36:39 AM

Just fabulous Donna! Terrific HDR work with outstanding color! A very lovely dedication to Amanda. She's an amazingly generous sharing photographer and my guru. Her dedication to the art of photography is so inspiring. The HDR adds sparkle to your wonderful work! Way to go girlfriend! #8119794

Datha Y. Thompson 11/10/2009 8:11:43 AM

Gorgeous!!! Excellent!!! Winner!!! ;) #8119852

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/10/2009 11:51:04 AM

Thank you for all of your inspirational comments. I truly appreciate them VERY much. HDR photography is new to me!!! I am enjoying the adventure!!!

Take care!

Donna #8120326

Michelle L. Frick 11/10/2009 1:05:08 PM

Oh, WOW! Purple is my favorite color and the beach is my favorite thing to look at (aside my my kid's cute little faces!). This is GORGEOUS Donna!! #8120501

John Connolly 11/10/2009 1:35:33 PM

A great title for this superb seaside sunset, Donna! Amazing color and detail, well done! #8120589

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/10/2009 2:19:05 PM

Wow, stunning capture,Donna. Beautiful image!!!!

jo ann c. #8120683

Leslie McLain 11/11/2009 5:57:09 PM

Stunning image, colors, sky, and reflections, Donna. #8123713

Katherine Kuhn 11/13/2009 12:11:47 PM

Gorgeous image -- love the soft sunset colors & reflections! #8128775

Daniel Ruf 11/15/2009 6:09:10 PM

A really fine photograph. Great depth and color. #8134162

Amanda Haddox 11/15/2009 8:08:40 PM

Thank you for your kinds words and for your friendship, I don’t know that deserve a tribute as remarkably beautiful as this image is…The blues and purples of this scene give this such a tranquil soothing feel, while the darkened clouds that mask the setting sun add an almost ominous tension or quality to the sky. The line of the silhouetted pier in opposition to the direction of in-coming surf as it rushes in-land, the wet glistening shoreline reflecting the soft lavender color of the sky above. It is exceptionally captured photos such as this that leave me California Dreamin’ and longing to be home again… this post so very much appreciated, Donna! #8134265

Steve M. Harrington 11/17/2009 10:59:38 AM

What a fine image! To me, this is what refined HDR is all about: full, rich tones that work together. Nice work, Donna.
Steve #8139307

Susan M. Campbell 11/17/2009 11:01:22 AM

So beautiful and dramatic. The purple hues really make this pop. Well done Donna. #8139311

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/17/2009 9:09:17 PM

Thanks again to each of you!!! Your comments are amazing and I appreciate each and every one!!!

Donna #8140655

Tammy Espino 5/24/2010 1:36:00 PM

Congrats on an awesome finalist!! :) #8632957

Laura E. Swan 5/24/2010 1:55:08 PM



-Laura #8633211

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 5/24/2010 3:26:27 PM

HUGE CONGRATS on your AWSOME finalist,
Best of luck in the next round!!! #8634234

Deborah C. Lewinson 5/24/2010 5:18:03 PM

Congratulations, Donna, on another gorgeous finalist!

Debby #8635276

Nancyj E. Hovey 5/24/2010 6:22:23 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8635952

Julianne Bradford 5/24/2010 6:40:37 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Donna. Amanda and you are so much alike, such great photographers! It will be fun to visit with her when she comes down next time. #8636133

Patti Coblentz 5/24/2010 7:19:16 PM

I have never seen such beatiful lighting as this, Donna!! Congratulations on this stunning finalist!

Patti #8636489

Carol L. Fowler 5/24/2010 8:05:17 PM

Gorgeous- Congrats! #8636871

Anne McKinnell 5/24/2010 8:51:36 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Donna! #8637251

Graham Robards 5/24/2010 8:58:41 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Donna. Otstanding, best of luck in the next round! ~Pat #8637294

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 5/24/2010 9:25:26 PM

Wonderful, Donna! Congratulations! #8637393

Stefania Barbier 5/25/2010 12:29:03 AM

gorgeous..... congratulations!!! #8638381

Naomi Weiser 5/25/2010 1:07:16 AM

the coloring here is great, congrats! #8638457

Anita Hogue 5/25/2010 5:31:50 AM

Congratulations for your stunning finalist! #8639487

Courtenay Vanderbilt 5/25/2010 5:43:25 AM

Congrats, Donna! #8639571

Nadia Paul 5/25/2010 6:15:51 AM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist Donna! #8639767

Usman M. Bajwa 5/25/2010 6:52:32 AM

This has Winner written all over it, Donna. Good luck!

UB. #8639938

Amy M. Wilson 5/25/2010 7:37:30 AM

Beautiful... big congrats, Donna!! #8640173

Elida Gutierrez 5/25/2010 11:41:06 AM


The best luck for your FINALIST!!!

Daniella Puente 5/25/2010 12:30:04 PM

Congrats on this great finalist Donna, love it!!! #8641165

Renee Doyle 5/25/2010 4:08:58 PM

Excellent HDR work Donna!! Congratulations!! #8641868

Sherran Andersen 5/25/2010 5:22:17 PM

Congrats Donna. #8642096

Sam Britt 5/25/2010 6:38:18 PM

Congratulations on this finalist, Donna! #8642346

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 5/25/2010 8:15:44 PM

Thank you for your very kind comments and congratulatory wishes. I appreciate each and every one!!!

Take care,

Donna #8642664

Kathy Cline 5/25/2010 8:29:31 PM

I know this place.
See you there next year.

Renee Doyle 5/25/2010 10:37:52 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Donna!! #8642925

Bojan Bencic 5/25/2010 10:41:27 PM

Congratulations on your win, Donna. #8642943

Patti Coblentz 5/25/2010 10:41:32 PM

So happy for you, Donna..such a beautiful image! Big congratulations on your win!!

Patti #8642944

Stefania Barbier 5/25/2010 10:55:02 PM

gorgeous win, congratulations!!! #8643009

Corinne M. Thompson 5/25/2010 11:09:05 PM

Fabulous capture Donna, congrats on your win! #8643091

Katarina Mansson 5/25/2010 11:15:37 PM

Congratulations on another beautiful winner Donna! #8643123

Usman M. Bajwa 5/26/2010 12:42:39 AM

I thought so. Huge CONGRATZ on landing GOLD, Donna!

UB. #8643287

Tiia Vissak 5/26/2010 12:50:17 AM

Congratulations! #8643312

Anita Hogue 5/26/2010 4:32:41 AM

Congratulations Donna! This is absolutely gorgeous! #8643795

Amy M. Wilson 5/26/2010 4:39:52 AM

Big congratulations on your outstanding Second Place win, Donna!!! #8643822

Courtenay Vanderbilt 5/26/2010 5:12:27 AM

Big Congrats on your win, Donna! #8643946

Kathy L. Clark 5/26/2010 5:41:31 AM

What a beauty Donna. Congrats, and well deserved. #8644103

Kathy L. Clark 5/26/2010 5:46:52 AM

A big congratulations on your Gold Award Donna. A very well deserving win for a really great photo and a great friend.

Thank you for all of your inspiration Donna.

Brian #8644133

Renata Gusciora 5/26/2010 5:54:20 AM

Big congratulations on your wonderful winner,Donna!!!:-) #8644192

Graham Robards 5/26/2010 6:04:18 AM

Congratulations Donna. Pat #8644248

Kara L. Hendricks 5/26/2010 6:10:22 AM

Well this sure isn't the one I expected to win... But no matter... It's ONE stellar image Donna... You are in the zone!!!

CONGRATS!!! #8644275

Nancyj E. Hovey 5/26/2010 6:47:49 AM

on your 2nd Place Winner
for this outstanding image! 8o) #8644537

David Phalen 5/26/2010 7:15:39 AM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #8644653

Christine Czernin 5/26/2010 7:28:03 AM

Many congrats on this spectacular win, Donna. Beautiful light. #8644706

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 5/26/2010 7:57:06 AM

WTG on this magnificent win! :-)♫♪ k #8644791

Daniel Ruf 5/26/2010 8:02:49 AM

This has to be one of my favorites. I love the mood, color and comp. Congrats on the medal. #8644815

JO ANN CLEVELAND 5/26/2010 8:34:58 AM

Congrats on this awesome Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #8644896

Debra R. Harder 5/26/2010 8:48:04 AM

WTG, Donna!! Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER!! Deb (in Ireland right now) #8644972

Mitch Spence 5/26/2010 9:47:38 AM

Congratulations, Donna, on your gorgeous seaside gold. #8645168

Ken Smith 5/26/2010 10:13:03 AM

Beautiful scene, Donna. Congrats to you!! #8645243

Yulianto Soeroso 5/26/2010 10:58:37 AM

Congratulation #8645338

Linda D. Lester 5/26/2010 1:23:33 PM

Awesome....Congratulations! #8645673

Randy D. Dinkins 5/26/2010 1:31:56 PM

Beautiful capture; Big congrats on your well deserved win. WTG!! #8645701

Mary Beth Aiello 5/26/2010 1:47:17 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna. Huge congrats on this beautiful winner. #8645754

Karen Celella 5/26/2010 3:32:30 PM

Huge congratulations on your exceptional winner, Donna! #8645942

Maria Morrow 5/26/2010 4:16:27 PM

Congratulations on a stunning winner, Donna ! #8646017

Claudia Kuhn 5/26/2010 4:58:55 PM

So beautiful, congratulations! #8646062

Sharon Sawyer 5/26/2010 5:04:02 PM

WTG, Donna! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!! #8646079

Christopher Budny 5/26/2010 5:17:58 PM

I'm trying to resist a pun about how you have no peers when it comes to your favorite subjects... ;) Fantastic winner here; congratulations! #8646130

Phyllis H. Burchett 5/26/2010 5:35:15 PM

Congratulations Donna on this beautiful winner! #8646224

Sam Britt 5/26/2010 5:56:41 PM

Big congrats on this 2nd place win, Donna! #8646340

Carol L. Fowler 5/26/2010 7:50:26 PM

Congrats on the Win! #8646523

Jennifer L. Alder 5/26/2010 9:31:46 PM

Yay, Donna! Big congrats to you and this beautiful winning image :) #8646733

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 5/26/2010 9:57:24 PM

I'm truly honored. Thank you so much for your constant inspiration and congratulatory wishes.

How very cool!!!

Take care,

Donna #8646779

Cindy Bendush 5/27/2010 12:15:38 AM

Beautiful as always Donna! Big congrats on your win! #8646864

Graeme yew Chow 5/27/2010 12:56:05 AM

Big congrats on this wonderful light landscape, Donna. #8646879

Datha Y. Thompson 5/27/2010 8:25:32 AM

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Julianne Bradford 5/27/2010 6:48:01 PM

Congratulations on a well deserved Gold Donna!WTG! Fabulous capture! #8648409

Maria Coulson 5/27/2010 8:21:50 PM

Donna, congratulations -- beautiful colors. #8648507

Nadia Paul 5/27/2010 11:21:25 PM

Congrats on your beautiful winner Donna! #8648657

Dominick M. Dimacale 5/28/2010 6:39:54 AM

Congratulations Donna on your Win!!!!

Dominick #8649262

Gail Vitikacs 5/29/2010 7:56:34 AM

Indeed beautifiul Donna! Congratulations! #8651136

Dr Silly 5/29/2010 11:41:16 AM

Congratulations Donna On your Gold win. :O) #8651560

Jayne Martin 5/30/2010 12:26:45 AM

Congratulations on this superb win!! Love it! #8652379

Robert K. Bemus 5/31/2010 12:36:44 AM

Congratulations on your Win, Donna!! #8654146

Erica Murphy 6/1/2010 4:57:13 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner Donna!!! I love the colors! #8658628

Dianna Murphy 6/4/2010 3:14:27 PM

You are so expert at these beach scenes,congratulations on your outstanding Winner!!!! #8665930

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 6/5/2010 9:30:29 AM

Congratulations, Donna!! Absolutely gorgeous! #8667274

Lorri Shank 11/25/2010 7:31:06 PM

Congrats on this winner, Donna! The blues just make me want to crawl right into this beautiful scene. Soooo soothing to me. #9063578

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/25/2010 7:36:45 PM

Thank you for all of your kind comments and congratulatory wishes!!!!

Donna #9063587

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This image is dedicated to Amanda Haddox~ a wonderful photographer and friend. Thanks so much sharing!!

Oceanside Beach, Southern California
September 4, 2009

*Digital Darkroom*

Exif: F Number: 6.3, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 18.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 450D

Uploaded on 11/9/2009 8:07:51 PM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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