© Stanley J. Contrades


S J July 14, 2005

Wow!!! What an artist you're, Stan!!! Love the effects you've applied on this BEAUTIFUL image!!! Very well done, my dear friend!!! #278246

Janet Williams July 14, 2005

Fantastic Stan. I love the blue and white colouring and I also love the use of the dry brush (its one of my favourite filters). This really is stunning. #1590402

Dan Holm level-classic July 14, 2005

Absolutely GORGEOUS treatment on this, Stan!! VERY dynamic an different! Love it! #1590408

Mary K. Robison July 14, 2005

Dream-like and OH! so cool, in every way, Stan! The perfect antidote for the California heat wave withers!!! THANKS! #1590420

Stanley J. Contrades July 14, 2005

Sanjay, Janet, Dan, and Mary you are way too kind and I thank you and appreciate your very supportive comments.
I was very surprised at this turning blue after I inverted this after applying the VP Sepia process! Guess that's the fun of "playing" in the digital darkroom!
Many thanks once again and have a great remainder of the week!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590428

Paul E. Earl July 14, 2005

WOW!!! Very impressive. What great effects. Well done!! #1590441

Donna Roberts July 14, 2005


Oooh - this is such a pleasant surprise, dont you think Stan?
I love the result you were lucky to create as it is so different from your usual vibrant blooms.
Stan-tastic, once again!!!

:-) dddu #1590444

Stanley J. Contrades July 14, 2005

I guess I better upload the original of this!! Thank You!, as always, Paul and Donna, for your continued support and encouragement for which I am truly grateful!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590496

Stanley J. Contrades July 14, 2005

The original! #1590499

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic July 14, 2005


THis image looks like it floating or is a beautiful dream.

Wonderful image. Love your blues.

Kerby #1590503

Stanley J. Contrades July 14, 2005

Hi, Kerby! Must have crossed in cyberspace! As you may or may not know "blue" is my favorite color :-)!!
Thanks very much for stopping in with your most generous comments that are always appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1590508

Karen Engelbreth July 14, 2005

Just wonderful - love the blue, Stan! #1590527

Mata Patan July 14, 2005

I feel I'm a witch today...and I feel we'll see this one again Stan!!! #1590593

Paul Michko July 14, 2005

Beautiful job, Stan. #1590598

Donald K. Cherry level-classic July 14, 2005

Just an all around beautiful image, Stan!! #1590654

Kathleen Clemons July 14, 2005

The images are so different, but both are so beautiful, Stan! #1590725

Joy Rector July 14, 2005

Gorgeous #1590796

Stephanie Lyons July 14, 2005

Both are beautiful, but the blue is so very dramatic! Very well done Stan! #1590902

Darren K. Fisher level-classic July 14, 2005

WOW WOW and WOW, I love the mood you have created with the blue tones. Awesome job here Stan. #1591076

Colette M. Metcalf July 14, 2005

This is so beautiful, Stan!!! Love it!! #1591220

Mary Timman July 14, 2005

Just beautiful! Even the original is just as beautiful. What you did with all the effects is really a great job. Love it! #1591598

Cathy Barrows July 14, 2005

wow this is gorgeous #1592074

Jill M. Flusemann July 14, 2005

Another beautiful image - you should be proud! I love having my breath taken away by your work! #1592237

Cathy Stancil July 14, 2005

Midnight blooms...Unbelievably gorgeous Stan !! Excellent PS work on this already beautiful image...I Love it !! #1592441


Fantastic image Stan!!!
I love the softness of the floweer against the dark background!!!
Great composition!!! #1592650

Laurence Saliba level-classic July 14, 2005

This is just too GORGEOUS Stan!!!! #1592760

Deb Holmes-Hatfield July 14, 2005

This is awesome Stan, wonderful effects, the blue is just beautiful, exceptional PS work! #1592852

Lucia De Giovanni July 14, 2005

ok - don't know what half that stuff means, I just know that this is incredible, Stan! Wonderful work and presentation my friend! #1592956

Kathleen R. Struckle July 14, 2005

Gorgeous Stan!! I got very confused reading what you did. #1593756

Marsha S. Smith July 14, 2005

Just magical it is so beautiful, Stan! #1593759

Noel Baebler July 14, 2005

Terrific work, Stan! Even in thumbnail you can sense something special about this image. #1593799

Bobbie Davis July 14, 2005

AWWWWESOMMMMMEEEEE!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Great Stan! #1593835

Deborah Sandidge July 14, 2005

Love the blues, Stan - great work in the digital darkroom! #1594083

KHAWLA Haddad July 14, 2005

FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!! #1594399

Nobu Nagase July 14, 2005

Beautiful work in DD, also appearing to have been in outerspace..., that makes me wonder what it would really look out there...., are you writing a sci-fi by any chance, Stan???... just kidding, of course :D ....
...i got to love this, blue is my favorite color!!!
...i like the flower on the top that looks like a pinwheel... #1594428

Souha Dooly July 14, 2005

Beautiful work !!love all about it!! #1594707

Stanley J. Contrades July 14, 2005

Karen, Mata, Paul M., Donald, Kathleen C., Joy, Stephanie, Darren, Colette, Mary, Cathy B., Jill, Cathy S., Adilson, Laurence, Deb, Lucia, Kathleen S., Marsha, Noel, Bobbie, Deborah, Kelly, Nobi, and Souha, Thank You! all for supporting my work and your generosity! I am very grateful for your kindnesses!!
With fond Aloha,
Nobi: Blue happens to be my favorite color as well!! Sorry, no sci-fi novel in the works!!

Jenny Bosmans July 15, 2005

AWESOME!!!! Love everything about it, Stan!! Fantastic use of effects! To be seen again! #1594902

Laura E. OConnor July 15, 2005

Stan, you constantly leave me in awe. This image is just stunning!!! I LOVE what you ended up with here! GREAT job, my friend!!! I agree with all of the above, I think we'll see this again AT LEAST once! #1597904

Kristi A. Howson July 15, 2005

Stan, I just love this in blue...I would like to have this hanging on my is just stunning...I could gaze into those blues for a very long time...!!!! #1598550

Goshka G. July 16, 2005

JUST EXQUISITE!!! #1600356

Stanley J. Contrades July 16, 2005

Jenny, Laura, Kristi, and Goshka, you are too kind and I appreciate your generous responses and encouragement! Thank you, too, for your confidence!
Hope you are having a terrific weekend!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1600979

Pu Chen July 18, 2005

Wow, blue version is defenitely cooler :) Love the effect! Make them look like those clay flowers but only more artistic. Great job, Stan! #1607772

Margot Petrowski July 18, 2005

Awesome!!!! #1608813

Jill Flynn level-classic July 19, 2005

I REALLY love this in blue Stan. Gives it a real arsty and surreal look. Great job on this! #1611266

Linda D. Lester level-classic July 23, 2005

So Beautiful....Love this shot, Congrats on such a beauty!!! #1629345

LJ Corliss level-classic July 23, 2005

Beautiful work :) #1629611

Stanley J. Contrades July 24, 2005

You are all too generous and I thank you for your encouragement and support! Thank You!, Pu, Margot, Jill, Linda and L J, and I am very grateful your generosity!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1630004

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe July 24, 2005

Such a lovely work of ART Stan, a great flow of blue beauty!!! #1632032

Stanley J. Contrades July 25, 2005

Thanks, Donna! Your kind response is very much appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1638556

Tammy Scott July 26, 2005

WHOA! I missed some shots while I was away and I am certainly glad I stopped by your gallery to take a look!!! This is just FANTASTIC, Stan! #1642478

Stanley J. Contrades July 26, 2005

Am very grateful for your taking the time to stop and visit, Tammy, and I thank you very much for doing so! Hope you are having a great week!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1643188

July 29, 2005

WOW! Love the Blue Stan! Great colors and lighting, as well as the wonderful composition! #1651621

Stanley J. Contrades August 01, 2005

Thank you, Reine, and I am grateful for your always being supportive and generous with your comments!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1664838

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic August 04, 2005

Beautiful, Stan Aloha :) #1676966

Tammy Scott August 20, 2005

Congratulations on your finalist! #1740019

Sandy Landon August 20, 2005

Congrats!!! This is gorgeous!! #1740703

Wendy Stevenson August 20, 2005

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Stan!! Best of luck to you in the next round! #1740757

Michelle R. Kovach August 20, 2005

Congrats Stan! Aloha! #1741011

Pu Chen August 20, 2005

Congratulations Stan! #1741050

Jenny Bosmans August 20, 2005

Congratulations on your finalist, Stan! #1741120

Linda D. Lester level-classic August 20, 2005

Congratulations on your finalist!
Miss you!!!!! Can't wait to see your new shots! #1741139

Cathy Barrows August 20, 2005

Congrats on your finalist...gorgeous #1741650

Sharon Day level-classic August 20, 2005

Big Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Stan!!! WTG! Good luck next round! #1741833

KHAWLA Haddad August 20, 2005

Congratulations on Wonderful finalists!!! #1742092

Kristi A. Howson August 20, 2005

Congratulations Stan on your finalist and good luck in the next round! I love these blues..still!!! #1742299

Kara L. Hendricks August 20, 2005

Congratulations to you on this wonderful finalist Stan.. Best of luck to you! #1742354

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict August 20, 2005

Stunning finalist, Stan, hope to see this again!
-Debby #1742365

Noel Baebler August 20, 2005

Beautiful blue, Stan! Huzzah!!! #1742414

Cathy Stancil August 20, 2005

Congratulations Stan !!! We miss you !! #1742420

Nobu Nagase August 20, 2005

Fabulous finalist!!!
Congratulations, Stan!!!
Best wishes!!! #1743571

Cesar J. La Rosa August 20, 2005

WOW!!! This is just BEAUTIFUL, Stan!!!
Congratulations on this very well-deserved Finalist!!! #1743862

Jim Kinnunen level-deluxe August 20, 2005

Beautiful image and excellent effects, Stan!!! Congratulations!:) #1743956

Patricia Marroquin August 21, 2005

Incredibly beautiful! Congrats, Stan! #1744127

Donna Roberts August 21, 2005

Love this stan-tastic image when I first saw it and my opinion hasn't changed.
Best of luck for this beautiful finalist Stan.
:-) dddu #1744327

Tom Andersen August 21, 2005

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Stan! #1744710

S J August 21, 2005

Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist, Stan!! #1745533

Gail Vitikacs level-classic August 21, 2005

STUNNING...Congratulations Stan! #1745537

Patty Razonable August 21, 2005

Excellent composition, Stan!! Congratulations on this finalist!! Good luck!! #1745689

Ken Grooms August 21, 2005

Congrats on this stunning winner! #1746770

Jennifer Rennison August 21, 2005

WOW!!!! Absolutely gorgeous, Stan! Congratulations on your stunning finalist! Best of luck in the next round! #1747124

Debra Booth August 21, 2005

Wow!! Awesome, awesome finalist, Stan!! Congratulations and best of luck to you! #1748256

Jill M. Flusemann August 21, 2005

Congratulations Stan!!! A well-deserved finalist! #1748461

Laura E. OConnor August 21, 2005

CONGRATULATIONS, STAN!! Looks like both of our "blue" shots made it to the finals!!! Playing in PS is great, isn't it!! Good luck in the final round! #1748560

Stanley J. Contrades August 22, 2005

Many thanks to all of you for stopping by and I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Congratulations as well to you as well and best wishes in the next stage. I'll see you all next month. Thank You very much, Shelly, Tammy, Sandy, Wendy, Michelle, Pu, Jenny, Linda, Cathy B., Sharon, Kelly H., Kristi, Kara, Deborah, Noel, Cathy S., Nobi, Cesar, Jim, Patricia M., Donna R., Tom, Sanjay, GAil, Patty, Ken G., Jennifer, Debra B., Jill F., and Laura.
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1749130

Paula M August 22, 2005

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round.

Paula #1750844

Carol Brill August 22, 2005

Congratulations on this glorious finalist, Stan! #1753777

S J August 22, 2005

Big Congratulations on this OUTSTANDING Win, Stan!! Wow!!! #1754048

Sherrye Nozaki August 22, 2005

Aloha Stan...CONGRATULATIONS! Hana Hou!

Sherrye #1754122

Pu Chen August 22, 2005

Congratulations on your win, Stan! #1754135

Jordi Delgado August 23, 2005

Congratulations, Stan!!! Terrific win!!



Lani T. Broadbent level-classic August 23, 2005

Congratulations on your WINNER award, Stan! #1754224

Dan Holm level-classic August 23, 2005

WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Stan!!! A magnificent WINNER! #1754249

Paul E. Earl August 23, 2005

Such a well deserved win!! Well done!! #1754276

Jenny Bosmans August 23, 2005

Congratulations on your beautiful win, Stan!!! #1754359

Nick Lagos August 23, 2005

Don't understand much of what you did..... but it turned out great Stan.... big congrats on a "Gold" #1754411

ADILSON F. FERREIRA August 23, 2005

Congratulations on your fantastic win Stan!!! #1754420

Wally Orlowsky August 23, 2005

Congratulations on this gorgeous winner, Stan! #1754486

Tom Andersen August 23, 2005

Congratulations on this superbly beautiful winner, Stan! #1754536

Diane Dupuis August 23, 2005

Congrats Stan on a beauty! #1754613

Tammy Scott August 23, 2005

Congratulations, Stan!!! #1754667

Gail Vitikacs level-classic August 23, 2005

Way to go Stan!!!!! #1754682

Ronald Balthazor level-addict August 23, 2005

Congratulations, Stan. Great treatment. #1754776

Michelle R. Kovach August 23, 2005

Congratulations on your win Stan! #1754957

Cathy Gregor August 23, 2005

What a beauty!
Congratulations on your win, Stan! #1755016

August 23, 2005

Just beautiful Stan!
Congratulations on this gorgeous winner! #1755230

Charlene Bayerle August 23, 2005

Outstanding Stan and a well deserved winner....Congratulations!!!! #1755528

Marie Fields level-classic August 23, 2005

Congratulations on this beautiful win, Stan! #1755658

Jim Kinnunen level-deluxe August 23, 2005

Congratulations on this fine winning image, Stan!:) #1755752

Laura E. OConnor August 23, 2005

Hûi! Lanakila!


Murry Grigsby August 23, 2005

Congrats on your win Stan!! #1755815

Wendy Stevenson August 23, 2005

Congratulations on this stunning winner Stan! #1756004

Jennifer Rennison August 23, 2005

Congratulations on your gorgeous win, Stan!!! #1756153

Eric Schneider August 23, 2005

When I saw this in the finals, I thought we would be seeeing it again.. Great effects. Wonderful shot ! Way to go ! #1756292

Noel Baebler August 23, 2005

Beautiful work, Stan! Congratulations!!! #1756540

Nobu Nagase August 23, 2005

Beautiful creation, Stan!!!
Many congratulations on your great win!!! #1756583

Jill Flynn level-classic August 23, 2005


Jill Flynn level-classic August 23, 2005


Deb Holmes-Hatfield August 23, 2005

Awesome image, Stan, congrats on this well deserved win! #1756891

Sharon Day level-classic August 23, 2005

Huge congratulations, Stan!!! Wonderful image and well deserved win! #1757180

Stanley J. Contrades August 23, 2005

Many thanks, Paula, Carol, Sanjay, Sherrye, Pu, Jordi, Lani, Dan, Paul E., Jenny, Nick, Adilson, Wally, Tom, Diane, Tammy, Gail, Ronald, Michelle, Cathy G., Reine, Charlene, Marie, Jim, Laura, Murry, Wendy, Jennifer, Eric, Noel, Nobi, Jill X2 :-)!, Deb, and Sharon. It's always fun to play in the Digital Darkroom to see what results and I thank you all for the generosity in your responses for which I am very grateful!! See you all next month!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1757224

Marsha S. Smith August 23, 2005

A gigantic Texas congrats on this blue beauty, Stan! It is just gorgeous! #1757459

Deborah Sandidge August 23, 2005

Beautiful in blue, Stan, congratulations!! #1757563

Jill M. Flusemann August 23, 2005

Stunning win!!! Congratulations! #1757889

Laura Clay-Ballard August 23, 2005

congrats on this awesome winning image! #1757951

Claudia Kuhn level-classic August 23, 2005

Very cool tones Stan, big congrats on your win! #1758266

Diane Addonizio level-classic August 23, 2005

Congratulations! #1758547

Karen Bacon August 23, 2005

Your hard work certainly paid off Stan!Congratulations on your win! #1758614

Stanley J. Contrades August 23, 2005

Thank You! very much, Marsha, Deborah, Jill, Laura, Claudia, DIANE, and Karen for taking the time to stop by with your generous comments which are always appreciated!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1758763

Colette M. Metcalf August 24, 2005

Congratulations on your win Stan!!! This is just beautiful! #1759167

Allan L. Whitehead August 24, 2005

MAGNIFICENT, as always, Stanley, congratulations on this phenominal study and win in last month's contest in the 'Digital Darkroom' category. It is truly richly deserved, my very dear friend - your good friend, Allan #1759301

Debra Booth August 24, 2005

Congratulations, Stan!! #1759658

Tammy McAllister August 24, 2005

Lovely Stan, congratulations!
Tootles #1760608

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe August 24, 2005

Congrats Stan on your beautiful winning image! Jeff #1761233

Stephen Zacker August 24, 2005

A Beauty. Congratulations #1762225

William C. Raco level-classic August 24, 2005

Beautiful photo, Stan!

bill #1763095

Goshka G. August 25, 2005

Many congrats on this absolutely beautiful win, Stan!!! #1767281

Serena Pierce level-deluxe August 25, 2005

Beautiful image and super digital darkroom work! Congratulations!!! #1767391

KHAWLA Haddad August 25, 2005

Congratulations on this wonderful winner , Stan!!!!! #1767574

Kristi A. Howson August 25, 2005

Well you know how much I love this one Stan...Congratulations on this stunning winner!!! #1767772

Patricia Marroquin August 28, 2005

Congratulations, Stan, this is a fabulous image! #1776941

Lisa Clark September 04, 2005

Hi Stan, I saw this image for the first time today. Very impressive photography and digital magic. Congratulations on a well deserved win!
PS. I hope you had this framed. #1801625

Joy Rector September 08, 2005

congrats on this beautiful win #1814779

Lori Carlson September 14, 2005


Claudette Foote September 19, 2005

WHAT A Beautiful creation, Stan!!!
Many congratulations on your great win!!!


Jane Summa September 19, 2005

WOW! Awesome work, Stan!! Congratulations! #1855643

Stanley J. Contrades September 20, 2005

My apologies for not responding sooner to your gracious comments on this image! Thank You!, Colette, Allan, Debra, Tammy, Jeff, Stephen, bill, Goshka, Serena, Kelly, Kristi, Patricia, Lisa, Joy, Lori, Claudette, and Jane, and the very best of success in the upcoming judging of your August images!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #1858036

Mary N C. Taitt September 26, 2005

Congratulations on this delicately sweet win. :-) Mary #1887957

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 20, 2005

I'm late to the game, but this is a beautiful image! Congratulations! #2203393

Stanley J. Contrades December 20, 2005

Thanks to the both of you for your most kind and encouraging responses, Mary, and Christopher!! I am grateful for your taking the time to stop in and visit!! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to the both of you!!
With fond Aloha,
Stan #2204729

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Plumeria Series. Playing in the digital darkroom with PS CS: Dry brush, Accented edges, Contrast boost to 50%, USM, Invert, VP Sepia, Invert, Variations (Lighten), USM. 2005:07:09, 14:29:52. 1/180sec, f4.5, RAW, ISO 100, 35-80mm @ 56mm, Closeup mode.

Uploaded on July 13, 2005 All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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