Uploaded: November 21, 2010


50 mm - f/1.8 II - Canon EF
RAW / Aperture Priority / -1 EC / 50 mm
F 3.5 @ 1/125 ISO 1600

Birch Aquarium
La Jolla, California
September 14, 2010


Exif: F Number: 3.5, Exposure Bias Value: -1.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi


Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 21, 2010

What a Great moment captured - Outstanding Donna! Jeff #1329153

Aimee S. McMaster November 21, 2010

...outstanding is right,..what a delightful capture! #9054676

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe November 21, 2010

Wonderful capture. I'm so happy to not see a pier. I was beginning to think somebody planted you in the sand in front of it... LOL..JUST KIDDING!! This is a great shot! #9054692

Patti Coblentz November 21, 2010

Imagine his fascination...this is fantastic, Donna! #9054705

Bojan Bencic level-classic November 21, 2010

WOW! Amazing photo, Donna. Love it. #9054711

Dr Silly level-classic November 21, 2010

Awesome capture. Get well soon. :O) #9054714

Maria A. Gonzalez November 21, 2010

This is such a storytelling image,Donna.
Beautiful moment captured,pose and expression..
Thank you for the birthday wishes,I really appreciated.Have a great day. #9054717

Anita Hogue November 21, 2010

WOW, this is absolutely fabulous, Donna! #9054719

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic November 21, 2010

All I can say is WOW. Such a fantastic story. A winner in my book.
JP #9054755

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe November 21, 2010

Perfection, Donna. Sure we will see this again. #9054775

Joy Rector November 21, 2010

beautiful #9054793

Katarina Mansson November 21, 2010

WINNER! Love this. Excellent job Donna.
PS. Hope you get better soon! #9054817

Jack Gaskin November 21, 2010

Like your Finalist Shot a match man in Heaven.

looking forward to the Grandson getting a bit older and doing this type of day next summer.

Happy Shooting
Jack #9054834

Liz blahh November 21, 2010

Great image! #9054852

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 21, 2010

Always a perfect pair; young kids at the aquarium! Nicely done! #9054853

Ron McEwan November 21, 2010

Not only is it a great photo, it is full of feeling, well done for sure WTG Donna #9054870

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 21, 2010

Another winner for you, Donna -- the colors, light, and child's pose are all just perfect. Gorgeous. #9054957

Mitch Spence level-classic November 21, 2010

That's just beautifully done, Donna. The colors in the aquarium are splendid, as is the pose of the child and the reflected light on him from the water. #9055013

Jillian Danielson November 21, 2010

WOW Donna!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! #9055127

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 21, 2010

You have all left such inspirational comments. Thank you!!

Take care,

Donna #9055145

Debra R. Harder November 21, 2010

OMG, Donna!! Every time I take a peek at your gallery, there is something amazing!! This is a winner all the way!! FAVED!! Deb #9055323

Ken Smith level-classic November 21, 2010

I always like these kinda exception here, Donna...outstanding!! #9055658

Jean E. Hildebrant November 21, 2010

Oh Donna, this is WONDERFUL!!! I love it! Looks like a children's illustration! Full of wonder and magical! Hope we see this one again wearing gold! :) Get well soon! #9055799

Terry Cervi level-classic November 21, 2010

I love this shot! The lighting, color and detail are amazing, Donna! #9055999

Julianne Bradford November 21, 2010

Beautiful capture with just the right lighting and detail and I love your PP work Girlfriend :-) #9056072

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic November 21, 2010

Wonderful capture Donna!,
Amalia #9056084

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 21, 2010

Thank you everyone!!!

Donna #9056248

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 21, 2010

Oh! Donna! Is it just ME cuz I see WINNER written all over this one! This is TERRIFIC!

The fish look almost surreal and the colors in the tank? BEAUTIFUL, and his wonderment?! As if he is embracing and hugging the whole experience!

This makes me want to be little again. Not just short!

Outstanding! -FAVD!
-Laura #9056286

Steve M. Harrington November 21, 2010

What a wonderful moment you have captured here, Donna! I hope I can continue to retain a small bit of the wonder he feels and can embrace the big, colorful world in the same way. I find this image inspiring.
Steve #9056293

Rony Sagy November 21, 2010

Spectacular image, great detail, color and composition. Indeed it is telling a story. Fantastic work, Donna. #9056294

Renee Doyle level-classic November 21, 2010

Fantastic!!!!!! Always a great combo but this is one amazing and wonderful capture Donna!! We will see this beauty again ! #9056298

Leslie McLain level-deluxe November 22, 2010

A wonderful and adorable capture, Donna. #9056727

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe November 22, 2010

Outstanding moment captured in time, Donna! This is fantastic; color, comp, detail, light and mood just perfect! I love taking my grandkids to Birch, they are always totally "immersed!" #9057171

Phyllis H. Burchett November 23, 2010

Such a wonderful capture Donna, perfection! #9060514

Eric Highfield level-deluxe November 23, 2010

This is really famtastic! Well seen and captured! #9060840

SaMi Martin November 25, 2010

Great job Donna; love it! #9062833

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe November 25, 2010

Thanks again for all of your awesome comments.

Donna #9062835

Stephen Zacker November 29, 2010

One word... Fantastic! #9068881

Nikki McDonald level-classic December 05, 2010

I always like to go against the tide, Donna, but this month I simply cannot. This is wonderful in every way and my favorite of your November entries. I live the lighting, the colors, the pose, the expression -- in short, everything about it and I am sure it will go on. Others that made the short list are Be Happy (she is sooo pretty), Aermotor (nice textures and a great theme entry), and Abundance of Life (can't get over the movement in the sea here). Good luck. #9082116

Cheryl Schneider December 13, 2010

Fantastic image! Congratulations! #9096832

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Thank you for all of your very inspirational comments!

Take care,

Donna #9096850

Phyllis H. Burchett December 13, 2010

Congrats on this MOST Wonderful finalist Donna! #9097131

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 13, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist, Donna. #9097143

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic December 13, 2010

An AWESOME finalist!!!
~♥~Lsia #9097237

Patti Coblentz December 13, 2010

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Donna...I hope to see it again! Good luck :) #9097580

Laura E. Swan level-classic December 13, 2010


On This Super Finalist, Donna! WOW!!! HA! #9097771

Jean E. Hildebrant December 13, 2010

You know I told you before how much I love this one, Donna! So happy to see it here! Hope it's wearing gold next time I see it :D #9097781

Emile Abbott level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Amazing finalist and well deserved Donna. #9097917

Carol L. Fowler December 13, 2010

Congrats on this FInalisT! #9098055

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Thank you for all of your very kind and inspirational comments. I also appreciate your congratulatory wishes!!!

Take care,

Donna #9098209

Renee Doyle level-classic December 13, 2010

I just love this shot!! Congratulations Donna! #9098305

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Glad to see this one go on... Congratulations! #9098488

Lydia Williams level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Great shot, Donna..congratulations!!! #9098501

Marcel J. Fernandez December 13, 2010

Wonderful work here, Donna. Congratulations! #9098562

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 13, 2010

Wow, Donna, congratulations on your finalist for this gorgeous story telling image!

Debby #9098717

SaMi Martin December 13, 2010

I love this; Congrats Donna on your finalist! #9098992

Graeme yew Chow December 13, 2010

Big congratulations ! wonderful work consider the high ISO shot, Donna. #9099036

Terry Cervi level-classic December 13, 2010

Congrats on your amazing finalist, Donna! #9099255

Ken Smith level-classic December 13, 2010

Excellent image, Donna...good luck in the next round! #9099279

Leslie McLain level-deluxe December 13, 2010

Congrats on all of your beautiful finalists, Donna. #9099783

Debra R. Harder December 13, 2010

I knew this was a winner all the way, Donna! Huge congratulations on your superb finalist! Deb #9099966

December 13, 2010

Great shot at the aquarium! #9100266

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic December 13, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9100602

Robert K. Bemus level-classic December 13, 2010

Congratulations on a superb Finalist, Donna!! #9100725

Datha Y. Thompson December 13, 2010

Congratulations Donna!!! L O V E IT!!! #9100792

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 13, 2010

Beautiful capture, Donna. CONGRATZ on this and your other equally wonderful Finalists and good luck up next.

UB. #9100808

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe December 14, 2010

Huge congrats and very best luck on your extremely awesome finalists, Donna!! #9101335

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 14, 2010

Thank you kindly! I appreciate your congratulatory wishes and inspirational comments!!!

Take care,



Philippe Vieux-Jeanton December 14, 2010

Your finalists are so gorgeous! All First price quality!! Congrats, and wish you the best for the next round! #9102625

Nancy L. Green level-classic December 14, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS Donna, VERY well deserved!! <>< #9102713

Jill Odice level-classic December 14, 2010

This is the coolest image! It deserves the grand prize I think! Absolutely beautiful work Donna! Congrats :-) #9102917

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic December 14, 2010

Very inspiring Donna and absolutely a winner. A huge congrats too! #9103072

Tamara K. Walker level-classic December 14, 2010


Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 14, 2010

You are all such a great inspiration!!! Thank you!!!

Donna #9103337

Stephanie Frey December 14, 2010

Congratulations on another wonderful finalist, Donna! #9103456

paul parent level-deluxe December 14, 2010

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S #9103629

Patrick Rouzes level-classic December 14, 2010


Kathy Cline level-classic December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas my dear friend Donna.
Congratulations on this KILLER SHOT and this well deserved award. I hope it wins.
MISS YOU #9103935

Sherran Andersen level-classic December 14, 2010

Congrats Donna. #9104149

Stefania Barbier level-addict December 15, 2010

so sweet... huge congrats Donna! #9104490

Toni Riggs December 15, 2010

Fantastic, congratulaions! #9104529

Bob Cournoyer level-classic December 15, 2010

Congrats on your first, Donna.. :-) #9105143

Kathy Cline level-classic December 15, 2010

Well you should have won and Im so excited for you DONNA
Hope you are feeling better and have a BLESSED day!!
xoxo #9105181

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Congratulations again, Donna! #9105182

Jennifer L. Alder December 15, 2010

Big congrats, Donna, on your beautiful winning image. :) #9105188

Katarina Mansson December 15, 2010

WTG - congrats on your 1st place!!! #9105216

Jessica Jenney December 15, 2010

Congratulations, Donna on your fabulous First Place Win! #9105234

Bill Johnson level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Donna, Congrats on your fabulous winner. #9105322

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 15, 2010

Aquarium shots are so tough to shoot. Yours deserved the First Place Gold, Donna. Huge CONGRATZ, WTG!!

UB. #9105394

Patti Coblentz December 15, 2010

Big congratulations on your outstanding winner, Donna!! #9105402

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 15, 2010

Congratulations, Donna. Great one. #9105411

Monnie Ryan December 15, 2010

This is such a fantastic capture, Donna -- congratulations on your win! WTG! #9105434

Debra R. Harder December 15, 2010

WTG, Donna!! Can I call them or what? LOL!! I knew this beauty would take home GOLD!! Huge congratulations on your SUPERB FIRST PLACE WINNER!! Deb #9105436

Michele Peterson level-classic December 15, 2010

Yeah Donna!! LOVE this image and it is so deserving of the gold. Congratulations!!! #9105443

Terry Cervi level-classic December 15, 2010

Huge congrats on your First Place win, Donna! Love it! #9105626

Jack Ryan December 15, 2010

Congratulations, Donna...a very deserving winner! Way to go! #9105663

Rona L. Schwarz December 15, 2010

Simply marvelous, Donna! You've really captured the awe and wonder that is childhood in a fantastically colorful story-telling image! MANY CONGRATULATIONS on your outstanding Gold Winner! #9105804

Emile Abbott level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Well deserved first place winner. Congratulations Donna. #9105815

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 15, 2010

Big congratulations on the fannn...tastic 1st Place Win Donna, I loved this!

jo ann c. #9105864

Cheryl Schneider December 15, 2010

A well deserved award for a wonderful image. Congratulations! #9105870

Linda D. Lester level-classic December 15, 2010

Too cool....Congratulations!!!!!! #9105897

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict December 15, 2010

Congratulations Donna on your Win!

Dominick #9105942

Stefania Barbier level-addict December 15, 2010

fantastic win, congratulations!!! #9105982

Anita Hogue December 15, 2010

Congratulations on your fabulous first place win, Donna! #9106140

Gina Cormier level-classic December 15, 2010

Congrats on this wonderful gorgeous image Donna!!!!! #9106247

Nancy (Peaches) Harker December 15, 2010


HUGE CONGRATS on your awesome win!

Photobucket #9106270

Kim Andelkovic December 15, 2010

Congratulations.....awesome image ;-) #9106296

Mike Clime December 15, 2010

Congratulations on your winner, Donna! #9106346

Phyllis H. Burchett December 15, 2010

Big Congrats Donna on this wonderful winner!!! #9106417

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic December 15, 2010

This is adorable Donna..Huge congratulations on your First Place win !! #9106479

Val Feldman level-deluxe December 15, 2010

While browsing thru the Finalists the other night, this one left me totally breathless...SO happy to see it with Gold attached! Huge congrats, Donna, on this wonderful First Place Win! #9106489

Sharon Day level-classic December 15, 2010

Awesome image, Donna!!! Congratulations on your 1st Place win! #9106528

Freddy Bland December 15, 2010

A WOW over-the-top win, Donna!!! Many congratulations!! #9106536

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 15, 2010

so glad to see this as a winner, Donna!

Debby #9106577

Renee Doyle level-classic December 15, 2010

Didn't I say we'd see this beauty again :-)
So happy to see this win a most deserving First Place Donna - Big congratulations to you!!! #9106682

Jeana Clark December 15, 2010

A Fantastic and Well Deserved WIN!!!!

~J~ #9106736

Kate Jackson level-classic December 15, 2010

Big congratulations Donna - such a joy!! #9106811

Stephanie Frey December 15, 2010

Congratulations on this wonderful First Place Win, Donna! #9106868

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Congratulations on your first place win! #9106956

Lydia Williams level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Awesome, Donna, Congratulations!!! What a wonderful winner! #9107080

Robert K. Bemus level-classic December 15, 2010

Congratulations on a well deserved First Place Win, Donna!! #9107289

Graeme yew Chow December 15, 2010

Deserving winner and congratulations ! Donna. #9107304

Claudia Kuhn level-classic December 15, 2010

Cute winner Donna, congratulations! #9107305

Graham Robards level-classic December 15, 2010

Oh this just had to be first place Donna! Congratulations. ~Pat #9107341

Patrick Rouzes level-classic December 15, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this Incredible Gold Medal Winner, Donna! WTG!!! #9107355

Daniella Puente December 15, 2010

This is just amazing Donna, BIG CONGRATS to you! #9107392

Nadia Paul December 15, 2010

Just gorgeous Donna - congrats! #9107427

Carla Capra level-classic December 15, 2010

Hi Donna;
This is a precious image and an awesome capture. Congratulations on your well deserved Win.
;) CC #9107449

Sam Britt December 15, 2010

Big Congrats on this first place win, Donna! #9107513

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 15, 2010

I am deeply honored!!! Thank you everyone!!! You are always there to inspire me with your beautiful images and kind comments!!!

I truly appreciate all of you! And thank you to the judges and the staff at BetterPhoto!

Take care,

Donna #9107527

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic December 15, 2010

This is just sooooo wonderful! #9107532

Dennis Gay December 15, 2010

G'day *DONNA*!

This is just sooooo darned good!!!!!
Your exposure is incredibly good, the colours are nice and rich and the whole wonderment of the scene has been expertly photographed.

My biggest, warmest Aussie congratz for the EP and WINNER awards. Most deserving indeed.

Dennis #9107603

WENDY L. BENNETT December 15, 2010

Congrats on a most deserving winner! #9107690

Stan Kwasniowski December 15, 2010

Donna, congratulations #9107790

Stanley C. Sims December 15, 2010

Congratulations Donna. This is great. #9107909

Leslie McLain level-deluxe December 15, 2010

Congrats on your terrific winner, Donna. Love this image. #9108071

Naomi Weiser December 15, 2010

super congrats, what a great image! #9108077

Yulianto Soeroso December 15, 2010

Yihaaa congratulation Donna ! #9108098

Cindy Bendush level-classic December 16, 2010

What a terrific story here Donna! Big congrats on your excellent win! #9108111

Alan L. Borror December 16, 2010

WOW!!! Congratulations on this awesome winner, Donna! #9108295

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic December 16, 2010

HUGE congratulations on this fantastic Winner,Donna!! #9108326

Vicki Hunt December 16, 2010

This is great! Congratulations! #9108378

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic December 16, 2010

Congratulations #9108387

Susan M. Hembree level-classic December 16, 2010

Donna, these shots are not easy to get. Congratulations on a well deserved 1st Place! #9108537

Janet McNeil level-classic December 16, 2010

Congratulations on a beautiful 1st place win!! #9108585

Mary K. Robison December 16, 2010

What a well earned First Place Win!
CONGRATULATIONS to you, Donna! #9108705

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic December 16, 2010

Absolutely spectacular, Donna. Huge congrats on this wonderful winner. #9108822

Christine Czernin level-classic December 16, 2010

I just love this one.
Many congrats on this fantastic win, Donna #9108859

Karen Celella level-deluxe December 16, 2010

Congratulations on your outstanding FIRST PLACE WINNER, Donna! #9108971

Julianne Bradford December 16, 2010

Many congratulations on this awesome win Donna! Your processing and photography skills are so amazing! #9109336

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna December 16, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this fantastic win, Donna! :-) k #9109401

Maria Morrow December 16, 2010

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Donna! #9109683

Karen Slagle December 16, 2010

This is awesome, Donna. Huge congrats on your outstanding winner. #9109773

Ken Smith level-classic December 16, 2010

Whoo hooo, Donna. Congrats on your win! #9109807

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe December 16, 2010

Congrats Donna on this Fantastic 1st Place Win!! Jeff #9109894

Renata Gusciora December 16, 2010

Big congratulations on your First Winner Prize,Donna!!!:-) #9110279

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic December 16, 2010

A huge congrats on a well deserved first. awesome shot #9110288

Kelvin S. Murphy December 17, 2010

Undoubtedly one of the best photos ever! Great job! #9111367

Mark Dodge December 17, 2010

Congratulations, Donna! Way to go!
:o) #9111525

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 17, 2010

All of you have left such incredible comments! Thanks so much!!!

Donna #9111572

Marcel J. Fernandez December 17, 2010

Donna, this is such a great image. Congratulations on your wonderful 1st place Winner and Merry Christmas to you and yours. #9111579

Maria Coulson December 17, 2010

Donna, what a great capture. Huge congratulations! #9111628

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic December 17, 2010

Congratulations Donna! A Beautiful 1st Place Winner! #9111975

Datha Y. Thompson December 17, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS Donna!!! Excellent First Place WINNER my friend :) #9112119

Michael Umbreit December 18, 2010

Donna - Congratulations!! - Mike #9112691

Ross Throndson December 18, 2010

Wow...Beautiful work, Donna ! Congratulations on your 1st Place Winner ! :-) #9112891

Bunny Snow level-classic December 18, 2010

This is one of my all time favorites, which you have created, captured and worked in DD. It's totally amazing and beautifully done, Donna. Congratulations on your well deserved first place winner!!! WOW!!!


marcia A. molnar December 19, 2010

Congratulations! This is a wonderful shot! Beautiful composition and colors! #9114169

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe December 21, 2010

I am truly honored!!! Thank you everyone!!!!

Donna #9118351

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe December 21, 2010

Congratulations on a magical shot. It is extraordinary. #9118392

Stephen Zacker December 23, 2010

BIG Congratulations Donna. This is Fantastic #9121241

Rosemary Sampson level-classic December 31, 2010

Wonderful capture. Lighting is perfect. So cute and well done! #9134809

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 02, 2011

Thank you Phyllis, Stephen and Rosemary!!!!! #9138402

Erica Murphy level-deluxe January 18, 2011

Well, I've missed a lot of good stuff the last couple of months. I gasped when I saw this one! Then I saw it got a FIRST PLACE!! Well done and well deserved. This is fabulous! Congratulations! #9170503

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Thank you Erica, I'm touched by your sweet comments.

I hope we can hang out soon!

Your friend,

Donna #9175499

Kate Jackson level-classic January 21, 2011

Belated congratulations Donna on your 1st Place. Adorable shot! #9182497

Steve M. Harrington January 27, 2011

A superb image and most worthy winner, Donna!
Steve #9197451

Millie A. Talarico level-classic January 27, 2011

I have to add this to my faves. Incredible capture, Donna!! #9197966

Wm Nosal April 03, 2011

Wonderful Image!
Congratulations #9332612

Alexandra Hankova July 16, 2011

This is beautiful! Like some kind of fairytale illustration. Congratulations! #9534249

Khalid Al-Issa August 05, 2011

So wonderful ! You did very well here.

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