Uploaded: September 24, 2012 04:31:29


2nd Place Winner
This blacksmith loves to explain his trade to the young people who visit Fort Atkinson, Nebraska.
Category: Monthly Theme (Education)

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 40000/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400,400, FocalLength: 26.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350


R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic September 24, 2012

A fabulous capture for this month MT, Nikki. Love the comp and the light on this one! #1488095

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe September 24, 2012

A story telling photo. Well done Nikki! #10335231

Jack Gaskin September 24, 2012

Great Capture seems he has a captive audience

Jack #10335249

Ken Beatty September 24, 2012

Love the capture! background tools and Lighting! #10335258

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic September 24, 2012

Great capture, Nikki! #10335307

Dayna Cain level-classic September 24, 2012

The expression on his face is perfect. You can tell he loves what he's doing. Great work Nikki! #10335391

Bob Cournoyer level-classic September 24, 2012

Well composed, love the light and the hint of the "student".... :-) #10335445

Joy Rector September 25, 2012

love this shot #10339798

Lindley Johnson level-classic September 25, 2012

Love this image, Nikki! You've captured a wonderful facial expression with perfect light. #10339896

JudyAnn Rector level-classic September 25, 2012

Wonderful character shot, Nikki... beautiful image all around! #10340625

Linda S. Smith level-classic September 25, 2012

Love the expression on the teacher's face! Looks like he loves his job. Very nice capture Nikki! Hope to see this again! #10341757

Mitch Spence level-classic September 27, 2012

I think your choice to include that little piece of his "audience" is inspired here, and the portrait and environment are just right on. #10343894

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic October 28, 2012

The earnest expression is delightful Nikki. Congrats on this finalist image. Good luck in the next round. #10388848

Sherran Andersen level-classic October 28, 2012

Congrats again. #10388883

Nancy Marie Ricketts October 28, 2012

What a great shot, Nikki! Congratulations on the Finalist badge! #10388967

Connie J. Bagot October 29, 2012

Congratulations Nikki---superb finalist! #10389510

Nadia Paul October 29, 2012

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Nikki! #10389516

Linda S. Smith level-classic October 29, 2012

Yeay Nikki! Congrats on your finalist win here! Well deserved! #10390404

Mitch Spence level-classic October 29, 2012

Another excellent and appealing character study from you, Nikki. Thank you for the pleasure, and congratulations once again. #10390569

Susan M. Smith October 29, 2012

So many interesting elements in this Nikki! I just love the earnestness you captured in the blacksmith's expression! Congratulations! #10390758

Terry Cervi level-deluxe October 29, 2012

You can tell he's excited to talk about his trade, just look at that face! A wonderful MT submission, Nikki! Congrats! #10391167

Nancy L. Green level-classic October 29, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS Nikki on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10391248

Lindley Johnson level-classic October 29, 2012

Love this finalist, Nikki - congratulations! #10391249

Kathryn Wesserling October 29, 2012

You capture the character of these actors so wonderfully - I really enjoy your forays into the past. Good Luck in the run for the Gold, Nikki. #10391261

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe October 29, 2012

Another exquisite capture Nikki....Congratulations & all the very best in the next round. #10391417

Michele Peterson level-classic October 29, 2012

Another wonderful portrait, I love his obvious love for what he is doing! Congratulations!! #10391531

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 29, 2012

Congratulations on this awesome finalist
Nikki! I love it...

jo ann c. #10391549

MELODIE C. ROBERTS October 29, 2012

Can you count to 3???

Congratulations on All of your finalists NiK!! #10391609

Brad Harding October 29, 2012

Wonderful expression, you can tell he enjoys his craft. Congrats on the finalist Nikki. #10391953

Sharon Day October 29, 2012

Another excellent portrait finalist, Nikki!! Congratulations and good luck! #10392623

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic October 29, 2012

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10392631

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe October 29, 2012

More then a photo! Congratuations on this superb fianlist! #10392697

Renee Doyle October 29, 2012

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Nikki! #10393405

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 30, 2012

The light is incredible as is the teacher's expression here, Nikki. I think you have a Winner here, CONGRATZ and good luck!

UB. #10393913

Ken Smith level-classic October 30, 2012

Leave it to a teacher to find a teachable moment. Congrats, Nikki. Super job! #10394093

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe October 30, 2012

Congratulations, Nikki! #10394664

Lydia Williams level-classic October 30, 2012

Amazing, Nikki...love your portraits...Congratulatons on this well done finalist! #10394737

Virginia Kickle October 30, 2012

Congratulations Nikki! Well done character portrait! #10394798

Bob Cournoyer level-classic October 30, 2012

Great gold, Nikki... :-) #10394812

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 30, 2012

Congratulations Nikki, on your terrific winning portrait! #10394813

Monnie Ryan October 30, 2012

Terrific work, Nikki - congratulations! #10394894

Kathryn Wesserling October 30, 2012

Yea - a well-deserved Gold! #10394924

Michele Peterson level-classic October 30, 2012

Woo-hoo, Nikki! I am so glad to see this get gold! Congratulations!! #10395030

frank w. degenhardt October 30, 2012

The expressions are priceless. Congratulations on the Second Place Win my friend. #10395036

Lydia Williams level-classic October 30, 2012

Yay, Congratulations on your golden win! #10395092

Tammy Espino October 30, 2012

Congratulations on your gold win :) #10395250

Jessica Jenney October 30, 2012

Congratulations, Nikki on your fabulous winner! #10395364

Stefania Barbier level-classic October 30, 2012

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #10395473

Chuck Bruton level-deluxe October 30, 2012

Congratulations 101 member ! #10395491

Julianne Bradford October 30, 2012

Wonderful Gold Nikki! Congrats! #10395500

Phyllis H. Burchett October 30, 2012

Congrats Nikki on this wonderful winner!!! #10395521

Carol L. Fowler October 30, 2012

Congrats on the Win! #10395635

Renee Doyle October 30, 2012

Congratulations on this excellent winner Nikki! #10395674

Lindley Johnson level-classic October 30, 2012

Big congratulations, Nikki - this is a wonderful image! #10395675

Val Feldman level-classic October 30, 2012

He certainly enjoys what he does and it shows on his wonderfully expressive face. What a perfect love of teaching moment captured. Congratulations, Nikki, on an excellent Gold Win! #10395760

Colette M. Metcalf October 30, 2012

CONGRATS!!! #10395771

Sharon Sawyer October 30, 2012

Nikki, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved Second Place Winner!!! #10395821

Patti Coblentz October 30, 2012

The lighting and detail are fantastic, Nikki...a perfect theme entry and well deserved winner! Big congratulations! #10395872

Terry Cervi level-deluxe October 30, 2012

This is wonderful, Nikki! Congrats on your win! #10396054

Leslie McLain level-classic October 30, 2012

Congrats on a terrific winner, Nikki. #10396098

Rona L. Schwarz October 30, 2012

Last, but certainly not least, Nikki! A wonderful story-telling image...I just love the earnestness and passion you have captured here...beautifully composed with just a hint of his audience. Perfect for the MT and for the Gold Win! Congratulations! #10396270

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic October 30, 2012

No surprise here, Nikki. I knew this had Gold written all over it from the first time I saw it. Congratulations. #10396329

Priscilla J. Burgers October 30, 2012

Congratulations, Nikki. Great expression! I love your images with a story. #10396348

Cindy Bendush level-classic October 30, 2012

Huge congratulations on your gold win! #10396369

Nadia Paul October 30, 2012

Congrats on this wonderful winner Nikki! #10396472

Mike Clime October 31, 2012

Congratulations, Nikki! #10396637

Beatriz Rocha level-classic October 31, 2012

Just perfectly wonderful. congratulations Nikki on this gold! #10397007

Susan Williams October 31, 2012

Congratulations on this Gold, Nikki. Outstanding work. #10397147

Debra R. Harder October 31, 2012

This is a great image, Nikki!! Huge congratulations on your fabulous GOLD WINNER!! #10397235

Mitch Spence level-classic October 31, 2012

Your portraits warm us and engage us and are always such a pleasure, Nikki. Congratulations on the gold. #10397325

Christine Czernin level-classic October 31, 2012

Big congratulations, Nikki. Your gold is truly deserved. It is such a lively, authentic picture.
I love the old man's expression. #10397326

Nancy L. Green level-classic October 31, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS Nikki on your wonderful win, WTG!!! <>< #10397385

MELODIE C. ROBERTS October 31, 2012

I had my eye on this one!!

Congratulations NiK
This is a Fabulous Winner!!! #10397797

Neal D. Hatcher October 31, 2012


Claudia Kuhn level-classic October 31, 2012

Wonderful period portrait Nikki, congratulations on your fine winner #10398112

David Phalen October 31, 2012

BIG Congrats on a fabulous Winner!! #10398127

Cheryl Schneider November 01, 2012

Wonderfully composed image. Congratulations!!! #10398679

JudyAnn Rector level-classic November 01, 2012

I am SO delighted you won gold with your superb image, Nikki...

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic November 02, 2012

So happy for you, Nikki. CONGRATZ on the Gold Winner, WTG!!!

UB. #10400418

Nancy Marie Ricketts November 02, 2012

Congratulations on this well-deserved GOLD winner, Nikki! #10400655

Joannie Bertucci level-classic November 02, 2012

Perfect image for the monthly theme Nikki! Love how you have the teacher as the focal point and the student off to the side! Marvelous gold badge, contrats! #10401423

Katarina Mansson November 05, 2012

Congratulations on your storytelling and spectacular winner Nikki! #10404850

Graeme yew Chow November 07, 2012

Congratulations on your super winner, Nikki. I like the lighting and the expressions of the man. #10408876

Merna L. Nobile November 13, 2012

Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna

Linda S. Smith level-classic November 15, 2012

Huge Congrats Nikki on this well deserved Gold Win!!! You certainly captured a special moment in time beautifully! #10419306

Susan Jane Allen level-classic March 13, 2013

GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS...GORGEOUS! You just get better and better! What a joy to get back to your gallery after so long! #10607759

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