Building Castles in the Sand

Uploaded: March 14, 2008


One of the joys of childhood, these two sisters were captured building sand castles at the beach.

*Monthly Theme- Sisterhood*


Christian Rosito March 14, 2008

A great entry for the MT, shows as a classic. #877496

Lynne Morris level-classic March 14, 2008

Oh Donna, this is a beautiful theme entry, the tones and comp are fantastic! #5642669

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic March 14, 2008

Very cute, Donna. Love the tones. #5642783

Bill Knaps March 14, 2008

Precious shot Donna. Bill #5642855

Linda D. Lester level-classic March 14, 2008

Makes me think of my girls when they were this age! Wonderful shot! #5643217

Patrick Rouzes level-classic March 14, 2008

Fantastic tones, comp, & clarity on this wonderful capture!!! Superb job on this, Donna!!! #5643885

Su Sana E. P level-classic March 14, 2008

aww...this is so very cute, Donna!! Thanks for the sweet memories. #5644020

Stefania Barbier level-addict March 15, 2008

adorable... love the tones, softness and lighting... #5644475

Brett Dolsen March 15, 2008

Great MT entry Donna!!Love the tones,textures and composition.
Brett #5644682

Anastasia Hoff March 15, 2008

Excellent tone, Donna. Great capture for the monthly theme. #5645208

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 15, 2008

Thanks for all of your excellent comments. This is one of the great joys of growing up close to the beach. I'm glad I was able share this moment with all of you!!

Take care!!

Donna #5646335

Ken Smith level-classic March 15, 2008

I like the color tint to this...excellent capture and crop...a beautiful "sister" moment! #5646641

Sandra R. Alvey March 15, 2008

I love the filters and colors you used Donna, and the POV and long and low crop really lend to my being able to visualize being right down there with them playing in the sand! Yes, I'm a big kid, I'd be right in the middle of it. LOL! #5647427

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 15, 2008

Thank you Ken and Sandi!!! Your comments are very kind!! #5647756

Marina Moore March 15, 2008

Perfection! Beautiful capture!!! #5647919

Carolyn J. Connolly level-classic March 15, 2008

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL monthly theme entry, Donna!! I LOVE it!! The tones, lighting, low point of view, composition AND effects are all OUTSTANDING!! (What filter did you use to achieve the dreamy effect?) :o) #5648009

Corinne M. Thompson March 16, 2008

PERFECT monthly theme entry Donna! I love the image and effects! #5649208

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 16, 2008

Thank you Marina, Carolyn and Corinne.

I desaturated the image and applied the Orton Technique to get the dreamy feel. Then I used a gradient and pattern layer to get the colors and textures.

Thanks again to all of you!!

Donna #5650159

Janice Mezzacappa March 16, 2008

Beautiful comp Donna, the effects worked perfectly together! #5650829

Terry L. Ellis level-classic March 17, 2008

Well, very well done, Donna! A fantastic capture and theme entry! #5654267

Susan Fox March 17, 2008

Wonderful image Donna! Love the sepia color tones #5655383

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 17, 2008

Thank you Janice, Terry and Susan!!! #5655439

Jennifer L. Alder March 19, 2008

Full of magic! FANTASTIC MT entry-- great tone and treatment, Donna :) #5666007

Michelle M. Moyer March 20, 2008

Nice job! This is a definate framer! #5668916

Nikki McDonald level-classic March 21, 2008

Wonderful job, Donna. So glad to see it with an EP. The sepia treatment and texture are perfect for this capture. #5674290

Tammy Espino March 21, 2008

Precious capture & fantastic effects! :) #5674419

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 21, 2008

Thank you Jennifer, Michelle, Nikki and Tammy!!! #5674441

Janie Carpenter March 21, 2008

I love this great shot!! #5675119

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 22, 2008

Thanks Janie!! #5678835

Lois Adomite level-classic April 01, 2008

Donna, great entry for the theme and I love the effects you applied. Lois #5727988

Tammy Espino April 21, 2008

Congrats on a great finalist!! :) #5818447

Janice Mezzacappa April 21, 2008

Big Congrats on your fantastic finalist! #5819000

Barbara Waldoch level-classic April 21, 2008

Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Donna! #5819357

Teresa Norris April 21, 2008

Donna, congratulations on this beautiful finalist!!! #5819701

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict April 21, 2008

Charming image, Donna! Congrats on another outstanding finalist!

Debby #5819774

Marina Moore April 21, 2008

Congratulations Donna!!! :) #5819806

Chastity Abbott April 21, 2008

LOVE this image! Hope we see it again! #5819829

Debra R. Harder April 21, 2008

Congratulations, Donna, on this BEAUTIFUL finalist! Deb #5820068

Colleen Farrell April 21, 2008

I missed this beauty--big congrats on a terrific finalist, Donna! #5820192

Renee Doyle level-classic April 21, 2008

Congratulations Donna on this gorgeous finalist!! #5820280

Ken Smith level-classic April 21, 2008

You had a great month! Congrats again!! #5820281

Nancy (Peaches) Harker April 21, 2008

Big Congrats on your finalist, best of luck in the next round! #5820310

Mike D. Perez level-deluxe April 21, 2008

A beautiful Sisterhood Finalist, Donna!Congratulations! #5820638

Jessica Jenney April 21, 2008

Congratulations, Donna on this beautiful finalist! #5820676

Lois Adomite level-classic April 21, 2008

Congratulations. Lois #5820680

Sam Britt April 21, 2008

Congratulations again, Donna! #5820758

Nikki McDonald level-classic April 21, 2008

Congratulations on the finalist badge on this nostalgic favorite and best of luck in the next round, Donna. #5820873

Elida Gutierrez April 21, 2008

Caongratulations in your Finalist!!! #5820975

Cindy Bendush level-classic April 21, 2008

Beautiful work Donna! Congratulations on your finalist! #5821127

Michelle L. Frick April 21, 2008

Congratulations Donna!! #5821377

Evy Johansen level-classic April 21, 2008

Big congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Donna! #5821498

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 21, 2008


Nadya Johnson April 21, 2008

Congratulations on your outstanding finalist, Donna! Wonderful! #5822251

Bill Wyatt April 22, 2008

Excellent work congratulations on your finalist! #5822894

Laurence Saliba level-classic April 22, 2008

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Donna!!! #5823126

Anita Hogue April 22, 2008

Congratulations, Donna! Sweet image! #5823172

Ross Throndson April 22, 2008

Lovely Finalist, Donna.....Great Work here.....Congratulations!! :-) #5823515

Cyn Valentine level-classic April 22, 2008

Congratulations Donna!! #5823521

Terry L. Ellis level-classic April 22, 2008

A beautiful finalist, Donna! Huge congratulations.

You'll hear from me soon! #5825137

Corinne M. Thompson April 22, 2008

So glad to see a Finalist here, Congrats Donna! #5825264

Tiia Vissak April 22, 2008

Congratulations! #5825347

Susan Fox April 22, 2008

Congratulations Donna :-) #5825423

Susan M. Campbell April 22, 2008

Way to go Donna....congrats on this winning image. #5825505

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe April 22, 2008

Huge congratulations on this wonderful finalist Donna!! Best of luck in the next round!! #5825717

Dr Silly level-classic April 22, 2008

WTG Donna, congratulations for your finalist on this wonderful photo. :O)

Laurie Daily level-deluxe April 22, 2008

Beautiful! Congratulations, Donna! #5826067

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe April 22, 2008

Excellent composition and capture of the moment - Congrats Donna on your Finalist! Jeff #5826317

Stan Kwasniowski April 22, 2008

Donna, congratulations #5826441

Melinda B. Shiflet April 22, 2008

Hi Donna.

Congratulations on your finalist! That's a GREAT capture! I love the black and white tones! Very sweet! Best of luck to you! Take care!

Melinda #5826461

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 22, 2008

Thanks to each and every one of you!! I appreciate your congratulatory wishes and inspirational comments!!

Donna #5826651

Datha Y. Thompson April 23, 2008

Congratulations Donna!!! This is so Sweet and Special!! LOVE it :0) WTG!! #5829894

Chastity Abbott April 23, 2008

I knew this one needed a GOLD button above it! It's just beautiful!!! HUGE congrats to you!!!!! YAY!!!!!! #5832464

Colleen Farrell April 23, 2008

WTG, Donna! Big congrats on your WIN! #5832563

Alex T. Mizuno April 23, 2008

Wow, such a lovely heart-warming image! Congratulations on your winning Donna!!! #5832659

Erica Murphy level-deluxe April 23, 2008

Congratulations Donna!!! Awesome photo!


Evy Johansen level-classic April 23, 2008

Big congratulations on your wonderful win, Donna! #5832687

Les Rhoades level-classic April 23, 2008

Congratulations on your 2nd place Win! #5832802

Janice Mezzacappa April 23, 2008

Congrats on your wonderful well-deserved win!!! #5832826

Jennifer L. Alder April 23, 2008

Still think this is full of magic, Donna!! BIG congrats on your winning work! Yay! :) #5832886

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 23, 2008

FANTASTIC winner, congrats!!!!! #5832890

Laurence Saliba level-classic April 23, 2008

A BIG Congrats Donna!!!! #5833025

Mary K. Robison April 23, 2008

Excellent capture and fine use of sepia, Donna!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you for your well-deserved win! #5833105

Anastasia Hoff April 23, 2008

Congratulations Donna #5833114

Tiia Vissak April 23, 2008

Congratulations again! #5833115

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe April 24, 2008

And another huge congratulations on this awesome WINNER Donna!! Way to go!! #5833222

Ross Throndson April 24, 2008

Many Congratulations on this Beautiful Winner, Donna....WTG!!! #5833372

Katarina Mansson April 24, 2008

Wonderful in all aspects Donna - congratulations! #5833411

Brett Dolsen April 24, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS well deserved Donna!!
Brett #5833554

Colette M. Metcalf April 24, 2008


Linda D. Lester level-classic April 24, 2008

What a special moment...Congratulations! #5833739

Bill Wyatt April 24, 2008

Congratulations on your awesome winner!! #5833845

Melinda B. Shiflet April 24, 2008

Yaayyyeeee!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Donna! That's awesome!! Great job! I need to get off to school, but wanted to drop you a quick note! Take care!

Melinda #5833854

Ken Smith level-classic April 24, 2008

Way to go, Donna! Congrats!! #5834048

Anita Hogue April 24, 2008

Susch a lovely win, Donna! Congratulations! #5834143

Cyn Valentine level-classic April 24, 2008

Big congratulations Donna! #5834153

Vicki Hunt April 24, 2008

Congratulations!!!! #5834208

Wally Orlowsky April 24, 2008

Congratulations on this sweet Winner, Donna!!! #5834402

anonymous April 24, 2008

Congratulations Donna on this outstanding win! B- #5834595

Sam Britt April 24, 2008

Big congratulations on your winner, Donna! #5834717

Elida Gutierrez April 24, 2008

Crystal Rosse Trophy
A Special Trophy for
"The March Winners" #5834785

Kimi A. Phillips April 24, 2008

CONGRATS!!!! :) #5834872

Lois Adomite level-classic April 24, 2008

lovely photo, congrats on your win. Lois #5834942

Larry L. Redmon level-deluxe April 24, 2008

Congratulations, Donna! #5834948

Nadya Johnson April 24, 2008

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Donna! #5835021

Holly Shao April 24, 2008

Congratulations on your win, Donna!!

Holly #5835062

Jessica Jenney April 24, 2008

Congratulations, Donna on your beautiful win! #5835064

David Phalen April 24, 2008

BIG Congrats on a well deserved Winner!! #5835463

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 24, 2008

Wow, I'm honored to have been selected as a winner in the contest. Thanks to the judges and especially to ALL of my friends and fellow photographers here at BetterPhoto!!! You are all amazing!!!


Donna #5835653

Michelle L. Frick April 24, 2008

Beautiful winner Donna! Congratulations!! #5835746

Stan Kwasniowski April 24, 2008

Donna, congratulations #5835792

ALLEN O. HOWARD April 24, 2008

A golden congratulations Donna! #5835886

Tarun Bose April 24, 2008

Big congrats Donna for your excellent winner. #5835962

Sylvia Rossler April 24, 2008

Big congrats on your awesome winner Donna :O) #5836567

Lee Canham April 24, 2008

This is a moment.. the moment before or the moment after is not this moment that you have caught..and caught so well... it's perfect.. congratualations Donna.. and congratulations to the sisters for some of their castles are still standing,some have falen and no time to give up.. #5837182

Nancy (Peaches) Harker April 24, 2008

WTG on your win and BIG Congrats!!! #5837644

Susan Fox April 24, 2008

Congrats on your wonderful winning photo Donna! #5837667

Claudia Kuhn level-classic April 24, 2008

Congratulations to you Donna, lovely winner! #5837848

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic April 24, 2008

Beautiful Donna..CONGRATULATIONS on a well deserved Second Place !! #5838058

Datha Y. Thompson April 24, 2008

Congratulations Donna!!! This is so Special!!! Love it :0) #5838060

Renee Doyle level-classic April 24, 2008

I think the gremlins ate my previous post - lol!!! Big congrats to you Donna on this wonderful winner!! #5838482

Pat Gamwell April 25, 2008

WooHoo! Superb winner, Donna! #5840252

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic April 25, 2008

Congratulations, Donna, on this lovely winner!!!
~♥~Lisa #5840262

Jean E. Hildebrant April 25, 2008

Donna, what a beautiufl, timeless image of sisterhood! Love it! Huge Congrat's to you!!! #5840517

Susan M. Hembree level-classic April 25, 2008

Beautiful, Donna! Congratulations on the 2nd place win! #5841524

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic April 25, 2008

PRICELESS capture, Donna!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! <>< #5841901

Cassie L. Woodlee April 25, 2008

Congratulations Donna!!!!!!!!!!!! #5842229

Nick Lagos April 25, 2008

Congratulations on winning the Gold with this timeless image Donna...a very deserving win for sure... #5842396

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 25, 2008

Thanks again to ALL of you!! I truly appreciate your congratulatory wishes and great comments!!

Donna #5842552

Jill Flynn level-classic April 25, 2008

What a sweet and intimate moment you captured Donna. The tones are perfect. Congratulations on your beautiful win! #5842610

Michael G. Marshall April 26, 2008

Congratulations on your Winner Donna! Michael #5844123

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 26, 2008

I'm truly honored and appreciate all of your kind comments!! Thanks everyone!!

Donna #5844554

Marcel J. Fernandez April 26, 2008

Congratulations Donna on another creative and beautiful image. #5845961

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic April 26, 2008

Huge congratulations on your beautiful Winner,Donna!! #5846436

Terry L. Ellis level-classic April 28, 2008

An outstanding winning image, Donna! Huge congratulations! #5854314

Laurie Daily level-deluxe April 28, 2008

Suh a perfect winner for this very timeless theme, Donna...congratulations to you! #5855155

Linda Blair April 29, 2008

Congrats on your it!!!! ☺ #5858164

Patricia Ronan April 29, 2008

This is gorgeous Donna, congratulations on your win:) #5859484

Cheryl E. Molennor May 04, 2008

Please accept my late congratulations. Mycomputer has been down. #5881777

Graeme yew Chow May 06, 2008

Super winner ! big congratulation. I missed out earlier week ago. #5889198

Corinne M. Thompson May 13, 2008

Congrats on your win Donna! #5917653

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe May 13, 2008

Thanks again everyone!! I'm honored!!

Donna #5917754

Michelle M. Moyer May 20, 2008

Adorable. #5953364

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe May 20, 2008

Thanks Michelle!! #5953852

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic July 10, 2008

Many Congrats on this winner. Great Snap Donna. #6166123

Lorri Shane October 03, 2008

Wow-I never know which image to comment on, Donna! There are so many wonderful shots. This is special and I love the effect! Nice work! #6550206

Max Aureli October 08, 2008

Great timing and beautiful portrait!! Congratulations for your Winner Donna!! #6572379

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe October 08, 2008

Thank you Usman, Lorri and Max!! #6572417

Keith Butler October 09, 2008

Congratulations Donna! excellent capture and effects #6574088

Lynn Crawford June 02, 2009

This is beautiful Donna, I can see why it was a winner. Congrats. I love the sepia tone, beautiful work :) #7589652

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe June 02, 2009

Thank you Keith and Lynn! #7589691

August 24, 2014

The sepia look was a great choice. #11115534

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