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2nd Place Win
6/20/06
Special Effects


This is dedicated to beginners who want to know
how to accomplish abstract flower photography.
This shot was taken hand held while I selectively
focused on a thistle flower. I purposely allowed
movement of subject (due to breeze) to achieve a
more abstract feeling. Camera settings were:
1/500th of a second at f/5.6. Taken with a 105mm
macro lens. To get really close I attached a
50mm prime lens reversed onto the front of my
macro using a lens reversing ring.

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Melissa G. Meiselman
 

Wonderful intention, Sharon...and stunning result. Love the painterly look with some sharp detail remaining, reminding us that this is a flower. Great job, Sharon. Hope you do more instructional images!!!


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June 20, 2006

 

Tonya R. Boles
  Great job, thanks for the info as well..Maybe someday I'll figure this out.. lol


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June 20, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Thank you, Melissa and Tonya! Tonya, all I did was screw an old Canon 50mm prime lens I have to the front of my macro lens. Both lenses have a 52mm thread size. At Adorama you can purchase lens reversing rings just for this combination. The DOF is very shallow. Almost any image taken with the aperture open wide will accomplish an abstract flower image. The only problem with the Canon FD lenses is the aperture will not stay open all the way unless you cut out the back of a rear lens cap and leave it on the back of the lens. It works fine with the lens cap attached. It looks a bit like a tiny lens hood.


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June 20, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Macro setup #1
Macro setup #1
Finalist

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  Macro setup #2
Macro setup #2
Finalist
A closeup of the lenses coupled together with the lens reversing ring.

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Here are a couple of photos to show the setup used.


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June 20, 2006

 

Deb Holmes-Hatfield
  Very cool technique Sharon, I really like the color of this!


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June 20, 2006

 

Barbara Helgason
  Really? I didn't know you could do that! Reverse a lens!! Ha ha how cool is that, I guess it's like reversing binoculars, well... not exactly but in a way. Anyways, thanks for sharing, I learned something new today. Oh and beautiful results Sharon! :)


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June 20, 2006

 
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  Well aren't you just the best teacher! Cool!


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June 20, 2006

 

Irene M. Biery
  I am glad that I checked the message board today... thanks for the lesson.

Irene


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June 20, 2006

 

Laura Clay-Ballard
  before long you'll be teaching classes at BP! LOVE your thoughtfulness in helping others. Super shot and instruction.


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June 20, 2006

 

Aldwin L. Ong
  What a calming work of art! and I didn't know either reversing your lens was possible hehe... I really appreciate your selflessness Sharon... God bless u! c",)


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June 20, 2006

 

Sherry S. Boles
  Gorgeous, Sharon...I just really like the softness of this shot! Wow, a real beauty!


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June 20, 2006

 

Paul Michko
  Amazing creation, Sharon.


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June 20, 2006

 

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  Stunning, Sharon. A very nice example of abstract creativity with a camera.


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June 20, 2006

 

Paula L. Mackey
  Your image is a blessing to my eye, and your in depth instructions are a blessing to my perception. Thank you so much, Sharon!


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June 20, 2006

 

Corinne M. Thompson
  What a beautiful image and I just love the color too....thanks for sharing your method of achieving this! :)


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June 20, 2006

 

Susan T. Parady
  Gorgeous colors; this is a really beautiful image, Sharon. Thank you for the instructions!


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June 20, 2006

 
- Dr Silly

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  If you do not have a reversing ring, ducktape works. :O)


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June 20, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Thank you all for such nice compliments! LOL Doc! Ducktape works for just about everything!


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June 20, 2006

 
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  This is a very cool image and your helpful tips are fantastic, Sharon!!! Just Excellent!!!


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June 20, 2006

 

Jaclyn Klassen
  Wow, very cool! That's awesome that you took the time to explain all that! Great job!


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June 26, 2006

 

Michael Khoury
  very well done indeed!


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June 27, 2006

 
- Susan Jane Allen

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  I told you that you were a great teacher! It was very thoughtful of you to think of us beginners! I'd like to see more. And, the instructional photos you took of your setup are great images in themselves!


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June 29, 2006

 

Graeme yew Chow
  Sharon, congrats !!


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July 24, 2006

 

Barbara Helgason
  Congratulations Sharon on this beautiful finalist, loved it the first time I saw it!!


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July 24, 2006

 

Susana Ms Heide
  CONGRATULATIONS Sharon on this beautiful abstract finalist! I wish you good luck in the next round!! I also appreciate the detailed explanation of how this shot was achieved. It's people like you that make BP the learning community it is! THANKS!


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July 24, 2006

 

Cesar J. La Rosa
  Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL Finalist, Sharon!!!


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July 24, 2006

 
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  Congratulations on this most excellent image and finalist, Sharon!!!


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July 24, 2006

 

Phil Sauvey
  Very beautiful Sharon and well deserved. Your talent shows and you are not afraid to share it. Thank you for all of your help with my questions and your are a great inspiration to me, and many others I'm sure. Best of luck on round 2!


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July 24, 2006

 
- Susan Jane Allen

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  Super congrats, Sharon!


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July 24, 2006

 

Pat Gamwell
  BIG CONGRATS, Sharon!


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July 24, 2006

 
- Su Sana E. P

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  Sharon, Congratulations on this fabulous Finalist!


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July 24, 2006

 

Stanley J. Contrades
  CONGRATULATIONS, Sharon, and best of luck to you in the next judging with all of your Finalists!!
Much Aloha,
Stan


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July 25, 2006

 
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  Congratulations!

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July 25, 2006

 

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  Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Sharon !


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July 25, 2006

 

Aldwin L. Ong
  Congratulations Sharon! c",)


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July 25, 2006

 
- Laurence Saliba

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  Congratulations, Sharon!!


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July 25, 2006

 

Wendy Stevenson
  Wow you really cleaned up this month Sharon - Congratulations on THIS and all your other BEAUTIFUL finalist - best of luck in the next round!!


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July 25, 2006

 

Jenny Bosmans
  Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Sharon! :)


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July 25, 2006

 
chrisbudny.com

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  I missed this... beautiful results! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing the tips!


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July 25, 2006

 
- Dr Silly

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  Congratulations on your finals Sharon. Love the silky look. :O)


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July 25, 2006

 
- Rakesh Syal

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  Great job, Congrats!!


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July 25, 2006

 
- Jill Flynn

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  Congratulations on your finalist Sharon!


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July 25, 2006

 

Tamera S. Phillips
  Just lovely Sharon. Congrats on your finalist.


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July 25, 2006

 

Sherry S. Boles
  Fantastic tutorial and finalist, Sharon!


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July 25, 2006

 
heartsongphotography.com - Cora Miller

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  Congratulations, Sharon! This is an outstanding abstract and very worthy of being a winner. One of those I wish was mine. :)


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July 25, 2006

 

Casey A. Hanson
  Beautiful work, my dear...this should go all the way! It is magnificent!
Congrats an all your finalists! :0)


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July 26, 2006

 
- Ken Smith

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  Great job and congrats on your multiple finalists.


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July 26, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Thank you all for the congrats on this finalist! I appreciate every one of you for taking the time!


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July 26, 2006

 

Kara L. Hendricks
  Congrats on this wonderful finalist... Good luck in the next round!!


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July 26, 2006

 

Gregg Johnstun
  Thanks for the lesson, but more importantly, thanks for the beautiful image. Congrats. Good luck in the next round. I hope you win.


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July 27, 2006

 

Sylvia Rossler
  Big congrats on this beautiful winner Sharon :O)


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July 27, 2006

 
- Su Sana E. P

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  Congratulations on your Win, Sharon!!


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July 27, 2006

 

Darryl Wilkinson
  Sharon, Congratulations on your 2nd place win! WTG!


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July 27, 2006

 

Pat Gamwell
  BIG CONGRATS on the GOLD one, Sharon!


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July 27, 2006

 
- Susan Jane Allen

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  Congrats, Sharon!!!


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July 27, 2006

 

Graeme yew Chow
  Sharon, big congrats on this awesome work. Cheers!


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July 27, 2006

 

Stanley J. Contrades
  CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win, Sharon!
Much Aloha,
Stan


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July 27, 2006

 

Gregg Johnstun
  I thought you'd win. Congrats.


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July 28, 2006

 
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  Hearty congrats on your win, Sharon, WTG!
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July 28, 2006

 

Michelle R. Kovach
  Congratulations Sharon!


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July 28, 2006

 

Wally Orlowsky
  Congratulations on this wonderful and informative winner, Sharon!


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July 28, 2006

 

Jenny Bosmans
  Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Sharon! :)


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July 28, 2006

 

Charlene Bayerle
  Congratulations Sharon!!!!!!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Ken Smith

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  Sharon, super job!! Congrats!!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Dr Silly

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  Way to go Sharon. :O)


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July 28, 2006

 

Laura Clay-Ballard
  BIG congrats!


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July 28, 2006

 
chrisbudny.com

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  Way to go, Sharon! Congratulations!


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July 28, 2006

 
KinnunenPhoto.com

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  A very big congratulations on this very fine wining image, Sharon!!!!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Cyn Valentine

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  Beautiful image Sharon.. congratulations!!


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July 28, 2006

 
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  Sharon...make that very fine winning image!!! LOL...too early in the am and no coffee yet!


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July 28, 2006

 

Barbara Helgason
  Congratulations Sharon on this beautiful winner!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Laurence Saliba

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  Congratulations on this superb win Sharon!!!


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July 28, 2006

 

Tamera S. Phillips
  I'm glad this one was a winner Sharon! Well done.


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July 28, 2006

 

Casey A. Hanson
  Yahooooooo! Another awesome win, Sharon! You go girl...congrats!! :)0


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July 28, 2006

 

Phil Sauvey
  Great news Sharon. A well deserved win. Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work.


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July 28, 2006

 
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  Congratulations, Sharon on your win for this beautiful work!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Jill Flynn

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  Wonderful creativity and work Sharon. Congratulations on your win!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Marie Fields

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  Congratulations on this beauty, Sharon!!


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July 28, 2006

 

Wendy Stevenson
  Excellent technique and beautiful results Sharon! Congratulations on a fine win! Really gorgeous!


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July 28, 2006

 
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  Beautiful color, technique and full frame
Congratulations, Sharon!

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July 28, 2006

 

She-She Killough
  This is BEYOND BEAUTIFUL Sharon!!! I LOVE this image. Just so soothing in it's rhythm! And your instruction...well amazing! So GLAD This won for you! ( don't see how it couldn't!!!) Congratulations!!

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July 28, 2006

 
heartsongphotography.com - Cora Miller

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  I'm thrilled to see this win, Sharon! Congratulations!


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July 28, 2006

 
- Renee Doyle

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  Congratulations on this stunning winner Sharon!!!! This is just such a gorgeous, soft, flowing capture I am so sorry I missed it earlier. Your instructions are awesome and very generous as well - thankyou!! Terrific win!!!!


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July 29, 2006

 

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  Beautiful job Sharon!
Congratulations on your win!


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July 29, 2006

 

Colette M. Metcalf
  This is gorgeous! Congratulations on your WIN, Sharon!!


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July 29, 2006

 

DiAnna F. Paulk
  First, congratulations on your win. Second, this is a fantastic photograph! Third, thanks for the information and demonstration on how it was done. Fourth, I LOVE your comment-debt-free zone! LOL! But I truly like so many of your images it's not hard to leave a comment. Finally, thanks for your kind comment on my Old Wagon Wheels entry!


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July 29, 2006

 

Piotr M. Organa
  Congrats on this gorgeous flower shot and your win! Keep shootin' Sharon!!


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July 29, 2006

 

Stephen Zacker
  Stunning. Congratulations


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July 29, 2006

 

Patty Razonable
  Congratulations, Sharon!! Fabulous flower abstract!!


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July 29, 2006

 

Leanne M.E. Boyd
  Wow, quite the shot - congratulations on your win, Sharon!


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July 30, 2006

 

Nobu Nagase
  Congratulations on your great win, Sharon!


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July 30, 2006

 
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  Sharon, congratulations on your Second Place win.


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July 30, 2006

 

Joe Ciccone
  a pity to learn that besides poor judging on this site, there is also censorship of all but 'flowery remarks'
(no pun intended)
just a site to sell over rated and over priced courses...cheers


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July 31, 2006

 
chrisbudny.com

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  I reckon when you flat-out insult both the judges and the photographer, plus the rest of the community who enjoys the image, it shouldn't surprise you to find someone asking that your comment be removed. Had you put some thought into it, there were probably a hundred different ways you could have articulated your view and expressed an honest critique, that wouldn't have been as rude and insulting as what you chose.


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August 01, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Joe, your comments are unbearably rude and uncalled for. You are hateful without excuse. Please do not leave comments on my images at all in the future. I believe we all "get it." If you have issues with BP then why not just leave??? I have NEVER commented on a photo of yours, much less in such a rude manner and after taking the time to browse your entire gallery I found plenty of images worth criticizing. You also have a PSed image of a shell of some kind and you wish to criticize this image? Oh puleeeze! I see no reason for you to be targeting me with your brand of nastiness! I thought to email you this, but since you are determined NOT to get the HINT when your comments were removed then I'm going to spell it out for you here! LEAVE ME ALONE!

Friends, please do not respond to Joe's comments. He's petty beyond belief and not worth bothering with. I wouldn't be bothering if he'd just take a hint and leave. Thanks!


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August 01, 2006

 

Joe Ciccone
  when did an honest opinion become hateful?
when did censorship become ok
I never critized your 'photo' only the judges and all the 'lollypop; reviews.
I think your set up was interesting for those not know about using a reversing ring....too bad about the judges I know they have a lot to look at and I guess they were just tired and needed another winner before calling it a night.
cheers


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August 01, 2006

 

Susana Ms Heide
  Many CONGRATULATIONS Sharon on this EXCELLENT image!! I loved it as a finalist and was hoping to see it win! WTG Sharon!!


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August 01, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Joe, the discussion thread of a winner (or POTD) is NOT the place to criticize the judge's decisions. Your opinion is/was hateful and that's all it was...just an opinion. The first post you made was sheer mockery as I'm sure were your intentions. You offered NO "constructive critique" and your entire tone is offensive.

Censorship?? This is a lame accusation. Of course there is censorship. This image is located in MY gallery here at BP and is MY image and I have every right to "censor" what I feel is inappropriate and you have no "rights" to infringe on my rights to do so.

Yesterday I asked Heather to remove your offending comments and your photo (for lack of a better word) because I did not want my win tainted by your brand of critique. Obvisously you have an axe to grind and why you chose my win to target is beyond me. The Special Effects category is full of abstracts every month yet you chose my image to bestow your attention on. I find this odd.

I hope I've made myself clear. Please refrain from further "opinions."


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August 01, 2006

 
- Sharon Day

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  Thank you all for such nice congratulations on this 2nd place win in the Special Effects category. As an explanation this is an abstract form of photography and the type of image ofen found in the SE category. Abstract photography is not understood or appreciated by everyone, but it does take some skill to capture a pleasing abstract regardless of whether it's appreciated or not. I would like to thank the judges as well for noticing this photo!


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August 01, 2006

 

Tonya R. Boles
  I thought I had commented on this one already...Guess not. Congrats and thanks for the helpful information..


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August 01, 2006

 

Bob Cammarata
  Sharon,
I came across this thread from your response to my post in the Q&A.

For the record,...I like this photo because it was first thought out and then executed and you explained in the caption exactly how it was created.
The recognition of a win...along with your explaination, is the kind of motivation that might lead others to try new things and to reach goals yet un-achieved.

I think that was what the judges saw too and I applaud you on a deserved win.

Bob


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August 01, 2006

 

Tammy Scott
  This is truly a well deserved win. I just love it.


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August 02, 2006

 

Laura Clay-Ballard
  I am still LOVING it and had to come back and see it, again! Super! Love the abstract.


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August 02, 2006

 

Diane Dupuis
  Congrats on your win Sharon! What I think is most special is how you go about explaining exactly how you achieved this effect! That is what BP is all about - sharing with others!


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August 02, 2006

 

Kara L. Hendricks
  Wow.. Well, this got quite heated.. So sorry to see your WELL DESERVED win tainted by negative comments... This is a stunning display of abstract talent.. And although not all members enjoy this type of image, it does not take away from it's value.. I am glad the judges saw, and rewarded you for it... Way to go!!


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August 03, 2006

 

Debra Booth
  Congratulations on this well-deserved win, Sharon. You've used special effects in a superb manner to create a beautiful abstract. Thanks for being so generous in sharing your techniques and knowledge.


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August 06, 2006

 

Karen Bacon
  Congratulations Sharon on this stunning winner!It takes alot of skill and work to achieve such a beautiful image!Your win is certainly well deserved.


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August 09, 2006

 
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  Beautiful color ad feel to this great winning image Sharon, congratulations!


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July 03, 2007

 
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  I am so happy with you Sharon. Way to go!!!


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December 20, 2007

 

Anita Bower
  Lovely! I especially appreciate your explanation of how you took the photo, and the photos of your set up. I've never tried reversing my 50mm lens, but, I may just have to try it soon.


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