To those who serve

© Courtenay Vanderbilt

To those who serve

Anita Hogue May 31, 2010

A beautiful capture, Courtenay! Sorry about your unreadable card. That must be very frustrating. #1273896

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Very disappointing. But this is wonderful, Courtenay. Excellent composition and colors. #8654389

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Wow,that's too bad. But this is so good you couldn't have done better anyway! #8654404

Danny B. Head level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Never had a card to do that and I hope I never will. Nevertheless, great image! #8654437

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Beautiful colors...sorry about the card! Bummer! #8654471

Val Feldman level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Beautiful crisp colors and capture, Courtenay...a wonderful Memorial Day tribute....and sorry about the card - they are always so reliable that you have to wonder what made this one go kaput!? Great recovery act, tho...this is a wonderful image! :) #8654530

Nikki McDonald level-classic May 31, 2010

I would never have guessed this was a substitute for anything, Courtenay. It is wonderfully composed and captured. I love the texture of the fabric, the loose folds and the brilliance of the color in this full frame. Perfect for Memorial Day. #8654576

Ron McEwan May 31, 2010

You were able to recover well to post on this Memorial Day after all.

I dread to come home after miles of hiking of which I will never return and find an empty or unreadable card, was this a new card or one that you have used before. I screwed up about 600 images of the smokies. #8654598

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 31, 2010

That sucks, Courtenay! Most can relate to this frustration! Wonderful colors, detail, clarity & comp here! You did great with what you had! WTG! #8654628

Jeana Clark May 31, 2010

Oh No!!!!
so sorry to hear!
I don't know what I'd do if that
happened to me...I better find some
wood to knock on!!! LOL!!!
Regardless...this is PERFECT for this
day!!! Beautifully captured BDB!!!

~J~ #8654647

Robert R. Goodman level-addict May 31, 2010

That is a stunning capture,Courtenay.Beautiful color!!! #8654660

Sam Britt May 31, 2010

Beautiful Memorial Day tribute, Courtenay. Sorry about your unreadable memory card. I had that problem about 5 years ago. I think it was damaged by using the card reader slots on my PC. I transfer my images directly from camera to PC now. No problems since. #8654688

Diane Garcia level-addict May 31, 2010

Thank you for this beautiful memorial. It is very fitting to have the frayed edges to show such endurance of freedom. #8654770

Kerry Hill May 31, 2010

Wonderful image with fabulous colours Courtenay! #8655068

Monnie Ryan May 31, 2010

Oh no -- guess that's one reason I'm reluctant to use the higher capacity cards. I had one fail, but the recovery software did the job. So sorry your photos were lost! But you've compensated beautifully -- love the textures in this old flag! #8655145

Patti Coblentz May 31, 2010

Well, the card failure yielded something good...this image is brilliant, Courtenay..I love the full frame of your composition with the perfect lighting and terrific texture!

Patti #8655167

Leslie McLain level-deluxe May 31, 2010

Terrific capture and colors, Courtenay. Sorry to hear about your card failure, how awful. #8655216

Ken Smith level-classic May 31, 2010

I agree with Nikki...can't imagine anything better than this, but I am sorry you lost your card. Hopefully you can recreate some of them. Super work on this one! #8655350

Mike Clime May 31, 2010

Well this one turned out great and it has some history to it too! Sorry about the card! #8655543

Courtenay Vanderbilt May 31, 2010

Many thanks for your kind words and condolences!

~ Sam, I believe you are correct! I lost faith in the card reader last night and will now only use my camera cable!

~Ron, this was a card I had used many times. I was able to view the images on my camera but it failed when I went to download them via the card reader.


Nik Expressed my thoughts exactly
This is No Substitute
Excellent Capture Court
I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day! #8656036

Sharon Sawyer May 31, 2010

Sorry to hear about your card, Courtenay.. what a disappointment! This image is brilliant... excellent recovery for your tribute. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! #8656237

Barbara Waldoch level-classic May 31, 2010

Terrific capture, Courtenay!
I think we all live in fear of a card failing. #8656431

Margaret R. Barry June 01, 2010

Sorry to hear about your card failing. This is fantastic, Courtenay! #8656542

Douglas Pignet June 01, 2010

Wonderful capture with wonderful colors and clarity,very nice comp.. #8657911

John Connolly June 01, 2010

Marvelous color and composition here Courtenay! Card readers can be a worry!

Happy T ~ K ~ W Day! #8658134

Shirley A. Kinney June 01, 2010

Great "recovery" photo Courtenay. I have been there, done that with the card which is why I also don't use the higher capacity cards. One time will put a fear in you. But this is beautiful anyway. I appreciate all the tributes as my son, Shane, has served in the Navy for 21 years and is on a sub somewhere out in the big ocean for the next several months. #8658853

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe June 02, 2010

Nicely done, Courtenay! #8659725

Phyllis H. Burchett June 02, 2010

Lovely tribute Courtenay! #8661111

Tommy E. Burgess June 03, 2010

Very beaautiful caapture and tribute Courtenay!! Sorry about the memory card problem. Ugh! #8661528

Debra R. Harder June 03, 2010

Beautiful Memorial Day tribute, Courtenay! I love how you composed this...just perfect. The linen texture of the flag just adds to this already gorgeous image! jsb #8661953

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna June 05, 2010

It's beautiful, Courtenay! Wonderful way to honor our fallen service men and women! :-) k #8667952

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 05, 2010

Well this is gorgeous Courtenay, a treasure to keep, the flag and the shot....sorry about the memory card but this works perfectly!

jo ann c. #8668032

Sharon Sawyer June 07, 2010

Courtenay, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist!!! All the best in the next round. #8671725

Melissa G. Meiselman June 07, 2010

Big congratulations on this most deserving finalist!! WTG #8672011

Elliot S. Barnathan level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Congratulations on a great finalist! #8672291

Carol Eade level-addict June 07, 2010

Awesome finalist, Courtenay, warm congratulations! #8672398

Nancy (Peaches) Harker June 07, 2010

HUGE Congrats on your AWSOME finalist
Best of luck in the next round!!! #8672429

Patti Coblentz June 07, 2010

Big congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Courtenay!!

Patti #8672519

Leslie McLain level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Courtenay. #8672570

Renee Doyle level-classic June 07, 2010

Sorry to hear about your card but this turned out great Courtenay!! Congratulations!! #8672587

Debra R. Harder June 07, 2010

So happy to see this beautiful image as a finalist, Courtenay! I just love how you composed this. Huge congratulations! jsb #8672637

Sherran Andersen level-classic June 07, 2010

Congrats Courtenay. #8672680

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 07, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8672989

Wm Nosal June 07, 2010

Great Shot!
Congratulations #8673134

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 07, 2010

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Courtenay!

jo ann c. #8673568

Dianna Murphy June 07, 2010

Wonderful!!! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist. Much luck to you in the quest for the Gold! #8673736

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Beautiful , red, white and blue! Congrats girl!!! #8673777

Ron McEwan June 07, 2010

Congrats Court on making some Silver for May #8673855

Douglas Pignet June 07, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! #8673890

MELODIE C. ROBERTS June 07, 2010

I have some Stiff Competition ;0)

Congrats Court
This is Beautiful!! #8674045

Robert R. Goodman level-addict June 07, 2010

Big Congratulations,Courtenay!!! #8674681

Danny B. Head level-deluxe June 07, 2010

Great image. Congrats! #8674855

Kathy Salerni level-classic June 07, 2010

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Courtenay! #8675081

Ken Smith level-classic June 07, 2010

Looks like your failure did pretty good! :-) Congrats, Courtenay! #8675333

Nancy L. Green level-classic June 07, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS Court on this WONDERFUL finalist, WTG!!! <>< #8675519

Stefania Barbier level-addict June 07, 2010

huge congrats on your beautiful finalist!!! #8676321

Tommy E. Burgess June 07, 2010

Huge congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist courtenay!! #8676368

Barbara Waldoch level-classic June 08, 2010

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist!

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe June 08, 2010

Congratulations Courtenay on this wonderful Finalist, the stand-in success!!! #8677407

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic June 08, 2010

Huge congratulations to you Courtenay on this outstanding Finalist. #8677561

Boyd L. Alexander June 08, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this Wonderful Finalist Courtenay!! (Maybe fate..and the failed card..meant this to be..??) #8677803

Patrick Rouzes level-classic June 08, 2010

You made lemonade out of lemons! CONGRATULATIONS on this superb finalist, Coutrenay! WTG! #8678266

Anita Hogue June 08, 2010

Congratulations, Courtenay! This is such a lovely capture! #8678408

Jeana Clark June 08, 2010

OUTSTANDING!!! Congratulations on this wonderfully presented finalist!!! Best of luck in the next round!!!

~J~ #8678463

Julie Burnett June 08, 2010

Congratulations on this fabulous finalist, Courtenay!! #8679768

John Connolly June 08, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist awards, Courrtenay! Well done! #8679892

Phyllis H. Burchett June 08, 2010

Congrats Courtenay! #8679906

Daniella Puente June 08, 2010

Hi Courtenay and congratulations for all your beautiful finalists! I like the texture and impact of this one very much :) #8680208

Val Feldman level-deluxe June 08, 2010

Funny how things work out, isn't it? Your "kaput" card and your cloud of despair actually turned into a cloud with a SILVER, wouldn't a bit of GOLD sunshine wonderfully complete the turn of Fate?? Hope so!!! WTG, Courtenay, Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist!! ~Val #8680370

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic June 08, 2010

Big congrats Courtenay on your fabulous finalists.
JP #8680488

ROLAN NARMAN June 08, 2010

Big Congrats on your fantastic finalist Court! #8680629

Sam Britt June 08, 2010

Big congratulations on this finalist, Courtenay!! #8680643

Tamara K. Walker level-classic June 08, 2010


Cindy Bendush level-classic June 08, 2010

WTG Courtenay! Congrats on this beautiful finalist! #8681190

Linda Blair June 09, 2010

Wonderful finalist...congratulations...sorry about your card...that stinks!!!!!! #8681763

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay June 09, 2010

Congratulations Courtenay! Awesome work on this beautiful capture! #8681990

Shawn Jennings level-classic June 09, 2010

Awesome!!!! Congratulations on your finalist, Courtenay! #8682052

Michael G. Marshall June 09, 2010

Wonderful Finalist, Courtenay! Congratulations! Michael #8682384

Amy M. Wilson June 09, 2010

Huge congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Courtenay... that's too bad about the card!! #8684406

Kathy Cline level-classic June 25, 2010

A wonderful award for your Courtenay. Iv been traveling and not much time to view my friends galleries. We have all had our cards fail. My recovery worked and I was so thankful and stressed out.
You poor thing. My thoughts are with you.
Congratulations on a very touching image!! #8717034

Karen Celella level-deluxe July 18, 2010

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Courtenay! #8771551

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I've never had a card completely fail me! All the images I took hoping to commemorate this day are on a card that is now completely unreadable! Even recovery software will not work. :-( So, I have this small flag (which incidentally has only 48 stars) at home which I photographed instead. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/13 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D700

Uploaded on May 31, 2010

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