Uploaded: January 12, 2013 07:25:28


Today marks my 9 year anniversary, here at BetterPhoto. I have enjoyed being part of this community and appreciate your friendships!!

Oceanside, California
January 11, 2013

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
RAW / Tripod / Aperture Priority / 17 mm
F 22 @ 1/10 1/50 & 1/250 ISO 100

*Travel & Place*

Exif: F Number: 22, ExposureTime: 1/50 seconds, ISO: 100, FocalLength: 17.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Martha R. Mazon level-classic January 12, 2013

Simply stunning, Donna!! I love the depth, tones, clarity and mood! Terrific use of wide-angle magnification. #1508508

Katarina Mansson January 12, 2013

Beautiful colors, light, composition and details in the foreground! #10511567

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 12, 2013

Happy BP 9th Anniversary to you and a fitting image to go with it, Donna. WOW!!!

UB. #10511571

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe January 12, 2013

Big "WOW" Factor here Donna! Wonderful pov, depth and light! Congrats on 9 years!! #10511588

Joy Rector January 12, 2013

gorgeous #10511633

Julianne Bradford January 12, 2013

An awesome capture and fabulous detail Donna! I'm so glad I joined and met you! Your such a great photographer and friend :-) #10511669

Claudia Kuhn level-classic January 12, 2013

Happy anniversary Donna, my 10th here is coming up in March. Love your leading seaweed line, gorgeous light

Michelle Alton January 12, 2013

And what better anniversary shot than a gorgeous one of the pier that never stops giving for you! #10511819

Dr Silly level-classic January 12, 2013

AWESOME. :O) #10511920

Linda L. Ruiz January 12, 2013

Love the leading line. Great shot. amazing #10511934

Katherine Kuhn January 12, 2013

Beautiful light, color & composition, Donna - happy anniversary! #10511945

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe January 12, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Donna! Absolutely beautiful capture of this gorgeous sunset! #10512094

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 12, 2013

You have a beautiful, celebratory capture here, Donna - the curving line of the seaweed makes a fantastic foreground and your exposure is spot on as always. Congratulations on your BP anniversary - quite a milestone. #10512176

Michele Peterson level-classic January 12, 2013

Wow, Donna, 9 years? Happy Anniversary, you have been an inspiration to me! This image is amazingly beautiful. The curve leading to the pier which leads to the sunset... fabulous!! #10512222

Thomas E. Hinds January 12, 2013

Beautiful, Donna! Love the leading line, the color, and clarity! Fantastic work and congratulations on the sharing of your beautiful images for nine years! I have always marveled at your work! #10512249

Donna La Mattino Pagakis January 12, 2013

Thank you everyone!!!! You are all so inspirational.

Take care,



Katarina Mansson January 12, 2013

Happy anniversary Donna and thanks for all inspiration and support throughout the years! #10512497

Connie J. Bagot January 13, 2013

This is beautiful! Lovely scene, wonderful colors and love that lazy s-curve leading to the pier! #10512814

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 13, 2013

Great color, line and reflections Donna - and happy anniversary!
Not sure when mine is, but its this month also! #10513631

Leslie McLain level-classic January 14, 2013

Beautiful capture and perspective, Donna. #10514399

January 14, 2013

LOVE, LOVE this presentation from you Donna. The eye leads you all the way from the foreground to the background.. PERFECT!!! I hope we see this again #10514813

Ken Smith level-classic January 15, 2013

Nine years. How time goes by. It's been over 7 years for me. Geez....I'm getting old! :-) Love the comp in this...and your bold style of beach/sunset colors. Beautiful work, Donna! #10517096

Debra R. Harder January 18, 2013

Nine years...time sure flies! Love having you here at BP, Donna. You are a true inspiration! This is beautiful. The foreground is takes us out to the gorgeous sea. The comp, details, light and colors are always! #10521500

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 24, 2013

Thanks again to each of you. I love being a member here and seeing all of your inspirational photographs.

And a BIG thank you to the judges!!!

Good luck everyone,

Donna #10582315

Michelle L. Frick February 24, 2013

Congratulations Donna! This is incredible, as always!!! #10582383

Jill Odice level-classic February 24, 2013

Congrats on your Finalist! Awesome!!! #10582488

Stefania Barbier level-classic February 25, 2013

fantastic pov, lighting, and leading line... congratulations again Donna! #10582635

Summer A. Kozisek February 25, 2013

Wonderful image with great leading lines! #10582817

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic February 25, 2013

Congratulations Donna Beautiful work and finalist! #10582895

Katarina Mansson February 25, 2013

Already a favorite of mine - such brilliant and beautiful capture. Congratulations on your finalist Donna! #10583090

Julianne Bradford February 25, 2013

Such terrific leading lines and clarity! A winner in my book Donna! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist! #10583635

Martha R. Mazon level-classic February 25, 2013

I'm glad to see this again! Congratulations on this wonderful finalist! #10583720

Bojan Bencic level-classic February 25, 2013

Amazing. Congratulations on your finalist, Donna! #10583907

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 25, 2013

Fantastic, as always, and the seaweed is a terrific added line... Congratulations! #10584008

Debra R. Harder February 25, 2013

A gold winner in my book, Donna! Huge congratulations on another superb finalist! #10584590

Ken Smith level-classic February 25, 2013

You nailed this one, for sure! Congrats on this beauty, Donna! #10584798

Nadia Paul February 25, 2013

Simply gorgeous Donna - congrats on your finalist! #10584907

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic February 25, 2013

Terrific comp and light!!! Congratulations!! #10585024

Carol Eade level-addict February 25, 2013

A gorgeous finalist, Donna, congratulations! #10585254

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 25, 2013

Love the way you work a scene, Donna!

Spectacular finalist!

Congrats and best wishes for the gold!
Debby #10585340

Carol Quina level-classic February 25, 2013

Beautiful Donna! Congratulations! #10585490

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 25, 2013

Thank you everyone. I'm honored and inspired by your comments.

Take care and best of luck,



Naomi Weiser February 26, 2013

wow amazing shot, I love the way the focus follows the lines. congrats! #10585688

SaMi Martin February 26, 2013

Great capture with wonderful lighting and leading line. Congrats Donna on your finalist's! #10586180

Jim E. Anderson level-deluxe February 26, 2013

Wow You have my vote for a gold medal!!!!! This is a wonderful photograph. #10586332

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic February 26, 2013

Gorgeous in every way..hope we see it with the Gold. Congratulations on a well deserved finalist. #10586559

Renee Doyle February 26, 2013

Happy anniversary and congratulations on this excellent finalist Donna! #10586972

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 27, 2013

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 27, 2013

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 27, 2013

What an awesome finalist..big congratulations Donna, love it!

jo ann c.

Michele Peterson level-classic February 27, 2013

So happy to see this get a finalist!! My favorite of yours this month. Congratulations!! #10588520

Linda L. Ruiz February 27, 2013

wtg! Congrats on a beauty #10588816

Emile Abbott level-classic February 28, 2013

Great leading lines and awesome tones. Congratulations Donna on fabulous finalist and a 9th Anniversary. #10589649

ALLEN O. HOWARD February 28, 2013

WOW!!! What can you say? It is an overwhelming image. Congratulations Donna!

Terry A. Stoa February 28, 2013

Another awesome sunset - so deserving of the Finalist badge. You set the bar really high for sunset photos, Donna - congratulations and thanks for sharing (all of them). #10589921

Martha R. Mazon level-classic February 28, 2013

Congratulations on this incredible winner, Donna! I loved this at first sight! #10590535

Kathy Salerni level-classic February 28, 2013

Huge congrats on your beautiful Winner, Donna! #10590572

February 28, 2013

Congrats on this outstanding 2nd place Gold win Donna. I knew this was going to get Gold #10590606

Robert K. Bemus level-classic February 28, 2013

Congratulations on a beautiful Win, Donna!! #10590691

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 01, 2013

I'm truly honored. Thanks so much!!! You all INSPIRE!!!

Take care,

Donna #10590784

Patti Coblentz March 01, 2013

And thank you for sharing and gracing us with your wonderful talent and beautiful work...this is a beauty to bring in the 10th year! Congratulations on your winner, Donna! #10590817

Ken Smith level-classic March 01, 2013

No surprise here...congrats, Donna!! #10591042

Katarina Mansson March 01, 2013

Not surprised to see this beauty with a GOLDen badge! Great, great work Donna. Congratulations on your wonderful winner! #10591067

Marilyn Cornwell March 01, 2013

Congratulations on this wonderful Win! #10591073

Leslie McLain level-classic March 01, 2013

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Donna. #10591145

Monnie Ryan March 01, 2013

Fabulous, Donna - congratulations big-time! #10591352

William C. Raco level-classic March 01, 2013

Congratulations, Donna #10591423

Bojan Bencic level-classic March 01, 2013

Well done, Donna. Congratulations on your win! #10591484

Stefania Barbier level-classic March 01, 2013

wonderful winner, congratulations Donna!!! #10591508

Debra R. Harder March 01, 2013

Soooooo happy this won GOLD, Donna! It is a magnificent landscape. Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL GOLD WINNER!!! #10591596

Emile Abbott level-classic March 01, 2013

Not surprised to see this with a gold badge. Huge congratulations on your winner to celebrate your 9th Anniversary, Donna. #10591698

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 01, 2013

Thanks again to each and every one of you. This golden win, is extra special, because it is my anniversary photograph.

I enjoy sharing and learning. I appreciate your congratulatory wishes and friendships.


Donna #10591705

Julianne Bradford March 01, 2013

Whoo Whoo!!! Congratulations girlfriend! You so-o deserve this Gold!! #10591920

Tarun Bose March 01, 2013

Big congrats Donna.

Val Feldman level-classic March 01, 2013

You enjoy the BP experience of sharing and learning...we enjoy viewing your beautiful photos - win/win!! :) Huge congrats on a stunning Gold Win, Donna! #10592037

Renee Doyle March 01, 2013

Happy to see this beauty again!! Big congrats to you Donna on this wonderful winner!! #10592298

Carla Capra Anderson March 01, 2013

So Beautiful. #10592314

Nadia Paul March 01, 2013

Congrats on your well deserved gold Donna! #10592389

Claudia Kuhn level-classic March 01, 2013

Congratulations on your beautiful seaside scene winner. #10592438

Thomas E. Hinds March 01, 2013

Congratulations , Donna, on this fabulous and well deserved Winner! Awesome! #10592495

Phyllis H. Burchett March 01, 2013

Love this Donna, big congrats on your win and so happy to know you through your work here on BP, Happy 9th Anniversary!!! #10592540

Susan M. Hembree March 01, 2013

Beautiful, Donna. Congratulations! #10592691

Michele Peterson level-classic March 01, 2013

Again.... Congratulations, Donna!!! :-) #10592709

Graeme yew Chow March 02, 2013

Simply outstanding winner! congrats Donna. #10592779

Joseph T. Pilonero March 02, 2013

Another breathtaking capture from you, Donna. This must have only barely missed first place. Love it! Congratulations! #10593201

JO ANN CLEVELAND March 02, 2013

Fabulous! Congratulations on your wonderful 2nd Place GOLD Winner Donna!

jo ann c. #10593964

Linda S. Smith level-classic March 02, 2013

Huge Congrats on a beautiful Gold Win Donna! #10593984

Cindy Bendush level-classic March 02, 2013

Big congratulations on your gold! #10594139

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 03, 2013

Thanks again! Your congratulatory wishes and comments are appreciated!!!

Take care,

Donna #10594383

Stephen Zacker March 03, 2013

Fantastic depth. Congratulations #10594671

Glenn E. Traver March 03, 2013

Congratulations Donna on this winning Composition ~ GT #10595265

Michelle L. Frick March 03, 2013

Congratulations Donna - love you, your breathtaking work and love that you've reached another milestone on BP (9 years). Congratulations on another beautiful winner! #10595441

Carmody Baker March 06, 2013

Donna I knew this would be a winner. Congratulations! #10598471

Christine Czernin level-classic March 06, 2013

Huge congratulations on this fabulous gold win, Donna. #10598761

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic March 14, 2013

Belated CONGRATZ on this marvelous Winner, Donna!!

UB. #10609085

Merna L. Nobile March 17, 2013

What a great way to start a new year! Your award winning photographs go from Editor’s Pick to Finalist and hopefully to Gold.
CONGRATULATIONS for the month of January, 2013! #10613118

Sharon Sawyer March 20, 2013

Donna, HUGE congratulations on your brilliant & well deserved Second Place Winner!!! #10617788

Lynn Haack April 02, 2013

This creative perspective really draws the viewer in.....perfect, beautiful image! Congrats..... #10638800

Laura E. Swan level-classic January 01, 2015

Happy 9th Anniversary, Donna, and a big WOW on catching the seaweed some GOLD DUST! This is one awesome image! Congratulations!! :))) Sending love! -Laura :) #11216738

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