Agnes Fegan level-deluxe November 18, 2013

I love this Nikki! What a wonderful combination! #1553051

David Phalen November 18, 2013

From sea to shining sea, God Bless America!! Exceptional work here Nikki!! #10901794

Daniella Puente November 18, 2013

Beautiful tones and very artsy with the texture, beautiful image! #10901958

JO ANN CLEVELAND November 18, 2013

Amen to all the above, including your own comment!You are soooo talented Nikki!

jo ann c. #10902002

Bonnie C. Lackey November 18, 2013

This is sooo nice, NIkki! #10902117

Joy Rector November 19, 2013

gorgeous, well done #10902496

Pat Harry December 23, 2013

Beautiful, Nikki! I love the treatment you applied to this. #10927983

Nancy Marie Ricketts December 23, 2013

Beautifully constructed DD! #10928270

Natural/Abstract Photography level-deluxe December 24, 2013

Very nice, well done. Congrats on the EP!~April #10928869

Mariann Kovats level-classic December 31, 2013

Huge congrats on our finalists, Nikki! They are all gorgeous, but this one is especially! #10933297

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 01, 2014

I know you love this one lots. So BIG BIG CONGRATZ on fetching Gold, Nikki!!!

UB. #10933440

Pat Abbott level-classic January 01, 2014

Beautiful work, congrats! #10933460

Michelle Alton January 01, 2014

As always, your work is immaculately executed and masterful. Congratulations on the Gold winner! #10933509

Gail Sullivan level-classic January 01, 2014

Congrats, Nikki! #10933551

Danny B. Head level-deluxe January 01, 2014

Love this beautifully processed image! Congrats on your win! #10933610

Candace M. Cleveland level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations! #10933705

Beatriz Rocha level-classic January 01, 2014

Fantastic Gold! Congratulations Nikki!! #10933722

Nancy Marie Ricketts January 01, 2014

Congratulations, Nikki ! #10933728

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict January 01, 2014

Huge congrats on your win, Nikki!

Happy New Year!
Debby #10933731

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 01, 2014

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Nikki. #10933768

Claudia Kuhn level-classic January 01, 2014

So peaceful, beautiful work, congratulations! #10933769

William C. Raco level-addict January 01, 2014

Beautifully done, Nikki
Congratulations and Happy New Year #10933790

Bob Cournoyer level-addict January 01, 2014

:-) #10933813

MELODIE C. ROBERTS January 01, 2014

Congratulations NiK!!

Beautiful work!! #10933959

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic January 01, 2014

This is beautiful, Nikki. A big congrats to you on your win and a Happy New Year too! #10933990

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations, Nikki! Very lovely creation! #10934007

Martha R. Mazon level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations on your excellent winner, Nikki! #10934024

Lindley Johnson level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations on your outstanding winner, Nikki! #10934130

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations Nikii #10934146

Michele Peterson level-classic January 01, 2014

A favorite of mine, Nikki. So well done, I am happy to see it get GOLD! Congratulations on the win!! #10934153

Rona L. Schwarz January 01, 2014

WOW! What an amazing composite, Nikki! Very artistic and moody - it all fits together wonderfully! Huge Congrats on your win and Happy New Year! #10934190

Chris Schofield January 01, 2014

Congratulations Nikki on an awesome composite. It truly is a bit of Americana. Your texture work is awesome. #10934231

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations Nikki and Happy New Year! #10934417

Susan K. Snow January 01, 2014

Isn't it fun to be creative, taking a little bit from many sources to make something special. My Mother's favorite tempura that I did in high school was a little bit of this and a little of that, and together both my art teacher and mother loved it.

Your creativity, Nikki, has made a beautiful composite and winner. Congratulations and a very Happy New Year! #10934440

Monnie Ryan January 01, 2014

Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Nikki! #10934448

Ray level-classic January 01, 2014

Congratulations on your outstanding Gold Award Winner, Nikki! #10934587

David Phalen January 01, 2014

BIG Congrats on your beautiful Winner!! #10934685

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 01, 2014

Thank you all for the amazing response to this creation. I'm very glad you like it and honored to have the win. #10934747

Colette M. Metcalf January 02, 2014

I'm adding this to my Favs! A big congrats to you, Nikki!!!! #10934873

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe January 02, 2014

Beautiful! Congratulations on your win! #10935016

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 02, 2014

Congratulations on your winning creation, Nikki! #10935203

Renata Gusciora January 02, 2014

Huge congratulations on this beautiful Winner, Nikki!!!Happy New Year!!!:-) #10935247

Daniella Puente January 02, 2014

Great to see this again Nikki, congratulations!!! #10935609

Katherine Kuhn level-classic January 02, 2014

Congratulations on your beautiful golden winner! Lovely treatment! #10935643

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 03, 2014

Congratulations on your outstanding 2nd Place Gold winner Nikki!

jo ann c. #10936077

James A. Anderson level-deluxe January 03, 2014

I just love this look!!!!

Jim A #10936450

Christine Czernin level-classic January 04, 2014

I just love the tranquil,golden morning mood you created here.
Big congratulations on your win,Nikki. #10936796

Peggy Pfister level-classic January 04, 2014

Just beautiful, Nikki, and your process was very creative. Congrats on a well deserved win! #10937490

Lydia Williams level-deluxe January 05, 2014

Magnificent image, Nikki! Congratulations on your golden win! #10938004

Emile Abbott level-deluxe January 07, 2014

Creative DD work and congratulation on a well deserved gold winner, Nikki. #10939698

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 08, 2014

Big congrats on your outstanding gold Nikki! #10940551

Sara B Coffey level-classic January 10, 2014

Fabulous image Nikki! A real Gold Winner!
Congrats girl!
Sara~ #10941853

Merna L. Nobile January 11, 2014

I recently opened my e-mail and found an announcement from Better Photo that the month of November award winners were basking in the glory of finding their name beside their beautiful entry. CONGRATULATIONS!

Kara L. Hendricks January 20, 2014

Nikki I was just looking through the images I had chosen from your gallery that I loved.. saw this and remembered you got some recognition on a version, and here it is.. last month even... I really love this.. I see you left the texture but cloned out the item in the water... Fantastic winner... Love it!!

Congrats!! #10952063

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 20, 2014

Yes, Kara, I hadn't saved in layers so removing the texture and duplicating the rest would have been impossible for me. Lots of people wanted the buoy gone and I think they were right - it's cleaner now. Thanks!

And thanks to everyone else who has let me know they enjoy this piece - especially to Mitch who actually has a large canvas print of it that I have yet to see :) It's always so very flattering when someone likes your work well enough to want it in their own home.

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 10, 2016

Congrats Nikki on yet another Best of the Best DD's #11444865

Lydia Williams level-deluxe March 11, 2016

Yes, a beautiful All Time Pick! #11445380

G. Margaret Hennes level-deluxe June 28, 2016

Beautifully executed Nikki! Congrats on ATF #11489386

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2nd place winner
Texture is a scan of the cover of an old book; bird is from Florida, boat from California, clouds from Nebraska - a bit of Americana, I guess you could say LOL
Category: Digital Darkroom

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 4000/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160,160, FocalLength: 160.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

Uploaded on November 18, 2013 All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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