Uploaded: December 28, 2013 10:02:47


The early sunlight at work on nature's solar collector trimmed with frost.

This image with a new pocket-point-and-shoot - Pentax WG-3.

Exif: F Number: 3.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 125, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 5.50 mm, Model: PENTAX WG-3


Antonio Amen December 28, 2013

Nice photo #1557399

Jane Hirst February 01, 2014

Love those little drops of water....and the nice golden color set against that cold blue background. Lots of cold here in Wisconsin. Congratulations. #10962118

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 01, 2014

Congrats on this outstanding 1st Prize Winner Steven!

jo ann c.

Susan M. Campbell February 01, 2014

Congrats on the wonderful image. #10962351

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe February 01, 2014

Big congratulations on your First Place Win, Steven! Excellent! #10962551

Katherine Kuhn level-classic February 01, 2014

Congratulations on your beautiful winner -- love the detail & composition! #10963074

Colette M. Metcalf February 02, 2014

Congrats!!!! #10963484

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 02, 2014

Congratulations on your awesome win! #10963757

Liz blahh February 02, 2014

Congrats on your beautiful winning image! #10963919

Steven W. Lepak February 02, 2014

Thanks to All for your kind comments.

My first “first” in my near 8 years at BP. This one not even near the top of the list of MY picks from my gallery, but I am thankful to the Judges nonetheless.

I took a solo walk on the clear, cold morning of Dec 27 with a new point-and-shoot (a Christmas gift) in my pocket. Spotted this oak leaf hangin on in the early sunlight and wished I had my DSLR with me. Did the best I could with the point-and-shoot on “macro” mode – there you go.

I am not particularly productive with my camera(s) these days as it is a hobby for me – currently I typically enter less than five images each month (sometimes only 1 or 2, sometimes none) – I am very selective about what I enter. But I still enjoy it a whole lot and am still hungry to keep learning and improving.

For the record, in my eight years at BP (by my count) I have 16 finalists, 8 second place and now a first place. Still waiting on that first POTD - (any judges with their ears on?)

Hang in there, BP.

Seemed liked like an appropriate occasion to go on record with a statement.

Keep clickin’.

Best Regards,

Sara B Coffey level-classic February 05, 2014

A stunning capture Steven. I know what you mean about some choices not being your own picks. I too often have an emotional attachment to certain photos I really believe in, & then another one is chosen. I often dont understand the process, but I use BP for a fresh look at my work. You probably have many winners you never even posted as do I, too bad we dont know which ones that is. LOL
Sara:) #10967132

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