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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:34 PM
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September Photo Contest WINNERS!!!
Edited on Tue Sep-15-09 11:00 PM by Cassandra
The envelope please...

1st Place
The Way Home by Richard D


2nd Place
Full Moon and a Wayward Balloon by Blue_In_AK


3rd Place
Yesterday's Tomorrow (Space Needle, 1962) by regnaD kciN


4th - Morning Glory by ElsewheresDaughter
5th - Tie Ruby Throated Hummingbird looking up by Maestro
Scraping By by JeffR
6th - Smile for the Camera by Mrs. Venation
7th - Tie Mirror Ball of Curiosity by Tindalos
Does it look like rain? by Mira
8th - Into the Fog by mzpip

HOST'S CHOICE
Mirror Ball of Curiosity

for making me think.

At the Fair by tekisui

for making me dizzy.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird looking up

for getting such a difficult shot.

Heaven's Vault by CaliforniaPeggy

for bringing us such a beautiful space.

Congratulations to all who participated. We wouldn't have a contest without you.

Richard D, next month, it's all yours!
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 11:07 PM
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1. Congratulations to you, Cassandra, for competently running a stellar contest.
Congratulations to the top winners, to the finalists, and the special mentions. There were beautiful photographs in competition, and the subject matter made for varied interpretations. This was lots of fun, and very exciting.

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:27 AM
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2. My dear Cassandra!
Oh, thank you! I did not expect this special mention!

This was a challenging contest indeed...many great pictures!

I look forward to next month and its challenges...

:pals:
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:52 AM
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3. Great contest!!
I love the winners, the choices, and just about every photo in the finals. This was a really good theme.
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Tindalos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:15 AM
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4. Congratulations Richard D
and to the other photographers.

Thank you Cassandra for running a great contest and also for the special mention. I wasn't expecting that. Thanks.


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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:58 AM
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5. It's always good...
to be inspired to look at things in a new way.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:49 AM
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6. Congrats to the winners!
This was a great theme that drew a bunch of really top-notch entries.

Excellent contest!

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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:33 AM
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7. Congrats winners!
:toast: to some excellent work. :)
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:13 PM
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8. Thank you very much.
I just got lucky, unlike RichardD, who obviously has "skillz." :)
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:43 PM
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9. Luck, dear Blue, had very little to do with it.
The crop of your shot, withe the balloon and the moon in line with that little ball of leaves on the bottom right forming a perfect diagonal, made it for me.
I love your picture.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:57 PM
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11. Thank you, Mira.
I really do appreciate it. :)
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:44 PM
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10. I voted for yours!
Really a beautiful shot.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:59 PM
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12. Thank you, Richard, and now the question that must be asked...
The light on your shot was PHENOMENAL. Did you use layering, HDR or was the light up there really that fantastic? Whatever the basis for that stunning color, I am in awe. :)
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:30 PM
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14. It was nearly that amazing . . .
. . . and I used a very low intensity HDR to get all of it in exposure. I increased the saturation a bit to get the depth of color and used some judicious sharpening to bring out the details.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:40 PM
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15. It truly was a stunning shot.
I think I'm going to have to learn this HDR thing because used judiciously, as you did, it looks fantastic.
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:04 PM
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18. I really like it.
Here's one I pushed a bit more. It can get pretty surreal.

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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:20 PM
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19. That's really trippy.
I like it. :thumbsup:
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:38 PM
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20. I can't imagine what you could do with this . . .
. . . given the amazing range of light and subject material you get in Alaska.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:05 PM
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21. I know.
I'm thinking about those sunsets up in Nome last March. They were pretty supernatural to begin with. :)

I don't know much about this program. Is there a free version to try somewhere? Is it complicated?
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:48 PM
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23. I use photomatrix pro
Excellent program. You need a good computer though. I have a very fast one and sometimes it takes several minutes just to process one picture. They do have a free trial version but it watermarks the pictures with their logo. Great way to start and see if you like it.
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:40 PM
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16. You are forgetting to tell us
how long it took to so judiciously space the rocks in the path.....

(I love your picture very much, it is sublime)
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:00 PM
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17. That was the amazing part
The rocks were already there! just behind me the owner of the land had made adobe bricks which were in the road drying. The rocks were to keep people from driving on the road and to point to the detour through a field. Getting the sun to be just on the rocks and not on the road took a bit of both waiting and dumb luck. I actually found it a bit challenging to take pictures in this area because my jaw was hanging so low that it got in the way of the camera. Really one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:52 PM
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25. Oh, darn
And here I thought it was like Sedona where people place rocks everywhere because of spiritual reasons. You certainly shattered my illusion!

:rofl:

Great, GREAT picture, despite the backstory.
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:12 PM
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13. So did I...
although I got to the end of my mentions and later realized I forgot to say that. The color is just exquisite and the subject made me smile.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:14 PM
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22. Congratulations to all the winners!
Incredible shots all! Richard and Blue, yours were definitely my favorites and choosing between them were impossible!!

Another great contest, as usual. The talent here is wonderful! :hi:
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:07 PM
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24. A BIG and well deserved KUDOS to all the winners!!!
:applause: :applause: :applause:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:23 PM
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26. Thank you Cassandra
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 06:24 PM by Maestro
and for the nice comment. Congrats to Richard D for a beautiful picture...Wow!
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:20 PM
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27. Whew !!!!! I know that was a tough voting process.
Thank you to all who shared pics that made me smile. I really liked all the entries.
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