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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dabbling in Pictures

At times, I think of myself as a photographer.  My travel pictures have appeared in magazines along with my articles, but I'm still at the point and shoot stage.  I'd love to learn more and buy a nice DSLR camera, but that would require more time and passion that I'm willing to give at this point.  I've learned that I'm a dabbler in everything but writing.  Plus what I managed to do with my Nikon Coolpix has been fine for me.

Every year our small town hosts a fair and every year I've entered photos into the contests.  Some years I do great and win a few ribbons, other years nothing.  This year, I entered in these six photos.  One of them won first place and one of them earned third place.  If you're the first to pick/guess the right ones, I'll send you a set of the new editions of the GLASS books!  Please leave info so I can contact you.  Yes, it's open international and I'll leave it open until next Monday, September 2nd.


Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012
Entered in the Landscape category



 
Gorilla behind Glass at the NC zoo
Entered in the Animals category

 
Lily's Shadow - Walt Disney World
Entered in the Flowers/Plants category

 
Seashell on Duck, NC beach
Entered in the Still Life category

 
Grainy Face
Entered in the Any Other category

 
Wall of Mirrors, Walt Disney World
Entered in the Structures category



What do you think?  Which one won First Place and which won Third?  Leave a comment and enter the contest!

38 comments:

  1. Hi Maria!

    I have a Coolpix too, and I quite like my camera too :-) <3

    I love all of these, so this is a hard decision. I have no experience in judging so I have no idea if these are right, but I've used my first and second favourite pictures as my suggestions.

    My guesses are:

    1st: Grainy Face
    3rd: Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012

    Thank you!

    Vicki Murray
    torimurray0704@hotmail.com

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  2. Ooh lovely pics! Sadly can't see two of them; Gorilla Behind Glass and Seashell on a Duck, but still gonna guess!

    First place: Lily's Shadow--Walt Disney World
    Third place: Central Park, New York 2012

    jessbess2505(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  3. These are very pretty!

    My guesses are:

    First place: Lily's Shadow - Walt Disney World
    Third place: Seashell on Duck, NC beach

    knicole.colon (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Wow! "Lily's Shadow" is beautiful! :)

    1st: Central Park
    3rd: Lily's Shadow

    shugoavril@gmail.com

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  6. My vote is:
    1st: Lily's Shadow
    3rd: Seashell on Duck

    tressals at gmail dot com

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  7. Wow, there really good!
    1st; Central Park
    3rd; seashell on duck

    alliepenguin@btinternet.com

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  8. Very cool photos! It was difficult to guess.

    I vote for:

    1st: Seashell
    3rd: Gorilla

    akreese at hotmail dot com

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  9. Wow! These are really pretty.

    1st: Lily's Shadow
    3rd: Wall of Mirrors

    ajtse@hotmail.com

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  10. These are awesome pictures :)

    1st: Seashell on Duck
    3rd: Wall of Mirrors

    fleabugg@yahoo.com

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  11. 1st. i love the gorilla.
    3rd. the lily shadow

    shannaki@yahoo.com

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  12. These are all great!

    1st: Lily's Shadow
    3rd: Grainy Face

    mescob@me.com

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    1. Congrats! You're the first to get it right! Look for my email - if you don't get it by tomorrow, check your spam folder!

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  13. 1.sea shell on a duck
    2.gorilla behind glass

    mndoshi@gmail.com

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  14. 1.Lily's shadow
    3.Grainy face

    doshiesha@yahoo.com

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  15. 1. seashell on duck
    3. lily's shadow

    mostly because I like those two most. really awesome pictures, Maria.

    Natalie.

    velvetraindrops@hotmail.com

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  16. Awesome pictures. My favorite's the seashell, but I'm guessing:

    1st: Gorilla behind Glass
    3rd: Seashell on Duck

    I'd love to win me some Glass Series books :)

    -Jess Esplin (jess.esplin@gmail.com)

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  17. Hi Maria!
    Beautiful pictures. :-D

    1. Central park
    3. Hall of mirrors.

    It was a difficult choice, but they're all beautiful! I love the lily's shadow one, as well!

    Lots of love and may the best win!

    Lente. (lenniej@live.nl)

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  18. Those pictures are amazing!!!
    I think 1st place was the Lily's Shadow (how did you capture that!!), and third place was the Gorilla behind glass. Though I absolutely love the Central Park picture!
    Congratulations on your winning pictures!
    girlonfire425@gmail.com

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  19. I guess 1st place sea shell, 3rd place Central Park as somebody already had my guess :). They all look great and you have a good eye for composition. debbie7054@aol.com

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  20. I guess it would be:
    Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012 and
    Lily's Shadow - Walt Disney World

    They all look really good!! Thanks for this :)

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  21. I Think 1st place was the Lilly. Third was the Log?
    There all really good! :)
    ewrig12@gmail.com

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  22. Hi. I'm guessing:
    First place: gorrilla behind glass
    Third place: Grainy Face

    Kelevenevelek@gmail.com

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  23. Congrats! Those are all beautiful.

    I think first place was Central Park and third place was the Lilly.

    mary.white@vikings.berry.edu

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  24. Lily's shadow first
    wall of mirrors 3rd
    tx for d pics.their all lovely
    Mtnapiloy123@yahoo.com

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  25. 1st Place: Lily's Shadow
    3rd Place: Gorilla
    They are beautiful!!
    jenny.underwood@ottobock.com

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  26. I think 1st was Gorilla Behind Glass and 3rd was Lily's Shadow.

    thecurlyq at gmail

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  27. Since I can't judge, I'm just going to use my favorite ones.

    First place: Lily's Shadow - Walt Disney World
    Third place: Seashell on Duck, NC beach

    cigam9 at gmail dot come

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  28. Wow, they're great.

    I think 1st Place: Seashell on Duck
    3rd Place: Lily's Shadow

    Really I just choose my favourites, the seashell one reminded me of the glass series :)

    Hannah
    hburdett@hotmail.co.uk

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  29. All of your pictures are great! My guess is that "Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012" won third place and "Lily's Shadow - Walt Disney World" won first. =)

    Raychelle
    SteeleReviews AT gmail DOT com

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    1. :) Yep that was from our trip - I took a million, but I liked that one best - too bad it didn't win.

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  31. First: Seashell on Duck

    Third: Lily's Shadow

    What fun & you did well.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. Gorgeous Maria! This has been fun!

    First: Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012
    Third: Gorilla behind glass at the NC zoo

    :)

    tarareigle@me.com

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  33. I think

    1st: Sea Shell on Duck
    3rd: Central Park, New York City, Fall 2012

    Jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  34. Thanks for all the guesses! Interesting how you would have voted on them. I find judging to be very subjective - when I look at all the entries - I usually don't agree with the judges either (except for when I win ;).

    Thanks, too for the compliments - I enjoy taking pictures and wished I had more time.

    MEscobedo was the first person to guess right. Lily's shadow won first and Grainy Face won third.

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  35. Awesome!!! Congratulations!!!! Lily's shadow has amazing light and shadow balance - no doubt why they were so drawn to it! It even has the classic 'Z' composition! I KNEW Grainy Face would be chosen.. I just KNEW it... I should have trusted my gut and made the guess! It's too unique to not have won!!

    Great job and keep up the creative eye!!!

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  36. Wonderful! That picture of the gorilla is amazing, so much character!

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