Uploaded: July 14, 2006 08:01:15


Ada Panich July 14, 2006

I love it! #483988

Steven M. Gustafson July 14, 2006

Realy Cool. Love the photo! #3029099

Ellen L. Zaslaw July 14, 2006

Great image ! #3029656

Odelia July 14, 2006

It really is a great image. Brings back memories as I was just in Chicago with friends this past Sunday. #3029793

Ivan Chacon July 14, 2006

Great image , really nice photo!!! #3030302

Adriana M. Scardino July 14, 2006

Beautiful image! #3030464

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 14, 2006

Nice capture. That is really neat. #3030506

Laurie M. Elmer July 14, 2006

Thanks for all the nice comments. Odelia, This was shot Monday. I had about an hour of free time during a very short business trip and walked around Milennium Park. I wish I'd had more time to shoot. The whole downtown area is an all you can eat buffet for street shooting. #3030981

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic August 26, 2006

Congrats on your wonderful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3222135

Julie Robinson August 27, 2006

Congrats on your fantastic finalist!!! #3223984

bob cornelison August 27, 2006

Very fun!
~:O) #3229730

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic August 28, 2006

Congratulations on your 1st place winner. #3234823

Ronald Balthazor level-addict August 28, 2006

Congratulations, Laurie. Wonderful winner. #3234878

Serena Pierce level-deluxe August 28, 2006

Congratulations!! #3234937

Mary Clarke August 28, 2006

Congratulations on First Place Laurie, wonderful image #3235004

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe August 28, 2006

Such an imaginative image, Laurie -- congrautlations on your first place win! #3235100

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe August 28, 2006

Outstanding work; congrats on your 1st Place Win! Jeff #3235370

Mary K. Robison August 28, 2006

Congratulations on your well-deserved First Place win! #3235398

Janine Russell level-deluxe August 28, 2006

Laurie, great colors, detail and lighting; congratulations on your First Place Win. #3236120

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe August 28, 2006

Cool and creative image!!! Congratulations on your First Place WIN!!! #3236938

Melissa G. Meiselman August 28, 2006

Congratulations on this most imaginative First Place Winner, Laurie!!! #3237112

Nadya Johnson August 29, 2006

A huge CONGRATULATIONS (!!!!) Laurie, on this STUNNING First Place Winner! Totally superb!! #3239607

Donna W. Neal August 29, 2006

Congratulations on your well deserved winner Laurie #3239780

Erica Murphy level-deluxe August 29, 2006

Congratulations Laurie! This is fabulous and surreal looking.

Erica #3240126

Michael S. Baker August 29, 2006

Much congratulations on this winning image. It is the best images I've seen at the Millenium Park. I have many similar images, but none that compares to this one. Was wondering...how did you capture this, as there are always so many people around?

Interested in hearing your comments!

Mike B-

Laurie M. Elmer August 29, 2006

Thanks to all for the really nice comments. I'm honored to have had my photo selected considering all the terrific images submitted.

Mike, This was shot on a cloudy Monday evening in between rain showers. I suspect that's what kept the crowds down (and made for some really nice light without harsh contrast). Also, most folks were staying off to the sides to avoid getting their feet wet. I happened to be wearing a pair of Gortex hiking shoes so the shallow water from the fountain wasn't a deterrent. I just stood in the middle, between the two face signs and waited for something to happen. It didn't take long. This little girl was mesmerized by the fountain and made the shot easy. I kneeled down for the best reflection and composed just tight enough to eliminate the edges of the face wall (and dull gray peripheral scene). I really wanted the message to be the little girls reaction so I left just enough of the face in for the photo to make sense. Mostly I just got lucky when all the elements came together. #3240551

Michael S. Baker August 29, 2006

Again, VERY nice capture. I'm looking at the little girl, in particular the lighting, and it almost looks as if she might have been layered in from another image.

Definitely a winning photograph!!!

Mike B- #3241027

Laurie M. Elmer August 29, 2006

Mike, I wish my PS skills were up to that. I don't have the patience or ability to paste a figure and their reflection into a scene. The bright overcast light not only lit the scene nicely but the water on the ground reflected the nice even light back on her. I wish my studio set up worked as effectively. #3241900

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 01, 2006

Congratulations on this eye-catching winner! #3254336

Milan Banik September 01, 2006

Congratulations Laurie #3254800

Sue L. Cullumber September 01, 2006

Laurie, Gorgeous image and congrats! Very cool pic! #3256234

RC Fritz September 02, 2006

Very, very creative, Laurie...Great work. Congratulations on yuor 1st P W! #3258223

Sherrye Nozaki September 03, 2006

Just perfect:)!! #3259999

Wendy Stevenson September 03, 2006

Fantastic capture Laurie - Big Congrats on your FIRST PLACE WIN!!! #3261853

September 07, 2006

Hi Laurie,

Glad to be here. A fabulous image full of symoblism to me, the superwoman nurturing the dreams and ambitions of the girl, brilliantly isolated and portrayed in a compelling tonal range and with a perfect moment. Congratulations on a powerful and transcendant, Laurie.

Ben S #3280160

Vicki Hunt September 10, 2006

AWESOME! Congrats! #3291598

Maricris Macabeo September 19, 2006

Nice capture. Was this in Chicago? I was just there. #3332107

Claudette Foote September 26, 2006

So cool I love it
what great work and creativity
congrat... #3364057

pix & pixels October 08, 2006


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