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Wow!  Nice!

However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
Wow!  Nice!

However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
Liza, humility is usually a desirable virtue - but not in this case! Your photographs carry a very personal and heart-felt imprint. At the very least, you would learn more about the craft through your participation in this competition.

I'm sure plenty of us on the forum would be willing to help with submission suggestions.

(edit to add: notice I've given my 2000th post to this cause - I think it ought to be a go!)
 

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LOL!  Well...since you put it that way, and have used your 2000th post on this, I'll have to give it some serious thought.



 

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LizaSymonenko said:
Wow!  Nice!
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
I would have to respectfully disagree.  I have had a lifelong interest in photography, so I have at least a passing idea of what a good photograph looks like.  This includes photographing weddings and developing photos professionally (not my proudest moment).  Your photos are excellent.  I have seldom seen such life and love come out of a two dimentional image.  In fact, even given the limitations of this board and Facebook, your photos still look better than most magazines.
 

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Punch said:
LizaSymonenko said:
Wow!  Nice!
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
I would have to respectfully disagree.  I have had a lifelong interest in photography, so I have at least a passing idea of what a good photograph looks like.  This includes photographing weddings and developing photos professionally (not my proudest moment).  Your photos are excellent.  I have seldom seen such life and love come out of a two dimentional image.  In fact, even given the limitations of this board and Facebook, your photos still look better than most magazines.
Yes, this is so true.   You could be the Annie Liebovitz of Orthodoxy!
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
However, I am not in the same class as those photographers!
I wouldn't stand a chance.
I personally know the organiser of this contest  ::)

I could try arranging something.

Not, that you beat most of them with your skill...
 

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Awww!  You guys truly and honestly humble me.

To me, these photos are simply an attempt to capture and share the beauty that I witness when I am in Church.  I find Orthodoxy to be such a treasure.

How about this?  I have a number of photos, about 3,000 (turns red from embarrassment) that are organized in some 100 albums on Facebook.  Those of you have access to FB, I would appreciate it you would take a quick look, and let me know which ones you think should be submitted.  I have them labeled - so for this contest it would have to be Lent or Pascha.  I don't think I have anything for Assumption or Pentecost.  I think I have three years worth of Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers, as well as Pascha.  You can find me on FB by searching for esymonenko. 

Otherwise, peruse the ones I have linked to on this page, and let me know which ones you think are the best.

Since this is "your" idea, I say we enter this contest as a team!  :D 

We will either win together, or lose together.

 

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LizaSymonenko said:
Since this is "your" idea, I say we enter this contest as a team!  :D 

We will either win together, or lose together.
Not sure if it's possible. However I advice you to create an account on OrthPhoto.net (I cut all my ties with its owners last years so I hope it won't be viewed as advertising).
 

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I understand....I already have an account with them (if I can remember my password).

I meant that I would enter the contest....but, I would be entering "for all of us".

...so, if I were to collect the prize, I would stand at the virtual podium and thank the kind members and posters at OCnet to whom I owe this great honor!  ;)
 

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Wow!  I hadn't realized I posted ANYthing there!  :)  I just feel underqualified. 

ok...so, let's try and figure out my password now!  :D
 

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Sounds like a plan.  Be expecting a friend request.
 

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Here are some photos from Saturday's Vespers (Sunday of the Holy Cross) - my church.  (I got to decorate the Cross! - how honored am I?)

Flowers done, and waiting for Fr. Paul to take in to the Altar


Lying on the Altar Talbe






Lying to the right, is an icon I just bought and had Fr. Paul bless for me. 

 

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3rd Sunday of Great Lent 2013 - Sunday of the Cross.  Pan-Orthodox Vespers - Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  Present was His Eminence Archbishop Nicholas.

































Almsgiving...




















 

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Wow. Unbelievably beautiful. Almost made my eyes pop out.

Seriously, Liza, do you work for the AP or National Geographic? If you don't, they are missing out.
 

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LOL!  Thanks, biro!  Definitely not a professional photographer.  Just a hobby of mine.

The church was soooooo pretty, it was hard to walk out of it.  I just wanted to linger there for hours.

...as it was, I closed it down!  :D  The candles were put out, then the lights went off....and I was still lurking.  By the time I joined everyone in the hall....there was no more coffee left.   ;D
 

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Beautiful pictures. Wow...I am amazed by that church and it`s beauty.
 

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Hey!  I know some of those people!!!  Metropolitan looks great!  Is that Father Anthony in the back?  If that's him, his beard is getting rather long!
 

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I missed the 4th week of Pan-Orthodox Vespers because I had been terribly sick, however, here's Week 5.

This is Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit.

















































 

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LizaSymonenko said:
Hey!  I know some of those people!!!  Metropolitan looks great!  Is that Father Anthony in the back?  If that's him, his beard is getting rather long!
Yes, that's Father Anthony.  Here was here for our Lenten mission, this past Saturday.  I love serving with Father.

The interior painting and fixing of the dome was completed this past week and the church looks just wonderful.  When I get a chance I'll post photos of the work that was done, along with what the interior looked like before.
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
I missed the 4th week of Pan-Orthodox Vespers because I had been terribly sick, however, here's Week 5.

This is Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit.















































BEAUTIFUL as always! I like the black and whites. A new touch. Please do some more black and whites from time to time if you can.


Selam
 

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my pictures are nothing compared to Liza's, but i thought id share this one anyways. Taken this morning after liturgy, with an iphone. Thought it looked cool.
 

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Timon said:
my pictures are nothing compared to Liza's, but i thought id share this one anyways. Taken this morning after liturgy, with an iphone. Thought it looked cool.
It does.
 

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Palm Sunday at my parish.





It was also the Sunday for our First Confession children.



He's up on his tippy toes...



The kids got to hold candles during the reading of the Gospel.



Blessing the pussy willows.











 

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Holy Thursday - Reading of the 12 Gospels.







We bring home the flame and mark the Cross over our doors....there's years of crosses up there.  :)



 

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Holy Saturday.  We bless baskets after Divine Liturgy.  It is supposed to be for the elderly and those with young families, who will not be able to attend in the evening and in to early Sunday morning.  They are forbidden from eating from the baskets until after Midnight, and Christ is Risen.

I once again, gave the kids candles to hold during the reading of the Gospel.







The homemade butter lamb caught my eye....I didn't even notice the rings, until I was looking at the photos...do you see them?












Discussing world peace....note, even their legs are posed the same.


Getting wet...




 

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Pascha!!!!







These are my goddaughters!!!!  I'm so proud of them!!!  My godsons are altar servers.  I am proud of them, as well!!!














































 
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