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Stephanie_Millner
01-30-2008, 11:03 PM
Marc earned his Master's today! 4 for 4! Way to go, Marc!

Liz_Vance
01-30-2008, 11:06 PM
Yay Marc! Nicely done! Who knew someone so fascinated with women in men's restrooms would achieve so much, so quickly? :)

(well, *I* did, of course. <g>)

KirkDarling
01-30-2008, 11:07 PM
Congratuations, Marc, big time.

KristiSanger
01-30-2008, 11:13 PM
Way to go Marc!

Kristi

Don_Chick
01-30-2008, 11:13 PM
Wow Marc! Nice going... Now you can help with more comments in the print competition area!!

Ron_Jackson
01-30-2008, 11:17 PM
Marc congratulations! I am very very happy for you. Well done!

Michael_Gan
01-31-2008, 12:31 AM
WTG Marc! California is proud of you.

Valerie_Kieselhorst
01-31-2008, 12:47 AM
Congratulations! I might have the opportunity and pleasure to congratulate you in person soon in Pasadena :=))

Cheri_MacCallum
01-31-2008, 12:51 AM
Congratulations Marc!!! Way to go!!

StaceyDamon
01-31-2008, 01:38 AM
YEAH for you Marc!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Linda_Gregory
01-31-2008, 01:44 AM
MARC! You were a great escort at Imaging for the potty award, hope to be there with you again! SO COOL!

HEY! Let's SEE!!!!

Will_Price
01-31-2008, 01:49 AM
Terrific! You Da Man!

Heather_L._Smith
01-31-2008, 02:00 AM
Rock on!! Hooray for Marc!

Andrea_Chapelo
01-31-2008, 02:02 AM
Way to go Marc!! You are a rockstar!

JohnHeckler
01-31-2008, 02:05 AM
Marc earned his Master's today! 4 for 4! Way to go, Marc!

Dude, you ROCK!

Let's see the images!!!

Dave_Cisco
01-31-2008, 02:07 AM
Congratulations, Marc.

Sandra_Pearce
01-31-2008, 02:20 AM
Marc,

Great job! Congratualtions.

Sandra

Cassandra_Sullivan
01-31-2008, 02:27 AM
Wow! Congratulations Marc! I wanna see the images!

Mark_Levesque
01-31-2008, 02:29 AM
He will, as soon as he finishes his drink. It could be awhile. LOL ;)

DianeDavis
01-31-2008, 02:50 AM
Marc, Man. You Rock.

Jim_Lersch
01-31-2008, 03:15 AM
Marc....I remember what it felt like to get that final print merit. From one Master to a new one...well done!

Marc_Benjamin
01-31-2008, 05:47 AM
Hey guys,

Thanks so much! You guys are sooooooooooooo nice!

Heres how it went down... I had to fly and walk in the case in since I missed the mailing deadline. It was a 2 day regional comp and 3 of mines went up the first day and got 80's. I was shaking by the time the third print got through the in's and out's. I was supposed to go home already but I stayed just to see what happens.

Day 2 and the 4th print came up and it was like one of those slow motion movie moments and time only caught up when the score (82) was announced. I literally jumped out of my seat and started half walking half jumping while doing the tiger woods fist pump thing. Then one of the judges challenged! I froze cause the day before an image went 82 first then got challenged up but actually went down to 78. I was like man, please just leave it alone. Good luck though that the challenge was for the print (everyone was already 80 or above) and it ended up at 86 after the re-score.

Overall the comp was dynamic, a lot of challenges both up and down. A lot of movement during the ins/outs and there were images scoring in the 60-75 ranges as well as some into 90-100's.

Those 4 seals (when I send them into PEC) qualifies me to apply and hopefully receive my M.Photog at the next convention. I'm totally stoked cause I achieve my goal of qualifying/earning Master & Craftsman within 3 years and doing it before turning 30. Also, I might be the first Filipino photographer to do so, but there's no way to really tell.

Again, thank so much and I'm looking forward to congratulating other fellow forum folks when the official list (I know some but want to be sure) gets out.

PS. Ok heat's on you guys *ahem* Linda, Jeff, Jackie, John and others now... Let's see those wins!

Jane_Lydick_Staid
01-31-2008, 09:36 AM
Congratulations Mark!

D._Craig_Flory
01-31-2008, 01:17 PM
Hi Marc;

I don't know. Even with the 25 merits, with you looking like the famous Unibomber, PPA may just say no. :D

CONGRATULATIONS DUDE !!! Let's just go ahead abd try it on for size to see how it looks : Marc Benjamin, CPP, M. Photog. Cr

Hey, looks pretty darn good to me !!! You have from now till next January to make changes and add Master to anything and everything.

Tracy_McGee
01-31-2008, 01:20 PM
How exciting and awesome! Huge congratulations!!!! :D I can just imagine how on the edge of your seat you were. What a great outcome! :)

David_A._Lottes
01-31-2008, 01:40 PM
Way to GO!
I knew a guy who earned his at 28 but it took him five years. Your my new hero. :cool:

Cindi_K_McDaniel
01-31-2008, 01:48 PM
YAHOOEE!!! a reason to celebrate!!! Now, where's my beer!!!

Mark_Levesque
01-31-2008, 02:15 PM
You finished it. Get another. ;)

Anne_LeBouton
01-31-2008, 03:00 PM
They grow up so fast. Seems like only yesterday Marc was just out of school and new on here. Now he's earned his Masters. Congratulations Marc!

Michael_Gan
01-31-2008, 06:38 PM
Careful gang, let's not get Marc mixed up with the BRE before he has a chance to get that medallion around his neck.
Hi Marc;

I don't know. Even with the 25 merits, with you looking like the famous Unibomber, PPA may just say no. :D

CONGRATULATIONS DUDE !!! Let's just go ahead abd try it on for size to see how it looks : Marc Benjamin, CPP, M. Photog. Cr

Hey, looks pretty darn good to me !!! You have from now till next January to make changes and add Master to anything and everything.

Linda_Gregory
01-31-2008, 06:42 PM
I just wanna see which ones he did so well with! *pout*

JohnHeckler
02-05-2008, 01:26 PM
Yo Marc, so are you gonna post the pics or what ?!?!?!

Keith_A_Howe
02-05-2008, 01:33 PM
Congrats man, I knew you had it in ya.
Keith

Andrea_Chapelo
02-05-2008, 04:09 PM
I wanna see them too. Come on Marc!

Betsy_Finn
02-05-2008, 10:24 PM
have said it already but again .... CONGRATS MARC! :D

Amy_Owens
02-05-2008, 10:45 PM
Congratulations!

Valerie_Harte
02-07-2008, 01:06 AM
Great job Marc... now where are they? ;-) Seriously- congrats! Is that why you weren't shaving the beard in Tampa... if it works for the hockey players....

Marc_Benjamin
02-07-2008, 07:24 AM
... why you weren't shaving the beard in Tampa... if it works for the hockey players....
I'm getting geared up for a self portrait in the fashion of the famous "Man with Beard smoking a Pipe" style. My lucky superstition this year (last years was the Hail Mary case approach) was lighting seven Joss Sticks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joss_sticks) over the case while humming a little chant.

Ok gang, here's the lucky 4!

http://www.kickstep.com/forums/08case/4x5_Autumn_Kiss.jpg
Autumn Kiss - 80 ... This one surprised me during the challenge since the (3) men liked it more than the (3) ladies and I thought this appealed more to girls. Special thanks to Holly for suggesting this.


Hip Hop Baby - 80 ... :( the drive that this one's on is acting up and I can't get to the file... will post it later.

http://www.kickstep.com/forums/08case/4x5_BeginnersPointe.jpg
Beginners Pointe - 80 ... By gosh golly it snuck through as it is!

http://www.kickstep.com/forums/08case/4x5_GoldenPassage.jpg
Golden Passage - 86 ... this one somehow looks much better on paper and when printed down for comp lighting. Also, rumor has it (they won't confirm or deny) that it got the gallery or a masterpiece award. I'll find out for sure at the convention. Cross our fingers!

DianeDavis
02-07-2008, 07:42 AM
Thanks for sharing Marc. It is obvious why they scored so well.




And once again the Howe's show their gracious nature.

Don_Chick
02-07-2008, 01:01 PM
Marc,

I am only seeing 3... Maybe it's my monitor... oh, that's another thread!!! Just kidding you guys on that other thread....:eek: :eek: :eek:

You did a great job taking that light off the ceiling in the final image.


Very Nice!!

D._Craig_Flory
02-07-2008, 01:08 PM
Hi Marc;

They are great. I'm sure you did so well because of building up lots of Karma. You may just start a trend ... can you imagine Don sitting in front of hi print case saying "Ommmmmmm, Ommmmmm, Ommmmm" while burning incense ? :D

Don_Chick
02-07-2008, 01:10 PM
... can you imagine Don sitting in front of hi print case saying "Ommmmmmm, Ommmmmm, Ommmmm" while burning incense ? :D

The ommmmmmmmmmmm is just my stomach growling :D :D :D

Karen_Linsley
02-07-2008, 11:10 PM
congrats Marc. I know how much you were sweating that, and how much pressure you were putting on yourself! I'm so happy for you!