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Crypt Chapel

BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Crypt Chapel
Crypt Chapel
Bethlehem Chapel in the lower (crypt) level at Washington National Cathedral. 3 exposure HDR combination plus Topaz Adjust filters.
Construction for the cathedral began in this chapel in 1907, and while the chapel was complete in 5 years, the building took 83 years to finish.
The vast majority of the building is 14th century English style gothic, while this chapel is designed as 13th century English gothic.

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Joy Rector
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    simply fantastic


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1/6/2011 4:17:07 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I agree completely with Joy. Your new toys have brought new life to this magnificent structure, Chris. Simply gorgeous.


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1/6/2011 4:21:38 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful comp and tones Chris!


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1/6/2011 4:24:29 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding - Great comp, clarity and treatment! Jeff


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1/6/2011 4:48:21 AM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Your series of photos of the National Cathedral are simply magnificent. You have a great sense of composition, and capture the ornate detail with wonderful artistry. You may be able to accumulate enough of these to publish your own photo book. Do tourist have the ability to shoot this type of scene without people present?


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1/6/2011 4:57:30 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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beautifully done


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1/6/2011 5:17:02 AM

 
Jane Holestine
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I was thinking the same thing as Richard... a book should be in your future. Fantastic image!


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1/6/2011 7:14:50 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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An incredible place! Just the right about of desaturation!


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1/6/2011 7:52:59 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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I was going to suggest a book as well, Chris. These photos are just amazing. This one especially with the effects you did with it is great!


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1/6/2011 11:04:34 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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A fantastic HDR and tones, Chris. Love the design elements too. Good luck with this, I am hoping we see this one again!

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1/6/2011 7:25:23 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! I've done a few photo books for myself and family... Given how many images of the cathedral I've made over the years, perhaps I should consider a book just for that!

Richard - Yes, visitors do have the ability to capture these scenes without people present, but it takes a little luck. This was shot New Year's Day, which definitely helped thin the crowds. Still, I had to wait for a strolling couple to leave the room, but had a few minutes before the next visitors came in...


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1/7/2011 5:07:26 AM

 
Fanie Heymans
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WOW again Christopher! You are very fortunate to be able to take pictures of such beautiful places! Phenomenal capture!


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1/7/2011 5:35:28 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks Fanie! If you're ever in DC (this goes for anyone here!) drop me a line---I'm a volunteer tour guide at this cathedral on the weekends, and I love sharing the building with photographers!


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1/7/2011 5:40:52 AM

 
Liz Bullock
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Terrific composition, love the B/W!


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1/7/2011 7:19:10 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Liz!


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1/7/2011 7:33:51 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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outstanding use of HDR and Topaz - another one straight into my favorites


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1/7/2011 7:51:02 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Robert!


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1/8/2011 5:04:04 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Wow, you've been doing some marvelous things, Chris. Just got to look at some of your new things. So many beautiful images here. This one just blows me away.


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1/8/2011 10:00:20 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Mitch! I've had a great time exploring my new lens, at my old familiar photo stomping grounds within the cathedral!


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1/8/2011 8:58:22 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Amazing HDR image and use of B&W, Chris.


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1/13/2011 5:15:24 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Leslie!


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1/14/2011 3:23:10 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on your DD newsletter #94 feature, Chris!


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1/20/2011 5:00:54 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your feature Chris!


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1/20/2011 5:36:26 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your feature Chris!


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1/20/2011 5:36:26 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Wow Chris! Saw this in the BP Newsletter! Congratulations! Simply a wonderful image! (I can't seem to use to many exclamation points when I talk about your images).


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1/20/2011 6:01:57 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Always a treat to have an image picked for the newsletter; thanks, BP!
And thank you all for the kind words.

I realized I forgot to mention that this was shot with my new 10-22mm wide-angle lens at 10mm; it is rapidly becoming the favorite of all my lenses!


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1/20/2011 6:33:42 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Chris this is another wonderful image of the cathedral! Thank you for giving us a guided tour in cyberspace! I agree the 10-22 is a wonderful lens! This is very nicely presented and congratulations on your DD feature!


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1/20/2011 8:04:32 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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WOW! Saw this in DDR - this is a most remarkable composition, Chris! But I see that your gallery is loaded with them (remarkable images, I mean)! Just love your wide angle POV and your processing is fabulous - incredible tones and detail. Congrats on the feature - I'm sure we'll see this one again!


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1/20/2011 10:01:24 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both; I really appreciate your kind comments!


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1/20/2011 12:48:03 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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An amazing image. I've been there, isn't it an awesome experience. Congratulations on your feature in DD!


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1/20/2011 1:34:00 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Dianna! It is my favorite place in DC, for sure, and probably why I will never move out of this area, since I so enjoy giving tours there these past 15 years.


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1/20/2011 4:01:29 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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A BEAUTIFUL photograph, Chris; like everything you do. The POV, the tones and the incredible detail are simply amazing. Congratulations on being featured in the DD Newsletter; a very well-deserved recognition to your wonderful work!!!
Cesar


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1/22/2011 10:52:59 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, Cesar!


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1/22/2011 7:34:59 PM

 
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