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The Way Up

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner
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The Way Up
The Way Up
Three exposure combination, looking up the parclose stairs from crypt level to nave, Washington National Cathedral.
I've long wanted to capture the broad spiral of the Yellin wrought iron handrail, in combination with the stairs and vaulting.
After many unsuccessful attempts with regular lenses over the years, it was the 10-22 wide angle lens which allowed me
to compose what I'd envisioned. Thank you to the BP community for such enthusiastic support of this image!
Grand Prize Jan. 2011 - Elements of Design; P.O.T.D. 2/5/11; 2011 Photo of the Year - PhotoGroup101;
Featured in "The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light" by Jim Miotke & Kerry Drager, published April 2012.
This photo is now available as a matted print, sold through the Cathedral Store.

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R. J. Laudenbacher
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    Every thing about this is wonderful Christopher. The tones, the comp and the details all outstanding. I bet we see this one again.


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1/7/2011 5:15:45 AM

 
Cailin M. Van Eizenga  

Stunning!


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1/7/2011 5:19:52 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Well, you sure did nail this one! I'm loving this whole series..all in my faves!


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1/7/2011 5:25:19 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I'm with everyone else so far -- and bet we are just the first of a long list of well-wishers. You have outdone yourself, Chris, and actualized your vision. What a coup. Winner for sure and, like Carolyn, right into my favorites.


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1/7/2011 5:28:32 AM

 
Sarah A. Christian
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It is outstanding, Christopher! It draws me in to go up the stairs and see what is at the top! A wonderful series! Love the beginning of the handrail.


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1/7/2011 5:29:13 AM

 
Fanie Heymans
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WOW, Christopher!! This is a instant favorite! Absoluteley gorgeous! I would love to see this as a winner!


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1/7/2011 5:32:23 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful comp and tones Chris. You have a gold mine in that cathedral. You must have had a tripod there?


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1/7/2011 5:44:30 AM

 
Liz Bullock
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Superb!


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1/7/2011 7:05:29 AM

 
Jane Holestine
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Amazing! Beautiful tones and comp


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1/7/2011 7:10:16 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is absolutely amazing, Chris...everything about it. Going into my favs forever...great work!!


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1/7/2011 7:53:54 AM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Wonderful, stunning image. Just perfect in every way. I will be shocked if this isn't a winner.


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1/7/2011 8:16:52 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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You imaged well, Chris!! This is a stunning image, both with composition and tones. Love the details above and the bold curvature of the rail below. Well done!


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1/7/2011 9:13:26 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Incredible imagery Chris, beautiful design!


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1/7/2011 9:57:51 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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On a scale of 1 to 10 this is about an 87!!!


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1/7/2011 11:09:51 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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OHOHOHH!!!!!!!! Chris can you say W I N N E R??????


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1/7/2011 11:43:45 AM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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I absolutely love the comp, Chris!!! Wonderfully thought out and accomplished! I agree, WINNER!


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1/7/2011 11:57:11 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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Another fabulous capture.... just WOW!!!!


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1/7/2011 5:06:06 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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All I can say is that this is going straight into my favorites! Where did you find this?


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1/7/2011 5:44:13 PM

 
Ken Smith
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I still want to get back to DC and hopefully you'll take me thru this locale. Beautiful lines/curves, Chris!


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1/7/2011 6:22:10 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Very beautiful, striking image!


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1/7/2011 8:39:15 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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EXCELLENT Chris!! W O W :)


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1/7/2011 8:44:03 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Cool POV, excellent details, lovely tones, great comp...I love it!


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1/7/2011 10:30:43 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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I disagree with all above, Chris. I think we will see a POTD first and then a Winner, Good luck ;-)

UB.


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1/7/2011 11:18:49 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Wow! Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic and kind words! I hope your predictions for this are right (I especially like yours, Usman! ;)

For the questions in the comments: Claudia, yes, I used a tripod, with the longest of the 3 exposures being 2.5 seconds.
Robert - this is the primary stairwell between the two levels of Washington National Cathedral, above Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Many of you know that I'm a volunteer tour guide at this cathedral... BP members are always welcome to contact me if visiting DC, and see if we can arrange a private tour... just let me know!

Thank you all very much! Fingers crossed for my new favorite cathedral image!


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1/8/2011 5:09:29 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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YES!


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1/13/2011 5:10:20 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Phew! A relief to see this get EP in the flurry of catch-up EP's today! ;) Fingers STILL crossed now...!


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1/13/2011 7:24:22 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Simply glorious!
Bet it wears a big GOLD badge next month!
Kudos!
~♥~Lisa


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1/14/2011 8:32:58 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Oooo, Lisa... I hope you're right!! Thank you so much!


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1/15/2011 5:05:12 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congratulations Chris on being this weeks 101 gallery showcase!!!


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1/17/2011 6:00:21 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you so much, Kara!!


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1/17/2011 8:53:44 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Chris -- this is a stunning image! I don't use the word stunning much, but it really fits this image. Well done!


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1/20/2011 9:17:29 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Don... your comments mean all the more, given your infrequency of 'stunning' as an adjective!


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1/20/2011 12:08:28 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Just stopping by once more to let you know... I LOVE this Chris... I hope it's sees some SERIOUS contest action... If I were a betting woman, I'd throw down!!


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1/24/2011 1:39:41 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you for the vote of confidence, Kara... I'd love nothing more than to see a Contest gold medal under this ;) Maybe a nice, "higher medal" hehehe... I can dream!


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1/24/2011 2:04:31 PM

 
Anna Diederich
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Absolutely LOVE this!


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1/31/2011 8:38:16 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

I won't be at all surprised to see this again in the finals, it is faultless.


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1/31/2011 8:54:18 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both! I hope you're right, Martin! :)


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1/31/2011 8:55:35 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Just stopping again to admire....:)))


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2/2/2011 9:29:51 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Well thanks, Kara...! :)


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2/2/2011 11:59:50 AM

 
Martin Cregg
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Chris - you know I love this photo. I particularly like the "character marks" on the handrail right at the bottom of the photo. Faltless! If I ever get my act together re the PG101 I would have voted for it there. Is this competing with my Sax Man for a January spot? :)


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2/4/2011 8:24:52 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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HUGE congratulations Chris on winning the January Photo Favorite of the month at 101!!


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2/4/2011 8:32:00 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Impeccable and a favorite, as I've said many times...so, here is one congratulation to you that I hope will be followed with more kudos from some BP medals in the works...congrats on the 101 POTW fav, Chris :) !!


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2/4/2011 9:20:21 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the POTM at 101, Chris.


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2/4/2011 5:39:53 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Martin, Kara, Patti & Nikki! Quite a thrill to get a POTM at 101!


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2/4/2011 6:18:11 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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This is a spectacular architectural capture Christopher! A WELL-DESERVED POTD! Congratulations!


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2/5/2011 3:18:27 AM

 
Kate Jackson
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Brilliant job Christopher! Congrats on the POTD!


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2/5/2011 3:22:46 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Stopped me in my tracks! Congrats on a well deserved POTD! (PS grew up in Alexandria)


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2/5/2011 3:37:54 AM

 
Josh A. Friedman
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This is a great shot with a very interesting perspective. Well done! Congrats on the POTD.


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2/5/2011 3:38:53 AM

 
Michael S. McCook
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Wow! Knocked me out with this image. I opened my POTD email and was expecting to do my usual glance at a rather nice photo and hit the delete button. But, Bang! this fantastic image pops up. I think you'll see one of the top honors with this one. It's magical. Big Congratulations on this great POTD.


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2/5/2011 4:06:27 AM

 
Carmody Baker
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Great capture. Congratulations Chris.


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2/5/2011 4:34:14 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Christopher on your Well-Deserved POTD Win, Now, we will wait for the GOLD Badge or even GP!!!!!


Dominick


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2/5/2011 4:42:12 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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This thread is going to get VERY long, Chris :) Congratulations on the POTD.


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2/5/2011 4:48:19 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Love this....Congratulations on your POTD!!


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2/5/2011 4:54:16 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a terrific POTD!


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2/5/2011 5:01:50 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Truly a masterpiece, Chris, and a fav for me! Congratulations on your awesome POTD!

Debby


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2/5/2011 5:10:52 AM

 
Wanda Knoss
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Congratulations Christopher! Love this image!


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2/5/2011 5:11:43 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your fantastic POTD, Chris! Get ready for the next award!


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2/5/2011 5:16:26 AM

 
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Congratulations Chris on this wonderful POTD. :O)


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2/5/2011 5:20:58 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Wow! This should get the grand prize! Amazing work, Chris!


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2/5/2011 5:26:24 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Chris - Congratulations on your POTD!! - Mike


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2/5/2011 5:27:54 AM

 
Stephen S. Maguire
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Marvelous capture!!! Congrats on POTD.


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2/5/2011 5:35:34 AM

 
Alan L. Borror
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Amazing image, Christopher! Congratulations on your POTD! I am sure we will see this again.


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2/5/2011 5:36:45 AM

 
Sue L. Cullumber
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Christopher - this is just gorgeous. The tones and comp. are fantastic! Big congrats on your POTD!


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2/5/2011 5:36:57 AM

 
Joy Rector
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congrats on the POTD


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2/5/2011 5:39:20 AM

 
Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
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Just plain perfect! Congratulations!


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2/5/2011 5:39:36 AM

 
Ryan Murphy
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fantastic wide-angle, shot chris! congrats on this POTD! Hope you enjoy your 10-22mm lens as much as I do!


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2/5/2011 5:59:17 AM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Congratulations, Chris, on your POTD! Superb work!


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2/5/2011 6:00:44 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Outstanding capture , congrats on your potd!:)


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2/5/2011 6:01:18 AM

 
Ken Smith
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Magnificant shot, Chris. Congrats to you!!


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2/5/2011 6:21:25 AM

 
Cheryl Schneider
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Superb! Congratulations.


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2/5/2011 6:27:08 AM

 
Richard D. Love
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Wow!!! The lines. The shapes. The tones. The composition. This just has it all, Chris. So well done.

Rick


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2/5/2011 6:32:57 AM

 
Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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Congratulations Christerpher...all I see is perfection.Bravo,well done!!!


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2/5/2011 6:35:02 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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Glad to see this one again - hope you had a great time with Jim.


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2/5/2011 6:38:54 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Great shot, Chris!! Congratulations!


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2/5/2011 6:41:37 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL and very well-deserved POTD, Chris!!!
Cesar


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2/5/2011 6:41:42 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Boy Usman called this one!!! Couldn't be happier if it was me Chris!! Congrats!!


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2/5/2011 6:53:25 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Awesome image Chris! Congrats on your POTD!


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2/5/2011 6:54:56 AM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on a spectacular POTD!!


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2/5/2011 6:57:16 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Absolute Perfection Chris, hope we see this again..

Congrats on this well deserved POTD!

jo ann c.


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2/5/2011 7:00:55 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving POTD! 8o)


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2/5/2011 7:20:31 AM

 
Les Rhoades
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Wonderful photographic eye.... and composition

Congrats on your POTD selection!


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2/5/2011 7:20:33 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! On its way to the TOP!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT :)


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2/5/2011 7:22:58 AM

 
Patricia (Pat) C. Exum
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Congrats on your POTD, beautiful as all of your work is. Hope all is well with you. I miss DC and coming to the Cathedral to photograph!


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2/5/2011 7:24:06 AM

 
Chuck Bruton
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Congratulations on POTD, Chris
a great rep for Group 101


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2/5/2011 7:30:03 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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What a wonderful use of the 10 to 22 to acomplish this marvelous perspective Chris! A big congratulations on this well deserved POTD!


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2/5/2011 7:43:13 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Woo Hoo! POTD... :-)


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2/5/2011 7:44:44 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Such a great angle for this, Chris. Truly marvelous! Congrats on your POTD!


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2/5/2011 8:00:31 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Definitely on the way up, Christopher!
A BIG gold badge, indeed. (Told ya so... ;) )
Bet we even see it wearing ANOTHER GOLD in the near future.
Love the curves and light in this incredible image. Great job!
Big congratulations on your POTD!
~♥~Lisa


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2/5/2011 8:02:34 AM

 
Shawn Jennings
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Very nice work, Chris! Congratulations on your POTD!


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2/5/2011 8:06:06 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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congrats on your potd...fab comp


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2/5/2011 8:09:12 AM

 
Bunny Snow
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Yes!
You definitely have the photographic eye envisioning the composition, lighting, curves and details of this creation, and then capturing it all with perfection. This exquisite!!! I'm envisioning a grand prize winner from BP.

Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris.


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2/5/2011 8:20:46 AM

 
Charlotte LaBarbera
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Congratulations! You've pulled us in - can't wait to see what's at the top of the stairs. Love the tones.


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2/5/2011 8:28:41 AM

 
Rita Hill
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A new personal favorite of mine. Excellent capture on this photo Chris! Congrats!


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2/5/2011 9:00:37 AM

 
Anne McKinnell
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I think this is one of my favourite photos of the day! Beautiful curves and lines, depth of field and overall composition. Very lovely tones as well. Congratulations!


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2/5/2011 9:09:00 AM

 
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WOW WOW WOW.. what else can I say


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2/5/2011 9:11:28 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Nothing unexpected here, Chris.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on the masterful capture and POTD Award! And now I agree with everyone else too, LOL!!!

UB.


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2/5/2011 9:30:42 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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I TOLD YOU SO!!! This is just the first yellow badge at BP...I bet...excellent work! Congratulations Chris!


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2/5/2011 9:33:24 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Chris, this is flat-out marvelous. All the way it goes.


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2/5/2011 9:43:29 AM

 
Nancy de Flon
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Absolutely brilliant, Chris--congratulations!


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Sheri Camarda
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You got it!!! Great shot! Congratulations on your POTD!


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Patricia A. Coblentz
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Beaming brightly, as if it were my own :)) Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris! The trek on this thread has just begun, I think :)


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2/5/2011 10:42:00 AM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Beautiful perspective and clarity! Congratulations!


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2/5/2011 10:48:43 AM

 
Pamela Koch
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Congratulations on this incredible POTD. I agree with many of the previous comments... this will be given many more awards. It is a photo to be VERY proud of. Stunning work!


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2/5/2011 11:36:52 AM

 
Lisa B. North
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Lucky for us you got your wide angle lens! This was worth the wait and absolutely stunning! Congrats!!


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2/5/2011 12:04:15 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your well deserved POTD, Chris!


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2/5/2011 12:05:19 PM

 
Marcel J. Fernandez
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One of the best images that I have viewed in a very long time. Congratulations!!


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2/5/2011 12:06:21 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I am blown away (and a little choked up, honestly) reading all these very, very kind words. Thank you, everyone, for the comments on this image, and taking the time to look.
This is a huge thrill for me; my fellow docents at the cathedral were beaming with me this morning, when I showed them the email notice from BP!


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2/5/2011 1:12:16 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Your patience paid off big-time, Christopher ~ this is superb!!
Congratulations on your well earned POTD!


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2/5/2011 1:42:49 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Great photo, Christopher
Congratulations on the POTD!


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2/5/2011 2:59:22 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on this beautiful POTD, Chris! :-) k


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2/5/2011 3:15:13 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your incredible POTD Chris!! I am thrilled for you!


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2/5/2011 3:33:05 PM

 
Don Johnson
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Way to go Chris!


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2/5/2011 4:05:24 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much!


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2/5/2011 8:14:34 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Wonderful! Amazing capture!


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2/5/2011 8:22:19 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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WOO_HOO!!! Not surprising to see this fabulous image as POTD, but definitely an exciting day for all of us who have enjoyed it and crossed our fingers for it to go far!! Congratulations, Chris, I think we are all as excited as you are! (well, close anyway!) :-)


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2/5/2011 10:01:55 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Wonderful perspective and tone. Congratulations !


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2/5/2011 10:27:57 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Gail, Michele & Graeme!


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2/6/2011 5:21:55 AM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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Magnificent shot, congratulations!


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PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Surely a winner.....
Thank you also for the information about "Yellin" I googled the name and was treated to many more photos and information about his artistry. You're so fortunate to have such a lovely place to photograph! Cheers.....


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2/6/2011 8:40:33 AM

 
Amanda D. Austwick
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Love the POV, and tones; beautiful image! CONGRATULATIONS!!!


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2/6/2011 11:10:41 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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Awesome pov and eod capture!! Big congratultions on a fabulous POTD Chris!!!


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2/6/2011 12:49:25 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, ladies!


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2/6/2011 1:39:02 PM

 
Stanley C. Sims  

Very well done Chris. Congratulations on the POTD.


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Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Stanley!


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2/7/2011 5:28:00 AM

 
Clyde P. Smith
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Congratulations on your POTD. Great POV, DOF, tones and lines.


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2/7/2011 8:15:56 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Congrats on your POTD. Really fine image!


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2/7/2011 11:09:33 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both!


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2/7/2011 4:51:44 PM

 

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Truly one of the best B/W images I have ever seen. The tones and details are perfect here. A very well deserved POTD award for you Chris. Congrats to you

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2/7/2011 10:38:10 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much Brian! I still feel I have a lot to learn on B/W and monotones (this one is not truly B/W, just very heavily desaturated, and I think, a sepia layer at some point.) I'm glad you like it!


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2/8/2011 4:26:13 AM

 
Martin Cregg
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Chris - Congratulations on the POTD and Finalist awards. This is a brilliant photo.


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2/10/2011 10:29:34 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Almost to the top of the ladder where the gold awaits this awesome image, Chris...congratulations on your magnificent finalist!!!


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2/10/2011 10:40:17 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Congratulations Chris!!! No surprise to see this one and hoping it goes all the way for you! Incredible composition and tones!!


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2/10/2011 10:45:37 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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It's an "of course" here, Chris. Go, go, go.


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2/10/2011 10:45:57 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your excellent finalist Chris!!! I'm so happy for you!


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2/10/2011 11:00:36 AM

 
Maxine C. Schnitzer
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This is fantastic Chris! I'm sure we'll see this again in the next round. Congratulations!!!


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2/10/2011 11:08:14 AM

 
Sarah A. Christian
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WTG, Chris!!! Going up, up up just like the stairs! Congrats on your finalist image - well deserved!


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2/10/2011 11:54:46 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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Wonderful Finalist!!!
Congratulations!
Best of luck in the next round!!

~J~


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2/10/2011 12:00:02 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!

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2/10/2011 1:54:23 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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On its way. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round.


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2/10/2011 3:20:27 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna


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2/10/2011 3:23:11 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your finalist!! :)


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2/10/2011 3:50:00 PM

 
Peter Appelbaum
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Looks like the Grand Prize to me. Outstanding image. Peter


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2/10/2011 4:05:55 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Looks all set for some more Golden decoration. CONGRATZ and hoping its the BIG one this time, Chris. Good luck!

UB.


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2/10/2011 5:41:24 PM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your fabulous finalist, Christopher.


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2/10/2011 6:21:47 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Woohooo!!!!!! I told you so!!!... Only I said.. GOLD... It's nice in silver... But DOUBLE GOLD will be better!!!!

HUGE congrats on this one and your others Chris!!


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2/10/2011 7:22:00 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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An incredible finalist. Congratulations!


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2/10/2011 7:57:03 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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We wouldn't have expected anything less on this one, and hoping for more!! Congratulations on all THREE of your finalists!! Each one is amazing. :-)


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2/10/2011 9:25:03 PM

 
Naomi Weiser
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congrat, its a great image!


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2/10/2011 9:30:25 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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No surprise here...I predict 1st or grand prize next...

Congratulations on your finalist ... until then!


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2/11/2011 1:04:18 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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You all know how to make a guy's day! Thank you so much!


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2/11/2011 3:52:20 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Congratulations Chris. I knew this was a winner the moment I saw it!


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2/11/2011 5:56:30 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Gorgeous well deserved finalist!! Congratulations.


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2/11/2011 7:28:39 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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I'm betting another Gold badge for this beauty Chris!!! Congratulations!


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2/11/2011 4:02:18 PM

 
Robert Jensen
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I knew this was a winner the second I saw it - keep 'em coming.


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2/11/2011 4:21:30 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much folks... fingers crossed!


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2/11/2011 4:43:23 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your terrific finalist, Chris. A winner for sure.


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2/11/2011 4:57:23 PM

 
Amanda D. Austwick
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Congrats Chris! I see a possible Gold soon!


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2/11/2011 5:12:54 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Wow, this is just awesome Chris. I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WIN!!!


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2/11/2011 7:00:01 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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What did I just say!!!! HUGE congrats to you Chris on this awesome and so deserving Grand Prize Winner!!!! WTG!!


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2/11/2011 7:04:34 PM

 
Shawn Jennings
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WTG Chris!!! Congratulations on this well deserved Grand Prize Winner!!!


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2/11/2011 7:05:33 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Whew.... ! WTG Chris. HUGE CONGRATZ on your GP win. And a double gold too, what a way to totally dominate the competition with such a wonderful shot. So very happy for you. Keep up the great work!!!

UB.


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2/11/2011 7:08:39 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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You may uncross your fingers now, Chris!


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2/11/2011 7:15:52 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Goody goody! Congratulations on the big win, Chris.


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2/11/2011 7:19:50 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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This is way to awesome....great work!
Congratulations on your GP!!! :)


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2/11/2011 7:22:29 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! WTG :)


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2/11/2011 7:25:41 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS :)


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2/11/2011 7:27:19 PM

 
David Phalen
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Told ya!! An amazing image!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on a great GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!!


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2/11/2011 7:29:53 PM

 
Robert Mann
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Big, huge, wonderful congrats on your Grand Prize, Christopher!


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2/11/2011 7:33:06 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Incredible image Christopher. Congratulations on this spectacular GP win! Awesome work!


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2/11/2011 7:33:31 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congratulations on your stunning Grand Prize win, Christopher!


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2/11/2011 7:34:36 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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DOUBLE GOLD.....DOUBLE GOLD... Who said it???

Man.. I am dancing for you!!! We all knew it was GP material...!!!

HUGE congratulations Chris!!!!!!

Did I say.. WOOHOO!?!?!


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2/11/2011 7:35:35 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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BIG Congratulations on this stunning Grand Prize Winner!!!


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2/11/2011 7:41:37 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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B*R*A*V*O!!!


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2/11/2011 7:41:44 PM

 
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Huge congratulations Christopher on your Outstanding Grand Prize Win!


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2/11/2011 7:43:29 PM

 
Melissa McCabe
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Congrats on this well-deserved win (and on your new lens!) -mm


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Patricia A. Coblentz
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Overwhelmed w/excitement for you, Chris...huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE win..fantastic!!!


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2/11/2011 7:49:16 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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OH MY! How exciting for you Chris!! I know this is a special image to you and with good reason! Loved it the first moment I saw it! Huge congrat's to you!!!


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2/11/2011 7:54:39 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on the big win, Chris! :)


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2/11/2011 8:00:01 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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How exciting for you...congratulations!!!


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2/11/2011 8:01:48 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your Grand Prize win!

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2/11/2011 8:05:20 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Congratulations on your GP Winner, Christopher! WTG, indeed!


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2/11/2011 8:08:31 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Who would have ever guessed? LOL! This is just amazing & well deserved, Chris, beyond words. Congratulations on the GP win!


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2/11/2011 8:09:45 PM

 

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Chris I am so very happy for you.. As I told you in the email I sent you , I thought this was the best b/w image I had ever seen.. And now you get a Grand Prize for this.. A very well deserved win for you Chris.. A very big Congrats to you my friend.. Awesome job... So happy for you

Brian


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2/11/2011 8:10:05 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving
GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!! 8o)


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2/11/2011 8:10:24 PM

 
Barbara Socor
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A brilliantly conceived and executed shot....Superior in all respects! Congrats on this stunning Grand Prize win!


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2/11/2011 8:17:12 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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WOW! All the accolades are certainly so well-deserved, Chris! Somehow I missed it on all its earlier prize-winning journeys...it is simply indescribable, brilliant, and certainly the best B&W image I have yet seen at BP! It's so complex and well-executed. Kudos to your vision to your technical expertise, and to your artistry. Many fine congratulations on this superlative Grand Prize Winner!


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2/11/2011 8:47:47 PM

 
Violeta Harrington
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Perfection in every way. Congratulations for the Grand Prize win!


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2/11/2011 8:59:17 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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A very well-deserved Grand Prize, indeed!!! I'm so happy to see this WONDERFUL photograph as the BIG WINNER, Chris!!! Congratulations, my friend!!!
Cesar


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Michele Peterson
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
What else can I say? Just very, very happy for you!!!!!! :-)


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2/11/2011 9:17:48 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Did I saw GP Chris? WoW, congratulations On this Super Fantabulous award ! ! ! !

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2/11/2011 9:56:55 PM

 
Monika Sapek
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Exceptional tones and composition! So well seen and done! Huge congratulations on your fantastic Grand Prize Winner, Christopher!


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2/11/2011 9:57:21 PM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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AWESOME, Chris!!!! This is great news! So excited for you... Hope you print and hang it some place where you can be reminded of the journey... a fine achievement!!! Congratulations!


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2/11/2011 10:24:23 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulatins on your amazing win, Christopher. Fantastic photo.


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2/11/2011 10:39:46 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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This was its´ destiny from the start! HUGE congratulations on this well-deserved and OUTSTANDING GP Chris!


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2/11/2011 10:40:35 PM

 
Debra R. Harder
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This is a great image, Chris!! Huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER!! WTG!! Deb


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2/11/2011 10:57:51 PM

 
Lynne Morris
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WTG Chris, Huge Congratulations on your Grand Prize Win, so well deserved, this is awesome.


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2/12/2011 12:51:32 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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Congratulations, Chris! This is an inspiring and wonderful image!


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2/12/2011 2:29:51 AM

 
Gail P. Sullivan
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Christopher ...an outstanding GP winner...congrats!


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2/12/2011 3:24:16 AM

 
Alan L. Borror
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Congratulations on a truly outstanding image!


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2/12/2011 3:49:05 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Loved this from the moment I saw it, Outstanding work and well deserved GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS
Chrisopher


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2/12/2011 4:11:49 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Chris on your stunning Grand Prize Win!


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2/12/2011 4:17:51 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Woo Hoo Chris!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner!!! Way to go!


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2/12/2011 4:52:12 AM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Not surprised at all..this is a perfect phiSpiral! Congratulations!


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2/12/2011 5:00:11 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your GP win...love this one


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2/12/2011 5:30:19 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Huge congratulations, Christopher on this dazzling and most deserved grand prize winner!!


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2/12/2011 5:46:01 AM

 
Wanda Knoss
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Congratulations on this wonderful win!!


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2/12/2011 6:17:24 AM

 
Ken Smith
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Man, you nailed this one, Chris...and 54 people have Fav'd it...outstanding and congrats!!


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2/12/2011 6:18:49 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Huge congratulation on your fantastic grand prize winner.


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2/12/2011 6:32:43 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Outstanding work, Chris! It's fantastic in every way - big congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prize Winner!


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2/12/2011 7:02:24 AM

 
Peter Appelbaum
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Well deserved Christopher. I knew this would be Grand Prize. Congrats. Peter


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2/12/2011 7:11:49 AM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Absolutely spectacular, Chris. I'm so happy for you. Huge huge congrats on this outstanding and wonderful GRAND PRIZE winner.


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2/12/2011 7:16:42 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations.


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2/12/2011 7:19:50 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations.


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2/12/2011 7:21:19 AM

 
Lydia Williams
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Gorgeous Chris...So happy for you and your grand prize winner..Well deserved!


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2/12/2011 7:29:15 AM

 
Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
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I knew it! I knew it! Congratulations and it is certainly the one I would have picked as well!


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2/12/2011 7:29:51 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Truly a GREAT image, Christopher!
One of those show-stopping shots that makes people pause and enjoy its beauty.
The tones. The comfortable soft light. Those gentle curves. That rich and mysterious setting.
So simple, yet so GRAND.
Wonderful in every way.
So glad to see it wearing the BIG GRAND GOLD Badge!
Blessings, Lisa


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2/12/2011 7:49:26 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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This is perfection, Chris, and I am delighted to see this extraordinary image as the Grand Prize winner.


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2/12/2011 8:09:28 AM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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OUTSTANDING and well deserved, Christopher!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! <><


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2/12/2011 8:20:07 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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A huge congratulations Chris on this magnificent Grand Prize winner! I can't wait to learn from the master :-) WTG!


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2/12/2011 8:39:59 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Chris - Huge congratulations on your big win!! - Mike


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2/12/2011 9:02:57 AM

 
Don Johnson
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Congratulations Chris! This is a stunning image! I told you you were the best photographer at BetterPhoto!


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2/12/2011 9:06:56 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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WTG, Chris!! HUGE Congratulations. You've come a long way, my friend, and here's the proof. A beautiful image well deserving of the Grand Prize.


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2/12/2011 9:11:28 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Wow, this is superb, Chris. Hearty congratulations on your Grand Prize win!!!


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2/12/2011 9:17:19 AM

 
Rita Hill
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Wow, how exciting for you. Congratulations and well deserved. Love this image.


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2/12/2011 9:21:20 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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WOW! I only just noticed this, Chris! Huge congratulations to you! I certainly agree with their choice this time!


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2/12/2011 9:30:50 AM

 
Ryan Murphy
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Congrats on the incredible journey this well-deserving image has been on!


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2/12/2011 9:59:55 AM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Just outstanding. Congratulations


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2/12/2011 10:15:16 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on your GRAND prize win, Chris! :-) k


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2/12/2011 11:26:30 AM

 
Mariann Kovats
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Gorgeous capture, congrats on your Grand Prize win!


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2/12/2011 11:59:08 AM

 
Karen Celella
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It doesn't get any better than GRAND PRIZE, Chris! Huge congratulations to you for this very well deserved, awesome winner! CHEERS!


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2/12/2011 12:05:50 PM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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The Grand Prize is for the best and the best this is!!! Congratulations, Chris on your outstanding and so very beautiful Grand Prize Win!!! Fantastic image!!!


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2/12/2011 1:54:51 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Grand Prize and very well deserved Chris, so happy for you!

jo ann c.


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2/12/2011 2:01:30 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your kind words on this image. I went to bed just minutes before the winners were announced last night, and my neighbors this morning were probably wondering what to make of my shrieks and hollering at 6:30am when I finally learned about this. I then had to dash out to the cathedral (today was a tour duty day for me) and I'm just now getting home.

I'm so happy with this! I've been a BP member for 64 months, and have learned so much here. Every month I pretty much drool over the Seconds, Firsts and Grand Prize images selected, always admiring them and wishing I could create images that good. To finally have an image of mine included in the ranks of other Grand Prize winners I have long looked up to, coveted and respected, is a bit overwhelming today---but so very thrilling and exciting!

Thank you again, for all the support and encouragement!! And if any BPers make it to DC sometime, look me up and I'll be happy to share a cathedral tour with you!


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2/12/2011 2:50:40 PM

 
Charlotte LaBarbera
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Thank YOU for your response and for the honesty and humility with which you have expressed your gratitude. I can tell from the many posts I have read concerning your work that you are well-liked and well-respected as a person as well as a photographer.

CONGRATULATIONS! Love everything about the image. It stays with you long after you have turned away from it.


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2/12/2011 3:09:26 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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It's A WIN!!!!
And the Grandest Win Of Them All!!!
Couldn't have picked a better Winner!!
A Well Deserved Win!
Many Congratulations Chris for this outstanding work of art!
(I hope that someday, I can learn to use my new 7D as well as you, and execute a perfect image such as this!)

WELL DONE!!!!!!!

~J~


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2/12/2011 3:33:13 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Chris, well done and I so hope you are enjoying this moment! Big Congratulations...so happy for you!


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2/12/2011 3:36:32 PM

 
Joseph T. Pilonero
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Ausome perspective, Christopher! I am in DC area often and have not even gone to the Washington National Cathedral. I love the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I guess I'll have to see the spot where you took this fab shot. Congrtulations on the huge win! Keep shooting. TED


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2/12/2011 5:00:54 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Brilliant Grand Prize! Big Congratulations Christopher!!!


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2/12/2011 5:54:30 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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SUPERB! CONGRATULATIONS!


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2/12/2011 6:09:17 PM

 
Rolando Rosito
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Big congratulations Christopher!! very deserving Grand Prize Winner!!


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2/12/2011 6:24:08 PM

 
Angie M. Davis
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Congrats Christopher! This is just stunning! Love everything about it!


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2/12/2011 6:33:14 PM

 
Dr Silly
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BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris on this GRAND Prize Win. :O)


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2/12/2011 6:41:41 PM

 
Sharon 
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Chris, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved POTD & Grand Prize Win!!!


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2/12/2011 7:38:52 PM

 
James Reininger
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I am waiting from Frankenstein or Dracula to appear. Stuning image. Great job lighting.


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2/12/2011 7:53:23 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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CONGRATULTIONS on your Grand Prize Winning image, Chris!


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2/13/2011 5:13:14 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all, very much; I'm still beaming today---such a treat!!


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2/13/2011 6:33:27 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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I am so happy this was selected - I am still amazed at the quality of your images, because you haven't been shooting very long, yet your images look like they were taken by a seasoned professional. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to come out there and meet you some day.


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PATRICIA A. CASEY
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Christopher,
Ditto all of the above....wonderful that this was selected...beautifully captured and executed....many best wishes in your photograhic endeavors!
Happy Shutterbugging.....


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2/13/2011 6:37:57 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Fantastic!!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize win. Exceptional image. Well deserved!


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2/13/2011 6:38:33 AM

 
Lois J. Adomite
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Perfection, huge congratulations on this win.


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2/13/2011 9:29:41 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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There are not many words left to say, everything is said already.
Therefore only one word: CONGRATULATIONs, Chris.


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2/13/2011 10:46:45 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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This is beautiful. I love this cathedral as many do. I will look for this view when I go back this year....A huge congratulations!


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2/13/2011 2:55:09 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, folks! Such a treat to read all these great comments from everyone!


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Laura E. Swan
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ON YOUR EXCELLENT GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
The Viewer Gets Completely pulled in with the line of the railing. WOW! This is an amazing image, Chris!

-Laura Swan


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2/13/2011 4:24:48 PM

 
Anna Diederich
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I LOVED this the first time I saw it! Huge congrats on y our well deserving grand prize win!


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2/13/2011 5:21:05 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both, Anna & Laura!


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2/14/2011 5:52:03 AM

 
Mark Seiter
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Congratulations on your grand prize win Christopher.....this is an awesome image and it was interesting to read that this was something you envisioned and then you finally went out and shot it once you got the right lens....very persistent.....nice job


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2/14/2011 6:34:03 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Mark. I'm revisiting several old favorite locations around the cathedral, to see what they offer to me with wide-angle now. I may never take that lens off the camera again ;)


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Patricia (Pat) C. Exum
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Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize!


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Patricia (Pat) C. Exum
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Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize!


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2/14/2011 2:24:28 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Christopher! What a fabulous image.


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2/14/2011 3:37:05 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Debra & Pat!


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2/15/2011 4:21:21 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Christopher, when this fantastic capture was selected as a POTD, I fully agreed with the bp judges.
Now that it's a Grand Prize Winner --- I fully agree with the bp judges, AND with everyone else writing above!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you!


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2/15/2011 4:49:38 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Congrats on this spectacular image!!!!!


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2/15/2011 7:58:56 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Gina & Mary--I appreciate it!


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2/15/2011 2:06:10 PM

 
Theresa Marie Jones
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Now that's thinking outside the box! Your image helps us see the world around us in exciting new ways! I love the way my eye goes to the focal point and down the steps and back up the rail. Very well composed!
CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOPHER!


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2/15/2011 3:40:21 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Theresa!


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2/16/2011 4:37:28 AM

 
Clyde P. Smith
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Conratulations on a stunning Win Chistopher!


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2/18/2011 8:39:28 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Clyde!


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2/19/2011 8:11:46 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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CONGRATZ. again Chris, now on the Grand Prize win at PG101!!!

UB.


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2/20/2011 10:58:59 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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The winning never ends (and it shouldn´t!!!) with this one - congratulations again Chris!


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2/20/2011 11:26:30 PM

 
Sarah A. Christian
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Congratulations, Chris, for being selected as POTM!
Very deserving of this and all the honors received!


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2/20/2011 11:35:23 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations Chris on your Favorite photo of the month win at PG101. The wins just keep on rolling on. :O)


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2/21/2011 1:59:26 AM

 
David Phalen
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BIG Congrats on the 101 POTM!!


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2/21/2011 5:47:06 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, PG101! I'm enjoying an embarrassment of riches on this image!


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2/21/2011 8:52:07 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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A brilliant image, Chris, so deserving of the Grand Prize!

Hearty congratulations on your magnificent win!
Debby


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2/21/2011 2:49:28 PM

 
Susan Fox
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A huge congratulations on your fabulously wonderful grand prize image!!!


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2/21/2011 5:13:06 PM

 
David M. Montero
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Congratulations Christopher. Great shot.


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2/22/2011 10:05:56 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Dave, Susan & Deborah!


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2/22/2011 8:26:03 PM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is an outstanding winner. Congratulations. Bill


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2/26/2011 4:56:58 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Bill! Just got some test prints (8x12) and I'm thrilled... gonna try out a larger format next.


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2/26/2011 5:56:25 PM

 
Marisol Pastor
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An outstanding image! Congratulations on a well deserved win!


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2/27/2011 2:00:49 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Marisol!


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2/27/2011 4:12:12 AM

 
Susana Heide
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A belated but heartfelt congrats on this huge success for you Chris!!! This image has received nothing but RAVE reviews ever since you shared it with us!!! When I look at it I feel like I could almost grasp on to the railing and walk up the stairs, because your angle makes the image seem dimensional! WOW!!! WAY TO GO Chris!!!!!


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2/27/2011 3:02:56 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Susana!


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2/27/2011 8:16:30 PM

 
Martin J. Wells  

Chris, I just saw that you are the grand prize winner. Fantastic news and many congratulations (albeit a bit late)!!

The comments say it all, this is a truly outstanding image.

regards, martin


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3/1/2011 6:31:28 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Martin; I appreciate it!


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3/1/2011 7:37:59 AM

 
Cathy M. Britcliffe
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Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Christopher!

Cathy :)


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3/1/2011 9:47:44 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Cathy!


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3/1/2011 4:17:27 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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HUGE Congrats on your AWESOME POTD


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3/11/2011 12:16:47 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Nancy!


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3/11/2011 6:55:51 PM

 
Paula Showen
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This is an outstanding composition! It's a perfect piece for B&W. Congratulations (even though I'm a bit late) on this gorgeous work!


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3/16/2011 2:47:12 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, Paula... You'll never be late---I'm still on cloud nine!


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3/16/2011 4:39:12 PM

 
Jill Battaglia
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I'll just add my congrats and my two cents to say how outstanding this is!! :-)


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7/6/2011 6:34:30 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much!


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7/6/2011 7:25:31 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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The 3 exposures made for very even tones and the POV is fantstic - Congrats Chris :)


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8/29/2011 6:32:05 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Carlton; HDR was definitely the way to go with the contrasty lighting and shadows.


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8/30/2011 3:54:22 AM

 
Nadia Paul
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What a stunning image this is Christopher - congrats on your GP win and POTD - so well deserved!


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9/23/2011 4:30:48 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Nadia! I love this image, and have a huge print of it hanging at home now!


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9/25/2011 5:48:24 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Belated congratulations on your Grand Prize and POTD Chris! Your POV is really inspiring. I was impressed again when you visited SF. Your view of architecture is quite unique and fresh. I can learn a lot from your work.


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10/15/2011 4:02:46 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I think we could trade off---You've got some spectacular shots I'd love to call my own. Thanks!


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10/15/2011 6:04:34 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Wow, this was worthg waiting to get so perfectly and it obviously paid off :-) Congrats!!!


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10/24/2011 11:33:15 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much!!


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10/24/2011 4:43:17 PM

 
Anna M. Halasz
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Love IT ! ~A~


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11/8/2011 9:47:49 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much!


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11/9/2011 3:44:50 AM

 
Summer A. Kozisek
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This image is spectacular, great composition, HDR work, and b&w presentation. Congratulations on your well deserved gold!!


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11/14/2011 10:29:55 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you so much, Summer!


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11/15/2011 3:48:45 AM

 
Rudi Reiner
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What a great POV! Congratulations!


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11/18/2011 6:48:31 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Rudi!


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11/18/2011 6:52:19 AM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Magnificent. There are not enough wonderful adjectives to describe this image!


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11/22/2011 11:33:50 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Allen!


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11/22/2011 7:48:16 PM

 
Antonio Amen
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Everything is perfect in this picture, well done.
Have a nice day
António


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12/2/2011 11:01:16 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Antonio!


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12/2/2011 11:12:03 AM

 
Gayle Johnson
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This is definitely one of my all time favorites. Classic. Congratulations!


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1/13/2012 11:21:48 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Gayle!


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1/15/2012 7:52:06 AM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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So beautiful indeed Chris and your work is very inspirational. Congratulations!


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2/28/2012 8:57:03 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, Reynaldo--I appreciate that!


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2/28/2012 10:30:58 AM

 
Jill Odice
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Congrats on the many awards this awesome image has received! All well deserved!


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3/3/2012 8:28:36 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Jill!


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3/3/2012 3:17:55 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Fantastic perspective. Congratulations


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Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Stephen!


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3/28/2012 11:39:57 AM

 
Gary Enloe
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This is fantastic Christopher. Outstanding POV

A big CONGRATS on being a winner

Well deserved!


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4/6/2012 9:29:45 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you so much, Gary!


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4/6/2012 12:18:07 PM

 
Katherine Kuhn
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Beautiful composition and tones!


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4/12/2012 8:33:11 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Katherine!


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4/12/2012 8:54:39 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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I see I'm not the only one that comes back to look at this beauty again and again. This is just perfection Chris. I am still in awe of this image.


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4/27/2012 11:06:17 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Dayna! I love it just as much... I have a framed print of it right here at my office desk!


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4/27/2012 11:12:28 AM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Hi Christopher; I was at this very spot a few weeks ago and thought of your image here. I tried to reproduce it (imitation is the best form of flattery, they say). I couldn't get a similar shot. This is a great image-- really nice work here!


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5/2/2012 6:30:16 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much! Glad you made it in; if you get back, look me up (usually only there on Saturdays.)
I'd shot this staircase many times over the years, but only when I finally got the ultra-wide 10mm, was I able to produce this look.
And I too was inspired by someone before me---I think it was Tom Statas that once showed me a different ultra-wide-angle capture of this stairwell, many, many years ago, that undoubtedly influenced my eye for it, when my time to shoot came along!


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5/2/2012 11:00:09 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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What a beautiful image and POV, Chris! Congrats on the POTD!!


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5/15/2012 7:54:37 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Shelly!


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5/15/2012 7:58:09 AM

 
Carol Eade
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Gorgeous work!


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5/17/2012 6:28:07 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Carol!


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5/18/2012 4:24:30 AM

 
Yulianto Soeroso
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dreaming


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6/5/2012 7:52:58 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Yulisanto!


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6/6/2012 5:50:37 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Sooo kool Chris..I just visited Linda's gallery and she has posted this with your guidance...she nailed it too!

Wonderful gallery...

jo ann c.


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7/13/2012 9:03:52 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks!


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7/13/2012 7:00:58 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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It's takes my breath away every time I look at it.


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9/5/2012 5:47:22 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I'm so glad! I still love it, nearly 2 years later! Maybe because I tried to get this kind of shot for several years, without success.


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9/5/2012 5:48:22 AM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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POTD and Grand Prize Winner. This picture deserves both honors. Congratulations my friend.


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9/7/2012 7:12:03 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Frank! I still get a big kick out of this one "going to the top" a year and a half ago!


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9/7/2012 7:37:39 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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Yep, I'm still looking at it and still loving it.


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10/3/2012 4:57:27 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Well thanks, Dayna! I still look and love it too--have a big enlargement hanging right behind me, and a smaller enlargement in my office at work! ;)


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10/4/2012 3:37:45 AM

 
Brian M. Jones
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I still think this is by far the most dramatic photo ever to grace BetterPhoto.. I commented on this when you won, but I still am in awe when I view this amazing image Chris


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1/21/2013 1:23:47 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Brian, for such high praise! I love this image to this day, and have a fantastic 20x30 print matted & framed right behind me as I type this.


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1/21/2013 6:44:57 PM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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WOW!!! Patience and perseverance. The ability to see it, envision it, execute it, and produce it. Just outstanding Christopher!


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5/19/2013 10:27:42 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Mike; yes, it took awhile to get the right equipment, in hindsight! The ultrawide EFS10-22 has since become probably my all-time favorite lens.


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5/20/2013 5:24:39 AM

 
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