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WWII Strike
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
WWII Strike
WWII Strike
A total rework from RAW of a favorite "lucky" shot. I was shooting on the National Mall with Sue Rosin, and we knew a storm was approaching soon. We were
at the WWII Memorial (shown) around 9pm; I wanted a motion-blur fountain capture. I set up the tripod & camera for a very long exposure, and halfway
through it, this MASSIVE lightning strike hit with no warning, seemingly yards away. (I'm sure it was farther than it looked.) I yelled out loud,
partly in fear, partly knowing I'd captured it, and then had to wait out the exposure, before I could see how it turned out. This rework fixes many things
in the original, particularly noise, and color cast. A new crop and larger BP image size, and some other editing steps I didn't know about last time.
08-11 2nd Place, T&P

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Joy Rector
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    awesome

8/28/2011 4:47:24 AM

 
Martin Cregg
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Outstanding photo, Chris.

8/28/2011 4:51:34 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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Lucky, yes, but also skilled and very outstanding in every way!!

8/28/2011 5:01:02 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Amazing - Outstanding every way!!

8/28/2011 5:23:55 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Winner!!!!!!

8/28/2011 5:26:26 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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WOW, this is gorgeous!

8/28/2011 5:36:01 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Spectacular and beautiful work...as powerful as the natural forces displayed! Looks like a new winner to me...

8/28/2011 9:03:51 AM

 
Dave Montero
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Great capture of this magnificent memorial. Electrifying Christopher.

8/28/2011 2:22:52 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Amazing, Chris!! Fabulous timing, composition, and processing.

8/28/2011 7:29:42 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much for the kind words; I'm very pleased with this reworked version!

8/29/2011 4:06:54 AM

 
Ann Varley
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This is truly spectacular Christopher!
I'll be in Washington DC in October, hoping to shoot in the same area. I'm sure I wont have THIS kind of luck though. WOW!

8/29/2011 9:44:59 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Ann! Look me up when you get here; perhaps we can go out shooting together---I enjoy meeting fellow BPer's!

8/29/2011 11:26:30 AM

 
Susan Fox
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What can I say, it's perfection!

8/29/2011 12:02:02 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Susan!

8/29/2011 2:40:49 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congrats on your beautiful Finalist Chris!!! Great job!!

9/25/2011 2:58:29 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Just perfect, Chris! Wonderful and deserving Finalist!

9/25/2011 3:17:22 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist, Chris. Good luck in the next round.

9/25/2011 3:42:03 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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A wonderful rework and stunning entry. It's on its way. Congratulations on the Finalist and best of luck in the next round.

9/25/2011 4:16:27 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :)

9/25/2011 4:19:09 PM

 
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Very dramatic!

9/25/2011 4:40:30 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Way to go Chris!!!! Love this! Congrats!

9/25/2011 4:54:04 PM

 
Ann Varley
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Was there ever any doubt? Congratulations Chris!

9/25/2011 5:42:47 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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AWESOME!!! Congratulations Chris!! WTG :)

9/25/2011 6:12:19 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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Fantastic, Chris! Glad to see this get a finalist!!

9/25/2011 6:35:11 PM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Congratulations Chris!

9/25/2011 7:07:45 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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I love this dramatic image, Chris! Congratulations on your fantastic finalist.

9/25/2011 8:23:01 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Amazing, Chris...congratulations!

9/25/2011 9:43:20 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Christopher.

9/25/2011 10:46:50 PM

 
Naomi Weiser
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wow, great capture, congrats

9/26/2011 1:18:01 AM

 
Naomi Weiser
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congrats, what a unique capture

9/26/2011 1:24:14 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Totally awesome Chris...congratulations...I'm sure we'll see this one again!!

9/26/2011 5:31:20 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your finalist...simply awesome

9/26/2011 6:58:08 AM

 
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Congratulations on thise awesome finalist Chris!

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9/26/2011 9:12:06 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, folks (and the BP Judges!) for the kind words! This has long been a favorite image; the fresh rework I did was way overdue, given the things I see as flaws today, in the original version. I like it so much better than before!

9/26/2011 9:29:17 AM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Congrats Chris on this stunning finalist...I smell gold! :-)

9/26/2011 2:32:50 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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This is so cool Chris, a beautiful finalist, congratulations!

9/26/2011 2:50:14 PM

 
Debra R. Harder
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WOWZA...this is absolutely SUPERB, Chris! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb

9/26/2011 3:09:01 PM

 
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Thank you very much, ladies!

9/26/2011 6:12:15 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on a super fab finalist, Chris!!! Very best luck with this outstanding image!!!

9/26/2011 7:49:42 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations on your amazing win, Chris!!

9/26/2011 10:56:42 PM

 
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HUGE congratulations on your excellent Winner,Chris!!

9/26/2011 11:25:20 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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WTG Chris - congratulations on this superb winner!

9/26/2011 11:35:51 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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I don't blame you for yelling out .... how awesome is this!!!! BIG congrats to you Chris on this excellent capture and deserving WINNER!!

9/27/2011 1:54:24 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on your awesome win, Chris!!! Yeah!!

9/27/2011 3:59:16 AM

 
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Wonderful shot, Chris! Big congrats! Resubmits do pay off sometimes, don't they?

9/27/2011 4:24:59 AM

 
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Fabulous exposure and lightening was the icing on the cake, Chris. HUGE CONGRATZ on the beautiful Gold Winner, WTG!!!

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9/27/2011 4:25:08 AM

 
Ann Varley
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Awesome GOLD !! WTG !!

9/27/2011 5:06:35 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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A truly amazing image Chris. Congrats!

9/27/2011 5:29:52 AM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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A well deserved Winner! Congratulations, Chris!

9/27/2011 5:41:14 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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I knew when you showed me this in DC, Chris it had winner written all over it. Truly an amazing shot! Congratulations to you on this so deserved win!

9/27/2011 5:50:37 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your win :)

9/27/2011 6:22:57 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! I'm thrilled this "made it" as I like it so much better than my first attempt awhile back!

9/27/2011 6:27:10 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Congratulations on your awesome win!!!

9/27/2011 6:32:03 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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I remember you showing this to me too when in DC and thought it was an amazing shot, Chris! Congratulations on a well deserved win!!

9/27/2011 6:32:46 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Congrats on your gorgeous WINNER Chris!!! Amazing capture!!!!!

9/27/2011 6:41:29 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on your Awesome Winning image!

9/27/2011 7:16:28 AM

 
Anna Diederich
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Congratulations! This is just stunning!

9/27/2011 7:42:38 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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This one just HAD to be a winner, Chris - big congratulations!

9/27/2011 7:49:20 AM

 
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Wow Chris..what a double thrill! Great capture and deserving win! Congratulations!

9/27/2011 8:24:20 AM

 
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Absolutely BRILLIANT, Chris! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER! Deb

9/27/2011 8:34:47 AM

 
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Congratulations, Christopher!

9/27/2011 8:54:45 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your amazing winner, Christopher!

9/27/2011 9:19:48 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations on your winning photo

9/27/2011 11:02:40 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Lighting strikes twice and twice makes perfect. Congratulations on the gold, Chris.

9/27/2011 12:29:02 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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I told you I smelt gold! :-) Congratulations Chris!

9/27/2011 12:53:34 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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No surprise. Congrats on an amazing winner, Chris.

9/27/2011 12:58:10 PM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Timing is a wonderful reward to images Chris and you got this timed just right! Congratulations on your Gold!

9/27/2011 1:01:07 PM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Congratulations on this awesome capture, and the gold medal!

9/27/2011 2:57:34 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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Magnificent capture, congratulations!

9/27/2011 6:10:08 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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I ditto what Mitch said! Congratulations on "another" win for this fabulous image. It needs to be in a magazine somewhere, it's amazing!!

9/27/2011 6:12:25 PM

 
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It's all in the crop! :-) Congrats, Chris...definitely deserving of the gold!

9/27/2011 6:26:10 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much for the kind words!

9/27/2011 7:12:39 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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I am so pleased to see this in the winner's circle Chris. Congratulations, just incredible!!!!

9/28/2011 12:23:45 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Donna!

9/28/2011 3:45:41 AM

 
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Congratulations Christopher on your Win!!!


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9/28/2011 4:56:23 AM

 
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So glad you waited for this Chris. Huge congrats on this beauty.

9/28/2011 7:27:35 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Dominick & Mary Beth!

9/28/2011 6:07:49 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this well-deserved Winner, Chris!!! It is a BEAUTIFUL photograph!!!
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9/29/2011 6:39:49 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Definitely one of my favorite winners of the month, Chris. So dramatic and well done. Big congratulations!

9/29/2011 6:45:42 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both, Cesar & Lindley!

9/29/2011 11:08:06 AM

 
Dave Montero
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Congratulations on your second place selection of this striking image Christopher!

9/30/2011 7:09:43 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Dunno if you intended a pun, but I got a chuckle---thanks so much, Dave!

9/30/2011 8:30:49 AM

 
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Fantastic capture, Chris! Timing, eh!? Love the lighting. Congratulations on a well deserved winner!!

10/2/2011 1:26:21 PM

 
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Congratulations!
You’re the kind of person who makes the world a better, brighter place…You worked hard for this, you made it happen, and you have a right to be proud. So enjoy these satisfying moments; you deserve every one! Merna

10/2/2011 1:27:37 PM

 
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BIG congratulations Chris on this awesome winner!

10/2/2011 7:53:41 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, folks...!

10/2/2011 8:46:14 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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WOW, Chris! Very scary, but so very worth it! Really awesome capture! Sorry I'm so late, but HUGE CONGRATS on this most marvelous winner!

10/3/2011 9:58:44 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Rona!

10/4/2011 8:27:04 AM

 
Amanda D. Austwick
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WOW Chris, what a great lightning catch to top off a great image! CONGRATULATIONS on this well deserved Gold Winner!

10/15/2011 3:29:29 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Amanda!

10/15/2011 6:04:57 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Holy Doodle, Chris! WOW! Talk about a STRIKING image! This is so totally awesome. Isn't it true that as we learn and grow we can take an already cool photo and raise it up to a whole new level? Well, now you have seen it go gold with your new skills. I just did this yesterday. (Took an older image and reworked it). What a difference. It went Finalist last time around but maybe she will hit Gold this time! (The Lady of the Forest).

On Your More Than Deserving Gold Win, Chris!

-Laura :D

P.S. Nice to see you again. It's been a while! :D

5/9/2012 10:47:34 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Laura! I do enjoy reworking some of my oldest favorites... We're always (hopefully!) continuously learning new skills, so why not revisit some older "worthy" images and see if they'd be improved---I think this was a perfect example. (Though pleasantly, the first version, which I now see as inferior) also managed 2nd Place, awhile back!)

5/10/2012 10:34:09 AM

 
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