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Cherry Compote II
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Cherry Compote II
Cherry Compote II
I couldn't resist a complete re-shoot of this setup; while I loved the first version, I didn't use a light tent, and wasn't keen on the reflected highlights.
So the reshoot is in the tent, daytime (vs. night) for more natural light, and a square crop vs. a 5x7. I like this one better already!
10/2011 EOD 2nd Place
The glass cherry rests in a chalice of turned ebony and tagua nut (aka vegetable ivory.) The chalice stands 1-3/4" tall. I've had a set of 5
of the cherries forever, and just picked up the chalice at a small-town festival in MA last weekend, made by a wonderful wood turner,
William Cudnohufsky, who specializes in tagua nut. I put the two together once home, and instantly thought I needed to try a photograph.
I used black foamboard at the back, and a big sheet of white paper, letting one edge curl up onto the foamboard,
and then carefully repositioned things until the b/w "seam" bisected the chalice where I wanted it to.

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Joy Rector
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    excellent shot, love it

10/19/2011 4:32:23 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Superb artistry, Chris.

10/19/2011 4:33:24 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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Outstanding!

10/19/2011 6:48:43 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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I love this, Chris!!!

10/19/2011 7:49:48 AM

 
Dave Montero
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I like using a light tent for that very reason Christopher. Well done!

10/19/2011 9:21:13 AM

 
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Awesome still like. :O)

10/19/2011 11:38:14 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Gorgeous comp and all that other stuff you do SO well.... :-)

10/19/2011 11:45:59 AM

 
ABDULRAHMAN AL-SABAAN
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Awesome!

10/19/2011 3:59:24 PM

 
Carol Eade
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Beautiful, love the comp and colors.

10/19/2011 5:31:06 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! This was such a fun little project, involving two of my favorite artforms (studio glass and turned wood.)

10/20/2011 3:47:31 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Terrific capture, Chris. Very creative.

10/22/2011 3:01:39 PM

 
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Thank you, Leslie!

10/22/2011 4:40:14 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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This is a beautifully presented image, Chris. Love it!

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10/30/2011 11:54:15 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Usman!

10/31/2011 3:43:55 AM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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Love it. Beautifully captured and presented.

10/31/2011 2:42:41 PM

 
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Glad you like it, Marcie; thank you!

10/31/2011 4:36:54 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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I flippin' LoVe this Chris!!!

11/1/2011 12:42:42 PM

 
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Woohoo! The Kara seal of approval---always a good sign! ;) Thanks!

11/1/2011 1:34:18 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Ooohhh!
Love the design elements in this sensual image!
~♥~Lisa

11/16/2011 5:39:17 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Good luck this month... This has WINNER written all over it!

11/16/2011 10:22:01 AM

 
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Thank you Lisa and Kara -- Kara, I hope you're right!!

11/16/2011 1:57:07 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Cool finalist, congrats! :)

11/16/2011 2:36:17 PM

 
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once again you have outdone yourself.. and I am so envious... great work

11/16/2011 2:44:59 PM

 
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This is fantastic, Chris! Congratulations on your well-deserved finalist.

11/16/2011 4:13:26 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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As always, a very creative, skillfully taken image. Congrats on this very deserving finalist Chris!

11/16/2011 4:27:19 PM

 
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Fantastic Chris, congrats!

11/16/2011 4:39:35 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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You know you have a cheering squad behind this series of images, and I'm so happy to see this one get a finalist!! Congratulations!!

11/16/2011 5:16:02 PM

 
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Terrific image ... congrats on your finalist!!!

11/16/2011 6:46:49 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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So-o cool Chris! Congrats!

11/16/2011 6:49:02 PM

 
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Not surprised about this silver!

11/16/2011 7:10:42 PM

 
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Nice, clean composition.

11/16/2011 7:13:04 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Perfect!!! Congratulations Chris!!

11/16/2011 7:43:49 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on a stunning finalist!!!! Very best luck in the next round!!!

11/16/2011 8:47:30 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Alrighty then :)) So happy to see this perfection with a finalist, Chris...good luck next round!!

11/16/2011 8:55:54 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Chris.

11/16/2011 10:36:05 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! This is a new favorite of mine; I'm thrilled you all (and the judges!) like it!

11/17/2011 3:40:40 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Such an incredible capture Chris, huge congratulations on your finalist award!

11/17/2011 9:07:22 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Such a winner this is, Chris. What a great idea, and you carried it out perfectly.

11/17/2011 9:28:38 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Fabulous, Chris - congratulations!!

11/17/2011 9:40:26 AM

 
Carla Capra
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Outstanding!
Congratulations.
;) CC

11/17/2011 12:12:19 PM

 
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Congrats, Chris... :-)

11/17/2011 12:54:10 PM

 
Monnie Ryan
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This just HAD to win, Chris - congratulations!

11/17/2011 1:32:37 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your gold win!! :)

11/17/2011 1:41:50 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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hahahahaha... I amuse me... I swear it's starting to look like I know something you don't..lol


HUGE CONGRATS!!

11/17/2011 1:49:48 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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CONGRATULATIONS, CHRIS!!!!

11/17/2011 2:02:03 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Big congratulations on your fabulous 2nd place win, Chris - I love this!

11/17/2011 2:04:52 PM

 
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Great idea and I'm sure you are very glad you went to the trouble to try this one again so you had a result you really liked personally. Congratulations on the 2nd place win, Chris.

11/17/2011 2:13:11 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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WTG, Chris...so glad you followed your instincts! Congratulations on your gold win!

11/17/2011 2:22:51 PM

 
Martin Cregg
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Inspiring!

11/17/2011 2:33:39 PM

 
Mary Beth Aiello
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Knew this was goping GOLD the first time I saw it. Wonderful work, Chris, and huge congrats on this outstanding WINNER.

11/17/2011 2:38:39 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Masterful artistry - impeccably and elegantly presented...and the real bonus (besides the wonderful GOLD!:), is it incorporates two of your favorite loves - studio glass and tuned wood! I bet you're smiling BIG today! Smile away (we're smiling with you!! :) :) Well-deserved and huge congratulations on a fine gold win!!

11/17/2011 2:40:13 PM

 
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Very huge Congrats on a fabulous winner, Chris!!!

11/17/2011 3:01:44 PM

 
Jill Battaglia
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awesome winner Chris!! Big Congrats!!

11/17/2011 3:22:25 PM

 
Ken Smith
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You nailed this one, Chris. Congrats to you!!

11/17/2011 3:25:59 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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AWESOME Chris! BIG Congrats!

11/17/2011 3:52:17 PM

 
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WTG Chris. A big congrats to you on this fabulous winner.

11/17/2011 4:20:36 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very, very much! I'm thrilled this one made it; had all my fingers crossed! ;)

11/17/2011 6:16:59 PM

 
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Big Congratulations on this awesome Gold 2nd Place Winner Chris... fantastic!!!

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11/17/2011 6:20:46 PM

 
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Congrats Chris on this fantastic winner!

11/17/2011 7:54:50 PM

 
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HUGE Congratulations on your win!!!

11/17/2011 8:06:53 PM

 
Naomi Weiser
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wow! congrats!

11/17/2011 10:06:51 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Chris, I can see why you like this one better...it's a winner! :-) Outstanding work!

11/17/2011 10:16:39 PM

 
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Congratulations Chris on your superb winner!

11/17/2011 10:34:42 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Knew this would be here!!! BIG congrats to you Chris on this outstanding winner!!!

11/18/2011 12:31:23 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Christopher on your fabulous winner!

11/18/2011 4:04:16 AM

 
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Thank you all very, very much!

11/18/2011 4:07:34 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a beautiful winner, Chris.

11/18/2011 4:39:03 AM

 
Susan K. Snow
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I've been thinking about a light tent for a long time, even though I no longer have my studio lights. Do you use studio lights or daylight?

I love the lighting you captured, the composition, and of course, the sharpness and clarity, beautiful color and tonality.

There is nothing sweeter than a winner when one has worked hard to achieve it. Congratulations on your winner, Chris!

11/18/2011 7:22:45 AM

 
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Tremendously good, Christopher!! How satisfying to take something good and make it even better. Congratulations on the well deserved award (although it should have been 1st in my opinion!)

11/18/2011 7:29:51 AM

 
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BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!!

11/18/2011 10:40:34 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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This is a true winner, Chris. Beginning with the vision to create something like this,right to the perfect way you executed it.
Huge congrats on this spectacular win.

11/18/2011 12:34:30 PM

 
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Many thanks, folks!
Bunny, I generally try to position the tent near my patio doors; it came with 2 small halogen lamps, and I will sometimes use those as well...

11/18/2011 1:29:47 PM

 
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YES! Happy to see it. Congratulations on scoring gold Christopher!

11/18/2011 3:13:14 PM

 
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congrats on your 2nd position winnings Chi, this is truly a work of art!

11/18/2011 3:53:28 PM

 
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A lovely, elegant winner.
Big congratulations, Christopher!
~♥~Lisa

11/18/2011 8:55:15 PM

 
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WOW! Beautifully thought-out and set-up, Chris, and the technical execution is flawless! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GOLD MEDAL WIN!

11/18/2011 9:54:31 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, folks!

11/19/2011 3:47:53 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Knew it was going to go, Chris, and so it should. Congrats to you.

11/19/2011 9:50:27 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Congrats on this gorgeous image!!!!

11/19/2011 10:08:14 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both, ladies!

11/19/2011 3:41:32 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

11/27/2011 9:36:07 PM

 
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Good GRIEF Chris! This is OUTSTANDING! WOW!

-Laura :D

1/24/2012 4:57:47 PM

 
Martin Cregg
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Chris - great lighting on this, as well as fantastic composition.

1/24/2012 5:18:14 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Merna, Laura & Martin! I was so happy with this win in November---a very fun setup to shoot, and two of my favorite art forms; glass and wood!

1/24/2012 5:50:22 PM

 
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Congrats Chris, I'm seriously jealous.

1/24/2012 5:52:37 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Sylvia!

1/24/2012 5:54:30 PM

 
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Excellent image!

2/22/2012 4:45:59 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, John!

2/22/2012 5:04:34 AM

 
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