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Abundant Light

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Abundant Light
Washington National Cathedral reopened to the public 11/13, 80 days after the M5.8 VA earthquake. The worst of the tons of damaged
masonry has been safely stabilized, and heavy dismantling is underway. Thus, 11/19 was the first Saturday of touring, and the celebratory
mood was boosted by strong sunlight in crystal-clear air. That called for a visit to the south arcade aisle featuring Wilson's tomb.
It is my annual tradition to shoot the morning light of late fall/early winter in this aisle; no other time produces quite this light show!
All the pools of color are sunlight through stained glass; no colors added in editing. Each year, I've tried to improve on the prior year's image;
I think this is the best result I've produced in all 5 years; the wide-angle lens finally let me capture some of the far nave wall and colors behind the tomb.
3 RAW wide-bracketed exposures, adjusted to 6 files for HDR, at 10mm.

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Michael G. Marshall
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    Wow! Incredible image, Christopher! Love the comp, light, color and lines! Michael


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11/22/2011 3:38:05 AM

 
Jack Gaskin
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HOLLY COW GREAT STUFF Hats off on your efforts over the years here.

Jack


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11/22/2011 4:12:46 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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This is absolutely beautiful Chris. So happy to see it opened again.


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11/22/2011 4:24:07 AM

 
Joy Rector
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gorgeous shot


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11/22/2011 5:10:53 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Beautiful shot of an amazing place, Chris. Love the lines, light, and, above all, colors. Thanks for point out that glimpse we have of the far nave wall -- lovely backdrop for the tomb.


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11/22/2011 5:33:20 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Excellent!
Beautiful!


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11/22/2011 6:01:05 AM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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So well done. Beautiful colors, comp and light.


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11/22/2011 6:27:48 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Magnificent light, color, and POV, Chris. A stunning image!


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11/22/2011 6:36:11 AM

 
Dave Montero
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I thought the light was the result of post processing. Sorry for doubting you. Awesome capture Christopher.


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11/22/2011 8:55:03 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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fabulous colors and architectural capture!!!


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11/22/2011 11:44:13 AM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Absolutely beautiful, Chris! Extraordinary work to capture this so perfectly; it really emphasizes mood, both solemn and surreal at the same time!


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11/22/2011 11:53:53 AM

 
Robert Jensen
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SUPERB!


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11/22/2011 12:09:20 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Such heavenly light and color
Beautiful work, Christopher


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11/22/2011 4:07:09 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Stunning capture and colors, Chris.


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11/22/2011 6:39:35 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! I'm really pleased with how this "5th take" from this annual series has turned out!


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11/23/2011 3:58:56 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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(sigh) ........... Awesome!!!!! Best of the best Chris!


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11/30/2011 12:56:27 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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hehehe... thanks, Renee!!


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11/30/2011 3:43:00 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Soooooo beautiful Chris! You are just the master of Cathedral shots!


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12/5/2011 6:45:19 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Judy!


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12/5/2011 7:21:13 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Absolutely beautiful, and an excellent narrative as well. Thanks for sharing the info; it makes a fantastic image even more enjoyable.


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12/14/2011 9:52:13 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Man thanks, Peggy! I've got all my fingers crossed for this one! ;)


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12/14/2011 10:18:06 AM

 
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