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A rework of one of my many favorite captures from the Library of Congress. HDR of 3 exposures, while sitting on the floor, 10mm lens.
3/12 2nd Place - EOD

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    gorgeous

12/19/2011 4:12:54 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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What a beauty!

12/19/2011 4:33:31 AM

 
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Very cool pov, eod and colors here, Chris. Fantastic work!!!

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12/19/2011 4:57:32 AM

 
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What a great POV and beautiful HDR work, Chris!

12/19/2011 5:25:55 AM

 
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Outstanding!!! Terrific HDR work and beautiful colors. Excellent POV and comp. You have a winner coming up Chris...

12/19/2011 6:32:20 AM

 
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Very nice work here Chris. Your POV is captivating and holds the eye in this beautiful photo.

12/19/2011 6:51:04 AM

 
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Beautiful image, Chris... wonderful comp, leading lines and treatment!

12/19/2011 7:17:14 AM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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Truly beautiful. Nice repeating patterns, lighting and PoV.

12/19/2011 7:30:08 AM

 
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I agree with Katarina. Winner!!!!!

12/19/2011 10:28:43 AM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Marvelous!!!

12/19/2011 7:00:18 PM

 
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Thank you all very much!

12/20/2011 5:04:03 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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An amazing capture, Chris.

12/27/2011 6:46:55 PM

 
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Thanks, Leslie!

12/28/2011 5:05:33 AM

 
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Can't wait to see a big, gold badge under this one Chris. It's coming...just a matter of time now!!!

1/16/2012 4:36:58 PM

 
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can you get any more talented LOL... love this

1/16/2012 4:49:41 PM

 
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Wow!
Great pov and comp!
Great job!
~♥~Lisa

1/16/2012 5:45:37 PM

 
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Thanks so much, Dayna, Tony & Lisa! Tony---I hope the answer to that question is "Yes"! But I truly appreciate the sentiment, and am glad you love the image too---the building is a photographer's dream (if you like that sort of thing! ;)

1/17/2012 4:23:57 AM

 
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Nice work, Chris - you inspire us.

"On the floor" because (a) you wanted that perspective, or (b) tripods aren't allowed in the LOC, or maybe (c) both?

It looks like one could spend a lifetime in just a few DC-area buildings.

3/6/2012 5:40:41 AM

 
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Thank you Terry---DC is a fantastic place to photograph and tour, definitely!

The Library doesn't allow tripods without an permit arranged in advance... I had arranged a permit for this visit, and was actually using my tripod at the lowest setting possible, to get close to the floor to pull in the mosaic patterns.

3/6/2012 5:53:59 AM

 
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Already a beautiful fav of mine - it should go much longer than an EP in my opinion!!! Keeping my fingers crossed...

(But how can you even think about upgrading the camera so that the 10-22 mm would be impossible to use?!?!)

3/6/2012 6:53:16 AM

 
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Thanks, Katta! Crossing my fingers, too!
If I ever do get to a full-frame body, I will have to instantly buy the 16-35L lens, to replace our mutually-beloved 10-22mm for ultra-wide shots like this. (I hear the 14mm is also fantastic on a full-frame!)

3/6/2012 7:12:27 AM

 
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Absolutely outstanding! Good thinking: Getting permission to use a tripod in advance. Everything is perfect! Expect this to bring in honors in the winner's circle.

4/4/2012 7:51:45 AM

 
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Thank you, Bunny! I prefer shooting with a tripod 99% of the time, if I can, so it always pays to find out beforehand, what the rules are! I hope you're feeling better!

4/4/2012 10:21:51 AM

 
Jackie M. Sajewski
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Awesome. Just love everything about it.

4/19/2012 4:01:46 AM

 
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Thank you, Jackie!

4/19/2012 4:22:12 AM

 
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Congrats on your finalist, Chris! Good luck in the next round!

5/1/2012 8:07:01 PM

 
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Congratulations on a terrific finalist, Chris!

5/1/2012 8:23:57 PM

 
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Huge congrats and best luck with this beauty, Chris!!!

5/1/2012 8:27:58 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your finalist!! :)

5/1/2012 8:30:15 PM

 
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Congrats on a stunning finalist, Chris.

5/2/2012 3:57:17 AM

 
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Thank you very much! The Library of Congress remains my 2nd-favorite building in DC, and this one was part of a 3-hour visit spent photographing it; I'm thrilled that an image from that day finally placed in the contest!

5/2/2012 4:08:43 AM

 
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Wonderful place and photo of it, Chris. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round.

5/2/2012 4:22:32 AM

 
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Congratulations on your fabulous finalist, Chris - a wonderful image!

5/2/2012 6:03:36 AM

 
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This is amazing. I think it is one of your best. Congratulations.

5/2/2012 6:27:20 AM

 
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Great perspective, Chris! Congratulations on your finalist!

5/2/2012 6:51:04 AM

 
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CONGRATZ on the lovely Finalist, Chris.

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5/2/2012 7:27:01 AM

 
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What an amazing Finalist Cjros, big congrats!

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5/2/2012 8:13:29 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS, Christopher!

5/2/2012 8:22:22 AM

 
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Congratulations Chris!

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5/2/2012 9:35:14 AM

 
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An amazingly wow image, Chris! Congratulations!!

5/2/2012 10:17:35 AM

 
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Many thanks, folks!
Art - From the day's entire series of images, this has always been my top favorite!

5/2/2012 11:09:18 AM

 
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Congrats on your finalist...fab

5/2/2012 11:15:24 AM

 
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Congrats Chris!

5/2/2012 8:10:19 PM

 
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Thank you both!

5/3/2012 3:29:24 AM

 
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Very dramatic; beautiful composition

5/3/2012 6:19:38 AM

 
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Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Chris!

5/3/2012 8:09:46 AM

 
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Congratulations on your awesome finalist, best of luck in the next round!!!

5/3/2012 10:01:19 AM

 
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Thank you Nancy & Patty, and the BP Judges, very much!

5/3/2012 11:39:55 AM

 
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:)

5/3/2012 1:38:10 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your awesome win! :)

5/4/2012 8:07:25 PM

 
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Awesome Gold, Chris... :-)

5/4/2012 8:22:56 PM

 
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Didn 't I say so?! ;)

Congratulations on your superb and beautiful winner Chris!

5/4/2012 11:07:33 PM

 
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You know to listen to Katarina :-)
BIG Congrats to you Chris on this awesome image and deserving winner!!

5/5/2012 12:06:06 AM

 
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Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Chris!!!

5/5/2012 12:21:36 AM

 
Janet Fikar
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Wow - beautiful shot. Amazingly sharp for hand holding from the floor. You rock!

5/5/2012 4:36:42 AM

 
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Congrats on a beautiful winner, Chris.

5/5/2012 5:08:08 AM

 
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Huge congrats on your beautiful winner, Chris!

5/5/2012 5:51:49 AM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your stunning win, Chris!

5/5/2012 6:07:12 AM

 
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Congratulations on a very well-deserved win, Chris!!

5/5/2012 6:49:15 AM

 
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Knew it when I set my eyes on it...has to be a winner!! Congratulations, Chris...an awesome image so well deserving of gold!!

5/5/2012 6:57:36 AM

 
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BIG congrats Chris on this fantastic winner!

5/5/2012 7:02:00 AM

 
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That picture fascinated me from the begin.
The light, the POV, the incredible clarity.
So no surprise.
Big congratulation, Chris.
Sometimes sitting on the floor is embarassing, but mostly rewarding.LOL

5/5/2012 7:13:28 AM

 
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Gotta love this Chris! This building "keeps on giving" with the gold! Congrats!

5/5/2012 8:20:25 AM

 
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Congratulations on the well-deserved gold, Chris! Love this fabulous image!

5/5/2012 8:24:16 AM

 
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Way to go, Chris! Congrats on the win!!

5/5/2012 9:04:07 AM

 
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BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!!

5/5/2012 9:06:04 AM

 
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Incredible colors and details, such an interesting place!! Congratulations on the win!!!

5/5/2012 9:06:47 AM

 
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The lighting, the detail are over the top amazing! Congrats on your win.

5/5/2012 9:30:00 AM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Congratulations Christopher on this GORGEOUS WINNER!

5/5/2012 10:04:55 AM

 
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Another one of your amazing DC architectural captures, Chris! Love your POV, lighting and detail. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GOLD MEDAL WIN!

5/5/2012 11:50:03 AM

 
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Congratulations on your well deserved Gold. Such an awesome capture and so beautifully exposed.

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5/5/2012 2:03:29 PM

 
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Thank you all very much! After the cathedral, this is my favorite building to photograph in DC, so this is a terrific thrill!

5/6/2012 7:31:41 AM

 
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Your love of the subject shines in every image, Chris. Many congratulations.

5/6/2012 10:37:53 AM

 
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FANTASTIC Chris!!! You have such a great eye for design and presentation. Congratulations on your excellent GOLD winning image!!! WTG!!!

5/6/2012 10:57:39 AM

 
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Well here we are, through thick and thin. It is a joy to be able to be supportive and to congratulate each other for another month of magnificent photographs during May, 2012. I send all of you my very best, Merna Nobile

5/6/2012 2:55:59 PM

 
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You da man, Chris...congrats on this beautiful photo!

5/6/2012 6:11:25 PM

 
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Thank you, Ken, Merna, Donna & Mitch! I appreciate it!

5/6/2012 7:46:03 PM

 
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Great to see this with a Gold Badge, Chris ;)

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5/6/2012 10:33:45 PM

 
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Thanks, Usman! I was thrilled to get it!

5/7/2012 4:15:57 AM

 
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No surprise here Chris. This is stunning.

5/7/2012 5:45:11 AM

 
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Stunning ,Chris. Well-deserved win. Can hardly wait to go back into this gorgeous building.

5/7/2012 8:15:42 AM

 
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Thank you both, Dayna & Debbie! Hope to see you this summer, Debbie, if you make that trip... Dayna, gotta find a way to get yourself out this way, too, sometime!

5/7/2012 10:09:35 AM

 
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No surprise here, Chris. This had WINNER written all over it. Gorgeous. Huge congrats on your GOLD.

5/10/2012 2:16:57 PM

 
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Many thanks, Mary Beth!

5/10/2012 6:32:54 PM

 
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Congratulations on scoring gold with this marvelous capture Chris!!!

5/11/2012 7:34:46 PM

 
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Thank you, Dave!

5/12/2012 4:41:04 AM

 
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Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! I just wish I had more time to look at the galleries of the Better photo photographers.How I wish one day in my life to have my dream come true and visit this library and your churches.

6/28/2012 12:54:42 PM

 
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Thank you!
I know what you mean, Fernanda---there's so little time in the day; and so many great photos to enjoy at BP! I would love to browse more, too, like I used to years ago!
If you ever cross the pond, let me know!

6/28/2012 1:13:36 PM

 
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Another superb architectural photo! I love the shiny maeble with reflections. Congratulations agin on your Win!

7/22/2012 8:17:08 AM

 
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Thank you very much!

7/22/2012 8:37:54 AM

 
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This thread just goes on forever. It is a superb image of a magical place. I wish I had gotten down on the ground whe u was there. A moment of embarrassment, maybe, but years of satisfaction of an image well done and so enjoyed by so many people.

I am sorry to say that I am unable to go on the Phellos trip to DC next month and was hoping to meet you. Between my husbands two surgeries in this past month, and no more leave-time and my falling off one step last Sunday and breaking two toes and possibly facing surgery, I 'm out for the count. I am so glad I got to see some of your favorite haunts while I there this spring!

7/22/2012 9:35:21 AM

 
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Am only working on my iPad as I can't get gown the hall to my computer and external hard drive. So I make lots of mistakes typing. Meant to say " wish I had gotten on the ground when I was there".

7/22/2012 9:40:00 AM

 
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Thank you, Debbie! I'm sorry to hear about your ordeal of a year, and that you'll miss out on your DC trip... there's always 2013! Take care!

7/23/2012 4:03:12 AM

 
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