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Abundant Light
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Abundant Light
Abundant Light
I have an annual tradition to shoot the morning light of early winter in this cathedral aisle; no other time produces quite this light show!
All the pools of color are sunlight through stained glass. Each year, I've tried to improve on the prior year's image; new techniques, new
compositions, different lenses... I think this is my personal best. The ultra-wide angle lens captured the far nave wall and colors behind the tomb.
3 RAW wide-bracketed exposures, adjusted to 6 files for HDR, at 10mm.
02/12 Finalist - T&P
Used in the cathedral's 2014 wall calendar and the digital wallpaper version as well.

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Gregg Johnstun
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    This is unreal. Incredible colors. Fantasy-like. Thanks for sharing.

1/29/2012 11:03:59 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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I've loved this view in the previous images you've submitted, Chris, and this one is absolutely fantastic. The light, color, reflections, and composition are truly amazing!

1/29/2012 12:43:06 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Surely your next G.P., Chris. This is positively awe-inspiring.

1/29/2012 2:34:22 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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The light is magical with a superb composition; good luck with this one, Chris...a beauty!!

1/29/2012 10:35:01 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Absolutely gorgeous! POV, comp and colors are superb and the clarity you present in your pictures is just amazinig. A winner in my book!

1/29/2012 11:09:38 PM

 
Joy Rector
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beautiful

1/30/2012 4:05:12 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much!

1/30/2012 4:19:24 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Well, well, well, well, well. :) This is just gorgeous, Chris -- the colors, clarity, detail and depth do this beautiful space justice and I know no greater compliment.

2/1/2012 6:38:00 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much Nikki!
And thank you for the suggestions you made on the similar, portrait-orientation image!

2/1/2012 1:46:34 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Wow image, Chris!! Agree with Michelle!!!

2/28/2012 8:35:17 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Ellen... I shall resubmit it!

2/28/2012 10:30:21 AM

 
Yulianto Soeroso
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amazing color

3/2/2012 3:26:40 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Yulianto!

3/2/2012 5:10:00 AM

 
hayden Cannon
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Great photo Christopher, I must get some lessons sometime : ). Fantastic colours, comp, lighting and details fantastic shot!

3/3/2012 12:17:02 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Hayden!
I will gladly set up a swap---you give me lessons on your amazing macros, and I'll share what I know in the cathedral!

3/3/2012 5:23:13 AM

 
hayden Cannon
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I will also gladly swap, though I still believe you are far in front with your work. Perhaps you can teach me how to get so many stunning finalists and winners :).

3/3/2012 5:44:50 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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It's a deal---we each have stuff to share! If I ever get to Oz, or you come to DC, we'll have to make this happen!

3/4/2012 6:14:19 AM

 
hayden Cannon
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It's a deal, Yeah I couldn't agree more! : ). Now I will stop clogging up your comments page :P I look forward to seeing more of your work.

3/4/2012 7:44:38 AM

 
John Connolly
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What a superb cathedral image, Christopher! This looks like a magnificent house of worship!
We don't need any more earthquakes, that's for sure!

3/11/2012 1:15:29 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, John! You're certainly right about the quakes!

3/11/2012 4:35:08 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Stunning capture and light, Chris. I know I'll miss this beautiful light, but still looking forward to photographing the cathedral with you.

3/20/2012 4:21:47 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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While you won't see this particular light display in March, there will be (bright sun permitting!) some beautiful big swathes of color around the building when we visit!

3/20/2012 5:38:37 AM

 
Terry A. Stoa
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Another well-deserved Finalist. Thanks for your detailed explanation of what it is and how you've captured similar images in prior years. Practice has made perfect.

3/25/2012 6:55:18 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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I KNOW this pleases you! Congratulations on your finalist for this outstanding image, Chris!

3/25/2012 7:26:06 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Big smiles from Nebraska, Chris. Congratulations on your Finalist.

3/25/2012 7:49:16 PM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Happy and not surprised in the least to see this as a finalist, Chris! Congratulations and best of luck in the next round!

3/25/2012 7:59:45 PM

 
Pat and Graham Robards
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Awesome work Chris, I can see why this image is your best effort! Congratulations on your finalist, best of luck in the next round!

Pat

3/25/2012 8:11:08 PM

 
Claudine Grove
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Congrats on the finalist badge. I love all the color, composition, lighting, and everything else I may have forgotten to mention. Good luck in the next round.

3/25/2012 8:29:10 PM

 
Julianne Bradford
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This is so exquisite Chris! Congratulations on this stunning finalist!

3/25/2012 8:51:47 PM

 
Carol L. Quina
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Congratulations Chris - this is lovely!

3/25/2012 10:29:32 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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No surprise here - congratulations on your beautiful finalist Chris!
I count on coming back shortly...

3/25/2012 11:10:25 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Great light and color Chris. CONGRATZ on this fab Finalist!

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3/25/2012 11:30:48 PM

 
hayden Cannon
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Congratulations on your Finalist Chris! well deserved for such a beautiful shot I am sure it will be gold soon.

3/26/2012 6:16:31 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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Huge congrats Chris on this finalist! It's stunning!

3/26/2012 6:49:27 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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Love this stunning image, Chris! Congratulations!

3/26/2012 7:12:01 AM

 
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Great stuff, Chris...Congrats.. :-)

3/26/2012 7:29:39 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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No one shoots the Cathedral like you do! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!

3/26/2012 8:57:52 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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Ahhh... one of my favorites, Chris! Happy to see it get a finalist!!

3/26/2012 9:48:04 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on another wonderful finalist!! :)

3/26/2012 12:58:12 PM

 
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Beautiful Chris, congrats on your finalist!

3/26/2012 5:35:57 PM

 
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WTG Chris! A big congrats to you on this beautiful finalist.

3/26/2012 7:10:49 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Winner to me!!!! Now I can't wait to see the next installment! Congratulations Chris!

3/26/2012 7:13:27 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

3/26/2012 7:18:10 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Chris!

3/26/2012 8:07:01 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much!

3/27/2012 3:33:39 AM

 
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Congrats on another fabulous finalist Chris...good for you!

jo ann c.

3/27/2012 1:16:06 PM

 
Dave Montero
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One of my favorites of yours. Congratulations on your finalist selection Chris!

3/27/2012 8:07:25 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Jo Ann & Dave!

3/28/2012 3:40:35 AM

 
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Nice work, Chris! Congratulations on your finalist!

3/29/2012 12:07:12 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Shawn!

3/29/2012 12:09:58 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Congratulations! Merna

3/30/2012 10:58:35 AM

 
FERNANDA KINGSLEY-THOMAS
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What can I say about your work. All your pictures are so special.I just spend time in awe at all the thought and editing and creativity of this and the other pictures.

5/19/2012 2:46:05 AM

 
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Thank you both, Fernanda & Merna! I'm so glad you like them so much, Fernanda!

5/19/2012 5:09:07 AM

 
FERNANDA KINGSLEY-THOMAS
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How I wish I could find a photographer like you that could teach me some of the techniques because the artistic part is special to each person and not many people have it like you do. I don't have much time to write but I always follow your work.

5/19/2012 11:04:53 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you for the very kind words, Fernanda!

5/19/2012 7:14:40 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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This image gave me goosebumps, Chris. It's absolutely spiritual.

congratulations Pictures, Images and Photos

ON GOING FINALIST! I hope we see it in the Winners Circle!

-Laura :D

5/27/2012 8:52:03 AM

 
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Thanks, Laura! I'm glad you like it as much as I do. Alas, it is Finalist from a prior month's contest, and didn't advance any further.

5/28/2012 10:41:42 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Really? Well rats! I see GOLD here!!!

5/28/2012 10:50:45 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Way to go Chris! Congrats!

7/30/2012 5:52:59 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Gail!

7/31/2012 5:51:00 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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I can sure see why you make an annual treck to your "santuary" Chris. What a marvelous meditation while having the honor of capturing this marvelous light and spectacle

7/31/2012 9:24:43 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Julianne; I may resubmit this one; it is my favorite of my annual attempts.

7/31/2012 9:27:51 AM

 
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Congratulations on your gorgeous finalist, Chris!

8/23/2012 10:14:21 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Karen!

8/26/2012 5:48:13 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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This is just fantastic in every way, Chris! It is a Winner to me. The color is remarkable! And your gallery is to die for! Beautiful work abounds throughout!

8/29/2012 7:29:29 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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I really love this one Chris! I'll be rooting for Gold for you *again*! :D

-Laura

8/29/2012 8:24:13 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both! Alas, even though I have this on Page 1, it is an older Finalist; not part of the July results ;)

8/30/2012 3:41:04 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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Soooooo beautiful, Chris. Congrats on your gorgeous finalist!

8/31/2012 4:53:28 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, RJ!

8/31/2012 5:15:25 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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It screams for a re-sub, hope you hear it!!

UB.

9/7/2012 7:34:46 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Usman! Great idea... I've never resubbed a Finalist before!

9/7/2012 7:40:21 AM

 
Carolyn McIntosh
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It has been a long time since I poked through your gallery . . .. what an amazing visit I had this morning. Your images are compelling . . . it reminds me of my promise to myself that even if I have to crawl on my hands and knees I must visit Washington again . . . and especially the National Cathedral.

Your body of work is simply amazing.

12/9/2012 10:29:04 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Carolyn, thank you for taking the time to "catch up" on my gallery - I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and thank you VERY much for the kind, kind words! By all means, get thee to DC (and look me up when you do!)

12/10/2012 5:46:55 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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Such a beauty Chris! Congrats!

5/28/2013 12:12:32 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Julianne!

5/28/2013 2:28:53 PM

 
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