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The Strike

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
The Strike
The Strike
EF17-85 @22mm, f/16, Thirty Seconds, -1/3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod
Rework of earlier image: Curves and new Crop to remove the large foreground fountain spray.
This is an actual lightning strike captured during a 30 second exposure; it was not added via software.
Shot during a series of storms on the National Mall (WWII Memorial shown here) with Sue Rosin in late August.
10/07 2nd Place, Catchall

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JANICE ZONNEVELD
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    BEAUTIFUL, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO CAPTURE SMALL LIGHNING STRICKS SO KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO HAVE THE CAMERA IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. WELL DONE.
JANICE


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10/29/2007 5:21:16 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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AWESOME IMAGE!!!


Dominick


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10/29/2007 5:24:49 AM

 
Lola M.
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Amazing Photo ~ Nothing beats being at the right place at the right time ~ with camera in hand.


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10/29/2007 6:19:57 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Well the crop works :-) You made a great photo even better. I still like the original but maybe that fountain to the right was too much in the scene. I didn't think so until I compared the two.

I hope this one goes all the way!


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10/29/2007 6:34:09 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Janice, Dominick & Lola!
Susan, thanks also---and I agree... I've grown to like this version better, already!


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10/30/2007 4:58:56 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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This new re-do looks great, too, Chris! I hope this keeps moving up the ladder this time. It really is a great photo! And yes, I was there everyone--it's real!


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10/30/2007 8:14:54 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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hehehe... Thanks, Sue! I like it without that 2nd fountain... And I hope it moves up, too!


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10/31/2007 4:16:18 AM

 
Melissa Papaj
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Very Very nice shot!!!


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11/15/2007 8:29:47 AM

 
Mitchell S. Speert
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Wow! I think we have a winner here. Very nice.


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11/15/2007 10:34:05 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both, Melissa & Mitchell--Mitchell, I hope you're right ;)


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11/15/2007 1:28:37 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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This is a stunningly capture, and a winner in my book!


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11/16/2007 1:19:42 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I appreciate it, Ronald! Hopefully, the third try is the charm ;)


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11/17/2007 6:22:05 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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You know I loved the first submission, Chris, and I would never have thought to remove the fountain--it seemed to complete the image. But I have to admit that this crop gives more importance to the critical moment of the lightning strike and I love it, too. Most of all I hope it gets further recognition.


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11/17/2007 4:17:02 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Nikki... My mom originally suggested the alternate crop to me, as I was pondering what might be "wrong" with the photo. You (and she) are right... the original foreground fountain spray was just too dominant in the image (not to mention, suffered from some slight distortion, leaning inward, which I could only partially correct.) Fingers crossed on this one; I think it is a good improvement.


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11/18/2007 5:57:44 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Full of energy, nice lighting and design. Best of luck, this is a powerful image!


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11/19/2007 9:51:11 AM

 
Susan M. Smith
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Chris, this is an amazing capture! The whole combination really works and I can't decide if it gives me a chilling feeling or a powerful one. Either way, it's got all the elements and more for a winner! Good luck :)


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11/20/2007 6:44:54 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Susan & Donna, thank you so much. I've got my fingers crossed, as I really like this cropped version better, now, than my original!


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11/21/2007 5:38:24 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Chris cogratulations on your wonderful finalist. :O)


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11/26/2007 3:32:32 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Hey Chris, so glad to see this made finalist--I expect to see it with a gold soon! Big Congratulations!


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11/26/2007 3:38:58 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Finally Chris! Hooray! Congratulations!


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11/26/2007 3:51:32 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist.


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11/26/2007 3:58:05 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO
BIG Congrats on your finalist and best of luck in the next round!


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11/26/2007 4:10:26 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations on a terrific finalist!


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11/26/2007 4:41:14 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Chris! I'm glad this one got the recognition it deserves.


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11/26/2007 5:24:37 PM

 
Tamera Phillips
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Wonderful finalist and well deserved! Congratulations.


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11/26/2007 6:05:19 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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What a magnificent finalist, Christopher!!!
--Lisa


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11/26/2007 6:15:46 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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WONDERFUL Finalist, Chris!!!
Congratulations!!!
Cesar


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11/26/2007 9:37:34 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Incredible shot Christopher!! Congrats and good luck for the next!


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11/26/2007 10:43:08 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Happy to see a button on this fantastic shot Chris ~ hope it goes gold for you!!


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11/27/2007 1:51:27 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all so much; I'm thrilled this one made Finalist, after a few resubmits, and a little reworking, this time around!


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11/27/2007 6:03:47 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Incredible...and well deserved! Congratulations Chris!


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11/27/2007 6:24:53 AM

 
Robert Baer
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chris
this is one eye catching image. congrats on your finalist!!


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11/27/2007 8:03:15 AM

 
Mitchell S. Speert
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Congrats!


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11/27/2007 9:10:34 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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Outstanding capture, Chris, and a well-deserved finalist! Good luck in the next round, my friend.


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11/27/2007 9:37:18 AM

 
Melissa Malisia
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Congratulations on your Finalist, Christopher!! :)


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11/27/2007 10:13:39 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Excellent capture Chris, Congrats on your Finalist!


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11/27/2007 1:16:56 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison  

Excellent timing and lighting, Chris!! Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round!!


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11/27/2007 1:20:07 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Who would have guessed that a crop that centered the image would result in its being noticed? So glad you kept the faith and kept working with this wonderful shot--I know how excited you were just after you got it and I know it has been a favorite ever since so I love seeing your valuation of the shot validated. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round.


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11/27/2007 2:39:54 PM

 
Steven E. Ray
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The mere fact that you caught this natural millisecond event is an achievement worthy of this finalist :) Great capture Christopher!


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11/27/2007 2:56:13 PM

 
Ken Smith
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2nd time's a charm. Exellent work, Chris!


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11/27/2007 6:24:16 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations on your win Chris!!!!!!


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11/27/2007 7:10:47 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations on this awesome winning shot!


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11/27/2007 7:22:58 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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How sweet is this? Very big congratulations on this win, Chris.


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11/27/2007 7:27:28 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Way to go Chris, a beautiful winning image. Huge congratulations to you!!


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11/27/2007 7:34:45 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Gorgeous Chris! Congratulations on your well-deserved WINNER!


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11/27/2007 7:34:52 PM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
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Wow! Dude, you did it again! Huge Congrats!


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11/27/2007 7:36:15 PM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Congrats Chis!


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11/27/2007 7:40:19 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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CONGRATS, Chris! I knew this was a winner from the first time I saw it.


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11/27/2007 7:46:23 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Way to go, Chris! Congratulations!


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11/27/2007 7:51:48 PM

 
Stephanie Frey
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Congratulations on your beautiful win!


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11/27/2007 8:08:09 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this very well-deserved Winner, Chris!!!
Cesar


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11/27/2007 8:12:36 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all so very much! The night I shot this in August, I let out a big yell when I realized I'd captured such a great bolt, during my exposure. I just let out a similar yelp tonite, upon discovering the win! :)


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11/27/2007 8:15:51 PM

 
Steven E. Ray
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Just a few hours later same day and now BIG congrats on your winner Chris!


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11/27/2007 8:25:01 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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BIG Congrat's Chris!


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11/27/2007 8:44:51 PM

 
Carol Teal
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I didn't get to say congrats on your finalist, but now I can say congrats on your 2nd place win!! I know how this has been a favorite of yours, so I am glad to see it recognized this time around! Goes to show you not to give up when you have a great image!


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11/27/2007 9:14:16 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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CONGRATS CHRIS!!


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11/27/2007 10:12:31 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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I am not surprised :-)

Congratulations on your GOLD Chris!!!


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11/27/2007 11:18:21 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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Congratulations on your GOLD Button win!It's about time BP did the right thing.
I held off on my comment because I had a feeling this was going to move into the winners circle.
Les


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11/27/2007 11:54:34 PM

 
ADILSON F. FERREIRA
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Congratulations on your win, Christopher!!!


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11/28/2007 12:56:51 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Well, it's about time!!! I know this one thrills you Chris!! As it does all of us!!!

So very well deserved!!!!!


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11/28/2007 3:56:09 AM

 
Revonda L. Gentry
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Congrats on your fantastic winner, Christopher!!


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11/28/2007 4:32:36 AM

 
Autum Rhoades
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YEAH! Congrats Chris on this wonderful win!


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11/28/2007 5:20:14 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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So glad this was finally recognized with Gold...congrats Chris!


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11/28/2007 5:27:09 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this amazing winner, Chris!


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11/28/2007 5:50:18 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you all very much! And thanks to my mom, who suggested the new crop. It really did improve the image, to not have the larger fountain spray in the foreground. I'm just thrilled this made it!


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11/28/2007 6:46:19 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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WTG, Chris! Amazing image and a well-deserved win. So glad to see it get a gold.


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11/28/2007 9:17:45 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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So pleased to see this here with the winner medal, Chris. Nice job.


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11/28/2007 11:15:11 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Congrats, Chris, on this FABULOUS WINNER!!!
~Lisa


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11/28/2007 11:18:01 AM

 
Lynn Haack
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Hi Chris....a BIG, electrifying CONGRATS on this amazing image!! WTG!! Lynn


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11/28/2007 2:06:26 PM

 
Lynn Haack
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Oops...forgot to say....WINNER!!!! Lynn


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11/28/2007 2:06:58 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Awesome image, Chris!!! Big congratulations on this win!


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11/28/2007 7:03:17 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, folks! I just uploaded a copy to Mpix, which will be my first print of this, so I can display it at home!


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11/28/2007 7:51:51 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Big Congratulations Chris!!! Outstanding Winner and so well deserved!! WTG :0)


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11/28/2007 9:16:03 PM

 
Sherry Sturgis
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BIG Congratulations to you, Chris, for this magnificant image!!!! Display it proudly! Truly a stunning shot!


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11/28/2007 9:18:51 PM

 
Christine Czernin
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Chris,this is such a stunning picture, and it got the prize it deserved .
Big congrats.


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11/28/2007 11:58:11 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Christine & Sherry, very much!


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11/29/2007 4:42:40 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations Chris on a truely fantastic image!!!!!


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11/30/2007 7:59:58 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Awesome image !!! Big congrats on your wonderful winner Chris :o)


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11/30/2007 1:19:09 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you very much, Sylvia & Karen!


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11/30/2007 7:54:46 PM

 
ronda chatelle
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ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR Christopher! I love this! Congratulations!!!! I'm just surprised this didn't win the Grand....


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12/6/2007 9:36:11 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks Ronda! I don't think it is colorful enough for a Grand, but I'm happy nonetheless!


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12/10/2007 4:53:32 AM

 
Don Johnson
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I love this photo. I KNEW it would be a big winner! Congratulations.


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12/21/2007 10:24:30 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Don! I was thrilled to see it advance last month!


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12/21/2007 1:27:12 PM

 
Edward Taguba
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Very beautiful photo. Colors


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3/10/2008 12:54:06 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Edward!


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3/10/2008 4:57:30 AM

 
Milan Banik
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excellent catch
happy new year


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12/31/2008 7:23:31 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, Milan, and a belated Happy New Year to you too!


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1/6/2009 6:11:42 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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CONGRATULATIONS, MERNA


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1/17/2011 11:02:23 AM

 
Rosemary Sampson
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Fabulous shot. Your gallery is an inspiration. I will be back often to see your extraordinary work.


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5/11/2011 6:09:09 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Merna, and Rosemary! This is an old favorite of mine; a very lucky shot!


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5/11/2011 6:27:36 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Such a beautiful and phenomenal capture!


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7/6/2011 4:29:04 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Katarina!


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