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Passage of Light
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Passage of Light
Passage of Light
EFS17-85 @47mm, f/16, 1.6 Seconds, +.3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod.
My annual tradition; shooting in the south arcade aisle of Washington National Cathedral, to capture the early
morning light in late fall/early winter. The sun, staying lower in the sky, creates a marvelous light show in this aisle,
as light coming through the south wall windows paints the limestone in gorgeous reflected color.
The first year, I shot 10 weeks into owning my first P&S camera ("Light Lives Here"). The next year, I put that
Sony camera on a tiny tripod and, misunderstanding, used an ND filter ("Wilson's Tomb").
This third annual tribute to the light is from my Canon XTi, with tripod, no filters, in a horizontal format for the first time.
11-07 Second Place, T&P, Featured Image, Snapshot #439. Featured in "The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Photography" published 10/2011.

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Kenneth A. Beatty
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    Stunning colors! Great job!

11/30/2007 4:35:42 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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This is stunning Chris ~ what a wonderful opportunity you have to capture this beautiful light and detail!

11/30/2007 4:37:56 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Wow! Very beautiful!

11/30/2007 4:44:32 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Awesome image you captured here, Christopher.


Dominick

11/30/2007 4:50:55 AM

 
Linda M. Mishler
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The beauty of the color here is so magestic!!Awesome job Christopher!!! Nice to hear how you've changed what you've done each year.=)

11/30/2007 5:58:23 AM

 
Cherie Early
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Very beautiful.

11/30/2007 6:45:00 AM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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This is beautiful Chris, wonderful light and colour, as soon as I shouted Ray to come and look he said was it one of yours..great work

11/30/2007 9:34:56 AM

 
Joan Kocak
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winner.

11/30/2007 10:43:32 AM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Simply wow !!!My favorite of your November entries Chris :o)

11/30/2007 1:25:07 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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This is the type of image you are so famous for and just couldn't be any more beautifully shot, Chris! LOVE it!

11/30/2007 7:37:15 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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This is so beautiful, Chris. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I can't even imagine what it must be like to stand in this corridor, bathed in this bejeweled light. Should be a winner.

11/30/2007 7:49:05 PM

 
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Thank you everyone! Though I feel some thanks should go to the architects & glass artists, too! :) In this aisle, in the fall & winter, it is nearly impossible to come away without a beautiful photograph. I think this one is the "better" of my 3 annual attempts, in a technical kind of way--the image quality, in terms of noise, color, detail, etc. is better than the Wilson's Tomb image captured on my old Sony. And the Wilson's Tomb image was much better than my first attempt (Light Lives Here) in 2005, which was far too washed out. However, I'm still undecided on whether I like the vertical comp of Wilson's Tomb, more than this horizontal comp... Something to ponder for next year's attempt! :)

12/1/2007 6:07:51 AM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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I agree with what you said, Chris. I think this is the best, especially in overall image quality, of the three you've taken of this. I can really appreciate the challenges of photographing this after my own first attempt. Again, thank you for the opportunity.

12/1/2007 9:51:28 PM

 
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You're welcome, Sue! Glad you enjoyed it... I only see 1 new cathedral image in your gallery, though---waiting on the rest! :)

12/2/2007 1:03:42 PM

 
Melissa McCabe
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This light is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome colour with us! -mm

12/5/2007 9:31:52 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Melissa--you're absolutely right! The light that enters the building is spectacular, pretty much year-round, if the sun is out. It falls in different places all year, with this one aisle being the true stand-out, but only in fall/winter mornings. I'm happy to share ;)

12/6/2007 9:13:47 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Gorgeous colors, design and light!! Such a delight to view Chris!! Best of luck!

12/15/2007 11:57:42 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Many thanks, Donna!

12/16/2007 7:33:35 AM

 
Cheri McEachin
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WOW oh wow, this is awsome. The colors is poping and its so different. This is a winner..

12/17/2007 3:30:50 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Cheri! I've got my fingers crossed!

12/17/2007 6:11:34 PM

 
Teresa Norris
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My goodness, what a stunning image, with the incredible colors and architecture. It's breath-taking!

12/18/2007 8:20:51 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you Teresa! If you're ever visiting D.C., look me up for a tour of the building!

12/18/2007 8:46:07 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent finalist, best of luck Chris. I'm glad your favorite for this month made it!! Best of luck in the next round!

12/19/2007 1:53:39 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Congratulations Chris!!!

12/19/2007 2:04:41 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Beautiful...Congrats!

12/19/2007 2:12:59 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Big congrats on your beautiful finalist Chris! Best of luck in the next round!

12/19/2007 2:34:11 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations, Chris on this beautiful finalist!!

12/19/2007 4:20:54 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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Congrats, Chris, on the finalist!!

Bob

12/19/2007 6:48:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Already a winner--actually, it was all along. Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Chris.

12/19/2007 7:24:44 PM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Congratulations Chris!!!

12/19/2007 7:44:02 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Congrats, Chris..super shot..super win!

12/19/2007 7:44:29 PM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Wow! Congratulations to you

12/19/2007 8:28:23 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Simply gorgeous, Chris!!! Big congratulations!

12/19/2007 8:34:06 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Outstanding Chris!! Congratulations on your second place win

12/19/2007 8:37:43 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Now aren't you glad you took that risk when you were questioning whether or not you should take the shot? Congratulation, Chris! I knew it would be a winner.

12/19/2007 8:39:21 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner, Chris. Beautiful colors.

12/19/2007 8:58:54 PM

 
Susana Heide
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I will never tire of looking at your spectacular cathedral captures!!! This is definitely worthy of this recognition! CONGRATS Chris!!!!

12/19/2007 9:11:58 PM

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

12/19/2007 9:24:13 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big Big congrats on your win Chris :o)

12/19/2007 10:15:23 PM

 
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I stopped in to offer a Congratulations on your colorful Winner!

12/20/2007 2:51:06 AM

 
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Congrats, Chris. :O)

12/20/2007 6:49:31 AM

 
Teresa Norris
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A big congratulations on this winning beauty, Chris!

12/20/2007 7:47:47 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Chris!!!!!!!

12/20/2007 8:18:57 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Outstanding work, Chris! Well seen and beautifully captured. I liked your "story" about each year's efforts, too. Congratulations on your win!

12/20/2007 8:35:35 AM

 
Esther Smith
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Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your WINNER Chris!

12/20/2007 9:26:59 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Absolutely stunning, Christopher! Congratulations on your outstanding winner!

12/20/2007 9:32:11 AM

 
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Congratulations, Chris. These shots never cease to amaze me.

12/20/2007 11:00:56 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Wow, was I ever stunned to find out about the Finalists & Winners this morning! Thank you all very, very much...!
I've had such a fun time on this now-traditional, annual visit for photos of the fall/winter light at the cathedral. But I've gotta start thinking of something different to shoot on next fall's visit!

12/20/2007 2:10:14 PM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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Congrats on your winner Chris, it is well deserved!!!

12/20/2007 2:50:51 PM

 
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Wonderful capture Chris, congratulations on your win!

12/20/2007 5:14:46 PM

 
Kenneth A. Beatty
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Congratulations Chris! The shot was worth waiting for!

12/20/2007 5:54:03 PM

 
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Congrats on your win for this magnificent capture!

12/20/2007 7:18:54 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Congratulations Chris!!! WOW I LOVE This!!! A FAV of mine!! I can only dream about capturing something like this!!! Gorgeous and so well deserved WTG :0)

12/20/2007 7:35:45 PM

 
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A very inviting work here Chris. Congratulations!

12/20/2007 7:39:47 PM

 
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chris
congratulations for your wonderful win!really special image!

12/21/2007 6:11:25 AM

 
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Thank you all very much; I appreciate your comments! Datha, plan a trip to DC in the winter, and we'll try and get you in for a shot like this; it is easier than it looks!

12/21/2007 6:39:12 AM

 
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Beautiful...simply beautiful. Even better than your other 2nd place photo of the same subject. A well deserved win!

12/21/2007 10:23:05 AM

 
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Thanks, Don; I agree, it is the better of the two.

12/21/2007 1:27:41 PM

 
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This is so incredibly beautiful Chris!!! Congratulations on a wonderful win - I really like the horizontal compositiion!!!

12/21/2007 1:52:31 PM

 
Amber Blewett
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Chris! So not a surprise to see your work around till the end...your talent is stunning. Congrats!

12/21/2007 2:37:36 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Amber & Renee; thank you both very much!

12/22/2007 6:17:09 AM

 
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Bravo AND CONGRATS Chris! WONDERFUL. Keep up the great work. Best Regards, Steven

12/22/2007 6:59:13 AM

 
Lynn Haack
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A glorious WINNER...congrats, Christopher! lynn

12/22/2007 12:48:01 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Steven & Lynn; I really appreciate your comments!

12/22/2007 5:56:40 PM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
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Huge Congratulations, Chris! Another incredible winner. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/22/2007 7:49:10 PM

 
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Congrats on your win Christopher! I knew we would see this one again! It's a beauty!

12/22/2007 10:37:21 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Michael & Carol... Happy holidays to you both!

12/23/2007 5:44:57 AM

 
Patricia (Pat) C. Exum
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Chris,

This is absolutely beautiful! The colors are wonderful! Congratulations on a well deserved win! Please send me an email, I have something to discuss with you.

Thanks,
Pat

12/24/2007 4:29:11 AM

 
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Thanks so much, Pat; great to hear from you!

12/24/2007 6:01:14 AM

 

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gorgeous winner!

12/30/2007 2:17:48 PM

 
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Thank you very much, Deborah!

12/30/2007 8:53:05 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your SnapShot feature Chris!! This really is a beauty!!

1/2/2008 4:32:14 AM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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WOW!!! I'm so happy to see this BEAUTIFUL photograph featured on the SnapShot Newsletter, Chris! Congratulations on this very well-deserved recognition!!!
Happy New Year!!!
Cesar

1/2/2008 4:51:42 AM

 
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Congratulations for having the featured gallery in the SnapShot newsletter, Chris. This is, of course, a stunning example of your photography, but I think the honor goes to the entire body of your work, and well it should. Great job!

1/2/2008 4:59:50 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Congrats on your snapshot newsletter feature Chris!

1/2/2008 6:51:48 AM

 
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Thank you very much, Donna, Cesar, Nikki & Michelle! I've never been featured in the Snapshot, so this was a huge thrill to find, this morning!!

1/2/2008 7:38:04 AM

 
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Congrats on your feature Chris!

1/2/2008 7:45:45 AM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
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Huge Congrats on your feature, Chris.
Awesome way to start out the New Year!

1/2/2008 10:42:51 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Congratulations on your featured gallery, Chris!

1/2/2008 11:11:32 AM

 
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Thanks, folks, for stopping by! I'm still grinning ;)

1/2/2008 2:43:33 PM

 
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Congratulations on the cover image for Snapshot, Chris! DC is one of my favorite places to visit and photograph and you have some fantastic images from there. Congratulations again!

1/2/2008 3:08:43 PM

 
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Congrats, Chris for being the featured photo and gallery on Snapshot. I just love this image!!!

1/2/2008 3:57:26 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks, Shawn & Sherry!

1/3/2008 6:47:26 AM

 
Kcalpesh B. Ajugia
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Beautiful!! Fantastic Image!! Congratulations~~

2/5/2008 3:08:02 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks so much, Kcalpesh!

2/5/2008 11:01:44 AM

 
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Love this image Chris, and the explanation of how you did it!, Thanks

7/11/2010 5:04:15 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Amanda!

7/12/2010 3:30:54 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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CONGRATULATIONS, MERNA

1/17/2011 11:03:16 AM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Your persistence paid off Chris. This is such a beautiful image. You picked the perfect time for those colorful reflections. Congratulations on your win!!

10/29/2011 12:07:44 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thanks Alex, and belatedly, Merna!

10/29/2011 3:47:55 AM

 
Rudi H  Reiner
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Wow, fantastic colors!

12/8/2011 12:35:34 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you, Rudi!

12/9/2011 3:59:48 AM

 
Carolyn McIntosh
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Your photos inspire me . . .. this one is just out of this world. Washington DC is one of the places I just HAVE to go back to, and for me it is a very long trek.

12/9/2011 9:19:32 AM

 
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Thank you very much, Carolyn! I'm flattered---and I agree, it is an amazing city to photograph and visit!

12/9/2011 10:04:30 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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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

12/9/2011 2:07:29 PM

 
Khalid Al-Issa
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wonderful capture ! congrats Christopher.

12/29/2011 4:43:59 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Thank you both!

12/29/2011 5:30:31 AM

 
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