The Way Up

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 1/7/2011 5:15:45 AM

Every thing about this is wonderful Christopher. The tones, the comp and the details all outstanding. I bet we see this one again. #1342110

Cailin M. Van Eizenga 1/7/2011 5:19:52 AM

Stunning! #9148044

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 1/7/2011 5:25:19 AM

Well, you sure did nail this one! I'm loving this whole series..all in my faves! #9148059

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/7/2011 5:28:32 AM

I'm with everyone else so far -- and bet we are just the first of a long list of well-wishers. You have outdone yourself, Chris, and actualized your vision. What a coup. Winner for sure and, like Carolyn, right into my favorites. #9148075

Sarah A. Christian level-classic 1/7/2011 5:29:13 AM

It is outstanding, Christopher! It draws me in to go up the stairs and see what is at the top! A wonderful series! Love the beginning of the handrail. #9148076

Fanie Heymans level-classic 1/7/2011 5:32:23 AM

WOW, Christopher!! This is a instant favorite! Absoluteley gorgeous! I would love to see this as a winner! #9148082

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 1/7/2011 5:44:30 AM

Wonderful comp and tones Chris. You have a gold mine in that cathedral. You must have had a tripod there? #9148111

Liz Bullock level-classic 1/7/2011 7:05:29 AM

Superb! #9148324

Jane Holestine level-classic 1/7/2011 7:10:16 AM

Amazing! Beautiful tones and comp #9148341

Patricia A. Coblentz level-classic 1/7/2011 7:53:54 AM

This is absolutely amazing, Chris...everything about it. Going into my favs forever...great work!! #9148385

Richard B. Hallick level-classic 1/7/2011 8:16:52 AM

Wonderful, stunning image. Just perfect in every way. I will be shocked if this isn't a winner. #9148427

Karen E. Baumann level-classic 1/7/2011 9:13:26 AM

You imaged well, Chris!! This is a stunning image, both with composition and tones. Love the details above and the bold curvature of the rail below. Well done! #9148521

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 1/7/2011 9:57:51 AM

Incredible imagery Chris, beautiful design! #9148640

Dayna Cain level-classic 1/7/2011 11:09:51 AM

On a scale of 1 to 10 this is about an 87!!! #9148732

Kara Hendricks level-classic 1/7/2011 11:43:45 AM

OHOHOHH!!!!!!!! Chris can you say W I N N E R?????? #9148778

Jean E. Hildebrant level-classic 1/7/2011 11:57:11 AM

I absolutely love the comp, Chris!!! Wonderfully thought out and accomplished! I agree, WINNER! #9148802

Michele Peterson level-classic 1/7/2011 5:06:06 PM

Another fabulous capture.... just WOW!!!! #9149219

Robert Jensen level-classic 1/7/2011 5:44:13 PM

All I can say is that this is going straight into my favorites! Where did you find this? #9149289

Ken Smith level-classic 1/7/2011 6:22:10 PM

I still want to get back to DC and hopefully you'll take me thru this locale. Beautiful lines/curves, Chris! #9149374

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 1/7/2011 8:39:15 PM

Very beautiful, striking image! #9149481

Datha Y. Thompson level-classic 1/7/2011 8:44:03 PM

EXCELLENT Chris!! W O W :) #9149484

Katarina Mansson level-classic 1/7/2011 10:30:43 PM

Cool POV, excellent details, lovely tones, great comp...I love it! #9149537

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 1/7/2011 11:18:49 PM

I disagree with all above, Chris. I think we will see a POTD first and then a Winner, Good luck ;-)

UB. #9149541

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/8/2011 5:09:29 AM

Wow! Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic and kind words! I hope your predictions for this are right (I especially like yours, Usman! ;)

For the questions in the comments: Claudia, yes, I used a tripod, with the longest of the 3 exposures being 2.5 seconds.
Robert - this is the primary stairwell between the two levels of Washington National Cathedral, above Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Many of you know that I'm a volunteer tour guide at this cathedral... BP members are always welcome to contact me if visiting DC, and see if we can arrange a private tour... just let me know!

Thank you all very much! Fingers crossed for my new favorite cathedral image! #9149716

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/13/2011 5:10:20 PM

YES! #9161186

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/13/2011 7:24:22 PM

Phew! A relief to see this get EP in the flurry of catch-up EP's today! ;) Fingers STILL crossed now...! #9161501

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 1/14/2011 8:32:58 PM

Simply glorious!
Bet it wears a big GOLD badge next month!
Kudos!
~♥~Lisa #9163686

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/15/2011 5:05:12 AM

Oooo, Lisa... I hope you're right!! Thank you so much! #9164028

Kara Hendricks level-classic 1/17/2011 6:00:21 AM

Congratulations Chris on being this weeks 101 gallery showcase!!! #9167711

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/17/2011 8:53:44 AM

Thank you so much, Kara!! #9168035

Don Johnson level-classic 1/20/2011 9:17:29 AM

Chris -- this is a stunning image! I don't use the word stunning much, but it really fits this image. Well done! #9180322

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/20/2011 12:08:28 PM

Thank you very much, Don... your comments mean all the more, given your infrequency of 'stunning' as an adjective! #9180792

Kara Hendricks level-classic 1/24/2011 1:39:41 PM

Just stopping by once more to let you know... I LOVE this Chris... I hope it's sees some SERIOUS contest action... If I were a betting woman, I'd throw down!! #9191102

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/24/2011 2:04:31 PM

Thank you for the vote of confidence, Kara... I'd love nothing more than to see a Contest gold medal under this ;) Maybe a nice, "higher medal" hehehe... I can dream! #9191150

Anna Diederich level-classic 1/31/2011 8:38:16 AM

Absolutely LOVE this! #9203873

Martin J. Wells level-classic 1/31/2011 8:54:18 AM

I won't be at all surprised to see this again in the finals, it is faultless. #9203888

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/31/2011 8:55:35 AM

Thank you both! I hope you're right, Martin! :) #9203892

Kara Hendricks level-classic 2/2/2011 9:29:51 AM

Just stopping again to admire....:))) #9207987

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/2/2011 11:59:50 AM

Well thanks, Kara...! :) #9208317

Martin Cregg level-classic 2/4/2011 8:24:52 AM

Chris - you know I love this photo. I particularly like the "character marks" on the handrail right at the bottom of the photo. Faltless! If I ever get my act together re the PG101 I would have voted for it there. Is this competing with my Sax Man for a January spot? :) #9212555

Kara Hendricks level-classic 2/4/2011 8:32:00 AM

HUGE congratulations Chris on winning the January Photo Favorite of the month at 101!! #9212576

Patricia A. Coblentz level-classic 2/4/2011 9:20:21 AM

Impeccable and a favorite, as I've said many times...so, here is one congratulation to you that I hope will be followed with more kudos from some BP medals in the works...congrats on the 101 POTW fav, Chris :) !! #9212631

Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/4/2011 5:39:53 PM

Congratulations on the POTM at 101, Chris. #9213469

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/4/2011 6:18:11 PM

Thanks so much, Martin, Kara, Patti & Nikki! Quite a thrill to get a POTM at 101! #9213532

Michelle Alton level-classic 2/5/2011 3:18:27 AM

This is a spectacular architectural capture Christopher! A WELL-DESERVED POTD! Congratulations! #9213962

Muriel Jackson level-classic 2/5/2011 3:22:46 AM

Brilliant job Christopher! Congrats on the POTD! #9213963

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 2/5/2011 3:37:54 AM

Stopped me in my tracks! Congrats on a well deserved POTD! (PS grew up in Alexandria) #9213976

Josh A. Friedman level-classic 2/5/2011 3:38:53 AM

This is a great shot with a very interesting perspective. Well done! Congrats on the POTD. #9213978

Michael S. McCook level-classic 2/5/2011 4:06:27 AM

Wow! Knocked me out with this image. I opened my POTD email and was expecting to do my usual glance at a rather nice photo and hit the delete button. But, Bang! this fantastic image pops up. I think you'll see one of the top honors with this one. It's magical. Big Congratulations on this great POTD. #9214008

Carmody Baker level-classic 2/5/2011 4:34:14 AM

Great capture. Congratulations Chris. #9214068

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 2/5/2011 4:42:12 AM

Congratulations Christopher on your Well-Deserved POTD Win, Now, we will wait for the GOLD Badge or even GP!!!!!


Dominick #9214082

Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/5/2011 4:48:19 AM

This thread is going to get VERY long, Chris :) Congratulations on the POTD. #9214092

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/5/2011 4:54:16 AM

Love this....Congratulations on your POTD!! #9214104

Leslie McLain level-classic 2/5/2011 5:01:50 AM

Congrats on a terrific POTD! #9214117

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 2/5/2011 5:10:52 AM

Truly a masterpiece, Chris, and a fav for me! Congratulations on your awesome POTD!

Debby #9214124

Wanda Knoss level-classic 2/5/2011 5:11:43 AM

Congratulations Christopher! Love this image! #9214128

Karen Celella level-classic 2/5/2011 5:16:26 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic POTD, Chris! Get ready for the next award! #9214138

Dr Silly level-classic 2/5/2011 5:20:58 AM

Congratulations Chris on this wonderful POTD. :O) #9214143

Susan J. Allen level-classic 2/5/2011 5:26:24 AM

Wow! This should get the grand prize! Amazing work, Chris! #9214149

Mike Umbreit level-classic 2/5/2011 5:27:54 AM

Chris - Congratulations on your POTD!! - Mike #9214153

Stephen S. Maguire level-classic 2/5/2011 5:35:34 AM

Marvelous capture!!! Congrats on POTD. #9214163

Alan L. Borror level-classic 2/5/2011 5:36:45 AM

Amazing image, Christopher! Congratulations on your POTD! I am sure we will see this again. #9214166

Sue L. Cullumber level-classic 2/5/2011 5:36:57 AM

Christopher - this is just gorgeous. The tones and comp. are fantastic! Big congrats on your POTD! #9214167

Joy Rector level-classic 2/5/2011 5:39:20 AM

congrats on the POTD #9214168

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic 2/5/2011 5:39:36 AM

Just plain perfect! Congratulations! #9214169

Ryan Murphy 2/5/2011 5:59:17 AM

fantastic wide-angle, shot chris! congrats on this POTD! Hope you enjoy your 10-22mm lens as much as I do! #9214197

Thomas E. Hinds level-classic 2/5/2011 6:00:44 AM

Congratulations, Chris, on your POTD! Superb work! #9214200

Tammy Espino 2/5/2011 6:01:18 AM

Outstanding capture , congrats on your potd!:) #9214202

Ken Smith level-classic 2/5/2011 6:21:25 AM

Magnificant shot, Chris. Congrats to you!! #9214243

Cheryl Schneider level-classic 2/5/2011 6:27:08 AM

Superb! Congratulations. #9214264

Richard D. Love level-classic 2/5/2011 6:32:57 AM

Wow!!! The lines. The shapes. The tones. The composition. This just has it all, Chris. So well done.

Rick #9214275

Carolyn M. DAlessandro level-classic 2/5/2011 6:35:02 AM

Congratulations Christerpher...all I see is perfection.Bravo,well done!!! #9214282

Robert Jensen level-classic 2/5/2011 6:38:54 AM

Glad to see this one again - hope you had a great time with Jim. #9214296

Sharon Day level-classic 2/5/2011 6:41:37 AM

Great shot, Chris!! Congratulations! #9214302

Cesar J. La Rosa level-classic 2/5/2011 6:41:42 AM

Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL and very well-deserved POTD, Chris!!!
Cesar #9214303

Kara Hendricks level-classic 2/5/2011 6:53:25 AM

Boy Usman called this one!!! Couldn't be happier if it was me Chris!! Congrats!! #9214320

Anthony L. Mancuso 2/5/2011 6:54:56 AM

Awesome image Chris! Congrats on your POTD! #9214322

David Phalen level-classic 2/5/2011 6:57:16 AM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular POTD!! #9214325

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/5/2011 7:00:55 AM

Absolute Perfection Chris, hope we see this again..

Congrats on this well deserved POTD!

jo ann c. #9214335

Nancyj Hovey level-classic 2/5/2011 7:20:31 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving POTD! 8o) #9214364

Les Rhoades level-classic 2/5/2011 7:20:33 AM

Wonderful photographic eye.... and composition

Congrats on your POTD selection! #9214365

Datha Y. Thompson 2/5/2011 7:22:58 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! On its way to the TOP!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT :) #9214369

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum level-classic 2/5/2011 7:24:06 AM

Congrats on your POTD, beautiful as all of your work is. Hope all is well with you. I miss DC and coming to the Cathedral to photograph! #9214374

Chuck Bruton level-classic 2/5/2011 7:30:03 AM

Congratulations on POTD, Chris
a great rep for Group 101
#9214386

Julianne Bradford level-classic 2/5/2011 7:43:13 AM

What a wonderful use of the 10 to 22 to acomplish this marvelous perspective Chris! A big congratulations on this well deserved POTD! #9214402

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 2/5/2011 7:44:44 AM

Woo Hoo! POTD... :-) #9214404

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 2/5/2011 8:00:31 AM

Such a great angle for this, Chris. Truly marvelous! Congrats on your POTD! #9214429

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 2/5/2011 8:02:34 AM

Definitely on the way up, Christopher!
A BIG gold badge, indeed. (Told ya so... ;) )
Bet we even see it wearing ANOTHER GOLD in the near future.
Love the curves and light in this incredible image. Great job!
Big congratulations on your POTD!
~♥~Lisa #9214434

Shawn Jennings level-classic 2/5/2011 8:06:06 AM

Very nice work, Chris! Congratulations on your POTD! #9214438

Cathy Barrows 2/5/2011 8:09:12 AM

congrats on your potd...fab comp #9214444

Bunny Snow level-classic 2/5/2011 8:20:46 AM

Yes!
You definitely have the photographic eye envisioning the composition, lighting, curves and details of this creation, and then capturing it all with perfection. This exquisite!!! I'm envisioning a grand prize winner from BP.

Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris. #9214458

Charlotte LaBarbera 2/5/2011 8:28:41 AM

Congratulations! You've pulled us in - can't wait to see what's at the top of the stairs. Love the tones. #9214474

Rita Hill level-classic 2/5/2011 9:00:37 AM

A new personal favorite of mine. Excellent capture on this photo Chris! Congrats! #9214516

Anne McKinnell level-classic 2/5/2011 9:09:00 AM

I think this is one of my favourite photos of the day! Beautiful curves and lines, depth of field and overall composition. Very lovely tones as well. Congratulations! #9214522

tony w. austin level-classic 2/5/2011 9:11:28 AM

WOW WOW WOW.. what else can I say #9214523

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/5/2011 9:30:42 AM

Nothing unexpected here, Chris.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on the masterful capture and POTD Award! And now I agree with everyone else too, LOL!!!

UB. #9214536

Katarina Mansson level-classic 2/5/2011 9:33:24 AM

I TOLD YOU SO!!! This is just the first yellow badge at BP...I bet...excellent work! Congratulations Chris! #9214544

Mitch Spence level-classic 2/5/2011 9:43:29 AM

Chris, this is flat-out marvelous. All the way it goes. #9214573

Nancy de Flon level-classic 2/5/2011 10:01:59 AM

Absolutely brilliant, Chris--congratulations! #9214609

Sheri Camarda level-classic 2/5/2011 10:35:20 AM

You got it!!! Great shot! Congratulations on your POTD! #9214674

Patricia A. Coblentz level-classic 2/5/2011 10:42:00 AM

Beaming brightly, as if it were my own :)) Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris! The trek on this thread has just begun, I think :) #9214682

Raymond Pauly level-classic 2/5/2011 10:48:43 AM

Beautiful perspective and clarity! Congratulations! #9214697

Pamela Koch level-classic 2/5/2011 11:36:52 AM

Congratulations on this incredible POTD. I agree with many of the previous comments... this will be given many more awards. It is a photo to be VERY proud of. Stunning work! #9214830

Lisa B. North level-classic 2/5/2011 12:04:15 PM

Lucky for us you got your wide angle lens! This was worth the wait and absolutely stunning! Congrats!! #9214888

Kathy Salerni level-classic 2/5/2011 12:05:19 PM

Big congrats on your well deserved POTD, Chris! #9214890

Marcel J. Fernandez level-classic 2/5/2011 12:06:21 PM

One of the best images that I have viewed in a very long time. Congratulations!! #9214893

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/5/2011 1:12:16 PM

I am blown away (and a little choked up, honestly) reading all these very, very kind words. Thank you, everyone, for the comments on this image, and taking the time to look.
This is a huge thrill for me; my fellow docents at the cathedral were beaming with me this morning, when I showed them the email notice from BP! #9214977

Mary K. Robison level-classic 2/5/2011 1:42:49 PM

Your patience paid off big-time, Christopher ~ this is superb!!
Congratulations on your well earned POTD! #9215047

William C. Raco level-classic 2/5/2011 2:59:22 PM

Great photo, Christopher
Congratulations on the POTD! #9215155

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-classic 2/5/2011 3:15:13 PM

WTG on this beautiful POTD, Chris! :-) k #9215183

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 2/5/2011 3:33:05 PM

Congratulations on your incredible POTD Chris!! I am thrilled for you! #9215203

Don Johnson level-classic 2/5/2011 4:05:24 PM

Way to go Chris! #9215256

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/5/2011 8:14:34 PM

Thank you all very much! #9215517

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 2/5/2011 8:22:19 PM

Wonderful! Amazing capture! #9215527

Michele Peterson level-classic 2/5/2011 10:01:55 PM

WOO_HOO!!! Not surprising to see this fabulous image as POTD, but definitely an exciting day for all of us who have enjoyed it and crossed our fingers for it to go far!! Congratulations, Chris, I think we are all as excited as you are! (well, close anyway!) :-) #9215614

Graeme Chow level-classic 2/5/2011 10:27:57 PM

Wonderful perspective and tone. Congratulations ! #9215628

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/6/2011 5:21:55 AM

Thanks so much, Gail, Michele & Graeme! #9216056

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 2/6/2011 6:45:55 AM

Magnificent shot, congratulations! #9216236

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-classic 2/6/2011 8:40:33 AM

Surely a winner.....
Thank you also for the information about "Yellin" I googled the name and was treated to many more photos and information about his artistry. You're so fortunate to have such a lovely place to photograph! Cheers..... #9216441

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 2/6/2011 11:10:41 AM

Love the POV, and tones; beautiful image! CONGRATULATIONS!!! #9216694

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/6/2011 12:49:25 PM

Awesome pov and eod capture!! Big congratultions on a fabulous POTD Chris!!! #9216874

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/6/2011 1:39:02 PM

Thanks so much, ladies! #9217025

Stanley C. Sims level-classic 2/6/2011 4:36:37 PM

Very well done Chris. Congratulations on the POTD. #9217293

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/7/2011 5:28:00 AM

Thank you, Stanley! #9218216

Clyde P. Smith level-classic 2/7/2011 8:15:56 AM

Congratulations on your POTD. Great POV, DOF, tones and lines. #9218548

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 2/7/2011 11:09:33 AM

Congrats on your POTD. Really fine image! #9218835

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/7/2011 4:51:44 PM

Thank you both! #9219405

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/7/2011 10:38:10 PM

Truly one of the best B/W images I have ever seen. The tones and details are perfect here. A very well deserved POTD award for you Chris. Congrats to you

Brian #9219905

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/8/2011 4:26:13 AM

Thank you very much Brian! I still feel I have a lot to learn on B/W and monotones (this one is not truly B/W, just very heavily desaturated, and I think, a sepia layer at some point.) I'm glad you like it! #9220232

Martin Cregg level-classic 2/10/2011 10:29:34 AM

Chris - Congratulations on the POTD and Finalist awards. This is a brilliant photo. #9225083

Patricia A. Coblentz level-classic 2/10/2011 10:40:17 AM

Almost to the top of the ladder where the gold awaits this awesome image, Chris...congratulations on your magnificent finalist!!! #9225144

Michelle L. Frick level-classic 2/10/2011 10:45:37 AM

Congratulations Chris!!! No surprise to see this one and hoping it goes all the way for you! Incredible composition and tones!! #9225179

Mitch Spence level-classic 2/10/2011 10:45:57 AM

It's an "of course" here, Chris. Go, go, go. #9225182

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 2/10/2011 11:00:36 AM

Congratulations on your excellent finalist Chris!!! I'm so happy for you! #9225308

Maxine C. Schnitzer 2/10/2011 11:08:14 AM

This is fantastic Chris! I'm sure we'll see this again in the next round. Congratulations!!! #9225393

Sarah A. Christian level-classic 2/10/2011 11:54:46 AM

WTG, Chris!!! Going up, up up just like the stairs! Congrats on your finalist image - well deserved! #9225845

Jeana Clark level-classic 2/10/2011 12:00:02 PM


Wonderful Finalist!!!
Congratulations!
Best of luck in the next round!!

~J~ #9225897

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 2/10/2011 1:54:23 PM

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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!

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Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/10/2011 3:20:27 PM

On its way. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #9227443

Merna L. Nobile level-classic 2/10/2011 3:23:11 PM

Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9227470

Tammy Espino 2/10/2011 3:50:00 PM

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #9227666

Peter Appelbaum level-classic 2/10/2011 4:05:55 PM

Looks like the Grand Prize to me. Outstanding image. Peter #9227829

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/10/2011 5:41:24 PM

Looks all set for some more Golden decoration. CONGRATZ and hoping its the BIG one this time, Chris. Good luck!

UB. #9228563

Karen Celella level-classic 2/10/2011 6:21:47 PM

Congratulations on your fabulous finalist, Christopher. #9228881

Kara Hendricks level-classic 2/10/2011 7:22:00 PM

Woohooo!!!!!! I told you so!!!... Only I said.. GOLD... It's nice in silver... But DOUBLE GOLD will be better!!!!

HUGE congrats on this one and your others Chris!! #9229388

Allen O. Howard 2/10/2011 7:57:03 PM

An incredible finalist. Congratulations! #9229639

Michele Peterson level-classic 2/10/2011 9:25:03 PM

We wouldn't have expected anything less on this one, and hoping for more!! Congratulations on all THREE of your finalists!! Each one is amazing. :-) #9229906

Naomi Weiser level-classic 2/10/2011 9:30:25 PM

congrat, its a great image! #9229915

Katarina Mansson level-classic 2/11/2011 1:04:18 AM

No surprise here...I predict 1st or grand prize next...

Congratulations on your finalist ... until then! #9230266

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/11/2011 3:52:20 AM

You all know how to make a guy's day! Thank you so much! #9230541

Don Johnson level-classic 2/11/2011 5:56:30 AM

Congratulations Chris. I knew this was a winner the moment I saw it! #9231182

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 2/11/2011 7:28:39 AM

Gorgeous well deserved finalist!! Congratulations. #9231456

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/11/2011 4:02:18 PM

I'm betting another Gold badge for this beauty Chris!!! Congratulations! #9232994

Robert Jensen level-classic 2/11/2011 4:21:30 PM

I knew this was a winner the second I saw it - keep 'em coming. #9233054

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/11/2011 4:43:23 PM

Thanks so much folks... fingers crossed! #9233178

Leslie McLain level-classic 2/11/2011 4:57:23 PM

Congrats on your terrific finalist, Chris. A winner for sure. #9233256

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 2/11/2011 5:12:54 PM

Congrats Chris! I see a possible Gold soon! #9233301

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 2/11/2011 7:00:01 PM

Wow, this is just awesome Chris. I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WIN!!! #9233541

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/11/2011 7:04:34 PM

What did I just say!!!! HUGE congrats to you Chris on this awesome and so deserving Grand Prize Winner!!!! WTG!! #9233554

Shawn Jennings level-classic 2/11/2011 7:05:33 PM

WTG Chris!!! Congratulations on this well deserved Grand Prize Winner!!! #9233558

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/11/2011 7:08:39 PM

Whew.... ! WTG Chris. HUGE CONGRATZ on your GP win. And a double gold too, what a way to totally dominate the competition with such a wonderful shot. So very happy for you. Keep up the great work!!!

UB. #9233568

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 2/11/2011 7:15:52 PM

You may uncross your fingers now, Chris! #9233606

Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/11/2011 7:19:50 PM

Goody goody! Congratulations on the big win, Chris. #9233623

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/11/2011 7:22:29 PM

This is way to awesome....great work!
Congratulations on your GP!!! :) #9233642

Datha Y. Thompson level-classic 2/11/2011 7:25:41 PM

WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! WTG :) #9233664

Datha Y. Thompson level-classic 2/11/2011 7:27:19 PM

WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS :) #9233674

David Phalen level-classic 2/11/2011 7:29:53 PM

Told ya!! An amazing image!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on a great GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!! #9233689

Robert Mann level-classic 2/11/2011 7:33:06 PM

Big, huge, wonderful congrats on your Grand Prize, Christopher! #9233695

Michelle Alton level-classic 2/11/2011 7:33:31 PM

Incredible image Christopher. Congratulations on this spectacular GP win! Awesome work! #9233696

Terry Cervi level-classic 2/11/2011 7:34:36 PM

Congratulations on your stunning Grand Prize win, Christopher! #9233702

Kara Hendricks level-classic 2/11/2011 7:35:35 PM

DOUBLE GOLD.....DOUBLE GOLD... Who said it???

Man.. I am dancing for you!!! We all knew it was GP material...!!!

HUGE congratulations Chris!!!!!!

Did I say.. WOOHOO!?!?! #9233710

Phyllis Burchett level-classic 2/11/2011 7:41:37 PM

BIG Congratulations on this stunning Grand Prize Winner!!! #9233735

Allen O. Howard 2/11/2011 7:41:44 PM

B*R*A*V*O!!! #9233736

anonymous 2/11/2011 7:43:29 PM

Huge congratulations Christopher on your Outstanding Grand Prize Win! #9233744

Melissa McCabe 2/11/2011 7:45:54 PM

Congrats on this well-deserved win (and on your new lens!) -mm #9233753

Patricia A. Coblentz level-classic 2/11/2011 7:49:16 PM

Overwhelmed w/excitement for you, Chris...huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE win..fantastic!!! #9233772

Jean E. Hildebrant level-classic 2/11/2011 7:54:39 PM

OH MY! How exciting for you Chris!! I know this is a special image to you and with good reason! Loved it the first moment I saw it! Huge congrat's to you!!! #9233800

Tammy Espino level-classic 2/11/2011 8:00:01 PM

Congrats on the big win, Chris! :) #9233815

Agnes Fegan level-classic 2/11/2011 8:01:48 PM

How exciting for you...congratulations!!! #9233825

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 2/11/2011 8:05:20 PM

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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your Grand Prize win!

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Patrick Rouzes level-classic 2/11/2011 8:08:31 PM

Congratulations on your GP Winner, Christopher! WTG, indeed! #9233863

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 2/11/2011 8:09:45 PM

Who would have ever guessed? LOL! This is just amazing & well deserved, Chris, beyond words. Congratulations on the GP win! #9233869

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 2/11/2011 8:10:05 PM

Chris I am so very happy for you.. As I told you in the email I sent you , I thought this was the best b/w image I had ever seen.. And now you get a Grand Prize for this.. A very well deserved win for you Chris.. A very big Congrats to you my friend.. Awesome job... So happy for you

Brian #9233874

Nancyj Hovey level-classic 2/11/2011 8:10:24 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving
GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!! 8o) #9233876

Barbara Socor level-classic 2/11/2011 8:17:12 PM

A brilliantly conceived and executed shot....Superior in all respects! Congrats on this stunning Grand Prize win! #9233907

Rona L. Schwarz level-classic 2/11/2011 8:47:47 PM

WOW! All the accolades are certainly so well-deserved, Chris! Somehow I missed it on all its earlier prize-winning journeys...it is simply indescribable, brilliant, and certainly the best B&W image I have yet seen at BP! It's so complex and well-executed. Kudos to your vision to your technical expertise, and to your artistry. Many fine congratulations on this superlative Grand Prize Winner! #9234011

Violeta Harrington 2/11/2011 8:59:17 PM

Perfection in every way. Congratulations for the Grand Prize win! #9234036

Cesar J. La Rosa 2/11/2011 9:08:46 PM

A very well-deserved Grand Prize, indeed!!! I'm so happy to see this WONDERFUL photograph as the BIG WINNER, Chris!!! Congratulations, my friend!!!
Cesar #9234052

Michele Peterson level-classic 2/11/2011 9:17:48 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!
What else can I say? Just very, very happy for you!!!!!! :-) #9234082

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 2/11/2011 9:56:55 PM

Did I saw GP Chris? WoW, congratulations On this Super Fantabulous award ! ! ! !

Dominick #9234174

Monika Sapek level-classic 2/11/2011 9:57:21 PM

Exceptional tones and composition! So well seen and done! Huge congratulations on your fantastic Grand Prize Winner, Christopher!
#9234175

Karen E. Baumann level-classic 2/11/2011 10:24:23 PM

AWESOME, Chris!!!! This is great news! So excited for you... Hope you print and hang it some place where you can be reminded of the journey... a fine achievement!!! Congratulations! #9234209

Bojan Bencic level-classic 2/11/2011 10:39:46 PM

Congratulatins on your amazing win, Christopher. Fantastic photo. #9234231

Katarina Mansson level-classic 2/11/2011 10:40:35 PM

This was its´ destiny from the start! HUGE congratulations on this well-deserved and OUTSTANDING GP Chris! #9234232

Debra R. Harder level-classic 2/11/2011 10:57:51 PM

This is a great image, Chris!! Huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER!! WTG!! Deb #9234251

Lynne Morris level-classic 2/12/2011 12:51:32 AM

WTG Chris, Huge Congratulations on your Grand Prize Win, so well deserved, this is awesome. #9234449

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 2/12/2011 2:29:51 AM

Congratulations, Chris! This is an inspiring and wonderful image! #9234520

Gail P. Sullivan level-classic 2/12/2011 3:24:16 AM

Christopher ...an outstanding GP winner...congrats! #9234563

Alan L. Borror level-classic 2/12/2011 3:49:05 AM

Congratulations on a truly outstanding image! #9234609

Donna W. Neal 2/12/2011 4:11:49 AM

Loved this from the moment I saw it, Outstanding work and well deserved GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS
Chrisopher #9234685

Jessica Jenney level-classic 2/12/2011 4:17:51 AM

Congratulations, Chris on your stunning Grand Prize Win! #9234694

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 2/12/2011 4:52:12 AM

Woo Hoo Chris!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner!!! Way to go! #9234764

Courtenay Vanderbilt 2/12/2011 5:00:11 AM

Not surprised at all..this is a perfect phiSpiral! Congratulations! #9234788

Cathy Barrows 2/12/2011 5:30:19 AM

Congrats on your GP win...love this one #9234902

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 2/12/2011 5:46:01 AM

Huge congratulations, Christopher on this dazzling and most deserved grand prize winner!! #9234935

Wanda Knoss level-classic 2/12/2011 6:17:24 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful win!! #9235024

Ken Smith level-classic 2/12/2011 6:18:49 AM

Man, you nailed this one, Chris...and 54 people have Fav'd it...outstanding and congrats!! #9235030

Emile Abbott level-classic 2/12/2011 6:32:43 AM

Huge congratulation on your fantastic grand prize winner. #9235092

Lindley Johnson level-classic 2/12/2011 7:02:24 AM

Outstanding work, Chris! It's fantastic in every way - big congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prize Winner! #9235172

Peter Appelbaum level-classic 2/12/2011 7:11:49 AM

Well deserved Christopher. I knew this would be Grand Prize. Congrats. Peter #9235209

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 2/12/2011 7:16:42 AM

Absolutely spectacular, Chris. I'm so happy for you. Huge huge congrats on this outstanding and wonderful GRAND PRIZE winner. #9235232

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 2/12/2011 7:19:50 AM

I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations. #9235239

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 2/12/2011 7:21:19 AM

I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations. #9235243

Lydia Williams level-classic 2/12/2011 7:29:15 AM

Gorgeous Chris...So happy for you and your grand prize winner..Well deserved! #9235274

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic 2/12/2011 7:29:51 AM

I knew it! I knew it! Congratulations and it is certainly the one I would have picked as well! #9235277

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 2/12/2011 7:49:26 AM

Truly a GREAT image, Christopher!
One of those show-stopping shots that makes people pause and enjoy its beauty.
The tones. The comfortable soft light. Those gentle curves. That rich and mysterious setting.
So simple, yet so GRAND.
Wonderful in every way.
So glad to see it wearing the BIG GRAND GOLD Badge!
Blessings, Lisa #9235375

Mitch Spence level-classic 2/12/2011 8:09:28 AM

This is perfection, Chris, and I am delighted to see this extraordinary image as the Grand Prize winner. #9235452

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic 2/12/2011 8:20:07 AM

OUTSTANDING and well deserved, Christopher!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! <>< #9235496

Julianne Bradford level-classic 2/12/2011 8:39:59 AM

A huge congratulations Chris on this magnificent Grand Prize winner! I can't wait to learn from the master :-) WTG! #9235565

Mike Umbreit level-classic 2/12/2011 9:02:57 AM

Chris - Huge congratulations on your big win!! - Mike #9235653

Don Johnson level-classic 2/12/2011 9:06:56 AM

Congratulations Chris! This is a stunning image! I told you you were the best photographer at BetterPhoto! #9235668

Mick Burkey level-classic 2/12/2011 9:11:28 AM

WTG, Chris!! HUGE Congratulations. You've come a long way, my friend, and here's the proof. A beautiful image well deserving of the Grand Prize. #9235693

Kay Beausoleil level-classic 2/12/2011 9:17:19 AM

Wow, this is superb, Chris. Hearty congratulations on your Grand Prize win!!! #9235709

Rita Hill level-classic 2/12/2011 9:21:20 AM

Wow, how exciting for you. Congratulations and well deserved. Love this image. #9235717

Susan J. Allen level-classic 2/12/2011 9:30:50 AM

WOW! I only just noticed this, Chris! Huge congratulations to you! I certainly agree with their choice this time! #9235729

Ryan Murphy level-classic 2/12/2011 9:59:55 AM

Congrats on the incredible journey this well-deserving image has been on! #9235759

Richard B. Hallick level-classic 2/12/2011 10:15:16 AM

Just outstanding. Congratulations #9235765

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-classic 2/12/2011 11:26:30 AM

WTG on your GRAND prize win, Chris! :-) k #9235902

Mariann Kovats level-classic 2/12/2011 11:59:08 AM

Gorgeous capture, congrats on your Grand Prize win! #9235982

Karen Celella level-classic 2/12/2011 12:05:50 PM

It doesn't get any better than GRAND PRIZE, Chris! Huge congratulations to you for this very well deserved, awesome winner! CHEERS! #9235998

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 2/12/2011 1:54:51 PM

The Grand Prize is for the best and the best this is!!! Congratulations, Chris on your outstanding and so very beautiful Grand Prize Win!!! Fantastic image!!! #9236322

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/12/2011 2:01:30 PM

Grand Prize and very well deserved Chris, so happy for you!

jo ann c. #9236335

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/12/2011 2:50:40 PM

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your kind words on this image. I went to bed just minutes before the winners were announced last night, and my neighbors this morning were probably wondering what to make of my shrieks and hollering at 6:30am when I finally learned about this. I then had to dash out to the cathedral (today was a tour duty day for me) and I'm just now getting home.

I'm so happy with this! I've been a BP member for 64 months, and have learned so much here. Every month I pretty much drool over the Seconds, Firsts and Grand Prize images selected, always admiring them and wishing I could create images that good. To finally have an image of mine included in the ranks of other Grand Prize winners I have long looked up to, coveted and respected, is a bit overwhelming today---but so very thrilling and exciting!

Thank you again, for all the support and encouragement!! And if any BPers make it to DC sometime, look me up and I'll be happy to share a cathedral tour with you! #9236410

Charlotte LaBarbera level-classic 2/12/2011 3:09:26 PM

Thank YOU for your response and for the honesty and humility with which you have expressed your gratitude. I can tell from the many posts I have read concerning your work that you are well-liked and well-respected as a person as well as a photographer.

CONGRATULATIONS! Love everything about the image. It stays with you long after you have turned away from it. #9236427

Jeana Clark level-classic 2/12/2011 3:33:13 PM


It's A WIN!!!!
And the Grandest Win Of Them All!!!
Couldn't have picked a better Winner!!
A Well Deserved Win!
Many Congratulations Chris for this outstanding work of art!
(I hope that someday, I can learn to use my new 7D as well as you, and execute a perfect image such as this!)

WELL DONE!!!!!!!

~J~ #9236438

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 2/12/2011 3:36:32 PM

Chris, well done and I so hope you are enjoying this moment! Big Congratulations...so happy for you! #9236445

Joseph T. Pilonero level-classic 2/12/2011 5:00:54 PM

Ausome perspective, Christopher! I am in DC area often and have not even gone to the Washington National Cathedral. I love the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I guess I'll have to see the spot where you took this fab shot. Congrtulations on the huge win! Keep shooting. TED #9236559

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 2/12/2011 5:54:30 PM

Brilliant Grand Prize! Big Congratulations Christopher!!! #9236626

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 2/12/2011 6:09:17 PM

SUPERB! CONGRATULATIONS! #9236660

Rolando Rosito level-classic 2/12/2011 6:24:08 PM

Big congratulations Christopher!! very deserving Grand Prize Winner!! #9236704

Angie M. Davis 2/12/2011 6:33:14 PM

Congrats Christopher! This is just stunning! Love everything about it! #9236742

Dr Silly level-classic 2/12/2011 6:41:41 PM

BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris on this GRAND Prize Win. :O) #9236794

Sharon level-classic 2/12/2011 7:38:52 PM

Chris, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved POTD & Grand Prize Win!!! #9236947

James Reininger 2/12/2011 7:53:23 PM

I am waiting from Frankenstein or Dracula to appear. Stuning image. Great job lighting. #9236969

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 2/13/2011 5:13:14 AM

CONGRATULTIONS on your Grand Prize Winning image, Chris! #9237385

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/13/2011 6:33:27 AM

Thank you all, very much; I'm still beaming today---such a treat!! #9237598

Robert Jensen level-classic 2/13/2011 6:35:19 AM

I am so happy this was selected - I am still amazed at the quality of your images, because you haven't been shooting very long, yet your images look like they were taken by a seasoned professional. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to come out there and meet you some day. #9237604

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-classic 2/13/2011 6:37:57 AM

Christopher,
Ditto all of the above....wonderful that this was selected...beautifully captured and executed....many best wishes in your photograhic endeavors!
Happy Shutterbugging..... #9237612

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 2/13/2011 6:38:33 AM

Fantastic!!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize win. Exceptional image. Well deserved! #9237615

Lois J. Adomite level-classic 2/13/2011 9:29:41 AM

Perfection, huge congratulations on this win. #9237959

Christine Czernin level-classic 2/13/2011 10:46:45 AM

There are not many words left to say, everything is said already.
Therefore only one word: CONGRATULATIONs, Chris. #9238044

Vicki Hunt level-classic 2/13/2011 2:55:09 PM

This is beautiful. I love this cathedral as many do. I will look for this view when I go back this year....A huge congratulations! #9238525

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/13/2011 3:22:48 PM

Many thanks, folks! Such a treat to read all these great comments from everyone! #9238553

Laura E. Swan level-classic 2/13/2011 4:24:48 PM

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ON YOUR EXCELLENT GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
The Viewer Gets Completely pulled in with the line of the railing. WOW! This is an amazing image, Chris!

-Laura Swan #9238637

Anna Diederich level-classic 2/13/2011 5:21:05 PM

I LOVED this the first time I saw it! Huge congrats on y our well deserving grand prize win! #9238714

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/14/2011 5:52:03 AM

Thank you both, Anna & Laura! #9239608

Mark Seiter level-classic 2/14/2011 6:34:03 AM

Congratulations on your grand prize win Christopher.....this is an awesome image and it was interesting to read that this was something you envisioned and then you finally went out and shot it once you got the right lens....very persistent.....nice job #9239729

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/14/2011 1:20:12 PM

Thank you Mark. I'm revisiting several old favorite locations around the cathedral, to see what they offer to me with wide-angle now. I may never take that lens off the camera again ;) #9240490

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum level-classic 2/14/2011 2:24:28 PM

Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize! #9240593

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum level-classic 2/14/2011 2:24:28 PM

Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize! #9240594

Debra Booth level-classic 2/14/2011 3:37:05 PM

Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Christopher! What a fabulous image. #9240732

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/15/2011 4:21:21 AM

Thanks so much, Debra & Pat! #9241662

Mary K. Robison level-classic 2/15/2011 4:49:38 AM

Christopher, when this fantastic capture was selected as a POTD, I fully agreed with the bp judges.
Now that it's a Grand Prize Winner --- I fully agree with the bp judges, AND with everyone else writing above!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you! #9241716

Gina Cormier level-classic 2/15/2011 7:58:56 AM

Congrats on this spectacular image!!!!! #9242168

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/15/2011 2:06:10 PM

Thank you, Gina & Mary--I appreciate it! #9242931

Theresa Marie Jones level-classic 2/15/2011 3:40:21 PM

Now that's thinking outside the box! Your image helps us see the world around us in exciting new ways! I love the way my eye goes to the focal point and down the steps and back up the rail. Very well composed!
CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOPHER! #9243086

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/16/2011 4:37:28 AM

Thank you very much, Theresa! #9244024

Clyde P. Smith level-classic 2/18/2011 8:39:28 PM

Conratulations on a stunning Win Chistopher! #9249325

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/19/2011 8:11:46 AM

Thank you, Clyde! #9250022

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/20/2011 10:58:59 PM

CONGRATZ. again Chris, now on the Grand Prize win at PG101!!!

UB. #9252461

Katarina Mansson level-classic 2/20/2011 11:26:30 PM

The winning never ends (and it shouldn´t!!!) with this one - congratulations again Chris! #9252472

Sarah A. Christian level-classic 2/20/2011 11:35:23 PM

Congratulations, Chris, for being selected as POTM!
Very deserving of this and all the honors received! #9252473

Dr Silly level-classic 2/21/2011 1:59:26 AM

Congratulations Chris on your Favorite photo of the month win at PG101. The wins just keep on rolling on. :O) #9252529

David Phalen level-classic 2/21/2011 5:47:06 AM

BIG Congrats on the 101 POTM!! #9253059

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/21/2011 8:52:07 AM

Thanks so much, PG101! I'm enjoying an embarrassment of riches on this image! #9253538

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 2/21/2011 2:49:28 PM

A brilliant image, Chris, so deserving of the Grand Prize!

Hearty congratulations on your magnificent win!
Debby #9254147

Susan Fox level-classic 2/21/2011 5:13:06 PM

A huge congratulations on your fabulously wonderful grand prize image!!! #9254421

David M. Montero level-classic 2/22/2011 10:05:56 AM

Congratulations Christopher. Great shot. #9255685

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/22/2011 8:26:03 PM

Thank you very much, Dave, Susan & Deborah! #9256656

Bill Houghton level-classic 2/26/2011 4:56:58 PM

This is an outstanding winner. Congratulations. Bill #9263539

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/26/2011 5:56:25 PM

Thank you, Bill! Just got some test prints (8x12) and I'm thrilled... gonna try out a larger format next. #9263633

Marisol Pastor level-classic 2/27/2011 2:00:49 AM

An outstanding image! Congratulations on a well deserved win! #9263900

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/27/2011 4:12:12 AM

Thanks so much, Marisol! #9263986

Susana Heide level-classic 2/27/2011 3:02:56 PM

A belated but heartfelt congrats on this huge success for you Chris!!! This image has received nothing but RAVE reviews ever since you shared it with us!!! When I look at it I feel like I could almost grasp on to the railing and walk up the stairs, because your angle makes the image seem dimensional! WOW!!! WAY TO GO Chris!!!!! #9264756

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/27/2011 8:16:30 PM

Thank you very much, Susana! #9265125

Martin J. Wells level-classic 3/1/2011 6:31:28 AM

Chris, I just saw that you are the grand prize winner. Fantastic news and many congratulations (albeit a bit late)!!

The comments say it all, this is a truly outstanding image.

regards, martin #9267804

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/1/2011 7:37:59 AM

Thank you, Martin; I appreciate it! #9267926

Cathy M. Britcliffe level-classic 3/1/2011 9:47:44 AM

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Christopher!

Cathy :) #9268113

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/1/2011 4:17:27 PM

Thank you, Cathy! #9268679

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 3/11/2011 12:16:47 PM

HUGE Congrats on your AWESOME POTD #9285731

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/11/2011 6:55:51 PM

Thank you, Nancy! #9286342

Paula Showen level-classic 3/16/2011 2:47:12 PM

This is an outstanding composition! It's a perfect piece for B&W. Congratulations (even though I'm a bit late) on this gorgeous work! #9294716

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/16/2011 4:39:12 PM

Many thanks, Paula... You'll never be late---I'm still on cloud nine! #9294793

Jill Battaglia level-classic 7/6/2011 6:34:30 AM

I'll just add my congrats and my two cents to say how outstanding this is!! :-) #9510773

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 7/6/2011 7:25:31 AM

Thanks so much! #9510884

Carlton Ward level-classic 8/29/2011 6:32:05 PM

The 3 exposures made for very even tones and the POV is fantstic - Congrats Chris :) #9641702

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 8/30/2011 3:54:22 AM

Thank you, Carlton; HDR was definitely the way to go with the contrasty lighting and shadows. #9642160

Nadia Paul level-classic 9/23/2011 4:30:48 AM

What a stunning image this is Christopher - congrats on your GP win and POTD - so well deserved! #9686550

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 9/25/2011 5:48:24 PM

Thank you very much, Nadia! I love this image, and have a huge print of it hanging at home now! #9691911

Alex T. Mizuno level-classic 10/15/2011 4:02:46 PM

Belated congratulations on your Grand Prize and POTD Chris! Your POV is really inspiring. I was impressed again when you visited SF. Your view of architecture is quite unique and fresh. I can learn a lot from your work. #9737318

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 10/15/2011 6:04:34 PM

I think we could trade off---You've got some spectacular shots I'd love to call my own. Thanks! #9737527

Jill Odice level-classic 10/24/2011 11:33:15 AM

Wow, this was worthg waiting to get so perfectly and it obviously paid off :-) Congrats!!! #9759144

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 10/24/2011 4:43:17 PM

Thanks so much!! #9759669

Anna M. Halasz level-classic 11/8/2011 9:47:49 PM

Love IT ! ~A~ #9792683

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 11/9/2011 3:44:50 AM

Thank you very much! #9792985

Summer A. Kozisek level-classic 11/14/2011 10:29:55 PM

This image is spectacular, great composition, HDR work, and b&w presentation. Congratulations on your well deserved gold!! #9805048

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 11/15/2011 3:48:45 AM

Thank you so much, Summer! #9805313

Rudi Reiner level-classic 11/18/2011 6:48:31 AM

What a great POV! Congratulations! #9816321

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 11/18/2011 6:52:19 AM

Thank you, Rudi! #9816330

Allen O. Howard 11/22/2011 11:33:50 AM

Magnificent. There are not enough wonderful adjectives to describe this image! #9825171

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 11/22/2011 7:48:16 PM

Thank you very much, Allen! #9826044

Antonio Amen level-classic 12/2/2011 11:01:16 AM

Everything is perfect in this picture, well done.
Have a nice day
António #9843715

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 12/2/2011 11:12:03 AM

Thank you very much, Antonio! #9843727

Gayle Johnson level-classic 1/13/2012 11:21:48 AM

This is definitely one of my all time favorites. Classic. Congratulations! #9918273

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/15/2012 7:52:06 AM

Thank you very much, Gayle! #9921450

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 2/28/2012 8:57:03 AM

So beautiful indeed Chris and your work is very inspirational. Congratulations! #10011326

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 2/28/2012 10:30:58 AM

Many thanks, Reynaldo--I appreciate that! #10011592

Jill Odice level-classic 3/3/2012 8:28:36 AM

Congrats on the many awards this awesome image has received! All well deserved! #10019499

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/3/2012 3:17:55 PM

Thank you very much, Jill! #10020221

Stephen Zacker level-classic 3/28/2012 5:51:40 AM

Fantastic perspective. Congratulations #10062928

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 3/28/2012 11:39:57 AM

Thank you, Stephen! #10063380

Gary Enloe level-classic 4/6/2012 9:29:45 AM

This is fantastic Christopher. Outstanding POV

A big CONGRATS on being a winner

Well deserved! #10077952

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 4/6/2012 12:18:07 PM

Thank you so much, Gary! #10078150

Katherine Kuhn level-classic 4/12/2012 8:33:11 AM

Beautiful composition and tones! #10087318

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 4/12/2012 8:54:39 AM

Thank you very much, Katherine! #10087341

Dayna Cain level-classic 4/27/2012 11:06:17 AM

I see I'm not the only one that comes back to look at this beauty again and again. This is just perfection Chris. I am still in awe of this image. #10111555

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 4/27/2012 11:12:28 AM

Thank you very much, Dayna! I love it just as much... I have a framed print of it right here at my office desk! #10111570

Michael S. Baker level-classic 5/2/2012 6:30:16 AM

Hi Christopher; I was at this very spot a few weeks ago and thought of your image here. I tried to reproduce it (imitation is the best form of flattery, they say). I couldn't get a similar shot. This is a great image-- really nice work here! #10118276

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 5/2/2012 11:00:09 AM

Thank you very much! Glad you made it in; if you get back, look me up (usually only there on Saturdays.)
I'd shot this staircase many times over the years, but only when I finally got the ultra-wide 10mm, was I able to produce this look.
And I too was inspired by someone before me---I think it was Tom Statas that once showed me a different ultra-wide-angle capture of this stairwell, many, many years ago, that undoubtedly influenced my eye for it, when my time to shoot came along! #10119113

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 5/15/2012 7:54:37 AM

What a beautiful image and POV, Chris! Congrats on the POTD!! #10138066

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 5/15/2012 7:58:09 AM

Thank you, Shelly! #10138072

Carol Eade level-classic 5/17/2012 6:28:07 PM

Gorgeous work! #10140717

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 5/18/2012 4:24:30 AM

Thank you, Carol! #10141100

Yulianto Soeroso level-classic 6/5/2012 7:52:58 PM

dreaming #10170002

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 6/6/2012 5:50:37 AM

Thanks, Yulisanto! #10170324

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 7/13/2012 9:03:52 AM

Sooo kool Chris..I just visited Linda's gallery and she has posted this with your guidance...she nailed it too!

Wonderful gallery...

jo ann c. #10227889

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 7/13/2012 7:00:58 PM

Thanks! #10228505

Dayna Cain level-classic 9/5/2012 5:47:22 AM

It's takes my breath away every time I look at it. #10309414

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 9/5/2012 5:48:22 AM

I'm so glad! I still love it, nearly 2 years later! Maybe because I tried to get this kind of shot for several years, without success. #10309417

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 9/7/2012 7:12:03 AM

POTD and Grand Prize Winner. This picture deserves both honors. Congratulations my friend. #10312859

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 9/7/2012 7:37:39 AM

Thank you very much, Frank! I still get a big kick out of this one "going to the top" a year and a half ago! #10312883

Dayna Cain level-classic 10/3/2012 4:57:27 PM

Yep, I'm still looking at it and still loving it. #10353920

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 10/4/2012 3:37:45 AM

Well thanks, Dayna! I still look and love it too--have a big enlargement hanging right behind me, and a smaller enlargement in my office at work! ;) #10354512

Brian M. Jones level-classic 1/21/2013 1:23:47 PM

I still think this is by far the most dramatic photo ever to grace BetterPhoto.. I commented on this when you won, but I still am in awe when I view this amazing image Chris #10526558

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 1/21/2013 6:44:57 PM

Thank you very much, Brian, for such high praise! I love this image to this day, and have a fantastic 20x30 print matted & framed right behind me as I type this. #10526845

Mike F. Anderson level-classic 5/19/2013 10:27:42 AM

WOW!!! Patience and perseverance. The ability to see it, envision it, execute it, and produce it. Just outstanding Christopher! #10699329

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 5/20/2013 5:24:39 AM

Thanks so much, Mike; yes, it took awhile to get the right equipment, in hindsight! The ultrawide EFS10-22 has since become probably my all-time favorite lens. #10700198

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Description

Three exposure combination, looking up the parclose stairs from crypt level to nave, Washington National Cathedral.
I've long wanted to capture the broad spiral of the Yellin wrought iron handrail, in combination with the stairs and vaulting.
After many unsuccessful attempts with regular lenses over the years, it was the 10-22 wide angle lens which allowed me
to compose what I'd envisioned. Thank you to the BP community for such enthusiastic support of this image!
Grand Prize Jan. 2011 - Elements of Design; P.O.T.D. 2/5/11; 2011 Photo of the Year - PhotoGroup101;
Featured in "The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light" by Jim Miotke & Kerry Drager, published April 2012.
This photo is now available as a matted print, sold through the Cathedral Store.

Exif: F Number: 8, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 1/7/2011 5:13:03 AM

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