Cherry Compote II

© Christopher Budny

Cherry Compote II

Joy Rector level-classic 10/19/2011 4:32:23 AM

excellent shot, love it #1416539

Michelle Alton level-classic 10/19/2011 4:33:24 AM

Superb artistry, Chris. #9746162

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic 10/19/2011 6:48:43 AM

Outstanding! #9746672

Michele Peterson level-classic 10/19/2011 7:49:48 AM

I love this, Chris!!! #9747006

David M. Montero level-classic 10/19/2011 9:21:13 AM

I like using a light tent for that very reason Christopher. Well done! #9747306

Dr Silly level-classic 10/19/2011 11:38:14 AM

Awesome still like. :O) #9747839

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 10/19/2011 11:45:59 AM

Gorgeous comp and all that other stuff you do SO well.... :-) #9747862

ABDULRAHMAN AL-SABAAN level-classic 10/19/2011 3:59:24 PM

Awesome! #9748727

Carol Eade level-classic 10/19/2011 5:31:06 PM

Beautiful, love the comp and colors. #9748969

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/20/2011 3:47:31 AM

Thank you all very much! This was such a fun little project, involving two of my favorite artforms (studio glass and turned wood.) #9749783

Leslie McLain level-classic 10/22/2011 3:01:39 PM

Terrific capture, Chris. Very creative. #9754897

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/22/2011 4:40:14 PM

Thank you, Leslie! #9755127

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 10/30/2011 11:54:15 PM

This is a beautifully presented image, Chris. Love it!

UB. #9773441

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/31/2011 3:43:55 AM

Thank you very much, Usman! #9773712

Marcie A. Fowler level-classic 10/31/2011 2:42:41 PM

Love it. Beautifully captured and presented. #9774816

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/31/2011 4:36:54 PM

Glad you like it, Marcie; thank you! #9775183

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 11/1/2011 12:42:42 PM

I flippin' LoVe this Chris!!! #9777130

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/1/2011 1:34:18 PM

Woohoo! The Kara seal of approval---always a good sign! ;) Thanks! #9777209

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 11/16/2011 5:39:17 AM

Love the design elements in this sensual image!
~♥~Lisa #9807636

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 11/16/2011 10:22:01 AM

Good luck this month... This has WINNER written all over it! #9808075

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/16/2011 1:57:07 PM

Thank you Lisa and Kara -- Kara, I hope you're right!! #9808438

Tammy Espino level-classic 11/16/2011 2:36:17 PM

Cool finalist, congrats! :) #9808638

tony w. austin 11/16/2011 2:44:59 PM

once again you have outdone yourself.. and I am so envious... great work #9808723

Lindley Johnson level-classic 11/16/2011 4:13:26 PM

This is fantastic, Chris! Congratulations on your well-deserved finalist. #9809526

Dayna Cain level-classic 11/16/2011 4:27:19 PM

As always, a very creative, skillfully taken image. Congrats on this very deserving finalist Chris! #9809639

Phyllis H. Burchett 11/16/2011 4:39:35 PM

Fantastic Chris, congrats! #9809752

Michele Peterson level-classic 11/16/2011 5:16:02 PM

You know you have a cheering squad behind this series of images, and I'm so happy to see this one get a finalist!! Congratulations!! #9810059

Agnes Fegan level-classic 11/16/2011 6:46:49 PM

Terrific image ... congrats on your finalist!!! #9810527

Julianne Bradford level-classic 11/16/2011 6:49:02 PM

So-o cool Chris! Congrats! #9810540

Errick L. Cameron level-classic 11/16/2011 7:10:42 PM

Not surprised about this silver! #9810690

The Judges at level-classic 11/16/2011 7:13:04 PM

Nice, clean composition. #9810718

Renee Doyle level-classic 11/16/2011 7:43:49 PM

Perfect!!! Congratulations Chris!! #9810926

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/16/2011 8:47:30 PM

Huge congrats on a stunning finalist!!!! Very best luck in the next round!!! #9811130

Patti Coblentz level-classic 11/16/2011 8:55:54 PM

Alrighty then :)) So happy to see this perfection with a finalist, Chris...good luck next round!! #9811149

Sherran Andersen level-classic 11/16/2011 10:36:05 PM

Congrats Chris. #9811418

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/17/2011 3:40:40 AM

Thank you all very much! This is a new favorite of mine; I'm thrilled you all (and the judges!) like it! #9812106

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 11/17/2011 9:07:22 AM

Such an incredible capture Chris, huge congratulations on your finalist award! #9813228

Mitch Spence level-classic 11/17/2011 9:28:38 AM

Such a winner this is, Chris. What a great idea, and you carried it out perfectly. #9813283

Monnie Ryan 11/17/2011 9:40:26 AM

Fabulous, Chris - congratulations!! #9813339

Carla Capra level-classic 11/17/2011 12:12:19 PM

;) CC #9813753

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 11/17/2011 12:54:10 PM

Congrats, Chris... :-) #9813933

Monnie Ryan level-classic 11/17/2011 1:32:37 PM

This just HAD to win, Chris - congratulations! #9814096

Tammy Espino level-classic 11/17/2011 1:41:50 PM

Congrats on your gold win!! :) #9814166

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 11/17/2011 1:49:48 PM

hahahahaha... I amuse me... I swear it's starting to look like I know something you don'

HUGE CONGRATS!! #9814212

Michele Peterson level-classic 11/17/2011 2:02:03 PM


Lindley Johnson level-classic 11/17/2011 2:04:52 PM

Big congratulations on your fabulous 2nd place win, Chris - I love this! #9814248

Nikki McDonald level-classic 11/17/2011 2:13:11 PM

Great idea and I'm sure you are very glad you went to the trouble to try this one again so you had a result you really liked personally. Congratulations on the 2nd place win, Chris. #9814265

Patti Coblentz level-classic 11/17/2011 2:22:51 PM

WTG, glad you followed your instincts! Congratulations on your gold win! #9814308

Martin Cregg level-classic 11/17/2011 2:33:39 PM

Inspiring! #9814349

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 11/17/2011 2:38:39 PM

Knew this was goping GOLD the first time I saw it. Wonderful work, Chris, and huge congrats on this outstanding WINNER. #9814370

Val Feldman level-classic 11/17/2011 2:40:13 PM

Masterful artistry - impeccably and elegantly presented...and the real bonus (besides the wonderful GOLD!:), is it incorporates two of your favorite loves - studio glass and tuned wood! I bet you're smiling BIG today! Smile away (we're smiling with you!! :) :) Well-deserved and huge congratulations on a fine gold win!! #9814380

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/17/2011 3:01:44 PM

Very huge Congrats on a fabulous winner, Chris!!! #9814446

Jill Battaglia 11/17/2011 3:22:25 PM

awesome winner Chris!! Big Congrats!! #9814514

Ken Smith level-classic 11/17/2011 3:25:59 PM

You nailed this one, Chris. Congrats to you!! #9814522

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 11/17/2011 3:52:17 PM

AWESOME Chris! BIG Congrats!

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 11/17/2011 4:20:36 PM

WTG Chris. A big congrats to you on this fabulous winner. #9814687

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/17/2011 6:16:59 PM

Thank you all very, very much! I'm thrilled this one made it; had all my fingers crossed! ;) #9815159

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 11/17/2011 6:20:46 PM

Big Congratulations on this awesome Gold 2nd Place Winner Chris... fantastic!!!

jo ann c. #9815169

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 11/17/2011 7:54:50 PM

Congrats Chris on this fantastic winner! #9815410

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 11/17/2011 8:06:53 PM

HUGE Congratulations on your win!!! #9815442

Naomi Weiser level-classic 11/17/2011 10:06:51 PM

wow! congrats! #9815532

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 11/17/2011 10:16:39 PM

Chris, I can see why you like this one's a winner! :-) Outstanding work! #9815550

Katarina Mansson 11/17/2011 10:34:42 PM

Congratulations Chris on your superb winner! #9815574

Renee Doyle level-classic 11/18/2011 12:31:23 AM

Knew this would be here!!! BIG congrats to you Chris on this outstanding winner!!! #9815696

Jessica Jenney level-classic 11/18/2011 4:04:16 AM

Congratulations, Christopher on your fabulous winner! #9815978

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/18/2011 4:07:34 AM

Thank you all very, very much! #9815994

Leslie McLain level-classic 11/18/2011 4:39:03 AM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Chris. #9816087

Susan K. Snow level-classic 11/18/2011 7:22:45 AM

I've been thinking about a light tent for a long time, even though I no longer have my studio lights. Do you use studio lights or daylight?

I love the lighting you captured, the composition, and of course, the sharpness and clarity, beautiful color and tonality.

There is nothing sweeter than a winner when one has worked hard to achieve it. Congratulations on your winner, Chris!

Martha R. Mazon level-classic 11/18/2011 7:29:51 AM

Tremendously good, Christopher!! How satisfying to take something good and make it even better. Congratulations on the well deserved award (although it should have been 1st in my opinion!) #9816423

David Phalen level-classic 11/18/2011 10:40:34 AM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #9816709

Christine Czernin level-classic 11/18/2011 12:34:30 PM

This is a true winner, Chris. Beginning with the vision to create something like this,right to the perfect way you executed it.
Huge congrats on this spectacular win. #9816980

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/18/2011 1:29:47 PM

Many thanks, folks!
Bunny, I generally try to position the tent near my patio doors; it came with 2 small halogen lamps, and I will sometimes use those as well... #9817096

David M. Montero level-classic 11/18/2011 3:13:14 PM

YES! Happy to see it. Congratulations on scoring gold Christopher! #9817235

Sylvia Rourke level-classic 11/18/2011 3:53:28 PM

congrats on your 2nd position winnings Chi, this is truly a work of art! #9817332

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 11/18/2011 8:55:15 PM

A lovely, elegant winner.
Big congratulations, Christopher!
~♥~Lisa #9817972

Rona L. Schwarz 11/18/2011 9:54:31 PM

WOW! Beautifully thought-out and set-up, Chris, and the technical execution is flawless! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GOLD MEDAL WIN! #9818099

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/19/2011 3:47:53 AM

Thank you very much, folks! #9818310

Mitch Spence level-classic 11/19/2011 9:50:27 AM

Knew it was going to go, Chris, and so it should. Congrats to you. #9818867

Gina Cormier level-classic 11/19/2011 10:08:14 AM

Congrats on this gorgeous image!!!! #9818908

Christopher Budny level-classic 11/19/2011 3:41:32 PM

Thank you both, ladies! #9819383

Merna L. Nobile 11/27/2011 9:36:07 PM

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/24/2012 4:57:47 PM


-Laura :D #9941036

Martin Cregg 1/24/2012 5:18:14 PM

Chris - great lighting on this, as well as fantastic composition. #9941280

Christopher Budny level-classic 1/24/2012 5:50:22 PM

Thank you, Merna, Laura & Martin! I was so happy with this win in November---a very fun setup to shoot, and two of my favorite art forms; glass and wood! #9941602

Sylvia Rourke level-classic 1/24/2012 5:52:37 PM

Congrats Chris, I'm seriously jealous. #9941628

Christopher Budny level-classic 1/24/2012 5:54:30 PM

Thanks so much, Sylvia! #9941656

John Rivera level-classic 2/22/2012 4:45:59 AM

Excellent image! #9995649

Christopher Budny level-classic 2/22/2012 5:04:34 AM

Thank you, John! #9995702

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I couldn't resist a complete re-shoot of this setup; while I loved the first version, I didn't use a light tent, and wasn't keen on the reflected highlights.
So the reshoot is in the tent, daytime (vs. night) for more natural light, and a square crop vs. a 5x7. I like this one better already!
10/2011 EOD 2nd Place
The glass cherry rests in a chalice of turned ebony and tagua nut (aka vegetable ivory.) The chalice stands 1-3/4" tall. I've had a set of 5
of the cherries forever, and just picked up the chalice at a small-town festival in MA last weekend, made by a wonderful wood turner,
William Cudnohufsky, who specializes in tagua nut. I put the two together once home, and instantly thought I needed to try a photograph.
I used black foamboard at the back, and a big sheet of white paper, letting one edge curl up onto the foamboard,
and then carefully repositioned things until the b/w "seam" bisected the chalice where I wanted it to.

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 10/19/2011 3:54:27 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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