Supremely Elegant

© Christopher Budny

Supremely Elegant

Leslie McLain level-fanatic 7/1/2012 4:51:17 AM

Stunning capture, Chris. Sorry I never made it to the Supreme Court. #1472287

Katarina Mansson 7/1/2012 4:53:23 AM

WINNER!!! Love it!!! #10208643

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-fanatic 7/1/2012 5:08:48 AM

Gorgeous! #10208659

Usman M. Bajwa level-fanatic 7/1/2012 5:09:15 AM

Very effective curve, pov and lines, Chris!

UB. #10208661

Joy Rector level-fanatic 7/1/2012 5:25:49 AM

beautiful shot #10208691

Robert Jensen level-fanatic 7/1/2012 6:20:15 AM

SUPERB #10208763

Nikki McDonald level-fanatic 7/1/2012 6:27:01 AM

Beautiful staircase and great perspective and framing, Chris. #10208768

Carol Flisak level-fanatic 7/1/2012 7:52:50 AM

Stunning image, Chris... excellent in every way and appropriately titled! #10208862

Mitch Spence level-fanatic 7/1/2012 8:24:48 AM

The title is correct and refers to both the subject and the image, Chris. #10208916

Naomi Weiser level-fanatic 7/1/2012 9:14:20 AM

great shot and pov! #10208980

David M. Montero 7/1/2012 9:15:40 AM

Absolutley masterful capture Chris!!! Love the juxtaposition of the stairs and floor, the soft tone and of course POV. Yes indeed, this is a winner! A new fav for me. #10208982

Melinda F. Schneider level-fanatic 7/1/2012 9:41:45 AM

Supreme image! This is a winner for sure!! Wowee Kazowee!!!!! #10209030

Dr Silly 7/1/2012 10:12:48 AM

Awesome. :O)

Bob Cournoyer level-fanatic 7/1/2012 11:41:56 AM

Love the pov/comp... :-) #10209199

Michelle Alton level-fanatic 7/1/2012 12:40:22 PM

Magnificent work, Chris. You are (in my esteem) the King of architectural photography on BP. #10209292

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/2/2012 4:33:13 AM

Thank you all very much for the kind words! (Wow, Michelle, you're good for the ego!)
I was very surprised this turned out; the viewing angles are limited (the public is allowed to enter and stand on 1 landing, with large solid wood walls preventing you from going up or down from that landing. You can basically lean over the landing's railing), the lighting is challenging (bright, hot-spot wall-mounted sconces) and I shot fairly underexposed to minimize camera shake. (You'd laugh at the original RAW image of this!!) I'm thrilled with how this turned out, given all of that, and glad you all like it as much as I do! #10210219

Carol Quina level-fanatic 7/2/2012 7:04:01 AM

A very pretty image! "Super!" #10210459

Dayna Cain level-fanatic 7/2/2012 12:23:51 PM

This is STUNNING! I agree with Michelle. You da KING!!!!LOL #10210938

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/2/2012 4:31:23 PM

Thank you Dayna and Carol, very much! #10211296

Kara L. Hendricks level-fanatic 7/4/2012 6:06:41 PM

Oh Chris... I see another GP in your future... at LEAST first! #10214461

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/5/2012 4:03:36 AM

Ah, wouldn't that be something! Let's hope your predictive powers are spot-on! #10214929

Linda D. Lester level-fanatic 7/13/2012 4:37:29 PM

I really loved this view too! Excellent work hope we see it again!!! #10228350

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/14/2012 5:13:17 AM

Of all 3 visits I've made to the Supreme Court, shooting the spiral stairs each time, this is far and away my favorite result. Thanks! #10228797

Kara L. Hendricks level-fanatic 7/16/2012 6:39:46 AM

I know I chose an image from you not long ago, but when a shot needs to be showcased, it needs to be showcased! Congrats on the 101 POTW Chris.. WINNER! #10231517

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/16/2012 7:29:03 AM

Thank you for the 101 pick, Kara! This is definitely one of my two or three all-time favorite stairs captures! #10231604

Nikki McDonald level-fanatic 7/18/2012 5:53:23 AM

So very elegant, Chris. Looks great on the home page. Hard to find in your gallery, lol, but worth the search :) #10234579

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/18/2012 5:58:28 AM

Thanks, Nikki! Glad you searched it out! My regular BP gallery is overdue for some pruning I think; I try to keep my a little less packed-full, and grouped by subject, loosely. It isn't a perfect system, clearly ;) #10234583

Amanda D. Austwick level-fanatic 7/23/2012 6:57:43 AM

Just love this Chris.The title is perfect, since it is so elegant!
Nikki you did better than I did. I got waded down in the search and asked Chris for help:) #10241081

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 7/23/2012 7:00:29 AM

Thanks, Amanda! ;) Apologies for my gallery layout... I haven't struck on the perfect system yet ;) #10241084

The Judges at level-fanatic 8/29/2012 7:23:19 AM

Beautiful #10295772

Julianne Bradford level-fanatic 8/29/2012 7:55:33 AM

Boy! This has the most elegant feel to it too Chris! What a fabulous finalist! Congratulations! #10295926

Lindley Johnson level-fanatic 8/29/2012 8:18:48 AM

Terrific POV, and a wonderful image of this elegant curve. So well done, Chris - big congratulations! #10296048

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-fanatic 8/29/2012 9:09:45 AM

Elegant it is!!

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Chris..

jo ann c. #10296312

Shawn Jennings level-fanatic 8/29/2012 9:26:44 AM

Super shot, Chris! Congratulations on your finalist! #10296392

Leslie McLain level-fanatic 8/29/2012 10:15:59 AM

Congrats on a stunning finalist, Chris. #10296600

Nancy L. Green level-fanatic 8/29/2012 11:50:37 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Chris, wonderful lines, POV and comp, WTG!! <>< #10296822

Tammy Espino 8/29/2012 3:45:31 PM

Congrats Chris!!!1 #10297531

Tammy M. Anderson level-fanatic 8/29/2012 4:44:38 PM

So beautiful. Congrats, Chris. #10297683

Nikki McDonald level-fanatic 8/29/2012 7:14:06 PM

My pick for a sure gold from among your many finalists this month, Chris. Congratulations and good luck. #10298219

Ellen Hodges level-fanatic 8/29/2012 8:12:46 PM

Huge congrats on an absolutely gorgeous finalist, Chris!!! Very best luck with this and your other fab finalists!! #10298314

Carol Flisak level-fanatic 8/30/2012 12:12:47 PM

Happy to see this again! Huge congrats on your stunning finalist, Chris! #10299598

Dayna Cain level-fanatic 8/30/2012 12:44:24 PM

The king strikes again! LOL This is truly amazing Chris...I am jumping up and down, clapping my hands and hollering like crazy for you! (My co-workers are looking at me funny) Grand Prize here you come!!!!! #10299673

David M. Montero 8/30/2012 4:10:34 PM

Genius!!! Congratulations on your Finalist selection Chris! Candidate for Grand Prize for sure. #10300039

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 8/30/2012 6:19:28 PM

Thank you all very much!
I believe I shot this with Renee & Linda, on the same day I shot my Lincoln Memorial Finalist, and my Pension Building Finalist, and the day before my Passage Finalist---making that weekend certainly one of the most successful on record, for me personally!
I recommend shooting with Renee & Linda all the time, now. ;) #10300446

Renee Doyle level-fanatic 8/31/2012 3:46:26 AM

That's too funny Chris - we'll be back next weekend :-)
BIG congrats to you on this - I have a shot of you actually shooting this :-) .... want me to post it!!!
Seriously, just getting to the finalists so sorry for late congrats ,... but BIG congrats for this and all your other wonderful finalists!! #10301011

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 8/31/2012 5:22:25 AM

I'm pretty sure I DON'T want to see myself leaning out over a railing ;) Sure wish they let us access the entire stairwell, with tripods! ;) #10301186

Ryan Murphy level-fanatic 8/31/2012 5:51:05 AM

Congrats, Chris on a wonderful month! Hard to pick a favorite amongst your 6 finalists, but this is probably mine. I expect to see some of the silver turn to gold to add to your already spectacular portfolio. #10301233

Amanda D. Austwick level-fanatic 8/31/2012 8:39:57 AM

I can see this one going for Gold! Great image Chris! #10301439

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-fanatic 8/31/2012 3:33:20 PM

An incredible POV and image Chris. Congrats! #10301946

Phyllis H. Burchett 8/31/2012 5:22:07 PM

BIG congrats Chris on this and all your fabulous finalists, good luck! #10302115

Kay Beausoleil level-fanatic 8/31/2012 7:26:46 PM

Congratulations on your win for this superb image, Christopher! #10302338

Stefania Barbier level-fanatic 8/31/2012 7:27:43 PM

superb winner... congratulations Chris! #10302343

Jill Battaglia 8/31/2012 7:44:20 PM

this is gorgeous! congrats Chris!! #10302400

Ellen Hodges level-fanatic 8/31/2012 7:49:42 PM

Huge congrats on a gorgeous winner, Chris!!!! #10302422

Peggy Pfister level-fanatic 8/31/2012 8:15:33 PM

Huge congrats on a truly elegant winner! #10302509

Tammy Espino level-fanatic 8/31/2012 8:18:40 PM

Congrats on this awesome win!:) #10302521

Rona L. Schwarz 8/31/2012 8:25:23 PM

WOW! and then some, Chris! I haven't even made it through all the finalists yet and now see you had 6 (!) and 2 Gold Winners! This is my favorite - it is truly spectacular and so very elegantly presented. Have to agree with Michelle - you are definitely the KING of architectural photography at BP and probably wherever else you choose to compete. Huge Congratulations on this superb Gold Winner! #10302551

Susan Williams level-fanatic 8/31/2012 9:03:35 PM

Huge congratulations for the Gold on this outstanding image, Chris. Outstanding work! #10302648

Michele Peterson level-fanatic 8/31/2012 10:05:58 PM

Big congratulations, Chris, this is fabulous!!! #10302736

Katarina Mansson 9/1/2012 12:00:42 AM

Gold star in stairs photography! Congratulations again Chris! #10302829

Bojan Bencic level-fanatic 9/1/2012 2:29:59 AM

Fantastic. Congratulations on your win, Christopher. #10302899

Linda D. Lester level-fanatic 9/1/2012 3:19:05 AM

Great so see this one....Congratulations on your win!!!. #10302944

Gail Sullivan level-fanatic 9/1/2012 4:44:58 AM

Classic and elegant...congrats, Christopher! #10303028

Dr Silly level-fanatic 9/1/2012 4:45:46 AM

Congrats Chris on your Gold for this photo. :O)

Leslie McLain level-fanatic 9/1/2012 4:51:30 AM

Congrats on a fantastic winner, Chris. #10303052

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/1/2012 5:03:24 AM

Thanks so much! I stand by my earlier comment---try to have Renee & Linda nearby whenever you shoot ;) Both of my golds this month were shot in their presence... (The other included Gail V. on the outing.) There just might be something to that ;) #10303108

Jessica Jenney level-fanatic 9/1/2012 5:36:13 AM

Congratulations, Chris on your win! Fantastic! #10303187

Monnie Ryan level-fanatic 9/1/2012 6:35:49 AM

Fabulous, Chris - congratulations on a well-deserved win! #10303346

Claudia Kuhn level-fanatic 9/1/2012 6:44:29 AM

Wonderful Chris, congratulations #10303367

R. J. Laudenbacher level-fanatic 9/1/2012 6:44:38 AM

Congrats Chris on your winner. Outstanding! #10303368

Barbara Socor level-fanatic 9/1/2012 7:59:21 AM

...and supremely seen and shot! A truly outstanding image, Chris. Congrats on a memorable winning image! #10303485

Julianne Bradford level-fanatic 9/1/2012 8:22:27 AM

Congratulations on this elegant winner Chris! #10303518

Lindley Johnson level-fanatic 9/1/2012 8:28:30 AM

Big congratulations on your elegant and well-deserved Win, Chris! #10303526

Diane Dupuis level-fanatic 9/1/2012 8:49:09 AM

love love love it!! congrats!!!!! #10303569

Carol Flisak level-fanatic 9/1/2012 11:25:04 AM

Huge congratulations on your stunning winner, Chris! Glad to see this again! #10303768

David Phalen level-fanatic 9/1/2012 11:35:19 AM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #10303787

Mitch Spence level-fanatic 9/1/2012 11:37:10 AM

You know, I think every time I see this that, as I said before, the title is perfect because it is. It's just so very nice, Chris. Congratulations. #10303789

Terry Cervi level-fanatic 9/1/2012 12:14:43 PM

Fantastic EOD work and winner, Chris! Congrats! #10303861

JO ANN CLEVELAND 9/1/2012 2:13:11 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic 2nd Place Gold Winner Chris!

jo ann c. #10304113

Renee Doyle level-fanatic 9/1/2012 3:48:05 PM

:-) WTG Chris on this excellent Gold! #10304296

Michelle L. Frick 9/1/2012 3:49:09 PM

Supremely beautiful! Congratulations Chris!! #10304307

Janet Fikar 9/1/2012 5:53:26 PM

Hey Chris - awesome shot and great comp. Gotta love those spirals! I know what you mean about hanging over the rail with low light. This shot is fantastic! #10304483

Don Johnson level-fanatic 9/1/2012 6:16:39 PM

Another stunning image, Chris. Congratulations! #10304520

Deborah C. Lewinson level-fanatic 9/2/2012 5:57:25 AM

Superb winner, Chris!

Debby #10305009

Phyllis H. Burchett level-fanatic 9/2/2012 8:40:26 PM

BIG congrats Chris on this fabulous winner!!! #10305997

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/3/2012 8:05:46 AM

Thank you all very much! #10306538

Dayna Cain level-fanatic 9/3/2012 1:43:01 PM

You know how I feel about this image....nuff said. #10307046

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/3/2012 6:54:30 PM

Thanks, Dayna! I'm so glad you like it as much as I do! #10307371

Christine Czernin level-fanatic 9/5/2012 10:53:20 AM

The title says it exactly right.
An elegant beauty. I am always on the lookout for stairs.
Congratualations on your gold. #10309942

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/5/2012 10:55:47 AM

Thanks, Christine--I've been on the watch for stairs too, ever since getting the ultra-wide EFS 10-22 lens (inspired directly by Katarina's magnificent stair captures across Europe.) #10309950

Lydia Williams level-fanatic 9/7/2012 1:03:12 PM

Magnificent, Chris! Congratulations on your golden win! #10313226

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/7/2012 1:56:32 PM

Thank you, Lydia! #10313295

David M. Montero 9/9/2012 4:23:28 PM

A belated but rousing appluse on your win Chris! I can't fecide if I like this one better than "The Way Up" Oh well, I like them both! #10315981

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/10/2012 7:38:21 AM

Thank you, Dave! How can you not love a great spiral? ;) They're so appealing as subjects. Glad you like 'em both! #10316788

Usman M. Bajwa level-fanatic 9/13/2012 3:22:49 AM

Glad to see this win a Gold badge, Chris. Huge CONGRATZ on this stunning Second Place Gold!!!

UB. #10320759

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 9/13/2012 5:13:42 AM

Thanks, Usman! #10320966

Dayna Cain level-fanatic 3/5/2013 12:51:18 PM

This photo is so captivating, so skillfully taken. Resubmit this one. Second place is not nearly good enough for this. #10597628

Christopher Budny level-fanatic 3/6/2013 10:07:17 AM

Thank you very much Dayna; it is definitely a favorite of mine! I may work up a revision to enter, in light of your re-entry suggestion. #10598786

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Elegant curves with a little flourish of the handrail at the end, of the final flight down to the ground floor, inside the 7-story oval-shaped,
white marble, self-supporting spiral stairwell inside the US Supreme Court.
07-12 EOD 2nd Place

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: -2.00, ExposureTime: 1/6 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 22.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 7/1/2012 4:45:36 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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