Joy Rector 5/15/2013 4:42:33 AM

gorgeous #1528331

Bob Cournoyer 5/15/2013 8:17:51 AM

Striking! #10694729

Mitch Spence 5/15/2013 11:40:53 AM

It is beautiful, Chris. I would like this "sculpture" in my garden. #10694877

Nikki McDonald 5/15/2013 7:57:35 PM

Very nice, Chris. The tones are excellent and I love the twists and turns and spiky ends and especially the textures. #10695384

Christopher Budny 5/16/2013 5:09:54 AM

Many thanks, folks! #10695760

Susan Williams 5/22/2013 6:36:24 AM

Brilliant rendering, Chris. #10702782

Christopher Budny 5/23/2013 5:08:16 AM

Thanks, Susan! It was a happy development during the B/W conversion. #10703636

Usman M. Bajwa 6/12/2013 8:47:34 PM

Wonderful details and tones, Chris.

UB. #10731242

Christopher Budny 6/13/2013 5:13:51 AM

Thanks, Usman! I actually think this tree burned at one point... #10731541

Stefania Barbier 6/29/2013 11:47:55 PM

wonderful finalist... congratulations!!! #10749002

Renee Doyle 7/1/2013 3:01:58 AM

Very beautiful work Chris!! Congratulations!! #10751195

Naomi Weiser 7/1/2013 6:39:30 AM

I love how you turned a dead tree into art, congrats! #10751583

Christopher Budny 7/1/2013 4:03:36 PM

Thank you very much, ladies!
Had my fingers crossed on this one (and hastily resubmitted it into June, when it appeared it was skipped for a May EP... now it has Finalists, and Jim's just announced no resubs ;) #10752573

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/2/2013 7:36:52 AM

Wow! Congrats on this outstanding finalist Chris!

jo ann c. #10753490

Christopher Budny 7/3/2013 6:35:28 AM

Thank you, Jo Ann! #10754882

Nikki McDonald 7/7/2013 7:09:05 AM

So worthy. Twice :) Congratulations, Chris. #10759130

Christopher Budny 7/8/2013 5:33:35 AM

Thank you very much, Nikki! We'll see what happens with the unintended re-submit into June entries ;) #10760038

Nancy L. Green 7/30/2013 1:31:19 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Chris on this OUTSTANDING finalist, WTG!!!! <>< #10787990

Ken Smith 7/30/2013 5:34:20 PM

You had a great month, Chris. Congrats to you!! #10788633

Julianne Bradford 7/30/2013 7:09:40 PM

Whoa! One more time! Congrats Chris! #10788846

Christopher Budny 7/31/2013 5:53:17 PM

Thanks so much; even though I wouldn't have resubbed this (if I'd known by then, that it was a Finalist) I'm thrilled it "made it" twice! #10790274

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Somewhere in northeast Arizona; this long-dead tree stood out strongly against a completely clear blue sky.
It was probably the least "tree-looking" dead tree I've ever seen, taking on the feel of abstract art.
The pure blue spotless sky became this interesting background during the b/w conversion process,
starting to resemble perhaps, a photo studio backdrop or drape. Much more interesting, I thought, than blue sky!
5/13 Finalist - CA

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

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