The Strike

JANICE ZONNEVELD 10/29/2007 5:21:16 AM

JANICE #773502

Dominick M. Dimacale 10/29/2007 5:24:49 AM


Dominick #4998788

Lola M. 10/29/2007 6:19:57 AM

Amazing Photo ~ Nothing beats being at the right place at the right time ~ with camera in hand. #4999081

Susan Fox 10/29/2007 6:34:09 AM

Well the crop works :-) You made a great photo even better. I still like the original but maybe that fountain to the right was too much in the scene. I didn't think so until I compared the two.

I hope this one goes all the way! #4999179

Christopher Budny 10/30/2007 4:58:56 AM

Thanks so much, Janice, Dominick & Lola!
Susan, thanks also---and I agree... I've grown to like this version better, already! #5003858

Susan M. Hembree 10/30/2007 8:14:54 PM

This new re-do looks great, too, Chris! I hope this keeps moving up the ladder this time. It really is a great photo! And yes, I was there everyone--it's real! #5007353

Christopher Budny 10/31/2007 4:16:18 AM

hehehe... Thanks, Sue! I like it without that 2nd fountain... And I hope it moves up, too! #5008591

Melissa Papaj 11/15/2007 8:29:47 AM

Very Very nice shot!!! #5077527

Mitchell S. Speert 11/15/2007 10:34:05 AM

Wow! I think we have a winner here. Very nice. #5077959

Christopher Budny 11/15/2007 1:28:37 PM

Thank you both, Melissa & Mitchell--Mitchell, I hope you're right ;) #5078417

Ronald F. Fischer 11/16/2007 1:19:42 PM

This is a stunningly capture, and a winner in my book! #5083514

Christopher Budny 11/17/2007 6:22:05 AM

I appreciate it, Ronald! Hopefully, the third try is the charm ;) #5086119

Nikki McDonald 11/17/2007 4:17:02 PM

You know I loved the first submission, Chris, and I would never have thought to remove the fountain--it seemed to complete the image. But I have to admit that this crop gives more importance to the critical moment of the lightning strike and I love it, too. Most of all I hope it gets further recognition. #5088041

Christopher Budny 11/18/2007 5:57:44 AM

Thank you Nikki... My mom originally suggested the alternate crop to me, as I was pondering what might be "wrong" with the photo. You (and she) are right... the original foreground fountain spray was just too dominant in the image (not to mention, suffered from some slight distortion, leaning inward, which I could only partially correct.) Fingers crossed on this one; I think it is a good improvement. #5090038

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/19/2007 9:51:11 AM

Full of energy, nice lighting and design. Best of luck, this is a powerful image! #5096548

Susan M. Smith 11/20/2007 6:44:54 AM

Chris, this is an amazing capture! The whole combination really works and I can't decide if it gives me a chilling feeling or a powerful one. Either way, it's got all the elements and more for a winner! Good luck :) #5101500

Christopher Budny 11/21/2007 5:38:24 AM

Susan & Donna, thank you so much. I've got my fingers crossed, as I really like this cropped version better, now, than my original! #5106093

Dr Silly 11/26/2007 3:32:32 PM

Chris cogratulations on your wonderful finalist. :O)

Colleen Farrell 11/26/2007 3:38:58 PM

Hey Chris, so glad to see this made finalist--I expect to see it with a gold soon! Big Congratulations! #5127541

Susan M. Hembree 11/26/2007 3:51:32 PM

Finally Chris! Hooray! Congratulations! #5127702

Kay E. Mahoney 11/26/2007 3:58:05 PM

Congratulations on your finalist. #5127809

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 11/26/2007 4:10:26 PM

BIG Congrats on your finalist and best of luck in the next round! #5128030

Tammy Scott 11/26/2007 4:41:14 PM

Congratulations on a terrific finalist! #5128537

Susan Fox 11/26/2007 5:24:37 PM

Congratulations Chris! I'm glad this one got the recognition it deserves. #5129256

Tamera S. Phillips 11/26/2007 6:05:19 PM

Wonderful finalist and well deserved! Congratulations. #5129940

Lisa J. Boulden 11/26/2007 6:15:46 PM

What a magnificent finalist, Christopher!!!
--Lisa #5130140

Cesar J. La Rosa 11/26/2007 9:37:34 PM

WONDERFUL Finalist, Chris!!!
Cesar #5132552

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 11/26/2007 10:43:08 PM

Incredible shot Christopher!! Congrats and good luck for the next! #5132786

Susie Peek-Swint 11/27/2007 1:51:27 AM

Happy to see a button on this fantastic shot Chris ~ hope it goes gold for you!! #5133198

Christopher Budny 11/27/2007 6:03:47 AM

Thank you all so much; I'm thrilled this one made Finalist, after a few resubmits, and a little reworking, this time around! #5134399

Gail Vitikacs 11/27/2007 6:24:53 AM

Incredible...and well deserved! Congratulations Chris! #5134604

Robert Baer 11/27/2007 8:03:15 AM

this is one eye catching image. congrats on your finalist!! #5135238

Mitchell S. Speert 11/27/2007 9:10:34 AM

Congrats! #5135638

Mick Burkey 11/27/2007 9:37:18 AM

Outstanding capture, Chris, and a well-deserved finalist! Good luck in the next round, my friend. #5135834

Melissa Malisia 11/27/2007 10:13:39 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist, Christopher!! :) #5136052

Corinne M. Thompson 11/27/2007 1:16:56 PM

Excellent capture Chris, Congrats on your Finalist! #5136965

Jennifer Rennison 11/27/2007 1:20:07 PM

Excellent timing and lighting, Chris!! Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round!! #5136989

Nikki McDonald 11/27/2007 2:39:54 PM

Who would have guessed that a crop that centered the image would result in its being noticed? So glad you kept the faith and kept working with this wonderful shot--I know how excited you were just after you got it and I know it has been a favorite ever since so I love seeing your valuation of the shot validated. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round. #5137411

Steven E. Ray 11/27/2007 2:56:13 PM

The mere fact that you caught this natural millisecond event is an achievement worthy of this finalist :) Great capture Christopher! #5137511

Ken Smith 11/27/2007 6:24:16 PM

2nd time's a charm. Exellent work, Chris! #5138781

Susan Fox 11/27/2007 7:10:47 PM

Congratulations on your win Chris!!!!!! #5139003

Tammy Scott 11/27/2007 7:22:58 PM

Congratulations on this awesome winning shot! #5139111

Nikki McDonald 11/27/2007 7:27:28 PM

How sweet is this? Very big congratulations on this win, Chris. #5139161

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 11/27/2007 7:34:45 PM

Way to go Chris, a beautiful winning image. Huge congratulations to you!! #5139208

Judy V. Kennamer 11/27/2007 7:34:52 PM

Gorgeous Chris! Congratulations on your well-deserved WINNER! #5139209

Michael S. Swaffar 11/27/2007 7:36:15 PM

Wow! Dude, you did it again! Huge Congrats! #5139222

Michelle R. Kovach 11/27/2007 7:40:19 PM

Congrats Chis! #5139247

Sherry K. Adkins 11/27/2007 7:46:23 PM

CONGRATS, Chris! I knew this was a winner from the first time I saw it. #5139295

Susan M. Hembree 11/27/2007 7:51:48 PM

Way to go, Chris! Congratulations! #5139332

Stephanie Frey 11/27/2007 8:08:09 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful win! #5139438

Cesar J. La Rosa 11/27/2007 8:12:36 PM

Congratulations on this very well-deserved Winner, Chris!!!
Cesar #5139452

Christopher Budny 11/27/2007 8:15:51 PM

Thank you all so very much! The night I shot this in August, I let out a big yell when I realized I'd captured such a great bolt, during my exposure. I just let out a similar yelp tonite, upon discovering the win! :) #5139465

Steven E. Ray 11/27/2007 8:25:01 PM

Just a few hours later same day and now BIG congrats on your winner Chris! #5139506

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 11/27/2007 8:44:51 PM

BIG Congrat's Chris! #5139599

Carol Teal 11/27/2007 9:14:16 PM

I didn't get to say congrats on your finalist, but now I can say congrats on your 2nd place win!! I know how this has been a favorite of yours, so I am glad to see it recognized this time around! Goes to show you not to give up when you have a great image! #5139739

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 11/27/2007 10:12:31 PM


Katarina Mansson 11/27/2007 11:18:21 PM

I am not surprised :-)

Congratulations on your GOLD Chris!!! #5140302

Les Rhoades 11/27/2007 11:54:34 PM

Congratulations on your GOLD Button win!It's about time BP did the right thing.
I held off on my comment because I had a feeling this was going to move into the winners circle.

ADILSON F. FERREIRA 11/28/2007 12:56:51 AM

Congratulations on your win, Christopher!!! #5140518

Kara L. Hendricks 11/28/2007 3:56:09 AM

Well, it's about time!!! I know this one thrills you Chris!! As it does all of us!!!

So very well deserved!!!!! #5140983

Revonda L. Gentry 11/28/2007 4:32:36 AM

Congrats on your fantastic winner, Christopher!! #5141154

Autum Rhoades 11/28/2007 5:20:14 AM

YEAH! Congrats Chris on this wonderful win! #5141449

Corinne M. Thompson 11/28/2007 5:27:09 AM

So glad this was finally recognized with Gold...congrats Chris! #5141496

Wally Orlowsky 11/28/2007 5:50:18 AM

Congratulations on this amazing winner, Chris! #5141659

Christopher Budny 11/28/2007 6:46:19 AM

Thank you all very much! And thanks to my mom, who suggested the new crop. It really did improve the image, to not have the larger fountain spray in the foreground. I'm just thrilled this made it! #5141953

Mick Burkey 11/28/2007 9:17:45 AM

WTG, Chris! Amazing image and a well-deserved win. So glad to see it get a gold. #5142832

Mitch Spence 11/28/2007 11:15:11 AM

So pleased to see this here with the winner medal, Chris. Nice job. #5143241

Lisa J. Boulden 11/28/2007 11:18:01 AM

Congrats, Chris, on this FABULOUS WINNER!!!
~Lisa #5143250

Lynn Haack 11/28/2007 2:06:26 PM

Hi Chris....a BIG, electrifying CONGRATS on this amazing image!! WTG!! Lynn #5143828

Lynn Haack 11/28/2007 2:06:58 PM

Oops...forgot to say....WINNER!!!! Lynn #5143831

Sharon Day 11/28/2007 7:03:17 PM

Awesome image, Chris!!! Big congratulations on this win! #5144937

Christopher Budny 11/28/2007 7:51:51 PM

Thank you very much, folks! I just uploaded a copy to Mpix, which will be my first print of this, so I can display it at home! #5145083

Datha Y. Thompson 11/28/2007 9:16:03 PM

Big Congratulations Chris!!! Outstanding Winner and so well deserved!! WTG :0) #5145352

Sherry Sturgis 11/28/2007 9:18:51 PM

BIG Congratulations to you, Chris, for this magnificant image!!!! Display it proudly! Truly a stunning shot! #5145358

Christine Czernin 11/28/2007 11:58:11 PM

Chris,this is such a stunning picture, and it got the prize it deserved .
Big congrats. #5145589

Christopher Budny 11/29/2007 4:42:40 AM

Thank you, Christine & Sherry, very much! #5146428

Karen Bacon 11/30/2007 7:59:58 AM

Congratulations Chris on a truely fantastic image!!!!! #5151454

Sylvia Rossler 11/30/2007 1:19:09 PM

Awesome image !!! Big congrats on your wonderful winner Chris :o) #5152658

Christopher Budny 11/30/2007 7:54:46 PM

Thank you very much, Sylvia & Karen! #5153909

ronda chatelle 12/6/2007 9:36:11 PM

ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR Christopher! I love this! Congratulations!!!! I'm just surprised this didn't win the Grand.... #5177624

Christopher Budny 12/10/2007 4:53:32 AM

Thanks Ronda! I don't think it is colorful enough for a Grand, but I'm happy nonetheless! #5190460

Don Johnson 12/21/2007 10:24:30 AM

I love this photo. I KNEW it would be a big winner! Congratulations. #5239851

Christopher Budny 12/21/2007 1:27:12 PM

Thanks, Don! I was thrilled to see it advance last month! #5240365

Edward Taguba 3/10/2008 12:54:06 AM

Very beautiful photo. Colors #5618954

Christopher Budny 3/10/2008 4:57:30 AM

Thank you, Edward! #5619963

Milan Banik 12/31/2008 7:23:31 AM

excellent catch
happy new year #6961891

Christopher Budny 1/6/2009 6:11:42 PM

Many thanks, Milan, and a belated Happy New Year to you too! #6992246

Merna L. Nobile 1/17/2011 11:02:23 AM


Rosemary Sampson 5/11/2011 6:09:09 AM

Fabulous shot. Your gallery is an inspiration. I will be back often to see your extraordinary work. #9399483

Christopher Budny 5/11/2011 6:27:36 AM

Thank you Merna, and Rosemary! This is an old favorite of mine; a very lucky shot! #9399519

Katarina Mansson 7/6/2011 4:29:04 AM

Such a beautiful and phenomenal capture! #9510380

Christopher Budny 7/6/2011 5:41:07 AM

Thank you, Katarina! #9510606

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EF17-85 @22mm, f/16, Thirty Seconds, -1/3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod
Rework of earlier image: Curves and new Crop to remove the large foreground fountain spray.
This is an actual lightning strike captured during a 30 second exposure; it was not added via software.
Shot during a series of storms on the National Mall (WWII Memorial shown here) with Sue Rosin in late August.
10/07 2nd Place, Catchall

Uploaded on 10/29/2007 5:15:35 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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