Cathy Barrows 2/6/2010 6:14:43 AM

pool?...lol I love the simplicity of this shot...excellent hi-key #1235602

Maria Morrow 2/6/2010 6:36:53 AM

Really great image in its simplicity and starkness. For once, a major snowstorm is going to miss us up here in Western New York:) There should be some great photographic opportunites for you this week.. Good luck! #8360698

William C. Raco 2/6/2010 7:26:52 AM

I love the stark simplicity and excellent composition.
We avoided the worst of the storm, but still have 7 or 8 inches of new snow #8360854

Monnie Ryan 2/6/2010 8:59:18 AM

Wonderful capture, Christopher! We got lucky with only 6 to 8 inches. But it sure is beautiful! #8361056

Joy Rector 2/6/2010 10:23:14 AM

beautiful #8361222

Nikki McDonald 2/6/2010 10:49:22 AM

Very cool, Chris. I like the stark simplicity of this image a lot. #8361248

Teri Klinger 2/6/2010 12:03:44 PM

SO COOL Chris! love it - great comp. looks great! #8361397

Dr Silly 2/6/2010 12:48:40 PM

Cool, or is it cold. :O) #8361517

Melinda F. Schneider 2/6/2010 12:51:49 PM

Simplicity at its best! #8361524

Jessica Jenney 2/6/2010 1:33:11 PM

I love this, Christopher! It's very zen! #8361617

Graham Robards 2/6/2010 8:35:15 PM

Love it! ~Pat #8362126

Katarina Mansson 2/7/2010 12:33:40 AM

Zen says it all! I love love LOVE this Chris! An instant favorite...and I hope winner at BP! #8362251

Christopher Budny 2/7/2010 5:50:13 AM

Thank you all very much for the enthusiastic responses on this one! The storm is now over, as of about 6pm Saturday night, and this morning is a bright, sunny, gorgeous day, with a total of about 18" on the ground at my home. #8362724

Christine Czernin 2/7/2010 8:19:17 AM

I can't think of anything other than is said alredy.
Beautiful in it's minimalism. #8363233

Karen E. Baumann 2/7/2010 8:29:29 AM

Very cool, Christopher... love the hi key effect! #8363263

Christopher Budny 2/7/2010 9:29:19 AM

Thank you both, Christine & Karen! #8363422

Carolyn M. Fletcher 3/18/2010 12:23:06 PM

Outfreakinstanding!! #8464082

Kara L. Hendricks 3/18/2010 12:26:34 PM

VERY COOL Chris!! I like this alot!! #8464085

Christopher Budny 3/18/2010 1:12:29 PM

Thank you both very much...! Carolyn, I love your comment!! :) #8464135

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/18/2010 4:14:44 PM

Great design elements Chris, nicely done! #8464347

Usman M. Bajwa 3/18/2010 8:42:28 PM

A great eye to see this and framed as you've done here. Absolutely lovely work. Good luck, Christopher!

UB. #8464846

Christopher Budny 3/19/2010 6:26:18 AM

Thank you both! Fingers crossed... #8465681

Lisa J. Boulden 3/21/2010 3:49:22 PM

Creative and very COOL! (no pun intended)
Smiles, Lisa #8470423

Christopher Budny 3/22/2010 4:57:26 AM

Thanks, Lisa! :) #8471561

Julianne Bradford 3/22/2010 8:35:27 AM

Greatly seen and wisely captured :-)Congratulations, just beautiful! #8472126

Katarina Mansson 3/22/2010 8:40:45 AM

YES!!! Congratulations on your fav win Chris! #8472144

Bob Cournoyer 3/22/2010 9:01:53 AM

Congrats on your 101 fav win!! #8472169

Linda D. Lester 3/22/2010 9:18:35 AM

Congrats on your 101 fav! Awesome job! #8472233

Dr Silly 3/22/2010 9:43:42 AM

Congrats Chris on your 101 monthly favorite win. :O) #8472332

Kara L. Hendricks 3/22/2010 9:57:49 AM

Congrats Chris... I know you love this one!!! #8472372

Chuck Bruton 3/22/2010 10:56:38 AM

Nice image
Congratulations! #8472488

Chuck Bruton 3/22/2010 10:56:52 AM

Nice image
Congratulations! #8472490

Sonya L. Hatfield-Hall 3/22/2010 2:55:41 PM


This is a stunning image. I love it! #8473018

Jane Holestine 3/22/2010 3:39:27 PM

Very eye-catching image. Congrats on the 101 fav win! #8473093

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 3/22/2010 6:03:46 PM

Congratulations Chris, way cool! #8473495

Christopher Budny 3/23/2010 5:56:52 AM

Thank you all very, very much! I am thrilled to have my image voted a 101 group favorite! (And thanks again, Katarina, for nominating it in the first place!!) #8474536

Bunny Snow 3/23/2010 6:38:52 AM

This is lovely for its simplicity and composition. Congratulations for being a 101 group favorite. #8474695

Christopher Budny 3/23/2010 10:47:22 AM

Thanks so much, Bunny! #8475235

Michael Umbreit 3/23/2010 5:05:56 PM

Chris - Congratulations on your PG101 Monthly Favorite win! - Mike #8475922

Christopher Budny 3/24/2010 4:34:09 AM

Thanks, Mike! #8476909

Michelle L. Frick 3/26/2010 1:43:15 PM

Resub for sure Chris! Not sure which category you tried but, try a different one, but this one deserves more recognition!! Love it! #8482904

Christopher Budny 3/26/2010 2:36:32 PM

Thanks Michelle... I may resub, but I've grown (finally!) a little disillusioned with the BP contest recently... I am thinking I may take a break from entering after March. We'll see! #8483374

Tammy Espino 6/7/2010 2:13:47 PM

Congrats on this awesome finalist!! :) #8671941

Renee Doyle 6/7/2010 4:41:02 PM

Glad you resubmitted Chris!! Congratulations! #8673408

Rolando Rosito 6/7/2010 5:00:49 PM

Distinctive finalist Chris! congratulations! #8673591

Michelle L. Frick 6/7/2010 6:27:23 PM

So happy to see this get the credit it deserves -it's gorgeous!! Congratulations Chris! #8674607

Kelly Heaton 6/7/2010 7:07:19 PM

Beautiful! Congratulations! #8675151

Naomi Weiser 6/8/2010 12:20:25 AM

very cool, congrats! #8676969

Katarina Mansson 6/8/2010 6:44:34 AM

Yes yes yes! This is one of my all time favorites of yours (as you proabably have understood by now ;). Super congrats and good luck next!

I love the simplicity, graphics and the clever title! #8678079

Christine Czernin 6/8/2010 10:37:16 AM

Many congratulations,Chris.
I love the high key and simplicity. Good luck. #8678977

Karen Celella 6/8/2010 11:30:06 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Chris! #8679136

Christopher Budny 6/8/2010 3:52:46 PM

I'm as happy as you all are, to see this make Finalist after a few attempts... thanks so much! #8680007

Patti Coblentz 6/8/2010 3:54:12 PM

What a unique and wonderful snow image...love it! Congratulations on your finalist, Chris!

Patti #8680011

Usman M. Bajwa 6/8/2010 10:49:39 PM

Good to see this as a Finalist, Chris. Hope to see this get GOLDEN soon!

UB. #8681211

Christopher Budny 6/9/2010 3:48:23 AM

Thank you Patti & Usman! #8681472

Marilyn Cornwell 6/9/2010 5:51:31 AM

Beautiful Finalist, Chris! Stunning work!! #8681690

Mitch Spence 6/9/2010 9:32:24 AM

It's a favorite image of mine, Chris. Delighted to see it among the finalists. #8682308

Tammy Espino 6/9/2010 3:56:57 PM

Congrats on your win :) #8683065

Patti Coblentz 6/9/2010 4:07:41 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic win, Chris!!

Patti #8683134

Susan Fox 6/9/2010 4:08:11 PM

Congratulations Chris! #8683137

Linda D. Lester 6/9/2010 4:35:21 PM

Congratulations on your awesome 2nd place win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #8683307

Michelle L. Frick 6/9/2010 5:35:34 PM

Congratulations!!!! Told you so...I do so love being right...ROFL!!! Whoo hoo!!!! Doing my happy dance!!! #8683568

Renee Doyle 6/9/2010 5:59:49 PM

LOL @ Michelle!!!! Big congratulations on this wonderful winner Chris!!! #8683726

Sam Britt 6/9/2010 6:14:24 PM

Big Congrats on this second place winner, Chris! #8683807

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 6/9/2010 6:15:04 PM

Outstanding Chris, I'm pleased that you WON!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! #8683815

Gail Vitikacs 6/9/2010 6:16:34 PM

BIG Congrats for this beautiful winner!!!!! #8683825

Rolando Rosito 6/9/2010 6:32:16 PM

Congratulations Chris! great winner! #8683912

Kim Andelkovic 6/9/2010 6:32:18 PM

Love it congrats on your wonderful win #8683913

Christopher Budny 6/9/2010 7:02:26 PM

Thank you all so much for the good cheer! Another case of perseverance paying off---this went nowhere until this third resubmitted attempt (unaltered resubmits, directly from my Member Center, in case anyone is curious.) My mom will be thrilled when I tell her, as this is one of her all-time favorite images I've shot. #8684072

Jeana Clark 6/9/2010 8:00:59 PM

Being your moms favorite makes this winner extra special....Well Done!!!
Huge congratulations for your fantastic win Chris!!!!!!

~J~ #8684287

Graham Robards 6/9/2010 8:06:37 PM

I remember this one well the first time you put it in Chris. I loved it then as I do now!

Huge congratulations. ~Pat

Bunny Snow 6/9/2010 8:09:31 PM

So, this is where everyone is hiding out in the snow with your fantastic winner. Congratulations, Chris!

Corinne M. Thompson 6/9/2010 9:21:59 PM

Big congrats Chris, fabulous wintry scenic! #8684550

Katarina Mansson 6/9/2010 11:09:50 PM

I knew it!!! Superb!!! Congrats Chris!!! #8684708

Usman M. Bajwa 6/10/2010 2:05:38 AM

Better late than never, Chris. CONGRATZ on your splendid WINNER!

UB. #8684910

Christopher Budny 6/10/2010 3:18:00 AM

Thanks so much, folks! #8685036

Mitch Spence 6/10/2010 6:25:06 AM

A favorite takes the gold. Hooray for you, Chris. #8685542

Kay Beausoleil 6/10/2010 7:51:30 AM

Congratulations, Chris, on your win for this starkly excellent image! #8685723

Christopher Budny 6/10/2010 2:10:36 PM

Thank you very much, Mitch & Kay! #8686432

Claudia Kuhn 6/12/2010 7:51:14 AM

Terrific Chris, congratulations! #8690656

Christopher Budny 6/12/2010 3:43:37 PM

Thanks, Claudia! #8691004

Mick Burkey 6/16/2010 1:00:26 PM

Great design and execution, Chris! Congratulations on the win. Very happy this was recognized. #8699174

Christopher Budny 6/17/2010 7:25:59 AM

Thanks, Mick... I never thought to enter it in Digital Darkroom until this third time---I really didn't do enough editing/revisoin to it (in my opinion) to call it a Darkroom creation---but then I thought maybe it looks that way to others... #8700660

Dominick M. Dimacale 6/17/2010 11:23:34 PM

Congratulations Christopher on your Win!!!

Dominick #8702082

Christopher Budny 6/18/2010 6:11:05 AM

Thanks, Dominick! #8702876

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum 7/4/2010 10:11:16 AM

Congratulations! Outstanding! What a great simple and dynamic shot this is! #8734137

Christopher Budny 7/4/2010 4:32:46 PM

Hey Pat! Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for the kind words--hope all is well! #8734692

Amanda D. Austwick 7/18/2010 6:44:27 AM

Love this capture Chris. What a beautiful image you have created during the time of the blizzard. Mother nature had her part,but you put the "icing" on it :) Congratulations! #8771104

Christopher Budny 7/18/2010 7:02:53 AM

Thank you, Amanda... Definitely one of my favorites from my blizzard images, as well as my family's favorite. Mother Nature played a huge, huge part, for sure, in this record-breaking snow storm! #8771143

Merna L. Nobile 1/17/2011 10:53:35 AM


Laura E. Swan 10/28/2011 8:04:51 PM

Wow. This is eerie in such an abstract way. Yet the stairs tell the story.

This is a one of a kind image, Chris. A work of art.

Huge belated congrats to you!!!



Christopher Budny 10/29/2011 3:52:23 AM

Thank you, Merna & Laura! It does have an abstract quality to it, I agree. It was such a great snowfall that year. #9770077

Kathryn Wesserling 11/18/2011 8:16:15 AM

I am so stunned by this one. I talk too much. I shoot too much. This should set a good example for me. Minimalism at its best. #9816488

Christopher Budny 11/18/2011 8:38:50 AM

Thanks Kathy! That blizzard was great fun for shooting, and this was early on, the night it started. I really had to push the whites in PS for this (it was a twilight shot.) But as I pushed it to pure whiteout, yes, that minimalism kind of jumped out at me... I was glad our condo had potted trees to make "subject matter" for me ;) #9816517

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The Blizzard of 2010 hit the D.C. area yesterday (still continuing today) bringing 18-24 inches of snow!
I took this exposure from my balcony on the 6th floor, looking directly down to the condo's pool terrace steps and potted trees.
5/10 Finalist - DD

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 1.00, ExposureTime: 25/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 35.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

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