The Nave

Uploaded: January 03, 2011 05:05:56


Washington National Cathedral on New Year's Day.
It was wet, cold and grey out, and so the windows weren't throwing their marvelous colors. I opted for a heavily desaturated (almost monotone)
treatment of this 3-exposure HDR combination, shot with the EFS10-22mm lens @10mm.
1/11 Second Place - T&P

Exif: F Number: 11.3, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Sarah A. Christian January 03, 2011

This image is OUTSTANDING!!! The whisper of color in the flags is perfect for this magnificent capture! Well done, Christopher! #1340900

Patti Coblentz January 03, 2011

Fantastic depth, detail, symmetrical comp, and lighting in this Chris...I particularly like the teensy bit of color evident, but not pervasive. Beautiful image! #9140080

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic January 03, 2011

Beautiful! Love the near-monotone!
I'm adding a super wide angle to my wish list! #9140088

Marcie A. Fowler January 03, 2011

I really like the touches of soft color in this image. #9140159

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 03, 2011

Thanks so much, Sarah!

Somehow, the first comments for this image this morning got 'orphaned', so I'm pasting them here.

Katarina Mansson
member since: 7/4/2006
Don´t you just love that lens?!?! This is SPECTACULAR! Excellent exposure and treatment, composition, light and tones. This will get GOLD!
1/3/2011 5:12:18 AM

Patricia A. Coblentz
member since: 7/6/2008

Fantastic depth, detail, symmetrical comp, and lighting in this Chris...I particularly like the teensy bit of color evident, but not pervasive. Beautiful image!
1/3/2011 5:14:42 AM

Melinda Schneider
member since: 8/14/2007

Beautiful! Love the near-monotone!
I'm adding a super wide angle to my wish list!
1/3/2011 5:18:13 AM

Marcie Fowler
member since: 10/17/2003

I really like the touches of soft color in this image.
1/3/2011 5:53:49 AM #9140255

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic January 03, 2011

Outstanding capture Christopher. #9140330

Richard B. Hallick January 03, 2011

Fabulous capture, rich in details and textures. #9140355

Dayna Cain level-classic January 03, 2011

This is so amazing! Your choice of "almost monotone" was perfect and the detail is breath-taking! Absolute gold! I am SOOO jealous. LOL (I really am jealous) Great job!!!!!! #9140690

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 03, 2011

Wonderful, wonderful, Chris -- the use of the lens, the magnificent interior of the cathedral, the choice of tones. I'm with Melinda -- it's on my list. #9141204

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna January 03, 2011

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Chris! :-) k #9141257

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 04, 2011

Many thanks, folks! I've shot so many images at the cathedral over the years, but this new one is definitely a top favorite of mine! #9142154

Renee Doyle January 05, 2011

Fantastic HDR Chris!!! Wonderful comp and I see you are having a ball with that new lens already!!! Awesome work! #9145027

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 05, 2011

Thanks, Renee... yes, I'm mildly (ok, heavily) obsessed with the new lens at this point. #9145135

Sarah A. Christian February 10, 2011

Heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS, CHRIS, on your Finalist image!!! Destined for greatness!!! WTG! #9225580

Patti Coblentz February 10, 2011

A stellar month for you, Chris...all of your finalists are so striking and each one destined for gold! Congratulations! #9225609

Tammy Espino February 10, 2011

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #9227756

Merna L. Nobile February 10, 2011

Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9228372

Rolando Rosito February 10, 2011

Congratulations Chris, good luck next round! #9228630

Valentin M. Armianu February 10, 2011

Fantastic image,Chris ! Congratulations on your finalist! #9229781

Katarina Mansson February 11, 2011

Outstanding!!! Congratulations on your creative, perfect and successful finalist Chris! #9230264

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Thank you all very much! #9230536

Joanna Madloch February 11, 2011

I love the way you composed and treated it. De-saturation really works as a notion of coldness here. I love the perspective and the fact that you did not straighten it up. The eye "flies" following those lines. #9231362

James Reininger February 11, 2011

Whoa! Great composition and lighting! I predict that this is a winner! #9232104

Renee Doyle February 11, 2011

Awesome!! Nothing else to say but Congratulations :-) #9233051

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Thank you all very much! #9233181

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 11, 2011

Congratulations again. What a spectacular image!!! WTG Chris!!! #9233546

Renee Doyle February 11, 2011

I guess there is something else to say - CONGRATS again - double Gold - WTG Chris - really happy for you!! #9233704

Tammy Espino February 11, 2011

Congrats on your win :) #9233840

Nancy (Peaches) Harker February 11, 2011




Patti Coblentz February 11, 2011

Congratulations on another outstanding winner, Chris!! The new lens and you are meant for each other! #9234089

Michele Peterson level-classic February 11, 2011

Another amazing photo, definitely deserving of the win. Congratulations, Chris, this has been a great month for you!! #9234117

Rona L. Schwarz February 11, 2011

You sure have made this lens sing, Chris! Another absolutely fantastic image - what a totally fabulous month for you, and so well-deserved! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER SUPERB GOLD WINNER! #9234171

Bojan Bencic level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Christopher. #9234341

Michelle Alton February 12, 2011

What a GOLDEN month for you, Christopher. Your work is stunning and so deserving of your golden reward! #9234509

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 12, 2011

Awesome winner....Congratulations! #9235017

Ken Smith level-classic February 12, 2011

Inspiring shot, Chris...and congrats to you again! #9235082

David Phalen February 12, 2011

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #9235167

Melissa G. Meiselman February 12, 2011

Huge congrats, Chris on your wonderful winner!! #9235178

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 12, 2011

Another wonderful winner!
Big congratulations, Christopher!
~♥~Lisa #9235457

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful winner! #9235650

Michael Umbreit February 12, 2011

Chris - Congratulations on your other win!! - Mike #9235680

Mick Burkey February 12, 2011

Beautiful lines and tones, Chris. Congrats on another winner! You are on a roll! #9235936

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna February 12, 2011

WTG on another fabulous winner, Chris! :-) k #9235939

Gail Vitikacs level-classic February 12, 2011

You have had a spectular month Chris!!! Sooooo exciting!!! Congratulations! #9235954

Emile Abbott level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulation Chris on a stunning winner. #9236042

Karen Celella February 12, 2011

There's only one grand prize winner, so you have to stack the rest along with that one. Congratulations on another excellent winner, Chris! #9236200

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 12, 2011

Thank you all very, very much for the kind words... I've been floating all day, between the GP and this 2nd Place, and both being images of my favorite place! #9236394

Rolando Rosito February 12, 2011

Congratulations again Christopher! #9236813

Katarina Mansson February 13, 2011

It´s a beauty Chris - big congrats on your winner! #9237245

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 13, 2011

Thank you both, Katta & Rolando! #9237609

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 13, 2011

Congratulations on this awesome Gold Winner...and very well deserved Christopher!

jo ann c. #9238022

Christine Czernin level-classic February 13, 2011

I am facinated by the light you captured here. It is unreal, and beautiful.
More congrats. #9238059

Jeana Clark February 13, 2011

Congratulations on your stunning Winner Chris!!!!

~J~ #9238288

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 13, 2011

Thanks so much, Jeana, Christine & Jo Ann! #9238557

Monika Sapek February 13, 2011

Fabulous work, Chris! Congratulations on your Winner! #9239024

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 14, 2011

Thank you very much, Monika! #9239606

Robert Jensen February 14, 2011

I'm glad to see the judges selected this one also! #9240385

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 14, 2011

Thanks! Hehehe... me too!---it was another wide-angle favorite of mine shot on the same day as "The Way Up". #9240488

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 20, 2011

Huge CONGRATZ on getting into the Winners' Circle, Chris!!!

UB. #9251591

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 20, 2011

Thank you very much, Usman! #9252449

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 21, 2011

Congrats on this awesome winner, Chris! #9254297

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 22, 2011

Thanks, Deborah! #9256657

Don Johnson level-classic May 13, 2011

Beautiful Chris. Really well done! You are producing great images with your new lens! #9402930

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 13, 2011

Thanks so much Don... its my new favorite lens, to be sure! #9403911

Jill Battaglia July 06, 2011

The word that comes to mind is "Awesome"!! Big congrats!! #9510751

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 06, 2011

Thanks, Jill! Looking forward to meeting up with you next week! #9510882

Jill Battaglia July 06, 2011

Yes! Me too!! :-) #9510919

Ellen Hodges September 18, 2011

What an exquisite winner, Chris!! Wow!!!!! #9678246

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 18, 2011

Thank you, Ellen! One of my very earliest shots with the (then-new) 10-22mm wide angle lens---I LOVE that lens! #9678297

Alex T. Mizuno October 16, 2011

Spectacular view of this amazing cathedral. Congratulations on your win Chris! I'd like to visit this cathedral when the repair work is done. #9737957

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 16, 2011

Thank you Alex; I'll be happy to give you a tour when you get out this way! #9739475

Don Johnson level-classic March 26, 2012

This is amazing! Well done! #10058288

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 26, 2012

Thanks, Don! This is one of my earliest favorites off the ultra-wide-angle lens. #10058292

Dayna Cain level-classic April 27, 2012

Had to come back for another look at this one too. This is just amazing Chris. #10111648

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 27, 2012

Thanks so much, Dayna! You've got to plan a visit to DC sometime, and I'll show you around all my favorite spots! #10111718

Luigi Di Serio level-classic June 19, 2012

WOW! How do I regret not going to visit there when I was in D.C. I don't know how I missed your gallery but it is certainly one of the best on BP. #10188445

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 19, 2012

Many thanks, Luigi! If you ever get back to DC, let me know---I'm a tour guide at this cathedral, and would be happy to show you around! And thank you for the very kind words on my gallery! You've got some very creative design images yourself. #10188473

Julianne Bradford March 02, 2013

Congratulations Chris!! This is just marvelous!! Love the desaturation! #10593407

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 02, 2013

Thanks so much, Julianne! #10593753

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