The Way Up

Uploaded: January 07, 2011 05:13:03


Three exposure combination, looking up the parclose stairs from crypt level to nave, Washington National Cathedral.
I've long wanted to capture the broad spiral of the Yellin wrought iron handrail, in combination with the stairs and vaulting.
After many unsuccessful attempts with regular lenses over the years, it was the 10-22 wide angle lens which allowed me
to compose what I'd envisioned. Thank you to the BP community for such enthusiastic support of this image!
Grand Prize Jan. 2011 - Elements of Design; P.O.T.D. 2/5/11; 2011 Photo of the Year - PhotoGroup101;
Featured in "The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light" by Jim Miotke & Kerry Drager, published April 2012.
This photo is now available as a matted print, sold through the Cathedral Store.

Exif: F Number: 8, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic January 07, 2011

Every thing about this is wonderful Christopher. The tones, the comp and the details all outstanding. I bet we see this one again. #1342110

Cailin M. Van Eizenga January 07, 2011

Stunning! #9148044

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic January 07, 2011

Well, you sure did nail this one! I'm loving this whole series..all in my faves! #9148059

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 07, 2011

I'm with everyone else so far -- and bet we are just the first of a long list of well-wishers. You have outdone yourself, Chris, and actualized your vision. What a coup. Winner for sure and, like Carolyn, right into my favorites. #9148075

Sarah A. Christian January 07, 2011

It is outstanding, Christopher! It draws me in to go up the stairs and see what is at the top! A wonderful series! Love the beginning of the handrail. #9148076

Fanie Heymans January 07, 2011

WOW, Christopher!! This is a instant favorite! Absoluteley gorgeous! I would love to see this as a winner! #9148082

Claudia Kuhn level-classic January 07, 2011

Wonderful comp and tones Chris. You have a gold mine in that cathedral. You must have had a tripod there? #9148111

Liz blahh January 07, 2011

Superb! #9148324

Jane Holestine January 07, 2011

Amazing! Beautiful tones and comp #9148341

Patti Coblentz January 07, 2011

This is absolutely amazing, Chris...everything about it. Going into my favs forever...great work!! #9148385

Richard B. Hallick January 07, 2011

Wonderful, stunning image. Just perfect in every way. I will be shocked if this isn't a winner. #9148427

Karen E. Baumann January 07, 2011

You imaged well, Chris!! This is a stunning image, both with composition and tones. Love the details above and the bold curvature of the rail below. Well done! #9148521

Donna La Mattino Pagakis January 07, 2011

Incredible imagery Chris, beautiful design! #9148640

Dayna Cain level-classic January 07, 2011

On a scale of 1 to 10 this is about an 87!!! #9148732

Kara L. Hendricks January 07, 2011

OHOHOHH!!!!!!!! Chris can you say W I N N E R?????? #9148778

Jean E. Hildebrant January 07, 2011

I absolutely love the comp, Chris!!! Wonderfully thought out and accomplished! I agree, WINNER! #9148802

Michele Peterson level-classic January 07, 2011

Another fabulous capture.... just WOW!!!! #9149219

Robert Jensen January 07, 2011

All I can say is that this is going straight into my favorites! Where did you find this? #9149289

Ken Smith level-classic January 07, 2011

I still want to get back to DC and hopefully you'll take me thru this locale. Beautiful lines/curves, Chris! #9149374

Thomas E. Hinds January 07, 2011

Very beautiful, striking image! #9149481

Datha Y. Thompson January 07, 2011

EXCELLENT Chris!! W O W :) #9149484

Katarina Mansson January 07, 2011

Cool POV, excellent details, lovely tones, great comp...I love it! #9149537

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 07, 2011

I disagree with all above, Chris. I think we will see a POTD first and then a Winner, Good luck ;-)

UB. #9149541

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 08, 2011

Wow! Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic and kind words! I hope your predictions for this are right (I especially like yours, Usman! ;)

For the questions in the comments: Claudia, yes, I used a tripod, with the longest of the 3 exposures being 2.5 seconds.
Robert - this is the primary stairwell between the two levels of Washington National Cathedral, above Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Many of you know that I'm a volunteer tour guide at this cathedral... BP members are always welcome to contact me if visiting DC, and see if we can arrange a private tour... just let me know!

Thank you all very much! Fingers crossed for my new favorite cathedral image! #9149716

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 13, 2011

YES! #9161186

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 13, 2011

Phew! A relief to see this get EP in the flurry of catch-up EP's today! ;) Fingers STILL crossed now...! #9161501

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic January 14, 2011

Simply glorious!
Bet it wears a big GOLD badge next month!
~♥~Lisa #9163686

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 15, 2011

Oooo, Lisa... I hope you're right!! Thank you so much! #9164028

Kara L. Hendricks January 17, 2011

Congratulations Chris on being this weeks 101 gallery showcase!!! #9167711

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 17, 2011

Thank you so much, Kara!! #9168035

Don Johnson level-classic January 20, 2011

Chris -- this is a stunning image! I don't use the word stunning much, but it really fits this image. Well done! #9180322

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 20, 2011

Thank you very much, Don... your comments mean all the more, given your infrequency of 'stunning' as an adjective! #9180792

Kara L. Hendricks January 24, 2011

Just stopping by once more to let you know... I LOVE this Chris... I hope it's sees some SERIOUS contest action... If I were a betting woman, I'd throw down!! #9191102

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 24, 2011

Thank you for the vote of confidence, Kara... I'd love nothing more than to see a Contest gold medal under this ;) Maybe a nice, "higher medal" hehehe... I can dream! #9191150

Anna Diederich January 31, 2011

Absolutely LOVE this! #9203873

Martin J. Wells January 31, 2011

I won't be at all surprised to see this again in the finals, it is faultless. #9203888

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 31, 2011

Thank you both! I hope you're right, Martin! :) #9203892

Kara L. Hendricks February 02, 2011

Just stopping again to admire....:))) #9207987

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 02, 2011

Well thanks, Kara...! :) #9208317

Martin Cregg February 04, 2011

Chris - you know I love this photo. I particularly like the "character marks" on the handrail right at the bottom of the photo. Faltless! If I ever get my act together re the PG101 I would have voted for it there. Is this competing with my Sax Man for a January spot? :) #9212555

Kara L. Hendricks February 04, 2011

HUGE congratulations Chris on winning the January Photo Favorite of the month at 101!! #9212576

Patti Coblentz February 04, 2011

Impeccable and a favorite, as I've said many, here is one congratulation to you that I hope will be followed with more kudos from some BP medals in the works...congrats on the 101 POTW fav, Chris :) !! #9212631

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 04, 2011

Congratulations on the POTM at 101, Chris. #9213469

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 04, 2011

Thanks so much, Martin, Kara, Patti & Nikki! Quite a thrill to get a POTM at 101! #9213532

Michelle Alton February 05, 2011

This is a spectacular architectural capture Christopher! A WELL-DESERVED POTD! Congratulations! #9213962

Kate Jackson February 05, 2011

Brilliant job Christopher! Congrats on the POTD! #9213963

Courtenay Vanderbilt February 05, 2011

Stopped me in my tracks! Congrats on a well deserved POTD! (PS grew up in Alexandria) #9213976

Josh A. Friedman February 05, 2011

This is a great shot with a very interesting perspective. Well done! Congrats on the POTD. #9213978

Michael McCook February 05, 2011

Wow! Knocked me out with this image. I opened my POTD email and was expecting to do my usual glance at a rather nice photo and hit the delete button. But, Bang! this fantastic image pops up. I think you'll see one of the top honors with this one. It's magical. Big Congratulations on this great POTD. #9214008

Carmody Baker February 05, 2011

Great capture. Congratulations Chris. #9214068

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 05, 2011

Congratulations Christopher on your Well-Deserved POTD Win, Now, we will wait for the GOLD Badge or even GP!!!!!

Dominick #9214082

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 05, 2011

This thread is going to get VERY long, Chris :) Congratulations on the POTD. #9214092

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 05, 2011

Love this....Congratulations on your POTD!! #9214104

Leslie McLain level-classic February 05, 2011

Congrats on a terrific POTD! #9214117

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 05, 2011

Truly a masterpiece, Chris, and a fav for me! Congratulations on your awesome POTD!

Debby #9214124

Wanda Knoss February 05, 2011

Congratulations Christopher! Love this image! #9214128

Karen Celella February 05, 2011

Congratulations on your fantastic POTD, Chris! Get ready for the next award! #9214138

Dr Silly level-classic February 05, 2011

Congratulations Chris on this wonderful POTD. :O) #9214143

Susan Jane Allen level-classic February 05, 2011

Wow! This should get the grand prize! Amazing work, Chris! #9214149

Michael Umbreit February 05, 2011

Chris - Congratulations on your POTD!! - Mike #9214153

Stephen S. Maguire February 05, 2011

Marvelous capture!!! Congrats on POTD. #9214163

Alan L. Borror February 05, 2011

Amazing image, Christopher! Congratulations on your POTD! I am sure we will see this again. #9214166

Sue L. Cullumber February 05, 2011

Christopher - this is just gorgeous. The tones and comp. are fantastic! Big congrats on your POTD! #9214167

Joy Rector February 05, 2011

congrats on the POTD #9214168

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic February 05, 2011

Just plain perfect! Congratulations! #9214169

Ryan Murphy February 05, 2011

fantastic wide-angle, shot chris! congrats on this POTD! Hope you enjoy your 10-22mm lens as much as I do! #9214197

Thomas E. Hinds February 05, 2011

Congratulations, Chris, on your POTD! Superb work! #9214200

Tammy Espino February 05, 2011

Outstanding capture , congrats on your potd!:) #9214202

Ken Smith level-classic February 05, 2011

Magnificant shot, Chris. Congrats to you!! #9214243

Cheryl Schneider February 05, 2011

Superb! Congratulations. #9214264

Richard D. Love February 05, 2011

Wow!!! The lines. The shapes. The tones. The composition. This just has it all, Chris. So well done.

Rick #9214275

Carolyn M. DAlessandro February 05, 2011

Congratulations Christerpher...all I see is perfection.Bravo,well done!!! #9214282

Robert Jensen February 05, 2011

Glad to see this one again - hope you had a great time with Jim. #9214296

Sharon Day February 05, 2011

Great shot, Chris!! Congratulations! #9214302

Cesar J. La Rosa February 05, 2011

Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL and very well-deserved POTD, Chris!!!
Cesar #9214303

Kara L. Hendricks February 05, 2011

Boy Usman called this one!!! Couldn't be happier if it was me Chris!! Congrats!! #9214320

Anthony L. Mancuso February 05, 2011

Awesome image Chris! Congrats on your POTD! #9214322

David Phalen February 05, 2011

BIG Congrats on a spectacular POTD!! #9214325

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 05, 2011

Absolute Perfection Chris, hope we see this again..

Congrats on this well deserved POTD!

jo ann c. #9214335

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic February 05, 2011

on your very deserving POTD! 8o) #9214364

Les Rhoades level-classic February 05, 2011

Wonderful photographic eye.... and composition

Congrats on your POTD selection! #9214365

Datha Y. Thompson February 05, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! On its way to the TOP!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT :) #9214369

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum February 05, 2011

Congrats on your POTD, beautiful as all of your work is. Hope all is well with you. I miss DC and coming to the Cathedral to photograph! #9214374

Chuck Bruton level-deluxe February 05, 2011

Congratulations on POTD, Chris
a great rep for Group 101

Julianne Bradford February 05, 2011

What a wonderful use of the 10 to 22 to acomplish this marvelous perspective Chris! A big congratulations on this well deserved POTD! #9214402

Bob Cournoyer level-classic February 05, 2011

Woo Hoo! POTD... :-) #9214404

Susan M. Hembree February 05, 2011

Such a great angle for this, Chris. Truly marvelous! Congrats on your POTD! #9214429

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 05, 2011

Definitely on the way up, Christopher!
A BIG gold badge, indeed. (Told ya so... ;) )
Bet we even see it wearing ANOTHER GOLD in the near future.
Love the curves and light in this incredible image. Great job!
Big congratulations on your POTD!
~♥~Lisa #9214434

Shawn Jennings February 05, 2011

Very nice work, Chris! Congratulations on your POTD! #9214438

Cathy Barrows February 05, 2011

congrats on your potd...fab comp #9214444

Bunny Snow February 05, 2011

You definitely have the photographic eye envisioning the composition, lighting, curves and details of this creation, and then capturing it all with perfection. This exquisite!!! I'm envisioning a grand prize winner from BP.

Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris. #9214458

Charlotte LaBarbera February 05, 2011

Congratulations! You've pulled us in - can't wait to see what's at the top of the stairs. Love the tones. #9214474

Rita Hill level-classic February 05, 2011

A new personal favorite of mine. Excellent capture on this photo Chris! Congrats! #9214516

Anne McKinnell February 05, 2011

I think this is one of my favourite photos of the day! Beautiful curves and lines, depth of field and overall composition. Very lovely tones as well. Congratulations! #9214522

tony W. austin February 05, 2011

WOW WOW WOW.. what else can I say #9214523

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 05, 2011

Nothing unexpected here, Chris.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on the masterful capture and POTD Award! And now I agree with everyone else too, LOL!!!

UB. #9214536

Katarina Mansson February 05, 2011

I TOLD YOU SO!!! This is just the first yellow badge at BP...I bet...excellent work! Congratulations Chris! #9214544

Mitch Spence level-classic February 05, 2011

Chris, this is flat-out marvelous. All the way it goes. #9214573

Nancy de Flon February 05, 2011

Absolutely brilliant, Chris--congratulations! #9214609

Sheri Camarda level-classic February 05, 2011

You got it!!! Great shot! Congratulations on your POTD! #9214674

Patti Coblentz February 05, 2011

Beaming brightly, as if it were my own :)) Huge congratulations on your POTD, Chris! The trek on this thread has just begun, I think :) #9214682

Raymond Pauly February 05, 2011

Beautiful perspective and clarity! Congratulations! #9214697

Pamela Koch February 05, 2011

Congratulations on this incredible POTD. I agree with many of the previous comments... this will be given many more awards. It is a photo to be VERY proud of. Stunning work! #9214830

Lisa B. North February 05, 2011

Lucky for us you got your wide angle lens! This was worth the wait and absolutely stunning! Congrats!! #9214888

Kathy Salerni level-classic February 05, 2011

Big congrats on your well deserved POTD, Chris! #9214890

Marcel J. Fernandez February 05, 2011

One of the best images that I have viewed in a very long time. Congratulations!! #9214893

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 05, 2011

I am blown away (and a little choked up, honestly) reading all these very, very kind words. Thank you, everyone, for the comments on this image, and taking the time to look.
This is a huge thrill for me; my fellow docents at the cathedral were beaming with me this morning, when I showed them the email notice from BP! #9214977

Mary K. Robison February 05, 2011

Your patience paid off big-time, Christopher ~ this is superb!!
Congratulations on your well earned POTD! #9215047

William C. Raco level-classic February 05, 2011

Great photo, Christopher
Congratulations on the POTD! #9215155

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna February 05, 2011

WTG on this beautiful POTD, Chris! :-) k #9215183

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 05, 2011

Congratulations on your incredible POTD Chris!! I am thrilled for you! #9215203

Don Johnson level-classic February 05, 2011

Way to go Chris! #9215256

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 05, 2011

Thank you all very much! #9215517

Gail Vitikacs level-classic February 05, 2011

Wonderful! Amazing capture! #9215527

Michele Peterson level-classic February 05, 2011

WOO_HOO!!! Not surprising to see this fabulous image as POTD, but definitely an exciting day for all of us who have enjoyed it and crossed our fingers for it to go far!! Congratulations, Chris, I think we are all as excited as you are! (well, close anyway!) :-) #9215614

Graeme yew Chow February 05, 2011

Wonderful perspective and tone. Congratulations ! #9215628

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 06, 2011

Thanks so much, Gail, Michele & Graeme! #9216056

Tamara K. Walker level-classic February 06, 2011

Magnificent shot, congratulations! #9216236

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe February 06, 2011

Surely a winner.....
Thank you also for the information about "Yellin" I googled the name and was treated to many more photos and information about his artistry. You're so fortunate to have such a lovely place to photograph! Cheers..... #9216441

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic February 06, 2011

Love the POV, and tones; beautiful image! CONGRATULATIONS!!! #9216694

Renee Doyle February 06, 2011

Awesome pov and eod capture!! Big congratultions on a fabulous POTD Chris!!! #9216874

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 06, 2011

Thanks so much, ladies! #9217025

Stanley C. Sims February 06, 2011

Very well done Chris. Congratulations on the POTD. #9217293

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 07, 2011

Thank you, Stanley! #9218216

Clyde Smith level-deluxe February 07, 2011

Congratulations on your POTD. Great POV, DOF, tones and lines. #9218548

Guy D. Biechele level-classic February 07, 2011

Congrats on your POTD. Really fine image! #9218835

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 07, 2011

Thank you both! #9219405

February 07, 2011

Truly one of the best B/W images I have ever seen. The tones and details are perfect here. A very well deserved POTD award for you Chris. Congrats to you

Brian #9219905

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 08, 2011

Thank you very much Brian! I still feel I have a lot to learn on B/W and monotones (this one is not truly B/W, just very heavily desaturated, and I think, a sepia layer at some point.) I'm glad you like it! #9220232

Martin Cregg February 10, 2011

Chris - Congratulations on the POTD and Finalist awards. This is a brilliant photo. #9225083

Patti Coblentz February 10, 2011

Almost to the top of the ladder where the gold awaits this awesome image, Chris...congratulations on your magnificent finalist!!! #9225144

Michelle L. Frick February 10, 2011

Congratulations Chris!!! No surprise to see this one and hoping it goes all the way for you! Incredible composition and tones!! #9225179

Mitch Spence level-classic February 10, 2011

It's an "of course" here, Chris. Go, go, go. #9225182

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your excellent finalist Chris!!! I'm so happy for you! #9225308

Maxine C. Schnitzer February 10, 2011

This is fantastic Chris! I'm sure we'll see this again in the next round. Congratulations!!! #9225393

Sarah A. Christian February 10, 2011

WTG, Chris!!! Going up, up up just like the stairs! Congrats on your finalist image - well deserved! #9225845

Jeana Clark February 10, 2011

Wonderful Finalist!!!
Best of luck in the next round!!

~J~ #9225897

Nancy (Peaches) Harker February 10, 2011


HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Nikki McDonald level-classic February 10, 2011

On its way. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #9227443

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 #9227470

Tammy Espino February 10, 2011

Congrats on your finalist!! :) #9227666

Erin Appelbaum February 10, 2011

Looks like the Grand Prize to me. Outstanding image. Peter #9227829

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 10, 2011

Looks all set for some more Golden decoration. CONGRATZ and hoping its the BIG one this time, Chris. Good luck!

UB. #9228563

Karen Celella February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your fabulous finalist, Christopher. #9228881

Kara L. Hendricks February 10, 2011

Woohooo!!!!!! I told you so!!!... Only I said.. GOLD... It's nice in silver... But DOUBLE GOLD will be better!!!!

HUGE congrats on this one and your others Chris!! #9229388

ALLEN O. HOWARD February 10, 2011

An incredible finalist. Congratulations! #9229639

Michele Peterson level-classic February 10, 2011

We wouldn't have expected anything less on this one, and hoping for more!! Congratulations on all THREE of your finalists!! Each one is amazing. :-) #9229906

Naomi Weiser February 10, 2011

congrat, its a great image! #9229915

Katarina Mansson February 11, 2011

No surprise here...I predict 1st or grand prize next...

Congratulations on your finalist ... until then! #9230266

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

You all know how to make a guy's day! Thank you so much! #9230541

Don Johnson level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulations Chris. I knew this was a winner the moment I saw it! #9231182

Guy D. Biechele level-classic February 11, 2011

Gorgeous well deserved finalist!! Congratulations. #9231456

Renee Doyle February 11, 2011

I'm betting another Gold badge for this beauty Chris!!! Congratulations! #9232994

Robert Jensen February 11, 2011

I knew this was a winner the second I saw it - keep 'em coming. #9233054

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Thanks so much folks... fingers crossed! #9233178

Leslie McLain level-classic February 11, 2011

Congrats on your terrific finalist, Chris. A winner for sure. #9233256

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic February 11, 2011

Congrats Chris! I see a possible Gold soon! #9233301

Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 11, 2011

Wow, this is just awesome Chris. I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WIN!!! #9233541

Renee Doyle February 11, 2011

What did I just say!!!! HUGE congrats to you Chris on this awesome and so deserving Grand Prize Winner!!!! WTG!! #9233554

Shawn Jennings February 11, 2011

WTG Chris!!! Congratulations on this well deserved Grand Prize Winner!!! #9233558

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 11, 2011

Whew.... ! WTG Chris. HUGE CONGRATZ on your GP win. And a double gold too, what a way to totally dominate the competition with such a wonderful shot. So very happy for you. Keep up the great work!!!

UB. #9233568

Bob Cournoyer level-classic February 11, 2011

You may uncross your fingers now, Chris! #9233606

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 11, 2011

Goody goody! Congratulations on the big win, Chris. #9233623

Linda D. Lester level-classic February 11, 2011

This is way to awesome....great work!
Congratulations on your GP!!! :) #9233642

Datha Y. Thompson February 11, 2011

WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! WTG :) #9233664

Datha Y. Thompson February 11, 2011

WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I am soooooooo HAPPY for you Chris!!! Excellent GPW!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS :) #9233674

David Phalen February 11, 2011

Told ya!! An amazing image!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on a great GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!! #9233689

Robert Mann level-classic February 11, 2011

Big, huge, wonderful congrats on your Grand Prize, Christopher! #9233695

Michelle Alton February 11, 2011

Incredible image Christopher. Congratulations on this spectacular GP win! Awesome work! #9233696

Terry Cervi level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your stunning Grand Prize win, Christopher! #9233702

Kara L. Hendricks February 11, 2011

DOUBLE GOLD.....DOUBLE GOLD... Who said it???

Man.. I am dancing for you!!! We all knew it was GP material...!!!

HUGE congratulations Chris!!!!!!

Did I say.. WOOHOO!?!?! #9233710

Phyllis H. Burchett February 11, 2011

BIG Congratulations on this stunning Grand Prize Winner!!! #9233735

ALLEN O. HOWARD February 11, 2011

B*R*A*V*O!!! #9233736

anonymous February 11, 2011

Huge congratulations Christopher on your Outstanding Grand Prize Win! #9233744

Melissa McCabe February 11, 2011

Congrats on this well-deserved win (and on your new lens!) -mm #9233753

Patti Coblentz February 11, 2011

Overwhelmed w/excitement for you, Chris...huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE win..fantastic!!! #9233772

Jean E. Hildebrant February 11, 2011

OH MY! How exciting for you Chris!! I know this is a special image to you and with good reason! Loved it the first moment I saw it! Huge congrat's to you!!! #9233800

Tammy Espino February 11, 2011

Congrats on the big win, Chris! :) #9233815

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe February 11, 2011

How exciting for you...congratulations!!! #9233825

Nancy (Peaches) Harker February 11, 2011


HUGE CONGRATS on your Grand Prize win!


Patrick Rouzes level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulations on your GP Winner, Christopher! WTG, indeed! #9233863

Susan M. Hembree February 11, 2011

Who would have ever guessed? LOL! This is just amazing & well deserved, Chris, beyond words. Congratulations on the GP win! #9233869

February 11, 2011

Chris I am so very happy for you.. As I told you in the email I sent you , I thought this was the best b/w image I had ever seen.. And now you get a Grand Prize for this.. A very well deserved win for you Chris.. A very big Congrats to you my friend.. Awesome job... So happy for you

Brian #9233874

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic February 11, 2011

on your very deserving
GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!! 8o) #9233876

Barbara Socor February 11, 2011

A brilliantly conceived and executed shot....Superior in all respects! Congrats on this stunning Grand Prize win! #9233907

Rona L. Schwarz February 11, 2011

WOW! All the accolades are certainly so well-deserved, Chris! Somehow I missed it on all its earlier prize-winning is simply indescribable, brilliant, and certainly the best B&W image I have yet seen at BP! It's so complex and well-executed. Kudos to your vision to your technical expertise, and to your artistry. Many fine congratulations on this superlative Grand Prize Winner! #9234011

Violeta Harrington February 11, 2011

Perfection in every way. Congratulations for the Grand Prize win! #9234036

Cesar J. La Rosa February 11, 2011

A very well-deserved Grand Prize, indeed!!! I'm so happy to see this WONDERFUL photograph as the BIG WINNER, Chris!!! Congratulations, my friend!!!
Cesar #9234052

Michele Peterson level-classic February 11, 2011

What else can I say? Just very, very happy for you!!!!!! :-) #9234082

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 11, 2011

Did I saw GP Chris? WoW, congratulations On this Super Fantabulous award ! ! ! !

Dominick #9234174

Monika Sapek February 11, 2011

Exceptional tones and composition! So well seen and done! Huge congratulations on your fantastic Grand Prize Winner, Christopher!

Karen E. Baumann February 11, 2011

AWESOME, Chris!!!! This is great news! So excited for you... Hope you print and hang it some place where you can be reminded of the journey... a fine achievement!!! Congratulations! #9234209

Bojan Bencic level-classic February 11, 2011

Congratulatins on your amazing win, Christopher. Fantastic photo. #9234231

Katarina Mansson February 11, 2011

This was its´ destiny from the start! HUGE congratulations on this well-deserved and OUTSTANDING GP Chris! #9234232

Debra R. Harder February 11, 2011

This is a great image, Chris!! Huge congratulations on your GRAND PRIZE WINNER!! WTG!! Deb #9234251

Lynne Morris February 12, 2011

WTG Chris, Huge Congratulations on your Grand Prize Win, so well deserved, this is awesome. #9234449

Marilyn Cornwell February 12, 2011

Congratulations, Chris! This is an inspiring and wonderful image! #9234520

Gail Sullivan level-classic February 12, 2011

Christopher outstanding GP winner...congrats! #9234563

Alan L. Borror February 12, 2011

Congratulations on a truly outstanding image! #9234609

Donna W. Neal February 12, 2011

Loved this from the moment I saw it, Outstanding work and well deserved GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS
Chrisopher #9234685

Jessica Jenney February 12, 2011

Congratulations, Chris on your stunning Grand Prize Win! #9234694

Claudia Kuhn level-classic February 12, 2011

Woo Hoo Chris!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize winner!!! Way to go! #9234764

Courtenay Vanderbilt February 12, 2011

Not surprised at all..this is a perfect phiSpiral! Congratulations! #9234788

Cathy Barrows February 12, 2011

Congrats on your GP this one #9234902

Melissa G. Meiselman February 12, 2011

Huge congratulations, Christopher on this dazzling and most deserved grand prize winner!! #9234935

Wanda Knoss February 12, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful win!! #9235024

Ken Smith level-classic February 12, 2011

Man, you nailed this one, Chris...and 54 people have Fav'd it...outstanding and congrats!! #9235030

Emile Abbott level-classic February 12, 2011

Huge congratulation on your fantastic grand prize winner. #9235092

Lindley Johnson level-classic February 12, 2011

Outstanding work, Chris! It's fantastic in every way - big congratulations on your wonderful Grand Prize Winner! #9235172

Erin Appelbaum February 12, 2011

Well deserved Christopher. I knew this would be Grand Prize. Congrats. Peter #9235209

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic February 12, 2011

Absolutely spectacular, Chris. I'm so happy for you. Huge huge congrats on this outstanding and wonderful GRAND PRIZE winner. #9235232

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic February 12, 2011

I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations. #9235239

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic February 12, 2011

I knew this was greatness from the moment I saw it Christopher and I am so happy to see it with this Grand Prize Win. Congratulations. #9235243

Lydia Williams level-classic February 12, 2011

Gorgeous Chris...So happy for you and your grand prize winner..Well deserved! #9235274

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman level-classic February 12, 2011

I knew it! I knew it! Congratulations and it is certainly the one I would have picked as well! #9235277

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 12, 2011

Truly a GREAT image, Christopher!
One of those show-stopping shots that makes people pause and enjoy its beauty.
The tones. The comfortable soft light. Those gentle curves. That rich and mysterious setting.
So simple, yet so GRAND.
Wonderful in every way.
So glad to see it wearing the BIG GRAND GOLD Badge!
Blessings, Lisa #9235375

Mitch Spence level-classic February 12, 2011

This is perfection, Chris, and I am delighted to see this extraordinary image as the Grand Prize winner. #9235452

Nadine A. Lewis February 12, 2011

OUTSTANDING and well deserved, Christopher!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! <>< #9235496

Julianne Bradford February 12, 2011

A huge congratulations Chris on this magnificent Grand Prize winner! I can't wait to learn from the master :-) WTG! #9235565

Michael Umbreit February 12, 2011

Chris - Huge congratulations on your big win!! - Mike #9235653

Don Johnson level-classic February 12, 2011

Congratulations Chris! This is a stunning image! I told you you were the best photographer at BetterPhoto! #9235668

Mick Burkey February 12, 2011

WTG, Chris!! HUGE Congratulations. You've come a long way, my friend, and here's the proof. A beautiful image well deserving of the Grand Prize. #9235693

Kay Beausoleil February 12, 2011

Wow, this is superb, Chris. Hearty congratulations on your Grand Prize win!!! #9235709

Rita Hill level-classic February 12, 2011

Wow, how exciting for you. Congratulations and well deserved. Love this image. #9235717

Susan Jane Allen level-classic February 12, 2011

WOW! I only just noticed this, Chris! Huge congratulations to you! I certainly agree with their choice this time! #9235729

Ryan Murphy February 12, 2011

Congrats on the incredible journey this well-deserving image has been on! #9235759

Richard B. Hallick February 12, 2011

Just outstanding. Congratulations #9235765

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna February 12, 2011

WTG on your GRAND prize win, Chris! :-) k #9235902

Mariann Kovats level-classic February 12, 2011

Gorgeous capture, congrats on your Grand Prize win! #9235982

Karen Celella February 12, 2011

It doesn't get any better than GRAND PRIZE, Chris! Huge congratulations to you for this very well deserved, awesome winner! CHEERS! #9235998

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe February 12, 2011

The Grand Prize is for the best and the best this is!!! Congratulations, Chris on your outstanding and so very beautiful Grand Prize Win!!! Fantastic image!!! #9236322

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 12, 2011

Grand Prize and very well deserved Chris, so happy for you!

jo ann c. #9236335

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 12, 2011

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your kind words on this image. I went to bed just minutes before the winners were announced last night, and my neighbors this morning were probably wondering what to make of my shrieks and hollering at 6:30am when I finally learned about this. I then had to dash out to the cathedral (today was a tour duty day for me) and I'm just now getting home.

I'm so happy with this! I've been a BP member for 64 months, and have learned so much here. Every month I pretty much drool over the Seconds, Firsts and Grand Prize images selected, always admiring them and wishing I could create images that good. To finally have an image of mine included in the ranks of other Grand Prize winners I have long looked up to, coveted and respected, is a bit overwhelming today---but so very thrilling and exciting!

Thank you again, for all the support and encouragement!! And if any BPers make it to DC sometime, look me up and I'll be happy to share a cathedral tour with you! #9236410

Charlotte LaBarbera February 12, 2011

Thank YOU for your response and for the honesty and humility with which you have expressed your gratitude. I can tell from the many posts I have read concerning your work that you are well-liked and well-respected as a person as well as a photographer.

CONGRATULATIONS! Love everything about the image. It stays with you long after you have turned away from it. #9236427

Jeana Clark February 12, 2011

It's A WIN!!!!
And the Grandest Win Of Them All!!!
Couldn't have picked a better Winner!!
A Well Deserved Win!
Many Congratulations Chris for this outstanding work of art!
(I hope that someday, I can learn to use my new 7D as well as you, and execute a perfect image such as this!)

WELL DONE!!!!!!!

~J~ #9236438

Gail Vitikacs level-classic February 12, 2011

Chris, well done and I so hope you are enjoying this moment! Big happy for you! #9236445

Joseph T. Pilonero February 12, 2011

Ausome perspective, Christopher! I am in DC area often and have not even gone to the Washington National Cathedral. I love the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I guess I'll have to see the spot where you took this fab shot. Congrtulations on the huge win! Keep shooting. TED #9236559

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton February 12, 2011

Brilliant Grand Prize! Big Congratulations Christopher!!! #9236626

Tamara K. Walker level-classic February 12, 2011


Rolando Rosito February 12, 2011

Big congratulations Christopher!! very deserving Grand Prize Winner!! #9236704

Angie M. Davis February 12, 2011

Congrats Christopher! This is just stunning! Love everything about it! #9236742

Dr Silly level-classic February 12, 2011

BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris on this GRAND Prize Win. :O) #9236794

Sharon Sawyer February 12, 2011

Chris, HUGE congratulations on your outstanding & well deserved POTD & Grand Prize Win!!! #9236947

James Reininger February 12, 2011

I am waiting from Frankenstein or Dracula to appear. Stuning image. Great job lighting. #9236969

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 13, 2011

Thank you all, very much; I'm still beaming today---such a treat!! #9237598

Robert Jensen February 13, 2011

I am so happy this was selected - I am still amazed at the quality of your images, because you haven't been shooting very long, yet your images look like they were taken by a seasoned professional. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to come out there and meet you some day. #9237604

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe February 13, 2011

Ditto all of the above....wonderful that this was selected...beautifully captured and executed....many best wishes in your photograhic endeavors!
Happy Shutterbugging..... #9237612

Guy D. Biechele level-classic February 13, 2011

Fantastic!!! Congratulations on your Grand Prize win. Exceptional image. Well deserved! #9237615

Lois Adomite February 13, 2011

Perfection, huge congratulations on this win. #9237959

Christine Czernin level-classic February 13, 2011

There are not many words left to say, everything is said already.
Therefore only one word: CONGRATULATIONs, Chris. #9238044

Vicki Hunt February 13, 2011

This is beautiful. I love this cathedral as many do. I will look for this view when I go back this year....A huge congratulations! #9238525

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 13, 2011

Many thanks, folks! Such a treat to read all these great comments from everyone! #9238553

Laura E. Swan level-classic February 13, 2011


The Viewer Gets Completely pulled in with the line of the railing. WOW! This is an amazing image, Chris!

-Laura Swan #9238637

Anna Diederich February 13, 2011

I LOVED this the first time I saw it! Huge congrats on y our well deserving grand prize win! #9238714

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 14, 2011

Thank you both, Anna & Laura! #9239608

Mark Seiter level-classic February 14, 2011

Congratulations on your grand prize win Christopher.....this is an awesome image and it was interesting to read that this was something you envisioned and then you finally went out and shot it once you got the right lens....very persistent.....nice job #9239729

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 14, 2011

Thank you Mark. I'm revisiting several old favorite locations around the cathedral, to see what they offer to me with wide-angle now. I may never take that lens off the camera again ;) #9240490

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum February 14, 2011

Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize! #9240593

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum February 14, 2011

Chris, Congratulations on your Grand Prize! #9240594

Debra Booth February 14, 2011

Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Christopher! What a fabulous image. #9240732

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 15, 2011

Thanks so much, Debra & Pat! #9241662

Mary K. Robison February 15, 2011

Christopher, when this fantastic capture was selected as a POTD, I fully agreed with the bp judges.
Now that it's a Grand Prize Winner --- I fully agree with the bp judges, AND with everyone else writing above!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you! #9241716

Gina Cormier February 15, 2011

Congrats on this spectacular image!!!!! #9242168

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 15, 2011

Thank you, Gina & Mary--I appreciate it! #9242931

Theresa Marie Jones level-deluxe February 15, 2011

Now that's thinking outside the box! Your image helps us see the world around us in exciting new ways! I love the way my eye goes to the focal point and down the steps and back up the rail. Very well composed!

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 16, 2011

Thank you very much, Theresa! #9244024

Clyde Smith level-deluxe February 18, 2011

Conratulations on a stunning Win Chistopher! #9249325

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 19, 2011

Thank you, Clyde! #9250022

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 20, 2011

CONGRATZ. again Chris, now on the Grand Prize win at PG101!!!

UB. #9252461

Katarina Mansson February 20, 2011

The winning never ends (and it shouldn´t!!!) with this one - congratulations again Chris! #9252472

Sarah A. Christian February 20, 2011

Congratulations, Chris, for being selected as POTM!
Very deserving of this and all the honors received! #9252473

Dr Silly level-classic February 21, 2011

Congratulations Chris on your Favorite photo of the month win at PG101. The wins just keep on rolling on. :O) #9252529

David Phalen February 21, 2011

BIG Congrats on the 101 POTM!! #9253059

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2011

Thanks so much, PG101! I'm enjoying an embarrassment of riches on this image! #9253538

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 21, 2011

A brilliant image, Chris, so deserving of the Grand Prize!

Hearty congratulations on your magnificent win!
Debby #9254147

Susan Fox February 21, 2011

A huge congratulations on your fabulously wonderful grand prize image!!! #9254421

David M. Montero February 22, 2011

Congratulations Christopher. Great shot. #9255685

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 22, 2011

Thank you very much, Dave, Susan & Deborah! #9256656

Bill Houghton February 26, 2011

This is an outstanding winner. Congratulations. Bill #9263539

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 26, 2011

Thank you, Bill! Just got some test prints (8x12) and I'm thrilled... gonna try out a larger format next. #9263633

Marisol Pastor February 27, 2011

An outstanding image! Congratulations on a well deserved win! #9263900

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 27, 2011

Thanks so much, Marisol! #9263986

Susana Ms Heide February 27, 2011

A belated but heartfelt congrats on this huge success for you Chris!!! This image has received nothing but RAVE reviews ever since you shared it with us!!! When I look at it I feel like I could almost grasp on to the railing and walk up the stairs, because your angle makes the image seem dimensional! WOW!!! WAY TO GO Chris!!!!! #9264756

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 27, 2011

Thank you very much, Susana! #9265125

Martin J. Wells March 01, 2011

Chris, I just saw that you are the grand prize winner. Fantastic news and many congratulations (albeit a bit late)!!

The comments say it all, this is a truly outstanding image.

regards, martin #9267804

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 01, 2011

Thank you, Martin; I appreciate it! #9267926

Cathy M. Britcliffe March 01, 2011

Congratulations on your Grand Prize win, Christopher!

Cathy :) #9268113

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 01, 2011

Thank you, Cathy! #9268679

Nancy (Peaches) Harker March 11, 2011

HUGE Congrats on your AWESOME POTD #9285731

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 11, 2011

Thank you, Nancy! #9286342

Paula Showen March 16, 2011

This is an outstanding composition! It's a perfect piece for B&W. Congratulations (even though I'm a bit late) on this gorgeous work! #9294716

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 16, 2011

Many thanks, Paula... You'll never be late---I'm still on cloud nine! #9294793

Jill Battaglia July 06, 2011

I'll just add my congrats and my two cents to say how outstanding this is!! :-) #9510773

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 06, 2011

Thanks so much! #9510884

Carlton Ward level-classic August 29, 2011

The 3 exposures made for very even tones and the POV is fantstic - Congrats Chris :) #9641702

Chris Budny level-deluxe August 30, 2011

Thank you, Carlton; HDR was definitely the way to go with the contrasty lighting and shadows. #9642160

Nadia Paul September 23, 2011

What a stunning image this is Christopher - congrats on your GP win and POTD - so well deserved! #9686550

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 25, 2011

Thank you very much, Nadia! I love this image, and have a huge print of it hanging at home now! #9691911

Alex T. Mizuno October 15, 2011

Belated congratulations on your Grand Prize and POTD Chris! Your POV is really inspiring. I was impressed again when you visited SF. Your view of architecture is quite unique and fresh. I can learn a lot from your work. #9737318

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 15, 2011

I think we could trade off---You've got some spectacular shots I'd love to call my own. Thanks! #9737527

Jill Odice level-classic October 24, 2011

Wow, this was worthg waiting to get so perfectly and it obviously paid off :-) Congrats!!! #9759144

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 24, 2011

Thanks so much!! #9759669

Anna M. Halasz November 08, 2011

Love IT ! ~A~ #9792683

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 09, 2011

Thank you very much! #9792985

Summer A. Kozisek November 14, 2011

This image is spectacular, great composition, HDR work, and b&w presentation. Congratulations on your well deserved gold!! #9805048

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 15, 2011

Thank you so much, Summer! #9805313

Rudi Reiner level-classic November 18, 2011

What a great POV! Congratulations! #9816321

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 18, 2011

Thank you, Rudi! #9816330

ALLEN O. HOWARD November 22, 2011

Magnificent. There are not enough wonderful adjectives to describe this image! #9825171

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 22, 2011

Thank you very much, Allen! #9826044

Antonio Amen December 02, 2011

Everything is perfect in this picture, well done.
Have a nice day
António #9843715

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 02, 2011

Thank you very much, Antonio! #9843727

Gayle Johnson January 13, 2012

This is definitely one of my all time favorites. Classic. Congratulations! #9918273

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 15, 2012

Thank you very much, Gayle! #9921450

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic February 28, 2012

So beautiful indeed Chris and your work is very inspirational. Congratulations! #10011326

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 28, 2012

Many thanks, Reynaldo--I appreciate that! #10011592

Jill Odice level-classic March 03, 2012

Congrats on the many awards this awesome image has received! All well deserved! #10019499

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 03, 2012

Thank you very much, Jill! #10020221

Stephen Zacker March 28, 2012

Fantastic perspective. Congratulations #10062928

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 28, 2012

Thank you, Stephen! #10063380

Gary Enloe April 06, 2012

This is fantastic Christopher. Outstanding POV

A big CONGRATS on being a winner

Well deserved! #10077952

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 06, 2012

Thank you so much, Gary! #10078150

Katherine Kuhn April 12, 2012

Beautiful composition and tones! #10087318

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 12, 2012

Thank you very much, Katherine! #10087341

Dayna Cain level-classic April 27, 2012

I see I'm not the only one that comes back to look at this beauty again and again. This is just perfection Chris. I am still in awe of this image. #10111555

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 27, 2012

Thank you very much, Dayna! I love it just as much... I have a framed print of it right here at my office desk! #10111570

Michael S. Baker May 02, 2012

Hi Christopher; I was at this very spot a few weeks ago and thought of your image here. I tried to reproduce it (imitation is the best form of flattery, they say). I couldn't get a similar shot. This is a great image-- really nice work here! #10118276

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 02, 2012

Thank you very much! Glad you made it in; if you get back, look me up (usually only there on Saturdays.)
I'd shot this staircase many times over the years, but only when I finally got the ultra-wide 10mm, was I able to produce this look.
And I too was inspired by someone before me---I think it was Tom Statas that once showed me a different ultra-wide-angle capture of this stairwell, many, many years ago, that undoubtedly influenced my eye for it, when my time to shoot came along! #10119113

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic May 15, 2012

What a beautiful image and POV, Chris! Congrats on the POTD!! #10138066

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 15, 2012

Thank you, Shelly! #10138072

Carol Eade level-addict May 17, 2012

Gorgeous work! #10140717

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 18, 2012

Thank you, Carol! #10141100

Yulianto Soeroso June 05, 2012

dreaming #10170002

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 06, 2012

Thanks, Yulisanto! #10170324

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 13, 2012

Sooo kool Chris..I just visited Linda's gallery and she has posted this with your guidance...she nailed it too!

Wonderful gallery...

jo ann c. #10227889

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 13, 2012

Thanks! #10228505

Dayna Cain level-classic September 05, 2012

It's takes my breath away every time I look at it. #10309414

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 05, 2012

I'm so glad! I still love it, nearly 2 years later! Maybe because I tried to get this kind of shot for several years, without success. #10309417

frank w. degenhardt September 07, 2012

POTD and Grand Prize Winner. This picture deserves both honors. Congratulations my friend. #10312859

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 07, 2012

Thank you very much, Frank! I still get a big kick out of this one "going to the top" a year and a half ago! #10312883

Dayna Cain level-classic October 03, 2012

Yep, I'm still looking at it and still loving it. #10353920

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 04, 2012

Well thanks, Dayna! I still look and love it too--have a big enlargement hanging right behind me, and a smaller enlargement in my office at work! ;) #10354512

January 21, 2013

I still think this is by far the most dramatic photo ever to grace BetterPhoto.. I commented on this when you won, but I still am in awe when I view this amazing image Chris #10526558

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 21, 2013

Thank you very much, Brian, for such high praise! I love this image to this day, and have a fantastic 20x30 print matted & framed right behind me as I type this. #10526845

Mike F. Anderson May 19, 2013

WOW!!! Patience and perseverance. The ability to see it, envision it, execute it, and produce it. Just outstanding Christopher! #10699329

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 20, 2013

Thanks so much, Mike; yes, it took awhile to get the right equipment, in hindsight! The ultrawide EFS10-22 has since become probably my all-time favorite lens. #10700198

Harriet Feagin level-classic November 23, 2014

Christopher, This photo has inspired me to make a trip from West Texas to DC to photograph the National Cathedral. My friend lives in Chicago. We are both retired educators and travel together to photograph. We are coming to DC this March. May I contact you with questions? Your photos are the best I have seen of this national treasure. #11193955

Ellen Hodges March 26, 2016

Huge Congrats on Triple Gold, Chris!!! #11452240

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 26, 2016

Thank you, Ellen! Glad to see it has stood the test of time with Jim, too!
And Harriet -- my apologies for just now seeing your 2014 comment! Thank you very much for the kind words! #11452282

Lydia Williams level-classic March 27, 2016

Ah Yes, I remember this awesome iage and am glad to see the All-Time EP badge! Congratulaitons, Chris!!

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 27, 2016

Thanks so much, Lydia! Looking forward to seeing the final set of A.T.E.P.'s Jim has selected... #11452550

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe July 09, 2016

No surprise here. Congrsts on yet another award for this superb work. #11493986

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 10, 2016

I certainly couldn't hope for more! Thank you, Errick! What a treat to see this make it into Jim's 20th Anniversary Winners! #11494145

Leslie Carson Wolfe January 16, 2021

Absolutely beautiful image, so graceful and compelling. Definitely makes me want to explore those stairs and hallways! Congratulations on your well-deserved awards, Chris! #11867571

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