Uploaded: December 12, 2011 03:57:00


Reworked to fix a slight color cast on the marble columns. These bright, cheery stenciled arches support the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
12/11 EoD Second Place

Exif: F Number: 12.9, ISO: 320, FocalLength: 22.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Joy Rector December 12, 2011

awesome comp #1429584

Claudia Kuhn level-classic December 12, 2011

Wow, Chris, wonderful perspective to get all of these arches. #9860612

Michelle Alton December 12, 2011

Awesome. You had already put the Library of Congress on my bucket list. This is amazing photography, Chris. #9860736

Antonio Amen December 12, 2011

Very good #9860774

Liz blahh December 12, 2011

Great capture! #9860869

Nikki McDonald level-classic December 12, 2011

Those receding, repeating arches, the glow from the hidden lights, the cheery yellow, and the clean off white of the marble combine to make a winner in my book, Chris. I really do love this. #9860963

Phyllis H. Burchett December 12, 2011

Fantastic work Chris! #9861065

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict December 12, 2011

Outstanding presentation and composition, Chris!

Dominick #9861215

David M. Montero December 12, 2011

Your talent astonishes me with every image. I am in awe Chris. BTW, when will the book be published? #9861388

Lindley Johnson level-classic December 12, 2011

The awesome repetition of the beautiful stenciled arches make this lovely image, Chris. #9861541

Robert Jensen December 12, 2011

Another great architectural study Chris. Sure hope I can get over there some time. #9861931

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 13, 2011

Thank you all very much! #9862486

Renee Doyle level-classic December 14, 2011

Love it!!!! #9864115

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Thanks, Renee! #9864383

Leslie McLain level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Stunning capture, Chris. #9866884

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Thank you, Leslie! #9868098


This is so beautiful!!!!!!!!! Love it. #9869302

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Thanks so much, Fernanda! #9869320

Carolyn McIntosh December 28, 2011

What an amazing photo . . . love how you captured receding arches and the repetition of the design. You have an amazing eye. #9890202

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 28, 2011

Thank you very much, Carolyn, for the kind words! Though, honestly, it would be very hard to take a bad photo in this building!! #9890232

Khalid Al-Issa December 29, 2011

Very well done here Christopher #9891214

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 29, 2011

Thanks, Khalid! #9891268

Carol Flisak level-addict January 24, 2012

Beautiful image, Chris... love the repeating arches! Congrats on your finalist...good luck in the next round! #9939460

Cynthia Bullard January 24, 2012

Congrats Chris on your Finalist! This is a winner! #9939482

Tammy Espino January 24, 2012

Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :) #9939611

Lindley Johnson level-classic January 24, 2012

Love these arches! Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Chris. #9939645

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 24, 2012

Fine, fine! Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Chris. I'm betting on it in the next round. #9939941

Terry Cervi level-classic January 24, 2012

Congrats on your fantastic finalist, Chris! #9940112

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 24, 2012

Congrats on another beautiful finalist, Chris. #9940118

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 24, 2012

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Chris!

jo ann c. #9940166

Carolyn McIntosh January 24, 2012

Congratulations on this fine photo . .. and well deserved. #9940526

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe January 24, 2012

I love the color! Congrats on your Finalist Chris! #9940605

Renee Doyle level-classic January 24, 2012

About to go Gold :-) .... Congratulations Chris!! #9940859

Robert Jensen January 24, 2012

So glad to see this one again #9941002

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 24, 2012

Huge congrats on a fabulous finalist, Chris!! Very best luck!! #9941075

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic January 24, 2012

WTG Chris!!!! Beautiful Finalist!!! And thanks so much for the great tour! #9941121

Mitch Spence level-classic January 24, 2012

A really beautifully seen design image, Chris. Congratulations. #9941420

Phyllis H. Burchett January 24, 2012

BIG congrats Chris! #9941890

January 24, 2012

Beautiful! #9942134

Bob Cournoyer level-classic January 24, 2012

Good luck next round, Chris... :-) #9942555

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 24, 2012

Very pretty colors and design here, Chris. CONGRATZ on this beauty and good luck in the next round!!!

UB. #9942757

Susana Ms Heide January 24, 2012

OUTSTANDING in every aspect! The way the arches lead to the stairs, the detail captured in the artwork, the colors, the square format, the lighting.... I'm in AWE! We will see this again! For now, a BIG CONGRATZ Chris!! #9943220

Naomi Weiser January 25, 2012

great composition. congrats! #9943575


Congratulations. I loved it the minute I saw it. #9943579

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Thank you very much, everyone! I'm thrilled to see this one make it to Finalist, as I spent several hours shooting at the Library when I captured this, on what turned out to be perhaps my favorite one-stop location shoot ever. It is such an elaborately-decorated building--just an amazing space all around! #9944015

Linda D. Lester level-classic January 25, 2012

This has got to be the big winner! Awesome work Chris! Congratulations! #9944397

Charles C. Berkeley level-classic January 25, 2012

Your Finalist photos of the Library of Congress are beautiful. I was in Washington, DC for the first time for a few days about 4 months ago. Your photos make me regret that I didn't take the time to visit the Library of Congress. Congratulations! #9945009

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe January 25, 2012

This image really holds the viewers eye. Well done Chris! Congratulations! #9945120

Julianne Bradford January 25, 2012

Whoa!Winner in my book Chris! Congratulations! #9945231

Renee Doyle level-classic January 25, 2012

I picked it :-) BIG congrats on this well deserved winner Chris!!! #9945737

Tammy Espino January 25, 2012

Congratulations on your win :) #9945746

Leslie McLain level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Congrats on a stunning winner, Chris. #9945778

Kathy Salerni level-classic January 25, 2012

Big congrats on your Gold Winning image, Chris! #9945806

Terry Cervi level-classic January 25, 2012

Congrats on your stunning win, Chris! #9945873

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 25, 2012

A glorious capture and a stunning Gold Win! Big congratulations, Chris! #9945949

Bob Cournoyer level-classic January 25, 2012

Good gold, Chris... :-) #9945961

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Congratulations on your win for this lovely image, Christopher! #9946094

tony w. austin January 25, 2012

once again you just amaze me... fantastic work.... when you start teaching I want to be your first student #9946152

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Thank you all very much!

Dunno which I'm more excited about tonight; this win (very exciting!) or Katarina Mansson winning 2 consecutive Grand Prizes here at BP (history-making)!! #9946157

Lindley Johnson level-classic January 25, 2012

Big congratulations, Chris, on your terrific Second Place Winner. Fantastic! #9946203

Monnie Ryan January 25, 2012

Fabulous, Chris - congratulations on a well-deserved win! #9946338

David Phalen January 25, 2012

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #9946362

R. J. Laudenbacher level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Wonderful capture, Chris. Congrats on your win! #9946405

Peggy Pfister level-classic January 25, 2012

Such a beautiful subject and so beautifully captured! Congratulations on a fabulous winner! #9946456

Patrick Rouzes level-classic January 25, 2012

Congratulations on this incredible Winner, Christopher! AMAZING "eye"! #9946510

Patrick Rouzes level-classic January 25, 2012

Congratulations on this incredible Winner, Christopher! AMAZING "eye"! #9946511

Phyllis H. Burchett January 25, 2012

BIG congrats Chris on your win!!! #9946547

Carol Flisak level-addict January 25, 2012

Love this! Huge congrats on your winner, Chris! #9946578

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 25, 2012

Very huge congrats on this spectacular winner, Chris!!!! WTG!!! #9946842

Rona L. Schwarz January 25, 2012

WOW! A marvelous capture, Chris! Just love the repeating arches - spectacular POV, lovely delicate colors and design - it really holds interest on so many levels. Will be sure to plan a visit the next time I'm in DC. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GOLD MEDAL WIN! #9946897

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 25, 2012

HUGE CONGRATZ on your beautiful Gold Winner, Chris!!!

UB. #9946931

Bojan Bencic level-classic January 26, 2012

Fantastic. Congratulations on your win, Christopher! #9947318

Katarina Mansson January 26, 2012

Congratulations on your beautiful winner! Love the details, shapes, POV, composition and colors. A true Chris marked beauty! #9947337

Don Johnson level-deluxe January 26, 2012

Congratulations Chris! Another great, great shot! #9947783

Janet Fikar January 26, 2012

Hey Chris - congratulations on this well deserved win! You did a fantastic job controlling the color cast and lines. Great capture! #9947841

Linda D. Lester level-classic January 26, 2012

Just awesome hope to see this one day!
Congratulations!!! #9947961

Claudine Grove January 26, 2012

Love this one! The color and composition just draw you in. Congrats on your gold Winner! #9947980

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 26, 2012

Many thanks, folks! So happy to have one of my Library of Congress shots make it!
Rona, be sure to look me up if you get to DC! #9948043

Ken Smith level-classic January 26, 2012

You really do good with these shots. Congrats, Chris! #9948895

Alex T. Mizuno January 26, 2012

Big Congratulations Chris! Your POV is always fresh and enlightening. The perspective here is so amazing! #9948934

Larry L. Redmon level-deluxe January 26, 2012

Fantastic shot! Congratulations! #9949158

Michele Peterson level-classic January 26, 2012

Congratulations, Chris, on a fantastic winning photo! I love the repetition of the arches, you captured them just right! #9949225

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 27, 2012

Thank you Ken, Alex, Larry & Michele! #9949689

Michael Umbreit January 27, 2012

Chris - Congratulations on your winning image!! - Mike #9949931

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic January 27, 2012

I can't imagine this being so stunning if you had moved one inch in a different direction. It must have "felt right" as you clicked that shutter, because it feels so dynamic. And, luckily for us (and you), the BP Judges felt what you and the rest of us did. Congratulations, Christopher. #9949992

Gail Vitikacs level-classic January 27, 2012

YAHOOOOO!!!! Excellent win Chris! Congratulations! #9950227

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 27, 2012

Thank you very much, folks!
Kathy, I would have loved one improvement---take down the LCD flat panel displays attached to the face of the columns which, while not highly visible in this shot, do block some of my sight lines to the complete arches and stenciling... ;) #9950703

Joannie Bertucci level-classic January 28, 2012

Bravo Chris on one amazing eod image and presentation! Congrats on your well deserved gold badge! #9952358

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna January 28, 2012

WTG on your wonderful winning photo! :-) k #9952716

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 29, 2012

Thank you, Joannie & Kitty! #9953644

Merna L. Nobile January 30, 2012

You can feel it in the air, the anticipation of waiting for the awards to arrive. The talent that is on display for all to see and share is amazing. Congratulations to all the January, 2012 winners. Merna


David M. Montero January 31, 2012

Very happy to see this one at the winners table. Congratulations Chris!!! #9958049

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 31, 2012

Thank you both, Merna & Dave! #9958053

Patti Coblentz February 01, 2012

A brilliant image, Chris...congratulations on your well deserved win!! #9959791

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 02, 2012

Thanks so much, Patti! #9960566

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic July 22, 2012

Love the composition and the great bright yellows. Congratulations on Your Win! #10239785

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 22, 2012

Thank you, Amanda! #10239848

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