Uploaded: February 06, 2010 05:44:15


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


Cathy Barrows February 06, 2010

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

Maria Morrow February 06, 2010

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 level-classic February 06, 2010

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 February 06, 2010

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

Joy Rector February 06, 2010

beautiful #8361222

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 06, 2010

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

Teri Klinger February 06, 2010

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

Dr Silly level-classic February 06, 2010

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

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic February 06, 2010

Simplicity at its best! #8361524

Jessica Jenney February 06, 2010

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

Graham Robards February 06, 2010

Love it! ~Pat #8362126

Katarina Mansson February 07, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 07, 2010

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 level-classic February 07, 2010

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

Karen E. Baumann February 07, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 07, 2010

Thank you both, Christine & Karen! #8363422

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic March 18, 2010

Outfreakinstanding!! #8464082

Kara L. Hendricks March 18, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 18, 2010

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 18, 2010

Great design elements Chris, nicely done! #8464347

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic March 18, 2010

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

UB. #8464846

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 19, 2010

Thank you both! Fingers crossed... #8465681

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 21, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 22, 2010

Thanks, Lisa! :) #8471561

Julianne Bradford March 22, 2010

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

Katarina Mansson March 22, 2010

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

Bob Cournoyer level-classic March 22, 2010

Congrats on your 101 fav win!! #8472169

Linda D. Lester level-classic March 22, 2010

Congrats on your 101 fav! Awesome job! #8472233

Dr Silly level-classic March 22, 2010

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

Kara L. Hendricks March 22, 2010

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

Chuck Bruton level-deluxe March 22, 2010

Nice image
Congratulations! #8472488

Chuck Bruton level-deluxe March 22, 2010

Nice image
Congratulations! #8472490

Sonya L. Hatfield-Hall March 22, 2010


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

Jane Holestine March 22, 2010

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis March 22, 2010

Congratulations Chris, way cool! #8473495

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 23, 2010

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 March 23, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 23, 2010

Thanks so much, Bunny! #8475235

Michael Umbreit March 23, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 24, 2010

Thanks, Mike! #8476909

Michelle L. Frick March 26, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 26, 2010

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 June 07, 2010

Congrats on this awesome finalist!! :) #8671941

Renee Doyle June 07, 2010

Glad you resubmitted Chris!! Congratulations! #8673408

Rolando Rosito June 07, 2010

Distinctive finalist Chris! congratulations! #8673591

Michelle L. Frick June 07, 2010

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

Kelly Heaton June 07, 2010

Beautiful! Congratulations! #8675151

Naomi Weiser June 08, 2010

very cool, congrats! #8676969

Katarina Mansson June 08, 2010

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 level-classic June 08, 2010

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

Karen Celella June 08, 2010

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Chris! #8679136

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 08, 2010

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

Patti Coblentz June 08, 2010

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

Patti #8680011

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 08, 2010

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

UB. #8681211

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 09, 2010

Thank you Patti & Usman! #8681472

Marilyn Cornwell June 09, 2010

Beautiful Finalist, Chris! Stunning work!! #8681690

Mitch Spence level-classic June 09, 2010

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

Tammy Espino June 09, 2010

Congrats on your win :) #8683065

Patti Coblentz June 09, 2010

Congratulations on your fantastic win, Chris!!

Patti #8683134

Susan Fox June 09, 2010

Congratulations Chris! #8683137

Linda D. Lester level-classic June 09, 2010

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

Michelle L. Frick June 09, 2010

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

Renee Doyle June 09, 2010

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

Sam Britt June 09, 2010

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

Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 09, 2010

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

Gail Vitikacs level-classic June 09, 2010

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

Rolando Rosito June 09, 2010

Congratulations Chris! great winner! #8683912

Kim Andelkovic June 09, 2010

Love it congrats on your wonderful win #8683913

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 09, 2010

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 June 09, 2010

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

~J~ #8684287

Graham Robards June 09, 2010

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 June 09, 2010

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

Corinne M. Thompson June 09, 2010

Big congrats Chris, fabulous wintry scenic! #8684550

Katarina Mansson June 09, 2010

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

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 10, 2010

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

UB. #8684910

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 10, 2010

Thanks so much, folks! #8685036

Mitch Spence level-classic June 10, 2010

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

Kay Beausoleil June 10, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 10, 2010

Thank you very much, Mitch & Kay! #8686432

Claudia Kuhn level-classic June 12, 2010

Terrific Chris, congratulations! #8690656

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 12, 2010

Thanks, Claudia! #8691004

Mick Burkey June 16, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 17, 2010

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 level-addict June 17, 2010

Congratulations Christopher on your Win!!!

Dominick #8702082

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 18, 2010

Thanks, Dominick! #8702876

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum July 04, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 04, 2010

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

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic July 18, 2010

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 18, 2010

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 January 17, 2011


Laura E. Swan level-classic October 28, 2011

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!!!



Chris Budny level-deluxe October 29, 2011

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 November 18, 2011

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

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 18, 2011

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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