Gutter Guardian

Uploaded: January 04, 2011


When you take my "Behind The Scenes" tour at the cathedral, one of our stops is actually the gutter! They're big enough to walk in, as you can see.
The pinnacles, buttresses, and gablets all over the cathedral are adorned with hundreds of 'grotesques', often carved as heads of animals,
people, or imaginary creatures. They're among the many fine details making up the visual richness of gothic architecture;
often, grotesques serve to deflect channeled rainwater, unlike gargoyles which actually spout excess water from their mouths!
1/11 Finalist - D&M

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: -1.00, ExposureTime: 1/200 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 10.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Nikki McDonald level-classic January 04, 2011

Wonderful perspective, Chris, and I love the textures. That gargoyle is close enough to touch -- though I imagine you discourage that among members of your tour groups. The neutral tones are lovely, too, and allow for full appreciation of the intricate architectural details you have given us a glimpse of. #1341156

Dr Silly level-classic January 04, 2011

Awesome. :O) #9141852

Joy Rector January 04, 2011

awesome detail #9141867

Richard B. Hallick level-classic January 04, 2011

What a perfect composition. The gargoyle is perfectly placed on the rh side and seems to be guarding over the wonderful details of the cathedral. Nice job of swapping the sky. Could be a winner! #9142211

Michele Peterson level-classic January 04, 2011

I'm going to have to take one of your tours... if I ever get there! This is a fabulous shot. Incredible details, wow, and yes, the monotone color of it brings more attention to the detail and texture. #9142920

Patti Coblentz January 04, 2011

This is amazing, Chris...fantastic perspective, impeccable detail, and very interesting!! #9143364

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 05, 2011

Thanks so much, folks! If you're ever in DC for a visit, let me know and we'll see if we can arrange a Behind the Scenes tour for you! If not that (it is a limited-offering tour) then certainly an in-depth regular tour! #9143844

Jane Holestine January 05, 2011

Fantastic comp, POV, and detail in this image, Chris. #9144044

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 05, 2011

Thanks Jane! #9144188

Mick Burkey level-classic January 13, 2011

Awesome POV, depth and details, Chris. Beautiful tones as weel. I will certainly be contacting you for a tour the next time I'm in the area :) #9160622

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 13, 2011

Thanks Mick! By all means, let me know when you're in town! #9160757

Mitch Spence level-classic February 10, 2011

I so enjoy this rooftop image, Chris. I've just got to get back to D.C. again one of these days. Congratulations again. #9225547

Patti Coblentz February 10, 2011

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, also looks like a winner in the making to me!! Good luck next round. #9225568

Barbara Mason level-classic February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your Finalist Chris - a wonderful point of view and composition !!! #9227322

Karen E. Baumann February 10, 2011

Congratulations, Chris!!! #9227632

Bob Cournoyer level-classic February 10, 2011

This will move on! Congrats... #9228602

Sarah A. Christian February 10, 2011

Wow, quite a stunning image, Chris! Great showing in the finalists!!! Heartfelt congratulations! #9229076

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist Chris, really great work!! #9229692

Katarina Mansson February 11, 2011

Superb POV, tones and details. Congratulations on your finalist Chris! #9230261

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Thank you so much!
Mitch, come on over anytime... I'd be happy to give you a tour! #9230538

Merna L. Nobile February 11, 2011

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


Chris Budny level-deluxe February 11, 2011

Thanks! #9233183

Renee Doyle level-classic February 11, 2011

Fantastic pov and comp Chris!!! Excellent finalist - Congratulations!! #9233212

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 12, 2011

Thank you Renee! #9236395

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