Light Lives Here

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Light Lives Here

Katrina McMeans November 05, 2005

beautiful composition, Christopher! Lovely colors and curves!
~K #338849

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 05, 2005

Thanks, Katrina! I *just* uploaded this, not 4 minutes ago! And I love the cowboy shot for your mini pic... did you have a discussion of that somewhere online? I feel like I've seen/read about that one before! #2039658

Janine Russell level-deluxe November 05, 2005

Christopher, wonderful composition, lighting, DOF and detail. #2039701

Monika Sapek level-classic November 05, 2005

Lovely colors and lighting, Christopher!

Brian Lobdell level-classic November 05, 2005

Very striking composition, Christopher! I really like the "soft-edge" look that compliments the graceful curvature of the architecture here! Great work! #2039771

Susana Ms Heide November 05, 2005

This is magnificient!! The light is truly the subject here! Very skillfully composed and exposed! #2039788

Claudia/Theo Bodmer November 05, 2005

Truly a lovely image. Thanks for sharing it. #2039810

Renee Doyle level-classic November 05, 2005

This is wonderfual Christopher! The lighting is so perfect - well captured.

Pat Gamwell November 06, 2005

Breathtaking! Love the lines & vivid colors. EXCELLENT job, Christopher. #2039858

Leanne M.E. Boyd November 06, 2005

Gorgeous shot, Christopher! #2039918

Desiree M. Bento November 06, 2005

I predict this one a winner, Chris! WOW! #2039997

Katrina McMeans November 06, 2005

Glad you like my cowboy pic! I do have a discussion on's the first pic in my gallery!
~K #2040297

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 06, 2005

Well all I can say is, thanks, everyone! (I was stunned to see so many email notices waiting for me this morning--how did everyone find this photo? I was starting to thing that the free galleries didn't seem to get as wide an audience, by default.)
I've taken a *lot* of shots in this cathedral, and the lighting is often a challenge, since there is spot lighting via lamps, but sunlight in most other places. This is my earliest-morning shot so far, on a very clear, bright day, and I think that really helped! #2040715

Greg Briley level-addict November 06, 2005

When you get a good one, Chris, people will notice and comment. As you see, you've got a good one here and I think it will be a winner. Way to go and keep it up. Thanks for stopping by my gallery too. #2042529

November 08, 2005

The lighting is gorgeous, what a peaceful feeling #2048632

Chris Macer November 08, 2005

Wonderful lighting and lines in this, Christopher! #2048882

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 08, 2005

Thank you, everyone. The building just throws all these great views at you... I still struggle with capturing it properly, given the vast shadowy spaces, mixed with intense sunlight, but this shot at least eliminates the high soaring ceiling of the main aisle, and stays reasonably well-lit. #2049141

Sandra Freyler November 09, 2005

I LOVE the lighting! Excellent shot! Beautiful image! #2056636

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 09, 2005

Thanks Sandra... I appreciate it, especially given your own gothic photos I've admired! (And the barns are really nice!) #2056728

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic January 01, 2006

Beautiful shot Christopher,

Love this the first time. STUNNING.

Kerby #2241264

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 01, 2006

Thanks so much, Kerby! I really love this one myself, and am hopeful for another chance ;) #2242265

Debby A. Tabb January 17, 2006

This is AWSOME!!
it just strikes you-I don't know that you could get a better image then this.
Thank you for sharing,
Debby #2298678

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 17, 2006

Thank you Debby, for your compliment; I'm glad you like it! It is definitely one of my favorites, so far. #2299848

Debby A. Tabb January 17, 2006

Well very deserving of anyones compliment!
but I want you to know there are so many others in your gallery I just really enjoyed!

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 17, 2006

Thanks, again! I've re-entered this in the Jan. contest, with fingers crossed... I was thrilled it caught the judges eyes, to comment, back in the Nov. contest! #2300392

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe February 06, 2006

Very rich color. Well done! #2387580

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 07, 2006

Thanks so much, Errick... I hope to reshoot next fall, having learned a little bit since this shot! #2390053

Robyn Gwilt February 10, 2006

Hey Chris, didn't see this till now - was browsing comments - this is soooo gorgeous. The light and the whole feeling of peace is palpable. Good luck! #2403615

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 10, 2006

Thank you very much, Robyn! I've got my fingers crossed again... #2403796

Barbara Helgason February 21, 2006

Beautiful Christopher, congratulations. #2444891

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thanks so much Barbara! #2445165

Margie Hurwich February 21, 2006

So glad to see this! It's one of my favorites in your gallery! Congratulations! #2445462

Donna W. Neal February 21, 2006

Looks like the Cathedral did well for both of us...:) Congratulations and good luck in the next round Christopher #2445595

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thanks, Margie! Donna, I wish I had a PC available at the cathedral, so I could easily share both our images with my fellow docents there! #2446067

Kay Beausoleil level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Christopher! #2446653

Stan Lubach February 21, 2006

Congrats! #2446733

Robyn Gwilt February 21, 2006

Hey Chris - congratulations - for both of them :) #2447248

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thanks so much, folks! Good luck everyone, in the next round! #2447288

Rakesh Syal level-classic February 21, 2006


Greg Briley level-addict February 21, 2006

I've been waiting to see this one on the finalist list. I hope to see it go further...Big Congrats Christopher!! #2448322

Sandra Freyler February 21, 2006

Congratulations chris on such a beautiful image! Great work! #2448481

Karen Rahlf February 21, 2006

Awesome lighting. A very beautiful photo indeed. Congratulations! #2448601

Pat Gamwell February 21, 2006

Yahoooooo, my friend! BIG CONGRATS! #2448659

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thanks so much, Rakesh, Sandra, Karen. Greg, I know the feeling; thanks for keeping your fingers crossed!
Pat... :) It caught me completely by surprise, that this one was picked this month! #2449021

February 22, 2006

Wonderful light and color. #2451591

Chris Macer February 22, 2006

Amazing work, Christopher! Congrats again! :) #2452526

Joanna Pecha February 22, 2006

Gorgeous! Best of luck!!! #2453206

Vicki Hunt February 22, 2006

Beautiful! Congrats! #2454515

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 22, 2006

Thanks folks, one and all! Fingers crossed on this one! #2454712

Dennis Flanagan February 22, 2006

Congratulations on this Chris. #2454787

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 22, 2006

Thanks, Dennis! #2455261

Corinne M. Thompson February 23, 2006

Congrats on your Finalist :) #2459169

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 23, 2006

Thanks, Corinne! :) #2459607

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe February 23, 2006

Way to go!!! #2459671

Sharon Day level-classic February 23, 2006

Congratulations Christopher!!! This is an awesome image! Good luck! #2460279

Desiree M. Bento February 23, 2006

Congratulations Christopher! This is one of my favorites! #2460527

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 24, 2006

Thanks for stopping by, Desiree, Sharon & Errick... the waiting is becoming agony! ;) #2460883

Don Johnson level-deluxe February 27, 2006

I like this image a lot. But I have been to this location and tried to photograph it, so. . . how did you get the colors? Beautiful image. #2474644

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 27, 2006

Don, thanks for the comments! (Here, and on the other photos, today.) I'll look up the specific camera settings for this shot, when I get home. But I can say that I didn't "do" anything else---no filters used, etc.
It is a relatively early-morning shot (probably around 9:20 or so, shot before the cathedral was opened to the public that day---a perk as a volunteer there!) and the morning sunlight, on a bright day during late fall, is simply like nothing else the rest of the year! #2474702

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 27, 2006

Hey Don, here's what I shot: f/6.3, 1 second, ISO100, 9:37am, 11/5/05. #2476328

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum March 01, 2006

Hi Chris,

Just beautiful, what else could I possibly say! Other than Congrats on being a finalist.

Very appropriate title.

See you again soon!


Chris Budny level-deluxe March 01, 2006

Thank you, Pat! I'm glad you got to see it "in person" as well, last weekend at the cathedral! You and Don will have to come back for a tour (whether or not I can get you to some unique photography vantage points!) #2483161

Kristy A. Keene March 05, 2006

Absolutely Amazing Shot!! Bravo!!!! #2498846

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 05, 2006

Thanks so much, Kristy! #2500461

Rebecca K. Renz March 15, 2006

I love the colors in this. I keep forgetting about morning shots, lol. Beautiful.
Rebecca #2537103

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 15, 2006

Thanks, Rebecca! For the cathedral, it is hard to go wrong anytime, but morning slightly edges out the others, in my opinion (except perhaps a terrific sunset on the West Rose Window!) And with the sun staying lower in fall/winter, that is all the better for the stained glass... But with so many massive windows on all sides, it really is beautiful all day!
Still, in non-cathedral settings, early morning & sunset light are simply like nothing else...Magic hours! #2537121

Susan Jane Allen level-classic April 06, 2006

Wow, this is amazing! I'm surprised it didn't get more than a finalist! #2615714

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 06, 2006

Thanks! I'm happy with a Finalist, as it took a re-entry to get that! I can't wait for fall to come 'round again, for more chances to better this shot. #2616256

Susana Ms Heide April 20, 2006

WOW!! This is breathtakingly beautiful! I love the repetition in the arquitecture! Needless to say the colors of the lighting make this image STELLAR! A belated CONGRATS! #2668095

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 21, 2006

Thank you so much, Susana! It is one of my all-time favorite images, so far. #2669812

Akhilesh Sharma May 08, 2006

Beautiful Capture Christopher! and Congrats! #2737163

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 08, 2006

Thank you, Akhilesh! I appreciate it! #2738602

Mick Burkey level-classic May 11, 2006

Man, this is a great shot! Love the colors on the columns. Beautiful texture, Christopher. Nice work. #2753430

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 12, 2006

Well thank you, Mick! It is one of my favorite vantage points in the cathedral, particularly for morning light. #2755354

Leif Kjaer May 16, 2006

WOW!! Great colors and composition. Amazing. #2772133

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 16, 2006

Leif, thanks so much! I appreciate it! #2772999

Nadya Johnson May 23, 2006

I was wondering how on EARTH I missed this photo, then I saw the posting date! This is absolutely marvelous!!! You really did catch this at a Magic Hour, Christopher! And I am also wondering why that oval isn't GOLD, as I'd have picked it for a Winner, had I been a judge! Photography to me, has always been an endless quest for Perfect Light; and boy, you really found it here! (Barring that, I'll lend a little help to Nature with the aid of Photoshop when and where I can but there is no substitute for the Reality when it's as grand as this!). Breath-taking and superb! #2805865

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 23, 2006

Thank you, Nadya; yes, this is an older Finalist of mine. Actually, the first image I felt could make it to Finalist---just took an extra entry or two to get the judges to see it that way ;) It remains probably the favorite of all my images so far... (Of course, lately I've had some fun in PSE, like you mention, and there's a lot of potential there for really interesting images!) #2806167

Amy JACKSON level-classic May 24, 2006

Beautiful image, Christopher!!! Really great work!! #2811689

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 25, 2006

Many thanks, Amy! #2814013

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic June 28, 2006

Absolutely stunning! The composition and the light and the colors - it's awesome. Congratulations. #2961541

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 28, 2006

Kirsten, thank you! One of my earliest shots as a camera owner; I am fortunate this came out so well, back then! #2963138

Michael S. Baker September 08, 2006

Another nice capture, Christopher. I'm touring through your gallery. You have a very nice collection of images--good photographic eye!
Mike B- #3283564

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 08, 2006

Thank you, Michael, for taking "the tour" and commenting! I've hit a dry spell recently, I think; nice to go back sometimes and revisit the older images. #3283905

Jessica Jenney October 03, 2006

You have a beautiful gallery Christopher! This image is stunning! #3403599

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 03, 2006

Jessica, thanks so much for checking out my gallery and leaving such a nice comment! ;) #3403719

Patti Coblentz October 29, 2010

It is a very beautiful image, Chris! Congratulations on #1000 and the 5 years!! Your work is always an inspiration. #9004119

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 29, 2010

Belated congratulations on the beautiful finalist, Chris :) #9004152

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 30, 2010

Thanks ladies, for checking this oldie out! #9004541

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic November 01, 2010

How about a resubmit....this month in November? Good luck if you so decide!

UB. #9007757

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 01, 2010

Nah, I'm quite content with the Finalist on this--I feel I've greatly improved over this earliest version anyway; not sure this would even make Finalist today! But thanks for the nudge! #9008005

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The south arcade aisle of Washington National Cathedral, illuminated by the early morning sun in November.
1/06 Finalist; EoD

Exif: FNumber: 6.3, ExposureBiasValue: 0/10, ExposureTime: 1, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 100, WhiteBalance: manual white balance

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