Cobalt Shoulders

Uploaded: November 22, 2005 04:00:22


F/3.5, 1/10th second, ISO64.
A pair of cobalt vases, shot against my living room sheers in afternoon sun.
In PSE, crop, spot cloning to remove debris in the right vase, adjusted brightness to white-out the curtains.
1/06 Finalist; D&M


Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Nice work! Jeff #348166

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Thanks! I came home from a fruitless attempt to shoot outside, and the sun was just setting on my patio doors, making a great light source on this table. I have a ton of cobalt glass collected over the years, and it looks best when strongly lit from behind. #2105838

Kiran Voleti November 22, 2005

True Blue ..
Like it very much !!
unique idea!!
Nicly executed - Christopher
-k@n #2106825

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Thank you Kiran! I liked how the 2 created different effects with the color... the banding of blues like a topographical map, in the right vase, and the 'braided distortions' of the left. Might have to dig more of my glass out of storage now! #2107271

Janine Russell level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Christopher, very nice colors and clarity. #2107982

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Thanks... I wish I could have all my cobalt displayed with this kind of lighting... too often it moves into very dark blues.
(Smiling once again, at your mini-pic!) #2108219

Kathryn (Love) Scheet November 22, 2005

beautiful Christopher! love the blue and white #2108250

Kathleen K. Parker level-deluxe November 22, 2005

Really really really NICE work, Christopher!!!
kk #2108274

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 24, 2005

Thank you both! It has me thinking about other pairings, that would create an interestingly-shaped "void" between them... #2116215

Katrina McMeans December 01, 2005

WOW! I'm truly surprised that there aren't more comments on this!!!
The colors are intense and clear, the designs within the glass really grab my attention and the composition is outstanding! This is AWESOME!!!! ; )
~K #2143130

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 01, 2005

Then thanks so much for adding such a nice comment, Katrina! :) When I blew out the little hint of curtain that was visible in the background, and that white void space popped into view with the 2 curvy edges as I cropped it, this became one of my top 3 favorite pictures (that I've created) so far! Glad you enjoy it, too! #2143394

Life Expressions December 29, 2005

This is such an awesome creation. Very beautiful Christopher! #2232506

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 29, 2005

Thanks! I was very happy with the result. I love the shades of blue in the image--makes me think of a retail sign graphic you might see, say at Crate & Barrel, in the decorative glass section! #2232842

Andrea W. Hedgepeth January 19, 2006

Very, very nice image! #2307959

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 19, 2006

Thanks so much, Andrea... A simple color and shape study, but I've re-entered it in January's contest. Reminds me why I collected cobalt glass all those years, when I see it so brightly lit! #2308022

Donna W. Neal February 21, 2006

Beautiful and congratulations once again! #2445617

Life Expressions February 21, 2006

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Christopher!!! #2445877

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thank you both! This remains one of my all-time favorite attempts to capture some of my glass collection. #2446045

Stan Lubach February 21, 2006

Congratulations, Christopher! #2446724

Kay Beausoleil February 21, 2006

Congratulations on this smashimg finalist, Christpoher! #2446770

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Kay, "smashing" makes me nervous when used in conjunction with glass!

Just kidding... :)
Thank you both (Stan, too!) for stopping by to comment! #2447303

Dee Caraballo February 21, 2006

Congratulations!! Way to go! #2447480

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 21, 2006

Thanks, Dee! #2448880

Daniel G. Flocke February 21, 2006

Very Nice!!!

Congratulations on being a Finalist!!! good luck in the next round!

~Daniel #2450716

Corinne M. Thompson February 21, 2006

Wow...this is a stunning capture, great color and design. Congrats on your Finalist :) #2450872

February 22, 2006

Nice composition of forms. #2451709

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 22, 2006

Thanks, Daniel & Corrine, as well as The Judges! I've spent some time researching commercial back-lit display cabinets since taking this shot, to try and give more of my glass a chance of looking this good on a regular basis! #2451840

Chris Macer February 22, 2006

Very nice work, Christopher! Many congrats and best of luck! :) #2452506

Nobu Nagase February 23, 2006

Great comp, beautifully captured!!!
Many congrats, Christopher!!! #2460241

Sharon Day level-classic February 23, 2006

Congratulations on another outstanding finalist, Christopher!!! #2460282

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 24, 2006

Thank you, Chris, Nobi & Sharon... I thought for sure the suspense would be over by the time I checked emails this morning! #2460880

Don Johnson level-deluxe February 27, 2006

Simple and eligant. Great composition. Very well done! #2474653

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 27, 2006

Thanks, Don; I appreciate the feeback! #2475910

Amy JACKSON level-classic March 13, 2006

Very nice image, Chris!! Congratulations! I love cobalt too...I have a small collection of cobalt glassware. #2529390

Holly Shao December 29, 2006

Terrific design and wonderful capture. Congratulations, Chris!!!

Holly #3753645

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 29, 2006

Thanks for digging up an older one, Holly! I love cobalt blue, and was so happy to see this one get a Finalist last February! #3754769

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