Uploaded: September 05, 2007 04:05:59


EF17-85 @24, f/4, 1/5 second, -2/3, ISO100, RAW, tripod
Stained glass light falls on the wall behind the statue of
George Washington, at Washington National Cathedral.
I explored some blurring techniques in Photoshop Elements 2.0 for this look.
10-07 Finalist, DD.
Digital Darkroom Newsletter #57.


Nikki McDonald level-classic September 05, 2007

Wonderful strong colors and composition here, Chris. I love your choice on the effects with the blurred, radiating background setting the statue off so elegantly. The sliver of light on the left side of his face (as we look at it) really helps carve his head out of the darkness. Great entry - happy Theme Day. #730859

Rahul Sharma September 05, 2007

Beautiful entry Christopher.... Love the light effects and blur in this... #4748873

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict September 05, 2007

This is amazing Christopher, great MT entry, the effects you abtained in this image is well placed anf the multicolour lights helped with giving emphasis to the statue, very well done...Dominick #4748903

Gail Vitikacs level-classic September 05, 2007

Simply amazing ... the added "blur" really sets this apart ... you did a wonderful job on this! #4748968

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum September 05, 2007


I totally agree with all the above comments. Just OUTSTANDING shot!

Pat #4748979

Ken Smith level-classic September 05, 2007

Elements 2.0??? We need to talk! LOL Excellent lighting and your blur effects enhance this shot! #4749137

Susan Fox September 05, 2007

Love the POV and lighthing Chris :-) #4749565

Joy Rector September 05, 2007

love this lights #4749693

Amber Kennedy September 05, 2007

Totally awesome! #4749950

Cheryl E. Davis September 05, 2007

Wonderful colors and the effect works very nicely with this shot. Happy Theme Day! #4750277

John Caruso September 05, 2007

You rocked this one, Chris! Great work all around! #4750600

Michelle L. Frick September 05, 2007

Gorgeous Theme Entry Chris! I love the colors and comp - we should see this one again!! #4750754

Margaret R. Barry September 05, 2007

Wonderful lighting, comp. and effects. Great MT entry! #4750762

Mitch Spence level-classic September 05, 2007

The interplay of the multicolored lights is quite beautiful here, Chris, and the effect serves to enhance that beauty. #4750905

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic September 05, 2007

Wonderful work, Chris!, the lighting, color and effects are great!
Amalia #4751487

Paul Michko September 05, 2007

Majestic and wonderfully historic, Christopher. #4751688

Dolly L. Davis September 05, 2007

Terrific theme entry! Love it! Awesome effects and lighting!! #4752161

September 05, 2007

I like how the blur invites exploration of the background, and then redirects the viewer's eye back to George's face. Well done! #4752357

Datha Y. Thompson September 05, 2007

EXCELLENT Period!!!! Happy Theme Day Chris :0) #4752658

Susan M. Hembree September 05, 2007

Oh wow! Just awesome, Chris! #4752934

Cesar J. La Rosa September 05, 2007

WOW!!! I love this one, Chris!!! That beautiful light through the stained glass is amazing and the effects seem to have enhance it even more. Great Theme entry!!!
Happy Theme Day!!!
Cesar #4753101

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 06, 2007

Thank you all very much! And thanks to Kara H. who shared the info on how to create this effect! She posted a message on this, but there was a glitch and it appeared by itself:

Kara Hendricks: Creative theme entry Chris Love the color capture here... Wonderful use of blur!! #4754055

Janine Russell level-deluxe September 06, 2007

Chris, great colors, lighting, point of view, composition and effects. #4757433

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 07, 2007

Thank you, Janine! #4758834

C A October 28, 2007

Great job Christopher! #4994184

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 28, 2007

Thank you very much! #4994655

Donna La Mattino Pagakis November 26, 2007

This is very creative and beautiful Chris, moody and cool. Great colors!! Congratulations! #5129002

Susan M. Hembree November 26, 2007

Wonderful, Chris! Congratulations on the finalist! #5131559

Jane M November 26, 2007

Great image and excellent effects Chris! #5131627

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 26, 2007

So glad you kept the faith here, Chris. This is a wonderful finalist. Congratulations and good luck in the next round.

Cesar J. La Rosa November 26, 2007

Congratulations on this FABULOUS Finalist, Chris!!!
Cesar #5132541

Susie Peek-Swint November 27, 2007

Wonderful lighting and pov Chris ~ many congrats! #5133193

Corinne M. Thompson November 27, 2007

Wow...this is great Chris! Congrats on your Finalist :) #5134160

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 27, 2007

Thank you all so much! This was my first serious attempt at recreating a LensBaby effect, and I thought it came out very well. #5134371

Nadya Johnson November 27, 2007

Stunning work! Congratulations, Chris! #5135320

Mitch Spence level-classic November 27, 2007

Congratulations, Chris. This is such a beuatiful shot. #5138946

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 27, 2007

Thanks so much, Nadya & Mitch! #5139266

Susan Fox November 27, 2007

Congratulations Chris :-) #5139859

Esther Smith November 27, 2007

This is amazing! Congratulations on your Finalist, Christopher! #5140152

Les Rhoades level-classic November 28, 2007

Congratulations on your FINALIST win!
A well deserved award for a very fine photograph.Sorry I missed this earlier.
I don’t like to comment until the winners are posted because I always have high hopes for your member’s entries. I expect them all the get the GOLD!

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 28, 2007

Thank you, Susan & Esther. And Les---not a bad idea to wait for gold, for comments; keeps the inbox a little more reasonable! Thanks for the vote of confidence; I never quite expect gold on all of them, but every once in awhile, I think I've got one worthy! #5141940

Carol Teal November 30, 2007

Great DD work and wonderful colors Chris! Congrats on your finalist! #5154212

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 01, 2007

Thanks, Carol! It is such a neat process to explore; Kara pointed me to a link about it this summer, and ever once in awhile, I'll try it out on another photo. This one seemed well-suited to the effect. #5155274

Nikki McDonald level-classic December 12, 2007

Congratulations on having this beautiful blur photo featured in this month's Digital Darkroom, Chris. I have loved it from the beginning. #5198502

Don Johnson level-deluxe December 12, 2007

Chris, somehow I missed this image. It is another great one. And congratulations on getting in this month's Digital Darkroom. #5199176

Cesar J. La Rosa December 12, 2007

I was very happy to see this excellent work featured in the Digital Darkroom Newsletter today and it is a pleasure for me to come back and congratulate you on this very well-deserved recognition, Chris. Congratulations!!!
Cesar #5199522

Les Rhoades level-classic December 12, 2007

Congratulations on your Digital Darkroom Newsletter (#57) expo. #5200500

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 12, 2007

Thanks, folks! A pleasant surprise today! #5200614

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 12, 2007

A super DD feature Chris, congratulations! #5201766

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 13, 2007

Thanks, Donna! #5203335

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