Passage of Light

Uploaded: November 30, 2007 04:27:18


EFS17-85 @47mm, f/16, 1.6 Seconds, +.3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod.
My annual tradition; shooting in the south arcade aisle of Washington National Cathedral, to capture the early morning light in late fall/early winter. The sun, stays lower in the sky and creates a marvelous light show in this aisle, as light coming through the south wall windows paints the limestone in gorgeous reflected color. The first year, I shot 10 weeks into owning my first P&S camera ("Light Lives Here"). The next year, I put that Sony camera on a tiny tripod and, misunderstanding, used an ND filter ("Wilson's Tomb").
This third annual tribute to the light is from my Canon XTi, with tripod, no filters, in a horizontal format for the first time.
11-07 Second Place, T&P, Featured Image, Snapshot #439. Featured in "The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Photography" published 10/2011. 10/6/16 POTD


November 30, 2007

Stunning colors! Great job! #798174

Susie Peek-Swint November 30, 2007

This is stunning Chris ~ what a wonderful opportunity you have to capture this beautiful light and detail! #5150699

Tiia Vissak November 30, 2007

Wow! Very beautiful! #5150732

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict November 30, 2007

Awesome image you captured here, Christopher.

Dominick #5150748

Linda M. Mishler November 30, 2007

The beauty of the color here is so magestic!!Awesome job Christopher!!! Nice to hear how you've changed what you've done each year.=) #5150979

Cherie Early November 30, 2007

Very beautiful. #5151200

Ray Clarke November 30, 2007

This is beautiful Chris, wonderful light and colour, as soon as I shouted Ray to come and look he said was it one of yours..great work #5151834

Joan Kocak November 30, 2007

winner. #5152093

Sylvia Rossler November 30, 2007

Simply wow !!!My favorite of your November entries Chris :o) #5152697

Pat Gamwell November 30, 2007

This is the type of image you are so famous for and just couldn't be any more beautifully shot, Chris! LOVE it! #5153843

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 30, 2007

This is so beautiful, Chris. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I can't even imagine what it must be like to stand in this corridor, bathed in this bejeweled light. Should be a winner. #5153884

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 01, 2007

Thank you everyone! Though I feel some thanks should go to the architects & glass artists, too! :) In this aisle, in the fall & winter, it is nearly impossible to come away without a beautiful photograph. I think this one is the "better" of my 3 annual attempts, in a technical kind of way--the image quality, in terms of noise, color, detail, etc. is better than the Wilson's Tomb image captured on my old Sony. And the Wilson's Tomb image was much better than my first attempt (Light Lives Here) in 2005, which was far too washed out. However, I'm still undecided on whether I like the vertical comp of Wilson's Tomb, more than this horizontal comp... Something to ponder for next year's attempt! :) #5155295

Susan M. Hembree December 01, 2007

I agree with what you said, Chris. I think this is the best, especially in overall image quality, of the three you've taken of this. I can really appreciate the challenges of photographing this after my own first attempt. Again, thank you for the opportunity. #5158060

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 02, 2007

You're welcome, Sue! Glad you enjoyed it... I only see 1 new cathedral image in your gallery, though---waiting on the rest! :) #5160136

Melissa McCabe December 05, 2007

This light is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome colour with us! -mm #5173744

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 06, 2007

Thank you, Melissa--you're absolutely right! The light that enters the building is spectacular, pretty much year-round, if the sun is out. It falls in different places all year, with this one aisle being the true stand-out, but only in fall/winter mornings. I'm happy to share ;) #5175472

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 15, 2007

Gorgeous colors, design and light!! Such a delight to view Chris!! Best of luck! #5210638

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 16, 2007

Many thanks, Donna! #5213539

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 17, 2007

Thank you, Cheri! I've got my fingers crossed! #5220603

Teresa Norris December 18, 2007

My goodness, what a stunning image, with the incredible colors and architecture. It's breath-taking! #5223004

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 18, 2007

Thank you Teresa! If you're ever visiting D.C., look me up for a tour of the building! #5223070

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 19, 2007

Excellent finalist, best of luck Chris. I'm glad your favorite for this month made it!! Best of luck in the next round! #5228216

Michelle L. Frick December 19, 2007

Congratulations Chris!!! #5228295

Gail Vitikacs level-classic December 19, 2007

Beautiful...Congrats! #5228349

Nancy (Peaches) Harker December 19, 2007

Big congrats on your beautiful finalist Chris! Best of luck in the next round! #5228599

Melissa G. Meiselman December 19, 2007

Congratulations, Chris on this beautiful finalist!! #5229590

Bob Cournoyer level-classic December 19, 2007

Congrats, Chris, on the finalist!!

Bob #5230906

Nikki McDonald level-classic December 19, 2007

Already a winner--actually, it was all along. Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Chris. #5231164

Michelle L. Frick December 19, 2007

Congratulations Chris!!! #5231366

Ken Smith level-classic December 19, 2007

Congrats, Chris..super shot..super win! #5231370

Cheryl E. Molennor December 19, 2007

Wow! Congratulations to you #5231696

Sharon Day level-classic December 19, 2007

Simply gorgeous, Chris!!! Big congratulations! #5231773

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 19, 2007

Outstanding Chris!! Congratulations on your second place win #5231816

Susan M. Hembree December 19, 2007

Now aren't you glad you took that risk when you were questioning whether or not you should take the shot? Congratulation, Chris! I knew it would be a winner. #5231836

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic December 19, 2007

Congratulations on your second place winner, Chris. Beautiful colors. #5232014

Susana Ms Heide December 19, 2007

I will never tire of looking at your spectacular cathedral captures!!! This is definitely worthy of this recognition! CONGRATS Chris!!!! #5232131

Cesar J. La Rosa December 19, 2007

Congratulations on this very well-deserved Winner, Chris!!!
Cesar #5232194

Sylvia Rossler December 19, 2007

Big Big congrats on your win Chris :o) #5232451

Les Rhoades level-classic December 20, 2007

I stopped in to offer a Congratulations on your colorful Winner! #5233165

Dr Silly level-classic December 20, 2007

Congrats, Chris. :O)

Teresa Norris December 20, 2007

A big congratulations on this winning beauty, Chris! #5234519

Susan Fox December 20, 2007

Congratulations Chris!!!!!!! #5234659

Colleen Farrell December 20, 2007

Outstanding work, Chris! Well seen and beautifully captured. I liked your "story" about each year's efforts, too. Congratulations on your win! #5234731

Esther Smith December 20, 2007

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your WINNER Chris! #5234893

Nadya Johnson December 20, 2007

Absolutely stunning, Christopher! Congratulations on your outstanding winner! #5234917

Mitch Spence level-classic December 20, 2007

Congratulations, Chris. These shots never cease to amaze me. #5235295

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 20, 2007

Wow, was I ever stunned to find out about the Finalists & Winners this morning! Thank you all very, very much...!
I've had such a fun time on this now-traditional, annual visit for photos of the fall/winter light at the cathedral. But I've gotta start thinking of something different to shoot on next fall's visit! #5235805

Kathleen Rinker December 20, 2007

Congrats on your winner Chris, it is well deserved!!! #5235958

Claudia Kuhn level-classic December 20, 2007

Wonderful capture Chris, congratulations on your win! #5236510

December 20, 2007

Congratulations Chris! The shot was worth waiting for! #5236669

Corinne M. Thompson December 20, 2007

Congrats on your win for this magnificent capture! #5236921

Datha Y. Thompson December 20, 2007

Congratulations Chris!!! WOW I LOVE This!!! A FAV of mine!! I can only dream about capturing something like this!!! Gorgeous and so well deserved WTG :0) #5236992

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe December 20, 2007

A very inviting work here Chris. Congratulations! #5237015

Robert Baer December 21, 2007

congratulations for your wonderful win!really special image! #5238790

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 21, 2007

Thank you all very much; I appreciate your comments! Datha, plan a trip to DC in the winter, and we'll try and get you in for a shot like this; it is easier than it looks! #5238946

Don Johnson level-deluxe December 21, 2007

Beautiful...simply beautiful. Even better than your other 2nd place photo of the same subject. A well deserved win! #5239847

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 21, 2007

Thanks, Don; I agree, it is the better of the two. #5240367

Renee Doyle level-classic December 21, 2007

This is so incredibly beautiful Chris!!! Congratulations on a wonderful win - I really like the horizontal compositiion!!! #5240483

Amber Kennedy December 21, 2007

Chris! So not a surprise to see your work around till the end...your talent is stunning. Congrats! #5240593

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 22, 2007

Amber & Renee; thank you both very much! #5242585

Steven W. Lepak December 22, 2007

Bravo AND CONGRATS Chris! WONDERFUL. Keep up the great work. Best Regards, Steven #5242792

Lynn Haack December 22, 2007

A glorious WINNER...congrats, Christopher! lynn #5243763

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 22, 2007

Thank you, Steven & Lynn; I really appreciate your comments! #5244540

Michael S. Swaffar December 22, 2007

Huge Congratulations, Chris! Another incredible winner. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! #5244785

Carol Teal December 22, 2007

Congrats on your win Christopher! I knew we would see this one again! It's a beauty! #5245091

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 23, 2007

Thanks, Michael & Carol... Happy holidays to you both! #5245834

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum December 24, 2007


This is absolutely beautiful! The colors are wonderful! Congratulations on a well deserved win! Please send me an email, I have something to discuss with you.

Pat #5248480

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 24, 2007

Thanks so much, Pat; great to hear from you! #5248888

December 30, 2007

gorgeous winner! #5269175

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 30, 2007

Thank you very much, Deborah! #5270456

Donna La Mattino Pagakis January 02, 2008

Congratulations on your SnapShot feature Chris!! This really is a beauty!! #5280438

Cesar J. La Rosa January 02, 2008

WOW!!! I'm so happy to see this BEAUTIFUL photograph featured on the SnapShot Newsletter, Chris! Congratulations on this very well-deserved recognition!!!
Happy New Year!!!
Cesar #5280526

Nikki McDonald level-classic January 02, 2008

Congratulations for having the featured gallery in the SnapShot newsletter, Chris. This is, of course, a stunning example of your photography, but I think the honor goes to the entire body of your work, and well it should. Great job! #5280572

Michelle R. Kovach January 02, 2008

Congrats on your snapshot newsletter feature Chris! #5281273

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 02, 2008

Thank you very much, Donna, Cesar, Nikki & Michelle! I've never been featured in the Snapshot, so this was a huge thrill to find, this morning!! #5281501

Corinne M. Thompson January 02, 2008

Congrats on your feature Chris! #5281533

Michael S. Swaffar January 02, 2008

Huge Congrats on your feature, Chris.
Awesome way to start out the New Year! #5282284

Ronald F. Fischer January 02, 2008

Congratulations on your featured gallery, Chris! #5282351

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 02, 2008

Thanks, folks, for stopping by! I'm still grinning ;) #5283107

Shawn Jennings January 02, 2008

Congratulations on the cover image for Snapshot, Chris! DC is one of my favorite places to visit and photograph and you have some fantastic images from there. Congratulations again! #5283195

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe January 02, 2008

Congrats, Chris for being the featured photo and gallery on Snapshot. I just love this image!!! #5283333

Chris Budny level-deluxe January 03, 2008

Thanks, Shawn & Sherry! #5285922

Kcalpesh B. Ajugia February 05, 2008

Beautiful!! Fantastic Image!! Congratulations~~ #5445769

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 05, 2008

Thanks so much, Kcalpesh! #5448212

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic July 11, 2010

Love this image Chris, and the explanation of how you did it!, Thanks #8748904

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 12, 2010

Thank you, Amanda! #8749705

Merna L. Nobile January 17, 2011


Alex T. Mizuno October 29, 2011

Your persistence paid off Chris. This is such a beautiful image. You picked the perfect time for those colorful reflections. Congratulations on your win!! #9769846

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 29, 2011

Thanks Alex, and belatedly, Merna! #9770062

Rudi Reiner level-classic December 08, 2011

Wow, fantastic colors! #9854137

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 09, 2011

Thank you, Rudi! #9855164

Carolyn McIntosh December 09, 2011

Your photos inspire me . . .. this one is just out of this world. Washington DC is one of the places I just HAVE to go back to, and for me it is a very long trek. #9855625

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 09, 2011

Thank you very much, Carolyn! I'm flattered---and I agree, it is an amazing city to photograph and visit! #9855684

Merna L. Nobile December 09, 2011

You’re the kind of person who makes the world a better, brighter place…You worked hard for this, you made it happen, and you have a right to be proud. So enjoy these satisfying moments; you deserve every one! Merna

Khalid Al-Issa December 29, 2011

wonderful capture ! congrats Christopher. #9891211

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 29, 2011

Thank you both! #9891264

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe July 09, 2016

Always have loved this one snd mow it has geratrd another award ! #11493988

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 10, 2016

Thanks, Errick! I was surprised to see this make the cut; I had so much yet to learn at the time I shot this, about exposure and post-production, etc. Still, I'm thrilled to have two cathedral images appear in the BP 20th Anniversary winners! #11494146

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic July 26, 2016

One of my faves Chris, and congratulations on your all time winner! #11499158

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 27, 2016

Thank you, Amanda! #11499213

Don Johnson level-deluxe October 06, 2016

Way to go Chris on this stunning image!!! #11524409

Sara B Coffey level-classic October 06, 2016

Beautiful light captured in colors! I also appreciate your posting the history of this shot and how you grew as a photographer each time you shot this subject. #11524416

Michele Peterson level-classic October 06, 2016

Fabulous! Congratulations on the potd today! #11524421

Nancy L. Green level-classic October 06, 2016

STUNNING capture Chris, the colors and lighting are amazing!!! <>< #11524428

Cary Rogers October 06, 2016

A MARVELOUS capture! Congratz on the All-TIMER award and the POTD! #11524462

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 06, 2016

Thank you all very much! What a surprise seeing "one from the vaults" after all this time! #11524523

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 06, 2016

Stunning. Congratulations again, Chris. #11524538

Leslie McLain level-deluxe October 06, 2016

Congrats on a stunning POTD, Chris. #11524539

Joy Bello October 06, 2016

Stunning!!! #11524593

Lydia Williams level-deluxe October 07, 2016

Wow, Christopher this is gorgeous...thank you fo sharing your information. Congratulations! #11524720

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 07, 2016

Thank you, folks!
For those who have commented on the "year-by-year" evolution of this shot, a version made several years later became perhaps my own favorite from all the years I revisited this location: #11524739

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