2 Seconds in February

Uploaded: February 25, 2008 06:26:14


EF100mm, f/8, 2.5 seconds, -2/3ev, ISO100, RAW, tripod, light tent.
Back in '05 in my first month of photography (using a Sony P&S camera) I made a macro image of this watch.
I was looking for something around the house to shoot last night, since winter doesn't inspire me to go out,
when I realized I'd never tried shooting my watch again, with my SLR & dedicated macro lens. So here's the reshoot.
I liked the longer exposure capturing 3 positions of the second hand, located below the moon-phase window.
2/08 Second Place, D&M
4/12/08 BP Picture of the Day


Erin Appelbaum February 25, 2008

Awesome macro Christopher. Cool subject. Peter #862830

Kathy L. Clark February 25, 2008

Fabulous clarity and composition Christopher. #5548700

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 25, 2008

Danielle Fuller
2/25/2008 6:41:06 AM

Winter is slow for ALL OF US Chris! I can't wait till the spring...ahh just to have something inspiring to shot! Great job on this BTW! Love the colors and detail. Great presentation as well....I venture to say we will see this again! #5548749

Bob Cournoyer level-classic February 25, 2008

Super sharp, great presentation!
Took me more than 3 seconds to find the second hand, though... :-)

Bob #5549949

Tiia Vissak February 25, 2008

great colors & clarity! #5550056

Les Rhoades level-classic February 25, 2008

super image Shris! I wish you entered it on the 24th. Look at teh secodn hand. #5550093

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 25, 2008

Great macro image and details here, Christopher.

Dominick #5550894

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 26, 2008

Thank you, folks! #5554617

Dr Silly level-classic March 01, 2008

Love the colors in this. :O)

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 01, 2008

Thanks, Doc! This was the first "grown up" watch I bought myself, when I landed my first full-time job... :) Always been a favorite of mine! #5580004

John Caruso March 06, 2008

The clarity and detail just jump off the monitor and slap you in the face! Great work as always Chris! I'm glad you were bored, LOL #5601758

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 07, 2008

;) Thanks, John! Here's hoping I get a chance to 'get bored' in NYC and go out for some photos soon! #5606253

Gail Vitikacs level-classic March 07, 2008

The details and comp are unreal Chris!!! Way to go on this beauty! #5607344

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 07, 2008

Thanks, Gail, I appreciate it! #5607890

Nikki McDonald level-classic March 22, 2008

Hey, Chris, I think you racked them up this month! Congratulations on this beautifully detailed capture--just a wonderful finalist. Best of luck in the next round. #5677136

Colleen Farrell March 22, 2008

Cool watch and macro, Chris! Big congratulations on all your finalists! #5677296

Dr Silly level-classic March 22, 2008

Congrats Chris on this wonderful finalist. :O)

Mitch Spence level-classic March 22, 2008

Congratulations to you, Chris. #5677940

Sylvia Rossler March 22, 2008

Another big congrats on this terrific finalist Chris :o) #5678561

Tamera S. Phillips March 22, 2008

Wow! Awesome finalist Chris. I love the details and design. #5679042

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 22, 2008

Congratulations on your finalist!!! Excellent details and beautiful composition! Well done Chris!! #5679547

Colette M. Metcalf March 22, 2008


Ken Smith level-classic March 22, 2008

You had a super month, Chris. Congrats!! #5680589

Jessica Jenney March 23, 2008

Congratulations again, Chris! #5682833

Cheryl E. Molennor March 23, 2008

Congratulations! #5682886

Jessica Jenney March 23, 2008

Congratulations, Chris! The long exposure is cool! #5683919

Tiia Vissak March 23, 2008

congratulations! #5684460

Katarina Mansson March 24, 2008

WOW - that detail is amazing! Excellent light, colors and comp complete the package. Congratulations and good luck next! #5686857

Gail Vitikacs level-classic March 24, 2008

Super job Chris! Congratulations...amazing month for you! #5687493

Susan Fox March 24, 2008

Congratulations Chris :-) #5688145

Susan M. Smith level-classic March 24, 2008

Very cool Chris, I enjoyed reading the background on this :) Congrats on your Finalist! #5688658

Shawn Jennings level-classic March 24, 2008

Great macro, Chris! Congratulations on your finalist! #5690850

Gail Vitikacs level-classic March 24, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS on your winner Chris!!!!! #5691237

Bob Cournoyer level-classic March 24, 2008

Congratulations, Chris!!! #5691297

Ken Smith level-classic March 24, 2008

Excellent work, Chris! COngrats!! #5691373

Susan M. Hembree level-classic March 24, 2008

Congratulations, Chris, on the second place win this month! Love this shot! #5691389

William C. Raco level-classic March 24, 2008

Congratulations, Chris!
Great win #5691400

Nikki McDonald level-classic March 24, 2008

So very pleased to see the winner's button on this one, Chris. Congratulations. #5691441

Jessica Jenney March 24, 2008

Congratulations, Chris on this amazing winning image! #5691546

Kara L. Hendricks March 24, 2008

Chris, the detail is out of this world!! Congrats on your BP winner my friend..:) #5691658

Colleen Farrell March 24, 2008

WTG, Chris!! Congratulations on your WIN!! #5691779

Renee Doyle level-classic March 24, 2008

Love this!!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner Chris!! #5691828

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 24, 2008

Wow! A treat to come home to, for sure! Nikki, Colleen, Doc, Mitch, Sylvia, Tamera, Donna, Colette, Ken, Jessica, Cheryl, Jessica, Tiia, Katarina, Gail, Susan, Susan, Shawn, Bob, William, Kara, Renee... (I hope I got everyone!) Thank you all very much, for your kind words! I brought this watch to NYC with me, and intend to wear it tomorrow!! :) #5691910

Susan Fox March 24, 2008

Congratulations on your WIN Chris!!!!!!!!

I am expecting some awesome New York city photos from you soon ;-) #5691939

Nadya Johnson March 24, 2008

Awesome, Christopher! Congratulations on your stunning winner! #5692122

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe March 24, 2008

Chris, congrats on this great win. It's a super macro! WTG!!! #5692195

Corinne M. Thompson March 24, 2008

Fabulous capture Chris, congrats on you win for it! #5692341

Cyn Valentine level-classic March 24, 2008

Awesome winner Chris..big congratulations!!! #5692346

Elida Gutierrez March 24, 2008


A Special Star
For all the Winners.

Sylvia Rossler March 24, 2008

A big congrats on your win Chris :O) #5693017

Tiia Vissak March 25, 2008

congratulations on your winner! #5693198

Ray Clarke March 25, 2008

Congratulations on this wonderful winner Christopher!!!(R&A) #5693552

Katarina Mansson March 25, 2008

I am happy to be back and say another BIG congratulations on this fantastic picture and win! #5693818

Wally Orlowsky March 25, 2008

Congratulations on this brilliant winner, Chris!!! #5694384

Cheryl E. Molennor March 25, 2008

Congratulations! #5694779

Ronald F. Fischer March 25, 2008

Congratulationson this awesome WINNER!!! #5695050

Robert Baer March 25, 2008

congrats on this great image! #5695156

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 25, 2008

Thank you all very much! I was showing off the watch at work today, in conjunction with the image, a big grin on my face! #5697596

Datha Y. Thompson March 25, 2008

Excellent Winner :0) #5698877

Dr Silly level-classic March 26, 2008

Congratulations On your GOLD, Chris. :O)

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 26, 2008

Thank you both, Doc & Datha! #5702761

Jane M March 27, 2008

Very creative Christopher. Nice win! #5704758

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict March 27, 2008

Congratulations Christopher on your win.

Dominick #5704893

Colette M. Metcalf March 27, 2008

Congratulations on your WIN!!!! #5706630

Susan M. Hembree level-classic March 27, 2008

I really liked this shot when I saw it last month, Chris. So glad to see gold under it...it matches the gold of the watch! :) Congratulations! #5708191

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 28, 2008

Thank you, Jane, Dominick, Colette & Sue! (I like the color coordination as well, Sue!) #5710462

Don Johnson level-deluxe March 28, 2008

Very, very sharp and clear with great color. Congratulations on a well deserved 2nd place win! #5711014

Chris Budny level-deluxe March 28, 2008

Gotta love that 100mm f/2.8 lens! :) Always gives great clarity & detail.
Thanks, Don! #5712393

Katarina Mansson April 12, 2008

I knew it - have always thought this picture is outstandning - BIG congrats on the POTD Chris! #5777697

Ed Taguba April 12, 2008

Congrats on POTD and the 2nd place award.

What an outstanding photo.

Ed #5777701

Toni Riggs April 12, 2008

Amazing detail and color, congrats! #5777703

Lynne Morris level-classic April 12, 2008

Awesome capture Christopher, huge congratulations on your POTD and 2nd place award. #5777705

Susie Peek-Swint April 12, 2008

Many congrats on POTD Chris ~ fantastic detail and image! #5777710

Les Rhoades level-classic April 12, 2008

wow! Chris...now 2 GOLD buttons! Congrats onthe POTD selection.
Les #5777734

Avril Young April 12, 2008

wow this is just so creative,...what an awesome watch to have!
stunning photo! congrats! #5777800

Dr Silly level-classic April 12, 2008

And the wins just keep on ticking with this watch. Congrats on the POTD. :O) #5777829

Michelle R. Kovach April 12, 2008

Congrats on your POTD Chris! #5777900

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe April 12, 2008

Congrats on your Outstanding POTD!! Jeff #5777907

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic April 12, 2008

Congratulations on this winning image, Christopher!
~♥~Lisa #5777923

Cathy Barrows April 12, 2008

Congrats on your POTD...very clean and crisp...doesn't even look like you shot thru glass #5777932

Renee Doyle level-classic April 12, 2008

Congratulations on this wonderful POTD Christopher!! #5777949

Shawn Jennings level-classic April 12, 2008

Congratulations on your fantastic POTD, Chris! #5777989

Nikki McDonald level-classic April 12, 2008

Great job on this shot, Chris. Congratulations on the POTD #5777999

John Caruso April 12, 2008

It's a swell day for this pic! Congrats Chris! #5778005

Susan M. Hembree level-classic April 12, 2008

Wonderful, Chris! Congratulations on the POTD! #5778028

Josselyne Klecanda April 12, 2008

I like it. congrats. #5778043

April 12, 2008

This is so crisp. I love the color and yes I see the little second hand...Cool! Congrats on your POTD! #5778105

Gail R. Schuett April 12, 2008

Well done! Terrific image!! #5778120

Cyn Valentine level-classic April 12, 2008

Congratulations Chris! Outstanding POTD! #5778126

Ronald F. Fischer April 12, 2008

Congratulations on this fantastic winner and POTD!! #5778177

Kara L. Hendricks April 12, 2008

Wow... They must REALLY love this image... I know I do!!

Congrats yet again Chris!! #5778184

Jessica Jenney April 12, 2008

Congrats, Chris on this terrific POTD! #5778261

Ken Smith level-classic April 12, 2008

Congrats, CHris...it's a timeless beauty! :-) #5778276

Michael D. Miller April 12, 2008

Great shot. I'm glad I decided to go into the picture link to see with what and how it was shot.

I didn't understand the '2 second' title and that was explained in the link. #5778378

Denise Denomy April 12, 2008


Susan Fox April 12, 2008

Congrats on your POTD Chris! #5778428

April 12, 2008

Congratulations! Awesome capture, beautiful composition! #5778456

Kathleen R. Struckle April 12, 2008

Awesome capture. Congrats on your win!! #5778752

Gail Vitikacs level-classic April 12, 2008

This ROCKS Chris...this was a double hitter for you! #5778764

Datha Y. Thompson April 12, 2008

WTG Chris!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :0) #5778777

Michael S. Swaffar April 12, 2008

Congratulations buddy!!!You Da Man! #5778803

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 12, 2008

Excellent details and exposure Christopher! Congratulations! #5778822

Rosanne Paris April 12, 2008

Chris - - Excellent - - your imagination is right up their with your photographic skills. My first thought was this was the face of a grandfather clock - - how great of you to see your watch and transform it as you did. Congrats on the awards; they are well deserverd.


Joy Rector April 12, 2008

congats on the POTD #5779203

Nancy Donnell April 12, 2008

What an intriguing photo! Congrats on your POTD!! #5779420

Corinne M. Thompson April 12, 2008

Congrats again Chris for the POTD! #5779526

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 12, 2008

Wow, folks... thank you all SO MUCH! I came home to quite a stack of emails waiting---this was a huge surprise! I appreciate the congrats, and the kind words on the image itself! #5779528

Cesar J. La Rosa April 12, 2008

WONDERFUL photograph, Chris!!! I'm so happy to see this beautiful WINNER as the POTD. Congratulations!!!
Cesar #5779976

Cheryl Meisel April 12, 2008

That is so POP OUT SHARP it's unbelievable! LOL. Great shot!
BIG CONGRATS on your MAJOR wins with this well deserved image!
Cherylm #5780449

Wally Orlowsky April 13, 2008

Congratulations on this crisp and creative POTD, Chris!!! #5780933

Sharon Day level-classic April 13, 2008

Fantastic shot, Chris!!! Big congratulations on POTD! #5781254

RC Fritz April 13, 2008

Congratulations. Great job! #5781271

Lindley Johnson level-classic April 13, 2008

Stunning detail and perfect lighting, Christopher; big congratulations on your 2nd place win and POTD! #5781351

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 13, 2008

Thanks so much, folks, for the encouragement and for taking a look! Cheryl, that Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens is brilliantly sharp! Easily my favorite lens so far! #5781869

Patricia (Pat) C. Exum April 14, 2008

Hi Chris,
Congrats on your win and the POD. Great shot. You are just so creative. Well deserved recognition!
Pat #5786160

Susan M. Smith level-classic April 14, 2008

Chris, how great to see this fantastic picture get recognition a second time (no pun intended!) Congratulations on the POTD! #5786691

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 15, 2008

Thank you both, Pat & Susan! #5790493

April 15, 2008

Congrats on POTD. Odd that the simplicity of a watch is able to catch the eye like that. Well done. #5793547

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 15, 2008

Thanks, Jace. This watch caught my eye nearly 15 years ago, when I wanted something special to mark my second full-time job! "Complicated" watches (having more than one sub-dial) have always fascinated me, and this one had such an elegant look, I couldn't resist it in the jeweller's shop. I'm thrilled that those good looks still pay off today ;) #5793704

Don Johnson level-deluxe April 16, 2008

Congratulatiions on another POTD photo. Another outstanding photo. I knew this was a "winner" the first time I saw it. So sharp and clear! #5795251

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 16, 2008

Thanks, Don! #5797263

Mick Burkey level-classic June 04, 2008

Don't know how I missed this, but this is stunning macro work, Chris. Way to go!! Amazing detail, clarity and love the rich colors. And belated congratulations on the POTD and 2nd Place win. Well-deserved! #6019308

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 06, 2008

Many thanks, Mick! #6026304

Merna L. Nobile January 17, 2011


Khalid Al-Issa December 29, 2011

Wonderful details ! #9891212

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 29, 2011

Thank you both, Merna & Khalid! #9891267

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