Tuesday, March 22, 2016


I think I have now photographed Wisconsin's State Capitol building five or six times.  It's a gorgeous venue, and I headed back there a few weeks ago.  But I think I am approaching the saturation point in terms of what I can achieve with my limited photographic vision.  Here is what I got this time.

First, approaching the building I got this shot of the exterior, capturing at the same time its reflection in one of the office buildings that surround Capitol Square.  Something of a novelty shot, I suppose.

The dome is the building's most significant architectural feature, and it's featured in a number of the shots that I took.  First is the obligatory wide-angled shot centered on the dome.

I also took a number of off-center dome shots, attempting to capture something different and at the same time to zoom in enough to emphasize some of the abundant detail.  The question is how much to include without making the shot overly complex.  For example, here is a relatively complex shot.

Maybe too complex.

Here's another that is much more limited, with the intention of drawing more attention to the details.

My favorite of these shots was the following that features the dome shot at an oblique angle.

The dome features four large mosaic murals.  I captured three of them.  (The fourth was experiencing a large amount of direct sunlight, so I skipped it.)

Here is a closeup of the central portion of this last mural.

The Capitol has a cruciform structure consisting of four wings leading away from the central dome and rotunda.  Here are a couple of shots of the corridors leading, respectively, toward and away from the central dome.

As an interlude of sorts, following are a couple of detail shots, one of a stairway leading to a lamp in an alcove, the other of a small ceiling above a side corridor.

The stairways on the upper floors of the corridors carry their own interest.  Here are a couple of the shots I took of one of those.

The corridors on the upper floors also feature ornate bronze guard rails.

In these cases I wanted to focus on the railings, so I opened up the lens aperture to f/4 to reduce depth of field.

My favorite shots of this series were a couple I took on the upper floor of one of the corridors looking through the stone clad arches toward the corresponding archwork on the other side.

Although the last shot has better symmetry, I liked the asymmetry of the first shot as well.


1 comment:

  1. Such beautiful buildings. Love the picture of the archway looking at the double staircase