Back to Salt Lake, and a return to the Utah state capitol building. From one of my previous pictures looking straight up to the dome, you can see here where I was standing to achieve that viewpoint…right in the middle of this circular pattern on the floor.
I’ve done the best possible with my limited post processing skills to even out the exposure, as this was without question one of the more challenging lighting conditions I’ve encountered. As you can see past the arch, the skylight ceiling allows for natural sunlight to shine through…which is great of course, but it sure presents a problem trying to include everything else in the foreground areas without it being overly dark.
More appreciation gained for those that can manage these types of interior conditions!
The Capitol is divided into two wings, each lined by marble Ionic columns weighing 25,000 lbs. (11,340 kilos), with the Supreme Court on the east end and the House of Representatives on the West. In the center is the 165-foot (50 meters) tall rotunda. At the end of each wing is a marble staircase, and a mural. The mural seen here at East end, above the entrance to the Supreme Court, is known as the Madonna of the Wagon. The murals were meant as a tribute to the early pioneers, and were the first commissioned works of art in the capitol. The floors are made of marble from Georgia.
I probably took more pictures here than anywhere else during my trip back home, and at the risk of over doing it…I’ll have many more to post. :)
Thanks for stopping by.
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ikeharel (58159) 2013-10-19 0:27
Good morning Jason,
The outside light reflected strongly on the marble flooor inside the beautiful dome. Wall painting provide addittional grandeur and artistic texture to the fine architecture's of the edifice.
DOF is superbly collected on image.
Have a nice weekend,
pyffepa (625) 2013-10-19 0:50
A very effective effect rendered by the geometrical forms.
Good composition, nice lights maybe a lack of sharpness?
Have a nice weekend,
jhm (140026) 2013-10-19 1:21
You chose a perfect angle, this gives nice depth and perspective.
We follow the nice floor, to the stairway with the nice ceiling and painting in background.
Wonderful composition, high sharpness and quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (49280) 2013-10-19 3:31
a real sense of wide open space in this amazing POV. The light must have been challenging here but this works beautifully. Enticing lines and sublime symmetry adding to the effect superbly. A palatial interior and cathedral type atmosphere, I love the lines and curves of the ceiling. Exquisite imagery! Well done.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (61092) 2013-10-19 5:25
J'apprécie énormément le point de vue choisi pour cette composition. Le tout est d'une superbe symétrie et la gestion de la lumière fait bien ressortir tous les détails architecturaux.
Noel_Byrne (24850) 2013-10-19 5:53
I know its not really a word, but what the heck.....woooooooooooo!! This is very cool, the detail across the whole scene is a joy to behold, and by allowing so much of the frame to be that wonderful circular floor, you have created a really astounding sense of depth. The light is managed perfectly (I know what you mean about this being difficult, its why I am not very good at interiors!) but this is just superb. The gigantic marble staircase reminds me of the type that I could some ancient Emperor like Caligula walking down, donned in toga and ready to be fed grapes by a slave. That depth leading to the stairs is really brilliant.
And then, to match the glorious glowing white stonework, to have that beautiful colored artwork in the centre at each side of the arch! Class.
And thanks for a good lesson in composition, I would have probably cropped this closer to the top of the arch, but I can see in this capture that would have been the wrong thing to entirely, as in this the slight upside down semi circular design compliments the circular floor really well, balancing everything in such a cool way. I love this shot and building, I want to see this someday!
npecanhuk (66302) 2013-10-19 6:52
Very interesting and beautiful interior details!
An attractive picture too!
I miss a bit more of sharpness, but I do enjoy the vertical format, chosen pov, symmetrical composition, management of light and soft colors!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
marabu61 (8583) 2013-10-19 8:33
Just keep them coming, they are all great so far.
You have managed the difficult light conditions perfectly here. Everything is well exposed without the highlights being burnt out, so congratulations on your PP skills. Composition wise this is very pleasing and has a real 3 dimensional effect in it. The straight center line leads the eye wonderfully in to the scene that opens up beautifully at the top of the staircase. Truly a great photograph indeed.
have a great weekend
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-10-19 9:29
wow, what a nice composition it is! Like the way you framed it with perfect symmetry. Great depth and sharpness. Smart deal with the tough light. Excellent details of the shadowed portions. Superb shot. Tfs.
cornejo (32148) 2013-10-19 11:07
Hi Jason, very good picture of this interesting composition with excellent depth of this interesting interior, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
fotoguy22 (4794) 2013-10-19 11:17
Nice wide shot showing both the floor and the ceiling. Just wondering if you had to wait for people to get out of the way or if you had the place to yourself? Pattern on the floor greatly compliments the other curved elements in the photo.
Greetings from Florida................Greg
serp2000 (40350) 2013-10-19 11:31
Good October morning, Jason,
Another interesting photo from Utah, when I see the pictures on the dome, I remember the old Soviet frescos about the local heroes. Good graphic, fine details.
Have a nice weekend!
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-10-19 13:10
you know in the USA how to build State Capitols(one more beautiful than the other).For me it looks more like a Palace.Beautiful and really magnificent interior.
But it all would be nothing without your excellent presentation!Perfect symmetry and well considered vertical frame together with the way you processed the image create really eye-catching result(is it HDR?looks like it is,but if not I´m even more impressed by your skills in PP).
Wish You a nice sunday
siudzi (33953) 2013-10-19 13:35
Great indoor shot executed with strong graphical layout. Like the way you used the opportunity to build this symmetrical composition to achieve such a classy and elegant presentation. Very good one! TFS.
Have a nice weekend!
lousat (77802) 2013-10-19 15:19
Hi Jason,really perfect,what a place and what a opportunity to take this original and beautiful 3D symmetry,for me the pic of the day on TE,no doubt!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (85396) 2013-10-20 11:40
Nice interior capture of this beautiful rotunda in Salt Lake City.
Good pov and good layout. Perfect TE entry enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
worldcitizen (7057) 2013-10-20 12:10
Great photo! I really like the POV, with such great symmetry and exposure. This type of lighting situation is definitely a challenge - especially for me! - but you handled it perfectly. There are so many circles and lines, creating beautiful patterns. The marble is really nice, too. This looks like a really beautiful interior, and I like your title, too! :-)
BTW, it was nice to see another photo from your meeting with Serghei in his WS.
BTW again, the baseball playoffs were exciting! Let's see how the World Series goes. Even though there are no NY teams, I'll still be watching. :-)
macjake (57074) 2013-10-21 16:47
excellent photo for a learning session of how to photograph geometry.
can you imagine trying to count all the shapes and forms in this one?!
the long line in the lower fg is a smart way to start it, and I absolutely love the staircase way off into the distance - it looks exactly like the staircase in my home
yeah right!!!! lol
and the curved bank of lights in the bg are excellent too. there are so many awesome parts I can't even name them all.
this photo is much more difficult to execute than it looks, and i hope people appreciate and acknowledge that.
again....all thats missing is a hot lady in a stunning red dress walking down that elegant staircase....you couldn't provide that extra little detail for us? lol
see you around
rogerl (1544) 2013-10-22 14:26
Jason, I love this POV, even with the difficult light the depth of the hallway is apparent. You carefully centered yourself exactly so as to get great symmetry in the shot. Although the light in the hallway is a little bright, the exposure on the murals and in the main room seems just about perfect. Thanks.
Didi (57256) 2013-10-22 15:20
Interesting deep composition with a good perspective
Good idea to had a low position
nikkitta (14858) 2013-10-23 14:25
Not Paris but a wowwwwwww photo, great work with symmetry and perspective taken from a low point of view going straight till the very back
The details are just superb from the column and the staircase to the paintings at the ceiling, also good vertical format and well managed light ( quite difficult it seems to me), managing not under or sub exposed
One of your best captures, hope you post some others
Greetings from Argentina
EstudioChispa (1988) 2013-10-24 15:03
What an incredible view, and I'd say your post-processing on this is flawless. To really, really LOOK FOR a nit to pick, I'd have to go all the way back to the bannisters on the staircase, which seem blown out. But everything else appears very evenly-lit, including the predictably troublesome spots like the shadows around the inset statues. It is obvious that you have tackled a big challenge -- I would guess the difference between the skylight and the frescoes would be 3-to-5 stops, and when you remember that means two to the power of three-to-fve, that's a HUGE spread! Are you sure you aren't using some HDR trickery?!?! ;-)
And your title cracked me up, even before I clicked on the full frame!
As always, I appreciate your insightful comments and always look forward to reading your remarks.
carlo62 (33779) 2013-10-24 23:28
una profondità incredibile, bellissima esposizione, ogni dettaglio è leggibile in questa composizione millimetrica.
Gran bello scatto, complimenti.
adores (37541) 2013-10-26 15:35
This building is really beautiful inside! I remember the other shot and this one is also very good. I like this pov and the graphism. It's a well thought composition with a well chosen format!
mjw364 (7512) 2013-10-28 2:47
Liking the depth of perspective here. Clear image from front to back and great symmetry too. Great use of the patterned floor to lead us in and carefully composed overall. I think you have handled the exposure very well given the potential for it being far worse in this kind of situation.
Keep em coming!
kiks (11749) 2013-11-16 9:39
Hi Jason, how are you? I hope things are better now.
This is a fantasti composition making good use af the lines of this beautiful architecture. The low POV gives an very intersting perspective,
Waylim (25360) 2014-01-28 12:13
this is a really good POV that show the perspective of the room very well. Graphically and compositionally in a good symetry. and the vertical format creat great sense of depth and quality of the photo is top notch. The image lead the view in with the line and loop aroudn the circle and up the stairs and the those repeating arches bring us back to the center and top of the image to the mural art work on the wall.
ourania (32049) 2014-02-03 13:15
this interior view is absolutely fascinating, your careful, symmetrical framing and the intricate play of perspectives make your approach creative and artistic. Depth and clarity are most effective, essential for the successful realization of your concept. The light is diffused superbly, highlighting each part of the view in a different way. I like very much the network of perspectives that makes each architectural or decorative element stand out for its own style and at the same time holds the whole together superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
yquem46 (38742) 2014-02-03 13:22
I missed this one with which i came across by accident in the critiques page
This is an excellent architecture shot where exposure has been well dealt with
Not an easy game here
I like the compo with the long perspective, well framed by the circular patterns at fg, the 2 black statues on the sides and the colorful painting above
very well done, bravo
ACL1978 (7483) 2014-02-21 8:08
Missed this one, Jason - awesome work on this really cool state capitol shot. This is still one of my must sees!
mcmtanyel (14117) 2014-05-07 21:06
How cool! Excellent symmetry, pleasant shapes. I added this to my favorites.
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (13688)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/3 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): US State Houses - West [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-18 23:56
- Favorites: 1 [view]