U.S. CAPITOL DOME
The United States Capitol Building was originally commissioned in 1792 by the first President of the Nation, George Washington. A contest to select a design was organized by the Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. (Jefferson himself would later serve two terms as President.) Initially, a much lower dome was built that pleased very few people. Finally, in the 1850s a new architect was hired, who journeyed to Europe to visit some of the great domes, including those of St. Pauls Cathedral in London and St. Isaacs Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Knowing both domes fairly well, I am convinced that it was St. Pauls Dome that provided the inspiration for the Capitol Dome. It is made of cast iron and stands 88 m (288 feet) including the Freedom Statue, crowning the lantern that serves as a capstone for the dome. The Rotunda below the dome is frequently used for National Leaders to ''Lie in State." In the 20th century, this honor was extended to President McKinley (1901), President Harding (1923), President Taft (1930), General John Pershing (1948), President Kennedy (1963), General Douglas MacArthur (1964), President Ronald Reagan (2004).
A TARGET FOR 9-11
Many will remember the senseless events of September 11, 2001, when a pair of commercial airplanes were flown at full throttle into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and a third plane was flown into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane that was hijacked by a team of terrorists was initially allowed to fly west to Pennsylvania, then it was turned around to fly toward Washington. The target of the terrorists, it is believed, was the majestic Capitol Dome. A heroic group of passengers, who received calls on their mobile phones about the other three planes, realized that their own plane was intended to be used as a missile also to bring down a building. They overcame the terrorists who had manned the cockpit and flew the plane into the ground. Everyone onboard was killed. The tragic events of that day represent a total death count of around 3000, but, in leading to the Afghan and Iraqi Wars, the total number of casualties is a hundred-fold.
I had to reach deep into my archives to retrieve and scan the slide of United States Capitol Dome, originally shot as a slide in January 1977. It was a cold and crisp day just as it is now in January 2011. I was using a very good camera at the time, a Nikon F, and Kodachrome 25 (ISO 25) slide film, to my mind, the sharpest slide film.
Finally, an excellent image of the dome was posted two weeks ago by the talented photographer Betty Jones (BWJ) as The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. In her photo, the great dome serves as the backdrop to a christmas tree.
More about the history of the dome is available at Wikipedia.
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
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lucasgalodoido (23509) 2011-01-13 17:59
impressive the size and beauty of this dome at nigh, the ilumination is perfect. Great job, my friend.
worldcitizen (8970) 2011-01-13 18:32
This is a very nice oldie. The quality is top-notch, and so is the composition. I like the way the Capitol Dome and the flag stand out against the black night sky. The framing is also very nice, and compliments the image very well. This is a simple, yet classic view.
PJE (20758) 2011-01-13 20:19
Bulent the dome appears to have a glow around it. Other than the red thin frame line you could call this a black and white. Thank you for sharing the historical information as well. Nice work.
snunney (103165) 2011-01-14 1:04
A great night time capture of this magnificent dome that stands out perfectly against the inky black sky. The architectural detail is very well rendered with excellent sharpness. A splendid and well presented image from your non-digital archives. Thanks also for the very informative note.
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2011-01-14 2:06
The world of slides was so different. :-)
I don't say that as a classic expression of nostalgia for a rapidly-vanishing past technology: I still can't obtain the same liveliness and crispy details in today's digital world.
Personally, in my scans from old slides, I find the loss of quality to be considerable. Here the halos around the Capitol are very nice, giving an almost spiritual feel. I could however suggest an increase of shades and maybe a litle contrast for the pale darkness.
Your note is -as usual- an excellent account of the US Capitol Dome. It is a great pleasure following your works, Dear Bulent Bey. :-)
Selam ve sevgilerimle,
jhm (156410) 2011-01-14 3:25
Perhaps one of the most known towers in the world, the United States Capitol Building with the specially dome.
I think everyone would give the perfect answer to a quiz question.
You took these tower on a very nice way, perfect isolation of the environment.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
papagolf21 (105164) 2011-01-14 4:21
bonjour, mon ami Bulent,
Ce dôme semble sortir de terre et éclairer le monde !
Une composition très originale et très réussie.
Ce halo qui se forme autour de cette architecture est du plus bel effet.
Meilleurs voeux 2011.
delpeoples (59184) 2011-01-14 6:27
HI dear Bulent
What a haunting, spectral image. The dome of the Capitol just looms out of the darkness. I love the deep navy blue tones and how they contrast against the silver of this magnificent building. And your Note is very sobering. How close it was that this beautiful building and the people inside were destroyed, but for the valiant acts of those heroes on board the plane. Thanks for sharing this with us. It is something that we must never forget.
Lisa (Ps: Yes, meeting Silvio and the Roman Contingent was alot of fun...a wonderful, generous and funny group of blokes)
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-01-14 10:14
Ola amigo ,
Esta tua foto tem quase a minha idade nasci em 72 :), lindos detalhes do Capitol iluminado , bom trabalho e scan , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Mari63 (4085) 2011-01-14 11:08
ottima notturna, che scopro è un'immagine digitalizzata con lo scanner. lavoro molto efficace, notevole il contrasto cromatico.
patdeph (35748) 2011-01-14 11:54
Woooow,the dome appears like a white ghost in the blue ,and the effect is splendid!
francio64 (39888) 2011-01-14 13:12
devo ammettere che per essere una foto del 1977 si mantiene ancora bella e giovane.
Ottimo quindi il processo della scansione.
Bella il POV dal basso che punta sulla cupola della White House facendola spiccare sullo sfondo scuro.
paololg (31448) 2011-01-14 14:54
Ciao dear friend,
today the domes are our preferred theme! :-)
Splendid photo, dear Bulent, I like above all as you have captured the blue of the night in contrast with the illuminated dome. Meaningful and pleasant the U.S.A. flag in the wind. This is an image that can give emotions. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week end!
emka (102452) 2011-01-14 19:37
Hi Bulent, As always comprehensive and very interesting note. I didn't know about this fourth plane or maybe I just forgot it. Brave people on board. You remember what was the day over thirty years ago, wow, what a memory. I like this night shot of the Dome very much. Impressive view of the white building on the dark bg.
Have a nice weekend
BWJ (3094) 2011-01-14 21:03
What a majestic sight. Taking the picture from this angle makes a very pleasing composition. I also like the vertical format. Your exposure settings were excellent showing with clarity the beautiful details of the dome and the soft glow appearing around it. It is an outstanding image from 1977. Thank you for your nice mention about my shot of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
Graal (103036) 2011-01-14 23:46
nice presentation of famous building in Washington. Good shot by night. Amazing contrast. An interesting note. I like it.
Have a nice day.
MLINES (12516) 2011-01-15 20:01
Hi Bulent, A dramatic angle which has the benefit of emphasising the white dome against the darkness all around. The strong diagonal feature and the flag at one end makes this composition striking. TFS. Murray.
Cricri (122409) 2011-01-16 3:21
Très jolie cette image ou le Dôme ressort merveilleusement entre le bas et le haut sombre, excellent détails et réalisation
agulberk (3794) 2011-01-16 3:35
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Koyu karanlıkta, güzel ışıklandırılmış kubbe ve bayrak harika bir negatif silüet!! oluşturmuş.
Güzel bir kompozisyon ve sunum
siamesa (28123) 2011-01-16 4:11
Bom dia Bulent
Simply magnificent picture. The Capitol Building as I never had seen before in photos. Congratulations and TFS.
Abraços from Brazil
bostankorkulugu (42466) 2011-01-16 5:36
amerikan uygarlığı karanlıklar içinde kalmış! >:P...
selamlar bülent bey... kuzeyden öpücükler :D...
cagla (4338) 2011-01-16 6:48
Merhaba Bulent Bey, nefis bir gece görüntüsü olmuş. Pozlama da, bakış acısı da harika. Bu sehirde oğlum yaşıyor ve bu civarda da çalışıyor, o nedenle gece aydinlatilinca ne kadar güzel göründüğünü biliyorum. Siz de bu güzelliği cok güzel yansitmissiniz, elinize saglık. Saygılar.
asajernigan (21427) 2011-01-16 7:49
This is a great night shot of the U.S. Capital. The addition of the lighted flag is a definite plus for the shot. The angle of the shot is nice giving the photo a nice sense of direction. Your light management is outstanding here!
TRB (14116) 2011-01-16 12:30
Bakış açısı ve pozlaması ile karanlığın içinde beyaz
görüntüsü ile mükemmel, etkili bir sunum.
Tebrikler, selam ve saygılar
bukitgolfb301 (43548) 2011-01-16 13:01
Hi my dear Bulent
Very wonderful masterpiece shot again.
Perfect usage of light and shadow.
You use kodacrome25, I see------.
Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good Sunday and best regards,
danyy (0) 2011-01-16 23:50
photo audacieuse avec des artefacts dus aux grandes variations de niveaux de lumières. Un traitement qui donne une impression divine à ce bâtiment où des choses importantes se décident.
My best regards.
Nicou (146660) 2011-01-17 1:02
fantastique compo, comme cette coupole ressort parfaitement du ce ciel, superbe le détachement ce tons doux, grandisoe compo.
Bravo et maitié
anokutan (15097) 2011-01-17 12:12
Bülent bey merhaba,
Bakış açısı ve pozlama süper.Sonuç da enfes tabi.Saygılarımla.
Fis2 (102198) 2011-01-17 12:52
Fantastic light and colors.
Very impressive picture!
Very well done.
baddori (20157) 2011-01-17 12:57
Capitol A "star" next to the stars and stripes ....
A cloth and a grebiule ...
Photos highly symbolic and esoteric.
Royaldevon (40978) 2011-01-18 0:51
I fine transference of the slide to this format.
Whatever the medium, the quality of the composition is undeniable. It is like a wonderful minimalistic painting, where the important lines are applied with skill and the brain supplies all the inferred details.
There could not be a stronger contrast than b&w.
I really enjoyed just looking and reflecting on this shot.
My warm regards,
kordinator (21293) 2011-01-18 1:07
Ecxellent composition of beauty dome at night.
Wonderful contrast and clarity.
Nice history of Capitol building.
jaywalker (16105) 2011-01-18 14:14
Hi Bulent, Great contrasting light, this is a well composed photo of the capital building & slightly unique, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
resat1972 (7576) 2011-01-18 22:03
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Harika bir görüntü elde etmişsiniz.
Işğın vurduğu alanların görüntüde kalması hoş bir ambians oluşturmuş
hay_kes (31437) 2011-01-19 0:40
Muhteşem bir çekim ve sunum.Kapitole mücevher ışıltısı kazandırmışsınız.
humayun (3031) 2011-01-19 9:46
pov is nice also............
JCG (35129) 2011-01-19 11:17
The source of light around this famous architecture, eminent place of the American policy, is very interesting and creates a particular atmosphere to the image. A good photograph, NIKON of course !!! And, like each time, thank you for your note and interesting informative references.
With all my friendships and with soon,
Urs (14082) 2011-01-19 20:54
The Capitol dome is a very impressive building and you captured with a splendid night shot. The contrasts of black and white resp beige are well defined. Good photo job and well written note.
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serp2000 (45020) 2011-01-20 20:39
Hello, dear Bulent,
This is one of US symbols. 1977? I remember these times of a Carter-Breznev dialogue. An interesting archive shot, you have got good photo heritage.
This one looks like b&w photo, but the flag has colours. My congratulations, Bulent.
Greetings from Russia,
photoray (13981) 2011-01-22 6:09
Your Capitol image caught my attention for its contrast, radiant Romanesque style surrounded in total darkness - a different vision from daylight images.
I also am currently reading Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol" with the Capitol at the center of his mystery.
Well done, have an excellent weekend,
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-01-22 8:09
The architecture of this famous dome is beautiful and it's known and appreciated throughout the world. This your image, which shows it on a black background is very attractive and very effective, the picture quality is excellent.
Congratulations and TFS.
Vasa (515) 2011-01-23 5:23
The concentration on the subject is total. Your way to present Capitol is the best and your cooperation with Nikon is maximum. Proud of your work dear Bulent and count on your friendship.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2011-01-23 15:36
A crisp, attractive image of the Capitol, a most famous and elegant building. When I was at primary school I recall a teacher pointing this building out to me in a book and said 'that's the White House in Washington D.C.'. So for years I believed this title until I read more about America later in school and realised the building's true name and use, distinct from the actual White House. It's strange how one can just accept things stated by a teacher/newsreader/expert as being a fact, only to search a bit deeper and discover the information provided is faulty.
Your note regarding 9/11 brings back the memory of that day, nearly a decade ago. We are all very glad that all did not go to plan for the hijackers and the graceful Capitol Dome remains and endures as a symbol of US democracy. Like others in the past, people gave their lives to defend it. All the best Bulent,
jemaflor (100029) 2011-01-26 12:00
Interesting contrast with a good exposure for the white dome, well managed and good angle.
pablominto (53746) 2011-01-27 22:12
You found the perfect point of view, resulting in this strong diagonal in the composition!
Otherwise I notice the elegant simplicity, quite artistic actually...
The duo-tone works well, and the slight halo enhanced the dome..!
Angshu (56760) 2011-01-28 3:53
Hello Professor 'A'
The dome looks good against the dark sky! The diagonal looks good & provides depth. Good effect of scan for this 33 year old slide. Thanks for the link to Betty'spicture as well!
Silvio1953 (148333) 2011-01-28 11:06
Ciao Bulent, great POV on fantastic dome, beautiful nocturne shoot, wonderful light and splendid exposure, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Didi (60590) 2011-01-28 11:25
Hi my friend
Nice picture with a misty ambiance.
Good management of lights.
Best and warm regards
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-31 9:02
C'est une très belle photo tirée de tes archives. J'aime le noir profond de la nuit d'où surgit ce dôme aussi connu que la tour Eiffel.
csabagaba (6636) 2011-02-01 4:58
Excellent composition, the diagonal szekesztés, and shifted the dome, a good solution. Counterpoint, there is the American flag on the left. Good for the game of light and shadow. This image is so "round" :-)
siudzi (34141) 2011-02-05 2:42
Very interesting presentation of this well-known building of Washington. Great night shot with good concept, point of view and composition. Well done.
All the best, Malgorzata
AKITA (15125) 2011-02-09 19:59
a beautiful night picture of U.S. Capitol Dome,
its shining white figure looks illusionary in the dark sky,
curved lines and arches are almost mysterious to my eyes,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Juzo (4217) 2011-02-17 7:02
Quite a different view of this famous edifice, I do like the hard contrasts, it really brings the structure forth.
Hansaphotos (8299) 2011-02-19 13:27
This is an excellent capture of the famous building. Very good quality for an old scanned image to be, and also high quality photo. You have managed the light very well, and except from the dome the building element with the flag appears very clear in the frame. Excellent work! TFS. Have a nice weekend.
Best regards, Erling
paura (47186) 2011-03-02 3:29
Fine composition on the historical building. Lighting management and framing are very nice. Excellent job, friend!
meltemakcan (48) 2011-03-15 14:08
The foto so fantastic and dreamful, nice contras and composition... good jop, thank you for sharing...
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-03-28 22:33
I have seen many many photos of this building. But non of them comes even close to the image that you have created. It is simply superb composition. The dome is placed in just at the right position, not too high, not to low. And the dome grows, creating a fantastic feeling. I love the image very much.
sayantan20023 (199) 2011-04-01 9:09
I like this photograph mainly for its simplistic composition and brilliant exposure.
Minimalism is a great art form, this photograph is one example of it.
cananyasar (351) 2011-05-09 11:35
cmarino (2490) 2011-06-19 5:56
Wow... this one is great. The contrast and the imposing building make it a masterpiece of a photo !
Cheers from Rio !
ikeharel (74663) 2015-10-03 7:30
A very well scanned old photo, a night scene of the famous dome, Bulent, superbly in contrast and lit.
Not easy to do, and after so many years the pic. was under good preservation.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39489)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1977-01-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon F, Nikkor 70-210 f4.5-5.6, Kodachrome 25
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-13 16:36
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