Conventional wisdom would probably suggest starting with a view of the exterior to better understand what I’m showing with this particular shot, but I thought I’d at least try and pique some curiosity at first glance. :) I’ve attached a WS for better idea of this perspective.
This is a view from the second floor rotunda of the Utah state capitol building, looking directly upwards from under the dome. As you may have surmised, the centerpiece seen in this image is actually a chandelier. It weighs approximately 6,200 lbs. / 2812 kilos.
The interior ceiling of the dome, at a height of 165ft. / 50m above the floor, includes a large painting by artist William Slater. The mural includes seagulls flying amongst clouds, and was chosen because the gull is Utah's official state bird and represents the Miracle of the Gull’s from Utah's history. Also within the dome is a cyclorama, with eight scenes from Utah's history, including the driving of the Golden Spike and the naming of Ensign Peak; the characters in the scenes of the cyclorama stand approximately 10ft. / 3m high.
I took many a picture of the capitol during my visit, and I’ll do my best to post each one showing something different that hopefully holds interest.
Thanks for taking a look!
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krzychu30 (15512) 2013-08-21 4:16
Superb symmetry,quality and presentation.And of course the rotunda itself with so beautiful paintings showing Utah´s history.I like also the light management,which makes the presentation so excellent.
It was definitely worth to wait so long for your new pictures from Utah!
Btw.the image in WS is also amazing!Actually you could post it as a main shot(just love the dramatic sky above the Capitol building).
Have a nice day
cornejo (43573) 2013-08-21 4:43
Hi Jason, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting geometric composition with nice ceiling, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good day and happy week.
All the best from southern Spain.
Sergiom (81881) 2013-08-21 5:04
J'aime beaucoup la très grande symétrie de cette composition. La technique est impeccable et l'ensemble très beau est d'une grande netteté.
mirosu (16273) 2013-08-21 5:14
I really enjoyed your nice comment to my wand painting photo. I was reading and enjoying it several times. Thank you very much, I appreciate it. I love symmetry in photos, even it is not always recommended. But symmetry in photo like this is a must. Excellent view up to the dome. You must have been laying on the floor to achieve this excellent perspective. I don't understand how you achieved this excellent clarity at 1/25sec. Really an outstanding photo work. Congratulations. Greetings, Miro.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-21 5:57
Beautiful and fine work here Jason. I appreciate you loading the WS shot too as it does give context (and is a super shot in its own right). Marvellous symmetry and precision framing along with very good exposure management and detailing make this a shot to admire. Very nice job. Warm regards rosemary
ikeharel (72971) 2013-08-21 6:16
A perfect view upwards to the dome from the inside. Colors,light and the clarity well managed. You placed the camera right at the circle center-point.
Fine shot while stretching neck upwards.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-21 6:37
a perfect shot of this glorious ceiling and dome. I love the symmetry and serious mix of amazing detailing and glorious curves. The light management is phenomenal and the clarity just stunning. Did you lay on your back to get this so perfectly? Fascinating and intensely beautiful image.
Regards - Brian.
The "Seagulls" are Brighton's Football (Soccer) Team, just 7 miles east up the coast from me. But being a Cockney Boy naturally my loyalties lie elsewhere.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-08-21 7:18
perfect symmetry... You done it really well. This type of upward vision may be to tough for me for my shoulder problem... Your composition is superb with the interior decoration of the dome. Those arches with some details of the roofs of the rooms aside is looking good and added nice graphism to it. Light is tough to manage but you handled it superb... Great catch. Tfs.
macjake (69223) 2013-08-21 11:26
looking at the WS photo, i think you made a mistake not posting that shot as a main post!! its a doozy! That WS photo could easily be your next post after this one!
now i'm really wondering what you're going to post next, no pressure! haha
as for your note, you mentioned the painting by a William Slater...this is so funny...as i'm reading it I thought it was going to read "a painting by William Shatner" from Star Trek! haha
awesome shot here, its hard to tell if what we are looking at is flat, concave or convex! which one is it, my eyes hurt too much :)
wonderful shot in compo and cut, well ballanced with excellent light/exposure.
see you around
frunchy (1800) 2013-08-21 12:08
nicely done Image, great symmetry! I checked all Corners and all edges of the Image, except for one small lamp or whatever black spot on the left, it is perfectly symmetric, and that is awesome!
danos (99309) 2013-08-22 1:00
fascinating the view as the presentation of the interior ceiling of the dome,with the light and colour management to brings out the details of the painting.I like the panoramic view as the clarity of the scene.
jhm (154602) 2013-08-22 4:32
A very good picture of this beautiful and interesting geometric composition with nice ceiling of high quality.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (31674) 2013-08-22 6:59
Now thats what I call symmetry! And what a hard word that is to spell too, autocorrect every time. This is a stunning view of the inside of the dome, and I can picture you lying on the floor to capture this so clearly. The level of detail in the artwork is a sight to behold. I love how you managed to fit everything inside the frame so well too, normally if I shoot a dome, I invariably cut the feet of some saint or other...
All the best
serp2000 (44612) 2013-08-22 7:45
Hi, Jason, good August morning!
I like this way to show a dome. I can image this situation and your actions on the ground of the church. Did you used the self-timer there? ;)
Fine details, good presentation of the art works. Thanks for the note.Well, I am going to your WS.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-08-22 21:43
Awesome colors in this ceiling of the dome.Perfection written all over the shot.Very well done.TFS.
ktanska (28034) 2013-08-23 12:09
Beautiful symmetry and I like pastel colours of those paintings. Careful framing and exact view directly up makes this success. I could guess the general idea of this image but I did not recognize the chandelier over there.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-08-26 20:26
And of course I had to comment on this one too. That you did this without a tripod at 1/25 is really amazing - the symmetry is perfect and there's wonderful clarity and sharpness to it. And great light management too - I know how hard these rotundas can be to get right, with well lit centers and darker areas to the sides. This one, with intricate paintings, must have been tough to get right, but you nailed it. Looking forward to seeing this one for myself sometime!
adores (45717) 2013-09-06 7:59
I like both photos and I think you should post the other one also as main post. This one is very good - the composition, colours, sharpness... You managed light very well and the details are beautiful. So many nice paintings there!
You have really beautiful capitol buildings there!
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (13930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): US State Houses - West [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 3:57