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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. :)



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