Critique Iowa State Capitol

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Recently I was able to visit the Iowa State Capitol. While I am no @gnagel , I do appreciate the opportunity to practice this type of photography! I had not done architecture for quite a while, and I felt like a fish out of water. Everything seemed a struggle, from setting up the tripod to trying to get everything square and properly framed. I failed....but did get a lot of practice! LOL!

The weather was heavy clouds and terrible skies for images. But I did try a couple of exterior shots.

The front entrance
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The rear
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The Dome #1 (LOVE the 15mm fisheye!)
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The Dome - #2
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The Dome - #3
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The Dome - #4
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The Painting
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The Tile Floor (was was desperate to shoot something other than the Dome!)
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Nice set! I don't know if the chambers and other rooms were closed due to COVID, but the Law Library is one of the most amazing interiors of any state capitol.

Glenn
Thanks, Glenn. Unfortunately ALL the rooms were closed, even the Law Library! About the only this I could shoot was the dome! (Well, the bathroom was open but didn't think of photographing there! LOL!) I really like your image of the painting from across the room where you included the handrails! And the close up of the dome still has me amazed!

I had planned to photograph the capitols of Colorado ( NOPE! wasn't going close to it with the riots and all going on in Denver !!), SD and Indiana. Those were all closed.
 

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Beautiful shots Karen.
Thank so much!
The entire set is really terrific! I especially like the balance between both the color temperature and brightness of the light coming through the windows in the interior shots. The composition of the stair landing is just wonderful.
You've still got the touch, Karen! Well done, and the last one of the stairs/floor is exceptional.
Appreciate it, Mike and Nick! The floor shot was taken out of desperation for find some else to photograph! LOL!
These are stunning!
Thanks, Walter! Appreciate the encouragement!
Gorgeous. You did the building justice.
I had no idea you were close nearby. Wish we could have met up!
Great photography!
Thanks, Terri!
Very nice Karen. Last time I saw that building it was January, looks much better in summer. thanks for sharing these.
The weather was so dreary, I'm actually surprised the exterior images turned out so well.
Those interiors are really well done. I like the dof in the tile floor a lot.
The capitol was empty so I could sit on the floor and take my time composing the shot!
Excellent, the stair floor shot is a nice change of pace!
Appreciate it, Wade! I really wish the chambers and other rooms had been open.
 

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awesome set
Thanks, Randy!
Nice set...interiors are really very well done!
Thanks! I'd love to go back when the chambers and Law Library are open!
Great set Karen. The tile floor shot is stunning.
Appreciate it, Binnur!
These are excellent! I really like the shots of the dome. Nicely done.
Thank you, Mitchell!
A beautiful building and I think you did very well in photographing it.
Thanks so much!
 

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