Pennsylvania State Capitol

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gnagel Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
Pennsylvania State Capitol
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I recently visited the Pennsylvania State Capitol. It was one of the more impressive capitol buildings that I've seen. All images captured with the D800.

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House of Representatives Chamber

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State Supreme Court Dome

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Capitol hallway

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Rotunda ceiling

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Senate Chamber

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Rotunda dome

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State Supreme Court Chamber

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Green dome

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Capitol building

Thanks for looking...

Glenn

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Ernie Misner
Ernie Misner Senior Member • Posts: 2,500
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Those look perfect in every way.    You and the D800 are amazing!

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Pat Melone Senior Member • Posts: 1,781
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WOW fantastic shots well done.

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reginalddwight Senior Member • Posts: 2,003
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Wonderfully captured. Few State Capitols can rival the ornate architecture of the U.S. Capitol. The one in Harrisburg, PA has nothing to be ashamed of.

gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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Thanks Ernie, Pat and Reginald...

Glenn

hiro_pro
hiro_pro Regular Member • Posts: 281
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these are great shots.   how did you process them?  i dont see the distortion i would expect at those focal lengths?

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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hiro_pro wrote:

these are great shots. how did you process them? i dont see the distortion i would expect at those focal lengths?

Thanks!

To minimize distortion, I try to level the lens (using the Virtual Horizon feature built into the D800) at the point of capture.  If there a problem remains with the lines not being straight, I bring the image into Photoshop and use the Perspective Crop tool to straighten everything up.

I've been very pleased with the performance of the Nikon 14-24 lens with regard to distortion at its widest focal length.  It seems that I use the 14mm focal length quite often.

Glenn

Ernie Misner
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You sure do get an A+ for all that lovely sharpness and excellent compositions.    I don't see the shutter speeds for some reason.    You are on a tripod and they allow that okay?    No HDR here?
Thanks once again ~

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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Ernie Misner wrote:

You sure do get an A+ for all that lovely sharpness and excellent compositions. I don't see the shutter speeds for some reason. You are on a tripod and they allow that okay? No HDR here?
Thanks once again ~

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Thanks Ernie...

The reason that you don't see the shutter speeds is that all of these are five exposure HDR.  I've visited 11 capitols in the past year and all of them have allowed the use of a tripod (which is a welcome change from what I normally experience in pubic venues).

Glenn

john49brown Regular Member • Posts: 202
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You are right that is impressive ...and so are your photographs.

JohnB

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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john49brown wrote:

You are right that is impressive ...and so are your photographs.

JohnB

Thanks John

Glenn

FtoDin5min Regular Member • Posts: 407
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gnagel wrote:

Ernie Misner wrote:

You sure do get an A+ for all that lovely sharpness and excellent compositions. I don't see the shutter speeds for some reason. You are on a tripod and they allow that okay? No HDR here?
Thanks once again ~

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Thanks Ernie...

The reason that you don't see the shutter speeds is that all of these are five exposure HDR. I've visited 11 capitols in the past year and all of them have allowed the use of a tripod (which is a welcome change from what I normally experience in pubic venues).

Glenn

Same comments as the ones I just made on your NY state pictures. Amazing pictures.

Funny typo on the use of tripod in public venues...

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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FtoDin5min wrote:

Same comments as the ones I just made on your NY state pictures. Amazing pictures.

Funny typo on the use of tripod in public venues...

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FTD5

Thanks...yes, you never know what kind of typos you'll get when replying via iPhone!

Glenn

Ernie Misner
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Glenn, was it you that posted gorgeous HDR shots before of a dilapidated building interior?   If so... I think you said you do a little global processing on your nefs, convert them to .tiff's, the import into the HDR software?    Which HDR software also?    Thanks so much!

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gnagel OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,911
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Ernie Misner wrote:

Glenn, was it you that posted gorgeous HDR shots before of a dilapidated building interior? If so... I think you said you do a little global processing on your nefs, convert them to .tiff's, the import into the HDR software? Which HDR software also? Thanks so much!

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Ernie,

Yes, I posted those HDR images of that building.  I usually make just two adjustments to the NEF files before converting them to TIFF's (white balance and distortion corrections)...then import the TIFFs into Nik's HDR Efex Pro2 software.  From there, I let HDR Efex Pro2 blend the exposures.  I then take the blended TIFF back in to Lightroom and/or Photoshop and process it just like any other image (usually adding some contrast back).

Glenn

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