Pennsylvania State Capitol

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gnagel
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Pennsylvania State Capitol
Jul 14, 2013

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
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In reply to gnagel, Jul 15, 2013

Those look perfect in every way.    You and the D800 are amazing!

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Pat Melone
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WOW fantastic shots well done.

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All post by Scott Bowman:-)
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In reply to gnagel, Jul 15, 2013

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.

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Thanks Ernie, Pat and Reginald...

Glenn

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In reply to gnagel, Jul 15, 2013

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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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

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In reply to gnagel, Jul 15, 2013

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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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

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In reply to gnagel, Jul 16, 2013

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

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john49brown wrote:

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

JohnB

Thanks John

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

Glenn

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In reply to gnagel, Jul 18, 2013

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 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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