As I mentioned in yesterday's post, today I joined a group of fellow 'togs on an outing to the State Capitol Building. I dusted off my rickety old tripod and brought it along. I knew I was going to have to have some pretty long exposures so hand holding was out of the question.
We all met in the rotunda and split into groups but quickly just kind of wandered off on our own. Most people were using their wide angle lenses to capture the grandeur of the great rooms. They are very impressive and some of my cohorts got some really nice shots. I, however, was more transfixed by the little things I saw. The architectural details that make it so spectacular to look at are what caught my eye.
This was one of the first set ups I did. The light was coming in the window and highlighting the wrought iron so nicely I had to capture it. In LR I cropped it, adjusted the curve and played with some of the color saturation a tad. I posted it on the ROP meet-up site and this is the one of mine that got the most comments. It was also my favorite of the day.
Here are the others that I liked:
In stark contrast to the 100s of pictures I take when shooting a sporting event or even a portrait shoot, I only took about 70 pictures total. There was something very nice about the slow calm pace of finding the right subject, the right angle, the right light and the right settings. It was very different from the frenetic pace of catching the moment when shooting people. I think I could get used to this but still think my sweet spot is sports.
The biggest lessong I learned today was my tripod is terrible. Adjusting it is a royal PITA and a ball head would have made my life so much easier. Yet something else to add to my wish list...
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun