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Texas State Capitol Rotunda

The Texas State Capitol building is located in downtown Austin and is one of the highest points in the city. It was built in the 19th century (1888) and houses both houses of the Texas legislature. The architecture is magnificent. Built from “Sunset Red” granite the structure is one of the most frequently visited places in the city. Most people flock to the dome, which is the centerpiece of the facility. It’s concentric circles and walkways make this a photographers dream location. I visited the Capitol in the winter of 2015 as part of one of my photography assignments. I was not anticipating the crowds that day and struggled to get images without people. Even stopping down to f22 to blur movement did not provide me with people-free images. So, I’ll have to go back some day when there are smaller crowds.

Texas State Capitol Rotunda
Texas State Capitol Rotunda

Taken with my SONY ILCE-7M2 using my FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS set on 23 mm.  The camera was on a tripod and it was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/22, shutter speed at 1/3 at ISO 100.  I don’t think I needed to shoot at f22 but I wanted to make sure that the depth of field was right.

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