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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Architecture IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
Date: Jan 26, 2008
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2008

Looking up (obviously) in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. The capitol building is about the most interesting thing you can find in the middle of boring Iowa. The exterior of this dome is covered in gold leaf, but the interior is actually just aluminum leaf covered with gold-tinted varnish.

This shot posed a difficult lighting situation. I had to expose for the dome, which of course left the floors below quite dark. Light was brought back into these area using the recovery tool in ACR. It was a tough decision whether to submit the full frame or the square crop.

Editing steps:
RAW Conversion - Recovery & Fill Light
Curves
Saturation
Neat Image
Resize & Sharpen

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Post Challenge:
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Wow, thats for all the comments & high votes. I'm honored to have earned the red!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 247
Avg (all users): 7.0146
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 6.9487
Avg (non-participants): 7.0547
Views since voting: 5919
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 206
Comments: 27
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/06/2008 03:28:28 AM
Stunning image, I love the golden colours. Congratulations on your red ribbon.
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02/06/2008 03:04:10 AM
Congrats on the red, you really caught the colors wonderfully!
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02/06/2008 01:33:27 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, new personal best, and 1st 7! I know how special that last bit is. :) I was one of your 10s, and glad to give it.
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02/06/2008 12:21:18 AM
way to complete your ribbon set! nice job
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02/06/2008 12:14:15 AM
Congrats on the bright golden colors AND of course the RIBBON too!! Nicely done. -BB
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02/06/2008 12:05:40 AM
Wonderful. Made my top10. A shot that really caught my eye, quite a feast for the eye it is. Congratulations on the ribbon :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2008 09:25:31 PM
Amazing, grand, huge, impressive.....I could go on and on. You captured the essence of this architecture very well.
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02/05/2008 04:53:39 PM
Wow, this really is colorful. Good control on the exposure (interior is bright yet the windows are blown). Good compositional shapes.
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02/05/2008 02:08:24 PM
The upside-down flag is a bit distracting, otherwise very interesting!
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02/05/2008 11:34:02 AM
very beautiful..nice capture.
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02/04/2008 03:26:24 AM
I like this one. Debating whether the blue shield at the top should be 100% visible or not. Would be nice to see both and make a choice.
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02/03/2008 01:16:54 PM
Well composed, focus and colours look good.
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02/03/2008 07:02:35 AM
very very nice color !
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02/03/2008 06:18:03 AM
gorgeous colours! Very well done - congrats!
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02/02/2008 06:34:50 PM
It's a beautiful sight!
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02/02/2008 07:10:38 AM
Nice. Not the average rotunda pic. Would like to see the full res image.
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02/01/2008 04:02:21 PM
great look and angle! One of the stronger shots I have voted on so far!
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02/01/2008 10:12:07 AM
This is just glorious. Very elegant and graceful -- can't stop looking at it!
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02/01/2008 04:59:02 AM
perfect! 10
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01/31/2008 02:51:24 PM
interesting - not sure if I like the composition with so many circles cut off, but it sort of works for me
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01/31/2008 04:43:15 AM
well done,great picture
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01/30/2008 09:38:22 PM
Great P O V
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01/30/2008 05:32:10 PM
interesting angle, I don't know if I like the composition though.
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01/30/2008 04:22:40 PM
I love the shapes and colours here.
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01/30/2008 01:48:01 PM
Beautiful.
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01/30/2008 09:48:43 AM
good composition, good exposure
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01/30/2008 05:01:07 AM
This caught my eye right away. It's a beautiful shot. Nice use of lighting and curves.
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