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Intellectual Capitol

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Olympia, Washington (USA)
Date: Mar 15, 2008
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2008

Photographer’s Notes
State Capitol building, Olympia, Washington (USA). I shot this after driving 80 miles (each way) on a day replete with low clouds, driving rain, and multiple injury accidents (not involving me, thankfully) along the freeway which delayed my progress. It’s not the greatest length I’ve gone to for a photo, but it’s up there.

To put things in perspective, the chandelier is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.

After nearly 4 months with my new D3, I feel like I’ve finally bonded with it. I feel like this image does a pretty good job showing off the low light performance of the camera. Without ISO 3200 – I would never have been able to capture this in natural light. Pushing my old D200 that far would have been a noise disaster. I did apply slight noise reduction here, but it took very little.

Post Processing
There was a lot of editing but the change from original to as-edited was subtle. It was nearly perfect out of the camera.
• Convert from Raw (PS CS3)
• Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
• Deemphasize Blues (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Deemphasize Yellows (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Lighten (Curves Layer)
• Increase Contrast (Curves Layer)
• A Bit More Brightening and Contrast (Brightness/Contrast Layer)
• Clone Two Distracting Windows (Clone Tool)
• Soften an Overly Bright Area (Color Layer)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Sharpen (USM)
• Border (Select & Stroke)
• Save for Web
Resizing and Save for Web took file size from 156 MB to 200 KB!

Camera Data
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikor 24-70 f2.8 @ 24
• Date: 2008-03-14
• ISO: 3200
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: 1/400

Place: 128 out of 500
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04/16/2008 06:33:50 AM
'Tis a lovely dome, and very well handled from the composition to the processing. I like your collection of domes posted here, too - neat to see them all!
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04/08/2008 12:13:30 AM
Originally posted by yospiff:

This building is starting to look familiar after the last couple of challenges. Well done on this.

Yes we've seen a lot of capital domes. It was just my time to try one. There's:

Colorado 471841.jpg 136998.jpg
Texas 89051.jpg 278747.jpg 408431.jpg
Michigan 458301.jpg
Virginia 593920.jpg
Iowa 639558.jpg
California 22082.jpg
Pennsylvania [thumb]602021[/thumb]

But I think this is the only one from Washington, the State.

Message edited by author 2008-04-08 00:15:24.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2008 10:20:27 PM
Interesting composition and I really like the colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/04/2008 09:27:58 PM
This building is starting to look familiar after the last couple of challenges. Well done on this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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