State House

Uploaded: May 28, 2014 20:16:57 | Entered: May 28, 2014 20:16:57


Looking up into the West Virginia State Capitol dome. Cass Gilbert designed the structure, completed in 1932. (He also designed the US Supreme Court building, and it directly incorporates a larger version of part of the WV Capitol chambers.) The central dome here the tallest dome on any American capitol building (exceeding the height of the US Capitol's dome by 5 feet.)
05/14 Finalist - Manmade

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: 1.33, ExposureTime: 13/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 16.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 6D


Colette M. Metcalf May 29, 2014

Nice capture, Chris!!! #1574551

Joy Rector May 29, 2014

gorgeous #11054587

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 29, 2014

Thank you both! The WV Capitol is a really handsome structure, with the highest dome of any state capitol building. #11054969

Nikki McDonald level-classic June 24, 2014

It looks very dark up there - challenging in terms of lighting, but the result is a richly toned capture. Good luck with this favorite, Chris. #11070887

Dayna Cain level-classic June 25, 2014

Beautiful capture Chris. I agree with Nikki, the rich tones are amazing and as always your attention to detail is off the charts. Excellent! #11071325

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 25, 2014

Thanks, ladies. Yes, the "ceiling" of the dome itself is remarkably dark; painted a deep, deep blue-black, with no direct lighting shining up into it. The huge crystal chandelier hangs quite a ways down below the hemisphere of the dome, although this perspective doesn't really convey that. #11071330

Don Johnson level-deluxe June 30, 2014

Beautiful! As always. Well deserved Finalist award that will go higher! #11074171

Julianne Bradford June 30, 2014

Congrats Chris! Terrific! #11074195

Lindley Johnson level-classic June 30, 2014

Congratulations, Chris - this is fabulous! #11074482

June 30, 2014

Great patterns. #11074656

Ellen Hodges June 30, 2014

Huge congrats and very best luck with this beauty, Chris!!! #11074830

Naomi Weiser July 01, 2014

love the patterns, congrats! #11075056

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 01, 2014

Thanks so much, folks! It is a very handsome state capitol! #11075117

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 01, 2014

Congratulations on this great finalist Chris!

jo ann c. #11075634

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 02, 2014

Thanks, Jo Ann! #11076441

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic July 13, 2014

Chris what a spectacular image! Congrats on this beauty! I hope someday it goes higher. #11084282

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 14, 2014

Thanks, Amanda! #11084962

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