Step Aside!

August 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last week, I posted a blog entry about how moving over to view a scene from a different perspective can help bring more depth to a photograph. I used this approach quite often as I took pictures on interior spaces throughout my road trip from Chicago to California and back.

Just over two years ago, I visited the Colorado State Capitol. I created the following picture of the Grand Staircase:

Colorado State CapitolColorado State CapitolStaircase in the rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol building at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 24, 2014 I like the picture, but this time I tried something different. I stepped aside and came up with this picture:

Grand StaircaseGrand StaircaseGrand Staircase in the Colorado State Capitol at 200 E Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 2016 Again, it's not that one picture is necessarily better than the other. But, by moving over just a few feet the results are very different.

While planning my road trip, I mapped it out such that I would go through Denver. When I last visited the Capitol over two years ago, I wasn't able to photograph the chambers as they were under renovation. This time, I planned to capture pictures of both chambers to add to my collection. As I approached the chambers, I was stunned to see scaffolding and tarps--both chambers were still closed! They will reopen sometime next year.

However, I took the opportunity to try to improve upon my previous photographs of the building by trying different perspective and lenses. Once again, the fisheye lens got a workout as well.

I'm glad I made the stop in Denver. Besides the Capitol, there were several interesting sites within walking distance--including two cathedrals, City Hall, the Art Museum and some awesome downtown architecture. I came away with a lot of images during my morning in Denver.


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