Saturday, June 26, 2010

Texas Capitol Ground Floor Corridor

Texas Capitol Ground Floor Corridor

Friday I found out something about the Texas Capitol that I want to explore to find out if it's true. That will take some time, but I hope to get out there this week. If I find out what I heard is true, I will try to capture it and put it out here. In the meantime, what I heard inspired me to put out a shot of the capitol that I haven't posted. This is a shot of the ground floor that often goes unnoticed by most tourists. There's not much to it, but it has it's own uniqueness that I think is pretty cool. I posted a similar shot of the ground floor under the rotunda a while back and this shot here is one of the hallways that extends from there. I took this shot while on a lunchtime jaunt back in February with friend and co-worker Van Sutherland.

I haven't posted any of the shots I took with him from that day because I noticed after the shoot that all of the shots I took were at an aperture of f8, this one included. What I found with my sigma 10-20 wide angle that I used that day is that it has a soft spot in it at f8 and larger apertures. When I shoot at f11, it seems to be sharp everywhere. It's a shame as it was a hard lesson to learn, but I still like how this shot turned out. I'll leave it up to you to see if you can see where the softness is. If it's hard to see where, then maybe I'll have second thoughts about using f8 again, but then again, probably not.

Standard processing worked for this one. Other info includes:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM Autofocus Zoom Lens
ISO: 200
Aperture: f8
Focal Length: 11mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Tripod: Induro AB0
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord


  1. the floor looks awesome Evan!!

  2. Hmm, I have been staring at this photo for a few minutes and I can't find a soft spot haha. I really do love this lens you have, we have been considering getting it but with the 4/3rds mount it moves from 10-20mm to 20-40mm so we are still undecided. Looks fantastic though and I can't wait to see what you found haha. When we went the troopers told us we could go anywhere that wasn't locked but we didnt get to explore to much because of time, can't wait to go back.

  3. Thanks Jim and Jake.

    Jake, yeah there's so much to shoot there at the capitol and it's pretty fun. I didn't find what I was looking for, but maybe another time. I do really enjoy the wide angle 10-20. I mostly shoot with it nowadays. I'm not sure what's out there for a 4/3ds, but if you do get one for your camera, you will love it!


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