Washington State Capitol Building

This last week I took my wife and kids to the state capitol. We’ve lived five miles away for six years, so it’s about time we visited. If you’ve looked through my other posts you may have seen some of the infrared and nighttime HDR photos I took of the outside of the capitol building. This is some of what’s inside!

WA State Capitol Dome

WA State Capitol Dome

WA State Capitol Rotunda

WA State Capitol Rotunda

I thought it was fascinating that this massive structure of marble, brass, and plaster cost only 7 million to build around 1925, and yet some “minor damage” from a 2001 earthquake was completed for $128 million.

WA State Capitol "Custodial Room"

WA State Capitol “Custodial Room”

The doors to the janitor’s closet. Well, it said “custodial room” next to the door, but that’s the same thing right?

WA State Capitol Elevator Door

WA State Capitol Elevator Door

WA State Capitol Chandelier

WA State Capitol Chandelier

Our guide said this massive chandelier weighs 10,000 pounds! That’s like three of my cars!  The bulbs are low wattage, and only need to be changed every 10 years or so, even though they are never turned off.

WA State Capitol Lamp

WA State Capitol Lamp

In the corners of the upper floors, it gets dark because the light from the central rotunda is blocked by heavy marble walls. These lamps cast a dim light. I was intrigued by the shadows on the ceiling.

WA State Capitol House Gallery

WA State Capitol House Gallery

Down below the edge of the photo, rows of desks and chairs accommodate the house members when they are in session. The furniture has been there over 80 years.

Capital House Room

Capital House Room

Olympia is a clean and relatively small town, so sometimes it’s easy to forget we live down the road from the state capitol. This was an interesting field trip and a great test for the new EOS 6D in low light, indoor environments. I’m just amazed at how much detail I can pull out of the shadows without it falling apart!

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    • Thanks for the comment. Yes, a good photographer should be able to get a good photo of whatever they come across. So while architecture is not my strongest subject, a good photographer is what I want to become, so I try. I did check out your site. You write well. Keep it up! It’s process that allows us to define our abstract thoughts and feelings, and remember what we learn from life.

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