Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I always wanted to lie down on the floor of the Capitol rotunda and look up at the dome

Wisconsin State Capitol Dome Photographed Flat on My Back
Holding a camera equipped with a superwide lens.

The Picture of the Picture Being MadeYesterday it all came together. Finding myself downtown alone, in casual clothes, with the D90 and a Sigma 10-20mm zoom in my hand, and not very many people around to watch me make a fool of myself for a picture, I went ahead and did just that. And I can't say my left hand didn't know what my right hand was doing -- the left hand was using the point and shoot I always carry to document the right hand's test shots of the Capitol dome (my final shot was two-handed).

7 comments:

elizabeth said...

fantastic! looks like a kaleidoscope.

Anonymous said...

Me, too!

greenbushboy said...

If you took the exact same picture at night using internal Capitol lighting, how would it look?

Madison Guy said...

greenbushboy, good question -- but probably not all that different. Here's one I took after the Christmas Pageant a few years ago when it was already dark outside.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/madison_guy/448746055/

There's a lot of artificial light up there, and in the post-pageant shot what looks like light in the windows is actually the reflected light from lamps right above the windows.

Also depends on how you set your white balance, both in camera and in post processing.

Dr Bud Diablo said...

Cute shot. It looks superfically like one of those "Magic Eye" visual illusions, where the image appears in 3-D and the components start whirling after you stare at it awhile. However, I gave up on this one after an hour.

Since Condos After Dark and some of your other projected series have trailed off, why not inaugurate a fresh one? "From The Ground Up" could feature various objects and scenes photographed from the prone position. Maybe you could lie down in the aisle at Woodman's and take a shot. You know, I've shopped there a million times and never even thought to look up.

Loren said...

I walk through here on a weekly basis and have had the same thoughts... I am planning on laying the camera on it's back with a remote release. Or maybe I'll lay on the floor too. Great shot!

Madison Guy said...

Loren, I thought about laying the camera on it's back, too, and took my remote along. But I found myself thinking about how nice it would be to lie there myself. I started to get jealous of the camera, and so I just did it. (Easier to frame the photo that way, too.)