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p.1 #1 · Texas State Capitol


I went to Austin to shoot the city for a week. One of the highlights is the Texas State Capitol (14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol by the way.) This is a beautiful building and access is relatively easy compared to the U.S. Capitol. There is TSA style screening of your gear but no need for a permit to use a tripod or other impediments. The guards are friendly and helpful as well. A great place to visit if you are in Austin.

Interior shots were done with the Canon 17MM TS-E, exterior shots with the 24MM TS-E II.



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Tourist in the rotunda





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Third level of dome interior leading to offices





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Interior, top of the dome





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Capitol with underground extension





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Evening view




Feb 26, 2013 at 01:00 PM
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p.1 #2 · Texas State Capitol


Good Job. You captured it well. Makes a Texas boy proud. I recently shot a few of my own from different perspective. They're posted here somewhere.


Feb 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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p.1 #3 · Texas State Capitol


Thank you. I loved Austin and I am looking forward to going there again. I also had a day in the hill country and went to Llano. This is the county court house. I didn't have my TS-E lenses with me so I was a little limited in what I could do but I love the building.







Feb 26, 2013 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · Texas State Capitol


Very very nice


Feb 26, 2013 at 09:55 PM
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p.1 #5 · Texas State Capitol


What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful state!


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p.1 #6 · Texas State Capitol


I hope you made it to Enchanted Rock (between Llano and Fredricksburg). If you're still in the area and like BBQ then Cooper's in Llano is the spot. I like the pork chop, personally. The Willow City Loop is a must once the bluebonnets and spring flowers begin to bloom. Go on weekdays to avoid the crowds. And even though most of the road is open range (meaning no fences), don't be tempted to get off of the road. It's private land and the owners get a bit cranky about it.


Feb 27, 2013 at 02:56 AM
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p.1 #7 · Texas State Capitol


I think part of the ease of access, use of tripods, etc is due to Austin being a rather highly artistic town. Lots of photogs in the area, so they are likely used to it. Texas also has a bit more common sense than D.C. Had to say it!


Feb 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
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p.1 #8 · Texas State Capitol


Ya think!?


Feb 27, 2013 at 04:09 AM
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p.1 #9 · Texas State Capitol


astrobrian wrote:
I think part of the ease of access, use of tripods, etc is due to Austin being a rather highly artistic town. Lots of photogs in the area, so they are likely used to it. Texas also has a bit more common sense than D.C. Had to say it!



No, the main reason is that D.C. is a target. I've lived here most of my life and 9/11 changed everything. There are security barriers all around the U.S. Capitol. It is truly unfortunate. This is not to say that the Capitol Police don't have a bit of attitude, not unlike TSA workers. I was a block away from the Capitol setting up my tripod to shoot a building for a client and was approached by a Capitol cop. He asked me if I had a permit to use a tripod on the sidewalk. I didn't of course as I wasn't aware that I would need one - the common sense thing and I will absolutely tip my hat to Texas on that one. I had to explain that the owner of the building across the street was my client and I was working. He gave me two minutes to shoot IF I moved my tripod off the sidewalk and onto the grass. While it wasn't exactly the perspective I wanted it worked so I shot it and moved on. We have plenty of photographers here in the D.C. area - and we are all frustrated with the restrictions. We just can't afford to hire a lobbyist.

P.S. No, I didn't buy the hat I am wearing.




Feb 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM





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