The Texas Capitol…A Wealth of Photographic Opportunity
It was only last December that I first took a camera into the Texas Capitol. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of taking pictures there — inside or out. One evening with a particularly spectacular sky I took the long way home from work in hopes of taking a photo of the Capitol with the sun setting in the distance. It wasn’t meant to be as the sky filled with more and more clouds but I captured this shot on the north side of the Capitol. Well worth the trip.
This image was created by tonemapping 3 exposures in Photomatix, then bringing into CS4 for additional processing. I first used Topaz Adjust on layer copy to bring out detail in the stone and add contrast to the sky and glass. I copied the result, used Noiseware Pro to reduce the noise, and masked in the sky and glass from the “de-noised” layer. Finally, I added a contrast adjustment layer (with a mask) to put a bit more contrast into the sky. In hindsight I should have played around with the sky a bit more. While I like it OK, I didn’t quite get the look I was going for…next time.