Saturday, July 3, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Capitol



The changing exposures in the heavens add a different set of character depending on the time of day. Naturally, the shadows are altered awell.

So for Tracy's excellent Shadow Shot Sunday, I look at a grand structure at two points in time on the same day, as done recently. The change can be dramatic.

The day was in March 2009 as I was rolling along the promenade that leads to the Connecticut state Capitol building in Hartford. It was a brilliant day with sun and blue - although it was a cold morning 28°F (-2 °C) with a stout wind all day - check the blue state flag at both times as they are unfurled in the late winter breeze.




The 9:00 AM shadow (above) adds a depth of shadow to the capitol that eliminates any sheen from the marble exterior. As well as the gold dome looks as if the light switch were turned off.

About 1:40 in the afternoon, the look is transformed as the southern sun adds a brilliant luster to the view. And now the gold dome is now beautifully alight. The transformation is complete...

The building is in a Victorian Gothic style. Construction began in 1871, and it was opened for the General Assembly in January 1879. The interior is equally beautiful, with marble and columns that are stunning. Shadows add a changing artistry to many things. 

31 comments:

sarayutouched said...

you find the most interesting building ralph...i like the difference between the two at different times of day...

happy freedom day.

fredamans said...

Gorgeous shots!

Happy Independence Day weekend!

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures as always, Ralph! And what a beautiful building! Love the differences in the two shots! Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Beverley Baird said...

Quite a magnificient building! Great idea to capture the shadows at different times of the day!
have a great weekend!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots, very lovely architecture.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

WazzUP? been awhile not seeing you around.

Hope your enjoying your summer holidays.

Send my warm Hi to Patty & the kids.
x0x0

Birgitta said...

Interesting building and great shadow shots!

frayedattheedge said...

Excellent shadow shots! Some years ago we lived in a house that was built in 1871 - it had a date stone beside the front door.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a contrast in the light. It’s such a stunning building.

EG Wow said...

What a difference a few hours and a little sun makes!

Arija said...

Spot the difference indeed. My old eyes were playing tricks on me, could not work out what the red and white thing was just behind the tower, was it a flag, was it a plane, was it superman? Enlarged your photos and did a Sherlock Holmes. It certainly had vanished in the second. Finally picked up on the fact that it was in front and not behind and black and white: light play on the little turret's faceted roof!
Ireally enjoyed the differences.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

capitol building
engulfed in shadow—inside
as well as outside

Shadowy Wind Chime

Sweet Repose said...

What a grand old structure...and the state flag waves proud in every photo, as the dome is engulfed in brilliance...wonderful shots!

Photos By Cai said...

Great shadow photo, check out my Pop-Art style photo HERE :)

Also, tomorrow is monday and that means a new week of photo challenges at www.weekdayphotos.com, as usuall the themes are:

Monday - Creative Colors (next challenge is WHITE)
Tuesday - Macro (open theme)
Wednesday - 2 of a kind (next challenge is ANALOG - DIGITAL)
Thursday - Urban (next challenge is LIGH POST)
Friday - Sunset (open theme)

Check it out and hopefully ill see you on Weekday Photos, have a great sunday!

Regards/
Cai - www.photosbycai.com

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Nice shadows Ralph, I love the way that you give us some history with your shots..

The interior shots are awesome

Hey Harriet said...

The contrast is amazing! It's such a beautiful looking old building too! I'll now go check out the interior photos.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Ralph :)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

It is so fascinating how people takes notice of how things happen in his surrounding moment by moment as you have recounted in your post.

Your eye for detail is fantastic! Change occurs even in just a twinkle of an eye.

Greyscale Territory said...

The walls of this stately building look such a different colour - dependent on the sun! Love the golden glow of the dome! Beautiful photos!

Sarah said...

I like the idea of doing this Ralph. It does make a huge difference to the way the building appears. I always wanted to do one of those photo projects where you take the same shot each week for a year at the same time, but so far have not been organised enough to do it!

Dianne said...

I love the comparison
It's wonderful how light changes everything

just jody said...

beautiful building hiding among the shadows! nice!

Cassie said...

My husband just said "that looks like a British building" & then I read your post to him. Beautiful shots!! Happy July 4th & SSS to you, Ralph!

Sam said...

It's beautiful! Such a wonderfully grand building but somehow delicate looking too with all those hats and windows. The two photos make it appear as though in the first it had a veil over it and then this was removed to reveal the structure in all it's glory! Lovely shots!

lynda Howells said...

love the difference between the 2 shots. great images. lynda

GardenJoy4Me said...

Ralph those are great detailed shots ! This building reminds me of our city hall a little less grand I have to say but the dome etc .. is a key note !
It is so interesting to go back and look at the same shots but in different seasons and times isn't it ?
Joy : )

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

What a beautiful old building! Nice shots:)

Dani said...

really nice shots...
thanks for stopping by.

Have a nice Monday!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love the differences in the pictures...although, I think I like the first one best. That's the one thing I love about the east coast....old architecture - not that we don't have it, but it's just graaaaander....you know?!!
Hope your Fourth was fantastic - give a shout out to Patti for us as well :)

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Thanks for sharing this great shots with *PicStory*. Gratulation to last weeks place 1! :) Can you please backlink in this post to PicStory?? Thanks :) Have a great week! LG Tina

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Patti said...

This is a great repost ~ love the lighting in the afternoon shot.