Saturday, April 14, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Capitol ideas


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back – and we are ready to hunt and capture shadows! For work this week, the disability expo was in place and held on Wednesday. The venue was the Connecticut state capitol building in Hartford. While there, I was able to be a shadow detective – and this was a great place to do so.



Beyond the event, I happily moved around this landmark. The building was designed in a Victorian Gothic Revival style. It was opened for the General Assembly in January 1879.



In the first view, I am peering through the columns perched over a grand stairway leading down to the chamber for the House chamber. Shadows fall onto the ceiling overhang.



On the second, I am looking down the hall of the third floor. The opening receives light from a roof skylight above the top floor. The globe lamps leave shadows and reflections above and below. I would be delighted if about 150 square feet (14 M sq) of this marble floor just showed up on our dining room floor one day...same for the polished wood :) The view down to the second floor highlights the style of the era. Like the bold dusty rose and mauve colors.

Downstairs, there are velvet rope lines that the lobbyists are too stand behind these while awaiting their legislators to petition their positions. Note the people standing around – the lawmakers they want to see are not in the building this morning. So they wait with the hope they are noticed and seen…I love the style of this grand old building! See the shadowy world at the fun SSS2!

22 comments:

Kathe W. said...

wow- what a grand old building- nice shots! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Carletta said...

The shadows certainly don't hide the opulence of the grand space.
You captured the details beautifully Ralph!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful capitol building, Ralph, and what terrific shadow shots for the day! Love the shots of the hallway and what wonderful colors! Hope you have some sun for the day! And hope you and Patti have a great weekend!

Sylvia

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous! Love the lighting, the architectural details ~ those columns....and we agree with that flooring....anytime they'd like to part with it, we'd be glad to take some of it off their hands as well Ralph! Enjoy your weekend!

Gemma Wiseman said...

What a grand place! It looks as if no expense was spared to put in impressive style and character! Love the columned effect giving the whole space a classical touch! Beautiful!

Kelly said...

This is a lovely building, Ralph! I definitely have a weakness for beautiful architecture.

Cassie ~ Phoenix said...

It sure is a lovely capital building. Nice wide aisles and the (marble?) floors are fab! Old buildings are the best.

Yes, we should be heading north soon. Not soon enough to escape the heat unfortunately :>( .

Chubby Chieque said...

Good day bro...

Hope you Patty are in the best of everything.

Amazing floors. Love the marble.

Hope one day, we could visit the US again. Lots of beautiful buildings and of course great spots.

Happy SSS...

Greetings from a snowy Stockholm.
/C

Joan said...

I love wandering around buildings like this. What great history and beauty!

John McElveen said...

WOW! Could you have hunted there for hours/days or what! Thanks for the quality tour and shots!!

John

Paula Scott said...

The architectural details are over the top! What a beautiful building!

Lighthousegal said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. I love the details in the architecture of this building. It must have been an amazing place to visit.
Happy Sunday!

BLOGitse said...

Mamma mia what a place, beautiful!
Happy Sunday Ralph!

Catherine said...

looks a grand and elegant building...

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph
This is a very grand building indeed with many shadows to capture !
I love how important voices seem to sound in a building like this .. the echos .. like vocal shadows themselves ?
Perfect shots for this day !
Joy

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...a beautiful building!!!! And I love the term "shadow detective"

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What an elegant building--a real feast for the eyes!

“More Dead Than Alive”

bj said...

Now, THIS is a grand old lady, indeed.
A beautiful and elegant building if ever I saw one.
Thanks much for the great shots you share with us. You are really getting good with that camera of yours. Perfect photos for SSS.
Have a happy weekend...and love to your delightful Patti.

robin. said...

what a wondrous building you have captured here ralph. much detail.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely and it appears to be beautifully maintained.

chubskulit said...

These are quaint shadow shots Ralph!

Beverley Baird said...

It certainly is a grand old building! It sure does cast some lovely shadows!