A Capitol Sunset

f14, ISO100, 17mm, HDR, 7 Exposures (-4 EV to +2 EV)

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Sunday afternoons are starting to grow on me quite a bit. The last couple of them have involved some alone time with me and my camera in some pretty cool places, like Union Depot and Schaar’s Bluff at Spring Lake Park. This past Sunday may have been the best time, yet. The afternoon was calm, sunny and full of interesting clouds which prompted me to want to find some neat architecture to place those clouds around for some long exposures. Enter the Minnesota State Capitol.

The day continued to be lucky in that every time I had visited our capitol building in the last 2 years there were scaffolds and cranes draping it due to construction at and around the building, but not this Sunday. All signs of construction were gone. Just the Capitol, me and that beautiful sky! It was awesome!

As my trek around the capitol was winding down, the clouds were starting to diminish except on the western horizon, where it looked to be the makings of a stunning sunset, and it was! I stopped on the Cedar St. Bridge overlooking University Avenue to catch this view of it blanketing the Capitol. A Capitol Sunset if you will!

Sunday afternoons and me are getting along just fine!

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  • What a great way to spend Sunday afternoons Jim. This image has wonderful light as well as a top notch composition.

    • Thanks Len! It is a great way to spend Sunday afternoons!

  • Just enough glow Jim. Nice catch.

  • Gorgeous! Great capture. The hint of orange lighting in the capitol dome and cupola (above the dome) is very nice!

    • Those lights were just coming on Chris – I was glad to see them too! Thanks for your kind words!

  • A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Worth the perseverance to keep returning to the capitol as you have created a winner here, Jim.

    • That’s nice of you to say Mark – Thanks!

  • Our sundays have been dull and grey and I for one am excited that February is almost over (although we’re supposed to get a snowstorm tomorrow 🙁 ) This is beautiful Jim.

    • Sending good weather wishes your way Edith! Thank you!

  • Oh my goodness, this is delightful! I love the composition and those wonderful colors. Excellent as usual, Jim! 🙂