Texas State Capitol Dome Detail Comparison

Austin Texas State Capitol Building Dome

Texas State Capitol at 70mm

Austin Texas State Capitol Building Dome Top Statue

Texas State Capitol at 200mm

Here is a quick, interesting comparison of the Texas State Capitol dome detail with my 70 – 200 mm lens. Since I was using a Canon 7D, which as a smaller crop sensor, in 35mm equivalents the focal lengths are really more like 112 to 320mm. I was standing in the same spot when I took both images.

I took these images last Saturday as part of Scott Kelby’s World Wide photowalk. This is the first time I walked around downtown with such a long lens and it have me a different point of view that was interesting.

My Thought Process

I started with the 70mm framing and I wasn’t too excited by it so I changed it by zooming all the way on. At 200mm, I thought the subject was much better isolated and it gave me the statue detail that most people do not normally see. I think the zoomed in version eliminated a bunch of distractions such as the tree on the left size and the scaffolding on right side of the building.

Image Details

Both photographs were taken from the same location handheld using my Canon 7D with the 70-200mm F4 IS lens. Both were taken at F4, ISO 200 with -1/3 stop exposure compensation as 18MP RAW files. The first image was at 1/800 sec and the second image was at 1/1250.

Post processing in Apple’s Aperture 3 program included some sharpening, warming up the color balance, increased color saturation and added a very slight vignette.

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