HDR Photograph of the U.S. Capitol Building, East side steps and Dome

The U.S. Capitol After Sunser
The U.S. Capitol, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8.

HDR photograph of the Capitol Dome and East Side steps. Processed using the free opensource HDR tool Picturenaut. While I was going through each images in my Lightroom Catalog, I notice that I have multiple shots of this photo with different exposure, I was really planning to create an hdr image out of them, but didn’t have the time then, so here it is. This is one of my first attempt to create an hdr image. All photos were taken handheld, because tripods are not allowed in the Capitol grounds so what I did was I sat down and hug my camera really tight, to avoid shake, and luckily it came out good.

Tripod use is extremely prohibited in this side of the Capitol. You may be able to get away with a small tabletop tripod but if you need to use a full size tripod you need to get a permit. See the Filming and Photography In the District.


Filming and Photography In The District: The use of camera equipment to film or photograph on Capitol Grounds is permitted, provided the photographs or film are for private or other non-commercial use. Non-commercial documentary or historical filming is permitted on a case-by-case basis. The use of tripods or other film or photography enhancement equipment requires special permission, and is limited to grassy areas where pedestrian or vehicular traffic will not be impeded. For permits and other info please go to the Capitol Police website at http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/

The nearest metro station on this side of The Capitol is the Capitol South Metro station serviced by the Blue and Orange Line. Please refer to the map below.

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Shot Details:
Capitol East side steps and Dome. Handheld shot taken using a Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP SLR Camera with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens at ISO 100, F/14 in Manual. Post processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 and Picturenaut HDR Tool.

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