Another shot in my capitol series. As you can see, this was taken from the third floor of the capitol looking down over the seal on the floor. There are certainly all kinds of photographic opportunities in the capitol and security there is very good at letting us photogs trudge through there with our tripods and stuff to practice our trade. It's always a good fall-back place to take some shots if you just can't think of anywhere else to go. I hope it stays that way at the capitol for a long time. However, with the recent pistol shooting there, it makes me wonder.
This is a 5-shot hdr with the original jpgs bracketed from -2 to +2 EVs at 1-stop intervals, merged in Photoshop CS4 and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then post-processed in CS4 using the Nik Color Efex 3.0 plugin and specifically used the pro contrast, tonal contrast and bleach bypass presets at varying levels of opacity for the layers the presets created. I probably should have masked some of the people, but I kind of like the look this achieved, plus I'm a little lazy. Besides, the guy sitting down in the middle at the bottom took a flash picture while I was taking my brackets and his flash gave a cool little look after the hdr process.
Also, my camera is a Nikon D90 and I used a Sigma 10-20 lens.