Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another view of the California Capitol

As an armature photographer, I've started to develop an eye for photographic potential. It's not perfect. But I tend to view my surrounding environment through the view finder.

When I arrived at work, one of the managers asked if I was available to run a document to the finance office in the Capitol. (Yes, Bill. I'm rubbing shoulders with the big guns now!)

It looked like a great way to clear my mind and get a little exercise on the job.

The purple flowers jumped caught my attention as I walked by the Capitol's impressive white marble facade around 8:30 a.m. I quickly composed several photographs in my mind and delved the package.

A late meeting prevented me from leaving work promptly at 4 p.m. As the meeting broke, I sided up a 15-minute break in the weather. I knew I'd have to move quickly if I were to beat the sunlight to the Capitol.

The seven-block walk to the Capitol took 10 minutes. By the time I arrived on the grounds, rain clouds loomed. And the blue sky had moved east of the Capitol dome. I knew that I had to move quickly if I wanted a picture under good light.

This is the first picture of more than a dozen. I like how the purple flowers, lined in perfect rows and columns by the gardner, draws your eyes right into the picture and up to the dome.

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