Another shot from inside the beautiful Texas State Capitol building in downtown Austin Texas. This was shot with my fisheye from the third floor of the Capitol giving an idea of how vast, and photogenic this place really is. The building has nearly four hundred rooms and more than nine hundred windows.
The dome or central rotunda contains an actual gallery and features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the State of Texas; the rotunda is also a whispering gallery. The Portraits spiral up all the way to the fourth floor where you’ll find the first presidents of the Republic. Start from the top or the bottom, by walking the floors around the rotunda you’ll take a virtual trip through the history of Texas leadership. When a new Governor is elected their portrait will go on the wall on the first floor of the rotunda and all the remaining portraits rotate one space towards the top of the rotunda. You can see empty spaces on the top floor of the rotunda in the photograph.
A whispering Gallery is a circular, hemispherical, elliptical or ellipsoidal enclosure, often beneath a dome or a vault, in which whispers can be heard clearly in other parts of the gallery.
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Evan Gearing4 May 2017
Great comp! Gotta get me a fisheye again! Thanks for mentioning the portraits, I didn’t know what the protocol was for those.
Edith Levy4 May 2017
Really fantastic composition Mike.
Mike Hinshaw28 Aug 2017
This fisheye of the Rotunda in the Texas state Capitol is phenomenal young man! I love this building so much and visit it almost annually! Thank you kindly for capturing the essence of our Texas history!