The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk

I went down on Saturday evening to do some shooting around Austin and caught the capitol around sunset. There are all kinds of interesting things about the Texas capitol, like this cool underground Illuminati chamber you can see here, but the one thing that all Texans seem to know is that our capitol is 14 feet taller than the one in D.C. This is a source of pride for Texans, along with the cool and trivial fact that we maintain, in our state constitution, the right to secede from the Union.

The capitol is made out of this pink granite, and it gets a little pinker at night at soon as they turn on the lights, especially against the blue sky.

The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk

  • So… inquiring minds want to know… is the 3k extra for the ‘x’ worth it?

  • should have turned around and took a pic of the UT tower as well :P.

    i wouldn’t mind tagging along on one of your capitol picture runs, i live in jester on the UT campus

  • Nice shot, Trey. That underground Illuminati chamber is very interesting. Thanks for the Austin trivia. Had no idea.

  • Haha good question!

    Well… Man that’s a tough call Joe!

    It’s just a great camera. I do landscapes – a lot of landscapes… and the double-megapixel (24 megapixel) is very nice for me. Now, you really don’t need it for prints, but I do try to think about how people will consume these photos in 5+ or 10+ years, with giant monitors and extremely fine resolution… or most probably, with extremely hi-rez wall displays in their home. I want to make sure I have the highest possible fidelity so that they continue to look as sharp as possible while hardware fidelity continues to ramp up.

    Anyway, that’s all kind of a Moore’s Law canard I suppose.

    Sometimes when you really fall in love with something, cost and reason go out the window… so, while your question might be good, you might as well be asking it to a 3-year-old who wants a cookie.

  • Patrick – yes I should organize some kind of a shoot around town one day… I get a few requests like that!

    And thanks Brandon πŸ™‚

  • sean

    succeed? you mean secede?

  • Man, this seems super nitpicky, but my eyes won’t let me get over the fact that this image is not centered/ symmetric. It feels off balance. Cropping won’t fix it; the centerline of the glass doesn’t line up with the centerline of the floor below and it makes me feel like I’m drunk… You weren’t brown bagging it were you? πŸ˜‰

    Kudos for an otherwise great image, but that little detail I think holds this one back from star status because the strength of this image comes in part from its strong symmetry…

  • Zim

    Beautiful image. You have a clever idea about what to do with your photos. From 640×480 to the big resolutions we see today (which are more than double), it’s not crazy to think we’ll need detailed images “soon”.

  • Hi Trey,

    Manu thanks for your kind comment over on my blog (Imagespike).

    I just thought you might like to know that it was your images that inspired me to get my first DSLR and have a go at photography, and since then (four years ago) I have never looked back! For you to take the time to pass a compliment on my work is fantastic!

    Many thanks and good luck with the future!


  • Nice place,
    looks simply beautiful

  • Gail in Montana

    This is a great picture, Trey. And the trivia is just a bonus. Seems like I remember hearing that fact at one time about seceding, but my mind is old, lol. As I have never been to Austin, makes me want to go there just to see this area!!!! And you are right, preserving pictures in this way for the future generations is a great idea. Who knows what they will be seeing them on!!! Sci-Fi ideas seem to be coming true more and more often!!! What an age we live in. All of us will see so much change during our lives, it’s incredible!!!! Thanks once again, for sharing!

  • Hank

    Trey this is a great shot – love the symetry and center alignment. Curious to know what the actual color of the building is – it looks white at the top but unknowable for the rest with the topaz coloring – it could even be brick as some Capital bldgs are. Do you even remember?

  • Aww, Texas…it’ll be something to go back… πŸ™‚

  • Thanks all!

    Sean thanks – i fixed that

    Hank – The capitol uses a Texas pink granite. When they light it up at night, it gets even a little pinker against the blue sky.

  • Greg – I know what you mean… it’s about 1cm off… made worse by that ugly black building on the right.

  • Trey-
    Did you do any shots of the front? Just curious.

    I love the way you took this with the underground area lit up like that. Were you by any chance living here when they were building that? HUGE hole back there. It was something.

    I was at UT when they published some drawings of what it was all going to look like when they were done with the expansion. It was pretty cool.

    Great shot.


  • I do have some shots from the front that I will post some day! πŸ™‚

    And, I never saw it while it was under construction… It must have been an enormous hole! I can only imagine! πŸ™‚

  • Another great TEXAS shot Trey!

  • The fact that it’s not centered make it more unrealistic, and the contrast with the black building on the right is interesting…
    Great picture, I love the colors!

  • Dr. Electro

    Pink granite goes with Austin like gravy goes with biscuits. It looks really cool close up, too.

  • The Illuminati chamber and the reflection on the glass make the picture for me. Brilliant snap I must add. And what DSLR camera would you suggest for someone without deep pockets and who’s just started photography.

  • Thanks!

    Dxtr – I have a newly updated area there on the right called “My Equipment” that talks about all levels of DSLRs – I think the lower end ones are somewhere around $500 or so?

  • Cool picture. The capitol seems to be “laying back”. Did you paint the clouds in? Here is my attempt at HDR[email protected]/sets/72157612405752435/

    The cover photo is HDR. The rest….not

  • Thanks — no I did not paint in the clouds… I never paint on top of the photos… all those clouds and colors were really there.

  • I drive by the Capitol practically every day, heck I’ve walked the grounds a few times. Never have I realized that Illuminati chamber. Guess I’m taking a field trip this weekend. This shot is just amazing.



  • Vic

    Beautiful shot. Can I purchase prints? If so, how much. I would probably want several. I’m looking for a good print that I can give as gift to several organizations.

  • Vic,

    Sure – there is a store there on the right – through Imagekind. I think this one is in there… if not, let me know.. just a few clicks to get it up there! πŸ™‚

  • “The Texas State Capitol is pink” … them could be fightin’ words in Texas among the cowboys here …. well … if it wasn’t true that is. *grin*

  • terry

    Like to buy a pictures

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