More From The Kansas Statehouse

Somehow lately it seems that I end up shooting a lot in low light crowded places without my tripod. Crazy thing just doesn’t ever seem to load itself into the car. Probably wouldn’t have been space to set it up in the capitol building on our last visit anyway.

So what do you do in low light without the aid of a tripod?

You turn up the ISO, get a good grip on your camera, widen your stance, breath slowly, and hope for good results.

Oh, and finding a nearby wall, rail, or column to lean on doesn’t hurt either.

1/50 – f/4.5 – ISO 800 – 31mm


1/60 – f/4.5 – ISO 800 – 17mm

These images were taken inside of our state capitol building on a recent visit to Topeka.  It really is a beautiful building and if you get the chance to stop in for a visit you really should do so. Maybe next time I’ll get a chance to take a tour up into the dome. I’ll bet it has changed some since the first tour I took up there way back when I was a high school senior!

1/40 – f/5.6 – ISO 800 – 17mm – converted to black and white

The interior of the dome is made of over 250 glass panels and the chandelier hanging in the center weighs 900 pounds! The collection of flags displayed under the dome represent nations and states that once claimed all or part of Kansas including, among other places, the state of Texas! The firm of Crossman and Study painted the beautiful murals that you see just under the dome in 1902.

1/25 – f/4.0 – ISO 800 – 32mm

There is a 1923 cage elevator still in use in the capitol building today and; the floors of the capitol are covered with miles of beautiful marble. The marble comes from Georgia, Tennessee, Belgium, Italy, and Mexico.

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1/200 – f/8.0 – ISO 800 – 17mm – converted to black and white

The State Library is housed in the capitol building and features detailed stenciling on the ceiling, polished brass sunflowers, and a glass floor designed to maximize light.

I’m definitely going to have to get back in there on a day when it is less crowded and take more photos.


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