A Capital Place to be... / by Matt Brodie

State Capital

South Carolina is an awesome state to photograph. We have everything from oceans to mountains. We have alligators, bears, panthers, and some great birds. I'm not normally a "wildlife" photographer, but don't get me wrong I don't mind it either. In fact I actually really enjoy it. However,people, portaits, weddings... things like that are really what I shoot the most. So when the Exposure.Columbia Flickr Group had it's first photo walk down town, I knew architechure was going to be the name of the game. - Not something I'm normally doing.

Downtown Columbia has some great building, but the capital building is by far the most recognizable if not one of the most beautiful. Many a bride gets her portrait taken on the steps. It's become a natural backdrop for lots of events, speakers, and general craziness. (I once saw a girl painted as a tiger in a cage to protest.... well who knows what).

This image of our state house is one of the first photos I took with the new Nikon D700. I had the ISO cranked up to 3200 just to test the noise level. (that's photographer talk for crap on the image). The camera did great. I'd like to claim that this was EXACTLY what I was shooting for, but the truth is sometimes you get some good suprises. - Just like good ol' SC!