I woke up early on Saturday morning and decided it was a good day to go photograph the capital building in Lincoln. My dad mentioned he was going to an archaeology meeting in Grand Island and asked if I wanted to go. I decided, I could stop in Grand Island and go to the meeting,  and still have plenty of time to photograph the capital.

Well, I made it to the capital later than I expected. The gently used tripod my mom gave to me was not behaving. It was wobbling around even after much tightening and adjusting. Then another piece of equipment I brought that I had tested and was working before I left my house…had stopped working while I was trying to photograph the capital. I was starting to feel flustered when I realized I only had thirty minutes left to photograph this lovely building. Well, I didn’t get quite as many great pictures as I had hoped.

However, when I was leaving the building a friendly gal who was also touring the building asked if I went to UNL. That made my day since I am probably around fifteen years older than what she thought I was. Then I started thinking my life was pretty great.

The photo below shows the rotunda inside the capitol building. It was taken around 4:30 pm and you can see the sunlight streaming into the room through the window on the left side of the photograph.

After I took a few shots on the inside of the building I decided to wait around until it got dark to try to get a few night photos. If you take photos within thirty minutes of the sun going down, the sky often will have a rich, blue cast.

Even an ordinary street becomes more interesting as the sun sets and warm yellow and pink colors expand across the sky.

 This charming church is another great place to see after touring the capitol building. It is St. Mary’s Catholic Church situated at 14th and “K” Street.

When the sun was going down I was standing with my tripod near some mailboxes outside an apartment building. A guy came out and got his mail. Then we talked about how the light was great at this time of day. I decided I really enjoyed the architecture in Lincoln as well as the getting to know the people. Despite the rocky start, I decided the Lincoln adventure was an enjoyable one after all.


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Andrea Kelley

Andrea is a fine art photographer who specialized in taking pictures of classic cars and rural Nebraska landscapes. To see more of her photography visit Pictures Of Nebraska. She also is the founder of a video website called Slideshows For Homes. Andrea helps people create real estate videos to assist them with selling their homes.