Located in the heart of Trenton, the New Jersey State House is history come alive. It is the nation’s second oldest capitol in continuous use, the first being in Maryland
Because I wanted maximum depth of field to capture all the details in the foreground and the background, I dialed in an aperture of f/16. And being pressed so close to the sheer size of the space, I needed a 16mm wide angle lens. With my ISO set at 100, my faithful light meter advised me the sensor required a 15 sec. exposure. Ok, break out the sturdy tripod with a cable release, and be thankful for the unshakable solid marble floor.
All under the watchful eye of Abraham Lincoln’s bronze statue, sitting squarely in the center of the rotunda, it’s a wonderful introduction on your way to the gallery to watch the New Jersey Senators, Assemblymen, and Governors making the laws of the state.
Side note: In 1999, the dome was covered with 48,000 pieces of gold leaf. Each piece of gold leaf cost $1.00 and was paid for with money raised by New Jersey school kids through the “Dimes for the Dome” program. As a thank you for their contributions, the dome stands in honor of New Jersey children.