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Goddess of Liberty

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
Here's another view from Wednesday's gilding of the star held by the Goddess of Liberty.  In this shot you can see her exaggerated features (which are better suited for viewing from a distance).  
I had so much fun on this photo shoot.  I got to shoot people doing something quite unique, in a cool place, up high, with great weather.  Sprinkle in a little historical significance and some technical challenges to overcome and this, I’m sure, will be one of the most memorable photo shoots of my life.  

Lone Star

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

As part of the restoration of the Texas Capitol building, the star held by the Goddess of Liberty statue on the tippy-top of the Capitol was gilded.  William Hayden (left) invited me up to document the process.  I should note that the company, The Gilders' Studio, donated the gold for the gilding of the star.  This is one of many shots I took during a couple of hours up on the scaffolding.  

I couldn't have asked for better weather.  Photographically, it was a bit challenging as I was shooting into the sunrise the whole morning.  I was free to walk around three sides of the scaffolding that surrounded the statue as they were working on the 4th (East) side. This image was shot with a 10.5mm fisheye lens.  I was extremely close to the subjects, so I took the opportunity to use this fisheye lens for part of the photo shoot.  



Statuary Detail

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

This is an image from the May 15th Photowalk around the University of Texas.  This particular statue was not here when I attended the university back in the 80s.  Anyway, what you see here is a detail from the corner of the base for the statue.  The statue is located on the West Mall.