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Government palace 1790
Government palace 1790

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Challenge: Historic Landmark -- The Old & The Beautified (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye for Nikon
Location: Guadalajara Mexico
Date: Jun 29, 2014
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2014

"The government palace, or Palacio de Gobierno, is located on the east side of the Plaza de Armas. This building dates from the second half of the 18th century, and was built to replace an adobe structure which had been in use since 1643. The baroque facade was completed in 1774, and the building was completed in 1790.

The Government Palace was first occupied by the governors of New Galicia during the colonial period and later served as a residence for Miguel Hidalgo, who, in 1810, passed a law abolishing slavery in Mexico from this very palace.

From February 14 to March 20, 1858, the building was the official seat of the Mexican federal government, when President Benito Juarez and his cabinet resided in Guadalajara during the Reform War.

State government offices now occupy the building."

with the cathedral in the background:
"Guadalajara's Catedral Metropolitana is located at #10 Avenida Alcalde between Avenida Hidalgo and Avenida Morelos, directly north of the Plaza de Armas.

Construction of this cathedral was ordered by Philip of Spain and began in 1568 when Bishop Pedro de Ayala laid the first stone. The cathedral wasn't dedicated until 1618, however. The original towers were square; these were damaged by an earthquake in 1818, and later demolished. The current Neo-Gothic towers date from 1848 and are covered with yellow tiles from Sayula, a town located about 60 miles south of Guadalajara.

The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The interior has 9 altars and three chapels. The cathedral's Baroque decorations were removed between 1810 and 1820 and replaced with Neoclassical decoration which was preferred at the time. The current altarpieces date roughly from 1820 to 1835. A late 19th-century French organ, one of the largest in Mexico, is located in a loft above the main entrance."

Place: 8 out of 94
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Votes: 84
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08/07/2014 04:22:16 PM
You did a great job of organizing the scene. You've centered the main column, but the slight variance of angle for the left and right hallways combine with the framed placement of the cathedral spires under the left arch to create a combined centered/non-centered balance that works well.
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07/08/2014 08:57:24 AM
Thanks for the comments and encouragement!
07/08/2014 12:03:56 AM
Congrats on the top ten finish with this image. It's truly a gorgeous representation of this landmark. I should've guessed that this was architecture from Latin America :)

I was under the impression that the altars in the background were part of this building, at least it seems that way!
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07/07/2014 10:12:08 AM
Beautiful job- it pulls you in.
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07/07/2014 12:08:06 AM
Congrats on top ten. This was my pick for blue - it seems I was your only 10 which surprises me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2014 11:59:11 PM
Gorgeous building, nicely composed and processed photo.
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07/06/2014 11:56:24 PM
Love the angles here. They really pull you into the photo.
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07/06/2014 01:42:14 AM
what a fantastic ornate building fascinating
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07/05/2014 08:57:15 PM
Love the wide angle.
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07/05/2014 07:40:27 AM
Nice composition, just a tad overcooked in the sky portion for me. A 7 that could have been more.
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07/04/2014 08:08:37 PM
Nicely composed. The red adds a lot to the overall shot - I think.
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07/04/2014 07:08:11 PM
Exquisite location. I'm curious to find out where this image was taken. I am from Ecuador and a lot of the architecture in the country's capital (Quito) is similar to this, especially with the garden in the middle of the building so I'm immediately drawn to the beauty of it.

You've managed to really make every corner of this building shine and no areas were overblown with highlights or viceversa so really nice job on this.
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07/04/2014 02:02:51 PM
cool old building. like the perspective and processing. The fall off in the lines to the right is just a bit too pronounced, but still a really nice image.
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07/03/2014 11:36:55 AM
Good use of framing. Well exposed, too. Maybe crop out a bit more of the tile in the foreground to give the center pillar more prominence and drama. 7
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07/01/2014 01:56:23 AM
Super composition. The spires and dome just peeking over the building add a sense of place.
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