Joe Seymour of River City Construction called and asked me to take photos of one of their recent building projects in Columbia, Missouri: The Center for Missouri Studies at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Based in Ashland, Missouri, River City Construction won the contract to build the new 76,700-square-foot building, which began construction in April of 2017. They used native materials such as Missouri quarried stone for the exterior. The grand staircase, pictured below, was made of oak hardwoods from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The winding staircase echos the meandering Missouri River and the spring-fed rivers of the Ozarks.

To take the photo, I used one of Canon’s tilt-shift lenses mounted on a Sony Alpha a7R III mirrorless digital camera. The Canon TS-E17mm f/4L lens is the perfect lens for this scene. The lens is wide enough to show the vast space, and the tilt-shift feature enabled me to do in-camera perspective correction for those straight lines which are preferred for architectural photography. I shot in aperture mode with a 1/60-second exposure at ISO 100. The photo was processed with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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