Auburn (CA), Justice, Courthouse Dome, Sunset Light

ISO100, 102mm, f/10, 1/5 sec
Placer County Courthouse, Auburn, CA

Justice isn’t always blind, at least not in Placer County.  In this rendition of the Goddess of Justice includes neither the traditional blindfold, the scales, or her sword.  Strangely, in archived photographs, she at least had her sword many years ago.

(Click through the image for the 700px view)

Built and replaced with new structures since 1851 due to obsolescence or fire, a bid award was released for the current courthouse in 1891 and completed on July 4, 1898 at a then staggering cost of $172,583.  The building was restoration from 1986 to 1990, with the most recent restoration and cosmetic improvements completed in 2009.

My original intent was to photograph this structure at night.  At night, the building is in orange-yellow sodium light and giving drivers on the interstate speeding by a sense the courthouse is bathed in a golden hue.  Instead, I was much more intruiged by the fading sunlight striking the left side of the Justice statue and courthouse dome.  The faint black streak in the top left?  A bird streaking by as the photo was taken.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 102mm, f/10, 1/5 sec

Auburn (CA), Justice, Courthouse Dome, Sunset Light. Auburn, California. May 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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