Santa Barbara County Courthouse Photos

Courthouse Clocktower Morning Colors
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Courthouse Clocktower Morning Colors

A beautiful view of an absolutely amazing example of local architecture, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

This is an older shot from a permit shoot of the Courthouse. There seems to be a lot of demand for Courthouse images lately, (not hard to see why,) so I have been trying to find some interesting unpublished images to add some variety.


Sunken Gardens Twilight
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sunken Gardens Twilight

A wonderful spot any time of day, the Courthouse Sunken Gardens take on a magical quality at night. The lighting makes for wonderful photo opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. I like to experiment with architectural photography later in the evening than might seem to work. As long as there is still blue in the sky to complement the buildings it's a good time for photos.

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Spirit of the Ocean
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Spirit of the Ocean

A sunset view of the "Spirit of the Ocean" fountain at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The fountain recently underwent a major restoration. The original sculpture (seen in this photo) now resides in the Courthouse basement. A new sculpture was lovingly carved from massive blocks of stone to match the weather worn original.


Courthouse Clocktower from the Garden Balcony
Friday, March 9, 2012
Courthouse Clocktower from the Garden Balcony

Another in a series of Santa Barbara Courthouse images I have been preparing for an upcoming project.

This is the view from the balcony above the Courthouse Sunken Gardens looking toward the Clocktower. The evening was early enough to still get all the beautiful details of the architecture, but late enough to see the beautiful landscape lighting.


Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anacapa Archway
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anacapa Archway

One of the most famous views in Santa Barbara, the County Courthouse from the Anacapa side offers veiws of the beautiful archway and clock tower. The tower is the location of many weddings and is just an amazing place to see a panoramic view of the city.


Bridge of Sighs
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Bridge of Sighs

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in California. This wing, unlike the others, is much more beautiful on the outside. The tower and the rest of the wing on the right of this photo were the former county jail. The bridge connecting the main part of the courthouse to the Jail wing is called the "Bridge of Sighs" after a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri) in Venice, Italy. It was the bridge that was said to be the last view prisoners would have of beautiful Venice before they were led to their cells, and so they would sigh as they saw the last glimpse of the beautiful city. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California Historical Landmark NO. 1037.


Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Virtual Reality
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Virtual Reality

The sunken gardens at the Santa Barbara County Court House is the location of many community events and festivals. There are few places more recognizable as a local Santa Barbara landmark.

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Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Virtual Reality
Monday, October 18, 2010
Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Virtual Reality

This is from just off the side of the sunken gardens on the Anapamu street side. This is the VR view of the recent still photo of the Courthouse Gardens at night.

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anapamu Garden at Night
Monday, October 4, 2010
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anapamu Garden at Night

This is another angle on the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. There has been a great deal of interest in my courthouse images in the last month, so I thought I would add a few more.


Courthouse Twilight Garden Panorama
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Courthouse Twilight Garden Panorama

The architecture of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse offers no end of enjoyment for a photographer. This view looking over the sunken gardens just after sunset shows the amazing lighting that so perfectly accentuates the features of this wonderful local treasure.


Santa Barbara Courthouse Figueroa Entrance, Virtual Reality
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Santa Barbara Courthouse Figueroa Entrance, Virtual Reality

About a year ago I was working on a shoot of the Courthouse. At the end of the day I wandered around the Figueroa Street side, the side opposite the sunken gardens. Because of the spectacular views from the gardens, and the Anacapa side where the clocktower is, this area does not get as much attention from photographers. At the time of my original shot, the light was really low and I was not really sure what I would get. The resulting image was one of my favorites from that day. Recently I found myself in the area again at about the right time, so I thought I would get a more complete view of the same spot.

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Courthouse Clocktower at Sunrise
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Courthouse Clocktower at Sunrise

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse has been called the most beautiful government building in the country and it's easy to see why. Overall the grounds and the building are absolutely breathtaking, and when you focus on the details both well known like the clock tower and the lesser known architectural aspects you can really see how much thought and care went into its design.