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Ha Ha Tonka Ruins

Lightroom just came out with a new HDR, Panorama merge feature so I thought I would test it out. This a photo taken several years ago and thought it would be perfect for a test of this feature. The photo is in two sections, left and right. Each section is 5 shots taken at 5 different exposures for a total of 10 photos. After the merge everything could be adjusted to give the right effect. As you can see, it turned out nicely.

I needed to do the photo in two sections because, directly behind me is a sheer cliff  ending in the Lake of the Ozarks about 100 feet below. In order to use sunlight effects, I had to shoot from this side of the building and was limited on how far away I could get from the building due to the cliff. The sun being on the other side of the building meant I had to use HDR to eliminate harsh shadows.

The subject is an abandoned home overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. Not too long after it was built, a fire destroyed the home and it was finally abandoned. The State of Missouri inherited the property, preserved the ruins and called it Ha HA Tonka park.




B-29 Superfortress "DOC"

One of the most technologically advanced airplanes of World War 2, the B-29 had many new features, including guns that could be fired by remote control. Two crew areas, fore and aft, were pressurized and connected by a long tube over the bomb bays, allowing crew members to crawl between them. The tail gunner had a separate pressurized area that could only be entered or left at altitudes that did not require pressurization.

The B-29 was also the world’s heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements.

The Hunt

Basseting at Beaux Eaux

The Basset Hound was bred to hunt. Its keen nose and short stature are suited to small-game hunting on foot. As hunting has declined in popularity, many Bassets have lost their age-old skills. There are a few groups that promote hunting with Basset Hounds. The American Hunting Basset Association and the Basset Hound Club of America has been the most active in promoting the use of Bassets for rabbit hunting.

Hunting with Basset Hounds when with an organization such as the American Hunting Basset Association or the Basset Hound Club of America do not involve the killing of any animals. These organizations are merely testing the Basset Hound’s skills at tracking/trailing a rabbit’s scent.


Three Creek Bassets Blessing of the Hounds 2018

View from St, Charles County overlooking St. Louis County in Missouri. This is a HDR image that is commonly made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. The result is a bright, medium, and dark photo, based on the amount of light that got through the lens. A software process then combines all the photos to bring details to the shadows and highlights both. See my HDR Tutorial to see how this process works.



USAF F-16 Viper at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The Viper here has just left the runway and you can see the wheels just going up.

At air shows, use at least a 300mm lens and a high shutter speed to capture the action. If you have a good location near the runway, you may not 300mm and a zoom lens will help keep the aircraft in the viewfinder.

Show Me showing off

B-25 "Show-Me"

This is the B-25J Mitchell “Show Me.” Show Me is part of the Commemorative Air Force Wing stationed in St. Charles Missouri. The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces in every theater of WWII, and remained in service for years after the war concluded.

This photo was captured during St. Charles Airport’s Pumpkin Drop event. On a Saturday just before Halloween, pilots signup to drop pumpkins from their planes. The plane with the closest hit wins.

This is a very informal event with an abundance of opportunity to photograph planes in the air and on the ground.


Roofless Church

Side entry to the Roofless Church in New Harmony, IN, an architectural monument designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. The non-denominational church is open to the public and operated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

New Harmony is an interesting place to visit. They have a great restaurant, antique shops and interesting structures like this.

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