Wall Art

Scenic Pontiac, Illinois promotes it past association with the old Route 66. This town has a number of annual events and museums commemorating its past glory days. Also, they have these wonderful nostalgic scenes painted on walls around town.

These are iPhone 6s photos processed in Snapseed.

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Use photowalks to get interesting photos

How do you get interesting photos of places that are hard to get into? My suggestion is get involved with groups that have regular photowalks. Check their schedules for events that would be of interest to you. Groups that have photowalks are camera clubs, private instructors and camera stores.

For this and a few other photos on this page, I attended a photowalk with Creve Coeur Camera. They have a very full schedule of classes and photowalks around the St. Louis area. Here we went to Creve Coeur Airport where the owners of these planes brought them out of their hangers so our group could photograph the planes on the ground and in the air. You could not get this type of access on your own.

Dual Control Panels

This dual cockpit Waco biplane has controls in both seats. A recent visit to Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis, Missouri allowed a few of us to photograph several planes, watch them fly and explore the cockpits.

Waco UMF-5

I had a chance to visit Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis. This special airport is home for small private planes, biplanes and experimental planes. On this visit, a few of the well maintained biplanes were brought out for us to photograph. This is a Waco UMF-5 built in the 30’s.

Spectacular view in Ste. Genevieve County

As we head into Fall, a good way to enjoy the nice weather and take in the scenery is to visit a local winery near you. Many of these places are set on high hills or bluffs which provide spectacular views. This photo was taken for from one of Chaumette Winery’s Chalets overlooking farms surrounding Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Chaumette Chalets

With Fall just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about heading out to a local winery or an interesting B&B out in the country. This is a photo of the “Chalets” at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery near scenic St. Genevieve, Missouri. Chaumette has it all: winery, restaurant and their beautiful Chalets.

This area actually sits high in the rolling hills in the area. The views are spectacular. My wife ad I spent the night in one of the Chalets and I ventured out early one morning to capture the sunrise.

Flying low in front of the St. Louis Arch

The St. Louis skyline makes a great photograph with the Arch, the buildings and the river. This is a photo I took recently from a heliocopter photography trip. This was the low pass. After this photo was taken we turned around for another pass at  a higher alititude.

Flying Doors Off

I few weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter to photograph St. Louis’ riverfront. This is a pretty exciting thing to do if you get the chance. Be sure to have the doors off so there are not no obstructions (and be sure you are well buckeled in). Shooting with a higher ISO and a low f stop keeps the shutter speed fast. This helps counter the extreme vibration and movement of the helicopter.

In this flight with Fostaire Helocopters we flew with 4 photographers, 2 on the left and 1 on the right, behind the pilot. We flew over Busch Stadium and then did a high pass in front of the Arch and then came back arond again for a low pass. You can see the results on this page.

Eclipse

Monday I closed the office, gave the employees paid vacation and headed down to De Soto, Missouri to get my best shot at the eclipse. Here is the result to add to all of the others out there. The total eclipse was something to experience with the slowly darkening sky and suddenly there is this black eye looking down at you!