Drunken Fish

While walking around the Central West End in St. Louis, this looked like a pretty good subject for a photo. The Central West End has lots of interesting restaurants, stores and people. As noted in the previous photo, we had lunch at Llywelyn’s with my wife and our Basset Hounds and then walked for a few blocks to see the sights! Watch for the hounds in my next post.

Llywelyn’s

On Memorial Day I took my wife and Basset Hounds to lunch in St. Louis’ Central West End. This is an eclectic area with lots of interesting restaurants, shops and people. Llywelyn’s is an old restaurant in the area with good food. While we had lunch, the dogs did a little people watching!

Public Opinion

Spectators gather on the mid floors of the Missouri  State Capitol and look down onto the main floor where people celebrate the election of their favorite candidate. On night of the “Governor’s Ball” the Capitol is alive with people visiting their representative’s office, celebrating and exploring the vast caverns of the building.

The photo was taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Rotunda

Page County Courthouse

One of the many county courthouses across our country. This is the Page County Courthouse in Clarinda, IA. Clarinda is a picturesque town in Southwestern Iowa, the hometown of Glenn Miller and adopted hometown of baseball legend Ozzie Smith.

The photo was taken on a tripod using a 100 ISO, f8, 15 second exposure. It is actually three photos combined as on using Photomatix.

Morning on the Mississsippi

Early morning on the Mississippi. This is a scene from a retreat facility in southern St. Louis County. Set on a bluff above the river, the view extends for miles. Those that get up early enough, are rewarded by this spectacular scene.

This was taken at: 17mm, ISO 320, f2.8, 1/125sec. This s a three shot HDR processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

Sunrise on the Mississipi River

Kansas City Union Station

Part II of the previous photo. Taken late night from a suite at the Crown Center Hotel. Note the empty parking lot and streets. This is a three shot HDR photo using a coffee table as a tripod. For infomation on HDR photography Click Here.

Wilson’s Restaurant

Just around the corner from the Moravia Street Cottage mentioned in the previous post is Ephraim’s  iconic Wilson’s Restaurant in Door County. Famous for their ice cream, this is a great place to stop for lunch, desert or both! Then, down the road is Al Johnson’s Restaurant where they have live goats on the roof (be careful when you go in, you do not want to be hit by anything falling out of the sky!).

St. Louis Art Museum

Here is another photo of Louis IX and the St. Louis Art Museum. This was a photo from a walk taken at sunset around Forest Park’s Grand Basin. A tripod was used to take this three shot HDR Photo. To see more photos of Forest Park go to: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Forest-Park/

For more information on HDR photography go to: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

Louis IX

Forest Park’s, and perhaps St. Louis’s, most famous statue is of Louis IX of France. This photo was taken in front of the St. Louis Art Museum early after sunset. To get the photo, a tripod was used and camera settings of 100 ISO, 18mm, f18 with the lens open for 13 seconds. The f18 aperture gave the star burst effect.

Missouri State Capitol

Inauguration day in the Missouri State Capitol. As music plays in the rotunda all of the offices are staffed and full of people from both parties. Truly and exciting time to visit and open to anyone who wants to attend. This is a hand held photo taken at 1/10th of a second, f3.5, 18mm, ISO 2000. Two things that make this work are the anti-shake mode in the lens and the ability of the Nikon D7100 to handle low light situations well.

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Missouri State Capitol