Storm on Lake Minoqua

The Thirsty Whale bar and restaurant is a unique place in Wisconsin’s Northwoods  for dining or enjoying drinks on Lake Minocqua. This old boathouse is a historic building on the lake. While having lunch on the deck, you watch come an go in their boats. It is also a good place to watch the famous Min-Aqua Bat ski show.

Downtown St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis in the heart of the Midwest. Here you see our Arch, Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals), the Mississippi River, Eads Bridge and more. A helicopter was the source of this photo. I prepared for several days for a 20 minute ride by watching videos, checking my camera and talking to my friends that arranged the flight. Tips: make sure the doors are off, use as a wide lens, use a high ISO for a fast shutter speed, don’t take anything you do not need and buckle in tight!

St. Louis

Yesterday I had the opportunity to tour our riverfront by Helicopter. Since the purpose was to photograph the area, we flew “doors off” so we could hang out for good shots. Included in this photo is downtown St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, Eads’ Bridge, the Stan Musial Bridge and the Mississippi River. On the horizon is the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers.

Be sure to click on the photo to see full size.

Here we are taking off from the airport:

Helocopter Arch-4

Old Courthouse

My hometown, St. Louis, with our old courthouse and the Gateway Arch behind it. The pathway here is part of the new Kiener Plaza (not sure what was wrong with the old Kiener Plaza). Lots to do and photograph in this area but be sure to get the Arch in the background!

This photo was taken about 30 minutes after sunset to get the nice even lighting. Also, this is a three shot bracketed photo to get the lighting right. Everything was processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

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.