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Subtle tones

I really liked the soft tones of some photos I have seen and I have been looking for ways to accomplish the effect. What I found was that you really have to take these photos during the “Golden Hour.” That is, take your photos about 10 minutes before sunrise/sunset to 10 minutes after. The light […]

Christmas Scene

This is one of my favorite Christmas Photos. However I would not have found it if I did not follow one of the most important photography tips I have heard. That is, once you have found a good subject, take some time to study it and walk around it to find the best angle for […]

Botanical Garden Gatehouse

The holiday season offers a lot of opportunities for interesting photos. This is the old gatehouse at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Every year they create their “Garden Glow” where part of the property is highly decorated with lights and displays. It is a great place to photograph but do not take a tripod! To photograph […]

Christmas time at Kirkwood Station

The Kirkwood station is a busy place with families traveling to meet with friends and family for the holidays. This photo was something of a surprise. When this was taken, the sun was down and it was dark outside. Three exposures were taken, one under exposed, one over exposed and one at standard exposure. These […]

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 […]

Overlook

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 […]

Fading of the Golden Hour

Last rays of sunshine transition from a colorful sunset to the blue sky of dusk. North Bay in Wisconsin shelters the waters of Lake Michigan so you have a slow rolling surf able to reflect the colorful sky. A special time to take photographs is during the “golden hour,” 30 minutes before and after sunset. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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