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. This allows for more colors and no harsh shadows. Next comes the “Blue Hour” when, if you have a tripod, you can capture some very special photos.

Top Deck

Top Deck Restaurant on the grounds of Gordon Lodge. When in Door County, Wisconsin, this should be a #1 spot for dinner. For being on the east side of the peninsula, it has wonderful view of the sunset. The evening we had dinner there, there was a continuous orange glow on the horizon.  This is the view by boat taken just as the sun was setting.

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Chaumette

Missouri has a long history of being a first class wine producing state. The St. Louis area has many great wineries near-by and this is one of my favorite. Chaumette Vinyards and Winery is located in scenic Ste. Genevieve county and features great wine, dining and “chalets” for overnight stays. This is the main building for the winery and is designed after the local “French Creole Colonial” architecture brought to the area by the original settlers.

This photo is a three shot HDR photo which gives it its distinct look.

Spring Time in the Japanese Garden

Dedicated in 1977, the 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.

There are lots of photo opportunities in this area including several bridges, a dock, overlooks and, of course, the plants.

International World War I Memorial

This is the opposite view of the previous photo. The memorial faces Kansas City’s Union Station and is on a steep hill so as you  walk towards the memorial you can turn around for a spectacular view of the KC skyline. This is a hand held, three shot photo taken while walking up the hill. See how this type of photo is processed:  https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

Fall in the Park

One of the more spectacular areas in Forest Park is the Grand Basin with it’s 8 fountains and the Art Museum towering above. However, I like this quite area just to the east of the Basin. This is one of two waterways that allow you to take a paddle boat to the Grand Basin and the foot of Art Hill. The suspension bridge is always visible from a distance and makes for an interesting setting. Always bring your camera to Forest Park!

St. Charles County

This is an area in St. Charles County, Missouri, overlooking the Missouri River. In the Fall and Winter, you will usually find a pack of Basset Hounds in the area practicing their tracking skills. This little girl is on her way to help with the hounds.

Get your kicks on Route 66

I came across this mural in Pontiac, Illinois. Although Route 66 no longer exists, it is memorialized along it’s original route. Due to nostalgic nature of the highway there are thousands of photo opportunities along the way. The old highway is so iconic it draws people from all over the world to experience it in any way they can. While I was in Pontiac, I came across a convoy of old military vehicles that were traveling the route all the way to California just for the experience!

This photo was taken at night with my Apple 6S iPhone. It shows you do not need an expensive camera to capture great photos! This photo received 6500 views on my Flickr account and and is listed as my most interesting photo.

New Kiener Plaza

St. Louis Downtown’s Kiener Plaza. The Plaza just had a complete remake leaving only the statue. This great view includes the plaza, the Old Courthouse and the Arch. A wide lens allows you to get up close to the fountain while including the buildings and arch. Also this photo was taken well after sunset giving it a nice color.

World’s Fair Pavilion

A walk around St. Louis’ Forest Park can always be rewarding for photographers. This is the park’s “Grand Basin” which normally frames the Art Museum. However, as you walk around the edges of the lake, you can catch a glimpse of the World’s Fair Pavilion in the distance.

This photo is a three shot HDR photo taken on a tripod. For more information on the photo, click on it and then click on the “i” for the stats. Click here for more information on HDR.