Devil’s Pool Restaurant

Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgdale, MO is full of great restaurants. Devil’s Pool is a nice casual place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This interesting entrance hides a large dining area with a deck and an expansive view of Table Rock Lake in Missouri’s Ozarks. If the weather permits, watching the sunset from the deck is the way to go.

This is a hand held photo using a Nikon D90 with Nikkor 35mm, 1.8 lens. ISO was 1600 and Shutter Speed was 1/10th/Sec.

Alton, IL

The town of Alton, Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi. Previous photos were from South St. Louis County. This is on the edge of the northern border of St. Louis County near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Truly great rivers!

A great place to watch the river roll by

This blog, Great Rivers Imaging, comes from the heart of the nation. The confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers is just a few miles north of this photo. This outcrop on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi is a great place to observe it all!

Sunrise

I just returned from a three day retreat on the Mississippi. I go every other year so I posted a couple of photos before this one from previous visits. This is the first post from this year showing a fabulous sunrise over the river.

White House Retreat

Beautiful old buildings make good subjects for photography. This is a Catholic Retreat Center in South St. Louis County. Since 1922, White House has been offering 3 day preached retreats throughout the year on a beautiful 80 acre campus located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. With the Easter holiday right around the corner, I thought this would be a good photo to post.

This is a three shot HDR photo which brings out the nice color and clouds. It is finished in Topaz Impression to give it the painting effect.

Big Cedar Lodge

It is my goal to photograph unique places in the Midwest for my followers. Big Cedar Lodge has to be the unique of the unique! Over the next week I will be posting images from this resort and affiliate areas. Big Cedar has a marina, a bunch of fabulous restaurants, waterfalls everywhere, golf, caves and much more! From this photo you can see how beautiful the grounds are.

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Bunkers

A walk through Busch Wildlife Conservation Area is a walk back in time. The holes in the ground are actually ammunition bunkers. During World War II there was an ammunition manufacturing plant in the area. Rather than storing the finished product in a single area, it was stored in small, well fortified bunkers throughout the area. Click on the photo to see full screen.

Northwoods Eagles

As mentioned in my previous post, if you missed the Eagles in St. Louis (Alton area), travel up to Wisconsin and catch-up with them there. Studies show that most of them live in Vilas and Oneida counties, many on Lake Minocqua. This photo was taken on the grounds of The Pointe Hotel and Suites where there is a dead tree they like to use to keep watch on the lake. Photographing these birds you will need a telephoto lens of 300mm or more. Also use anti-shake features that is available on all of the new cameras.

Afternoon Sun

I spend Fall Sunday afternoons with a group called Three Creek Bassets, following the hounds though overgrown creek beds, around fields and along old roads. The setting afternoon sun in the countryside make it an enjoyable activity. This photo was taken with a Coolpix S9700 and processed in Lightroom.

Road to Northport

One of the keys to better photography is to go back multiple times. This is a scene I discovered in 2014 on my first visit to Door County, Wisconsin. This turns out to be a very popular view for photographers and artists to capture. There are always people in the area taking photos. My first visit was was on a sunny day, creating harsh shadows on the road. On this day, there was a light overcast which provided a bright day but mild shadows.

I used a telephoto lens to compress the road so the curves look closer than they really are. This is a 5 shot HDR photo used to give a natural look and better contrast. Editing in Photomatix and Lightroom gave the final version.

 

See the 2014 version