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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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.

Kansas City

While in Kansas City for a meeting, I checked into the hotel. Asked if I had a floor preference, I told them the higher the better (always like a view). The clerk handed me the key (card) and up I went and found that I had been given a suite for the price of the discounted meeting price! I thought I would share the view.

This is a three shot HDR photo using an ISO of 200 at f7.1, 24mm and an average shutter speed of 6 seconds. A table was used as the tripod.

Kansas City

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!).

Door County, a great place for Artists and Photographers

A good place for artists and photographers is Door County, Wisconsin. If you are planing a visit to this area, finding a place to stay centrally located in important. I suggest the Village of Ephraim, this little cottage is a good example.

Posted by E.L. Engler Photography on Friday, March 10, 2017

See my Door County photos: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Door-County/

 

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.

Go back!

If there is a particular subject that  you like, I suggest you go back multiple times to photograph it. The more you study a subject, the better your understanding of how to photograph it.

One of my favorite subjects is a suspension bridge in St. Louis’ Forest Park. Below is a series ranging from 2008 to 2016. Things that have changed are my cameras and software. Some of the angles are different and the overall vision of the subject. Notice the distant shot in 2008 and the closeup in 2016. Which do you think is best?

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Summer 2016

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