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.
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.
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.
This is not a school house and not a lighthouse. It is what is known as a “range light.” There are two lights, one at each end of the walkway in the photo. The other light (not shown in this photo) is near Baileys Harbor and when ships lineup the two lights, they have found the safe route into the harbor.
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A quiet morning on Lake Michigan. This bay is shallow so there is limited boat traffic and sitting on the dock watching the sunrise is a must for this area. Also this is a bay which keeps the waves down. This is a three shot HDR photo taken on a tripod. See my HDR tutorial for more information: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/
One of my favorite places to visit is the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is an area in northern Wisconsin containing thousands of lakes surrounded by forests. This setting coupled with extended sunrises, sunsets and calls of the Loons makes this an ideal place to getaway and relax.
Here is a dock on Fishtrap Lake new Boulder Junction. To see my complete set of Northwoods photos see: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/. Be sure to click the little triangle at the top right of the page to start the slide show.
Scenic Pontiac, Illinois promotes it past association with the old Route 66. This town has a number of annual events and museums commemorating its past glory days. Also, they have these wonderful nostalgic scenes painted on walls around town.
These are iPhone 6s photos processed in Snapseed.
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 photos on this page, I attended a photowalk with Creve Coeur Camera. They have a very full schedule of classes and photowalks around the St. Louis area. Here we went to Creve Coeur Airport where the owners of these planes brought them out of their hangers so our group could photograph the planes on the ground and in the air. You could not get this type of access on your own.
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This dual cockpit Waco biplane has controls in both seats. A recent visit to Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis, Missouri allowed a few of us to photograph several planes, watch them fly and explore the cockpits.