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.

Fall Colors in Forest Park

I watched these trees for about 10 days as they changed to red from the top down. This is St. Louis’ art museum in Forest Park. When the time was right, I took this photo a few minutes before sunrise as a 5 shot HDR (see my tutorial: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/), combined them in Photomatix and finished the photo in Lightroom. Since some of the photos are overexposed, you get a daylight look in the photo.

Road to Star Lake

The upper Midwest can provide some of the most spectacular fall colors and scenic drives. This is a road along Star Lake headed towards Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, an area that includes Manitowish Waters and Minocqua, an island town. Spending a few days here in early October is well worth the trip!

Suspension Bridge

The wild grasses planted in St. Louis’ Forest Park always make for nice fall scenes. This afternoon I was out walking with the dogs, taking some photos and took a quick one of this foot bridge. This always seems to be a popular subject of mine. Also, the bridge is a suspension bridge and due to the swaying the dogs will not cross it.

New Harmony

A favorite place to visit in the Midwest is New Harmony, Indiana. One fall visit was rewarded with these fantastic colors. New Harmony is one of those communities wedged in the past and present. Main features include 19th Century, early 20th Century and modernistic architecture. People drive for hours just to have lunch at their Red Geranium restaurant.

Windy Road

This is a road on the northern tip of the Door County peninsula in Wisconsin. Researching a visit to Door County last fall I found that this was a very popular place to photograph. Visiting some art shows in the area, this was also a favorite scene in artists portfolio of work. When I drove to this area to take a look, there were several other photographers already taking photos. What makes this windy road interesting is the “compression” effect of the telephoto lens. This was taken with my Tamron 70-300mm lens, set to 185mm. At this setting almost all of the road is included in the scene even thought it goes back for almost a half mile. The telephoto lens, as it is supposed to do, makes everything look closer. Unfortunately this was a bad time of day and weather condition for this photo. Sunrise, sunset or overcast conditions would have removed the distracting tree shadows.

More converging lines

Here is another photo with converging lines but in a different environment. Taken on a very foggy morning just hours before the snows arrived in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Converging lines is a technique to draw the viewer into the photo. Also the fall color makes an interesting composition. On this morning I took a walk without a tripod so I was using an ISO of 1600. I used a Nikkor 18-105mm on my D7100 at f13 and 1/00th sec.