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.

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.

Sunrise in Forest Park

Early morning is Forest Park. Be sure to check out more Forest Park photos on this blog including some of the fall color photos. Millions of dollars and, more importantly, true dedication to this park in St. Louis has turned this area into the crown jewel of the City of St. Louis. There are unending opportunities for photographer including the beautiful vistas, the architecture and the zoo.

Here we have the sunrise over the Muny Opera pagoda. A high aperture is used to get the starburst effect.

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.

Scenic Barn

This was taken off Interstate 39 just North of Bloomington, Illinois. This is one of those situations where you are driving along the highway and you see one scenic barn after another and finally have to stop and take a photo!

This is a 3 shot HDR photo using the corner of my car window as the tripod.