Fall in the Park

One of the more spectacular areas in Forest Park is the Grand Basin with it’s 8 fountains and the Art Museum towering above. However, I like this quite area just to the east of the Basin. This is one of two waterways that allow you to take a paddle boat to the Grand Basin and the foot of Art Hill. The suspension bridge is always visible from a distance and makes for an interesting setting. Always bring your camera to Forest Park!

Pagoda

I spent some time in Forest Park this weekend taking photos. If you are walking around with a camera there are unlimited opportunities for interesting photos. This is the park’s Muny Opera and pagoda, a beautifully designed area. In this photo, the sun has set and the lights have just come on.

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.

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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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.

Nathan Frank Band Stand

An early walk in St. Louis’ Forest Park can be rewarding. This is the Nathan Frank Band Stand in front of what is known as the Muny Opera, an open air theater. This is a favorite area because there is so much to see within a few hundred feet.

This photo was taken just at sunrise. This is a five shot HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop. For more information see my tutorial on HDR: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/