Old Courthouse

My hometown, St. Louis, with our old courthouse and the Gateway Arch behind it. The pathway here is part of the new Kiener Plaza (not sure what was wrong with the old Kiener Plaza). Lots to do and photograph in this area but be sure to get the Arch in the background!

This photo was taken about 30 minutes after sunset to get the nice even lighting. Also, this is a three shot bracketed photo to get the lighting right. Everything was processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

Public Opinion

Spectators gather on the mid floors of the Missouri  State Capitol and look down onto the main floor where people celebrate the election of their favorite candidate. On night of the “Governor’s Ball” the Capitol is alive with people visiting their representative’s office, celebrating and exploring the vast caverns of the building.

The photo was taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Rotunda

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.

Be sure to follow this blog to see this exotic place.

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

Missouri State Capitol

Inauguration day in the Missouri State Capitol. As music plays in the rotunda all of the offices are staffed and full of people from both parties. Truly and exciting time to visit and open to anyone who wants to attend. This is a hand held photo taken at 1/10th of a second, f3.5, 18mm, ISO 2000. Two things that make this work are the anti-shake mode in the lens and the ability of the Nikon D7100 to handle low light situations well.

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Missouri State Capitol

Inauguration Day

Missouri State Capitol preparing for the inauguration of a new governor and seating of all of the new elected officials. This special day gave me an excuse to visit our historic capitol building and explore its hallways for hidden treasures.

Missouri State Capitol

Forest Park Waterway

It was a beautiful day today in St. Louis so time to take the dogs for a walk in Forest Park. This is one of my favorite subjects in the park, an old suspension footbridge. The dogs hate this bridge because it has sort of a screen bottom that you can see through. It also sways (not good). If you look through the photos on this page you can see various photos of this bridge.

Climatron

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron

The Climatron simulates a tropical lowland rainforest. In the Climatron there are about 1,200 species of the total estimated 160,000 species of tropical plants. It is an introduction to tropical plants and gives a good glimpse of a warm moist forest. No building can begin to house all of the diverse plant forms found in the tropics, but the Climatron illustrates the structure of the rainforest and many of its special characteristics.

About half of the plants in the Climatron were collected in the field, which gives them more scientific value than plants raised in a greenhouse. The Climatron is also home to representatives of numerous endangered species. Just preserving single specimens of endangered plants cannot save a species. It can help to save a species, however, if these plants are where visitors can see them, learn about them and appreciate them.

 

The Castle at Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka (25 of 1)

Here is another view of the “Castle” at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This was actually a large mansion on a bluff overlooking a beautiful valley in the Missouri Ozarks. The man who designed it never lived to see it completed. Due to his sudden death, the property was never properly maintained and the home eventually was destroyed by fire.

This is a very large building and directly behind me is a steep bluff so getting far enough away to get the whole facade in the photo is almost impossible. Also to catch the drama of the lighting from the sunset meant capturing the scene from the dark side of the building. To counter these issues, I used a 10mm wide angle lens and took 5 shots of the right side of the building at different exposures and 5 shots of the left side of the building. Each of these 5 photos were combined in Lightroom using its HDR function. Then the results were combined in Lightroom again using its Panorama function. These results were then edited in Photomatix.