Devil’s Pool Restaurant

Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgdale, MO is full of great restaurants. Devil’s Pool is a nice casual place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This interesting entrance hides a large dining area with a deck and an expansive view of Table Rock Lake in Missouri’s Ozarks. If the weather permits, watching the sunset from the deck is the way to go.

This is a hand held photo using a Nikon D90 with Nikkor 35mm, 1.8 lens. ISO was 1600 and Shutter Speed was 1/10th/Sec.

Page County Courthouse

One of the many county courthouses across our country. This is the Page County Courthouse in Clarinda, IA. Clarinda is a picturesque town in Southwestern Iowa, the hometown of Glenn Miller and adopted hometown of baseball legend Ozzie Smith.

The photo was taken on a tripod using a 100 ISO, f8, 15 second exposure. It is actually three photos combined as on using Photomatix.

Kansas City Union Station

Part II of the previous photo. Taken late night from a suite at the Crown Center Hotel. Note the empty parking lot and streets. This is a three shot HDR photo using a coffee table as a tripod. For infomation on HDR photography Click Here.

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

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/

Porcelain Elephants

St. Louis Botanical Garden’s Lantern Festival. Thousands of porcelain plates were used to create this fountain.  This is a six second exposure using f22 to blur the water and add the “star burst” to the lights.

So, you want to buy a new camera….

 

City Garden (33 of 1)
This is a three shot photo take with a Nikon D7100 with a Sigma 17-50mm lens at 17mm. The three photos were combined in Lightroom into a HDR Photo. Other specs on this photo: ISO 1000, average exposure: 5 sec., f7.1. A tripod was used and no flash.

By: Ted Engler

Are you thinking about taking better photos? Perhaps you have been using an iPhone camera or other cellphone device and want to produce something more interesting. If you want outstanding photos, there are two things that you need to do: 1. Invest the money in equipment and software and 2. Invest the time needed take the photos and process them.

You will need higher end cameras and software. Using digital cameras eliminates the need for an investment in film. However, you will need to invest in software needed for processing the photos and spend time learning to use that software. Entry level Nikon cameras cost about $450 and go up to $750 for the higher end entry level camera (if you are wondering, the highest pro level DSLR is the Nikon D5 at $6,500. Other types of cameras go far above that). Here is a link for Nikon’s entry level cameras. I also suggest you look at Cannon, Pentax and Olympus.

In the Nikon category, I would suggest the D5500 at $750 ($1,050 with lens). This will give you some great options that the D3XXXs do not have. Continue reading

Planetarium

Our local Planetarium in St. Louis. This is part of our science center and they do a good job of lighting the top. This is part of the Christmas theme and there is even a bow!

Kansas City Union Station

Here is another photo from Kansas City’s Crown Center Hotel (see previous post). I took this late enough that there were very few cars in the parking lot. Also, it was very nice of the Union Station people to use interesting red lights on the building. This is a three shot HDR photo using a side table as a tripod.

Downtown KC

On a recent trip to  Kansas City, my hotel unexpectedly gave me a suite on the top floor. The room had sliding window that allowed me to open it and take this photo. Using a table as a tripod, this is a three shot HDR photo shot at an ISO of 200, f7.1 and an average 6 second exposure time.

Kansas City