New Kiener Plaza

The new Kiener Plaza opens this space while giving the nice view of the Old Courthouse and Arch. It was pretty cold this day so there were not many people in the new area. This view gives a nice perspective of the leading lines of the pavement directing the view to the Arch.

New view of Downtown St. Louis is available through arch grounds rennovation

Cityscapes provide a nice view of metropolitan areas. For Kansas City, a great place to photograph the city is from their World War I memorial. Built on a high hill, your get a spectacular view of their Union Station with their downtown in the background.

With the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds, you can now get a beautiful shot of the Old Courthouse with many of the city’s landmark buildings in the background. In the past, there was a highway at the spot this photo was taken.

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.

St. Louis Courthouse

Last week I took the opportunity to visit St. Louis’ downtown area at dusk. Usually I am there for a sporting event or some other occasion and do not have the opportunity to take photos like this or the one before it. Since it is after sundown (dark), it takes time to scout a location, setup a tripod and then take the photo. A shot like this can take two or three minutes to capture.

City Garden Fountain

St. Louis installed a fun little park in their downtown area called City Garden. This is a sculpture park with all kinds of statues, water features and interactive devices. Here is a scene of a computerized fountain with the city court building in the background.

More from Downtown St. Louis

Here is another version of the previous post. This was a very rainy night that produced some great photos!

This is a three shot HDR photo (ISO 100, f13) with an average exposure of 6 seconds. Processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

Kiener Plaza

This is Kiener Plaza in St. Louis. More significantly, the building in the background is the Old Courthouse, built between 1839 and 1862. The Courthouse is the site where an enslaved husband and wife, Dred and Harriet Scott, sued for their freedom, and Virginia Minor sued for a woman’s right to vote in 1872. Also, the St. Louis Arch is in the background.

This photo was taken on a rainy evening at ISO 100 with the lens wide open to f2.8. It is a a three shot HDR photo processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.