Last rays of sunshine transition from a colorful sunset to the blue sky of dusk. North Bay in Wisconsin shelters the waters of Lake Michigan so you have a slow rolling surf able to reflect the colorful sky.
A special time to take photographs is during the “golden hour,” 30 minutes before and after sunset. This allows for more colors and no harsh shadows. Next comes the “Blue Hour” when, if you have a tripod, you can capture some very special photos.
This is Yo Yo the narrator for Circus Flora. Circus Flora is a one ring circus that annually tells a story through their acts. Here Yo Yo is watching The Flying Wallendas execute their high wire acts with precision. Yo Yo seems satisfied with the performance while the audience stares with amazement.
At a circus like this you have to have a pretty good camera. No flashes are allowed as one unexpected distraction could spell disaster for a high wire or trapeze artist. You will need a 50 – 150mm zoom lens on a camera that can handle high ISO such as 2000. Leave the flash at home and turn off any focus assist with a light.
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I came across this mural in Pontiac, Illinois. Although Route 66 no longer exists, it is memorialized along it’s original route. Due to nostalgic nature of the highway there are thousands of photo opportunities along the way. The old highway is so iconic it draws people from all over the world to experience it in any way they can. While I was in Pontiac, I came across a convoy of old military vehicles that were traveling the route all the way to California just for the experience!
This photo was taken at night with my Apple 6S iPhone. It shows you do not need an expensive camera to capture great photos! This photo received 6500 views on my Flickr account and and is listed as my most interesting photo.
Here is one more photo of the Arch and the St. Louis skyline showing a spectacular view towards Clayton and St. Louis County.
As we head into Fall, a good way to enjoy the nice weather and take in the scenery is to visit a local winery near you. Many of these places are set on high hills or bluffs which provide spectacular views. This photo was taken for from one of Chaumette Winery’s Chalets overlooking farms surrounding Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
The St. Louis skyline makes a great photograph with the Arch, the buildings and the river. This is a photo I took recently from a heliocopter photography trip. This was the low pass. After this photo was taken we turned around for another pass at a higher alititude.
I few weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter to photograph St. Louis’ riverfront. This is a pretty exciting thing to do if you get the chance. Be sure to have the doors off so there are not no obstructions (and be sure you are well buckeled in). Shooting with a higher ISO and a low f stop keeps the shutter speed fast. This helps counter the extreme vibration and movement of the helicopter.
In this flight with Fostaire Helocopters we flew with 3 photographers, 2 on the left and 1 on the right, behind the pilot. We flew over Busch Stadium and then did a high pass in front of the Arch and then came back arond again for a low pass. You can see the results on this page.