Dusk in St. Louis

The sun has set behind downtown St. Louis and the lighting system for the Arch has just turned on. 100 years ago the Mississippi River levee would have been lined with riverboats and the area in front of me would have been packed with warehouses. Freight trains were already replacing river trade and trucks wereContinue reading “Dusk in St. Louis”

Night Lights

Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch had stood unlighted for over 35 years, when Randy Burkett Lighting Design was commissioned to provide a design that would successfully reveal and celebrate the world renowned monument. It was an extreme technical and artistic challenge. At the outset of the project, it was dictated  by the National Park Service thatContinue reading “Night Lights”

Night time on the riverfront

The St. Louis riverfront featuring the Gateway Arch and the Eads Bridge. The City of St. Louis is connected to Illinois by an array of bridges. South of the city is the Popular Street Bridge, then, moving north, the Eads Bridge, MLK Bridge, Musial Bridge, MicKinley Bridge and, further north, the Chain of Rocks Bridge.Continue reading “Night time on the riverfront”

St. Louis Riverfront

Opened in 1874, Eads Bridge was the first bridge erected across the Mississippi south of the Missouri River. Earlier bridges were located north of the Missouri, where the Mississippi is smaller. None of the earlier bridges survive; Eads Bridge is the oldest bridge on the river. Also, the Eads Bridge is no longer a primaryContinue reading “St. Louis Riverfront”

Sunset at the Arch

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch makes a great subject for photography with endless possibilities. This photo was taken from a viewing platform in East St. Louis, Illinois. The platform gives various heights for a good angle. However, there are power lines and other structures in the way so it is not possible to get a “clean”Continue reading “Sunset at the Arch”

Clamorgan Alley

Clamorgan Alley is located on the original town of St. Louis as it was founded. Two blocks to the right is the Mississippi River and we are looking at the Gateway Arch. Over the past two centuries millions of people would have passed through on their we to find fame and fortune in the west.Continue reading “Clamorgan Alley”

Gateway Arch

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. The Arch gives St. Louis a stunning cityscape and is somethingContinue reading “Gateway Arch”

St. Louis

A helicopter view of St. Louis. I had the ability to fly with a group, “doors off,” to photograph our scenic riverfront. This gives immense flexibility to photograph your subject.  You have to make sure everything is secure so nothing flies out of the cabin. ON this trip I used a wide lens to getContinue reading “St. Louis”

River Chateau

This is a view of the St. Louis skyline from the deck of the Chain of Rocks Bridge. In addition to the buildings, you can see the St. Louis Arch. The little French Chateau building in the foreground is actually the water intake for the St. Louis water supply and is actually quite large andContinue reading “River Chateau”

The New Kiener Plaza

The new Kiener Plaza used the same statue as the old plaza and everything else is new. This is a gathering place for sports rallies in St. Louis, particularly the Cardinals and Blues. I think the Stanley Cup passed through here more than once. This is a three shot HDR Photo taken about 20 minutesContinue reading “The New Kiener Plaza”