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.

Reflecting pool

The St. Louis Arch grounds have been totally redesigned with an expansion of the underground museum and some enhanced vistas. This is one of two reflecting pools which seem to be as they were in the past. The Arch and its grounds are interesting subjects for photographers of all skills.

Reflecting Pond

Fall in the Park

One of the more spectacular areas in Forest Park is the Grand Basin with it’s 8 fountains and the Art Museum towering above. However, I like this quite area just to the east of the Basin. This is one of two waterways that allow you to take a paddle boat to the Grand Basin and the foot of Art Hill. The suspension bridge is always visible from a distance and makes for an interesting setting. Always bring your camera to Forest Park!

New Kiener Plaza

St. Louis Downtown’s Kiener Plaza. The Plaza just had a complete remake leaving only the statue. This great view includes the plaza, the Old Courthouse and the Arch. A wide lens allows you to get up close to the fountain while including the buildings and arch. Also this photo was taken well after sunset giving it a nice color.

World’s Fair Pavilion

A walk around St. Louis’ Forest Park can always be rewarding for photographers. This is the park’s “Grand Basin” which normally frames the Art Museum. However, as you walk around the edges of the lake, you can catch a glimpse of the¬†World’s Fair Pavilion in the distance.

This photo is a three shot HDR photo taken on a tripod. For more information on the photo, click on it and then click on the “i” for the stats. Click here for more information on HDR.

St. Louis

Yesterday I had the opportunity to tour our riverfront by Helicopter. Since the purpose was to photograph the area, we flew “doors off” so we could hang out for good shots. Included in this photo is downtown St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, Eads’ Bridge, the Stan Musial Bridge and the Mississippi River. On the horizon is the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers.

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Here we are taking off from the airport:

Helocopter Arch-4

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.