Morning in Door County

A quiet morning on Lake Michigan. This bay is shallow so there is limited boat traffic and sitting on the dock watching the sunrise is a must for this area. Also this is a bay which keeps the waves down. This is a three shot HDR photo taken on a tripod. See my HDR tutorial for more information: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

Sunset in the Northwoods

One of my favorite places to visit is the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is an area in northern Wisconsin containing thousands of lakes surrounded by forests. This setting coupled with extended sunrises, sunsets and calls of the Loons makes this an ideal place to getaway and relax.

Here is a dock on Fishtrap Lake new Boulder Junction. To see my complete set of Northwoods photos see: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/. Be sure to click the little triangle at the top right of the page to start the slide show.

Chaumette Chalets

With Fall just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about heading out to a local winery or an interesting B&B out in the country. This is a photo of the “Chalets” at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery near scenic St. Genevieve, Missouri. Chaumette has it all: winery, restaurant and their beautiful Chalets.

This area actually sits high in the rolling hills in the area. The views are spectacular. My wife ad I spent the night in one of the Chalets and I ventured out early one morning to capture the sunrise.

Sunrise

I just returned from a three day retreat on the Mississippi. I go every other year so I posted a couple of photos before this one from previous visits. This is the first post from this year showing a fabulous sunrise over the river.

Morning on the Mississsippi

Early morning on the Mississippi. This is a scene from a retreat facility in southern St. Louis County. Set on a bluff above the river, the view extends for miles. Those that get up early enough, are rewarded by this spectacular scene.

This was taken at: 17mm, ISO 320, f2.8, 1/125sec. This s a three shot HDR processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

Sunrise on the Mississipi River

Sunrise in Forest Park

Early morning is Forest Park. Be sure to check out more Forest Park photos on this blog including some of the fall color photos. Millions of dollars and, more importantly, true dedication to this park in St. Louis has turned this area into the crown jewel of the City of St. Louis. There are unending opportunities for photographer including the beautiful vistas, the architecture and the zoo.

Here we have the sunrise over the Muny Opera pagoda. A high aperture is used to get the starburst effect.

Fall Colors in Forest Park

I watched these trees for about 10 days as they changed to red from the top down. This is St. Louis’ art museum in Forest Park. When the time was right, I took this photo a few minutes before sunrise as a 5 shot HDR (see my tutorial: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/), combined them in Photomatix and finished the photo in Lightroom. Since some of the photos are overexposed, you get a daylight look in the photo.

Nathan Frank Band Stand

An early walk in St. Louis’ Forest Park can be rewarding. This is the Nathan Frank Band Stand in front of what is known as the Muny Opera, an open air theater. This is a favorite area because there is so much to see within a few hundred feet.

This photo was taken just at sunrise. This is a five shot HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop. For more information see my tutorial on HDR: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

North Bay, Door County

A shallow area on Lake Michigan allows these reeds to grow around this dock, giving a nice effect for this early morning shot.This is one of the many scenic areas in Door County, Wisconsin. A photographer should plan to spend several days to get a number of nice shots.

 

Rural America

Early morning in Iowa. Point your camera just about anywhere in the Midwest and you will find an interesting composition. This was taken about ten minutes before sunrise and is a 3 shot HDR photo: 32mm, ISO 400, f6.3 with an average exposure of ¼ sec.