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Forest Park
Posted: April 05, 2021
 
Beautiful 80 degree afternoon, so I decided to make a trip to Forest Park and capture some Spring landscapes.

These shots were all taken hand-held.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: January 13, 2021
 
The temperature was in the 50's and I had not done any photography this year so I decided to go to Forest Park for a bit. My goal was to capture the stark look of the trees without leaves.

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Lone Elk Park
Posted: December 10, 2020
 

Rick Schuessler and I visited Lone Elk Park, the World Bird Sanctuary and Bader Park. I paired my Canon 500 mm with my Canon R5 to capture some Elk photos. Took a few landscape photos there as well with my Canon 24-70 mm. World Bird Sanctuary - nice selection of birds but it was difficult to get a clear shot of the birds due to the wire of the displays. Really like the photo of the Great Blue Heron.

The last photo (Canon 70-200 mm) was taken at Bader Park which is designed to accommodate model plane hobbyists. Pretty amazing to watch the radio controlled guys do their stuff!

 
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Hawn State Park
Posted: November 22, 2020
 

Today was a good "cloudy" day so I decided I would take a long drive (1-1/2 hours) to Hawn State Park. I have backpacked many times in this park and as I have recently had a buzz for woodland photography, I thought Hawn would offer some nice photo ops.

 
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Lafayette Square Doors
Posted: November 15, 2020
 

Took my Canon 135 f/2 lens out for the day with the new R5.

 I went to the Lafayette Square part of St. Louis. This area is one of a number of areas in St. Louis where folks have purchased vintage homes and lovingly restored them. One characteristic of these homes that stands out for me is the ornate entry doors of these homes.

 
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Forest Park
Posted: November 08, 2020
 
Went for another Fall outing in Forest Park today. I would say that the colors are right about peak or a little bit past.
 
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Highway 79
Posted: November 02, 2020
 
After a morning dental visit in St. Charles, I spent the rest of the day driving Highway 79 looking for excuses to depress the shutter button on my new Canon R5 camera.
 
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Augusta MO - Plus more
Posted: October 31, 2020
 

Today the weather was very nice so I spent the whole day on photography. I started out around Augusta MO. I had visited the above barn/out building in early October and wanted to return when the fall colors were closer to peak. I then drove to Meramec State Park where I had never been before. Captured a few decent photos there.

Tonight was the "blue moon". I was unable to get to a good location where I could catch the moon as it was first rising and therefore the "blue" moon. The next best thing was my backyard where I had shot the moon several nights ago. We had some cloudiness but just like with landscape photos, they provided some interest to the resultant capture. Some tree branches chimed in and I came up with a pretty decent Halloween photo.

 
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Forest Park
Posted: October 28, 2020
 

After being on order for six weeks, my new Canon R5 camera arrived. I took it out for my second Forest Park outing today. All of these shots were taken with tripod support (and a two-second shutter delay). It is not obvious with these size photos but the 45 MP does translate into more detail when viewing the full size photo close-up.

I also played around a bit with the focus stacking feature of the R5. The three focus stacked images I took start with the fungal growth on the tree trunk. I combined these images in Photoshop to get the final images that are displayed here. This is a pretty easy process both in camera and in Photoshop. I foresee using this technique for those special shots in the future.

 
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Forest Park
Posted: August 30, 2020
 

The weather was a bit cooler this morning so I decided to depress the shutter button on my camera for the first time this year.

 
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Blood Moon
Posted: January 25, 2019
 
I had planned to go to Forest Park in order to get some foreground interest in the shot.

As I came out of my front door and looked up in the sky, I realized that the moon was too high in the sky to get a shot with any foreground interest so I set up my tripod in my driveway. It was quite cold out but I was dressed for that. I was out there for about 45 minutes taking photos.

As you can see from this photo, I am not very skilled at obtaining a sharp focus on celestial objects. If you follow this blog, last summer's Milky Way photos also highlighted this weakness as well.
 
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Searching for Fall Colors
Posted: October 22, 2017
 
I went on a scouting trip to Forest Park today in search of Fall colors. No where near peak colors as yet but I took a few record shots.
 
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Cathedral of St. Louis
Posted: February 02, 2017
 
Today I decided I would go to the Cathedral of St. Louis on Lindell Blvd. I am not really sure if I have ever been inside this building before but I am positive I have never taken photos there.

I took my Canon 5D IV camera and two lenses... the 135 f/2 and the 24-70 f/2.8. After taking one or two shots with the 135, I quickly switched to the 24-70 to capture a wider field of view. I shot at ISO 12,800 to get a faster shutter speed. I took most of the shots on my tripod.
 
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Ben Scharff Baseball Game - Tamron 150-600
Posted: May 22, 2016
 
I went to see Ben Scharff play in a baseball game on Saturday afternoon.

It was a beautiful day to watch kids play baseball. kid around with the parents & siblings and take a few photos. For most of these photos, I used a monopod for camera support.

In case you were wondering, Ben's team lost.
 
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Forest Park - Tamron 150-600
Posted: May 15, 2016
 
I continued using the new lens today in Forest Park.

I went to the pond area along the east end of the park. I was hoping to spot some water fowl but there weren't any.

I did however meet a group of young fellows who are from India. They are in St. Louis for several months working on an IT project. We had a great time together. Nice folks.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: May 16, 2016
 
The weather was very nice today (albeit a bit on the humid side for my tastes).

After picking up some tickets to go see the Yonder Mountain String Band at The Pageant on April 9 and having a sandwich at Salume Beddu, I decided to go to Forest Park for some early spring photos.
 
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Fall Colors
Posted: October 25, 2015
 
Rick Scheussler and I decided on a photo outing to Shaw Nature Reserve and Lone Elk Park along the Highway 44 corridor.
 
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A Set Back in Time
Posted: January 17, 2015
 
Awhile back I had driven through the neighborhood where we lived until I was nine years old. The apartment buildings were blighted but seemed to offer some bit of character to them.
 
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Ferguson Missouri
Posted: November 30, 2014
 
It was a quiet Sunday morning in Ferguson. Very few folks were out and about. No demonstrations going on. I took photos of a number of signs that had been painted on the buildings.
 
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Augusta Missouri
Posted: November 07, 2013
 
I decided to visit Augusta, Missouri today. It is located in St. Charles County just west of the Missouri River. It was a very nice day and I got a few good shots of the town and the Augusta Winery.
 
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St. Joseph Missouri
Posted: September 03, 2013
 
On my drive out to and back from Driggs each summer I had only stopped in St. Joseph, Missouri to get gas and/or eat a meal. This time I decided to head west to the waterfront area hoping I might discover some nice photo ops.

The riverfront definitely did not offer any great photo ops but we ran into a section of town called "Museum Hill". It offered up some beautiful old homes.
 
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Soulard Market
Posted: May 08, 2013
 
I decided to visit to the Soulard Market today for my photography outing.
 
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Shaw Nature Reserve
Posted: May 12, 2013
 
I made a visit to Shaw Nature Reserve today. It is a nice "park" and offers some nice photo opportunities.
 
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Shaw Nature Reserve
Posted: October 24, 2012
 
This was my first ever visit to the Shaw Nature Reserve. Unfortunately the fall colors were mostly past prime, but this is a place I will definitely visit next Fall. The colors in the photo above are not too shabby.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: October 23, 2012
 
Since Fall colors are about at their peak, I decided to visit Forest Park this afternoon.
 
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Saturday Photo Trip to Augusta
Posted: October 20, 2012
 
I decided to take a drive to Augusta MO in the hopes of catching Fall colors at their peak. The leaves were pretty close to peak and I had a good day.

I went to the Montelle Winery where there were lots of folks enjoying the wonderful weather, the Fall colors, a great band and, of course, a glass or two of wine. Oh goody. I get to take photos of pretty women.

After the winery, I drove around the area looking for some other photo ops. I was able to get both landscape and detail photos of Fall. I missed on my attempt at some old buildings as I was shooting into the sun when the sun was too high in the sky.

I moved on to the Busch Wildlife Area, drove the loop road and stopped at a number of the lakes. This photo was taken about one hour before sunset. I post processed this in Lightroom 4.2 using some presets from Matt Kloskowski.

All in all a good day of photography!
 
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Missouri Highway 94
Posted: February 27, 2010
 
Drove up Highway 94 in Missouri in search of some eagles today.
 
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US Highway 64
Posted: December 06, 2009
 
This is something you don't see every day.

Highway 64 was under construction for over a year. Traffic was re-routed and St. Louis residents had to make big compromises. As a "thank you" to the public, folks were allowed to visit Highway 64 on foot, bike, stroller, skateboard, etc. the Sunday before it was opened to traffic.
 
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Augusta Missouri
Posted: November 03, 2008
 
I took a drive out to Augusta in quest of fall foliage.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: April 27, 2008
 
Good day to go to the park so I did.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: December 05, 2007
 
It was a nice overcast late afternoon, so I decided I would go to Forest Park to a wetlands area to take some photos.
 
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Soulard
Posted: April 21, 2007
 
My photography class went to Soulard Market today. There are a great number of opportunities to take photos with amazing colors.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: November 01, 2006
 
I went to Forest Park today to enjoy some fall colors.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: May 29, 2006
 
Went to Forest Park today.
 
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Forest Park
Posted: May 17, 2006
 
Spring in Forest Park.
 
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