Monday, July 13, 2009

St. Louis Arch: Another View

I probably should have done my good photographer's job and taken better notes, but the temp was somewhere just south of a billion degrees that day. We were tired and dehydrated.

I found myself using the Arch as a back drop quite frequently. It was too hard to make the only subject from where we were.

Not really sure what this church is called, but it's glow and the subtle hues of the arch were really cool to me.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The St. Louis Arch

When we got to St. Louis a little over a week ago, I was excited to see the Arch for the first time. Since this weekend was sprung on me as a complete surprise, I didn't do any research before getting there. Sure, I'd seen the arch in pictures before, but I really didn't know what to expect or take any time to think about just how I was going to shoot it.

This was one of the first shots I got. I really struggle sometimes to find ideas I like in creating new views of common things. This is a very popular subject.

This is the first a several different shots I got. The vignetting you see in the corners is an artifact created by the 17-85mm lens I was using.

As always, this shot is right out of the camera.

How do you get through the struggle of shooting very common scenes? Do you research your shoot locations? I'd love to hear what you think!

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Tunnel

Summer is hitting me head on this year. I've actually been taking tons of pictures this summer, I have unfortunately not had any time for post processing and the quest to convince the better half of the need for a new computer continues.

I got this shot while waiting for the train in St. Louis on my recent road trip.

I thought this photo did a great job of demonstrating a cool concept in photography. Converging lines. The way the entrance frames the shot was really cool for me as well.

Hope everyone is having a great Independence Day weekend!