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!


fxmixer said...

This is cool. I often just start shooting at a new place to get the juices flowing. Also, when I find something I find interesting, I shoot it from every angle I think of.

surprised mom said...

Thanks for a unique perspective on the St. Louis Arch. I can't offer you any advice, but I wanted to let you know I really like the photo.

OhCaptain said...

Fxmixer: I shot about 200 shots around the Arch. I'm still post processing them. We didn't have a car so we were limited in our angles and distance (aka. I was standing RIGHT UNDER IT most of the time...sigh)

Surprised Mom: as always, I appreciate your kind words. Photography is often a quest for seeing things just a little differently then you'd expect.

Memphis MOJO said...

Nice shot.

Yes, it's unusual. I've grew up in Illinois nearby, so I've seen the arch a bunch. Yet, when I first saw the pic, I didn't recognize it. Good job!

Wolynski said...

Very nice photos. It's difficult to take a unique shot of something that's been photographed a million times, unless there's a curious cloud formation or something. So take your usual touristy photo, then take an extreme close-up of a detail and then you'll find something else.