The Gateway

After driving from South Dakota down to St. Louis in a day, we were pretty tired and it was very late, but we made a quick stop to see the Gateway Arch. I don’t know how this thing is able to stay standing in a wind storm. Would like to go back for their fireworks display. I have seen some amazing shots with the fireworks going off right next to the arch.

St. Louis-1503

St Louis


7 responses

  1. This is excellent and very different. My wife is from St. Louis and I met her there. I hope you enjoyed the city (hehehe, I don’t but don’t tell my wife).

    14 July, 2010 at 8:09 am

  2. oh, just noticed you are using the new 16-35…it did a great job.

    14 July, 2010 at 8:10 am

  3. yourboyblue

    I’m jonesin’ for more pics, brother.

    20 July, 2010 at 4:40 am

  4. Sorry, been busy moving into a new place this past week. Should start working on shots in the next day or two.

    20 July, 2010 at 7:58 pm

  5. yourboyblue

    Woohoo! Hope the move is going well.
    That being said, how did you get such sharpness with such distance? Did you have a really small aperture or just a special kind of lens?

    21 July, 2010 at 2:19 am

  6. These were both shot at f11. I made sure that my 16-35 I just got was sharp corner to corner or I would have sent it back. I also try and be mindful of using hyper-focal distances, but I suck at math and I might not even be getting close to the correct focus point.

    The real secret is the sharpening program that I use. Nik software has these 2 sharpening programs that I pretty much use on every shot I post nowadays. I would definitely look into trying that program out. It automatically creates layers in Photoshop so you can easily paint through any of the areas you want to remain soft and the sharpened areas look much better than any other program I have ever tried.

    21 July, 2010 at 6:22 am

  7. Great takes on an oft-photographed landmark – both are strong compositions. I agree on Nik’s filters – they’re most excellent.

    9 August, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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