Monday, October 05, 2009

St. Louis

One of the things I like to do while we are in St. Louis for Archon is to go over and take cityscape shots of St. Louis. Each year the sunsets are different - different clouds, different colors, etc. This year I was lucky and the Busch Stadium lights were not on. I like to get there before sunset and take sequences of shot without moving the camera or changing the zoom so that I can play with the images later for specific looks.

These may not be the final versions, but here are the initial workups of this year's shoot. You can click on each image to get a larger view.

The sun was not in exactly the best place for where I was to get the golden hue behind the arch. But in this version I was trying to get the sunset glowing sky and yet keep detail in the buildings rather than a silhouette and get the street lights. So the images used for the HDR were taken over a longer time frame.

This HDR version was created to produce an image similar to what your eyes see at twilight:

I chose the first vantage point so that I could avoid getting a building crane in my skyline shots. But I also wanted view that would get the courthouse better, so I moved. I think I wish I had moved earlier so that the sky would not have been quite as dark.

I also wanted a vertical shot this year: