Linnean House Missouri Botanical Garden

 

The Linnean House is a beautiful greenhouse on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  For anyone familiar with science, the name probably rings a bell.  The house was named after the Carl Linnaeus, the “Father of Taxonomy.”  I’ve been through this building many times and didn’t quite know how to capture it in a photo.  As with some of my other recent work, I decided HDR would provide the best technique to really make the gorgeous stained glass and brick pop.

The shot is composed of eight different exposures using the auto-bracketing feature of the MagicLantern firmware.  It took a few tries since visitor kept walking through my shots but I finally managed to get some clean shots.  If you’re ever in or near St. Louis, Mo then you have to stop by the Missouri Botanical Garden.  It is definitely worth the trip!

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International Truck

This International truck is parked in front of the Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville, IL.  Eckert’s is a local farm and orchard that I’ve been to many times and I’ve always wanted to photograph this old truck.  They actually have a few of them on the property and I may try to photograph the others the next time I visit.

I brought my camera gear along to take photos of my family and to take some family shots for our friends as well.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day and the sky was just perfect.  Since I had my camera with me and knew this truck would be an excellent subject, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  The image is a 3 exposure, handheld shot that I then edited in Photomatix Pro. For the most part, it turned out how I had imagined so I’m pretty happy with the result.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear comments and critique.

 

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve gone to watch a fireworks display on Independence Day.  This year my wife and I decided it would be fun to take our 8 month old daughter to watch the show at the local park.  Of course I had to bring my photo gear along and I’m glad I did!  Thanks to some simple tips posted by Rick Sammon over on Google+ I was able to quickly dial in the settings I needed.  Considering this was the first time I’ve taken photos of fireworks, I’m really happy with the results.  I’ll be sure to attend a show next year, hopefully the Fair St. Louis fireworks display.  Please feel free to leave feedback!  Thanks for viewing.

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Ross Barnett Reservoir – HDR Tugboat #2

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This tugboat (I think that’s what it is) is the 3rd photo I took during my trip to the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, MS.  I’ve really started to enjoy HDR for subjects such as this one, as long as it’s not too over the top with the HDR settings.  The was taken just as the Sun was about to set which cast a nice light across the water.  Please feel free to leave feedback!

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Ross Barnett Reservoir – HDR Tugboat

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This tugboat is another of the HDR boat photos that I took recently during my trip to Jackson, MS.  I believe it’s a tugboat but I’m not 100% sure.  This boat was docked about 5 feet away from the boat that was posted yesterday.  I still have one more that I’ll share with you tomorrow :)  Please give me feedback!

 

 

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