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Another Gateway Arch Perspective

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by JusPlainCrayzee, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    Okay, I can take it...whaddaya think?

    After crossing over train tracks, climbing up a hill, and almost losing my balance on a concrete barrier which separated me from the Mississippi River, I managed to take this shot over the weekend.

    C&C please...

    BTW, when looking at this photo, the Arch itself appears to have jagged edges. If you click on the shot and enlarge it however, the jaggedness goes away. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong when posting?? Thks!

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  2. yamo


    Jun 28, 2007
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Greetings. Interesting shot... never seen the arch in person, must present all kinds of photographic challenges. :wink:

    The jagged edges is called aliasing (one of the things anti-alias filters remove on cameras). Here it is caused by the reduction in size of the image as first presented on the page. You are not doing anything wrong. If you size the long edge just a bit smaller (I use 900 pixels along the longest edge) it won't trigger the click to see full image process and your image will be presented up front without the jaggies.

    I like the shot you might crop (or straighten) the building on the left... running along the edge the wide angle distortion is emphasized.


  3. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    Thks sooo much, Yamo!! I was going crazy trying to figure out what was wrong and you're right about the distortion. I'll do the corrections tonite when I get home.

    Truly appreciate the feedback - it's exactly what I needed!

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  4. Lyndee,
    You found a great location and I agree it is a bit of a PITA to get there.
    IMO I don't think much is gained from the foliage and barge pipes in the foreground.
    I also think it would benefit from an earlier shoot time giving the eastern face of the arch more brightness and sparkle.

    Other than that it is a classic shot of the Arch and Old Courthouse / riverfront.

  5. aos111


    Mar 9, 2008
    little rock ar
    I've never shot from the east side of the river. Is this from the casino parking lot? I'm not seeing that much distortion from the Millennium Hotel.

  6. Stephan54


    May 13, 2006
    Like your shot.

    I tried to cross the tracks, but the sheriff and railroad people were not amused. So I ended up shooting from the railplatform.
  7. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    Thanks Don, Andy and Stephan for your comments and feedback - I really appreciate it!!

    Stephan - sorry you got stopped by the law!

    Andy, there is a street behind the casino. I don't know the street name, but if you drive past the entrance to the parking lot you'll dead end out onto the street I was on. Make a left, and you're there. I was fortunate that the sheriff was nowhere around - it was around 9:30 a.m. this past Sunday, so maybe they weren't up yet! :smile:

    Don, I see what you're saying about the lighting and shoot time, but I tell you what - it was creepy enough being over there at 9:30 a.m., especially since I was the only one around. Maybe when I get an extra dose of courage, I'll try for an earlier shoot time!!

    Thanks again, guys!!
  8. aos111


    Mar 9, 2008
    little rock ar
    So is it like off limits to people?

  9. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    No, it's not off limits, per se. It's a public street, but there are 'No Trespassing' signs along where the train tracks are. Add to that the fact that it's really desolate back there and I would just be really careful (one eye in the viewfinder, and the other eye watching everything else...!)

    On the plus side, that area gives a stunning view of the Arch and the skyline...
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