Gateway to the West

Apparently this is the tallest arch in the world and the tallest man-made monument in the United States! 630 ft (190 meters) tall. Those black rectangles are windows that you can peek out of once you’re at the top.

St Louis Arch is the tallest arch in the world Not So SAHM

Gateway to the West – ProjectEdit365 – 08 June

The original looked good in color, but I love how the steel lends itself to black and white. I increased the clarity and decreased the contrast. I played with the Tone Curve sliders tonight to get the desired look. I confess, I do not understand Tone Curve and so I rarely use it. I need to study up!


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Scale in Photography (St Louis Arch)

I follow Digital Photography School on Facebook and read their post the other day about How to Use the Human Form to Give a Sense of Scale to Your Images. I love the images that they use as examples. I love lines. It reminded me of this picture I took a couple years ago when we visited St Louis.

St Louis Arch - NotSoSAHM

St Louis Arch – so tall!

I wasn’t even thinking about scale when I took the picture; I wanted to capture my family and the Arch. But it’s so cool to see it in that respect. The trees help give a sense of scale, too. My husband is just under 6 feet tall.

We visited on a weekday in April and it wasn’t crowded at all. Still, I was surprised that I was able to capture my family alone. This is one of those pictures that I really should print and hang on the wall. (Is anyone else as bad as I am about that?)

If you’re into photography, do you have any pictures that give a sense of scale like this? Link to them in the comments, please. I’d love to take a look!


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St Louis Arch and meeting a blog friend!

The cool thing about blogging is that you can make friends with people half way across the country or around the globe. When we were in St Louis I made sure to get in touch with NV, author of This D*mn House. NV and I “met” when she commented on my post about me mowing my lawn for the very first time. She is good at house DIY. . . Me? Not so much. So I have enjoyed reading her blog and all the projects she has accomplished. She’s also a lover of architecture and I love her posts on the history and architecture of the buildings of St Louis.

N suggested a great BBQ place, Pappy’s, and we met for lunch on a beautiful, sunny day. It was gooooooood!

It was so fun to meet up in person! Thanks, N!

After lunch we headed over to the Arch. Talk about architecture! My photo prompt for the week was to include a paper airplane in a picture. This was the perfect place for that! Enjoy the pics (I’m also playing around with watermarking).

This last picture is so cool because my hubby and girls are the only people in the picture. I didn’t even have to photoshop anybody out!