Photoshoot: Compton Hill Water Tower

The Compton Hill water tower is a stunning monument  to an era when form and beauty were as important as function.  The Tower, was designed by Harvey Ellis, for the firm of George R. Mann in 1897.  Located in St Louis, MO it is one of only seven of these structures still standing in the United States.   The Tower was an immediate tourist attraction and a highlight for visitors to St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair. The water tower is a standpipe encased in an architectural tower and was a critical part of the City’s early water system. The standpipe absorbed surges from the late-19th-century reciprocating water pumps, ensuring consistent water pressure. Because of its height in comparison to surrounding structures, a lantern was positioned at the windows at night to provide a point of reference to travelers.  In use until 1929, today it stands as a historical monument to a time long past.  Situated next the tower is a modern reservoir that has been designed to match the style of the Tower.

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Photoshoot: Washington University

Founded in 1853,  Washington University is a private Research University located in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.  Washington University or “Wash-U” was named after the first US President, George Washington.  The University campus has the classic look and feel of an old world ivy league  school.  A perfect place to shoot some architectural HDR in Infrared.2

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The Camsafe V9 One Serious Camera Bag

 

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Camsafe V9 anti-theft camera sling pack made by Pacsafe.  If you are not familiar with Pacsafe, they design bags to keep your gear safe, and they do it with style.

Let me put it this way, if James Bond needed a camera bag, . . . . .  he’d have this.

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Another Free Software for your IR Images

If you are looking for a low-cost, no-cost alternative to Photoshop, Lightroom, Corell, and the others, you may want to check out Autodesk’s Pixlr.

The software many already know as a phone app is now available for free download to your PC or MAC.

And here’s the surprise, It’s not bad,  It works.

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