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This was shot from inside the St. Louis Arch in August of 2006. Despite the majorly scratched windows and the camera being a Polaroid digital point & shoot, the...
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This was shot from inside the St. Louis Arch in August of 2006. Despite the majorly scratched windows and the camera being a Polaroid digital point & shoot, the shot came out much better than expected.
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BessieV
 
BessieV November 19, 2018
Makes one think how insignificant our problems are. Great shot!
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speedshark November 20, 2018
I am shocked and humbled. Thank you so much!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken from the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis back in 2006. I was excited about this trip because I had been fascinated with the Arch and its construction when I was younger.
Time
It was late afternoon when this was shot. The park had a nice crowd spread throughout.
Lighting
The sun was starting to go down and the the area below was shaded by the city.
Equipment
This was shot with my first digital camera: a Polaroid x530 point & shoot. It had a unique sensor that captured colors in a different manner from normal digital cameras, but with several drawbacks, it turns out. It had a terrible low-light threshold and anything shot on ISO 400 or higher was incredibly noisy, causing this photo to be fairly difficult to get without a tripod.
Inspiration
Being at the top of the Arch was something I had wanted to experience since I had first learned about it as a child. I had seen the crowd enjoying a free concert while I was approaching the Arch, yet it wasn't until I saw it from that height that I was able to appreciate the beauty of it.
Editing
I cropped this out of a much larger photo. Generally, I like to try and get my composition set up properly through the lens, but the camera I was using left me at a serious disadvantage there.
In my camera bag
I like to shoot a variety of styles, depending on my mood at that moment. I usually carry my Canon 5D Mk 4 with either a 100mm Macro L or a 24-105mm L. I also have a 16-35mm L and a 100-400mm L that I will carry along for certain outdoor trips.
Feedback
I never feel like I have good advice for other photographers as I find I am still learning after 20 years. The one thing that I can think of is: be patient! Sometimes you just have to wait for the shot to look just "right". I had several shots in which the crowd was too uneven on one side but after about 10 minutes, it finally balanced out and I was pleased with the final result!

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