Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Photos of the Soulard Neighborhood at Dusk

PHOTOGRAPHERS often say that the best time of day to get excellent color is at dusk. Last Saturday I was in Saint Louis' Soulard Neighborhood at that time of day, and thought that I would try to get some good dusk colors in that picturesque 19th Century neighborhood. These photos were all taken within a few blocks, and in a 45 minute period. These photos do not exhaust the visual charm of that area!

Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior at dusk 1

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 5

The several chimney pots on this otherwise small building tell us that it predates central heating, and indeed probably had many fireplaces or stoves.  Like many buildings in this district, this is now a bar and restaurant.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - old fire station

A former firehouse.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 1

As I walked around the block, the mainly overcast sky was continually changing; and as it got darker, the color of the sky changed quality; towards the end of these photos, artificial lighting overwhelmed the sky light. I think that some of these have interesting colors and skies.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 3

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 4

This neighborhood has many Mansard roofs.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 2

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 7

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 8

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 6

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 10

Soulard was also known as Frenchtown, and many of the buildings have a French architectural influence.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 9

Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - tower at dusk

Saint Vincent de Paul Church, with downtown in the background.

Saint John Nepomuk Roman Catholic Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior at dusk

Saint John Nepomuk Chapel.

Soulard Neighborhood, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - building 11

Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior at dusk 2

Saints Peter and Paul, again, after night had fallen.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Mark. Great photos! I love that time of day too; my favorite photos tend to be late afternoon into dusk because the lighting is so special. I'm not a pro and do lots of point and click, no tripod, so the lighting is kind to my shake ha. Love the buildings as subjects, especially your compositions.

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  2. Thanks! I'm always looking for good color to photograph.

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  3. Great photos! Magical light, sense of color and adjustments. Outstanding composition. Really enjoyed seeing your work!

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