The day before last month’s solar eclipse I took a little road-trip with my kids to St Louis. I figured the shortish drive from Chicago to St Louis was worth the quick getaway and a chance for the kids to see a new city before heading a bit further south to experience totality of the eclipse. One of our stops was, of course, the Gateway Arch.
I was here years ago and remember going up the arch in those tiny little cars. Given my slight claustrophobia I was nervous but it went better than expected. At least they’re air conditioned now! Thankfully, because it was 99 degrees with about 100% humidity…yuck! My son was pretty scared but he managed and warmed up to walking around the top of the arch and taking in the view.
Photographically I, of course, focused on creating some abstracts. We were there around 8:30-11am so the sun was quite harsh creating some drama between the shiny steel and the sunlight/sky. We had pretty clear blue skies and I liked the way the neutral color of the steel interacts with the blue sky. I also like the B&W versions because of the sole focus being on the shape of the arch.
Because of my usual indecisive nature between color and B&W, I’m sharing side-by-side comparisons. Enjoy! 😉 Let me know if you have a preference.