The Arch, Angles and A View From The Top

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If you are a St. Louis native, like me born and raised, or grew up within two hours of the city you most likely have visited the “gateway to the midwest”.  Visiting the St. Louis Arch is a fun and low cost activity for a family, community group, or school.  It also is one of the most unquie state or city monuments that you can visit in the United States.  The Arch was completed on October 28th, 1965 and stands 613 feet tall which makes it the tallest national monument in our nation (http://www.stlouisarch.com/experience/the-gateway-arch/).  As a tourist visting the area it is well worth making time to experience everything this attraction has to offer.

The slide show above is a series of different angles from the bottom of the Arch as well as some interesting views from the top.  If you are a photographer wanting to capture the awe of this structure I suggest a wide angle lens and showing up before the middle of the afternoon when the sun is at it’s brightest.  These pictures were taken at about 1 or 2pm in the afternoon, so the sky line is a bit harsh looking up from the sides of the Arch.  I was also using the only lens I had at the time, my kit lens, which is a 18-55mm zoom f/3.5-5.6.  I imagine I will continue photographing this structure throughout my life as I get new gear because it is truly a wonder and makes for a phenomenal subject.

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