Angad Arts Hotel St. Louis

Angad Arts Hotel view
Angad Arts Hotel St. Louis
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Angad Arts Hotel has a stunning view on the 12th-floor patio and Downtown St. Louis from the Angad is like a 3-mile light show. It’s the newest cityscape view of St. Louis with the Arch in the far background as well.

There were over 2000 photos taken on opening night – 11.01.2018.  It was raining at that time so the patio was vacant. I was equipped with my rain coat and hat along with an umbrella.

I took long exposures so I brought a tripod to keep it steady. My ISO was set at 50, the lowest setting which tends to bring out the shadows and enriches the colors as well. And I want to thank the staff for being so kind.

Angad Arts Hotel (Grand Center Arts District)
3550 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis, MO 63103

Teen Center of Excellence Ferguson, MO

Sept 13, 2018 - Rendering at construction site of Teen Center of Excellence and Boys & Girls Club of Greater St Louis in Ferguson/
Teen Center of Excellence Ferguson, MO
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The Boys and Girls Club & Teen Center of Excellence officially broke ground September 13, 2018 where a former Ponderosa once stood at 9200 West Florissant Avenue in the heart of Ferguson, MO.

The teen recreation facility is located less than half a mile from the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed four years ago.

The new facility will have and big auditorium, a teen lounge, a music/art studio, an outdoor garden, a nutrition education center, outdoor basketball and office space.

Mary Bonacorsi (Board Chair) started the ceremony with a speech inside a tent that was standing-room-only.

The nearly 27,000-square-foot facility is funded through a mix of private donations and corporate sponsorships.

Groundbreaking Speakers
1. Mary Bonacorsi Board Chair
2. Dr. Flint W. Fowler President
3. Dave Spence & Pat Sly Campaign Chairs
4. Dave Rabe & Kwana M. Cannon Donors
5. Reverend Traci Blackmon
6. Groundbreaking

Builder: KAI Design & Build
Architect: Arcturis
Stories: 3
Cost: $12.4-million (funded by private donations and corporate sponsorship)
Sq. Ft: 27,000-square-foot

St Louis Symphony Free Forest Park Concert

Sept 12, 2018 - St Louis Symphony Orchestra presented its 50th Annual Free Concert in Forest Park with Fireworks at the end.
St Louis Symphony Free Forest Park Concert
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St Louis Symphony Orchestra with Gemma New Conductor presented its 50th Annual Free Forest Park Concert at the bottom of Art Hill and it sounded great.

with the amplified speakers. It was a perfect night, around 80 degrees, and as you can see Art Hill was dotted with hundreds of people enjoying the classical favorites. The Orchestra used amplified speakers that could be heard all the way back by the St Louis Statue.

SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
RODGERS Selections from The Sound of Music
ALAN MENKEN Beauty and the Beast Overture
JOHN WILLIAMS “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

[VIDEO] Fireworks after the concert…

The Saint Louis Art Museum 300-car parking garage was closed due to a power outage but it didn’t seem to hinder the enthusiasm of the wonderful turnout.

Forest Park Concert
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:00pm
Art Hill in Forest Park
Gemma New, conductor

[PHOTOS] The night in chronological order…

Waterspout Tampa Bay, filmed with Sony A7

Sun Country Airlines features non stop flights from St. Louis to Tampa. The photo is a picture of Tampa Bay looking east on Fathers Day, June 17, 2018/
Waterspout Tampa Bay, filmed with Sony A7
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This waterspout was filmed with the Sony A7 ILCE full frame camera with the Sony 85mm 1.8 lens. It was after twilight but the lens pulled through since it I had the aperture wide open at F1.8.

The photos below were taken the the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens on the A7.  I had the aperture wide open at F2.8 to let as much light in as possible.

This sounds a but backwards but the higher the Aperture number, the smaller the aperture gets thereby letting less light in on the sensor resulting in a darker picture with less detail.


Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Lens photos samples at Tunica Casinos

June 21, 2018 - Roadhouse Hotel and Casino in Tunica Mississippi shot with Rokinon 14mm F2.8 on Sony A7 ILCE Carmera/
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Lens photos samples at Tunica Casinos
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Tunica, MS -June 21. 2018: For taking photos of the casinos in Tunica I used exclusively the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens. Tunica is well known for its beautifully lighted gambling casinos, but I had to set the camera to Bracketing Mode so I could get multiples exposures due to the extreme lighting contrast.

For example, I did one exposure for the bright signs, one for the sky and one for the buildings.  I did this so I could later combine them in Photoshop.

Most editing software will automatically combine multiple exposures and is not exclusive to only Photoshop but it happens to be the one I use.

I like the crazy perspectives from the Rokinon 14mm. For instance, most extremely wide angle lenses no matter what the cost have barrel distortion (leaning buildings) and vignetting (darkened edges) that can be fixed in Photoshop or Lightroom.

I, however, most of the time just leave the anomalies as they are; i just think there are kind of cool.

I recommend this lens since you can get under under $300 for the Sony E-mount cameras. I think right now it’s actually the cheapest 14mm F2.8 full frame E-mount on the market  You can price it and read more reviews at

HDR Photos using the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Lens

June 9, 2018 - Bracketed photos shot with the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens on a Sony A7 ILCE full frame camera at the Toyota Car Dealership in Paducah KY/
HDR Photos using the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Lens
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Each of the HDR Photos below consist of 3 bracketed shots taken with the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens on a Sony A7 ILCE full-frame camera.

Each bracketed set were 2-stops apart that gave us a normal exposure, a under exposure and an over exposed picture. We then combined them.

Instructions and steps to combine the shots in Photoshop:

Open Photoshop and go to File, then Automate, then Merge to HDR Pro and choose your photos that you want to combine. Photoshop will then do its magic which and open these combined pictures in Camera Raw.

Photoshop’s Camera Raw plugin enables you to have more control over your editing like never before. 


New Orleans Cityscapes Sony 85mm F1.8 photo samples

June 20, 2018: New Orleans aerial view of skyline with graffiti reading UPAE REZNOR painted on building using a Sony A7 ILCE Camera with a Sony 85mm 1.8 lens/by craigc
New Orleans Cityscapes Sony 85mm F1.8 photo samples
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New Orleans, LA – June 20, 2018: These photo samples are from rooftops in New Orleans that give a great aerial view of buildings and cityscape views.

On this shoot I used the Sony A7 ILCE Camera with a Sony 85mm 1.8 lens to get in a little closer to the subjects that are usually in the the middle of the photos.


Artistic Street Photography

Night Street Photography using Sony A7 on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA/Dec.2017
Artistic Street Photography
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Artistic Street Photography is fun, and the best part is that ‘there are no rules’ to follow.  From long exposures with light trails to adding your own background, anything goes with this genre.

It’s a no judgement zone – so to speak. Blurry subjects, lens flares or just bad pictures in general are all welcome in this melting pot of photo art.

The video includes photos from New Orleans and some from the city of Paducah, a small quaint town in the Midwest.

I hope the video and photos inspires someone out there. I remember my first time when I saw a long exposures and ridiculously overly processed images for the first time; it inspired me to try and create my own works.

The camera used was the A7 Sony full-frame with the 24-70mm F3.5 Sony kit lens and the Rokinon 14mm  F2.8 wide angle lens.


Rokinon 14mm F2.8 used for Gothic Church

Rokinon 14mm F2.8 on A7 Sony ILCE used for Gothic Church/
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 used for Gothic Church
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The Rokinon 14mm F2.8 FE e-mount lens was used on Sony A7 full frame camera to take these super wide angle photos of this historic gothic Church built in the 1800s in Paducah, Kentucky.

This is considered an economy lens that goes by three names: Rokinon, Samyang and Bower. They are all the same exact lens depending on what countries they are sold in.

The 14mm is a fixed lens meaning the focal length (14mm) is not adjustable. This focal length is extreme, maybe too extreme for some.

These photos were taken around sunset with cloud cover to boot. But with the big F2.8 aperture, it had no problem gathering enough light to brighten up those dark shadows a bit.