The fireworks, by J & M Displays, were set off on barges anchored in the middle of the Mississippi River. The fireworks were presented by Edward Jones that started around 9:35 p.m. The Coast Guard and St. Louis Fire Department inspect the fireworks setup each year for safety.
This was the first time we have visited the Malcolm W. Memorial Park and it was wonderful. All the parking spots by 9:20 p.m. were taken so if you plan on going next year, you will need to get there early enough to get a spot.
The popular Mississippi River Overlook was inundated with people and photographers so we took the path of least resistance which turned out to be an empty field that smelled of freshly cut grass. It was a beautiful steamy night, really. By the end of the fireworks, the smell of grass was mixed with smoke. It was a unique fragrance that lingered on for a while due to the stillness of the night.
Live fireworks hit all the senses unlike any video game. The explosions are so loud they can damage your ears and the lingering smoke is actually cancerous. Like drinking a shot of whisky and chasing it down with a cigarette, it’s probably not healthy but it sure makes you feel good at the time.
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.
CAMERA: Sony A7 Lenses: Sony 85mm 1.8, Rokinon 14mm 2.8 Tripod: yes Weather: cold and rainy used umbrella for camera and hat for my head
Angad Arts Hotel (Grand Center Arts District) 3550 Samuel Shepard Dr St. Louis, MO 63103 Website: angadartshotel.com
The Grand Center Arts District is vibrant urban neighborhood filled with high-end art galleries and live venues such as the Fabulous Fox theater and Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
A mix of Italian eateries, steakhouses and bars with live music are great for date night or some late-night fun.
City Foundry STL Public Market is well underway and will be Grand Center’s new mecca for dining, shopping, entertainment and creative spaces. Weather permitting, this rehabbed 100-year-old Foundry is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020.
The fence graphics( aka wrapper) were created by Cannonball Advertising that runs along Forest Park and Vandeventer Avenues. Opening in 2020, this will most likely be the new hot spot for people in the Grand Center Arts District and beyond.
I talked with a young gentleman when I was shooting and he was really excited when I told him about the theater, the bowling alley, the food hall and all the retail that will be coming next year.
This year’s Annual Cabaret Risque 2019 featured International Showgirl Lola Van Ella and her award-winning burlesque crew, The Bon-Bons. It was sensual, funny and clean, a class act that even your mother could watch.
These ladies seduced the crowed with clean old-fashioned showgirl charm. The event was emceed by International Showgirl Lola Van Ella . She ran the show like clockwork and kept the crowed laughing with her quick wit and sexy banter.