Emil Davidzuk  

St Louis Riverfront by Emil Davidzuk

February 2021 - St Louis Riverfront

February 2021 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

St Louis Riverfront “ this is a view looking towards our riverfront at dusk from the M.L. King bridge that was closed for construction. A group of us used the bridge span to shoot to the north and south. This image is 3 exposure 4 panel HDR.

Workflow: I used PS and Silver Efex Pro and then LR filters plus adjustment brush to get the toning I wanted. I cropped the right side.

Shot with Sony A7RIII 70-180 mm at 70mm f2.8 lens, f11, ISO 400, -2,0, and +2 EV

6 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Emil, what a great opportunity to capture this scene. Nicely exposed and love the sky, and lights reflecting on the river. What concerns me is that the Arch leads my eye out of the frame and that there is nothing of interest inside the Arch. Was it possible to move to your left and compose the arch with some city buildings I see where you were at the widest point of your 70-180, otherwise I was going to suggest maybe a wider lens   Posted: 02/05/2021 14:28:01

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
WOW! You took a blah image and made it quite dramatic. I like the way the arch balances the buildings, the varied and interesting clouds, and the details that you brought out in the buildings and the bridgework. In the original, my eye was drawn to the reflections in the water, but now those same reflections are better integrated with the entire image and add to the drama. Great job!   Posted: 02/15/2021 17:50:29

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

I see a very dynamic image of the St Louis riverfront. There is so much to see in this image; superb detail in the high rises, bridge, and the clouds.

I see Bob's point about the arch, and I agree with Bunny that the arch balances the buildings. If this is an easy subject to photograph, next time, if you could center the short building under the arch more, I think, this will make the arch fit in better; they are overlapping each other right now. A move to the left, I hope, isn't too much trouble. This move might also work well with the angle of the bridge. What do you think?   Posted: 02/17/2021 09:33:05
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You make a good point about the building behind the north leg of the Arch. For now I will remove it

We enjoyed freedom to shoot anywhere along the bridge span last year because it was closed for construction on the Illinois side. I believe we were over halfway across the bridge (closer to the Illinois side) to shoot this waterfront sequence. If an opportunity arises to revisit this shot I will put your suggestion in play.


Emil   Posted: 02/17/2021 10:18:27

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, your conversion to B&W is outstanding! Although I understand and agree with the suggestion to take the photograph from a different position, I think you've created a beautiful image from your current photograph. I'm especially impressed with your handling of the light. By lighting the building windows, the sky, and the reflections in the water, you've transformed a snapshot into something that would look great hung on the walls of your home. Well done!

  Posted: 02/20/2021 11:01:57
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Yes, I have to agree with Oliver, you handled the lighting masterfully!

LT   Posted: 02/20/2021 15:30:16


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