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St. Louis from the Mississippi River by Kevin G Saunders

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Kevin G Saunders Kevin G Saunders
Explore score
3.85 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 26, 2013
Date taken
Aug 23, 2012

Rollei X-Act2 View Camera

architectural, cityscapes

I tell people all the time that my business thrives due to the kindness of strangers. Nowhere is this more evident than in gaining access to the tops of buildings and other structures to get a great shot. In driving around Western Illinois looking for shots, I stumbled upon this company who loads and unloads the huge barges that lumber up and down the Big Muddy. I convinced them to allow me to go out on the biggest conveyer belt structures to get this 657 x 65 inch photograph.

The catwalk was about 18 inches wide and the railings were low. I figured it was over 600 feet to the end, and it seemed like the river was about 100 feet down, looking through the grated catwalk. My vest had five lenses, light meter, batteries, and the kitchen sink, and the view camera was very cumbersome as well. I had to walk sideways and my vest kept catching on the sheet metal conveyor belt cover. It took about ten minutes to get out to the platform.

I took a few hundred shots and this image is the result. Very few people indeed have seen St. Louis from this perspective, only the workers who are out on the platforms while loading and unloading the barges.

The Gateway Arch is at an interesting angle, and beyond it you can see the new bridge towers. The old Anheiser Busch bottling plant is across the river and you can see a barge going down river as well.

You can see more big building and cityscape images here on my GigaPan Gallery and at kevingsaunders.com Will open in a new tab or window

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Robert Holmes

    Robert Holmes (March 27, 2013, 11:24AM )

    I would love to see your camera but your profile pic is much too small. Could you email a copy to me at bob@mbholmes.com Will open in
a new tab or window?

  2. Kevin G Saunders

    Kevin G Saunders (March 27, 2013, 07:16AM )

    Hi Robert, Thank you very much for your kind words. Yes, I use a digital view camera and a custom pano rig. It is all manual, big, and a pain, but the results are nice. The camera is shown in my profile pic. Keep in touch!

  3. Robert Holmes

    Robert Holmes (March 27, 2013, 07:10AM )

    Congratulations on another spectacular Gigapan. I always enjoy seeing your work. Your story in the description was particulary interesting and sounds so familiar and true. Your Gear is listed as "Rollei X-Act2 View Camera". Is it possible that you shot this image using a View Camera? Your work is beautiful. digitalbob

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