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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- 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