During my photography trip to St. Louis, I hoped to capture some images of the Gateway Arch. To my surprise, the area around the Arch is under construction for the next two years. I learned this the hard way when I was set up for a twilight picture of the Arch. I waited for the Arch to light up only to see it slowly disappear into the night sky. The Arch wasn't illuminated that night--and I'm assuming it won't be lit until the construction is completed in 2017.
Although the area is under construction, I still captured some interesting images of this iconic structure. The following image could probably only be captured during this construction time. Ordinarily, this park would be packed with people. That night, there wasn't a single person on the lawn. The park is fenced off for the construction with just one opening to access the park from the north. And, the bulldozers and other heavy construction equipment aren't visible as they are positioned over the hill from where I was standing.
Thankfully, I had an ultra-wide angle lens with me. It took the entire span of my 14mm focal length with a full frame sensor to get this enormous structure to fit into the frame! After all, the Gateway Arch is 63 stories high.