Where Science Rules
We did something a little different this week with Wandering Wednesday rather than something abandoned. We haven't done really anything festive or something traditional or touristy in awhile and I thought the St. Louis Science Center was a pretty good place to check out! If there is any subject in school I liked I would pick art or science. I've always enjoyed learning about anything to nature, energy and space. From chemistry which is the the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances. And of course art because I feel art and science are closely related than people think. I always enjoyed any type of art from abstract to sculpting and I've always had a huge imagination for everything so art was a way to express that through shapes, sizes, colors and anything really what set my mind to. The science center has it all, from bad to the bone reptiles of the Mesozoic era, often reaching an enormous size to the first space station!
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The coolest thing about the St. Louis Science Center is that it's FREE! If you are coming to St. Louis for whatever reason you may have whether it's for a job or you're visiting and you don't really know what to do especially if the weather isn't all rainbows and butterflies then going here will be a must. Considering that it will always be FREE you can also park on the road which is free as well and your entire scientific journey cost you nothing but getting there. Something that is pretty awesome about the science center is that everything is interactive, you can do anything here from standing in a space elevator to putting puzzles together and moving shapes to make something. There are always exhibits and sometimes even special ones like THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT where you walk in the footsteps of archaeologist Howard Carter and experience the tomb of King Tutankhamun and all its treasure as they were at the moment of discovery. I genuinely recommend because I am a big fan of ancient Egypt and I love the culture and history, plus if you played Assassins Creed Origins then this will make you feel awesome - haha. It's only a limited time so be sure to catch this one when you can!
Expert staff, passionate volunteers, educational and corporate partners all work together to make the Saint Louis Science Center fun through informal, interactive learning experiences. The greatest thing is you can do almost any hands on activity or exhibit here. If you want to learn the human body there are models that show everything about the human body from the skeleton to the nervous system. You can hop inside space shuttles to get the actual feel of what an astronaut feels when he/she's in space. It's totally crazy cool so if you have a low budget or even visiting for a couple hours take a visit and do all the free stuff, there's so much to learn. The science center has a huge variety of free stuff and several attractions that you have to pay to explore when you visit. Whether you like to come with a mission or ride or die approach, they have a great spot on their website for you to totally plan a trip here.
In case you missed last weeks Wandering Wednesday smash that picture if you so desire.
So here's a funny thing. During a Wandering Wednesday while we were out just creating art and content we randomly met up with Casey and his son who were also photographing. I feel like we hit it off pretty well right off the left hand! We were taking photos, Casey was doing the same thing with his son so why not just get a few shots! We did and from there was just a great to meet, few months and a new year we link up again and shoot in his studio! Now, put it down and check it off but this was my first time actually working in a studio, so achievement unlocked! Working in a studio made me feel like I was a legit pro haha but it taught me a lot about setting up the studio to what backdrop to use to setting ISO on the big lamps and even some things about myself! I have realized how much more learning I have to do because there is just so much to learn and that's the great thing about photography. There is always something to learn and I feel once you loose that feeling then you probably have came to a stop in your hobby or career. I feel like I will always be learning about photography and what all goes behind it, because one thing I feel people kinda forget or maybe kinda throw it under the rug is the actually do in post, meaning the editing!
I can't thank Casey enough for not only using his studio but hanging out and creating some art! The cool thing about working in a studio is that you get to have full control, well aside from freezing in the cold for us mid-westerns haha. I can't wait till spring so it will be warm outside so I can really get out and go shoot haha. However, the cool thing about a studio is you have full control of the situation or environment, control the lights, background and mood. Shooting outside and in a studio are totally different in so many ways one including light. At its best photography is inspired by light. Whether it’s a rich shade of golden rays of the sun on a canyon for two minutes following sunset, or the warm cast of tungsten lamps on a model’s bare skin, it’s the light that guides our work. However if it was simply up to me and not the client, I would instinctively head outdoors in search of a great location for most shoots. I admit to a weak spot for photos with natural light. After all, what better gift to photographers than the sun and its free and abundant rays? We can manipulate it with reflectors and know well in advance what it will give us throughout the studio session. It's almost like we are light benders! We can have one, two, or more savage 500's in the studio and take those lamps and point them in any direction we wish and use reflectors to bounce that light in any other direction. It's actually super legit if you really think about it.
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Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri