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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Cape Bridge at Night

Cape Bridge at night 5 500x322 Cape Bridge at Night

When I didn’t know what else to do, I’d head down to the river to try for a different shot of the bridge. This is a time exposure taken from the Illinois side looking back toward Cape.

The car and truck lights show up as streaks.

Trust me, this will NOT be the last bridge picture you see.

9 comments to Cape Bridge at Night

  • You always did well with the night shot. Now go back and get an army of people in boats at night to paint it for you. Do you have that many strobes? Just for fun.

  • I learned early on that I wasn’t the best photographer in the world, so I specialized in documentary photography under low light.

    With practice, exotic films and developers, I could bring back pictures where most folks wouldn’t even try.

    That’s another way to say that I was too lazy to carry lights.

    I’ve got some beer cellar pix in the pipeline where I used multiple lights, but even that required a kludge.

  • Fred Lynch

    Ken,
    Been there, never did that! I’m a day person.
    Fred

  • Fred,

    Shooting the bridge in Cape is like shooting pelicans in FL. Always a safe bet.

    When I judged photo contests, I always gave more points to sunrises than sunsets. The only way I saw a sunrise was if it was from the back side.

  • larry points

    Ken – If you’re going to visit Cape one old landmark to photo would be the restored (sort of) entrance to the bridge from the Cape side. Bet a lot of natives who have moved away have not seen it. Run the pic side by side with the “working” entrance of yore, if you have one.

  • Larry,

    I have that and a shot of the old bridge approach from the IL side. They’ll show up eventually. I may have to declare a moratorium on bridge photos for a few days, though.

  • Bob Ravenstein

    I am an engineer and I never get tired of studying that bridge. All the struts and truses I had to study in engineering courses. It was a beautiful bridge. My grandfather also worked on building it.

  • Sheila Hopkins Phillips

    This picture of the new Cape to Illinois bridge at night is gorgeous, Ken!

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