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#1 bfg9000d

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:04 PM

I think one side of Fort Worth that is ignored allot in picture taking is the North Side. The view coming in on I-35W south into Fort Worth is in my opinion one of the better sides. How about some pictures from that angle. Day and Night. Most of the views I see are either east west or south views.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 09:35 PM

When Pier 1 Place was under construction, I took a few skyline pictures from that vantage point. I will try to get by and take some shots, but I can't promise it will be this weekend. Also, I will see if I have some older ones from the north.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:38 PM

Thanks any new pictures taken old or new are great. Something about the North Side makes Fort Worth look really different and great in my opinion.

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 11:08 AM

A few times I have been headed South on 35W around North Side Drive exit and wanted to snap a photo. However, I have yet to figure out how to get real near to that spot on the highway. You can look over the right side and see the levee but no roads or exits in that region. Its that location on the 35W where it starts to go around to the left and you can see the city sky line. There is enough elevation to see over the roof tops.

Anyone have any ideas? Good elevation, street intersections, safe parking etc ?


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Posted 26 August 2006 - 12:07 PM

35 and 28th street or 28th and main have good views
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Posted 26 August 2006 - 11:03 PM

I notice northside drive which i think is exit 35 has some great spots to take a picture of the downtown Fort Worth skyline from the north there is the bridge section and a few places you could temp. park. I dont have a digital camera. So if anybody could atleast take some snaps that would be great because its one side of Fort Worth that there is not allot of pictures of in this forum.

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 12:44 AM

Heading south on I-35 (everyday after work) is my favorite view as well. City centers 1 & 2 look taller and more slender (not that much, just slightly) from that view for some reason. Anyone else notice that or is it just me??? tongue.gif

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 09:44 PM

yeah it gives Fort Worth more of a glass look to it then the brick look that sometimes the south view has. By far the north view is in my opinion the best view of Fort Worth.

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Aug 27 2006, 01:44 AM) View Post

Heading south on I-35 (everyday after work) is my favorite view as well. City centers 1 & 2 look taller and more slender (not that much, just slightly) from that view for some reason. Anyone else notice that or is it just me??? tongue.gif


Yea I have noticed this also, but I noticed it driving south on north Main and all of the downtown building look taller and more slender.

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 02:48 PM

Does anyone have any pics of DTFW when it only had one or two of its tallest buildings?
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Aug 27 2006, 01:44 AM) View Post

Heading south on I-35 (everyday after work) is my favorite view as well. City centers 1 & 2 look taller and more slender (not that much, just slightly) from that view for some reason. Anyone else notice that or is it just me??? tongue.gif

I totally agree. I think right around NE 28th or so, when you seem to be on "top" of the skyline. This is by far the best view, yet least photographed. I don't think I've ever seen it photographed. All other views, IMO, show everything wrong with the FW skyline. I've always thought the southern view from Main St., leaving the stockyards, was one of the worst.

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 05:17 PM

Can anyone make out the skyline in my avatar?Notice the Landmark in the center.This was my what i saw a long time ago,going north on MLK(287).Try driving into DT using this highway.I wanna say somewhere around Mitchell or Berry,would be opp. for great photos.
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 08:42 PM

The view is just north of Berry. There is a hill where you can park on the service road and take a photo.

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 12:00 AM

QUOTE(texastrill @ Aug 28 2006, 06:17 PM) View Post

Can anyone make out the skyline in my avatar?Notice the Landmark in the center.This was my what i saw a long time ago,going north on MLK(287).Try driving into DT using this highway.I wanna say somewhere around Mitchell or Berry,would be opp. for great photos.



The i like how the dowtown looks more spread out to me from this view

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Posted 29 August 2006 - 09:38 PM

Anybody with some pictures yet of the North Side of Downtown. Around Northside drive looking south.

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 07:30 AM

anybody taking and pictures. I know its been really raining the past couple of days which probably has made it harder to get a shot in.

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:21 AM

I think they'll get to it when they get to it. Everybody on here that is into photography seems to keep pretty busy and, with the exception of 360texas, I don't think anyone does it for a living.

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:18 PM

The rain did keep me from taking pictures on Monday. I was out and about on Sunday afternoon, but I was limited on time. I do work for a living, so my schedule is pretty limited. If I can, I will try to get some photographs.

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 05:45 PM

I understand guys. I guess my add to desktop wallpaper button is getting itchy if you know what I mean.

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 05:58 PM

Here's one way of getting the picture:

Click Here for Picture of Downtown
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Posted 06 September 2006 - 09:14 PM

Here's a shot from the North that I found using Google. It's not the best quality, but better than nothing.

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:58 PM

Nice find, JBB. A little cropping and voila.

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A little grainy and crossed by the power lines, but maybe it will suffice until someone has a chance to take a newer photo. I agree that this is one of DT's good sides.
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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:43 PM

If I had a digital camera I would. But I dont have allot of money. I have to make a decision between either starving myself and owning a digital camera or have enough money to feed myself and rent. I choose to feed myself and rent. Please remember not everybody has the ability to hold a nice new nikon or cannon in their hands. I do have a advantix camera that takes great photos but I dont have a scanner. Of course a decent scanner is gonna cost money as well. So you can see my problem. I hope I didnt come across mean or anything. I'm just trying to explain my situation. shakehead.gif

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:42 PM

Bfg, we understand. I also wanted let you know that I'm trying to find the time to get out and take some pictures for you. I have done something every night this week and Saturday, I'm doing the Cowtown Classic Bike Ride, so I really have a full schedule right now. In my brief time at home, I have tried to go through and find some of the older shots that I have taken from the north, but I haven found them yet.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:10 PM

You've encouraged me to get up there when I can and see about obtaining some decent photos from that perspective. Without having actually photographed from there, however, two things come to mind:

(1.) The further away, the more the haze will interfere with image quality of a skyline photo. I think that's one reason shots from the Trinity's riverbanks and the Cultural District (e.g., Amon Carter steps) to the immediate west of downtown facing east tend to look good: it's the closest vantage point to the downtown skyline with the least amount of haze.

(2.) Facing to the south from up north will also present special challenges from the sun no matter what time of day the photo is taken. From there, it's almost impossible to get the sun behind either shoulder. Again, with the softer light of the late afternoon sun behind the photographer, shots taken from the west pointed east will almost always turn out well.

But, the challenge is worth investigating. smile.gif smile.gif

BTW: Here's another enhanced version of the "Google" shot to be a place holder for the time being.

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE(bburton @ Sep 7 2006, 11:10 PM) View Post

You've encouraged me to get up there when I can and see about obtaining some decent photos from that perspective. Without having actually photographed from there, however, two things come to mind:

(1.) The further away, the more the haze will interfere with image quality of a skyline photo. I think that's one reason shots from the Trinity's riverbanks and the Cultural District (e.g., Amon Carter steps) to the immediate west of downtown facing east tend to look good: it's the closest vantage point to the downtown skyline with the least amount of haze.

I driven by there on several on occasions since I first read this topic. While I've been tempted to get off I-35 and try and take some pictures, I've noticed the same thing about the haze.


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 08:56 PM

I was going to go out and take some for you on Sunday after church and on my way north on I-35W, I noticed the camera battery was dead. Obviously, I didn't make it.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:18 AM

QUOTE(AndyN @ Sep 6 2006, 11:58 PM) View Post

Nice find, JBB. A little cropping and voila.

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A little grainy and crossed by the power lines, but maybe it will suffice until someone has a chance to take a newer photo. I agree that this is one of DT's good sides.


Omni is going to do wonders in every direction for our skyline. I just can't wait. smile.gif

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 02:58 PM

From The North, Facing South.

I went up there this morning -- just off the I-35 southbound lane about the same place as the earlier posted "Google" shot. My suspicions were confirmed: the light's not good, and the haze over that distance distorts the clarity and color considerably. Plus, from a number of other vantage points I checked out around there, there are many foreground obstacles such as Power Line poles.

This is the best I could come up with using my moderate photographic skills and a 70-300mm telephoto lens:

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For comparison purposes, here's a view from the East, facing West, from about a mile further away, but with more favorable light:

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sad.gif Alas, perhaps I'll try another day at another time with another lens setup.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:52 PM

I really like the composition of the first photo, Bruce. The density of the buildings is better than the "looking west" picture. Either way, the trees in the foreground do a nice job of framing the city.

When he was taking pictures of downtown FW and Dallas at the same time, I think John's secret for minimal haze is cold, crisp winter days (although I suppose you lose the foilage). Otherwise, maybe after a rainstorm passes through would minimize the haze?
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:29 AM

where is pier 1 tower? that view of downtown WITH pier 1 makes the skyline look wider. not to mention the future Omni tower to the opposite side. happy.gif

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:52 AM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Sep 14 2006, 09:29 AM) View Post

where is pier 1 tower? that view of downtown WITH pier 1 makes the skyline look wider. not to mention the future Omni tower to the opposite side. happy.gif


Its tricky to get Pier 1 in view. Its in a lower elevation than the central business district. Thats the pros and cons of a hilly city.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Sep 14 2006, 09:29 AM) View Post

where is pier 1 tower? that view of downtown WITH pier 1 makes the skyline look wider. not to mention the future Omni tower to the opposite side. happy.gif


Easier said than done.

Here's the widest view possible with a 70-300mm lens from that particlular location. It's true a wider lens ( e.g., 17mm, 28mm) will capture a more expansive view of the Fort Worth skyline from there and thus include the Pier 1 building which is just missing to the right in the below frame, BUT then one has also captured much other foreground, unrelated, and distracting material (as evidenced in the photo below) which must largely be cropped out. After cropping to a standard aspect ratio (e.g., 3x2, 4x3) without compromising image quality too much, you're right back where you started from -- with a more narrow skyline view.

Based on yesterday, I'd say that the perspective from I-35 and Northside Drive and/or 28th Street is not the best place to capture a panoramic view of the Fort Worth skyline: it's relatively too low with too much foreground interference--unless of course, one takes a series of pictures and stiches them together into a "panoramic" view. Then, however, it's difficult to display the final product adequately on computer monitiors.

Photography is all about balancing the many trade-offs.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:22 AM

^^^ I see your point. At least we can say our "entire" skyline is too wide to where it can't all fit in a photo. laugh.gif

By the way, the pic above, I wonder with some cropping that it can be used in the forum banner in place of "Invision power board"

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:47 PM

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^^^ I see your point. At least we can say our "entire" skyline is too wide to where it can't all fit in a photo. laugh.gif


Now, in retrospect, here's a vantage point which might work for what you're proposing. This photo was taken from the Northside Drive bridge which crosses over the railroad tracks. Moving slightly to the left to free up the Carter & Burgess Plaza and using a wider lens to include the Pier 1 Building might provide the skyline view from the north with far fewer foreground distractions.

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I'll explore this possibility next outing. biggrin.gif


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Posted 15 September 2006 - 09:39 AM

Here are the same pictures just touch up a little I try to cut the haze down. Still they are great pictures. Plus they are probably some of the first photos taken of the north side in this forum. Thanks guys. You could try a night shot as well.

http://www.flickr.co...@N00/243899919/

http://www.flickr.co...@N00/243899917/

http://www.flickr.co...@N00/243899913/


A low haze day would probably produce even better results. Of course a really good stitch program could make it a good pano. It still the one side of Fort Worth that makes the city look really different from the other sides. Once again thank-you

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:13 PM

QUOTE(bfg9000d @ Sep 15 2006, 10:39 AM) View Post

Here are the same pictures just touch up a little I try to cut the haze down... Thanks guys... Once again thank-you


You're welcome. biggrin.gif What did you do specifically to cut the haze?


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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:44 PM

When I take skyline photos, I always look for these types of days:

1. Soon after a cold front passes
2. Soon after a rain
3. Somewhat windy

Taking photos when one, two, or all three of these have occurred, guarantee good distance photos. Some of you might think that these conditions will keep the photographer from shooting during the summer, but that is not the case. I shot photos on several days this summer that were absolutely perfect because of higher winds.

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 06:54 PM

Paint Shop Pro works wonders when it comes to a haze photo. I use one step photo fix it handles haze problems quite well and I mess with the light display on it.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 15 2006, 09:44 PM) View Post

When I take skyline photos, I always look for these types of days:

1. Soon after a cold front passes
2. Soon after a rain
3. Somewhat windy



I'm not a photographer by any definition of the word, but I would bet that today offers fabulous conditions for picture taking. The weather is absolutely gorgeous.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 07:04 PM

QUOTE(JBB @ Sep 18 2006, 01:25 PM) View Post

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 15 2006, 09:44 PM) View Post

When I take skyline photos, I always look for these types of days:

1. Soon after a cold front passes
2. Soon after a rain
3. Somewhat windy



I'm not a photographer by any definition of the word, but I would bet that today offers fabulous conditions for picture taking. The weather is absolutely gorgeous.


Yes, John, was right on with these three criteria. The only one I would add: later afternoon, with the sun behind you.

This is a regular photo from the Amon Carter Museum, looking east.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 09:48 PM

I thought everyone knew the sun behind you rule.

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 11:42 AM

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Anyone know whats being built where the dirt has been moved in this pic? Not another gas drilling location I hope! lol

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 07:07 PM

I dont think it is. It looks like there clearing it from something to be build there. If they do gass drilling there they should put allot of lights on the rig so it might be passed off as another tall building in Fort Worth at night. What amazes me more then anything is how quick they can pop those things up overnight. Anyway I think a North Side Night Time view would be neat. HDR would be good as well. What a view that hotel has of Fort Worth. blink.gif

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 08:49 PM

bburton,
that is a nice shot from Amon Carter Pier 1 is clearly visable
also the Pier one building can be seen from the Trinity overlook next to the courthous and from the Mongomery Plaza area.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:23 AM

I think bfg mentioned this earlier but does anybody have a picture from the north, at night? I remember seeing that when I was younger and thinking it was a great view. I want to say there was a full moon above downtown but that may have been my imagination.



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Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:26 PM

QUOTE(Tacoma @ May 28 2007, 11:23 AM) View Post

I think bfg mentioned this earlier but does anybody have a picture from the north, at night? I remember seeing that when I was younger and thinking it was a great view. I want to say there was a full moon above downtown but that may have been my imagination.



Yeah I wish somebody would have taken a night time view from the north. It would make a great shot. A long time ago their use to be a postcard with this view on it.




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