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#1 johnfwd

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 10:04 AM

I don't have a good camera but I have a good eye for photography.  Here are two suggestions for a future skyline photo for the front cover of the website:

 

1)  At a particular spot on Highway 287 south of downtown as you're headed north, it looks like a panoramic island of buildings (I think about 2-3 miles away).

2)  At a particular spot on I-30 going west to downtown (I think about 2 or 3 miles away).



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 05:04 PM

I have taken pictures from both locations.  The problem that I have with the I-30 photo is that several of our taller buildings align with each other and that view tends to make the skyline look smaller.  Since we have clear skies in the winter, I will try to get back to the hilltop on US 287 to take a newer photo.

 

The one view that I like is the cover photo for the Fort Worth Architecture Facebook page. It was taken from the Hulen Street Bridge.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:19 PM

The current view is nice because it shows off all the more recent skyscrapers (Pier 1, Carnagie, Omni to a lesser extent) and will show River Tower and Frost Tower better.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 11:20 PM

Let's compare the view from the Amon Carter and the Hulen Street Bridge.

 

Amon Carter Museum, currently used on the front cover of the website:

skyline-03-17-09.jpg

 

View from the Hulen Street Bridge, currently used as the cover of the site's Facebook page:

skylinehulen-05-24-15.jpg



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Posted 08 December 2015 - 01:32 AM

Where are all of the cars? :huh: Looks like an empty tollway.

 

Despite 777 Main being hidden, I prefer the second picture for some reason.

 

Keep the Amon Carter view for the forum banner, though.


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 09:32 PM

The weather forecast doesn't look favorable, but if it is clear over the weekend, I will try to take a skyline photo from US 287.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:58 AM

Would you believe that I was at that location this week without my camera?  I had to go to a job site on East Berry Street without prior notice.  I did not have my camera with me.  It does look like a good place to catch the skyline.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 05:39 PM

Here is the view of the skyline taken on US 287 between Mitchell and East Berry Street.  Pier 1 and the River Tower are too far west to get a good tight shot of the skyline.

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 03:59 PM

My dentists office is in the top floor of that office building just north of the Hulen Bridge, and faces downtown. Every time I go I wish I had a nice camera and lens. The view is similar to these but without the ground clutter.



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 04:10 PM

I have been in that building several times.  I will agree the view is very nice. 

 

I have several locations in buildings where I know there is a great view.  The problem is being able to get permission to take the photo and then get there during office hours when our schedules agree.



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 04:36 PM

The 287 view is one of the best of the "Big 6" but doesnt really show off anything else that well IMO. 



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 06:04 PM

This was the view I was talking about at the forum meeting:

 

http://www.bing.com/...082&FORM=LMLTCC

 

It wouldn't make for a good skyline picture, but outlining the buildings made for an interesting custom shirt. Maybe I'll wear it to the next meeting.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:11 PM

^Another good place not far from from that with sorta the same style is the 21st street brige over the railroad tracks, which might be a good one to get since the Swift ruins are in the foregorund. 

 

 

Another favorite of mine from the West side is from the Heritage Parking Garage (this one) since you've also got Will Rogers in the shot to.
 



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:46 PM

I did take one from the Trinity River in flood stage back in the Spring.  This is the photo. 

 

[/url]skyline-river by jtrobert, on Flickr">http://23512890589_4d7c34f444_b.jpgskyline-river by jtrobert, on Flickr

 

Austin, I have several locations north of the Stockyards that offer pretty good skyline views.  However, to get the sun on the north and east or west sides of the buildings, you have to take the photo in the Late Spring and Summer.  I have not shot from the Western Heritage Parking Garage.  I have always felt that I should pay and get permission to take pictures from there.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 01:32 PM

I like the 287 view because it's a panoramic shot of downtown, and it's impressive to the northbound motorist.  On the downside, if we only had more high-rise infill, so it doesn't look like a mouth full of missing front teeth.  The new Frost Bank Tower and the new Trinity Terrace tower will help in that regard.



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:00 PM

I have replaced the image in the banner of the Forum with a new skyline shot taken today at the Amon Carter Museum.  There is one issue with it.  The two tower cranes for Elan at Crockett Row show up in the photo, but I decided to use it for a while.  I can always replace it, once the cranes are down.

 

By the way, here is the full size image:

25677713678_2739cf8f02_h.jpgskyline-01-06-2018 by jtrobert, on Flickr



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:44 PM

Good photo.  Shows the Fort Worth skyline getting more dense than previously.  Completion of new high-rise housing and hotels in the works will add considerably to the downtown profile.  When will you update the skyline photo on the Fort Worth Architecture.com home page?



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:58 PM

I could replace it now and use this photograph.  I was planning to get out to take pictures this weekend, but after being out in the cold for the downtown tour, I lost a lot of energy and didn't do much Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday, I should have ridden bicycles, but I still was draggy, so I went to the store to prepare for the winter weather, did laundry, and cleaned house.  I also had some other things to do, but I did not get to them.  Hopefully, I can get them done later in the week.  I was hoping to get up on the Hulen Bridge and take some shots, along with other vantage points around town. 



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:05 AM

I still think a good vantage point is I-30 about a mile or two east of the Beach Street exit.  At a certain point downtown seems to pop up to the viewing westbound motorist and looks like an island of buildings.  A similar, but less dramatic, phenomenon occurs at a certain point south on 287 to the northbound motorist.  I don't have a good camera to take any decent photos.  It is also unsafe to be taking photos on the shoulder of either highway.



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:32 AM

Those other vantage points are really great, but the advantage that shot from the west side has is that it's an elevated view with very little interference that can be taken from a couple of locations.  I would be interested in seeing what the view is like from the garage at Dickie's arena.






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