Philadelphia Skyline at Sunset

The Philadelphia skyline at sunset from the Ben Franklin Bridge

The Philadelphia skyline at sunset from the Ben Franklin Bridge

After less than 48 hours of being home from the epic #NxNW2015 trip to the Palouse I found myself getting on an airplane and flying to Philadelphia for work.  Even though I was still exhausted from 4 days of very little sleep I was still pretty excited about visiting Philadelphia as it is a city I have always wanted to visit, I am something of a history buff.  I also wanted to get some shots of the Philadelphia skyline while I was there.

I put out a couple requests via social media on locations to shoot the skyline and got a lot of good advice from the online community.  Two places that seemed to top the list were from on the Ben Franklin Bridge and from the Camden, NJ waterfront by the aquarium.  I ended up shooting from both locations and really liked aspects of both in that they both gave you great views of the Philadelphia skyline, but very different perspectives of it.

One of the advantages to shooting from the Ben Franklin Bridge is that you are elevated above a good part of the city and you are looking down onto the  buildings.  This gives you a sense of depth that you can’t get shooting from ground level.

I really would have liked to shoot from the Ben Franklin Bridge more than I did, but this is the only shutter click I made that night.  It takes a while to find parking and then walk out onto the bridge.  With the sun setting late this time of the year I didn’t get out to the location I shot this from until about 8:55pm.  Just as I got my tripod setup and my first exposure made, this one, a port authority police officer came by to tell me that the pedestrian portion of the bridge closes at 9:00pm.  Fortunately I got a “keeper” but when it was all said and done, I walked on a hot and humid night for about 45 minutes and spent $11 for parking to make exactly 1 image.  Given the effort, I really hope you enjoy it. :-)

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  1. Mike Criswell June 18, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Nice one Scott, been there a few times and never got a good skyline, probably cause I spent too much time in Eastern State
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    • ScottWood June 18, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Thanks. I really wanted to get out to Eastern State but my time was just to limited to allow it. I really liked Philadelphia though and want to go back and spend some real vacation time there.

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