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Hello Downtown Atlanta Skyline from the Jackson Street Bridge

It was a recent Fall morning in Atlanta. My brother and I were heading to Condesa Coffee in the Old Fourth neighborhood. I had been to this coffee shop and part of the city numerous times before. This visit would be different though.

Condesa Coffee sits along Freedom Parkway, knowing that driving westward on gets you straight on shots of the Downtown Atlanta skyline. I’d always pass under the Jackson Street Bridge, a popular skyline viewing spot. Guess what? Until this very day, I had never driven or walked across that bridge.

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

It was worth the wait, seeing a perfect shot of the Downtown part of the Atlanta skyline. I love how Freedom Parkway seems to sit perfectly in the foreground. It was just as beautiful as I had seen on so many Instagram posts. Many of you will recognize this scene as it’s a major part of the movie, “Walking Dead”.

Being the morning, but past rush hour, traffic was limited on Freedom Parkway making it easier to get my camera in focus. It definitely should be on your Atlanta bucket list.

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Looking off to the right, I was able to get a shot of the Downtown skyline with Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper, Bank of America Plaza, just off to the north.

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Tip: When going to Condesa Coffee I usually have no problem parking on John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE just east of Boulevard NE. Make the quick one block track over to the bridge via the Freedom Park Trail, which is something to experience in its own right.

The perfectly blue morning sky made for a great first experience on the Jackson Street Bridge. I look forward to checking out the same view at night and on days with various cloud types in the future.

What other scenic spots would you recommend for checking out the Downtown or other parts of the Atlanta skyline?

Juneau, Alaska: A Million Skyline and Cityscape Looks

I’ve done big cities so far in the A Million Skyline Looks series. Time to mix things up a bit. It is time to show off the skyline of Alaska’s state capital in Juneau. I did so mostly from aboard the Celebrity Solstice during an Alaskan cruise.

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Coming into the popular cruise port, the city’s skyline was front and center. The green, steep and majestic 3,500 foot tall mountains stood right against Juneau highlighted by Mount Roberts. It was hard for me to imagine a better natural city backdrop.

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Tip: One thing we wish we would have done was to take the Mount Roberts Tramway. You can view the Juneau skyline and cityscape from way, way, way up-top.

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau sits along the Gastineau Channel, with some housing opposite. Scenic views also awaited looking straight down the channel.

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

We docked for the afternoon and evening, giving us the chance to walk some of Juneau. I captured some of the colorful, tourist friendly cityscape. We walked to some local Heritage Coffee Roasting Company brew.

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

Juneau, Alaska skyline and cityscape

It was a fun day capturing a million skyline and cityscape looks in Juneau, Alaska.

What city skylines have seen up close and captured from a cruise?

Chicago: A Million More Skyline Looks.

I’ve made it no secret through this blog and on Twitter and Instagram that I love the Chicago skyline. The Windy City was highlighted in my ongoing A Million Skyline Looks series earlier in the year.

A few months back I made my annual summer time trip to Chi-town which meant more skyline photo opportunity. Each trip brings with it the same tried-and-true spots along with new roof top bars, new neighborhoods and different vantage points. It was not an issue finding a million more skyline looks! Well without further ado:

Chicago skyline from alongside Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River, enough said.

Chicago skyline from Michigan Avenue looking towards Lake Michigan

Looking down the Chicago River towards Lake Michigan, between all the tall buildings.

Chicago skyline from Hyatt Regency Chicago

Looking at all the skyscrapers due north from up-top Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

Plenty of cityscape awaits the visitors of Grant Park.

Chicago skyline from alongside Adler Planetarium and Lake Michigan

Chicago skyline from alongside Adler Planetarium and Lake Michigan.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

There you are whenever I need you Willis Tower from Grant Park.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

Looking straight towards Chicago Union Station. Where are you Amtrak?

Chicago skyline from up-top The Godfrey Hotel

Enjoying the night-time city views from up-top The Godfrey Hotel in the North Loop.

Chicago skyline from up-top The Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel rooftop in the North Loop.

Chicago skyline from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge

Hanging out at the Vertigo Sky Lounge brings with it city views in all directions.

Chicago skyline from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge

Dusk up-top the Dana Hotel & Spa at Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge

The 26th Floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge equals lots of Chicago skyline beauty.

Chicago skyline from the riverfront and along Michigan Avenue.

The Chicago Riverfront brings with it beautiful city views.

Chicago skyline from Hyatt Regency Chicago

Looking to the south from up-top Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Chicago skyline from up-top ZED451 in North Loop

Chicago skyline from up-top ZED451 in North Loop

Besides capturing the vastness of the city on this trip I decided to play a little peekaboo with the Sears, I mean, Willis Tower. It always seems to be in view. A great navigational tool in fact if you ever get lost.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

The skyline is always making its presence known within Grant Park.

Chicago skyline from the Green Line in South Loop

The Willis Tower and skyline are standing tall from the Green Line in South Loop.

Chicago skyline from alongside Millennium Park

Sears, I mean, Willis Tower is playing peekaboo along Michigan Avenue.

Chicago skyline from the Green Line in the West Loop

Enjoying the skyline view as I await the Green Line train in West Loop.

Chicago skyline from the West Loop

Willis Tower is standing tall from West Loop.

Chicago skyline from the West Loop

You can see the Willis Tower is everywhere. Walking along West Randolph in West Loop.

Where do you like to capture the Chicago skyline from?

Chicago: A Million Skyline Looks.

A while back I posted Toronto: A Million Skyline Looks, which highlighted some of my favorite shots in Canada’s biggest city. I recently re-read the post and it inspired me to start a series of posts highlighting what my camera has shot while hanging out in a big city. Next up the Windy City and the million skyline looks it has to offer!

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the United States, home to one of the most impressive and beautiful skylines you will find anywhere. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, being not to far from home. Below are some of the favorite Chicago skyline photos I have taken, so far that is. 🙂

Chicago skyline

Always keep an eye on Chicago’s tall buildings when along the water.

Chicago skyline from Shedd Auditorium

The city view from Shedd Auditorium opposite Lake Michigan.

Chicago skyline

The panoramic skyline sits beyond the morning snow and frost of North Street Beach.

Chicago skyline

Looking south from North Street Beach.

Chicago skyline

Sand, lake and skyline from Ohio Street Beach.

Chicago skyline from Navy Pier

Skyline views await walking either side of Navy Pier.

Chicago skyline from the Chicago River

Looking west from N. Lake Shore Drive at the buildings that line both sides of the Chicago River.

Chicago skyline from the Pump Room

Dine to these views at the Pump Room, up-top the Public Chicago hotel.

Chicago skyline from Vertigo Sky Lounge

Capture the hustle-and-bustle of Chi-town from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline from Vertigo Sky Lounge

Capture the Windy City at sunset from up-top at Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline from Vertigo Sky Lounge

You never known when that next Chicago city shot will present itself, more from up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline

Capture the heart of the Windy City from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline

Capture the heart of the Windy City from the 26th floor and Vertigo Sky Lounge.

Chicago skyline

Up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge. You can tell it’s a favorite spot to capture the city.

Chicago skyline from the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Views looking northward from the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Chicago skyline

Make sure to look northward when walking along E. Upper Wacker Dr. in the Loop.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain

The heart of Chicago sits beyond Buckingham Fountain.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

Plenty of skyline views to be had in Grant Park.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

Willis Tower and the skyline are peaking through the trees in Grant Park.

Chicago skyline from Grant Park

Looking north from a pedestrian bridge in Grant Park.

Chicago skyline

Walking northbound along Michigan Avenue as you are about to cross the Chicago River.

Chicago skyline from Navy Pier

Early morning from the south side of Navy Pier.

Chicago skyline up-top John Hancock building 360 Chicago

Night time views up-top the John Hancock building at 360 Chicago.

Chicago skyline from up-top Willis Tower, Sears Tower

Majestic views up-top the Sears Tower, I mean Willis Tower.

Chicago skyline

Capturing the tall buildings randomly as a camera holding car passenger. 🙂

Chicago skyline

Capturing the tall buildings randomly as a camera holding car passenger. 🙂

Chicago skyline reflecting off The Bean

Reflecting on the city at The Bean in Millennium Park.

Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan

Night time city shot from Lake Michigan.

Chicago skyline

Make sure to always look up when walking in a big city. Random shot while walking the streets.

What other spots would recommend for capturing the Chicago skyline and heart of the city?