A New Vantage Point

posted by tucker

When Giacomo and I set out to shoot some HDRs tonight, we quickly realized the location I had in mind was not going to work. I remembered it being a lot cooler a few years ago, but the area around Arizona field by Dekalb avenue is now relatively built up and modern. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it was all rather bland, fenced in, and boring. Still wanting to get some shooting in, we drove for a bit until I remembered my goal of getting on top of the bridge that goes across Ponce de Leon, the bridge that we must have driven under thousands of times. Now that it is part of the Beltline, I knew it was possible, but wasn’t sure if there was easy access. Turns out, all we had to do was park close by, walk down an alleyway, and we were behind Paris on Ponce and the other shops there with easy access to the bridge and the Beltline in general. The huge brick building is the now-defunct City Hall East, where some government stuff used to take place. It is ugly, and it is large, so it is in the picture, but it is also part of the landscape that defines this area. I do like how there are lights on in some of the windows, despite it being technically closed. As we are still in the middle of a string of storms, we also had a great sky… the part the picture does NOT convey is the nearly unbearable humidity. It was probably upper 80’s, which by Atlanta standards is rather cool, but we were literally soaking because of the awful air. Tolerating it for a few minutes, I was able to grab some brackets while Giacomo messed around with the 70-200 looking professional as always. For those of you from Atlanta who haven’t been up to this location, it’s worth a visit; it’s really cool to look down on an area that has been a part of my life in this city for as long as I can remember.

All in all, a really cool location to watch both the traffic and the oncoming storm.

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