Philadelphia Dramatic Skyline at Twilight


Philadelphia Dramatic Skyline at Twilight, captured from South Bridge. (Thierry Carlier)

Philadelphia Dramatic Skyline at Twilight, captured from South Bridge.

My son Rémy and I set up on South Bridge at the end of the afternoon early March. We had recently acquired new gear, including a tripod for me. Our goal was experimenting the newly acquired equipment and capturing long exposures of the skyline at dusk. It was very windy and it has been a challenge to stabilize the whole set up. The sky was overcast and the light not really impressive. At some point, the gusty winds managed to briefly clear a portion of the sky behind us resulting in this nice glow of sunlight reflecting on the buildings, just before sunset. We both came back home very exited by our session and started post-processing.

Resulting image by my son Rémy.

The six tallest skyscrapers of Philadelphia can easily be seen on the picture: from left to right, the Bell Atlantic Tower (dark one at the extreme left of the picture, in the back), the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower with its glowing back-lit Blue Cross logo, the 973.5 ft high Comcast Center, inaugurated in 2008 and currently the highest building in the city (14th in the US), the BNY Mellon Center, and Liberty Place One & Two (respectively 945 feet and 847 feet high). Prior to the construction of Liberty Place, there was a gentlemen’s agreement not to build any structure in Center City higher than the statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia City Hall. This tradition lasted until the completion of One Liberty Place in 1987.

I created this image with my CANON EOS 5D Mark II, using my EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Focal length: 105 mm. Exposure parameters: iso 100, aperture value f/11.0, shutter speed 0.8 s. I have used my GITZO GT3531 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod. It required limited processing using Adobe Lightroom 3.

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