Shooting Calgary’s Skyline

Shooting Calgary’s Skyline

In April, I visited Calgary in Alberta for a couple of days. When I visit a city, I always make a point to capture at least one good shot of the skyline. If possible, I also shot a panorama.

After some research, I found two views I really wanted: the one with the Bow River in the foreground, and the one with the Canadian Rockies in the background.

The first spot was easily accessible: the river flows between the Downtown area and a hill. All I had to do is go to the Sunnyside Bank Park, just north of Downtown and Calgary’s skyline was right in front of me:

Winter Gold | Sunnyside Bank Park - Calgary, AB»

Winter Gold | Sunnyside Bank Park – Calgary, AB

The golden hour worked well on the winter trees, transforming the dark brown in a lovely gold. I waited a little to shoot a panorama during the blue hour. This image (click to view large) will show you how gorgeous the view is at this spot, with the bend of the River:

Feeling Blue | Sunnyside Bank Park - Calgary, AB

Feeling Blue | Sunnyside Bank Park – Calgary, AB

The next spot was a lot more tricky. I wanted a wide view, far enough from the city to make the mountains bigger. I went to 3 or 4 spots, tried a lot of compositions and finally settled on a spot near the Max Bell Centre on Radisson Heights.

Muted Morning | Radisson Heights - Calgary, AB

Muted Morning | Radisson Heights – Calgary, AB

The panorama version really does it more justice, with the river and the snowy mountains. Click to view large!

Getting Cold | Radisson Heights - Calgary, AB

Getting Cold | Radisson Heights – Calgary, AB

Overall, I’m quite happy with these two panoramas of Calgary’s skyline. I think the one with the mountains is quite different from the usual skylines that only show urban space. The closeness to nature was refreshing in Calgary!

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