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