As any Raleigh area resident or visitor knows, the city has a stunningly-beautiful skyline. And it's the perfect photo opp—one that local photographer Matt Robinson fell in love with years ago. His website RaleighSkyline.com chronicles his days travelling around the city in search of the perfect shot. We caught up with Matt to ask about his favorite locations, inspirations and some advice for your next #visitRaleigh photo.
Matt has been taking stellar photos of the Raleigh skyline for more than 16 years, and prior to that he was photographing his native home of Pittsburgh, P.A. “I started taking pictures of the city after I got my first digital camera in 1999,” he said. While attending North Carolina State University, Matt continued to explore his passion for photography in downtown Raleigh. His first skyline shots of Raleigh date back to 2000.
There's a lot of planning and thought behind each of Matt’s images. When asked about his approach, Matt says it's all about waiting for the right moment, and more often than not, weather plays a huge role; he enjoys taking photos where extreme weather is occurring.
His favorite spot to snag skyline shots is on Dix Hill at Dorothea Dix Park because the elevated perspective provides a natural overlook. Matt also suggests the Boylan Ave. bridge at sunset—you'll catch the light reflecting off the downtown skyline as the sun descends.
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