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Old 12-31-2007, 07:33 AM
 
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Will be moving to the area soon and want to explore. Also am into photography. Saw a post about the "rotating head sculpture" - are there other interesting things to see? Special events like Farmer's Markets that might offer photo ops? Open to any and all suggestions and it doesn't have to be Charlotte, per se. Thanks and Happy New Year
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:33 AM
 
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Matthews Farmer's Market in Matthews has an exciting atmosphere. The cover photo here is from there: http://www.cgnad.com/media/InCompass...2_cover1-2.pdf Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill has some great photo-ops.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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Thanks, Groove1, appreciate the input. Also liked your comment about kid friendly restaurants
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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Did you try Corrigan's Cafe for breakfast yet?
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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Did you try Corrigan's Cafe for breakfast yet?
No not yet...I really need too...I don't usually stop on my way to work for anything. I did however stop at the Peach Stand today to get some cookies...they were good.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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I know you ask me this in dm as well and I dont seek out things to take pictures of they just sort of happen of whatever mood I am in. It can be the strructures, people, art, nature, personalities, I dont have a check list for things you must photograph when you are in the area. I do want to take photos of the area churches and grave yards and when ever we are out of this drought I want to photograph the wide selection of fountains and the culture that is in each community. Anything else I photograph it really depends on my mood.

Good luck
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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Thanks, Sunny.

Are there any "guidebooks" that might indicate where the fountains or other attractions are? I could probably drive for hours on end and never accidentally find the "Rotating Head"

I guess I am lazy and looking for something like "Don't miss the night shot of the skyline - best place to shoot from would be ...................................."

Another would be the kind of Southwestern looking sculpture - sort of disc shaped. Problem is, I have no idea where that is............. "It is at the junction of ------ and ---------. Best to go on a weekend since it is uptown and there are a lot of people there during the week."

Will be driving around looking for stuff but I have found local insight to be very helpful.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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McDowell park on Hwy 49 on Lake Wylie has some great sunset photo-ops.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Even though I have not taken this photo shot to me a good view of the skyline is on either the north end of uptown or the south end outside the beltline of I277.
On the north end I cant remember the name of the school that is in that area but there is a football field that you can get a good view of the skyline. (map of location) N Davidson St & Parkwood Ave, Charlotte, NC, USA - Google Maps
The view from the south side I would go down South Tryon outside the beltline before you reach the South End community before you reach Camden Ave & Tryon (It is a fork in the road). S Tryon St & Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA - Google Maps

Fountains:
Metamorphis the rotating head is on the south end of the city probably 15 to 20 minutes from uptown. It located in area that still rather industrial even though when I was there it seem like alot of commercial construction going on.
This fountain is located in from of a building that I dont recollect it name but the fountain is located in front of the building very pedestrian friendly. It reuses it water so it still active. 3700 Arco Corporate Dr, Charlotte, NC 28273, USA - Google Maps

There is another fountain that I want to take a photo so bad but I havent figure how to get a good shot of it yet. If your heading down I77 before the arrowwood exit (another way to metamorphis) It is located right by the highway. It not a safe area to pull off to the side so this shot is a challenge.

When you arrive at the airport I cant remember if it upper or lower level but you will see the Queen Fountain.

Uptown fountains:
The main library - Tryon ST & 5th St It also has some cool quotes on its columns outside of the library.
Trade & Tryon ST on 3 of the corners are fountains. Polk Park, Omni Hotel, Founders Hall.
Wachovia - Tryon & 3rd St.
If you walk down 3rd St you will see on two of corners at 3rd St and College St two more fountains. Beside Grand Thornton is one side and Hilton on the other.

If you walk further down College up to 1st street you will cross this cool little park beside St Peters Church at Tryon & 1st Street.
I like this park but taking a photo of the park was a challenge for me since it doesnt have a center piece but cool individual features and a water spout.

You can ride around the uptown area during the week using the Gold Rush Trolley.
It is free so you can hop on and off any time it runs during the week every 7 minutes.
It talks to you letting you know what you are approaching.

The vibe uptown to me is different around lunch time during the week and the weekends and at night.
If you want less people go on the weekend when there isnt a game going to happen.
Thanks for getting my brain flowing lol. I guess after being here for awhile some things I take for granted of what is every day life to me but actually is a good photo.






Be careful taking pictures of buildings. Due to some law past after 9/11, You are not suppose to take pictures of financial buildings. I was told this by a rent a cop and he said Charlotte Police are a little tougher on this. It is a real bummer since the bulk of buildings Uptown are financial.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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On the south side from just outside of 277 you can get a great view of uptown from Tavern on the Tracks' patio or when it's warmer on the rooftop of the Gin Mill (same building).
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