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Old 05-12-2014, 05:57 AM
 
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Have you ever read a brochure, looked at photos or watched a video of a city and felt that first hand reality didn't match expectations when you went to visit? Purely from a visual point of view.

Which cities capture well on film? Which cities don't?
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Detroit, MI is rarely captured for how it looks. It's either a beautiful skyline or lame hipsters thinking they're edgy by taking pictures of abandoned houses.

One city that strikes me as looking better in pictures would be Medellín, Colombia. Many people will hate me for saying it, but pictures make the city look nice.. but when you're walking around the city you see so many telephone lines and red brick everywhere.

Personally I think Miami is nicer in person than in pictures.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Many films are shot in and around Vancouver and I find that you would never know unless you are really paying attention. Van and its surroundings are quite beautiful but somehow the scenery ends up looking really drab and boring in films. I know, I know, it's cloudy and rains a lot and suburbs can be kind of meh, but it still seems off.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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Many films are shot in and around Vancouver and I find that you would never know unless you are really paying attention. Van and its surroundings are quite beautiful but somehow the scenery ends up looking really drab and boring in films. I know, I know, it's cloudy and rains a lot and suburbs can be kind of meh, but it still seems off.
I guess like people, some cities translate better to film/photo than others.

Aside from weather, I wonder what else may affect this.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:31 AM
 
Location: 59°N
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They all look better in movies.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Canada's capital city of Ottawa has not appeared in many movies, but it is in a lot of postcard-type pictures.

It's not an ugly city and I don't want to bash it, but in the images people generally see of it you get the impression it is a much more majestic city than it really is. In actual fact it's a pretty ordinary looking city. Not ugly, but not spectacular either.

https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&s...62.hJSACK4oqhc
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Rio looks worse than in pictures. São Paulo looks better.
In fact, both look very similar. What makes Rio look better in the pics is the Guanabara bay, but the city itself look like any huge metropolis of a developing country.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Athens, Greece. I really don't like the city besides the very few sights everybody knows from pictures.

The rest of Greece (well, the smaller islands ) is absolutely gorgeous, though, and it's always a pleasure to come back. The food, the people, the sea and the small villages are amazing.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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I've found Paris not as beautiful and charming, as it shows in pictures and movies. A beautiful city indeed, not what I expected.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Canada's capital city of Ottawa has not appeared in many movies, but it is in a lot of postcard-type pictures.

It's not an ugly city and I don't want to bash it, but in the images people generally see of it you get the impression it is a much more majestic city than it really is. In actual fact it's a pretty ordinary looking city. Not ugly, but not spectacular either.

https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&s...62.hJSACK4oqhc
Actually, a lot of those photos are beautiful and highly complimentary of Ottawa

I love the gothic revival architecture of the Parliament Buildings.... they are very striking and the way the Ottawa River meanders through the city is quite dramatic and picturesque. Ottawa is a great city for its size...

As a matter of fact, skating along the Rideau Canal has to be one of the most beautiful skates around.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=ridea...w=1518&bih=687
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