Weekly Downtown Series – April 16, 2008

April 16th, 2008

Outside the Raleigh Times Bar at Dusk


Norfolk Southern Locomotive

North Carolina State Bird

Deep blue evening from Boylan

This could almost be the best skyline angle Raleigh has…

RBC Plaza from Fayetteville Street, looking North.

Harleys on Fayetteville

Sun gleaming from 150 Fayetteville Street

People wouldn’t dare pass him, Hammond Road.


Ashe Avenue Bridge

The grounds at Dorothea Dix

Daffodils near Salisbury

The best part of the RBC Plaza, reflective glass.

RBC Plaza

More signs of Spring

Snoopy’s (2 Hot dogs just Chili)

In effort to bring new skyline angles, sometimes I have to include bad shots like this.

Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque

Construction workers prepare to hoist giant licorice pieces

Heading northbound on South Saunders

Two Hannover Square from Ashe Ave

Worker atop RBC Plaza Condominiums

Its only $465,000.00!

My new Canon 1Ds Mark III in action.

Classic Raleigh Skyline parting shot from South Saunders Street


  1. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 6:34 am (#)

    excellent work once again matt!

  2. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 7:17 am (#)

    Matt, you are the ONLY person I now who can make Raleigh shine, no matter what camera you have, or when you take the photos. Seriously, each and every image is simply outstanding, and even though Raleigh lacks a good number of high-rises and the skyline is poor, you manage to impress us.

    The new camera must have overheated already :LOL:

  3. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 8:55 am (#)

    Every time I see that last picture I can only hope that Raleigh doesn’t screw up the opportunity between the convention center and the prison… Something huge should go into those empty lots. The skyline just looks so empty between the RBC and the Wachovia Bldg.

  4. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 9:08 am (#)

    Wow. Beautiful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 10:57 am (#)

    Cool! So much to talk about in this one.

    For the “could be the best skyline angle” shot, were you standing in the middle of the street with a beamer flying at you?

    Sun gleaming off Wachovia building makes the facade look like water. One of my favorites of all time on this site.

    The deep blue shot from Boylan and the cardinal really connected with my mood too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 11:33 am (#)

    You could not ASK for better pictures!!!!! FIVE ACORNS MAN! Maybe you could start selling these………….(please)…………

  7. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 11:52 am (#)

    Oh that reminds me, would it be possible to get a few shots from each week blown up to 1600×1200 resolution? I would love to use some of these as my desktop wallpaper.

  8. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 1:09 pm (#)

    Travis, if I do not see something above 50 stories in the location you mentioned, I will scream!!! The space between the new convention center and the county jail deserves a nice 700ft+ tower. Anything less than that would be a waste of space.

  9. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 4:06 pm (#)

    I must say your skills with that camera are impressive. You bring life to these DT locations. Good work.

  10. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 5:37 pm (#)

    Simply outstanding!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 6:06 pm (#)


  12. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 6:32 pm (#)

    This series keeps getting better each week!

  13. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 8:55 pm (#)

    You reinvent Raleigh with every shot you take. With these photos there is sure to be an increase in the population and this is only one part of this beautiful city. Can you get a night shot of the sixth photo (almost the best skyline angle)?

    Thanks for the link you gave with the shots of NYC.

  14. Anonymous says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 9:00 pm (#)

    Check out the view of the RBC Plaza from the NC State Belltower on Hillsborough St.

  15. Anonymous says:

    April 17th, 2008 at 5:56 pm (#)

    Dude…You have talent! I have been visiting here for awhile. They just keep getting better.
    I would love to see some other images from around the city…like North Hills area, Highwoods, Crabtree, and Triangle Town. I bet you could capture some great shots there. In fact, you should just rename the web site to “AroundRaleigh.Com” and like Nike says….”Just Do It”! Thanks again man!

  16. Anonymous says:

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:36 pm (#)

    Flash, great shots as usual. You truly are a magician to be able to make Raleigh look this great. But, your true test will be taking shots of the new Marriott when complete and making it look good. When you pull that off you will have achieved legend status. Thanks for that great website.

  17. Anonymous says:

    April 21st, 2008 at 9:19 am (#)

    Nobody can make Marriott Hotel look good… Not even Matt :LOL:

  18. Anonymous says:

    April 22nd, 2008 at 12:29 am (#)

    Amazing pictures, Matt! May I make a request? How about some pictures from inside the Mecca?

  19. Anonymous says:

    April 22nd, 2008 at 1:45 am (#)

    Garland, I have a couple in the Archives… here and here.

  20. Anonymous says:

    April 22nd, 2008 at 7:49 pm (#)

    How about a section for user suggestions? 😀

    I was walking to the Sheraton and saw a great shot of the RBC Plaza with a brick wall covered in ivy in the foreground. Reminded me of an area in Boston, but totally not in Boston.

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