Late August in Raleigh and the 24 Foot Tall Tripod

August 28th, 2009

Frustrated by trees, power lines and other objects obstructing views around town, I decided to purchase the Manfrotto “Super High Camera Stand”. Essentially a tripod extending to 24 feet high, it should allow me new and unique perspectives on the city.

Several images from this series are test runs with this new tool.

Raleigh Sunset

Elevated view of North Carolina State Capitol Building

Crescent moon sets over the Renaissance Hotel at North Hills

Distant Raleigh Silhouette

Southern 401/70 View

High above Fayetteville Street

Gold tiles on the shimmer wall

Low aerial of the courthouse expansion site

Elevated South Saunders

Hodge Road exit on 264 Raleigh

Finally rising above all the wires at Peace St and St Marys

Lichtin Plaza

Elevated view from the Warehouse District

Raleigh’s Main street at night

North Hills “Midtown Raleigh”

City Plaza Towers

Gradient Sunset from the East

Elevated view over the Raleigh Convention center

One and Two Hannover Square

RBC Plaza

Late day towers

Elevated Panorama

The Bogen Super High Camera Stand in action

South Atlantic Fire Rescue Graphics on the window of the Raleigh Convention Center

Wake Co Parking Deck

Storms move East to West from Boylan Avenue courtesy Tropical Storm Danny

Marriott and BB&T

Cree now has logo signage on the shimmer wall in Raleigh

North Carolina Capitol Building at night

Fayetteville Street looking south (24 feet up)


  1. Anonymous says:

    September 2nd, 2009 at 10:48 pm (#)

    i emailed someone in charge of the city development asking what plans were approved. we’ll see if i ever hear back. i am excited about green square and secu, even if it’s 2+ years away. there’s also city plaza and hillsborough st, as far as new stuff goes, albeit not buildings. im most disappointed at the stalling of the already slow charter square stuff, but at least there’s some bright spots still in this crappy economy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    September 13th, 2009 at 5:05 pm (#)

    Would love to know more about the “nuts and bolts” of these photos. For instance, are you shooting blind and using a remote shutter? How are you framing these photos?

  3. Anonymous says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 3:32 pm (#)

    after riding around downtown and seeing the limited space we have left to develop i think raleigh’s gonna end up looking like another DC with not so many tall buildings but maybe just large buildings… unless developers start thinking taller. i just dont see raleigh having that height we need in our skyline, hopefully i will be wrong on this one people.

  4. Anonymous says:

    September 16th, 2009 at 7:50 pm (#)

    Raleigh will never be a big city or have a big skyline. People can keep wishing and that is all it is – a big dream.

  5. Anonymous says:

    September 17th, 2009 at 4:33 am (#)

    I never heard of a psychic named “Anonymous”…..Anonymous can see into the future!! Tell me Anonymous, when will the next ICE AGE come?? HAHAH
    YOU SAY RALEIGH will NEVER be a BIG city.
    WHO CARES if RALEIGH becomes that big??
    That is NOT the point, and NOT the reason for this website.
    NIETHER did this website say “BIG RALEIGH SKYLINE .COM”
    So please MR/Miss psychic, Leave the extremely POINTLESS comments off of this website.

  6. Anonymous says:

    September 26th, 2009 at 5:04 pm (#)

    where the sunset one with poles in?

  7. Anonymous says:

    March 27th, 2010 at 11:22 am (#)

    What is a realistic load capacity of the 24′ Monfrotto camera platform you are using?
    Do you ever feel like the think may blow over with a camera mounted high?

  8. Anonymous says:

    March 27th, 2010 at 2:42 pm (#)

    Thomas- It’s sturdy enough for heavy camera bodies and lenses (heaviest I used was the 1ds Mark III with the 100-400L). It does sway when extended, however, which can hamper longer exposures. It also comes with guy wires for more stability.

  9. Anonymous says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 6:57 pm (#)

    I just found this site while looking for a tripod that would do just what this one does. Get up there. After reading some of the posts, I’m somewhat disappointed that there are so many people worrying about the size of Raleigh.  Do you really WANT a big city? If so, GO THERE. Be a part of the un-managed rubble. Raleigh is a beautiful city and you can find just about anything there you can find in a “big city” (except for the high crime rate, smut, heavy drug trafficing – gangs, and slums the size of Harlem). I doubt if anyone writing these negative comments is actually successful in the “big city” – if so, why do you spend your time bashing Raleigh?  I’m from Las Vegas – not a big city either, but I would rather live in Raleigh. I just may some day.
    BTW, I bought the Manfretto from your pics.  I’m loving it. Thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 7:03 pm (#)

    I know, Manfrotto –

  11. Anonymous says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 6:31 pm (#)

    @ConnorGail21 I can’t speak for anyone else and I’m not sure how familiar with Raleigh you are, but I know my positions are based on the fact that Raleigh is GOING to be be a big city regardless of what we want. The city grew around a 46% clip in the last decade and growth doesn’t appear to be slowing that much in the future, it’s projected to have over 600,000 residents by 2030 and it seems unlikely that the growth will stop there. We’re worried about a lot of issues that we see in other, bigger Sunbelt cities and we’d much rather grow like New York or Chicago than Atlanta. I completely agree with your assessment that we don’t want crime and a lot of the other problems that many cities face, but we also can’t act like Raleigh is going to be a “small town” forever and we should try to plan that growht in an urban manner, advocating mass transit, high population densities and walkable areas. That’s much more desirable (at least for me) than building mile after mile of suburban housing, I’ve been to Atlanta and Phoenix and Dallas and those places aren’t the type of places I’d like to live.

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