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08/01/2006 01:40:22 PM · #1
I'm looking at doing a photographic study of City Skylines and want to get good crisp skylines.

Right now Philadelphia is experiencing 100 degree heat with 55-60% humidity and the skyline is very hazy. Obviously right now is not the best time given the circumstances. The flip side of this question is that winters in Philadelphia are often cloudy and dreary, not 'pretty' photographically.

So, somewhere there has to be a middle ground condition that is ideal for capturing a City Skyline and I'm looking for feedback (especially temp and humidity ranges). ;) thx
08/01/2006 01:45:27 PM · #2
Yep, skyline shots call for timing. Weather is everything. Some of the very best days are breezy, cool, low-humidity days. Early Fall is one of the best times, but in Summer, watch for predictions of sunny mornings/evenings immediately after the passage of a cold front. This will often indicate lower dew points and clearer air.

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08/01/2006 01:58:07 PM · #3
Must google dewpoint. It's been so long since that lesson in the boyscouts. I know it's a measure of humidity vs. temp...

"The dew point temperature is the temperature to which the air must be cooled to reach saturation (assuming air pressure remains the same). The dew point is a direct measure of the amount of moisture present in the air, and directly affects how you feel... or in other words... measures the amount of humidity in the air. Remember, the temperature never drops below its dew point, but can drop to it. Generally, we start to feel some discomfort when the dew point gets to or just above 60 degrees. ..."

Lower dewpoint = better, crisper images (lower humidity)

Got it.
08/01/2006 03:16:20 PM · #4
Sometimes you find exceptionally clear air right after a shower.
08/01/2006 03:18:31 PM · #5
Originally posted by coolhar:

Sometimes you find exceptionally clear air right after a shower.

Really? I'd expect it to be very humid. Although I guess it could be the case when the weather is mild and the front is a cold front.
08/02/2006 11:56:09 AM · #6
bump
08/02/2006 12:12:10 PM · #7
Suggest you look for a crisp, bright "Indian Summer" day in late September or early October. Then go for a late afternoon or early morning photo session.
08/02/2006 12:27:32 PM · #8
I would say between rain storms.

I know this is a bad photograph and has dust bunnies but this last June when we had heavy rain storms-this was taken between storms. What I liked about the photograph was the sky. If I tried this today the sky would be ugly.

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If there is a heavy cloud cover in the evening before sunset, sometimes the clouds act as a reflector and you get dramatic light on the tall buildings.

There is supposed to be a thunderstorm tomorrow (Thursday) and be cooler Friday. So maybe early Thursday evening or early Friday morning are possibilities.
08/02/2006 12:29:47 PM · #9
You got to love the Swan Fountain. ;)
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