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Interesting places to photograph around Raleigh, North Carolina

Supriyo Bhattacharya , Sep 18, 2004; 02:02 p.m.

Hello everybody, Does anyone know of places within 50 miles of Raleigh, which are good for practicing photography. By good places, I mean interesting architecture, scenic beauty, landscapes, ruins etc. The places I have visited include Eno River park, Jordan lake, hanging rock, Lake wheeler, nc zoo, the town of Apex etc.It seems that, the list of places is fast exhausting. Anyone has any suggestion. Places that are not so famous but still provide valuable opportunity to the growing photographer. Any input will be valued.


Ben Shields , Sep 19, 2004; 03:34 p.m.

One option to consider may be the numerous university campuses in the area (UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke, etc.). Chapel Hill's campus is quite beautiful. I've taken some shots of the main campus and also of the botanical gardens just to the south. I hope to take some shots of the Duke Chapel at Duke Unviversity in Durham sometime soon. http://www.chapel.duke.edu/chapel/home/

Chapel Hill and Carrboro have a number of murals on the sides of downtown businesses which would make good shots early in the day or in the evening.

Also, do a few google searches for outdoor events in the area in the coming months. I've found most people to be very friendly here. Say hi and chat with them and you may get lucky for a couple shots.

Good luck!

Wolfgang Pieper , Sep 29, 2004; 06:17 a.m.

Hello, I worked 2 years at Duke University in Durham, NC. I shot lots of slides in and around Durham. Check my folder, where is an autumn shot of Duke University tower. It is located at: http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=51679 Enjoy, Regards Wolfgang

John N. Wall , Oct 01, 2004; 02:54 p.m.

Suggest you join the Capital City Camera Club -- a wonderful resource to learn the infinitely many places to photograph in Raleigh and the Research Triangle. See our website at Capital City Camera Club. Hope to see you at our next meeting.

Supriyo Bhattacharya , Oct 05, 2004; 03:07 p.m.

Thank a lot, John. Apart from the traveling question, I was really looking for a website like this. I know some of my friends who will be intersted too. I will land up soon in one of your meetings. Thank you again.

Supriyo Bhattacharya , Oct 05, 2004; 03:08 p.m.

Thanks to everybody, who have contributed valuable suggestions here. BTW, I am planning to go to WV to look for some fall pictures. Lets hope for the best.

Ken Kuzenski , Dec 04, 2004; 03:32 p.m.

Supriyo, this will be a very late reply; very sorry. There's much good photography, as others have suggested, on the Duke campus. Don't miss the area around the chapel, and the Sarah Duke Gardens!

You may have heard the old saying, "It's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there." For Raleigh, it's entirely different--the Raleigh area is a wonderful place to live but a lousy place to visit. :-) We don't have much in the way of scenic wonder nor of flashy entertainment.

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