Rolling into Columbus, Ohio from the west it was obvious this was going to be a better-than-average opportunity to come away with some colorful after-dark, skyline photos of the sixteenth largest city in the United States. Thanks largely to the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers northwest of the downtown area, Columbus has a lot of photogenic appeal despite it’s relatively small geographic size.
As the sun set on this warm June evening, I had already been shooting the area for an hour or more. Safety wasn’t an issue during daylight, but as night fell on this predominately deserted area, I started to become more concerned about my surroundings. Not only were there fewer people milling about, but the area on the westside of the river in front of the COSI was not very well lit either. However, it offered the best photo op from directly across the river. And I wanted that shot. So I went on back down to the bank, staying as alert as possible.
Not only was I in a deserted area next to a river, but also right next to a large bridge underpass. I’ll admit t was a bit spooky, and I couldn’t shake the feeling of being watched. With the understanding this was not the best situation to be putting myself into, and rather than retreat and regret, I decided to stay and get as many shots in as I could before heading back up the bank … to safety! If anyone did try to cause trouble, I was on my own with no backup.