Top 15 Spots to Photograph in Atlanta
Written and Photographed by Mike Lindle
Atlanta, dubbed the Hollywood of the South, is a fairly recent tax haven for film productions. It’s no wonder, Altanta has a one-of-a-kind skyline, a restaurant scene to rival NY / LA, and beautiful looks littered throughout the city.
Here are a few stills I shot over the course of week spent in Atlanta. I’ve also included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location using Google Maps.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis - Interior
Sitting at 53 stories, the Marriott Marquis is Atlanta’s 14th tallest skyscraper. Originally designed by John C. Portman, Jr this building completed construction in 1985. Since it has a wide base and siknny top it is often called the Pregnant Building. Upon completion, this atrium was the largest in the world.
Jackson Street Bridge
A classic Atlanta skyline view over the freeway, this is a look recently popularized by The Walking Dead.
The XX Bridge
Simply put, this is a pedestrian bridge that connects two parking garages and acts as a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) stop.
Top of Marriott Marquis
Here’s a special north-facing view of Atlanta, as seen from the top of the Marriott Marquis building. There aren’t many ways up here, you could send a drone up, book a room and beg for a high floor, find your way on the roof, sometimes you can even get lucky and ask a cleaning staff politely if you can take photos out of the window of a room on a high floor.
Little Trouble Neon Sign
This hip nightclub / bar / lounge has an astonishingly protected neon sign. Make sure to come early in the evening if you want to photograph their sign, this places tends to fill up pretty quick after dinner.
The Georgia Aquarium
This used to be the largest aquarium in the world since opening in 2005 to 2012, boasting 10 million gallons of water in their tanks. It is however still the largest aquarium in the US.
Hyatt Regency Interior
This view is often overlooked since few open-air atriums are as impressive as the Marriott Marquis. Though if you’re in the neighborhood, nothing should stop you from entering this hotel and marveling at the Hyatt Regency atrium as well, it’s a mere 2-3 blocks away.
Top Down of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Send the drone up to get this compelling view over the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This stadium is also known to open-up almost like a folded origami when the conditions are right.
Marriott Marquis Lookup
A nearly hidden view located right next to one of the most popular architecture views in Atlanta, go to the side of this building to find this lookup, nestled on the Marriott employee’s smoking area.