Where is this picture from?
July 29, 2014 9:28 AM   Subscribe

I traveled to DC, SF, NYC, and a few other cities taking photos with a film camera... and I can't tell where this photo's from. City-identifiers with good memories, help me!
posted by tmcw to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Very unlikely that this is SF, but I can't tell which other city it might be.
posted by extramundane at 9:35 AM on July 29, 2014

Best answer: This is Arlington, VA. Those two distinctive buildings by the freeway are here. Looks like it was shot from one of the Rosslyn Twin Towers.
posted by theodolite at 9:38 AM on July 29, 2014 [12 favorites]

Can you remember generally where you went in each city? That can help narrow it down (i.e., "I stayed in Manhattan when I went to New York" vs. "I was in Manhattan, but got to the Bronx and Queens too").
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:39 AM on July 29, 2014

Seconding Rosslyn, VA.
posted by LittleFuzzy at 9:47 AM on July 29, 2014

That's a wingtip of a plane in the upper left corner, so you were in a plane. Taking the Arlington suggestion, perhaps you were flying down the river approach to National?
posted by Nelson at 9:48 AM on July 29, 2014 [6 favorites]

Best answer: nthing Arlington, VA. Seconding the river approach to DCA given the wing tip.
posted by tckma at 9:57 AM on July 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Furthermore, the building in the lower-right corner is topped with an arty structure welded by local guy Chas Colburn. You can see it in the distance here.
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:17 AM on July 29, 2014

Best answer: I made this rendering in Google Earth, which is pretty close to your photo. The approximate vantage point is looking west down Wilson Blvd from above Roosevelt Island in the Potomac.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 11:11 AM on July 29, 2014 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Former Alexandria resident here. Yes, that is Alexandria. Nice job UVC on the Google Earth stuff!
posted by seasparrow at 12:04 PM on July 29, 2014

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