Chasing Sunsets - Port Columbus

August 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Port Columbus International Airport

Ok, so I am behind on my blog posts here.  I've continued to check out various sunset spots throughout the summer; I just haven't had a chance to sit down and post about them.  I will attempt to catch up this week since summer is all too quickly dwindling!

The next stop sunset spot I decided to check out was Port Columbus and, frankly, it was a bust.  I've heard buzz that you can get some great sunset views from the top of the parking garage and, as a bonus, you can also see the Columbus skyline.  Sounding like it was right up my alley, I decided it was worth a quick trip to Gahanna to check it out.

I was actually kind of excited about this one as I grew up not all that far from the airport and I remember going there to watch planes with my grandparents as a kid.  There used to be a place off of the entrance from Hamilton Rd. where you could pull in and watch the planes go right over you as they land.  That has been blocked off so you can't pull in that spot.  There is another place where you can pull over, but it's not quite the same.

There were a few drawbacks that made it not such a great spot to catch a sunset.  For starters, the skyline is a bit far away unless you've got a great zoom lens and a tripod.  Even at that, I'd probably strive for a night shot because the skyline is also slightly southwest, so there's no backlighting from the sun.  As you can see from the below photo, that is one seriously bland sky.  For me, there wasn't a ton going on in terms of various sunset shots from the top of the parking garage.  I do love watching planes take off and land so all wasn't lost.  But for $3 to park for an hour, probably not a place I will attempt again for sunset watching.

My favorite photo op ended up being the back road into the airport because it has an entire series of underpasses and slight rolling hills to the road. (Pictured below.) I believe it is called Sawyer Rd.

This is one place I can cross off the list for recommended watching.

Port ColumbusView from the top of the parking garage

Columbus SkylineAs seen from the top of the airport parking garage.

OnwardsOnwards

 


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