Cincinnati, Ohio skyline and the Skystar Wheel 10.2.2018 by Jeremy Mudd

Currently at the Banks in Cincinnati, the Skystar Ferris Wheel is running. This is a temporary attraction that is in the grassy area where the “Sing the Queen City” sign resides. The Skystar is a beautiful, temporary addition to Cincy’s already great skyline when viewed from the Kentucky side of the river.

I’ve shot the city many times from the Covington, KY viewpoint but the addition of the Skystar gave me a reason to shoot it again with my recently acquired Fuji GX617 panoramic camera. The GX617 shoots a huge negative that offers the ability to print very large – plus, getting a panorama “in-camera” is much easier than stitching several shots together. Especially when doing long exposures to smooth out clouds and water, and on windy days when things are moving around.

After getting set up in my favorite spot, I shot 8 shots of the skyline during the varying degrees of light from pre-sunset thru dark.

Here is one of the shots at sunset.

Fuji GX617 w/105mm lens on Kodak Ektar film at f/16, 240 seconds with a 4-stop ND filter

The detail on such a large negative is incredible. To illustrate my point, here is a crop into a small portion of the bridge in the original of the image.

And here is an image just after nightfall.

Fuji GX617 w/105mm lens on Kodak Ektar film at f/16, 60 seconds

While there, I also shot some images with my Mamiya RB67 ProS with a few different lenses.

Mamiya RB67 ProS w/90mm lens on Kodak Ektar film at f/16, 60 seconds

Mamiya RB67 ProS w/250mm lens on Kodak Ektar film at f/16, 60 seconds


I will be adding some of these images and others from the evening to my For Sale section soon.

If you have not been to Cincinnati lately to check out the Skystar, I highly suggest it. It is only there until December 2nd; then it gets broken down, packed up, and moved to another city.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!