I love the Alamo draft house. I love it not only because I can enjoy decent food and an adult beverage while I enjoy a great movie, but more so because of the whole “Alamo Experience”. I can’t really describe what that is, you just have to experience it. It’s very ‘Austin’ like. Trust me.
This is yet another photograph taken during SXSW, although Sixth Street in Austin Texas doesn’t look all that different on any weekend evening. You can see my other SXSW images here, or other Austin images here.
Last night I ventured downtown again to enjoy the people watching and music listening at SXSW on 6th Street in Austin Texas. While I was there I could not pass up the opportunity to take a few photos. Ok, more than a few… In addition to all the official music venues, you could not walk more than 50 feet without being (hopefully) entertained by musicians and other entertainers entertaining the throngs. The guys in the foreground are members of the quite entertaining indie/folk/rock group NEMES that traveled down from Boston MA for the festival. You can see my other SXSW photos here.
Last night I had the opportunity to do some photography of the Austin skyline after dark for a long time client. I decided to get to the location early to grab some personal pre-sunset images as well, and shot this while I was waiting. I’m not sure, but the client may decide they like this better than their original vision. We shall see…
One thing that is obvious (if you look close) is the cranes have returned to Austin. Not the pretty flying kind but the big ugly steel ones. You can see where work has begun on at least one large project. It seemed like it took years of waiting to get a shot of the Austin skyline without numerous cranes in the shot. Finally, last year the skyline was (relatively) crane free. It looks like those days are over as the ‘progress’ continues.
Katz’s New York style deli has been a fixture in Austin for over 30 years. For many in Austin Katz’s was the ‘go to’ place after closing down the bars on Austin’s 6th Street or Warehouse district. With it’s parent company recently filing for bankruptcy protection & rumors that they may be looking to move from their iconic 6th street Austin location, I thought I’d better grab a photo of this long time Austin landmark before it disappears like so many others.
It’s been a great week in Austin Texas. The party started with friends and family coming to town for my son Matthew’s wedding. The wedding was spectacular! It was a military wedding in a great outdoor setting. The weather was perfect, the flowers were fabulous, and my new daughter-in-law was radiantly beautiful. Believe it or not, I didn’t take a single photograph. I consciously passed that task to wonderful professionals so that I could just be ‘dad’.
Monday, Matthew & his new bride Jessica left to drive to Alaska where they will be stationed for a few years. I can’t wait to go visit! (Yes, I will take my camera…) This was a great week for family to visit. Sixth Street in Austin Texas is known an one of the great streets in the world to go party. Every year during the international music festival ‘South by Southwest’ it is even more so. This year (2010) St. Patrick’s day fell during SXSW to add even more fuel to the event. My sister & I went down to the ‘party’ just to watch the crowds and take a few photos.
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The annual creative explosion of SXSW is about to begin again in Austin Texas. Every year at this time thousands of Music, Film & Interactive creative professionals & their fans decend upon Austin from around the world. It’s a fun time in our little town.
This shot of Sixth street was taken last year during SXSW. Just for fun I did a little tilt-shift focus manipulation to give it that toy-land feel.
Sixth Street in Austin Texas is always a lively place. During the day their are numerous shops and great places to enjoy lunch or just a cup of coffee. Daytime on Sixth Street in fun, however the real action starts after the sun goes down and the music comes out. After all, 6th Street is pretty much the music epicenter of the “Live Music Capitol of the World” aka Austin Texas. You can see my other Austin shots here.
This photo of 6th Street in downtown Austin was shot about 7:50 one evening. The great thing about photographing night shots shortly after sunset is you you get that nice “Speilberg Blue” nighttime sky. The bad thing about photographing night shots on 6th street shortly after sunset is that for a spot that is known for it’s lively crowds, there are very few people. 6th street doesn’t really get started till around 10:pm. (To get an idea what 6th street looks like on a busy night check out the SXSW posting that was shot at Maggie Mae’s right across the street from here looking towards the Blind Pig Pub.) Meanwhile… I had no choice but to take the shot while the light was right, the carriage driver could just relax and enjoy the evening while she was waiting on the night.
Another reason Austin Texas is known as “The Live Music Capitol of the World” …
Every year thousands of visitors travel from around the world to attend the Music, Film & Interactive SXSW or ‘South by Southwest’ conferences & Seminars in Austin Texas. I went down to 6th Street Friday night and took a few photos. This one was taken from the balcony of Maggie Mae’s over looking the Blind Pig Pub.