I finally got out to photograph the newest addition to the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin Texas. This wonderful sculpture is the work of Texas artist Armando Hinojosa.
The Capitol 10k is being run this Sunday in Austin Texas & I’m more than a little disappointed that I won’t be available to join in the festivities. This photo was taken last year not too far from the start on Congress Avenue. If you know any long time participants in the Capitol 10K, I’m sure they would enjoy an art print on canvas or metal of this or another great shot of this Austin Tradition that you can see here.
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.
I was walking down Congress Avenue in Austin Texas during SXSW and an Austin band; “The Jazz Pharaohs” were playing in front of The Elephant Room so I thought I’d stop and take a few photos. Great music and nice people.
You can see my other SXSW photos 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.
More playing with the 16mm fisheye lens here. This is from a little hidden spot in South Austin. Ok, it’s not truly hidden, but you sorta have to know it’s there or you would never see it. This place is truly in the “Keep Austin Weird” tradition. I was able to capture several publishable images in a 10 minute walk around this little complex so there will be more to come…
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.
Musicowly Speaking, The Long Center in Austin Texas is one of my favorite local venues for music and performance. The acoustics are great, the facility is beautiful and the large patio out front provides a stunning view of the Austin skyline. (You can see more of my Long Center Photos here.) The beautiful cow in the photo was created by artist Robin Tripaldi for Austin’s Cows on Parade.
Tonight my wife & I are looking forward to another great evening of entertainment at the truly fabulous Long Center for the Performing Arts. I shot this view earlier in the year when I was photographing the ‘Stevie’ statue and the Austin Skyline across the street. You may view my other images of the Long Center here.
I recently did some additional photography for the Paramount Theatre in Austin Texas. I love this place! This is actually an HDR panorama to try and capture as much of the theatre a possible from the front center stage position. It was shot as multiple images with my 14mm lens and then stitched together. Normally, I would have been able to get the whole room with the 14-24 lens by just backing up a bit. However, the theatre had a large projection screen in place for a summer film series which forced me to the front of the stage. Creating the image this way caused a bit more of a ‘fisheye’ effect which I believe works well for this grand historical theatre.
You can see my other photographs of the Austin Paramount Theater here.