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 shot this just before I got on the train to head home after my last visit to SXSW 2012. For my international readers you may not be aware that many cities in the United States are not exactly known for their public transportation. In my hometown of Austin Texas we completed the first line of our light rail a couple of years ago. The service is rather limited but it’s a start. With thousands of visitors in town for the festival, the possibility of finding a place to park my car was very slim so I decided to try the train. Wow it’s great! The cars are clean and quiet and the ride is smooth. Plus, the trip cost much less than parking would have been even if parking would have been available not to mention, I saved the fuel. Now if we can just add a few more lines to make it an even more attractive option.
I debated about posting this photo this evening since I posted a very similar photo that was taken an hour or so earlier just a few days ago. However, since SXSW is wrapping up for this year, this just seemed like the best night to put it up. I like the “Where’s Waldo” feel of the piece. You can spend awhile just checking out all the various characters and seeing what they were doing during this little slice of time. You can see my other SXSW photos here including the one previously mentioned. I am curious which one do you like best? post a comment to let me know.
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.
It’s a beautiful day in Austin Texas. Despite the fact we are in the middle of a record drought, there have been quite a few cloudy grey wet weather days lately so it’s great to see the sun. I’m glad the visitors in town for SXSW are having the opportunity to enjoy a little beautiful Austin spring weather!
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.
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.
The Paramount Theatre in Austin Texas is one of the very few remaining ‘hemp houses’ left in America that still use hemp ropes and sandbags for the theatrical rigging. It’s hard to believe how much of this stuff it takes to make the curtains, lights, scenery etc. apparently effortlessly fly in and out as needed during a performance. In reality, there is a crew working up here pulling on a lot of rope to make it happen.
You can see my other photos of the Paramount Theatre here: