Up Around The Bend

This view of Colorado River (Texas) can be found from a not so well-known cliff overlook located down from the Pennybacker bridge.

As the title indicates, this photo was indeed taken in (and above) the bend of the river at sunrise, with the added bonus of experiencing both views. One that includes the Pennybacker Bridge and the skyline of downtown Austin looking east, and the second view (the one your seeing here) looking at west Austin.

sunrise-from-overlook-near-pennybacker-bridge-watermark (1 of 1)

YouTube Tutorial’s

Today I am officially launching my own tutorial channel on YouTube. As much as I like to blog, I feel like I do a lot more good with video tutorials than I can on here. However, I will continue sharing photos from time-to-time.

I only have one video up so far, and the subject is about workflow with Lightroom only. My goal, for the time being, is going to try to get a least one or two tutorials up monthly.

You have to go with what is presented to you.

This post has to to do with landscape photography/cityscapes, though could go into other genres of photography as well.

I have been noticing a pattern this year were the photo I wanted to do was not there. Unfortunately, that is how life works.  We have a predetermined idea in what we may think the scene will turn out when we arrive at the location of our choice.

Like many photographers out there, I will admit that I would love a badass sunrise/sunset every opportunity that I can get, but in reality, is that really what we should be striving for?

Sure you can visit an iconic location or a popular local spot that has been photographed before, but there is always going to be an element that will throw you off, and you need to be able to improvise in that particular moment.

Recently one of my photos received a ton of recognition that I wasn’t expected. Full disclosure the concept for that photo was not pre-planned, it just so happened that’s the way that experience turned out.

You do have control over your composition and the editing that you choose, but you have no control whatsoever in regards to the lighting situation.

Focus on the former and not the latter.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY TO NIGHT

Hey everyone, I know I’ve been quite inactive this year on the blog, and to tell you the truth, this year has been the least amount of photography that I have done in my seven-year plus photography career.

The story about this photo:

Originally this was going to turn out to be just a normal blue hour photo of the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge with a section of the Austin skyline so I thought. However, some nice glow from sunset decided to stick around above the Lamar Boulevard Bridge, hence the title for this photo.

Thanks for looking. Please free to leave a comment.

pfluger-pedestrian-bridge-with-austin-skyline-July-2019-Watermark (1 of 1)
Single exposure with an added gradient filter in Lightroom, with the purpose of bringing out more of the glow from sunset in the left-hand side.

When we emulate other artist’s, we are restricting ourselves.

Today’s post does not contain a photo, but from time to time,  I like to blog about certain career insecurities that may benefit other artists out there.

I would say the first couple of years of my photography career, I tried to emulate a handful of other artist’s that inspired me at the time.

What I would soon find out (through trial and error) was that I stumbled upon my own style to a fault through the means of experimenting with different sliders or filters. Granted a few youtube tutorials here and there, that helped along the way.

This practice allowed me to feel more comfortable from moving on from the artist’s that I was failing miserably trying to emulate.

For me personally, processing each image is determined on what the scene is trying to convey (feeling) in that particular moment of time, with the added intuition and input of the artist.

Different filters are going to complement certain subjects over others. Don’t be afraid to test the limits, and don’t second guess your decisions.

Where all going to come to a conclusion that makes sense for us.

-Will

 

 

10 second exposure over Austin.

As the title indicates, this is a 10-second exposure of some fast moving clouds over the Austin skyline, which was taken just before sunset. This was shot from the same location that I took that blue hour photo from.

Would have preferred more movement in the upper-right hand corner, but ultimately at the end of the day, one needs to be happy with the results they come back with.

ATX-Skyline-Long-Exposure-Final-2018-Social-Media (1 of 1)
Nikon D5200, 12-24mm Nikkor, f/8, 14mm, Promaster 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter.

 

Isamu Taniguchi Moon bridge under a Crape Myrtle Tree.

It’s no contest that the Isamu Taniguchi Moon bridge is by far the most recognizable attraction at Zilker Botanical Gardens.

The majority of the time this bridge is photographed from the other end, and I admit I found the idea for this composition via google search.

For processing this time, I chose to go with a very heavy vignette in Perfect Effects 10.5 so the bridge could stand out a bit more.

Thanks for looking.

Isamu-Taniguchi-Bridge-With-Bamboo-Forest-Watermark (3 of 1)

Featured on Fstoppers official Instagram page!

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of my photos had been selected by Fstoppers to be one of the featured photos on their Instagram page. I made an account a couple of days to get some feedback on my photography, and never imagined that one of my photo’s would actually be picked up.

I don’t normally make this kind of announcements, but for me, there is no better accolade than this.

Fstoppers-Instagram-Screenshot (1 of 1)

UT Main building with Marble Stairs Going Up.

A low angle perspective of the marble staircase that leads up to the landing of the Main Building at the University of Texas at Austin.

My main idea with this photo was to give the viewer the imagination of what lies beyond the staircase as if you were visiting the University of Texas at Austin for the first time.

UT-Tower-With-Stairs-Cropped-Version-Watermark (1 of 1)

Your style is constantly changing, and that’s a good thing.

Today’s post is about the constantly evolving of one’s style and artistic preferences. I am going to share the same photo, but edited in different time periods of my career. Time-and-time again, a lot of artists play it way too safe, and I hope the one thing you get from the post, is to do your own thing.

sculpture-falls-with-pool-austin-tx-final (1 of 1)
Sculpture Falls 2017.

I played it way too safe with the original edit that was done in November 2017. My recollection was that I  was seeing what I could get away with the auto-tune alone, in LR. Looking back, I have no idea why at the time I thought this was enough.

sculpture-falls-final (1 of 1)
Sculpture Falls 2018

The most recent version of this photo was done in October 2018, 11 months after the original. This is how I truly felt about that experience.

In conclusion, be open to the fact that your style is going to change, and because of this change, you are going to succumb to re-editing some of your images. Don’t feel guilty about how you edit your photographs, as long as the final result equates to your vision.

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts and opinions about your own style changes.

Austin Texas skyline 2018.

For years, if you ever walked along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake (before the renovations) there was a lack of vantage points of the skyline for pedestrians or photographers. Basically, the majority of the compositions were taken from some pretty awkward obtuse angles along the banks of the lake itself.

Recently, via The Trail Foundation, multiple water access points have been placed along the shores of Lady Bird Lake.

This lookout of the Austin skyline is in between the water access point across from the Seaholm Waterfront, and  Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Memorial statue.

Now back to the photo. This spot has a pier (as opposed to the other option) which can only be best described as stadium steps that go down to the shoreline.

I ended up in the upper left-hand corner of the pier so I could frame my composition in a way that avoided the remaining treeline from the hike and bike trail that persisted in my shot.

 

Austin-Skyline-With-Reflection-For-Social-Media (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfluger Pedestrian bridge at blue hour.

On a cold and cloudy winter morning, a couple of Austin’s high rises shine brightly into Lady Bird lake. The location for which this image was taken, can be easily accessed from the hike and bike trail.

Thanks for looking.

pfluger-blue-hour-dec-2016-final (1 of 1)