Every once in awhile, there’s that one photo that a photographer is really proud of, and for me this is one of them. On a early June morning, all the right ingredients took place.
Typically there is some light foot traffic around the Capitol grounds, but for once I got a lucky bounce. Now in regards to the sky, that’s a whole other story. When I arrived the sky was navy blue, keeping in mind that blue hour had just ended.
Out of the corner of my right eye, I started noticing some nice yellowy-orange clouds (that would soon morphed to peach) rolling in towards the Capitol building.
I included the path with the yuccas, for the mere fact that it’s a shot that I have wanted to check off. I just needed to wait for the right moment for the unexpected colorful clouds to hover over the building itself, to help tie this photo all together.
I have passed this Gazebo numerous times on my way to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s statue, but it never crossed my mind to actually stop to photograph. This may be due in large part to the fact that this pond (and it’s water level) were most recently added to this area, after years of much needed renovations.
As I made my way back from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s statue, I stopped to look at the newly added addition that I ignored for so many years. The wind was calm, and the sky finally opened up to reveal shades of pinks and purples.
After several days of heavy rainfall, there was enough water flow from the creek above to help create this cascading waterfall.
Of all my visits to the preserve, I can say that I never remember it being any greener and fuller than on this visit.
This is a re-edit of some sorts. Slightly different composition,with the treeline being more properly exposed.
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The Texas State Capitol in mid-afternoon with a flower bed of assorted wildflowers.
Even at 12 mm, I was unable to get the entire flower bed in frame. To solve this composition dilemma, I opted for the right side of the frame which contained more flowers, and did my best to balance out the rest of this photo.
Although this flower bed is year round, the spring and summer months are a better time to witness this view.
I took this sunset photo nearly two years ago at The Boardwalk at Lady Bird lake.
As soon as I arrived, there wasn’t much promise in regards to the sky, but soon after my arrival, some leftover clouds decided to roll in just in time for sunset.
The orange and pink hues from those late afternoon clouds really help bring to life this cityscape image, otherwise this image would have fell flat.
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Of all the monuments on the South Grounds , this is probably one of the most unique sculptures of them all. This Texas Cowboy monument is surrounded by a assortment of wildflowers, with the background of the glowing Capitol building.
This is a 8 second exposure,with the goal in mind of getting some movement above the Capitol dome. I also wanted to include the concrete path that go’s around the sculpture itself.
The most difficult part of this image was setting up, for the fact that I had to setup in the bank of a hill (I did my best not to get to flustered) while trying to focus on the surrounding elements of the landscape.
Lately I have been scouting out for more interesting compositions of the Pennybacker (360 Bridge Overlook) bridge in West Austin, and this view seem to have all the elements in one. This view is not hard to get to, it’s just a little ways down from the north west scenic overlook.
The key objects you want to look out for, are a couple of cypress trees growing out from the cliff overlooks themselves. After that, your going to want to go beyond those cypress trees, which will give way to spectacular views of the Pennybacker bridge and the Austin skyline looking east.