Check out this wonderful sunset over the Santa Elena Canyon from the Sotol Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park. You can see Santa Elena canyon throught the sotols as the sun went over the mountains in the distance view looking toward Mexico from Big Bend Park. The Santa Elena Canyon are some of the tallest cliffs in the area and rise up to 1500 ft down to the Rio Grande river below. Santa Elena Canyon is the most impressive in Big Bend National Park and can be seen from ten miles away. It is a good distance from the main area of the park and will take about an hour drive. Sotol Vista Overlook is one of the places to capture the canyon which is located off the Ross Maxwel scenic drive and from this view point you can see the entire western side of Big Bend Naitonal Park. This is one of my favorite images we captured on this trip to Big Bend, we have tried to capture a good sunset from the Sotal Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park before from this same location before but the weather and hazy skies just did not coorperate till today. The Santa Elen This evening we were rewarded with a wonderful colorful sunset over the solols at the overlook and we are very happy for that.
In Texas we say everything is bigger that includes the stars in the Milky Way we just capture in this nightscapes in this summer sky over this ranch land in the Hill Country. These days it is now getting harder and harder to capture those stars images because of light polution from even small towns so we have to travel farther and farther out in the Texas Hill Country to capture a night sky where there a lot of stars without a lot of light pollution. In this image we had to go west past Llano Texas just to find an area where we could even see the milky way. We did manage to find a ranch with freshly cut haybales and waited till the Milky Way was just right and then waited for the cars to go by and light paint the haybales just enough so we had a soft light on them.
Oak Alley at Sunrise – This was a look into the past that has been frozen in time at our visit of Oak Alley Plantation this last year. To get the feel of the place, we stayed on the property in one of the freed slaves cottages on the property which really helped you get a feel of what life might of been like in the past. In these images we captured the great old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation at sunrise including the mansion and the other great oaks which have been here for more than 300 years. The Oak Alley plantation landscape is really a beautiful place to visit with a great sense of history both the good and the bad as it pertains to slavery. Our visit to the Oak Alley plantation left us with a sense of what was like for all that live there from the one who lived in the Mansion to the families that were enslaves and work and lived on the property. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture and landscaping, and for the agricultural innovation of grafting pecan trees, performed there in 1846–47 by an enslaved gardener.
This is an sunrise landscape image of the wonderful live oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation. These old live oak trees are known to be over 300 years old and they were there even before there was a plantation or house on the property, but no one seems to knows who planted them, but we are glad they did. The plantation runs along the side of Mississippi river in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, U.S. This plantation was planted with sugar cane by slaves who live in the southern US and years before the grand old mansion was built these tree were already in place and somehow they knew right where they needed to be for the walkway from the house to the mississippi river. The trees there are amazing and we wanted to show you can do a triptych or multiple panel image from one image on our site to add that punch to a room. There are several reasons you might want to do a mulitple frame image; it allow the image to cover more wall space than a single image, it has modern look, also a mulitple panel images add a unique look to a photo and will be a show stopper and add that wow factor to the room. Please contact us if your interested in one of the split images style of photos.
Iconic Dallas skyline panorama after dark. This cityscape has the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Bank of America, Fountain Plaza, Reunion Tower, Omni, along with many other high rises in the downtown area. Dallas has an impressive number of skyscraper in the downtown part of the city and is the third most populous city in Texas. The tallest building is the Bank of America Plaza which stands at 921 feet and the second tallest is the Renaissance Tower at 886 feet. Out of the top ten of the tallest buildings in the southern United States Dallas has three of the tallest buildings in Texas and Houston has seven. The downtown sits along the Trinity River where the town was founded and the city grew from it oil and cotton industry along the railroads, now business is mostly banking, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistic. This metropolitan area lead the nation as one of the nations largest employer and metropolitan area’s economy is the 10th largest in the world. We loved this image because we were able to capture such a large area of the downtown area of the city however this area is no longer available to photograph from. So we can only hope next time we go back we can find a similar site to capture the city from.
Another one of my favorite Austin skyline panoramas we have captured along Lady Bird Lake. Just as twilight began you can still some of the sunset colors still in the sky as the cityscape lights the high rise buildings along the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake in downtown area of the city. For years now high rise building along Austin Lady Bird Lake have made it difficult to capture a good skyline because there are so many cranes and still we have many new skyscrapers on their way. However, from this view you can still capture a decent skyline image along Lady Bird Lake at least for now.
We captured this field of Texas bluebonnets at sunrise with these wonderful colors in the sky over this large crop of flower along the Colorado river. One of the better sites for bluebonnet fields this past spring that we captured right at sunrise. Not every year is bumper crop for bluebonnets and other wildflowers and this crop in the Texas Hill Country was not as good as years past but every years spring flowers are different. I like this one best for this past years bluebonnets because we had nice clouds that were back lit as the sunrise came over the hills and briefly had this nice golden glow in the clouds in the sky and warmed up this wonderful field of spring bluebonnets. Thanks for looking, enjoy!
Colorful San Antonio Riverwalk – San Antonio riverwalk is a great place to visit when you come to the city. This image capture the colorful umbrellas along the river walk. The San Antonio riverwalk is with a mile of river with shops and cafes and hotels all along the river banks in downtown area of the city. Near this area is the Towers of America which was part of the Hemisfair park which stands at 750 feet with a revolving viewing area. San Antonio is located in central Texas and has a rich history from the battle for Texas Independence with Mexico at the Alamo. Other historical landmark in the city include the San Antonio 18th century Spanish Missions which have been preserved as museums as part of the citys history. In any case coming to the riverwalk is one of the top places to visit while there. San Antonio has a strong mexican heritage which can be seen through out the city with it architecture and restaurants, market, colorful places along the riverwalk and many other examples of it mexican heritage. The city offers you many activities and the riverwalk is a must see if you want to get a feel of what San Antonio is all about. The river walk is one of the most popular places to visit for tourist and locals alike there is many different flavors of cusines to pick from, hotels, shopping, and music venues along with the city water taxis to take you anywhere along the river you need to go.
Stunning aerial panorama of the Houston skyline right as the sunset behind us and the clouds were backlighted with these wonderful colors of the sunset reflecting in the tall buildings that make up down town Houston. We got up close and personal in this image so we could capture it with the highway and all these modern skycrapers in the skyline from this angle of the city in downtown area looking toward the Theater District. This is a popular spot for the performing arts and it runs along the Buffalo Bayou in downtown. Using a aerial drone allowed us the ability to capture the image from a different perspective and since we use a full frame professional camera for our aerial images it has the highest resolution possible so it can be enlarged up to 108 x 35 without loss of any detail. Houston has a beautiful skyline on any day but today was exceptional with the help of our drone, so thanks for looking.
We captured the McLane Stadium in Waco owned and operated by Baylor University and home to the Baylor Bears in this aerial panorama at sunset. Using our aerial camera we were able to capture this panorama with the Brazos river and the McLane stadium plus the cable stay bridge just as the sky picked up these wonderful colors of oranges and pinks and blue at sunset. You can see the light were on in the blue phase on the cable stay bridge on IH35 which help to enhance this image of the stadium. The cable stay bridge is slowly changing color after dusk and with this incredible colors of oranges, pinks and yellow at twilight we felt we had succeeded in a nice image of the stadium. The stadium was just complete in 2014 and has a seating capacity of 45,140 and is expandable to 55,000. The stadium is located on the north bank of the Brazos river and fan can arrive at the stadium by boat and they can tailgait in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium. Not every universtiy can boast that feature. The unique horseshoe design of the stadium leave one side open to the brazos river and the university.. The name was changed to McLane Stadium in December 2013 to honor alumnus and business magnate Drayton McLane, Jr., who provided the lead gift for the stadium construction. The cost of the stadium was 266 million dollars to complete. The goal was to build a first class stadium for Baylor University and bring it back to campus but also to serve not only as the front door to Baylor University but also as the East anchor of downtown Waco and also contribute to the growth of Waco along with development along the Brazos Riverfront.
We captured this image of the McLane Stadium at Baylor University right at twilight as the sky was lighting the clouds with these wonderful pink color over the stadium on the north bank of Brazos river. You can also see the soft green lights in the stadium that we thought made this image pop. This stadium offically open in August 2014 against the SMU where the Bears were able to defeat them 45-0. This is a good size stadium that has a capacity of 45,140 and can be expanded to 55,000 if needed. This stadium also sits on the north side of the Brazos River and their is a nice pedestrian bridge to cross over the Brazos river so people can cross from the university or can catch a ride on a boat. This is probably the only stadium that fans can arrive by boat and tailgate in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium.
We wanted to show a capture after dark of the McLane stadium in Waco in a panorama. This stadium is owned and operated by Baylor University. It is a beautiful stadium day or night with the Brazos river on one side and IH35 on the other side. After dark you can see the McLane Stadium with all the lights on which gives an impressive site from across the water with nice reflections of the lights in the Brazos River and in this pano you can also see the lights on the pedestrian crossing bridge over the river from the campus of Baylor University. You will also note the soft green lights inside the seating which give a ghostly look to the stadium at night.This stadium was just completed and officaly opened in August 2014 for their first game with SMU which they defeated 45-0 a good beginning game. The stadium features the Baylor club, a dining and event spaced on the west side. In addition to sporting events Baylor and city of Waco plan to host concerts and other city events in the stadium. In addition the stadium has a large HD LED video board for viewing plays. The board is 5,029 square feet, ranking as the 13th largest college football video board in the nation at the time it opened. This new stadium is part of a plan to be the front door to Waco and enhance the growth along the Brazos and downtown Waco.