Stormy Austin Skyline Night

Stormy Austin Skyline Night – Austin Skyline Night capture from the boardwalk was a stunning site with these great refections in the lake and a little of the blue hour left to make it interesting. This Austin skyline includes the latest edition with the tallest high rise in the city the new Independent or Jingle as some call it for it unique style. We had been waiting till the light came on the tops of the Independent building to get this shot of the city. I was getting ready to pack it up from my position on the boardwalk when I could see these storm clouds pushing in to the view of the city skyline with a lot of lightning yet no wind as of yet so the buildings reflection could still be seen in Lady Bird Lake for a awesome catch which rarely happens. When it comes to Austin Lady Bird Lake there is almost always someone on the water or even ducks to mess up a perfect reflection but tonight we got lucky. In any case Austin has one of the best skyline in Texas day or night. The hike and bike trail along town lake is busy most of the time day or night.

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Stormy Austin Skyline Night – I was getting ready to pack it up when these storm clouds started to push in to the view of the city with lot of lightning yet no wind as of yet so the buildings reflection could still be seen in Lady Bird Lake for a awesome catch which is rarely something seen as there are alway someone boating or duck to mess up the reflections in the water but tonight I got lucky. You can see just as the lighting strikes it lights up a cloud behind the city.

Milky Way Over Haybales

Milky Way Over Haybales – The Texas Hill country can be a great place to capture the milky way over some haybales west of Llano where the skys are a little darker. Only a few times a year can the milkyway can be seen from this angle so we took advantage of the bales of hay for the evening capture. Even still this area has some light pollution but not like some other places. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. It is not alway easy to see the stars or the milky way because of light pollution in our area so we travel west where there is less pollution, but to get really dark skies you have to go to Big Bend area in Texas. For us this time it was not possible to go there, but we were able to capture the milky way out west past Llano Texas. We alway like to have something in our images that has meaning that shows a sense of place to our images. We came across this simple traditional Texas scene of haybales in a field at a ranch in the Texas Hill Country west of Llano Texas and like the look. We like this field of haybales with the backdrop of the milky way in the view what could be better. In this image we allowed the cars to light paint the haybales so we could bring it out better in the image. Every starry nightscape in the Texas Hill country we have photographed has some light pollution however when we are photographying it appears pitch black. Even in this photo you can see some light pollution creeping in but the awesome milkyway over rides a little light pollution in this Texas night skies image with the milkyway clearly in view.

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Texas Milky Way Skies –  This is another capture of the milky way over the haybales deep in the heart of Texas. The milkyway can be seen from this angle in Texas late at night in the evening only a few times a year so we took advantage and capture a few shots. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. The term milky is derived from the appearance from earth of the galaxy. The stars that make up the milky way are giant, luminous spheres of plasma and the galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. It is not alway easy to see the stars or the milky way because of light pollution in our area so we travel west where there is less pollution but you have to go to Big Bend area inorder to get really dark skies in Texas. For us this time it was not possible to go there, but we were able to capture the milky way out past Llano Texas.  We alway like to have something in our images that has meaning that shows a sense of place to our images.  We came across this simple traditional Texas scene of haybales in a field at  a ranch in the Texas Hill Country west of Llano Texas and like the look.  We like this field of haybales with the backdrop of the milky way in the view what could be better.   In this image we allowed the cars to light paint the haybales so we could bring it out better in the image.  Every starry nightscape in the Texas Hill country we have  photographed has some light pollution however when we are photographying it you don’t see any lights not sure where it is coming from.  Even in this photo you can see the light pollution creeping in but the awesome milkyway over rides a little light pollution in this Texas night skies image with the milkyway of the galaxy clearly in view. 

Dallas McDermott Bridge Reflection Pano 007

Dallas McDermott Bridge Reflection Pano 007 – The new Margaret McDermott Bridge in downtown Dallas with skyline at twilight. We captured this after a rain storm so there was water in the Trinity for a nice reflection of the city and bridge. This is a steel bridge suspended with two arches over the Trinity River previously IH30 and is part of the Trinity project. This bridge is also designed to accomodate a pedestrian and bike path to join the area other hike and bike trails. This city skyline has all the usual iconic dallas buildings most promenant like the Reunion Tower, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in view plus many other high rise buildings in the city downtown area. Dallas is located in north Texas and is a modern city with many varieties of commercial business along with being cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The city has a large Arts District, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and many other art, music and culture entertainment areas. We stumble upon the Deep Ellum area on a Saturday night and I can say this place was a happening place with restaurants and music venues all through out this area. This is a vibrant city that offers a lot to tourist and local who visit the downtown. was a twilight view from here but not an easy shot I had to climb up the side of levy then down again on the other side and then wade into the water to capture this image of the Dallas skyline with the McDermont bridge to create this nice reflection.

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Dallas McDermott Bridge Reflection Pano 007 – The new Margaret McDermott Bridge in downtown Dallas with skyline at twilight. We captured this after a rain storm so there was water in the Trinity for a nice reflection of the city and bridge. This is a steel bridge suspended with two arches over the Trinity River previously IH30 and is part of the Trinity project partially designed by Santiago Calatrava. This bridge is also designed to accomodate a pedestrian and bike path to join the the area other hike and bike trails. It was a twilight view from here but not an easy shot I had to climb up the side of levy then down again on the other side and then wade into the water to capture this image of the Dallas skyline with the McDermont bridge to create this nice reflection, I think it was worth it.

Dallas Skyline Pano Night 0056

Dallas Skyline Pano Night 0056 – This is an panorama of the Dallas Skylines after dark with only the light from the high rise skyscrapers in view in the downtown area. This city skyline has all the usual iconic dallas buildings like the highly reflective Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Reunion Tower, Heritage Plaza, Fountain Place, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in view plus many other high rise buildings in the city downtown. Dallas is located in north Texas and is a modern city with many varieties of commercial business along with being cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The city has a large Arts District, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art along with the Nasher Sculpture Center and many other art, music and culture entertainment areas. We stumble upon the Deep Ellum area on a Saturday night and I can say this place was a happening place with restaurants and music venues all through out this area. This is a vibrant city that offers a lot to tourist and loca who visit the downtown.

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Dallas Skyline Pano Night 0056 – This is an panorama of the Dallas Skyline after dark with only the light from the high rise skyscrapers in view in the downtown area. This cityscape has all the usual iconic dallas buildings like the highly reflective Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Reunion Tower, Heritage Plaza, Fountain Place, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in red phase, plus many other high rise buildings. Texas has some of the best skyline images since we have some of the tallest buildings in the southern US.

360 Bridge After Dark

360 Bridge After Dark – Austin 360 Bridge at dark with a little color still left in the sky from the sunset as the car trails cross the bridge. The 360 bridge is a popular spot to photograph the sunset but it is also a heavyily used road that why I did a long exposure to show how busy this road is as it is a connection from north to south of the city as the car trail show after dark not someplace to be at 5 pm if you can help it. This is on the edge of the Texas hill country near Austin with Lake Austin for boating, picnicing and other recreational activities so it is a popular place.

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Austin 360 Bridge After Dark – Austin 360 Bridge at dark with a little color still left in the sky from the sunset as the car trails cross the bridge. The 360 bridge is a popular spot to photograph the sunset but it is also a heavyily used road that why I did a long exposure to show how busy this road is as it is a connection from north to south of the city as the car trail show after dark not someplace to be at 5 pm if you can help it. This is on the edge of the Texas hill country near Austin with Lake Austin for boating, picnicing and other recreational activities so it is a popular place.

San Antonio Skyline From San Pedro Creek

San Antonio Skyline from San Pedro Creek – San Pedro Creek with San Antonio Skyline Images. You can see the new Frost Tower, Tower of Americas, Drury Hotel, Wydam Hotel, BBVA Compass bank, and many more downtown high rise buildings along this spectacular new boardwalk. This new edition to the city is a restoration project re-storing San Pedro Creek’s natural environment and creating a world-class linear park. The city is famous for it riverwalk, Alamo, and other spanish missions to name a few now this lastest edition along San Pedro Creek will only add to the citys charm.

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San Antonio Skyline from San Pedro Creek – San Pedro Creek with San Antonio Skyline. You can see the new Frost Tower, Tower of Americas, Drury Hotel, Wydam Hotel, BBVA Compass bank, and many more downtown high rise buildings along this spectacular new boardwalk. This new edition to the city is a restoration project re-storing San Pedro Creek’s natural environment and creating a world-class linear park. This will be a new attraction for the city that already draws thousand of tourist to downtown.

San Antonio Skyline Twilight

San Antonio Skyline Twilight – This is our latest San Antonio Skyline Twilight image we took from a good distance from the downtown actually over 6 miles. San Antonio is a difficult place to get good skyline pictures but I think this one did the job. This San Antonio skyline has the new Frost Tower in which is the latest edition to the city plus this picture also has other city landmarks like the tallest building the Tower of Americas at 750 feet, the Life tower the first skyscraper at 404 feet, the Marriott Hotel, and the many other high-rise buildings many with colorful lights on them in the skyline. San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas it is located in central texas on the edge of the texas hill country. Many tourist come here to visit the Alamo, or to visit the lively riverwalk not to mention the mission park through out the city. This image is also available in a panorama.

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San Antonio Skyline Twilight – San Antonio Skyline twilight image we took from a good distance from the downtown. We try and take different angles of the city so you can find the perfect view. This San Antonio skyline has the new Frost Tower along with all the other city landmarks like the tallest building Tower of Americas, the Life tower, the marriort, and the many building with the colorful lights on them. San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas it is located in central texas on the edge of the hill country. Many tourist come here to visit the Alamo, or to visit the lively riverwalk not to mention the mission park through out the city.

Austin Aerial Skyline Twilight View

Austin Aerial Skyline Twilight View – Austin Aerial skyline view at Twilight taken from a birds eye view. This is another Austin skyline aerial image of the Austin twilight view looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city modern high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake and looking north over IH35 where you can see the UT stadium and Erwin Center in the distant view. You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months longer will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long. Just like all good things they don’t last long you can barely see the top of the Frost building, at one time it was the tallest building in the skyline. The cityscape has been constantly changing for years and I guess until all the land is gone it will continue. Actually from this spot in the 70’s you had a straight on view of the Texas Capital those days have been gone for many years now.

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Austin Skyline View – Austin skyline view at twilight taken from a birds eye view through the trees. This is another image of the Austin skyline at twilight looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake.  You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months longer will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long. Just like all good things they don’t last long you can barely see the top of the Frost building, at one time it was the tallest building in the skyline. The cityscape has been constantly changing for years and I guess until all the land is gone it will continue. Actually from this spot in the 70’s you had a straight on view of the Texas Capital those days have been gone for many years now unless you go up.

Austin Skyline at Twilight Panorama

Austin Skyline at Twilight Panorama – Texas Skylines Prints and Canvas – Austin skyline at Twilight panorama taken from a birds eye view. This is an aerial image of the Austin skyline at twilight looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake and looking north over IH35 where you can see the UT stadium and Erwin Center in the distant view. You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months long will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long. Just like all good things they don’t last long you can barely see the top of the Frost building, at one time it was the tallest building in the skyline. The cityscape has been constantly changing for years and I guess until all the land is gone it will continue. Actually from this spot in the 70’s you had a straight on view of the Texas Capital those days have been gone for many years now.

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Austin Downtown Night Pano – Another Austin Downtown Night pano taken from a birds eye view. This is an aerial image of the Austin skyline at twilight looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake in the downtown area and also looking north over IH35 where you can see the UT stadium and Erwin Center in the distant view. You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months longer will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently we found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long.

Stars Over Prada Marfa

The middle of the West Texas desert isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a fully stocked Prada store but just a few miles outside of Valentine Texas that what you will find. Ok it not an actual Prada store its front door doesn’t open and it only has right shoes and the purses have no bottom even if you find one you want you can’t buy it. You will need to go to real Prada store for that. Needless to say there are some that will do anything to shop there and it has been vandalized several times now so the creators put in a security system with gps devices in the purses and camera and stronger glass for those considering a dark night break in. Other wise it is a great place to drive out to and get your selfie of you and Prada Marfa store to prove you were there if thats your thing. The two artist that put this together Elmgreen and Dragset decided this was the place for their art display. Maybe they were trying to prove that people will drive to the end of the planet to get a selfie not sure what it represents, consumerism, or humor whatever it has made a mark on the tiny town of Valentine. The one nice thing is that made it of biodegradable adobe like material so over time it will go back to it natural state. The spent around 80,000 on this so hopefully it will take a while so they get there money out of it.

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On our latest trip to west Texas we decided to see if we could capture the famous Prada Marfa building with a background of stars. The one thing about this area of west Texas is its wonderful dark skies where you can actully capture stars. The road between Marfa and Valentine was so dark we thought we might have missed it because it was so dark, but finally, there it was just feet from the road in all it glory waiting for the next photo or selfie, that seems to draw people out here. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. We had been to see the Marfa Lights many times but never venture over to Valentine to see the Prada Art display and we were glad we finally made it. Having this wonderful starry night sky really helped it pop out as a winning venture for us. Thanks for looking.