Sunday Evening Outing

On Sunday afternoon my daughter asked me to take her to downtown Austin to shoot pictures. She loves to go downtown and downtown is nice, but it is not fun to try to find a place to park. It was nice to have an activity to do with my daughter, who is now 18 years old. So, we went downtown and I found a place to park down by the lake and we walked along the lake toward downtown.

It is late February and the plants believe it to be spring and are beginning to bloom. Below is a redbud (I think) blooming next to the lake with the Lamar Blvd bridge in the background. There were a lot of people boating on the lake.

Redbud tree in Austin Texas on Lady Bird Lake
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 246mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO100

I really edited this photo dark for some reason (note to re-edit and replace this image).

We ended up walking across the pedestrian bridge and around the park on the South side of the lake. We ended up at a parking garage that I wanted to check out to try a panoramic shot of downtown. The sky wasn’t ideal for a good pano of the city, but this was more of a scouting attempt. The below panorama is a stitch of 9 handheld photos taken in portrait orientation.

Panorama of Downtown Austin Texas
Nikon D750 + 24-120mm, f/4; 50mm, f/10, 1/320, ISO100 (x9)

I am trying to sort out the best way to process a panorama from this location. I had LightRoom set to a cylindrical projection for the above panorama. I also adjusted the horizontal transform slider to the left a little as the buildings on the far left are farther away from the camera and I was trying to center up the point of view.

My plan is to come back and get this in the predawn twilight, hopefully with some interesting clouds in the sky.

I also took a few pictures of my daughter. Below is a 120mm shot of her with the building in the background. I was going for a long focal length to make the buildings in the background seem closer, when they are actually across the park and lake from this location.


We crossed back over into downtown and walked around until we found the restaurant that we wanted. We then headed back toward the car. We walked past the Austin Central Library and stopped for a few photos.

I didn’t bring a tripod, so I took the below photos at high ISO. At ISO3200, noise was not much of a problem. Just a couple of look-up shots of the new tall tower that is nearing completion with the lit up bridge near the library.

Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 24mm, f/4, 1/50, ISO3200
Austin Texas jinga building and colorful bridge
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 24mm, f/4, 1/30, ISO3200

I don’t like shooting at high ISO, but the pictures turned out fine and you won’t see any noise unless you go looking for it.

I am going to keep working toward that panorama idea, so stay tuned for more. I just have to get out of bed early on the right morning. Thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Outing

    1. I was actually hoping for some interesting clouds. I do like the blue sky I just thought it might seem boring to the viewer. That solid blue sky really allows any pano stitch issue to stand out.

      Sunday was a nice break from the solid gray cloud cover which we have today.


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