I had Friday afternoon off, the weather was nice, and I needed to get out and do something. It had rained heavily the day before and I didn’t feel like getting muddy somewhere so I decided to go and hike around downtown Austin. The forecast originally called for heavy cloud cover so I had planned for some long exposures possibly in black and white to get sort of a minimalist photo of downtown. Don’t you just love weather forecasters? Check out the heavy cloud cover in the photo below.
The above photo was shot with a polarizer attached. The polarizer can cut down on bright reflections and haze and so the sky is a bit deeper blue and the leaves are a bit greener than without. I was trying to avoid having a harsh look that you might get with strong, unfiltered afternoon sun.
The below shot is from much farther down the trail looking back west. I tried to include some of the board walk. As you can see there is always lots of construction downtown. I think I counted at least 5 buildings going up. According to wikipedia Austin was a city of about 656,000 when I moved to the area in 2000. It is now estimated at about a million.
I don’t think I used polarization on this photo as the sun was to the right side and the polarizer would have made the sky uneven.
The next photo is from a different camera and lens. I really wanted a photo with the hiking and jogging trail in the foreground. I also like the idea of framing it with the trees plus I was shooting around something floating next to the trail that you can see through the rails if you look.
I enjoy the urban hiking even though there are a bit too many people and it is kind of a pain to find a place to park. Thanks for reading.