This page is dedicated to photos that I have take around the city of Austin Texas. These photos are mostly taken around downtown.
Austin at Dawn
Downtown can be a crowded place and it can be difficult to find a parking place, so I often get up early on a Sunday morning and get downtown to see the city greet the dawn. The two photos below show Austin at sunrise from two different vantage points.
During the pre-dawn twilight, the lake is often still and the sky has enough color in it so that the city lights do not overload the scene. The below image was taken on the shore of Lady Bird Lake before dawn. The Austin Central Library is lit up bright blue across the water.
There is a pedestrian bridge across Lady Bird Lake that is a fantastic place to take in a sunrise if you don’t mind getting up early. There are few people there at dawn; mostly a few joggers and a photographer or two.
During the autumn, Austin can get a little color along the shore of Lady Bird Lake. The three photos below attempt to capture some of that color. The two photos below were shot just after dawn from the opposite shore while the first light of the morning sun begins to shine on the trees across the water.
The photo below was shot from the pedestrian walkway along IH-35 and shows the boardwalk with downtown in the distance.
Doug Sahm Hill
There is a hill in the park across from downtown with a compass rose on top. I often see people up here taking wedding photos. Below is a photo from Doug Sahm Hill at sunrise with the compass in the foreground and downtown in the background. This was shot with a 14mm lens at sunrise.
I have tried to capture sunset over downtown on multiple occasions. It is difficult to find a good vantage point on the east side of downtown from which to shoot. Below are some shots that I have taken from a parking garage overlooking downtown from the North East. I go to this location for some sunset photos and to get long exposures of the car lights on Interstate 35 in the evening.
The State Capitol
Below are some photos that I have shot around the state capitol building.
The Austin Central Library
The Austin Central Library is lit up with nice colors at night and is fun to photograph. Below are some of my favorite photos, including some long exposures to blur the car lights on the street.
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