A few days ago I noticed that a friend posted a time-lapse of the Pennybacker Bridge from the river bank. He took advantage of the fact that Lake Austin was intentionally lowered to kill-off some of the pesky weeks that plague the lake in the summer months. The lower waterline offers photographers a unique vantage point as you can get closer to the center of the lake and it gives us the ability to get a larger reflection of the bridge in the lake. I was disappointed that the cloud cover was very dense and that I was not able to get the sunrise shot that I was after. That said, the winds were very calm which resulted in calm waters which yielded a great reflection. I also got sunlight-like lighting from the street lamp in the parking lot of the nearby boat ramp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is responsible for managing the lake levels and the flow along the Colorado River in this part of Texas. Lowering the lake not only helps control the Hydrilla and watermilfoil but it also gives homeowners along the lakes a chance to fix and repair docks and retaining walls. The lake level is due to rise again today so I may not get another opportunity for this photograph in a while.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at twenty seconds and the ISO set at 400. I used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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