Earlier this week I set out with a friend to scout some photography opportunities in downtown Austin and to pick one for a sunset photo opportunity. There were no clouds in the sky so we figured it would probably be more of a scouting opportunity than anything else. After reviewing 5 or 6 sites we decided to shoot the Austin skyline at dusk from the pond behind the Palmer Events Center. We thought that the skyline reflecting in the pond would give us a good composition. I have taken a few photographs from this location but not of the skyline. Other than no clouds, it was a perfect night for shooting the skyline from that location. The winds were light and the water was smooth. As a result, we were able to get a good reflection. The color you see behind the skyline is the haze that surrounds the city at this time of year. Probably mostly “cedar pollen”. Check out my post from January 13th if you want to know more about this local phenomenon.
Although ATX stands for many things, people in the Austin area refer to Austin as ATX (Austin, TX). People in Austin also use ATX to denote special Events (e.g. ATX Television Festival, ATX Music, ATX Sports, etc.). A search for ATX on Google will reveal hundreds of organizations and events that use it in their name or product. So, the next time you hear ATX, think of Austin, Texas!
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 23 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/22 (to minimize water ripples), shutter speed at 1/5th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This image was created by using 5 bracketed images (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) and brought together using Photomatix Pro. Final processing was done in Photoshop and Lightroom.
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Beautiful shot. The lack of clouds didn’t hurt a thing in this photo.
Thank you Mark. I’m looking forward to going back out there when the clouds are just right.
Gorgeous shot, Terry!
Thanks Tom. We found quite a few good spots to shoot from. This was definitely our favorite. We will be going back soon!
I love the color. It would be cool to see this same shot, or a similar one, as it changes over a 20, 30 or longer year period.
Thanks Duncan! I’ll take you up on your challenge and come back and capture that change. :)