Austin Texas through my lens…

Living in New Braunfels Texas and working in Austin has a few drawbacks. What started as an hour commute and gradually creeped into 3 and a half to 4 hours in my car every day. Gotta say that part sucks.

The Long Center for the Preforming Arts-3The Long Center for the Preforming Arts

It’s not all bad though. If you look past all the traffic of one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, there are some incredible sights to see. From cityscapes and urban grit to parks and nature, Austin has it all. One of my favorite spots in Austin is the Penneybacker Bridge, or the 360 bridge to the locals. Located on the Colorado River and Loop 360 in West Austin, this little cliff offers some amazing views.

360 Bridge Austin TX-3Overlooking the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin Texas

It would be a great setting for bridal or portrait photography, but I recently went for some long exposure shots of the bridge. Below is a 20 second exposure at f/22 using a Lee ND graduated filter.

Pennybacker Bridge in Austin Texas

There is a 2 tier cliff area that you can early walk up to from a parking area just off of Loop 360. It is a big hangout for Austinites looking to catch a nice sunset while they partake in some of the devils parsley, Keep Austin Weird…

Another place I really enjoyed going for a few pictures during lunch was the Texas Capital Building. Very easy to get to and free to get it, finding parking isn’t always easy or free though.

The Texas State Capital Building

Being high noon under clear sky, I decided to shoot in black and white. The building itself really is amazing and all the architectural detail really brought out some contrast from the harsh shadows. To see one of my favorite parts of the capital you have to go inside. The day I went had some pretty high tempters and with all the walking, well I got a little overheated. Just when you go in through the main entrance, past the park rangers and scanners, there is a large picture f Davie Crockett just to you right. If you need to cool off, stand just in front of it. There is a vent that blows some much needed cold air.

Austin Texas-38Texas State Capital Building Rotunda

Above is a shot of the rotunda just inside the Texas Capital Building. I took it from the 3rd floor balcony to get the angle I wanted. If you look to the upper right part of the rotunda you can see the white spiral staircase leading up. There are tours that will take you up through the staircase. I didn’t have time that day but would like to go back to see whats up there. The rotunda is pretty impressive from the ground floor as well. There are a few shots below showing what you would see looking up just as you walk in.

 Texas State Capital Building Rotunda

Just southwest of Austin, in Driftwood, there is a wonderful little swimming hole called Hamilton pool. Locate just just off of 3238 is the Hamilton Pool Reserve. Bring some comfortable shoes though, theres a little hike with some elevation to deal with. But when you get to the pool, its all worth it.

Hamilton Pool Reserve

At the time I only has a 28mm and it really doesn’t do it justice. I really need to go back with a wider angle to get what I wanted. Below are a few other shots I got while there. I would recommend going early if you are going to be taking pictures. This is a popular spot for cooling off during the summer and can draw in the crowds. There are also some great walking trails along Hamilton Creek and the Predernales River.

Hamilton Pool Reserve

As I mentioned, it’s not all bad working in Austin. Great people, food and entertainment all centered around wonderful scenery. There is so much more to see that what I have posted here. The key is getting out to experience it for yourself and see it through your own lens.

 

 

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Red 5 Photography, Jason Squyres

Red 5 Photography is the alter ego of Jason Squyres, a New Braunfels, Texas Based Landscape Photographer. “When I was young, I can’t remember what age, I picked up my fathers Canon FTb and never looked back”. It all started with film cameras and then on to digital, but always Canon. If I am nothing else, I am a faithful. When I started pointing a camera at things and pushing buttons, it was to satisfy my creative side, and that is true to this day. It wasn’t ever anything that I thought about doing for a living because that would take the enjoyment out of it, or so I thought. When I realized I could make money doing something I love, well that was all icing. Photography isn’t cheap after all. Over the past few years, I have been blessed enough to have my images in various magazines, featured on several websites, and even won a few awards here and there. It is still to this day, humbling and makes me a little uncomfortable. Behind the camera is where I prefer to be and for some reason, I have never been comfortable with the attention. Photography is something that I truly love, it has changed my life in many ways, I like to think they have all been positive. Landscape photography goes hand in hand with another favorite past time, being in the great outdoors. Some of my favorite memories come from heading out for a well-planed photo trip, just to be denied the opportunity to even take the camera out due to weather or conditions. Getting out to a location and just enjoying Gods creations can be better than any image I may have wanted to take. Life outside of photography is filled with a lot of support from my greatest love and what I consider to be proof that everyone has a special someone out there, Mrs. Red 5 herself. Stephanie and I got married in September of 2010 and I love her more than Snape loves Lily. When I am not out getting lost in Texas, we eat, drink, and travel with the occasional Netflix marathon spent not getting off the couch. If you're interested in learning more, shoot me a message. Meeting new people with an obsession for photography is something I always enjoy, and I am always open for new projects and ideas.

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