In my previous post, I had offered up a picture of the Austin skyline taken from the Milago’s roof. I visited this location several times this August in an attempt to photograph the bats of Congress Bridge as they departed on their way to find their evening meal. I needed a clear, calm sunset so the bats would show up against the orange sky. (If it was cloudy, they would not show up as well).

I finally had this opportunity this past Friday evening. The sky was clear, the colors were great, and the bats started their nightly departure just after sunset. It was curious, though, because I was photographing from the Austin Hyatt the week prior and the bats left about 7:30pm – 40 minutes before sunset. Not sure what was going on with their internal clock!

Nevertheless, the bats soared into the Texas Hill Country sky and made a plume of bodies heading south. This Austin Skyline image shows some of the more well know buildings in Austin such as the Austonian, the 360 Condos, the Springs Condos, and the Austin Hyatt. Ladybird Lake was hosting more than several sightseeing boats, and folks were gathered all along Congress Bridge to watch the nightly spectacle.

This Image of the Austin Skyline shows Mexican Free-tailed bats soaring into the night to find food.

Bats soar into the evening sky for their nightly search for food in this Austin Skyline Image.

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Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot for the Austonian, the tallest residence and tallest building in the Austin Skyline. This building is actually the highest all-residential building west of the Mississippi at 683 feet tall. On the 54th story is a penthouse that spans the entire floor. Windows completely surround the entire floor, giving you a 360 degree view of Austin, Texas, from bird’s eye view.

From one of the two balconies, you can have great unobstructed views looking north down Congress Avenue to the Texas State Capitol, the UT Tower, the iconic Frost Bank, and DKR (the UT football stadium). From the balcony facing south, you enjoy a commanding view of Ladybird Lake, the Congress Bridge and First Street Bridges, Auditorium Shores, and I-35 in the distance as it heads south towards San Antonio. This is a great place to enjoy a sunset or two. If I had a lot of cash sitting around, maybe I’d buy the place.

The building opened in 2010 for residents, and the folks that work there are the nicest people.

Here are two panoramas of the Austin Skyline. Thanks for looking!




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One of my favorite places in Austin is the walk along the Zilker Park Hike and Bike Trail. You can find great views of the Austin Skyline, great downtown Austin panoramas, and you can watch the scullers flow by on Ladybird Lake in the early morning hours. There are also swans and ducks bobbing in the cool waters. If you like to run or bike, there are miles of trails to enjoy.
If you enjoy photography, one of the locations I like to visit is at Lou Neff Point. This little part of the rocky shoreline grants a view looking down the river towards downtown Austin. In this image of the Austin skyline, I arrived at Lou Neff Point well before sunrise to figure out what I wanted to do. The clouds were seemingly pretty thick, so I was wondering about my chances for good light and colorful clouds. As the sun started to rise, I was rewarded with some soft oranges and pinks over the Austin cityscape. This image was taken in December, so a chill was definitely in the air – cold for even Austin. I’ve also seen folks doing portraits at this location. You have a great backdrop!
But no matter where you are on the Zilker Park Trail, it seems all the views are pretty good. Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

The Austin Skyline from Zilker Park

This image of the Austin skyline was taken from Zilker Park along the hike and bike trail. The morning was cold and crisp and steam was rising from the water.

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I’ve photographed the Austin skyline from many different angles and perspectives… I’ve shot from the ground, from a boat, and from the tops of several high rises including the Austonian, the 360 Condos, the Milago, and the Hyatt. I’ve also photographed in all kinds of weather – even in snow on Pennybacker Bridge!

Last year on a cold morning, I awoke before sunrise and drove downtown to shoot from the Long Center. I arrived well before first light and spent some time exploring. I ended up spending most of my time taking images of Austin near the reflecting pool just west of the Long Center. While there, I noticed a bench that had a wonderful view if you happened to be sitting there. Also, a fog was slowly rolling through the Austin cityscape. I set up and tried to capture my vision – sharing with the viewer the peace of that scene – the Austin skyline with some of the highrises slipping out of the low fog.

I ended up returning here several times. Every morning, and elderly couple came through here – before sunrise – walking their dog. We never spoke, but they smiled, and I smiled, not wanting to disturb their serene time before the rush of life begins.

I also captured some black and white Austin images from this location that I really like. Here, though, is my image of the Austin skyline with a park bench – the best view in Austin!

Austin Cityscape from the best seat in town

This bench has a wonderful view of downtown Austin, Texas, and the Austin skyline. On this morning before sunrise, looking across Lady Bird Lake, a low fog rested among the buildings and architecture of Austin.

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Every once in a while, you stumble across something good that was in front of you the entire time. I’ve been photographing the Austin skyline for a while now, but I’d never visited the Zilker Clubhouse. I knew generally where it was, but for whatever reason, I’d never been there. Well, before sunrise last Saturday, I was on my way downtown to photograph the Hippie Opera and the Taco Express. I was running pretty early (yes, I’m an early bird) so I decided to stop by and take in the view from the balcony.

Upon arrival, I was impressed. The Missouri-Pacific Highway (MoPac to Austonians) runs in front of the view, and the city skyline is just across the highway. I decided to wait on the trip to the Hippie Opera in South Austin, and take in the sunrise from this location. Unfortunately, although the sky was brilliant orange, there were no dramatic clouds. I captured the scene, enjoyed moment, and returned home. The next morning I returned in hopes there would be some clouds. This is the view I was greeted with… a glorious sunrise over the Austin skyline.

This image is a stitch of several photographs. I also blended in the foreground so it would have some definition.

The Austin Skyline from the Zilker Clubhouse

The Austin Skyline from the Zilker Clubhouse

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January 27, 2013

This image is a composite of 26 images. First, I arrived at Pennybacker Bridge in Austin, Texas, on October 8th one of the two nights the Draconid Meteor shower was supposed to be at peak). I took several shots at f/14 after sunset but before dark so I could use these images as the foreground. After dark, I switched the aperture to f/2.8 and set the automatic shutter to take 30 second exposures until the battery ran out. Over the course of ~ 500 exposures, I was able to capture many “shooting stars” – the trails of Draconid meteors. ..Back home, I tediously went through each image and extracted the best images to use -those with the biggest and most colorful meteors. I then stacked these Draconids in layers, rotated them to match the correct position of the stars to match the earth’s rotation over 4hours, and blended them back in using a series of Photoshop tools…I planned this shot for several months, then waited and hoped for a clear night. The moonless night helped the stars show up, as well. ..The postprocessing on this image of Pennybacker Bridge underneath the Draconids took several weeks before finally producing this image.

Night of the Draconids over Pennybacker Bridge near Austin, Texas

Night of the Draconids over Pennybacker Bridge near Austin, Texas