I know that it’s been too long since I’ve posted on the blog when I need to update 6 of my plugins and WordPress itself when I sign back in. Sorry about that folks. Anyways, I posted one picture from this set on my Facebook fan page (if you’re not a fan yet, you can click “Like” at that link) and on Twitter earlier this month, but there were several others that I thought I should share.
A little background behind this set of images: my wife was out of town, I was bored, so I decided to go take pictures of the Capitol in the sunset from the roof of a parking garage near I-35 in Austin. Obviously, I wasn’t allowed on top of said parking garage, since it’s part of a medical complex near campus, but it took about an hour before the inevitable security guard came trotting out to give me the boot. In the meantime, I took these pictures! Hope you enjoy this unique view of the Capitol – I haven’t seen many other photos from this angle. And yes, I had to end it with the classic “burnt orange” sky.
While i was originally going to make this a 5 part series, I’ve changed my mind and decided to post two pictures with this (final) post. I’m glad to finally have some solid “Austin” pictures, more of which can be seen on my Facebook Fan Page! But as much as I’m learning to love Austin, I can’t wait to be back in Illinois in 5 days! I’m the photographer (with help from my fiancee) for my good friend Rachel Messier’s wedding in Bloomington, IL next Saturday and then be working from my company’s HQ in the Chicago suburbs for the week after that. Then, on August 13, I’m getting married! In case you were wondering, I’m not going to be the photographer at my own wedding, but I will have all my gear with me in the unlikely scenario that something unfortunate happens. Always ready.
A variety of posts will be coming in the future, but I don’t know when due to my crazy schedule in the month of August! Maybe I’ll write about some of the gear upgrades and other stuff I’ve done to get ready to be the main photographer at a wedding for only the second time. I’ve sure learned a lot since then, and can’t wait for Rachel’s wedding. Anyways, I hope you like these last two pictures from the Texas State Captiol series. I feel like HDR always looks better while using a wide-angle lens… Click for a larger version!
I’m not exactly sure what to call this architectural “thing,” but it’s basically a two story hole in the ground that alerts you of the massive underground network of government floorspace beneath the property of the Texas State Capitol. The Capitol building itself is really just the tip of the iceberg. Center-to-center, this “hole” is about 500 feet from the capitol’s dome. You can see it on Google Maps here. And for those who love Wikipedia, here’s an excerpt from the article about the TSC: “To preserve the facade and historic plaza, the new capitol extension was built as a four-story underground structure, completed during 1993. Though the extension encompasses 667,000 square feet, nearly twice the floor space of the original building, there is little evidence of such a large structure at ground level, except for extensive skylights camouflaged as planter rows.” Conveniently, they forgot to mention the structure seen below. Enjoy!