After sunset, the Hays Street Bridge lights up with an odd industrial feel, yet different. The wooden planks below and the iron structure above contrast one another. Add to this the lights that line the sides and shine up through the floor give it somewhat of a contemporary feel. The quite atmosphere at night is somewhat surreal, at least until a train passes underneath. Everything just grows loud as the engines pass, then a rhythmic cadence sets in as the cars stream by.
After several years of constant photo-taking, it has finally happened. I’ll look back on a few photos and for the life of me, I can’t remember where I shot them. No, it’s not the obvious ones from Europe, Washington D.C or some other famous location. I’m talking about the “generic” photos like a simple sunset, or a big yellow flower (sunflower I’m guessing).
If I go back to the original set of photos, I have the a-ha moment when I realize where it came from. Many are from a quick shot with the iPhone that didn’t mean taking out the bigger camera, tripod, camera bag and more. Those photos require more work, helping me remember the event better.
Everyone so often, I get this feeling before I leave the house, that I should take my camera with me. Truth be told, I should always have one at the ready (something more substantial than my iPhone, that is) in case I come upon something I want to shoot.
Such was the case a week ago. It was a pretty Saturday morning and the sun was out for the first time in many day. As I drove into Katy, TX, you couldn’t miss these two Union Pacific engines parked off the highway. My trip would have to be delayed a few minutes, as I found a close place to park and walked over to the vantage point I had seen from the road. I tried several other spots too, but my first look upon the scene was still my favorite. I pays to keep that camera close by.
Last Friday evening, my family was out at an event, so it was just me and my border collie, Misty. What to do? Photography, of course.
Trying something new, she joined me for a trip out for some sunset photos. Being a rescue dog, I’ve been playing “catch up” on training. When not on a leash, she likes to run (not run, bolt). So I brought an anchor and cable, giving her some freedom to walk around while I took a few photos. She was not as interested in the sky as I was, but did find things off in the distance to watch.
Misty is a good travel companion and will be a great one if I can train her to stay with me without a leash. Who knows, maybe one day she’ll learn to carry my tripod.
The Hays Street Bridge at sunset is a great place to view the San Antonio skyline from a distance. It’s a long bridge built by the Southern Pacific railroad after growing rail traffic made passage to the neighborhoods difficult. Completed around 1910 (the date varies according to who you read), it was assembled from parts from other bridges. The large wooden planks take you over several rail lines, making for fun train viewing as they pass under.