A Small Part of Austin

Almost every large city looks cool at night. The bright lights against the dark background of the night sky give it a majestic feel. Put a river or ocean in front of it and it looks even better.

This is just a small part of the Austin, Texas skyline just after sunset. The sky looks almost black to the eye, but the accumulated light during the time exposure gives it a slightly brighter blue.
 

This is just a small part of the Austin, Texas skyline just after sunset. The accumulated light during the time exposure gives the sky a slightly brighter blue. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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Capitol Stars

They say the stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. Though Austin is deep in the heart of Texas, its downtown lights prevent you from seeing many stars. But there are many to be found around the Texas State Capitol building on the fence, the building itself and the state emblem everywhere you look. It’s a beautiful building and the details at night come alive under the bright lights. The lights may not be from the stars, but it still shines bright.
  

Though Austin is deep in the heart of Texas, its lights prevent you from seeing many stars. But there are many to be found around the Texas State Capitol building.

 

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Rooftop on Sixth Street

Many cities have an area or street that is know for its night life and entertainment. Whether it’s live music, dance clubs or sports bars, it’s the place where the “in” crowd go on most any night of the week. When in Austin, TX, that place is the seven blocks of Sixth Street between Congress and IH 35.

With historical houses and commercial buildings dating as far back as the late 1800′s, they now house numerous bars, a variety of live entertainment venues, tattoo parlors, art galleries, cafes and upscale restaurants. One of the “must see” places is the elegant Driskill Hotel. Live music of every genre abounds with something for everyone’s musical taste. If dinner is your destination, you can find most any type of area specialties, such as Tex-Mex, ribs, chili and ribs, or steak, seafood, cajun-cooking, and even deli. 

Don’t spend the night in Austin, without a trip to Sixth Street. 
  

Many cities have an area or street that is know for its night life and entertainment. When inAustin, TX, it's Sixth Street. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Soldier Chang

Every War Horse needs a soldier to lead him into battle. At the P.F. Chang restaurant in Austin, they both stand watch over their area, ready just in case battle calls.

This was another quick iPhone photo with the Pro HDR app that I like so much. This is a good example of looking for a subject in a place you might not think about or somewhere you take for granted. Try looking at your world through fresh eyes, as if you are seeing it for the first time.
  

Every War Horse needs a soldier to lead him into battle. At the local P.F. Chang restaurant, they both stand watch over their area, ready just in case battle calls. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Texas State Capitol

I remember once about 20 years ago, before 911, I went to the Texas State Capitol and could walk around inside well into the night. The interior office doors were closed, but you could visit the rotunda and admire the architecture of the stately building. 

I’ve been to Austin several times since then, but hadn’t stopped there for a visit. Last month, we made an unplanned stop and had to settle for an exterior walk-around. That was fine though, since there is still lots to see outside and it gives me an excuse to go back soon.
 

I've been to Austin several times recently, but hadn't stopped at the Capitol for a visit. Last month, we made an unplanned stop and had to settle for an exterior walk-around. That was fine though, since there is still lots to see outside and it gives me an excuse to go back soon. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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The Driskill Hotel

The Driskill Hotel, completed in 1886, is the oldest operating hotel in Austin and one of the oldest in Texas. Conceived and built by Colonel Jesse Driskill, a cattleman who spent his fortune constructing “the finest hotel south of St. Louis” at a cost of $400,000 (that was a lot of money back then).

It has had a long and rocky history, but today the Driskill remains one of the premier hotels in Texas. What you might not know is it is also known as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States, featuring a variety of alleged supernatural activity throughout the building including the spirit of Colonel Driskill himself. 

Be sure to check out the other shots of the grand hotel from last year.
  

The Driskill Hotel, completed in 1886,is the oldest operating hotel in Austin and one of the oldest in Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Terry’s Rangers

They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, (1861–1865), known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army.

Assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861, Terry’s Texas Rangers fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years.

This was a challenging shot, as the statue was backlit. It never could have been accomplished without the aid of the multiple exposure HDR set.
  

They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, (1861–1865), known as Terry's Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army. Assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861, Terry's Texas Rangers fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.