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Environmental Musical City | Panoramic Austin Photograph with Rainbow

September 25th, 2010 Permalink

So, I was having a pretty rough day yesterday. A lot of things didn’t go right at work and otherwise. I had to work late and I was driving from a client’s office back to my office through the roundabout on Riverside in front of the Palmer Center. As I circled the large tree in […]

So, I was having a pretty rough day yesterday. A lot of things didn’t go right at work and otherwise. I had to work late and I was driving from a client’s office back to my office through the roundabout on Riverside in front of the Palmer Center. As I circled the large tree in the roundabout the city came into view and a bold, beautiful rainbow appeared right inbetween two of the main sky scrapers in Austin. I thought to myself, “I wish I had time to stop for that!” and continued driving. When I reached the stoplight, an overwhelming feeling told me I was going to really regret it if I didn’t go back to get this shot. I whipped the car around and there was a single parking space waiting for me right in front of the vantage point I wanted. I grabbed my camera and tripod and rushed out to the middle of the field. I triple checked my settings and started shooting. 17 shots later, this baby was born.

I walked around the trail awhile longer and stopped to take some HDRs. Some joggers came by and a man asked “Did you set that shot up?” and I said “Yeah, I uh, called my friend… God?”. He replied “Well, he’s a good one to know.”

Editing this guy was extremely challenging. At 22377 x 3851 pixels, my computer had a terrible time handling the 776 MB PSD file. Photoshop crashed a million times and of course, I didn’t save often enough. Alas, it finally made it through for the most part and now here it is, ready for you.

The name is taken from a The Go Find song “Sky Window”. Listen here http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Sky+Window/1RBkbh
I think about Austin when I hear those lyrics and I definitely had it in my head when I was shooting this. :)

Emerald City | Austin, Texas Rainbow HDR Photograph

June 29th, 2010 Permalink

Buy Print We had massive storms in Austin today. It rained all day long and I walked around downtown all day with my socks soaked. Have I ever mentioned how much I love having dry socks? I do. It’s fantastic. Anyway, it rained. Hard. I had to work late too and that’s never fun. I’m […]


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We had massive storms in Austin today. It rained all day long and I walked around downtown all day with my socks soaked. Have I ever mentioned how much I love having dry socks? I do. It’s fantastic. Anyway, it rained. Hard. I had to work late too and that’s never fun. I’m glad I did today though because had I rushed home the way I normally do, I would have never gotten the glimpse of a rainbow on my way home as the clouds were breaking. When I first saw it I thought “oh cool, a rainbow.” I wasn’t particularly thrilled about it and wasn’t planning to photograph it. However, I kept watching as I drove further south on Mopac and watched in amazement as the rainbow grew brighter and changed position with my perspective as I traveled. I knew that I couldn’t pass up the shot when I approached an overpass reaching over the highway. I exited and impatiently hurried the unreasonably slow driver in front of me out of my way and made it to a place where I could park my car. Grabbed the camera and tripod and started shooting away at what turned out to be a double rainbow reaching directly into the city. I took a few shots and I guess people saw me on the road below because more and more people started coming up to the overpass to take photos with point and shoots and camera phones. On my way home I stopped and grabbed a few photos out on Southwest Parkway that I plan to publish in the next few days. :) Hope you like it!

I Am The Highway | ROT Rally 2010 | Austin, Texas

June 26th, 2010 Permalink

Buy Print I started working on this image about two weeks ago. It was one of the first ones I chose to edit from the Republic Of Texas Motorcycle Rally set. I toyed with it for a while and couldn’t really settle on a style that I liked. When I’m first choosing a shot to […]


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I started working on this image about two weeks ago. It was one of the first ones I chose to edit from the Republic Of Texas Motorcycle Rally set. I toyed with it for a while and couldn’t really settle on a style that I liked. When I’m first choosing a shot to morph into a final photographic piece I try several different styles until I find a treatment that really speaks to me. This can be a difficult process and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several weeks, as is the case with this piece. I finally came back to it this morning and decided to publish it on the blog. I finished the minor editing and loaded into WordPress, but kept struggling with a title for the piece.

As I was writing this blurb I was listening to Audioslave’s self-titled album and then it hit me. I Am The Highway
played and I knew what to name this piece. It was taken on June 11, 2010 on Southwest Parkway in South Austin, Texas.
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Sunday at the Zilker Botanical Gardens | Austin, TX | 6 Photos

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

This weekend Gabe and I (yes, this is Amanda speaking for the first time!) went to the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX. We got up nice and early and made it there when the morning air was still cool and refreshing. Here are some of the shots we got! I’m going to start off […]

This weekend Gabe and I (yes, this is Amanda speaking for the first time!) went to the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, TX. We got up nice and early and made it there when the morning air was still cool and refreshing. Here are some of the shots we got!

I’m going to start off with my personal favorite of the set of photos we edited. This image is two separate edited images cropped and arranged together in such a way as to highlight the striking similarities between them. The top image features a butterfly dining on a lovely Echinacea, while the bottom image shows a brilliantly blue dragonfly resting on a water lily. If you know the exact species of any of these insects or plants, please let us know in the comments!

This next picture was something we captured as we first entered the garden. This Kapok tree was situated in the parking lot just outside of the entrance, and its spiky bark caught my eye. The colors are slightly enhanced, but the bark was truly a greenish-blue color. Really wicked looking.

This next one just takes my breath away. The lotus is such an amazing flower! That seed pod in the middle is like something out of a fairy tale, and you can just barely see a little bee hiding in the back. This beautiful flower was part of the prehistoric garden, definitely one of my faves.

These little guys were also in the prehistoric garden, right next to the huge waterfall. I really loved the brightness of the pollen in these flowers. I could imagine what an easy target that would make for a bee on the lookout.

Several of these beautiful Easter lilies lined the pathway into the prehistoric garden. I love the flecks of yellow pollen on the white petals. And check out the awesome spider web in the upper right corner! That’s some cool shit!

Last but certainly not least, this pseudo (one image) HDR of the pond in the zen garden is tough competition for my favorite photo of this set. I only wish more of the water lilies had been in bloom.

We also took several time-lapse videos of the gardens, for your viewing pleasure. We hope you enjoyed joining us on our visit to the Zilker Botanical Gardens!

Zilker Zen Garden from White Hot Phoenix on Vimeo.

Mystic Turquoise

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

This horse lives just down the road from us in a nice green pasture with a couple of cows. I saw him standing under a tree one day last week on my way to work and I had to stop and shoot a few frames. I followed him around the outside of the pasture and […]

This horse lives just down the road from us in a nice green pasture with a couple of cows. I saw him standing under a tree one day last week on my way to work and I had to stop and shoot a few frames. I followed him around the outside of the pasture and finally got a clear shot near some trees. I feel like all he’s missing is a horn to look like a unicorn! Amanda put these awesome colours together on the edit.


 

Sun Harvest Market

June 15th, 2010 Permalink

We’ve been in contact with the great Central Texas commercial property management company Barshop and Oles to start revamping the photography for their website. This is a photo of Sun Harvest market, an anchor store in the Brodie Oaks shopping center at Lamar and Ben White. Photos source and ©http://www.whitehotphoenix.com

We’ve been in contact with the great Central Texas commercial property management company Barshop and Oles to start revamping the photography for their website. This is a photo of Sun Harvest market, an anchor store in the Brodie Oaks shopping center at Lamar and Ben White.

Photos source and ©http://www.whitehotphoenix.com

Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

June 6th, 2010 Permalink

Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset Originally uploaded by whitehotphoenix Blanketed opinions that I’ll probably regret soon… April 26, 2010. Bee Cave, Tx source: http://www.whitehotphoenix.com


Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

Originally uploaded by whitehotphoenix

Blanketed opinions that I’ll probably regret soon…

April 26, 2010. Bee Cave, Tx

source: http://www.whitehotphoenix.com