Evan Gearing's Photography Exposition

6th st

Rusty Relaxation

This is another in my E 6th St series…  It’s a shot from the front of a place called Cheer Up Charlies…  I took a LOT of liberties with this one to give it a gritty look…  Just wanted to try some different stuff…



Among other things, 6th St east of I-35 has its fill of bars.  Not as many as 6th St west of 35 and – I think I’m right about this – probably not as nice.  I don’t know what it’s like inside this place here and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to find out.  Can’t say I trust bars with no windows. Plus, I’ve stayed in a hotel called the Shangri-La in Singapore a long time ago and I doubt this place is as nice as that was. I could be very wrong though and I guess that will just have to stay a mystery to me.  But, I did like how the name was lit with the arrow pointing towards the door.

This is an HDR but I masked in the -2EV bracket to emphasize the lit up name of the place.  Plus, I did a little dodging and burning as well.  Is it too much?  Let me know and thanks for dropping by.

6th Street Cool Store

Downtown Austin is pretty well known for it’s party area located on 6th street.  There are bars galore!  It’s basically a mini New Orleans – a place where tourists and University of Texas students go to get their drink on.  I’m sure some locals go down there as well, but not like the tourists and the students.  All of this is located right downtown, west of Interstate 35.  The east side of 35, on the other hand, is not as nice.  In fact it is rather run down and is pretty much the Compton/South Chicago-like side of Austin.  Portions of it are starting to become gentrified though and some hip shops are popping-up.  One of them is the 6th Street Cool Store.  From what I understand, it sells a great variety of beers – something which makes me a fan already – and apparently the proprietors are very friendly.  I have never been inside, but I plan on going in some time.  It’s located on the side of town where I work and I thought it was time to get a shot of it.  I think I will have to get shots of other sites as well because there are some pretty interesting things going on with the east side.  I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.


>This is another shot from my photowalk with Van Sutherland during SWSW a couple of weeks ago.  However, this isn’t the same tattoo parlor that was represented in my previous post of the guy standing outside a tattoo parlor.  No, this is a different place.  6th Street has multitudes of bars and clubs which makes for a good location for quite a few places to get tatted up.  Makes sense because I have a feeling most people get tatted when they’ve had a few cocktails. 

As I said, this particular establishment is on 6th street and when Van and I went up the stairs to see what may be happening, it was completely dead.  The two artists – at least I think that’s who they were – were sound asleep on two couches in the place.  Maybe business didn’t pickup until later?  I don’t know, but we decided to leave and on the way downstairs, the “TATTOO” on the wall made for a cool shot.  Both of us shot it.  You can see Van’s here

There’s always something to shoot on 6th Street.  I’m gonna have to get out there again soon to try and get more unique stuff.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is just a straight up shot.  No HDR on this one. Just little Nik Color Efex, curves and some masking.

Thanks for stopping by.

>Bat Bar and Tattoo

>One thing I’d like to mention before I talk about these pics is that unfortunately, I may not be able to dedicate more time to my blog in the next few weeks as I’m trying to devote more time to studying for a certification exam.  Whether I get there or not is a whole other story, but I’d like to give it a shot anyway.  I still hope to post here as often as usual, but if I miss a week or two, at least you’ll know why.  However, in a couple of weeks I’m heading to Florida for a couple of days, so I KNOW I’ll get more content to work on then! The exam may have to wait until I’m done with those shots! 😉

Now, onto the two shots below… Each were taken while walking 6th St during South By Southwest.  You see all kind of people and happenings during that time. The first is from the interior of “The Bat Bar” I think.  The guy outside the door was quite intimidating to look at because he’s a rather large guy compared to myself, but he was very welcoming and did not mind us taking pictures.  I thought the silhouette of him at the doorway looking out was kinda cool.

The next one below is similar because the subject here didn’t mind his picture being taken either.  Obviously he was one of the artists outside of one of the tattoo parlors on 6th Street.  Intimidating as well because of all the tatts, but a very nice guys as well.  I should really try to get people’s names when I shoot them shouldn’t I!

>Behind the Drums

>Some of the clubs on 6th St in Austin, TX have their stages located right near the front door.  That way, you can kind of see the band as soon as you walk in the door, plus sometimes you can look right through the window and see the band from behind.  That’s how I got this shot.  I’m not sure what club it was from, but the window behind the drum set was opened and I just setup and got this one before the band went on.