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 isn’t a shot that I would normally post, but when I processed it I noticed that there was a kind of cool feature that caught my eye… You see, I took this shot a little hastily on my way to work and as you can tell, I was kind of in the street when I shot it. But, after I processed it, I noticed that there was this shaft of blue light coming from the top right of the shot that I thought was quite interesting. It probably is a sign of a crappy photographer, but maybe it means something else?
How about that for a title? Well heck, I don’t know what to call these construction tunnel thingys… The Austonian is the building in the shot with the blue neon on the top. It is a residential building and as far as I know, it’s the tallest one west of the Mississippi. I’ll bet the views from there are spectacular. Anyway, just across the street lies a huge hole in the ground where a new JW Marriott hotel is going in. And of course, where there’s construction there’s these pergola tunnel things that pedestrians can walk through whilst not disturbing the delicate construction going on. I tried to get a shot of the construction, but there just weren’t any good angles. So, I saw this and thought it might be kind of cool. I gave it a little bit of an angle for some interest and tried to give it a gritty look through various filters in Nik Color Efex 4 and Viveza 2. Do you like it?
Larimer Square (which I think is really a street, but called a square) is a stretch of road that lasts for about a block on the west side of Denver and is packed with lots of cool restaurants and markets. The thing that really caught my eye were the flags and lights strung across the street. I tried to capture those as well as I could and I was also able to catch a taxi running the red light while crossing 15th St.