Blue Hour and Warm Lights on the Drag

Varsity Neon, University of Texas - Austin, Texas

Varsity Neon, University of Texas – Austin, Texas

I’ve added a lot of black and white photos recently, time for some color. A couple of weeks ago I posted A Monochrome Tour of The University of Texas with 15 black and white images. I was trying to do something different and counter conditions which I found challenging. I’m not used to shooting architecture during the day. My interest and experience is evening and night photography; I feel really at home under these conditions. So here are some images from that same UT photowalk, with decidedly more color.

Blue Hour on the Drag, University of Texas - Austin, Texas

Blue Hour on the Drag, University of Texas – Austin, Texas

I’ve mentioned my love of catching images during blue hour, numerous times on this blog. Unfortunately, blue hour here in Austin last only, at most, about 15 minutes. During this photowalk, I decided to take it easy and just shoot at one corner of the UT campus, 24th and Guadalupe. Back, not too long ago, when there were record stores, this corner boasted a Tower Records. I still remember when Tower came to Austin. Somehow it felt like Austin joined the big leagues, matching ranks with the more famous international cities. The record store is long gone and is now replaced by a bunch of chain restaurants. At least these establishments have some colorful lights and when set against the deep blue sky, they work for me, on a photographic level. Upon close inspection, I noticed that last remnants of that record store. Famous musicians, displayed graffiti like, on the walls. Do UT students think it odd to have musicians displayed in front of restaurants or do they ignore these little bits of history as they rush by?

Warm Lights, The Coffee Bean - Austin, Texas

Warm Lights, The Coffee Bean – Austin, Texas

Wells Fargo and the Mural - Austin, Texas

Wells Fargo and the Mural – Austin, Texas

Cash, Remnants of Tower Records - Austin, Texas

Cash, Remnants of Tower Records – Austin, Texas

After the the blue hour faded, a few of us joined the rest of the photowalk gang at a local pizza parlor. Even inside, there are possibilities of catching color and glowing lights. I wandered into the Austin’s Pizza restaurant on Guadalupe street and was immediately attracted to the warm glowing lights, the reflections off the floor and the striking color. It’s not blue hour but it has many of the same elements that I like. Even when getting dinner, there are chances to make images.

Glow and Reflections, Austin's Pizza - Austin, Texas

Glow and Reflections, Austin’s Pizza – Austin, Texas

Color Contrast, Austin's Pizza - Austin, Texas

Color Contrast, Austin’s Pizza – Austin, Texas


I took these photographs with my Olympus E-P3 with the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5. Please make sure to click on a photograph to see a larger image and hover over the photo to see the exposure details.

5 thoughts on “Blue Hour and Warm Lights on the Drag

  1. Very nice grouping. I love the Johnny Cash artwork – nice choice. Geez I have to get out more and shoot. Chained to the desk as usuall 😉

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