The Birth of a Bridge

2nd Street Bridge - Austin, Texas

2nd Street Bridge – Austin, Texas

After exploring and shooting downtown for a couple of hours, last Sunday, I saw this as I headed back to my car. It’s the new 2nd street bridge, nicely lit up with slowly rotating color accents. I also noticed that the landscaping around the, almost completed, central public library, looks about complete. When finally opened, the bridge will extend the central downtown core several more blocks west, connecting it to the new library and Seaholm Powerplant redevelopment. Its something I’ve read about for years, and it’s almost here.

The new bridge, as well as the rickety remnants of a train trestle, you see in the foreground, spans Shoal Creek, which itself is getting a makeover. It will be a nice amenity which is shown with great pride in the marketing materials of the high dollar condo developments springing up in the area.

I welcome the change as it gives additional beauty and value to a once neglected part of town. The shiny new bridge seems to glow in the dark and is a stark contrast to the old train bridge and the generally under lit area.

Photographically, I was doing an experiment, which I will talk about in the next several of days. No new equipment. I was using my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 lens. But I’m playing with techniques as I further fine tune my night-time shooting, sans tripod. I feel like I’m unlocking hidden potential, more than ever before.


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