Austonian Blue Hour

Austonian at Blue Hour - Austin, Texas

Austonian at Blue Hour – Austin, Texas

Continuing with the Austin skyscraper theme, here’s the Austonian, among others, during the peak blue hour. The Austonian, an all residential tower, is currently the tallest building in Austin and also the tallest all residential building west of the Mississippi river. It will remain the tallest until The Independent, edges out the tallest title, when finished sometime in the future.

I shot this a week and half ago, with the Olympus PEN-F and the 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens, with an extremely slow shutter speed of 1/1.3 per second, to minimize the ISO. There is a method to my madness with I will explain, most likely tomorrow. It’s part of an experiment that I’m doing, which will all become clear.

The Olympus in body image stabilization enables me to shoot with extremely slow shutter speeds. Ultimately, to improve the image quality. Image stabilization works much like a tripod, where it offsets the shake induced by handholding at slow shutter speeds but does nothing to slow down the action. It works well in this case, because the scene is not moving. It’s not as effective in action scenes, unless you purposely want to induce motion blur.


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