These skyscrapers, at the corner of San Antonio and 2nd Streets, are two of the newest buildings in downtown Austin. On the right, Northshore, which is primarily high-end apartments, also incorporates retail and office space. On the left, the nearly completed 500 West Second Street office building.
These developments effectively extend 2nd street one block west. The next set of buildings are under construction, as seen in yesterday’s crane post, which will again extend the street west. The newly completed bridge ties 2nd street to the new central public library, due to be finished this year, as well as the already completed Seaholm redevelopment.
This is all part of the plan that was started years ago and finally taking shape. I feel like I’m doing my little part to document the growth of downtown Austin, for posterity. Who knows how large Austin and downtown will get. Its doubled in size in the 25 years I’ve lived here.
I probably could do a better job taking snapshots of all the development, but I know photographically, it’s kind of boring. This being a photography blog, I’m trying to make slightly more artistic views of mostly rectangular boxes. It may not be the most exciting topic for some, but my interest in architecture and development manifests itself here. Luckily I have them in a moody shade of blue.
As I start using more telephotos, even a 24mm equivalent is starting to feel wide. Another example of things being relative. Before, I often shot at a 16m to 18mm focal length. I’m trying to be smarter about picking the right focal length. A while ago, I just used the widest setting, just for the heck of it. But that didn’t always create the best compositions.
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