Downtown Happy Hour

Downtown Happy Hour - Austin, Texas

Downtown Happy Hour – Austin, Texas

After my recent quick trip to California, I headed downtown for a Drink and Click at the Hanger Lounge. I arrived early, and as usual I was looking for images to create. This group caught my eye.

What looks like normal twenty-somethings, took me by surprise. This is not from New York, Chicago or other high-powered business cities. Nope, this is casual Austin, Texas. In the suburbs, where I typically hang out and nearer to the stereotypical tech crowd, things are a lot more laid back. T-shirts, even shorts with dressier people upgrading to a button down shirt. No, these youngsters are well dressed. I had flashbacks to my early career in Philadelphia, when I too sported business attire.

I kind of like the dynamics of this group, with one person even detecting my presence up on the balcony. The bonus, which made me pick this image over the others, is the motion blur of the woman outside the window. I used the Olympus PEN-F and a 25mm f1.4 lens. This is a RAW conversion, which I used to recover highlights from the sidewalk and shadows from the interior. I did however, mimic the look of the built-in PEN-F “MonoProfile 2”.

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5 thoughts on “Downtown Happy Hour

  1. Ah, Philadelphia: 1968 – 1990, in my case. Brings to mind Kosmin’s Camera Exchange on North 11th Street, where I acquired my first Pentax Spotmatic. And my second — after the first was stolen by two teenage South Philadelphia grab-it-and-run artists at Pier 30 where I was working as a volunteer on an historic ship restoration project. The memories come flooding back.

    1. That’s neat, Mike. I lived there from 1982 – 1991, then I moved to Austin. I wasn’t seriously into photography, so no camera or photo stories from back then.

      1. That means you were there when Mayor Wilson Goode ordered the firebombing of the two houses occupied by the radical onion and raw potato eating group called MOVE in West Philadelphia. Burned down 60 homes in the process. Those were the days.

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