Austin’s Pastel Skyline

Skyline from Lady Bird Lake - Austin, Texas

Skyline from Lady Bird Lake – Austin, Texas

The river cruise traveled east for a while, and I got a spectacular view of the growing downtown skyline. A remarkable number of these buildings are new, built within the last decade. It’s hard to imagine how sparse the Austin skyline looked back then. The Austonian, the slender building in the center, stands out. That’s currently the second tallest in the city. It’s an upscale condo, as is the tallest building that’s further west.

I took this image with the Fujifilm X-A2, a plasticky consumer camera with a kit lens, the Fuji 15-45mm. I still did a great job, and I did some post-processing to boost the pastel colors just after sunset. The zoom range was more than adequate, and I made this at 32mm or a 48.5mm full frame equivalent.

While this is technically a river, it’s called Lady Bird Lake, named after Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. The river that runs through Austin is dammed in multiple places, and each section has its own name.

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