East 5th Street looking West

East 5th Street looking West – Austin, Texas

I’m down 2 blocks south from yesterday’s post, on East 5th Street looking West. Here’s a closeup of the 32-story hotel and apartment tower I talked about previously.

I don’t remember what was here before this building, perhaps a parking lot. Austin had a lot of low-value surface parking until recently. One by one, they’ve been replaced by significant new towers. I like how this structure fills in the street next to the Westin hotel to the right. The Westin itself is new-ish, opening in 2015.

Notice the SXSW’20 banner on the left. I made this photo a week before the event was scheduled to start. For obvious reasons, SXSW was canceled this year. That probably saved Austin from a spike of COVID cases in March. Unfortunately, we got that spike right now, starting in late June and into July.

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6 thoughts on “East 5th Street looking West

    1. Yup, Austin is a lot smaller and newer city than Philadelphia. With a lot more trucks too, which are the national vehicle of Texas.

      1. Those trucks can be found in larger numbers with just a 90 minute drive north and west of Philly in whats is humorously called “Pennsyltucky”.

  1. Unfortunately, as epidemiologist J. Giesecke wrote on the Lancet, lockdowns delay epidemic spikes and may flatten them a bit but do not suppress them forever. The picture, however is nice: there is always an appeal in properly executed bw photos! Would you describe your post processing? It seems to produce excellent results.

    1. HI Andrea, thanks for your kind words. I process RAW files in Capture One. I found a black and white film simulation emulating Kodak T-Max. I start with that simulation and add various tweaks depending on the image. But, I do all the adjustments in Capture One, and don’t use any other program.

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