Rainey Street Towers

Rainey Street Towers - Austin, Texas

Rainey Street Towers – Austin, Texas

The Rainey Street District is composed of Rainey Street itself, seen here, and a few neighboring streets to the left and right. It also runs south for several blocks. It’s not a large area, but densifying quickly.

As I mentioned in the last two posts, until 10 years ago, it was mainly rundown bungalows. Most have been converted into bars and restaurants. You can see some of them on the right. But now, the towers dominate, overshadowing the original structures.

The tall tower in the center is 70 Rainey, currently the tallest condominium in the area at 34-stories. However, there is a 49-story building under construction further south on East Avenue. And, there are plans for taller ones.

The old un-renovated bungalow, which I talked about yesterday, is located near the end of this street and to the left.

I made this photograph on March 8th, just before the intended start of SXSW’20. Usually, these bungalow bars will be rented out by high-tech companies for hospitality, promotions, and parties — not this year.

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4 thoughts on “Rainey Street Towers

  1. Do you ever set your camera to B+W beforehand, when you know it’ll end up that way?

    Really like the detail in the se GFX 50R images.

    1. Thanks, Chris. While I’ve setup my camera for black and white on the Olympus PEN-F, I’ve just shot everything in color, so far, on the GFX. I do shoot in JPEG + RAW on the GFX, however. Perhaps, I might set it in B&W or Acros mode to see how that looks.

      1. I can set up my Nikon Z50 this way. Have only done it as proof-of-concept so far. Friends in my camera club like this for composition, and seeing the light initially as B+W. They say it makes differences in their choices for shots, compositions, to acquire better light.

      2. Yes, this technique helped me when I used the PEN-F. I think it works particularly well for artistic compositions when shadows play a big part in the mood of the image.

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