Western Walking Path

Western Walking Path - Austin, Texas

Western Walking Path – Austin, Texas

As I continued west, I got to a part of Austin that I never visited. I was still in search of a worthwhile angle on the downtown skyline. Despite all the skyscraper growth in the city, this doesn’t particularly look impressive. If the growth continues, however, I wonder how filled out the skyline will get in the future.

I realize this is far from the ideal urban landscape composition. If I could have my way, I would design a meandering path that leads to the skyline. That would give me a leading line and point the viewer to my distant focal point. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to make this happen.

I’m sure the city planners did not consider this visual when they built this path. Obviously, they had more important considerations. The two poles weren’t aesthetically pleasing either, but I purposely used them to frame the buildings. Unlike drawing, where you can totally control the image, you make the best of what you got in photography. I suppose that’s part of the required skill, and ultimately the enjoyment of making a composition.

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