I took this photo at the Zilker Botanical Gardens of the water lilies right at the entrance. They are just beautiful right now! It was pretty bright (middle of the afternoon), so I tried different photo apps on my Evo. I think this was my favorite, it was with Vignette for Android. Right now I do not remember what setting it was in, I wish I did, but I guess that makes it one of a kind! 🙂
I thought I would try to post a photo I took yesterday while downtown. I took it with my EVO phone, vignette app, platinotype setting. I love the way it came out! By the way, I am doing this post on my phone!
I decided I need to take advantage of the really cool camera apps on my EVO phone. Sometimes it feels like I am not taking a “real” photo, because it’s with my phone, but the effects I can get are just amazing, and it takes my creativeness in a whole new direction. Tonight we were walking on the bridge over Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake), and I thought I would use different apps to photograph the empty bridge. These are my 2 favorites.
I really wanted to go to SXSW, but the badge price was a bit pricey for me, so I decided to volunteer. I was lucky enough to volunteer with the interactive crew, and the team I was on, was awesome (I was most interested in seeing the interactive portion). One thing I ended up realizing is that it was too hard to see the panels I was interested in, if I was working (will keep that in mind for next year).
This year they had SXSW EDU, which from what I understand was mostly for teachers and administrators. I found some of the talks quite fascinating, specially with everything going on with school funding etc. Great ideas for merging technology with teaching, I hope they try at least a portion of those ideas. Then I worked the meet up rooms, which were a big hit. A great idea for networking with like minded people in whatever topic you were interested in.
I got to listen to a few panels (that day job just gets in the way! 🙂 ) But I definitely want to catch more panels next year. I was able to sit in and listen to the keynote speaker one day (Seth Priebatsch) and was blown away.
The parties were something else! You could just walk a few steps and there was free alcohol! But having a badge is almost a must for that! (To get into the good parties anyway). I actually met and spoke with people more during the parties than anywhere else, so it was a great networking opportunity! Also RSVP for parties EARLY! I found Do512 had the best listing of parties (official and unofficial).
Here’s just a few photos. Most were done with my EVO phone, the one day I took my camera I could not get into a party! 🙁
We went for a walk on the Lamar pedestrian bridge a few days ago and there was a huge gathering on bike riders. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to get some “motion” shots! I just sat there in the middle and kept shooting as they rode past me.
Yes, I am a chocoholic! I LOVE chocolate! My daughter knows me well, she greeted me on my birthday walking in the door with a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles! It came from Hey Cupcake! and it was delicious, I highly recommend it! 🙂
My daughter, a friend and I headed over to East Austin this afternoon to photograph interesting things we came across, “urban” photos. We found some interesting graffiti, it amazes me the talent some of these artists have! Also I went to visit my Twitter friend at Blue Dog Printing ( @bluedogprinting on twitter) and got to meet her in person! Lots of funky photo ops around their place.
I went to Austin’s City Hall- People’s Gallery Opening reception tonight. Some really cool work in there this year! It was great to see several friends there, and a few of them had some work chosen!
I love the architecture of the building, it’s modern with lots of sharp angles, made with concrete, copper, limestone and I am sure some more materials. Here’s a few shots of some cool angles in the building and a bit of the reception.
I was so glad I did not have to go into work today. It sounded dangerous out there to drive, but then we decided to take a walk and shoot some photos. When I stepped outside, it was cold but sunny, and for just a bit I thought “oh, maybe it’s not that bad”. But then we got to the street right outside our complex, and they had 17 cars on the side of the road that could not go anywhere. They slid into each other on a big patch of ice right outside our driveway! So I was VERY happy I did not have to drive anywhere.
Here are some of my favorite shots from today. I will start with the mess on our street.
I thought I would take advantage of the freezing weather and get some photos of frozen fountains. I really like this fountain, with the great metal sculpture around it. This is located on Auditorium Shores, at S. 1st and Riverside Dr., just on the south side of the river (Lady Bird Lake). Did I mention this is in Austin, TEXAS!!