Find urban, nature, and music scenes in one city — Austin, Texas
What makes Austin, TX, so great to photograph? “You have a nice contrast of outdoor life against the city’s skyline,” says landscape photographer Rob Greebon (www.imagesfromtexas.com).
Among his favorite haunts: the 10-mile Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail that parallels both sides of the lake (actually a part of the Colorado River that flows south of downtown). For great skyline reflections, Greebon suggests heading to Lou Neff Point on the south shore. “Early mornings and evenings when the wind dies down give you great reflections of the skyline,” he says.
From the Point, follow one of a the trails into the 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park along Barton Creek. The creek flows into Lady Bird Lake; its spring-fed waters, in the right light, shine a crystaline blue-green that can beautifully showcase both canoeists in the foreground and the cityscape beyond. For a wilder experience, continue along to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a 7.2-mile loop with rugged landscapes, waterfalls, and sometimes intense off-road biking and rock climbing.
Liz Carpenter Fountain in Butler Park, a three-minute walk south of the trail, offers an exciting light show at night. “The fountains come alive with color,” says Greebon. “Compose the scene to shoot a long exposure of the fountains with the Austin skyline in the background.”
Finally, no visit is complete without stepping out in Austin's legendary music district. “Take a tripod and a friend and walk 6th Street at night,” Greebon advises. “You’ll find color, lights, signs, motorcycles, and characters to shoot. You won’t be disappointed!”