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    Austin Sunset locations? Examples please.

    I'm trying to find places to shoot sunsets around Austin.
    Close enough that if I see it's going to be good I can drive there
    and be ready for the show.
    I live in central Austin.

    The Lamar - Town Lake bridge looked good but they don't want you going out
    there and it does look dangerous. :shock:
    The pedestrian bridge next to it is fine for watching the sunset but bad for photos. :?

    I was trying to shoot the bats Monday from the north side of Town Lake but
    the little bat stards kept next to the trees so no go on the flying mammals but I did get a sunset.

    I would like to see some sunsets from Mount Bonnell - 360 bridge etc if you have them and any advice you might have.
    Show me those sunsets!
    Thanks people. :D
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    Re: Austin Sunset locations? Examples please.

    Based on this magnificent picture, I think you should set up a class in Austin and instruct others where and how to take sunset shots. :)
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    I'm itching to get our and shoot some nice sunsets (without my neighbors houses in the shot) so I'm going to keep an eye on this thread. Obviously Mt. Bonnell and by the 360 bridge would be excellent spots, but there have to be other places as well. The church on 620 before the Mansfield dam is probably a nice spot too...overlooking the lake.

    There have been some very beautiful colors lately in our sunsets. Here's a shot I took tonight from our back porch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OversighT
    The church on 620 before the Mansfield dam is probably a nice spot too...overlooking the lake.
    Oh, right! :D
    I wonder which direction that faces?
    Might be a sunrise location.
    Great idea thanks!

    Nice shot out your back door Troy! :D
    Wonderful color.
    Let's try some locations and post what you get.
    Got to be some good views here.

    Thanks for sharing Troy,
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    Gorgeous pic of the bridge!


    Here are a few from around town:


    Lake Austin from 2222:


    From the cliff overlooking Pennybacker (360) Bridge:


    Lake Travis, Cypress Creek Park:


    Lake Travis, Sandy Creek Park:


    Sunrise from under Pennybacker Bridge:


    Some more here (mostly Austin):
    http://www.pbase.com/wedeking/sunsets&page=all

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    wow

    Very nice shot, what setting did you use on your camera.


    love this photo


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    wow

    Very nice shot, what setting did you use on your camera.


    love this photo


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    Whoa Greg! :shock: :D :D
    Really nice collection here.
    Just what I was looking for.
    So the 360 bridge is called the Pennybacker Bridge...
    All those look like excellent locations.
    The Park pics on Travis are awesome, I wish I could predict a good sunset well enough to drive out there.
    I guess if there are intermittent clouds on the horizon it might be worth it.
    Nice out there anyway.
    Great color here.
    All well done.
    How do you get to the place where you shot your avatar image?
    Just snake up the side of the cliff there? Path?

    Arik, for my shot the exif is:
    Date/Time 18-Jul-2005 20:25:30
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    Flash Used No
    Focal Length 17 mm
    Exposure Time 1/20 sec
    Aperture f/8
    ISO Equivalent 100
    Exposure Bias -2/3
    Exposure Program aperture priority (3)

    Usual - tripod - cable release - take a million shots and pray one works out... :D

    Two more from that night:



    No silly bats but at least I got something for my trouble.
    Happens a lot to me , I go to shoot something specific but I come back with something else..... :roll:
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    The Church on 620 is facing a little southeast so its better for sunrise stuff than for sunsets.

    I took this one from Mansfield dam just past there last wekeend. I know, its a sunrise shot, not a sunset.


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    This was at the Lakeway Inn on Lake Travis... 8)









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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo
    The Church on 620 is facing a little southeast so its better for sunrise stuff than for sunsets.
    I took this one from Mansfield dam just past there last wekeend. I know, its a sunrise shot, not a sunset.
    Ok , the church for sunrises then.
    Shot from Mansfield looks good Mongo! :D
    Thanks for the info and the pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPS
    This was at the Lakeway Inn on Lake Travis...
    Killer shot HPS.
    Love the dark clouds and the rain.
    Color transition is cool.
    The Lakeway Inn looks like a good location.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tims
    How do you get to the place where you shot your avatar image?
    Just snake up the side of the cliff there? Path?
    I shot that from the cliff on the northwest side of the bridge. There is a trail that leads up from the road. Be careful of where you park though, I got a parking ticket the last time I parked under the cliff. There is what appears to be a parking area at the bottom, but there are also some no parking signs. To be completely safe, you can park under the bridge on the south shore by the boat ramps, but it's a bit of a walk to go back across the bridge.

    BTW, a bigger version of my avatar:


    And just because I like google maps, here a satelite view:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=30.35...;t=k&hl=en


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tims
    Quote Originally Posted by HPS
    This was at the Lakeway Inn on Lake Travis...
    Killer shot HPS.
    Love the dark clouds and the rain.
    Color transition is cool.
    The Lakeway Inn looks like a good location.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tim
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    Thanks! 8)



    If you guys are talking about the church I think you are (620 overlooking Lake Travis), then that is where I took these... :)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg
    And just because I like google maps, here a satelite view:
    Ha! pretty cool. :D
    Love that Avatar shot Greg. :shock:
    Even better supersized.
    Thanks much for the info.
    I'll be trying that soon.
    Great ideas on this forum.
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