Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Austin Motel

Austin Motel, originally uploaded by Evan Gearing (Evan's Expo).
Austin is a trendy town to say the least. One of the most trendy parts of town is located on South Congress Avenue or SoCo as it's know to the locals. One of the iconic places on SoCo is the Austin Motel. As you can see from the sign, it has been in Austin for 72 years. You can read about its history here. It has this very distinct neon sign and although it is an art deco sort of design, it also makes people think of other things, but I'm not exactly sure what that is. Hmmm... Anyway, I always though a great companion piece to this shot would be a nice neon orchid. Not sure why, they just seem like they would go together. I wonder if there is anything like that in this town? Um, probably not...

Anyway, I took this early morning shot with my D90 and Sigma 10-20 lens, at f11, ISO 200, 5 bracketed raws from -2 to +2 at 1 stop intervals, merged in Photoshop CS4, tonemapped in Photomatix and tweaked with Nik Color Efex using the pro contrast, tonal contrast and bleach bypass filters.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool photo of the Austin Motel. Its a cool place to stay if you get the chance!


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