photography opportunities in central texas

Even with a bag full of the best camera equipment in the world you still need something to photograph. While your cat may make an excellent subject, it could be considered a waste buying a 70-200L 2.8 IS just to snap a picture of fluffy taking a nap.

To solve this problem of "I have nothing to photograph!" I've recently started looking for opportunities to take photos around my home town of Austin, Texas. At first this can seem like a really boring place with miles of typical suburban sprawl, but if you start to look around you'll notice all sorts of opportunities: street fairs, outdoor concerts, state parks, State Capitol, Hill Country, old forts, University of Texas, area lakes, and caverns.

This page will track my exploration and hopefully you will find this information useful. Please feel free to contact me with comments and/or suggestions of other places to visit!

McKinney Falls State Park
Next to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
20 minutes from downtown
Date Visited: November 30, 2003
Admission Fee: $2 / person
A nice little state park very close to Austin that offers camping and picnic areas as well as two 8' waterfalls carved out of the exposed bedrock by Onion Creek. The falls, homestead ruins, and bedrock patterns make interesting subjects. FULL REPORT...

Hamilton Pool Reserve
30 miles west of Austin near Dripping Springs and Bee Cave
Date Visited: December 13, 2003
Admission Fee: $8 / car
A beautiful nature reserve featuring a popular swimming hole in a collapsed grotto complete with waterfall and a small canyon leading down to the Pederales River. The swimming hole, rock ledge, and canyon make outstanding landscapes. FULL REPORT...
Cave Without a Name
Boerne, Texas - 90 minutes west of Austin
Date Visited: December 20, 2003
Admission Fee: $11 / person ($2 discount coupons available)
One of the 7 show caves of Texas, Cave Without a Name delivers stunning views and a wide cavern floor perfect for tripods. While commercial, the cave is not heavily advertised and thus the tour sizes support those who wish to take their time to enjoy the cave.
San Antonio - 90 minutes south of Austin
Date Visited: December 26, 2003
Admission Fee: Free, but downtown parking is not ($7)
The crown jewel of San Antonio's tourism economy, Riverwalk is packed with restuarants, shopping, beautiful paths, and of course lots of photogenic scenery.

Planned Visits:
West Cave Preserve
Longhorn Cave
Natural Bridge Cavern
Austin Zoo
University of Texas (night)
State Capitol Building

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