Site Profile: Harrisburg Plaza

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Located right in the middle of the Houston east end shopping district, Harrisburg Plaza is a destination for shoppers in the region.  With anchor stores Melores and Fallas Paredes, the affiliate stores have a strong draw to the center.  The center is adjacent to a Go MetroRail stop, giving easy access to the shops.  Managed by Weingarten Realty, Harrisburg Plaza has over ninth-six thousand square feet for retail.


We photographed this property in late fall, and since it’s a North facing complex we had to be on site at dawn (see our previous blog about photographing North facing buildings for more details).  We were fortunate as we had a spectacular sky to work with. There were just enough clouds in the sky to give us some texture without being overbearing.


Our twilight shots turned out amazing thanks to a crystal blue sky.  Being so close to the coastline, the land is very flat so the sky starts to illuminate early and stay that way for quite a while.  This allowed us to photograph the entire site with this magnificent sky.


Would you like to see more of this gallery?  Check it out here.  Want us to photograph your site?  Contact us today to get the process going.



Downtown Austin Construction

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The downtown Austin area is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, which coincides with massive population growth the city has enjoyed in recent years.  No matter where you are in the city, it is easy to tell that there is a massive amount of construction going, as there are dozens of large crane dotting the skyline landscape.


According to the Downtown Austin Alliance, there are currently forty-six projects that are either under construction or in the final planning stages, with twenty-six of them already breaking ground. All told there are millions of square feet of new office and retail space, as well as thousands of new hotel rooms and residential living space.


In addition to the commercial space, there are other exciting projects such as the Dell Medical School and Teaching Hospital, which will be a part of the Medical School at UT Austin.  A new Central Library is also being built, which will have nearly two hundred thousand square feet.  New buildings aren’t the only thing going on downtown, as Town Lake Park is undergoing a massive transformation to expand and improve the park.

To see just how much construction there is going on downtown, take a look at our gallery of downtown Austin here.  Or to see the skyline littered with cranes, our skyline gallery can be found here.


North Texas Windfarm

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When you say Texas, most people picture vast fields of oil derricks churning away to bring the black gold to the surface.  A lot of people however would be shocked to learn that in addition to being an oil rich state, Texas is the leading producer of wind energy in the entire country.  With over a dozen major projects producing a top capacity of twelve thousand MW, wind power accounted for 8.3% of all electricity generated in Texas in 2013.


Clear Sky Images photographed the Sweetwater Wind Farm last November.  With nearly fourteen hundred wind turbines, the Sweetwater Wind Farm is the fourth largest in Texas, and the ninth largest in all of the United States.  If you take a drive up Highway153, you will go through the heart of the Wind Farm.  This leisurely trek will give you an amazing view of hundreds of giant windmills dotting the landscape.  And while it seems like it goes on forever, once you encounter your first windmill it will take you a good hour of drive time before you see the last one.


It can be difficult to get a good grasp of just how big these turbines are in pictures.  To put these wind turbines into perspective, the most widely used ones use 116 foot blades sitting on top of a 212 foot tower for a total height of 328 feet.  So from top to bottom these towers it is longer than a football field, which includes the end zone.


The landscape is striking, with crystal blue skies and never ending fields.  One of the most striking views however is this one showing the old weathered oil derrick working alongside the brand new gigantic wind turbine.  It is a great illustration of the past, present, and future of energy production here in Texas.

To see the full gallery from this shoot, click here.


Mount Bonnell

Located just a few miles outside of downtown Austin, Mount Bonnell gives visitors a great opportunity to check the surrounding area.  Standing seven hundred and eighty feet above sea level, Mount Bonnell is second only to the Jollyville Plateau in terms of height in the Austin area.  This height allows for a fantastic view of the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River, the 360 Bridge, and the downtown Austin skyline.


While the site was designated a Texas Historical Landmark in 1969, it has been a heavily visited tourist spot since the 1850s.  The site was named for George W. Bonnell, who was a prominent figure in the fight for Texas Independence.  In addition to being the Commissioner of Indian Affairs under president Sam Houston, he also published the prominent paper The Texas Sentinel.


There are two ways in which to reach the top of Mount Bonnell.  The most direct route is the gigantic staircase that will take you straight to the top.  The long way is a gentle slope up the side of the hill, giving you some great views of the West side (as well as some great views of some of the most expensive homes in the Austin area).  Once at the top there is a picnic area overlooking the entirety of the Austin skyline.  You will be hard pressed to find a better view for your lunch.


For those who are interested in the rich history of Mount Bonnell, there are a number of stories presented here.  Our full gallery of images can be found here.

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League City Plaza

Located between Houston and Galveston TX, the League City Plaza is at the heart of League City’s retail hub.  Thanks to its high quality and wide variety of shops, as well as being one of the last major stops before reaching the popular vacation destination of Galveston, the League City Plaza is perfectly situated to be an economic force in the area.  With anchor stores Kroger and Spec’s, this center gets a lot of foot traffic, boosting the surrounding businesses.


When Clear Sky Images photographs a site such as this, we first focus our attention on the main tenants, making sure that they are captured from every conceivable angle.  After that we make our way around the entire property to ensure that every highlight is captured.  In the case of League City Plaza, there was significant greenery around the property, which is highlighted in our photos.


With this photo shoot we also did twilight photographs of the main tenant Kroger.  This allowed us to capture a somewhat colorful sky while showing the inside of the store being illuminated.  If you would like to see more from this set, the full gallery is here.


Ready to have us photograph your site?  Contact us today to get the process going.