Texas State Capitol

Completed in 1888, the Texas State Capitol is the home to the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Governor’s Office.  Standing at an impressive 308 feet tall, the Texas State Capitol is the sixth tallest in the nation, and is taller than the United State Capitol.  Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, it is designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.


Before construction could begin, the land in Austin, TX needed to be secured.  On February 15, 1876 the legislature approved one of the largest barter transactions in recorded history.  John and Charles Farwell, also known as the Capitol Syndicate, received more than three million acres of land in the Panhandle of Texas in exchange for the land where the Capitol now sits.  The land in the Panhandle later became the largest cattle ranch in the world, the XIT Ranch.


The Capitol is located four blocks south of the University of Texas at Austin, and is contained within twenty-two acres.  There are seventeen monuments on the grounds, commemorating everything from the Alamo to the Texas Rangers to Vietnam Veterans.  There is also plenty of green space and tree-lined pathways for visitors to explore and enjoy.

The Texas State Capitol is open to visitors year round and should be on the must visit destinations for visitors to the Austin area.  To see more photos of the Capitol, the gallery is here.
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New Drone Photography Rules


Drone Photography has exploded onto the scene over the past few years, with more and more pilots picking up the controls and taking flight to get angles that were impossible to get before.  Recently, in response to the drone photography boom, the FAA released new rules regarding the piloting of the drones.  The proposed rules are:


The drone must remain within eyesight of the pilot.


The pilot must be at least seventeen years old.


The top altitude of the drone will be capped at five hundred feet (or roughly the size of the Washington Monument).


There is a 100 miles per hour speed limit.


Pilots must pass a certification class from the Transportation Security Administration.


Over the next couple of months the FAA is asking for feedback from the public before it puts the final rules in place.  The FAA is expecting the analysis of the public comments to last for eighteen months, at which time the final rules will be put in place.


We here at Clear Sky Images will monitor the new drone photography rules so that we don’t miss a beat in providing you with top of the line drone photography.  Check out one of our most recent drone videos here.



Times Square at Craig Ranch Dallas, TX

Located in the heart of McKinney, TX, the Times Square at Craig Ranch complex stands apart from the competition.  This four story luxury apartment building is within walking distance of the TPC Craig Ranch Golf Course (rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Texas from Golf Digest), and is just a short drive to North Dallas.  There is also an ample amount of shopping nearby as well as on the first floor of the complex.


The amenities are so plentiful that there is plenty to occupy your time.  There are the old standbys like the massive pool and fitness center, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.  There is a massive game room with pool tables and a full kitchen, as well as  a mini movie theater, an outdoor fireplace, and even a meeting board room for when it’s time to get down to business.  For those wanting some fresh air, the tree lined path around the building is a beautiful way to spend your walk.


The highlight of the property is without a doubt the penthouse suite.  As you can see from our photos, the main living space is simply breathtaking, with the hardwood floors, high ceilings, and the amazing panoramic view of the neighboring golf course and countryside.  We photograph a lot of spaces, but this was easily one of the most dramatic.


If you are in the market for some great architectural photography in Dallas, TX or any other part of Texas, Clear Sky Images is here for your needs.  Contact us here to get a quote and to get the process going!



University of Texas Tower

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Completed in 1937, this thirty story tower is one of the most recognizable features of Austin.  Located in the heart of the University of Texas campus, the University of Texas Tower can be seen from miles around.


When it originally opened in 1937, the plan was to use the Tower as a library with a series of dumbwaiters moving the books between floors.  This was short-lived as people figured out having to move books up and down nearly twenty stories wasn’t the most logical thing.  During World War II the tower had an air raid siren installed at the top, however it was never used outside of testing.  Now the Tower is home to administrative offices, as well as an observation deck where tours are routinely given in the Spring and Fall.  During special events, such as the University of Texas Longhorn football victories, the tower is illuminated with bright orange lights.  The Tower is also used to honor graduates with their graduation year spelled out in giant lights.


There are many great places to appreciate this seventy-eight year old architectural beauty.  The East side of campus has a great view with it’s giant stone staircases in the foreground.  To fully appreciate it however you should stand due south and take in the lush greenscape hillside as it leads up to the tower.  Once at the top of that hill there is a large bronze statue of George Washington to take in as well.


We have many different views of the UT Tower, both from closeup and with the entire campus skyline.  Check out our full University of Texas Gallery Here, and be sure to check back often as we add more shots of this iconic landmark.



How to Hire us to Photograph Your Property

Ready to hire us to photograph your property?  Setting up a shoot with Clear Sky Images couldn’t be easier.


  1.  Visit www.ClearSkyImages.com


  1.  On the left sidebar click on “Quote


  1.  When you reach the satellite view, simply type in the address of your site to be taken to it.  Once there, use the cursor to draw an outline around your site.  This will not only make it easy for us to schedule your shoot, but also ensure that we capture everything on your site.


  1.  After your site has been outlined, hit the Submit button at the top.  You will then be prompted to fill in some basic information such as Company Name, Phone Number, etc.


  1.  Once submitted we ask that you give us a call at (704)-421-1239 to confirm that your request came through.


  1.  From there we will work with you one on one to get you matched up with the ideal photo package, and discuss specific details of the shoot.

We look forward to working with you!