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Location Photography - Austin Hotspots: 360 Bridge

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The 360 Bridge (also known as the Pennybacker Bridge) was built in 1982 and connects the North and South portions of the Capital of Texas Highway over Lake Austin. Located in the heart of the Hill Country, the 360 Bridge is without a doubt the best place to experience a sunset within Austin.

There are multiple ways to get the full view of this impressive structure. On the South side there is a boat dock, granting you easy access to the Lake. If boating isn’t your thing, there is also a park that doubles as a popular fishing spot. However, if you want to get the best view possible of not only the bridge but of the surrounding area, you will need to venture over to the North Side.

On both the East and West side of the 360 Highway there are short hiking trails that will take you to landings that rise up higher than the bridge. The West side is the more popular of the two as it gives you not only a great view of the bridge, but on a clear day you can see all the way to downtown. There is also a fantastic old tree clinging on to the edge of the cliff to give you photographers out there a nice prop to use. This is also one of the most popular destinations in Austin for engagement and wedding photos.

The East Side is the more difficult of the two climbs, and puts you up higher than the West Side. For those willing to fight against some light brush, some amazing angles of the bridge can be found on this side. And if you aren’t afraid of climbing down the side of a mountain in low light, the sunset shots with the bridge can’t be beat.

While the 360 Bridge is a bit off the beaten path for those visiting downtown Austin, it is well worth the trip to get a firsthand look at the beauty of the city.

Apartment Photography Texas

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Apartment photography is where we shine! And where is a bigger place to shine than in the state of Texas! Texas has four of the largest eleven cities in the nation with Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.  Those four cities also rank in the top ten of the fastest growing cities in the nation, which is all the more impressive when you factor in they are all within a few hours drive of each other.  This level of unprecedented growth means lots of new people looking for places to live.

 

Moving to a new city can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding a new apartment.  Most people have a limited amount of time to spend visiting complexes, which is why they conduct their initial search online.  This is why it is vital to have your apartment complex looking its absolute best on your website, which is where Clear Sky Images comes in.

 

After submitting your order, our photographers will research your property to figure out the exact right time to shoot the showpieces of your property (clubhouse, pool, etc) and schedule your shoot accordingly.  And while we shoot everything your complex has to offer, we do coordinate with you to make sure we highlight the things that are important to you.  Just renovated the kitchens and want lots of photos of the new countertops?  Done.  Have a spectacular waterfall in your pool and want to show it off?  Done.  New workout room?  Done.  Whatever your needs, we will deliver.

 

Once on site, we continue to go the extra mile as we stage every shot we take.  For the pool area we make sure all the chairs are uniform, umbrellas are open, and chairs are straight and underneath the table.  When it comes to shooting interiors we take our time and go through the entire apartment to make sure everything is perfect.  We make the blinds look uniform, bedspreads are straightened, and furniture is moved to create symmetry.  In short, we make sure every room looks its absolute best.

 

After the shoot we provide you with a proof gallery of every angle we shoot, giving you an overabundance of images to pick from.  Once you make your selections we put them through a rigorous post-production process to turn good images into great ones.  Ready to get started?  Go to www.clearskyimages.com and click “Get a Quote”.

 

Location Photography - Austin Hotspots: HOPE Outdoor Gallery

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Location photography in Austin, TX. The opportunities abound! With this series of blogs, we will highlight a few of our favorites photo opportunities.

Located just minutes from downtown Austin at 11th and Baylor St., the HOPE Outdoor Gallery is one of the largest outdoor art installations in the nation.  This three story mass of concrete began life as the foundation for a proposed housing project, however fate had other plans as the building was never completed.  In March of 2011 the HOPE Foundation, with the assistance of property owner Castle Hill Partners, took over the space and turned the bare concrete slabs into an ever changing outdoor art exhibit.

The HOPE Foundation brings together artists and musicians to create events to raise awareness for various causes.  With the HOPE Outdoor Gallery they are able to provide an impressive space where artists and community members a safe space where they can create and display their inspirational artwork.  In the process it has become one of the top 10 tourist destinations in Austin, which is impressive given that it’s not highly publicized or advertised.

 The artwork runs the gamut in terms of size and content.  On one narrow support beam you might find Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man chasing down some ghosts.  Take a few steps and you’ll find a seven foot tall blue stuffed teddybear hanging from a ledge and picking a flower.  For the adventurous types, you can climb up the hill on the side of the property to reach two more levels of colorful creations.

 While the artwork changes frequently, it isn’t a free for all.  In order to paint you must register and provide an example of what your addition to the park will be.  This not only helps to keep existing artwork intact, but also ensures that the positive and inspirational message is present.  The best part however is that every time you visit the site you are all but guaranteed to see new creations on the walls.

 For those who appreciate street art, or just want a perfect example of why the unofficial city motto is “Keep Austin Weird”, The HOPE Outdoor Gallery should be at the top of your list.

For more information on the HOPE Campaign, or to view some of the artwork that has graced the walls of the Outdoor Gallery, the links are below.

 HOPE Campaign link

http://hopecampaign.org

 HOPE Outdoor Gallery Link

https://www.facebook.com/HOPEOutdoorGalleryHOPE Graffiti Park 6550 HOPE Graffiti Park 6589

 

Clear Sky Images is now in Texas

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Do you have a shopping center and really want to show it off with high quality exterior photos?  What about a newly renovated apartment complex that needs highly detailed interior shots that highlight the work that’s been done?  Or perhaps you have a high end property for sale and could use a short video to help close the deal?  If the answer to any of those is “Yes”, then Clear Sky Images is the company for you.

 

Using the latest photo equipment and editing techniques, Clear Sky Images can make your property look its absolute best.  We take great pride in our work, which is why we go the extra mile on every job.  After receiving your order we research the property, making sure that we shoot at the right time of day to perfectly capture your site.  We also take weather into account to ensure that the sun is shining and the sky looks fantastic.

 

Taking the photo is only half of the equation however; once you make your selection we edit the photos in a variety of programs to make them look their finest.  We do everything from color correction to compensating for lens distortion to taking out unwanted blemishes (such as dead grass spots or oil stains in the parking lot).  With our interior images we shoot multiple exposures so that everything from the darkest corner to the brightest window is crisp and clear.  Below is an example of the before and after.

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Whether you need five or fifty shots, Clear Sky Images has a package to fit your budget and needs.  When we shoot your property we overshoot to give you an abundance of angles to pick from.  After the shoot we will provide you with a proof gallery of everything that was shot for you to choose which images you like best.  Only ordered a 10 shot package but like 15?  No problem, as it’s a breeze to upgrade your photo package.  We also keep all photos, edited and unedited, on file so if you find you need a specific shot from a six-month old shoot we will have you covered.

 

Our video service is all inclusive, as we will take your project from conception and pre-production through the production and post-production phase all the way to completion.  We can help you write the script, provide voice over talent as well as give you access to a library of stock music.  Whether your project is large or small, we can accommodate.


Ready to get started?  Contact us today!

Ghost Drone Announcement

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Stunning Interior Architectural Photography

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Last week, we published a blog post that focused on some of the finest examples of  our exterior architecture photography. For this week, we thought we’d exhibit some of our stunning interior architectural photography. Over the years, we have shot more than a few gorgeous indoor spaces that were just begging to be showcased.

For example, take a look at this transitional space from an office building in Charlotte, NC. The rich, polished wood grain and the glittering tile floors come together in this image to emphasize the elegance of the design. To see more photos of this property, check out the gallery.

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And how about this photograph, taken at the University of North Carolina? What a beautiful specimen of modern interior architecture! With this image, we strived to underscore the striking depth and symmetry of the structure. Who knew a staircase could make such a statement? There are more images of this site here.

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This is a picture we shot of one of the entryways at the Coliseum Centre in Charlotte, NC. With the fountain for a focal point, the image pulls the glass and marble features of the space together with the beams of light from outside, evoking a sense of contemporary refinement. If you’d like to see more of photos of the Coliseum Centre, check out this gallery.

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Taking the time to capture the character and mood of an indoor space is one of the joys of our craft. We give each room in each building the attention it deserves. That’s how we create such high-calibre, enduring imagery for our clients.

We would love to give our expert attention to your property! If your space is begging to be showcased with interior architectural photography, contact us today for more information.

The Best in Architecture Photography

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When you’re looking for top-of-the-line architecture photography services, look no further than Clear Sky Images. We create dazzling images for our clients to showcase the unique architecture of a building and let the property shine. We thought for this week’s blog post, we would offer up a small sampling of some of our best architecture photography. Hope you enjoy!

There’s something special about this photo we took of an office building in Charlotte, North Carolina. The mirrored glass really makes the image pop- reflecting the trees and the blue summer sky. The shot emphasizes the stark lines and angles of the architecture, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. To see more of the images from this photo shoot, see the gallery here.

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We were able to capture the antiqued-urban feel of this apartment complex in Houston, Texas. With its dignified brick exterior and lush green landscaping, the building makes for a beautiful architecture photography subject. You can view the rest of the photos from this collection here.

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Last but not least, here’s a stunning twilight photo of the Fayetteville State University Student Union building.  We find that dawn and dusk are the best times to obtain brilliant images of unique architecture. That’s especially true for buildings like this one that feature a lot of glass.

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Want to see more? Check out a collection of all of our architectural galleries here. And if you would like us to give your building the star treatment with professional quality architecture photography, contact us today for a quote! Also keep in mind that all of the images in the galleries are available for stock purchase!

NC Commercial Landscape Photographers

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Often, a property’s charm and allure are not just in the building itself, but hidden also in the surrounding landscape. We have photographed landscapes, vistas and natural scenery for all types of clients, from residential developers to chambers of commerce to actual landscaping companies. Today we thought it would be nice to share with you a few of our best landscape images.

This open and welcoming courtyard sits between two large office buildings. Here is a link to the complete gallery for this property. By photographing outdoor spaces from just the right angles and in just the right light, we can really showcase the most pleasing qualities of the scenery.

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We shot this photograph for an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see the full gallery here. We particularly like this image because, while it shows the community center building, the focal point is really the landscape design. Using a photo like this in your marketing material can give potential residents a sense for the lush, verdant feel of the property.

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Here is a photo we shot for a landscaping company, Metro Greenscape. We photographed some of the company’s best work at different properties in the area. Images like this one highlight the company’s skill with stone work and plant selections, and show that the designers know how to create a vibrant, inviting outdoor space. You can see the full gallery here.

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We hope you have enjoyed viewing this selection of images. If you would like to see more of our landscape photography, you can view a large assortment of landscape related galleries here. And if you are looking for skilled commercial landscape photographers, let us know about your project by contacting us today.

Aerial Photography North Carolina

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"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."

-Elliot Erwitt

There is something fascinating about seeing ordinary places from a new angle, a new vantage point. That’s one of the reasons why aerial photography is so great- not just for reference and documentation, but also as a marketing tool. Anyone can drive by and see your building, park or development from the road or parking lot. But to see it from above? A bird’s eye view? That’s hard for the average guy to accomplish.

In our capacity as commercial photographers, we shoot a lot of high-quality, professional aerials in our home state of NC and across the southeast. In fact, we believe we produce some of the best aerial photography North Carolina has to offer. And we’re continually pleased with the “interesting somethings” that aerial imagery shows us- details we wouldn’t have seen from the ground.  We’ve been combing through our aerial archives over the past few days, and we thought we’d share a few of our nicest aerial projects with our blog readers.

Like the gorgeous, curving symmetry of this property- Sure, it looks nice when you are standing in front of it, but aerial photography offers us a chance to see its design in a much more complete and satisfying way. It’s impressive, don’t you think? (See the rest of this gallery here.)

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Or how about this bird’s eye view of a waterfront residential development? From above, we can see all the little inlets and coves, snaking in and out of the wooded lots. It shows the property’s natural beauty in a new and exciting light. (See the rest of this gallery here.)

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And look at this one. From the streets of this Cary, NC subdivision, you might see a few pretty trees, but from above, you can see that this community is actually nestled in a literal forest. (See the rest of this gallery here.)

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You can find all of our galleries of aerial photography in North Carolina here. And if you’re looking to find those “interesting somethings” about your shopping center, apartment complex, industrial park, or any other type of property, contact us for more information about our aerial photography services.

Catalina Island Photos

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As photographers, when we go on vacation, we’re looking for more than fun and relaxation. Of course, relaxing and having fun are nice- and we do plenty of that, too- but we always keep our eyes open for dazzling scenery, begging to be captured by our lenses.

So it was when we visited Catalina Island, off the coast of California. We visited the island as part of a Carnival Cruise vacation, and the scenic, natural beauty of the island blew us away. We saw (and photographed!) the morning mist blanketing the rugged cliffs, stately sailboats at anchor in the harbor, and bright blue water rolling away into the horizon. We even photographed a few bison!

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The Catalina Chamber of Commerce purchased a few of the shots for this year's Catalina Island vacation guide. Click over to see the lovely panoramic view of the harbor that we made by taking several shots with our Nikon D800 and stitching them together. We are really pleased with this collection of photos. They are just stunning.

We highly recommend a visit to Catalina Island if you ever get the chance. We really enjoyed our time there. To see more gorgeous Catalina Island photos, visit the gallery. Of course, all of our photos are available for purchase as stock. And if you need professional quality photography to market your vacation destination, contact Clear Sky Images today!