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  1. I see lots of wonderful photographs of the very early days of Houston ... what is generally available on various Houston photography archives both in person (Houston Public Library's photo archive, Story Sloane, etc) and digitally (any number of excellent websites & digital archives). What I would love to see more of, are various scenes around Houston in the 1980s ~ 1990s. I thought of this while driving on "Upper Kirby" over the weekend, as I was explaining to my girlfriend (who recently moved to Houston) what Kirby looked like in the late 80s/early 90s. I've lived here since 1987, so I'm
  2. I feel half bad for posting this both on Flickr, and on HAIF, becasue a lot of my flickr buddies are HAIFers and vice versa. But in any case, I'm really enjoying this project, so what the heck .... Many of you likely already know this, but the Library of Congress photo archive has a number of historic panoramic photographs of downtown Houston. These photos were taken by reputable panographers of the era, such as Haines Photo Co., Cecil Thomson Studios, Texas Litterst Commercial Photo Co. (who this wonderful 1924 photo), and my personal favorite, F. J. Schlueter. I wanted to take this shot fro
  3. Hey I hear that. 17mm is pretty wide, and @ 2.8, it's fast enough to be a slick walk-around, whereas the spectacular (should-be-L) 3.5 10-22 definitely sacrifices speed for width, which makes it a bit of a challenging walk-around lens without a tripod.
  4. You may need to either install or update Silverlight. Thanks Highway6! I'm surprised you needed a reboot. Silverlight should be a streamlined install. In any case, glad you got to check it out. As far as 70mm is concerned, this is on a crop sensor (Canon 40D), so on a full frame 35mm sensor, it would be the equivalent of ~112 mm. Thanks for the compliments!
  5. This is a 1.2-gig, 416-megapixel panorama of the downtown Houston skyline, facing West. This was taken from the top of the St. Joseph parking garage. The image is made up of 22 portrait photos wide x 4 rows, @ 70mm. See if you can spot the guys partying on the Houston House Apartments balcony. Also, check out the Galleria area. Hope you enjoy! http://www.houstonim...pro.com/dz.html (scroll to zoom in/out, click and drag to look around) Also, full-screen it w/ the icon @ the top-right corner.
  6. Very nice walk-around, Laurie! As was previously mentioned, the angles you got on these buildings are quite unique. I like these shots a lot. You've really got a nice creative edge with your wide-angle work.
  7. Stellar shots/access!!!! I've always wanted to see the inside of this place. Kodus for getting in and snapping some very nice shots!
  8. Very nice photos. A lot of very cool buildings have gone up, and are going up around this part of town. There's one in particular I really like, right on I-10 somewhere between Greenhouse and Hwy 6. It's being built right now, and nearing completion. It's located along the feeder road, on the South side of 10. Toyota just build a brand new absolutely beautiful campus just east of Eldridge, about a mile or so south of 10. I've been meaning to get out there and do some shooting soon. Thanks for posting these!!
  9. This is a remarkable set of photos. Excellent work!!! And thanks for sharing.
  10. Bravo!!!! What a cool set of photos and story to go along with it. I really enjoyed that. I've lived in Houston all of my life, and you summed it up pretty well there. Also, the pictures you took are very well exposed, crisp, and nice to look through. Thanks for sharing!
  11. Very cool shot. Bill did a quasi-series of really neat shots taken from highways around Houston.
  12. Thanks a lot Highway6, and thanks HAIF for the potd! I remember this place like it was in its prime last week. I was pretty young at the time, so this place just completely nailed my demographic. Going here when it was really nice, was a HUGE treat. I guess in the mid 80s, this part of town was a newer, nicer suburbia than it is now. You can still walk through the place now - but man - it is a total dump compared to what it used to be like. It just seems really run down by a lack of maintenance and upkeep. Most of the inside is now closed. You can't go upstairs at all anymore. It's kind of sad
  13. Hey Archie_tech, sorry for the late reply. My camera is a Canon digital SLR (40d), and most of these were taken with a 10-22mm Canon ultra wide angle lens. As far as the 'cartoon' look is concerned, most of these shots are HDR. If you're not familiar with HDR, its basically a set of bracketed digital exposures, usually a minimum of 3 shots, taken at dark, medium, and light exposure levels in order to blend them together and retrieve the best colors for each portion of the photo. So for example, the best shadow colors will come from the brightest exposure, and the best sky colors will come from
  14. Wow, what great information from the AIA guides. I really appreciate your posting those. I'm going to have to get my hands on an AIA guide for Houston. I love that sort of information. There was actually another building at the corner of Dallas and Main, that is no longer at this location; replaced by the circle drive for the Marriott, & the little courtyard. Yet if you google map 1224 Main, it points to said courtyard spot. You can barely see the building in this thread's photo, in the lower right-hand side. I'll have my hands on another print soon, that was taken from on top of the (now
  15. This is an F. J. Schlueter photograph, likely taken during the 1920s. Originally built in 1921, Humble Oil Co. was the first commercial building in Houston to have air conditioning (added in 1932). I can only imagine that neighboring office buildings' tenants were highly jealous. This photo was taken from Main St & Polk St.., facing North, on what is now the back side of the building. The Humble Tower was build in 1936, and the wing that connected the tower to the Humble Oil Co.'s 1921 building, was built in 1940, according to the excellent Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. As I under
  16. telwink

    Rice Hotel

    I was hoping maybe some folks who live/have lived in the Post Rice lofts would chime in on these questions. I've lived in the downtown area for the past couple years, but I'm thinking about moving into the Post Rice Lofts to be within walking distance from work. I'm in my mid 20s, and am very privy to the party nature of this party of downtown, and of the Lofts themselves, given the clientele they likely attract. I'm okay with this to a certain degree, but I'd like to know two things from folks who might know from experience. I've toured the units themselves, and they seem decent. Nothing fanc
  17. This is actually on Detering St., just North of Memorial, I believe. This is the google map, athough the satellite view photos pre-date the property existing --> http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=C%...=19&iwloc=E Website: http://www.caceresliving.com/index.php?ref...acereshomes.com
  18. Whoa, those are some neat photos of some amazing xmas decorations.
  19. Public parking garages at the medical center are 24/7, and the med center has some very intriguing architecture for some potentially beautiful nighttime cityscape exposures. I'm planning on cruising out that way myself some time soon ...
  20. He posts his work on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/23333264@N00/ -- he also posts on this board, so I'm sure he could be PM'd on either here or flickr.
  21. Absolutely incredible photo. bilbao58 is one of the most talented Houston photographers I've come across on the interweb. The colors in this photo are great. The composition is excellent. This has been one of my faves for quite some time.
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