Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

up all night and driving all day

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I got the chance to photograph some live music for the first time since SXSW just the other night here in Austin, Texas.  It got me thinking that maybe I should take advantage of being in the ‘live music capitol of the world’ and shoot some more music real soon.  This concert was at Stubb’s Amphitheater in the Red River Music District in downtown Austin, which always leads to some good times.

Asher Roth performs at Stubb's in downtown Austin

Asher Roth performs at Stubb's in downtown Austin

Kid Cudi performs at Stubb's

Kid Cudi performs at Stubb's

Austin based musician Phranchyze performs at Stubb'sAustin based musician Phranchyze performs at Stubb’s

I ended up getting to bed around 3A.M. that morning after transmitting photos, only to wake up at 7A.M. for another assignment that would eventually take me on a 12 hour drive through Johnson City, Lakeway and New Braunfels.  I was assigned the task of documenting the drought that is currently gripping Texas (and other states), and it was quite a task to do in one day.

I picked up a reporter and began the drive out to Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, where I hiked down to what was once a flowing river that is now just a trickle, barely running over the ‘falls’.  After climbing dry river channels that had been cut out from giant boulders for a good hour or so (carrying way to much camera gear), we made the trip out to Lakeway to see Lake Travis.  Acting on a tip from fellow photographer Erich Schlegel, we headed to Hurst Creek Cove to take a look at the water levels there…

Hurst Creek Cove

Hurst Creek Cove

It was pretty crazy to see really, as the entire cove was completely dry!  We took a path down to the bottom of the cove to walk around down there to see what we could find…And we found a guy by the name of Bill Cosby, who was doing the exact same thing as us, poking around to see what was down there.  Old bikes, fans, boats and more trash than you would picture was at the bottom…I thought it was pretty wild that people just left boats out in the middle of the cove.

Hurst Creek Cove

Hurst Creek Cove

I wanted to go out right next to the boat and grab a wide angle shot of it next to the dock, but once you went about 5 feet out where the water was stood (over 30 feet in some spots), you would start to sink.  I nearly lost a shoe at one point….

After nearly being consumed by quicksand mud, we accidentally went the wrong way on HWY 71 and came to Spicewood, where the drought is pretty evident as well.

Pedernales River at Highway 71

Pedernales River at Highway 71

From there we went back to Johnson City after a voice recorder was left on the counter and then made our way to New Braunfels to see how the water levels were doing down there.  Although down over a foot in some places we visited, the water is still flowing nicely (I went tubing there last week!).  I shot a couple photos of people having fun in the water and eventually made our way back to Austin.

New Braunfels City Tube Chute

New Braunfels City Tube Chute

It was a pretty exhausting day (as I said earlier, nearly 12 hours), but the results were worth it.  I nabbed the cover of the Houston Chronicle last Sunday.

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  1. i like the songs of Kid Cudi because they are a bit emotional and kinda hip `-‘

    Winding Machine

    December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

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