RMSP will be in Houston this weekend for the first of our 2011 Weekend Events. After a day learning how to better your photography, there’s nothing more exciting then heading out to put those skills to the test. I thought I’d scout out Houston (via the web and the comfort of my couch) and give a few suggestions of places I would seek out to photograph once classes were over for the day. I tried to keep the locations near the Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel, where the event is taking place, and are accessible in the evening. However, there were a couple of places that looked great and would require a bit of a drive. To scout Houston from Missoula, I used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed at the locations.
- Greenway Plaza – This is the closest location to our Weekend Event. If you like photographing architecture this should be right up your alley. Greenway Plaza is a group of 10 buildings that are sure provide interesting subject matter during the day or night.
- Menil Collection – The Menil is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the art collection of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil. The grounds include many parks and sculpture gardens.
- Williams Tower – This 64-story skyscraper, formerly the Transco Tower is an amazing example of postmodernism and art deco architecture. Next to the Williams Tower you will find the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park which, illuminated at night, you could get blurred moving water, night photographs and architecture!
- Beer Can House – The Beer Can House, created by John Milkovisch and is a landmark with a cult following. As one comment I read stated, “Aluminum siding 12 ounces at a time!”
- Wortham Fountain – This fountain looks like a giant dandelion after it has gone to seed. Water from the fountain is pushed through a starburst of bronze pipes. At the end of each pipe is a nozzle that causes the spray to radiate outward in a circular plane. The effect is of a floating sphere of water.
- Museum of Fine Arts: Cullen Sculpture Garden – The area between the Museum of Fine art and the Glassell School of Art is home to a collection of impressive sculptures. One visitor stated on the website, citysearch.com, “Intriguing statues and lush, green lawns grace the expanse of this urban retreat with a Zen-like peace.”
- Houston Zoo – Open from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m. (last admission 5:00 p.m.) Schedule-wise, it would be tight but if you are looking to photograph nature in the middle of a city, this is a great opportunity.
- Downtown Aquarium – Great view of downtown Houston and the lights on the building could make for some great night photographs. There also is a small amusement park next to the aquarium that looks like it would also be fantastic for long exposures at night.
- Hermann Park- This is a large park that has many places that look interesting to photograph. I was especially drawn to the Reflection lake and Mecom Fountains.
- Westheimer Ring – Above the intersection of Post Oak Boulevard and Westheimer Road is a giant metallic ring. It looks like a difficult shot, but there may be a great opportunity for long exposures, car trails and a giant floating ring.
- Two Bonus Locations – These are a bit of a drive from the Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel but I had to throw them into the mix since both fascinated me.
- Kemah Boardwalk - 45 minutes – 1 hour away (depending on traffic) – Roller coasters, boardwalks, neon lights! Great night location.
- Space Center Houston – This location is also a little farther way from the RMSP Weekend then you may be up for, but its a great opportunity to photograph the space shuttles that are outside the center. On Saturday January 15th, it is open until 7:00 p.m.!
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Do you know of great places to photograph in Houston that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
If you do photograph in Houston this weekend show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page. Make sure to tag the images with “Houston”.
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