Monday, February 27, 2017

Houston night.jpg, an oft-used skyline photograph of Houston

Calling all photographers: we need an updated skyline night shot here in Houston.

Houston night.jpg





















This is likely the most-used skyline photograph of Downtown Houston. And, it needs a bit of updating. Now, I'm sure there are thousands of skyline shots of Houston out there on the internet, but none as popular at this one, "Houston night.jpg".

The photo was taken by Flickr user eflon back in February of 2008 from the top of the Harris County parking structure at 1401 Congress Street, which sits atop the Harris County Federal Credit Union, a block to the east of the Harris County Civil Courthouse.

If you subscribe to email updates from Houston area organizations, or see news articles written about Houston, you've likely see this image before. It is included in the Wikimedia Commons, able to be used without requiring permission for non-commercial uses. This morning, Progrss, a group that tracks the trends and best practices in the transformation of cities all over the world, featured the photograph in an article announcing the network's partnership with the Rice Kinder Institute. The partnership is something to be celebrated, as it will help allow the City of Houston to start using "big data" to assist in solving Houston's biggest problems.

Houston's skyline has changed greatly since 2008. Of course, due to the angle of this photograph, much of the change in the southern portion will be eclipsed. But, we're missing a t least two of the now-iconic buildings that shape Houston's skyline.

For starters, we're missing BG Group Place (It'll probably be called Shell-something after Shell's acquisition of BG Group. BG Group Place was completed in 2011, three years after Houston night.jpg was taken.

We're also missing 609 Main at Texas.

Market Square Tower would have almost certainly been out of view, as just the extreme southern portion of the Lyric Center is captured, but this will be another one of Houston's skyline-shaping buildings.

A quick image search using Google Images shows that this image is everywhere. It's on a recycling website. One for emergency dentists too. And a marketing company, a tutoring company, a website for private security guards, and a recent Advance Auto Parts road trip planner set for those who were coming to Houston to experience Super Bowl LI.

It's odd how pictures and things like tweets and videos "go viral", and are used in such a wide variety of websites. When photographers allow their photos to be used by others, I suppose that will be expected. (Especially when it's a great photograph!). For as great of a photo as it is, we could use a little bit of an update, showing off the many changes in Houston's skyline.

15 comments:

  1. Nice post, here's another interesting one
    https://cgifurniture.com/3d-product-modeling-companies-furniture-marketing/

    ReplyDelete
  2. It's crazy how they put this much thought in to determining a brand name! What is even crazier is its short-term and long-term benefits in your business! childcare photography

    ReplyDelete
  3. Quite a few online communities include singles sets which attempt enjoyable click here activities mutually, all this is actually is a good renewable dating approach. Incidents similar to pedaling, bowling, curling, video clip evenings, breaking a leg and comedy club sets tend to be organized with the singles group, but it enables a evenly-distributed group of objectives to have a great as well as laid-back nights. Together with emphasis apply to the actual activity themselves as an alternative to building a romantic connection, you will need plenty of demand journey singles in addition to sights manifest additional the natural way throughout this kind of environment. visit this site

    ReplyDelete

  4. I like what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.

    Try to check my blog: 대구오피

    (freaky)

    ReplyDelete
  5. You can now easily login for a favorite online casino
    and click on the mobile tab. Not everybody is able to find
    a very good site as a way to make use of the cheap deals and entertainment though.
    Nowadays gaming websites provides best features and functionalities
    that assure an interactive platform. 카지노사이트

    ReplyDelete
  6. I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people. 알밤

    ReplyDelete
  7. This article was written by a real thinking writer. I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer. I’ll be back. 알밤

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great web site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks in your effort! 야설
    Feel free to visit my blog :
    야설

    ReplyDelete
  9. Very good information. Lucky me I recently found your website by accident I have book marked it for later!
    일본야동
    Feel free to visit my blog : 일본야동

    ReplyDelete
  10. This blog is very informative the stuff you provide I really enjoyed reading 국산야동
    Feel free to visit my blog : 국산야동

    ReplyDelete
  11. Way cool, some valid points! I appreciate you making this article available, the rest of the site is also high quality. Have a fun. Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

    ReplyDelete
  12. Glad to chat your blog, I seem to be forward to more reliable articles and I think we all wish to thank so many good articles, blog to share with us. Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hello very nice wweb site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeeds additionally? I am happy to find numerous helpful info right here in the publish, we need work out more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing. Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  14. Whoah this weblog is great i like studying your articles. Keep up the good work! You already know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you could aid them great! Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

    ReplyDelete
  15. When you have a rundown of photographers then, at that point, begin calling! At the point when you talk with your viewpoint photographer interestingly there are a couple of things you might need to remember. virtual home tours

    ReplyDelete