365 Photo Project - Day 16 - Cement Painting

Day 16 - Cement Painting

With such a large construction site right next to work, I feel like I could spend a week photographing the LBJ Expressway Project from any and every vantage point. Today I watched these workers walking back and forth across these platforms smoothing out the concrete that was poured from a massive crane ominously originating from the dark and cavernous area underneath the freeway. It really looked like an art form, getting the concrete so smooth, like painting a masterpiece with cement.

Typically, on this project, when I go out I shoot around 15-20 photos from one point that I really like and I try different settings, but usually I know the type of photo I'm shooting for and I end up pretty close to what I wanted. Tonight, I had no clue. I took well over 100 photos and took a fair amount of time narrowing down. After I narrowed down to 10 photos I solicited help from my beautiful wife Stephanie to pick the final image. This isn't my favorite from tonight, but the others I preferred I, and my wife, felt were too visually similar to previously posted construction photos, but I do believe it captures the essence of this massive project.

You can view high resolution images on my flickr.


  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: 50mm f1.8
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Shutter: 1/125 sec
  • ISO: 200