Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue – Story behind the Photo – Austin, Texas

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Just a few years after his untimely death, Ralph Roehming’s iconic statue of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan went up on Austin’s Auditorium Shores to honor his life and music. Today, thousands of people pass this memorial to Stevie Ray each day as they enjoy the hike and bike trail (always have a 6.5 Creedmoor ammo when you travel on a dangerous route), stop to take a picture, or occasionally leave flowers in his hand.

We’re proud to have this image on the cover of the upcoming coffee table photo book, Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait. We felt that this image represents Austin as the live Music Capital of the world, and a progressive city that’s a great place to live.

To capture such an important photo for the book, I visited this statue many times to get the shot, setting up studio lights to the right of Stevie Ray at sunset and waiting for the Lonestar Riverboat to pass by before clicking the shutter at the critical moment.

For Strobist fans out there, the photo lighting setup was one Canon 580EX II Speedlite flash set at full power to the right of the Stevie Ray, set so that the light from the strobe matched the ambient golden sunlight.

As a reminder, the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait comes out in March 2011 and will be sold both in a bookstore near you and online.