The Bizarre Da Vinci Styled Hotel

This was shot in the lobby of The Joule Hotel in Dallas. All the architecture and decor inside is related to energy. I found it by accident while walking down the street on last night after dark with my rig. I saw some interesting lights inside, then peered closer to see a giant gearworks rotating around. I ducked inside for some shots and ended up talking to some very nice people behind the front desk. The hotel itself is filled with all sorts of art, and they gave me a nice little guide so I could work myself around and drink it all in.


There is also this awesome swimming pool ( pic from their website ) with a glass front that juts out over Main street in Dallas. It was under repair, so she said I could not photograph it.... but maybe next time!


Note this photo is not HDR. It uses some new software that I am in the process of reviewing... I hope to get it up soon!


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  • Patrick Santos 6y

    great shot! Can you give us the name of the software you used?? Hehe great lighting...
  • Frank DiBona 6y

    Great idea for a hotel and well done photo. The swimming pool looks precariously perched.
  • Luisa Cruz 6y

  • Chantal Steyn 6y

    Excellent as always, I thoroughly enjoy your work! Great quality!
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  • Gail Shotlander 6y

    That is a very interesting foyer to a hotel.
  • Grace Zhang 6y

    I want to stay there next time I'm in Dallas. :) So interesting. And I like the effect of the new software.
  • Trey Ratcliff 6y


    Yes - the two gears are turning and touching.... I'll get the new review up as soon as I can! :)
  • MaryBrooke 6y

    Was this gear contraption relatively quiet? Made of metal or wood?
  • susan_r4 6y

    Love this Trey - super!
  • Jim Austin Jimages 6y


    The new software intrigues. I'm writing on computational photography, and will be interested to know what it is.

  • Hariprasath Raajaraajan 6y

    splendid shot ......... beautiful work friend
  • FrankGuido 6y

    freaky place
  • Indibang 6y

    That's interesting !
  • David Pan 6y

    That's very interesting, I hope to go to this hotel someday.
  • Jess 6y

    Cool find, Trey! Even the hotel's name is energy related... pretty unique theme for a hotel, I must say! I like the processing on this. It's nice to see something different once in a while!
  • Matt Kadlick 6y

    Cool lobby! The motion is a very nice touch.
  • CrowGirl 6y

    Awesome -- I so want to go visit this place now!
  • Stone River Photography 6y

    Beautiful, creative architecture. Great capture and thanks for the details.
  • Alaric Yanos 6y

    This looks great! Fantastic depth!
  • bauerbe_mv 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Traditional Skyscrapers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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Taken on April 24, 2009
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