Stepping Up in Downtown Houston

It was almost a year ago when I went walking through Sam Houston Park, by downtown Houston. I liked the lines of these stairs as if they were leading up to a path towards downtown.

 

Stepping Up in Downtown Houston

Downtown Houston from the Toyota Center

Earlier this month, my friend David and I went hunting for a photo to shoot. We had no target in mind, other than head toward downtown. We started talking about getting high for a downtown shot and we ventured to an upper level of the Toyota Center parking lot, with permission and a guard escort. Check out David’s photo here too. I shot almost the same image, so thought I would publish this version, as it is a bit different.

The side note to this image is that we went for a bite to eat right after this and spent the rest evening talking and catching up. It was the only subject we shot all night. Over all, a great evening.

 

This view of downtown Houston was from an upper level of the Toyota Center parking lot. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Downtown Houston Sculpture

One perk about photo walking is you run across items you miss driving by in the car. Take this shot for example. This large sculpture, as big as it is, can be easy to miss driving by. Not to any fault of the sculpture, but the driver is looking at traffic signs, places to park, building names and more. The last item on the list is a casual look for unique art or other attractions. 

I didn’t get the name of this artwork, but its lines and vertical flow seems to mimic much of the downtown buildings and structures. Leave a comment if you know the name!
  

This downtown artwork uses its lines and vertical flow to mimic the downtown buildings and structures. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Downtown Houston’s East Side

Walking around the stadium between innings, I was looking for something interesting to shoot. Looking from one of Minute Maid Park’s large windows, I saw how pretty the sky was this hot summer afternoon. We’ve had such little rain lately that I had to document that Houston still had clouds, sometimes.

Walking around the stadium between innings, I was looking for something interesting to shoot. Looking from one of Minute Maid Park's large windows, I saw how pretty the sky was this hot summer afternoon. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Uptown Downtown

Walking around at night offers you a chance to view things in a totally different light. Pun intended. As exciting as it is to view downtown Houston during the day, you really have only experienced half the view.

At night, buildings light up and while other areas go dark, offering a stark contrast of color and shadow. Here, a sleek black limo waits outside of a colorful Houston City Hall for someone lucky enough to have a nice ride for the evening.

 

Houston From Above

I have always loved mountains. I suppose it’s their size and grandiose nature of them. But, alas, I have never lived in a state where I could enjoy them. Sure, I’ve traveled and visited folks that live near or on them, but those limited visits are just not enough.

The next best thing around my area is the great skyline that Houston has to offer. A great skyline is something to take in, especially at night. Last year, one of my daughters and I went downtown and visited the Chase Tower. It has a great observation area on the 60th floor to enjoy a great view of Houston from above.

Since I have never worked in an office building downtown, it felt strange looking down on the city for a change. The visit if free, but only open during regular business hours, so unfortunately no sunset shots here.

Houston from Above, by Tim Stanley

Looking West, by Tim Stanley

Foot Bridge to Downtown

There are a few places that are known for a great view of the City of Houston skyline. This footbridge over Buffalo Bayou is one of them. So that mean’s that this image is nothing extraordinary from the many previous photographers that have shot here. But now I can add it to my list of “been there, done that.” Does that make me a official now? Who knows…   Nevertheless, it’s a cool place to view the extraordinary skyline of downtown Houston.
Foot Bridge to Downtown. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography