Winter mornings can be so beautiful. The leafless trees offer lines and vantage points not found during the spring and summer, when their foliage hides the view. The cooler weather brings higher altitude clouds that offer broad, sweeping strokes across the sky.
This morning scene was on my way to work, via my iPhone. I’m hoping to upgrade my phone to a better model with an improved camera, but probably not until the fall. Right now, my older 4S will just have to do.
When in London, you have to ride the London Eye. It’s something all tourists do, so just buy the ticket and wait in line. You won’t regret it.
Even though it was almost 9:00 p.m., the sun was just setting as we took our turn on the London Eye. This time of day has to be one of the best times to take a spin on the giant wheel. It’s not as easy taking pictures on the ride as you might think though. The plastic is thick and have tiny scratches outside and are not perfectly clean. For most of the day, that should not pose a problem. However, in the bright glare of the sun, they cause extra flare, making a flawless sunset hard to capture.
The bridge on the right is Hungerford Bridge, that leads up to Charing Cross Station.
Recently, the time between my posts here has increased for various reasons. First, life gets in the way. There are family events and day to day things that need to come before a photo blog like this, or even my desire to go shooting when I would like. And this past year seems to have had it’s share of events.
Secondly, and maybe more relevant is that when I look through my photo library, I do not seem as inspired as I used to be. This may be because I have seen my photos too many times and have gotten use to, or bored with them. I have posted images before that I thought were just “filler” material, but they would generate more comments on social media, like Facebook, than I would expect.
As I learn more about photography, I may be thinking that I can do better than the images I have shot and not posted. My self-imposed standards have gone up and I get more selective in what I want to post. Not to mention that my taste may be slowly changing too.
I know for the viewer, it is not clear if I post am image because I really like it, or because I think I “have” to post something. Either way, I still enjoy the photography and this blog, as it continues to motivate me to shoot more and improve. I guess I am still a work in-progress.
Today’s Texas Sunset photo is more in the “filler” category, though I still like the colors. I hope you do too.
When summer is long and hot, we look forward to the cooler weather of fall. The lower temperatures seem to energize everyone and you actually enjoy going back outside again. Such was the case with this sunset. It was late September and I was ready to say farewell to the humidity and heat of the Texas summer. A small cool front had come through, making this evening a pleasure to venture out and watch a pretty sunset end the day.
The times I drive into work can vary from day to day, so catching a sunrise can be a bit tricky. What is even trickier is trying to photograph it without stopping. Not to worry though… I drive one of those four-lane roads, with center turn lane and wide shoulders, making it almost 6 lanes wides. On this morning, there was no traffic coming or going, so I could slow down and shoot out the driver’s window for a few brief seconds. Okay, maybe more than a few brief seconds.
The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue Aquarium Pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are housed in the pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals from fish, sharks, seals and penguins, representing different regions of the sea: North Pacific, South Pacific, South Atlantic and Caribbean.
The Galveston Causeway is in the distance, just to the left of the pyramid. It carries traffic over Galveston Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
I have had the fortune to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel a few times. Each time I stay, the fog has been terrible in the morning and evenings. So much so that you could not see the pyramids from the hotel, even though they are just across the parking lot. On my last visit, the sun was setting and I was able to take this one view. The next evening, when I actually had more time to shoot, the fog prevented any view at all. I was lucky to get this one opportunity from the window of my room.