Bottles of Light

I’ve mentioned before that I have a weak spot for lights. Add bright colors to that and I’m a goner. Now I’m not the type to frequent adult drinking establishments, but a quick visit for a photo is a different story. And this establishment had the lights and the colors that were calling my name.

This is the “beverage area” of Taisho”, a Japanese restaurant in Sugar Land Town Square. This type of lighting is great for HDR photos, as it captures the bright and dark areas equally well. Kudos to the management for allowing my friend and I a few minutes inside to take a few shots.

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World War II Memorial

As we were walking around the Reflection Pool in Washington D.C., we came upon the World War II Memorial. I must be living under a rock, because I didn’t even know we had a memorial for WWII. It was raining and four of us were huddled below two under-sized umbrellas, so it wasn’t exactly a great condition for photography. You can get some beautiful shots with reflections and rain, if you are prepared. We weren’t.

I shot what I could, then we had to move on, not knowing when the rain would stop. This is one memorial I would enjoy returning to and spend time shooting. I know I missed much of it, as well as the Vietnam Wall, which I was looking forward to seeing. Between the rain, the dark and the construction on the Reflection Pool, we didn’t even see it. Sounds like a good enough reason to go back. 

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Hindu Mandir

Living close to a multicultural city like Houston affords you the opportunity to see samples of many cultures. The other evening I had a chance to tag along with a local photo club and visit the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple. The carvings are quite exquisite with over 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone hand-carved by skilled craftsmen and assembled by volunteers in just 16 months.

The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Chevron Corporate Headquarters

Okay. I know. It’s not a beautiful sunset, mountain or other breath-taking scene. But it was one of those personal challenges to see if I could pull this shot off. The sign was much brighter than the background, yet I liked the curves and stairs leading up to the entrance. It was one of those quick decisions to take it and I wanted to see if I could make it work. So, just pretend it’s a cover shot for a company’s annual report with headline text across the top.

Chevron Office entrance in Houston, TX. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Sugar Land City Hall

Taking photos of large buildings can be a lot of fun with the right equipment (tripod, lens, and camera of course). But sometimes it can be challenging, as it only takes one car, person or object to get in the way. I was at this building at sunset only to find a truck park by the curb, with no way to shoot around it. So off I go, only to return later after dark. I still got a decent shot, but it might have been better under earlier lighting. The lesson here is to help your local photographer; no loitering in front of landmarks.

Though not as large as it’s neighbor, the smaller suburb of Sugar Land lies southwest of downtown Houston. And although it’s City Hall may not be as large as Houston’s City Hall, it’s none-the-less, just as grand. Most people do not see this side, but would recognize the other side, as it faces the Town Square. It’s actually the same design, just no clock tower. 

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All-American Home

Since our country was founded, the American Dream has been to own your own home. Many people never get that opportunity, but others do. Homes come in many sizes and designs, but few can argue the beauty and grace of an all-American country style home. Big trees, a big porch and a big yard all help to make it a place to call “home”.

Homes come in many sizes and designs, but few can argue the beauty and grace of an all-American country style home. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Grumman X-29

You never know what you will find when you visit a new museum. This is just one of the surprises we found at the Air and Space Museum

Look closely. The wings look very short. That’s because they are swept forward, not backwards. As strange as it is, the X-29  is one of the coolest planes I’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s the racing strips or that long needle up front, but it just looks fast. There were only two made for NASA as test vehicles and logged 436 flights. ” The multi-phased program was conducted from 1984 to 1992 and provided an engineering data base that is available in the design and development of future aircraft.”  Find out more about this incredible plane HERE.

As strange as it is, the X-29  is one of the coolest planes I've ever seen. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.