All Tied Up

There is something comforting about the end of a long journey or trip. Yes, we enjoy vacations and new adventures, but when everything is finished and the day is done, there is a small sense of relief that everything ended well. Back in the day when I used to ride motorcycles, I would be anxious before a big trip, not sleeping much the night before. But at the end of the trip, pulling the bike into the garage brought the feeling of thanks for a fun time and relief that all ended well.  I can only imagine that the same feelings might be shared by those who sail the ocean, drive cross-country, fly abroad or other long distance adventure. 

These boats are resting quietly during another peaceful evening at the Pensacola Marina in Florida. 
 

These boats are resting quietly during another peaceful evening at the Pensacola Marina in Florida. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Early Spring Sunset

I enjoy taking sunset photos when I have the opportunity and the sky cooperates.  The skies during the cooler months offer extra clouds for a more dynamic view and shades of colors. Add to that the trees haven’t bloomed and you get views you don’t see during the warmer months. 

My short stretch to work with a clear view west is a favorite spot to shoot sunsets. Otherwise, there would be traffic lights and billboards hiding the view. I wish there was a beautiful lake or mountain to frame them with, but hey, you work with what you have. This is a first of three photos from a sunset back in March. The telephoto gives this scene a closer view than the standard wide angle lens.
  

My short stretch to work with a clear view west is a favorite spot to shoot sunsets. This is a first of three photos from a sunset back in March. The telephoto gives a closer view than the standard wide angle lens. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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The Stearman Biplane

UPDATE: I Stand Corrected!
July 2015: It turns out that my original post below was incorrect. I was kindly told from the Houston Wing of the CAF that this aircraft is in fact a Naval Aircraft Factory N3N, and not a Stearman. Though the two models look very similar to the untrained eye (that’s me), they are entirely different aircraft. You can find an excellent article showing the differences and more on the N3N at https://notastearman.wordpress.com/about-2/.

The Boeing Stearman biplane  had a long, successful career as a military aircraft for the  USAAF, the USN and with the RCAF starting in 1938. The last model was built in 1961. After World War 2 was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civil market and became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in airshows.

This beauty, built in 1942 as a Naval aircraft, now flies with the Commemorative Air Force, with the West Houston Squadron at the West Houston Airport. I had the privilege to fly in one of these many years ago, but didn’t think at that time to remember the plane number. It’s possible this may be the one. I’d like to think it might be.

Note, the Stearman was nicknamed the “Yellow Peril” thanks to its somewhat tricky ground handling characteristics. But once in the air, it’s poetry in motion.
A Naval Aircraft Factory N3N.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Neighborhood Waterway

It’s not unusual to find an unexpected surprise when you’re out taking photos. You go out with the intention of taking a particular shot, then find something that you like just as much or better than your intended target. Such was the case of the evening the Super Moon. I selected my location on Google Maps and when I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty the location was. Since I had a few moments before the moonrise, I took a few shots of the area. 

This neighborhood has nice walkways under both sides of this traffic bridge. Families on bicycles and joggers are frequently seen passing through, with landscaped flowers and trees all around. 
 

This neighborhood has nice walkways under both sides of this traffic bridge. Families on bicycles and joggers are frequently seen passing through, with landscaped flowers and trees all around. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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A Nice Place for a Picnic

When was the last time you went on a picnic? Picnics are one of those occasions we all think of fondly, but rarely do. So many things have to fall into place to pull it off. You have to plan the meal and get everything together. Then travel to the location and hope that the weather is agreeable. 

Nowadays, folks just drive through the burger joint on the corner for immediate gratification (as gratifying as a fast food burger can be anyway.) There just seems to be too many activities to make time for a picnic. Ballgames, movies, shopping and yes, even work, all get in the way of a relaxing afternoon at the park.

Do yourself a favor sometime and slow down, get a bucket of chicken or some sandwiches, some cans of soda (lemonade comes in cans too) and surprise the kids. It will be a memory maker.
  

Surfer Dude

Sports photographers are in a class all by themselves. It takes a lot of practice, patience and understanding of the sport to end the day with shots they are pleased with. Everything is working against them too. Fast moving subjects, strong telephoto lenses with shallow depth of field and in many cases, low light situations, all combine to make their job a very difficult profession. 

I have shot sports only a few times, so when I saw some surfers at the beach, I tried my hand at grabbing some shots. My biggest challenge was knowing which surfer was ready to grab a wave, as there were about a dozen guys in the water. By the time you point your lens and get them framed, most had fallen. This one guy hung in long enough for me to capture this quick shot.
 

I have shot sports only a few times, so when I saw some surfers at the beach, I tried my hand at grabbing some shots. My biggest challenge was knowing which surfer was ready to grab a wave, as there were about a dozen guys in the water. By the time you point your lens and get them framed, most had fallen. This one guy hung in long enough for me to capture this quick shot. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Ferris Wheel Sunset

Sunset at the carnival is a fun time. There is a transition that takes place between the colors and sites of the day to the neon and mystique of the night.  A ride that looked just “okay” in daylight now becomes exciting with its bright lights and blinking bulbs. The colors are brighter and the shadows are darker and nighttime takes over. As the air cools, the smells of the funnel cakes linger longer and everyone gets hungry all over again. 

In case you missed them, here are a few other shots from local carnival rides.

Sunset at the carnival is a fun time. There is a transition that takes place between the colors and sites of the day to the neon and mystique of the night. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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