Pleasure Pier Sunrise

On a recent business trip to Galveston, the schedule was busy and I had very little free time to explore around the island. Since my day was busy, I rose early to shoot a sunrise at the Pleasure Pier. Fortunately, the weather was nice and the earlier fog dissipated just before sunrise. It was nice to venture out, if only for a short time and watch the dawn of a new day.

 

A Pleasure Pier sunrise in Galveston, Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Moody Gardens Poolside at Dawn

A trip to Galveston Island offers many great things to see, including the attractions at Moody Gardens. Their Rain Forest, Aquarium and other attractions can easily make it a multi-day adventure. Fortunately for you, there is a pretty nice hotel by the same name to cater to your every need. One of those needs is a great big swimming pool, where guests can enjoy time between attractions, or maybe just unwind after a long day.

This image was taken from my hotel window at dawn. Photo tip: To reduce glass reflections, turn off all lights in your room and stand between the curtains and window, with you lens as close to the glass as possible. Finding a clean area on the outside of the window can sometimes be a challenge, but not in this case. Moments later on this morning, the pool guy emerged and spoiled the visual tranquility. I’m glad I didn’t hit the snooze bar on the alarm clock.

 

Moody Gardens Poolside at Dawn by Tim Stanley Photography

Landry’s

On a recent visit to Galveston, Texas, I spent much of my day in meetings, so I did not have much opportunity for exploring the area. The one evening we did go out, I traveled with a group, but took my camera anyway. Our one and only stop was Landry’s Seafood on the Galveston Seawall. The evening was a fun time and w enjoyed a great meal. On the way back to the car, I hung back and grabbed several bracketed exposures of their neon sign. Good thing too, as one exposure would never had brought out the rich color and broad exposure values a scene like this contains. Landry’s is one of the must-go-to places on your trip to Galveston.

 

Landry's Seafood on the Galveston Seawall offers great food and this large neon to greet you at the entrance.

Landry’s by Tim Stanley Photography

 

Moody Garden’s Sea Horse

I have always enjoyed watching fish and in the past have owned several fish tanks. My first apartment had one wall covered in fish tanks. So when I take a trip to a large aquarium, like the one at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. I get quite a kick out of the different tanks and exhibits. Taking photos of their occupants can be quite a challenge though.

Take this seahorse for example. He is just over an inch tall and moving in a poorly lit tank. I’m probably holding up the crowd (yes, I’m that guy) and trying not to get reflections from the glass.

Moody Garden's Sea Horse

Moody Gardens Hotel

I’m not in the hotel business, but once in a while I see a hotel lobby that I think would make an interesting photo. Such was the case with the Moody Gardens Hotel on Galveston Island. The rocks, water, raised ceiling with “sky” all made for great subject. 
 

I'm not in the hotel business, but once in a while I see a hotel lobby that I think would make an interesting photo. Such was the case with the Moody Gardens Hotel on Galveston Island. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Aquarium in a Pyramid

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. 
 

The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are contained in this pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Evening Pyramids

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.
 

On my last visit to the Moody Gardens Hotel, the sun was setting and I was able to take this one view. The next evening, the fog prevented any view at all. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.