Big Yeller Flowers

After several years of constant photo-taking, it has finally happened. I’ll look back on a few photos and for the life of me, I can’t remember where I shot them. No, it’s not the obvious ones from Europe, Washington D.C or some other famous location. I’m talking about the “generic” photos like a simple sunset, or a big yellow flower (sunflower I’m guessing).

If I go back to the original set of photos, I have the a-ha moment when I realize where it came from. Many are from a quick shot with the iPhone that didn’t mean taking out the bigger camera, tripod, camera bag and more. Those photos require more work, helping me remember the event better.

 
Two large yellow sun flowers are all wrapped up, just waiting to brighten up someone's day.

Looking Back

As I thought of a title for this post, I realized I should save it for December 31. These past several months have been full of so many activities and running around, that taking time out for a photo has been a luxury. When I do, it might just be my iPhone.

Every pretty sunset I’ve seen recently has been from my car as I run another errand for my kids. But that’s okay. I value my family time first and will put that before a photo opportunity if need be. Of course, I try to combine the two when possible.  But if I’m not posting as much as I use to, please be patient. As kids grow up and venture out on their own, my time will open up again. And so will my camera bag.

 

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Cold Morning Sunrise

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.

 

This morning sunrise scene was on my way to work, via my iPhone. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Foggy Field Sunrise

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.

A beautiful sunrise with clouds and a bit of fog, taken with my iPhone on the way to work. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Lady in the Fountain

I get into the habit of only thinking of photos when I have my camera gear with me, actively looking for the right composition or light for a subject. I have to remind myself that I almost always have a camera in my iPhone though. So even if I am not on a “real” photo shoot, I can always be on the lookout for an opportunity for an interesting subject. On this day, we were leaving a restaurant that had a large fountain that I thought was very pretty. 

My phone contract is up in a few months, so the new question is, do I stay with an iPhone or consider an android phone that has a higher resolution camera? Or do I limp along until next fall, in the hope of a new iPhone 6? What are your thoughts? What do you use and why? 
 

On this day, we were leaving a restaurant that had a large fountain that I thought was very pretty, which I capture with my iPhone. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Shades of a Simpler Time

As a kid, most of us learned how to play checkers. Many of us will not play it again until we are confined in a rocking chair, maybe with a friend or with a grandchild. It does not require a lot of concentration and does not last too long. It is a simple game that anyone can play and enjoy.  

Put a checker board in front of a few rocking chairs and you immediately think a simpler time when things moved at a slightly slower pace than the lives most of us live today. These chairs were in front of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Rosenburg, TX. 

Put a checker board in front of a few rocking chairs and you immediately think a simpler time when things moved at a slightly slower pace than the lives most of us live today. These chairs were in front of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Rosenburg, TX. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

 

Pixar Pixelated

Traveling around Disney, you never know what is around the corner. In Downtown Disney, you will find one of the largest collection of Legos in one place. I played with Legos as a kid, but not like they have now. We only had the basic blocks, but now they have pieces to help you create just about anything that you can imagine. Outside and inside they had large scale replicas of famous movie characters, such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Toy Store series. The challenge here was not getting the hundred other people trying to take the same photo, at the same time. The trick is to have your friend be the last person in line to pay for his purchase, giving you time to grab a quick shot with your iPhone. Though the guard at the door was giving me “the stare”, it was worth it. 
 

Downtown Disney, you will find one of the largest collection of Legos in one place. Outside and inside they had large scale replicas of famous movie characters, such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Pixar's Toy Store series. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.