Beer Tap Handles

I am not a connoisseur of fine wines or exotic beers. I can’t tell the difference between an ale or a lager or whether it came from a microbrewery or a large-scale corporate brewery. It’s just something I never considered that important. I do, however, enjoy the marketing that goes into the brands, whether it’s a team of Clydesdales or a cold bottle straight from the Rockies.

Next time you are at your favorite pizza house, pub or other place with adult beverages, check out their beer tap and you might be surprised at the variety of beer tap handles. Some of these can be quite exotic.

 

Beer Taps by Tim Stanley Photography

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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Goodbye 2013

Some years are better than others and some years can be a bit more challenging. 2013 for our family was a mixture. Like most of you, we had our times that tested us in more ways than I care to recount, but there were also many great times I will look back on fondly. 

Last year this time, I mentioned that the present is a present. I try to remember this while understanding that I can not control or fix everything too. The popular Serenity Prayer (reprinted below) is something I am trying to recall more often.

From a photographic standpoint, I have made some great friends that I enjoy shooting with and hope to continue our photo excursions. My friends keep me motivated, challenged and shooting. Thank you for joining me as I continue this photographic journey and I hope that 2014 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all.

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.

 

The Serenity Prayer
 by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world 
As it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right 
If I surrender to His Will; 
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life 
And supremely happy with Him 
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

Saying Goodbye to 2012

As 2012 settles into the history books, I thought a sunset would be an appropriate image for today. This was taken three nights ago and it was about as windy and cold as it gets here in Houston. Brrrrr.

I usually get a bit depressed during the New Year holiday. It’s a reminder that another year has gone by and I’m another year older. But I’m trying to take a positive attitude (my close friends are laughing now). I know that I’m no different from anyone else. We all face challenges and hardships and if we are fortunate, we have good times mixed in. I try to remember that the present is just that, a present.

Photography has reminded me of the new sights and opportunities there are to experience. As I look for new subjects, it reminds me not to take things for granted, like people, sunsets and even weekends. 

From a photographic standpoint, I was blessed this year to visit Europe for the first time with my family and another trip to Florida for a week. Though I have learned more about image processing, I know it’s the skill and art of taking the photo in the camera that requires the most practice and persistance.

Remembering that the present is a present, everything from here on is icing on the cake. According to the Mayans, we should all be gone now anyway.

Join me this next year as I continue to share some of my favorite images. This blog continues to broaden my “exposure” to new subjects and styles of shooting. Your comments here, on Facebook and Google+ are a great encouragement to me and very much appreciated! I look forward to hearing from you as we continue this photographic journey together. 

Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

As 2012 settles into the history books, I thought a sunset from a cold evening three nights ago would be an appropriate image for the last day of the year. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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Gumballs in the Mall

They say the eye is attracted to color. That explains a lot.

It starts at a young age. The innocent children walking past the brightly colored gumball machine are the unknowing target. They are helpless. A child has no natural defense against the sugary, colorful gumballs sitting in a glass container for all to see. They call to their parents, pleading for the coins to make the final connection to the colorful confection.

But alas, the all-knowing and wise parent pulls their child away from the colorful temptation. It’s often not a pretty sight. The child wining or crying, pleads for the coin. Some weak (or very tired) parents succumb to the pressure, but those of a stronger constitution hold their ground and pry their child away to a safe distance.

The child, not easily defeated, regains their composure. After all, the toy store is right around the corner.
 

It starts at a young age. The innocent children walking past the brightly colored gumball machine are the unknowing target. They are helpless. A child has no natural defense against the sugary, colorful gumballs sitting in a glass container for all to see. They call to their parents, pleading for the coins to make the final connection to the colorful confection. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

 

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Out With the Turkey, In With the Tree

Every year it gets worse. This year it’s been as bad as I’ve seen it. Even before the smell of turkey comes drifting from the oven, Christmas lights are going up in the neighborhood and decorations fill the stores. Some people don’t even give us a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving and skip right over it and jump to Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I like to enjoy each holiday, before moving on to the next.

This year, Thanksgiving came as early as the calendar allows, which means almost an extra week before December. But that didn’t slow some people down. Oh, no. They jumped outside in mid-November and started putting up their lighted reindeer and inflatable Santa Clauses, as if they won a prize to be first on their block.

I have a rule in our home. We don’t even think about pulling out the decorations until December 1, or at least sometime after then. Maybe a week or two later. Ok, sometime before the 25th. At least you can’t accuse me of jumping the gun and getting my holidays mixed up.

This is a scene from last year at Sugar Land Town Square at a rare moment when someone wasn’t getting their photo taken in front of the tree.
  

I have a rule in our home. We don't even think about pulling out the decorations until December 1, or at least sometime after then. Maybe a week or two later. Ok, sometime before the 25th. At least you can't accuse me of jumping the gun and getting my holidays mixed up. This is a scene from last year at Sugar Land Town Square at a rare moment when someone wasn't getting their photo taken in front of the tree. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

A Walk in the Park

A city park is an oasis in the middle of steel and concrete. The greenery and colors contrast to the monochromatic shades of the city.

How odd it would be if the tables were turned. The park was where you retreated from the saturation of life, a place for the eyes to rest and regroup. It would be the physical representation of what we go there for now. We allow our minds to relax and restore, before returning to the stress and confusion of everything the city has waiting.
  

A city park is an oasis in the middle of steel and concrete. The greenery and colors contrast to the monochromatic shades of the city.How odd it would be if the tables were turned. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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