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

Proud Fairlane at Sunset

Talking with my friend and a super auto photographer, Wayne Brumley, we both agreed on how difficult it can be to get just the photo we want to create at local car shows. With all the people that mill around, hoods and doors open, lawn chairs and more distractions, make taking a nice shot a real challenge.

Almost always, you have to paint someone out, remove a light pole or some other “doctoring” to the image to make it stand out from a regular snapshot. This ’57 Ford Fairlane did not need a lot of clean up, except for a few items in the background that I will not go into. The point is, it looks better than the image straight from the camera. To capture the sunset and the car limited my options on location and angle, so I had to work with what was there.  I just hope it did this beautiful car justice.

 

 

1957 Ford Fairlane at sunset. Photo by Tim Stanley

Uptown Downtown

Walking around at night offers you a chance to view things in a totally different light. Pun intended. As exciting as it is to view downtown Houston during the day, you really have only experienced half the view.

At night, buildings light up and while other areas go dark, offering a stark contrast of color and shadow. Here, a sleek black limo waits outside of a colorful Houston City Hall for someone lucky enough to have a nice ride for the evening.

 

Houston From Above

I have always loved mountains. I suppose it’s their size and grandiose nature of them. But, alas, I have never lived in a state where I could enjoy them. Sure, I’ve traveled and visited folks that live near or on them, but those limited visits are just not enough.

The next best thing around my area is the great skyline that Houston has to offer. A great skyline is something to take in, especially at night. Last year, one of my daughters and I went downtown and visited the Chase Tower. It has a great observation area on the 60th floor to enjoy a great view of Houston from above.

Since I have never worked in an office building downtown, it felt strange looking down on the city for a change. The visit if free, but only open during regular business hours, so unfortunately no sunset shots here.

Houston from Above, by Tim Stanley

Looking West, by Tim Stanley

Release the Kraken

Sailors have long told tales of a large sea monsters that could pull down large sailing vessels, never to be seen again. While such animals may not actually exist today, it may have been possible in prehistoric times. An octopus or squid back then would have been measured by yards, not feet.

This very large specimen hangs from the ceiling in the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. While it might not be “the” kraken of old tales, it no doubt would bring fear to any poor sole that it happened to seek out for dinner.

 

One Hot Horse

The Ford Mustang has a long been one of the most popular American performance autos.  Take this great platform and add some extra performance enhancements that go past the factory options and you have some serious muscle.

Roush Performance offers parts for the Ford Mustang, among other vehicles, a-la-cart or you can have them build to suit. Either way, you come away with a horse with plenty of attitude and the power to back it up.

You better hang on tight.

 

One Hot Horse. A Roush Mustang. Photoe by Tim Stanley.

A Dinosaur Panorama

One area of photography that camera phones have made easy are panoramic images. Creating one using a traditional camera yields much higher quality images, but takes considerable more effort. You have to use a tripod to steady the camera, take multiple images, then stitch them together using computer software.

As part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Pixel Party, I was able to shoot a panorama in the Morian Hall of Paleontology. It’s a great place take in the large exhibits of dinosaurs many of us dreamed of as kids.

This is a partial of the original image. I had to crop out a portion on the left, only because the head of the brontosaurus was backlit by a large ceiling light and couldn’t be seen. When shooting, it was dark and hard to see fine details on the camera’s small viewfinder, but next time, I’ll have to pay closer attention.

Though it may not appear that large on this blog, be assured that panos have more detail than a single prints. In this case, the original file is over 18,700 pixels wide, meaning it would make a great large wall print.

 

A pano of the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Photo by Tim Stanley