Hotrod Sunset

Most car shows happen during the day,  usually in the morning hours before it gets too hot. This recent hotrod show in Katy, TX was during the late afternoon and evening hours. I went with the hope of capturing a sunset shot. As my luck would have it, some kind folks started up a conversation just as the sun was setting. Well, I didn’t want to be rude and ignore them. After we finished visiting, I only had a few moments to grab a quick image before the sun disappeared. I only had a moment between people walking by to grab a single shot without someone standing in front of the cars.

 

Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Downtown Houston from the Toyota Center

Earlier this month, my friend David and I went hunting for a photo to shoot. We had no target in mind, other than head toward downtown. We started talking about getting high for a downtown shot and we ventured to an upper level of the Toyota Center parking lot, with permission and a guard escort. Check out David’s photo here too. I shot almost the same image, so thought I would publish this version, as it is a bit different.

The side note to this image is that we went for a bite to eat right after this and spent the rest evening talking and catching up. It was the only subject we shot all night. Over all, a great evening.

 

This view of downtown Houston was from an upper level of the Toyota Center parking lot. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Eyes Have It

Saturday evening, my oldest daughter, Christy, and I went to a local car show. She has accompanied me on a few previous photo outings, but never a car show. We had a great time walking around and me telling her about old cars I used to own, much like my Dad did when we use to visit them when I was younger.  It was a special time together, as she is starting college next week.

One big mistake though. Both she and I were so focused on taking shots at the show, we didn’t even think of getting one together until we had already left.

One of the cool things many of the newer cars have are LED rimmed headlights. These lights could strobe or even morph colors, giving a pretty cool effect in the evening hours.

 

One of the cool things many of the newer cars have are LED rimmed headlights. These lights could strobe or even morph colors, giving a pretty cool effect in the evening hours. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

St. Louis Cathedral at Dawn

It had been several hours of running around the French Quarter, creating images with a fun group of guys.  It was almost morning and the predawn light was pushing the dark away for the day. Though the streets were still empty, the morning rush hour was soon to start. This quiet moment at the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square was one of my last shots before sitting down to beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde, which is open 24 hours a day.

That weekend with friends David Morefield, Jeremy Mancuso and Andy Crawford was about as much fun I have had taking photos since my trip to Europe. It was a great group of guys and a fun place to shoot. Andy wrote a great article on our trip if you want a feel for how a photo weekend photo trip might go. View my New Orleans gallery for other examples of where we went. 

 

 

This quiet moment at the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square was one of my last shots before sitting down to beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

French Quarter Hitching Post

In an era when automobiles rule the streets, it is a bit unusual to find streets lined with hitching posts. Such is the case in the French Quarter in New Orleans. However, here you will find horse-pulled carriages in this section of town, for the benefit of the tourists, that wish to travel the crowded streets in style for all to see. So it is not uncommon to find these French Quarter hitching posts on many of the blocks. Most are weathered, which only adds to the character of these street decorations.

 

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Stuart Tank

When you visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX, you need to take out the extra time and take a stroll a few block away to the extra exhibits. Only about 20% of the visitors do this, which is too bad. There you will find a restored warbird, PT boat, and tanks. Several times a year, they have actual reenactments that with actual tanks, flame-throwers and more. We hit an off-day, so though there were no crowds, there were no reenactments either. This Stuart tank is used during the show and looks like it just came off the battlefield.

The M3 Stuart was an American light tank used in World War II. They were the first American-crewed tanks to engage the enemy in tank versus tank combat.

 

The M3 Stuart was an American light tank used in World War II. They were the first American-crewed tanks to engage the enemy in tank versus tank combat. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Loyola University New Orleans

One of the fun things about visiting a city with someone that has lived there before, are the things you get to see that you never knew about. Not because they are not worth knowing about, but simply because they were never on your radar. On our trip to New Orleans, my friend David Morefield and I went out late (how could you sleep, when there was a photo opportunity waiting somewhere) and we drove around with no particular destination in mind. We came upon Loyla University, thinking it was a church our friend Andy Crawford had shot earlier in the day. As it turned out, it wasn’t the same church, but it was still worth the stop.

It was around midnight, so we could not do much, but the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on the left and Marquette Hall on the right, made for a very impressive main entrance. 

 
The Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on the left and Marquette Hall on the right, made for a very impressive main entrance to the Loyola University in New Orleans. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.