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.

Home for Dinner

I guess this is a good thing. A die-hard, business person would look at this and see an empty office complex. They might think that business is going undone and profits are being lost. What a waste.

But others might see the late hour and the empty lot, meaning that workers were home enjoying dinner with their families. I understand that the country runs on commerce and money makes the world go round, but a happy home life translates to a happier person. Happier people mean better job performance, which leads to better productivity and higher profits.

That business person should be smiling now.

 

The late hour and the empty parking lot may mean that workers are home enjoying dinner with their families.

Yesterday and Tomorrow

If we could speed up time (without the negative effect of growing old) it would be interesting to see how things would change. How tall and large will our cities grow? How will technology change us? Will mankind find a healthy balance with our environment? Will we ever get along and live in peace. I can pose a guess to some of these question, but that’s a discussion for another day.

This scene is from Glenwood Cemetery, west of downtown Houston. It is one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the area. Though located right off a major freeway, it is actually a very peaceful area to walk around and contemplate such things.

 

This scene is from Glenwood Cemetery, west of downtown Houston. It is one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the area.

Colorful Mix

Sometimes just walking around downtown affords an interesting view to capture. Not that this scene is especially breathtaking, but I thought the colors of the evening, downtown buildings and headlights came together for a good mix. This was downtown Houston in December, when City Hall was lit up for Christmas.

 

The colors of the evening, downtown buildings and headlights came together for a good mix in downtown Houston in when City Hall was lit up for Christmas.

The Samurai Warrior Gallery

One thing I enjoy about good museums is the atmosphere they create for their exhibits and the Houston Museum of Natural Science does it as good as anyone. Walking through the “Samurai, the Age of the Warrior” exhibit, you enter a room with several “warriors” sitting, awaiting your arrival. Needless to say, this was my favorite part of the exhibit. This display of ancient warrior armor

With a room full of photographers, I had to wait until minutes before closing to get a view with no one else in the photo.

 


The Samurai, the Age of the Warrior is a great display of Samurai artifacts, including weapons, armor and more.gMug

This photo is part of my #pixelparty collection from HMNS.

The Samurai Warrior

For almost seven centuries, the Age of the Samurai is a period of Japanese history when “those who serve” started as armed supporters of wealthy landowners and became warrior-administrators. The Houston Museum of Natural Science has a great display of Samurai artifacts, including weapons, armor and more. Though not what I would call a large exhibit, the unique items on display are very rare and well worth the visit. The exhibit is runs until September 13, 2015.

Shooting in a museum can be quite challenging. The glass display cases present constant glare problems and the low light dictates the use of a tripod for most cameras. I’ll be posting a few more images in later this week.

 

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has a great display of Samurai artifacts, including weapons, armor and more.

 

This photo is part of my #pixelparty collection from HMNS.

Hays Street Bridge at Night

After sunset, the Hays Street Bridge lights up with an odd industrial feel, yet different. The wooden planks below and the iron structure above contrast one another. Add to this the lights that line the sides and shine up through the floor give it somewhat of a contemporary feel. The quite atmosphere at night is somewhat surreal, at least until a train passes underneath. Everything just grows loud as the engines pass, then a rhythmic cadence sets in as the cars stream by.

 

After sunset, the Hays Street Bridge lights up with an odd industrial feel, yet different. The wooden planks below and the iron structure above contrast one another.