Chinatown’s Friendship Arch

It had been a long day of sightseeing and we were very tired, so we decided to try the city bus system in Washington D.C. Since I live in the suburbs, we never take a city bus and I secretly had a few questions. How much does it cost? Where do they take the money? Do they give change? But my legs were tired and one way or another, I was riding the bus.

As it turned out, the closest stop to our hotel was right by Chinatown at the Friendship Arch. This arch really brightens up downtown and sets the tone for many of the stores in the area. By the way, the bus ride wasn’t that scary after all.

As it turned out, the closest stop to our hotel was right by Chinatown at the Friendship Arch. This arch really brightens up downtown and sets the tone for many of the stores in the area. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

Grand Hyatt D.C.

I have my brother-in-law to thank for helping us stay at Grand Hyatt Washington D.C. Hotel, just blocks from all of the attractions. Thanks James! Adjacent to the hotel is a Metro stop (subway) which made it even more convenient to the rest of the city. The Metro can be a bit confusing when first experienced, but once you figure how the tickets work, it’s really pretty simple. It beats fighting traffic or walking at ground level and is extremely clean and fast. The atrium style hotel was quite pretty, so I went out late one night and took shots from many vantage points. I thought the tripod might have drawn some questions, but no one seemed to mind.

When we visited Washington D.C., we were fortunate to stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, just blocks from all of the attractions.

Capitol Fountain

At the base of the U.S. Capitol, facing the National Mall, is a fountain I’ve never noticed before. The fountain itself wasn’t that impressive, but the way the building curves around with the manicured trees caught my eye. Standing there looking up, you realize just how large this building really is. And to think the dome was completed in 1863 when the colossal statue named Freedom was added to the top, makes it that much more impressive.

At the base of the U.S. Capitol, facing the National Mall,  is a fountain  I've never noticed before. The fountain itself wasn't that impressive, but the way the building curves around with the manicured trees caught my eye. Standing there looking up, you realize just how large this building really is. And to think the dome was completed in 1863 when the colossal statue named Freedom was added to the top, makes it that much more impressive. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW

Lowe Pro Pro Runner 350AWHoping to travel more, I decided I needed a camera bag that I could take on planes and carry without killing my neck and shoulder. I have an older Tamrac camera bag that has lasted for years and liked it very much, but wanted something I could keep everything in and still take it with me.

At first, I didn’t like the idea of a backpack, but finally decided that was probably the best option. Before I would buy one, it had to meet my list of requirements. After looking at dozens of backpacks, I decided on the Lowepro “Pro Runner 350AW“. What is most unusual is that I bought it sight unseen. I’m the type of person that likes to handle the product before I purchase, but no one in town had this model. But having looked at many Lowepro bags, I knew the odds were very good it was of excellent quality.

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City Hall

Sunsets are the prettiest when there are clouds to reflect colors from. Naturally, the evening of our photo walk had a clear sky with no clouds. So you make the best of it and take advantage of the colors at dusk. Fortunately, the Houston City Hall was lit to highlight a banner promoting “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs”, coming to the Fine Arts Museum later this year.

 

Sunsets are the prettiest when there are clouds to reflect colors from. Naturally, the evening of our photo walk had a clear sky with no clouds. So you make the best of it and take advantage of the colors at dusk. Fortunately, the Houston City Hall was lit to highlight a banner promoting 'Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs', coming to the Fine Arts Museum later this year. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

Supreme Court

Many older court buildings have an overwhelming quality to them. They are usually large and ornate; a great combination to photograph. Small towns and county seats are good sources for these older buildings. When in D.C., we did not make it to the Supreme Court when it was open, so I had to suffice with a shot from the street.

When in D.C., we did not make it to the Supreme Court when it was open, so I had to suffice with a shot from the street. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Bayou Place

A neat thing happens on a photo walk. You start sharing your perspective on a subject and you find that everyone sees things just a little different than you do. You can learn and share tips with others, while taking images of scenery that isn’t part of your daily routine. Plan one in your area. You will be glad you did.

Last night, several of our volunteer photo team members from church met for a photo walk in downtown Houston. I had a great time with this lively bunch and we stayed out much later than we anticipated. Bayou Place is a popular area in the theater district, across from Wortham Center.

Bayou Place is a popular area in the theater district, across from Wortham Center in downtown Houston. Photo by Tim Stanley