The Empty Depot

Though this may not be Grand Central Station, many happy people “young at heart” catch a train each day to travel around the Aquarium amusement area among its ferris wheel and Houston’s  downtown high rises. The train had just left and since it was an unusually quiet evening, I was able to stand on the tracks and sneak a quick three photo sequence to create this image. I figured if I got caught, I’d say I lost my parents and plead ignorance. 

Here’s another shot from the outside of the depot.
  

Though this may not be Grand Central Station, many happy people

Welcome to the Capitol

There are a lot of surprises in Washington. You see images on TV, but until you visit, it doesn’t all seem to connect. Which monument is where and the relationship of the museums and such. As we walked down the National Mall towards the Capitol Building, I discovered a large pool at the base between the street and the building. This large statue looks out towards the Mall in front of the pool, welcoming visitors.
 

As we walked down the National Mall towards the Capitol Building, I discovered a large pool at the base between the street and the building. This large statue looks out towards the Mall in front of the pool, welcoming visitors. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

View from the Top Floor

On the top floor of most nicer hotels you can find luxury suites, penthouses or other fine accommodations. Amenities might include private dining areas, snacks, beverages and who knows what else. You know you’ve made it when it takes a special card key in the elevator just to get to the floor. 

We were able to do just that when we stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Washington D.C. The room, snack bar, breakfast and more were all great. Not to mention this great view by the elevators. Check out this view from the first floor looking up toward this vantage point.

You know you've made it to the luxury floor of a fine hotel when it takes a special card key in the elevator just to get to the top floor. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Que Sera Sera

In 1956, an R4D (named “Que Sera Sera”) landed at the South Pole and  became the first expedition to stand at that spot since Captain Scott of the Royal Navy reached it in 1912. The “Lucky Seven” crew were also the first Americans to set foot on the South Pole.

Trying to take off, the “Que Sera Sera” remained stuck in the ice and snow with the engines at full power. They had  JATO rockets for jet-assist take-off and were usually fired after the plane hit 30 knots, but to break loose, the pilot fired four JATO bottles. That did the trick, but then he was worried about having enough JATO left to get airborne. The altitude on the ice cap is 10,000 feet, so the air is thin, meaning less oxygen for the engines and lift for the wings. But it made it and it now hangs in Hanger Bay One at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
 

In 1956, an R4D (named Que Sera Sera) landed at the South Pole and  became the first expedition to stand at that spot since Captain Scott reached it in 1912. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Viewpoint

I know this is nothing new. The moon. We’ve all seen it. But for those who don’t own a telescope, you rarely get a chance to see it up close in person.

Imagine my surprise when I looked at it through a recently purchased 3oomm telephoto. With a crop factor of 1.6 for Canon, that makes the adjusted focal length 480mm! Not that I”m expecting to see the space station fly over or anything, but it shows how a different lens can open new ways of looking at a subject. 

I shoot a lot of wide angle views, but this new lens reminds me that the many perspectives of photography is what keeps it fresh, fun and exciting.

I shoot a lot of wide angle views, but a new telephoto lens reminds me that the many perspectives of photography is what keeps it fresh, fun and exciting. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

NASA’s Anechoic Chamber

On a recent trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, I had a chance to see their anechoic chamber. It’s a room lined with sound absorption spiked walls, preventing sound from bouncing and eliminate echoes. After a few moments in one, you can start to hear your own heartbeat.

This partial display was about the Phased Array Antenna Analysis and Testing on the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Since it’s obvious what that’s all about, I won’t go into detail. Just suffice to say, it was a very large, cool looking room.
The anechoic chamber at Johnson Space Center in Houston is a room lined with sound absorption spiked walls, preventing sound from bouncing and eliminate echoes. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Beauty and the Beast

The appreciation that people have for cars varies greatly. You have collectors that like the classics and strive to maintain everything in its original form. Then you have the guys that will do anything to get a bit more speed. Nothing is sacred and can be modified, improved or removed. This is a great example with the classic T-Bird and custom race car. 
 

The appreciation people have for cars varies greatly; collectors who strive to maintain its original form and the guys that will do anything to get more speed.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.