Saying Goodbye to 2012

As 2012 settles into the history books, I thought a sunset would be an appropriate image for today. This was taken three nights ago and it was about as windy and cold as it gets here in Houston. Brrrrr.

I usually get a bit depressed during the New Year holiday. It’s a reminder that another year has gone by and I’m another year older. But I’m trying to take a positive attitude (my close friends are laughing now). I know that I’m no different from anyone else. We all face challenges and hardships and if we are fortunate, we have good times mixed in. I try to remember that the present is just that, a present.

Photography has reminded me of the new sights and opportunities there are to experience. As I look for new subjects, it reminds me not to take things for granted, like people, sunsets and even weekends. 

From a photographic standpoint, I was blessed this year to visit Europe for the first time with my family and another trip to Florida for a week. Though I have learned more about image processing, I know it’s the skill and art of taking the photo in the camera that requires the most practice and persistance.

Remembering that the present is a present, everything from here on is icing on the cake. According to the Mayans, we should all be gone now anyway.

Join me this next year as I continue to share some of my favorite images. This blog continues to broaden my “exposure” to new subjects and styles of shooting. Your comments here, on Facebook and Google+ are a great encouragement to me and very much appreciated! I look forward to hearing from you as we continue this photographic journey together. 

Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

As 2012 settles into the history books, I thought a sunset from a cold evening three nights ago would be an appropriate image for the last day of the year. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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Resting at Notre-Dame

One thing that I didn’t realize until touring various cathedrals in London and Paris, is that they are the resting places of some of their countries most famous people. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is no exception. The only difference is that no one very famous (by today’s standards) is buried there. What you will find are a few tombs and mausoleums of officials of the church, such as bishops and cardinals. Many of France’s more famous citizens are interned or buried at the Invalides, the Panthéon and other famous structures.

I’m not sure if this is the tomb of a bishop or cardinal at Notre-Dame, but I’ll let you read the inscription on the side for yourself and decide.
 

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is the resting place of officials of the church, such as bishops and cardinals, but no one famous by today's standards. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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Montrose

Montrose is one of those up-town streets in Houston that means different things to different people. When I grew up and through college, it was known as the “place” where people of alternate lifestyles lived. While that is still true to a lesser extent today, it is now considered more of a cultural center that showcases museums, musicians, the University of St. Thomas, fine restaurants and much more. While it may still have a strong night life, many examples of Houston’s historic residential architecture in the tree-lined streets with many century-old bungalows and mansions can be found.

This scene with the streaks of passing cars was by the Hotel Zaza close across from the Mecom Fountain.

This scene on Montrose Street with the streaks of passing cars was by the Hotel Zaza close across from the Mecom Fountain. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

1935 Plymouth PJ

1935 was a good year for the Plymouth car company. It announced the Plymouth PJ, a slightly sleeker, faster car than previous models and one of the larger, lower priced cars on the road.

This four-door PJ model might be the PJ “Six”. it was a slightly upgraded version of the Business model. “The only noticeable difference between it and the regular business line was that the hood received the deluxe chrome trim of 3 chromed bars with 5 circles behind. Headlamps remained painted like the business line however.” (allpar.com)  This vehicle has chrome headlamps, but that’s okay with me. It’s a great example of leaving the original features, while adding some new touches. This would be a beautiful car to take out to a better venue for a stand-alone “portrait”.

 

Sunrise or Sunset?

I once read an interesting  article about sunrises and sunsets. Most people can’t tell them apart. The only way to know for sure, is if you are familiar with the geography and can tell whether the image is facing east or west. The winter months can make it harder too, since the sun has a shorter path in the sky. 

Since I know you are about to burst wanting to know which one this is, I’ll satisfy your curiosity. It’s an early morning shot of the Pensacola Beach skyline. But the ferris wheel gave that away, didn’t it?

Most people can't tell them apart. The only way to know for sure, is if you are familiar with the geography and can tell whether the image is facing east or west. Since I know you are about to burst wanting to know which one this is, I'll satisfy your curiosity. It's an early morning shot of the Pensacola Beach skyline. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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A View from the London Eye

If you ever find yourself as a tourist in London, you must surely take a ride on the London Eye. We were fortunate to take our ride right at sunset. It was a gorgeous time of day, but it did make it difficult to shoot anything facing west. Since the ride is constantly moving, HDR shots can be difficult. Looking out across the Thames was especially breathtaking, with many of the historic London sites in easy view. In this image, you can see Westminster Palace, and just behind it to the right, Westminster Abbey.

The bubble you ride in can distort the image slightly, plus the reflections inside are horrific. Then add everyone else wanting to take the same picture from the same spot inside this bubble and it makes for a fun time.

 

In this sunset view from the London Eye, you can see Westminster Palace, and just behind it to the right, Westminster Abbey. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

  

My Childhood Christmas Tree

Other than the Nativity scene representing the birth of Christ, the most noticeable figure of this holiday is the Christmas Tree. For many of us, we have childhood memories of decorating our trees each December. I remember the first year or two after getting married, how our new tree looked much different from my parent’s. But that’s okay, since both are very special.

Looking back, I don’t recall having a nice photo of our tree from growing up. So on my recent visit to my parents, I sneaked in and stole a moment in time, before the carnage of unwrapping began. Whether this is the tree or decorations I grew up with is not that important. It will still represent the tree I had as a child and will help keep those memories alive.

Merry Christmas everyone!
 

Looking back, I don't recall having a nice photo of our tree from growing up. So on my recent visit to my parents, I sneaked in and stole a moment in time, before the carnage of unwrapping began. Whether this is the tree or decorations I grew up with is not that important. It will still represent the tree I had as a child and will help keep those memories alive.