Vertically Challenged

This is another view of the Harris County 1910 Courthouse against just a portion of the more modern skyline of downtown Houston. In it’s day, it was one of the taller structures in Houston. Now, it pales in size to the much taller skyscrapers that makeup downtown. While it may be vertically challenged by today’s design standards , it makes up for in character and styling.

This is another view of the Harris County 1910 Courthouse against just a portion of the more modern skyline of downtown Houston. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

War Dogs Memorial

Walking through Battleship Memorial Park I ran across a memorial I didn’t expect. Not that it didn’t belong there, it did. You expect plaques about heroes and sacrifices of men and women that have served in the military. This memorial though, was in honor of the dogs that served and sacrificed for the men and women they served with.

The Alabama War Dogs Memorial was erected at the U.S.S. Alabama Memorial Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile on Veterans Day 2008. The memorial depicts an actual Alabama war dog team in action – Little Joe, a German Shepherd and his Alabamian handler, Charles “Wade” Franks and other combat patrol riflemen. Little Joe-our mascot-gave his life saving those men on February 22, 1970 in Vietnam.  366thspsk-9.com
 

Walking through Battleship Memorial Park I ran across a memorial in honor of the dogs that served and sacrificed for the men and women they served with. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

All Chrome

 I remember my first car had a chrome bumper that could stop a Mack truck. Well, almost. But it was large and people knew it meant business. Most cars today are covered in plastic on the front. What little chrome they have is usually chrome tinted plastic trim. Engineers will tell you all that plastic allows the car to compress better in an accident, reducing injuries to the occupants. While that is probably correct, the design aesthetics have changed forever. 

This antique roadster is complete with chrome headlights, radiator, hood ornament and more. They just don’t make like this anymore. I failed to identify the model of the car when this was taken, so if you know what it is, leave a comment and help us out!
 

This antique roadster is complete with chrome headlights, radiator, hood ornament and more. They just don't make like this anymore. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Jazz on the River

The weekend my family visited New Orleans last fall, the weather was cold and dreary. It turned sunny the morning we left, but the one day we had to sight-see wasn’t the best. We had left Jackson Square and were walking along “the river” (the Mississippi of course) when we saw this sax player. For a few dollars, he would play your favorite tune and pose for a picture, or gladly except a donation in the bucket from any passerby. I caught him between customers just sitting by himself, doing what he seemed to enjoy most.
 

I caught this street performer in New Orleans between customers just sitting by himself, doing what he seemed to enjoy Photo by Tim Stanley Photography,

Courthouse Reflections

The county courthouse is not a place where most people want to go. Whatever their reason, it usually involves fun things like long lines, lawyer fees, administrative charges and a host of other things to make them wish they were somewhere else. But I don’t mind going, as long as it’s night and everything is closed. It’s much quieter down there when everyone is gone too. But if  you venture a few blocks over toward the county lockup, it’s not so quite. I try stay away from that area. 

These two buildings are part of the Harris County Court system in Houston, Texas. We were up on a parking garage and the reflections on the side of the tower caught my eye. 
 

These two buildings are part of the Harris County Court system in Houston, Texas. We were up on a parking garage and the reflections on the side caught my eye. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

Boat Repair on the Thames

The first day we arrived in England, we hit the ground running. After checking into our hotel, we walked through the London suburb of Richmond, down to the River Thames, where we had lunch at one of the many restaurants to choose from. Most looked like large homes that had been converted and none had a commercial flair to them.

Along the bank of the Thames were a few boats that looked like they might be for evening tourist rides, but none were in-service during this lunch hour. This one old boat was in a state of repair, obvious due to the new, unpainted wood and clamps used to assemble new pieces.
This old boat on the Thames was in a state of repair, obvious due to the new, unpainted wood and clamps used to assemble new pieces. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Capturing a Sunset

On a recent trip out to shoot a sunset, I thought it might be fun to capture the capture of a sunset. It was kind of a spur of the moment experiment, but those can often produce surprising results. So I took out my iPhone and took a couple of HDR shots on it. The image it created was interesting, but not as good as the individual images brought back into the HDR program called Photomatix. I use that application on many of my HDR images, so I tried it on the iPhone images. The final image had more tonal range but still a lot of noise. For this final image, I reduced the noise level some, which helped. I did use the iPhone HDR photo, as I posted it on Facebook while I was still there shooting. 

An image of a Canon 7D capturing a colorful sunset on a Manfrotto tripod, taken by an iPhone. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.