Goodbye 2013

Some years are better than others and some years can be a bit more challenging. 2013 for our family was a mixture. Like most of you, we had our times that tested us in more ways than I care to recount, but there were also many great times I will look back on fondly. 

Last year this time, I mentioned that the present is a present. I try to remember this while understanding that I can not control or fix everything too. The popular Serenity Prayer (reprinted below) is something I am trying to recall more often.

From a photographic standpoint, I have made some great friends that I enjoy shooting with and hope to continue our photo excursions. My friends keep me motivated, challenged and shooting. Thank you for joining me as I continue this photographic journey and I hope that 2014 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all.

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.

 

The Serenity Prayer
 by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time; 
Enjoying one moment at a time; 
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
Taking, as He did, this sinful world 
As it is, not as I would have it; 
Trusting that He will make all things right 
If I surrender to His Will; 
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life 
And supremely happy with Him 
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

Audi Racing

As much as I enjoy the Indy and F1 cars, I have a great fondness for closed wheel racing. Maybe it is because they look more like street cars, or maybe they just look like they might go faster. I’m not sure. But I do know that I enjoyed watching the Audi GMG R8 LMS, piloted by Rene Rast, the factory Audi Sport customer racing driver at the recent Houston Grand Prix.

 

The Audi GMG R8 LMS, piloted by Rene Rast, the factory Audi Sport customer racing driver at the recent Houston Grand Prix.

Light Trails in the Town Square

One of the fun things I enjoy about night photography are the light trails created by passing vehicles. Sometimes I do my best to avoid them, while other times they can enhance the photo. They occur when the camera shutter stays open for several seconds as cars drive by. Their headlamps and taillights create streaks during the time exposures. Though you never know quite what they will look like until you are finished, they add a sense of movement and color to the night images. 

This intersection is at the Sugar Land Town Square, southwest of Houston.

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Rice Silos

Many small towns will have a structure or two that set them apart from other small towns. In Katy, TX, the rice silos and mill are hard to miss. I don’t know if they still do any rice growing there, since the little town has been swallowed by the growth of its neighbor, Houston. But the silos still stand as a reminder of its history.

The rice silos and mill of Katy Texas still stand as a reminder of its history. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Meaning of Christmas

For Christians around the world, today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This ornament is a simple reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

This ornament is a simple reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Shaggy’s Sunset 2013

Last year, our family had dinner at Shaggy’s the evening before we left Pensacola. As it turned out, we did the same this year. And once again, we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier. It was such a relaxing way to end the day, and our trip, enjoying some great seafood with family as our vacation drew to a close.
 

Once again we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier at Shaggy's in Pensacola. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Zoo Lights

When do you want to go to the zoo and and don’t get upset if you don’t get to see the animals? On Zoo Lights nights, of course.

The Houston Zoo lights up the place with over a million lights during the Christmas season for visitors to enjoy. The special light arrangements and large oak tress absolutely covered in lights create a wonderland all ages enjoy. When you first enter, this marque greets you and you know the fun is about to begin.

The multiple exposures of HDR can really help with Christmas lights, as it enables sharper lights without everything else going to silhouette.

The Houston Zoo lights up the place with over a million lights during the Christmas season for visitors to enjoy during Zoo Lights. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.