July 27, 2013

An Island Getaway

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Random photos taken while tramping around Clear Lake Shores Island (and vicinity) along with my friend David LeMaster. Kinda cool to be able to “get away from it all” and not travel far.


September 24, 2011

San Diego Scenes

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Scenes of San Diego, California — September, 2011 — mostly cruising around San Diego Harbor on the vessel “The Hornblower.” Photos by Rob Vanya.

July 16, 2011

Cool Fun in the Summer Sun

Took most of these photos while hanging out with Zac and Joshua at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston on July 2, 2011.

April 17, 2011

San Jacinto Day & Battle Re-enactment

2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Above is a short video clip of the re-enactment of the battle, which is staged every April by a group of dedicated volunteer historical re-enactors. They really bring history to life. After the jump are some photos I took during the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-enactment. (more…)

October 9, 2010

Discovery Green

Video that chronicles a people having good times on a typical sunny weekend afternoon at Discovery Green park in downtown Houston. I took the clips with my iPhone.

July 3, 2010

Firefighter Cadets in Training

Photos I’ve taken in the past 3 years of San Jacinto College fire prevention technology students in training.

June 9, 2010

2010 JUCO World Series

Scenes from the San Jacinto College baseball team’s trip to the 2010 JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The team finished as the national runner-up. Photos by Rob & Sandy Vanya, and Amanda Booren.

April 17, 2010

Faces 2

Faces are fascinating. Here’s a tapestry of photos I’ve taken at all 3 campuses of San Jacinto College that reveal a rich cultural diversity. The College is like a microcosm of the United States, the greatest nation in the world.

March 17, 2010


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My everyday knock-about SAS shoes that are about 5 years old and have served me well over many a rugged hike.

57 Chevy at the SAS store

A sign inside the San Antonio Shoe factory states: “Our shoes are 60 years behind the times.” Browse around their website at SAS Shoes and you will see why they take pride in being “behind the times.” I recently took the tour of their main factory in San Antonio. The factory is a fascinating place. You get a guided tour and learn about every step of the shoe-making process.

SAS does not make their shoes like most other shoe-making firms. Machines are used in the process, but much of the work — especially the stitching — is done by hand. So, in a very real sense, the company is about 60 years behind the times.

But, because the employees do not rush through the process and put a lot of time and pride in their work, the finished product is a well-crafted work of skill and craftsmanship. You probably can tell that I really like SAS shoes. I have 5 pairs of SAS shoes. Got my first pair about 12 years ago. Still wear them, and they are still very comfortable (even if they are not what many would consider stylish or attractive).

So, if you’re ever in San Antonio, I recommend a visit to the original SAS factory store, which is located adjacent to the factory where their shoes and handbags are manufactured. And if you have the time, be sure to take a tour of the factory (the tour lasts about 45 minutes).

Vintage Buick located in the store

The factory store is an amazing place and well worth the trip even if you do not buy anything. In keeping with the company’s core value of old-fashioned craftsmanship, the store (and grounds around the store) have a definite nostalgic theme and motif.

I cannot share any photos of the SAS factory because photography is not allowed during the factory tours. However, photography is allowed in the nostalgic store located next to the factory. So, here’s a link to some of the pix of the store and grounds around the store that I took during my recent visit —

SAS Store Pix

February 25, 2010

The Many Faces of San Jacinto College

A collection of random photos taken around San Jacinto College, mostly during the 2009-10 school year. All photos by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College Communications Coordinator.

January 23, 2010

Play ball !!!

San Jacinto College’s 2010 baseball season will soon get into full swing. Here’s a collection of pix I took during the 2009 season, including scenes from the JUCO World Series, in which San Jac finished third in the nation.

November 23, 2009

Angel & Scott’s wedding

Photos of Angel & Scott’s wedding — November, 2009 — Surfside Beach in Freeport, TX. Photography by Rob Vanya

November 10, 2009

Firefighter cadets in training

Random pix that I took of San Jacinto College firefighter cadets in training — November, 2009.

October 3, 2009

On Stage

A random mix of theatrical photos I have taken in my capacity as Communications Coordinator at San Jacinto College.

March 16, 2009

Around San Jac

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Here’s a slideshow of photos I recently took on various assignments at work. Most pix are taken available light, no flash, at high ISO (2000 and above) using my Nikon D700, the King of Available Light Photography.

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