"Beauty is a kind of mystery, which is why it cannot be grasped adequately through the intellect." Soetsu Yanagi

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


                                                                 ©2014 Andy deBruyn
One of my favorite things to do photographically is create still lifes. I've been working on this one a while. Collecting the different items, planning the arrangement and lighting.
Tomorrow I'll post a behind the scene...the anatomy of this image.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014


Yesterday my assignment was to cover the Extreme Flag Football/Heads Up kids camp.
It poured heavily during the night but the rain stopped and held off in the morning until camp was over. Whew! Saw lots of action, great sportsmanship and some pretty excited youngsters.
Boys run through jumping obstacle course.
J.D. Swearinger - Houston Texans (NFL) safety.
Oh yeah, Extreme Flag Football is endorsed by the Houston Texans.
Several of the players showed up for support and to teach.

                                        Chad Hester, president of Extreme Flag Football and JD.

                                            JD demonstrates how to fly through the air.

                                                         Some of the boys try to fly too.

Caitlyn from the Texans cheerleaders squad shows some young hopefuls the moves.
The pros talk shop with the girls..."What's it like being a famous cheerleader?" 

Toro signs autographs for the fans.

Techy stuff - I used two cameras. One with an 18-135mm lens, camera set to aperture priority, the
other lens was a 28-80mm with camera to P mode. Without looking at the EXIF file I can't tell
which camera shot what.
Stealing a catch phrase from Mr. DuChemin - "Gear is good - vision is better" As I always tell my
students - don't worry about the camera or brand, all of today's cameras are capable of taking
great images. Learn the basics - practice the basics. Shoot from the heart.

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Monday, July 14, 2014


Pump you up.
Went for a fresh air early morning 7:30am walk...got out before the predicted temps go north of ninety. Supposed to hit 100 today. Down by the reservoir there was a pleasant
breeze skimming across the water complimenting the seventy degrees.  

This flower had it's time and now dark and dry the pods have opened,
seeds wait for the wind to assist the recycle. I was laying flat on my
stomach for this shot.

Along for the walk I had two cameras. The posted shots taken with the
D80.  Bottom image of the D7000 pointed at a button bush waiting
for a bee or butterfly to light. Sadly, neither showed up before I started
to feel the rising heat.  It's not clear in the picture but
there's a cable release ready for pre-focused action. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014


Yesterday was one of those days. Heavy cloud coverage producing a very soft but strong light. Yet the sun behind the clouds wasn't going to go unnoticed so you could still feel this intense heat through the clouds. There was some rainfall on Thursday so mix all those things up and you've got one hot sticky humid day. Mugginess meter up high.
That said, I think when you have days like that it causes the vegetation to sweat producing stronger nectar- like odors which attracts all sorts of flying thingies.

Like this guy here. His wings were fluttering a mile a minute and didn't cease even
when stopping to sip some juice. I had to crank my shutter speed to 250th and plus to get any kind of stoppage without sacrificing my f stop. So the butterfly's a bit soft but he didn't hang around...gave me all of 10 seconds, if that. I'm not an expert but maybe the wings were going ballistic to keep it cool.
Kept the ISO at 200 and used a monopod to keep the camera as steady as I could.
Wild melons.

 Shot mostly in manual mode dialing in my preferred stops and speeds.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014


                                                                                                                             ©2014 Andy deBruyn

"For after all, what can memory actually do, the poor thing? It is only capable of retaining a paltry little scrap of the past, and no one knows why just this scrap and not some other one, since in each of us the choice occurs mysteriously, outside our will or our interests. We won’t understand a thing about human life if we persist in avoiding the most obvious fact: that a reality no longer is what it was when it was; it cannot be reconstructed. Even the most voluminous archives cannot help.”
Milan Kundera, from Ignorance (Harper, 2002)

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Monday, July 7, 2014


I was cleaning out some photo files on my computer and transferring selects to an external hard drive.
Came across a couple of rolls of scanned film. This intense sunset from several years ago was shot with a Nikon FM (that's a fully manual 35mm film camera) using FujiReale film 100 ISO with the nifty fifty lens.

Sent the film to North Coast Film Services in Carlsbad, California for processing and scanning. The only change I did here was pull up the brightness about ten percent for the web. That's it.
Film...gotta love it.

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In this image I just liked the feel of the curve and the way it pushes into the frame almost like a slapping effect. The setting sunlight pushing it's way into the frame from the opposite direction.
Different energies combine. When printed larger it's very 3D.  

One image from the local 4th of July Parade. It's a jumble of symbols and colors that make up the wallpaper of our lives. The American colors of red, white, and blue, the flag as adornment and fashion, the American bald eagle, all watched over by the white storm trooper holding a weapon ready to protect the empire. The imagery of Star Wars has now been a staple of our collective consciousness recognized by everyone for close to forty years. Visual snack food for thought?
Ok Ok, one more from the side of the road pix. That's it for that series.
All images ©2014 Andy deBruyn

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