"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Sunday, October 31, 2010

This morning I was up before the dawn and driving out to Bee Caves. I was there a couple of weeks ago but it was around 11 in the morning. I told myself I'll be going back out there and catch the sunrise.
It was beautifully quiet. The only thing you could hear was the gurgling of the creek as it tumbled through the rocks.
At one point, I heard this strange sound...it was like...whoosh galoosh...with an emphasis on the galoosh. It sounded like some sort of air compressor...whoosh...air went in...galoosh...air forced out. I said to myself "who the heck is out here using an air compressor first thing on a Sunday morning?". I looked up and down the creek and didn't see anything.
A couple of minute later, I was concentrating on a composition...when...whoosh galoosh! This time I turned around...it was a couple of large deer...breathing extremely heavy!!! Must be from all that running...they didn't stay long...a couple of whoosh galooshes and then off...a few minutes later a larger deer came out of the thicket, stopped for a sec...click...and then ran off into the brush. Didn't have time for another pic.
These shots were at ISO 200. The deer was hand held at 1/125th of a second at f7.1. The red and blue rocks were also at f7.1 using a tripod and 1/13th of a second. Shot through a Ray Singh Blue/Gold filter. The leafy shot was f14 at 1/60th of a second with an off camera flash hitting the leaves and feathering off the rocks. The resting rock was f5 at 1/50th hand held.
Hope you're enjoying the fall weather. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 29, 2010

San Gabriel River Scout

This morning I was scouting the San Gabriel river for some interesting viewpoints. Looking at my options from the east west north south. Definately saw some possibilities. Now I'll just be waiting for the weather and the trees to change.

Here's two shots from the scout. Using 400 ISO to bring up some of the embankments, heavy on the f stop at f18. My shutter speed was between 60th and an 80th. I'll be back.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fields of October

If you've been reading my blog you know that I'm waiting for those fall colors...of course I've been concentrating on woodsy areas...expanses of trees next to water (brooks, creeks, etc.).

The change isn't quite there yet. At least, not what I have in mind.

This morning while driving around I did notice in a lot of open fields the tall grasses are changing. Hadn't thought of open fields...so I stopped the car in a couple of places.

A couple of the shots looked like they needed some help so with the aid of a grad or two...
viola...instant postcards!!

I started the morning off near a stream surrounded by foliage so I set my ISO to 400 and then left it there...forgot to change it...so later I was getting some pretty heavy shutter speeds. Out in the open fields from 500 to 800th of a second. f stops from 7 to 10. No polarizer...

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Art Through The Ages

One of the courses I took in college was simply called Art History. The book we were using was called Gardner's Art Through the Ages edited by Horst de la Croix and Richard Tansey.

My teacher at San Jose College was Mrs. Tansey, one of the editors spouses. You know what that meant. She knew that book by heart and was pretty exacting on how she wanted to see answers. Tough cookie. I believed I passed her course.

I really did like the course book with lots of color plates and at 955 pages and about five pounds I thought I could use another pass. I looked around and found another community college that was using the same book. So I took it all over again. It was taught by another teacher with different points of view and interests so I was exposed to another angle to the material.

I was very familiar with that book after two classes and hearing/seeing two separate viewpoints on the history of art. The teachers used 35mm Kodak slide projectors so we always had great
pictures to admire.
I often refer to that book which resides on a bookshelf right over there not too far from where I'm sitting.
For those interested - There is an art show at the Blanton right now called Turner to Monet.
About 40 masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Definately a must see!
The Cedar Park sunset above was shot with ISO 100 f5 @ 1/100th.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Waiting On My Favorite Haunts

This preserve is about five minutes from my house. I spent a lot of time there last year especially in November and December. The colors were very cool...on second thought...I should say "warm". There's a dizzying array of plants and trees.

As you can see from this picture it's just starting to turn fall-ish. I think in about three weeks it should be in full autumn dressing.

This was shot with the D80 using shutter priority @ f8 shutter at 1/160th rated at ISO 200, with camera set to vivid. The zoom lens was at 18mm.

I think this year I'm going to try a different approach and go in there with just two primes, a old Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and perhaps the Nikkor 135mm.
Stay tune...thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spring Colors ReVisited

As I wait for the fall colors to appear I thought I go back and check out some of my spring shots. Yesterday I said I loved shooting trees but flowers are right up there, too. This past spring because of early healthy doses of rain we had an abundant supply of Texas wildflowers. Just before the bluebonnets went nuclear we had a few lovely weeks of the above scenes.
The local park had literally acres of the yellow, purple, white...on and on... I went there on three separate days and had a slightly different look each time. Perusing hundreds of shots I came up with some favorites. I hope you like them. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trees I've Known

I love shooting trees. Don't know particularly why. I find their whole existence and experience fascinating. They go through so many changes. I pick a few out and go back now and then and see what they're up to. They seemed to have personalities. I love the way they form designs against the sky-any background for that matter. They're also on another time schedule than we are. An extremely slow time schedule. When you think that some trees are thousands of years old...well it kind of sends me for a loop. If only they could talk...they'd probably have some very wise things to say and share. Would we listen?

If I look back at some of my negatives from the 70's and 80's...yup...more trees...and to think that those trees - wherever I shot them...Maine...Massachusetts...Washington...they're still there. And will still be there after my photos have turned to dust.
I will be visting some of them in the next couple of months. Hey, ol' buddy how ya been?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Sun is Leaking!!

Oh no!, there's a hole in this leaf and the sun is leaking through! From this morning's walk

Specs: D80, ISO200, 250 @f8 with polarizer. Most of the color drained in P/S.
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Buzzards and Leaves

This morning I went walking in the nearby park. A couple of weeks ago it was totally under water due to the flooding from the last torrential rains. I wanted to check out the trees and see how close we are to fall.

The larger leaves are starting to turn around the edges so we're probably looking at another few weeks for the smaller ones to follow. And then full tilt boogie with the colors!

I always walk by what I call "Buzzards Tree". The tree is totally denuded so it portrays a very graphic image one that is out of place with the other surrounding foliage. I've taken pictures of the buzzards before but usually there are only a one or two...this morning there were about a dozen. Is that a quorum? Must be resting in between surveying the local roads.
Til next time.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Poetic Dimensions

Well, I have to admit I haven't taken many pictures in the past week or so. Maybe a couple dozen...nothing seems to jump out at me. However, driving around I have seen several places that looked interesting and will be future destinations to investigate.

The weather is cooler fall is approaching - when the colors turn just right I will surely visit those spots.

This picture is from July of last year. I've been re-visiting my galleries and selecting shots for an upcoming hanging. Maybe this one will make the cut. I was listening to an interview by the architect Lord Norman Foster and at one point he used the phrase "the poetic dimension of natural light". I don't know if this shot qualifies...it does seem to have a rhythm...but whether that rhythm sympathizes with the light...I'll keep that in mind as I continue to go through past pix. Getting an image to vibrate with the right light...that's the ticket.
Nikon D80,ISO 200, 1/250th @ f8 with -.03 compensation.
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