"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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I thought I'd put up a couple of portraits this week as I have not gone out amongst the fall foliage and therefore have nothing new this week. It's a bit too cold and windy out there.
The one in color was shot outdoors in available light and the black and white was shot indoors using a large muted window for some soft light.
I have some more portrait work coming up in the near future and will post as soon as it happens.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Old Postcard?

The day after Thanksgiving we went to the Christmas Tree Farm for the annual tree haul. As we got off the obligatory hayride the family went for the trees and I shot this over the fence looking into the neighboring field.

It was an ho hum shot so I drained some color out of it and tried to make it look like an old faded Kodak print or chrome from the fifties. Mmm? When I printed it out it actually did look like an old print. I took a lot of the blue out that was reflected on the foreground. Anywho, the tree smells nice.

Shot with the D70 at ISO 200 using Aperture Priority f8, the camera chose 1/500th of a sec.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Old Stones Old Paint New Tree

I like the textures in this shot. I was walking around an abandoned house. Took a number of shots but this was one I liked. The stones, the crinkled paint, the tree bark, and just a smidge of window.
I had the camera set for auto white balance f4 @1/50th of a sec/ISO 200.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oh No Not Leaf Soup Again!

Last year I did a series on colorful leaves swirling around in the water. And here we go again!

I really like the effect the leaves have on the surface of the water. There's this abstract dance of color and shapes. And if you catch it with the right light, it just bubbles off the water's surface.

I knew the leaves had turned all sorts of color but today was blustery. I figured with the wind blowing like it was...the nearby pond was going to be covered in leaves. The leaves fall off and the wind just blows most of them to the shoreside right at your feet. So off I went.
Sadly a small blue butterfly got trapped in one and it's shimmering cyan color only added to the already vibrant display.
Today I kept the ISO at 200. The one with the butterfly was 1/100th of a sec @f5.6 and the wider view was 1/200th @f5.6. The trees were aperture priority at a trusty f11, the camera chose 1/30th.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Chris, Chris, Chris, and Cristyn.

"...and now for something completely different." If you've been following my blog you've probably noticed I shoot a lot outdoors. Nature, it's my thing. That said, I do shoot a lot of other stuff, like sports, kids, weddings, tabletop, still lifes, etc. Well, today I have a couple of portraits.

I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot Chris Rockhold's Karate class. It was a hoot! Done a lot of sports but this was something new...with weapons!! The guy holding the sword is Chris.
The shot is using one Alien Bee 800 in close at ISO 800, 1/125th of a sec @f11. I had Chris hold the sword so it would reflect the ambient ceiling light which was flourescent. The 2k Kelvin difference gave it a warm glow. Looks kinda cool..warm. Thanks to Chris Rockhold.
The other shot is of...who else...Chris...showing off his new doo...hairstyling by Cristyn!! Again, one Alien Bee in close at ISO 200, 200th @f6.3. There is a silver Rosco reflector on camera left pushing in a little fill and an LTM 150 Pepper for a soft back light. Thanks to Cristyn!

So there you have it. Chris, Chris, Chris, and Cristyn. I'm glad it wasn't at the same time or I would have been totally confused. If I'm not already.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tis Here, Lightly!

OK, those fall colors are starting. The colors will change over the next four or five weeks. So I hope you are all out there snapping away. After that, it's pretty much brown all over.

The red leaves were shot @ ISO 200, 1/1ooth of a second @f5.6. The wide shot was @ ISO 100, Aperture priority f13, camera chose 1/50th sec. Camera set to VIVID mode. No polarizer.
Right now there's a lot of puffy white and dark clouds outside...sometimes that's a good mix for dramatic photos. Check out the sunset tonight...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November Chill

Yup, the November chill is here and it feels great. I went out for a hilly walk this am. I loved the way the tall brown/yellow grass was being swept over by the wind. It felt like it was protecting the earth beneath it.
A new picture of "Buzzard's Tree" sans buzzards. But love the shape and feel and that cold blue sky. Chilly.
I hope you're out there making pictures. Or at least taking in the November air. Take care.