"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

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Cool Morning Walk

Today the temps are supposed to hit the high 90's so I decided to take an early morning walk...well...somewhat early...I started at 8:50 and walked for about and hour and a half.

So here are some pictures from that walk.

What do they all have in common? ISO 200, polarizer on the lens, and my trusty monopod for support. The two in the center were shot with Aperture priority to get achieve some nice bokeh - with my telefoto out to 135mm the aperture was the max with this lens: f5.6.

Hope you're enjoying the cool mornings...around 75 degrees this am.

Thanks for stopping by.

BTW - the Followers has been blank for the past two days...seems to be a universal problem at the moment with Blogger as the question has come up with other bloggers on the forum.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lady of Oatmeal

I took a ride out to Oatmeal the other day...just scouting locations and interesting things to shoot. I stopped a couple of times as I was driving up and down the hills. It was very quiet except for the wind. I spied this statue at the Oatmeal cemetery. This particular piece looked like it was damaged with a cracked neck and it was placed off to the side against a stump.

It was in a shady spot so I used ISO 400 with +.03 compensation at f5.6 & 1/160th of a second.

My summer photography classes are now scheduled for June and July. If you've already taken the course please pass the info along to a friend if you think they'd be interested.

To register and check for specific dates and times please visit: http://activenet.active.com/cityofcedarpark.

Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Amber Light

Some people have skin that when struck by the pulsating photons of light it just glows. There's an inner glow...the photons love that skin and there's an alchemy of light, texture, and just an all around "wow" factor. Amber has it. Whatever light I was using; sunlight, flash, reflectors, or a mix...Amber just glowed. Hey, you either have it or you don't.

I think when photons hit my skin they just fall on the floor.

I stayed with ISO 200 the whole time and just worked the lights and f stop around that. The top three shots were taken with a 50mm lens set at f1.4...so in bright light my shutter speed was a smoking 2500. The bottom two were shot with the standard Nikon kit lens of 18-135mm.

For lighting fill I used a Nikon Speedlight SB600 with a diffuser and a Lowell silver reflector for additional side fill.

A big thanks to Amber for her time - a real trouper - and it was hard taking a bad picture here.

Ciao and cheers!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Petunias and Potatoes

Today was one of the first Sundays I've had off in quite a while. Because I don't let a day go by that I don't push the shutter I thought I'd look around the house for some willing subjects. Whence comes the photos of the petunias and potatoes. Petunias from the front of the house and some old potatoes on my garden bench on the side. "Petunias in the front please with potatoes on the side"...sounds like an order of some kind.

So here they are petunias back lit by the setting sun and potatoes that have seen better days.
Hope your Sunday was just as pleasant.

Cheers and Ciao.

Monday, May 9, 2011

One from the Collection

Here's a shot of one of my old film cameras from my collection. This is an Agfa Isolette II made sometime between 1950 and 1960. The main problem (current problem) is the bellows used to distance the lens from the film plane has dried out and has split on the corners allowing several light leaks. Having them fixed is not cost effective and that's if you can find someone who has the know-how.

The Isolette took size 120 film which is getting harder and harder to find. Kodak Vericolor as well as some of the transparency films are all but history.
This was shot with my standard one daylight balanced light bulb on the left and a couple of small Rosco type reflectors on the right for fill. ISO 400, shutter speed was 1/8th of a second on a tripod with the timer to avoid as much shake as possible. The old Nikon 50mm f1.4 was set at f5.6. Since the lens is not digital shooting in manual is necessary.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taylor Texas

Monday was a great day to shoot. Super cloudy. And if you know me when it's cloudy
I'm out there....out there to Taylor. It was about an hour's drive but I've always wanted to explore this old cotton town. A center for cotton a long long time ago...with lots of train tracks, railyard connections, buildings about to fall apart, faded colors, repaints, broken windows, abandoned vehicles, neglected parts of this and that, and just plain real cool things to photograph.
The whole time in the background the banging clanging of railroad cars getting connected, pushed pulled and heaved off to the side tracks. I felt like pulling out a copy of Dharma Bums or Hydrogen Jukebox!

"...who wandered around and around at midnight in the railroad yard wondering where to go, and went, leaving no broken hearts...who lit cigarettes in boxcars boxcars boxcars racketing through snow toward lonesome farms in grandfather night..." From Howl by Allen Ginsberg.

OK, that's it for today. Enjoy!

Sculptor Clayburn Moore

For the past several months I have been concentrating my portrait efforts on capturing local artists at work. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with Clayburn Moore and his wife Shelley. Clay is a sculptor specializing in high quality (very high) collectible statues in the science fiction and fantasy arena. The attention to detail is amazing. These statues are a study in craftsmanship and dedication! The work is outstanding and I would like to point you in the direction of his website:
csmoorestudio.com. Very cool stuff. Check it out!

In the top two shots I was using only one light...a snooted Nikon Speedlight off camera about 6 to 8 feet from the subject. The bottom shot I added a tungsten balanced LTM Pepper for a special on the statue on the desk. I used both cross and three quarter lighting directions. There was some daylight spill from the windows and the addition of Clay's work lights. A big thanks to Clay and Shelley for their time, great conversation, a rewarding morning all together!
Thanks for dropping by.