"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, September 20, 2011

Playing with Colors

Looks like I'm on a flower kick this week. This morning I went for a walk with my camera for about an hour. All over the neighborhood looking for something to shoot. I did take some shots but nothing that sparked my creative interests.
So when I got home I grabbed some flowers from the kitchen and put them by a window, grabbed a couple more vases and played around with the colors, shapes, and color temperatures.
The shooting specs may be of interest. Shot with the Nikon D80 at ISO 400, f5.6 at 1/250th of a second, camera set to VIVID and white balance set to Fluorescent. Using daylight filtering through some curtains the Fluorescent setting added a mahogany like tint. Sometimes it's fun just playing around with the settings and see what comes out.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Variations on a Theme

Here's a variation on the same shoot. Once I saw the results I tried some different
angles and positionings..
For tech specs see previous post.


Dried Roses

When it's too hot to shoot outside just find things to shoot inside where it's cool. These dried roses (probably from Mother's Day) were hung out to dry. Actually hanging upside down in the garage for several months. With the garage being about 140 degrees, it didn't take long for these to go crispy.
I laid them out on a Bretford Acculight Light table for backlighting and just used my pop up flash on my camera to fill in the front.
Shot with the D70 at ISO 400, 50mm nikkor lens set at f2.8, 200th of a second. The pop flash was set to it's lowest power of 1/16th
Using Alien Skin software set to Velvet/Glamour finished off the look. A postcard, maybe?
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

An October Image

As fall approaches I looked back over some of my previous fall shots to see where I've been and perhaps come up with some new ideas, undiscovered venues, and special isolated spots to make some new fall images. This one is from October of 2010. Hopefully, we'll see some of these vistas and colors again. Sadly, a lot of the tree population has burned to the ground in the past few weeks as the result of hundreds of wildfires.
This pond is located in Cedar Park. Shot with my Nikon D80 at ISO 200, f8, 1/160th of a second. I know this didn't burned down but with the crazy heat we've had I'm anxious to go over there and see what it looks like this year hoping for the best.

OK, that's it for today - thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pasta Shoot

Last week I started a new blog dedicated to food and food photography. I like to take particular care when I am shooting food. I definately want it to look good. As you know or don't know, many food photographers and food stylists use all kinds of weird things in the place of food that are supposed to look "better" than the real thing. Examples: mashed potatoes for ice cream, motor oil for pancake syrup. (Yuck)

I will try my hardest to just shoot real food. In fact, I hope to be able to eat everything I shoot. In fact, this pasta dish I will have for lunch.

I prepped the shot the day before using a "stand-in" of dried pasta with cut outs for the tomatoes and olives. I adjusted my reflectors and dialed in my position in front of the window. This shot is completely natural light. Sun pouring in through the window and four strategically placed reflectors. (see photo)
When the real shoot happened this morning I prepped my food. Slicing a bunch of cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives...selecting the best ones in a "vegetable casting call". I then selected some choice leaves from my basil plant and then went to work creating the dish for the shoot. I did some selective strokes of olive oil using a paint brush.

You can see the result by visiting my food blog...just click on Andy's Food Photography on the right side of this page. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you're enjoying this fabulous cool weather!!

TECH SPECS; shot with a Nikon D70 with a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. Shot handheld in manual at ISO 200 with f2 at 1/2000th of a second.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Food Photography

Thanks to everybody visiting my blog. I appreciate you clicking this way. I will be starting a new blog specifically aimed at food photography. This shot will be one of the first included.

The site isn't quite ready yet but I will pass on the url shortly. I have always loved tabletop photograhy, working with a small set and controlled lighting (and I get to work indoors out of the heat!)...and raised by a Neapolitan mother I was imbued with a love of food. (especially Italian) So it seemed like a perfect fit. Not just Italian food but anything that taste yummy.

I will keep this site as my primary for people, architecture, and miscellaneous.

The shot of the lime drink was using strictly window light and some reflectors. ISO 200, f8, handheld at 1/100th of a second.

Thanks for stopping by.