"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

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Pre Raphaelites

I've always been fascinated by the art movement known as The PreRaphaelite Brotherhood. This was the first "avant-garde" movement that created quite a stir around the mid-19th century. The painters had great names like, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais.
I've been wanting to try my hand (eye) at capturing the mood of that particular style.
I had the location in mind I just needed a couple of willing subjects to pose for me. Lisa and her sister Ashley graciously gave their time and artistic input to my project. 
I am very pleased with the results but remember this had been percolating in my head for almost a year and I ardently studied the aforementioned artists to try and emulate their color scheme - the fluid and graceful posing came from Lisa and Ashley.
Tech notes: all were shot with the Nikon D80 with a Hoya polarizer. Camera set to VIVID and ISO 400. I used an off camera flash mounted on a C-stand set to about 1/2 power. I played with some color temperature changes in camera. In post I added a bit of softness and vignetting.
A heartfelt thanks to Lisa and Ashley for their enthusiastic participation and also a big thanks to the kind folks at Cedar Park Florist for donating the roses.
I hope you like the results and thanks for stopping by. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pet Rock

If I look back over my....(I'm going to say it)...body of work..(I do not like that phrase - sounds too final - like I've departed) -anyway as I was saying if I look back over my body of work and that includes hundreds of black and white negatives and color transparencies as far back as 30 years ago...a couple of themes emerge. I seem to have a lot of photographs of trees and rocks.
Now trees are a little easier to figure out...they have beautiful architecture...the way branches flay out and away from the main trunk, the way the branches seek out the light. (mmm?), the colors of their offspring the leaves and how they grow and change through the seasons.. I'm not too sure about the rocks. Can't figure out my fascination with rocks yet. Especially the big ones. I have run my hands over several of them and ponder the density of their atomic structure. Maybe because that's the "opposite" of the trees...dense, condensed, almost an inward pull toward an invisible center. I especially like the large boulders that seem to have fallen out of the sky and plop! landed where they landed and there they lie for a long time or at least until some upheaval occurs. So those are my thoughts this Monday morning. Perhaps too much caffeine.

Shot this boulder yesterday morning around nine am. I took about 80 pictures and this is frame #1.
ISO 200 with +3 exposure compensation, aperture priority at f14, camera chose 1/5th of a second, on a tripod with the self timer making the exposure. A Hoya polarizer to adjust the surface of the water and camera set to VIVID for color saturation.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

San Gabriel River

OK, so what do I do when it rains in Central Texas...head on out on a picture/scavenger hunt. I found myself along the San Gabriel River in Georgetown. The colors were gorgeous. So many things to shoot so little time.
The only issues this morning were the banks of the river were slippery and I sloshed around a bit. And I had to constantly wipe raindrops of the lens and filters. Other than that, a fine time was had by me and my Nikon.
The top shot is actually a long abandoned baby blue pickup truck embedded in the side of the hill. mmmm...strange. I guess I had automotive forms on my mind. The next to the last shot looks like a "stoned" car. And then on the way home I passed by the bottom scene...a fine old Chevy and the American flag....
Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoy the pix.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November Rain

Whenever it rains, the first thing I think about is grabbing my camera and having a "look-see". I love the colors after a good rain. Today wasn't exactly a cloudburst but it was steady enough that everything received a pretty good soaking.
The colors appear vibrant, the lighting gives everything a super-natural look, and a polarizer on the lens plays with some interesting effects.
The large leaf was shot at ISO 400, f5.3, 1/60th - the yellow leaf frame ISO 400, f5, 1/200th - the abstract thicket ISO 800, f5, 1/30th, and finally "The Lost Tennis Court" was ISO 800, f3.8, 1/40th.
Thanks for stopping by.  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Autumn Light Winter Light

Here are three pictures from today's out and about. They're really not about trees, leaves, or reeds. They're really about the light. The light today was glorious and has been for the past few days. Rich blue skies and a sun that has the touch of winter yellow. I didn't do much to these shots other than use a standard polarizer to achieve a little more richness in the colors. The camera was set to ISO 200, Program mode...I let the camera select everything else. Hopefully for the next few weeks the light were continue to be like this as the foliage loses it's chlorophyll and even more colors appear with rich and vibrant hues.
Hope you out there shooting.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Exploding Autumn Colors

Autumn colors are exploding all around. Well, at least in my neighborhood. I hope you're seeing the same thing. I am putting some final touches and logistics on my new classes. The first classes will be held in January 2012. I will post all the new info shortly. Thanks for everybody's interests.

This particular "exploding" photo was taken with ISO200 at f7.1, 1/100th of a second. There's a lot color out there - I hope you all get some great shots!!
Thanks for stopping by.