"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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blue Train

Here's another shot from my train yard scout. When I saw this old car justing wasting away in the yard I thought of John Coltrane's "Blue Train". I was using a long lens so I went to Shutter Priority at 125th to keep the picture as sharp as possible. ISO was 160 with -1 compensation at f9.5.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're enjoying this fabulous weather...today was 82!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Welder

One of the projects I was talking about on yesterday's blog will include a vintage train. I haven't worked out the entire concept yet. Meanwhile, I did go on a scout today courtesy of the Austin Steam Train Association. Lo and behold here was a "train fixer" welding away. A bright sun was on the other side of the train so I was dealing with the welder in heavy black shadows. I set the camera to ISO 1000 and my pop flash to full power with white balance on auto. I added a bit of grit in P/S.  
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sticks and Stones

OK, so we're about three weeks into the new year when I realize I haven't had one of my usual walk abouts. There are several parks in Cedar Park that are great fun to walk around not only for health reasons but there's usually something interesting to photograph...especially if you go slightly off the beaten path. But that just shows you (me!) that I've been too busy planning this year's shoots.
When I plan shoots I go all out...with site surveys, sketches, casting, lens selections, etc. The post of a couple weeks ago with the Pre-Raphaelite photos went round and round on my burners for almost nine months.
This year's shoots should be just as rewarding if all goes as planned.

The photograph of the boulders and train trestle was shot at ISO 160 with -.05 exposure compensation, aperture priority at f6.7 shutter 1/90th of a second with a polarizer.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you on one of my walkabouts!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rocking and Rolling in San Marcos

Well, after a hiatus of a month, I'm back hitting the tarmac running, literally (to work off the
holiday poundage) and running and gunning in a photographic sense.
My first photo session of 2012 was shooting some publicity shots for my son's band, The Penny Dreadfuls. Now shooting a rock and roll band is always fun (well, most of the time). You get to work with different wacky individuals who are up for just about anything and you can photographically play with light, color, body types and shapes, clothing, positioning, a variety of backgrounds, and a little adventure in post production.
    These shots were with the Nikon D80. I used a bare snooted flash outdoors for fill and a white shoot thru umbrella for the interior. (thanks to the Coffee Shop in the Square in San Marcos)
Outdoors, ISO was set to 100 for maximum effect and 200 for the interior. Flash was usually set to around 1/4 power.
Thanks for stopping by...and may this year be a happy and prosperous one for you and yours.