"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication." Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Visit with Florence

This morning I was driving around south Austin scouting out some new locations for future shoots. Wandering down some previously unknown street I passed this house and  saw nothing but colors...vibrant colors everywhere. The sun was backlighting everything in the yard...sparkles and more sparkles!  My eyes were walloped with colors. I stopped the car and walked over and starting taking some pictures. About five dogs started to bark as I was snapping away. Within seconds the  owner came out of the house and said "Shush" ...and they did. Then she came  over to where I was shooting (outside the fence on the sidewalk) and without any introductions or anything said, "Would you like to photograph some of my art?" What was I to say???
  Middle pic of The Tree of Hope in Florence's yard. We spent about an hour talking about art, life, and the weight of the world and her beloved dogs. . It was quite inspiring. I was invited to come by anytime...and I will certainly take her up on that invitation.
The portrait was shot @ ISO 200, f5, 1/60th of a second and -.05 exposure compensation with the
 pop flash set to 1/8th power.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Morning Wore Blue

I've been trying to create an image of the Veteran's Memorial that serves it justice. This was my second attempt. I posted an earlier shot a few pages ago. That day was overcast so I used the greyness to the best advantage I could.
This morning wore a brilliant blue sky and there was some wind...I was hoping to get all three flags flying together-as it was I had to wait a bit just to bet some action in all three. 
I took my camera off my standard VIVID mode because the deep blue of the sky was beautiful "al- naturale". ISO was 100, hand held at 1/125th of second and f5.6. I used a polarizer, another reason to take it off VIVID.
I ain't done yet...another sky...another try...I'll be there.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

OK, Not So Stunning

On yesterday's blog I said today should be another stunner...we got socked in with a heavy dark
overcast...oh well. While doing a scout for another shoot I took this shot of the monument (?)
at Deer Creek. I love the red just starting to burst on that tree. I'm sure it will get prettier as
we move toward summer. The grass should get darker also.

The camera was set to VIVID at ISO 100, P mode chose 1/250th a f8. I couldn't have pick
a better combo myself.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Stroll Through the Nursery




Today was just a gorgeous day and spring is in the air...a great day to check out the local nurseries and greenhouses for vegetables and flowers.
We picked up some "aussie" basil, corn, rosemary, 2 types of tomatoes, and some flowers for the yard and the porch planters. Most of the time we just spent walking around and looking at all the colors and taking in all the wonderful smells.
I took my camera along and although I took many shots of baby veggies, little sprouts, and such my favorites were from inside the green house. Using the hanging visqueen as a diffuser I composed my pictures keeping the plants on the inside in sharp focus and letting the outside go soft and fuzzy. 

ISO was 2oo, camera set to VIVID and the P mode so I just had to compose and snap.

I also took some other shots around town I'll post tomorrow which is also supposed
to be beautiful...and just as stunning.

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the weather.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Veterans Memorial Cedar Park

As a member of the Cedar Park Public Arts Board I was asked to photograph a number of sites around town. One of them is the Veterans Memorial. This is the first time I had seen it and it's quite impressive. I encourage you to check it out if you haven't been there.

There's more to it than this shot illustrates, there's three flag poles, some other smaller architectural embellishments, etc. It really is designed to be walked around from different angles.

I thought that this angle having the obelisk thrust toward the sky gave it a more dynamic feel than just the straight on the ground look..and perhaps also eludes to the "idea" of the memory of those to whom it is dedicated. This may not be the shot I go with but today the sky was blustery grey with a slight drizzle hence the blownout sky. I'll wait until this storm system passes and have another look-see.

Tech info: ISO 100 with -.05 compensation to bring out the soldier against the whitish sky, f3.5 at 1/200th of a second with lens set to 18mm DX/ 27mm FX.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Light

Here's another one of my favorite shots from last year. Shot around the same time, March, the spring light is just starting to grab hold of the trees hence that lush green in the background. I love the way the red sweater just pops and the purple umbrella counter balances that blast of red. The colors just make the photograph jump and vibrate...and Lisa's pose doesn't hurt either.
Shot with the telephoto on the equivalent of 87mm with the flash set about 10 feet back on half power zoomed into the 85mm setting. Camera set to 100 ISO, f7.1 at 1/200th of a second.  

Can't wait to get out there again with this wonderful light.

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