"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

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mumbo Jumbo

Another shot from the Nasher Sculpture Museum in Dallas...a juxtaposition of forms, lines, directions, materials, space....mumbo jumbo??

One Camera, One Lens, Short Trip

Last week the family took a mini vaca (pronounced vay-kay!) to the Grapevine, Ft. Worth, Dallas area. The top photo is from the lovely Amon Carter Museum - certainly a must for museum hounds like myself. The next two are city scapes; construction, cars, parking garages, and traffic all swathed in hundred degree weather. Nice.
The next one down is the backside of the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. I know, most people would shoot the front with the great concrete statues of the wolves but the behind the scenes was more fascinating to me. Behind these doors are stored a variety of chemicals used to keep the millions of gallons of water people friendly and eye stinging at the same time. To the back right are the tubes of the water slides and vortex.
After dinner coming out of P.F. Chang's the horse's visage was an uncanny sight modified with a little fill flash...and finally the family resting at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Another must go-see for museum lovers.

This time I was determined to travel light, photographically speaking. I took one camera, one lens. The D80 with the 18-135mm kit lens. No filters, one battery, camera set to P mode, ISO 100 for exteriors, 400 for interiors.  That made it very simple, find a subject, frame it, click it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Crawling Toward the Weekend

Well, at least it seems like this week is just crawling into a weekend. Maybe it's because I've been selecting, printing, and framing some of my prints to hang next week at the Vista Grill in Lago Vista.
Now I love making images but framing is a bit tedious. I'd have someone else do it if it wasn't so expensive.
But in between slicing with the paper cutter and spinning tiny eye screws into the back of the frames, I did work on a couple of pix for relief.
The ones I've posted are only 2 weeks apart in shooting but light years away in the look and feel.  The top one of "Foxy Foe" the roller girl was shot in a parking garage...which was a self inflicted challenge...
the bride and groom was a very quick snag as the couple left the church after the ceremony. I wasn't quite ready for it (as I'm actually walking backwards here adjusting the new white balance and fill flash) and it came out a little soft so with the help of some modern software, namely Photoshop, I was able to give it some life as it does depict a special moment and I didn't want to give up on it.
Not quite done with the framing and wiring but the pix will be up on Monday.

If you're anywhere near Lago Vista next week please stop by and check out the Vista Grill. It's a very yummy place for lunch. A fav.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Second Shooter for a First Rate Photographer

I recently had the honor of being second shooter for Cheri Thompson, a very talented photographer, as well as a very fine person. Cheri hired me to photograph some of the peripheral goings-on that sometimes a busy and occupied photographer can't grab. You just can't be everywhere when so much is happening.  Besides shooting the groomsmen prior to the wedding and some indoor fun stuff with a photo booth, I tagged along and captured some different angles of Cheri's set-ups. The framed up shot in the middle being one. Great idea, Cheri!! I put a little twist on it in post but keeping the color only in the frame and letting the rest go black and white.

The top black and white is one I call the "Tarantino Walk" but obviously comes from a long
history of westerns. A fun angle...the only thing missing are the holsters. The other groomsmen
shot I call "The Indie Band". It helps when everyone's having a good time.

I had a great time...working for one of the best. Thanks Cheri, it was a privilege!!

Watch Out ! It's Foxy Foe!

Now I have heard that the Texas Roller Girls can be hazardous to your health...at least on the tracks if you care to challenge them. But I'm thinking this was just a photo shoot with just one roller girl and lo and behold "Foxy Foe" shows up packing a Fiskar Power-Lever Cutter with double 12" blades all nice and shiny. I'm in tennis shoes...she's got skates. What was I thinking?

I gotta talk to my agent.

For those of you technically minded: shot with a Nikkor 35mm f2 lens on a Nikon D80 at ISO 400.
Key light was a Chimera Soft box on a C-stand loaded with an SB600 on full power with two layers of diffusion. The backlight was from an off-brand flash raw no diffusion. Both powered remotely from the camera. The "Foxy Foe" AKA "The Cutter",  shot was 1/180th of a second @f.4.5. The middle shot 1/60th @f6.7.  The bottom shot 1/125th @f.6.7  with just the Chimera right up against the edge of the frame. You can see a bit of it sticking in upper frame left.

Yes, I got home safely.

Thanks for stopping by!