"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

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Black and White Red Rose

This is a shot I took the last time we had a good rain. Taken in my garden with the D70 and the 50mm f1.4 older Nikkor lens..hence it didn't record the f stop...which is probably f8. I desaturated the image and then using the RGB box I played with the red and green channels.   I wanted to highlight the rain drops because on print they look a lot like jewels. I also wanted the final image to appear as if it was "printed down" -using old enlarger/chemistry talk.
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Tech: Nikon D70, 50mm f1.4 lens, at 1/80th of a second ISO 200.

Thanks for stopping by...keep cool today...looks like another 99plus!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lily Pond

Here's a landscape from February of this year. Photo was taken in Bees Caves. I set the camera to manual and the f stop to f22 that gave me a shutter speed of 1/6th. So...a tripod is a must in this situation and I also used the self timer to click the shot so I wouldn't even be touching the camera minimizing as much shake as possible. The camera was a Nikon D70 (6MB) set to ISO 200.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Landscape For Fun

Today I felt like posting a landscape. Just cuz. Or maybe because it's so gray and stormy outside I just needed to see some color. This lagoon is about a mile from my house. You wouldn't know it was there unless you parked the car and walk through some bushes and brambles. I've been back there perhaps 20 times and only once found someone else...fishing.

It just proves once again that a photographer's best accessory are his feet. Feet are also good for zooming with a prime lens! Gotta move.

Shot with my 18-135mm lens on the D80 at 18mm end. ISO 200, f8 @1/160th.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Up and Coming Director

Yesterday two of my boys were filming a video short in  the backyard. It looked so intense that I had to take some behind the scenes shots. In the top picture, the director, Stefan (12) is giving instructions to the "mad scientist" Derek for the next setup.  Stefan has been using that HI8 camera for the past three years for many shorts including stop animation with Legos and other toys. He is pretty familiar with all the conventional cinematic shots: master, cutaways, over the shoulders, jump cuts, dirty frames, etc.

To add to the surreal effect, I shot these at the fluorescent setting using a 50mm prime. My D80 was set to ISO 200 and P. The top exposure was f4 @ 1/60th, the bottom two were f4.8 @ 1/90.

Thanks for stopping by...oh yeah, the short came out great! No title as of yet.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Reality Passes Through

"...everything passes through your imagination. What you produce at the end is very different from the reality you started with."  Brassai.