"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, December 31, 2012

A Berry Berry Happy New Year

This afternoon a heavy fog rolled in so I sprinted off to my favorite bog for my last photographic foray of 2012. I got a little infatuated with the berries. There were black, red, and white berries in various stages of ripeness and decay. These were not the edible kind by the way. Maybe the deer
like them, dont' know. I had a blast playing with the bright little points of color and mixing them with the background muted colors of the woods.

There was an oriental feel to everything, perhaps it was the fog. It reminded me of Japanese or Chinese brush paintings with a foreground, middle ground, and background.

Double click image for larger and slideshow.

Thank you for visiting my blog this year - I hope you've enjoyed some of my images. And I hope
that next year is a splendid one for all. Happy New Year...best wishes to everyone.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Very Happy Holiday Season to All !

OK, I'm going to sign off for several days to enjoy the holidays with my family. I will be back to this blog sometime next week.

I leave you with an image of the fabulous Heritage Oak here in Cedar Park.

In the meantime, everybody -  have a wonderful holiday - eat lots of goodies - imbibe responsibly -

hug the ones you're with....many times over.....best wishes to all!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Getting Out of the House ( In, too)

Here are five images I made about two years ago all in the span of about an hour and a half. Many times I just toss the camera in the car and go for a drive. And then is just a question of looking...
finding scenes that grab my attention, colors, shapes, an odd thing here or there.
In my classes I have always said images aren't going to knock on your door, you gotta get out there and shuffle through the mess. Sometimes photography takes time and a little work.
That said, maybe you just want to take pix around the house...the family...the pets...absolutely nothing wrong with that. Christmas is just around the corner and whether you celebrate it or not there's bound to be loved ones shuffling around your house (New Years, too)...so keep that camera nearby. Get in close and capture what it means to be together.

Hope your holiday season is going well.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Business Portrait

Last night I was putting the finishing touches on this corporate type headshot. This is not quite the usual look that I see all the time. Most of the time there is this happy go lucky blue background, the sort of blue one finds in 1960s appliances. The other usual color is middle grey. I wanted a little classier warmer look without going outside the "business" style. I opted for what I call "parlor colors". I think it works well. The framing is such that you can easily crop for a number of applications.

The technical stuff is: Nikkor 50mm lens on DX sensor making this a 75mm look. Camera was in manual mode - handheld 1/90th @ f6.7 at ISO 400 with WB set to flash +3.

The lighting is from an AB800 with a 64" umbrella camera left with a 4x4 white bounce on the right. Plus two small ARRI peppers, one on the background, and one back right hair. The back light is scrimmed down 2 stops. Added some softening in post.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012


The holidays have got me. Just too busy getting ready for the seasonal maddenings. My camera has been at my side but alas nothing from the muse. So here's one from last year at this time, the 18th of November to be precise. Shot at the Brushy Creek Sport Park one wet foggy morning.

ISO 400 in manual mode, f5.6, 1/60th lens set to 24mm (DX), 36mm (FF).

Oh, muse where are thou?...probably on a warmer island.

Thanks for stopping by. Protect your sensitive plants.

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Web Site

This week I published a new website, andydebruyn.com. I wanted a website that would showcase some of my best work and also be easy to find. I perused my archives for several days making my selects and of course couldn't possibly use all of them. Tuesday, on this blog, I posted an image of Devin by window light. This is Monica. We worked together on this shoot for about an hour and half. Monica was astounding...she gave me so many different looks, tones, and feels. Amazing.
I wish I could post them all.  
This image was made with my favorite lens, the Nikkor 50mm F1.4. It's about 30 years old. Maybe more. It produces the sweetest bokeh. With the lens at the widest f1.4, the shutter speed was a hefty 1/2000th at ISO 800. At that ISO, the sensor just ingested the tone of her skin..just beautiful.
Hope you like it. And please give a gander to my other site. Just click the link on the right.Thanks.

Cheers and salutations.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wonderful Window Light

Going through some archived portraits I was really surprised at the number of images I made without the help of an electronic flash. This portrait of Devin is a fine example of just using what's there and leaving it alone. The only light here is a large window to camera left. Since I wanted detail from the right also I set the ISO to 800. In program mode the camera chose f5 at 1/60th of a second.  

It's important to note that this window is just pouring in skylight and no sun...you need to pick the side of the house that is facing away from direct sunlight - sometimes a pre-scout of the location can help.

Thanks for stopping by.