"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 31, 2013

Parmer Event Center and Austin

This morning I really felt like taking a long walk in this fine weather we're having...it's 70 out there...vunderbar! If that February cold spell is coming I might as well take advantage now. I hadn't walk around downtown Austin in a while so I ended up parking my car at the Parmer Event Center. I got back to the car 3 hours and 15 minutes later!

Here's three images from my walkabout. As you can see, The Parmer Event was first on my media card.
I have a big job coming up this weekend so I'll try and select some other shots from further into town before tomorrow night.

Tech specs: ISO 100, WB Auto, from top to bottom: f8@125th,  f6.7 @ 180, f5.6 @ 125. Lens was clean and all was shot using a monopod for support.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blue Stripes and Backward Reds

About a week ago I was filling up my water jug at one of those water stations outside the local supermarket and looking around I noticed this linear action happening over my head. I thought mmm that would make a cool image of sorts. The only problem was I didn't have a camera with me. I made a mental note that next time I went back for a refill I would bring my camera. I also took into consideration that the sky would have to be blue because of the contrasting red letters.
Turned out today was the day. Probably won't hang in a museum but I like it. If you think something looks interesting..go for it..one never knows.

ISO 100 f8 @ 1/180th with camera set to P mode.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Color in My Images

Sometimes I just shoot things purely because of my response to the colors I see.Just for the pleasure of seeing great colors.  Kind of "color for colors' sake". If the light is right, red, blue, and orange objects just jump out at you. Or sometimes, as in the case of the bottom image of the skull the color is more subtle and nuanced, more like a wash of color.

There are all kinds of theories about color with dozens of published books and I have a few of them myself.
However,  I think most of the time I'm just reacting in a visceral sort of way...as in "ooh, that sure is pretty." Or again, maybe not...maybe there's some long ago far away unconscious response or memory map to color.
Either way, it's fun just to pick up on the color that one sees and experiences and then try and do it justice. And a little underlying form or function doesn't hurt.

There's a good article of color theory at luminous-landscape.com. Just scroll down to the article:
"Using Color Harmonies in Photography" by Alain Briot.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013


Continuing my backwards trek through some old files I came across these from a trip to Dallas a few years ago.. My favorite is the middle one which was taken in Dealey Plaza. The plaza is off to the left but I found this portico to be more interesting. The "film frame" look reminded me of the Zapruder film and since the event took place about two hundred feet away I thought the visual connection was subtle but apropos.

Today it's supposed to be in the 80's...perhaps a good day to go out for a walk with my camera.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Inaugural Day Dragonflies

What do dragonflies have to do with Inaugural Day? Nothing more auspicious than it just happens that this posting is today.  I just needed a post title.
Here are two images from the next file on my external drive...still perusing old pics for inspiration. The shots are from several years ago taken at Brushy Creek Park next to the reservoir.
This was my fourth day (!!) of trying to capture these frisky little guys, they don't stay too long in any one spot. What I did learn from observing them and patiently waiting for one to alight near me was that after they fly away from a particular branch they will revisit it in a couple for minutes, sometimes quicker. So when one alighted I had about enough time to focus on the end of the branch when it would fly away. But I just held my pre-focus until it returned and as soon as it lighted... 'snap'...before it got any ideas of flight.
Notice on the bottom shot I did maneuver myself until the bokehed yellow flower appeared behind it's head giving a little more contrast and definition.

Happy Inaugural Day to all and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Monet or Renoir?

I have not posted anything since Tuesday, tomorrow's Friday and I don't have anything new...aarrrggh!
Took some time off to catch up with reading but I have also been working on some upcoming projects. And as always I put all my ideas down on paper and keep adding something everyday. Some of these projects involve costumes so sketching and more sketching has been the order of business.

In the meantime, Iwill  visit some past images that are stored on an external drive. This is one from the first folder taken three years ago when we had the blast of bluebonnets after having had an abundant rainy fall. Don't think that's going to happen this spring. I love the Monet feel to the patches of dappled light. Maybe
a bit Renoir, too. By tilting the camera a bit the eye travel has a little more back and forth motion...receding softly into the background...as opposed to just shooting it with a straight horizon.
Shot at ISO 400, f6.3, 160th with -0.07 exposure compensation.  

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Monday, January 14, 2013


This is one of my favorite foods...Risi e Bisi. It's an Italian dish made with arborio rice, peas, parmigiana cheese, and chicken broth or stock. In Italian it's called, Riso con Piselli or rice with peas. I lived in Verona for many years and in the local dialect of Veronese, they call it risi bisi. Pronounced ree zee eh bee zee. Needless to say, it is quite yummilicious.

A bowl of risi bisi, a chunk of chewy bread, and some red wine...now that's my lunch. In the picture is a bottle of Coppola's Rosso from his Rosso e Bianco line.

Tech specs: 50mm lens on DX sensor making it a 75mm, ISO 100, f3.3 at 1/125th of a second.
Normally in my studio/office I like to shoot with the sun steaming through the window and just use reflectors to fill my subject here and there. But this morning it was 31 degrees and a cloudy sky. I had planned the shoot for this morning so I had to go with electric stuff. The back light was an Alien Bee shooting through
some China Silk, the front light was a 14 inch beauty dish with a light diffuser. Both units were at their lowest output. The bottom center of the bowl is lit with a silver reflector.  See photo for set-up
The photo session took about 2 hours including cooking a fresh bowl.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Summer is fast approaching and many brides and grooms have already booked their photographers. That said, I am getting some inquiries about available dates. As far as my summer plans with the family, nothing is in stone as of yet, some dates are still open. So please contact me at 512 694-9212 and we can talk about your anticipated event. I would love to capture your special day.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Architecture in Austin

OK, let's try it from this angle. I haven't been able to post anything new the last several days because there's an issue between Internet Explorer and eblogger...a problem with uploading photos. I checked this morning and the issue was still not resolved. So I've uploaded this photo via Google Chrome. We'll try this for a few days maybe I'll just have to switch over.

This is a photo of the Texas Classroom Teachers' Association on 7th and Guadalupe. Best to take it in the morning when the sun comes up over the buildings across the street since the front  facade faces east. Shot at ISO 200, f5.6 at 1/125th with -0.07 exposure compensation. This year I'm going try more architecture. Lots of good stuff in downtown Austin.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Black Ones

Here's one I forgot from yesterday's post. I posted the reds and whites, here are the blacks.
Technical stuff: Despite the brightness of some of the images it was pretty dark back there so in order to bring out detail I used ISO 800. Camera set to manual with shutter speed at 1/125th and the f-stop generally around f5.6. Always on a tripod. Clean lens no polarizer.