"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

Friday, March 29, 2013

It's Easy Being Green...Sometimes

These were taken a couple of years ago when we had a good rainy fall season. I was on a color green  kick that morning since the world seemed so verdant. We could really use a couple of healthy downpours.

The bottom is just thick algae bunched up along the shore of a pond and it looked like an abstract painting. The colors were very hot since this is straight from camera. Both were shot with the slanted light of an early sun. You can see the light just skimming the tops of things. A brush stroke of sun.

Here's to things green.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Two Landscapes

Two landscapes from an early morning walk through one of my favorite bogs. Both shot with aperture priority set to f9, camera chose 1/250th for both with ISO 200.  Still holding my breath for the emergence of a little color to add to the panorama.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Hoping for a Vibrant Spring

Spring in just around the corner. Yeah!! The air is still cold but it makes for snappy clear colors. This image is from around 10am today- can't wait til the flowers start to add some more vibrant colors.

This image was at ISO 200, f8, 1/250th. Lens was clean no polarizer. Rule of thirds or rule of fourths?

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Muses

Here's to spring and some new roses. Last year wasn't great - hoping a new crop like three years ago. We had a good Dec/Jan rainfall back then that helped out. But water from the sky has been scarce lately 'cept for the hail last week.

Here's to the spring muses!
                                                               Botticelli's Primavera

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The great LOOK/LIFE photographer, Arnold Newman (1918-2006) has a wonderful retrospective at the Harry Ransom Center on the UT campus. Corner of 21st and the drag.  It runs thru May 12. Over 200 beautiful black and white portraits of personalities from the 40's through the 90's. It's free to the public. We don't get many photgrapher's exhibits here and this is a really good one. Check it out. If you google/images Arnold Newman I'm sure you'll recognize some iconic images. But go see the originals!
 A couple of shots as I walked through campus. I've taken the tower a number of times so I was looking for a new angle, found this one and then added some other elements to up interest. The top one is all architectural-ness with old bricks, new bricks, and shadows.

Both shot at ISO 100, f9, 1/200th sec, WB sun. 
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wrap Around Window Light

This is another example of pure window light. I just love window light. As did Vermeer, Caravaggio, and countless other painters in pre-electric days. There was a plant in the corner but I could see the light was soft and wrappy. I asked my son to sit there for a minute and I snapped a couple of frames.
After removing the plant of course.
You can see the left and right light ratios are perfect. Photographers sometimes spend a long time
with lights and flags and bounce cards and a  meter to get these ratios. I've done that myself many times. Here it's just given to me. I love the way the light falls on the hands.
This is afternoon sun coming through the window that had a gauzy curtain...the curtain modulated the light just so right.

So...again, study light, look for the light, and use the light to your advantage.
A little antique sauce from Alien Skin softens and colors the final effect.

ISO 100, f5.6 hand held at 1/15th of a second. To insure a steadier picture I braced myself up against
a wall.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

South By Bye Bye

Well, another SX heads off into the sunset. Wowzer, did they get beautiful weather. I think most days were simply gorgeous..'cept for a little windness now and then. But I'm sure a wonderful time was had by all.
I managed a couple of hours down 6th Street the other day. There was music thumping out of every bar up and down the closed off strip. The bass guitars were loud enough to vibrate your stomach.

Although I'm more of a Thelonius Monk/J. Coltrane kinda guy it was nice to see lots of people dancing and boppin' to the tunes and downing free ice cold cans of Monster.

My favorite take away were the outrageous mimes/human statues...one per block at least.   This one with the Beetlejuice umbrella was way cool...not too sure who she was supposed to be. But coolful none the less as well as her little demon puppet.
Shot at ISO 100, 1/180th, f6.7 with flash, camera set to P mode.

I guess white hair is in. Lucky for me.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Black & White South By

Went downtown early this morning (8:30 early) before the crowds arrive. Here are two shots that I converted into black and white. They looked so graphic in nature that I thought the color distracted from the overall design. Going back perhaps tomorrow...with or without the crowds? not too sure yet...sometimes too many people spoil the broth. But then so many are oh so colorful and fun to watch. The music's not bad either.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

A Drizzly SXSW

This pic is from several years ago. Downtown 6th St., SXSW - sunny warm day, lots of good vibes, great music, rainbow colored snowcones galore, and the smell of BBQ.

Today not so sunny. It's raining pretty heavily outside my window right now. Maybe it will clear up over the next couple of days. But then it's been a drought year so we really need the rain.

OK, so maybe we could have at least one sunny day next week - otherwise the musicians holding electric guitars and mikes may have to go inside....

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Bright and Cheery Morning

I'm going to start the week off with the bright genuine smile of Monica. This is shot in full morning sun using the SB600 flash on the camera for fill light and the camera set to P mode. You can see that early morning sun hitting the right side of her face and how the flash compensated and filled the left.

Monica is a great photo assistant and I have also used her for some model shooting but this one is just how she showed up for work one morning.  I loved the look of the jacket and scarf combo. (a nod to thesatorialist.com)

Shot at ISO 200, 1/200th of a second at f7.1 with camera in VIVID mode.

Hope the beginning of the week is going super swell for you and continues...supposed to hit 80 today.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Feet in the Air

"Art would be useless if the world was perfect." Andrey Tarkovsky

The past two weeks I've been re-reading some old tomes like "The Meaning of Art" by Herbert Read, "Sculpting in Time" by Andrey Tarkovsky, and "Notes on the Cinematographer" by Robert Bresson with Introductin by J. M. G. Le Clezio.

Thus the philosophical weirdness of the last two posts. I should have my feet back on the ground by Monday. Maybe.

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