"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, April 29, 2013

The Light Doth Dew a Frothy Dance

                                                                                                ©2013 Andy deBruyn

"The light doth dew a frothy dance merrily around the glen."

Shakespeare? No, just something I made up.

Two images from today's walk.

In my studio I have all kinds of light modifiers; softboxes, beauty dishes, scrims, nets, silks, dots,
fingers, reflectors, flags, floppies, solids, cukalorises...I got 'em all. And they all modify light in some way...but nothing beats the natural modifiers of clouds and the canopy of trees. They do a beautiful job, better than I'll ever be able to do. And I can see their effect for free. Sometimes it's just the light that's stunning. Simple.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

More Images from Friday

I think I'll start the week off with four more images from last friday's walk through Brushy Creek Sports Park. The rain over the weekend should have changed everything so I plan to revisit these particular patches of symphonic flowers this week and see how they've flowered, expanded, and used the rainfall to alter their designs. Of course, the flowers don't know they've altered any designs -  they just do their thing - but as Shakespeare wrote, "It is we who paint the flowers."

Shakespeare also had this to say about flowers.

"When daisies pied and violets blue
and Lady-smocks all silver-white
and cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
do paint the meadow with delight"

Love's Labours Lost

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Dark Clouds Drizzling Rain

                                                                                               Andy deBruyn  ©2013

Took a walk through Brushy Creek Sports Park this afternoon. What prompted me was the cloud coverage...it was dense...laying a beautiful soft light over the landscape. Add a little drizzle to get things wet and I'm a happy camper.

Here's a set of three pics from my walk. To me, the middle one is almost more musical than it is visual, it's really a symphony of sorts. Pretty intense music.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Here's how yesterday's post image was produced.

CAMERA - Nikon D7000 set to VIVID and +7 on sharpness. Fitted with the Nikkor 35mm f2
lens giving the equivalent of a standard 50 producing a "normal" perspective. I removed the
protective filter on the lens to minimize air to glass aberrations.

LIGHTING - There are three lights on the set. First - on the left is a scoop light (basically a ten dollar work light from Home Depot) fitted with a 150W daylight corrected bulb. The light is flagged off with a piece of black foamcore allowing light to spill onto the backdrop and give side lighting. This light gives the shape.
Second - on the opposite side is a 150W ARRI fresnel (see pic) wrapped with full blue. This Arri is a tungsten light therefore 3200K so it needs the full blue gel to "cool off" the light to 5600K. This light's sole purpose is to backlight the bird's nest.
Third - is a SB600 Nikon Speedlight set to 1/8th -0.7 power fitted on a Lumiquest III. This light is primarily the key and tone light providing detail for the image.

There were two ROSCO silver reflectors - a 24x24 on the right and a strip on the left. These provided a little shine on the subjects.

EXPOSURE was ISO 200, f7.1 at 1/15th of a second. Camera on a tripod and shutter tripped with 5 second timer to avoid shake.

Antique look and coloring produced in post using filters from Alien Skin.

PRODUCE - Organic red pears (non organic would also work) and bright yellow lemons from California purchased at the local HEB. The fruit was hand selected for color and shape.

OK, so that's it. Project took about an hour and a half. You can click images for bigger.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Red Pears and Lemons

Here is a still life I did today...I call it...Red Pears and Lemons. I'm putting together the technical
specs and I'll have that up today or tomorrow.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Early Morning Colors and Weirdness

This weekend I had a couple of sports related shoots. The first shot is the illustrious crew setting up the photo tent...I think that's what they doing.The middle shot's graphics grab my attention. Not being a runner I'm not too sure which way I'd go.  The bottom shot is from Saturday morning and it was the early morning 7 am sun that made the yellow and red pop. Sure gave my eyes an early wake up call.
Hope you weekend was good and your coming week is better...thanks for stopping by.   

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

No Title Post

I was going to post something yesterday but it was a sad day in Boston. I was going to post something today but I think I'll wait a few days.

"What a piece of work is a man!
how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! In form and moving,
how express and admirable! In action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the
world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is
this quintessence of dust?    man delights not me; no, nor
woman neither....."

Hamlet  Act II Scene II
by William Shakespeare

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

One Light

Following my last post showing two different lighting set ups, umbrella and a beauty dish,
both with a second flash for effect, I am posting this one which is using just one light. The light source here is a Nikon Speedlight SB600 on a C-stand about 10 feet from the subject. The light is bare and zoomed out to 85mm, the max on this unit. Power is set to 1/2 strength. Camera is in manual mode at ISO 200 with -0.3 compensation, f4, handheld at 40th sec.
The setting is an abandoned barn which has since been razed so it's a picture that will never be repeated.
Model/Guitarist - my son, Derek. Acoustic guitar by Fender.
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Dish Vs Umbrella

Examples of two kinds of lighting. In the top one you can see two lights, the key is a 14inch beauty dish not more than 10inches from the subject's face, the hat is lit by an overhead flash with 1/4 CTO. The bottom picture taken several minutes later uses the same two lights - the key is a soft silver bounce umbrella no more than three feet from the subject with an additional light coming in from camera left. This flash was about ten feet away and covered with 1/2 CTO.   You can see the warm hit on the hair camera left subject right.

Both shot at ISO 400 - the top photo is f6.3 at 1/200sec, the bottom f5.6 at 1/100th sec.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


After last night's storm with some thunder that shook the house, today's been just chilly, wet, rain on and off, dark, and just plain gloomy-like, I need some color!...my kingdom for some color!
Here's just the ticket...flowers from The Wild Flower Barn in Fredericksburg. Shot in bright hot sun at ISO 200.  Hope everything is aok out there in Frederickburg, heard they had some pretty nasty hail.

The other specs are: 1. f8 1/250th sec, 2. f5.6 1/400th sec, 3. f6.3 1/640th sec. All with -0.3 compensation, camera set to VIVID.

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