"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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


This is a photograph of a friend and her friend. Catherine and Tex. Taken around 1995-96. Catherine worked at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and I worked with her on a couple of video productions for Sun.
If anything, it sures makes me nostalgic for film because this is the way it came out when it was printed. No post production, no photoshop, just shot in camera with the correct exposure.
Photographed with an Olympus OM-1 (fully manual camera) and a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 lens using standard Kodak Kodacolor film, ISO 100. Shot at sunset in the hills of Mission San Jose overlooking the waters of the San Francisco Bay.  The only light is skylight and the setting sun coming in from camera left.
 Scanned from a 5x7 photograph. Film was such pretty stuff.
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Monday, July 29, 2013


I went for a walk this afternoon in the sparkling 95 degree heat. Hey, I need the exercise and a little heat's not going to bother me for ...say...half hour..twenty minutes...or so. Took my camera along just in case. The light was bright, harsh, and flat as a manhole cover so not much to shout about. But then along comes... 
...this gal (?)...we stared at each other for about five seconds.. 
and then she scampered off - pretty much like stealing second base. 

I originally had my ISO set to 200 but when I saw the top shot - I quietly reset to 640  because I knew she was going ro run - I needed a higher shutter speed but also a little more sensitivity because she was under some heavy shade.  As it turned out, with the camera set to P mode and ISO 640, it gave me a s/s of 500 with an f6.3- enough to almost stop her mid flight and with some decent light.
 There's a little youngun on the other side so I guess it's a "she".

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Sunday, July 28, 2013


Another image from last week's rain pics. I noticed this one on a second run through. Just a couple of leaves. Yet...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Whoa, it's been a week since I"ve posted anything. I've been so busy around the house keeping up with fixes here and there. Been painting one of the larger rooms with nothing more than a couple of brushes. Been much faster with a sprayer but I've never used one and if I did it would probably be
a disaster.

This is a photo I've been working on the past few weeks...yes I keep pixelating away at it. The intention is to highlight the abstract-ness of it...even when I took it I was looking at it as if it was an abstract painting.
I've played around with the colors some but mostly with the textures...which you really can't see here.
But when it's framed and hanging on a wall the texture matters.

Don't know if I'll be satisfied - totally - but like that anonymous saying..."Paintings aren't finished...just abandoned"...which you can say about anything, poems, novels, sculptures, etc.

Whole week 100 degrees...whew.

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Aaaah, I've got blog withdrawal.
Speaking of the abstract here's another interesting photo. A large pile of spilt gumballs.
Something I found while walking through the woods. Just to the left of the image is the gumball machine all smashed to pieces. Evidently, somebody thought there was a lot on money to be had by stealing a huge 5 foot gumball machine from the front of K-Mart or somewhere like that and hauling it off to the woods where they could pummel it to death and extract lots of change. I'm pretty sure their efforts were not paid in full. The least they could have done was take the gumballs home for the kiddies. Probably kids themselves. As Red Buttons used to say, "Strange Things are Happening."

Thursday, July 18, 2013


 ©2013 Andy deBruyn
The downpour of the last two days has kept me close at home. But I really liked the cloudy light outside, at least, before it started to come down in buckets. I grabbed some dried flowers and hung them on an old discarded panel I'd collected.  About 15 minutes later the drenching and loud snapping thunder started. Taken with a 35mm lens wide open, aperture priority f2, ISO 100 still gave me 1/1000th ss. I used  -0.3 exposure compensation to keep the tips of the flowers from clipping.

Looking out the window by my desk as I worked on my photos.  
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Monday, July 15, 2013


"Rain, I don't mind." The Beatles

Images ©2013 Andy deBruyn
I was complaining in a previous blog about the heat...the past several weeks have been pretty darn scorchy. Finally, a breather...it's cooled down to a reasonable 84...and heavens to betsy...it comes with rain!!  Lots of it. Pouring all day. But I've been wanting to get out there and shoot so bad...the rain was not going to stop me. I went out about 11 am this morning jotting down to the local bog and tried to capture the rain.  
I had on an Eddie Bauer field jacket that was supposed to be waterproof...ha!..I got soaked...wet socks, wet shoes, pants wet up to the pockets all the while trying to keep the camera dry by sticking it under my coat and in a freezer bag taking it out for just a few seconds to frame and click.

So here's the results - I only quit because I was drenched - the camera faired better. Camera set to auto ISO and P mode so I didn't have to fool around with settings.

I don't think this is a random pattern but a strange message left in fallen bricks...probably bog fairies.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013


Been flippin' thru old files while waiting for the weather to cool a bit. I'd like to get out there and take some pics but it's been just too blazing hot. 95's one thing...103's a totally different thing.

Anywho, here's a shot from the Hamilton Pool Preserve from a couple of years ago . It's so prehistoric looking down there. I'm just waiting for a huge dinosaur foot to appear in the frame.
Photo was taken with my D70 and an old 50mm Nikkor lens. Click image for bigger.

"I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it." Annie Dillard

Thanks for stopping by...brief as it is...stay cool.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


One final image from the Dallas/FtWorth trip.
A sculpture of a Wari warrior. The Wari are an ancient tribe of Peru. There were a number of warrior sets but this one had that "business all the way" look...or perhaps, "Don't make me get up!".

"WARI - Lords of the Ancient Andes" at The Kimball.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


 Some pics from the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas. Besides great sculptures there's a wonderful garden on the grounds with running water and little hidden spots of beauty. The lily pads on the pond and the one shaft of light slipping through the trees and hitting the center of the large leaves are a couple examples of nice visuals to behold.

©2013 Andy deBruyn
One of the most interesting artists at the Center is Katharina Grosse. There's a couple of her huge colorful sculptures not only on the first floor but on the garden grounds. Downstairs is one of her large installations. It's a pretty big room filled with dirt, gravel, rocks, and a couple of huge canvases all painted in Katharina' psychedelic day glo style. The exhibit is walled off in glass and the attending docent allows only four or five people to enter at a time. Booties required. While standing in line to enter Ms. Grosse fabricated world I was intrigued by the visual I was seeing. These bottom two pics are from the original camera files enhanced only by a kick in saturation to recapture the colors
of the scene. You're looking through the glass into the work plus the reflections of what's on the outside and even what's behind me in line. The juxtaposition looked very cool.

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You can google Katharina Grosse/Images for more of her dazzling work.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Artists using light itself.

Dan Flavin's "Diagonal of May 25, 1963"
Dan Flavin, "Untitled"

 Many of the items from the permanent collection, i.e.; Clyfford Still, Rothko, Motherwell, etc, I was very familiar with and I've taken pics of them many times.  This visit through the Modern I more paid attention to the artists who were using light as the raw material for their art.

This green spiral to the right is actually a static piece I was having fun with - set the shutter to 1 second and spun the camera.

My son, Stefan, staring through Larry Bell's Chrome and Glass "Untitled" 
Tomorrow I'll post a couple of photos from the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas.
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Monday, July 8, 2013


The family and I went to the Dallas Ft Worth area over the 4th weekend to visit some relatives. Whenever we have the chance to go to DFW the museums are always a  must stop. We have a rotation we go through visiting whatever was missed last time. Last year we went to the Amon Carter. For me, there's never enough time to see everything. I can spend a long time in front of anyone object that stokes my imagination - as the rest of the family patiently moves to the next room.

The first day we drove straight to the Modern. In these shots, I concentrated on the spaces and lighting. I love architecture and I'm always fascinated on how the buildings are put together with distinct attention paid to lighting - the interior lighting and how the outside daylight is filtered and then directed to bounce off walls and mix with the color temperatures inside.  The orange blue and salmon colors just blend together very gently.

The daylight slanting through two story windows strikes the grey concrete walls and oozes down the hall to give you this "sfumato" effect.
Without even looking at the art objects (objects?) just absorbing the light play on the walls if fun.

The only technical info I'd add here is that in order not to keep adjusting the camera ISO sensitivity I set the ISO to auto and by keeping the white balance set to the warmer side the cooler blue shows itself more readily.

Tomorrow some of the art on display.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Heading up to Dallas/Ft Worth for the 4th of July weekend. The next couple of days will be busy prepping for the trip. Hopefully I'll have some cool pix for next week's posts. In the meantime, here's one of my attempts at black and white conversions using the greyscale mode and then tweaking the contrasts locally.
Lily pond is located in Bee Caves just of H71. Click image for bigger.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great 4th. Stay safe. 

Monday, July 1, 2013


OK, here we are in July with Christmas 6 months away. I wanted to do a review of the first six months, go through my images and select my favorites...so here they are. Each one for a different reason...maybe the lighting, the timing, the subject, or just remembering what it took to get the shot.

I hope you took some great images, too.

Click on first image for bigger and slide show.

Thanks for stopping by so far this year.