"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, September 26, 2013


                                                                 ©2013 Andy deBruyn
Time, technology, and bones. I've been planning this setup for about a week. I had this idea about technology and time and carbon based units and how nothing will last.

Must be my desktop shot of galaxies M81 and M82. 12 million light years away and they've been in a gravitational struggle tugging at one another for over a billion years. There's a NASA website that publishes a new photo of deep space every day. You can download the images.  Puts things in perspective.

BTW - This morning as I was shooting I realized that Halloween was just around the corner. The look and feel is purely coincidental.

I started working on this two days ago with the background. The background is made by hand with foamcore, spray paint, bits and pieces of discarded plastic toys. There's even an old RCA radio tube hotglued to the foamcore. I worked on the board for two days. I bought the alarm clock at Savers for a couple of bucks. Put it in a bag and pummeled it with a hammer ala Michaelangelo.

I added a bit of theatrical smoke behind the skulls to blur the background. Yes, I could have done it in photoshop but I prefer doing it by hand. More fun than just pushing buttons. Besides nothing like the feel of theatrical smoke in your throat. I had to go outside after and breath fresh air for several minutes.

Camera was the Nikon D7000, lens 50mmDX, 1/60th ss, f1.8 with ISO 800.   Macabre, maybe...but I think of it as more like a philosophical piece.

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Monday, September 23, 2013


First thing of the day...is my morning coffee. A good strong cup of coffee is part of my morning ritual. If I don't get my a.m. coffee I can get downright ornery. But in a good way, honest.  I have two ways I make it. If I just want a short hit I use one of my Bialettis for an espresso type shot.
If I want to just relax and read and sit on the porch then it's the French Press.
So here are some images from this morning's cuppa. Italian Roast steeped for four minutes in the FP.
Etude - meaning variations on a theme. Couldn't decide what image I liked better so I'm
posting several.  
Images taken with a Nikon D80 fitted with a Nikkor 35mm lens. (making it 50mm FX)
White balance is Sunlight which is the only light used. ISO 400. Aperture priority @ f2. Images processed with a film look using DXO Film Pack. 
Cooler weather...yeah!!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Strange story on these roses. My last post was an image of some lily pads. I was on my way to an assignment and knew about this pond (yeah, another pond) in Bee Caves. I only had about 10 minutes or so because of my call time. The pond is surrounded by a chain link but has open gateways to get through. The roses, still in cellophane, were stuck in the chainlink fence. It was 7 in the morning, the area is out of the way, and the roses looked pretty worse for wear.
Obviously, left there from the previous day, probably a wedding shoot. I took them home and clip the ends and put them in water with some plant food. Some of them came back to life. The one that's drooping was having a tough time. But I was determined to give them some purpose.   
I grabbed some glass vases from around the house, added a little home spun art direction and set this shot up. The 10inch square mirror makes the image work. Imagine the shot without it.
The lighting is mostly from the back window through a frosted shower curtain. A small 150w ARRI pepper fresnel (tungsten balanced) is giving the roses some pop.
ISO 400, 5f @ 1/250th of a second, +0.07 exp comp, WB on auto.
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Test shot of vases for light distribution and selection.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


                                                                  ©2013 Andy deBruyn
Lily pad in the early morning. As you can see, the lilies aren't even open yet. The sun had just come up and the rays weren't strong enough to make an impression on the flowers. Since the colors were so muted,  I thought the image worked better as an intricate monochrome design.
I was on my way to an assignment and had only a few minutes to shoot this so I couldn't wait around for the sun and the lilies to do their thing.
Shot with auto ISO - camera chose 3200. Aperture priority was set to f9. Camera chose 1/60th.
Exposure compensation -0.03 to keep lilies from overexposing.
As usual with my nature shots, taken on a tripod.   
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


                                                                                                                            © 2013 Andy deBruyn
I love making images from the natural world. For me, a large part of the fun is playing with the colors. Not just the object itself but the colors that are reflecting back to my eyes. 
 Combine that with different lighting conditions provided by the sun, sky, and clouds - and the colors become alive. Moving organic swaying points of color and light. Leaves floating on the water's surface become suspended bits of color. If there's a slight breeze or wind I can use that natural effect to place my colors within the frame or utilize the way the colors spread on the camera's sensor to obtain a painterly effect in my image.

                                                                                                                              ©2013 Andy deBruyn

If you drag your shutter - slowing it down - the solid hard edge lines of nature blur, smear and become strokes and swaths of motion and color. You can paint with your camera.

So the next time you're hiking around and taking a healthy walk through one of the local parks, take your camera and play around with nature's palette.

OFF TOPIC (sorta) - Magnum Photos, the most prestigious photo agency in the world, is having a wonderful exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. You can see some of the world's and history's most famous images on display for free. I was there yesterday on opening day and can attest, it's a grand show...a must see if you love photography.

hrc.utexas.edu            magnumphotos.com

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


                                              All images ©2013 Andy deBruyn

On Monday I posted a pic of my son and his girlfriend just after sunset. The picture was taken at a pond about a mile from the house. I remember observing new fauna that had sprung up around the pond and decided I needed to come back in the daytime and that's just what I did yesterday.

Needless to say that a good healthy pond is a microcosm of activity.

The photographic constants in these images are ISO 100, lens fitted with a polarizer, and all shots taken on a tripod.

Hope you like 'em and thanks for stopping by.

                                                                                                                           ©2013 Andy deBruyn

Monday, September 9, 2013


Yowzer, I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. Busy busy busy, I guess.

Today's post: My son's girlfriend was leaving for Europe for a six month internship and I wanted to get a pic of them both.

Problem...no time. Between their schedule and mine there wasn't too much space. I had back to
back shoot and post production days and their time was slammed as well.

One evening we had about 15 minutes together. I was hoping for a setting sun but by the time we
got to the local pond the sun went down beyond the hills. What's a photog to do.

I had my Nikon D7000 fitted with the 50mm lens that I use for portraits.  For this shot  (there wasn't time for many cuz the light was fading fast) I put my SB600 flash on a stand and zoomed it out to 85mm at 1/4 power.

Camera set to manual and ISO 400. Handheld at 1/30th of a second at f5 with +0.7 exposure compensation and voila - a fairly nice photo emerged. Some vignetting in post and done.

The shoot didn't take more than 15 minutes. Sometimes that's the way it goes.

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