"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, January 27, 2014


Looking for some inspiration, I browsed thru my archives and found these two strange images. Taken about five years ago in Houston. I forget which museum. Natural History? Science? slips my memory at the moment.  The camera was the Nikon D80 with the kit lens, 18-135mm. Obviously tried an active zoom on that bottom shot. Just slow the shutter down and pull the zoom as you click the shutter. Instant smearing.  

Anywho, I would like to get out there (where?) and make some images but it's been soooo cold lately.
Supposed to warm up toward the end of the week. Looking forward to pushing the shutter again.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014


Wet wood. Grain. Rusted garden tools. Spent brushes and leaves. Dull light of a cold drizzly day.

Shot with aperture priority set to f5.6  @ 1/20 ss , ISO 200, exp comp -0.3,  camera covered with
shower cap.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014



The past week has been hectic and heady, a couple of all day photo assignments kept me busy between actual shooting and prep. The rest of the time, I was trying to keep my fuzzy head out of the pollen haze. Man, that cedar sure put a hurt on da nose. Yesterday I shot all day outdoors - that didn't help my airways none. Note: I'd like to thank the pharmagods for those cetirizine hydrochloride tablets that made it  possible for me to get through the day without obliterating a box of tissues.

I finally had some time this morning and managed a personal shoot. I had the table set up from last week so I went to the local market and snagged a large healthy pomegranate. This actually took the whole morning as I kept applying different tones to the back canvas. The first four colors didn't work. Finally, this light brown seemed to fit the bill.  The front end was pretty simple but the background had to be just right.  

The light is again from the left window. The window is covered with a frosty shower curtain to soften the light. You can get the really cheap ones at Walmart for about 2.50. A bit of handheld right fill from a silver reflector. In post, I changed the overall tone to a warm antique blend.

Hope you're keeping your back to the wind - or maybe you're one of the lucky ones and pollen/moldy saturated air doesn't bother you.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


                                                             ©2014 Andy deBruyn

I shot a still life today. This one took a bit of prep.

First I stained and varnished the wooden box a couple of day ago. (a quarter apple box the kind used on movie sets)  This morning I found an old canvas in the garage and smeared some gray and black acrylic paint on it and set it aside to dry.

I then placed everything on my shooting table in the office with the window to the left. By the time I was ready to shoot it was around 1pm so the sun was on the other side of the house. The light coming in the window was north/east daylight. There are venetian blinds on the window so once I established what f stop I wanted to use I just controlled the exposure by turning the blinds until I got the numbers I wanted. I handheld a small silver reflector and eyeballed a couple of hits on the pewter pitcher.
I softened the image up in post.

ISO 200, f7.1 at 1/2 second. Camera on a tripod tripped with a cable. UV taken off the lens but the lens shade put back on. Camera was a Nikon D7000 and the lens was a Nikkor 35mm (50mm DX).

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Monday, January 13, 2014


                                                             ©2014 Andy deBruyn
A couple of images from the past three days. For the top one I was trying to get
a vintage feel...wasn't too sure what I wanted to photograph at first but I figured flowers were handy in the yard. So the top image consists of the following; light table, clear glass pyrex dish, a half inch of water, cornstarch, Hamilton Frost diffusion material, food coloring, flowers/petals picked from the yard, and the pop flash from the camera. Put those all together and stir then add a little Alien Skin texture in post. 

                                                              ©2014 Andy deBruyn
 This is the flyover exchange at 45/183/620 late Friday afternoon at sunset. It helped that the setting sun was a deep orange. Set camera to VIVID to pick up the color. Other than that, this is directly from camera. For a second, looking through the viewfinder they looked like the Greek columns around the Parthenon which I had the privilege of photographing the actual thing...many years ago.

Two images...totally different...just mixing it up. Click image for bigger.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Another one from last Saturday's contact sheet. This looked like a little hand reaching out to me in the woods...kinda creepy and sweet at the same time. I wanted to touch it but was afraid I'd snap it off.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


This morning I felt like shooting something on the tabletop in my office. I found these old pair of Converse out in the garage. These things were pretty bad off, ripped and torn with absolutely no treds on the bottom. It's not that we can't afford to get our kids new shoes every decade or so but this is the look I think (will remain nameless)  was going for...along with some holier than thou blue jeans, you know the kind that look like they're about to just disintergrate, and you get either the starving artist look or the "I can deal with angst" look - perhaps a little of both. Presents a trendy fashion statement while texting.   
For the exercise I wanted to use mix lighting - the key light being a 3200K tungsten fresnel spot and the fill a shoot thru umbrella with 6000K flash.

This is the techy part...I also wanted to shoot somewhere around f5.6. From the diagram you can see I placed the Arri fresnel at a 45degree angle aiming at the shoes and directly behind on the same axis a shoot thru with my SB600 flash. 
The flash was set to 1/4 power. The fresnel was fitted with full CTB correcting filter and a 1 inch snoot. Even with filter the light was a little warm. I could have doubled up on the filter but then I would have lost light. Instead I went with manual white balance in camera with +6 blue and -1 magenta. That retained the faded yellowing on the bottom rubber. ISO 400, 1/125th SS, f5, the 50mm lens with protective filter removed. Camera on a tripod and shutter tripped with a cable.
A good exercise to play with while I sipped my morning mug of Panama Esmeralda.  

This is an image from last Saturday's contact sheet. A huge mushroom/fungi looking thing stuck on a tree stump. It was probably ten inches across and four inches high...about the size of a cake!
I have wider shots showing more of the scale but I was really fascinated by the ripples effect and the texture..like molten lava.  
OK, that's it for now...thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 6, 2014


OK, it's time to welcome the blogs of 2014. Today I'm posting my first images of the year taken on Saturday the 4th. I took some this morning but haven't reviewed them yet. But I pretty pumped on getting out there and making some pictures. Right now you really have to look for color at least in nature - brown seems to be the predominant hue.  At some point I will head down to Austin to explore some street scenes and find some color altho' I still prefer being out in the bush. At least as bushy as it gets around here.   Or I may head out - take some highway I haven't taken before.

Light and airy.                    ©2014 Andy deBruyn
At the bottom of my blog I post images from different photographers and artists. This year I will concentrate on showing ones that influenced me growing up.
My domain site is still a bit wonky - hope to do some repair work this week.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY 2014 !!!

Well, I was planning on posting yesterday...my last post of the old year but my allergies got the best of me. I was going to find some appropriate image and say something pithy but my head was pretty much fogged up with zyrtec and other pharmaceuticals.
That said, thanks to everyone who visited my blog last year. Thank you. Since starting this blog I've had 27,010 hits. Whew! that's a lot to me. I know it's not the millions of hits that the Kelbys and Rockwells get but I haven't been around on the web for ten years and I don't review gear and imaging software which I think is a big part of their attraction.  Those guys have the means to purchase whatever the newest camera  (*) or accessory thingamajig is and hand out some learned reviews, display comparisons, and put up charts, etc. Not any wrong with that, but I'm a guy of meager means and prefer to use the camera I can afford for as long as I can. I used my Olympus OM-1 for more than thirty years and still plan to use it this year! Just slap some fuji provia in there and I'm good to go.
*One of the quotes I borrow for my class is from David duChemin - "Gear is good - Vision is better"
OK,  so....a very Happy New Year to everyone.."let's hope it's a good one" ...peace out!!
And as always, "Go ahead take a shot"
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