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Friday, September 26, 2014

THE FOG OF PHOTOGRAPHY

©2010-2014 Andy deBruyn

Alex Wild is an entomologist who is also a fantastic photographer of all things small and creepy...like ants, worms, beetles, and catepillar frass.
Today I read an article by Mr. Wild in which he announces that he has quit being a photographer and accepted a job as a teacher.

The reason: so many people, companies, corporations, schmucks, etc. have ripped off his images from the internet that it is no longer viable for him to make a living at what he does so wonderfully.
Evidently the images number in the hundreds making the financial loss quite substantial. Using anti-pirating techniques doesn't seem to have worked. There's always somebody out there who can find a work around, software backdoors, or just plain old Photoshop.

If you're interested in copyright issues here's the link. 

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/one-mans-endless-hopeless-struggle-to-protect-his-copyrighted-images/

I can't imagine anyone using my images for any particular purpose (for-profit) but whaddo I know.
I suppose my image posted here could be used as a book cover jacket - a tale of foggy trees, things that live in the fog, foggy notions, trees that lust for fog, etc...

Anywho, if anyone out there is ever interested in using one of my images I would gladly agree to a mild Creative Commons fee. You get to use the image I get some coins...happiness all around.
No sticky frass leftovers.

If you're not interested in copyright law the article is none the less a good read.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE PORTRAITIST'S DILEMMA

 
The Portrait. I love taking portraits of people. That said, I find it a very complicated process. On my part. I never want the "sitter" to feel any concern, in fact, I try to make the experience natural and easy peasy as possible. Seamless and well as seemless. 

 
I want to capture the essence of the person as best I can. But I don't want it to look like one of those canned studio shots. You know those places...you find them in malls and department stores.
Nothing inherently wrong with their endeavors but selecting a backdrop by pulling it down from the ceiling isn't my style.  

 
My style includes controlling the image and making something unique without being way out there.
 
Of course, if it's a corporate head shot meant for a company web site or brochure then certainly the classic pose and an unobstrusive backdrop is what you want. And I have those too along with all the appropriate lighting fixtures needed to take a fine studio picture.
 
I guess that's why I said at the top that it's a complicated process (for me) maybe complicated is too
thick...it's just that I care about the image - I want the sitter to look good - I want my
imprint print visible.

Given the chance and the trust of the sitter - the artsy side of me bubbles to the top.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

SET FOR SALE

Bee Caves Creek.
This area is no longer accessible to foot traffic since I took the picture as it's been locked off with a high fence by the property owner. 


I am offering this set of four prints for sale. Each print comes with a custom cut mat.
They are printed on 8.5x11 sheets of photo paper. Since I always compose my images in camera and because of the shape of the modern DSLR sensors the actually image is printed in it's entirety
but there are white edges top and bottom so I use the custom mat to frame it out. I prefer the elongated ratio as to me it's more cinematic.

Here I was under a heavy canopy of trees and very little light was coming through. There was
this one shaft of sunlight that just backlit these leaves making them stand out like jewels or Venetian fine blown glass.
 

These poppies are from the Georgetown Sunken Garden. The wild grasses in the background give a swishing energy to the image.
 
An extreme close up where I was just capturing the intense color provided by a warm setting sun. Even the surrounding air was alive with color.

Each set of four is $120.00. That includes the mats, packaging and mailing. (that's U.S. mail}  Now that's real deal. The prints usually sell for 35 dollars each without the mat. I just wanted to put a nice package together.

The matted image will fit any 11x14 frame.  The images are rich in color and would be fine anywhere, either in a group, by pairs, or by single display.

Click the images for bigger.

If you are interested in a set, please email me for ordering and payment.
adebruyn@austin.rr.com

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the set.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

THE ABANDONED PAST

 
Perhaps you get a little squimish walking through a cemetery. I  have always found it rather soothing giving pause that slows my inner clock. 
 
For some reason, probably out of a deep reverence, my heartbeat seems to down shift.
 I can hear my breathing.
   
 
I always been fascinated by the rituals we humans perform to honor the dead thus maybe validating our own existence and worth. I mean, they have found artifacts in grave sites that go back tens of thousands of years.
 
Yesterday I passed by this cemetery as I was on the way to a shoot. I was ahead of schedule so I stopped for a few minutes.
On a lightly used rural road out by Liberty Hill. early Sunday morning, no one around, quiet as a chapel, a chill in the air, a light drizzle, heavy overcast...the ground still wet from Saturday's heavier rains.  

 
This particular cemetery has seen better days. It's pretty much run down, many of the sites seem like they haven't been maintained in a very long time adding to the surreal feel.

 
Of visual interest to me are the flowers. Most of them are artificial, made of fake silk, plastic, and who knows what. After years of rain, heat, and sometimes even ice these bouquets have bled out their original hues leaving colors with no names.    

 
Strangely beautiful

 
"Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time—that is the basic message." – Pema Chodron
 
 
"But what is the past? Could it be, the firmness of the past is just illusion? Could the past be a kaleidoscope, a pattern of images that shift with each disturbance of a sudden breeze, a laugh, a thought? And if the shift is everywhere, how would we know?"
- Alan Lightman
Einstein's Dreams
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All images ©2014 Andy de Bruyn
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CACTI AND BULBS ON A RAINY DAY

 
I've been trying to get out of the house and shoot for the past week but the weather has been chilly, wet, and nasty. I had such a shutter finger I went out yesterday in the rain...these are the things that got soaked - my socks, hiking boots, jeans (from the knees down), jacket, head, and parts of the camera. The D7000 is supposed to be weather proofed...but not the lens. When I got back
I used a couple of shop cloths to dry it all off.
 
The smooth shiny texture of the purple bulbs growing out of the cacti reflect the cloudy but bright sky and make them pop. Not much else was grabbing my attention.
 
Maybe the weather will ease up a bit - I don't mind the chilly part at all (having spent the early part of my childhood in Boston) but the rain and the gear is the issue.
Time to build another indoor set.
 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GETTING READY FOR SET


 
I've been perusing my archives the last several days searching for four images that I will put together as a packaged set. The four images will be matted ready for framing. I will offer this set
for sale sometime in the next month or so given my schedule. 

 
 
This is not black and white just dried grey river bottom.

The images will not be any of these posted here - I came across these and can't remember if I've posted them before.

I plan to cull together some favorite images - each one different subject matter. Nature will play heavily into the choices as that tends to be where I love to circle and ponder.
 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

DRAGONFLY DON'T FLY...AWAY

                                                                                     ©2014 Andy deBruyn

I made this image in July at the Brushy Creek Sports Park. If you go early in the cool of the morning the dragonflies are out in large numbers but as the day heats up they tend to disappear. They're funny creatures - they may light on a branch like this and then immediately fly away but if you wait a few minutes they come back to the same spot. So all I had to do was pre-focus on the branch and wait.
So a tripod helps. Your mileage (patience) may vary.

Tech Info: Nikon D7000 lens 18-135 at 135mm (202mm equivalent in full frame) shot in shutter priority at 1/200th - ISO 200 - f8 with an exposure bias of -0.3.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

FALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

©2008-2014 Andy deBruyn
 
Today I was still rummaging through the folder from 2008 and I am reminded
that my favorite time of year is just around the corner...fall. And winter in
the hill country strolls in right after.
 
 
And with that - the chlorophyll will leech back into yesterday's soil and the leaves
will morph into vibrant ideas of reds and oranges.
 
©2008-2014 Andy deBruyn
 
My mind and camera are ready for the change over. 
 
The top image was made in December of 08, the bottom one a month before in November.
 
Click image for bigger.
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RANDOM EARLY IMAGES

 
I am posting three random images from a folder I found on an older computer. These images date from around six years ago so I'm pretty sure I haven't posted them before.  2008 was the year
I switched to digital. 

 
All shot with the Nikon D80 which was the only digital camera I had at the time and my first
DSLR. Prior to that I only had a Canon point and shoot. I was still shooting mostly
film with my Olympus OM1. All photos from 2007 were with the OM1.
 
 
Images of pasta taken on a light table.
 
 
Sunrise in Cedar Park.
 
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