"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, October 30, 2014


Finally, I got off my duff and managed to find the time to take a nature walk and look to
see if the fall colors had started

Well, it's not like I just got off my duff, my duff has been pretty busy lately with
other commercial projects - I just got to point my duff in the direction I usually
like to go...out in the woods.     

Counting down from the top, 1, 3, 5, and 6 were shot with stacked close up filters,
a +1 and +2 to be exact.

See those fall colors are starting to come through but the green is holding on
for as long as it can until it succumbs to the season.

Seed pods with their parachutes.
All were shot with the Nikon D7000 fitted with a 50mm lens. I used mirror up and
cable release on a tripod with all except 1 and 6 - those were hand held laying on my belly.
All images ©2014 Andy deBruyn
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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Man, it's been one week since I've posted anything. I guess I've been seriously busy with other life duties and that isn't sitting right with me - not that I regret tending to the minutia of planet earth living - but I just gotta make an effort and get out there cuz my shutter finger is getting itchy.  

Liberty Hill - this has been torn down. I always thought it was
unique but maybe townfolk saw it as an eye sore. 

With the cooler weather almost upon us no reason not to
search for new things to snap.


Have a couple of portrait sessions coming up and will post those as soon as
they're complete.
Seems like a lot of my wandering has been eastward - need to look the other way toward the setting sun.
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Monday, October 20, 2014


I just love sweet peppers. My mother, who was from Naples, Italy, used peppers in many of her recipes.
The colors, the smell, even that waxy feel brings back so many memories.
Here's the simplest of set ups. Light is from today's cloudy skies and a tiny pop of fill
from the built in flash set to the smallest amount at 1/128th power.
Taken with the 35mm on a D7000 making it effectively a 50mm. Handheld, ISO 100, f3.2 at 1/200th ss, with -1.0 exp comp.

Pepper Update: The above peppers were sliced thin and sauteed in EVOO with onions and garlic
and served as a side dish for tonight's dinner.

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Friday, October 17, 2014


Since I worked on the Timepiece I've been pretty busy with photo gigs and getting ready for two big shoots this weekend. So with my mind occupied with other "stuffs" I will leave the text to Ms. Solnit.
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"The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.

Text by Rebecca Solnit from "A Field Guide to Getting Lost"

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Monday, October 13, 2014


©2014 Andy deBruyn
This morning I was in the mood for some tabletop work. I've had this old family watch sitting in my drawer which I've been meaning to photograph.
I also wanted to try out some new close up filters I acquired.
The set up for the above image.
Nikon D7000 with a 135mm lens fitted with a +4 close up filter and with the NC filter removed.
Camera is on a tripod and I used the cable release with mirror lockup. I used a Vivitar
monitor hood in live mode for critical focus.
ISO 100, f8, 1/125th ss. Because I was so close I had to do some minor tweaks like set the
exposure comp to -1.3 and the flash manually to 1/32 at +7.
The key light coming from above is the small Lumaquest Softbox III attached to a SB600 flash.
The lights you see at bottom left and the red color in the back were lit using two
uncorrected ARRI 150w fresnels. The one on the left is using a snoot and on the right the barn doors
are closed down to almost nothing.      
A little antique glaze applied in post using an Alienskin plug-in.

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                                                               ©2014 Andy deBruyn

Had a couple of assignments over the weekend, two more coming up this week. Trying to find time
for a couple of personal shoots.

I'll start this morning on a product table top and see where that takes me.

Green Glen.
The posted image was shot with a D7000 on a tripod at ISO 100. ss 100th @ f9. No processing, straight from camera, just resized for web. Just another of my favorite subjects - I call them small landscapes. That's to differentiate from those landscapes that go on for miles with mountains or clouds way in the background.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

2D3D R2D2

These images were made on a rainy day in November of 2011. I'm pretty sure I was
thinking Jackson Pollock or Aaron Siskind - both artists using the two dimensionality
of the material for exactly what it was - a flat surface.
 My contact sheet that day shows most of the images taken at the very end of a long lens which
will visually compress and flatten everything, eliminating depth and making the image more graphic in nature.

This bottom image was made not quite at the long end but around 105mm...still
enough to flatten it somewhat.   

What I really like about this image is that it captures the quality of light and air...kind of a French impressionistic feeling. Dappled brush work, atmospheric perspective. Also the "rideau lateral" or side curtains used a lot in landscapes.
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All images ©2011-2014 Andy deBruyn
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Monday, October 6, 2014


©2011-2014 Andy deBruyn
"Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower." Albert Camus

©2011-2014 Andy deBruyn
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer
is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been."
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Thursday, October 2, 2014


©2012-2014 Andy deBruyn
November cometh. The light in November, in Hill Country, is always wonderful. It's my favorite light of the year. I have on occasion waited months to take outdoor portraits of people in this light.

©2012-2014 Andy deBruyn
Both these images were made in 2012. The sunlight is sparkly blue with a certain tinge of yellow that compliments the landscape...just about anything. 
 It may not be every day but if you're patient you'll see it. Get ready to re format.
Like I said in yesterday's post, October is my month for planning November shoots.
I will post some other November images as we get closer.   

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


This morning I started the process of visiting some of my favorite haunts. With November a month away I am anticipating a good fall season of colors.
Everything is still green but that will rapidly change. Looking at some old files I know the middle of November is when I'll be on hunt.
These images were taken with my trusty old Nikkor 50mm. I have to set my camera to manual with this lens as it is pre CPU and doesn't talk to the camera.
The bottom image looks like I'm using a polarizer but I wasn't...just the right angle with a cloudy sky.
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