"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, December 28, 2015


We're about to make the slippery turn on the Helter Skelter into a new year. I made a lot of images this year...some of them I actually like quite a bit. The coming year will see more of the same as I concentrate on finding some beautiful light....   

..exploring for new "short" landscapes...

...my tabletop work..more ideas that I need to sort and prioritize...

 ...of course, more portraits...

...and food shots...a man has to eat, no?

                                                    All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn

I can only be excited and look forward to making many new images.

Thanks for stopping by and Best Wishes to Everybody....that means you!

If you would like me to make an image of you or yours please give a shout  - for session rates  512 694-9212.  Also for business head shots and for site work.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


                           Oh my gosh more trees...this time The Heritage Oak in Cedar Park

Sunday, December 20, 2015


"Still I see them
how they were...
bare winter trees."

Kobayashi Issa

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Today I opened an Etsy shop, you can find the button to the right. I'm new at this one so it may have some initial kinks. To celebrate, I reached way back in my digital files. I started shooting digital in 2008. Prior to that I was strictly a film guy.  

The Filling Station Cafe, Austin.

This two images are from the 2009 files.

                                                     Strolling in the heat of Dallas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


OK, here are several of my tabletops from this past year. Even though the first one is shot in water and not exactly on a tabletop, I used the same methods.

Not too sure where this idea came from - perhaps a dream. 

Grapes and Roman head - this may appear dark on your screen but in print it looks more what I was going for and that's a 17th century still life, with a dark thick impasto.

                     Figs - this came out pretty much the way I pictured it in my head.

Another attempt at a dark thick painting style quite common in the 17th century particularly among the Bolognese and Emiliano painters of Italy.   The Po River Plain style is another inspiration. 

For a reference you may want to look at the works of Aniello Ascione (1680-1708)

One thing they all have in common is the dark almost black background which is something attributed to Caravaggio - this "scuro" background that allowed the "chiaro" to be front and center influenced many painting styles in Italy.

All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn  For prints please email me at unbutin@yahoo.com.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Dang, it's that time of year again when I go over all my images and try and select...my favorites. Which is difficult, not because of my feelings about them but because I don't want to leave anyone out. Of course, this just pertains to portraits.

I made thousands of images this year while posting 189, so far. If I tried this tomorrow I would probably pick other shots. 

Here are four images that I had fun making with some great people. Thanks to all my gifted subjects.
Geez, sound so royal. 

Lisa Orr, potter extraordinaire.

Haley, senior photo session.

Warren Cullar, sculptor, painter. 

                                          Adrienne Bennett, songwriter, singer.

I will now look at some of the other work, landscapes, tabletops, products, and pick my selects.

All images are ©2015 Andy deBruyn
Any usage of images requires author's permission.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 14, 2015


Images from driving around this morning. It looked like a real good day for a polarizer so with the UV filter removed, Hoya Polarizer added, and camera set to a custom white balance of 7140K, I just stopped every now and then and clicked off a few.    

These images are straight from camera just resized.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 11, 2015


This morning it was foggy. Some areas heavier than others.

When the fog lifted, the color returned to reveal new hues.

There's a fog upon L.A.
And my friends have lost their way
"We'll be over soon." they said
Now they've lost themselves instead.
(George Harrison)

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


A couple of images from this afternoon's walk.

Nature's first green is gold.
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower.
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


So here's the image from yesterday's post. A typical hero shot of a product like one you would see in any magazine that catered to a particular audience.
A very clean shot, dark, rich, the subject is very clear, the message direct.

And now for behind the scene. Not so pretty anymore. This is for the geeky tech kinda person.
Beware the descriptions could get boring.

The set is on my usual product table. Table is higher than average for easy access. Windows are blacked out. The key lights are from the left and right sides, a sandwich light. 

Light on the left is an ARRI fresnel 150W, tight barndoors, shooting thru two layers of Lee 216 diffusion material.

And on the right is another ARRI fresnel 150w shooting through a layer of Lee 216 and 250. That's one full and one half diffusion.

There's also a 6" dot/scrim that is feathering the light off the bottle's label because it was a little too hot.

Once I was done with the shoot I had to put all the toys back in their boxes.
 I assembled them in the hallway before placing each one in it's home base. Besides the aforementioned lights, you can see other equipment, three C-stands, one light stand, one shorty called a Beefy, an Avenger flex arm to hold the dot, a Cardellini clamp, and an Avenger Super Clamp.
The camera is on my trusty Tilt-All tripod. All of this to make the above posted image.

Thanks for stopping by.


A table top product shot that I worked on last night and this morning. I'm going to try and capture a behind the scene showing what it took to make this image. There's a lot going on here with a variety of grip and lighting gear.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 4, 2015


Here's another image from my photo session with Adrienne Bennett. There is something very classical about the look...the pose is very Mona-Lisa-ish but in the mirror image angle and I graded the image to a golden patina to emulate classic paintings without getting too much of the aged varnish look.  

And speaking of classical looks, as I mentioned the shoot was in Hyde Park right next to the Elisabet Ney Museum. If you love classical art this is a must stop for you. You can google the museum for the address and hours. Also check it out on Facebook.  

Elisabet Ney worked in both a classical Italianate and Greek styles. On exhibit are statues, both from her sojourn in Europe and her work right here in Austin. If you've been to the state capitol then you've seen some of her work.

These images really don't do the real works justice. Being close to the work, the craftsmanship, the details, the mass of the statues pushing out into space...I suggest a visit.

I didn't mention it yesterday but a "huge shout out, big thanks, appreciative nods and thumbs up" to Adrienne for being such a delight to photograph.
Thanks for stopping by.
All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn   

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Yesterday I had the delightful chance to photography Adrienne Bennett, a very talented songwriter and musician. (plays banjo, too!) Photo session took place at Hyde Park in Austin around  10am.

The first two images I used my lovely Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. It's an older AI lens so requires manual focus and camera in manual. I love the way it paints the light.

Today's lenses are great but sometimes a bit harsh so I will soften them a smidge
with a black net or filter.

For the bottom images I used the kit lens, 18-135mm, with a black net.

Thanks for stopping by.

More lighting info?

For the top two images, I used an off camera flash fitted on a Matthews Magic Finger set to 1/8th +0.7 power to the left about 6 feet away with full CTO. There's a silver Lowell reflector right twenty feet away on the other side of the street. It's extremely effective.

The bottom two images is just natural light. Sunlight from 3/4 back through a white umbrella with the Lowell reflector below angled for just a little spill.  

All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn

Monday, November 30, 2015


My favorite local bog (just five minutes from the house) is ablaze with color. A lot of the color has fallen but it's a beautiful walk when it's above and below you.

All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn

Click image for black background.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Last Tuesday I posted some shots of Hyde Park that surrounds the Elisabet Ney Museum. This has been an on going study for an upcoming shoot. I like to scout my locations, time permitting. What happens is if I have too much time, the scout creep becomes very obsessive. But I am one for looking at every detail.

I love the look of this wrought iron gate and may use it...or not. It may have too much of a personality for what I'm doing. I'll continue to fret and writhe on the floor until the shoot.


Click pic for black background.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


                                                                    Little Blue Bridge

The old, very old, dam bridge. Behind the Elisabet Ney Museum.

Part of the Pascal Simon and Holli Brown Mosaic. Wraps around the entire building.

Fall foliage on 44th street.

Thanks for stopping by.