"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

Friday, January 30, 2015


For most of the day the skies were dark and cloudy. But at one point in the afternoon a bright sun shone through...briefly. A brilliant shaft of light came through one of the upper windows just about the time I was putting some plants out to water. 

I picked up one of the fallen leaves and held it up to the shaft and the back light enhanced the entire inner structure architecture.

I set up a C-stand, took some museum wax and stuck the leaf where it took full advantage of the sun.
Set up the camera on a tripod and using a five second timer snapped off about ten shots.

A couple minutes later the sun went behind the clouds again and that was it for the day.

The Nikon D7000 was set to ISO 100, auto WB, P mode, f4 at 1/40th ss.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015


Even when I can't think of anything interesting to shoot I still get out there and click off a few frames. The work has to be done.   

"I write only when inspiration strikes, fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
Somerset Maugham

Light shoots straight but the trees and brush knock it around.

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Monday, January 26, 2015


One of the free standing sculptures I saw last week at the Blanton. The exhibition is called "La Linea Continua" and goes through February 15th.

This sculpture is by Fernando Botero of Medellin, Columbia.  I forgot to write down the title of the sculpture. This is a side view which I found more interesting. One of the many wonderful works by Latin American artists from the Judy and Charles Tate Collection.

"Rombo Cobalto" by Jesus Rafael Soto of Venezuela with a slice of the Renaissance room to the right. Things haven't changed that much...I mean, they're hanging on a wall. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


After a simply gorgeous weekend with bright sun and warm temps - back comes the chilly side of January. Cold, wet, and dreary. Time to go to the museum.
Images of umbrellas taken from the parking garage.

Finally got a chance to check out the exhibition "La Linea Continua" at the Blanton Museum.
There are 70 pieces from South American/Latin artists. Styles include surrealism, cubist, and impressionism. There's also a number of free standing statues. I liked the exhibition a lot. It's always fascinating to see what constitutes "modern art" in other parts of the world.  I enjoyed the ideas but also the different take on color palettes. And remember - admission is Free!! every Thursday and if you pay for parking at the counter it's four dollars all day. 

View from the Brazos Garage as I got into my car.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The worms left some sort of message in wormsign.

You can see that the bark and the inner saps that held bark and trunk together have dried up and the bark is literally peeling away.  

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I like looking back over the years to see what images I was making "back then". What was I seeing? what was I thinking? ..which leads to where and what next?
Here are five random picks from past Januarys.






If anything it shows me that I've tried a little of this, a little of that, mixing things up, experimenting, just do it - don't think too much about it, move on, ...that will continue - keeping it visually frosty.


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Keep on Truckin' credited to R. Crumb.

Friday, January 16, 2015


An image set from the train yards in Cedar Park. These are from three different days over a period of a year. The top image was made with the D70, the rest are with the D80.
Climb aboard!

This bottom image is processed to look like the AutoChrome technique that was popular from around 1900 to 1930.  I usually don't go so heavy on the effects but here it feels appropriate and looks pretty cool. Has the look of those antique glass slides

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Monday, January 12, 2015


It's cold, grey, overcast...I just needed some color.

"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light." Theodore Roethke

Sunday, January 11, 2015


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Looks like the weather's a tiny bit warmer as we turn around this weekend. I'd like to get a couple more chances at the icy treescapes. That may happen early Thursday morning with a slight chance of showers and temps around 32. Keeping the thermals on standby.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015


                             Three more images from yesterday's walk. Sculpting in ice and light.

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Water becomes ice - Light paints 
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It's freezing in hill country. Time to go on a brisk walk..very brisk.

Reminds me of music   something in a very cold minor key

Cascading icy notes

                                                             Wintry colors at the park

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015


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Toys in creek. Image taken 1/7/2015.  Nikon D7000 on tripod with 18-135mm lens set at 60mm. Lens equipped with circular polarizer. ISO 200, f5.6, 1/125thss, -0.3 exposure comp.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Behind the Curtain for Potato and Tangelo.

First the background. The background is canvas covered with paper mache'. I covered the entire canvas with paper mache' - waited til it was almost dry and then with my fingers move it around until I thought it had good texture for a rake light. A rake light usually comes in from a 90 degree angle...used a lot for film noir movies. I then hand painted it keeping in mind where the paint would be in the final frame. I made this nine days ago. It took about three days to dry.

The base is some very old crusty wood I found in a field.

The potato idea came to me from watching The Turin Horse so it's kind of a tribute to Bela Tarr.
I wouldn't recommend the movie unless you're a die hard Bela Tarr fan. Which I am.

Can't remember where the tangelo idea came from but I knew I wanted it peeled and hanging all over the place.

Lighting - the potato light is from an Arri 200w with a snoot up high. The light was still hot and exposing the potato so I had to use wire scrims to cut down the light - it took 2 double scrims to cut the light just under the clipping point. I was using the histogram function on the camera to adjust ratios. The light is shining through a hole about a half inch in diameter.

An Arri 300 on full flood is pointing up at the ceiling for a base level. I adjusted the barn doors for amount and shape. You can see it as a source at the top of the foto.  

The rake light is down under the table shooting up through a space. The painting is about two inches back from the table so there's an alley that allows me to get the light unto the canvas.

Finally, the side of the dictionary is lit with one of those small 2 inch LED flashlights hiding behind the tangelo. Being that close it was overexposing the book by a lot. I used an old gaffer trick and took some diffusion material and waded it up like a ball and placed it in front of the LED lens.
Since the LED is a cold source I could use anything for diffusion...in the case it was some plastic I ripped from one of those bags you use to hold vegetables for weighing.

If you're using a hot source this is not advisable as the material would catch fire. When using hot light you need to use pro diffusion by Rosco or Lee because it is made heat resistant.  Always check the heat temperature limits with gels or diffusion.

The gobo arm running top of the painting is holding up the leaf which is hanging with 28 gauge wire. The wire also helped me to twist the leaf for positioning.

The camera was set to manual with ISO 200, f3.5 at 1/10th of a second. Tripped with cable release and mirror up on a tripod. And yes that is the infamous Tilt-All tripod which I've had for more than 35 years!! Nothing fancy about it just nuts and bolts. That baby goes with me everywhere...it's been stuck in mud so many times I've lost count...and it's never complained when I've placed it mid stream and used it for pole vaulting over to the other side.

The lens was the Nikkor 35mmDX without the filter.

The final image with an alternative tint from yesterday's post.

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Monday, January 5, 2015


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Today's tabletop - A Baked Potato with Tangelo

Tomorrow Behind the Curtain
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Two vertical landscapes from this morning's walk.

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Nikon D7K, 35mm lens with hood, ISO 200,f8, ss 1/250th, -0.3 comp.

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Same camera/lens, ISO 200, f7/1.  1/200th. 
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Sunday, January 4, 2015


I am a big abstract art fan. Kandinsky, Pollock, Motherwell, Rothko, and such. You know...all those guys.

Anytime I'm walking around making images and I spot something that reminds me of their work - it's click.

These images below are just a sample. Images 1 and 2 are straight from camera. Images 3 and 4, I played around with color, saturation, hue but did not add or subtract anything to the image.  
The bottom one is the most dramatic - I had drained it of color and was going to slowly
move the slider back to regain some saturation but loved the way it looked at this point and left it. 

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The tree isn't part of the above.  I just walked by it today and it's one of my favorite trees in the area. Quite past it's prime yet still regal and it's been there for years. Love the way the sun sculpts it.

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                                 Sorry another tree picture.        Can't help it...love tree pictures.