"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

Saturday, February 28, 2015


As much as I liked to go out and take some photographs...it's just too darn cold. Thirty degrees requires multiple layers of clothing plus gloves plus the mental push out the door...very cold.
But I see the icicles melting off the neighbor's roof so maybe...maybe tomorrow.

ITM - here's a few unpublished images from the last two months that were waiting to be noticed. Not in any particular order. I always find something of interest during a second pass, especially when it's frigid outside.     

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


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                          "As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a confusion, or a freedom."
Jasper Johns

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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"A mysterious thing, this branching structure of life: one senses in every past instant a parting of ways, a "thus" and an "otherwise", with innumerable dazzling zigzags bifurcating and trifurcating against the dark background of the past."
Vladimir Nabokov

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Taken five years ago on this day. Brushy Creek Sports Park.

Monday, February 23, 2015


This past Saturday I was working at one of my bread and butter shoots - the venue also had a stage for school plays, etc. There was a full sized phone booth prop pushed up against the wall. I asked my intrepid photo assistant, Maria, if she would become an impromptu actress ala Gene Tierney. She enthusiastically agreed.     

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There are three light sources here. One, a large floor to ceiling window behind me providing overall light. It was a very cloudy day so the light was even and soft. Two,  I placed an AlienBee 800 firing into a silver reflector about ten feet in the air firing down from behind. I used the little on camera popup flash set to 1/40th power just strong enough to activate the slave on the AB800.   

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I converted the images to black and white in Photoshop using a gradient mask. Didn't add any light directions just darken all existing ones to emulate the early 1940's film noir look. I had John Alton in mind, the great black and white cinematographer of that era.

Nikon D7000 with the 18-135 set to ISO 400.

The images weren't planned of course since I had no idea there would be a phone booth so we both improvised for about ten minutes during a break.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015


Friday morning I was taking my usual morning walk when pushing through some of these brambles I came upon a buck's skull.  All the other bones were there...an entire skeleton of a buck!

BTW - these bones and the bones in Thursday's posting are simply coincidental...I think.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


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After taking the sunrise photos this morning I started to finish this set up. I was originally inspired by a painting by Claude Monet called "The Tea Set"

I place the teapot and cup/saucer on my working table several days ago and then let that swirl inside my head for awhile, adding and removing and re-positioning pieces.

The final image is lit mostly with natural light. I used reflectors to bounce window light back onto the set. There's a small penlight lighting the right side of the cup which was a little too dark for me.
A slight macabre twist on the original.

Camera was on a tripod with cable release, critical focus with the hood monitor in live mode zoomed into the back lip of the cup.
Lowest native ISO on the D7000 of 100. Aperture priority of f1.8, shutter speed of 1/15th. I used the 1.8 because I only wanted a couple of inches in critical focus. Lens was the Nikkor 50mm with UV filter removed. Post effect by Alien Skin.

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The original inspiration by Claude Monet, The Tea Set, 1872.


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Two images I made a half an hour ago down at Brushy Creek Lake Park at 7am. 

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I was dropping my son off for an early morning school event and noticed the cloud coverage over by the lake. I took fifteen minutes to stop by and take some shots.

Whether it's morning or evening twilight the colors change rapidly...by the second...within minutes the colors drained from the clouds and they melted away.

These were shot on a tripod at ISO 100 in program mode using built in timer.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015



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Saturday, February 14, 2015


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Thursday, February 12, 2015


Three more images from Thursday morning's ride to Volente. I didn't get fancy here with the camera settings.

The D7000 with the 18-135mm lens, handheld at ISO 200.

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Another example of my short landscapes taken just a couple of hours ago.

Some images from a little off road on 2769 on the way to Volente.  

Looking back toward the west.

A lonely looking Volente Beach

Boy! that water sure looks inviting...if you're a frog.

An abandoned shack with a nice table and set of chairs for an adventurous family picnic. 

"Ole Red" used by the Volente Volunteer Fire Department for 1961 to 1974.

The Anderson Mill of Anderson Mill Road fame.

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                                 "Peace" signals the little guy with the ying yang eyes. Either that or he's                                                                          ordering two salted pretzels.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


With the spring and summer months approaching, I'm looking forward to trekking out to some fields, glens, arroyos, and ponds to shoot what I call "short landscapes". I used that term because I like to photograph scapes that I can walk up to...as opposed to those that show a horizon that's ten miles away. 
I love Ansel Adams' work, those huge vistas that go on and on for miles but for myself I like
it when I can wrap my feet around it sorta speak.    

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Click top image for slides.

I'm browsing through some old files and will post some more short landscapes in the coming days.

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Friday, February 6, 2015


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The folder for these images is labelled "ScarlettPlant" after Scarlett Johansson. Last night I watched her amazing performance as an alien in "Under the Skin" and that got me in this creepy unsettling mood.

Now this plant isn't what it appears to be - that said, I don't know the name of the plant. It's a tall weed that grows up to five or six feet tall in the fields with large fuzzy leaves. In the winter it literally disintegrates into a twisted alien like creature without losing any of it's stature.  A huge open field of these creatures creates a very eerie alien like landscape.

The plant here is cut in half and 20 inches tall held in place and weighed down with a Cardelini clamp.

BTW - the movie? if you like Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch or Andrei Tarkovsky, you'll get it...otherwise, best to stay away. It is far from the main stream.

Nikon D7000 on a tripod with a 50mm lens at aperture priority f4. ISO 200, ss .1/77th of a sec and exposure comp of -0.3.

What was fun was lighting it. I scratched my head for a couple of hours as colors and shapes ran through my head -  then I went to work.

 Key light is a 14inch beauty dish with the SB600 set at 1/32th -0.3 through 216 diffusion. An eighteen inch strip of Roscoflex 3804 lays right under the plant. Right out of frame at image right is an Arri 150w with 2 red diffusion wires covered with a Chocolate filter   (David Lynch??) The background is lit from the bottom with a scoop light fitted with a daylight balanced bulb covered half with Royal Blue and the other half Chocolate. The hot spots on the bottom of the stalk and the top of the plant were done with a small hand held LED flashlight. The slow shutter speed gave me time to hand point it and pop it in two locations...like two quick stabs of light. No color correction this is right from camera...just a little sharpening in P/S.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015


A couple additional images from yesterday's shoot with Lisa Orr. I love this studio, stacked and stuffed with tools, raw supplies, stranded pieces waiting for a purpose, works to be finished. Having had my own studios in the past I was experiencing flashbacks. What looks like mayhem to most people is the messy froth from which artists organize seeming chaos into glorious art.

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Monday, February 2, 2015


Monday morning I had the genuine pleasure of visiting with a true artist - Lisa Orr.

Lisa's pottery is truly an extension of her very person. Her art just bubbles with 
her personality. It's extraordinary to see what materializes in front of you. 

...and a wonderful conversationalist...we talked about...I'll drop names here;
Soetsu Yanagi, The Beatles, Fats Waller, The Third Man, Henri Cartier Bresson, Jimi Hendrix.... 

Gotta love that zone 4!!

 If you love pottery or just want to experience artistry that is enthralling and just drop dead gorgeously unique, please check out her web site: lisaorr.com

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Top three images were made with a Nikon D7000 fitted with the 18-135mm lens. In addition to the ambient light I have an Alien Bee SB800 fitted with a 10 degree grid at 1/8th power on a stand to the left. The middle two images I added a 42 inch gold reflector just out of frame right. For image 3, I added a slight post-tilt to sepia.

From top - 1. ISO 400, f9, 1/200th, focal length 72mm
2. ISO 800, f5.3, 1/125th, 100mm
3. ISO 800, f5, 1/125th 46mm
4. I have my camera's U2 setting pre-selected for black and white with a bit of sharpness and the green filter.  Here I switched lens to the Nikkor 50mm, ISO 320, f4, 1/60th, exposure comp +0.7.

A huge Thanks to Lisa for her time and sharing her art...and she makes yummy coffee!!

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Fresh from the kiln.