"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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


The delicate balance of earth, water, and sun. 

Like ourselves, what we're seeing is mostly water.

© Andy deBruyn

I took these images last year in April. I've been back to this spot several times - even April of this year. But the flowers weren't there. Totally different look, very sparse, dry, and brown.

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Monday, July 27, 2015


One of Roger Foster's "bi" sculptures on exhibit at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. The pieces belong to an exhibit entitled, "Alternate Views".

bi and cong are Chinese sculptures that date c. 5000BCE.

On view until August 23, 2015.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Come Along Now Dearies

                Yes, mother.     Taken at Sunnyvale Community Center Pond, Sunnyvale California.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


                       "I close my eyes only for a moment and the moment's gone."  Kansas

©Andy deBruyn


 If you're looking to shoot some sunflowers, they're all over town. But no more concentration than by the Cedar Park Recreation Center. The whole path around the lagoon is strewn with huge gatherings of the common oft-overlooked but startling sunflowers that will cheer up your day.

                                            This is the path on the east side of the lagoon.

                                               Go through the tunnel to the northwest.

Check out the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden.....

....and catch more sunflowers!!

All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn
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When I saw this image it reminded me of The Teletubbies....mmmm???

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


                                                                                                                       ©2015 Andy deBruyn


Common sunflower.

Purple coneflower.

                                                         A Texas Hill Country landscape.

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Monday, July 20, 2015


Both of these images were shot with the Nikon D7000 and 18-135mm lens. I take the UV filter off when shooting and only use it when packing the stuff back in my case. The extra glass is just more air to glass surface that's unnecessary.

Camera is in P mode ISO set to 100. Top photo f5.6 at 1/100th ss, lens 202mm DX.

                                                                                                                              ©2015 Andy deBruyn
          ISO 100 f5.6 at 1/50th ss, lens 120mm DX.

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On some cameras there's a mode called User Mode where you can pre-set shooting preferences and then when you need them you just spin the top dial to either U1 or U2. The Nikon D7000 has two user settings. You can select any color combo you want or as on my U2 mode, I've set it for black and white. Obviously you can perform black and white changes later in P/S but I find that if I set U2 in the field I start to think in b&w. Since I've shot thousands of black and white images in my time with Tri-X or Ilford HP films I can easily switch my head into a different visual search mode.

These images were made at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.      

I added some minor tonal changes in post.

The LBWC was co-founded by Ladybird Johnson and the actress Helen Hayes but I guess adding her name to the title would make it a little too long besides not too many people know the name Helen Hayes...a very wonderful actress....stage, film, author....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

LJWC Sunday Morning

                                                                                                                           ©2015 Andy deBruyn

Posting image taken this morning at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center south Austin.

Tech Specs: shot handheld with the Nikon D7000 with the 18-135mm lens with no filter, ISO set to 100, f5.6 at 1/250th of a second. A small amount of sharpening in P/S.

Next: Tonal studies at Ladybird Johnson WC.

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Friday, July 17, 2015


Went for an early walk in the park taking along the old 6MP Nikon D70 (circa 2004) with the 
28-80mm lens (bought used for 30 dollars).  

 I had the camera on a tripod waiting for the light to turn a kinder smoother ratio when this deer walked into frame.  The camera clicked and it scampered away.

                                        My favorite dead tree...been standing there for years.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Images, some from five to six years ago. 
I was going to write something about post-Kantian reductions and/or object oriented ontology.
But hey they're just photographs...or are they?  
I'm never sure what possessed me to make some images over others but it's a visual thing so I'm not going to try and explain it to myself. I'm not a writer which is a good thing. I'll stick with Elliot Erwitt's  observation that "The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words."

This morning I was reading an article about Immanuel Kant and object oriented ontology and drinking some pretty strong coffee. The brand had Kick Ass in the title.
So it must have been coffee fueled Kant or Kant fueled coffee.
I wonder how Mr. Kant would have approached an explanation regarding the photographed object? 
He did say, "to think an object and to know an object are by no means the same thing"

OK, so I'm going out on a noumenal limb here and do some interpolating...
"to think an object and to know an object and to take a picture of an object are by no means the same thing"   He would have said that?? right?? 

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Monday, July 13, 2015


Quick little story -about determination - success. When I owned Solid Color Productions, a video production company in the bay area for twenty years, I worked with the local high school mentoring selected students and teaching them the production business. One particular student, Joe Mendoza, was the most enthusiastic, high energy, get it done kind of guy. At the time he was around 17. I hired him as a grip on many productions over the next several years and he was always on point and ready to go. He was a production sponge learning everything very quickly.   

I've followed his career over the years and when I was in the bay area two weeks ago I paid him a visit at The Little Giant Lighting Company of which he is General Manager. Joe's also the most sought after gaffer lighting guru in the bay area for commercials.

BTW - when I asked if I could trouble him and stop by he said, "Man, you're the reason I'm here!!"

You can see two of his eight (yes eight) trucks in the above picture and six thousand square feet of production equipment.

Joe, proud of you !!!

for more on little giant go to:

or to see Joe's work (he's done some fascinating stuff):

                  One for the history books of bay area production. Photo below dated Sept 1999.

                                                              Photo credit: Phil Bray
L-R Joe Mendoza, me playing director in the back scratching my neck, John Alves on Steadicam, and Bob Woods, on camera talent, for Sun Microsystems.

An even earlier one L-R, Joe Mendoza (a very young Joe), Tom Spignola, key grip, Tom Chandler, DP, on the dolly shooting product commercial for Sun Microsystems.
Both bottom photos taken in my studio Solid Color Productions.  


Two images made over the weekend taken for no other reason than the visual was interesting.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015


Posting some final images from my trip to the bay area...images that fell out of most previous categories.

The attack of the tubulars.

Building graphic. It's about the negative space.

Laundry room in the hotel.

Self portrait using auto fractal camera at The Tech

Cascading blue water. Water treated with PondBlue, a chemical that prohibits targeted areas
of the light spectrum from reaching the algae prone bottom of the pool.

Sunnyvale Community Center

                               My son Stefan oozing the epitome of post modern-like coolness.

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