"Because nothing worth knowing can be understood by the mind." Woody Allen

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

STROLLIN' THRU G-TOWN

I needed to go to Georgetown this morning on some business so I grabbed my camera and took some snapshots as I strolled around the main square.


                                                 Williamson County Court House

Is this really safe?

Damn Yankees @ The Palace

Grace Heritage Church

Waiting for Dr. Who.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

THIRD QUARTER REVIEW

OK, time for another quarterly review. Here are some of my favorite images from July, August, and September.














? Really don't like to title my images they are what they are of. ?
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

SUMMER DAZE DONE


I can tell that summer's over when I can go to the pool at two o'clock on a very hot plus 90 afternoon and I'm the only one there.  The pool to myself.  Also in the back of my mind is the fact that in less than two months I'll be putting up a Christmas tree. Yikes!!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

FROM THE BRAZOS


A view of the UT campus from the 6th floor of the Brazos Garage complex.


Then turning to my left -




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REVIEW COMING UP


At the end of every quarter I review my most recent images and try and select my favorites. With the end of September coming to a close I will check the last three months and post images by next week.

In the meantime, I'll keep shooting.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

FROM THE MUD BEAUTY ARISES

A couple of images from a walk around a pond.



"The lotus comes from the murkiest water but grows into the purest thing.'
Nita Ambani 



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The first image of the lotus is with the sun behind the clouds - here full sun.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SLEEPING ON THE JOB


No I'm not sleeping on the job...I have a number of projects on front and back burners demanding my time. Some of the projects are table top and I'm collecting props and building some set pieces.
As I've mentioned before I tend to plan shots out a lot - scribbling sketches, selecting possible props, etc.

Hopefully I'll be able to pull one or two off this month.

Wish I could sleep like this guy here...at SeaWorld San Antonio.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

TRUCKS AND CARS




Posting some automotive images. Love taking shots of cars and trucks. Must be something that started in childhood. What little boy didn't love playing with Matchbox and Hot Wheels.



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Esso Extra only 37 cents a gallon!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NATALIE BEN AND THE GREEK

Posting a couple of images from my visit to the Blanton this morning. I really went there to see Natalie Frank's exhibit - which is really really good by the way. She may not be for all tastes so check out her stuff on line first. Ms. Frank's exhibit The Brothers Grimm was impressive.  Runs through November 15 and the museum is free on Thurdays.



Always one of my favorite stops at the Blanton is Ben Shahn's "From That Day On" in the Deante and Jay Stein Gallery.

 

The Belvedere Torso attributed to Apollonios, Greek. This is a cast of the original found in the Vatican. Wonderful placement for lighting, natural and man made.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TAKING ONE'S TIME TO PRE-VISUALIZE


On yesterday's blog I posted a picture that took some planning...not much...but it was a matter of waiting for the right day and conditions.

Talking to someone this morning about planning and waiting, I mentioned the above image that took a year to complete.

I had picked the spot out the previous November for an idea that I had based around pre-Raphaelite paintings. The pre-Raphs used a lot of classical images for their projects, Ophelia, being very popular. Once I saw this spot I knew I could try something if I could cast it with willing participants.

A couple months later, I talked to Lisa, one of my favorite people to shoot, about this idea and she said, "Let me know when".  This was February. I told her that I wanted to shoot it in November as I prefer that type of overall lighting. When shooting outdoors there's only so much I can control.

The weather was starting to go my way around the beginning of November so I called Lisa and said next Sunday starting at nine am.

Lisa and her sister Ashley showed with garments in toe...they actually went out and bought some cool looking dresses just for this shoot.

I took the Ophelia image both with Ash and Lisa and ended up preferring the one above with Ash.  
Here's one with Lisa on the same shoot.


The year I spent mulling over these images gave me the opportunity to fine tune my inner pre-visualizations and produce something that I think looks pretty neat. Once I have these images surely planted in my brain then it just a matter of bringing the elements together. 

I have a number of other like projects, one I've been thinking about for four years. It's cast in my head but there's so many elements to this one I'll have to remain patient until again those stars and pixels align themselves.    

IMAGES ARE ©Andy deBruyn

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A GOOD WIND AND PUFFY CLOUDS

VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK - CEDAR PARK, TEXAS ©Andy deBruyn

I shot this image last Tuesday the same day I was next door at the Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. I actually went out that way to shoot the memorial. I was waiting for two things to coincide...one - a good strong to wind that would give the flags some heft, instead of just hanging there...and puffy white clouds to put some texture in an otherwise plain blue sky.

If I find something that I would like to shoot but the conditions aren't right (at least for me) I will wait...I am a very patient shooter...I've been known to wait years to get an image. The stars and pixels need to align.

TECH INFO - Nikon D7000, 18-135mm lens set to 30mm, ISO 100, f9 ss 1/320 with an exposure compensation of -0.7 to keep the clouds and white parts of the flags from clipping at 256.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SUMMER'S OVER

Summer's over     Time to bundle up the hay 

Images made along  FM 1431.




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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SRI SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE




The Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Cedar Park, Texas.



Beautiful to behold. Inside the temple, soft chanting, the smell of incense, gentle monks tending to the flowers, the fruits, the idols.

You cannot photograph inside the temple.

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