"Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt." Susan Sontag

Friday, October 30, 2015

POUR N RAIN



"Long as I remember, the rain been pouring down...and I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?" CCR

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Monday, October 26, 2015

FLOWERS AT SUNSET





I could say I'm sorry but I won't...I am such a sucker for flowers. (trees are a weakness also)

Anyway, here are some shots I took this afternoon as the sun set. I had some orange roses that were given to my wife and I several weeks ago. We hung them upside down and let them dry and this afternoon I went outside, loved the light, grabbed a camera, a 35mm lens, a +1 close up filter, and made some images.

The only light here is the sun, no reflectors just a question of positioning.

Like pianoforte etudes, here are some variations.






All images on this post ©2015 Andy deBruyn

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Addendum - I could say I'm sorry but I won't - meaning that I hope somebody isn't tired of all my flower shots as in, "oh jeez, more flowers!!"

Sunday, October 25, 2015

DARK AND GLOOMY MORNING



A dark gloomy morning on Brushy Creek Lake at sunrise. Clouds are just thickly poured over the whole scene with the water reflecting only the blue elements.




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Saturday, October 24, 2015

LANDSCAPES

Posting several Hill Country landscapes. This is the time of year when I feel the light is to my liking.
All of these were taken pretty much close to home in Cedar Park.









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Friday, October 23, 2015

NOT MY PHOTOGRAPHS

Right off the bat...these are not my photographs, they were taken by the wonderful sports photographer Chris Cameron.

But I just thought these massive works of art were too good not to let people know about them.
Now, these are sculptures!!..over 100 feet tall and each weighs in over 300 tons. 




If you'd like to know more about these awesome creatures just google, the Kelpies. Or visit: thekelpies.co.uk.

Again photo credit to Chris Cameron.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

WARREN CULLAR

One of the things I love to do is meet other artists. I love to see their work, here about their passions, and experience their ideas materialized.

This morning I drop by for a quick visit to Warren Cullar's studio, took a couple of snaps, walk the grounds, and had a very pleasant visit with a very cool artist. Made my day. 





For more of Warren's work, sculpture and some wonderful paintings, hop on over to 
artwarren.com.

His work is colorful, bouncy, gravity defying, simple, complex, and just feel good stuff.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

NOVEMBER COMETH



In two weeks we'll be in November, one of my favorite times of year. The leaves have turned,
the air is crisp, and the color of the light is like at no other time. 








One of my most popular images if I look at my sold prints.

©Andy deBruyn

Posting images from earlier Novembers. Please click image for bigger.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

OLD GLORIES



Well, I'm as patriotic as the next guy and when I see fifty flags all in a row, each one representing a different state....and the wind is blowing mightily so the sound of cloth flapping is pretty darn loud...well...I just got to take a picture.

These are the fifty flags on display in front of Veterans Hospital in Temple where I went this morning for a visit.  






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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FALL IMAGES

Three images from a stroll through the park this morning. Fall colors are just starting, chlorophyll is starting to leech. 

This first one is like a Calderian mobile, just seems to be floating lightly in space.




This one is very delicate and took a Plus 4 close up filter on a 50mm. The actual size of each flower is about 1/2inch. Here they're catching the early morning sun.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

DACIA

I have a shoot this afternoon that goes until early evening and then again tomorrow another shoot that will take a big chunk of my day. So I'm posting two favorite older portraits of Dacia made in 2011.

Both images were made with the (now) very old Nikon D70 (6MP) with the even older (c. 1970) Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. I still have both and used them.




Two different treatments, two different hats.


Thanks to Dacia for a lovely shoot.


I purchased the D70 used from Adorama for about two hundred dollars and the lens off craigslist for about sixty.  Would a 3000 dollar DSLR make a prettier picture?..don't think so. 
  
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

BLACK AND WHITE STUDIES IN LIGHT AND DARK

Here are some images I made in black and white of the white orchid. Again, the orchid is by a window with morning light streaming through augmented by a reflector on the opposite side.

I could have shot these in color and then in post do a b&w conversion but by setting the camera to the B&W mode I was able to see the values of light and shadow immediately and could re position to shape the light. I was also playing with the contrast levels. 





The second image down has a very slight addition of sepia, about 10 per cent.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TWO IMAGES FROM GTSG


Today I am posting two images from an earlier visit to the Georgetown Sunken Garden.





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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EGGPLANT FOR BREAKFAST


In my last post I expressed my love for orchids well another plant doesn't have to struggle that hard to get the same affection...and that's eggplant. Eggplant for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast.

This morning I pan fried some eggplant with EVOO, added diced tomatoes, sprinkle the plate with toasted breadcrumbs, olive oil infused parmigiano, fresh oregano and basil....looks very delish....it's about to be devoured.

Made the image with window light and some reflectors, 50mm lens at f2.2, 1/125th shutter tripped with cable, ISO 100.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

WHITE ORCHID

©2015 Andy deBruyn

Another image from the White Orchid shoot. On this one I just de-saturated the wall, took away some of the yellow that was competing with the eye of the orchid....or is it the mouth?

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

BEHIND THE ORCHID


 Here is the set up for the orchid image. I used natural light coming in from window left. Then I diffused the lighting using three 24x36 china silk scrims that you can see in the picture. The silks come in different thicknesses, full, 1/2, and 1/3. I used two full and a 1/3 third. This way I can feather the light and give different areas of the image a controlled value.

You can see in the picture that the window light at some point is going through all three silks making a 2 and 1/3 stop of diffusion and in the middle just two silks. At the top, only one silk is diffusing the light.

On the right is a piece of white foamcore and what you can't see if a strip of Roscoflex silver reflector material running down the middle to push one slice of light toward the orchid.

There is also a 12x18 Lowell silver reflector on the floor pushing bounced light toward the wall.    

Again, it looks like a simple shot but with diligent light control I can spread the light the way I want and produce an overall light palette. 

©2015 Andy deBruyn

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Friday, October 2, 2015

AN ORCHID BY ANY OTHER NAME


I love orchids. Phalaenopsis by its genus name or just Phal if you're in with the orchid geeks.
 I went to the grocery store this morning and the flower section had these gorgeous orchids, I couldn't resist, I had to bring one home.


I usually try and use natural light for flowers and this one is no exception. This is just window light with feathered china silk diffusion and a couple of reflectors. I'll post a behind the scene tomorrow.


Tech specs - Nikon D7000 with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens with UV filter removed. ISO 100. I used the sweet spots of the lens going between f5.6 and f7.1. Shutter speed was around 30-40ss, camera on a tripod (except bottom image) tripped with cable release.

Post consisted of a small amount of sharpening, a slight bump in vibrance - and that's about it.

All images ©Andy deBruyn

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

TWO VERSIONS

Two separate treatments for a project I was working on this morning. I used an older Nikon D70 for the top picture. The D70 uses a CCD sensor instead of the CMOS so there's a slightly different look to the original file. The warm tone comes from applying 85 filtration in P/S.    




This bottom I used an older D80. I worked with a 1970's AI Nikkor 50 lens. I switched lenses so both cameras used the AI lens. Not quite as sharp as the newer Nikkors but distinctive in its own look. Since the lens doesn't talk to digital I went fully manual.


The bottom image has more of a painterly shellac-y look. In my continuing quest for control of the backgrounds - the background used here is a large canvas that I painted for this one shot. I worked on it for two days until the texture was just right. Because I would be using fat f stops I knew it would be out of focus. The color grading was done by using the channel mixer.

"Be aware of every square millimeter of your frame."  Jay Maisel

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