"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being it is possible to have real communication with the earth, which is the highest form of prayer." Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, November 30, 2015

THE BOG'S ABLAZE

My favorite local bog (just five minutes from the house) is ablaze with color. A lot of the color has fallen but it's a beautiful walk when it's above and below you.






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Sunday, November 29, 2015

SCOUTING THE HYDE


Last Tuesday I posted some shots of Hyde Park that surrounds the Elisabet Ney Museum. This has been an on going study for an upcoming shoot. I like to scout my locations, time permitting. What happens is if I have too much time, the scout creep becomes very obsessive. But I am one for looking at every detail.

I love the look of this wrought iron gate and may use it...or not. It may have too much of a personality for what I'm doing. I'll continue to fret and writhe on the floor until the shoot.

Aaaargh.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALKABOUT HYDE PARK

                                                                    Little Blue Bridge


The old, very old, dam bridge. Behind the Elisabet Ney Museum.

Part of the Pascal Simon and Holli Brown Mosaic. Wraps around the entire building.

Fall foliage on 44th street.


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

WHITE AND LIGHT STUDIES

The beautiful white orchid I bought last month is still going strong. Kinda. How strong? I'm not sure. It still has a full array of petals but they are losing mass having become thinner in the past week.

Yesterday I played with this thinness by applying light using only the sun coming in the window.






Using just the 50mm lens with the UV filter removed I added  close up lenses of +1 and +2.

Handheld using a full apple box for support for my elbow. Everything was shot in shutter priority so I could make sure camera shake was at a minimum.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LEAVES WILL TELL YOU IT'S FALL









Some images from this morning. The power went out about 9am and was (according to electric company's website) expected to be restored by noon. So....

grabbed the camera and went out for a walk.

Used the Nikon D7000, handheld with ISO on auto, aperture priority (usually around f7.1), switched back and forth between the 18-135mm and a 50mm.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

RED AND RUSTY

                                                                     

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Red and rusty with bent wire.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

FOR PARIS


CELESTIAL PATINA

                                                                    Celestial messages.



I love the patina from years of open weather.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

VISTA CREEK POND

Some images made yesterday afternoon at Vista Creek Pond.


Back lit and graphic.




Looking for lunch?

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

HONORING THOSE



Picture of my dad at Cedar Park Veterans Memorial Park.  Dad fought the Nazis in Africa, Sicily, Italy, and later the communists in Korea.

BTW - dad's 93 and sharp as the crack of a whip..and don't challenge him at Scrabble unless you are a gracious loser.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DOWNTOWN



Here's an image of the Parmer Event Center that I made a couple of years ago. I was looking through the contact sheet tonight and saw this one got overlooked.

The different takes on downtown below were published back in 2013 and are from the same day.





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Sunday, November 8, 2015

NATURE? NOT!



Another image from yesterday's walk through the garden in Round Rock. I did say in that post "Art as only nature can paint it". Well, that's probably not the most correct statement. The colors are captured, displayed and bolstered using electrical currents. So it's really quite a ways from nature. But at least that's where we all start.

I've never wanted to capture nature as it is because that would be impossible even in the loosest sense. My images,  no matter what the subjects are,  are always interpreted expressions...as is with any artistic endeavor.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

KOI ARE WITHIN MY KEN


Koi fish in one of the ponds at the Brushy Creek Community Center.


Art as only nature can paint it.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

GEORGETOWN FLOWERS

Posting several images from this morning's walk through the Georgetown Sunken Garden.
I took the D7000 with two lenses, the 18-135mm and a 50mm. I ended up just using the zoom with the UV filter removed. It allowed me to work quicker and also zoom into some flowers that were out of reach.  






I used my trusty old Tiltall tripod for all the shots. The camera was set to Auto ISO with a set shutter speeds of 160 and 200.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GODOT'S TREE AND BEHIND THE FIG


Love making images using trees especially when they look like they should be on the set of "Waiting for Godot".




BEHIND THE FIG




Lighting set up for yesterday's post. Just a simple flash off to the left side with a Lumiquest Softbox III attached. The flash was set to 1/32nd power. A little ambient is coming is thru the window.

Note camera has cable release attached to prevent shake. I used an LCD hood with live view for critical focus. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

THE FIG

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This morning I thought I do something fall-ish. This image was made in my office/studio on a drafting table with window light as tone and the key was a flash fitted with a Lumiquest Softbox III
off to the left pointing down about 40 degrees set to 1/32 power.

The camera was fixed with a Nikkor 35mm f2, (FX 52mm). Camera was in manual mode with the f stop set to f2.8 and with an ISO of 100 I was able to shoot at a speed of 1/250th.

The open fig was propped up using museum wax.

I usually work with music in the background, this morning it was Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Kontakte" performed by Mike Truesdell and Renate Rohlfing.

The overall color toning was done in camera with slight vignetting and a bump of 85 filtering done in post.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

A SLICE OF LIGHT

                                          
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This image reminds me of how much I miss Kodachrome 25. K25 was such a wonderful film however because of the low ISO/ASA of 25 it required a lot of discipline. Shutter speeds of 1/15 or 1/30 were not uncommon so you needed a very steady hand or tripod...and no coffee before a shoot.

Kodak designed K25 to be extra sensitive to orange and red, (from about 600nm to 675nm), hence it was great for skin tones and warm sun colors like evening twilight.

You couldn't push K25 and the exposure had to be dead on to look good. Sometimes you could give it an EI of 32 and saturate the colors, 50 EI gave you thick cinematic looks which is what I was trying to emulate here by shooting at a -2.0 exposure compensation.

Adding digital noise or or a push button film look doesn't quite cut it so this is mostly just an in camera technique.

Still I love the cinematic feel of the image with just a slice of light. The inherent digital noise is just something I'll have to mentally sub for film grain.


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

IN THE ABSTRACT











Waiting for a Michelin rating...should come any day now.

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