"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, January 30, 2016


Not to belabor a point or beat a dead potato (see yesterday's post) but  how about a nice image of 

night grasses blowing in the wind on Whitestone or...

spilled gumballs or...

towels in the kid's bathroom or...

a nice loaf of bread or...

a giant fungus mushroom thingy or...

a ratty old pair of tennies??

Any of the images can be purchased from yours truly even if you're not a millionaire...although that would help.

Printed full frame digital on an 8.5x11 sheet of exquisite photo paper, $35.00 unmatted,
$50.00 with custom matte. Add $3.50 for shipping.

OR! one of my all time favorites

Summer Squash with embedded avocado.

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All images ©2016 Andy deBruyn

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Friday, January 29, 2016


                                                                                                                             ©2016 Andy deBruyn

So maybe you've read (or not) about the recent purchase of a photograph of a potato that sold for over one million dollars. If not, you can google "one million paid for a photograph of a potato" or something like that and the rest of the story should appear.

So (I won't mention any names) but unsaid photographer made a killing with an image of one (1) potato on a black background and someone with more money than they know what to do with offered him one million plus. Quite a spud fee.

The polemics, pros and cons, trashing, praising, and/or plain gossip on many photo websites around the planet is hot (hot potato if I may)  and bubbly right about now.

I figure if one potato is worth that much mayonnaise then maybe more would be better. So I made my own potato art just a few minutes ago. Took about ten minutes to produce and about 9 shots. Most of the shots was just adjusting the height, I wanted the exact perfect height so the spuds would have their moment. This whole exercise including the posting took less than half an hour.

These are some fingerlings from my backyard. I really didn't plant them on purpose I just threw some
old ones out there and they just grew naturally.

Tech Specs for potatoes - Nikon D7000 with a 50mm lens in manual mode on a tripod. Manually focused also. ISO 100. 1/20th ss, at f5.6 in natural light. The shaded side of the house.  

OK, so now it's your turn. Make an image of your favorite spud, make an  8x10, and see what you can get for it.

"Speaking Of" section: Here's a shot of a couple of pears I took three years ago. I guess I was foreseeing the future-solanum tuberosumlly speaking of course.     I think it's a beautiful image.

If interested in a print...I'm only charging 35.00 unmatted. 50.00 with custom matte....hurry it's a bargain!! (add 3.50 for shipping)

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Took a stroll this morning through Brushy Creek Park after I had taken a zyrtec because I knew that walking through BCP wasn't in the best interest of my nose.

Most of these images are straight from camera. If not, very little was done
in post. Took maybe one minute to tweak.

You've probably seen imaged tree before on this blog - I've got this zen thing going on with it.

To me it's a very simple graphic - a twist of wabi sabi.

I obviously spent a lot of time looking up.

Brought along two lenses, a 35 and a 50mm, ended up using only the 35mm. It was bright enough
to use ISO 100, everything shot using a monopod for support.

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Friday, January 22, 2016


                                                                                    Painting with Pasta    ©2016 Andy deBruyn

Designing with pastasciutta (dried pasta) is always fun...especially with a cup of strong java and some Japanese folk music in the background.

The base is an Acculight Light table covered with a sheet of full CTO. The top light is a Sylvania PH211 75w bulb run off a squeezer (Variac) at about half power.

The camera was set to ISO 200 in P mode, using the Nikkor 28-80mm f3.3 lens set to 52DX/78FF,
f5 at 1/100th ss. No post other than a bump in sharpness.

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Monday, January 18, 2016


Last Friday I had the privilege to photograph the dedicated folks of the 
Cedar Park City Council

The black and white version.

L2R; Stephen Thomas, Lyle Grimes, Corbin Van Arsdale, Mayor Matt Powell, Lowell Moore, Kristyne Bollier, and Jon Lux.
           These are some hard working individuals who make the city's healthy heart go tick tock.

                                                                                                                  ©2016 Andy deBruyn

                                The more relaxed yet "media savvy and ready for business" shot.

Tech info: Lighting for the top photo was an Alien Bee SB800 with the 64 inch PLM modifier on camera left very close in with an Altura flash from the back triggered as a slave. By using one light
for key you get a very sculpted look with people not looking so flat.

There's also an ETC 650W Source lamp at aimed at the city logo.

The bottom image is just natural light coming in from the left...a large floor to ceiling window with just afternoon skylight giving me a huge volume of soft light. By quick and I mean very quick positioning (time is limited with busy people) I managed to give everyone their own share of photons.

I previsualized the shot weeks ago and just needed to place the chairs and table to establish a
box for everyone to be in.

Once the individuals showed up it was just a matter of tweaking body positions for equality of light.
I think this shot took all of four minutes.

For more information about elected city officials and the city visit: cedarparktexas.gov

Thanks to the City Council members for their patience with me and their unflagging call to purpose.

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Friday, January 15, 2016


Spent this morning getting ready for a shoot - have another on Sunday so it's a weekend for some client time. Have to wait until next week for some personal shooting. 

Hopefully get to post some of today's work tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Every cloudless morning when the rising sun slices through neighbors yards and hits the northwest fence in my backyard I witness a personal light show. Sometimes I just stand there in the kitchen sipping my morning java and watch the images become more pronounced and shadows prevail. It doesn't last very long, perhaps several minutes until the sunlight loses it's deep orange changing to yellow and finally blindingly white.

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Monday, January 11, 2016


                                                 Susan and kitty ©1984-2016 Andy deBruyn

I made the posted image in 1984 using my trusty OM-1 with the Zuiko 50mm and the standard vanilla Kodacolor. No matter how hard I try I can't get this look and feel with digital. Close? for me no way-no cigar.

Image is a 4x6 print scanned on a HP C8180. The negative is buried somewhere in one of the many boxes of negatives stored in the closet. Another huge undertaking to plan for some future days...daze.
Perusing through thousands of images and then scan the actual negative.

The diffused light is from a floor to ceiling window with a cream curtain.
With digital as the new paradigm, I imagine younger folks won't get to experience the look of film.
Digital images are mostly viewed with back lighting from some appliance like your computer or one of those Pop Tart looking phones. Whenever I print digital files I use papers with the softest patinas I can find.

I'm not knocking digital, it's fun to use, cleaner because of no chemicals, don't have to wear gloves during processing, it's just another set of tools to learn and bend to your vision.

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Friday, January 8, 2016


Some more images from my end of year trek to Lockhart and The McNay.

Buddha or Bikkhu - both.

                                             Some of the foliage in the patio of the McNay.

                                          Dancing Center Unlimited, Lockhart, Texas

                                                                   Fence detail

                                           Caldwell County Museum nee The Jailhouse

            Lessons from the DCU would do one good here, it says, "Lessons that last a lifetime."

These are just fun images to make. Tourist stuff.  Like the bikkhu above, we're all tourists here.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016


                                                                                                               Credit: Andy deBruyn
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Vilmos Zsigmond on January 1st, here shown on the left. Vilmos was one of my all time favorite cinematographers. I followed his career since McCabe and Mrs. Miller, although The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters, and The Rose weren't too bad either.

I was fortunate to work with him for a couple of days when he was in Palo Alto, California working on a documentary about Edward Teller for Hungarian Television.

Vilmos was a huge influence of my use of color and my method of coverage totally changed after a few short days with him.

Pictured above with camera operator Marty Collins on the campus of Stanford University.

Top photo was shot with my OM-1 with Kodak film.

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Monday, January 4, 2016


Christmas was ten days ago and one of my gifts was a bottle of Glen Moray. I've been wanted to open that little sucker but I was also very enamored of the shape of the bottle and waited until I had time to make a portrait. A portrait of a bottle.

 So here it is.

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Friday, January 1, 2016


Yesterday I posted the first part of my end of the year jaunt with images from Lockhart. 
Today I'm posting some images from the McNay Museum in San Antonio. I went there specifically to see the Joan Miro exhibit which ends January 10.
Photography was allowed throughout the museum except the Miro.
If you are familiar with Miro, I suggest a visit would be most rewarding.

You can google the museum for info,  mcnayart.org.

                                       Nicolas Africano - google this guy - his work is gorgeous

I love Barbara Hepworth's work.

Sandy Skoglund  - Cheez Whiz?? Most coolest. They actually move!...very slowly. 

                                                                       The Koi in the patio.

                                                          Alexander Liberman

                                                               Ascent - detail

                                                                         Kiki Smith

Yesterday I thanked my "readers" - I probably should have said "viewers" instead since I really don't write much. This blog is mostly about imagery. I feel my images "say" everything that needs to be said. I talk with pictures.

Besides my writing is kind of  *squankee (?) with questionable syntax applications. Growing up in a household with two languages (Italiano and Americano) can do that to you.

Do Electric Sheep Dream in Italian?    just asking.

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*I made that up.


Best Wishes to all my readers for a wonderful New Year...2016!!!

Yesterday, the last day of the last year to be clear, I headed on down to San Antonio to visit the McNay Museum. The Miro exhibit is winding down (leaves Jan 10th) and it was on my list of things to do. If you like Miro this is a must. I was really thrilled to see so many free standing sculptures of his in addition to his paintings. 

I took 130 south and made a detour at Lockhart because I also wanted to see their County Courthouse.
Today I'm posting images from my walk around Lockhart.

Slightly different coloring from the front because it's facing the morning sun. These
were taken between 8:40 and 9:45 as recorded by the courthouse clock.

All images ©2016 Andy deBruyn

Tomorrow I'll post images from the McNay. 

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Before heading down 130, I dropped one of my boys off at the airport. This sculpture by Eric Eley is by the Cell Phone Lot. Made in 2015 in bronze.