"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, March 30, 2016


                                                       All images  ©2016 Andy deBruyn

Posting additional images from yesterday's walk through the misty garden.

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Posting some images I made today while strolling through a misty garden.

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Monday, March 28, 2016


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The Vietnam Vet. Can I afford another cup of coffee?

This image was shot in my studio in California. Chris was one of the actors I used in a number of corporate videos. I told him about this shot I had in mind. He stopped by the studio one afternoon dressed as you see here.

Shot with my trusty Olympus OM-1 and the nifty fifty lens on Kodak Tri-X film.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016



                 Brandon Sappington's  "The Root of All Evil"   Still image Andy deBruyn

Last Tuesday I posted an image of Shannon McCormick from this same short video.  Here is the reverse wide of that scene with Jennifer Blair as the Gypsy.

This still image is Kodak film scanned on an HP8180. There is something about film capture that digital cannot duplicate and that is the roundness, the mass, the visual feel of the human body. It's hard to explain unless you're an old film guy like me and have the visual history to compare.

I know many contemporaries in the industry feel the same way but digital is here for good along with the entire gamut of the digital streaming/delivering business. So for that reason it makes perfect sense ...financially.

ROOT was shot on video but just from this still I know film would have enhanced the experience tremendously. Not to say ROOT  wasn't good because it was...I'm just waxing nostalgic again about film.

FYI and all that.

Janusz Kaminski, who has filmed most of Spielberg's films says and I quote, "...there's more emotion in the emulsion, when you compare it to digital imagery."

Spielberg himself has said he will shoot film until the last lab closes down.

Laszlo Nemes, director of this year's Oscar win for foreign film The Son of Saul,  says it even more starkly, "When there's no more film then I will stop making movies and do something else."

A couple of movies shot on film this past year; Star Wars-The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, Bridge of Spies.

Oh, well.

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Addendum. With the color subtracted this image looks very reminiscent of  films from the 40's.

                                                  Actress, Jennifer Blair on Kodak film stock.
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Saturday, March 26, 2016


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The wonderful Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016


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After I removed the dried orchids and hibiscus and while I still had the grey background up, I remembered I've been wanting to make an image of my Bialetti collection. Some of these go back thirty plus years. The little one-cupper I snagged from the stove since I just used it this morning.

Exposed with the same light as Dried Things below except no filter. ISO 200, f4.5, 1.5ss.

While working in the studio, music was provided by:

Yamashita Yosuke "Breathtake" solo album &
Martina Kratochvila, Jazz Q, the Elegie album
both on vinyl of course.

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Dried orchid and hibiscus leaves. Nikon D7K with the 35mm Nikkor in manual mode, ISO 200, f5.6 at 1/5th ss, camera on a tripod, no filter, shutter tripped with mirror up and cable.

Light - ambient plus one Arri 150w camera left with barn doors and filtered with GAM Opera White.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016



"The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer"  

Dylan Thomas

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©1933-1952 Dylan Thomas

Tuesday, March 22, 2016



I took this image of Shannon McCormick on the set of  Brandon Sappington's " The Root of All Evil". I was the lighting director for this short movie. Lighting in any medium calls for the same skills...controlling the photons. In this moody scene, it was cross lighting and letting his right eye
go dark.

I saw on imdb that Shannon is not only a very busy actor but was even in an episode of Breaking Bad, that's kinda cool.

Image taken with an Olympus OM-1 on standard Kodacolor print film.

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Monday, March 21, 2016


Last Thursday I posted several portraits that I pulled from the "dust bin". Here's another from five years ago. Playing around with a limited color palette which seems to be the trend now on many made for cable dramas. I must have seen it coming. 

Photographed with a Nikon D80 at ISO 800 in manual mode, handheld 1/125ss @ f11.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016


As soon as I got up this morning I knew I had to make some Italian biscotti. I satisfied my hankering with a cup of java while enjoying the process of baking in the early morning. I added Craisins and slivered almonds for extra scrumptiousness.

While they were cooling on the table I just had to take a picture.

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Shot manually with a 35 year old Nikkor 50mm lens at the wide end, f1.4. In post, I added a warming filter and a nudge of sharpening.

So this image is literally hot from the oven.

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Friday, March 18, 2016


It's been raining off and on today with more on the way. The plants, grass, trees, and weeds are lovin' it. 

These hibiscus are actually in front of the local market. The cloud coverage lets the sensor take a more linear image without harsh shadows and clipping on either end of the exposure scale.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016


I have literally hundreds of folders full of photos from the past eight years of digital photography. Prior to 2008, I was still using film - and happily I may add.

I'm trying to organize these images in some sort of way that makes it easier to locate a particular shot.

I'm posting three portraits from one of the first folders I've managed to enter and peruse after I looked in the mirror and said, "Let's do it!!"

I hope negotiating stops, starts, fits, and fizzles I'll be able to maintain a level of energy that gets me through all the folders by the end of this decade.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The weather is starting to look very favorable for me to get out there and check out some of my preferred sites. 

Posted are two images from 2010 using my Nikon D80,  taken in Bee Caves. 

The camera was set to ISO 100. This image is at 18mm DX. 

Both images were at ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/100th. The top image is f5, the bottom is f5.6 at 75mm DX.  

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New Artist to Know - bottom of page - Juan Pablo Plazas
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Friday, March 11, 2016


Despite the drabiness of this morning's misty showers that heralded the first day of Sx there were some very colorful things to admire.     

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AMC goes big with "Preacher" push.

Waiting to be sold to.

Bikes didn't seem to be in demand today....segue to....

                         But hey give me a Segway any day - especially when it's wet and slippery.

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Have no fear "badge checkers" were on high alert.

Two firefighters from Austin's Fire Station One seemed to be engulfed by "Day of the Triffids" tree.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Dawn Raines

Helene Vachon

Gigi Miller

Lisa Orr


                                                                     Clayburn Moore

Sue Gilliam

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Thursday, March 3, 2016


Today I went to the Blanton Museum to see the new exhibit "Come As You Are. Art of the 1990s"
I only felt the urge to photograph five or six works. Selects below. 

Why is this lady blue?...probably because she has to look at this guy all day...

                          Poor blue lady's point of view of Tom Claassen's large black man titled "Untitled"
                                                      The blue lady is by George Segal.

Glenn Kaino's "The Siege Perilous" which looks pretty much like your generic office chair starts from a point of stasis then starts to spin, gaining momentum until it is twirling furiously like some over caffeinated sufi dervish devotee. Then it quietly slows down only to start all over again.
If you have nothing better to do, it's quite fascinating to watch. 

Cuban artist Jorge Pardo's hanging yellow light otherwise titled "Vince Robbins 1997"

In the room full of faux Greek and Roman statues (they're copies) I found this gentleman contemplating ants or maybe he just lost a contact. Why from the backside? because the light was better.

FURTHERMORES: Like I've posted before The Blanton is free on Thursday. I paid four dollars in advance for parking and meandered through the museum for two and a half hours. Now that's a pretty good deal.

The exhibit "COME AS YOU ARE" is not for all for all tastes and there's a sign posted warning that not all the displays are children friendly. Hey, the title is from a song by that 90's rock group Nirvana and penned by Kurt Cobain - you have been informed.

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                                                           Roman senator sans Roman nose.