"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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DODGING WITH THE RADAR

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This weather is keeping me inside a lot.  I've been using the time to transfer some old transparencies to digital. It's time consuming because I handle each slide on its own...judging color temperatures, exposure, and gamma. But once I close the door to the studio/office and get to work, time cruises by.

That said,

I may have to brave the storm. But not before I check the weather radar. I'm more likely to go outdoors between storms. I'll have more than enough chances to dodge the downpours since the whole week's forecast looks pretty spotty with bouts of wetness and no wetness.


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

DANCING AND SWIRLING


©2016 Andy deBruyn

For me, the black and white images of these flowers accent the form, shape, and inner energy of the plant itself.

The top one dances, the bottom one curls and swirls.


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

YESTERDAY'S FLOWERS






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"Yesterday's Flowers" sounds like a song from the sixties. I bet it was.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

I LUVS LILIUM LATVIAS

Some images made today of the wonderful beautiful and divine Lilium Latvia.





                                                All images are ©2016 Andy deBruyn


Images were shot in RAW then processed in P/S.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE BAR IS OPEN

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"The crude product of nature,the object fashioned by the industry of man, acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality"     Mircea Eliade

Monday, May 23, 2016

SUNDAY'S POND

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One of my favorite stops along H71 in Bee Caves. I've been looking at a lot of older prints lately, including photographs, mostly images from the 19th century. Probably influenced my development here.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

FLOATING LEAVES

 ©Andy deBruyn

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MOTION PICTURE FILM VS STORE BOUGHT

The other night I was looking at an album of some older prints from my film days. I posted the one shot in 1976 in the Boston market.

Here are two "on the set" production shots from videos I shot for clients. The top one (circa 1989) is Kodak Kodacolor film. Can't remember the actresses' name. The video had something to do with a weight loss program.


The bottom is from a video that was titled something like,  "How to Prepare for Your Wedding".


 I can only remember the actress' first name as Sheri. This particular image is interesting for the fact that I shot it with motion picture film.  Eastman Kodak negative #5247 with an exposure rating of ASA 125/DIN 22 and was tungsten balanced. 5247 is an ECN-2 processed film as opposed to the more common C-41.

I had the grips block all the windows in the kitchen with black duvatyne and lit the scene with tungsten lighting. I rated the film at the suggested 125 Exposure Index.

I purchased the film from a company called FilmWorks in Seattle. They are long gone now but they used to roll any kind of motion picture film in those little cassettes so you could use them in your 35mm still camera.

This method was very popular with cinematographers who could load their still cameras with different film emulsions when they went on site surveys. They could shoot stills of the scenery and backgrounds and then decide what film looked best for their picture. 

I have the print next to me and the colors are very natural and film like and looks pretty good on my monitor. I don't know if you're seeing the same thing I am.

                        Again the inherent quality of organic film properties and process is evident.

Even on my monitor I can see the difference between the store bought Kodacolor (top) and the 5247 on the bottom which was more expensive but allowed the cameraman to dial in a more predetermined look.

If you're interested in film history you can check wikipedia for the history of FilmWorks.

Photos from the old facility.
http://www.normboynton.com/LabTour_files/LabTour.htm


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Monday, May 16, 2016

JULY 1976

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This image is a scanned 3"x5" print. On the back it is marked July 1976. I took this image at the Boston Market. This was around the time I was attending the Art Institute of Boston for photography.

Taken with a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm camera with the Pentax 50mm lens.

The tint is a combination of the film (which I no longer have), the lab that made the print, and the aging with time. I didn't fool around with it much in P/S, just gave it a long overdue bit of pop.

Memories for sure.

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UN HOMMAGE POUR HANS HOLBEIN

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My homage to the illusion in Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors, 1533.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

KARATE POSES

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A portrait of Chris Rockhold I made about five years ago. Chris is the owner of Rockhold Karate in Cedar Park.



One of Chris Rockhold's student holds a classic pose.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

MOTHER, THE TULIPS HAVE AGED




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The Mother's Day tulips have aged a week now. Now longer strong enough to retain enough water to hold up her petals. I find them more beautiful now than when they were fresh. Some things look better with age.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LINES DOTS AND BOOTS



     ©Andy deBruyn

I was going to write something here...but then...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ONE TWO LIP

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Another image from my tulip session.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

THE CHICKEN LADY AND THE POND





I took all these images last week on a little drive to Bee Caves. Shot around 7 in the morning as the sun rose.   I saw the "The Chicken Lady"  as I headed out on 620 and had to stop to take her portrait.
She saluted me and I saluted back.

Note - not too sure why the neon lady sailor is holding a bucket of fried chicken...you'd think a bucket of fried fish would be more apropos.

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TULIPS

©2016 Andy deBruyn

One of the boys gave Mom some tulips yesterday for Mother's Day. The pink and orange was pretty stunning.

Had to re write that....my Italian syntax again-  gets lost in the translation.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

I REMEMBER MAMA



Mom passed away in 2000 and I miss her dearly. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers on planet earth and beyond.




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Friday, May 6, 2016

JAVA IN THE MORROW


©2013 Andy deBruyn

It's been a busy week...so much so I didn't get around to shooting that tabletop. I have all the props and lights on standby but just have to find several hours to execute.

Tomorrow I'll be up at 5:30 am and pouring some Amazon Forest into my favorite Dansk Kyra mug before heading out for a shoot. I think temperatures are going to be up there....yes, I'll be outside.

Hot java in the am with a cold shower in the afternoon.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TABLETOP COMING SOON



No, this isn't the new tabletop. I'm working on it right now. Coming soon.

TFSB!

BUSY WEEKEND



This past weekend I had two client projects which have kept me busy the past two days. Because I made a lot of images selecting "the selects" took up a good portion of my days.

I think I've met all my obligations so now it's on to something new.

Have a tabletop waiting in the wings....must get to it.

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