"Yea, all which it inherit - shall dissolve, and like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on - and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Tempest Act 4 William Shakespeare

Thursday, July 28, 2016

ROMANTIC ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE IN BEE CAVES



  ©Andy deBruyn

I mentioned two posts ago that I was going through and cleaning out some old files. Here's a landscape taken in Bee Caves several years ago.  I haven't gone back to this pond in about a year and after seeing this image I'm thinking I need to take another trip out there.

If you notice the classic romantic English style landscape/countryside - yes it is deliberate. John Constable has always been an inspiration for me.  Also there's a little bit of France's Claude Lorrain in there, too.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RAINING IN THE GARDEN

When it rains I start thinking about checking out the garden. The air clears up after a rain and the colors just seem to pop more.


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If you look closely you can see the flower bud this guy is munching...must be like candy.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FIELD OF DREAMS

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Nothing new of late. It's just too darn hot and muggy to shoot outdoors. Spending some time cleaning up and sorting old files. This image is from 2009. On the way home from late night grocery shopping.
Jump out of the car to grab this baseball game with that glorious sky in the background. Snapped three different frames and went home.

Shot with my old D80 at ISO 400, f3.8, handheld at 1/20th of a second.

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I do have some fun assignments coming up in August.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

THE RECCE

Whenever I have an assignment coming up that's taking place at a completely new venue, I always try and perform a recce, AKA the scout or site survey. Get the lay of the land...and find out where the electrical outlets are.

In a couple of weeks I have an event to cover at Casa Blanca in Round Rock so I scooted over there tonight making sure the time was approximate to the real event. Especially useful when shooting outdoors.

I took some site images. Time was around 7:30pm. Checking the sunset calendar, sunset will be about 10 minutes earlier when the event actually happens.

Here are some site pix.






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Extremely cool place. Very excited - can't wait to shoot the real thing here. I'll post the images
in a couple of weeks.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

DANCING WITH DIVAS

This past week I had a couple of assignments. I am posting some images from my favorite. I had the privilege of capturing the action at DIVA DANCE STUDIOS in Austin. After two hours of shooting and watching some very energetic ladies tear the house down I was exhausted.










After the frenetic stuff we took a few moments to grab some headshots of the instructors.



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For more information regarding DIVA DANCE COMPANY contact Jami Stigliano, the chief, head honcho, and all time great instructor herself.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'M STILL HERE

        ©Andy deBruyn

I'm still here. I haven't posted anything since last Friday. It's been so hot that shooting outdoors hasn't been very appealing. As far as my table tops are concerned I'm still building a set. This one will be my most complex one yet.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

XU AGAIN


Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky" installation at the Blanton was a fun way to spend the early morning yesterday. I arrived at the museum just before the doors opened. There was only one other person standing there with me. I had the room to myself for about fifteen minutes before it started to fill.


Visually playing with the entire design, the hanging scrolls, the colors, and the feel - and I love architecture so I had a good time working the space.



What looks like Chinese characters to the western eye are actually inventions of Xu Bing. He designed 4000 faux Chinese calligraphy characters that mean nothing. You cannot read this exhibit.

Xu designed the entire room, the size, the wall and floor colors, the color temperature of the lighting, the book spacings were all specific and precise to the work.

The work itself is about thirty years old and has traveled around the world. I'm glad I got to experience it in the real. Hats off to the Blanton naturally.


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

XU BING'S "BOOK FROM THE SKY"

I've been waiting for the Xu Bing installation "Book From The Sky", it's been on my calendar for many months. The exhibit opened at the Blanton on June 19th. I finally got to see it this morning. Here are some images. Click pic to isolate.





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The installation runs through January 22, 2017 so you've got plenty of time to check it out.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BUSY EYES

                                                           
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Another image from yesterday's 4th July Parade. Participant getting ready for the "show". That's one busy image. My eyes don't know where to look first.

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YOU GET TO WALK THE PLANK, MATEY!

                                                     
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He asked me how much corn was and I said, "A buck an ear!"! He pointed and belched, "No one steals my punchline you swalleyhog...walk the plank, Mr. photog!!"

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Monday, July 4, 2016

PARADE OF CHARACTERS AND HEAVY METAL


HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL!!

Highlights from Cedar Park's 3rd July 4th Parade.

Lots of cool looking jeeps all decked out in festive colors. 



There was heavy metal on display.


Councilman Jon Lux (in white shirt) tries to negotiate a ride.



The parade starts with a roar of motorcycles.



                                                  A cast of characters were lurking about.




                                                              Some waving flags...

Others wearing flags....

Make up first then take care of baby.


                                    Mayor Matt Powell and his family getting ready to roll.


                                        Politicians galore!! Paul Gordon waves to the crowd.


Looks like about a four foot drop...maybe now's the time to go for it.


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