"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication." Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NATURA ABHORRET VACUUM

                                                                                           ©2016 Andy deBruyn

"Nature abhors a vacuum." Aristotle


TFDB

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DOWN BY THE RIVER

Around this time every year I take a trek down to the San Gabriel river in the Georgetown area. The light is always lovely in November. 


Most are taken with the camera on a tripod, UV filter removed but adding a polarizer to control reflections. Also used a timer to avoid touching the camera.






I love these rock formations, evidence of millions of years of water erosion.

Set the camera to aperture priority at f8 because this lens (18-135mm) seems to be darn sharp around 7.1 to 8. Camera used - Nikon D7000.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

MOSAIC ART

I was commissioned by Gabrielle Mosaic to capture one of her sculptures in a practical setting. This particular piece was purchased by one of her clients and placed in their backyard.
When the sun is out, the glass bits pick up the rays and project them back on the ground for a wonderful effect.   

 However, that isn't so great for photography. The shiny points of brilliant light throw the digital sensor into zero and one confusion blocking out some of the finer details.

   


A soft overcast day is what the sensor loves...not too much contrast...not too little...
just right...the Goldilocks light. 


                                                                    Details of the craft.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GRAFFITI WALL AND COLLATERAL DAMAGE

Yesterday I drove by the Graffiti Wall (caps?) on Castle Hill. It was quite crowded with no easy parking spots in sight so I just kept going all the way home.

I did spend a couple of hours last year documenting the over-documented eye sore/sour.

It's creative and destructive at the same time. Yin Yang and all that.

Here are some images that I did not publish at the time.





I guess it's ok to test your nozzle on living things. Creativity with that destructive twist. Man makes his mark on nature.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

BUG


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Have to go on a walking/shooting trek tomorrow.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

LOOKING FOR STANFORD

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One of my favorite images from 2015. Everything seems to work.  Just thought I'd post it again.

Memorial Church on Serra Mall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

A LITTLE BRIGHTNESS IN THE DARKNESS

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Shot at the garden pond behind the Nasher Sculpture Museum.
ISO 400, 1/640ss, f6.3 with -0.3 exposure comp.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

A SALUTE TO VETERANS


Happy Veteran's Day, Dad!

Africa, Italy, Korea.

One of the millions of heroes of the twentieth century.

Let's salute and honor the ones who actually served. And those now serving.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

SHOOTING IN B&W



Setting the camera picture mode to Monochrome forces one to look at shapes, contrasts, and values. Of course when you do that you print to black and white in camera but every once and awhile it's good to get back into that b&w thinking mode.




When shooting Tri-X or Plus-X you needed to know the characteristics of each emulsion and think ahead about what chemistry you were going to use to develop the film.


Now you check your monitor to control the "blinkies" Anything blinking is not going to draw ink from your cartridge.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

SEASON OF CHANGE



                                             "The universe is change, life is opinion."
                                                               Marcus Aurelius



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ON THE PORCH

Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch watching the rain come down. Quite heavily. Couldn't go out to shoot anything so I just made images of what was on the porch.


Bought this many years ago when it was only about 4 inches high - now it's got stems and tubers and pups sprouting all over the place.


Looking like something you'd find near a reef.


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My zinnias have seen better days...the metallic orange is giving way to a crusty brown.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

THE DOUGHBOY AND NAVAL COMMANDER


As a member of the Cedar Park PACE board (Parks, Arts, and Community Enrichment) I have the privilege and honor of helping to select art work for the city...along with six other fine members of the board. The final selection and approval is done by all members voting on entries. 

Last week two new statues were unveiled at the Cedar Park Veteran's Memorial Park.

The commission was awarded to Big Statues of Provo, Utah.

As you enter the park you will see the "Doughboy" from WWI and a little further on the "WWII Naval Commander" 

                                                                 Uncrating the statues.

Carefully lowering the doughboy.


                                  The patina is just wonderful so rich in color...and texture.

                                            Installing the Naval Commander on his pad.

Precise measurements are made before setting the statue in place.



            The detail is pretty wonderful. A superb job by Matt Glenn of Big Statues LLC.

In the future the PACE board will be selecting new statues that will represent other United States military campaigns.

Again, it's an honor to participate in something that recognizes the sacrifices of our Armed Forces.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016