"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

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

It's not often that I get all four boys under one roof. But Christmas time is a wonderful time when they all fly in from all over. Sunnyvale and Burbank, California and one from West Virginia. The younger one still lives at home.

So I set up a shoot thru umbrella armed with a Nikon SB700 set to remote and using the flash on the camera as a commander I was ready to capture the boys together. There is a bright white cloth hanging on the right side to push a little fill.



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Hope your Christmas was just as special.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

BEST WISHES TO ALL

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Just step away from my eggnog and nobody gets hurt......


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Monday, December 18, 2017

SECOND SHOOTER FREEDOM

This weekend I had the privilege of working with a very fine photographer, Charlotte Bell. I was the "second shooter" at a very beautiful wedding.



I enjoy being the second shooter because knowing that the primary is getting the official shots, portraits, best angles, etc, I can grab another angle. But also I can look to the sidelines for those quiet shots, best friends laughing, anything that gets lost in the hectic atmosphere of a special life changing event.

A quiet moment for the father of the bride.
 
Somebody said something pretty amusing.


Becoming One.



Nothing comes close to that smile when you've been married for just a few minutes. 

A big thank you to Charlotte Bell for choosing me...it was a real pleasure working with her...actually it wasn't working it was helping to share this wonderful event.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

JUST TO MAKE A PICTURE

In order to make my Caravaggio image which is in the last post, I started with the background. Backgrounds are very important to me, whether subtle or bold.
I took several old wood planks and screwed them together. I measured my craft table I cut the background to fit with a bit overlap. 


 After applying some acrylic paint, some varnish, I scrapped the surface with a screwdriver, wood ends, and a hard wire brush.

Here's the set up in the house with the background up, curtains blacked out a bit. There are three Arri fresnels - left right and lower front.


Close up of ARRI Light with snoot.


After an hour or so of tweaking lights I ended up with this:

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Friday, December 8, 2017

ALA CARAVAGGIO

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I wanted to get another tabletop under my belt before the holidays because starting next week there will be too many things to do before families and friends show up.

I wanted a Renaissance look ala Caravaggio. This took about four hours of work. And that's not including the fact that I painted the backdrop and the bowl a couple of weeks ago.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A LOOK AROUND THE STUDIO




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Fun stuff around Warren's studio.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A TRUE ARTIST FOR SURE

Warren Cullar is one heck of an artist. I had the opportunity to photograph this special guy last year. Here is one of the portraits.


At the time, Warren was pretty busy and so was I - we spent about a half hour together before we had to go on to other things. We said we would meet again, this time in his studio. I really wanted to see him at his work. I am really interested in the creative process and find it both fascinating and mysterious.

This morning I had a wonderful time spending almost four hours watching Warren perform some pretty amazing stuff. Here is what I saw.

 Warren prepping paint.

Using a torch preps the metal to receive the paint and acquire a strong bond.

Warren actually blows the paint onto the hot metal basically breathing life into his art.

 Parts not receiving paint are covered in foil.

Cutting some foil.

A final go over with very fine sandpaper.


The view from the studio isn't so bad either.
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I am very appreciative of Warren's time. We had some good conversation, too. A huge "thank you" to Mr. Cullar. I'm jazzed!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

BACKYARD LEAVES

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The viney creepy leaves on the backyard fence are showing signs of fall.

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LAND AND SCAPE


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"We take "land" to constitute the surface of the world, while "landscape" is something apart. Landscape is the effect of that surface upon us."  Nigel Spivey

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

YOWSER

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The internet doesn't do this justice...but in print. Yowser!!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

CITY COUNCIL SHOOT

Got up at 6 this morning, had my usual espresso to get the wiring in my head going. Threw some gear in the car and off to City Hall to photograph the Cedar Park City Council with recently added new members. 

The shoot was scheduled for 8am. I was there last Friday setting up a couple of lights to make sure I would be ready for such an early morning shoot.

They were all such troupers! Smiling that early!! Repeatedly!!


They were looking for three different looks to choose from...so here they are.   




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Saturday, November 11, 2017

TO THOSE WHO SERVED

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My dad, who is still pretty much a bright sharp cookie at 95 in front of the Veteran's Memorial in Cedar Park. Dad served in WWII, Africa, Sicily, Italy and the forgotten war, The Korean Conflict.

To my Dad and all those that have served and paid the price. Happy Veterans's Day.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ONE BY CANDLE LIGHT

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This is what happens when I watch too many period pieces on Netflix and Amazon.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

SWEDISH TEA RING

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Every year around this time my wife starts to make the Swedish Tea Rings. Usually for Thanksgiving or Christmas or both since we like them so much.

Here it is fresh and hot from the oven before the icing. I think it looks great like that all brown and toasty with just a hint of brown sugar oozing out.

It makes the whole house smell wonderful, too.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

DIGITAL PREMIES





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These four images are from 2009, the first year I started shooting with a digital camera. Prior to that, I had been shooting film for some thirty plus years. So I was still in an experimental stage....probably still am...with digital there's pretty much an open space to explore.

Check out Joey Monsoon's work...example at bottom of blog.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

REFLECTION

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Sundown reflected on pond.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

RANDOM FABRIC

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Textures on my couch.

A sweatshirt, a fluffy blanket, and a vest.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

REACHING PURPLE

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It seems like the purple is just reaching skyward.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

THE OL' GUMSHOE

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I have been searching my files like a cheap gumshoe. Just throwing these images out there to see
what I think now and perhaps in a couple of weeks.

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