"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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017


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I made this image about 20 minutes ago in my office. It was about nine o'clock in the morning. The glass in the background has about a finger and a half of liquid in it. It is actually ice tea. Although I do enjoy my Macallan at night, I wasn't about to try a shot so early.

Tech Specs: The camera was the Nikon D7000 set to RAW and manual mode. Camera on it's usual tripod, focus through live view, and shutter release using the timer.

ISO 200, 1/250th of a second at f1.4. The lens is my favorite Nikkor 50mm, f1.4 AI, which is about 30-40 years old, hence the need to set the camera to manual. No filter. White balance set to auto.

I used two uncorrected ARRI pepper 100watt lights with barndoors for lighting.

Very little done in post - two minutes at most. A slide to the right for contrast and a bit more to the
right for clarity. Done.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


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A couple of posts ago I mentioned the placement of the eye in portraits. I also mentioned that there are several different opinions. For me it's what works. Left eye, right eye...if it looks good to me then it's going to print. 'nuff said.

You'll notice the portrait on the post of January 18th it's the left eye.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


If you are a frequent visitor to this site you know that I have several motifs I play with over and over.
Most of these motifs deal with nature; trees, leaves, flowers, plants, and water.
As opposed to architecture and other man made structures. Although when I'm travelling and happen to be "downtown", any town, then other subjects may interest me...usually leaning to the question, "where is the human in this scene?"    

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These leaves were photographed with just window light and a couple of white pieces of foamcore for fill. Camera was in manual mode at ISO 400, f5.6 and a ss of 1/40th.

Camera was on a tripod and I used the timer to minimize shake.

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Monday, January 23, 2017


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For the past several days I've been in my "studio"-
really just an office crammed with so much grip gear I have to watch where I'm stepping.

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  Should have something worked out in a day or two.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


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Beautiful pool of light inside the Stanford Memorial Church on the grounds of Stanford University.
This was taken last year, I plan to go back to Stanford soon, hopefully spend a little more time making images of the church.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Last night I was lecturing at the local library on photographic composition. It was an hour long class so I had to take notes from a previous four hour class and reduce it to just nuggets of information.

I certainly wasn't feeling my best as I was dealing with a bad case of allergies. I was doing all I could to keep from coughing. Apologies to my class surrendered.

So at one point I wanted to talk about eye placement in portraiture but for the life of me I couldn't remember the man's name that studied this phenomenon. My head felt it was full of cotton.

Anyway, Christopher W. Tyler was the gentleman and if you are interested in portraiture you might give his white paper a look see. Just google his name with Eye Placement Principles.

Also you can google "left eye placement in portraiture" - it's actually a very interesting subject and has a number of conflicting opinions but check it out so you know it's there and perhaps can utilize these principles in your portrait work.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


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OK, testing is over. Talked with the tech at the provider and there was a hiccup but now all is well.
Thanks to those who spotted the problem and shot me an email.

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Bear with me here - just testing to see that all my providers servers are good...at least the ones that hold my images.


...testing one two three testing....


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If you were trying to view my other site this evening, andysphotos.photos, it's back up and running. One of the provider's third party servers was down.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017


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I wish I could get out there - back on the trail and take some pix but I'm having serious problems with
what ever is in the air.  Pollens are not my friend.

Posted photo taken at Disneyland, Anaheim. Click to isolate.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


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Just scanning the horizon looking for the new year's muse.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017


Weatherman says the low Saturday morning will be 23 degrees. Ouch. And I have to get up early and drive to shoot. I will be putting thermals to good use.

Keep warm.

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