Monday, April 27, 2015

Current shows.



Toads on a glass.

The banner shot for a show in a San Diego gallery called The Studio Door.  The juror didn't pick it, but the gallery owner loved it.  Theme of the show is: "Once Upon a Time."

Fall Running Scissors.

This one also in show.  Fall Running Scissors.  Again, the juror didn't pick it, but the gallery owner over-ruled them and added it.  From Magic & Logic.

Double Nautilus and desert cup.

Roy Flukinger selected this for a show called "Black and White" in Colorado at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

  I don't apply to many shows for single image placement.  It's very expensive, (over 100.00 by the time you add up entry fee, shipping and return packing), and usually capriciously jurored. (I've NEVER gotten in a show at Stephen F. Austin University, with images that are in museum collections.)  I expect the fees make the rent at most galleries.  No problem with them making money......but.

  There are several still life shows open, but as far as I can tell, nobody knows anything about still life. 


Roseshroom.

A framed copy of this sold at a local auction benefitting stray dogs.  Glad to do my part.


Still life through the Spring

  Staying close to home and shooting with 8X10.  February shows for The Blackfork Bestiary at the Old Jail Art Center in Albany and (probably), Magic & Logic at the Grace in Abilene.  Keeping the camera warm.

  Kinetic still life.  Not shooting arrangments, shooting events.  Big difference.

  Ice in several incarnations:

Worked these frozen, folded forks for about a month.  More below.




Just a little viewpoint change.  I preach this to students, but usually falls on deaf ears.  I just keep melting the ice.  Takes at least three tries to get anything.  I start shooting too early, but there is something about the process that requires me to photograph my way to the finish.

Double Gyros and Hummingbird.


Folded, Frozen Forks.



Tied Ice & Dice.


Byron, the neighbor over to lend a hand:



Floated the pencil lead over the paper.....which is a pistol bullseye target.  Byron has great hands and outstandingly photographic nails, but his hands hardly can be moved.  Hope to get him for several more shots.


Baby birds raining from the trees.  Cats bringing them in.  First Bestiary shot in a bit, though I have several ideas as the animals show up. June Bugs.  What AM I going to do with June Bugs.  They are currently swarming.  Something.



 Byron was smoking, so I left it.  First horizontal shot in my little studio, ever.  Magic & Logic is all vertical.

Easter still life.  Fish.  Crucifixion.  Death.  Blooming.  Dogwoods.  Three Dogwoods.


 And I did get a couple of little shots at White Trees for that portfolio.  Landscape my first passion.

  Still life and Landscape polar opposites.  With landscape, God does the props and the lighting, the rocks and the trees and the water and the arranging.  With still life....you're God.  So you better show up.  




Thursday, March 19, 2015

East Face of Shiprock.




  Sale of this print out of the TCC Gallery show in Longview.  Nice image, but takes a real aficianado to pick out this image from the show.  A raven sits just at the top of the white guano streak, though he is hard to make out against the black shadow.  He was watching me and I was watching him.  Beautiful afternoon in the shadow of the East side.  Could stare into this wall for hours.  The difficulty is knowing where to start and stop a photograph.  The whole wall is a miracle.

White Trees.

Spring is here and the weather and light changing fast.  I'm sure the last freeze is gone.  Would have liked a little more Winter but the last freeze came just in time to put a frostburn supression on the white tree bloom. I got a couple of pieces and some urban shots, but nothing like a really classic bloom.  Same as last year, but with more rain days.  Now the light green leaves are covering the whites.

Shot this day and night.

Classic scene with iphone...but raining too hard for 5X7.

The negative from a couple days later...but the tree was much reduced.  Shot it to learn something.  With 450mm Nikon on 5X7.

Bloom-fall from right around the neighborhood corner.

Lake Road.

The main pear tree at the rosefield site.


Keeping the pipeline full of work moving through the process.  Used the polarizer on all of the above photos. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wall stripes at CDC.

Mostly shot during Hubbell Trading Post Artist in Residence during April, 2015.  All except two with a Nikkor F8 450mm.  Some polarized.  I ought to try a contrastier film and stay away from any lens except the modern coated lenses.  



















Haven't printed hardly any of these past the proof stage.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

White Trees at TCC Gallery.

Up until March.








An All-too-rare look at David Bayles work.

Rarely get to see much work by David Bayles, but when you do, it's worth the time and effort.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Still life moving quickly.

Just what you would like:  Work evolving rapidly.  These are very "last week" at this point.  I could run through 25 sheets a week, no problem.







Was just in studio with exploding cans, burning forks, leaves skewered by feathers, et.  Ideas flowing so fast I go in to shoot one concept and find myself finishing the shot on some other composition that just came out of nowhere.