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Paul Johnston
Photographer - Fashion, Glamour, Musicians, Events, HDR
Photographer - Fashion, Glamour, Musicians, Events, HDR
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Happy Fourth of July !


Salute !


Salute, all those men and women who have laid down their lives in service of the nation.

Salute, all those men and women who have given service to the nation.

Salute, all those men and women who will give service to the nation in the future.


Credit:

Model - Annette

Hair - Danielle Stephenson

Makeup - +Alicia Perez-Guevara

Photographer - Paul Johnston


#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #MemorialDay #flag #America #Marines #USMarines
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St. Jerome in His Study by Marinus van Reymerswaele


St. Jerome in His Study was painted by Marinus van Reymerswaele (c.1490–c.1546), a Dutch painter.

This painting is now on display at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, on loan from the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

The two most prominent items in the Ransom Center's collections are a Gutenberg Bible (one of only 21 complete copies known to exist) and Nicéphore Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph from nature. Both of these objects are on permanent display in the main lobby.

An interesting article on the restoration of this painting can be found here - http://sites.utexas.edu/ransomcentermagazine/2017/02/05/st_jerome/


Credit:


Artist - Marinus Van Reymerswaele - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marinus_van_Reymerswaele

Harry Ransom Center - http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/

Blanton Museum of Art - https://blantonmuseum.org/

Photographer - Paul Johnston


#StJeromeInHisStudy #StJerome #MarinusVanReymerswaele #painting #oilpainting #dutch #BlantonMuseumofArt #HarryRansomCenter #Austin #Texas #ATX #austinchamberofcommerce #newsstory #austinnewsstory #austinnewsstory.com

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An Allegory with Venus and Time by Domenico Piola

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In this allegory, Time, with his hourglass, presents Venus, the goddess of love, with a mature rose, as if to remind her that earthly love is as fleeting as a rose’s bloom. In response, Venus reveals her higher identity as a symbol of enduring spiritual love and divine beauty, a concept that evolved from the rediscovery of the writings of Plato and other ancient philosophers during the Renaissance. Venus here has already disarmed her son Cupid, the god of erotic love, by breaking his bow’s string. He is now unable to enflame uncontrollable desires in people and gods by shooting arrows into them.

Domenico Piola, the leading artist in Genoa in the second half of the seventeenth century, painted many ceiling frescoes for churches and palaces. Paintings predating 1684 like this one are especially rare, since French naval bombardments in May of that year destroyed most of Genoa, including Piola’s house and studio.


Info:

Domenico Piola
Genoa, Italy, 1627 - 1703, Genoa, Italy

An Allegory with Venus and Time, circa 1680

Oil on canvas
154.1 cm x 113.6 cm (60 11/16 in. x 44 3/4 in.)
The Suida-Manning Collection
467.1999


Citation:

Domenico Piola, “An Allegory with Venus and Time,” Blanton Museum of Art Collections, accessed May 17, 2018,

Source: http://utw10658.utweb.utexas.edu/items/show/2882.


Credit:

Artist: Domenico Piola

Museum: Blanton Museum of Art; Austin, Texas

Photographer: Paul Johnston

#DomenicoPiola #BlantonMuseumofArt #BlantonMuseum #AnAllegorywithVenusandTime #Austin #Texas #ATX #newsstory #austinnewsstory #austinnewsstory.com #austinchamberofcommerce
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The Charge [A Cavalry Scrap] by Frederic Sackrider Remington

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In 1906, the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City commissioned artist Frederic Remington to paint a largescale work for its inauguration. The Charge (Remington’s largest painting) served as a monument to the tenacity of the frontiersman, theatrically depicted mid-battle. But Remington took equal delight in the musculature of the galloping horses—evidence of the artist’s awareness of recent photographic studies of horses in motion. The artist periodically traveled westward from his Brooklyn home to satisfy East Coast curiosity for tales of the American West, returning with images that helped shape popular notions of the “Wild West.” As the backdrop to the hotel’s lively Grille Room, this teeming panorama provided an exotic parallel to the hubbub of the hotel’s moneyed crowd.


Artist Info:

Frederic Sackrider Remington
Canton, New York, 1861 - 1909, Ridgefield, Connecticut

The Charge [A Cavalry Scrap] , 1906
Oil on canvas
124.5 cm x 348 cm (49 in. x 137 in.)
Gift of Miss Ima Hogg, 1943
G1974.20


Citation:

Frederic Sackrider Remington, “The Charge [A Cavalry Scrap],” Blanton Museum of Art Collections, accessed May 13, 2018,


Source: http://utw10658.utweb.utexas.edu/items/show/2709.


Photography Process:

Photographed as a panorama with museum available lighting. This is the largest of Remington's paintings. Three overlapping images were taken in landscape orientation and then stitched together in Lightroom. The ground color in the painting was sampled and then incorporated into a colored surrounding border. White balance was adjusted into the tungsten range.


Final Thoughts:

Having seen pictures of this painting in books growing up, it was a thrill to see it in person for the first time. Notice the riderless horse front and center of the painting. Horses would sometimes continue on with the Calvary charge even though they no longer had a rider.


Credits:

Artist: Frederic Remington

Museum: Blanton Art Museum; Austin, Texas - https://blantonmuseum.org/

Photographer: Paul Johnston

#FredericRemington #BlantonArtMuseum #TheCharge #BlantonMuseum #Austin #ATX #AustinTexas #AustinNewsStory #austinnewsstory.com #Austinchamberofcommerce #painting
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Day Dreaming ! - By Seraphim-One & Levi Ponce

This Austin Street Art is located at the Cenote Restaurant at 1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702. It is in a courtyard on the south-west back corner of the restaurant.

See - https://goo.gl/maps/hDqhHUmtJkP2

Coordinates: 30°15'38.267" N 97°44'1.314" W

Security light and gas meter were removed from image for artistic reasons. Gas meter was covered with a bright orange plastic netting.


Credits:

Mural Artists-

Seraphim-One: https://www.sarahponce.com/murals

Levi Ponce: https://www.leviponce.com/murals

Photographer: Paul Johnston

#daydreaming #mural #sleeping #goldfish #coy #seraphimone #leviponce #cenote #cenoterestaurante #restaurante #austin #austintexas #newsstory #austinnewsstory #panorama #streetart #austinchamberofcommerce
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What Location/Address Was This Photo Taken?
What Location/Address Was This Photo Taken?

Can you tell me the approximate Paris, France street address/location/hotel name, where the above photo was taken in 1956 of Sophia Loren by Paris Match photographer Jack Garofalo.

I enjoy using Google maps to view historic locations. I have not been able to locate where this photo may have been taken.

Thank you for your time and attention.
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Google Used Car Sales ! - 2018 SXSW
*(Vintage Cars and Camera Straps)*

Yes, folks, +Google is now into vintage car sales as shown here at the Google House at 1301 East Cesar Chavez Street; Austin, Texas; Sunday, 3-11-2018! ;-)

The Google Good Guy actually stepped back so I could get a nice photo of this classic car sitting in front of the Google House for the 2018 SXSW - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PaulJohnstonPhotography/posts/RHj2b1DFPnb .

Actually, Google is promoting Google Assistant - https://youtu.be/eegp9AaqbxE .

While standing in front of the Google House observing everything going on, a young photographer mentioned I was using the same camera strap (https://goo.gl/bgy27i) he had, which started a nice conversation. This photographer from San Francisco was hired by Google to document Google's participation in the 2018 SXSW event. On Monday, he was heading back to California, however, he liked Austin so much he thought he would surely come back or even move here! I told him about things to see and do around the Austin area if he ever came back and had time to do other things.

Concerning the camera strap which started our conversation, I showed him how I had made my strap just a little longer by adding a loop of nylon cord between my camera and the "anchor link". I have had my camera strap since they had first come out several years ago. It looks like there is an XL version now available - https://goo.gl/LL9Sgd .



#sxsw2018 #SXSW #Google #GoogleAssistant #makegoogledoit #googlehouse #Austin #Texas #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory #newsstory #camerastrap #PeakDesign
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Make Google Do It ! - 2018 SXSW

Big doings at the Google House at 1301 East Cesar Chavez Street; Austin, Texas; Sunday, 3-11-2018!

To make sure all the Google personnel could easily be identified as the "Good Guys", they were dressed in all white outfits.

Little Google-Mobiles were used to shuttle SXSW goers from the Austin Convention Center over to the Google House.

#sxsw2018 #SXSW #Google #makegoogledoit #googlehouse #Austin #Texas #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory #newsstory
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12th and Chicon Street Mural ! - Chris Rogers, Artist

On Feb. 17, 2018 a wonderful new mural containing approximately 46 individual portraits by artist Chris Rogers was dedicated in East Austin on the north-east corner of 12th and Chicon Street. It took Chris from Dec. 2017 to Feb. 2018 to complete the mural.

Mural's History

On this same wall Chris had painted in 2014 a mural containing images of several musical talents. The people of the East Austin community felt it was a very positive work of art that brought people together. In May of 2017, the building's new business occupant painted over the mural in white. This was a huge misstep as the community was outraged.

See:

Dedication - https://goo.gl/LUa9Xe

Previous 2014 Mural - https://goo.gl/ngCD7i



In 2017, Austin’s black cultural district, Six Square, gained conservatorship of the wall for the next three years from the building's owner and business owner leasee.

Six Square painted a quote from the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on the wall while seeking community feedback for a new mural replacement.

Temporary Mural - https://goo.gl/u1kNtz


The resulting mural has more women representation, local community members shown and as mentioned approximately 46 individual portraits!


Photographing The Mural

Photographing this mural panorama was done by taking a series of overlapping vertical format images. I filled the frame with as much of the mural as possible for each shot. I had to stand in the middle of the street to take the images. After an image was taken, I would side-step a few steps and take another image while keeping my distance constant from the mural.

I thought the mural was of such good quality that I individually photographed many of the portraits it contained.

The individual vertical images were stitched together in Lightroom and then brought into Photoshop for using various transform tools to stretch it into a rectangle form, remove power line shadows and add a blue canvas as background for the image.

The resulting image is as if you are viewing the mural without power line shadows, parking signs, utility boxes and street light poles.


Lightbulb Moment !

I took several vertical series of images of the mural to make sure that one of the panoramas would turn out okay. In stitching several of the panoramas together I noticed one in which Lightroom had removed a utility box and I could see behind it as if it were not there.

This panorama sparked my interest to see if I could remove power line shadows , parking signs, utility boxes and street light poles. I could as it turned out as shown below. The trick was to bring in the individual portraits I had shot without any obstructions in front of them. I would open up the individual portraits in Photoshop and bring them in as a layer of the panorama. I would use the transform tools to make the individual portrait fit over the obstructed panorama portrait. A mask was applied and a soft edge brush was used to take away unneeded parts of the individual portrait and blend in with the existing panorama. This was repeated with the other obstructions.

The resulting image is a good representation of what an unobstructed view of the mural would be. Had I know before hand I would have been attempting to do this, I would have taken more individual portraits from various angles to make the job of editing easier.


Credits:

Mural Artist - Chris Rogers - http://www.chrisrogersartist.com

Facebook - https://goo.gl/9Qaw5A

Newspaper - https://www.statesman.com/

Photographer - Paul Johnston


#12thStreet #ChiconStreet #mural #sixsquare #chrisrogers #christopherrogers #artist #austin #texas #austintexas #austinchamberofcommerce #austinnewsstory #newsstory #gentrification #streetart

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Leather and Lollipops !

Model Kaley looking pretty spiffy in her designer jeans, leather jacket, red beads and shades!  Composite Image.

Kaley was photographed on a stair landing in the underground extension of the Texas State Capitol. Several speed lights on light weight stands were used. One light, to the left, supported a shoot-through umbrella. To the right and slightly behind was a speed light with a small diffuser on it. Above and to the right rear may have had a speed light clamped to the stair railing pointed at the back of her hair.

The mural composited with this image was located at the I Luv Video store in Austin, Texas.



Credit:


Model:  Kaley

Backgound:  "I Luv Video" Store; at 4803 Airport Blvd.; Austin, Texas 78751. See - https://goo.gl/maps/Xs1QezFXX2C2 .

Photographer: Paul Johnston


#fashion   #fashionshoot   #model   #austin #composite #kaley #iluvvideo #austin #austintexas #texas #austinnewsstory #newsstory #texascapitol 
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