Sunday, April 19, 2020

Face Masks

Yes, I have succumbed ...

Sitting, as we are, in our studios, dens, or other corners of our locked-down homes with nothing exciting to do... 

You want to venture out? Willing to take the risk of meeting one of those bad viruses? Or worse, the neighborhood nanny checking up on the proper dress of the few passers-by, at appropriate social distances of course? 

Fear not! The solution is here. Yes, right here on this site.  Here is my offering to your well-dressed appearance in these times of doom. 

.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lonely Studio

My Lonely Studio

Actually my studio is a pretty active place. There is always something brewing, or cooking, or in progress. Not many of my creations get shared. Those that do, are mostly proudly shown in my blog Silver Canvas. Prints of a much smaller group are also available at

According to WordPress I have over a hundred follower at Silver Canvas. In the WordPress Reader my posts show up in an fascinating way. The listings are fascinating in their own right. For several reasons. Let me show you some recent listings.

Aren't these fine images as they are cropped here? 

There is something else interesting in these screen clips. Note the little star symbol. Next to that are small numbers, not for all of them. The largest number is 4. That's how many readers saw and "liked" the image.  I'm not complaining. Three or four out of a hundred is actually pretty good response. 

What fascinated me is that I am one of the rarest seen artists. You, my dear reader, are most appreciated by me. Thank you for reading.

   .:. (c) Ludwig Keck 2020

Monday, December 30, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Marine

There are seven sculptures by Chad Fisher at the Peachtree Corners veterans Monument. One of them has been the subject of several of my posts on my other blogs. I thought I might as well join in here and show you "The Marine".

For more photos of this sculpture see my post "The Marine" on my other Cafe Ludwig blog.

.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck

Friday, November 15, 2019

Veterans Day in Peachtree Corners

For a larger collection of photos the "Tiled Gallery" feature over on WordPress provides a more compact and pleasing display. Please click on the link or image above to hop over to my WordPress blog with my photo portfolio.
You are welcome to leave your comments here. Thank you for visiting.

Monday, August 12, 2019

World Elephant Day

Trunks up! This is World Elephant Day!

Way back, many decades ago, when I had just come to the United States, I was enrolled in high school and they picked classes for me that they thought would be appropriate for a sixteen year old kid who didn't speak much English. One of the classes was "Shop". My teacher gave me a block of wood and instructed me to sculpt an elephant. I didn't even know the English names for the most common tools, my artistic skills did not extend to sculpture, so I was totally lost.

I have since been told that sculpting an elephant is easy, "you just chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant". Back then I really had no idea on how to proceed. So I looked around for some other class. When I told my shop teacher that I was switching to physics he was aghast, "you are giving up shop for physics???" He just couldn't understand that to me me physics seemed easier than shop.

Many years later I received this hand-sculpted elephant as a gift from my mother. It has an honored place on my desk.

Happy World Elephant Day to all! Trunks Up!!

.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Photography at Highway Speed

Instead of the freeways we took the byways one recent afternoon. Route US78 east of Athens, Georgia, took us through rural areas, small towns, as well as Athens itself. Photographing from the back seat is quite a challenge. The countryside rushes by allowing just a few seconds to recognize an interesting scene. Signs, berms, fences, trees and power poles are constantly in the way. Then there are the wires, lots and lots of wires always hanging into the view.

My approach to photography is not to shoot rapid-fire sequences. I prefer to find the "decisive moment" when taking the picture, not afterward selecting it from reams of exposures. Shooting from a moving car makes that more the "frantic moment", but I had fun.

This "style" is not for the contemplative artist. The technical aspects are a bit different. I used an aperture of f/8 throughout. My shutter speed was mostly at 1/500 second with a few at 1/250 second. I let the camera set the ISO for automatic exposure. Exposure was often unduly affected by the bright sky and I had to "dig out" some of my images from the deep shadows.

There was, of course, no way to compose a photo. I did not use the viewfinder. I used a wide angle setting, mostly 24mm on my full-frame camera, pointing the camera at my subject, panning with it as we drove by. Hoping that I didn't rotate the camera too much and got my shot before some foreground object interfered. That also caused close buildings to "fall over" due the low viewpoint from the car window necessitating pointing the camera upwards. Perspective correction to the rescue. I like using "ICE", Image Composite Editor, as it allows so many different was to reshape the view.

Here is a collection of my photos. They may not be masterpieces of landscape and cityscape photography, but they are fun mementos and unusual views from along our byways.

This post is shared on two of my blogs so I can reach more of my fans, maybe both of them!
© 2019 Ludwig Keck