No Man's Land

Am a born and bred hyperactive Texan that lived in Japan for 22 years.

We now reside in Southern California as it offers us the kind of lifestyle we want as a family.

As is probably somewhat evident from my photostream, I don't like to hang around the house much. Am generally out every chance I get doing some kind of activity, and always have at least one or two cameras with me to capture life as I live it in a surreal sorta way whether it be via HDR and/or oversaturated tones and hues. Its my way and style of remembering the special moments in life for posterity.

My philosophy in life is to work hard and play harder.

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/\ltus. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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/\ltus's Most Interesting Photos on Flickriver

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Videos kept at www.youtube.com/user/AltusInJapan now.

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Photos of /\ltus (5)

  • DSC08910 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08899 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08902 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08924 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08927 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08928 by TAHA Algeriano
  • DSC08929 by TAHA Algeriano
  • Agra Tour by Renuka Shingh
  • walk with me by come_wat_may
  • لوحة لفناني تلمسان معروضة في متحف الفنون الإسلامية by TAHA Algeriano
  • Don't memorize the leaves that cover to deceive to make you forget me by . Panda
  • Flickr Top - July 2010 by Le Zla - Statsr.net
 

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    udnisak says:

    "love ur HDR work.. i got to know HDR from u.. i think that sums up everything !!!"

    March 11th, 2014

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    Arutemu says:

    "/\ltus is a talented photographer and a true inspiration. It is a veritable pleasure to follow his photostream! Thank you for sharing your pictures and... for being there! :)"

    February 2nd, 2011

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    Silvana Canto Carlos says:

    "With a unique style and incredible shooting, makes the imagination to fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing..."

    September 4th, 2009

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    Ting Hay says:

    "ltus is one of the superb photographers I meet in Flickr :)
    He's not only a great artist, he's also a very good flickr friend.
    I admire his works from the start I join Flickr.. and I still think I am very blessed to stumble to his amazing stream & be able to admire them.
    I'm inspired a lot by his works and learn from his HDR images.
    As others said already about how talented he is, he will amaze you with his marvelous works. Always.
    All the best for you & Chizuko & the kids, Altus.-Tata(July'09)"

    July 7th, 2009

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    sourpatch. says:

    "altus is absolutely amaaaazzzing... the landscapes he captures and his epicly stunning HDR's... its all so perfect. :) literally... your fabulous. ~"

    June 25th, 2009

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    Simon le nippon says:

    "Although I already liked photography, it is people like /\ltus (not only him though, there are lots of talented people on Flickr) who inspired me to buy a SLR and really get into it. Needless to say, I also learned the existence of HDR and what results you could get with this technique!
    I'm going to Japan in September for nine months with only a backpack, two friends and my camera, so I will obviously try to take some awesome HDR pictures too :P If I can take pictures that are half as good as /\ltus, I'll be very happy :)"

    February 5th, 2009

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    mikenakama from Hawaii says:

    "Always a pleasure to visit with Altus. Your photos captivate the viewer. Some of your photos border on the abstract with intense color and intuaitive understanding of compostion. I always wait in anticipation of the next photo. What great image will be cast upon the internet ? Thanks for sharing your wonderful photographs."

    November 7th, 2008

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    Dantelespagnol [  Dead  ] says:

    "It always a pleasure to see and comment your pic !!
    You have really your own skill and style !!
    Lot of talent in your eyes !!!
    I'm waiting for other news pic from you
    Have a nice moment on flickR"

    November 5th, 2008

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    [F.T] says:

    "Altus photos has always been an inspiration.

    His shots always make my day!

    In fact, it was while browsing his photos that I got hooked on HDR!
    ( Thanks mate for this new "Addiction"! )

    Altus has always been able to turn the simplest of all shot into a Great Masterpiece!

    His keen eye for details and great sense of composition is reflected in all his shots.

    Thanks Mate for sharing your brilliant shots and please DO NOT stop!

    Cheers"

    September 16th, 2008

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    AdamBaronPhoto says:

    "The fact that /\ltus is one of the best artists on flickr comes as no surprise. When he takes his flawless use of HDR, and applies it to a subject so interesting and beautiful as the country of Japan, and peppers it with his lovely family as subjects, he achieves one masterpiece after another.

    Browse through his photostream and you will see a travelogue painted with a brush, by an artist with a real zest for living."

    July 24th, 2008

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    「my+」 says:

    "Hmm... how to begin this. I should have a written speech for this.
    One fine day, me and colleagues were looking the pictures in flickr, while enjoying it suddenly sent me an url of /\ltus one of the HDR rendered shots, it completes and inspires me at the most upfront. From then on, I started looking info about HDR by google it, take me a few days to understand the concept and playing around the HDR. /\ltus's work piece definitely always my bookmarking the most. And thanks to him i finally found a big interest on the HDR. Indeed he is always a nice guy who willing to help. Thanks to you /\ltus, keep up the impressive work and i shall be there to view, enjoy your great masterpiece."

    July 13th, 2008

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    cyrus ghahremani says:

    "i knew about HDR but his work puts it over the top, and seeing the tokyo photos were the last straw for me to get into the process myself, inspiration with a wonderful gallery and a keen eye"

    July 1st, 2008

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    _ohara_* says:

    "/\ltus cityscape shots (especially those at night) are simply awesome. It gave me inspiration to get into HDR."

    May 26th, 2008

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    Yopera says:

    "/\ltus have an incredible and artistic eye combine with an amazing balance between contrast, color, realism, expressionism that simple makes me wonder how to be a part of his colorful world.

    Love his work….. How much?.. I started creating HDR because of him!.
    Thank you!!"

    May 23rd, 2008

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    Llance says:

    "Unfortunately Flickr doesn't have a contact category for "Admirer", so I guess it's implied. I love your work!"

    January 22nd, 2008

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    oybay© says:

    "First thing I thought was "What took me so long?".

    When I was much younger, it was a real thrill to wait for the mailman to arrive. The unknown expectations of getting something great was impossible to define. I feel the same way now whenever I see this guy's recent upload. It is an ode to the 21st century watching his vision flourish.

    One of the best on Flickr. Period."

    December 30th, 2007

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    Scott Barlow says:

    "Altus' photos are simply beautiful. His ability to capture wonderful color in amazing spaces is inspiring. I know you will appreciate his talent as well"

    December 20th, 2007

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    SkyShaper says:

    " Over 12,000 photo's as of this writing!!!! I love the mix of art and family shots in your stream. Shows up the human quality you posess. You are an inspiration in art and life. Keep doing what you do. We are watching the evolution.

    Break the Rules,
    S.S."

    October 21st, 2007

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    Hotash says:

    "meet Altus

    a wonderful family man with an even more beautiful family who can out-play the best of us =;)

    i'm not sure exactly how i came across Altus but, i'm fairly certain it had to do with his HDR photography and then i just fell for his love of his family and his sincereness in answering each and every question i can come up with :-)

    i would love to meet his most lovely wife and learn all there is to know of her Japan-i'm totally intrigued

    if you want to enjoy Japan in an honest way, please visit Altus, Chizuko, Travus & Austin my 'flickr friends in Japan' as i refer to them
    ~smile~

    More at: flickr.com/photos..."

    September 6th, 2007

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    Nick Haigh says:

    "/\ltus is one cool guy!
    he has an amazing eye for photography & his HDR work is always top notch, he was & still is an inspiration to me from when I joined flickr
    and his work is always a pleasure to see.
    you rock my friend!"

    August 1st, 2007

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    Straws pulled at random says:

    "One of the best HDR master on Flickr. His classic combo HDR+Wide angle is a truly masterpiece."

    July 27th, 2007

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    KaptainKaveman says:

    "Altus is in a league of P.S. technical expertise that one like myself can only "hope" to aspire to understand someday, lol. He has put a lot of time and energy into this craft and it REALLY shows in his pictures. I learn a great deal of general overview from his images and picture descriptions of HDR processing. I also feel that, he has, in my view, shown great character as a real person over the months I've known him thru flickr. I truly hope he plans to flickr with us for many moons to come, :))"

    July 4th, 2007

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    only1tanuki says:

    "Anyone that happens upon this photostream can count themselves Lucky. Very Lucky, actually. But keep in mind as You spend more time than You realized looking through his Brilliant Camera Eye, it will be difficult to write a Testimonial for someone at this level. People will have beat You on the compliments of his skill. Family Moments, Nature, Urban, HDR and so many more points of view that You will be glad to have had an opportunity to experience and Lucky that he shared."

    November 17th, 2006

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    mliebenberg says:

    "Altus is an excellent photographer with a very creative mind. His HDR work is a great example to all of us, from the intimate family shots to the expansive wide-angled shots, his photos display a great passion for the art of photography. He has also been a great encourager with my own photos... so bless you my friend for being there for me!"

    October 31st, 2006

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    Ultraman Daddy says:

    "Altus is :-

    --A Man of steel - His HDR stunning photos had always amaze me and bring me to a cyberworld . Its so unique and beautiful that I will never wanna miss each shot he made .

    --A Great Father and Husband , with all those family shots he made , that reflects his love to the family and how he cherish his family time with his beautiful wife and two great little boys . Your kids are wonderful .

    --A great supportive friend who knows very much of me behind mask .

    I have learn alot from you my friend , thanks so much ."

    September 18th, 2006

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    shapeshift says:

    "altus is an amazing photographer and one of my favorites on flickr. his work is constantly fresh and inspiring. i am constantly thinking, "now, how the heck did he take that picture," or "wow what an angle," or "gee, what a composition" when i go through his photostream. he is able to enhance the ordinary which i guess what we all strive in our own work. more than anyone else, altus' work makes me want to visit japan. last but not least, his hdr images kick everyone's butts... and make me want to explore this someday. dude, you rock."

    June 20th, 2006

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    erica_photog says:

    "I found /\ltus' page by searching the tags for "Japan" about 6 months ago and every chance of free time I have to go on Flickr, I always check out /\ltus' pictures. He has a really nice eye for things and seems to have a great personality that allows him to share his pictures with others. I am a newly serious photographer and /\ltus' pictures always inspire me 'cause they are so full of personality. Good luck to /\ltus!"

    June 10th, 2006

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    Stuck in Customs says:

    "This guy is greatness. He helps bring reality to photos with his HDR greatness. He is one of the few people in life that can take a scene, lock it in his mind, then use his tools to recreate that vision in the final photo.

    /\ltus has the kind of pictures that makes the old-school traditional photographers sit up and worry. Seeing what he has accomplished makes me want to be a better photographer.

    Plus, he loves the greatness of Austin so much that his offspring bears the name for my fine city overseas. He's representing the 512."

    May 18th, 2006

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    GIJON says:

    "Altus has been like a brother to me all my life...especially since we share the same mother. He never struck me as a photographer growing up but after him introducing me to flickr and seeing the photos he has posted, I believe that he has found his true calling (behind of course: surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, etc...).
    Because of his influence, I too have just invested in a HDR capable camera and am going to try my hand at it and post as well."

    April 11th, 2006

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    Kris Kros says:

    "Altus is definitely one of the finest flickr guys. He was very instrumental in my introduction to the wonderful world of HDR. His HDR-rendered photos just made me speechless and charmed so many times and forced me to learn this post-processing.

    He is great indeed but I know he is better than his images. The man is sincere and very generous.

    I'm lucky to meet Altus and be his friend. Never miss his photostream. You'll be delighted to view his creations."

    March 19th, 2006

Name:
/\ltus
Joined:
July 2005
Hometown:
Born and raised in Texas. Teenage years in Key Largo, FL. University of Texas for my undergraduate degree. All of my adulthood until recent in Tokyo, Japan.
Currently:
Southern California, USA
I am:
Male
Occupation:
Work to live