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.
Most Interesting Photos
Videos kept at www.youtube.com/user/AltusInJapan now.
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Photos of /\ltus (5)
- Lumix DMC-ZS50 14 photos, 2 members
- Water Polo 3,686 photos, 566 members
- Starbucks 21,504 photos, 6,839 members
- Sony Camera Club 295,601 photos, 17,072 members
- Summer Camp 1,512 photos, 299 members
- The Best of Sony Nex 25,659 photos, 2,476 members
- Sony E mount - your best shot! - one a day. 52,331 photos, 2,801 members
- THE NEX-7 GROUP 49,723 photos, 2,181 members
- Sony α NEX & ILCE 332,005 photos, 12,898 members
- HDR Southern California 1,745 photos, 70 members
- California HDR 2,060 photos, 150 members
- The Orange County - California 33,561 photos, 2,161 members
- Beautiful California 113,679 photos, 3,400 members
- SoCal 83,917 photos, 1,518 members
- California 265,335 photos, 7,456 members
- Orange County, California 11,059 photos, 613 members
- Nagoya / 名古屋 19,493 photos, 777 members
- Far Eastern Architecture 3,895 photos, 120 members
- Beautiful Japan 253,282 photos, 9,060 members
- JAPAN [directory] 日本 825,093 photos, 16,732 members
- PANASONIC - LUMIX LX5 28,916 photos, 1,423 members
- LX5 Photography 3,808 photos, 432 members
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX Enthusiast Compacts 31,380 photos, 2,306 members
- HDR New Zealand 2,008 photos, 57 members
- Casio Exilim Shooters 8,678 photos, 373 members
- 静岡県 Shizuoka Prefecture 2,957 photos, 116 members
- Pentax In-camera HDR 175 photos, 77 members
- Pentax K-7 71,918 photos, 1,953 members
- Texas 161,794 photos, 5,932 members
- Hawaii 69,724 photos, 4,996 members
- Hong Kong 香港 315,400 photos, 13,816 members
- WORLD WIDE HDR 12,543 photos, 358 members
- Pentax DA Fisheye 10-17mm 4,670 photos, 329 members
- HDR Sunsets / Sunrises 2,293 photos, 380 members
- Pentax K20D / Samsung GX-20 68,911 photos, 2,034 members
- Olympus µ 1030SW Stylus 1,223 photos, 70 members
- High Dynamism Range imaging 1,220 photos, 80 members
- Panasonic Lumix Users 170,468 photos, 3,471 members
- Lumix 78,282 photos, 1,404 members
- Heso Magazine Reader's Group 4,176 photos, 285 members
- 下田市 Shimoda City 694 photos, 27 members
- Best of HDR pictures 5,295 photos, 279 members
- Absolut Sky 30,221 photos, 1,968 members
- Canon SD800 IS / IXUS 850 IS / IXY 900 IS 10,021 photos, 547 members
- HDR at Night [comments recommended] 9,849 photos, 1,369 members
- HDR - From The Real Masters 81,268 photos, 2,610 members
- Niseko Ski Posse 475 photos, 65 members
- people in tokyo 41,891 photos, 2,144 members
- Sigma 10-20mm 298,482 photos, 15,821 members
- Sea, Sun & Clouds 104,805 photos, 16,800 members
"love ur HDR work.. i got to know HDR from u.. i think that sums up everything !!!"
March 11th, 2014
"/\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
Silvana Canto Carlos says:
"With a unique style and incredible shooting, makes the imagination to fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing..."
September 4th, 2009
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
"altus is absolutely amaaaazzzing... the landscapes he captures and his epicly stunning HDR's... its all so perfect. :) literally... your fabulous. ~"
June 25th, 2009
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
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
"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
"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!
September 16th, 2008
"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
"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
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
"/\ltus cityscape shots (especially those at night) are simply awesome. It gave me inspiration to get into HDR."
May 26th, 2008
"/\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!.
May 23rd, 2008
"Unfortunately Flickr doesn't have a contact category for "Admirer", so I guess it's implied. I love your work!"
January 22nd, 2008
"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
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
" 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,
October 21st, 2007
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
More at: flickr.com/photos..."
September 6th, 2007
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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
- July 2005
- 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.
- Southern California, USA
- I am:
- Work to live