Sunday, October 30, 2011

Links [12]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently (some undoubtedly via a Jenny Downing buzz), but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Top 10 Controversial Pieces of Music.
UK in 3D: Pictures from England.
Photographs of Objects Exploding.
What is so Asian About Asian Art Today?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Homeward bound

Technically I am posting this in my blog one day too late, as we came back home from our London trip last night, but who cares. A wonderful shot by my Flickr friend word artist of a Scottish castle at sunset. As usual, excellent composition with a curved leading line taking us through the shot.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Streets of London

This marvelous song of course has to be featured this week, as my wife and I will be strolling the streets of London ourselves. Folk singer Ralph McTell will always be linked to this touching ballad, which has been recorded more than 200 times by artists ranging from soul diva Aretha Franklin to the punk group Anti-Nowhere League. Five years after the release of the first acoustic version on the 1969 Spiral Staircase album, a re-recording of the song reached the #2 spot in the UK top40.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Charing Cross Bridge

Continuing the London/UK theme of this week. I was surprised that I had not featured Andre Derain (1880-1954) yet in my blog. He was a prominent French artist, and co-founder of the fauvist movement with Matisse. This painting, depicting London's Charing Cross Bridge, dates back to 1906, around the start of that movement - and is one of the best in my opinion. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Animals

A classic beauty to mark our short trip to London starting tomorrow - as usual, I have pre-posted blog contributions for the coming week. Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals becomes better every time you hear it, and the cover is an absolute classic. It depicts the Art Deco structure of London's Battersea Power Station, with a flying pig superimposed. Although credited to the famous Hipgnosis company, the design was ultimately by Roger Waters himself.

All Music

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eye contact

It;s been far too long since I posted a shot by my Flickr friend Renee Rocket. This is one of two similar shots I faved a few weeks ago (the other is here). Gorgeous model, wonderful post processing, fabulous art deco atmosphere. A masterpiece. I improvised the title for this photograph by the way.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn water colours

It is high time that my Flickr friend peggyhr, the queen of water reflection shots, makes another appearance in my blog. Very seasonal, this explosion of autumn colours. One of her best, for sure.

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Links [11]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently (some undoubtedly via a Jenny Downing buzz), but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Iceland at Night Photography.
A Rare Glimpse of North Korea.
Corner Portraits by Irving Penn.
Bob Dylan Accused of Plagiarizing Photographs.
London Based Album Covers.
Mountain Reflections by Jack Brauer.
15 Beautiful Libraries Around the World.
Fully Flowered Faces (Sundsbo for Vogue Japan).

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Scroll

I am posting less Flickr favourites than in the past, but this is such a gem that I had to show it here as well. Who else than my Flickr friend jenny downing could produce such a compelling image with its wonderful balanced minimalism?

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Dragon

My favourite shot of the past few months, and judging from comments and faves, probably the closest I have come to making Flickr Explore for the 52nd time. In the end, it got an even better recognition: my Flickr friend Rick (Word Artist) included it in his excellent blog on composition, with the following comment: "As seems to be the general theme of late, it is the simplicity of this image that is its strength. A shape – barely a silhouetted outline – distorted by the ripples of a watered reflection, gives us the dream of power: of the dragon rampant. The simple use of form to convey this feeling should be enough, and it is. But this image takes that a step further, adding a powerful leading line/diagonal to the mix (out of the bottom left corner). Additionally, the overall crop makes excellent use of golden ratios. Pure, stark power." It is of course the reflection of a branch in water, post-processed to b&w to get an oriental feeling - like a Chinese ink painting of a dragon.

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 8 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 50.8 mm
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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