Friday, August 31, 2012

Get a grip

When we visited the little Hanseatic city of Hattem near Kampen recently, my wife left her bag for a while with me, while we were sitting on the main square. I decided to take out the camera and snap one, focusing on the grip - a little study on diagonal composition and use of depth of field. I was surprised that it ended up in Flickr explore, the third shot of mine to do so within a few weeks, and the 55th of all time.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Not quite decent (Farligt Sallskap)

One of the most beautiful Art Deco movie posters I have ever seen. This one is for the rather unknown 1929 movie Not quite decent, in a version for the Swedish market. I sourced the poster image form here - the original American version is not bad but lacks the beauty of this one (for comparison, see here). More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A moment dangling in time

My Flickr friend andy_57 excels in model photography, especially when he is creating a series of shots around a certain theme. One of the best recent examples is his Red nails and an old microphone series, once more with his Michele as his model. The whole set is well worth exploring - I faved a number of them. For this blog post I selected my personal favourite. Wonderfully atmospheric, and a textbook example of selective colouring done right. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vogue June 1921

Another beautiful vintage Vogue cover, this one dating back to the time between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. No information could be found on the designer.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Set the controls for the heart of the sun

I still cannot believe this one. Flower macros do not feature in my portfolio a lot - in fact, it is only this year that I am embarking on them a bit more seriously. This extreme close-up of a sunflower had been on my list of shots I might upload to Flickr for a while - I was really not sure it was good enough. In the end, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, mainly because liked the title (which of course refers to a Pink Floyd song). After an hour I changed my mind, and was going to delete it from Flickr. Only the fact that it already had a comment stopped me from doing so. Then things got out of control: fave upon fave followed, and it became the 54th shot of mine to reach Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting shots of the day, eventually topping out at #80, the second-best performance of any of my photographs.... Weird.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whirling

One of the more recent works of my wife, actually painted after our arrival in our new home town of Kampen. I love the happy feeling in this one, expressed in the dancing couple's stance and the colours.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cover of....

The exploration of the subject of model photography has really paid off for my Flickr friend Rick (word artist), who a few weeks ago posted this gorgeous portrait of the Polish beauty Natalia. I could not improve on the comment of another Flickr friend (Andy Poupart), himself an absolute expert in this field: "An absolute delight. Beautiful color and focus on the model and the background just acts as a setting with no distracting elements. Superb, one of your best.". As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Monday, August 20, 2012

San Francisco (RIP Scott McKenzie)

The Grim Reaper strikes again: Scott McKenzie has passed away this weekend at the age of 73. He will always be remembered for his only huge hit, that anthem of the flower power generation: San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), a worldwide number one in 1967, which sold over 7 million copies. RIP Scott. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I would put it on my MP3 player).

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Another reflected abstract

Abstract art images created by colourful water reflections feature frequently in my photographic output - but this is one of my personal favourites so far. I shot it just a few minutes walking from our home, at Kampen's beautiful canal. My trademark 90 degrees flip creates an unusual pattern.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Automat

Loneliness is a recurring theme in the paintings of American realist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). One of the best examples is the 1927 painting Automat, which depicts a lone woman staring into a cup of coffee in an Automat at night (an Automat is a fast food restaurant where simple foods and drink are served by coin-operated and bill-operated vending machines). A rather extensive and informative analysis of this work is given here. More on Hopper in the linked wikipedia article.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The dark side of photojournalism

Fair warning upfront: the linked Guardian article is not a light read, but I found it very worthwhile. It collects interviews with eight photojournalists who got caught up in situations where they could (and perhaps should) have helped people in trouble, but instead limited themselves to taking the shots. The image above with two of the examples was created with Photofunia.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Anastasis

The reunion disc (after 16 years!) of one of my favourite pop/rock bands, Dead can dance, comes with a fabulous cover design. In their own words: "a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance again." No information about design or photographer yet.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lighthouse with rotating beam

Another masterpiece by that relatively unknown artist I discovered earlier this year: Paul Adolf Seehaus (1891-1919). The fascinating painting shown above from 1913 may lack the colour palette usually associated with expressionism, but its cubistic tendencies really makes it fit in with other masterpieces of the era. More on Seehaus in the German wikipedia article linked to below (there is no English version).

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Herring (Explored)

Normally I would probably not have posted this shot, had it not reached Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting photographs of the day. My 53d to do so, but my first since December last year. The herring is the famous Dutch fish that is usually eaten raw (in the salted version), sometimes in vinegar. In Hasselt, a small Hanseatic city near Kampen, they were selling them smoked, and my wife had one. Tasted good. These are sticks of raw herring waiting to be put in the smoking oven.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 15 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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