Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Better than raw

Less subtle than what I usually select for the Beautiful Album Covers theme, but this 1998 Helloween album is one of the best in its genre. And very fitting for the countdown to Halloween of course. The cover art is credited to Rainer Laws.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dracula

The first of a series of four Halloween themed posts for this week. This elaborate and beautiful poster was made for one of the best vampire movies of all time, the 1931 version of Dracula starring the legendary Bela Lugosi.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vicious (RIP Lou Reed)

Another legend from my youth has passed away. At age 71, too young, although he had been on the Grim Reaper's shortlist for quite a while. In his memory, the song Vicious, because his best (Perfect day) does not seem suitable right now. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Shanghai silhouettes

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in Shanghai a few years ago, given a stained glass like treatment to a rather stunning effect. The link leads to the original photograph.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Top of the world

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 27 October 1973. Like last week, there were three new entries that made my MP3 player (Hollies, Steve Miller Band, Carpenters). I have opted for that lovely up-beat Carpenters song Top of the world as my pick of the week. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Night light

The jazz-infused pop music by The Cancel is interesting, if not completely my taste. The cover of their latest album Night light is excellent, reflecting the music perfectly, and working as a stand alone piece of art as well. It was created by Keno from the Ukrainian Kickit Art Studio.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Epigram

The title of this beautiful insect macro is just as ingenious and marvelous as the shot itself, with its gorgeous depth of field and colour scheme. Trust one of my favourite Flickr friends, jenny downing, to come up with both. The title's explanation can be found on her linked Flickr page. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wovoka

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 20 October 1973. Three new entries that made my MP3 player (Stones, Boudewijn de Groot, Redbone). I like Sympathy for the devil best, but in this case I have opted for a (then) new song rather than a re-release, the Redbone hit Wovoka. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, October 18, 2013

L'Inhumaine

This poster of the controversial 1924 French drama-science fiction film (translation: the inhuman woman), directed by Marcel L'Herbier, is beautiful in its use of cubist and Art Deco influences. As usual, I link to the IMDB site, but in this case the Wikipedia entry has much more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jigsaw

This may be the my own favourite shot of the year so far. It is typical of the way I use my camera: picking up subjects that most people would not see. In this case, I zoomed in on the detail of a decoration of a Japanese restaurant in Nijmegen, resulting in an abstract composition.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.04 (1/25) sec
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Art Deco hat

The main subject of my wife's art is of course oil painting, but here we have a different side of her creative talents. Two sides, actually: the hat she is wearing is her own design, and made by herself from scratch, and the self-portrait including processing to get a suitable vintage feel, shows off her photography skills.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hannelore

For years already, I consider my Flickr friend andy_57 to be one of the best model photographers on Flickr (and beyond). Even so, his recent shoot with the gorgeous model Hannelore rivals the best he has done so far - and perhaps surpasses it.There are currently six shots in this set, and I faved five of them, including the one I selected for today's post. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

China grove

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 13 October 1973. A clear pick this time, one track stands out head and shoulders above the rest for me: the Doobie Brothers' masterpiece China grove. Art Rock score: 9/10 (excellent song, one of the 600 best of all time).

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Potala Palace

The 17th century Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet, China) is one of the most beautiful older buildings in the world (image by Coolmanjackey CC BY-SA 3.0). The linked article gives a detailed overview of the site, including interesting comparisons of its lay-out with other famous landmarks like Stonehenge and the Hagia Sophia. I found it a very interesting read.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

The green lovers

One of the most famous 20th century painters that has not yet appeared in this blog: Belorussian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985). Most of his best-known works in a symbolist expressionist style simply do not appeal to me. However, when I stumbled upon this 1915 cubist portrait, I was sold at once. More about Chagall in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Countdown to ecstasy 40-21

Another shameless promotion of my parallel blog Countdown to Ecstasy: my choice of 100 best songs (pop, rock, and ballads) from five decades - with the constriction of maximum one song per act. The countdown has now reached #21 and here are the latest 20 posted (for descriptions and YouTube links see the blog itself):

21. Nur zu Besuch (Die Toten Hosen)
22. The winner takes it all (ABBA)
23. Cup of coffee (Garbage)
24. Gollums song (Emiliana Torrini)
25. Time in a bottle (Jim Croce)
26. Silent all these years (Tori Amos)
27. Niniane - Lady of the lake (Kayak)
28. Silent lucidity (Queensryche)
29. Wildflower (Skylark)
30. Bedshaped (Keane)
31. Life on Mars? (David Bowie)
32. Song to the siren (This Mortal Coil)
33. Easy livin' (Uriah Heep)
34. Through the barricades (Spandau Ballet)
35. Anesthesize (Porcupine Tree)
36. New year's day (U2)
37. Afscheid (Robert Long)
38. Beyond the pale (Pain of Salvation)
39. The first time ever I saw your face (Roberta Flack)
40. Old and wise (Alan Parsons Project)

The usual mix of ballads, well-known pop songs, and hard rock. Also, the further we get in the countdown, the more acts that get additional songs mentioned. For instance, in this list we have Tori Amos with 7 other songs, and Kayak even with 9 other songs. I will continue to give a regular update in this blog - and you can follow the progress in the right hand column as well.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Prisencolinensinainciusol

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 6 Ocotber 1973. Not a great selection to choose from this week, but the highest new entry is still fun: Italian singer Adriano Celentano with a song that probably has the most complicated one word title of all time. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Spiked in pink

This image of mine is over 3 years old - I dug it up because October is breast cancer awareness month, and pink photographs are a traditional way of showing your support for the fight against that awful disease. This is a close-up of a sculpture at Zwolle, with the pink colour applied in post-processing.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 78 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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