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.

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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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.

The Art of Lu Schaper

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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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.

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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