Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Abstraction (the Blue Mountain)

Last week, we visited a brilliant exhibition of expressionists in nearby Zwolle. We saw many beautiful paintings by well-known artists such as Marc, Macke, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde, Pechstein, Werefkin, Jawlensky, but also a few by artists I had never heard of, A case in point is the German painter Christian Rohlfs (1849 - 1938). For today's post, I selected this beautiful abstract from 1912. More about Rohlfs in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tips for street photography

The linked art-icle (with its accompanying video) gives 23 tips from photographer Thomas Leuthard on how to improve your street photography. Many of them are not new to me, but some are (such as "Frame your shot and wait for the right moment"). In any case, handy to have these collected in one place. The image above is by myself.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The bridge

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted another of my photographs of our beautiful city of Kampen (one with the bridge over the IJssel), and a painting by Hopper (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The four towers

One of my more popular shots of recent weeks. This is the bridge of Kampen, reflected in the river IJssel, and flopped upside down. Rather like a Richter painting.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.00625 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Silk electric

We saw the LP version of this 1982 Diana Ross album on a second-hand market earlier this week, and I just had to put it in the blog. The music is not my taste, but the cover is striking - not surprising since it was created by Andy Warhol.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Eight deadly works of art

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. This Hyperallergic art-icle lists eight "deadly" works of art, although "dangerous" would have been a better term. Still, a few actually did kill people, such as the depicted Christo and Jeanne Claude’s The Umbrellas - fatality count 2. Morbid, but interesting.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Aquatic

This water reflection abstract, shot in the Chinese garden of the Hortus Haren complex, is one of my own favourite shots of the year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0025 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 23.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cafe Society

The poster for the upcoming Woody Allen movie Cafe Society is a beautiful piece of minimalist retro design.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kampen rooftops

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted another of my photographs of our beautiful city of Kampen (seen from the top of the "new" tower), and a painting by Derain (link here). The result is a fauvist dream. The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

McCafe

Simple, yet brilliant. This advertisement for McCafe coffee by advertising agency Moroch (Dallas, USA) is a visual delight.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vogue March 1911

So far, the oldest Vogue cover I have posted in this blog. A beauty, not in the least because of the original way the magazine's name is depicted.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Assorted chains

This was supposed to be just another chains shot for one of my upcoming Links posts, but to my surprise it collected more faves than almost any other shot of mine this year. So here it is under the heading My photography instead.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Such a lonely soul

In my ongoing effort to catalogue our CD collection, I am currently focusing on female singer/songwriters for the pop/rock genre. One of the best of this century to my taste is Sweden's Anna Ternheim. Here is my favourite song in her repertoire, the beautiful ballad Such a lonely soul (in the so-called "naked" version). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

The Billboard top 5 through the years

This is a brilliant site that I keep going back to. It shows an animated graph of Billboard’s top songs allowing you to watch the top five songs rise and fall over time - and it plays the number one song while it’s at the top!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Ripped in April

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

04
Erik Bauersfeld (93), American voice actor. He delivered Admiral Ackbar's immortal line "It's a trap!" in Star Wars: The return of the Jedi.
17
Nicolas Tikhomiroff (89), Franco-Russian photographer. Best remembered for his work on World Cinema and war photography
18
Fulvio Roiter (55), Italian photographer. He released about 100 books with his photographs. Great shots of Venice.
20
Guy Hamilton (93), French-born British film director. He directed among others four James Bond movies (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun) and two Agatha Christie movies (The Mirror Crack'd, and Evil Under the Sun).
21
Prince (57), American singer/songwriter. Highly regarded, but not a personal favourite. Still, When doves cry is on our car USB stick.
23
Inge King (100), German-born Australian sculptor. Best remembered for her monumental abstract sculptures in Australia.
24
Billy Paul (81), American soul singer, one of the finest of the Philadelphia sound. His ballad Me and Mrs. Jones was a US number one hit, and remains a personal favourite on our car USB stick.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Kampen city view

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of our beautiful city of Kampen (across the river IJssel), and a painting by Barbizon painter Charles-Fran├žois Daubigny (link here). The result is beautiful in my opinion. The link leads to the original photograph.