Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nautical wear and tear

Living fifty meters from a river like the IJssel offers plenty of opportunities for abstract shots using ship hulls. This one may not be a personal favourite, but it is one of the most faved shots in my stream this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 45.2 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thrak

Today is King's Day in the Netherlands, so for the occasion a cover by King Crimson, one of the pioneers of prog. Thrak is their 1995 comeback album, and the cover photograph is very much in the style of my own abstract photography.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Judge April 1921

A beautiful minimal cover for the Judge magazine from the early twenties. The illustration was drawn by Louis Fancher.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt

German singer Annett Louisan moves between the lines of chanson and jazz, and quite successfully in my opinion. I love her albums, and in particular this song from Das optimale Leben. Great lyrics to boot about how relationships can get into a rut (the title translates as When you no longer love one another). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Emoji Mosaic

The linked site is simple but does exactly what it promises: you upload a picture and it will create a mosaic from emoji icons. The above is what it made of a picture of our cocker spaniel Jazz (original here).

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ring tones

This is a close-up of a piece of furniture. Responses at Flickr were not as good as I had hoped for, but it is one of my favourite shots of the year so far. And I like the title.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

IJsselmuiden

A recent creation made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of the village of IJsselmuiden (across the river from our home), and a painting by Dutch 17th century master Jan van Goyen (link here). The result is quite astounding. The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The First

Last week we had a daytrip to The Hague, and I took this shot of the famous statue of Willem van Oranje, the Father of the Netherlands (made in 1845 by Emile de Nieuwerkerke). The unusual viewpoint and the stark contrast with the blue sky make the shot. One of my most faved photographs at Flickr in recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/10.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Kaleidoscope

Another shot in my CoolArt series - reflections of my wife's painting captured in the aluminium surface of a cooling bag. Not one of my own favourites, but the one that got most positive responses so far on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0125 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Still life

A fairly recent work by my wife, and it has to be seen as it is rather than a picture: by including real flowers and leaves, this mixed media work literally comes to life.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Ripped in March

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

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Tony Dyson (68), British designer. He was the man who created the famous Star Wars droid R2D2, as well as various props for movies like Moonraker and Superman II.
05
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (86), Austrian conductor and pioneer of the historically informed performances. Not a personal favourite, but there is no denying his importance.
07
Gary Braasch (70), American photographer specializing in wildlife and environment. His work was published in Time, Life, and many other magazines,
07
Michael White (80), British impresario and film producer, Best remembered as the producer of that cult movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
08
George Martin (90), British record producer, composer and musician, One of the most successful producers of all time, and extensively involved in all Beatles records (he was known  as the fifth Beatle).
09
Jon English (66), British-born Australian singer/songwriter. His seventies hit Hollywood Seven is on our car USB stick.
10
Keith Emerson (71), British keyboardist and composer. After his spell with The Nice, he was the cofounder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, one of the most famous prog bands of all time. Although I never warmed up to their albums, several of their songs are great, first and foremost Lucky Man.
14
Peter Maxwell Davies (81), British composer. He was one of my favourite contemporary composers. I have dozens of CD's of his works including his symphonies, concertos, and string quartets.
15
Sylvia Anderson (88), British producer and voice actress. She created and voiced Lady Penelope in The Thunderbirds, my favourite sixties' TV show.
24
Johan Cruyff (68), Dutch football player and coach. Not a typical AFAS subject, but a legend for my generation. Widely regarded as one of the best of all time.
24
Garry Shandling (66), American comedian and actor. Best remembered for The Larry Sanders Show.
31
Ronnie Corbett (85), British comedian. A long-time presence in the British comedy scene, probably best remembered for his co-starring role in The two Ronnies.
31
Zaha Hadid (65), Iraqi-British architect. One of the most famous of the past fifty years, her work includes many iconic buildings, and she was the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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Douglas Wilmer (96), British actor. He played Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 TV series, and appeared in numerous TV series and movies, including some of my favourites like The Avengers, UFO, Octopussy, and Sherlock.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The ethics of photojournalism

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Brussels, a live broadcast by Fox News captured a well-known photojournalist creating a staged news shot (although to be fair it is possible he intended this for non-news use only) - which sparked a debate about the ethics of photojournalism. The linked Guardian article is an interesting read about the subject.

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