Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Parallel lines

Yet another shot, originally intended for the Links section of this blog, that gathered so many positive reactions that I promoted it to the My photography category instead. A ship moored at the banks of the IJssel, close to our home.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 26.5 mm
ISO Speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, February 27, 2017

Safe landing

Please click the image to view the photograph in a new window. Covering sports events as a photographer is both challenging and rewarding - if you get it right. This shot from the German indoor athletics championship in Leipzig definitely goes under 'got it right'. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Hendrik Schmidt/DPA).

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Bonus points for the Beatles reference in the title. My Flickr friend Rodolfo Anzaldua shows that you can do the 'take and share a picture every day of the year' challenge and still come up with masterpieces. I love this study of a hammer, where the bit of wear and tear adds to the overall effect. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Please click the image to open the advertisement image in a separate window. Earlier this week, illustrator Alan Aldridge passed away. He is perhaps most famous for album covers (Elton John, The Who), but here we have him having a go at an advertising campaign for Heineken beer.

Creative Ads

Friday, February 24, 2017

Victoria Arduino

Please click the image to open the poster in a separate window. The company Victoria Arduino is an Italian producer of espresso coffee machines, still in business with over 90 years of history. This beautiful poster from the twenties plays on the espresso theme by letting someone make coffee while in a passing train. The designer is the famous Leonetto Cappiello.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What happened to my gate?

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of one of Kampen's old city gates, and Vermeer's The little street (link here). I was aiming for an old Dutch master's feel in the digital creation, but the program surprised me by producing a cubist dreamscape - that I think is very interesting. The link leads to the original photograph.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. The Oyster is a beautiful grand piano design, inspired by the shape of the sea life of the same name. The linked article includes many pictures, but surprisingly little factual information.

web site

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fiat lux

I intend not to post more than one of my own photographs per week in this blog, so this one had to wait for a while (it was taken about 5 weeks ago). One of my own favourites of the year so far, and good responses on Flickr as well. It is a close up of a decorative ceiling light in a Zwolle clothes shop.

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


Monday, February 20, 2017

Repost: Shanghai - United

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 22 April 2011) - with the blog in its current form over eight years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because my wife is scheduled to land in Shanghai today to visit her parents.

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. In spite of its vintage appearance, the depiction of the modern Shanghai skyline betrays that this is a fairly recent poster for United, actually dating from 2007.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, February 19, 2017

On the lake

My Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend) always posts beautiful shots of his travels to exotic countries. This is one of his best, a gorgeous artistic shot of Lake Nicaragua. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kampioen February 2017

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. The "Under Cover" subject within the blog is usually reserved for vintage magazine covers. But when this month's edition of the Dutch magazine Kampioen dropped in our mailbox, I knew I had to post this one in the blog. It is a beautiful piece of neo art deco, designed by Moker Ontwerp.


Friday, February 17, 2017

You're a lady (RIP Peter Skellern)

And once more, the Grim Reaper has caused a post in the YouTube category. English singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Skellern passed away today, aged 69. In his memory, the beautiful ballad You're a lady from 1972. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Links [81]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by my Flickr friend Rodolfo Anzaldua.

Christo cancels Over the River Project in Protest against Trump.
LA County Museum of Art has Acquired the Popular Rain Room.
Stolen Paintings by Picasso and Matisse Ended Up at the Dump?
The World’s Best Drone Photos.
Winners Of The National Geographic Photography Contest for Kids..
The 6,000-Year History of Blue Pigments in Art.
Art of Building Finalists 2016.
Winning Aerial Images of the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest.
Finding a Lost Magritte underneath Another Painting.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. Well, isn't that... ah forget it, too easy. A beautiful vintage poster by Alberto Fabio (Fabius) Lorenzi that makes you want to leave the cold winter weather and go for the Cote d'Azur.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


How this did not end up in Flickr Explore I'll never understand, given the reactions and the large number of faves it received. Oh well. It certainly is popular, and a personal favourite as well. To think I passed this object twice almost every day for nearly five years before I noticed its potential as an abstract. It is in fact part of an air conditioning unit near the local supermarket.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0031 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fading memories

My wife's art is not limited to oil paintings and Chinese ink. Here is a beautiful piece of her photoart, digitally mixing several of her own photographs including one of her paintings.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Friday, February 10, 2017

Think tank

The famous cover of Blur's 2003 album Think tank is one of the rare excursions of elusive graffiti artist Banksy into the commercial arena.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colourful umbrellas

Even in the extraordinary photostream of my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr), this really stands out. It is a street scene viewed through melting snow on their parked car's windshield. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Selfie - the roundabout way

I took a shot of my wife's handphone just seconds after she took a shot of me. An unexpected hit on Flickr, where it became my 77th's photograph to reach Flickr Explore (the 500 most interesting shots of the day world wide). My 76th has not been posted in the blog yet by the way - it is scheduled for April for a special reason.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, February 03, 2017

Ripped in January

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

Georges PrĂȘtre (92), French conductor. He specialized in the French repertoire. Several of his CD's are in our classical music collection.
Peter Sarstedt (75), British singer/songwriter. The classic Where do you go to my lovely is on our car USB stick.
William Peter Blatty (89), American author and film maker. Best known for writing the novel The Exorcist, and the subsequent film adaptation.
Antony Armstrong-Jones (86), also known as Earl of Snowdon, British photographer. Best known for his portraits of royalty and fashion photography.
Loalwa Braz (63), Brazilian singer, guest vocalist of the band Kaoma on their world-wide hit Lambada - which made it to our car USB stick.
Veljo Tormis (86), Estonian composer. Famous for his choral works. We have 3 CD's with his compositions.
Gorden Kaye (75), British actor. Best known for the lead role in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, which in its best seasons was a hoot.
Mike Connors (91), American actor. He starred in the title role of the TV series Mannix, a must-see in the late sixties.
John Hurt (77), British actor. He played in scores of movies. Some of his most memorable roles are Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta, and Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series. Of his TV work, I'll remember him as Caligula in I Claudius.
Emmanuelle Riva (89), French actress. Best remembered for her starring roles in Hiroshima mon amour and the recent Amour.
Lennart Nilsson (94), Swedish photographer. He specialized in (scientific) macro photography, as well as photojournalism.
John Wetton (67), British bass player, singer and song writer. One of the truly greats of prog music, having been active in bands like King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK and Asia, and in projects like Steve Hackett's Genesis revisited. Some of his most memorable songs as singer include UK's Rendezvous 6:02 and Steve Hacketts remake of the Genesis anthem Firth of Fifth.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


The Burgel is Kampen's city canal, a few minutes walking from our home. I took this shot after a combination of fog and freezing temperatures had turned this view into a real winter wonderland. Lots of good reactions on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0