Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Convergence

Opportunities for abstract photographs are everywhere, you just have to spot them. This is actually the steel access plate to a ship moored at the riverside near our home. I converted it to black and white, and flipped it upside down for further alienation. Good reactions on Flickr and also a personal favourite.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0008 sec (1/1250)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

You always can change

The title seemed appropriate in view of the considerable changes for the blog. Alquin was a Dutch band that is not well known even in the Netherlands, but they made interesting prog rock albums in the early seventies, and managed to get some radio play with a number of singles. This is their best song in my opinion.  Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

Copyright statement: Photograph (link) by Bert Verhoeff / Anefo - Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

It's a jungle out there

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph out of my CoolArt series, and Picasso's Brick factory at Tortosa (link here). The result is the cubist abstract I was aiming for. The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A new beginning

Lately, there have been several court cases related to copyright issues on images used on web sites and blogs. Having gone through a lot of articles on the subject matter in the past few days, I have decided to use only images in my blogs that are free of copyright issues or where I have explicit permission to use them. I do not want to rely on the assumption that use of images with links to the creators is fair use for a non-commercial site. This has quite a few effects on the blog, both with respect to past posts and the way forward. For starters, I will reset all affected existing blog posts prior to this one to draft the coming days - making it possible to re-post them whenever appropriate. Let's see what will happen for the various categories.

My photography, My digital art, Imaginary albums, The art of Lu Schaper
Easy: we own the copyright, so we are free to use the images in the blog. These subjects will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

In my life, Blog info
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images, e.g. made via Photofunia (who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues). The subject will continue in the blog.

Flickr favourites
For all images used under this heading, I already have explicit permission by the copyright owners. This subject will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Links, Ripped
For all images used under this heading, I already have explicit permission by the copyright owners wherever relevant. These subjects will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Paintings, Under cover, En Vogue, Vintage posters
All works created before 1923 are free for publication. For copyrighted works after 1923, if an image exists for use without copyright infringement (e.g. on Wikipedia), there is of course no issue. The subject will continue in the blog. For really worthwhile images with copyright issues, I will be posting a "place-holder" image of my own design that links to the copyrighted image where appropriate.

YouTube
For YouTube-based posts so far, I have used a screenshot. I assume that this is no problem, but for new posts I will use images available for use without copyright infringement (e.g. from Wikipedia). The subject will continue in the blog and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Beautiful album covers, Beautiful single covers
It appears generally accepted that these fall under fair use for relatively low-resolution images, which are relevant for the discussion. These subjects will continue in the blog and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Art-icles, Art-iculations
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images, e.g. made via Photofunia (who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues). The subjects will continue in the blog.

Miscellaneous art, Photoart, Photographers, Photojournalism, Architectural aspects, Worth1000, Creative ads, Classical corner, Classics revisited, Creative designs, Creative logos, Movie posters, Special designs, The best of Potpourri, Web sites
These subjects will not continue in the blog. In isolated cases, where there are no copyright issues, they may appear under Anything goes. For really worthwhile images with copyright issues, I will be posting a "place-holder" image of my own design that links to the copyrighted image where appropriate.

Anything goes
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images. The subject will continue in the blog.

Potpourri
A new subject for the blog, replacing the parallel blog Art's Potpourri (which stops per today). A collection of links to funny or interesting images not covered by the topics of this blog.

Icons
The icons used for the different subjects will also be discontinued. I will be using the chrome icon for all posts from now on.

It's quite a lot to act upon, and it will take a while before everything is back the way I want it. On the plus side, most of the subjects that will be discontinued were not that active anyway, having run their course.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Seventeen

It was 17 years ago today that Lu and I got married in the little Dutch village of Rijssen. Amazing. Happy anniversary darling! The image above was created by one of the many options at the Photofunia site.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Woman in a white dress

A new name for me. Henri Lebasque (1865 - 1937) was a French post-impressionist painter. I came across this work from 1923 and found it quite impressive. More about Lebasque in the linked Wikipedia article.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Too busy

My wife sent me this delightful music sheet cover while she was in Shanghai. It dates back to the twenties.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coldplay

One of the things I tried out a few times in the "one shot a day challenge" on Flickr is to zoom in some of my wife's mixed media works. This is one of the better efforts in that respect. As my dear Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr commented: "the electric blues are a delight mixed with the cream and the textures are super."

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 640
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Stepping into sparkling waters

Not her usual fare, but this is a really beautiful image shot by my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr) on Hawaii. One of the best silhouette photographs I have seen in a long time. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Flatland

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. This is just one of a whole series of similar creations by Aydın Büyüktaş. He uses drone photography to construct these surreal landscapes, that remind me a bit of the Inception movie.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

We're all in this together

The latest album by British neo prog band IT comes with a beautiful cover. I have not heard any music by this group, but previous albums received good reviews on the Progarchive site. The artwork is credited to Melissa Connors.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty beyond Beethoven

One of the disadvantages of being an active member of a classical music discussion board is the presence of fanboys, who prefer one composer way over everyone else and do not understand that others don't agree. One would expect that the big three (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart) would each have their fair share of fanboys, but my experience is that it is mainly Beethoven (image credit) who attracts this type of adoration. Often this leads to comments like "When Beethoven laid down his quill for the last time I feel music beyond the point was unnecessary". I completely disagree - then again, Beethoven would not be in my personal top3 composers, coming in around #20. Still, just for fun, I made a quick and possibly incomplete selection of works after Beethoven that I love more than anything Beethoven created. Since Beethoven died in 1827, here is a list of  works after that year that I rate higher than my favourite work of Beethoven (his 6th symphony, "Pastoral"). And yes, I realize that this list is just as subjective as the fanboys statements.

1828 Schubert: String quintet in Cmaj
1830 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
1844 Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in Emin
1866 Bruch: Violin concerto 1 in Gmin
1868 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
1874 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
1878 Brahms: Violin concerto in Dmaj
1878 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in Dmaj
1886 Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
1886 Saint-Saens: Symphony 3 in Cmin 'Organ'
1890 Faure: Requiem in Dmin
1891 Brahms: Clarinet quintet in Bmin
1893 Dvorak: Symphony 9 in Emin 'New world'
1893 Dvorak: String quartet 12 in Fmaj 'American'
1894 Mahler: Symphony 2
1896 Bruckner: Symphony 9 (unfinished)
1901 Mahler: Symphony 4
1904 Mahler: Rueckert Lieder
1904 Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
1904 Mahler: Symphony 6 in Amin
1909 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
1910 Mahler: Symphony 9
1913 Stravinsky: The rite of spring
1945 Moeran: Cello concerto
1947 Barber: Knoxville summer of 1915
1976 Gorecki: Symphony 3

That makes 26 works by 16 different composers. Not bad.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Le Sourire September 1931

Please click the image to open the actual cover in a separate window. Le Sourire was a French humorous magazine, that was published from 1899 to 1940. This cover from 1931 shows that there is nothing new about the combination of pretty girls and beautiful cars. I also like the font they used for the magazine title.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Owl

Please click the image to open the painting in a separate window. Owl is a beautiful abstract from 1982 and one of the few in the repertoire of German grandmaster Gerhard Richter with an actual title - and a very puzzling one I find. He shared it recently on his own Facebook page. More about Richter in the linked Wikipedia article.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

On shaky grounds

Once more not a personal favourite, but it got many positive responses on Flickr. It is one of Kampen's many churches, reflected in the city canal the Burgel, and flipped upside down.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 8.7 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dancing light and the colours of a winter passing by

This fairytale like photograph by my Flickr friend and fellow Kampen citizen Sibilla Horst is one of the most stunning I've seen the past few weeks on Flickr. The leaves seem to be ready to transform into butterflies, and the light is nothing short of magical. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Vogue January 1933

Please click the image to open the actual cover in a separate window. A beautiful spring feeling in this Vogue cover from the early thirties. The illustration is by Carl Erickson.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Gowanus Waters by Steven Hirsch

Please click the image to open the art object in a separate window. Gowanus Waters is a project by New York photographer Steven Hirsch. He takes close-ups of a heavily polluted Brooklyn waterway, creating stunning abstract images. Many more examples in the link

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Smashing Pumpkins

Please click the image to see the artwork in a separate window. The title of the post is an almost unavoidable joke, but the linked article highlights an increasingly severe problem: another art work has been damaged by someone taking a selfie. Yayoi Kusama’s newest mirror room artwork, filled with pumpkin sculptures, was the victim. The visitor who wanted to take a selfie tripped, fell and damaged one of the glass pumpkins. Full story in the link.

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