Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ghent Triptych 2

The second of two shots I took in Ghent of a door that is in need of a paint job - but for now makes for a great abstract photograph. This is my personal favourite of the two.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 77.7 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Ghent Triptych 1

The first of two shots I took in Ghent of a door that is in need of a paint job - but for now makes for a great abstract photograph. This is the more popular one of the two on Flickr.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 77.7 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Max Reger at work

Franz Nölken (1884-1918) was a German expressionist painter, and member of Die Brücke. Like the more famous Macke and Marc, he was killed in World War I. I came across his name via his 1913 portrait of German composer Max Reger.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What is Contemporary Art?

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the various parallel streams in contemporary art. The usual suspects are discussed, such as Warhol, Koons, Richter, Hirst, Ai Weiwei, and Abramovic. A good introduction to a difficult subject. The photograph above is by myself (link), and shows a detail of Ai Wei Wei's (in)famous art work Sunflower seeds in the Tate Modern London.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rainy day windshield distortions

Abstractions involving water are among the specialties of my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr). This is a beautiful shot, photographed through the window of a parked car.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pansy

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the Turbo DeepArt site (blogged here). Amazing how a simple pansy shot gets transformed into something that in the details resembles the work of HR Giger. The link leads to the original photograph.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The history of blue pigments in art

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the various blue pigments used over the years, including Ultramarine (as in the depicted works of Sassoferrato and Vermeer), Klein blue, and the latest YInMn. Worth a read.

Copyright statement: images in public domain.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shostakovich's string quartets

Most composers of name starting with Haydn and Mozart have tried their hands on the string quartet genre, often seen as the most difficult and most rewarding chamber music. For complete cycles, most listeners tend to favour Beethoven's sixteen, but I prefer Shostakovich's fifteen, composed between 1938 and 1974. I was delighted to come across the linked web site, which gives details on every single one of these quartets, with a lot of additional information about the composer and his music as well. Highly recommended.

Copyright statement: image stated to be in public domain.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Centric

A rather surprising minor hit on Flickr, collecting far more faves than my average shots. This is an ornament on an old wooden door in Quedlinburg, converted to black and white for more emphasis.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.000125 sec (1/8000)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 35.6 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bleriot car headlights

I would have estimated this vintage poster to have been created in the twenties, because of the lay-out and the font. In fact it is a full decade earlier. The designer is Sandy Hook. Taken from a post in the excellent Art and Artists blog on car-related posters.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Potpourri [4]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons  in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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Best. Pond name. Ever. Forget the ship Boaty McBoatface - this pond received the best name that could have come up through the internet (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Brilliantly lazy or lazily brilliant? Dave asked a poster designer by mobile for a poster displaying the timing of the music performances. He did not quite expect the result (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Ink in motion. The idea is not new, but the execution very impressive. Macro Room created videos and photographs of ink in water, adding some 3D effects with plants etc (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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LV Painting bags. The famous fashion house Louis Vuitton has introduced a new line of bags, all based on classical paintings, from da Vinci to van Gogh (Special Designs). First seen here.
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We'll always have Aaris. Taken from a post with many more examples of designs by people who should have known better (Mixed Nuts). Recommended to click the link. First seen here.
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Aurora Borealis. The link collects some of the most beautiful photographs of that stunning natural phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights (Natural Beauty). First seen here.
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Wordless movie posters. That's wordless, not worthless. The link collects a large number of famous movie posters with all text removed  to show their beauty even better (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Starry starry cappuccino. Add Korean barista Kangbin Lee to the growing ranks of people who think coffee is a canvas for them to be creative on (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.

Copyright statement: image based on a photograph created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Flickr

Saturday, May 13, 2017

County Kerry Mary

Vintage music sheets are a recurring topic under Anything goes, and this is one of the very best. It dates back to 1921. Unfortunately, no information on the designer.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Il pomeriggio

Here we have another stunning abstract shot by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr in her trademark square format. This is actually a combination of Sicilian walls and corners in the early afternoon sun.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Flickr

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bois de Boulogne

Dutch artist Isaac Israëls (1865-1934) had not featured yet in the blog. His late-impressionist style is quite attractive and still draws attention from collectors and museums. The featured painting is from his Paris period (1904-1914).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guggenheim Museum Modern Art books

This is a real treasure trove. The Guggenheim Museum has made over 200 books about Modern Art available for free on the linked site. The illustration is from the book Expressionism, a German intuition, 1905-1920.

Copyright statement: screen shot from on-line book; illustrations are in public domain.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Hasselt reflections

In recent weeks, I have frequently revisited the subject of abstracted photography by water reflections. This is a reflection in the canal of the little nearby Hanseatic city of Hasselt, shot with my new Nikon mirror reflex. Good reactions on Flickr as well.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 24 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0006 sec (1/1600)
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal Length: 120 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Beatles - a musical appreciation and analysis

The Beatles have really changed the course of pop/rock music in the mid sixties. Helped by producer George Martin, they incorporated wide ranging influences into their songs, from classical music to Indian sounds. The linked 48 min video is a very interesting lecture on this subject, with plenty examples, by composer Howard Goodall, best known for TV themes like Blackadder. Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, and the Vicar of Dibley.

Copyright statement: image stated to be in public domain (link).

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Escher album covers

One of the surprising stories about iconic Dutch artist MC Escher is that he once was approached by the Rolling Stones to design a cover for them - and he declined having no clue who the Stones were (blogged here). The linked art-icle gives an overview of album covers that did use Escher's works, from pop to classical. A selection is shown above.

Copyright statement: all nine images are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Turqoise

Another amazing shot by my Flickr friend Sibilla Horst. This colourful image with its beautiful curvatures is a rendition of the ceiling of a tunnel in Utrecht.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.