Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wake me up when September ends

What else to post on this day? Green Day is probably the best group emerging from the nineties' neo-punk scene. Good albums like Dookie and Nimrod put the group firmly on the map. Their finest moment came in 2004 with the amazing concept album American Idiot, easily one of the best albums of the century so far. More melodic than their previous work, the raw power is still present as well, which is evident in the hit single Boulevard of broken dreams, but above all in the beautiful rock ballad Wake me up when September ends, in which lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong tries to come to terms with the death of his father. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time).


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Links [25]

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 myself.

Greatest Photographs in Baseball History.
Most Impressive Water Bridges.
How Lawyers Ruined a Great Photograph.
Renoir Bought at Flea Market.
Artists' Chess Sets.
Revealing More of North Korea.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

An eerie encounter

The cultural highlight of our recent Paris trip was the Gerhard Richter Panorama exhibition at the Pompidou. Richter is my favourite contemporary artist, and is one of my wife's favourites as well - I love his abstracts in particular. When I took a particular photograph in 2010, a distorted reflection of Almere's skyline, I gave it the title Richteresque, because it reminded me of Richter's abstract style. Still, when I came across his painting September near the end of the exhibition, I was startled to say the least. This work from 2009, commemorating the 9/11 attacks, bears an eerie resemblance to my photograph - and I swear I had never seen this painting before in my life! The Richter painting (including a good analysis) can be seen here, my photograph can be seen here.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paris sunset

This shot, a souvenir from our recent trip to Paris, did not get as many positive responses as I had hoped for when I posted it on Flickr yesterday. Still, it is one of my own favourites of the year so far. Pushed the contrast to extremes in the post-processing to emphasize the silhouette effect.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, September 23, 2012

From the London diaries

It has been a while - so high time to feature my Flickr friend aftab once more in my blog. Here is a gorgeous candid shot from his recent trip to London. Excellent choice of dof, with all emphasis on the main subject, the girl in the fascinating red hat, who mysteriously looks away from us - set in the hustle and bustle of London's street life. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cartoon.Pho.To cartoonizer

A great site for a bit of on-line fun with your photographs - turning them into cartoons. The example above is a picture that my wife took of me, after processing on their site. I quite like it.

web site

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We are the others

Another example where browsing music blogs yielded an unknown gem of an album cover. Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and this is their third album, released earlier this year. The cover has a nostalgic Art Nouveau feeling, but the ear phones leave no doubt as to the time period when it was created.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The rag collector

We encountered Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) for the first time in June this year in this blog. Here she is once more, with a stunning painting from 1917, showing off her expressionist style in the most exuberant way.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cave dweller

I have posted before about the fascinating series of high quality photographs from his trip to Myanmar earlier this year that my Flickr friend cormend is currently posting (complete set here at Flickr). I have faved a relatively large number of them, and it is high time to share a recently faved shot form this series. This is the Saddar Cave, near Hpa-an, and the immense size of this nature's miracle is illustrated perfectly by the inclusion of the lone figure. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Friday, September 14, 2012


My wife made this painting about two years ago during one her prolonged stays in Shanghai, the city she was born in. I find it a fascinating piece, and it is one of the few she has made that I have actually never seen myself.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My photography site

Sooner than expected, I have been able to extend our new Galerie LuS site with a number of pages dedicated to my photography. This includes a portfolio with 14 themed and 2 unthemed galleries with nine shots each (an example is given above). Every thumbnail links to a page with the picture displayed larger and some background info. In addition, there is a page with some background on my photography, and a page with events.

Galerie LuS

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Owld and wise

Part of a series of photographs that I took during the Hanze Festival in Kampen. Many old professions were re-enacted, including hunting with raptors. I have always thought owls are the most photogenic birds, and this is the first time I got one in front of the camera.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, September 05, 2012


There are a number of fairly recent shots by my Flickr friend jenny downing in my list of Flickr favourites, which have not featured here yet. For today, I picked this brilliant study, beautiful in its simplicity, and very well composed. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Galerie LuS web site

Since June we are running a gallery annex studio in the medieval Dutch city of Kampen. Galerie LuS focuses on the fine art of Lu Schaper, with my photography thrown in as well. Yesterday we have launched our new web site, that will replace the current web site of Lu Schaper. For the time being, the site shows off the creations of my wife only. In the course of this year we intend to add a selection of my photographs as well. We designed and built the site ourselves. So, go and have a look.....

web site

Sunday, September 02, 2012


Here is an example of an album cover of an artist I know nothing about - I stumbled upon it in a music blog and was hooked. Apparently it is a French pop/rock album from 2008 by singer/song writer Arman Melies, and I can find no information on the cover design. But it is a beautiful piece of neo Art Deco.