Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kampen rooftops

This is a picture I took near our home, a typical collection of Kampen rooftops. The different colours and change in angle make this a nice example of a found abstract. It also became my 72nd photograph to make Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting shots of the day.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fantomas

This 1932 French movie by director Paul Fejos is apparently rather forgettable, but the poster is a fascinating piece of Art Deco. Taken from a post at 50watts about French movie posters, where it is also stated that the artist is unknown.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anchor abstraction

One of my own favourites of recent months, even though it did not make much impression on Flickr. It is a zoomed in photograph of a rusty anchor belonging to a boat nearby our home.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Abstracting reality part 6: abstracted art

Of the recurring topics in my photography, abstract images tend to stand out. This has inspired me to write a series of blog posts on the subject, as seen through my lay-man's eyes (I never received any formal training on photography). In these posts, I will tackle the following six (not mutually exclusive) themes: distorted reflections, architectural abstracts, wear and tear, zooming in, abstracted art, and miscellaneous situations. A general introduction was posted here; the first contribution (on distorted reflections) was posted here, the second contribution (on architectural abstracts) was posted here, the third contribution (on wear and tear) was posted here, the fourth contribution (on zooming in) was posted here.

Abstracted art (the fifth of the themes) is not easy. Photographing art with the purpose to create something new is one of the harder things to do, and creating abstracts this way is even more difficult. Usually, the art piece will be a sculpture, and by focusing on a detail, one may get the abstract one wants. As always, lines and patterns play a dominant role in this. Please click here to see 12 selected examples from my Flickr photostream with some background information.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Riviera life

Dutch singer Caro Emerald has been very successful with her retro jazzy pop style, breaking sales records in the Netherlands and abroad. For her single Riviera Life, a very suitable vintage-style cover was designed, perfectly in line with the music. More about Caro Emerald on the linked Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autumn in Utrecht

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is an autumnal scene on one of the canals in Utrecht, photographed by myself a few years ago, converted to digital art by the painting module of the mentioned software. One of my personal favourites so far. The link leads to the original photograph.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest we forget (links, updated)

Over the past few years, I have made many posts inspired by the so-called Great War (1914-1918), on the occasion of Armistice Day (11 November). Here (like last years, updated) I collect links to all of them rather than re-post one or two. If you want to click just one, I suggest the first one, which has some astonishing background information. The image above is based on an image sourced from here, and copyright by Nick Harvey/Rex Features.

11-11-08 Poem: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-08 YouTube: Documentary on Britten's War Requiem.
11-11-08 Paintings: Returning to the trenches (Nevinson).
11-11-08 Flickr favourites: Lest we forget.
11-11-09 Vintage posters: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-09 Paintings: La guerre (Gromaire).
11-11-09 Photojournalism: Remembrance.
11-11-10 Paintings: Over the top (Nash).
11-11-10 En Vogue: Vogue May 1914.
11-11-10 Poem: Suicide in the trenches.
11-11-10 Photojounalism: The fallen.
11-11-11 Under cover: Motion Picture May 1918.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in London.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in Minsk.
11-11-12 Art-iculations: Artists who fell in the "Great" War.
11-11-13 Paintings: Armored train in action (Severini)
11-11-13 Flickr favourites: Poppy.
09-11-14 Miscellaneous art: Blood swept lands....
10-11-14 Paintings: Still life with poppies (van Gogh).
11-11-14 Flickr favourites: Voices fading on the winds of thought.

Voices fading on the winds of thought

When my Flickr friend jenny downing posted this beauty three months ago, I immediately bookmarked it for use on Armistice Day, the day that horrible Great War ended in 1918. Poppies have become a symbol for one of the darkest periods in human history, and this poetic shot of them, combined with a very appropriate title (lifted from a Siegfried Sassoon poem), makes this the perfect post for today. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Still life, vase with daisies and poppies

It is double timely to post this relatively unknown still life by Vincent van Gogh from 1890 this week. Firstly, it was sold recently for over 60 million dollars at the Sotheby's New York auction. Secondly, with Armistice Day coming up (tomorrow), an image with poppies is the traditional way to commemorate the dead of that awful "Great" war. More about van Gogh in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Ossip

Taken at a recent local exhibition of artist Ossip from the Hague. Whenever I photograph art, I try to add something to the mix, rather than going for an exact representation. Here, I focused on the essential part of the sculpture, and the sunlight added another dimension.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.00625 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Cartomantic

Cup of Sun is a New Orleans based indie artist who released his second album earlier this year. It is an intriguing album cover and the simple font used for title and band name works very well.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Floral dance

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a flower spotted in a nearby village, photographed by myself, rendered in black and white tones, and then converted to digital art by the painting module of the mentioned software. The link leads to the original photograph.