Saturday, September 24, 2016

St Paul shops in London

"Is this an Armani?"

Alternate Reality:  London's subway is cool.  They have shopping malls, restaurants and museums.  While sauntering through the concrete underground, guess who I saw? The inscrutable apostle to the gentiles.  St Paul trying out a fashionable leopard skin tunic in one of the shopping malls.  Or was that Kris Kristofferson auditioning for a new Mel Gibson movie?

Boring Reality:  This figure is the work of Alonso Berruguete (about 1489-1561).  It was the monumental altarpiece formerly in the church of San Benito Valladolid, Spain.  It is now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

#VictoraiandAlbertMuseum #London #

Friday, September 23, 2016

It is about time

Why quiet desperation is the English way. 

If Picasso was a photographer, perhaps he would have composed the York Minster Cathedral this way. His fascination with cubes, triangles, rectangles and circles presented in distorted perspective.  I suppose I am giving too much credit to myself.  That is because I am really digging this image.  If you search the web for images of the York Minster, I doubt that you will find one that is like this picture.   The inclusion of the a modern clock, the two brick buildings acting as borders, and the deliberate tilt would make one think that the photographer had been drunk, which would likely be the case, or he is a postmodern genius.  Take your pick.

York Minster is what it is commonly called for the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter.  The Minster is the seat of the archbishop of York, the second highest office of the Church of England.

Shot with the iPhone 6 on a great day blessed by the Creator.  Time was almost 4 PM.  In an hour, the church would hold its vesper.  Not the cocktail made of gin.  Although that would have been delightful.  But an evening of wonderful singing by the church choir.

Hope your day is going well.  Have a good weekend.

#YorkMinster #cathedral #CathedralAndMetropoliticalChurchOfStPeter #York #England

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Now I can shoot RAW images on my iPhone (Not)

City of Chester, England shot with iPhone 6.
I was very excited when I downloaded the apple IOS 10 when it came out as it promised support for RAW image files.  [A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera.]  In my mind, this means that I would not have to deal with the lesser quality Jpeg compressed images that come out from my iPhone 6.  To my dismay, the RAW format can only be used on the 6s, 6s plus, 7 and 7s.  Waah!  So, for now I'm stuck with jpeg images on my iPhone until I upgrade.  

The image quality of the iPhone 6 is really not that bad.  With hard work and attention to editing details, the result can be pretty satisfactory.  As is the case with the image above.  Shot in Chester, England.   The weather cooperated so I was able to capture some clouds amidst the blue sky.  It was a great day to enjoy an IPA beer.

#iPhone6 #ChesterEngland #IOS10 #travel #cityscape

Death of Man

"You sure this is the way it works?"
"But being in honor, he understands it not, neither knew his excellency, but willingly subjected himself to sin and consequently to death and the curse, giving ear to the words of the devil ... he has lost all his excellent gifts which he received from God."  - Article 14, Belgic Confession

Valour and Cowardice can be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Here Valour crushes Cowardice.  The plaster sculpture is the work of Alfred Stevens (1817-75).  This is a full size model for one of the groups on the bronze monument of the duke of Wellington in St Paul's Cathedral.

#BelgicConfession #BlackandwhitePhotography #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum #Angel #London

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Huracan Revisited

Huracan by Sofia Segovia
Publisher: Random House
Country: Mexico

"Working with publishers all over the world, we’re always delighted to see our imagery included in brilliant designs across many languages and genres. This is a selection of book covers released this summer which use our images in ways we found particularly striking. We hope you’ll find it both interesting and inspiring to see how [...]" - Arcangel Blog

Summer Book Covers From All Over the World

#BookCover #Worldwide #Huracan #SofiaSegovia #Arcangel #ArcangelBlog