1st October 2014

Photoset

Stürme über dem Mont Blanc, (Storm over Mont Blanc).

Leni Riefenstahl, as Hella Armstrong,

directed by Arnold Fanck, 1930.

via   Virtual History. 

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1st October 2014

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The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; 

The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble 

Image Credit: NASAESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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30th September 2014

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Art Buff.

Part of the Folkestone Triennial, Kind of.

Banksy.

September 2014 Folkestone.

Photographs: Banksy

Tagged: banksybanksy graffitibanksy folkestoneart buffstreet art

30th September 2014

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Leonardo Da Vinci ‘painted three Ermine portraits’

A French scientist has revealed a major new discovery about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, shedding new light on his techniques.

The secrets of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings have been revealed by a French scientist using a new technique.

Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to examine Lady with an Ermine, which was believed to have been painted between 1489 and 1490.

It had been thought that the work had always included the ceremonial animal, but Cotte’s efforts have shown that Leonardo painted one portrait without the ermine and two with alternative versions of the fur.

The painting depicts Cecilia Gallerani, a young woman in the Milanese court who was mistress to Ludovico Sforza, the duke of Milan. The duke was Leonardo’s principal patron in the 18 years he spent in the Italian city and was known as “the white ermine”.

 

Cotte, a co-founder of Lumiere Technology in Paris, has developed a technique called the layer amplification method (LAM). It works by projecting a series of intense lights on to a work while a camera measures the reflections. The resulting information allows Cotte to analyse and reconstruct what has happened between the layers of paint used on the canvas.

“The LAM technique gives us the capability to peel the painting like an onion, removing the surface to see what’s happening inside and behind the different layers of paint,” he told BBC News. “We’ve discovered that Leonardo is always changing his mind. This is someone who hesitates – he erases things, he adds things, he changes his mind again and again.”

Martin Kemp, an emeritus professor of the history of art at Oxford University, described the revelations as “remarkable”, adding: “It tells us a lot more about the way Leonardo’s mind worked when he was doing a painting.

“We know that he fiddled around a good deal at the beginning, but now we know that he kept fiddling around all the time and it helps explain why he had so much difficulty finishing paintings. Leonardo is endlessly fascinating, so getting this intimate insight into his mind is thrilling.”

The painting is owned by the Czartoryski Foundation. It is usually displayed at the National Museum in Kraków, but is hanging in nearby Wawel castle while the museum is being renovated.

source     The BBC.

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29th September 2014

Photo

Leni Riefenstahl   ….
as Hella Armstrong in,
Stürme über dem Mont Blanc, (Storm over Mont Blanc).
directed by Arnold Fanck, 1930.
via   Virtual History. 

Leni Riefenstahl   ….

as Hella Armstrong in,

Stürme über dem Mont Blanc, (Storm over Mont Blanc).

directed by Arnold Fanck, 1930.

via   Virtual History. 

Tagged: leni riefenstahlstorm over mont blancarnold fanckmaster photographer

28th September 2014

Photoset with 6 notes

John Malkovich …. Being everyone: 

Sandro Miller has re-created some the world’s most famous photographs, with John Malkovich in everyone and all done without Photoshop!

After …..

  • Andy Warhol / Green Marilyn (1962).
  • Alberto Korda / Che Guevara (1960).
  • Pierre et Gilles / Jean Paul Gaultier (1990).
  • Dorothea Lange / Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (1936).
  • Andy Warhol / Self Portrait with Fright Wig (1986).
  • Arthur Sasse / Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951).
  • Philippe Halsman / Salvador Dalí (1954).

source and more images   Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Tagged: john malkovichsandro millermaster photographer

27th September 2014

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How are hurricane names chosen?

The process of naming storms began many years ago, in order to aid in the quick identification of storms in weather warnings and emergency messages.


Names are considered much easier to remember and provide the media with a much clearer way to talk about storms, without any confusion that may result by using technical terms.


Initially, storms were named arbitrarily, but over time meteorologists recognised that a more organised and efficient method was needed, leading to alphabetical lists being created.


Who names hurricanes?


Since 1953, Altantic hurricanes have been named using lists that were managed by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.


Initially, only female names were used to name storms, but this changed from 1979 when men’s names were introduced.


The current arrangement sees lists maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.


Six years of names are provided, in alphabetical order (excluding the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z), alternating between male and female names.



Once the six-year period comes to an end, the list is reused with the same names. However, if a storm is so deadly or costly, as Hurricane Katrina was in 2005, the name is retired and another put in its place – see below for names retired since 1954.



If there are so many storms in one season and all of the names are used, then the additional storms that form take names from the Greek alphabet.


For the other oceans basins of the world, a naming convention is also used, with a similar decision process taking place.

source   Liam Dutton Channel 4 Weather.

How are hurricane names chosen?

The process of naming storms began many years ago, in order to aid in the quick identification of storms in weather warnings and emergency messages.

Names are considered much easier to remember and provide the media with a much clearer way to talk about storms, without any confusion that may result by using technical terms.

Initially, storms were named arbitrarily, but over time meteorologists recognised that a more organised and efficient method was needed, leading to alphabetical lists being created.

Who names hurricanes?

Since 1953, Altantic hurricanes have been named using lists that were managed by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Initially, only female names were used to name storms, but this changed from 1979 when men’s names were introduced.

The current arrangement sees lists maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

Six years of names are provided, in alphabetical order (excluding the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z), alternating between male and female names.

altantic hurricane NOAA wp How are hurricane names chosen?

Once the six-year period comes to an end, the list is reused with the same names. However, if a storm is so deadly or costly, as Hurricane Katrina was in 2005, the name is retired and another put in its place – see below for names retired since 1954.

retired hurricanes NOAA wp How are hurricane names chosen?

If there are so many storms in one season and all of the names are used, then the additional storms that form take names from the Greek alphabet.

For the other oceans basins of the world, a naming convention is also used, with a similar decision process taking place.

source   Liam Dutton Channel 4 Weather.

Tagged: liam duttonhurricanehurricane names

26th September 2014

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Gannets dive for fish in Shetland …..

Photographer Richard Shucksmith

Tagged: richard shucksmithgannetnature photography

25th September 2014

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Tilda Swinton

via     Tilda Swinton appreciation group.

Tilda Swinton

via     Tilda Swinton appreciation group.

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25th September 2014

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Opus, 
Man Ray,  1971
via   The Art Stack

Opus, 

Man Ray,  1971

via   The Art Stack

Tagged: Man Ray