Tag: art

Climate: Historic paintings offer atmospheric clues

Many of J.M. Turner’s famed impressionist sky scenes were painted shortly after the 1815 eruption of the Tambora Volcano in Indonesia.

Study traces pollution levels by analyzing 500 years of art

Staff Report

FRISCO — Looking closely at some of the world’s great paintings from the past 500 years has enabled scientists to track the history of atmospheric pollution, based on the colors the artists used to depict the sky.

For example, when he Tambora volcano in Indonesia erupted in 1815, painters in Europe could see the colors of the sky changing. The volcanic ash and gas spewed into the atmosphere traveled the world and, as these aerosol particles scattered sunlight, they produced bright red and orange sunsets in Europe for up to three years after the eruption.

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Morning photo: Black & white IV

A sunset without color is …

I was trying to see this scene in black and white as I was taking the picture.

FRISCO — It’s time for another short set of images rendered in black and white, with a little twist. For the sake of comparison, I’ve included the original color versions, unedited. Thanks to magic of digital photography, it’s easy. Does anyone else remember trying to print decent high-contrast images from color negatives? That was not easy! These are all DSLR shots — next I’ll try to edit a few iPhone shots in monochrome. Continue reading “Morning photo: Black & white IV”

Morning photo: Happy Birthday Ansel Adams

Seeing in black and white

Lone tree on Ute Pass.

FRISCO — As always, to honor Ansel Adams’ birthday, I tried to find a few shots in the archives that say something in black and white in homage to a man who not only made beautiful pictures, he also gave photography a social and environmental context.

It’s easy to get caught up in flashy colors, but a little harder for me to create an image by seeing lines, textures, balance, and most of all just pure light, and that’s what processing into black and white makes me do. It also helps me understand if an image was exposed properly to begin with.

For example, the top shot in this series was very early in the morning and the overall light was a bit washed out. I’m not completely happy with the shot, but the striking tree silhouette was strong enough to overcome some of the other weaknesses in the frame (for my taste). But the next shot (the seascape image below) has that full range of tonalities that I want when I render an image in black and white, including the almost luminous foam.

Feel free to share some of your own favorite black and white shots on the Summit Voice Facebook page. I’d love to feature some of them in a guest post.

The golden hour is the golden hour for black and white, too. This image was taken just a minute before the sun set at Pt. Montara, California.

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Poster for Breck stage of 2012 cycling race unveiled

The official poster for the Breckenridge stage of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, designed by Nikki Arcieri.

Local artist Nikki Arcieri makes it two in row

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Racers in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will face a big climb to start the day when they leave Breckenridge for the start of Stage 5 this summer. They’ll climb to 11,542 feet at Hoosier Pass before accelerating down into South Park, and local artist Nikki Arcieri captured the feeling of the pass in her design for the official Breckenridge stage race poster.

Arcieri won the friendly design competition for the second year in a row, this year with bold colors depicting  a cyclist against the backdrop of the alpine peaks surrounding Hoosier Pass.

The race rolls through Colorado Aug. 20-26 with the Stage 5 Start in Breckenridge, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 24, heading for a finish in Colorado Springs. Continue reading “Poster for Breck stage of 2012 cycling race unveiled”

Denver: Art installation confronts airport ‘security theater’

"Guarded" opens March 30 at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

An exhibition starting March 30 highlights TSA’s prohibited objects

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Savvy flyers have long speculated that airport searches and safety checks are a form of security theater, at once meant to reassure travelers and to let terrorists know that they can’t just walk on to a plane without being challenged.

Starting March 30, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art will explore ideas of threat and security in American society with an exhibit by Type A. The two-man artist collective — Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin —have assembled a collection of about 30 objects deemed potentially dangerous by the Transportation Security Administration.

To highlight the theatrical nature of security procedures, the prohibited objects will be guarded by an armed security officer and only be visible to museum visitors on a series of closed-circuit security monitors. Continue reading “Denver: Art installation confronts airport ‘security theater’”

Breckenridge: Canadians take home the gold

Great Expectations. PHOTO BY JENNEY COBERLY.

Sculptures on display through Feb, 5, weather permitting

By Summit Voice

Team Canada-Quebec secured first prize in the 22nd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo. with “Great Expectations,” a complex and cohesive piece depicting the “ice houses” once used to preserve meat, poultry and fish on the Saint Anne River in central Quebec.

Photos of all the completed sculptures are online here. Along with 15 other teams and artists from 11 other countries, Team Canada-Quebec worked across five days, for a total of 65 hours, to create an enormous work of art from a 20-ton block of snow. Continue reading “Breckenridge: Canadians take home the gold”

Breckenridge: Ready, set, sculpt!

Day one of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

Snow sculpting began Tuesday in the Riverwalk Center parking lot

Story and photos by Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — At 11 a.m. on a snow showery Tuesday, the Riverwalk Center erupted into a flurry of activity as sculptors started work on the 20-ton monoliths of snow that had been brooding silently in the parking lot since the end of snow stomping last Thursday.

As the artists took axes and saws to the snow blocks to begin the rough work, chunks flew and littered the ground, where the growing piles were whisked away by a busy Bobcat loader. Sculpting will continue all day Wednesday, Thursday, and then through the night on Friday. Judging is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 28.

The first cut is the deepest ...

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