Study traces pollution levels by analyzing 500 years of art
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.
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”→
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day one of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships
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.