Stan Noteboom Photography: Blog https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog en-us Stan Noteboom snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u583784792-o922663360-50.jpg Stan Noteboom Photography: Blog https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog 120 96 New Web Gallery Now Open https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2013/10/new-web-gallery-now-open www.stannoteboomphotography.com
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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Architecture Baroque Black and White Photography Grand Canal Italy Palazzos photos Venice https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2013/10/new-web-gallery-now-open Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:17:00 GMT
I'm Back! https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2011/7/im-back Well now, after a long delay I'm now back at this. I'm now retired and hope to add more ofter to this site.
Today I'm adding a few photos taken while on a road trip to Portland Oregon. I'm taking some photos on a project I've worked on and off for years. I'm trying to capture neon signs be fore they are gone. I'm posting some from Cloverdale, Willits, and Eureka, CA. and from Cottage Grove, OR. These are the business signs that wee designed in a different era and now are being replaced by those less than interesting plastic signs you now see. Some have been maintained like the Willits Rexall sign (what a find) and some are decaying with the paint peeling. In Cottage Grove it was quite unexpected to look down a side street and see a Packard sign then around the corner of the same building find a Hillman Minx sign. Alas, the neon glass is broken and there's some paint on the Packard sign. In case some of you are not familiar, Packards were a brand of autos made from 1899 to 1959. More here. Hillman Minx is even more rare. they were a British car made between 1932 and 1970. Looking at the Wikipedia entry, it looks like the car that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley ride in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a Hillman Minx circa 1961. More here.













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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Neon signs https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2011/7/im-back Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:33:00 GMT
I'm Back! https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2011/7/im-back-1 Well now, after a long delay I'm now back at this. I'm now retired and hope to add more ofter to this site.
Today I'm adding a few photos taken while on a road trip to Portland Oregon. I'm taking some photos on a project I've worked on and off for years. I'm trying to capture neon signs be fore they are gone. I'm posting some from Cloverdale, Willits, and Eureka, CA. and from Cottage Grove, OR. These are the business signs that wee designed in a different era and now are being replaced by those less than interesting plastic signs you now see. Some have been maintained like the Willits Rexall sign (what a find) and some are decaying with the paint peeling. In Cottage Grove it was quite unexpected to look down a side street and see a Packard sign then around the corner of the same building find a Hillman Minx sign. Alas, the neon glass is broken and there's some paint on the Packard sign. In case some of you are not familiar, Packards were a brand of autos made from 1899 to 1959. More here. Hillman Minx is even more rare. they were a British car made between 1932 and 1970. Looking at the Wikipedia entry, it looks like the car that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley ride in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a Hillman Minx circa 1961. More here.













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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Neon signs https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2011/7/im-back-1 Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:33:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 8 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/8/venice-revisited-8
Taking pictures is a capture the moment exercise. I find that using a lighter camera allows me to take a quick picture of something that will be there, and then not. That's what happened with this picture of two bakers. As we walked down a pathway I glanced to the left down a side path (there's no other way to describe them.) I noticed these two men leaning against the walls taking a cigarette break. I quickly got a shot of them. We took a few more steps and I had second thoughts about weather I'd gotten s good shot, we turned back, perhaps no more than 3 or 4 yards and when I got back the two men were gone. They were there only seconds before. But, I'd captured the moment.

Crossing the Bridge of Bighs from the Doge's Palace I glanced out of the windows of the enclosed bridge to the small canal below that led to the Grand Canal beyond. The Bridge of Sighs connects with the Venetian prison. From this bridge a prisoner would be led to his cell after being convicted in the courtroom in the palace. It was a short walk from freedom to imprisonment. We wandered through the prision which is now a museum. We noted on one cell wall the words "I'm innocent, truly innocent" was carved into the plaster wall. The author didn't sign his plea.
Walking the "streets" I noticed other small details. This was one. A bright blue awning hung over a window of a bright rust red house. One more small detail added to my wonder of the place. One other detail that's also visible is the ubiquitous TV antenna that was on top of virtually every building in Venice. We're all connected to Marshall McCluhan's Global Village.

Have you been to Venice? What are your memories of it. Do you have pictures that capture some small, but evocative moment? What is your approach to photography? Are you a snapshot taker, or do you try for something more deliberate or expressive? I'd like to hear from you.]]>
snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/8/venice-revisited-8 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:18:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 8 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/8/venice-revisited-8-1
Taking pictures is a capture the moment exercise. I find that using a lighter camera allows me to take a quick picture of something that will be there, and then not. That's what happened with this picture of two bakers. As we walked down a pathway I glanced to the left down a side path (there's no other way to describe them.) I noticed these two men leaning against the walls taking a cigarette break. I quickly got a shot of them. We took a few more steps and I had second thoughts about weather I'd gotten s good shot, we turned back, perhaps no more than 3 or 4 yards and when I got back the two men were gone. They were there only seconds before. But, I'd captured the moment.

Crossing the Bridge of Bighs from the Doge's Palace I glanced out of the windows of the enclosed bridge to the small canal below that led to the Grand Canal beyond. The Bridge of Sighs connects with the Venetian prison. From this bridge a prisoner would be led to his cell after being convicted in the courtroom in the palace. It was a short walk from freedom to imprisonment. We wandered through the prision which is now a museum. We noted on one cell wall the words "I'm innocent, truly innocent" was carved into the plaster wall. The author didn't sign his plea.
Walking the "streets" I noticed other small details. This was one. A bright blue awning hung over a window of a bright rust red house. One more small detail added to my wonder of the place. One other detail that's also visible is the ubiquitous TV antenna that was on top of virtually every building in Venice. We're all connected to Marshall McCluhan's Global Village.

Have you been to Venice? What are your memories of it. Do you have pictures that capture some small, but evocative moment? What is your approach to photography? Are you a snapshot taker, or do you try for something more deliberate or expressive? I'd like to hear from you.]]>
snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/8/venice-revisited-8-1 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:18:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 7 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/7/venice-revisited-7



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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/7/venice-revisited-7 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 7 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/7/venice-revisited-7-1



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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/7/venice-revisited-7-1 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 6 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-6

Walking through the arched passage way next to St. Mark's square I noticed how the arches created a set of frames through which you'd see glimpses of the square beyond and the buildings across the square. So, while walking to another sightseeing attraction I quickly shot of these two photos. I don't think these would be quite as interesting without the people whose silhouettes give an animation and a scale to the architecturally elements. This, I think, is an good example of that much repeated principal of human scaled architecture, referring to a set of proportions that relate to the size of humans, thus creating an architectural space, or building, that seems more hospitable to humans


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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Architecture Baroque Black and White Photography Churches of Venice https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-6 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:14:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 6 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-6-1

Walking through the arched passage way next to St. Mark's square I noticed how the arches created a set of frames through which you'd see glimpses of the square beyond and the buildings across the square. So, while walking to another sightseeing attraction I quickly shot of these two photos. I don't think these would be quite as interesting without the people whose silhouettes give an animation and a scale to the architecturally elements. This, I think, is an good example of that much repeated principal of human scaled architecture, referring to a set of proportions that relate to the size of humans, thus creating an architectural space, or building, that seems more hospitable to humans


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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Black and White Photography Churches of Venice Architecture Baroque https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-6-1 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:14:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 5 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-5 Water is an interesting thing. As a photographer, I look at it as a liquid mirror. It moves, ripples, and reflects the environment of around it. The canals of Venice were a constant symphony of colors, shapes, and light. Every now than and then I'd find myself looking down at the water and see interesting abstract images and I'd snap a picture of them.
Reviewing these pictures I noticed, not only the colors in the originals, but the potential of the light and dark values of those colors. So I experimented with converting them to grayscale. I'm pleased with the results. I've posted them here to show the side-by-side results.  They seem to be abstract studies that convey the movement of the water. The color versions remind me of Abstract Expressionists of the 1950's, Clifford Still, Franz Kline, Willem deKooning, etc.










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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-5 Sun, 08 Jun 2008 16:17:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 5 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-5-1 Water is an interesting thing. As a photographer, I look at it as a liquid mirror. It moves, ripples, and reflects the environment of around it. The canals of Venice were a constant symphony of colors, shapes, and light. Every now than and then I'd find myself looking down at the water and see interesting abstract images and I'd snap a picture of them.
Reviewing these pictures I noticed, not only the colors in the originals, but the potential of the light and dark values of those colors. So I experimented with converting them to grayscale. I'm pleased with the results. I've posted them here to show the side-by-side results.  They seem to be abstract studies that convey the movement of the water. The color versions remind me of Abstract Expressionists of the 1950's, Clifford Still, Franz Kline, Willem deKooning, etc.










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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-5-1 Sun, 08 Jun 2008 16:17:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 4 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-4 I think that part of visiting a place is try to see the details. You can find magic and wonder in those details, or just small pleasures of getting to know a place.  That's why I travel with a camera when I'm going to someplace new, even if it's in my own backyard. The camera aids me in seeing pictures. When I've got a camera with me I'm constantly looking around to see something that unusual, or different. Then I try to capture it in pictures. These capitals on columns of the Doge's Palace on St. Mark's square were just some of the details that made for interesting pictures. 

The palace was begun in 1309 and completed in 1429. The building was the seat of the Republic of Venice's government until 1789 when the republic was over thrown by Napoleon. It is great example of Gothic architecture. These capitols are now around 700 years old. They show the effects of time and weather, but the black stains are the result of air pollution from the gas engines of the modern boats in the canals (no cars travel in Venice). It can possibly be removed. Such restoration work has been performed on the Louvre in Paris, and the British Museum in London. Those restorations jobs use plain water and scrub brushes to remove most of the soot that had settled on their sculptures. It's a lot of work, but is worth it to restore the work of long forgotten artists of Venice.



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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-4 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 12:33:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 4 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-4-1 I think that part of visiting a place is try to see the details. You can find magic and wonder in those details, or just small pleasures of getting to know a place.  That's why I travel with a camera when I'm going to someplace new, even if it's in my own backyard. The camera aids me in seeing pictures. When I've got a camera with me I'm constantly looking around to see something that unusual, or different. Then I try to capture it in pictures. These capitals on columns of the Doge's Palace on St. Mark's square were just some of the details that made for interesting pictures. 

The palace was begun in 1309 and completed in 1429. The building was the seat of the Republic of Venice's government until 1789 when the republic was over thrown by Napoleon. It is great example of Gothic architecture. These capitols are now around 700 years old. They show the effects of time and weather, but the black stains are the result of air pollution from the gas engines of the modern boats in the canals (no cars travel in Venice). It can possibly be removed. Such restoration work has been performed on the Louvre in Paris, and the British Museum in London. Those restorations jobs use plain water and scrub brushes to remove most of the soot that had settled on their sculptures. It's a lot of work, but is worth it to restore the work of long forgotten artists of Venice.



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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/6/venice-revisited-4-1 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 12:33:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 3 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/someimes-you-look-at-picture-and-you Sometimes you look at a picture and you see that the colors are attractive, but there's something about the image that has more texture, pattern, or value and that a greyscale version seems more appropriate. That's what I decided about this batch. The picture with the swirling clouds was a carved wooden decoration over a doorway. I was immediately attracted to it because the paint was cracked and peeling and the grain of the wood was showing.

The Palazzo Ca' D'or was a Gothic palace on the Grand Canal. I've read that it's open again after years of restoration. The repeating pattern of the colonnade and the pointed windows provides both a composition in repetition and values.

Many of the churches in the city are adorned with a cohort of saints crowning the peaks and corners of every edifice. They show the effects of decades of air pollution and have long, dark stains where the rain hardly lands and doesn't get to wash off the soot.





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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Black and White Photography Ca' D'or Churches of Venice Gothic Architecture Grand Canal Italy Palazzos travel https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/someimes-you-look-at-picture-and-you Thu, 29 May 2008 19:43:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 3 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/someimes-you-look-at-picture-and-you-1 Sometimes you look at a picture and you see that the colors are attractive, but there's something about the image that has more texture, pattern, or value and that a greyscale version seems more appropriate. That's what I decided about this batch. The picture with the swirling clouds was a carved wooden decoration over a doorway. I was immediately attracted to it because the paint was cracked and peeling and the grain of the wood was showing.

The Palazzo Ca' D'or was a Gothic palace on the Grand Canal. I've read that it's open again after years of restoration. The repeating pattern of the colonnade and the pointed windows provides both a composition in repetition and values.

Many of the churches in the city are adorned with a cohort of saints crowning the peaks and corners of every edifice. They show the effects of decades of air pollution and have long, dark stains where the rain hardly lands and doesn't get to wash off the soot.





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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Italy Black and White Photography travel Churches of Venice Palazzos Gothic Architecture Ca' D'or Grand Canal https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/someimes-you-look-at-picture-and-you-1 Thu, 29 May 2008 19:43:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 2 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-2 Looking over my pictures of the city of canals, I'm reminded of my impression at the time that modern Venice was just like some "land" at Disneyland. So, it wasn't too much of a surprise when Disney's Epcot Center in Florida opened a few years later it included a Venice replica. Why not, there's a theme park feeling to the place. Of course the theme park is late Gothic to Renaissance era design. Perhaps the merchants of Venice of 1520 would be appalled that Venice would someday become a tourist curiosity instead of a city-republic of some substance and power as it was then.
As a tourist-artist-photographer I was continually amazed that there were pictures everywhere I looked. I was then shooting with film and, being on a budget, I picked my shots carefully. Now, if I was to return I'd be taking my digital camera with lots of memory and shoot photos to my heart's content. I'd bring back hundreds.





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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Campanile Churches of Venice Grand Canal Venice https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-2 Sat, 24 May 2008 14:25:00 GMT
Venice Revisited 2 https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-2-1 Looking over my pictures of the city of canals, I'm reminded of my impression at the time that modern Venice was just like some "land" at Disneyland. So, it wasn't too much of a surprise when Disney's Epcot Center in Florida opened a few years later it included a Venice replica. Why not, there's a theme park feeling to the place. Of course the theme park is late Gothic to Renaissance era design. Perhaps the merchants of Venice of 1520 would be appalled that Venice would someday become a tourist curiosity instead of a city-republic of some substance and power as it was then.
As a tourist-artist-photographer I was continually amazed that there were pictures everywhere I looked. I was then shooting with film and, being on a budget, I picked my shots carefully. Now, if I was to return I'd be taking my digital camera with lots of memory and shoot photos to my heart's content. I'd bring back hundreds.





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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) Churches of Venice Campanile Venice Grand Canal https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-2-1 Sat, 24 May 2008 14:25:00 GMT
Venice Revisited https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited In 1978 my wife, Melissa, and I visited Venice, Italy. We were backpacking our way through Europe and taking pictures as we went. Like many people, the photoslides were looked at, shown to our family, and then put away in boxes and not looked at again. Two year's ago I acquired a slide scanner and began scanning pictures from my own collection of slides plus the ones I inherited from my parents.
I've been reviewing those Europe slides and find to my own satisfaction that I took quite a few good photos.
I've been working with these digitized slide photos to make them into something more. I've been using photo editing software that I have on my computer. This being my first post, I thought I'd share some of those pictures.




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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) art Italy photos slide scan travel Venice https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited Thu, 15 May 2008 14:40:00 GMT
Venice Revisited https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-1 In 1978 my wife, Melissa, and I visited Venice, Italy. We were backpacking our way through Europe and taking pictures as we went. Like many people, the photoslides were looked at, shown to our family, and then put away in boxes and not looked at again. Two year's ago I acquired a slide scanner and began scanning pictures from my own collection of slides plus the ones I inherited from my parents.
I've been reviewing those Europe slides and find to my own satisfaction that I took quite a few good photos.
I've been working with these digitized slide photos to make them into something more. I've been using photo editing software that I have on my computer. This being my first post, I thought I'd share some of those pictures.




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snoteboom@surewest.net (Stan Noteboom Photography) slide scan art Italy travel Venice photos https://www.stannoteboomphotography.com/blog/2008/5/venice-revisited-1 Thu, 15 May 2008 14:40:00 GMT