Thursday, 14 December 2006



This was the hand of Felicia from Indonesia. She was playing at the Spring Concert Festival. I was having my 50mm f/1.8 attached to my camera. The picture was taken at 1/25s & f/2.8. I must say that I'm quite luck to get such a sharp image at such a shutter speed. I had pre-focused my lens to roughly that distance as I noticed that her right hand makes a frequent visit there. I snapped the photo when her hand landed in that special area. The two blurred whitish spots on the black piano was caused by the reflection of the light. A dark line running across the photo in the background was removed in photoshop so keep the picture simple and focused.

For the arrangement of the keys on a piano keyboard, see Musical keyboard. This arrangement was inherited from the harpsichord without change, with the trivial exception of the colour scheme (white for notes in the C major scale and black for other notes) which became standard for pianos in the late 18th century.

Almost every modern piano has 88 keys (seven octaves plus a minor third, from A0 to C8). Many older pianos only have 85 keys (seven octaves from A0 to A7), while some manufacturers extend the range further in one or both directions. The most notable example of an extended range can be found on Bösendorfer pianos, one model which extends the normal range downwards to F0, with one other model going as far as a bottom C0, making a full eight octave range. Sometimes, these extra keys are hidden under a small hinged lid, which can be flipped down to cover the keys and avoid visual disorientation in a pianist unfamiliar with the extended keyboard; on others, the colours of the extra white keys are reversed (black instead of white). The extra keys are added primarily for increased resonance from the associated strings; that is, they vibrate sympathetically with other strings whenever the damper pedal is depressed and thus give a fuller tone. Only a very small number of works composed for piano actually use these notes. More recently, the Stuart and Sons company has also manufactured extended-range pianos. On their instruments, the range is extended both down the bass to F0 and up the treble to F8 for a full eight octaves. The extra keys are the same as the other keys in appearance.

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1 comment:

F.3.L.1 said...

stanley gue baru liat poto kaw maapkan daku. abisnya di trinity email tuh isinya crap mulu. hihihi. eh.. ad foto tangan gue... kereeeeeenn kaw mank potografer handal~!~!! keep de good work~!~!!