52 Frames Submissions 2020

Please enjoy my submissions from the 52 Frames Project for 2020

If you love photography and love a challenge consider joining us at https://52frames.com

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 2020 27 ComplementaryColors Post

Complements to the Creator

This was shot at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in their orchid display. Teleologically speaking I just don't see any way the staggering range of impossible patterns, complexity, and beauty could have happened apart from design even for one flower, much less thousands.

Google Pixel 2XL
4032x3024
ISO 146
1/120 second
f 1.8
Focal length: 28mm

Assignment

Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel: - Yellow and purple, - Blue and orange, - Red and green. Complementary colors are often used in design, other visual arts and also photography. They create a natural (and strong) contrast that makes both of the colors brighter and more vivid. It is not by accident that lumberjacks wear red jackets in a green forest or that many of van Gogh’s paintings are so striking. It is fun to go full saturation with complementary colors to see how the two colors pop against each other, but be careful not to create a photo that is too busy. The stronger your colors, the more minimalist your subject should be. Keep in mind that your complementary colors do not have to be highly saturated. You can also play with less vibrant colors and still have your two colors to subtly complement each other.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 26 Flashlight Post

A Better Light

Smoking is a practice that has been with us forever. We now know it kills. Yet on it goes. Let us choose a better light to brighten the world.

Behind the Scenes

I bought a pack of diagnostic penlights and then made a custom label. I kept the lights on with masking tape. Camera on a tripod, my wife was the light picker.

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 26 Flashlight HT2.jpg   6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 26 Flashlight HT2.jpg 

Assignment

Without some source of light, a photo is just black space. This week, we are going to focus on possibly the most important aspect of photography - the light! Light not only allows our cameras to 'see' but also helps us to add atmosphere or tell a story with our photos. With light, we can change the mood of a photo. Learning to manipulate your lighting will open a new world in your photography! To make things a bit more interesting, your light source this week must involve a flashlight. You can use any type of flashlight, from a penlight to a headlamp, a multi light, or even the built-in flashlight on your cell phone (or use an app for colored light! Or 2 phones!) You may choose to use the flashlight to light a subject of your choice, use the flashlight to create a light painting type of photo, or use the flashlight as a prop AND light source in the photo itself. The flashlight also does not necessarily have to be the only light source. However, we highly recommend that you grab a flashlight, check the batteries, and go have fun! NOTE: This does not at all require you to be outdoors, in fact you will have more success indoors in a dark room. Happy shooting :)


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 25 Background Post

Designed for Beauty

These were shot at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA. It is a magical place that puts you in a story book setting with 100's of butterfly's all around you. See more shots below.

Learn more about the center.
See my google maps photo.

Other Butterfly Shots

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Assignment

This week we are not only paying more attention to the background of our photos but also making it! The background may play only a supportive role in the photograph, but it still seriously influences the story and atmosphere of the photo and the product that it is showcasing. It is Framer's choice for deciding what the subject of the photograph will be. Maybe consider first what type of background you want to craft or how to best showcase a certain object. Some ideas for making backgrounds are using aluminum foil, creating bokeh, using a white or black sheet, using a laptop screen, a fake wood background, create a background drawn in chalk or a painted wall, make a lightbox, anything else you can think of. Product photography and food photography generally make use of interesting backgrounds but don't limit yourself to these genres. You are welcome to think outside of the lightbox!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 24 20200612 Hands Post

Covid Close

I hadn't seen my mom for 12 weeks. We stopped by today and caught up through the window. Her facility is going above and beyond to assure the health of the residents.

Yelling through the window we update each other!

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Assignment

Our ancestors left their mark behind in the form of handprints in caves all over the world. Just the outline of a hand instantly tells the rest of us that a fellow human was there. This week we are creating our own modern ‘mark’ by creating a photo with hands! There is so much you can do with hands. Hands in photos make a scene instantly more relatable. Adding hands to a food photography shot, for example, turns the photo from a still life into an action photo.You can make a statement with hands. You can convey intimacy with hands. You can create an abstract photo with hands, with all its interesting angles and curves. Consider other hand actions such as clapping flour, smashing a wall, flicking a spitball, or waving from afar. The combinations are endless.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 21 20200604 Dance Post

Learning to Moonwalk like Michael

Moonwalking. Michael Jackson wasn't the first, but he was the best at that amazing illusion of walking forward while moving backward. Hard as I've tried, it's just never going to happen. One less bucket list item.

Jackson's First Moonwalk
https://youtu.be/g3t9-kf7ZNA?t=210

Assignment

This week we are going dancing! As always, we recommend that you interpret this theme as wildly as you like, especially with the added creativity required for those of us who are confined to our homes during this time. You could portray objects that signify dance, like propping up shoes, or throwing a hat and cane in the air, or simply take a self portrait of yourself shaking it off in your living room! Movement in photography is often shown with the use of motion blur, so this is a great challenge to experiment with a slower shutter speed. Or you can freeze a dancer's pose with a fast shutter speed. Keep in mind that you do not have to photograph an entire body shot. Dancing can also be implied by focusing on feet in a dancing pose, an arm curved around a partner's back, shaking hips or a wild expression of someone with headphones on.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20 20200526 FiftyFeet Post

Neighbors at a Distance

We recently moved into a new neighborhood. Our neighbors, with whom we already shared birthday presents and gifts of plants must remain at a distance for now. They are our first friends in our new community but only across the fence. Oh, Coronavirus, go away!

Nikon D7500
5568x3712 Cropped in Photoshop
Shot Raw
Manual
Kelvin 7000
f 5.3
1/100 second
120 mm

Assignment

Professional photographers travel all over the world to go on amazing photo shoots. (Except now they cannot...yet) Even here at 52Frames we explore new landscapes and go on shooting adventures. But now we cannot...yet. We all have different levels of quarantine rules in place but basically the entire planet is staying at home. However, for this week's challenge we want you to go out on a small, baby photoshoot. More or less 50 feet from your home. That is about 15 meters for those of us used to a modern and logical measurement system. The photo shoot can take place near your front door, in your backyard or in the lobby of your apartment building. Make sure to look up or squat down to look for interesting details you may have never seen. You can decide if you want to photograph what you see or if you want to set up a photo shoot with a model or two or even take a front porch family portrait. Often when our lives are narrowed in some way, for example from a sickbed, we finally notice details that have escaped us before. This week we want you to show us what you have found (or created) 50 feet from your home.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 21 20020523 Symettry post

An Oath and Three Bars: From Cadet to Officer

After four years in the US Air Force ROTC program my son took the oath of an officer and received his bars, one per shoulder, and one on his cap, to indicate his transition from a cadet to a Second Lieutenant and now prepares to enter flight school. He, along with more than thirty other young men and women have pledged their talents and lives to defend our nation. We thank them all.

Assignment

Symmetry in photography is a composition tool used to not only create eye-catching photos but also to add depth and balance to your photos.  Symmetrical balance, also known as formal balance, is created when the two halves of the photo have the same weight. Think for example of a bridge and its reflection in clear water. Or of a front-facing portrait that shows both sides of the face. Symmetry however does not necessarily have to be of an exactly mirrored object. You can also find symmetry in pairs, for example a bride and groom, in leading lines that run parallel, in patterns or repeating subjects such as the columns of a building.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20 20200517 NotWhatYouSee Post

Three Drop Rule

My good friend, Joe, has a work rule called the 'Three Drop Rule.' That is, if you fall asleep three times in a row while working you must stop and take a nap. With a comfy couch in my new office I find it easier than ever to comply, esp in the endless isolation of the COVID world.

Shot raw on a tripod, camera on full manual, and edited in Photoshop. After I isolated myself I raised my image. Then I cloned my layer, filled it black, moved it down to the couch, added a Gaussian blur, and then made the layer 10% opacity to put a subtle shadow on the couch. Then the entire image was given a grayscale and brightness/contrast filter. See source images below.

Nikon D7500
Manual
5568x3712 RAW
Auto Color in Photoshop
ISO 800
f6.3
1/8 sec
30mm focal length

Source Photos

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20 20200517 DSC 9889

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Photoshop File with Layers

Click on photo to expand.

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Assignment

In the photography world there are two large subgroups called the documentarists and the 'embleshers'. The documentarists believe that you should shoot ONLY what you see. There is no ironing out of wrinkles, enhancing the color vibrancy or anything else. This type of photographer usually works for news outlets and enjoys street photography where they have to work with what is available.  And then is the second group that style, adjust and manipulate to their heart's content. It may be something as such as playing with light gels, using a watercan to 'make rain' or creating a levitation photo to make your models fly! The final photo and the behind-the-scenes view of the photo setup are VERY different from each other. Our challenge this week is to create a photo that has been styled or manipulated in such a way that what you see is not really the 100% naked truth. You can play with the scale of your objects, for example toy cars that are placed and shot in such a way that they look like real cars. Or use talcum powder or flour to represent smoke, white glue for 'milk', steam from a steam iron to make food seem piping hot or maybe place a sieve in front of a light-source for interesting shadows.

This is a fun and an extremely creative challenge and can be shot in a million different ways. You also get to decide how much manipulation you are personally comfortable with as long as you create a photo that is not really what you see!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200508 Week19 RollOf24 Post

Metal Pigs Can Fly

The house we are leasing is full of the owner's quirky and remarkable sculpture collections. This is my favorite and it greets me each day while I sit on the front patio and eat breakfast.

Just two shots (the first one cropped off the top of the wings).

Google Pixel XL2
4032x3024
sRGB
f/1.8
1/125 sec
Focal length 27mm

Assignment

Our cell phones and digital cameras have spoilt us with unlimited shoots and retakes. You can literally take thousands of photos until you have finally shot that single one perfect photo. This week, however, you are only allowed to use one single "roll of film" to shoot your photo (not literally, we mean 24 clicks of your digital shutter!) You get to choose the subject and are also more than welcome to edit as much as you like. But you are limited to only one “roll of film” to take this week's photo. So this means ONLY 24 frames (or 12 if you wanna make it more challenging). And if none of those photos are ‘perfect’, you still have to choose one of them to upload to the album. This is a chance to channel the film photographers of a more analog photo world. Take your time to study your scene or plan it very carefully. Remember to check the background and the edges of your frame and know what is the direction and quality of your light source. Only press the shutter once you are 100% convinced that the frame in your viewfinder is the perfect photo.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200430 LoKey Post

Cadets Apart

A US Air Force ROTC cadet meets with his wing of more than 200 others who are now separated by the global contagion as they try to maintain the camaraderie so necessary for the success of their studies and careers.

I shot this in color, raw, on a my highest standard ISO (51200) to get some grain. Then I added a B&W layer and Brightness/Contrast layer to the main image. The flag was copied from the main image and pasted in a top layer to which a Brightness/Contrast layer was applied to give it just a hint of color.

Nikon D7500
Raw Auto Color
Edited/Cropped/Colored in Photoshop CS
5568x3712
sRGB
f5
1/3200
ISO 51200
100mm

Assignment

What is a low key photo? Well, a low key photo is simply a photo that has more dark tones than light tones. Many low key photos will have a lot of dark "negative space" around the subject. Deep shadows can also play an important role in a low key photo. Just like the other genres of photography, low key photos are all about the lighting but the elimination of light is just as important. The fact that only certain aspects of the scene are lit helps the viewer to notice the form, texture or lines that you want them to see. However, pay attention to your highlights. Just because most of your frame will be darker in tone, doesn't mean your highlights need to turn gray. You can have white whites still, so long as they make up a smaller portion of the frame than your darker tones. Also, pay also attention to the shadows! Do you want them visible, or do you want them totally "crushed" to black? Do the shadows help you to tell a story of drama and/or mystery? Low key photography is often used to show loneliness and despair but is also very effective in edgy portraits for both male and female subjects.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200425 Soft Post

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Four of the softest of the softest. Whiskers on kittens. Talc, the softest item in creation. Rose petals. And cashmere, the softest cloth.

Actually, there is another fabric even softer and more rare than cashmere, and it is vicuña. But at 1000's of dollars per item it was out of our budget.

I tried to find a real kitten but all the animal shelters are closed. I've had this little tiger for more than 60 years so he worked as a stand-in. I was going to put a drop on the rose but I was warned not to damage the cashmere scarf in any way. I bought the talc stone from a scientific supplies company and it is remarkably soft.

Nikon D7500
Raw Auto Color
Edited/Cropped in Photoshop CS
5568x3712
sRGB
f20
ISO 400
210mm

Assignment

Sometimes one just has to stop for a minute, inhale and take a long and gentle breathe out. It is important to pause and appreciate the smell of roses (or coffee!) and look for the quiet and soft moments to take a break from a life filled with challenges and worries. Our theme this week, soft, can be approached from various viewpoints. You can photograph something with a soft texture such as a baby's skin, a soft- boiled egg or a well-worn pair of jeans. You might decide to shoot something with soft lighting or even go for a soft focus photo. Photos with a soft lighting do not have harsh shadows and are popular in portraits because this light does not show textures such wrinkles and blemishes as well as hard light does. If you want to play with soft lighting for this challenge, keep in mind the warm and natural glow of the golden hour. Think also things that 'soften' the heart such as such friends helping each other, an old couple holding hands or a child whispering a secret in a pet's ear. And if there is any other way to take a ‘soft’ photo, this is the place and time for it!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200413 FastShutter Post

Shower Droplets

The bathroom at the house has two shower heads. I discovered if I pointed the lower one straight up into the main one it makes amazing droplets where they intersect. Then I setup my camera on a tripod and with the light out I opened the shutter on bulb and did a 100% manual flash. After about ten tries and discovering I don't need to use hot water (I steamed up the lens) I got the shot.

Nikon D7500
Edited/Cropped in Photoshop CS
5568x3712
sRGB
f29
ISO 400
210mm
Exposure: Flash in total darkness

Assignment

It is sometimes mentioned that cameras still do not 'see' as well as the human eye, especially in a dynamic range situation. There is one thing that our cameras can do that the human eye cannot, though, and that is to freeze the action! We capture a moment in time with every photo we take, but with a fast shutter speed that moment is extremely small. Often only a long as 1/4000th of a second. As we are capturing motion with our fast shutter speeds, how about capturing some cool action such as drips, spills, breaks or spins? Any type of movement, however, can be suitable for fast shutter speed photography. Think also of birds in flight, people in motion, and ink in water photography.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200411 15 Angle Post

There Are Actual People Out There

When spend your days in a few rooms the excitement of real mail has taken on a new meaning for us all. It is a tactile and real way to get communications from those near and far who we cannot visit. Maybe we will see a resurgence in hand-written letters.

I rented this cool lense for this week from Lense Rentals:
https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon-10-20mm-f4.5-5.6g-af-p-vr-dx

Assignment

This week some type of contortion is going to happen. Either by you the photographer as you lie, crouch or perch to shoot a photo from a different angle. (This is NOT a tripod type of challenge! ) Or by the viewer as she turns her head, or the screen, sideways to try and make sense of the photo's angle. You can even stand on your head....or get your model to stand on his or head! Every single photo that we take is shot from a specific angle. Often we do not even pay specific attention to the camera’s angle but this week we definitely are going to! You can think of shooting everyday objects from an angle one does not usually see such as the soles of shoes, inside a bowl of popcorn or the top of a door. Or you can shoot your model from a differernt angle, You can also play with forced perspectives where a foreground and background subject are angled in such a way as to create an optical illusion.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200401 14 Curves Post

Kitchen Curves

Part of the joy of cooking is using so many elegant tools developed over centuries of culinary invention. Every element has its own unique curves from the roundness of a pot, to the elegant twists of a whisker, to the multiple curves of a juicer, and the comfortable handles of knives. Go cook. Enjoy.

Assignment

Our challenge this week is based on a shape, the shapely shape of a curve! You can decide to take a photo of something (or someone) curvy - think for example of the curves of the seashore, curved branches and grasses, the arches (C curves) in a building or the curves in a spiral. Semi-circles are also types of curves and they can be found in a wide variety of things such as tunnels or a smile. Getting your model to pose with a curve is also another way to interpret this challenge. Curves are also often used as a composition tool to guide the viewer's eye around a photo. Similar to leading-lines but much less rigid. These curves not only guide the eye but also add a sense of movement to a photo.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200323 13 Song Post

Do the Twist: What else do we have to do?

Chubby Checker's, "The Twist," is considered to be the most popular pop song of all time. I have no idea why. The lyrics contain no profound or moving messages and the music is a three chord melody. But somehow it captured the all the generations that have listened to it. So we decided to twist. What else do we have to do now that we are self quarantining?

You can see him "Twist" here: https://youtu.be/pHGXwQeUk7M

The lyrics are here: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/chubbychecker/thetwist.html

Assignment

Photography and music have a lot in common. Both have to intrigue the viewer/listener with something new and interesting so that they keep on looking or listening. Yet on the other side they still have to appeal to the audience's expectancy of beauty, harmony and patterns. Photography and music also both give the audience the space to interpret the artwork with their own life experiences. This week we are marrying these two art forms by shooting a photo inspired by a line from a song. You can choose to literally recreate the lyrics into visual form or to shoot a photo that represents the emotions you feel when you hear the words of the song.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200318 12 Books Post

Maker of Books

The Linotype Machine. Never has a single device so significantly and widely influened cultures throughout the world. Remarkably, there is a working Linotype just minutes from my house at the System Source Computer Museum (https://museum.syssrc.com).

If you don't know anything about the Linotype Machine watch this:
https://youtu.be/1MGjFKs9bnU

And this story about the last Linotype published paper.
https://youtu.be/DNa9XRoNRUM

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200318 12 Name Plate

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Assignment

At least once a year here at 52Frames we challenge the Framers to take a photo of a common object that most of us have access to. It is really interesting, and a bit surprising, to see just how differently our large community style, compose and photograph the same object. This year our common denominator object (or objects) is/are books! Remember that a "book" is not necessarily a paper book, nor is it necessarily a romance or thriller. There are also cookbooks and travel books, notebooks and schoolbooks. Some books are actually scrolls while others are written in Japanese, Greek or another type of code. You could show us the "bookiness" of the book by focusing on the textures, words or dog ears. Or you can decide to photograph a pile of books arranged in a certain pattern or even shoot people interacting with books. Some people read books while others just peruse them. Some people use books as a doorstop while others press flowers in them. Stephen King said that books are a "uniquely portable magic". What better way is there to add some magic to your photography than by shooting a book? 


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200311 11 Triangular Post

When Packaging was Really Awesome

Don't think we improved in design. This dinstinctive container is much cooler than our modern, uni-plastic, beverage enclosures.

All my submissions can be viewed here:
https://enktesis.com/innovative-projects/52frames

Nikon D7500
5568x3712 (cropped in PhotoshopCS)
f5
1/30 second
ISO 12800
Focal Length 210mm

Assignment

The intentional use of triangles in photography is another composition tool to create strong and interesting photos. They are used to create stability and sometimes symmetry in your photo. And if you tilt your triangle you have added instant tension or a feeling of imbalance. Just like leading lines, triangles are also very useful to point the viewer’s eye to what you want them to see. The trick is to find these triangles. But don't worry if you do not conveniently live near a pyramid! The triangles in triangle composition are most of the time implied and not real. Think for example of a road disappearing into a vanishing point. The two corners of the road are the base of the triangle and the road's vanishing point is the apex. A diagonal line created by an arm or leg, or even a staircase's railing will also create a triangle. Other triangles are created by arranging three models (or subjects) into any type of triangular shape of your choice - tilted or not. They can even be upside down! Keep your eyes open also for diagonal lines, they often create triangles, It may seem strange at first to look for implied triangles to photograph but once you start looking for them, it will be difficult to unsee them.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200304 09 Abandoned Post

When Eight Was All You Had

NYWorldsFair1964When I was very young I attended the New York City World's Fair in 1960's. I remember distinctly hearing the forecast that in the future we would have 1000's of channels. So we do now. Not thousands, but millions of options. A much of it is just terribly bad. It makes me almost yearn for the early days of communications when there only a few options and every station worked to make its content great and all communications were broadcast in full color imagination.

Assignment

Our challenge this week is of a more artistic, rather than technical nature, which means that this brain exercise is more open to interpreatioon than some of our other challenges. You can go the metaphorical route and photograph a person "feeling" alone or abandoned, or perhaps a physical object, something that people tend to leave behind (cigarette butt, a forgotten plant, sports equipment gathering dust in a corner). You can photograph an object such as this inside of an abandoned building which would really drive this emotion home. Of course an abandoned building would be an ideal canvas for a challenge of this kind, just make sure you are keeping safe and obeying your local laws! Think about how you can use lighting (or lack of), camera angle (shooting down from above) or composition (negative space around the subject) to give the viewer the sense of abandonment and tell the story of something lonely, lost, or left behind.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200217 07 Color Pallette Post

Forest Ceiling at Atlanta's Airport

Between terminals A and B the Atlanta Airport in GA has an extraordinary display on the ceiling that has become one of the most popular displays at the airport.

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200217 07 Color Pallette Post Full

This is the full concourse. 

Assignment

This week we are focusing on COLOR! Unless there is a black and white challenge, most of us shoot in color anyway. This week however, the colors IN your photo IS the challenge, so you are going to have to be very attentive about them. Pay attention to the colors of your subject(s), the colors in your foreground and the colors in your background. You can decide on an analogous color palette, where all the colors on your photo are found next to each other on the color wheel. For example the warm colors in autumn leaves or the cool blue-green colors. Or you can decide to highlight the contrasts by making use of complementary colors. These are the colors that are on the opposite side of each other on the color wheel. ( Red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple). You can also decide to take a monotone photo where all the colors in your photo are the same or a duotone photo where you use only two colors. Colors can add a lot of life to a photo and can make it POP but be aware of making use of too many colors. To really get the dramatic effect of colors, less is definitely more. Carefully decide on your color palette and then stick to it. There are MANY ways to play with color combinations and you are welcome to interpret this challenge in your own colorful way. Just be intentional about it!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 06 2020 RuleOfThirds Post

Never Break the Rules

Thirds reqires a careful attention to portion remains.

Assignment

The Rule of Thirds is probably one of the best known and most used photographic composition techniques (and in paintings!). This 'fame' is well-justified because the rule of thirds is extremely useful in composing beautiful photos. Basically, the rule states that your photo should be be divided into 9 squares of the same size with two horizontal lines intersecting two vertical lines. The main subject of your photo should then be placed on one of the intersection points where the lines meet. Apparently, the viewer's eye falls automatically to these intersection points, so it is a good idea to place the thing that they should notice at right at one of these sweet spots. It is as though our eyes expect the rule of thirds to be used. If not, the composition often seems unbalanced and less harmonious. Another way to use the rule of thirds is to place linear subjects, like the horizon or a tree, along one of the lines of your grid. If, for example, you are taking a photo of a sea view, place the horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line and not dead in the center. (An added bonus is that this will help to keep your horizons straight!) There is a tendency to take a rule of thirds photo with only one subject placed on one of the intersection points. There is nothing wrong with that and this will create a strong photo. But consider also using the rule of thirds in a photo with more than one subject (the main subject will then get one of the intersection points) or in a portrait. In a portrait try to place the eye line along the top third-line of the frame or one of the person’s eyes on one of the intersection points.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 05 2020 FromAbove Post

Karaoke Kaos

Martine kicks off her Friday night weekly Karaoke session at Mo's Seafood in Whitemarsh, MD.

Here is her FaceBook page. Sing on!
https://www.facebook.com/martinemusicmore

Ricoh Theta S
2038x3840 Cropped in Photoshop CS
F2
1/30 second
Focal length 1 mm

Assignment

Our challenge this week is to look at the world from a higher vantage point and shoot the world below. This type of photography is often referred to as 'bird's eye view' photography. We tend to shoot from either eye-level or pointing our cameras just slightly downwards. And yet there is an entire world of different and less-used camera angles to explore that will make your photographs even more interesting and unusual. For example, pointing your camera straight downwards! The exact angle of your camera compared to the world below, is up to you. And you also get to decide how high you are going to go up to shoot down. Consider standing on chairs, stepladders, your roof or using drones, tall buildings, aeroplanes to give you some height. Or just shoot down from right where you are standing! While you are up there, look for interesting shapes and patterns that you are usually not aware of when you are at eye-level with the subject. For example, the boxiness of buildings, the cute way that hair whorls on a someone's head or how a car is basically a rectangle on top of a rectangle. Entire new perspectives pop into view when you are shooting downwards. So go and seek them out in the familiar and not-so-familiar and show us a whole new world!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 04 2020 FillTheFrame Post

Tiny Patient

Dr. Ed Knickman DVM carefully performs surgery on a tiny chihuahua at Madonna Veterinary Clinic in White Hall, Maryland. https://madonnaveterinary.com

Nikon D7500
5568x3712
f5
ISO-500
1/250 second
100 mm

Assignment

Have you ever taken a photo and only later realized that there is a pole growing out of your model's head? Or there is some kind of unwanted element in your photo that you didn't even notice when you took the photo in the first place? To avoid this unnecessary mistakes, AND to make your photos look less like snapshots, we are going to focus on filling the frame. And what is exactly the frame that needs to be filled? This can either refer to the photo itself or what you see in the viewfinder. Before you even THINK of pressing the shutter, run your eye along the edges of the frame. Is you subject overflowing the edges, or nearly touching it? Good, you have filled your frame. If there are any unwanted spaces, remove them by physically moving closer or zooming in. Now look at the corners of the frame. Look carefully if there is any extra space or wanted elements and then make sure to remove them. If you do not have to use the crop tool later in your photo editor, you have filled your frames beautifully. Your subject IS the subject of your photograph, so give it all the space that you can and fill the frame!


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 03 2020 WabiSabi Post

When Eggs Could Fly

Most of us don't remember when eggs were delivered by mail. I discovered that refrigeration is not necessary for short term storage of eggs. This container is from the early 1900's and was manufactured in Barnesville, Ohio, by T. & A. Rogers Co.  [Scroll down for detail photos of the crate.]

Nikon D7500
3840x2160
f5
ISO-800
1/25 second
30 mm

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Assignment

Our challenge, wabi sabi, is an old favorite here at 52frames but may be a brand new concept for the newcomers. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept that more or less translates into the art of finding beauty in imperfection. It celebrates wrinkles, rust, liver spots, cracks and frayed edges because they represent the time that has passed and the signs of a lived life. As photographers we are constantly looking for 'beauty' aka something special to photograph. Beauty in the mundane, beauty in the amazing and extraordinary, beauty in the strange and exotic and beauty in the quiet moments. But in wabi sabi week we are going to look for beauty in the old and the broken. The poster child photo of wabi sabi is a beloved but chipped pot. But think of anything have seen better days but still look beautiful in your eyes. It can be anything from an old ripped pair of jeans to a rusted lock or a moss-covered statue in the corner of a garden.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 02 2020 LeadingLines Post

York Road Maryland Facing South from Hunt Valley

York Road, State Road 45 in Maryland, is one the busiest roads in Maryland. Cars flow in from the north from surrounding counties and back out from the south at the end of the day. Even though the camera was mounted on a video tripod and set firmly on concrete, there was still some camera shake from passing cars.

Nikon D7500
3840x2160
f22
ISO-100
8 seconds
100 mm

Assignment

This week we are focusing on one of photography's big composition tools: leading lines. It is a really strong composition element and very suitable to be one of our first challenges this year. Always keep your eyes open for potential leading lines in your photo shoots because they will help to make your photos pop! To help viewers interact with and understand our photos we can make use of leading lines to: Point to the subject like a subtle invisible arrow saying: 'THIS is the thing that you must look at'. For example a person standing at the edge of a pier. Direct the viewer's eyes onto a vanishing point in the photo. Vanishing points create the illusion of depth in a photo and gives the viewer the feeling that she is IN the photo and not just looking at a flat picture. Think of a path that starts wide and then gradually narrows to disappear into the horizon. Guide the viewer’s eye to move along with the model’s gaze beyond the photo and into the fast forever. Make the viewer's eye slide from one end of the photo to the next like a photo of a spiral staircase. Any linear man-made structures such as roads, bridges, rows of street lights, staircases and buildings will give you an instant line to play with. However, keep your eyes open for less obvious leading lines such as an outstretched arm, diagonal placed cutlery or footsteps on the beach.


 

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 01 2020 SelfPortrait Post

A unique set of skills

Over the years I've worked in so many areas I've lost count. I love that I can do commercial quality video with affordable equipment.

Canon EOS Rebel
3456x2304
f5
ISO-100
1/4 second
100 mm

Assignment

Dear creative Framers, we have come full circle after a creative year. Back to where it all started. With a self-portrait. It has become a tradition here at 52Frames to step in front of the cameras for the first challenge of the year. This week we will not show the world through our photographers' eyes but rather the photographers that see the worlds. Yes, it is a daunting task. It is so much more comfortable to view the world from our safe space behind the cameras. And it is not easy to be both model and photographer. But remember that your friends and loved ones will treasure a photo of you just as much as you treasure their photos. Welcome also to all the new Framers joining us for the first time. Fasten your seatbelts tightly because this is going to be FUN!! It is guaranteed that it will be challenging sometimes but you will learn to ride the ups with the downs and just keep on shooting. Now, step in front of the cameras dear Framers. It is time to start another creative year! WOOOHOOO!


 

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