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52 Frames Submissions 2019

Please enjoy my submissions from the 52 Frames Project for 2019

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6862 MarcoCiavolino 2019Week3 HelloFromHere 700

Bringing STEM to the Blind and Site Impaired

This is FIRST LEGO League Team 180 Optimum from the Maryland School for the blind ( Students from the Baltimore area blind and site impaired student population have been participating in FIRST LEGO League for the past six years. This year, for the first time, they could fully participate in the competition, using a tactile mat developed by Empower Mats ( a division of Robot Mats ( They can also program in Quorum, a text-based programming language for the EV3 Robotics that is fully accessible. At this Maryland State Qualifier they were awarded first place for their project research. The goal of empower mats is to allow these inquiring young students the same opportunities as their sighted counterparts in competitive robotics programs.

Shot with a Nikon D7500
F 4.5
ISO 2500
10 mm
Cropped and edited in Photoshop CS

Using a Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR DX rented from the great people at Lens Rentals

Assignment:  One of the best things of 52Frames is that we are introduced to fellow photographers from all over the world. We not only get to cooperate together every week in creating an amazing photo album but we also learn from and inspire each other. AND on top of that, we get to see photos from far and near! Every single week the albums open up into hundreds of windows into corners of the world that many of us will probably never see in person. This week we are celebrating the fact that we are an amazing bunch of photographers from all over the place! So it is time to show us where you live…or maybe where you are traveling at this week... :) You can choose to show us your hometown, city or farm with a ‘wider view’ such as a famous landmark or unfamous landmark. Or maybe a cityscape or skyline. Or you can show us a more ‘narrow’ view, for example, the cute barista that makes the best coffee in town, or that blind busker with his patient dog or your special meditation spot under a giant tree.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 2019Week2 RuleOfThirds 700

Title: Sound of Thirds

The core of western music is the triad of thirds. It just sounds good.

Assignment:  Hi creative Framers, our challenge this week is the “rule of thirds’. It is one of the first composition rules that new photographers learn to create interesting and balanced photos. And it is also a nice and calming challenge after the dreaded self portrait! The basic idea is to imagine dividing a photo into a grid of thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have nine blocks. This grid helps you to find the four important parts (the intersections of the lines) of the image that you should consider placing your subject as you frame your image. You can also use the lines of the grid themselves for placing your subject. Studies show that the viewer’s eye tends to go straight to one of the intersection points rather than the center of the photo. Using the rule of thirds makes your photo only look more balanced but helps the viewer to find it pleasing to look at it. Personal note: I don't actually like the rule of thirds so much! Like any "rule" in photography, use it merely as a guide, and trust your intuition. The rule of thirds will help you especially in the beginning of your photographic journey, to compose better, more balanced images. Think of this as your first tool in your toolbelt.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 2019Week1 SelfPortrait 700

Me 1959-2019

This photo was taken by my father in or around 1959 in Clinton, NJ in our old Ford Woody Wagon. I tried to reproduce it and incorporate both.

My dad produced hundreds of photographs in New York and New Jersey from the late 1940's through the 1970's. Many were assignments and three are in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Many were shot with a 4x5 bellows camera or early 35MM SLRs. All were hand printed. Check them all out at:

Shot with a Nikon D7500
F 5.3 @ 1/15 second
ISO 100
Focal Length 127mm
Cropped and edited in Photoshop CS

The Assignment: Hi there creative Framers!! It is a New Year and as tradition states, our very first challenge is a self-portrait! What fun...or maybe not..right? Us photographers are notorious for hiding behind our cameras, it is both our security blanket and our happy place. But once a year, at least here at 52Frames, it is time to step in front of the cameras for a change. Creating self-portraits offers both a serious artistic challenge and a way to build your photography skills. And you have the most patient model ever...yourself! Often, the best way to learn about lighting, portraiture and human composition in general, is using the most willing model that you have available...and that's YOU! So don’t be shy creative Framers, have fun, experiment a little, think outside the box, and show us YOU.

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*enktesis, LLC is a private consultancy, led by Marco Ciavolino, assisting clients in a range of web technology solutions, marketing communications, business development, and communications research efforts. He has been involved in the web space since 1995 and since that time has directly developed and collaborated on numerous web projects from small niche sites to large enterprise projects.  Want to know more? Contact me via email or phone  ( / 410-838-8264).   Full contact information at