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52 Frames Submissions 2021

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Please enjoy my submissions from the 52 Frames Project for 2021

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2021 31 WideApeture 1069 marco ciavolino post

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-31 in the New Testament of the Bible records the story of the prodigal son. My mom did a series of sculptures of significant Biblical stories. This one, that illustrates the story, has always been my favorite.

You can read the entire story here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2015:11-31&version=ESV

This was shot with my 1950's 50mm Nikkor F1.4 lense which is just amazing.

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Assignment

We've had a macro challenge this year, which was basically getting as "close as you can" to your subject with the gear that you have. This week, we're interested in seeing your image using using the "widest possible aperture" that your gear allows. This is NOT as complicated as it may seem, if you are new to the concept. The w i d e s t aperture is noted by the smallest "f-stop number" your lens can go, and it is usually denoted by something like "f/1.4 "or "f/2.8". The lower the number, the wider your aperture, the shallower your depth of field. What's a depth of field? I'm glad you asked. It just means that it's the amount that will be in focus from a distance point from your camera to your subject, and from that subject and whatever is behind it. So, a "shallow" depth of field (wide aperture, low f-stop number) could show a blade of grass in focus, and everything behind it blurred out. A "deep" depth of field could display a scene with mountains and waterfalls and lakes that all entirely in focus with nothing blurred in the background. Shooting at your widest aperture will get you those professional looking shots where your subject is in focus and the background is blurred. This works great for portraits! It also lets in the most light, which can come in handy in low-light situations. If you're shooting at night, the blur (or "bokeh") in the background can take on those cool circular shapes that you often see in higher end photography. Mobile phone users, you can do this too! Use your camera's PRO mode or another app that lets you select the your aperture setting, pick the widest aperture and you're well on your way to accomplishing this week's challenge. If that's too much to ask of you, get in close on a subject in low-light conditions (night, indoors, etc..) and your phone will probably be automatically setting you to its lowest aperture setting! Don't worry about the number. Shoot at whatever lowest aperture your gear can go. If you are on a zoom lens, you may find that zoomed OUT will give you a lower number, than when you are zoomed IN. This challenge is a hybrid of a technical and creative challenge - think about why you want to take this picture and then what you need to do to make the image work - look at your choice of lens, shooting distance, lighting and time of day and of course, your location.

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Projected Distortion

 Distorted (clipped) wav image projected on my screaming face.

Assignment

This week, we're going to use various techniques to make our photos look "distorted" - whereas we normally want our photos to be as tack sharp as possible (where needed), this week we will experiment with adding distortion to make our photos more interesting, abstract, and maybe weird! You could shoot through items that distort the light and/or focus, such as fabric or a prism. You can rub vaseline on your lens (filter) to achieve a fun, blurry abstract shot. You can intentionally overexpose to distort your image with excess light, or simply blur your focus to the point of abstraction. The options are endless and it's up to you to make your frame as distorted as you like! (blurred, out of focus, vaseline, prism, mirrors, overexposed, PS'd, etc..) Remember, a wide angle lens (or fisheye) will also create a form of distortion that could be a lot of fun to play with. Mirrors can distort reality in all kinds of ways. And finally, the more adventurous among us could try their hand at more advanced techniques like "Free Lensing" 

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My Mom Died on July 13

My mom passed away on Tues, July 13 at 11a ET. She had 87 amazing years. So now my sister and find ourselves again in the capable hands of the funeral home with so many choices to make.

My mom, was an artist, educator, entrepreneur, American Sign Language Interpreter, and grandmother.

You can see her amazing artwork here:
https://susansunshine.com/

Assignment

Time to put ourselves in the shoes of a pro - Product Photography isn't as simple as it might seem at first. Consider putting yourself in the shoes of someone shooting for a magazine or website - what are the things that a client would want you to portray for putting their product in the best light possible? (pun intended!) Spend some time thinking about how to portray your product in the cleanest and clearest way, while keeping it interesting and unique --the background, the ambiance, the lighting, even the choice of lens you use can have varying effects. It doesn't have to be so serious, and it doesn't even have to be in a studio setting. Many ads today are meant to look like more of a lifestyle snap, so feel free to use your creative expression to sell whatever EMOTION you are trying to convey that is connected to your "product"!

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Signs of the 70's

My neighbor owns this 1978 Volkswagen T2 bus and plans to fully restore it as a beach car. These vans are completely woven into the mythos of the 1970's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Bus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Type_2#T2

Assignment

Getting from Point A to Point B is something that most of us do so frequently that we barely give it a second thought. Since we're all on a collective journey here at 52Frames, we thought why not get a Framer's point of view on things that get us from here to there. We're not just talking trains, planes and automobiles this week: everything's fair game including wagons, strollers/prams, pogo sticks, paragliders, unicycles, Zorb balls, horseys and even a Star Trek transporter if you have access to one. Show us what's special about that old car someone you know restored by hand, or maybe what you feel when you're able to race around in your ATV on the dunes. Perhaps you're an avid sailor and can show us peace and tranquility on a boat or how it takes all your skill and a bit of luck to navigate the rapids in your kayak. For the less adventurous among us, tell us what you like or what irks you about your daily commute in that bus. Or perhaps you keep it more local and want to show us your shoes, walking stick, or wheelchair! There are stories waiting to be told everywhere. You can choose to shoot something at rest or when it's moving, so remember to adjust your shutter speed and other settings appropriately to get the image you want. Transportation is an intrinsic aspect of all our lives that isn't often given its due - let's try and bring it to the forefront this week.

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Continuous Fight Since 1601

I discovered today that there is a global community of tens of thousands of people who hold tournaments and events based around 16th century combat. They agreed to use the time machine to let me get photo before sending me back to 2021.

You can see a color version and some fight photos below.

Here is one of the main organizations:

https://www.sca.org/
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an inclusive community pursuing research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat and culture. The lives of participants are enriched as we gain knowledge of history through activities, demonstrations, and events.

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Assignment

Black And White photography - its power lies in its ability to focus our attention on the form of light, in the absence of all color. Black and white can evoke a variety of emotions for the viewer. Portraits and street photography are popular genres for this style, but black and white can enhance all forms of photography: Architecture, abstract subjects, macro, texture, or even Landscapes can all be very distinct subjects for B/W photography. There is a bit of skill involved here - we need to learn to see the world in a more monochromatic way, we need to focus on where the light is hitting, and where the shadows are being cast. What shapes can we see? What textures are catching our attention?. Any image can be turned into a black and white shot, but we're here to learn and get better, so let's aim to get good photos that can tell a story better by showing it in fewer colors than we normally see. Black and white processing looks great for detailed texture like water droplets, waves in the sand, the wrinkles of an old smile, or an abandoned concrete wall. Pro tip: If you can, set your camera to black and white so that you are seeing what your monochromatic world looks like around you, in realtime as you shoot!


 

Week 20210624 26 Just Breathe Post

The Last Turn is the Best Turn

The best part of any trip is the last turn into our driveway.

Assignment

It's been an interesting year (or two). It seems like there's more being thrown at us than usual, and at times this can feel overwhelming. So this week we wanted to highlight the two most important words in the English language: Just. Breathe. Really. Do it now. Doesn't that feel nice? This week, we want you to take a step back - figuratively or even literally - take a few moments to center yourself and then shoot. It's important to learn patience and not to force things - to just let the feeling flow through you. Technical skill is well and good but as photographers we're capturing slices of time - images that depict ideas, stories, emotions, or even the abstract. And so, like many others, this one is pretty open to interpretation: you can recreate a yoga class, or show one's breath on a cold day. You can portray a meditation scene, or some kind of calm amidst a storm (like 3-year olds getting ready for bed) Look at the world around you in ways that you might not usually consider. It's an amazing place if we just take a moment or two to reflect. And just breathe.

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Last Clip Clop

I love old horse shoes. Who wore them and what adventures did they have?

Assignment

What is a macro photo? Technically, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size (1:1) or greater - or in other words, making tiny things larger than life. For our project, however, don't worry about ratios or anything like that, just GET IN CLOSE to something small, and we shall call it macro! Macro photography makes one think about composition and lighting in ways completely different from other genres like portraiture, landscape, or street photography. The main technical difficulties faced by macro photographers are having a very small depth of field to work with (just a small area of sharp focus) and secondly, a lack of light to illuminate your subject correctly. You may want to make your f/stop a higher number for this reason, or take a small step back, and as for the adding light, a simple lamp or off camera flash should help with that!  Don't feel restricted to insects and tiny organisms, you can get some amazing macro shots with liquids, electronic components, the inside of a watch, and so many more subjects. Your composition could be relatively abstract by looking at patterns and textures, or you could choose to show us the finer details that one might often overlook. Many cellphones nowadays also have the capability of taking macro shots or near-macro shots. Look for the macro symbol (often shown as a flower Macro icon - Download on Iconfinder on Iconfinder ) in your camera app of choice. (OFTEN YOUR PHONE TAKES BETTER MACRO SHOTS THAN YOUR CAMERA, but don't quote me on that please) You're going to want to take a lot of exposures to find a good shot, so go right ahead and keep practicing and improving. And remember the macrographer's adage: If you don't look ridiculous taking the shot, you are probably doing it wrong.


 

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Puppy Eyes

Really, how can you ever leave a yorkie home? He does his best to guilt us into taking him everywhere.

Assignment

Doors - if you think about it, they're so metaphorical aren't they? Like us, there are all sorts - from rusty picket fences to ornate and gilded entrances. Each can tell so many stories about what lies beyond it. We'd love to see your interpretation of a particular door's significance. The way you tell it to us matters as well - you can capture the expanse of a door with a wide angle, or a macro shot of just the details. You can tell the story of walking through the door, or a glimpse of what's beyond. You can create a miniature story. It can be a car door, a revolving door, or even a metaphorical door. As always, we want you to remain unencumbered and not limit yourself to just doors in a house. Go out and be creative, and show us our leading star in this week's role - the humble door!

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Memorial Day 2021

The Georgia 116th Army National Guard Band plays 'America the Beautiful' at the Smyrna, GA, Memorial Day event.

Click and drag on the photo below to look around the ceremony.

Assignment

Music - humankind has always known just how much it can touch our very core. Music can elevate us or make us sad, it can lift us out of times of despair and can allow us just let go and dance. We want to see how you can tell an audio story visually - show us something that plays a tune in our mind's eye when we see that image. Capturing sounds in an image isn't possible, but capturing the feeling of that moment is. It could be as simple as someone playing an instrument or just rocking out on their earphones. You could focus on subtle nuances and details or make us see the bigger picture, the choice is yours in how you want to tell your story. You can incorporate other genres like action, night photography, portraiture or street photograpy when looking out for a subject for your music story. Or you might take inspiration from our "Line From A Song" challenges over the years to help tell us of a song lyric that speaks to you. If you're fortunate enough to shoot a live gig, you might want to look to capture the emotion, creativity, chaos and intensity of being able to share music with other human beings. Music and photography are creative arts - show us how you bring them together.

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Bottom of the Bottle

Literally. I cut the bottom of a wine bottle off using a bottle cutter (you can see it at my site) and took a wide angle shot of the drops of wine being poured into the glass. Just an experiment.

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Assignment

It's time to look at the big picture - that is, shoot with a wide angle. With a wide angle lens, you're getting a larger canvas than usual to craft your composition. A photographer can use wide angles not merely for landscapes and architecture but even for street photography, portraiture, and photojournalism. Wide angle lenses often distort the image but it's up to you to use that characteristic advantageously - for instance, using a wide angle lens for pet portraits allows you to get up close and personal - the distortion can often bring out singular features like their eyes. Most mobile phone cameras are wide-angle by design, but some now have an additional lens for ultra-wide capabilities. This challenge is anyways more about the composition, rather than the gear. Get low to the ground and angle upwards, this will yield a wide-angle look regardless of the specific gear in your hand. If you don't have access to a dedicated wide-angle lens, shoot as wide as you can with the equipment you have - try generating a composition that gives the viewer the impression that a wide-angle was used. Clear the scene in front of the camera convey a more expansive view. Get lower to the ground and angle up. Or try your hand at miniatures --you are only limited by your own creativity! There's a great deal of promise and versatility in a wide-angle shot. Let's see all the creative ways we can come up with to showcase it

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I Want to Think Like Keith Wobeser

I love learning from other creatives (which is all of you!). However, Keith Wobeser is one the photogs who consistently gets great responses. Always clever, always technically perfect, always engaging. You can review his portfolio here: https://52frames.com/photographer/5026

I used an adaptation of a famous portrait of Salvador Dali to express my fascination with Keith's work.

NOTE: Keith's photos were used by permission and the base photo is in the library of congress.

Original Photo

Portrait photograph of Salvador Dali, including objects, cats, and water caught in motion.
https://www.loc.gov/item/2005687578/

How the photo was created:
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-story-surreal-photograph-salvador-dali-three-flying-cats

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Assignment

Portraiture - perhaps the genre of photography that most embodies the perfect mix of science and art to represent photography as a whole. It's how we as photographers can capture a small slice of a human being's emotions, story and life experience. Try and tell a story with your image --let the viewer get to know your subject and what they're about. Sometimes called an "environmental portrait", your subject's surroundings are an extension of their personality and psyche. Do remember to include the background, lighting, and composition in your planning and thought processes. After all, we're trying to go beyond a simple snapshot and capture a person's identity. You could plan the scene beforehand with your subject, which can help to convey a specific emotion or intensity. Finally, if you're going in close - always keep in mind, that the eyes are the windows to the soul - so make sure they are well-lit, and in focus!

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The Hunt for Red Snapper

Since we are spending a week in Miramar Beach, Florida (US), I searched for what was 'red' about the area. Only one consistent result: Red Snapper. This is a favorite white fish in the region and is served in restaurants and homes everywhere.

Thank you to S and the great folks at Shrimpers Seafood Market in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. If you are in the area be sure to visit them: http://www.shrimpersseafood.com

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Assignment

Red is the color at the long wavelength end of the visible spectrum. I dunno what that means but there's so much more to this primary color - it's seen in Nature, in the Animal Kingdom, and in Flora. The Elemental aspects - Fire, Earth, Water, & Sky are often tinged in this shade that is so evocative of emotion. Across cultures, red signifies various aspects of the human condition from anger and intense passion to auspiciousness and good luck. This is a color that binds us through our blood: it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside - we all bleed the same color. Show us aspects of life connected with the color red. Juxtapose your images with well-thought intent and bold emotion. Show us a rounded understanding of how red interacts with complementary colors or other relationships like analogous or split. Show us images that depict EMOTION - rage, love, passion, warmth, celebration, vitality, intensity, and so much more. Let's paint the town red.

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Regular Old Awesome Family Portrait

Family portraits have been taken since the earliest days of photography. This week seemed like a perfect week to break out my 1984 Nikon Series E 100mm lens, shoot manual, on a tripod, at ISO100, in raw format. Just before we did the shoot (about 7:15pm Atlanta, GA) the sky became totally overcast giving me perfect, even light. Thank you to R, A, C & B for being great models!

Shot at F11, 1/160 of second, at ISO 100 with manual white balance.

Alternate Shot

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Light Meter (Vivitar #30 circa 1960) and Lens (Nikon Series E 100mm F2.8 purchased new in 1985)

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Assignment

This week we're focusing on one side of the Exposure Triangle that I would describe as the boring sibling of the other 2. ISO - specifically the lowest ISO setting your camera can be set to. This number varies by device and is often between ISO 50 and ISO 200. The most common lowest setting, however, is ISO 100, hence the name of this challenge (but don't get too hung up on the number, we probably should have called the challenge "LOW ISO"). ISO level is all about light sensitivity and comes from the olllll' days of photography where we shot with film - film with lower ISO numbers would take slightly longer to react to the light than when compared to film with higher ISO numbers. So you'd pop in "high" ISO film for dark scenes that were very reactive to the light, and "low" ISO film when shooting in sunny conditions, as it was less sensitive to the bright light. In the digital world, a higher ISO number simply does 2 things: 1. makes your exposure BRIGHTER 2. Introduces more "noise" or grain onto your image. And there's the rub, or the trade-off. Today you can amp up your ISO and shoot in the middle of the night, but the results will not be very clear. When shooting with the lowest ISO, usually called the "Base ISO", we are ensuring the MINIMUM amount of grain possible, ie - the clearest image. Generally, this should be our first goal when shooting. And only when we are in darker environments, should we adjust to higher numbers accordingly. Stay in the light for this week's challenge! You can only shoot at low ISO's when there is a lot of sunlight (or flash-lighting) available! Do yourself a favor and get outside. Still can't get enough light into your camera? Get a tripod and lower that shutter speeeeed. Your camera's "Base ISO" will give you the clearest and sharpest images in terms of noise and grain - but what that number is exactly depends on what camera you are using. A quick google search will let you know what that sweet spot is for you. MOBILE PHONE users - There is a "manual" setting on most phones that will allow you to control ISO. You'll see a big difference right away, so get into the sunlight! You can also download a more advanced camera app that will allow you to manually control these settings

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First Weave: 1999

My two older daughters made these in 1999 when they were 7 and 9 years old. For many of us, making potholders at school or summer camp was our first exposure to the concept of fabric. How small, seemingly fragile threads can combine to form strong durable materials. These two potholders have been used nearly ever day for the past 22 years they have many years go to.

It was quite a journey to this photo. I tried to get in touch with local hand weavers group for two weeks. They were covided out and did not want to help. So I ordered a square loom from Amazon so I could make one and put it in the picture, but Amazon pushed delivery out more than 4 days, so I had to cancel that and ended with just the potholders which have surely stood the test of time.

Assignment

Something a little tangible this week - Fabric- it's what we wear, it's how we express and depict ourselves to others, it's an extension of our personalities. From glitzy, glamourous evening wear to humble, utilitarian items like aprons, smocks, and boiler suits, this week's challenge encompasses textiles in all their shapes, colors, and forms. Fabrics are everywhere, not just clothing - flags, tablecloths, embroidered doilies, and what have you.... You can be as elaborate as a fashion photographer shooting in the wind, or give us something as simple as a macro photo of your bath towel threads. You can be humorous or grand. You got some nice wide options with this one. You can also always find ways to inject humor into your shoot - how many of us remember tying a sheet behind us and pretending to be a superhero?

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To Boldly Grow Where No Plant Has Grown Before

I have always been fascinated by the tanacity of plants that find a crevice a crack, and fault, in a concrete world.

Assignment

Ah... the Great Outdoors - if the last year and the restrictions that abound in so many countries right now, have taught us anything - it's to be grateful for Nature and being able to enjoy it at length. Showcase a scene for us that shows awe or even aww. Nature includes flora, fauna and everything in-between. Can't leave the house? Nature can be as simple as a leaf, or a tree, or a bug you've found in the yard. It could be produce from your kitchen. You can recreate a nature scene. Where there's a will, there's a way :) For those more ambitious, you can slap on a tripod and capture slow moving waterfalls and streams, or even astrophotography. Don't forget to pay close attention to the light and how it helps the story you want to tell in your frame. This week, take a look at the world around us and capture a tiny slice of it.


 

Keith's edit of my poses.

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Veni Vidi Vici 

Keith Wobeser and I decided to do mutual 'edited by others' project. We each sent each other a set of funny poses (included below) and went crazy on each other's images. Keith turned me into a statue. I put him in a whimsical jungle. All around good fun and photoshop expertise. Thanks Keith! Keith does consistenly amazing work and you can see his album here: https://52frames.com/photographer/5026  Click on either picture to enlarge it. Enjoy the whimsy.

My edit of Keith's Poses.

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I also edited Nichol Beus Harris' Photo
You can see her work here:  https://52frames.com/photographer/2071

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Our Poses

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Assignment

Control. As photographers and artists, we're used to controlling how we want to depict a particular scene. But, sometimes, just sometimes, it helps to see things from a different point of view. That's why we ask our community to tackle this challenge every year - to learn, to grow from seeing different ideas and points of view. Please note that you are NOT restricted to having your images edited by a fellow 52Framer - you can get your kids, a colleague or even your immensely talented Golden Retriever to perform edits on your work. In short, anyone can edit your photo. After this challenge, we hope that you gain some understanding and nuance even when you critique others' photos on a weekly basis in the community - after all, not everyone sees eye to eye. Please sign up to be a volunteer editor and also use this sheet to connect with fellow Framers to have your images edited by them, if you so choose. Enjoy the process! Your final image may not be what you would have done, but that’s the point! The challenge is to ease control and try something new.


 

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A 52 Picks Selection!

This is our interpretation of a classic noir photo for the movie "Trapped" from 1949. My neighbors, Anthony and Randi, donned their costumes for this classic remake. Just had to procure a suit and tie from Goodwill, a fedora and wig from Amazon. And a toy pistol from Richards Variety Store in Atlanta

See Behind the Scenes shots and original poster below.

And you can watch the movie here:
https://youtu.be/buRQ_hvRFOo

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Assignment

We've had a few challenges based on technique recently, so this week we're going in a different direction: emotion — specifically the feeling of being trapped. Your photo could perhaps evoke a sense of vulnerability or isolation (not such a crazy concept these days, ay?) Or, you can go a metaphorical route like being "trapped at your desk", or something simple and humorous like eggs going into a pan, or showing a high streak number on 52Frames. It doesn't have to be complex! You might consider allowing the viewer to extrapolate from your image and complete the story via their own imagination (read: think to yourself, "could the viewer understand my story without reading my caption text?") Think about composition and angles - extreme angles will give different emotions - shooting from above and shooting wide gives the feeling of vulnerability and being lost, while shooting wide from below will give you the opposite effect (sometimes referred to as the superhero angle, not what we would want for this challenge.)


 

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Hard to Stop a Fast Dog

Our morkie, Hemingway, goes to doggy day care twice a week. In spite of his diminutive size, he can outrun all the other dogs. Even at an 8000th of second he can nearly outrun the camera!

Assignment

FREEZE !

Photography is all about freezing a moment in time. And this micro second can actually be controlled by you.. by tweaking your SHUTTER SPEED. Shutter speed is basically a window in your camera, that let's light in the longer it's open. This also controls how much movement you capture in your frame --a FAST shutter speed will freeze movement (think 1/4000th of a second) and a slower shutter speed will blur movement (think 1 second or longer) This week, we want to see you use fast shutter speeds to freeze the motion in front of you. A shutter speed quicker than 1/500 of a second would be a good starting point. What is considered fast really depends on the context of your scene. A racecar on the track would require a faster shutter speed to freeze the action, than a person walking on the street. Keep in mind that the faster the shutter, the less light you are letting in, so you may have to shoot outside while sunny, lower your aperture number, or raise your ISO, in order to properly expose for your frame. Add more light to a scene, if needed, with strobes or a lamp, and don't forget to have fun! Mobile phones and point and shoots (do people still use these), put your setting into "sport mode" and shoot in mid-day, and your camera should automatically adjust to a very fast shutter speed.


 

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Finite Keystrokes

We are so far from chalkboards. Every day we type, tap, or swipe, thousands of times. Globally it is incalculable. You can find out approximately how many keystrokes you have left in life at this site: https://www.keysleft.com

According this this site I have in my remaining lifetime:

193,535,997 Keystrokes Left
1,382,399 Tweets Left
64 Novels Left
387 Computer Programs Left
19,353 Love Letters Left
or
967,679 Emails to your boss left

Assignment

Photos are most often captured in the proverbial blink of an eye. But slowing down the shutter-speed can yield some amazing photos that can't be seen with the naked eye. Slow shutter speeds and long exposures mean capturing a longer amount of 'time', as well as light. This could give you smooth, rippleless water, or light trails down a highway, or epic night and astro shots where there would technically be very little light "in real life". Slow shutter-speeds can ALSO convey a sense of speed with motion blur. There are loads of techniques and skills that you can use in conjunction with a slow shutter speed. Light painting, abstract shots, and panning, to name a few. For most shots with a slow shutter speed, you'll want to keep the camera steady on a tripod or fixed surface, but you can get some tremendous shots with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) - there is a difference between out of focus and intentional blur, though so look to get some creative angles and movement to add nuance to your image. Don't forget to look up as well - capturing the movement of clouds is also a good use of slow shutter speeds - just remember to ensure you don't lose detail in the exposure (or use an ND-filter).


 

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Sisters Reading

C reads to her sister, B, in her yet to learn to read imaginative language. At nine months and three years they are our future!

C was featured in "Single Focal Point" here https://52frames.com/albums/2021/week-6-single-focal-point/photo/enktesis

Assignment

For all the time, money, and effort spent by pros in lighting their studios, it's often the humble window that shines through the best. Window light can be soft, harsh, warm, cool and many more things in between. It depends on the location of the window, time of day (or even night), how big the window is, and what you have in front of it. Windows are also excellent framing devices and work well to draw attention to your subject. While portraits are often the most common use of window light, the uniformity of light often makes for good product and food photography shots. Window light through curtains tends to be softer and diffused which adds uniformity to the lighting conditions - always a good thing. Versatility is the name of the game this week in terms of lighting conditions and we can't wait to see how you make the best of it! Extra Credit: Use a mirror.


 

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Relationship between color and emotion

This is based on a study by N. Kaya and H. Epps in which ninety-eight college students were asked to indicate their emotional responses to various colors and the reasons for their choices. I aggregated the tables into nine key emotions. Let's see if you can match the colors with my looks!

MOODS
Happy
Calm
Angry
Sad
Comfortable
Annoyed
Disgusted
Excited
Sick

COLORS
Red
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple
Yellow-red
Green-yellow
Blue-green
Purple-blue

You can download the report here:
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You can download the report here:  
pdfWeek_20210308_11_Color_Relationship_Kaya_Epps_2004b.pdf

Behind the Scenes

I first created the grid in photoshop, and I made it very large (12,000x12,000) in case I wanted to print it in a large format. I created the nine color panels to match the color descriptions. Then I setup my green screen with my LED panels lights and shot the nine emotional faces. The face photos were then loaded into a new photoshop document, sized and cropped into a 4000px square format. Next remove the green with the magic wand tool. Then converted them to grayscale. Next, I duplicated the grayscale faces back into the color grid document and put them in a layer folder. This folder overall was set to a 60% opacity. I then applied a brightness/contrast filter to each layer set to Brightness 20/Contrast 90. Note that I had to apply this filter to each face layer individually so I could set the filter to only effect the layer below and not all layers below. See photo.

Week 20210308 11 Color Relationship BTS

Assignment

It's time to pay attention to the C O L O R S in your photo this week! Try and think about how the colors in your photo interact with each other. There are many "color relationships" you can choose from. You might go with "complementary colors." which pushes contrasting colors that appeal to the eye. You might even choose to go for a minimalistic color approach, where you use slightly different versions of the same color. Use the same color palette throughout your frame for an easier, more streamlined look for your viewers OR do the opposite, and have pops of different color in order to bring out different aspects or subjects of your photo. Analagous colors are those that belong in the same range of the color wheel - they're more subtle and often can be interpreted as being similar to each other. Finally, consider the emotional connect that certain colors bring out within us all -REDS might represent passion and warmth, BLUES are often associated with calmness, GREENS can make us think of vibrance or even act as a balance between warm and cool colors. We live in a world of C O L O R - it's time to pay extra attention to it this week.


 

2021 10 Negative Space 1069 marco ciavolino Post

Positive Cat Relaxing

My faithful friend, Darcy, has been absent for a while. Time for him to get back in play as he relaxes in his favorite cardboard box. He's been my companion for more than 12 years and now has a new friend in our Morkie puppy.

Assignment

Negative space is actually a very positive thing! :) Negative space refers to the space around your subject, and when done right, can actually both attract attention to your subject and it's spacious surroundings! Using negative space will yield a great "minimalism" approach; this of the old adage "less is more". Take out all distraction. Keep your whole frame clean of "clutter". This is also a great time for asymmetry to play more of a part in your composition. Look out for clean backgrounds like walls or an overcast sky. Negative space need not mean plain and bland backgrounds - texture and contrasting colors can also be used to play a part in "framing" your subject effectively. Striking a good balance between the negative space and your subject is essential - make the space work for what you want to depict.


 

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Threadbare Friends

This tiger (about 5" tall) and the brass dog are two of the few, maybe only items, that I have treasured and carried about more than six decades. They represent so many memories, and so many adventures. The bare threads of life showing. I'll carry them to the end.

Assignment

Hello dear Framers! This week we're going to be looking hard and close at the finer points of your world. The details that evoke interest are what we're after. Look closely at shapes, structure, texture, and even color. This week you really want to pay close attention to sharpness and focus . However, do be careful that you don't go overboard - it's easy with modern day processing software to over-sharpen and over-process images. Use the tools at your disposal appropriately. Our world abounds with details that are often overlooked - from architectural features to macro shots of the tiniest creatues. Portraiture and close-ups are filled with the details of what makes us, us. The play of light and shadow often helps to bring out details we might otherwise have overlooked. This week's challenge is meant for us to work on our technical as well as our observational skills. Remember when you are out seeing the world, to really look.


 

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Sole Survivor

After 40 years John found the family that had abandoned him as a child. At first he was elated to discover he had a brother and sister and that his parents were happy to see him. What he could not have known was that his sister was holding a dark secret which John's reappearance triggered. This leads in short order to the death of his parents, brother, and finally him, as his sister strolled away with the family dog still holding the secret that had destroyed the entire family.

NB: Three cars stopped to ask if I was OK during this shoot. It's good to have concerned neighbors.

Assignment

It's the last scene of your movie, just before the credit roll, what shot are you leaving your audience with? Relax! This is much easier than it sounds. This challenge may seem more elaborate than others, but it really doesn't have to be. You can show a hand on a doorknob, or a couple walking into the sunset. You can create a scene of celebration, or a scene of despair. A smile from a loved one, or piece of broken glass on the ground. Or even a dimly lit room with nothing much going on. It's your "movie", and you can do as little, or as much, as you want with it. This is a creative EXERCISE. The whole point is to get those creative gears spinning in your brain, this is the muscle we are working out over here. The scene is yours to create, and you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish. The point of this challenge is to simply CREATE A STORY.


 

2021 07 Golden Light 1069 marco ciavolino post

The Only Barely Sunset Day

Since we have not had a clear sunrise or sunset for 4 days and next 4 look the same I managed to get this one shot off of our house. It will have to do.

2021 07 Golden Light 1069 marco ciavolino weather 

Assignment

Let the light in, dear Framers! This week we're looking to make the most out of the good, soft, golden light that happens twice each day. Golden Hour, or "Magic Hour", is usually considered to be the first "hour" after sunrise and the last "hour" before sunset. The reason this happens, is because when the sun is low in the sky, the atmosphere naturally filters out blue and violet light allowing yellow and reds to reign supreme for a brief period. As photographers, we know that Golden Hour sunlight lends a magical quality to all sorts of images - portraits, landscapes and even street photography. This light is more flattering, warm and casts [slightly] softer and longer shadows - being able to use these qualities can significantly improve a photo. If you're planning on shooting cityscapes, you'll get vastly different light and shadows depending on which Golden Hour of the day you're shooting in. Golden Hour light is also highly directional due to the low angle of the sun over the horizon- be sure to use that to your advantage. Although, both sunrise and sunset offer golden light, there are subtle differences in the light especially in your area - do be observant about things like haze, clarity and the overall temperature of the air to make the most of these unique times of day. A geeky digression: the length of golden hour will vary with where you are on the planet and the time of year. Plan your shooting accordingly. Some golden hours last minutes, and others last hours :) Please Note: Not everyone has access to golden hour this week and that's OK! If you cannot shoot during golden hour for whatever reason, you can still capture the essence of golden hour, by creating soft orange light, that comes in at a low angle. You could do this with a lamp, or even an orange bounce reflector while the sun is out.


 

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Reading Dreams

C is absorbed by her books (though she has not yet learned to read). The stories she makes up about the books are fantastical and amazing. What a delight the unfettered creativity of youth can be!

Shot with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 NIKKOR-S Auto (1966-1974)
F 1.4
ISO 100
1/60 second

Read more about this amazing lens at Ken Rockwell's Site
https://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/50mm-f14-s.htm

Assignment

It's time to focus... on a single point. Let's clarify: this does not need to be "literal" focus (where one thing is in focus and the rest of the image, blurry) and it doesn't really need to be a POINT either! Rather, we just want you to ask yourself: Where do I want my viewer to look? In general, you want to LEAD your viewer into ONE part of the frame, which usually is your main subject. You can achieve this with a shallow depth-of-field focus, obviously, like the eyes of the subject in a portrait, or you can achieve this with something like color: a bright road-sign that draws the viewer's eye directly to it. Another example of color could be a yellow flower amidst a sea of blue flowers, if such a thing exists (ahem-photoshop). You can also achieve this "focal point" by playing with light. Think of a sliver of natural light pouring into a window and highlighting a person's face, or object, among very deep shadows elsewhere in the frame. It's all about grabbing the viewer's attention and while this can be subjective at times, the challenge for this week is to make it as "obvious" as possible.


 

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Our World Turned Upside Down

Everything has changed. Everything is different. Someone asked me, "Are people in Atlanta nice?" And I said, "How would I know?" No place to go. No friends to do things with. Constant threat of infection. Surely, our world has turned upside down.

The location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta

https://goo.gl/maps/NAsf8oPAC7dWk4mb8

2021 05 Horizon 1069 marco ciavolino location

Method

I shot two photos. One of just the scene, then one of me in the scene. I flipped the base image. Then removed the sky and water from my image. And yes, I had to cut out every railing opening one at a time because the water color was too close to railing color to magic wand it.

2021 05 Horizon 1069 marco ciavolino Photoshop

Assignment

The horizon is where the sky meets the surface of the planet. OK, now let's simplify. This challenge does NOT need to be outdoors, nor does there need to be an actual horizon!! The object of this challenge is quite simple:  Make sure your photo is level. Any horizontal lines in your photo should be level/straight, regardless if it's a body of water meeting interplanetary space, or not. When you have a clear horizon line, like the example photo to your left, it should be easy to keep that line straight in camera (use the line guides you see either in viewfinder or on LCD screen), or clicking a few buttons in post, so long as you are mindful of this practice! The idea is, that your photo should appear STRAIGHT, and not crooked, to the viewer, regardless of lines in your photo, or if the photo is "actually" straight in real life. This is merely an exercise in shooting level, and this should really be the first lesson of any photography course! A crooked photo will be the first thing a viewer sees, and likewise it should be the first thing you correct when importing your photo onto your computer (see Module 2, Chapter 1 of my "Shooting 101" course) But not all horizon lines are necessarily natural - or even visible - and that's where your mind's eye comes in. If you happen to have a literal horizon line to show off in your photo, how best to place it in your image is really up to you - and that's why photography is as much art as it is a science. You could opt for a low horizon line to show off a magnificent sky, or if your image is better off with more of the foreground, consider using a high horizon line. A nice rule of thumb I once heard was you want either 2/3rd sky and 1/3rd land, or 2/3rd land and 1/3rd sky. But, I mean, go crazy and do what looks good to you!


 

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Wet Morkie

How could I not use our new morkie, Hemingway, for this shot after his first bath? I mean, really, what is cuter than a wet morkie?

Assignment

With over 70% of the planet's surface covered in this stuff, it's time to make a splash. This week's theme allows us to get very versatile and creative - we could go for a calm and tranquil depiction with a slow shutter speed or choose to FREEZE the action with a fast shutter speed (this week's extra credit part). We see water everywhere, whether it's seasides, lakes, rivers or waterfalls. For those of us in more urban locales, there are plenty of locations of interest as well - swimming pools, fountains or even your kitchen sink! See if you can go beyond a direct and obvious composition - make the viewer feel what you were feeling when you took the shot. You could go with a single small drop of water or have an ocean in focus. Just go with the flow...


 

Scroll down for a portrait of Hemingway! ⇓⇓⇓⇓

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Jump Hemingway!

We just brought home a morkie (Maltese + Yorkie). His name is Hemingway (after Ernest Hemingway) because we plan to have great adventures with him. I laid on the floor on my back and shot with the camera over my head (I cannot get any lower). Though he looks huge due to forced perspective, is only about 14 inches long and weighs 7 pounds.

Hemingway in Real Life!

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Assignment

It's time to get down... well, not to party - but to GET LOW! Squat, bend, lie down, whatever it takes to view the world from the unique angle of close to the ground. One of the easiest and most important techniques to use, low-angle photography creates immediate interest to the viewer, and often yields a more expansive view of the world. This is especially important when documenting children or animals, due to their proximity to terra firma, as you are getting "down to their world". There's a lot of story you can craft from this low vantage point. In cinema, shooting a character from below is sometimes referred to as the "superhero angle" as it conveys this larger-than-life feel to the character. It's best to ask yourself before you shoot--what is it you are seeing in the scene in front of you and what do you want to convey to the viewer? Street photography lends itself quite well to shooting from the ground as well. At wider angles, your foreground elements need even more attention when shooting low, because they will appear much larger than those elements at a distance. This week, raise your photo game by going low !


 

2021 02 LeadingLines 1069 marco ciavolino Post

Path to Pasta

All the key ingredients to make an awesome bowl of pasta. Just wanted to try a food layout and the extra credit challenge.

2021 02 LeadingLines 1069 marco ciavolino setup

Nikon D7500
5568x3712 RAW
Edited with Camera Raw Filter
Nikon 18-300 lens
f/22
1/5 sec
ISO 400
Focal length 50mm

Assignment

This week we're looking at using a compositon technique that calls attention to a particular area of your photo through the use of directional lines. Leading lines are the key compositional element that carries our eye through the photograph to a point or area of interest. Use leading lines to guide your viewer to the part of the image that you feel garners the most attention. Now, some lines will be rather obvious but you can compose or use elements in the frame that may not be conspicuous but still perform the task of leading the viewer's eyes to where you'd prefer. Do pay attention to the depth of field in your shots - it's an important factor when composing the entire image with the intent of using leading lines. Another aspect is that leading lines need not be straight at all - curves and squiggles can just as easily be used to channel direction. There are plenty of leading lines in the world around us from a winding river in Nature to architectural edges of buildings in a city. There's tremendous potential to get very creative with photos in natural light as well as after the sun goes down - think long exposure car light trails. Despite being such a simple technique, leading lines are extremely versatile, and can enhance most photographs. All we need to do is look for them with a little attention until it's second nature.


 

2021 01 SelfPortrait 1069 marco ciavolino Post

Yes she still needs me when I'm 64

Yes she still needs me, yes she still feeds me, when I'm 64. Turned 64 on Dec 29. So many great memories and so many more to make.

Assignment

2021!! Anything but 2020 has a nicer ring to it, no? Dearest Framers, it's time for new beginnings - time to look ahead, and make some choices about how we want to shape our year, but most important, to learn to appreciate ourselves. Focus on the creative sparks that make each of us individuals. That make you, YOU. As is tradition, the first challenge of each year is a Self-Portrait. We do this because:  A) We wanna see your beautiful faces, obviously. B) It's not easy. Yea, that's right.. this whole photo-a-week thing ain't always a picnic, so we hit the ground running. C) It's vulnerable. What better time than the begining of a new year, to take stock of yourself. Remove those voices in your head that are holding you back. And get in front of the camera and Just. Be. You. Show us a new side of yourself. Show us what makes you, you. This is a time for shedding inhibitions and being vulnerable - as photographers, staying behind the viewfinder can be a defense mechanism of sorts. As Elsa sings - Let It Go ... We'd love to see whatever you'd like us to see - moods, ideas, joys, pensiveness - we want to see you.


 

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