52 Frames Submissions 2019

Please enjoy my submissions from the 52 Frames Project for 2019

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Sowing Wild Goats

View the 360 degree image here or below:

Three wild goats live at the retirement facility that is home my parents. They greet you at the bottom of the hill and chase your car up the road. I guess now they will be my GFF (goat friends forever).

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Converted with Theta+ app to a little planet view

Here is the 360 degree five: Click, Drag, Zoom!

The Goats!


The Assignment

Dear creative Framers, we know that you have been working hard on the weekly challenges. Life and everything it throws at you can be stressful, so for this week, to help you to fill up with health and happiness, we are sending you to take a break in nature! You can take a landscape photo, or shoot trees, plants, animals or bugs. Nature macro or texture photos are also an option. And don’t forget the beauty of a lake, waterfall or ocean. Nature photography is sometimes defined as outdoor photography. It is up to you to decide if “outdoors” means your garden, a nearby park or a 20km trek up a remote mountain. It is also up to you to decide if you want a show a person experiencing nature in your photo. Let’s make a beautiful, relaxing and natural album this week!

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End of a Long Shift at the ER

Shot at 6:43p Eastern

Another long day at the second busiest ER in Maryland at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Wait time exceeded 4 hours all day they had as many as 8 ambos there at once. Thank you to the talented women and men who staff our county's EMS, Fire, and Police force, and ER professionals.

Nikon D7500
1/200 sec
27mm focal length

The Assignment

This week, creative Framers, we have a beautiful but challenging challenge for you. You have to shoot a blue hour photo!The blue hour is the time period just before sunrise and just after sunset. The sky turns a beautiful ink blue because the Earth’s atmosphere only receives and scatters the sun’s shorter blue wavelengths. The longer red wavelengths scatter into space, not even reaching us. One of the reasons this makes the blue hour so special is the fact that it instantly adds a wonderful storytelling mood to your photo. Just shoot an early morning jogger or surfer against this blue sky, and you have shown us an entire story. Or think of a commuter staring pensively out a window with the blue hour outside. Or maybe show us an all night party-goer walking home in the morning as the sky is turning from black to blue. Another reason the blue hour is so special is that it is a bit elusive. It not only takes place during an inconvenient time of the day but the constant changing of the light means that you may have to make constant adjustments to your settings. AND your time-frame is quite limited. You will probably only have 20 – 40 minutes to take your photo. Plan your shoot carefully, creative Framers. The light of the blue hour is amazing, but you will have to work for this gift. Figure out before the time WHAT and WHERE but especially WHEN to shoot during the blue hour.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190403 Week 14 Food 700

The Wild Tomatoe

The Wild Tomato: our signature giant homemade meatball & homemade Wild Tomato sauce, topped with a farm fresh fried egg, fresh shaved Parmesan & basil, baked in cast iron, served with grilled flatbread points. 

I love new restaurants and especially those establishments that seek to create new dining experience and not replicate so many other restaurants. So when'The Wild Tomatoes American Kitchen' opened in Bel Air, MD, I stopped by and I've been there many times since. Check our their site and look at the menu.  http://wildtomatoamericankitchen.com/

It is most unique. This photo is their signature appetizer (but really a meal!). Of course I consumed this and the wine immediately after the shoot.

Nikon D7500
1/80 sec
48mm focal length

The Assignment

Food photography is a HUGE photography genre - there are a countless number of styles and of course kinds of food that you can photograph. Sweet or savory, vegan or carnivore, high or low key, with people or without, there are many ways to tickle the taste buds. As a creative exercise, food photography ticks numerous boxes. You must not only light and photograph the food (that you probably have made yourself, too), you must also source props and style your food. You have to carefully match the colors of your food and props or background. But most important of all, the food has to look tasty. Your number one priority is to make your viewer’s mouth water. So creative Framers, what are you cooking up for us this week?

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New Car Experience

One the most exciting days is the day you buy your first new car. We were married for 8 years before we were able to buy our first new car. Before that was my wife's old Chevette with the ceiling liner falling down, a huge Mercury Monarch with a red velvet interior, finally we bought a new Toyota Corolla Wagon. Then a minivan or two as our family grew. Modern drivers will never have the satisfaction of 'turning over' the odometer from 99999 to 00000. I don’t know what would happen at 1M miles, but I've never gotten past 240,000.

The Assignment

Dear creative Framers, we are closing a circle with this week’s ‘New’ challenge. Last week we celebrated the old in our lives and this week we are looking for new things.You cannot really appreciate something if you do not know its opposite. Just as there is no black without white, no wet without dry, there is no old without new. So what is new in your lives? Maybe it is a new job, a new experience, or maybe a new camera…! Sometimes the new things are small and not fully appreciated such as a new day or a new piece of clothing. Other times they are huge and amazing like a new baby or starting a new chapter of your life. This week we are celebrating ALL the new things!

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1896, 1924, 1956, 1998

Four generations starting with my granddad (in the photo) born in Italy in 1896 and came to the US in 1901 through Ellis Island and worked as handyman and painter in NYC. My dad, born in 1924, still active at 94 years old. Joined the Navy at 17 and fought in the South Pacific. He was tugboat crewman, a teacher, a professional photographer, an amateur musician and more. Me, born in 1956. A theologian, technologist, and marketing/communications consultant. And my son, born in 1998, a Junior in college, Air Force ROTC, and headed to pilot training. My grandfather lived with us so my life exposure spans 1896-today. Amazing.

My Grandfather at a Bus Stop in Frenchtown NJ

This photo was taken by my dad with a 620 box camera held at waist level similar to this camera.

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The Assignment

We have an interesting challenge for you this week creative Framers. The challenge is “old” and yes, you are going to have to think first WHAT you would define as old before you even start shooting.Just like every other week, you are encouraged to interpret this theme in any creative way that you can think of. You can, for example, edit a photo to make it look old. You can take a photo of an elderly person or an “old” object such as a music cassette or a dial phone. Maybe you can go and look in your granny’s for some vintage clothing. Or you can even try and take a photo with an old camera. Our wabi-sabi lovers can go and look again for beauty in the old, the worn, or anything else that shows the patina of life. Remember that we are quite a diverse group here and everyone will think a bit differently about EXACTLY what is old, so please keep that in mind. We live in an instant and fast-paced world and just about everything seems old in a few months or even weeks. So this week, we are making space for the old and showing that it is still beautiful and appreciated.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190318 Experimental 11 700

Field Reset Team Little Planet View

You can remap 360 degree photos into these little planet views. Very fun! 

Here is the 360 Degree View!

The Assignment

This is the week that we not only challenge our comfort zone, but we are jumping waaaay over it!Experimental photography is usually described as making use of alternative techniques. Alternative techniques are generally defined as techniques that are not usually used in photography. We are going to interpret this as techniques that YOU do not usually use in your own photography. The goal this week is to either Experiment with a new technique (or style, editing app or genre or whatever) that you have never tried before OR Explore a bit further with a technique, style, editing app or genre that you are not very familiar with. So, if for example, you have struggled with a lens-whacking or impressionist photo before, this week is the ideal time to try it again. Or if you shy away from taking portraits or still lifes, maybe try it this week! We are definitely embracing imperfection this week, so don’t worry too much if you are struggling with something unfamiliar. We are after all,just experimenting this week!

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190308 Symmetry 700

A Symmetry

Beauty consultants tell us that perfect facial symmetry is considered beautiful. We are not beautiful because we are symmetric. We are beautiful because we are created in image of God and every individual since creation is a completely unique combination of features, personality, skills, experiences, and ideas. What causes me to cry and pray is the realization that we will never see the face and share the lives of so many innocents killed by abortion and range of despots and dictators. Today, will we choose life or accept the inevitable death of so many? "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Do we?

Nikon D7500
Photo Cropped/Edited in Photoshop CS


Symmetry in photography is another composition tool that will not only add balance to your photos but will also make them more intriguing for the viewer. Our eyes will often linger longer over a subject that seems at first to have something “different” about it, such as a subject that appears twice. On the other side of the coin( ! ), our eyes enjoy seeing a balanced photo where the two horizontal or vertical sides of a photo are the same.There are several ways you can interpret and photograph symmetry. You can take a photo of a pair of subjects; think, for example, of a portrait of twins or of two beach chairs next to each other. Or, you can use some type of reflection to create a “mirror” symmetry where you have two opposite views of the same subject. It is possible to photograph mirror symmetry (or balanced symmetry) without the help of a reflection. Think of standing in the middle of a bridge with the exact view on the left and right of you. And then there is also rotational symmetry, where the same pattern repeats itself in a circle, for example, the iris of an eye or the outer edge of a decorated plate. Explore the various types of symmetry in your photos this week, creative Framers, and make our viewers do a double take!

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190301b NegativeSpace 700

Terminal Negative

We all grow up accepting the negative and positive side of batteries but not knowing if it matters since nothing has ever exploded if they are reversed (except car batteries). However, do follow the directions. Don't try this at home because it really does matter and your electrons will be happy.

Nikon D7500
Photo Cropped/Edited in Photoshop CS


Our week nine challenge is about nothing! That is right creative writers, this week we are photographing negative space. Negative space is a strong composition tool not only used in photography but also in design, paintings, and more. Basically, negative space is the area that surrounds a subject. You may have noticed that the subject is sometimes referred to as the positive space. Think, for example, of a single word typed on a piece of white paper. The typed word is the subject or the positive space, and the white paper is the negative space. Negative space may ‘look’ as though it is nothing, but it has a very important supportive role. It makes the subject stand out, adds balance, and often brings context to the photograph. The flypaper that supports a trapped fly, a cliff that gives a rock climber her background, and the blue sky against hanging clothes that tells us it is washing day — all are examples of negative space.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190221 Uncommon 700

Superman riding a donkey on the back of a truck.

Nothing more than a very strange combination on the back of a truck seen near the Hickory interchange in Harford County, MD. How this came to be is a mystery. Its true meaning long lost. Its journey is long, arduous and dangerous. If only it could share it's wisdom from miles of travel.

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Photo edited in Photoshop CS


This week, creative Framers, we have a challenge for you that will make you ignore the default view of things. As photographers, we are not merely the memory keepers of our family and friends’ worlds or the ones who accentuate the beauty of our world to everyone else. We are also the people who pay attention to the details that others often miss. We photograph and show them to people who are often amazed at what they have overlooked. As an exercise for ‘seeing’ the hidden or the unnoticed, we are going to photograph something that is uncommon. It can literally be something that is unique, such as an albino peacock, strange food, or somebody sunbathing in the snow. Or it can be something photographed at an uncommon angle – for example, lying on your back and shooting straight upwards at a painted ceiling or a meadow of flowers. A model can strike an uncommon pose or you can go all unreal on us and create an uncommon abstract photograph. You might even photograph a common subject but focus on something uncommon such as the tail of a chameleon, or the knees of an old man or maybe create an uncommon scene with a rabbit hopping along a beach!

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190216 CityAtNight 700 

Hotspots in Rural Maryland

10:30p in Fallston MD. Two happening places open: McDonald's and Texas Roadhouse. Definitely choose the Roadhouse.

Google Pixel XL2
Photo edited in Photoshop CS


This week, creative Framers we have a more technical challenge for you. Your mission this week is to go out at night and take a photo of your city…or town. And if you do not live anywhere near a city, then just go outside and capture your surroundings at night!You are definitely going to have to play with your camera’s settings. Experiment with a longer exposure (a tripod will be of great help) as well as the aperture and ISO. The lack of light is going to make it difficult to get the perfect exposure, so it is a good idea to experiment a lot with various settings. You can also try bracketing your photos – taking a series of photographs at different exposure settings. You can then choose the photo with the best exposure (out of the hundreds) or blend several photos of different exposures together. Photos of buildings, cityscapes and street photography are usually the default subjects of night photography but think also about portraits, light painting or light trails. They can also be very suitable for this week’s challenge. Our humble desks not only provide us with a designated space to do our work but often also the anchor of our creative lives. It is time to create a beautiful album in its honor.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190204 Office Post 700 

Thoroughly Modern Office

What a crazy world we live in. One person can have at their fingertips the resources of thousands of workers a decade ago. During any week I can design logo, shoot and edit a video, manage a few hundred websites, do massive database work, hold online video conferences and a thousand other tasks. But around me are the friendly artifacts of the past to keep me anchored.

Shot with a Nikon D7500
Photo merged and edited in Photoshop CS

Assignment:  Our theme this week, creative Framers, is “Your Desk”. You are more than welcome to interpret this theme literally and shoot the physical desk in your home. Maybe with a notebook, laptop and cup of coffee elegantly arranged on top of this desk. Or you can photograph the calligraphy, beadwork or architectural blueprints that you create on your desktop.Or maybe you can give your imagination free reign and think of your desktop merely as the base for anything that you create from this space! For thriller writers, their desk can be the floor of a murder scene, covered in blood stains. For developers, their desk can be the base of the matrix or part of a three-dimensional app. “Your” desk can also be interpreted as any place that you get your work done. Maybe it is a table at the local coffee shop, or a table at a plant nursery, an operating table, a prep table in a kitchen or that of a train or an aeroplane. Our humble desks not only provide us with a designated space to do our work but often also the anchor of our creative lives. It is time to create a beautiful album in its honor.

6862 MarcoCiavolino 20190201 Week 05 Dirty 700

Bane of my Life

No matter how many times I plan to unload the dishwasher and keep the sink clean I don't. And just go until I run out of dishes. I suspect I'm not the only one.

Shot with a Nikon D7500
Cropped and edited in Photoshop CS

Assignment:  Here at 52Frames we often challenge Framers to really stretch their creative muscles. This week’s theme “Dirty” is definitely one of those types of “I do not have an idea what to shoot” challenges. We trust however in your creativity and are sure that your amazing imaginations will come up with another beautiful and amazing photo album! You may take a photo of a cook’s hands (or those of a gardener), a messy kitchen, or an interesting abstract of all the flotsam of an upturned handbag or the grease in a dirty oven. Dried mud on hiking boots or paint smears on an artist’s hands. A young child eating chocolate or an adult struggling with a juicy sandwich. So get down and dirty this week, creative Framers – make dirt look beautiful…:)

6862 MarcoCiavolino 2019Week4 Macro 700

Fruit in Focus

I used this week's challenge to try focus stacking. After a couple of tests I settled on some fruit. I took eight shots and use Photoshop's align on import and blend tools to get a shot of sharp fruit.

Shot with a Nikon D7500
Cropped and edited in Photoshop CS

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Assignment: One of the important traits of a photographer is the ability to notice and photograph the wonderful details of life. We often see things that most people do not even notice. It is sort of the photographer’s ‘job’ to see these hidden details, to photograph them and show to the rest of the world how beautiful our world really is. This may all seem a bit daunting but the good news that it is not difficult to develop your photographer’s eye. Macro photography, taking photos of small things larger than life-size, is an excellent exercise for honing this special eye. So this week, creative Framers, we are going to photograph small things. Insects are often a popular subject for macro photography but you can also look for moss, water drops, feathers, seeds, and crystals. Other subjects for macro photography are detailed textures of just about anything, zoomed in body parts (for example eyelashes or a cat’s nails) or small details of inanimate subjects such as the bristles of a toothbrush of the stamens of a flower.

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 (https://www.marylandschoolfortheblind.org). 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 (http://empowermats.com) a division of Robot Mats (http://robotmats.com). 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: https://musicwithmike.com/photos

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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