52Frames – 2020-15 – A Different Angle

Late submission this week for 52Frames – the theme was A Different Angle. I was on my way to try and make a picture of a light fixture from below (lack of inspiration was striking again), when I saw my tripod in its shelf in my corridor.

Two things happened then – “you know what’s not typically seen from that angle? A tripod, seen from above it”, and some cheeky part of me going “The brief said…. ‘This is NOT a tripod type of challenge’…. well, watch me”.

So there, you get a picture of my tripod, from above. Also, projections do not preserve angles generally, so there, different angles with the shadow, boom.

Yeah, this is a weak entry – but I got the camera out this week, which is the important point. And I even did some non-trivial edits on this one too, so there’s that ๐Ÿ˜‰

52Frames – 2020-14 – Curves

This week the theme for 52Frames was Curves. While thinking about what curvy thing I could possibly photograph, I thought of my nibs – I have a fairly large collection of dip pen nibs, used mostly for tinkering with calligraphy. (Also, nibs are pretty, they are small, and they might become somewhat of a collectible item for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

This one belonged to my grandfather – it’s a Contรฉ Trรฉraid 1.5mm – and I thought the reservoil on top would make a pretty curve for this week’s challenge.

Photography wise, that was “lazy macro”: set the nib on a reasonable surface (technically, a cover of a Rhodia paper block), get a Lume cube in one hand, a camera in another, and hope for the best when it comes to get a picture that has both decent light and decent focus. I think I did pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2020-13 – A Line from a Song

The theme for 52Frames this week was A Line from a Song. They put together a generator to provide some ideas – and there was an additional constraint for the extra credit of “using the very first quote the generator provides you”.

Aaaaand the very first quote that the generator provided me was “All in all itโ€™s just another brick in the wall” – Pink Floyd, obviously. I’ll take that as a sign of destiny – I instantly knew what I wanted to do with that one, and I looked into more quotes from that generator, and they seemed far more difficult to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

So today I gathered my LEGO bricks, my lights and my camera, and I made an image to submit for the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ My first idea was to have a colored brick in the middle of a white wall – turns out, I… don’t think I have any colored 2×1 brick in the house. (Maybe in the TARDIS?). So I looked into what I had, and I had transparent bricks. Except that I remembered transparent bricks having the same structure as the non-transparent ones, with a tube for the stud assembly (like that), and mine… did not (like that). That made me think that it wouldn’t be necessarily visible that there WAS a brick there – which kind of defeated the purpose.

But I also had in my collection a pile of three transparent plates – which would actually give me both the transparency and the texture I was looking for. I assembled a wall with a few brick, put my transparent plates in lieu of a regular brick, and tadaa! The shot was surprisingly hard to get right – for my first attempts, I was only lighting the wall from behind, without supporting the light on the wall itself, which made exposure a profound pain to handle correctly. Plus, my LEGO bricks were all dusty, and it REALLY SHOWED on macro shots.

I finally got a shot I could work with – took a fair amount of editing still before I got the shot I had in mind. For the record, that’s the initial shot I was working with:

I’m quite happy with how this turned out. It initially felt like a low-effort kind of project, and I was half-expecting to send this with a “eeeh, not the most creative thing ever but I submitted”, but it took more time than I thought, it felt good building the image, and that’s actually the most fun I’ve had in photography for a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2020-12 – Books

The 52Frames theme this week was Books. I got rid of most of my book collection a few years ago – but I still have a few bookshelves here and there. A large part of what I have left are cookbooks (the whole left bookshelf, andspilling a bit on the second one); and then there’s a number of things that I prefer reading on paper (comics… and yeah, cookbooks), a few “hard-to-find”, and some that I kept for sentimental value. There’s still a few bookshelves around the apartment – tech and math books are not here, RPG books are next to the board games shelf ๐Ÿ™‚

The picture itself is quite unremarkable. I wanted to get a reasonably clean, geometric shot – which I tried to get as much as I could in camera, but which got mostly achieved by postprocessing to fix lense deformation and perspective issues. I kept the framing a bit larger than I initially thought I would – the framing felt better with the line of the couch and the line of the ceiling.

Plus, the couch and the shelf of chocolate give a bit of story-telling, which I like ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2020-11 – Triangular Composition

Yup, this one is mostly a placeholder. This week has been kind of hectic and photo-free due to… the obvious reasons. We’re Sunday 22:30, and I just had a look at what I had gathered for this week with my phone – stumbled on this one which is not COMPLETELY a complete stretch for the Triangular Composition theme for this week. So… I’m ashamed at my lack of effort, but I did submit (and didn’t break the streak!)

As for the story behind the picture…… well, on Monday morning I started the week with making coffee… and forgetting to put a bowl below the coffee machine. Hilarity (not) and cleaning ensued.

52frames – 2020-10 – Abandoned

And that’s 10 in a row on 52frames – yay me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The theme for this week was “Abandoned“. I had a backup shot of an umbrella that had escaped its owner on the bank of the river, but I like this one much better. We haven’t seen the owner of the accordion in the few minutes that we stayed around it – I’d assume it’s only been abandoned for a few minutes, but I still like that image a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

I tend to push saturation on my images; on this one I actually decreased it, because it helped getting the feeling I wanted for the image. And, for a few more pictures of this afternoon, including this one: Photowalk – Mars 2020.

52Frames – 2020-09 – Extreme Contrast

The theme for 52Frames this week was Extreme Contrast. I went for a walk this morning, and first saw a nice reflection of the sun between branches in a puddle. I looked above, and was greeted by these beautiful tree silhouettes, and the sun peeking through both the clouds and the trees. I only had my phone with me, but I think it still did a good job of capturing that moment ๐Ÿ™‚