52Frames – 2021-28 – Transportation

Well, that was in extremis. The theme for 52Frames this week was “Transportation”. We were away this week – which, considering the theme, was an unfortunate coincidence, considering the amount of transportation in this city!

But I knew that on our way back there was a way to get at least an unusual shot – even if not a great one, possibly: there’s a Mirage IIIS that’s used as a decoration on one of the freeway rest areas; so I asked that we stopped there explicitly on the way home. We went there, I took a few phone snapshots, we had lunch, and we went home.

And then… I forgot to submit. Thankfully, the Powers That Be were nice enough to allow me a late submission – which means my 80-week streak is not broken. I probably would have edited it if not for that hiccup (I don’t know how, but eh), but as it is, well, it’s straight out of my phone. But, well, I have a Mirage picture 🙂

52Frames – 2021-27 – Black&White

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Black&White”. I’m a bit in a hurry this week because I have other projects I want to progress on, and I have other plans for the week-end too! So I was looking around for a “quick shot” when I realized that the light on the jigsaw puzzle made the pieces much brighter than the mat they were on. So I grabbed my camera, took a few shots, processed one, and TADA! One more week! And that’s halfway through 2021 already… with a streak still going strong (79th week this week!)

52Frames – 2021-25 – Macro and 2021-26 – Just Breathe

Two pretty uninspired weeks for the “Macro” and “Just Breathe” themes – I’ve been busy with another project, which makes 52Frames take the backseat for a while – especially since I don’t want to spoil the other project! And getting out of the mindset of the other one to get something in a completely different context is fairly challenging.

For the “Macro” shot, I was lucky: we made fresh spring rolls last week-end, and the cross-section felt like it looked pretty enough to warrant a macro shot.

For the “Just Breathe” theme, I’ll admit this is somewhat of a placeholder shot. We got an advisory of heavy rain, and this was taken a few minutes before the thunder started rolling, at the moment where the air starts to feel colder/lighter and where you can smell the storm arrive – I have a fondness for these moments!

52Frames – 2021-24 – Door

For this week’s 52Frames, the theme was “Door”, with an extra credit for “Tell a story”. I liked playing with the mannikin last week, so I tried that again for this week (hint: this is not the last one you see there 😉 ). I shot in our TV room, placing the mannikin as if she were opening the door just enough to see what’s happening in the room. The major difficulty there was to pose the mannikin – but since she’s, by definition, pretty well articulated, it worked out! I also left her on her stand to take the picture – it’s hidden by her leg, but it kind of dictated the crop… which in retrospect I actually quite like!

52Frames – 2021-23 – Music

Beware, fancy picture! I got a couple of wooden manikins (for my french readers: DES BONHOMMES OCÉDAR) specifically for photographic prop purposes, and I thought it would be a good idea to have a trial run with one of them!

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Music”. My first impulse was to have the manikin sitting at the piano somehow – but then I thought it’s be funnier if it were running on it instead. This required some major ‘shopping though, so let me present to you the various steps 🙂

First, get a piano.

Also get a picture of a piano with a key pressed.

Composite these two to get an image of a piano with a key pressed without a finger.

Then, get a manikin.

Fight like hell to get a proper extraction of the manikin from the background. Note to self: next time, reshoot with better background separation, spending that much time on that was definitely avoidable.

Finally, composite, add shadow under the mannikin, crop, color tone the whole thing, be happy. Grumble a bit because Lightroom doesn’t seem to have settings for my lens deformation; play around with the settings, end up with the happy accident of having an overly curved piano, like it, SHIP IT!

52Frames – 2021-22 – Wide Angle

Arched bridge/viadukt taken from below, with a dominant blue sky, framed by trees, with a sunburst peeking through the trees

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Wide Angle”. I don’t have much in terms of “proper” wide angle lens in my collection – lower I can go is probably an 18 from an old kit lens, but it crops on my full frame, which I feel defeats the purpose a bit.

Instead, we went on a long walk/short hike around Baar today (specifically, from Neuägeri to Baar); I didn’t feel like lugging my large camera (which was indeed a good call) so I took my Canon compact with me instead. That Canon coms with a 8.8-36.6 which would be equivalent to a 24-100 full frame – again, not very wide angle, but best I can get! (and technically wider than my phone’s 28-equivalent too 😉 )

Anyway, we ran into the Lorzentobelbrücke, and there was some good opportunities for pictures there – that’s the Borgenviadukt, which is the second of these bridges. I was particularly happy with the sunburst through the trees!

52Frames – 2021-21 – Portrait

A lot of photographers are far more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. I don’t have too much problems being in front of MY camera (where I control what gets out of my hard drive 😉 ); trying to take pictures of someone else is a whole other ball game and much further away from my comfort zone.

But for the 52Frames of this week, the theme was “Portrait”, with an extra credit for “Rembrandt Lighting“. And I kind of knew that I needed to be behind the camera and not in front of it, so I asked Pierre to help me, and he gracefully accepted to pose. He was also instrumental in helping me setting up the lights – my first setup did not work as I wanted it to work, and it took some insights and suggestions from him before I actually got there! I lack experience in lighting, and this is far from natural from me… something to practice!

52Frames – 2021-20 – Red

Am I posting two self portraits within two days? You bet I am.

For 52Frames, the theme this week was “Red”, with an extra credit for “red flash gel” (which I claimed). For once, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this theme… and then arrived on Sunday evening at 2230, swore a lot… and got the tripod out of the shelf.

I’ve been wanting to play with colored portrait lights for a while; consider this a small incursion in the domain. I lit myself with a couple of Lume cube, one with a red filter and one with no filter; took a couple of dozens of shots with different angles and a bit of variation on the light.

I still have no idea what I’m doing there, and this one was definitely a “lucky” shot, which I like quite a lot – but… more experiments required 😉

Scavenger Hunt #31 – Self-portrait

For the 31st Scavenger Hunt, I decided to create all my images within an overarching theme of “Board games” – and maybe take the opportunity to talk about said games during this post.

My fist idea was to take a picture of me in front and/or hiding behind board game boxes – and then I got a much funnier idea. Many board games have so-called “meeples” – the pieces that represent people. So I decided that transforming myself into a meeple could be pretty fun!

The original use of the word “meeple” comes from the game Carcassonne, which makes a significant use of them. In Carcassonne, players take turns adding square tiles to a common map and claiming various areas of the map; the final score is computed by considering the size and state of the areas controlled by each player.

It was consequently natural to set things up into a Carcassonne game. That said, my own copy of Carcassonne comes with transparent meeples, which would make the image all the more challenging, so I stole a meeple from another game. And I picked a red one, OBVIOUSLY, because I always play red.

My final image is a composite of a board game picture:

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
Exposure time1/13 s

and a self-portrait picture:

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
Exposure time1/10 s

Editing ended up being…. more straightforward than expected. I was afraid I’d have to fight way more than I did with the composition which, granted, took a bit of time, but ended up working out much better than I was expecting. I’m very happy that I thought of wearing a red t-shirt: it made the merging with the red meeple that much easier 🙂

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Self-portrait album.

Scavenger Hunt #31 – Fluffy

For the 31st Scavenger Hunt, I decided to create all my images within an overarching theme of “Board games” – and maybe take the opportunity to talk about said games during this post.

Farm themes are pretty common in board games, to the point that I have wooden sheep in a significant amount of them. I also have different models of sheep! The sheep in this picture come from two sources: Caverna (the darker/yellower ones) and Glen More II. Caverna is a worker placement game in which the player controls dwarves that try to earn the most gold by building facilities in their caves and going on adventures. Glen More II is a territory building game where the player controls a clan of Scots trying to gain resources, influence and whisky.

For the picture, I gathered all my sheep in a bowl that I had covered with fluffy material – my latest attempt at knitting, which “will be a scarf this winter” for probably 5 years now – but hey, photo prop! I own more wooden sheep than that, but the models for the other games was close enough from the Caverna style that I didn’t feel like sorting them out again afterwards.

This is the initial picture, for which the edits were straightforward.

CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
Exposure time1/40s

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Fluffy album.