The prompt for this week’s 52Frames was “Product photography” – which is definitely an excuse for me to go back to geometry, minimalism, and trying to get a shot as clean as I can get it. Which means that for all the simplicity of this shot, it took a significant amount of trial and error before I got something I was remotely satisfied with!
Also, the pen is my new Stilform fountain pen and it’s pretty and awesome. And pink.
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 🙂
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 😉
The theme for 52Frames this week was “ISO100”, with an extra credit for “fully manual”, which I claimed. “ISO100” is typically the kind of theme that doesn’t give me enough constraints to breed creativity; add to it that my motivation this week was pretty low, and this yields a fully uninspired shot, mostly taken to Not Break The Streak.
So here, you get a shot of the clouds over the Uetliberg.
And, consequently, I did not break the streak, and I’ll try to have a better shot next week 😉