52Frames – 2021-40 – Dreamscape

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Dreamscape”, with an extra credit for “Nightmare”. I was fairly uninspired, until I saw on the window Pierre’s DOOM plush toys, and went “mmmmh.”

The idea I went with was to try and get these two evil blobs in some kind of corridor, and I was thinking initially of slapping a green filter on it and be done, mostly. I fetched a box in the basement (we happened to have a box of a very good size for my purposes!), and opening the back felt like it was giving me the feeling of DOOM walls, so I kept it that way. I lit the image with a green lume cube, and used one of the other sides of the box as a barn door to get a shadow, again reminiscing of how I remember the lights in DOOM (not necessarily the color, but the angles). For the record, this was the SOOC picture:

I did a few fixes to make the box sliiightly less obvious; I also played with the “wave” filter in Photoshop, because that felt appropriate for the theme. And, while I’ve been grumbling a lot about the theme this week, I actually like that picture a lot – it makes me smile! ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2021-39 – Daily Habit

The theme for this week’s 52Frames was “Daily Habit” with an extra credit for “First Person View”. I’m not very good at daily habits these days, but the one thing I manage to do consistently is taking my thyroid hormone supplement first thing in the morning, and more than half an hour before breakfast. And the best way I found to manage to do that is to put it on top of my phone when I plug it in for the night – so one of my daily habits is doing exactly that!

I kept the picture simple: this is literally how it looks in the evening on my desk, with the light coming from the light suspension in the office. I kept the exposure on the lower side because it’s late, and I emphasized that with a bit of vignetting.

52Frames – 2021-38 – Curves

The theme for 52Frames this week was “Curves”. I coincidentally received a bunch of small ovoid polished stones this week (props for another project!); after playing with them for a little while I got the idea of organizing them along a sinusoidal curve.

I had first printed said curve ; I then realized I could use my tablet as a background to set them up and shut down the tablet, which would avoid a significant amount of postprocessing clean-up. Assembling the stones over the tablet ended up being fiddlier than expected (these things apparently CAN be detected as fingers when moving them around… annoying!), which means the setup is not perfect (and I was too lazy to fix in post) – but that’s one more week in the box ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2021-36 – Woman

The theme for this week’s 52Frames is “Woman”, with an extra-credit of “Environmental Portrait”. So…. here, you see a Balise in her natural habitat – that’s my home office desk, with a tiny bit of clearing up/staging ๐Ÿ˜‰ but otherwise reasonably realistic! It probably lacks a mug of coffee, but I wasn’t about to make myself coffee at the time I took this picture ๐Ÿ™‚

And the advantage of working in a free software context is that I don’t have much to hide on my monitors – not that anything is actually much visible either, but eh ๐Ÿ™‚

52Frames – 2021-33 – Night photography

Ideally, for the “Night photography” theme, I would have gone on a walk in the city by night and tried to get a few shots. That didn’t happen, so I took the lazy option of putting the tripod on the balcony and shoot some random starry sky instead. There was a nice little cloud around – and it was going faster than the star, so I kept it because I quite liked the effect on the picture! No, it’s not a UFO ๐Ÿ™‚ And it technically counts as Astrophotography, which is the extra credit, so… there’s that!

Scavenger Hunt #32 – Grid

Grid of 3x3 images with various pictures of wooden manikins in various situations.

For the 32nd Scavenger Hunt, I had decided (even before the Hunt words were public!) to try to make a series with wooden manikins. And it worked out well, because there was an extra constraint on this Hunt: all the pictures had to be square, and the 10th was supposed to be a grid of the 9 other pictures. I like the square format, and I tend to crop in postprocessing rather than in camera, so this wasn’t much of a constraint for me – and since I had decided on a unifying theme already, this played out nicely!

I didn’t really shoot the images to “fit” a grid or a narrative (one constraint at a time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I was still fairly intentional in placing the pictures. The middle one (Denim) was the only one where I had the two manikins, so it needed to be in the middle. My idea for the grid was that the other pictures would represent some dreams they would be having while sleeping – and it kind of feels that these are weird enough to be believable dreams ๐Ÿ˜‰ I placed the Spaghetti and the Hairbrush on opposite sides because they were both representing hair-related topics; and the other 6 I placed by trying to have some kind of directing line to the center.

And that’s it – this concludes the 32th Scavenger Hunt – which resulted in my favorite set ever in all the sets I submitted ๐Ÿ™‚

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

52Frames – 2021-32 – Line from a Song

A couple of wooden manikins dancing. They are shown three times in the image (past, present, future; past and future are smaller and fainter); a banner of hearts at the bottom of the image symbolizes the passing of time.

The theme for this week’s 52Frames is a (as far as I remember) yearly favorite (I’ve done it at least once in the past ๐Ÿ™‚ ) – “Line from a Song”. There’s technically a generator (and the associated “extra credit” if you take the first sentence from the generator), but this time around I was listening to Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love, and I thought I could do something neat with that. I pretty much had the image in my mind already; I’m not sure it completely matches what I envisioned, but I think it’s actually pretty close.

This picture is a composite of four photographies – the three of the manikins dancing, and the banner (which I made with paper and a marker ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). It took me a while to get “good enough” image cutting (I just ordered a green screen. This should help future endeavors. Hopefully.), and then I played with opacities and whatnot to finally get the image above.