52 Frames Submissions 2020

Please enjoy my submissions from the 52 Frames Project for 2020

If you love photography and love a challenge consider joining us at https://52frames.com

6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 04 2020 FillTheFrame Post

Tiny Patient

Dr. Ed Knickman DVM carefully performs surgery on a tiny chihuahua at Madonna Veterinary Clinic in White Hall, Maryland. https://madonnaveterinary.com

Nikon D7500
1/250 second
100 mm


Have you ever taken a photo and only later realized that there is a pole growing out of your model's head? Or there is some kind of unwanted element in your photo that you didn't even notice when you took the photo in the first place? To avoid this unnecessary mistakes, AND to make your photos look less like snapshots, we are going to focus on filling the frame. And what is exactly the frame that needs to be filled? This can either refer to the photo itself or what you see in the viewfinder. Before you even THINK of pressing the shutter, run your eye along the edges of the frame. Is you subject overflowing the edges, or nearly touching it? Good, you have filled your frame. If there are any unwanted spaces, remove them by physically moving closer or zooming in. Now look at the corners of the frame. Look carefully if there is any extra space or wanted elements and then make sure to remove them. If you do not have to use the crop tool later in your photo editor, you have filled your frames beautifully. Your subject IS the subject of your photograph, so give it all the space that you can and fill the frame!


6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 03 2020 WabiSabi Post

When Eggs Could Fly

Most of us don't remember when eggs were delivered by mail. I discovered that refrigeration is not necessary for short term storage of eggs. This container is from the early 1900's and was manufactured in Barnesville, Ohio, by T. & A. Rogers Co.  [Scroll down for detail photos of the crate.]

Nikon D7500
1/25 second
30 mm

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Our challenge, wabi sabi, is an old favorite here at 52frames but may be a brand new concept for the newcomers. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept that more or less translates into the art of finding beauty in imperfection. It celebrates wrinkles, rust, liver spots, cracks and frayed edges because they represent the time that has passed and the signs of a lived life. As photographers we are constantly looking for 'beauty' aka something special to photograph. Beauty in the mundane, beauty in the amazing and extraordinary, beauty in the strange and exotic and beauty in the quiet moments. But in wabi sabi week we are going to look for beauty in the old and the broken. The poster child photo of wabi sabi is a beloved but chipped pot. But think of anything have seen better days but still look beautiful in your eyes. It can be anything from an old ripped pair of jeans to a rusted lock or a moss-covered statue in the corner of a garden.


6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 02 2020 LeadingLines Post

York Road Maryland Facing South from Hunt Valley

York Road, State Road 45 in Maryland, is one the busiest roads in Maryland. Cars flow in from the north from surrounding counties and back out from the south at the end of the day. Even though the camera was mounted on a video tripod and set firmly on concrete, there was still some camera shake from passing cars.

Nikon D7500
8 seconds
100 mm


This week we are focusing on one of photography's big composition tools: leading lines. It is a really strong composition element and very suitable to be one of our first challenges this year. Always keep your eyes open for potential leading lines in your photo shoots because they will help to make your photos pop! To help viewers interact with and understand our photos we can make use of leading lines to: Point to the subject like a subtle invisible arrow saying: 'THIS is the thing that you must look at'. For example a person standing at the edge of a pier. Direct the viewer's eyes onto a vanishing point in the photo. Vanishing points create the illusion of depth in a photo and gives the viewer the feeling that she is IN the photo and not just looking at a flat picture. Think of a path that starts wide and then gradually narrows to disappear into the horizon. Guide the viewer’s eye to move along with the model’s gaze beyond the photo and into the fast forever. Make the viewer's eye slide from one end of the photo to the next like a photo of a spiral staircase. Any linear man-made structures such as roads, bridges, rows of street lights, staircases and buildings will give you an instant line to play with. However, keep your eyes open for less obvious leading lines such as an outstretched arm, diagonal placed cutlery or footsteps on the beach.


6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 01 2020 SelfPortrait Post

A unique set of skills

Over the years I've worked in so many areas I've lost count. I love that I can do commercial quality video with affordable equipment.

Canon EOS Rebel
1/4 second
100 mm


Dear creative Framers, we have come full circle after a creative year. Back to where it all started. With a self-portrait. It has become a tradition here at 52Frames to step in front of the cameras for the first challenge of the year. This week we will not show the world through our photographers' eyes but rather the photographers that see the worlds. Yes, it is a daunting task. It is so much more comfortable to view the world from our safe space behind the cameras. And it is not easy to be both model and photographer. But remember that your friends and loved ones will treasure a photo of you just as much as you treasure their photos. Welcome also to all the new Framers joining us for the first time. Fasten your seatbelts tightly because this is going to be FUN!! It is guaranteed that it will be challenging sometimes but you will learn to ride the ups with the downs and just keep on shooting. Now, step in front of the cameras dear Framers. It is time to start another creative year! WOOOHOOO!


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