52Frames: Distortion - Jason Doss

52Frames: Distortion


What's 52Frames?  It's a weekly theme-based photography challenge that's been running for something like eight years now.  The About page says that their philosophy is based on the "3 Cs, Creativity, Community, and Consistency."  I can say for sure that having participated off and on that Creativity is a big part of the challenge, and Consistency is definitely the hardest part.  I did a pretty good job of hanging on for about 5-6 months, then fell off the wagon at the beginning of this summer.  Just last week, I decided to get back on in order to try and find some purpose with photography.  Just as this new writing thing I've started is purposeful, so might does this.


So, with that said, please visit the website and please participate.  It's not an equipment focused group, so if you don't have a DSLR, no problem.  Lots of folks use their phones.  All you need is the time and creativity.


At the end of the week, you turn in your photo, and the 52Frames folks collate all the submissions for display at Facebook (ugh, i know... maybe some day they'll find another venue).  The Community part is supposed to come in here in the form of critique and discussion on each image.


Now you know what 52Frames is all about, what about this week's theme?


Each week, there is a main theme and a second bonus theme and it's usually fun to try and get a photo that can capture both at the same time.  This week's primary theme is "Distortion," and the secondary theme is "Lens Whacking."


Distortion refers to the bending of straight lines when discussed in terms of a lens's characteristics.  Low distortion is good, and high distortion is bad unless the lens is a fisheye.  For the purposes of this challenge, distortion can mean pretty much anything... haze, defocussing, digital effects, projection through other optics (windows, water, prisms), or even motion blur effects.


Dining at the Blue Nile

Dining at the Blue Nile
This week's challenge was "distortion," so I put a plastic bag with a hole in it over my lens.
Pentax K-1, M50f1.4

So I thought I'd try something I thought of myself...  Put a plastic bag over the lens, maybe with holes in it, maybe with colored marker patterns on it, maybe thru wrinkles or seams, and see what kinds of distortions come out.


I used my trusty Pentax K-1 mII and M50f1.4 lens for the challenge, as the focal length would provide enough field of view to blur out while allowing some central areas to be sharp if the holes in the bag were to work as I suspected they would.


The first shot (above) was taken thru a Ziplock bag with no hole in it at first.  You have to focus first, then put the bag on, then take the shot...  every time.  That was kind of an irritation since the rubber band I was using was a little too small.


After the first shot, I decided to stick my finger thru the bag and did my best to center the hole over the lens.  I ended up with the following three shots, and I submitted the first one for the challenge.


52Frames: Distortion

52Frames: Distortion
This week's challenge was "distortion," so I put a plastic bag with a hole in it over my lens.
Pentax K-1, M50f1.4

Bricks, windows, and poles

Bricks, windows, and poles
This week's challenge was "distortion," so I put a plastic bag with a hole in it over my lens.
Pentax K-1, M50f1.4

The boring side of the KC skyline

The boring side of the KC skyline
This week's challenge was "distortion," so I put a plastic bag with a hole in it over my lens.
Pentax K-1, M50f1.4

That seemed to be enough, but on the way back I decided to snag this scene as I thought it might make a good B/W.  For this shot, I did not put the bag back on with the hole in the middle, so this is thru a thicker and more crinkled part of the bag.  I liked the overall fuzzy effect, and almost submitted this one, except I thought I didn't get it together fast enough and the walker was almost out of the frame.  I might have submitted this one if she were on the left side.  Oh well, maybe next time.


This week, I didn't even consider an attempt at the secondary theme.  "Lens whacking" is a term I'd never heard before this challenge, and requires an interchangeable lens camera.  The idea is you take the photo thru the lens, but while holding the lens up against the lens mount of the camera with a small gap between body and lens.  I didn't trust my manual dexterity enough to do this, but kudos to you if you tried and succeeded!


More 52Frames fun coming next week.  See you next time!

Hazy pedestrian near the Library

Hazy pedestrian near the Library
This week's challenge was "distortion," so I put a plastic bag with a hole in it over my lens.
Pentax K-1, M50f1.4


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