Project 366: Week 4

The photo parade continues with Week 4 of Merlardo Productions’ Project 366. Don’t forget to let us know which images are your favorite.

January 22, 2012

A Street Scene by Jen Gallardo

Sunday Left Overs by Anthony J. Merced

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Math Rules Everything Around Me

Growing up, I always considered myself more of a “math person.”  It has always come easier to me than writing and, in jest, I’ll tell you that I probably couldn’t say what happened at any given point in history but I’ve got the pythagorean theorem covered!  Unfortunately, it is a common assumption that there are “math people” and then there are the creatives.  However, this is completely wrong.  When you start to explore composition, much of what makes art pleasing to the eye is based in math.

In one of my college math classes, I learned about something called the “Fibonacci Sequence.”  Essentially, this is a sequence of numbers where the sum of the previous two numbers equals the next number.  So if you are starting at zero that would be 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and etcetera.  When you start looking at the ratios between the numbers that are added, you’ll see that they all end up resolving to the same number: 1.618.

What does this have to do with the arts?  Well, the ratio of 1 to approximately 1.6 has come to represent aesthetically pleasing objects in nature.  The Fibonacci Sequence can often be seen in the spiraling of flower petals (sunflowers are used most frequently in examples of this, but this can be found in other plants as well).  This idea of spiraling comes to play in photography with the Fibonacci Spiral.

Fibonacci Spiral courtesy of

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The History of Widescreen Cinema

Scrolling Film by Anthony J. Merced

Its hard to imagine a time where widescreen cinema didn’t dominate both the large and small screens. The truth is that ever since the HD revolution, 4:3 television viewing has all but disappeared. This method of watching television and films has its roots much further back than you might think. In fact, many of the early film masters experimented with wider aspect ratios and large print sizes. It was the unfortunate economic situation of the 1930’s that limited screens to more of a box. In a way, it was a still frame of the times. People were forced to live within their means with very little opportunity for expansion or imaginative growth. While Hollywood found great success in the 1930’s, the technology of large screens and larger stocks would eventually help the movie business with its first real crisis: the invention of television.

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Project 366: Week 3

We’re back for another week of photos. We’ve already heard some very interesting responses from some of our friends. Please feel free to continue sharing your thoughts in the comments. Let us know what some of your favorite shots are.

January 15, 2012

Subway Performer by Jen Gallardo

Subway Performer by Jen Gallardo

Aging Electronics by Anthony J. Merced

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Music Photography (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Chaos)

I love music and, when it comes to great musicians, there is nothing better than a live show.  The bass reverberating in your chest cavity, the energy emanating from the band on stage, and all the photo-taking opportunities (mosh pits notwithstanding)!


Dave Grohl by Jen Gallardo

Dave Grohl by Jen Gallardo


Taking photos of live musicians is both exciting and rather difficult.  On the one hand, they are great subjects.  They are engaging and usually dynamic, moving about the stage freely.  At the same time, this is what makes them difficult to photograph — all the unpredictability!  In addition, most venues are intentionally dark which is not conducive to photography (which seemingly by definition is the gathering of light).

But there are a few things to keep in mind that will help when you do find yourself at a concert with a camera at the ready.

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Golden Globes: How Do They Win?

2012 Golden Globe Awards logo

The Golden Globes mark the beginning of a hectic month in the film business ending with the presentation of the 2012 Academy Awards in late February. Last night, the best and brightest strutted their stuff and puffed their chests for the first time this year in an attempt to show Hollywood superiority for 2011. While most people love to watch this for the fashion or the chance to see their favorite stars share a bit of genuine emotion, it makes you wonder just how it is that they win these awards. The answer is very simple: The Hollywood Foreign Press.

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Project 366: Week 2

It’s week 2 of Merlardo’s Project 366 and we’re right on schedule with another seven photos from this past week. Don’t forget to leave comments, letting us know which photos you like best.

January 8, 2012

Quality Time by Jen Gallardo

Chaos Fan by Anthony J. Merced

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A History of Photoshopping

Recently, I went on a photowalk with some friends.  A photowalk is exactly what it sounds like; a gathering of people who walk around and take photos at a given location.  I took quite a few pictures and, in the end, was happy with about 20% of the photos I took and shared those with my friends.

Then the question arose: how much post-processing do you do?

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5 Famous Movie Animals

Still from the movie The Artist

The history of cinema is littered with famous critters that have made us feel an entire gammet of emotions from warmth to fear. Some of them have become so iconic that we think of them every time we see that specific creature. Here is a list of some of the most famous animals in movie history:

1. Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier:

Star of the 2011 film The Artist, Uggie did not have the typical start that most animal stars enjoy. In fact, Uggie’s first owners rejected him for being too wild. It wasn’t until dog trainer Omar Von Muller found him at the pound in Florida that all of his energy was put to good use. His earliest role came in the 2010 film Water for Elephants, where Uggie played Queenie the circus pooch. Unlike many other movie dogs, Uggie is more than a comedic companion. His 2011 role in The Artist as Jack has garnered so much attention that some feel he should be up for awards at the 2012 Academy Awards. A strong “Consider Uggie” campaign has picked up steam on social media networks around the world. By the way, he is one of the first famous living dogs to have his own twitter account.

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Project366: Week 1

We here at Merlardo Productions have decided to take a photo every day for the entirety of the year 2012. Since 2012 is a leap year, we are calling this “Project366”. Every Sunday, you’ll see a new Project366 post featuring the photos that Anthony and I have taken the previous week. We hope you’ll enjoy the photos and comment on which photos you like best (are you on Team Jen? or are you on Team Anthony?).

Below are the photos we’ve taken from the first week of 2012 (January 1st through the 7th).

January 1, 2012

Napoleon Complex by Jen Gallardo

A Bottle From Years Past by Anthony J. Merced

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