#SooC52 Week 29 – Dirt

September 12th, 2014
 

This week’s theme, and I’m still way behind on this, is Dirt. I chose the theme, partially because I was walking outside at the time and saw our enormous dirt mount from our foundation construction, but also because I know Pete works in construction so it should be easy for him to get a shot. Then again, he said that “dirt” does not equal “soil” in their version of English. Despite that, whenever I pick a word, I usually pick something that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

When I picked the word, though, I immediately got an idea in my head that I thought would be fun and would perfectly fit the theme. You wouldn’t think getting a bunch of kids to play in the mud would be difficult, but it was surprisingly. It didn’t take a great amount of time to get Tristan involved, especially when he could get me muddy as well, but Damien, and especially Anastasia, took some time. Eventually though, they were having a blast, running through puddles, smearing mud all over themselves and each other (with a little help from me to get full mud coverage).

Dirt

Dirt © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1600

This one is a little on the dark side. I had some other shots that were “better” exposed, but I actually like how this dark one looks a little more. Maybe best would be somewhere in between.

After they were covered from head to toe in dirt, I said I’d have to hose them down. They convinced me that running through the sprinkler would be more fun, so I let them do that. I certainly wasn’t going to let them in the house like this! Even after the sprinkler I had to change their bath water about 3 times to get them truly clean! But this shot was definitely a fun photo and fun process to get. Hope you like it.

Take a look at the other guy’s work for an alternate view on the theme.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

#SooC52 Week 28 – Glass

September 11th, 2014
 

I have to say, I’ve had this week’s shot for a little while now, just haven’t had the time to post about it. Week 28, from July 13th, was glass, chosen by Pete.
I was originally going to shoot the glass of a camera lens, but apparently forgot about that plan when I did this one instead. My kids were asking about lava lamps one day, though I don’t recall why. I told them that we had some from when Melissa and I were teenagers. We still had them in a box in a shed somewhere and had no idea if they would work. Somewhat miraculously, through repeated frozen winters and very hot summers (at least inside storage), two out of the three that we had still worked! Kids loved watching them, though their comments on lava are fairly typical for 4 and 6 year old boys. I’m sure you can use your imagination…

I thought, since they have such interesting shaped glass, and even more interesting internals, that it would make an interesting photo for the subject. So, the plan was to shoot this at a very slow shutter speed to get a lot of movement in the lamps. The metal flake one circulates at a pretty decent speed, but the lava lamp goes fairly slowly. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it was interesting to think about and how slow of a shutter I would really need. In the end, because the lamps generate so much light, even with aperture and ISO stopped down as much as I could, I didn’t really get as slow of a shutter speed as I would have liked. To contend with the lamps were the sunflowers that were only receiving let, so they are fairly dark. I think it still looked pretty interesting.

Groovy Man

Glass © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, f/22, 10 seconds, 50mm

What do you think of the final image based on the theme? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!
Take a look at the other knuckle-draggers partaking in the SooC 52 event.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

Brief interview and photos of the exhibition

September 10th, 2014
 

This will be just a quick update on my solo-exhibition at the River Walk gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. It has been hanging for a little less than a week now. It will be hanging until September 28th, so you still have time to get out and see it if you are in the area. If you aren’t in the area, you can still purchase prints (each image is limited to 15, so get them quick!). Just send me an email chris chrislanephoto.com
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 2-8pm, Sunday 2-5pm.

First up, I did a brief radio interview with Rom Ogaard of Pioneer 90.1. I have embedded that just below, so you can listen here.

I realize now, listening to this, I said “I guess” an awful lot! Other than that, I don’t think I sound too stupid.

Next, my friend and fellow photographer, Bruce Ulrich, wrote up a blog post about the exhibition and how he helped me come to the conclusion of the subject matter I ended up choosing for the show.

Another reminder to not forget about the Art & Wine walk, where I will be at the gallery from 1-5pm on Saturday, September 20th. Make sure you come around and say hi!

Lastly, here are a number of photos of the gallery, some taken by Therese Jacobson, coordinator of the gallery. You can see some more of the photos I haven’t yet shown, though, obviously, they look far different when in person! They are printed on metallic paper and pretty large to show off the detail.

Unseen Splendor Exhibition

Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo

Bonus photo with my family
Family of Chris Lane

Big announcement – Solo Exhibition

August 30th, 2014
 

Sceptre from Within © Chris Lane Photo
Sceptre from Within

I have pretty big news that I’ve kept under wraps for quite a while now and I am ready to announce it. On September 5th, my solo exhibition titled “Unseen Splendor” will be opening at the River Walk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks, ND. For directions, times, and phone number of the gallery, click here. The exhibition is a series of macro flower photographs. I have 18 photos on display for you to view and purchase for your own art collection. I’ll post a few for you in this post so you can get an idea of what they look like.

Morning Rain © Chris Lane Photo
Morning Rain

Artist’s Statement

Always seen as a natural form of beauty, flowers are typically viewed from a certain, comfortable distance. This series brings you into a secret, more intimate place, where you see minute details of flowers, as captured by macro photography. Also, most people only focus on a small subset of flowers in the world, skipping over everything not deemed desirable. These images, primarily of so-called weeds, are meant to show the inherent beauty of seemingly unnoticed things in the world. These images will be in a limited print run of 15 prints for each image.

Pained Beauty © Chris Lane Photo
Pained Beauty

I will also be on site for the Art & Wine walk on Saturday, September 20th from around noon until 5 or so. I hope to see you there or at least that you can make a visit to the gallery to see the large prints. The prints are 16 x 20 and 14 x 11, so they are pretty large. And they are on metallic paper, so they really look fantastic. Enjoy the show!

Softly Pure © Chris Lane Photo
Softly Pure

#SooC52 Week 27 – Heat

August 29th, 2014
 

Wow, well, this is only…about a month and a half behind schedule! This summer has been pretty crazy I guess. So, this theme, Heat, was chosen by Eje apparently. Of course, the first thing you think of in the middle of July, when this theme was chosen is the hot air temps of summer. Now it’s almost September and we’ve had a cool spell, barely hitting 70s. One day recently it was barely in the 60s, so it was feeling like fall had come early. I didn’t want to do something specific for the summer, though certain things like pool and heat mirages came to mind. What I really wanted to do was some kind of abstract from fire, either view deep into the red glowing coals, or maybe somehow direct the camera into flames without much of anything in the background. Unfortunately, since we’ve been pretty busy here at Lane Estates, we haven’t had a cook or camp fire in quite a while.

So what did I decide on instead? Now, bare with me, because this is a bit of a stretch. Currently we have a large basement foundation poured in our yard for addition to the house, but we don’t have a house on it yet. So, when it rains we tend to get a lot of frogs in there that we have to pick up off the floor and/or scoop out of the sump pump hole. There is usually a couple dozen frogs, minimum, down there. The kids absolutely love this activity, even though it gives my wife a migraine trying to make sure they are careful with the frogs and don’t accidentally squish them. She really likes frogs… but anyway, this last time it happened we also got three salamanders down there. We see salamanders from time to time, but not often, and it was the first time this year, so I thought, what a great opportunity to get some cool photos of them. And hey, salamanders were, in legends, depicted often with fire. So I thought, hey salamanders would be perfect for heat! I find legendary creatures pretty fascinating, but maybe you don’t, so I’ll just leave a link here to more information on that. Salamanders and the iffy link to heat.

Salamander, the legendary fire creature

Salamander © Chris Lane Photo
ISO800, f/6.3, 1/200, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens with extension tube

What’s this, a double feature?!

Bonus photo!

Salamander close up © Chris Lane Photo
ISO800, f/8, 150, same lens but more extension (I think this was the full set, the other was just the big tube alone)

They are pretty odd creatures. My wife said their heads in these photos makes them look like snakes, and I think they do except with skin instead of scales. The second photo you can actually see their pores, which I thought was neat.

But wait, there’s more!

Whoa, now, I’m getting a little crazy here, what is this another bonus, BONUS photo??
So, since the salamander thing is a fairly weak link to heat, admittedly, I thought I’d add this one too. I was eating tacos one night and my wife’s grandfather brought over these mysterious skinny peppers. He didn’t remember planting them, but he has a pretty massive garden and isn’t a big fan of peppers but knows I like ‘em hot. I’m still not sure what they are, but boy are they ever hot! I cut up half of one, spread it across my taco and it brought the heat to say the least!! And I like pretty hot food. So, I think this one actually fits the theme a little better. So, enjoy.

The Heat

Hot peppers © Chris Lane Photo
ISO1250, f/3.5, 1/30, Canon 5D Mii, and obviously my favorite lens and my new favorite tubes (can’t remember which ones were on)

So there, one week less that I need to catch up, but I have a ways to go. Keep up with Eje and Pete on their blogs too, they are doing good work on the project still:
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.