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.

#SooC52 Week 26 – Plant/Foliage

July 29th, 2014

Here is week 26, with the theme chosen by…someone. I’m going to make this post fairly quick as I don’t have anything particularly interesting to say. I recently got some macro tubes and have been playing with those fairly frequently. This image is pretty similar to Pete’s on this week’s topic, only he chose to do the same with a flower. Here are a couple ivy leaves.

Foliage Macro

Ivy leaves © Chris Lane Photo
ISO200, f/5, 1sec, 50mm + 64mm macro extension tubes.

Make sure to take a look at the other guy’s work as it’s always interesting to see the different interpretations.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

#SooC52 Week 25 – Fresh Produce

July 28th, 2014

I’m going to attempt to catch up on these posts, though if you aren’t reading this fresh as it’s posted, then I guess it really doesn’t matter! This week’s topic was chosen by John – Fresh Produce. I was talking to my 6 year old son about this and he had an idea he wanted to do, so this will actually be a double header!
I’ll show his first. He wanted to do the bananas as guns sort of theme. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a cowboy hat and I thought he could hold two guns/bananas but then of course the rest of the kids wanted to be involved as well. So, we got them some hats and we went outside. I exposed for the bright sky behind them and used a direct flash to light them from the front. I did sort of a Charlie’s Angels pose for the three of them, but try directing a 2, 4, and 6 year old all at the same time and see how it goes. Considering that though, they did pretty well. Anastasia’s banana is black, because we were going to make banana bread and I had that one in the freezer.

Watch yourself

Banana guns © Chris Lane Photo
ISO100, f/16, 1/200, 50mm

The second photo was what I originally had in mind. Almost anyway. This is in direct response to Pete’s photo of a banana a few weeks back for the Food subject. So, his photo was of a very fresh, very pleasant looking banana on a dark background. He had it propped up just right and looked great, as a banana and as a photo itself. So here I went in about as opposite direction as I could. Bright white background and base, banana upside down and broken, brown and overripe. It isn’t actually as overripe as I had hoped. I was going to use that completely brown frozen banana but when I tried to peel it, it mostly just melted completely to mush, so I had to settle for this.

Sad Banana

Sad Banana © Chris Lane Photo
ISO200, f/2.2, 1/100, 50mm

I hung the banana with some string (Imagine me explaining to my wife why I had a banana hanging from the ceiling light) and used some pins to hold the peel back and up (against gravity). The banana was in one piece at first, but quickly broke and even using a toothpick to hold it together was not going to work, which kind of worked in my favor in that it made it that much different from Pete’s. I used a white basket as the floor and a white scrim in front of a window. I had my flash on camera and it shot into the wall to camera left, I believe it was set at 1/4th power.

So there it is, week 25 finished up. Any comments, hit the form below.
Check out Eje’s and Pete’s work on their sites below.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

#SooC52 Week 24 – Rich

July 25th, 2014

This is only a little over a month late! I think we are actually into week 29 now! Things have been crazy over the summer for me I guess. You should see my garden. Or, i mean, my patch of weeds. What do you do.. So, here is my week 24 of which I chose the theme – Rich! I had a picture pretty well in mind when I chose this. It only took me near on forever to get it done. The idea was of a person that thinks of themselves as rich, though isn’t actually. Rich is all a state of mind! I don’t think my photo turned out quite like I had hoped, as I meant it as a joke. My wife said our vehicles aren’t really rusty and crappy enough. But this is my “fleet” of vehicles. So, it’s a bit of an inside joke that they aren’t as nice as they appear. The jeep on the end doesn’t currently run. The explorer is our best vehicle (and fairly expensive) so nothing funny there. The black motorcycle, runs ok, but there is something wrong with it using up gas far too quickly. The lawn mower, obviously not really a vehicle, but is a total piece of crap. But hey, when I get it started, at least it runs. The orange motorcycle doesn’t currently run. The white car is my light on gas cheap runner. It works ok, but certainly isn’t anything special. The pickup is ok, but is stuck in 4×4 Hi, so it has it’s problems too. Then of course the grass is WAY overgrown in this spot. In the background is a taken down tree. On the other side is a crappy shed. I had hoped to frame in my in-progress house that looks junky currently but it didn’t fit properly. Then there is me in front, trying to look as d-baggish as possible. Not sure if I really succeeded in this shot or not, but I think the story at least outlines my thoughts.

The Fleet

Rich Life the Fleet © Chris Lane Photo
ISO100, f/13, 1/250, 28mm

Hope you enjoy my little slice of the rich life. I know you could only wish you were me. Comment below!
Also, Eje and Pete are still in the running with images! They are behind as well, but we’re all getting there somewhat.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.