#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.

#SooC52 Week 23 – Hands

June 26th, 2014
 

I’m almost caught up now! This week’s theme was chosen by Pete, who never seems to have an idea what to do when he chooses a theme! His photo for this week is pretty awesome though, so go check it out.

Still trying to get caught up quickly, so I did this one fairly off the cuff. This is my little baby (9 month old now!) trying to grab my camera as I tickled her with the lens and then backed away.

Baby hands

Baby Hands © Chris Lane Photo
ISO1000, f/1.8, 1/60, 50mm, Canon 5D MII

This shot is pretty blurry to be honest. It wasn’t at all effective to try to focus on her hands as I backed away (which was the only way I could get her to put her hands up like this in the first place) as it wouldn’t catch the right thing and then she would move instantly. This was definitely a touch and go operation. So, what I did was set my lens to manual focus, set it to as close as it could get, then backed away and snapped it when it looked like her hands were in focus. This is exceptionally hard when you have such a tiny depth of field of aperture 1.8! I could have used a narrower aperture to increase the depth, but since the subject is hands, I wanted only that in focus and her face out of focus. I think I mostly accomplished this. I also could have used more light. I just had her on the floor with the ceiling light on and some fading window light camera left. That at least would have increased my shutter speed, to reduce potential movement blur from both me moving the camera, as well as her hands moving.

I still think it’s kind of a cute shot, personally. Her bokeh smile in the background and the position of her hands is what makes it for me. And I have to remember not every winning shot is crystal clear. But I’ll still try harder next time!

I just realized I’m going to get crap from the rest of the guys because I have yet another red image! haha

#SooC52 Week 22 – Food

June 25th, 2014
 

This week’s theme was chosen by Eje. Though it’s odd because we know that short little rail thin bean stalk never actually eats food. Pretty sure he’s a breatharian.

Anyway, I’m going to try make this quick. I thought about doing a macro shot of some food, as most typically in food shots you see beautifully lit, natural window, side light, artfully arranged, instagram filters, or any other thing to make the food much more appetizing. I don’t necessarily want to take the opposite approach and make the food look gross, but I do want to focus (no pun intended) on the minute details of the food I eat that you don’t normally see. So, out came the 300mm macro.

Cereal

Cereal macro © Chris Lane Photo
ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/50, 300mm, Canon 5D Mii

This image is fairly dark and has a little motion blur as I handheld (in the morning no less!), which I tell you, isn’t easy with a long lens at 1/50! My other shots were worse, believe me.

I do plan on following up with this idea more in depth. I am going to buy some extension macro tubes and try out a few different lenses to see what kind of results I get. I am likely to write up a blog post on that when I get the tubes. It should be an interesting experiment. Keep subscribed (hit the button on the left!) so you can find out more about that in the future.

I’d be interested in hearing any comments on this. Any particular food you’d like to see done on macro? Any suggestions of anything else? Sound off below.

Check out Pete’s work here, he’s the only other participating anymore. Hopefully the other guy’s will find time and get back to it!
You can see Pete’s work here.