#SooC52 Week 14 – Bloom

April 15th, 2014
 

We are really getting quite along in this Straight Out of Camera 52 week challenge! This week’s topic was chosen by the illustrator among us, Loc. He lives in Atlanta, Georga and said that his car was covered in flowers, so it only seemed appropriate. I told him that I still had winter here, with at least a foot of snow on the ground in my back yard. We are melting quite a bit, but we have a long way to go yet before any sort of natural blooming occurs. So, I had a couple choices, shoot a fake flower or buy a flower. I thought my wife would appreciate a rose, her favorite flower, so I picked up one with some baby breath, you know, the typical little arrangement. She was surprised, but I did have to tell her I had an ulterior motive.

Anyway, my first plan is what I did for my first shot. The color isn’t quite accurate as the rose is more of a blush, or lighter pink, color. The lens I had for this isn’t the sharpest, but it’s the only macro lens I have. I really would have preferred getting in a lot closer, but this was the closest I could get with that one. Not very macro really. I’ve thought about picking up some extension tubes, but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I will now that summer is coming.

Rose center © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mark II with 70-300mm @ 300mm (same for all images), ISO 800, f/22, 1/4. lit by ceiling pendant light.

I moved down some and liked how this second shot was framed, with some green in the background.

Rose center © Chris Lane Photo
same settings as shot above

Went to the side of it and the window was dark which made a nice black backdrop and I liked how the light fell on the top while still seeing detail underneath.

Rose center © Chris Lane Photo
f/18, other settings same.

I could mention, for my JPG in camera settings I have
Sharpness 5
Contrast +1
Saturation +2
Color Tone 0

Not sure if that is why the color isn’t quite spot on. It seemed that when I exposed lighter it just got blown out instead of looking more like the pink that the flower really is. Either way, hope you enjoyed the photos!
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#SooC52 Week 13 – Mirror

April 9th, 2014
 

This week’s SooC shot subject was chosen by David. I had a pretty good idea on this, though it would have taken some convincing of the wife to pose for it. But then after supper one evening I sat down in a chair in the living room, looked down and saw this guy looking back at me. I thought this shot was funny enough that I thought I would just use this instead. Enjoy!

Lookin’ at you

Mirror © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, available light, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO2000.
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#SooC52 Week 12 – Wood

April 7th, 2014
 

This week’s subject was chosen by John if I recall correctly. I originally thought about cutting and splitting a large pile of firewood and then have that surrounding me while having a long shutter shot of me cutting with the chainsaw, but I didn’t really want to do that with all the snow still on the ground. So I talked with Pete a little bit and told him my other idea had to do with a cross section of a really large log to see the rings. I had a couple very large oak logs in my granary that I had plans for later on and I checked on to see if they would work sufficiently. I figured they were large enough but it was a couple years ago that I cut them so I wanted it to have a fresher wood look. So I used the chainsaw and trimmed off a thin slice. Of course in my head I imagined the cut to be super smooth like I was slicing through butter, but anytime a chainsaw is involved it’s pretty violent. So, the cut wasn’t that smooth, but it’ll do. And then to add a little more visual interest I envisioned gloppy shiny stain running in rivulets up the log face. Well, stain isn’t gloppy and shiny, but I somehow forgot that. It ran on the face of the log, but it of course just soaked in and didn’t catch the light of the flash like I had envisioned. Oh well. I tried a few different angles, my original idea being straight on, but the following is what I actually preferred.

Wood

Wood © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 50mm @ f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 800. Flash set at 1/32.

You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.
You can see Loc’s work here.

#SooC52 Week 11 – “Too Effing Busy”

March 25th, 2014
 

This week’s subject for the SooC challenge was from Doug, who is a few weeks behind and understandably chose the more conceptual theme of “Too Effing Busy.” Now I guess we will see if he actually makes something for this week, or if he just is too “effing” busy. ha! I actually had my concept pretty quickly, as this shot is something I’ve had in mind for a long time. I didn’t originally intend for it to be something that I shot SooC though. I actually intended this to be a series where I would be attempting to do multiple tasks, such as doing bills on the computer, making food, whatever but literally covered in children. I have 4 kids and that, historically, isn’t a lot, but it’s still a lot of kids. I love them very much though and definitely try to have enough time for them, but sometimes kids just never get enough time. So they tend to crawl all over me to get my attention or just to be close. So this photo isn’t entirely made up. Though if they were doing this, I probably wouldn’t be attempting to do bills at the same time. And I certainly don’t want to pretend I do all the work and my wife isn’t, that’s far from the truth. She puts up with these rascals all day long including doing homeschooling for our eldest. Now that’s work!

A couple things I notice on this now, you can’t really see the plate of food I had, to show I was trying to eat while doing all this. There is a pad of stamps on the keyboard, that shouldn’t be there. The dog I chose is so dark he just looks like a shadow at the bottom of the pic. I wish my wife was more interested in being more in the photo than just her arm handing me the phone. The lighting is ok, but nothing spectacular. I had a couple speedlights, one through an umbrella and the other in a softbox. Damien, in the back, doesn’t look quite as involved as I had hoped, but you can still see him at least. And I was going to have the baby drinking a bottle, but she had just finished so wasn’t hungry. All in all I think this turned out pretty decent for all the things that had to come together. The kids were fantastic and had fun doing it. They like to get involved with me when I am doing a photo shoot if they can. More time with me that way!

Busy!

Busy © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 400, f/3.5, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens, 1/160, Two speedlights set at 1/64 (iirc)

Make sure to take a look at everyone else’s work. And if they aren’t up to date, find them on twitter and harass them! We also have a new contender to the group, check him out at the bottom.

You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.
You can see Loc’s work here.

#Sooc52 Week 10 – Tire

March 19th, 2014
 

If you are following along, you will see I double posted, but I made them separate. This gets me caught up and I can get to next week’s photo on schedule as normal. So this week’s photo subject is “tire.” I chose this because John said


So I gave him his chance! Then he said he’s out of town this week. Woe is him haha! But I did say that the word could be interpreted to mean either a tire on a car or fatigue or whatever, since it’s one of those weird English words that spelled the same with different meanings aka homonyms.

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do for this, but since I was playing with car toys for my auto shot, I decided I’d show a Hot Wheels car on top of a real car tire. I’m not really that satisfied with this, though. The vehicle is fairly similar to the one I am shooting on, but this spare tire on the back of the jeep is not remotely the same as the big knobby tires that are mounted. But the rest of the jeep is completely buried in a snow drift, so I couldn’t get to the knobbly tires. Oh well. So here it is.

Scale

Tire © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D MII, 70-300mm lens @ 238mm, f/5, 1/100, ISO 400

The loose plastic window on the back of the softop made an interesting light texture on the back, but otherwise this photo is very “meh” in my opinion. I’ll try do better next time! Feel like I’ve been rushing these since I got behind.

And the rest of the crew:
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.