Year: 2011

04 Nov

The Fyr-Fyter

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No, that isn’t a misspelling in the post title. It is the name of this particular photo subject, a detail shot of an old fire extinguisher. This is Friday Photo #26. I have been working through (slowly!) my photo series from the Wilson Bros building. Besides the texture on this extinguisher, I was particularly drawn to the old design. I’ll just leave it at that for today, and enjoy:


The Fyr-Fyter extinguisher © Chris Lane Photo

21 Oct

What the heck is a typewriter?

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The subject of today’s photo (#25 for those counting) is exactly that. I have actually shown a typewriter in my photos before. I love typewriters, so obviously the blog title was rhetorical. That one was much older than this new photo. This one is actually from when typewriters were on their way out. It is kind of a typewriter, computer hybrid. Though, when I say computer, it is ridiculously primitive to today’s standards. This IBM Selectric II was introduced in 1971 according to Wikipedia. This particular model was found in the Wilson Bros building, as I have mentioned here, here, and here. Since this is an old typewriter, I wanted the photo to look as if it came from that era. So I did some color adjustments in Camera RAW and some contrast increase and came up with this. I don’t generally do semi-abstract photography, so this was a change of pace from my norm. Which is good, it can keep the creative juices flowing. What do you think? Did I capture the era correctly? I am not as old as 1971, but I have seen plenty of photos of that era and this is how I usually picture them. I think the one mistake I made is most of those old photos aren’t nearly this sharp. But I really despise blurry photos, unless I guess it is intentional. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

IBM Selectric II

IBM Selectric II © Chris Lane Photo

18 Oct

Family Photos 2011 – Andersons

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For three years running now, I have been the family photographer for the Anderson family. I enjoy it every year and love watching their family grow up. Becky is my wife’s sister so we are all very close. This year she wanted to try something a little more old fashioned with all black and white photographs. I was definitely up for that as I originally trained with black and white film. I like looking for the contrasts as opposed to color (though I do love color also!) and bringing on new challenges. Here are a few of the photos from that family photo session. If you are looking for a family photographer, take a look at my rates page and send me a message. You can also email me at: chris [at] Most family photo sessions can be finished in half an hour, but I am definitely willing to go longer if you would like more.

Enjoy the photos from this family session:
Anderson family photo © Chris Lane Photo

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14 Oct

Going up or down?

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Today marks the 24th photo in my Friday Photo series. This is a rather graphic texture photo, though definitely has a some history to it. This is an elevator button panel that goes along with this earlier photo I posted. I believe this building is nearing 100 years old, though I can’t say for sure. I wouldn’t know, but I would guess so, that the elevator has been here since the building was constructed. So imagine the number of hands that have pushed these buttons from day to day. I’m glad my friend was able to purchase this building and put it to use, I would fear for its destruction otherwise. Let me know what you think of the photo in the comments section.

Elevator Switch

Elevator Switch © Chris Lane Photo