Month: May 2014

25 May

#SooC52 Week 20 – City

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

Holy smokes, almost 20 weeks in already! Before we know it we’ll be at the halfway mark! This week’s theme was chosen by David. I thought it was interesting theme and had a lot of possibilities for everyone involved, except for the fact that I live well outside of a town of mearly 368 people. I don’t think that can even be considered a “town” but probably more likely a village. Thinking back to when I used to play SimCity, it was classed a town when it hit 2,000 residents. I don’t know if that’s anything like official matters, but it’s always been my unofficial requirements. City would then be a population of 10,000+. So, I’m WAY off! And even then, I live out in the countryside. So, thinking of options for this, I thought, well, can I make the areas tallest building [in a neighboring town], which is an elderly apartment building that is maybe six stories high, appear to be a skyscraper? Maybe I just do the population town sign as you come into my local village? Nothing really excited me.

Then when I got home and the legos were strewn about the living room floor, I thought, how about a lego city? I thought that might be interesting. I decided I’d do that and try capture a silhouette city skyline, out of legos. Of course, my kids thought it was pretty great too, anytime that I sit down on the floor and build with them. Now that I am finished with this photo, my son doesn’t want to destroy my little city because he likes it so much. The setup for the photo was quite simple. I elevated the platform with the city in front of a window and made sure to expose correct for the situation. I did have a flash set behind it, but I don’t know if it did much.

City Skyline

City Skyline © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mark II, 228mm, f/10, ISO100, 1/60

Tell me if when you look at this if you can see any of the color of the lego blocks. I have one monitor that you can only see a bit of color in one of the foreground skyscrapers, but most of the rest is quite dark, if not fully black. But when I move it to my secondary (cheaper) monitor, the brightness must be set higher because I can see a lot more colored blocks in the image. So it would be interesting to know how it looks to you. Of course, I prefer the darker image, since it’s supposed to be more or less a silhouette.

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23 May

#SooC52 Week 19 – Cloud

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

This week’s theme was chosen by John. Unfortunately, I chose to interpret the smoke/fog by shooting a cloud picture. So, I had to come up with a different way of doing it than I did last time. So I went back to an idea I had for the mirror photo, where I could shoot some clouds mirrored in a puddle. It was very wet in the yard and driveway still, and a nice cloudy day, but I wasn’t overly satisfied with how the photo turned out. Then I shot some cool sunset clouds, close in on them and thought I could use that. Then I was working on my lawnmower and the garage was getting filled with exhaust smoke. The big door was open, but it was kind of pooling up in the roof rafters. My garage is a pretty crappy old shed and the roof has holes in it. When I looked up I saw the light shining through the smoke making a pretty neat image. So I decided, since I shot clouds for smoke, I’ll shoot smoke for clouds. So here is that image:

Pillars of Light

Smoke © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 80mm, ISO400, f/5.6, 1/20, ambient light only

I probably should have bumped up my ISO, so I could increase the aperture number to extend the Depth of Field a bit, but I think still an interesting image. Thoughts?

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22 May

#SooC52 Week 18 – Broke

Chris Lane / photography / / 9 Comments

This week [actually a couple weeks ago, I’ve been busy!] was a theme chosen by me! I chose broke, without any particular image in mind. Or at least I don’t recall having something in mind when I chose it. I probably did, but I actually chose the theme way before the week even came and actually forgot what theme I had chosen. Like most of the themes I choose, I had a double meaning applied to it. So people could either use the word to mean an item that is broken, or the state of being penniless.

Anyway, at some point I actually did come up with an idea, that just kind of popped into my head randomly. A broken nose is a pretty nasty break. Unpleasant/painful, overly gruesome visually for how much your nose bleeds, and a good excuse for me to play with makeup or fake blood. The nose isn’t quite as puffed up as it probably would be if it were actually broken, but I stuffed nearly an entire cotton ball up each nostril and it really burned! I think it made my eyes water with the sensitive nerves inside my nose. The cotton was clean, and I added some commercial theater blood to the outside to look as though it had soaked up fully and was still draining out. I flicked some more blood at myself with an old toothbrush to get a little spatter, and then let it run down. I inadvertently got some of the blood on the white shower curtain behind me, oops! Added a couple butterfly bandages for effect, wet my hair with gel and mussed it up, and then spattered some water on myself to appear as sweat. I think most of that actually dried off of me by the time I shot the photo though. I’d like to note I wasn’t going for a beat up look, just a busted nose, so I didn’t try for black eyes or scrapes or anything like that.

For photo set-up, I have a black backdrop hanging behind, and a YN560 III straight to either side of me set at 1/16, if I recall. They were also zoomed in to 105mm.

Busted up

Broken nose © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 50mm, ISO100, 1/200, f/4.5

I’ve never actually broken my nose, and I hope to keep it that way. Have you ever broken your nose? Have a cool story about it? Share in the comments below.

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13 May

#SooC52 Week 17 – Books

Chris Lane / photography / / 7 Comments

This week’s topic was chosen by…ermm… well, I forget, but I’m sure someone will correct me in the comments. But it’s a good one! Anyone that knows me fairly well, knows that I love books. Books of all kinds. I particularly love graphic novels, but I read a lot of novels of all sorts, with an emphasis on fantasy and science-fiction. I read mostly fiction, but occasionally read (or listen via Audible) to some non-fiction. Right now my currently reading list is
Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin,
Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson,
Lazarus Vol 1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark,
Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken,
And Another Thing… (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #6)
by Eoin Colfer
and Machine of Death (Anthology).
I kind of bounce between them. You can follow my book reading and see some of my library on my goodreads profile here.

So clearly, I was excited for this as a topic and I had a fair idea for it right from the get go. I don’t know how terribly original the idea is, but I thought it fit the topic and me pretty well. Not much necessary to explain, so I’ll just show the end result.

The Love of Books

For the love of books © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 50mm, f/2, 1/80, ISO160. Flash set at 1/128 above and to camera right shot straight to me, zoomed to 105mm. Second flash set at 1/128 shot into wall to bounce camera left.

I didn’t initially plan on reading on my kindle fire HD, but both Eje and Pete had something to do with ebooks, so thought I’d throw that in there. I prefer to read paper books, especially with comics, but I definitely take advantage of the library system for ebooks. I also get a free book from Amazon every month for my kindle.

I put a few important books around me, including a couple I made as well. See if you can spot them. I put one in there particularly for John P, we’ll see if he notices! 8)

Do you have a favorite book? I always enjoy talking about them, so leave some comments below!

Looks like Doug is back now that he is finished with his teaching. Bruce I believe officially dropped, at least until his house is finished (I’m going to be running into that problem later in the summer too…but on the plus side, I’ll have a room dedicated as a library!)
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Loc’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.

05 May

#SooC52 Week 16 – Smoke/Fog

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

This week, which is actually a couple weeks behind now at this point, was chosen by Eje. He chose Smoke or Fog. I took this topic a little bit different. I was thinking of doing something with incense, but that was done to death by the other guys. Then I thought I’d do something with atmospheric perspective, where everything gets hazy and bluer in the distance, due to all the air and atmosphere between your eyes and the distant object. You can read more about atmospheric perspective here. It is a pretty basic tenet of art training, particularly in painting, since when you paint you have to do it consciously and when you take photographs, it just happens anyway.

I never got around to taking that shot, but there were some pretty brilliant clouds one day while I was working outside, so I decided that’s the next best thing. And what is a cloud but fog in the sky in a concentrated area? So I shot a number of them, but here is what I will show today:

Deep Clouds

Clouds © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 40D, 70-300mm lens @ 300mm, 1/200, f/25, ISO200

I also edited this shot to have more contrast, sharpened a bit with a High pass filter, and altered the color somewhat. I also removed some spots that must be dirt on my lens, or possibly the sensor. So here, is my post processed version.
Clouds processed © Chris Lane Photo

There you have it. Now I better get to work and catch up!

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