Month: September 2014

12 Sep

#SooC52 Week 29 – Dirt

Chris Lane / photography / / 5 Comments

This week’s theme, and I’m still way behind on this, is Dirt. I chose the theme, partially because I was walking outside at the time and saw our enormous dirt mount from our foundation construction, but also because I know Pete works in construction so it should be easy for him to get a shot. Then again, he said that “dirt” does not equal “soil” in their version of English. Despite that, whenever I pick a word, I usually pick something that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

When I picked the word, though, I immediately got an idea in my head that I thought would be fun and would perfectly fit the theme. You wouldn’t think getting a bunch of kids to play in the mud would be difficult, but it was surprisingly. It didn’t take a great amount of time to get Tristan involved, especially when he could get me muddy as well, but Damien, and especially Anastasia, took some time. Eventually though, they were having a blast, running through puddles, smearing mud all over themselves and each other (with a little help from me to get full mud coverage).


Dirt © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1600

This one is a little on the dark side. I had some other shots that were “better” exposed, but I actually like how this dark one looks a little more. Maybe best would be somewhere in between.

After they were covered from head to toe in dirt, I said I’d have to hose them down. They convinced me that running through the sprinkler would be more fun, so I let them do that. I certainly wasn’t going to let them in the house like this! Even after the sprinkler I had to change their bath water about 3 times to get them truly clean! But this shot was definitely a fun photo and fun process to get. Hope you like it.

Take a look at the other guy’s work for an alternate view on the theme.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

11 Sep

#SooC52 Week 28 – Glass

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

I have to say, I’ve had this week’s shot for a little while now, just haven’t had the time to post about it. Week 28, from July 13th, was glass, chosen by Pete.
I was originally going to shoot the glass of a camera lens, but apparently forgot about that plan when I did this one instead. My kids were asking about lava lamps one day, though I don’t recall why. I told them that we had some from when Melissa and I were teenagers. We still had them in a box in a shed somewhere and had no idea if they would work. Somewhat miraculously, through repeated frozen winters and very hot summers (at least inside storage), two out of the three that we had still worked! Kids loved watching them, though their comments on lava are fairly typical for 4 and 6 year old boys. I’m sure you can use your imagination…

I thought, since they have such interesting shaped glass, and even more interesting internals, that it would make an interesting photo for the subject. So, the plan was to shoot this at a very slow shutter speed to get a lot of movement in the lamps. The metal flake one circulates at a pretty decent speed, but the lava lamp goes fairly slowly. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it was interesting to think about and how slow of a shutter I would really need. In the end, because the lamps generate so much light, even with aperture and ISO stopped down as much as I could, I didn’t really get as slow of a shutter speed as I would have liked. To contend with the lamps were the sunflowers that were only receiving let, so they are fairly dark. I think it still looked pretty interesting.

Groovy Man

Glass © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, f/22, 10 seconds, 50mm

What do you think of the final image based on the theme? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!
Take a look at the other knuckle-draggers partaking in the SooC 52 event.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

10 Sep

Brief interview and photos of the exhibition

Chris Lane / Art, External News, photography / / 5 Comments

This will be just a quick update on my solo-exhibition at the River Walk gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. It has been hanging for a little less than a week now. It will be hanging until September 28th, so you still have time to get out and see it if you are in the area. If you aren’t in the area, you can still purchase prints (each image is limited to 15, so get them quick!). Just send me an email chris
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 2-8pm, Sunday 2-5pm.

First up, I did a brief radio interview with Rom Ogaard of Pioneer 90.1. I have embedded that just below, so you can listen here.

I realize now, listening to this, I said “I guess” an awful lot! Other than that, I don’t think I sound too stupid.

Next, my friend and fellow photographer, Bruce Ulrich, wrote up a blog post about the exhibition and how he helped me come to the conclusion of the subject matter I ended up choosing for the show.

Another reminder to not forget about the Art & Wine walk, where I will be at the gallery from 1-5pm on Saturday, September 20th. Make sure you come around and say hi!

Lastly, here are a number of photos of the gallery, some taken by Therese Jacobson, coordinator of the gallery. You can see some more of the photos I haven’t yet shown, though, obviously, they look far different when in person! They are printed on metallic paper and pretty large to show off the detail.

Unseen Splendor Exhibition

Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo
Unseen Splendor exhibition photo

Bonus photo with my family
Family of Chris Lane