Tag: Black & White

26 Dec

Recreation of history

Chris Lane / photography, process / / 2 Comments

My wife recently wanted to do a project for her grandmother as a Christmas project. It involved recreating an image of her great grandmother, Georgia, on her wedding day. My wife, Melissa, already owned the wedding dress but she had to do some work to actually look like Georgia. The wedding was in 1930, so this is now 82 years later.

My wife has very long straight hair and Georgia had rather short hair with a wave to it. Georgia also wore a pearl necklace, which we did not have. Melissa did up her hair as best she could and we made a necklace out of a string of Kix cereal pieces. In real life, the necklace certainly didn’t look like pearls with their uneven shape and the color was way off, but I knew I was going to convert to black and white and I could fix some of the roundness later. It should work great at least as a place holder.

So, keeping an eye to the shadows in the original photo I set Melissa in the same kind of lighting. At first I wasn’t getting the shine on the waves of the hair quite the same, so I set up another light for highlights. I positioned Melissa as close to the same position and she tried to do the same sort of non-smile as Georgia.

As Georgia by Chris Lane (chrislanephoto)) on 500px.com
As Georgia by Chris Lane

After the photo was taken, I converted it to Black and white with a black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop. I like this form of conversion because, instead of converting to grayscale, I can manually adjust the dark/brightness of the different colors on their own. After that I did some minor dodging and burning, adjusted the contrast with a curves adjustment layer, and finally put a layer with noise over the top to give it an older look.

I asked Melissa if she wanted me to Photoshop her appearance to look more like Georgia, particularly her neck is longer, but we decided to just leave it be. I think it has more meaning that she is herself and comes from Georgia, rather than just making her look like Georgia.

Overall, I think the recreation was a good success. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

09 Aug

At the typewriter

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

I recently picked up an antique LC Smith typewriter. I have wanted one for a very long time and just recently came across this one at a decent price. What I didn’t really expect was the immense fascination my son had for it. He has been playing with it constantly since I got it. The thing actually works pretty well, so he can type out some letters on paper. One morning while we were getting ready for church, he was dressed up and playing with it and I thought he looked like a little writer straight out of that time. So I had to photograph him while he was so focused. I decided to process it in Black and White to keep with the era.
In other news, I should be getting back to a more consistent blogging schedule very soon. Just need to finish up a couple more projects. Thanks for being patient!

At the typewriter

At the typewriter © Chris Lane Photo

12 Oct

Critique – Jason

Chris Lane / Critique, photography / / 3 Comments

Today’s image comes from Jason. I emailed Jason to see if there was any further form of contact, but he didn’t reply. If you are reading this Jason, feel free to leave a comment below if you have a website or gallery space anywhere you would like to direct people.
Image for critique from Jason
Here he has a photo of a couple in love. I like the fact that their hands are clasped. Compositionally, this is a fine image. I’m guessing there wasn’t much model direction here, but the fact that the man has his knee up is a definite boon to the image. The knee is a nice visual offset for the falling hair of the woman. I think the composition would actually be significantly weaker if his leg was straight.
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23 Aug

Critique #001!

Chris Lane / Art, Critique / / 0 Comments

I have learned through both college and work experience that one of the best ways to learn anything is through critiques of your work and other’s work. That is why, in the spirit of teaching through this blog, I am happy to critique the work of submissions from readers. If you would like a professional critique from me and learn how to better your artwork, be it photo, design, painting, et al, just read these submission guidelines and submit an image through my critique contact form. You can also email your submission to photocrit [at] chrislanephoto.com.
Photo by Daren Dobson

I am happy to announce that Daren Dobson was the first brave soul to submit work for critique.
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