Tag: flower

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.

15 Apr

#SooC52 Week 15 – Bloom

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

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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15 Apr

Rose in Glass

Chris Lane / photography / / 0 Comments

Week 9th of the 52 week project. I actually missed last week. So goes life I guess. This photo comes from way back in the archives of 2009. My wife wanted me to work on something more spring like, which is funny because it is snowing today. This is a rose from her garden. Enjoy. As always, please leave any comments, I love to read them.
Also, as always, prints are available via this form.

Rose in Glass

Rose in glass © Chris Lane Photo

18 Nov

Critique – Sarah S.

Chris Lane / Critique, photography, Retouched / / 3 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 from Sarah S. Prairie Smoke

Today I have a photo from Sarah S. She said she took this photo of Prairie Smoke (aka Old Man’s Whiskers or if you are really hardcore Plantae Tracheobionta Spermatophyta Magnoliophyta Magnoliopsida Rosidae Rosales Rosaceae Geum L. Geum triflorum Pursh) in the North Dakota Badlands handheld in a shady ravine. Looking at the metadata, it was taken with a Canon PowerShot S3 IS at f/2.7 at 1/60.

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