Tag: History

14 Jan

#SooC52 Week 2 photo – Footwear

Chris Lane / photography / / 7 Comments

Continuing the challenge from last week. This week’s theme was chosen by Pete “footwear.” As always, the photo has to be straight out of camera (SooC) with no post editing.

My original vision was to shoot a line of shoes with a baby in one of my large boots. Unfortunately, my almost four month old baby was too big to fit! I think she would have fit fine when she was a newborn, but she’s obviously been growing a lot. So, that idea was scrapped.

The second idea I had was having me laying on the floor covered in innumerable shoes, as if I were attacked. Maybe having a line of shoes leading toward me. Like a trail of ants or something. I didn’t want to bother going out into our storage shed to get all of the shoes to make it enough to be worthwhile. It just would have been a lot of running. So, that idea was scrapped.

I was sitting around with my wife discussing ideas, or trying to come up with something when she said, what about old and new baby shoes? I wasn’t sold on the idea at first, but the more we talked about it, the more we could add to it to make it interesting. So, it isn’t just about the footwear, but I think that is a main part of it. Add in a few dated books, an elephant toy of either generation, and a means of lighting, from candle in old to push button battery powered LED. I shot this available light on an antique velvety chair. Pretty simple setup overall.

Then and now

Then and now ┬ęChris Lane Photo
ISO640, 1/60, f/2.0

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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.

12 Nov

Podcast Playlist

Chris Lane / Free!, Training / / 4 Comments

In the vein of continuous learning, I subscribe to a number of podcasts. I thought I would share these with you, so that you can learn along with me! I broke these into categories so that you can discern which you would be most interested in. I only put podcasts that are current in this list. Click the name to go to their website or do a search in iTunes to subscribe.


Audio 2U - Shutters Inc Audio 2U – Shutters Inc – Great source of inspiration and technical and business information for photography. The hosts are great fun to listen to with a very laid back manner.

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