Tag: macro

11 Feb

#SooC52 Week 6 – Green

Chris Lane / photography / / 6 Comments

This week in our Straight out of the Camera challenge was an interesting topic chosen by John – Green. Well that could certainly go in a number of directions. It took me a long time to come up with a subject in this case. I didn’t really want to do something as simple as a house plant. Though I did think it would be cool if I could macro down so far that you could start to see cells in a leaf. Alas, I don’t have that capability.

I did have a pretty cool idea that I might follow up on later, though probably not in a SooC method. I was going to shoot a scene where I played the part of Popeye the Sailor Man. The idea consisted of me wearing a white A-shirt and a white round sailor cap. I could fairly easily make a corn cob pipe then of course in my hands I would have crushed cans of spinach. In front of me I was going to have my friend bearing down on my like Brutus and my wife dressed as Olive Oyl on my shoulder. The green part of the image would be the spinach flying out of the cans toward my mouth, as Popeye always did when he was about to get in a fight. This was one of the biggest parts that I was having difficulty figuring out how I would accomplish it. I also didn’t have that much time to be able to put together a costume – namely making the sailor cap. Maybe I was just feeling a little lazy. I have some other projects on my plate apart from this as well, to which I should devote more time.

So, scrapping that idea I went back to the macro idea and kind of threw in the towel. We had some small green squash around, so I thought I’d get one of the knobs with some directional lighting and be done with it. I did end up adding a couple little monsters just for effect. These guys are about an inch tall and squishy rubber. I tried double sticking tape to the bottom of them but it wouldn’t stick. I guess they are an odd material. So I ended up jamming toothpick ends into them and sticking them a little into the skin of the squash. I put a flash at 1/8 power through a softbox camera right and low and another flash 1/32 camera left and about even with the creatures. I think they look like they are standing next to a little bistro table or something. And for some reason one of them reminds me, of Greedo from Star Wars. Really, neither of them look like Greedo, but whatever, anyway, thus the name.

Oh yea, and I left the red table cloth visible because John said he chose ‘Green’ because all of my photos seem to have red in them lately. So take that Mr. Pemberton!

Who Shot First

Who Shot First © Chris Lane Photo
ISO1000, 1/200, f/40. 238mm

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03 Jun

The Eyes

Chris Lane / photography / / 0 Comments

I missed last week’s Friday photo post. I will try not to make that mistake again. So here is today’s, number 13 (or so, I guess I’m bad at keeping track).
This is a shot of my son from last summer. He was about 4 months old or so at the time. Did you know I do infant portraits? I have a few in my portfolio over here. Which reminds me, I am still working on my site restructure, it is just going terribly slowly. That is how it typically goes, unfortunately. I have been busy working on other stuff and trying to keep up with this at the same time.

This photo is shot at 1/125 at ISO800 and f/5.6 in ambient light. The focal length is 300mm on a 70-300mm lens.

The Eyes of the son

The Eyes of the son © Chris Lane Photo

23 Nov

Digital Camera buying guide – part 2

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 2 Comments

Here is part two of my camera buying guide, in time for the holidays. Look for part three and four in the next couple weeks. Hit the links below to go to either part 1 or individual categories. You should definitely subscribe (hit the button in the left hand sidebar) so that you won’t miss any of the installments.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Response Time and Speed

Part 2 (this post) covers:

The Sensor & Processor
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 covers:

Memory Cards
Other Options


Resolution is typically the biggest selling point for cameras in any category. Just because a camera has a higher resolution, doesn’t mean the camera is better, though. One thing to take into account is what you plan on doing with your pictures after you take them.
A higher resolution can print to a larger size,
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31 Aug

Villainous Monstrosities! Macro photo series of insects

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

Dragonfly Head closesup © Chris Lane Photo
Today I have a continuation in my series that I am dubbing the Villainous Monstrosities. This will be the name for my macro series of bugs of all sorts. I intend to make a logo for the series and will write about the process of that here on my blog as well. This will be an ongoing series and I will put them into a new subcategory in my portfolio under the Other category in photography.
I will warn you now, there are some pretty nasty fellas in this series including more arachnids. I will put the spiders at the bottom, since I know so many people are bothered by them, that way, if you are, you can avoid them.

On to the creepy crawlies! (If you are ever interested in ordering a fine art print of any of these photographs, please use my print order page here.)

The header image is a really close shot of this dragonfly:
Dragonfly © Chris Lane Photo

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22 Jun

Insect Macro Fun!

Chris Lane / photography / / 4 Comments

Here are a few photos of some insects I took with my new Tamron 70-300mm f/4 Macro Lens. So far I am really liking this lens. It could be faster, like f/2.8 would be great, but was definitely within my budget too. Just to warn you, these images will get really up close and personal with some pretty nasty bugs. And if you don’t like spiders, don’t go all the way to the end!
And on to the photos. (and just to say, some of these are available for prints, if you were really into bugs!)

Mosquito Hawk © Chris Lane Photo

June Bug © Chris Lane Photo

Phyllophaga aka June bug © Chris Lane Photo

Green Insect © Chris Lane Photo

House Fly © Chris Lane Photo

Weevil Larvae © Chris Lane Photo

yellow jacket wasp © Chris Lane Photo

white moth © Chris Lane Photo

spider shell © Chris Lane Photo

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