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22 May

#SooC52 Week 18 – Broke

Chris Lane / photography / / 9 Comments

This week [actually a couple weeks ago, I’ve been busy!] was a theme chosen by me! I chose broke, without any particular image in mind. Or at least I don’t recall having something in mind when I chose it. I probably did, but I actually chose the theme way before the week even came and actually forgot what theme I had chosen. Like most of the themes I choose, I had a double meaning applied to it. So people could either use the word to mean an item that is broken, or the state of being penniless.

Anyway, at some point I actually did come up with an idea, that just kind of popped into my head randomly. A broken nose is a pretty nasty break. Unpleasant/painful, overly gruesome visually for how much your nose bleeds, and a good excuse for me to play with makeup or fake blood. The nose isn’t quite as puffed up as it probably would be if it were actually broken, but I stuffed nearly an entire cotton ball up each nostril and it really burned! I think it made my eyes water with the sensitive nerves inside my nose. The cotton was clean, and I added some commercial theater blood to the outside to look as though it had soaked up fully and was still draining out. I flicked some more blood at myself with an old toothbrush to get a little spatter, and then let it run down. I inadvertently got some of the blood on the white shower curtain behind me, oops! Added a couple butterfly bandages for effect, wet my hair with gel and mussed it up, and then spattered some water on myself to appear as sweat. I think most of that actually dried off of me by the time I shot the photo though. I’d like to note I wasn’t going for a beat up look, just a busted nose, so I didn’t try for black eyes or scrapes or anything like that.

For photo set-up, I have a black backdrop hanging behind, and a YN560 III straight to either side of me set at 1/16, if I recall. They were also zoomed in to 105mm.

Busted up

Broken nose © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 50mm, ISO100, 1/200, f/4.5

I’ve never actually broken my nose, and I hope to keep it that way. Have you ever broken your nose? Have a cool story about it? Share in the comments below.

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13 May

#SooC52 Week 17 – Books

Chris Lane / photography / / 7 Comments

This week’s topic was chosen by…ermm… well, I forget, but I’m sure someone will correct me in the comments. But it’s a good one! Anyone that knows me fairly well, knows that I love books. Books of all kinds. I particularly love graphic novels, but I read a lot of novels of all sorts, with an emphasis on fantasy and science-fiction. I read mostly fiction, but occasionally read (or listen via Audible) to some non-fiction. Right now my currently reading list is
Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin,
Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson,
Lazarus Vol 1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark,
Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken,
And Another Thing… (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #6)
by Eoin Colfer
and Machine of Death (Anthology).
I kind of bounce between them. You can follow my book reading and see some of my library on my goodreads profile here.

So clearly, I was excited for this as a topic and I had a fair idea for it right from the get go. I don’t know how terribly original the idea is, but I thought it fit the topic and me pretty well. Not much necessary to explain, so I’ll just show the end result.

The Love of Books

For the love of books © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mii, 50mm, f/2, 1/80, ISO160. Flash set at 1/128 above and to camera right shot straight to me, zoomed to 105mm. Second flash set at 1/128 shot into wall to bounce camera left.

I didn’t initially plan on reading on my kindle fire HD, but both Eje and Pete had something to do with ebooks, so thought I’d throw that in there. I prefer to read paper books, especially with comics, but I definitely take advantage of the library system for ebooks. I also get a free book from Amazon every month for my kindle.

I put a few important books around me, including a couple I made as well. See if you can spot them. I put one in there particularly for John P, we’ll see if he notices! 8)

Do you have a favorite book? I always enjoy talking about them, so leave some comments below!

Looks like Doug is back now that he is finished with his teaching. Bruce I believe officially dropped, at least until his house is finished (I’m going to be running into that problem later in the summer too…but on the plus side, I’ll have a room dedicated as a library!)
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Loc’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.

23 Feb

#SooC52 Week 7 – Water

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

We are really getting moving into this Straight out of camera challenge this year. This week we picked up a new contender, David “The Heed” Baker and at the end of the cycle he chose “water” for his topic. Next week we start the rotation over again with Eje choosing a topic. If anyone else is interested in joining with us in this challenge, let us know! There is always room for more, of course.

So, living in the frozen wastelands of northern Minnesota, my wife actually was the one to suggest to me to shoot frozen water. In which method, I wasn’t initially sure. Eventually I came upon an idea that seemed pretty cool in my head, no pun intended. What I wanted to do was carve a block of ice into something, probably an abstract shape with lots of angles and then using the sub-surface light scattering properties of ice by shooting my flash from under or behind. Well, that’s what I did. Only problem that I came across was, the ice I used wasn’t remotely as clear as I had imagined in my head. The ice in my photo came from a bucket that was used for dog water when it wasn’t freezing temperatures. So it came to be filled with ice in layers with snow melting and freezing and creating pretty opaque ice and intermixed with grass or leaves. So, the light wasn’t going to do what I expected it to do, but that’s ok. When I took these pictures my wife said it looked like marble. Thus, the name I chose.

The way I set this up was as I said before. I floated a window pane on some books over a black background cloth. Under the glass, almost directly under but slightly rear of the culpture is a YN560iii shooting straight up at 1/128. Behind the sculpture and pointing at the “head” of it is another YN560iii at 1/16. Camera settings are below the photo.

Marble Water

Marble water © Chris Lane Photo
ISO50, 1/200, f/11, 50mm

and an alternate lighting scheme, with one to the rear and side of the sculpture and the other over and slightly behind:
Marble water alt © Chris Lane Photo

What did you think of my take on the topic of water? Let me know in the comments below. And make sure to visit the rest of the crew’s photo interpretations below:

You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.

07 Jan

New #SooC52 project

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

Recently suggested to me by a good friend on Twitter was that we should start up a new 52 project, where we come up with a theme each week and create an image from that in whatever way we like. The restrictions were pretty limited. Just do whatever you can think of based around the chosen theme and it had to be a photo straight out of the camera (SooC). So, absolutely no retouching to be done. This can be challenging to some degree, but it also makes you progress as a photographer and makes you learn new processes. I’ve always been one not to look down on photoshop as I often imitate some of the things I did in the darkroom. Obviously, for some photos I went beyond those and created something not possible in reality, but it’s just a tool to create art, in my opinion. There are definitely bad photoshop techniques, but to each their own I guess. Anyway, the main reason we went SooC was because it would take less time. We were allowed, if we want, to post a second alternate photo that we retouched, but the main one for the post had to be photoshop free.

The first theme, chosen by Eje was utensils. My immediate thought was oversized utensils. I was originally going to shoot this with myself as the subject in much the same manner, but what better way to make them look even more oversized than to use my three year old son, Damien. Now, in the photo below, a fork doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for eating cereal, but I wanted it in there anyway.

Dig in

Utensils © Chris Lane Photo

To shoot this, I am using ISO 320, 1/100 shutter at f/5.0. I have a strobe camera right shooting through an umbrella and a second to the left. I don’t recall the flash settings, I think the one on the left is at 1/1 power and the other is at 1/32, but I may be mistaken.

You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.