Tag: old

28 Jan

#SooC52 Week 4 – Porcelain/ceramic

Chris Lane / photography / / 6 Comments

This is a continuation of the SooC 52 photo challenge. This week’s theme was chosen by me! I didn’t really have a reason or idea when I chose the theme. I was just trying to think of something when I was looking around my kitchen and saw my wife’s china cabinet. Though that wasn’t where my mind ended up going with the idea.

I quickly thought of antique dolls with porcelain heads. Most dolls kind of freak me out just a little bit, maybe it’s because I saw the Chucky movie when I was too little (thanks mom and dad for scarring me for life 😛 ). Though I’m far from the only one I know with this thought toward dolls. Anyway, to make it more interesting I thought of using my wife in makeup to appear like an antique doll. I knew this would take some convincing, but she did end up letting me go through with it. She bought this old fashioned dress last year on eBay and we had planned on doing a photo shoot with it at some other point, but I thought it would be perfect with this subject. I also pulled out some of her tea set, placed some old books, an old camera case under this old table, as well as faux old candle holders. Then from my mother-in-law I borrowed this decidedly UN-porcelain doll (it’s actually made of wood, but still very old) and the photo and frame hanging on the wall. I was told “treat them like they are worth a million dollars.” I most certainly did.

A side story, about the photo. It is actually from within their family. If I recall right, it is the sister of my wife’s great grandfather, who died in Sweden shortly after the photo was taken in 1880 or some such year. She died mysteriously, they assume from eating poisoned berries, but they aren’t quite sure. But I thought it was pretty interesting that this photo has been passed down for so long, still in quite good condition. It isn’t often that you see photo frames like this, with the bubbled out glass.

I originally wanted her to put her hair in ringlets, but she said it would take 6 hours to do convincingly, so we looked up porcelain doll hair and realized that most of them have carved porcelain hair. Other old dolls had a very wide variety of hair styles, so I decided upon a portion down and portion pulled back in a bun. So she did that while I readied the scene. Then she dressed and I did her makeup. Lit the candles, set up a strobe almost to the front of her, slightly left of her, with a softbox on it and left the overhead ceiling light on. Pretty simple setup, really. I think if I were to do post-processing on this, I would smooth out the skin and makeup to look more porcelain, maybe put a faux shine on her to appear slightly reflective and maybe some other minor edits. I would probably whiten the hands more as well. They have makeup on them also, but it’s hard to tell here. Otherwise, I think this turned out almost exactly how I pictured it in my head.

Porcelain Doll

Porcelain doll © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 500, f/1.8, 1/60. YN560II Flash set at 1/128 I believe. 50mm lens. 5D Mark II

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04 Nov

The Fyr-Fyter

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No, that isn’t a misspelling in the post title. It is the name of this particular photo subject, a detail shot of an old fire extinguisher. This is Friday Photo #26. I have been working through (slowly!) my photo series from the Wilson Bros building. Besides the texture on this extinguisher, I was particularly drawn to the old design. I’ll just leave it at that for today, and enjoy:


The Fyr-Fyter extinguisher © Chris Lane Photo

21 Oct

What the heck is a typewriter?

Chris Lane / photography / / 0 Comments

The subject of today’s photo (#25 for those counting) is exactly that. I have actually shown a typewriter in my photos before. I love typewriters, so obviously the blog title was rhetorical. That one was much older than this new photo. This one is actually from when typewriters were on their way out. It is kind of a typewriter, computer hybrid. Though, when I say computer, it is ridiculously primitive to today’s standards. This IBM Selectric II was introduced in 1971 according to Wikipedia. This particular model was found in the Wilson Bros building, as I have mentioned here, here, and here. Since this is an old typewriter, I wanted the photo to look as if it came from that era. So I did some color adjustments in Camera RAW and some contrast increase and came up with this. I don’t generally do semi-abstract photography, so this was a change of pace from my norm. Which is good, it can keep the creative juices flowing. What do you think? Did I capture the era correctly? I am not as old as 1971, but I have seen plenty of photos of that era and this is how I usually picture them. I think the one mistake I made is most of those old photos aren’t nearly this sharp. But I really despise blurry photos, unless I guess it is intentional. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

IBM Selectric II

IBM Selectric II © Chris Lane Photo

11 Oct

Critique – Amy

Chris Lane / Critique, photography / / 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.

I got an email from Amy a while back requesting a critique on this photo. More specifically, she was asking my professional opinion on how to crop this to an 11 x 14 format. First off, here is her original photo as she sent it.

Wheel photo by Amy

My first impression is that I like this photograph quite a bit.
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30 Sep

Lost and dying old Ford

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

This is an antique Ford, though I’m not sure exactly what, that took place in a family photo shoot I had a few weeks ago. It was left in the back field rotting away. It’s unfortunate, because it could be, or would have been, such a beautiful vehicle. I think this one in particular might be beyond repair, though. But it made a great Friday photo (#23 or so) in my 52 week project. In this case, I reduced the saturation to almost have no color at all, but left just a little to reflect the dying/fading nature of this car. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Dying Ford

Dying Ford © Chris Lane Photo