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04 Feb

#SooC52 Week 5 – Night Sky

Chris Lane / photography / / 7 Comments

Already past the month mark on our Straight out of Camera 52 week challenge. For this week Doug chose “Night Sky” to which I said, well, I can’t hardly interpret that in a different odd way. Though I did think of some other non-traditional methods I could have used, I decided I’d actually go with the straight star field type photo. I chose this mainly because I would really like to get better at taking those kinds of photos. I wanted to incorporate myself into the shot, backlit by a flash, but my methods of that just ended up failing. So, I walked through knee deep (or deeper in parts) snow out into the field to get away from my yard light. I took a few with the moon because it was this cool bowl shaped crescent, but those didn’t turn out as I had hoped.

The most interesting was probably this one with my yard and house in it. I like how the yard light is shining around the big oak tree. The trees have a frosty look to them. I just wish the stars were brighter. I might share some of the others in another post, but for now here was my chosen image. This is definitely something I plan on practicing more. I used to have a Canon 40D which was pretty lackluster in dark situations like this, but now I have a Canon 5D Mark II which is exceptional in low light. I still could have improved on all of the images I took though. let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And make sure to click on the other guy’s posts to see all of their SooC images as well.

Night Sky

Night Sky © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 3200, f/5.6, 30 seconds. 30mm

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.

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

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.

21 Jan

#SooC52 Week 3 photo – Lighting

Chris Lane / photography / / 6 Comments

We are already into week three of this Straight out of camera 52 week, 52 photos challenge! This week’s topic was chosen by Bruce – “Lighting” He said we can interpret it in any way we choose. Well, how about that for incredibly wide open!

I thought about all kinds of different things. From stacks of lamps, to a symmetrical abstract photo of the lights on a gas (that’s petrol for Pete) station canopy, to a number of other things. What I ended up deciding to shoot was slightly inspired by a photo series that I saw on 500px, of light painting where the light goes around someone in all 360 degrees. that isn’t quite what I did, as the figure in those photos were all still. I wanted to do something with movement to it. With this I thought something that looked like multiple exposures would be interesting. I didn’t want it to be just a typical multi-exposure shot like you might see in sports, where it shows a clear progression from point A to point B. I wanted it to be a little weird, a little creepy.

So what I did, with some help from a friend of mine, shot this on bulb mode, using my speedlight to flash from 4 different angles, while keeping my head in as perfect still space as I could. The first flash from next to camera just had my staring into the camera. The next one from a few degrees to the side and so on, I used chocolate syrup and smeared it down my face. I did a number of test shots to make sure it worked, but I wasn’t entirely sure how the syrup would reflect the light. It turned out pretty interesting, in my opinion. It is definitely a little weird and a little creepy. I think this is probably fairly inspired by David Lynch, as I’ve been watching Twin Peaks and thinking of some of his other work lately.

If I were to edit this, I would probably crop it in some. Maybe some other minor changes, but otherwise I think this turned out pretty close to how I imagined. I did have an idea to shoot the initial staring shot with a red gel on the light and the subsequent shots with a green gel, but I never did. I think that contrasting color would add to the creepy effect.

It’s all melting

It's All Melting © Chris Lane Photo
ISO50, 21 seconds (B), f/9.0. Four or five pops of a YN560III at 1/128.

Just for fun, here is a straight shot to show the chocolate all over my face. It didn’t make quite as much of a mess as I expected, though I made sure to have towels on the floor. Also, I learned the Hershey’s syrup smells weird.
chocolate © Chris Lane Photo

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.

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.

28 Dec

Dreaming of summer

Chris Lane / photography / / 0 Comments

As the low for the night tonight is -30°F with a wind chill of -60°F
(image from accuweather.com)
Cold!
I am obviously dreaming of summer. I was going through some old photos that I had not yet processed and found this one of stormy weather where the light was shining through onto the woods near my house. The color was quite intense. So, this is just a quick post to show how I wish it still was. The color is because it was in the fall, October 12th was when it was taken.

Light Shining Through

Light Shining Through © Chris Lane Photo