Tag: portrait

20 Oct

Senior photography – Alexis – Class of 2016

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

I noticed today that it has been exactly one year since I last posted on this blog. I am not dead! Just quite busy. Coincidentally, one year ago on this day I also started building a large addition on my house. That has taken up the majority of my time, but I have also had a few other projects as well. One being a recent senior photo session with my niece in Thief River Falls. I was turning down other projects, but obviously I was going to take a once in her life photo shoot opportunity for her senior photography.

Here are a few highlights from the session in no particular order.
Alexis was great to work with. She’s an incredibly intelligent young lady and quite talented in many things.

Senior Photo Viola in Field

Senior Photo Black and White

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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.

06 Nov

a little sketchy

Chris Lane / illustration / / 2 Comments

For my blog night this week I wanted to do something a little different, or at least something I am way overdue. I sat down and filled some sketchbook pages. I started with some quick gesture sketches of my wife and kids as they were sitting or playing around in the living room.

gesture sketches

Then I looked around for something else to draw from and we had a framed antique photo of a couple that I am presumably related to. I don’t really know them, as it is quite an old photo, but I know it came from my grandmother’s box of photos. Anyway, this is Mrs. John Holm. She sure was a handsome woman!

Mrs. John Holm

Finally, I filled a page with some surreal stream of consciousness type sketching. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you, though I have my own ideas.

gesture sketches

I’d love to hear what you think of that sketch. Can you make up a story of the thoughts behind it? Sound off in the comments below.

14 Jun

Should I chop off the top of the head?

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

The title is in reference to portrait photography and alternative composition styles. I recently posted on twitter for suggestions for a post and got a reply from @twenty3times with a question:

I thought this was a great idea for a post. I will expand on the initial question and talk a little about alternative face portrait compositions as well. My son Tristan (4yrs) graciously and with waning patience helped me out with this. I sat him in a chair next to the window for a simple fairly traditional portrait style sitting and proceeded to shoot while moving my camera around.

The most traditional shot would be something like this:

Traditional portait sitting © Chris Lane Photo

Well, maybe not with that pose, but you get the idea!
So the question was, how does it work to lop off the top of a head? I tried a variety of shots with that in mind:
multiple images © Chris Lane Photo

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