Tag: SOOC 52

20 Oct

#SooC52 Week 31 – Screen

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

Here is another straight out of camera post! This one was for screen, which could be taken a few different ways. Eje actually did more or less what I had originally intended on doing, shooting through a window/door screen. Pete went with the screen of his computer. So, I had to come up with something else. My first attempt was this one, using the screen [guard] of a fan. I tried to shoot it in such a way as to get some motion blur on the blades, but not so much that it was just one big blur. Overall though, the subject matter and the photo itself are rather bland.

Fan screen © Chris Lane Photo

So, since I didn’t overly care for that image much, I wanted to come up with an alternate in it’s place. One day I found this large wooden doll house being thrown away and I knew my wife would like it, so I took it. It’s actually in quite good shape, and I thought I would do something like Pete did way long ago and used a false perspective to make it look like it is something it is not. Since the topic is screen, I showed one of the windows and I took the house outside to make it look like it was in a natural setting (instead of just a wall in the background). I think this one actually turned out quite nice.

House screen © Chris Lane Photo

Thoughts? Comments? Let’s hear them!

take a look at the other guy’s work for an alternate view on the theme.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

17 Oct

#SooC52 Week 30 – Corrosion

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

There was a pretty significant delay since my last post, especially in this Straight Out of Camera 52 series. As some of you know I had the gallery solo-exhibition, as well as some crazy stuff going on with my house and projects around that, and that doesn’t mention everything else including my 4 kids, three of which had birthdays in the last three months and the youngest turning one. So yea, we’ve been pretty busy around here lately. Somewhere in there I did have a chance to shoot some photos for this theme – Corrosion. I’m just not getting time to write this and post these.
I’ve always really loved old cars like these, with the curves and everything about this era. I don’t know precisely what kind of cars these are besides from the obvious markings, so if you know, tell me in the comments below. The photos were taken in the woods at my in-laws, and instead of choosing one out of the set, I’ll just post the whole set! So, enjoy! These are all SooC of course, with in camera settings set to increase contrast and saturation and the like, but shot to JPG. Photo info below as always.

*Update, just got word from a car friend of mine, Brandon, that this first one seems to be a 1951 Chevrolet Sedan. Looking up other photos online, if that’s not right, it’s really close.
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

This next one I set the picture mode back to standard because I didn’t want that much contrast, so more of the shadow would show.
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

A second car, clearly in the era of nuclear and rocket style design. *Update, my friend says this looks to be a 1951 Ford Custom
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

This is my favorite photo out of the set. I just love this dash so much.
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

It’s magic!
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

I wish my car had such a sweet looking gauge set.
Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

Rusted car © Chris Lane Photo

And a bonus, because I thought it looked cool in this shed
Lost chair © Chris Lane Photo

Do you have a favorite out of the set?

We are all apparently struggling to keep up with these, but take a look at the other guy’s work for an alternate view on the theme.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

12 Sep

#SooC52 Week 29 – Dirt

Chris Lane / photography / / 5 Comments

This week’s theme, and I’m still way behind on this, is Dirt. I chose the theme, partially because I was walking outside at the time and saw our enormous dirt mount from our foundation construction, but also because I know Pete works in construction so it should be easy for him to get a shot. Then again, he said that “dirt” does not equal “soil” in their version of English. Despite that, whenever I pick a word, I usually pick something that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

When I picked the word, though, I immediately got an idea in my head that I thought would be fun and would perfectly fit the theme. You wouldn’t think getting a bunch of kids to play in the mud would be difficult, but it was surprisingly. It didn’t take a great amount of time to get Tristan involved, especially when he could get me muddy as well, but Damien, and especially Anastasia, took some time. Eventually though, they were having a blast, running through puddles, smearing mud all over themselves and each other (with a little help from me to get full mud coverage).

Dirt

Dirt © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1600

This one is a little on the dark side. I had some other shots that were “better” exposed, but I actually like how this dark one looks a little more. Maybe best would be somewhere in between.

After they were covered from head to toe in dirt, I said I’d have to hose them down. They convinced me that running through the sprinkler would be more fun, so I let them do that. I certainly wasn’t going to let them in the house like this! Even after the sprinkler I had to change their bath water about 3 times to get them truly clean! But this shot was definitely a fun photo and fun process to get. Hope you like it.

Take a look at the other guy’s work for an alternate view on the theme.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

11 Sep

#SooC52 Week 28 – Glass

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

I have to say, I’ve had this week’s shot for a little while now, just haven’t had the time to post about it. Week 28, from July 13th, was glass, chosen by Pete.
I was originally going to shoot the glass of a camera lens, but apparently forgot about that plan when I did this one instead. My kids were asking about lava lamps one day, though I don’t recall why. I told them that we had some from when Melissa and I were teenagers. We still had them in a box in a shed somewhere and had no idea if they would work. Somewhat miraculously, through repeated frozen winters and very hot summers (at least inside storage), two out of the three that we had still worked! Kids loved watching them, though their comments on lava are fairly typical for 4 and 6 year old boys. I’m sure you can use your imagination…

I thought, since they have such interesting shaped glass, and even more interesting internals, that it would make an interesting photo for the subject. So, the plan was to shoot this at a very slow shutter speed to get a lot of movement in the lamps. The metal flake one circulates at a pretty decent speed, but the lava lamp goes fairly slowly. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it was interesting to think about and how slow of a shutter I would really need. In the end, because the lamps generate so much light, even with aperture and ISO stopped down as much as I could, I didn’t really get as slow of a shutter speed as I would have liked. To contend with the lamps were the sunflowers that were only receiving let, so they are fairly dark. I think it still looked pretty interesting.

Groovy Man

Glass © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 50, f/22, 10 seconds, 50mm

What do you think of the final image based on the theme? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!
Take a look at the other knuckle-draggers partaking in the SooC 52 event.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.

29 Aug

#SooC52 Week 27 – Heat

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

Wow, well, this is only…about a month and a half behind schedule! This summer has been pretty crazy I guess. So, this theme, Heat, was chosen by Eje apparently. Of course, the first thing you think of in the middle of July, when this theme was chosen is the hot air temps of summer. Now it’s almost September and we’ve had a cool spell, barely hitting 70s. One day recently it was barely in the 60s, so it was feeling like fall had come early. I didn’t want to do something specific for the summer, though certain things like pool and heat mirages came to mind. What I really wanted to do was some kind of abstract from fire, either view deep into the red glowing coals, or maybe somehow direct the camera into flames without much of anything in the background. Unfortunately, since we’ve been pretty busy here at Lane Estates, we haven’t had a cook or camp fire in quite a while.

So what did I decide on instead? Now, bare with me, because this is a bit of a stretch. Currently we have a large basement foundation poured in our yard for addition to the house, but we don’t have a house on it yet. So, when it rains we tend to get a lot of frogs in there that we have to pick up off the floor and/or scoop out of the sump pump hole. There is usually a couple dozen frogs, minimum, down there. The kids absolutely love this activity, even though it gives my wife a migraine trying to make sure they are careful with the frogs and don’t accidentally squish them. She really likes frogs… but anyway, this last time it happened we also got three salamanders down there. We see salamanders from time to time, but not often, and it was the first time this year, so I thought, what a great opportunity to get some cool photos of them. And hey, salamanders were, in legends, depicted often with fire. So I thought, hey salamanders would be perfect for heat! I find legendary creatures pretty fascinating, but maybe you don’t, so I’ll just leave a link here to more information on that. Salamanders and the iffy link to heat.

Salamander, the legendary fire creature

Salamander © Chris Lane Photo
ISO800, f/6.3, 1/200, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens with extension tube

What’s this, a double feature?!

Bonus photo!

Salamander close up © Chris Lane Photo
ISO800, f/8, 150, same lens but more extension (I think this was the full set, the other was just the big tube alone)

They are pretty odd creatures. My wife said their heads in these photos makes them look like snakes, and I think they do except with skin instead of scales. The second photo you can actually see their pores, which I thought was neat.

But wait, there’s more!

Whoa, now, I’m getting a little crazy here, what is this another bonus, BONUS photo??
So, since the salamander thing is a fairly weak link to heat, admittedly, I thought I’d add this one too. I was eating tacos one night and my wife’s grandfather brought over these mysterious skinny peppers. He didn’t remember planting them, but he has a pretty massive garden and isn’t a big fan of peppers but knows I like ’em hot. I’m still not sure what they are, but boy are they ever hot! I cut up half of one, spread it across my taco and it brought the heat to say the least!! And I like pretty hot food. So, I think this one actually fits the theme a little better. So, enjoy.

The Heat

Hot peppers © Chris Lane Photo
ISO1250, f/3.5, 1/30, Canon 5D Mii, and obviously my favorite lens and my new favorite tubes (can’t remember which ones were on)

So there, one week less that I need to catch up, but I have a ways to go. Keep up with Eje and Pete on their blogs too, they are doing good work on the project still:
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.