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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.

25 Mar

#SooC52 Week 12 – “Too Effing Busy”

Chris Lane / photography / / 5 Comments

This week’s subject for the SooC challenge was from Doug, who is a few weeks behind and understandably chose the more conceptual theme of “Too Effing Busy.” Now I guess we will see if he actually makes something for this week, or if he just is too “effing” busy. ha! I actually had my concept pretty quickly, as this shot is something I’ve had in mind for a long time. I didn’t originally intend for it to be something that I shot SooC though. I actually intended this to be a series where I would be attempting to do multiple tasks, such as doing bills on the computer, making food, whatever but literally covered in children. I have 4 kids and that, historically, isn’t a lot, but it’s still a lot of kids. I love them very much though and definitely try to have enough time for them, but sometimes kids just never get enough time. So they tend to crawl all over me to get my attention or just to be close. So this photo isn’t entirely made up. Though if they were doing this, I probably wouldn’t be attempting to do bills at the same time. And I certainly don’t want to pretend I do all the work and my wife isn’t, that’s far from the truth. She puts up with these rascals all day long including doing homeschooling for our eldest. Now that’s work!

A couple things I notice on this now, you can’t really see the plate of food I had, to show I was trying to eat while doing all this. There is a pad of stamps on the keyboard, that shouldn’t be there. The dog I chose is so dark he just looks like a shadow at the bottom of the pic. I wish my wife was more interested in being more in the photo than just her arm handing me the phone. The lighting is ok, but nothing spectacular. I had a couple speedlights, one through an umbrella and the other in a softbox. Damien, in the back, doesn’t look quite as involved as I had hoped, but you can still see him at least. And I was going to have the baby drinking a bottle, but she had just finished so wasn’t hungry. All in all I think this turned out pretty decent for all the things that had to come together. The kids were fantastic and had fun doing it. They like to get involved with me when I am doing a photo shoot if they can. More time with me that way!


Busy © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 400, f/3.5, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens, 1/160, Two speedlights set at 1/64 (iirc)

Make sure to take a look at everyone else’s work. And if they aren’t up to date, find them on twitter and harass them! We also have a new contender to the group, check him out at the bottom.

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.
You can see Loc’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.