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25 May

#SooC52 Week 20 – City

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

Holy smokes, almost 20 weeks in already! Before we know it we’ll be at the halfway mark! This week’s theme was chosen by David. I thought it was interesting theme and had a lot of possibilities for everyone involved, except for the fact that I live well outside of a town of mearly 368 people. I don’t think that can even be considered a “town” but probably more likely a village. Thinking back to when I used to play SimCity, it was classed a town when it hit 2,000 residents. I don’t know if that’s anything like official matters, but it’s always been my unofficial requirements. City would then be a population of 10,000+. So, I’m WAY off! And even then, I live out in the countryside. So, thinking of options for this, I thought, well, can I make the areas tallest building [in a neighboring town], which is an elderly apartment building that is maybe six stories high, appear to be a skyscraper? Maybe I just do the population town sign as you come into my local village? Nothing really excited me.

Then when I got home and the legos were strewn about the living room floor, I thought, how about a lego city? I thought that might be interesting. I decided I’d do that and try capture a silhouette city skyline, out of legos. Of course, my kids thought it was pretty great too, anytime that I sit down on the floor and build with them. Now that I am finished with this photo, my son doesn’t want to destroy my little city because he likes it so much. The setup for the photo was quite simple. I elevated the platform with the city in front of a window and made sure to expose correct for the situation. I did have a flash set behind it, but I don’t know if it did much.

City Skyline

City Skyline © Chris Lane Photo
Canon 5D Mark II, 228mm, f/10, ISO100, 1/60

Tell me if when you look at this if you can see any of the color of the lego blocks. I have one monitor that you can only see a bit of color in one of the foreground skyscrapers, but most of the rest is quite dark, if not fully black. But when I move it to my secondary (cheaper) monitor, the brightness must be set higher because I can see a lot more colored blocks in the image. So it would be interesting to know how it looks to you. Of course, I prefer the darker image, since it’s supposed to be more or less a silhouette.

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02 Mar

#SooC52 Week 8 – Love

Chris Lane / photography / / 4 Comments

I am rather late this week with my #SooC52 post again, as it was a fairly difficult topic. Chosen by Eje this time, topic is ‘love.’ You wouldn’t think this would be a difficult subject to shoot, especially considering I have a wonderful wife and four awesome kids. I didn’t necessarily just want to go with some generic looking shot either though. Unfortunately, I never did think of anything too spectacular. Eje actually was the one that gave me the idea that I ended up going with. It’s a quite simple shot, of my eldest son (6 years old) holding and squeezing his two most loved stuffed animals, a pair of Eeyores. He definitely loves those things and they usually end up all over the house. I wanted to at least make it an interesting looking photo, so I lit it dramatically with a strobe almost straight to the side of him. That was being held by my other son. The problem was that I felt pretty rushed, not only was it the last day of the week to post and I hadn’t gotten it done yet, it was also bedtime for the kids and the two little girls were crying for whatever reason. So I think I kind of botched this one as far as a SooC shot, so I also am posting a processed version. That one is more like what I had in my head. It’s a tight shot, which I intended, but I should have had more ambient light, or a bounce on the opposite side of the flash to get a little fill on the other side. I decided to cross process it with the colors and obviously boosted the exposure. I added noise too, just to give it a more film look, since I was cross-processing anyway, and that obviously comes from film processing days. Hope you enjoy what I came up with.

T with E

T with Eeyore © Chris Lane Photo

And the process version:
T with Eeyore processed version © Chris Lane Photo

And the rest of the crew:
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.