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Medium Format Film

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , , , , , ,     Posted date:  August 30, 2011
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A few shots I just got back from the Seagull 4B medium format TLR…

 

Taken on Ilford HP5 Plus B&W Film

 

Taken on Ilford HP5 Plus B&W Film

 

Taken on Ilford HP5 Plus B&W Film

 

Taken on Ilford HP5 Plus B&W Film

 

 

Lindenwood Night

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:      Posted date:  July 6, 2011
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Shot at night with a good friend on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Here’s a few of my shots from that outing…

 

Lindenwood University at night

Lindenwood University at Night

 

Lindenwood University at Night

Lindenwood University at Night

 

Lindenwood University at Night

Lindenwood University at Night

 

Lindenwood University at Night

Lindenwood University at Night

 

Lindenwood University at Night

Lindenwood University at Night

 

 

Theater Crowd

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:      Posted date:  May 27, 2011
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My daughter recently had a dance recital so of course being the good parents we are we took lots of photos. Somewhere in there I grabbed a photo of the other parents doing the same thing.

Watching the Dance Recital

Parents watching the dance recital

 

Winghaven Nature Walk

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , , , , , , ,     Posted date:  May 23, 2011
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Made an outing with a friend who’s just getting into photography this past weekend. The area we went to is some sort of nature trail surrounded by residential and business developments so it’s somewhat unexpected in Winghaven. Kind of a neat place and I grabbed a few decent images while we were out. The sun was blasting but there was partial cloud cover so I was able to find a few spots of softer light here and there.

Winghaven Missouri Nature Trail

Marshy area of the Winghaven Nature Trail



Winghaven Missouri Nature Trail

Along the walkpath



Winghaven Nature Trail

Along the walkpath shot with a Lensbaby

Gateway Arch Weekend

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , , , , ,     Posted date:  April 15, 2011
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Saturday was my son’s 7th birthday. So, like a good family who lives so close to one of America’s great landmarks, we took a trip to the Gateway Arch and the City Museum. Unfortunately the City Museum requires permission for any kind of professional photography so I had to leave the 5D in the car, but the Arch was a different story.

Below are several of the shots taken that day with the Canon 5D and the Lensbaby Composer and Tamron wide-angle lens.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO

Gateway Arch in St. Louis shot with a Lensbaby



Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri



St Louis Arch in Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri



Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri



Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri



Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri



 

 

Moonbeam Mandolins Product Shoot

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , , , ,     Posted date:  April 8, 2011
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I just finished shooting and processing some new product photography for our friends at Moonbeam Mandolins! If you have any appreciation at all for high-end handcrafted musical instruments, you really need to get your hands on one of these mandolins. The quality of wood used and the level of craftsmanship is really quite mind blowing. In addition to being a photographer, I’ve also been a musician my entire life and have an affinity for acoustic-style instruments.

I’ve played a few mandolins in the past, mostly the cheap yard sale variety but a few decent quality instruments and the difference between them and a Moonbeam is tangible. Each instrument is hand built by Glenn and Bobbie Robertson, a husband/wife team in southeast Missouri so they’re local too! The tonal quality of the instruments I played on did not waver from low to high register and each note sang brilliantly. I used a few different styles of picks and I have to say, I liked different qualities of the tone produced from each kind. As with all fine instruments, the resonance, tone, brilliance and depth of the notes will continue to develop and improve over the life of a solid wood instrument. This is especially true when you factor in the quality of the woods used to create the instrument and when you play a Moonbeam, you’re literally playing some of the finest quality woods available! All this to say – the value and playability of these instruments will only increase with time.

I’ve commissioned a custom F-Plus mandolin from them (#69) and I hear it’s close to being completed. If what I’ve played on so far is any measure, I’m in for probably the finest instrument I’ve ever owned in my life in a few weeks! I fully plan on recording with it and hopefully get something up on the internets to share so you can hear how amazing they sound. In the meantime, take a look at some of the images captured from this last batch of mandolins:

Moonbeam Mandolin

Studio shot of a Moonbeam Mandolin



Moonbeam Mandolin headstock

Moonbeam Mandolin #57 Headstock



Moonbeam Mandolin

Moonbeam #63 Detail



Moonbeam Mandolin

Body of Moonbeam #80



Isolated Moonbeam Mandolin

Moonbeam #57 Isolated Front View



Monopoly Poster

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , ,     Posted date:  February 13, 2011
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I PROMISE this will be the last post regarding anything Monopoly related. It’s just what I’ve been working on lately, I don’t have any kind of weird “thing” for the game…
monopoly poster image

So a few changes from the original. First the border and title, but more importantly – I changed the background to match the soft green of the original gameboard background. Full size: 24″x36″



More Monopoly

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , ,     Posted date:  February 12, 2011
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A peak at the Editorial shoot I’ve been working on for iStock/Getty.

monopoly

I have to say…I love shooting with the Lensbaby. I didn’t think it would be viable for product-type photography but it has a certain panache that I happen to like. It’s a nice departure from the normally sterile standard product photography. On this particular image I used an f8.0 aperture disk and a +4 magnifier. I’m pretty pleased with how well the glass is handling color reproduction as well. The only downside so far has been chromatic aberration when using the macro magnifier, but really I think this is an issue with a lot of macro kits.



Monopoly Game Pieces

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:  , , ,     Posted date:  February 6, 2011
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Currently working on shooting some Editorial content for iStock/Getty. During the shooting I decided to break out the macro lens kit and the lensbaby tilt/shift and have a bit of fun with the game pieces. They’re so iconic, I found myself wondering how they picked these objects out when they were coming up with the game. I mean…an iron…a wheelbarrow??

Anyway, this image ended up being absolutely HUGE (26″x37″ at full 300dpi resolution) since each piece was framed fully in the Canon 5D full-frame sensor and then comped together in Photoshop CS5! I’m considering making a poster print of this after I shoot some more. I think I might like this on my wall!

Check it out a bit larger HERE



New site design!

Posted by: Chris Hutchison    Tags:      Posted date:  February 4, 2011
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Not sure that I’ll actually keep this thing up-to-date, but my intention is to post new shoots as they happen. It’s much faster to post them as a blog entry so hopefully we can keep new content coming. Leave comments if you like!