Andika Pradana’s Skansen Visit Video – Blast from My Swedish Past!

Ah, Andika!  Your video really made me miss you guys, all of you!  Please share a hug from me to everybody that was there, because this video warmed up my heart for the whole day.  Thanks, brother!

So, JimOnLight.com Community, this video below was taken by Andika Pradana (an amazing photographer/videographer who has lots of imagery on Flickr, Facebook, and Vimeo) when I was in Stockholm at KTH in the fall.  Andika is in a group of photographers that I consider a Master of Captured Lumens – the man can capture light among the best.

Skansen is “the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.”  It’s a pretty cool place – there were some amazing views of the harbor, Stockholm, and the architecture around the city from that island.  I have tons of pictures from my travels to that place, I just have to get unbusy for a weekend to sort them!

My KTH class was there observing some of the period structures and how people in those era (1750’s-1850’s) dealt with daylight and available light.  We did a lot of sketching in a particular structure assigned by group, and then compared our work to create a 3D representation of the “feeling” of the light in the room.  I’ll post pictures of that too, it was quite fun – myself, lovely Valeria Mirarchi, and everybody’s pal, Jonas Godehart.  You two are going to be working lighting designers soon, I am so proud of you!

Okay, enough rambling.  Check out Andika’s video!  He did a great job of capturing the entire project from start to finish:

Skansen (Daylighting Observation) from Andika Pradana on Vimeo.

The Guitar Tech VS. The Local Crew Guy

I saw this video a few days ago on the web, but Kevin Jamison made sure that I had it to post it.  Thanks, Kevin!  You rock, man!

Make sure to take the few minutes it takes to watch this video.  If you’ve ever been on either side of this in any capacity, you will chuckle, perhaps giggle.  I did!  Enjoy your Saturday, kids!

Dallas PGA Golf Celebrity Party, InLight Gobos, and Absolute Lighting. PARTY. Part 2!

Yeah, I told you I had a metric ton of photos to put up for the party I went to with Rick Hutton on Monday.  That was an amazing time – I wanna party like that again soon!

BlissLight on the tree!

All photography C/O Jim Hutchison and Light Associated Media, LLC

Intellaspot XT-1 from High End Systems. Whoa! Where? How – When?

Where was I a month ago when this was sneaked?!  I am so excited about this, I’m posting at 10pm.

Check this out – meet the Intellaspot XT-1:

So, okay – High End Systems and everybody’s favorite lighting maker Richard Belliveau have created, with a summer release date, a new moving head.  20,000 lumens from an 850W short arc lamp, large aperture, and a whole ton of features.  I was watching the video that Barco posted about the new fixture  that Richard has developed with High End Systems, and frankly it’s pretty freaking awesome.

A few features I pulled from the video about the Intellaspot XT-1:

  • the unit runs on 100-240VAC.  Um, that’s pretty awesome.  So you can plug one of these in without having to set up a distro.
  • the optics in the fixture and the lamp give the fixture a 20,000 lumen output – but it’s using an 850W lamp.  That compares to fixtures using a 1500W lamp, which is also pretty amazing.
  • 5:1 zoom ratio, about 11 degrees to 55 degrees.
  • 14 rotating gobos, Richard’s selections (which are always a hell of a lot of fantastic) include lots of colorful stuff, aerial gobos, and he makes sure to say that the breakups and foliage are in there too!
  • Animation, prisms, CMY mixing, the variable electronic strobe that High End is known for, and some other good stuff

The look of the Intellaspot XT-1 is also something of note.  High End Systems fixtures always have that smooth, “alien” design as Richard refers to it – the Studio Spot and Color lines, X-Spot – you know, the sleek design that those fixtures are known for having.  The Intellaspot XT-1 has a pretty interesting “military” design (again Richard’s reference) that just looks pretty cool.  The Color Command was like that too – High End Systems’ dichroic washlight.  Very edged, mechanized-looking, a unique feel to the Color Commands:

The Intellaspot XT-1 has a very similar look:

Richard, you and your High End Systems folks never, ever cease to amaze me, man.  I can’t wait to see the Intellaspot XT-1!

bulbr, Meet the World!

So, I have a surprise for you, everybody.  Meet the new spot for people that love light to blog, network, and interact:  it’s bulbr!

bulbr is now a public beta, and registration is open to everyone.  Just keep in mind that we’re still in beta, and always trying to make it better!  Go sign up, talk with a lot of the people you know from Twitter, and get involved!  I’m Jim on bulbr (real creative, I know), so go be my friend, wouldja?

Follow this link to register yourself for bulbr!

Richard Cadena Needs Our Help to Help Someone in Need

I am kicking myself in the face about this one, which is a very interesting sight (because I’m wearing my Teva sandals).  I scheduled this post at LightFair last week, but I did something that made it not post.  I am rectifying that right now.

I posted last week about Richard Cadena’s South African student friend Titus.  Ogunyemi “Titus” Oladimeji (the audio student at SAE in Capetown, South Africa), needs help with a laptop, and Richard is having a fundraiser to raise some money to buy him a used laptop.  Richard is trying to raise $1500 bucks for this project by May 28.  I’m reaching out to the JimOnLight.com Community – can you help?

Check out the widget below – anything is appreciated!

Niagara Falls in the Eyes of A Master of Captured Lumens

I am so excited to post this for everybody – her work should be getting some major props.  By “her” of course I mean the official photog for JimOnLight.com and a mad, mad artist in her own right – Amanda Lynne Ballard.  Everyone knows her on Twitter as @a_mandolin, and those of us who know her from the internet and the world know she’s a photographer and pic magician.

One of our favorite stage managers, @SMLois (or Lois to the layperson) came to see Amanda Lynne in Toronto for a visit recently, and a series of events unfolded.  Will I get these in the right order?  Probably not.  Let’s see:

  1. Amanda Lynne piles Lois and Brittany (@bfg85 on Twitter) into her car.
  2. Amanda Lynne then drives Lois and Brittany in her car down the QE.
  3. Amanda Lynne keeps the destination, Niagara Falls, a secret for a set amount of time.
  4. Amanda Lynne reveals destination to Lois and Brittany, who rejoice.

Background stories are excellent.  Enjoy these photos, and Amanda Lynne is about to have some photo work on JimOnLight.com from a backstage tour of KA we had, followed by three days of LightFair 2010 shots!

Dude, squee.

Amanda’s work is protected under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No-Derivs License.  So make sure to give her credit where credit is due!


Dallas PGA Golf Celebrity Party, InLight Gobos, and Absolute Lighting. PARTY.

I got invited to an amazing party on Monday night.  A “local Dallas PGA golf celebrity” who shall remain nameless, Rick Hutton from InLight Gobos, and a bunch of awesome techs from Absolute Lighting in Dallas and I hung out until the wee hours of the morning, partying and hobnobbing with some really excellent people.  An amazing time was had by all.

I met so many people.  I saw so much mind-blowing party lighting.  I rubbed elbows with really awesome men and women, and just had myself an excellent experience.  I will say this – when InLight Gobos is involved with anything I see, it is always absolutely visually stunning.  Yeah.  Rick’s stuff is the best in the industry, in my humble designer opinion.  He’s been rocking and rolling on top of this biz for many, many years.

Rick was the general contractor for the design, the templates, and the BlissLights, and he subbed out equipment to Absolute Lighting, who provided DL-2s, COLORados, and other general gear.  Control was on a Hog III, and the video content mixed with the LED wash on the “local Dallas PGA golf celebrity” house made this party one of the top 2 house parties I have ever attended.

Thanks for the amazing time, the sushi, the sushi display platforms (leave that one to your imagination), the mind-blowing party lighting, and the invite.  If you’ve not heard of Absolute Lighting, you need to check them out.  Great people, great work!

I have A LOT of pictures of this one, folks.  A lot.  Like over a hundred.  I’m gonna spread them out over a few days so as not to screw up your JimOnLight.com image loading experience, so get ready for days of excellent views!

A long-exposure of the space cannons at the entrance to the neighborhood:

Yours truly, Rick Hutton, and Flo the awesomeness at the end of the night – or beginning of the morning, however you want to look at it:

Laura and Austin rocking the DL-2 rig:

All photography C/O Jim Hutchison and Light Associated Media, LLC

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING and Watch Olafur Eliasson at TED 2009

Okay, I know that you have five minutes to take your brain and expand it further than it is wide right this instant.

Stop what you’re doing.
Get comfortable so you can learn.
Press play on this video below.

It’s of Olafur Eliasson at Ted 2009 – he’s talking about using space, color, and light.  You need this right now.