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A Random Snowstorm Video to Break Up the Summer Heat

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It was hot as hell this week here in Ohio. You know those mornings when you wake up feeling like you just worked a whole night loading in a show because it was so hot and humid the night before?

Yeah. I was on a summer tour where our bus driver kept forgetting to reset the air conditioner after plugging into shore power. It was July. Those mornings SUCKED!

In my quest to get all of this old video processed, here’s a few minutes of a snowstorm from Denver that I must have grabbed back in 2009… enjoy its cold frostiness!

A Random Snowstorm in Denver, 2009 from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Last Week’s News Catch-up – Wybron Closing, Live Nation Sued, Trees That Glow, and More!

It’s been a busy weekend, and now that Monday rears its ugly head, it’s time to get back to work.  For some of us, it means looking for work, and others it means working hard and keeping busy.  With the summer season coming up, I have to believe that the “keeping busy” part won’t be an issue.

Let’s catch up on last week — a lot happened last week that was of industry importance.

First — Wybron, Inc is closing its doors on June 28, 2013.  After 35 years in business and with tons of technological development for and in our beloved Lighting Industry, the maker of the Color Scroller (et al) says goodnight, and good luck.

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Then — Live Nation, Optex Staging, and Domenic Cugliari (an individual engineer that allegedly signed off on the Radiohead stage that collapsed and killed Scott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum tech) were sued by the Ontario Health and Safety Board.  This is a huge deal in the world right now, especially since summer gigs are kicking full steam ahead.  Are you safe in the workplace?

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Next — a Kickstarter campaign by some extremely intelligent and driven individuals to manufacture the first man-made bioluminescent trees.  I highly recommend this as a respite from the news about disasters.

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Then — are you an expert of light?  Think you know the difference between Luminance and Illuminance?  Then put your knowledge where your mouth is and take the JimOnLight LIGHT Quiz!

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Stay tuned, world — more to come soon, and I wish you all a Happy Monday!

 

How to Fold A Drawing Plate or Light Plot for Easy Shipping and Storage!

Whoa! It’s pre-tattoos JimOnLight!

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When I first started up the JimOnLight YouTube Channel, I posted a video on how to fold a drawing — when I was in grad school, my mentor Mary Tarantino taught me perhaps one of the coolest skills in all of the world when dealing with paper plots and scenic or lighting drawings.  Check it out for yourself, you’ll never go back to shipping shit in a mailer tube again!

(unless of course you would rather spend the extra money, or you have a plate set that is more than 20 pages and you don’t want to fold them all…)

This method works on any type and any size of plate up to ARCH E, ANSI E, and A0, and will get your drawing small enough to fit in a manilla envelope or folder for transport and shipping!

Random Light – A Trip to Durham, Ontario with My Camera and My Wife

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Laura and I went to Durham, Ontario to see her mom and stepdad a few days ago, and it was cold and snowy — just what I’ve come to expect of Canada!

The light was so overcast and diffuse because of the weather that it created some great conditions for capturing detail.  Check out some photos I posted of our little journey in the snow:

The Saugeen River, Durham, Ontario

Toothy Gears

Happy Laura!

the Ghost of Disbelief

the founder of Durham, ON carved into a log

Ties

"Use NEW-LIFE Seeds!"

It's a Lil' Cannon!

Our Heroic Dead

the dam

DANGER!

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beautiful house on our trip

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Louver Machine

the bridge

Like I said… it was a short trip! We still had a blast walking around through the snowy and cold town of Durham!  It’s been so long since I’ve had any time to actually take and appreciate photography that this little adventure set off a storm of creativity in my head.  Thanks, baby!

Editor’s note:
I got an email a few weeks ago asking about what I use to shoot lately.  When I was teaching in Oklahoma, during The House of Atreus, some asshole came into the theatre and stole my DSLR, two lenses, and a big bottle of post-surgery Percocets.  After that, I didn’t want to invest any money in something that was just going to get stolen too — until I saw Martin Kuhn’s Sony NEX-5N at NAB 2012.  So I got one!  I also use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 as my management suite, and Adobe Photoshop CS6 if I’m doing anything funky or out of the ordinary.

JOL Sunday Flickr #11

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Back after a few days in rural Ontario with my lovely and awesome wife, and we’re into another episode of JOL Sunday Flickr!  I’m sitting here on the couch with my little adorable dogger and my Laura watching Blood Diamond with Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly.  Laura has not seen a lot of the American movies that I love to watch when I write, and today’s episode is no exception.  If you haven’t seen Blood Diamond, you need to get it!

Check out some excellent shots from the Flickrverse — the JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool!

A Windowlight (window light) portrait / black and white portrait / Black & White / BW / Portrait / black / background / white / : IMGP6898

Ball of Light - Loves the Night

A photo that expresses the importance of spelling…
Light

Mercy Me

Mercy Me

N.D.B.C - I'M SEXY I KNOW IT - Today's Explore at #1 on Fluidr

philippines   (  explore  )

Layers of Arches

A touch of light from the moon ° Series

CALMING-DOWN…

Doors Open on the Right

some InLight Gobos custom work

I wish you a very excellent week!

The Daily Lamp – Naica, Reminiscing On Carbide Lamps and Caverns, from @SomethingBureau

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Today’s Daily Lamp offering is something pretty cool from Something.

Seriously. The design firm is called Something. Two designer pals, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, created an industrial design firm that seems to be doing pretty well. Today’s Daily Lamp is certainly something I would own, fo sho!

Naica is the name of a northern Mexican city, pretty famous for its crystal mine.  Have you ever seen images of the mammoth crystal formations in Mexico?

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Yeah.  It’s that one.

From the product page for Naica at Something:

Reminding a bit on a cavern itself, these lamps are inspired by carbide lanterns from the past, originally used by miners.  The light is diffused by reflection, creating a gently faded glow on the inner surface of the ceramics.
The cable covered with fabric doubles as a handle to easily move the lamp from one spot to another.  The lamp is available either in white or with a red coloured cavity.

This is a really stunning lamp. I would love to see this sitting in my bedroom right now!

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For contrast, the lamp makers mention its inspiration draws from carbide lamps from the mining days.  Have you seen one of these?

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I had to know more about this crazy cave at Naica.  This thing has crystals of Selenite that are 4 feet wide in some places.  That boggles my mind!  I found this crazy video of a team going into the cave — for some reason they’re all packed up with ice.  I’ve seen several videos now that have people trapsing through the Naica caves, but none with the kind of protection this crew has.

JimOnLight at Event Live Expo 2013!

Bob S, this one’s for you!

I am finally back from about a month of really busy traveling and trade shows — I have seen so many awesome people already in 2o13, I know that the rest of this year is going to be completely full of win…

CharlieSheen

…and I am talking about some serious Charlie Sheen kind of win.  But no tiger blood and strippers, Laura would kill me and blood is nasty.  Besides, after how much ridiculing I’ve done to the Twilight raisincakes, I wouldn’t be caught dead around a bunch of blood drinkers.

So let’s talk about Event Live Expo 2013!  Yours truly was there promoting CAST Software, with a whole bunch of awesome gear from High End Systems in Austin!  Let me just say that BlackTrax was awesome with a handful of Trackspot Bolts throwing a beam around the booth at the speed of mirrored lightning, and we were privileged to have in our rig two of the upcoming SolaSpot LED heads!  I also had a Road Hog 4 in the booth, which is one sexy machine!  The hardware got lots and lots of compliments by those who knew what it was, this wasn’t a show full of lighting design nerds like me, but for those who knew what was up, it was like meeting a celebrity.

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One of my favorite companies at this year’s Event Live Expo was Brown United.  Nope, they’re not a lighting anything company — Brown United is a temporary stage manufacturer.  However, simply put, they build stages that don’t fall down.  Like this:

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and this:

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I guess besides the fact that there is some outstanding engineering going on here, it’s made of steel.  Steel, and maybe some magic rigging dust.  More on the magic rigging dust later.

Check out a gallery view of my experiences at Event Live Expo!  Click on an image to see the individual gallery views!

An X-Ray of My Broken Hand!

X-Rays are awesome!  You, the JimOnLight audience have had the horrid experience of fire and gore pleasure of seeing several images and video of the inside of my body (and not THAT kind of inside, GREG) during that absolutely awesome experience I had with shoulder surgery, MRIs, getting bruises from surgery turned into glass gobos, and the trials and tribulations of wiping with the non-dominant hand.

Ah, the memories.

Well CHECK IT OUT!  I broke my hand!  That means X-RAY IMAGES TIME!  It’s the right hand (duh), and if you look just over there at the right pinky finger, you’ll notice the break.  There’s also a crack that runs all the way down the side of my palm.  When I do something, I do it full-out!

I love x-rays!

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Also, remember this?

JimOnLight’s Shoulder MRI from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Have a great night, everybody!  I’m going into a painkiller haze, and I should call my Dad before he Facebook guilts me to death.

[love you, f*cker!]

Happy Christmahanakwanzika from JimOnLight!

It’s Christmas Day obviously, and I’m here in Toronto with my lady and our furbaby Roxy.  Yeah, you know the one:

Roxy Claus!

 

Roxy/Daddy Christmastime!

We had plans to get home this year to introduce Laura and Roxy to the Hutchison family, but our travel plans fell through.  But, like many other families on the road this year, we’re about to Skype home in a bit and send our holiday cheer back to the States!  If you’re on the road this season and unable to spend your Holiday with the ones you miss, remember that a phone call home or a Skype/G+/video chat home can make all the difference.

I have a couple of buddies overseas in a really shit place right now “defending freedom.”  I hope you guys are safe and sound, warm, not being shot at, and having something hot and rib-sticking to eat today.

If you’re lucky enough to be with those you love this holiday, squeeze them extra tight and remember that there are 26 people who just had that taken away right before Christmas this year.

I really hope that we all realize someday that it doesn’t matter if we believe in everything, something, or nothing – if we can’t coexist, we won’t continue to exist.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, let’s turn 2013 into a year we can all look back on and be really proud to have taken part!

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