Wired UK: Server in the Clouds

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Drones are here. Whether it’s as simple as capturing footage from a GoPro, surveying land, top secret military operations or even drone beer delivery (my personal favorite) – these flying robots are in our skies and not going away anytime soon.

As with any developing industry on the edge of modern technology, the team at Wired UK are on it. Earlier this year we received a call from across the pond to fly out to San Fransisco and photograph two companies at the forefront of the aerial robotics industry: Airware and 3D Robotics.

chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

First up was Airware, a drone company aiming to take the already airbone industry into the cloud. Terrible tech puns aside, the Airware team creates hardware and software that is trying to create a standardized operating system for the world of commercial drone operations – no small task.

Jonathan Downey, the founder and CEO, as well as the rest of his team were generous with their time and access – helping us to illustrate both the tech and the people behind scenes who are bringing this idea to life.

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chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

Our second shoot took us to the Oakland based HQ of 3D Robotics, a consumer robotics startup helmed by former Wired Editor in Chief, Chris Anderson. They just released their first offering, the 3DR Solo Drone – a very user friendly and easily piloted GoPro wielding UAV capable of 3D scanning. Not too shabby.

Spending a day with their pilots and watching the R&D team work was inspiring to see where the consumer side of the drone world is headed.

chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

And of course the shoot wouldn’t be complete without a few wonderful light tests from Jared and myself. After all these years we’ve gotten really good at standing next to windows and on rooftops.

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chris crisman wired uk drones airware Jonathan Downey 3D Robotic

We were pretty busy on set wrangling all of these flying robots but we managed to grab a few quick BTS shots. If you look closely enough at the shot of Chris Anderson you can spot the 3DR Solo flying dangerously close to the industrial tanks in the background. No crashes though – the shoot was a success!

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Intuit Quickbooks: “Own It”

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“Own It” – I can’t think of a better opening phrase for this blog post than the tagline of the campaign itself. We’re really excited to share some work we shot towards the end of 2014 for Intuit Quickbooks. Partnering with the amazing creatives at RPA, we brought a campaign to life featuring small business owners who embody the spirit of “owning it.”

Our production took us all over Los Angeles, shooting talent who included beekeepers animal veterinarians, and woodworkers. Two great shoot days with an awesome crew resulted in beautiful images that you can find in magazines and plastered on billboards throughout the country.

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It is definitely worth noting that our beekeeper shot was done entirely in camera. Sure we may have added a few extra bees in post, but they were all real – and so were the beekeeping suits.

When the rest of the crew cleared off set, Chris and yours truly donned full bee protection and got ready for a fast 30 minutes of shooting. It’s also worth noting here that making any kind of battery of CF card changes to a Phase One digital back while wearing padded beekeeping gloves is strongly not advised.

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You’d think the drama would have ended with the beekeeping shoot, but a little known fact about myself is that I’m actually scared of horses. No childhood trauma, no weird experiences, I just kinda don’t like how big or unpredictable they can be. I think this picture pretty much sums it up.

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Our second day of shooting brought us to an awesome private woodworking shop just north of LA. Naturally with woodworking, you need sawdust and haze to get the right look and feel. Judging by the BTS photos from that day… It was pretty hazy on set. This shoot is also responsible for Chris’s newfound love of hazer machines.

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With any project like this, we owe a big thank you to the awesome agency RPA for having us on-board to bring their concepts to life as well as our LA based crew – you guys totally rocked it.

Thanks for reading – make sure to check us out at @Crismanphoto on Instagram and /Crismanphoto on Facebook.

Southwest The Magazine: Shakespeare in Detroit

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In the fall 0f 2014, the Crisman team headed to Detroit to spend a week working with a group of artists and actors who make up Shakespeare in Detroit. Founded in 2013, Shakespeare in Detroit is a site-specific Shakespeare company that performs throughout the city of Detroit. From the costumes to the actors, the staging and their props – every piece of the SID productions are sourced and based in Detroit. They’re an amazing group of people who are breathing life into the city, and we couldn’t be happier to tell their story.

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For this shoot we wanted to bring the characters of Shakespeare to life in real locations that spoke to the city of Detroit. The first and most obvious thought would be do go down the route of ruin and shoot inside the crumbling remains throughout the city – but this is a misstep. The true Detroit, the 2015 Detroit is not a crumbling remain, it is a city in rebirth, a thriving city which plays just as an important role in this project as the characters we’ve staged in front of the lens.

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chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

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Art, culture, food, it’s all there in Detroit. And it’s growing – faster than you may image. From city institutions like Coney Island hot dogs to brand new craft distilleries and burgeoning restaurants, there couldn’t be a better city to stage this performance in.

Not happy with just shooting stills, our team also captured motion for this project, including this video interview with the founder and director of Shakespeare in Detroit, Sam White. Although our photos may shed some light into the amazing production she founded, Sam shares the story of SID in a way that only she can.

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chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

Can’t have a shoot without some light tests and BTS coverage. We kept our kit pretty small and mobile since we were shooting at least 2 locations a day and sometimes more.

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chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

One of the most unique and most distinctively Detroit locations was The Heidelberg Project, a large scale outdoor art exhibit that spans an entire city block.

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And then I got stuck in a fish tank. Well – not really… we did shoot at the amazing Belle Isle Aquarium, a historic building designed by the legendary architect Albert Kahn.

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chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

Aside from being the stage for our scenes photographed from Othello, Slow’s Bar Bq serves some damn tasty BBQ and is a must visit if you’re in the city.

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chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

chris crisman editorial photography Southwest Airlines Shakespea

We owe a big thank you to our editors at Southwest magazine for trusting us to bring this wild story to life. We also owe a thank you to Sam White and the entire acting company at Shakespeare in Detroit – we couldn’t have pulled this off this without all your help! Last but not least, we owe a thank you to the city of Detroit – the other character throughout this series of photos – quite possibly the most appropriate backdrop for these images.

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And last but not least here’s a photo of Jared asleep while sitting in for a light test. Yup – it was definitely a long week.

Thanks for reading – make sure to check us out at @crismanphoto on Instagram and /crismanphoto on Facebook.

 

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Surfing in Puerto Rico

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In the fall of 2014 the Crisman team made a quick trip down to the amazing island of Puerto Rico for an assignment. Although we could have stayed for weeks, our schedule only afforded us a few days in paradise – where we did what we do best, we made pictures.

Traveling to the surf capitol of the island, Rincón, we headed straight for the beach in search of the sun, sand and photos to be had. It was on the appropriately named Surf beach that we met up with Rincón local Koty and her dog Maya to shoot a few frames.

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Of course there were very few complaints from the crew – despite the fact that we often had to play human light-stand with a 7B backpack strapped to our backs. No worries though, no assistants, cameras, or lighting gear were lost on this trip.

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We owe a big thank you to Koty and our crew in Puerto Rico for all of their help in making this shot and a handful of others possible –

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

Wired UK: AeroVelo

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Last fall the Crisman team hopped a flight to Nevada and trekked out into the middle of the desert to photograph a record-breaking human speed attempt. Part science & engineering, part sheer human strength – the AeroVelo team set out to break records at the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge and we were there to capture every minute of it. Here’s a few of our favorite shots that ran in this month’s issue of Wired UK.

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chris crisman editorial photography wired uk aero velo

chris crisman editorial photography wired uk aero velo

chris crisman editorial photography wired uk aero velo

Sadly, we have to report that the AeroVelo team didn’t break the record – for as close as they came, mechanical failure got the best of their bike. Undeterred, they’ll be back – there’s always next year.

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chris crisman editorial photography wired uk aero velo

As for us – will we ever go back to Battle Mountain? Unless we get called back to document AeroVelo’s 2015 quest for the speed record, I doubt it. Aside from some very, very fast moving human powered vehicles and a lot of untamed stretch of desert, there’s not a whole lot out there. Maybe we’ll be back to document the 2015 run – only time will tell.

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

2015 – The New Year

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It’s a new year.

And with that we’re off to a new start. As we sit here in the studio with snow falling around us, there’s a moment of both tranquility and anticipation. We’re back in action and ready to get cracking in 2015. After a much needed pause in the action, the new adventure of 2015 is upon us and we’re already working on new assignments, planning new personal projects, looking into picturesque locations and seeking out unique and beautiful talent – all the while, making sure the every day we come to work is one where we’re having fun and doing it for the sake of making amazing images.

That is to say, it’s pretty much business as usual.

The Crisman team has a big year ahead, and as always we’ll be sharing it as we go. There’s always this blog, Chris’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on the action. We’ll do our best to keep posting as this train keeps rolling – make sure you enjoy the ride.