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When the call came in from our editors at Wired UK, we knew we were in for a good shoot. Fly out to the west coast and photograph three of the most important scientists researching ways to challenge and expand your brain – how could we say no? Although this shoot literally flew by – traveling from home base in Philadelphia to San Fransisico, San Diego, back to San Fran, and all back to Philly in just over 72 hours – we met incredible subjects working on the cutting edge of technology and worked with them to make amazing photos.

Want to see the results and read our story of how it all came together? Keep on reading…

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chris crisman conceptual portrait wilderness

We’re excited to share some brand new work today! Our newest personal conceptual portrait, Wildman. Another image that has literally been years in the making, we just wrapped up this portrait and couldn’t wait to get it online.

Make sure to head over to www.crismanphoto.com to see it in full screen glory and stay tuned in the coming weeks for the full behind the scenes blog post about the shot.

What are your thoughts on this new shot? Any questions? let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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chris crisman dynalite xp800

As soon as our Escalante assignment for The Nature Conservancy booked, the first call I made was to our friends over at Dynalite. We knew they were working on an ultralight Battery & Sine Wave Inverter that could power their strobes and I couldn’t think of better terrain for a field test than hiking through southern Utah.

When I explained our shoot to our good buddy at the company Jim Morton, I remember asking what kind of advice he had for the type of field test we were about to put their battery unit through. His response was exactly what we were hoping for: “…nobody has ever done that before…” Perfect – time to take this piece of gear for a test drive. How did we fare? Keep reading to find out…

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A portion of our Escalante assignment for The Nature Conservancy took us to a place where we’ve never made pictures before, a place that afforded a truly unique and inspiring point of view, and a place where we really, really needed to make sure Chris didn’t drop the camera.

For the first time, the Crisman team took to the skies to shoot Aerial photography of southern Utah to capture visuals that would help show the changing landscape of the Escalante region as well as illustrate the problematic nature of the invasive species the folks on the ground are working so hard to eradicate. Keep reading for more stories and photos from 10,000 ft….

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The Escalante is remote, vast, and wild. From the desert floor to well over 10,000 feet, this region follows the course of the Escalante river, a twisted, winding, and beautiful river stretching from southern Utah into Arizona. This unparalleled beauty is under siege though – invasive species threaten the vulnerable ecosystem of the river and pose a threat to all plant and animal life in the area, including those who take it upon themselves to remedy the situation.

In the fall of 2013 we spent a week in the Escalante, shooting stills and motion for The Nature Conservancy. Our goal was not only to document the people involved and their conservation efforts, but to bring the river itself to life, a prominent player in the cast of characters that make up this wildly remote and beautiful landscape.

Our experiences in the Escalante were so diverse that we couldn’t limit the story to one blog post. Over the month of April, we’ll be sharing different parts of our behind the scenes story. Today we’re excited to share some of the images that ran in the story as well as behind the scenes from our adventure. Keep reading for more…

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chris crisman national peanut board advertising

After releasing our blog post on creating a campaign for The Perfectly Powerful Peanut, we realized that there was still a big portion of the images and ultimately the campaign that we did not address – the retouching. In this unique scenario, we relied on the talents of the expert retoucher and digital artist Taisya Kuzmenko to combine our photography with custom botanical illustrations and work some magic to make a final image that was greater than the sum of it’s parts.

Collaborating with the creatives at LBVD, we were able to create some really amazing work – and who better to explain how it came together than the digital artist herself. Keep reading for our retouching Q&A as well as a handful of in-process shots of how this campaign came together…

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We work like crazy. As a studio manager/producer/assistant/blogger life very rarely slows down to the point where I can step back and reflect on it. When it does though, I find myself mulling over aspects of this job that might seem so inconsequential, but for me hold deeper meanings. I’ve decided to start this monthly series on the blog to take a minute and stop, reflect, and write about some of the aspects of being a studio manager that really impact me. These are my studio manager meditations.

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My Last Trip to Calumet

Earlier this month, I started off my morning in a fairly normal fashion: coffee, a quick breakfast, hopping in my car and stopping by Calumet on the way to the studio. We needed a few A clamps – nothing more, nothing less. In every respect, it was a perfectly normal trip. I browsed around for a few minutes looking for odds and ends, bullshitted appropriately with the employees, paid for our new A clamps and got on with the rest of my day.

A week later, Calumet filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy overnight and closed every single one of it’s US stores. Chris and I were in San Fransisco on a shoot when I woke up to the news – plastered all over Facebook and social networks that the longstanding photo supplier shut it’s doors without telling a single soul. Maybe it was the haze of jet lag or a slight hangover from the beer I’d consumed the night before, but I didn’t quite believe it. This couldn’t be – I was just there, I just bought A clamps, it was business as usual.

I made a few calls – first to the Philadelphia store; nothing. With no answer on that line, I made a call to one of the only people who I knew could give me a definitive answer. I dialed the cell number of one of our guys at the Philadelphia store. What I’d heard was confirmed – the news was not good, our conversation was short and I immediately realized the worst part of the situation. It wasn’t the equipment, it wasn’t the studio supplies, the rental gear, or any of the actual things Calumet sold. The worst part of this situation was the abrupt and unfair blow the company dealt to its employees.

This blog post goes out to those guys – I wont name names here, but you all know who you are.

Thank you. Thank you for that morning earlier this month when I came in, browsed around, bullshitted, and bought A clamps. Thank you for the years of great service and even better friendship. Thank you for putting up with all of the Crisman team’s craziness and requests. Thank you for everything, it won’t be forgotten.

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