We've been fighting that cabin fever this week. There is only so much pixel pushing that you can do before you go insane. It definitely doesn't come as a shock, sitting in a room with the lights off and the windows covered. Starring at LCDs and intermittently at the middle gray walls. It's a strange coincidence that there was a VFX labor rights protest at the Oscars this week, even with all the fun that this job can be, sometimes it feels like a prison. It must be the weather talking. I shot some clothing for TheTeamlab.com a little while back. This was a good fit, because I designed and printed the stuff too. I can't resist getting my fingers into every aspect of a project, it's a bit of an obsession.
These were quick and dirty, although there was a lot of time making the wrinkles look right. One light, in a 3'x4' softbox, directly above the top of the frame. We shot tethered into aperture with a 28mm lens. You can buy any of these designs and several more HERE.
More to come. -J.H.
I did a bunch of work for the 3rd annual Throwdown Showdown this year. This is always a fun event, but a ton of work and a tiny bit stressful because it has a pretty tight budget. I already mentioned that I designed and built the trophies for the contest, but I wanted to do a little photo recap on the day.
Why wait 'til the end, Chemish Lifestyle rider Max Hase took home second place.
The event literally would not have happened without this man. Jeff did the shoveling of three men, not to mention supplying about half of the lighting rig for the contest.
Wissink and pretty lights
Jake Lowther, dorkin'
There was a legit turnout for the contest, bigger and bigger every year. If you didn't make it out, you missed out for sure.
Kory and some dude in a watermelon jacket.
Zach Visser from Chemish Lifestyle was the emcee on the day. I'm fairly certain that is not Gatorade.
Max Boileau and... Does anybody know this guy?
Viss making rent.
Herbalife and TheTeamlab.com both showed up with merch and free samples.
More to come. -J.H.
Another couple weeks has passed without a single new blog post. My dad would say 'No news is good news' or something like that, in this case he would be right. I've been running all over heck doing 'God knows what' during the last two weeks. A little photography, a little production work, getting all that silk screening stuff muscled into a workable shop. You know, good old fashioned hard work. During this time we elected a president, weathered a crazy storm, and resorts all over the Midwest are starting to turn white with fabricated snow.
On that note, last week I uploaded a big box of code for the guys over at TheTeamlab.com. The new site will be a hub for Midwest riders to share videos, photos, and to find out about events that are close to home. It's been a heck of a journey, and it was a little hard to let go of this one, treat her gently world.
There a few odds and ends left on this project, maybe not an entire posts worth, I will fit 'em in where I can.
See ya when I see ya. -J.H.
I missed out on the official Midwest opening day at Trollhaugen on Saturday, but I did make it out to Going Big in The Bay last weekend in Green Bay. There should be a story on THETEAMLAB.COM shortly, but for my part, here are some pixels.
Mike Altobelli, The Teamlab / RVCA
Jason Contreras The Teamlab / Candy Grind
The Teamlab / Chemish Clothing Co. Tent.
The most people I have ever seen at a Wisconsin skate comp.
Quite a few kids stopped by to check out the booth.
Unknown. Somebody find me a name.
Jason, Max Boileau. The Teamlab
Zach from Chemish Clothing Co. and his lady, Lauren hanging out at the booth.
More to come. -J.H.
I'm really proud of these, been working on them for the better part of 6 months. The design is least of it, understated as hell, just enough to let people know you're down with the cause. This is definitely not one of those "look at me" caps all the kids have these days. No, this one is special. The important thing here is the cap. New Era would have been nice, it really would have. But not everybody likes that super deep, ear tucked look, and we would have had to up the price to 1% status.
This cap give you options. Adjust the fit until it's perfect, no playing hunt and find like you would with a fitted cap. These will actually fit all the way to 7 3/4" without breaking a sweat. They have a nice structure, I wore one for a month straight, just to make sure they would hold up. The bill is stiff and flat, but you can add some curve to it if you want, not "git 'er done" curve, but just the right amount.
Take your pick, dark, dark gray with gray stitching, or black/gray split with gray stitching.
Available at Outdoor Outlet in Appleton or directly from The Teamlab Facebook page. $25 each.
These have been around for a week, and there are only about a dozen left, so get on it.
More to come. -J.H.
I little while ago (like several months) I shot some stuff for TheTeamlab.com rider Jason Contreras. Jason rides bikes during the summer and has been bugging me for quite a while to do this shoot, but our schedules never really lined up. The plan was to shoot some stunt riding, but I think we were only like 10 minutes in before a sheriff's deputy showed up and gave us a stern talking to. It was pretty tense for a second, but luckily Jason wasn't on the bike and the officer was cool.
At that point, we switched plans and shot some images of Jason on the bike in his garage and of the bike outside against setting sun.
Here are a few of the heroes from the shoot. The setup was pretty simple, a single 3x4' softbox overhead with a Norman LS500 head in it at -1, and another LS54 on each side with a 5" reflector on each to give a nice angular rim.
The rims were driven by a Norman 808m 800w/s pack and the key was driven another standard Norman 808 pack.
There are a few other interesting images from this shoot, but unfortunately, they will probably never see the light of day.
More to come, check back soon. -J.H.
I headed up to Stevens Point this past weekend to shoot the second annual Shred Fest Contest/Jam/Fundraiser. Lots of heads from all over the state showed up. There was a brief rain delay in the morning, but the clouds soon parted and the sun came out. The guys from Vidwest Media were there, along with DJ Imaginary Friend and plenty of other guys pointing cameras at the course. Here are some frames from the event.
More to come. -J.H.
A lot of stuff is coming through the pipes right now. It seams like I just wrote a blog post yesterday, but it has already been over two weeks since the last post. I have made a bad habit of saying things like "more to come" or "much more soon" at the end of posts, so much so that it has almost become a sign off of sorts. There is, in fact, a very valid reason for this. In the last year I have been able to work on quite a few longer term project and larger scale jobs. I am really excited to be doing this type of work, but there has been a bit of a learning curve about how to share some of this stuff. On personal work or on a portrait session for instance, the whole project is done within a couple of days and I can pretty much post about it whenever I want, but some of this recent stuff has taken weeks to complete and I may even have to wait longer until I can talk about it.
I don't want you guys to think that I have been neglecting this blog, it has truly been a wonderfully busy spring, so I have put together a summery of the recent projects that are on the way out. Hopefully I can put together a couple of more in-depth posts on some of these subjects in the near future, but for now, here are some screen captures and words.
I've been in crazy deadline mode with THETEAMLAB.COM stuff for the past month or so. We are far from letting the poor winter dampen our spirits and are forging ahead with plans for the 12-13 season.
We have been fortunate enough to have the help of three talented marketing experts this spring on sorting out how to best promote the team for the new season (Def. more on this later). And it has pretty much been a swift kick in the ass in getting things rolling. If you check out the facebook page you will notice a lot of new stuff going on including a fresh new look provided by yours truly and a 365 fan photo project.
I am also pleased to announce that The Teamlab now has an official Twitter account (@team_lab) so you can be connected to team news wherever you go. Make sure to follow, ya hear?
As of right now, THETEAMLAB.COM is the same as it was all year, but there will be big changes coming within a week, so make sure to check it everyday.
I have also been logging lots of hours of video with various Teamlab members and staff. You can see a screen shot of the timeline for one of the projects we are working on above. I hate to make you wait to any longer for this one, because it is really exciting, but at least I have a date of release: June 30 will be an awesome day if you follow THETEAMLAB.COM.
Finally, I also shot a set of images for a magazine article coming up, I can't say any more than that at the moment.
In the midst of all The Teamlab stuff, I got to shoot a few portrait session in the past month. I posted a few more images on the JHP Facebook page so you can check there for more on that front.
Around Easter I shot a three minute sequence in Sheboygan down at the beach. Above is a screen shot from the first edit that I did. Since then, I have finished everything but the final grade. I am hoping that this will be one of several shorts that I will be working on over the summer, not client here, just working on different ideas.
Tomorrow begins the Lacrosse Fitness Festival. I am planning to shoot the hill climb tomorrow and the crit on Sunday. Hopefully I will see some of you around this weekend.
Monday is the Western Technical College GD Portfolio Review. I will be there to hang out and talk with some of the new grads. Try to make it out if you can, there is always a bunch of cool student work on display.
More to come. -J.H.