BASED IN: California, USA
KNOWN FOR: Landscape and cityscape shots with distinctive lighting
SHOOTS WITH: FUJIFILM GFX 50S Camera, FUJINON GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR Lens, GF120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens
Karen Hutton is FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in California. Her images are defined by a strong emphasis on powerful lighting. In this Showcase blog post, Karen talks us through a series of images she shot with the ultra-powerful FUJIFILM GFX system around Lake Tahoe in the winter."This building is, as the sign says, the original fire house. It's located in Tahoe City, California, behind the Gatekeeper's Museum. I have lived in the area for years and never really paid attention to this photogenic building. When I was on this photo walk I was trudging through ten feet of snow which prompted me to slow down and appreciate what a sweet little landmark it is. One of the great things about photography is that it really encourages you to look at the world around you in a whole new way."
"This is a shot I called ‘Mirrors of My Mind'. I shot it in Truckee, California. It was like approaching Santa's grotto. The water reflected the snow, beautiful textures, and contrasts. The light was gorgeous and I stared at this scene for a good long while."At that moment I felt completely and utterly blessed to live in such a special place. I was also grateful to have the perfect paintbrush to capture it all with, right in my frosty little hands."
"This image was also shot in Truckee, California and is called ‘Stark Reach'. One of my favorite things to do in a forest is look up. It is fun to pick out patterns where the trees lace together overhead. I like to imagine what they must be going through their Ent-like minds as they look down at me, a wee human."This day was particularly breathtaking, with snow weighing heavily on the treetops, making them lean in strange and unusual ways. Two days later, a huge number of them came crashing to the ground and I was grateful that I was not under them at the time."
"The winter of 2016-17 in the Lake Tahoe area was a record breaker in terms of snowfall. The snow was so deep at times that it was tough to get around, park, or hike anywhere – even with snowshoes. However, an epic winter can result in incredible photo opportunities."The trees in the foreground of this photo mark a sharp drop to lake level. Normally a decline like that would be no big deal, but on this particular day I plunged down to my waist in the snow, even though I was wearing snowshoes! I dug myself out and moved back to shoot through the trees instead, using them to frame the red building. Even back there, I was still knee-deep in snow!"
"I call this image ‘Branchcicles by the Shore'. This one was also shot in Truckee, California, where some icicles had formed on the trees along the bank, giving them a strange, otherworldly, appearance. The branches and icicles in the shot seem to shoot out in every direction at once, giving the scene an awkwardly glorious look."
Karen Hutton is a compensated FUJIFILM X-Photographer.To see more of Karen's work, visit her website.