New Superstore

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 31, 2009 in photos

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Shoppers enter the new Superstore at 4410 17 St. NW in Edmonton on July 31, 2009 during the grand opening.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Wasp Vacuum

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 30, 2009 in photos

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A hornet peeks out from its nest on an Edmonton resident’s front porch on July 30, 2009. Wasp Control Non-Chemical offers a removal service that uses a vacuum instead of pesticides to get rid of hornets and wasps.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).  Watch the VIDEO

I bought a set of Kenko extension tubes last year but have only really used them for portraits so far. Today I finally got to use them for an insect. I used a 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens with a 12mm and 20mm extension tube on it. I used two flashes and shot at f22 so that I would have enough depth of field for the wasp to be in focus. Also note that this is a HUGE crop. I didn’t want to get too close to these little stingers :)

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Breakthrough bioFILM PA test

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 28, 2009 in photos

Today I went to a press conference with the typical dull-dim-tungsten spot lighting and a black background. Moving to the sides and setting my white balance to Tungsten made the beautiful daylight from the windows soak in and make some pretty photos. I set up a 550ex to the side with a 1/4CTO (a.k.a. Orange) gel on it pointed at the ceiling to give a nice highlight on the left side.

For the second photo I climbed up some stairs and shot with a long lens to bring one of the bright red pillars into the frame. Usually press conferences are just shot straight on with a black background and spot lights. It’s nice when you can move around and bring more light and colour into the photo.

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Dr. Neil Brown, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital speaks at a press conference to announce a new breakthrough test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech Inc. called bioFILM PA in Edmonton, Alta. on July 28, 2009. The test will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections that are biofilm based. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Melanie, one of the first 14 clinical research patients with Cystic Fibrosis speaks at a press conference with (left to right) Dr. Neil Brown, Director of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Dr. Robert Rebbie, Site Chief, Deptartment of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta Hospital, Dr. Lorne Babiuk, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta and Dr. Peter Hackett, President and CEO of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund behind her to announce a new breakthrough test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech Inc. called bioFILM PA in Edmonton, Alta. on July 28, 2009. The test will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections that are biofilm based. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Sunny Days

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 28, 2009 in photos

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The sun shines through Black-eyed Susans growing in Edmonton Research Park on  July 28, 2009.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Murder-Suicide in Smith, Alta

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 27, 2009 in photos

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RCMP forensics investigate the home where four members of a family were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on a northern Alberta farm near Smith, Alberta on July 27, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Bill and Sandy Stirling, neighbours of the home where four members of a family were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on a northern Alberta farm near Smith, Alberta on July 27, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Pastor Joe Mrak speaks to the media in Smith, Alta on July 27, 2009.  RCMP found four members of a family dead in an apparent murder-suicide on a northern Alberta farm near Smith on Sunday.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Pastor Joe Mrak, far right, looks out on his street in Smith, Alta on July 27, 2009.  RCMP found four members of a family dead in an apparent murder-suicide on a northern Alberta farm near Smith on Sunday.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Rexall Edmonton Indy 2009 – Day 3

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 26, 2009 in 360 Panoramas, photos

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Raphael Matos gets turned around after making Turn 1 during the first lap of the Rexall Edmonton Indy Race in Edmonton on July 26, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Will Power, winner of the 2009 Rexall Edmonton Indy Race in Edmonton on July 26, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Click on the above image to view a 360-degree panorama of mechanics working on Firestone Indylights cars for Dillon Battistini and Pippa Mann during Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 26, 2009. Three separate photos were stitched together to create the image. Panorama by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal

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Click on the above image to view a 360-degree panorama of Indy driver Tony Kanaan’s pit crew during practice at Rexall Edmonton Indy on July 26, 2009. Three separate photos were stitched together to create the image. Panorama by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal
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Click on the above image to view a 360-degree panorama of the winners circle at the Rexall Edmonton Indy on July 26, 2009. Three separate photos were stitched together to create the image. Panorama by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal

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All of the above panorams were taken with my “crazy rig” panorama camera. Three 1D’s with three Peleng 8mm fisheye’s all linked together. This allows me to push one button and all three cameras shoot at the same time allowing an instant 360-degree panorama. The rig ways a ton and there are a million things that can go wrong (all three cameras have to be the same settings, cords all have to work, batteries all have to stay charged, focus has to be the same, etc) but it allows me to make a 360-panorama without a worry of subjects moving between frames. Edmonton Sun/SunMedia photo by Jordan Verlage

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Rexall Edmonton Indy 2009 – Day 2

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 25, 2009 in photos

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The Canadian Tire Nascar Race starts off during the second day of Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 25, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Helio Castoneves during IndyCar Qualifying on the second day of Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 25, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Rexall Edmonton Indy 2009 – Day 1

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 24, 2009 in photos

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Marshal Glenn Calverley waves the green flag to kick off IndyCar practice during the first day of Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 24, 2009.
(Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Nine-year-old Nathaniel Cherry from Spruce Grove watches the Canadian Tire Nascar event during the first day of Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 24, 2009. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Driver Will Power makes a practice lap during the first day of Rexall Edmonton Indy in Edmonton on July 24, 2009.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Steve and Whitney Wedding – Saskatoon Wedding Photography

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 18, 2009 in photos, wedding

A wonderful wedding in small town Eston Saskatchewan. I’ve been friends with Steve since before grade nine. It was so cool that the wedding was in a small town because so many people in the community offered up their homes and cabins for people to sleep in. It just seemed like everyone lended a helping hand. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day, including a few engagement photos from weeks before. You can see more in the Portfolio section.

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Tamara Brown – Ever Green Ecological Services

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 13, 2009 in lighting, photos

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Tamara Brown, the Woman of Vision for August, is the founder and owner of Ever Green Ecological Services. Fresh out of university, she and a friend started a little recycling subscription route with a pickup truck and trailer and quickly signed up 400 customers. Five years later, they have a staff of 50 and 40 full-size garbage trucks servicing 19 municipalities around Edmonton and are updating their processing plant to rival the City of Edmonton’s. She poses for a photo at the company office, 808 78 Ave. in Edmonton on July 13, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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To light these images I used a 48-inch umbrella on the left with a 580EX and I had a 550ex hidden in the background with a light green gel on it. I normally use the green gel for balancing my flash with fluorescent lights but in this case it worked well for making the light green background “pop” even greener.

There was a large translucent garage door off to the right bringing in nice soft daylight. The umbrella acted more as a fill light for her left side.

The image in front of the garbage truck was an accidental winner. I took a whole bunch of photos of her with flashes and the ONE image where my flashes didn’t go off turned out the best. Sometimes mistakes are better than intentions.

Edmonton Journal August 1, 2009

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