Dion Lizotte

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 30, 2009 in DIY, lighting, photos

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Dion Lizotte was charged by wildlife officers who refused to accept his Metis settlement card as proof of his ancestry after he shot a moose near the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement in northern Alberta two years ago. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal.

I used my handy DIY Tilt-Shift lens to make this photo. It was a cloudy day so I set a Canon 550EX flash set at 24mm zooom off to the right of Dion.  I then pointed set it bout 2 feet lower than his head and tilted it away from him a bit so that the flash wasn’t pointed directly at his face (basically feathering the light on him).

I backed away into some tree branches and focused on him with my 75mm f2.8 DIY Tilt-Shift lens which gives the stange blurring effect since the plane of focus crosses his face and the branches but nothing else = everything is in bohek except his face.

I’ll write about how I built this lens tomorrow.

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The Great Potato Give Away

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 26, 2009 in photos

100,000 pounds of free potatoes sure draws a crowd! I waited in line for over three hours to get into Norbest Farms on Saturday. Right when I was almost inside a kid on an ATV came up and said that they had run out of potatoes! Oh No!

I parked my car in the ditch and got a ride with the kid up to the front of the line where the last few potatoes were being plucked out of the ground.

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People haul away bags of potatoes from the Great Potato Give Away at Norbest Farms, North East of Edmonton on September 26, 2009. Thousands of people lined up for hours to pick over 100,000 pounds of potatoes that were given away to create awareness of agricultural land close to the city.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Marica Nahirniak is handed potatoes from a truck during the Great Potato Give Away at Norbest Farms, North East of Edmonton on September 26, 2009. Thousands of people lined up for hours to pick over 100,000 pounds of potatoes that were given away to create awareness of agricultural land close to the city.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Cars line up to get to the Great Potato Give Away at Norbest Farms, North East of Edmonton on September 26, 2009. Thousands of people lined up for hours to pick over 100,000 pounds of potatoes that were given away to create awareness of agricultural land close to the city.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Mike Wasylyniuk

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 25, 2009 in lighting, photos

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Bears wide receiver Mike Wasylyniuk is looking forward to playing against his former team, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, tonight at Foote Field. He poses for a photo at Foote Field in Edmonton on September 24, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

img_3454 I’m not sure if I like this picture yet…
I feel like I should have used a background light on the yellow wall… Anyways. Canon 5D, ISO50, 1/200, 24mm f1.4 lens, f5.0, Front light at 1/1 full power, rim lights at 1/8 power and zoomed to 105mm. I got a little bit of lens flare which means I should have put “gobos” on the rim lights.

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DIY Ring Flash

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 24, 2009 in DIY, lighting
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I built my DIY Ring Flash back in March by following this YouTube video

I couldn’t find a work lamp as big as his though so I used one that was 2″ smaller. After some testing I found the “ring look” wasn’t quite what I wanted so I started all over will a 15″ stainles steel salad bowl and a 6″-to-7″ air duct spacer. I bought two flexible plastic cutting boards from Le Gnome and cut them for diffuser. Finally I painted the whole thing black to add baddassedness.

I used the ring flash for this, this, this, this, this, and this image.

The light works great and is powerful with two speedlights pumping into it BUUUTTTT…. it’s soooo heavy! And goofy looking. A kid once litterally asked me if it was a time machine! I think I’m going to eventually buy one of those Ray Flashes but for now I’m happy that this thing cost less than $30 to build.

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Champion yo-yo master Jensen Kimmitt

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 24, 2009 in lighting, photos

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Champion yo-yo master Jensen Kimmitt has returned to Edmonton after winning major the Clash 44 yo-yo competition in Japan. His Japanese fans have given him the nickname Hopusan, in admiration for his gravity-defying string “hop” tricks. He poses for a photo in downtown Edmonton on September 23, 2009.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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img_2543 To make this photo I went up to the top level of a parkade down town.

I used my DIY ring-flash with two Canon 550EX’s at full-power. I then placed a

580EX off to the side at full-power. I used the ring flash because I wanted the

light to be even and also for the colors to POP! Jensen was very cooperative.

It took forever to reset the yoyos after each jump because they would get tangled

so we only did three tries. Photo by Jen Fong / Edmonton Journal

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Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association Challenge

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 19, 2009 in photos, Soundslide

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Siksika Nation Fire Rescue work on a mock vehicle collision during the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association Challenge in Nisku, Alta. on  September 19, 2009. Teams of firefighters from across Alberta compete to see who is the best at getting occupants out of crushed and overturned vehicles.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Cold Lake Fire-Rescue service works on a mock vehicle accident during the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association Challenge in Nisku, Alta. on  September 19, 2009. Teams of firefighters from across Alberta compete to see who is the best at getting occupants out of crushed and overturned vehicles. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 17, 2009 in photos

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Edmonton Oilers Johan Motin flies over New York Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson as Islander Tyler Haskins blocks Oiler Dustin Penner and Islanders Dustin Kohn and Bruno Gervais watch on during NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton on September 16, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Edmonton Oilers  Dustin Penner celebrates scoring on New York Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson with Islander Freddy Meyer looking on during NHL pre-season action at Rexall Place in Edmonton on September 16, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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New York Islanders Joel Rechlicz and Edmonton Oilers Steve MacIntyre fight during NHL pre-season action at Rexall Place in Edmonton on September 16, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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E-Ville Roller Derby Boot Camp

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 17, 2009 in photos, Soundslide, video

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The E-ville Roller Derby league sharpen their skills at a boot camp held at Strathcona Athletic Park in Sherwood Park on September 12, 2009. Photos by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Northern Lights and Star Trails

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 15, 2009 in photos

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Northern lights paint the sky above Elk Island National Park near Edmonton on September 13, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal

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A long exposure of the night sky above Elk Island National Park near Edmonton on September 13, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Stars appear to rotate around the North Star Polaris during a long exposure of the night sky above Elk Island National Park near Edmonton on September 14, 2009. Photo by Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal

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NAIT Forest Technology Field Camp

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 14, 2009 in photos, Soundslide

NAIT Forest Technology students practice their skills during a five-week hands-on training field camp at Kidney Lake Field School, approximately 200 kms NW of Edmonton, near Swan Hills, Alta. on  September 10, 2009. The Forest Technology course prepares students for supervisory positions in the forestry and wildlife industry. Photos by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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I got to go up north with reporter Elise Stolte for a story on the NAIT Forest Technology Course. We went up on Wednesday night, shot for an hour that evening, then shot from 8 a.m. till noon on Thursday and drove back. It was a lot of fun.
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