Watch Vincent Laforet teach D-SLR Video FREE and Live #creativelive

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 30, 2010 in photos

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Photo and now video god Vincent Laforet is teaching D-SLR filmmaking for three days for FREE! and LIVE! at http://creativelive.com/live/

Here is the schedule.

If you missed the free course then you can buy and download all three days for $79 US which works out to $75 CAN.

I watched most of the first day and it’s already well worth the money.  You can get up-to-speed on D-SLR cinematography very fast for free/cheap.   God I love living in the future!

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Wildland Firefighting Training at the Hinton Training Centre

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 29, 2010 in photos, video

Wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. Recruits learn to rappel from helicopters into the brush, find water sources and put out wildfires. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Tim Denbok, left, and Alan Huber run water hose through the woods during a timed hose and pump exercise for wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Alan Huber runs water hose through the woods during a timed hose and pump exercise for wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Patrick O’Callaghan does pushups as punishment after making a mistake during rappelling exercises in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. Students practice on a tower used to simulate rappelling from a helicopter into a forest during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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A student rappels from a helicopter during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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A student rappels from a helicopter during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

This was a really fun assignment and my first time using the 5D Mark-II in the field on a news assignment. The entire video was shot with the 5D Mark-II, 16-35L, 70-200 f2.8 and a 4-stop ND filter. For sound I placed an Olympus LS-10 in each person’s front pocket. I used the Final CutPro plug-in Plural Eyes to automatically sync the audio tracks. HUGE time saver.

Finally, the picture above of the guy doing push-ups as well as the fish-eye shot are both frame grabs from video. Can you tell?

You can read the story here.

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Portrait of Canadian actor Paul Gross

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 29, 2010 in photos, portrait

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Canadian actor Paul Gross poses for a photo at the Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton on April 21, 2010. Gross is in town to promote the release of his upcoming movie, a Western spoof called Gunless. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

I shot this 35mm f2.8 on a 5D Mark-II, available light.

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New LRT expansion

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 29, 2010 in photos

I had to make some nice photos of the LRT for a big story on two new terminals.  Here are my two favorite images.

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The McKernan Belgravia LRT Station south of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on April 20, 2010.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

To make this image I shot at a slow shutter speed ( 1/30sec, F22, ISO50) and zoomed my 24-105mm lens while the shutter was open to give the zooming effect.

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The South Campus LRT station south of the University of Alberta in Edmonton on April 21, 2010.   Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

To make this image I placed my camera (safely) near the tracks, down low with a 16mm fisheye lens on a 5D Mark-II.  I set the shutter speed at 1/125th so that there is a little motion blur.  I triggered the camera remotely with a Pocketwizard so that I could stand 10 feet away and be safe.  I was sure that the conductor of the train could see me with my big cameras and see that I was a photographer.

If I saw someone place a black box with wires coming out of it next to a train track and then stand back with a wireless trigger in his hand I would be concerned!

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Disabled Arm Wrestler

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 29, 2010 in photos

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Dausen Kluin, 16, right, from Fort Assiniboine, AB who suffers from Cerebral Palsy defeats Levi Leitch, 14, from Vegreville, AB during the annual ‘Pull in the Park’ arm wrestling competition held in Sherwood Park Mall in Sherwood Park, AB  on April 17, 2010. Kluin uses a walker to get around and had never been able to put on his own socks but has become an accomplished arm wrestler and public speaker.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

Read the story.

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Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Girls

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 7, 2010 in lighting, portrait

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Kappa Alpha Theta sorority members (left to right) Kelin Flanagan, Caitlin Phare, Emily Shimbashi, Lauren Greaves and Hana Laura Yamamoto pose for a photo at the sorority house near the University of Alberta  in Edmonton on April 1, 2010. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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To light this image I used two White Lightning 1600 strobes. Both at full power.   Shot with a Canon 1D Mark-III.  1/320sec, f9, ISO100, 16-35mm L.

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Mini World Cup Soccer

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 7, 2010 in photos, sports

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Russia’s Paul Medos, left, and Scotland’s Elvis Millevoi fight for the ball during the Mini World Cup put on by the Edmonton District Soccer Association at the South Soccer Centre in Edmonton on April 3, 2010. Scotland won 3-0.  The annual tournament features Classics and Masters categories, players 35 and older.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Scotland’s Doug Holloway, left, and Russia’s Addie Mak fight for the ball during the Mini World Cup put on by the Edmonton District Soccer Association at the South Soccer Centre in Edmonton on April 3, 2010. Scotland won 3-0.  The annual tournament features Classics and Masters categories, players 35 and older.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Vancouver fashion designer Jason Matlo

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 7, 2010 in photos, portrait

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Vancouver fashion designer Jason Matlo poses for a photo on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton on April 1, 2010. Matlo is in town for Western Canada Fashion Week. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Haven’t found the weapon yet

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 7, 2010 in photos

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Cst. Wally Henry speaks to the media at Strathcona County RCMP Detachment in Sherwood Park on March 25, 2010. Police continue to investigate the two homicide deaths of Barry Boenke and Susan Trudel that occurred at a rural residence east of Sherwood Park on June 1, 2009. Police have determined that a firearm is believed to have been used in the commission of these alleged offenses. Strathcona County RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating the firearm possibly used in this incident.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Honourary Colonel

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 7, 2010 in photos

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Sam Shaw, NAIT’s president and CEO, walks past a CH146 Griffon Helicopter on Thursday. The 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron invested Shaw as the squadron’s Honourary Colonel the Edmonton Garrison in Edmonton on March 25, 2010.   An Honourary Colonel is an officer on virtually all issues except operations. They work behind the scenes and provide a much needed connection between the community and the Canadian Forces. Dr. Shaw is the fourth Honorary Colonel for the 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.  It is an unpaid, three-year position.  Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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