Capital Ex Rides Helmet Camera

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 24, 2010 in video

We strapped a video camera to an intern and put her on the best rides at Capital Ex at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alta. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Capital Ex Setup Time Lapse Video

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 23, 2010 in photos

Time Lapse over four days of Capital Ex 2010 setup at Northlands Park in Edmonton. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Erin and Brad Wedding at Blue Meadows – Edmonton Wedding Photography

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 22, 2010 in photos, wedding

I had the wonderful opportunity to capture Erin and Brad’s wedding at Blue Meadows beside Black Hawk Golf Club in Edmonton.  The weather, photos and bride and groom were all perfect that day and the Police helicopter even dropped by for some quick photos which was super cool!  Enjoy!     Also check out their Engagement Photos.

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Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium July 11, 2010

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 16, 2010 in photos

Edmonton Eskimos Tim St. Pierre is tackled by Montreal Alouettes Dahrran, left, and Jeff Robertshaw in the first quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Mark Restelli is injured in the second quarter of their game against the Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Arkee Whitlock tries to squeek through Montreal Alouettes Jermaine McElveen, left, and Etienne Boulay during first quarter CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Fred Stamps celebrates a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes during first quarter CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Kelly Campbell is tacked by Montreal Alouettes De’Audra Dix, left, and Chip Cox during first quarter CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Arkee Whitlock is tackled by Montreal Alouettes Chip Cox during first quarter CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Kelly Campbell celebrates a making a complete catch against the Montreal Alouettes during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Montreal Alouettes Kerry Watkins tries to make a catch with Edmonton Eskimos Jason Goss on his tail during the fourth quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray after one of his throws is intercepted by Montreal Alouettes Jerald Brown and ran in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Graeme Bell takes down Montreal Alouettes Tim Murphy during the fourth quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Arkee Whitlock tries to plow through Montreal Alouettes Eric Wilson, left, and Jermaine McElveen with the help of Eskimo Kyle Coche, top, during the second quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Skyler Green is taken down by Montreal Alouettes Ben Cahoon during the second quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Montreal Alouettes Brian Bratton is taken down by Edmonton Eskimos Rod Davis, top, and Lenny Walls during the second quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Reuters photographer Dan Reutelhuber runs out of the way as Edmonton Eskimos Efrem Hill prevents Montreal Alouettes De’Audra Dix from making a catch during the second quarter of CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 11, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Finally here is me shooting Eskimos. Thanks to Jason Franson / Edmonton Sun for the photo!

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Red Deer Residential School Memorial

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in photos

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Harry Joseph Cardinal, 84, from Good Fish Lake, Alta. pauses during a ceremony to remember the children from First Nations and Metis communities who were students at the Red Deer Industrial School (1893-1919) in Red Deer, Alta. on June 30, 2010. Cardinal’s mother Flora Bird attended the residential school which was operated by the Methodist Church (now the United Church of Canada) and the federal government. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal   Read the Story and See More Pictures.

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High Production Video Interview Techniques – Shiloh Baptist Church

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in lighting, photos, video

Shiloh Baptist Church, western Canada’s oldest black Baptist church in Edmonton, Alberta is celebrating their 100th anniversary in July. Learn how and why the church was started in 1910 and what it meant to Edmonton’s black community. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Here is how the story and photos looked in the paper. The whole project came together great!   Read the story.

Some stills from the video shoot.  5D Mark-II with 85mm f1.8 @ f1.8.

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95-year-old Gladys Leffler, the oldest member of Shiloh Baptist Church, the oldest black Baptist church in western Canada, poses for a photo in Edmonton on March 27, 2010. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

For this story I really wanted to challenge myself to get the best quality possible for the video and try out a slider for my second camera. A slider is basically a motorized track that the camera moves on so you get that cool slow movement in your video. The slider in the picture was my first version. I have since built a nicer slider that I will blog about later.

Below are some behind the scenes photos so you can see how I lit the video.  I used two strip boxes with 200 watt equivalent CFL bulbs and a Canon 10watt halogen light for hair light.  For one shoot I used two 5D Mark II’s with a 50mm and 85mm f1.8 lens. For the shoot with Gladys I used a 5D Mark-II and a Canon HV20 with a DOF adapter though I never used footage from that camera.

For sound I used my Olympus LS-10 PCM recorder with a Rode Video Mic on a boom.  I synced the audio from the Olympus with my 5D video using the amazing program for Final Cut Pro Plural Eyes.

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Pets in the Park Doggy Cam

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in photos, video

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Winston, a six-year-old English Bulldog cools off in a pool of water during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Ninja the Jack Russell Terrier jumps for a disc thrown by Gord Donhou of the Alberta Redneck Furry Fliers during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Frodo the six-year-old French Bulldog smiles during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Chi Chi the Chihuahua during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Left to right. Mia, Sophie and Coco the short-haired daschunds pose for a photo during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Rocko the Chihuahua meets Thunder the Boxer during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Marc Chomin has Eclipse the baby Boa constrictor in his front pocket during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

rj_PetsPark_270610_24Bailey the four-year-old standard poodle sports Journal photographer Ryan Jackson’s video camera during the 18th annual Pets in the Park at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton on June 27, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

To make the above video I simply strapped a Hero Cam around a dogs neck and hit record. Needless to say it was a shaky barf fest editing all the video down to 1:43.

You can also see a whole gallery of images from pets in the park at edmontonjournal.com

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Taylor Hall Draft Pick

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in photos

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Fans celebrate Taylor Hall as the Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick during the 2010 Oilers Draft Central Party at Rexall Place in Edmonton on June 25, 2010. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Tourette’s Syndrome Multimedia Art Installation

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in lighting, photos

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Paige Tomashewsky developed a violent, severe form or Tourette’s syndrome very suddenly when she was 13 years old. Her story was the inspiration for Bob Lysay and Agnieszka Matejko’s art installation, which opens Friday. Tomashewsky poses for a photo with the installation which is made up of several video screens in Enterprise Square main floor gallery in Edmonton on June 23, 2010. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal   Read the story.

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It’s shoots like this when my Honl Speed Snoot is invaluable.  To light this I had a single speedlight with a Honl Speed Snoot on it so that the beam was focussed on just her and wouldn’t wash out the video screens all around her.

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Illegal urban beekeping in Edmonton

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 12, 2010 in photos

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Kristjan Bullock poses for a photo in his back yard with his bee hive in Edmonton on June 17, 2010. Owning a bee hive is technically illegal in urban Edmonton. Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal.  Read the story.

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When I got this assignment I was a little squeamish as I had my cornea scratched by a bee a few weeks earlier.  I wore two pairs of pants and three layers of jackets with hoods and safety goggles and winter mitts to take these photos.  Don’t ever scratch you eye. It sucks! You are pretty much blind for a week in that one eye as you can’t move it without pain so you keep it closed.

Back to the photos. All of the macro shots were taken with a Canon 85mm f1.8 and a set of Kenko extension tubes 12+20+36mm.  For light I used an Alien Bees ABR800 Ringflash.

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