New Years Fireworks and Babies

Posted by ryanjackson on Jan 1, 2015 in photos

I worked New Years eve and day this year so that means fireworks and babies!

New Years Eve Fireworks in Churchill Square in Edmonton on January 1, 2015. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

New Years Eve Fireworks in Churchill Square in Edmonton on January 1, 2015. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Jared Adams and Kayla McEvoy are the proud parents of a baby girl, Echo Adams, born New Years day at 12:02 a.m. at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on January 1, 2015. They pose for a photo with their new daughter and their son Daniel Chartrand, 10.  (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Jared Adams and Kayla McEvoy are the proud parents of a baby girl, Echo Adams, born New Years day at 12:02 a.m. at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on January 1, 2015. They pose for a photo with their new daughter and their son Daniel Chartrand, 10. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Tee-Tahs

Posted by ryanjackson on Oct 28, 2014 in photos, portrait
Garage-punk band Tee-Tahs featuring (left to right) Caity Fisher, Benjamin Christopher, Jessica Jalbert and Jenni Roberts pose for a photo to promote their upcoming Halloween show in Edmonton on October 28, 2014.  (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Garage-punk band Tee-Tahs featuring (left to right) Caity Fisher, Benjamin Christopher, Jessica Jalbert and Jenni Roberts pose for a photo to promote their upcoming Halloween show in Edmonton on October 28, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Prison Art

Posted by ryanjackson on Oct 15, 2014 in photos

Prison Art from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

Artwork from inmates at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre in Fort Saskatchewan is on display at The Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts in Edmonton for the month of October 2014. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

Here's me getting some B-roll footage of the guys drawing.

Here’s me getting some B-roll footage of the guys drawing.

Jana Pruden interviewing one of the prisoners. I only had two small lights for the interviews. One as a fill on the face and one as a hair light.

Jana Pruden interviewing one of the prisoners. I only had two small lights for the interviews. One as a fill on the face and one as a hair light.

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Elsie Stocks

Posted by ryanjackson on Jul 8, 2014 in photos, portrait
Elsie Stocks, left, has been a fixture at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market since its very inception more than 30 years ago. She poses for a photo in Stocks Greenhouse, north of Sherwood Park, Alta. on July 8, 2014.  (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Elsie Stocks, left, has been a fixture at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market since its very inception more than 30 years ago. She poses for a photo in Stocks Greenhouse, north of Sherwood Park, Alta. on July 8, 2014.
(Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Baby Lawn Mower

Posted by ryanjackson on Jun 3, 2014 in photos
12-year-old Mikhail Kent pushes his new lawnmower 'Betsy' alongside his mother Rhonda Rowsell and 10-month-old niece Rhiannon Rowsell on 118 Ave. near 84 St. in Edmonton on June 3, 2014.  Kent was headed home to mow his mother's lawn.  (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

12-year-old Mikhail Kent pushes his new lawnmower ‘Betsy’ alongside his mother Rhonda Rowsell and 10-month-old niece Rhiannon Rowsell on 118 Ave. near 84 St. in Edmonton on June 3, 2014. Kent was headed home to mow his mother’s lawn. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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My first 4K video: Reporter on the Run

Posted by ryanjackson on May 6, 2014 in photos

I’ve been shooting video with Panasonic GH2’s and GH3’s for the last three years. I love the sharpness of these Panasonic micro 4/3rds cameras over Canon DSLRs and was super excited when the new Panasonic GH4 was announced with 4K video mode.
4K video is quadruple the resolution of HD. 3840×2160 vs 1920×1080.
Sure most people can’t even watch 4K video, including myself. I don’t have a 4K monitor or TV.
But 4K is the future and there are several benefits to shooting 4K now.
The most noticeable difference is that when you scale 4K video down to HD, the video is much much sharper than if you just shot in HD.
Also, since more image and colour data is captured, you can colour grade and push the exposure and colour of your video more than if you just shoot in HD.
The final advantage which I didn’t appreciate until I started editing is the ability to crop, re-frame, zoom, and move around your video. Basically you can now do the ken burns effect on your video!
This is amazing for doing simple things like zooming into a video or panning left or right inside a video.
It’s opened a whole new world of creative possibilities.

One last little thing I love about the GH4 is that it shoots HD video at 96 frames per second which allows some awesome slow motion. The quality at 96 fps is no where close to as good as 4K video at 30fps but it comes in very handy.

Here is the first video I shot and published with my new Panasonic GH4.
It’s been uploaded into YouTube at 4K. But is probably a 50/50 mix of 4K footage and HD slow motion footage.
I used the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 lens, Canon 24mm f1.4L and Canon 50mm f1.2L lenses.

Journal reporter Otiena Ellwand is training to run in the Edmonton Marathon on August 24, 2014. She will be blogging about her progress and the tips and tricks she learns along the way at http://www.edmontonjournal.com/reporterontherun

Recording the standup with Otiena. I just used a simple reflector to fill in the shadows on her face.

Recording the standup with Otiena. I just used a simple reflector to fill in the shadows on her face.

Mounting the GH4 on the side of my vehicle for the running shots. I wouldn't trust this at high speed but it was fine for driving at running speed.

Mounting the GH4 on the side of my vehicle for the running shots. I wouldn’t trust this at high speed but it was fine for driving at running speed.

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Did Juno…

Posted by ryanjackson on Mar 27, 2014 in photos

Journal music writer Sandra Sperounes went to the Juno Awards this year and we were asked to make a preview video about all the Edmonton artists who were going to be there.
Sandra didn’t really want to be on camera and jokingly asked if she could just have puppets instead.
To her surprise, I loved the idea and so we made this little quirky puppet video.

We used all the music books on her desk to make a little stage and printed off pictures of the bands to make the stick puppets.

Did Juno with Sandra Sperounes from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

A quirky look at the Edmonton musical acts that will be at the 2014 Junos with Journal music critic Sandra Sperounes. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

Sandra Sperounes making the stick puppets

Sandra Sperounes making the stick puppets

Filming the "Did Juno" video with Sandra Sperounes and stick puppets

Filming the “Did Juno” video with Sandra Sperounes and stick puppets

Filming the "Did Juno" video with Sandra Sperounes and stick puppets

Filming the “Did Juno” video with Sandra Sperounes and stick puppets

One technical challenge of this video was to have enough depth of field so that all the books and the puppets are in focus.

The Panasonic GH2, GH3 and GH4 have a “ETC 1:1 crop mode” which basically just uses the centre of the sensor. Normally micro4/3 sensors have a 2.0x crop compared to a full frame sensor like a Canon 5D.
ETC mode gives an additional 2.6x crop for a total crop factor of around 5.0x.
You can read more about this feature here.

This feature is usually used to get extra telephoto. For example, a 300mm lens becomes effectively a 1,500m lens. However this function can also be handy with wide angle lenses to get extra depth of field.

Remember that depth of field is controlled by three things. Focal length (shorter the mm lens = more DOF), distance to subject (closer to the subject = less DOF) and aperture (smaller the aperture. eg. f22 = more DOF)

I used a Canon 24mm f1.4L lens with the ETC 5.0x crop mode = 120mm lens field of view.

Now I could have a nice tight view and compress the scene with a “120mm” lens but have the larger depth of field of a 24mm lens.

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Dead in Six Days: The Story of Baby Delonna Sullivan

Posted by ryanjackson on Nov 26, 2013 in photos

Four-month-old Delonna Sullivan died in foster care six days after she was taken away. Meanwhile while her mother fought the legitimacy of her capture in the first place. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com  Read the full story

Check out the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald’s investigative series on the foster care system in Alberta.

 

WARBURG, ALTA.: JULY,26, 2013: — Jamie Sullivan poses for a photo in her bedroom in her home near Warburg, Alta.  on July 26, 2013.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Jamie Sullivan poses for a photo in her bedroom in her home near Warburg, Alta. on July 26, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

WARBURG, ALTA.: JULY,26, 2013: — Jamie Sullivan poses for a photo in her bedroom in her home near Warburg, Alta.  on July 26, 2013.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Jamie Sullivan poses for a photo in her bedroom in her home near Warburg, Alta. on July 26, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

WARBURG, ALTA.: JULY,26, 2013: — Marilyn Koren and her daughter Jamie Sullivan pose for a photo at the gravesite of Jamie's daughter Delonna Sullivan near Warburg, Alta.  on July 26, 2013.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Marilyn Koren and her daughter Jamie Sullivan pose for a photo at the gravesite of Jamie’s daughter Delonna Sullivan near Warburg, Alta. on July 26, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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The Oilsands Project

Posted by ryanjackson on Nov 16, 2013 in oilsands, photos, video

2013 was the year of Oilsands for me and the Edmonton Journal. Our Editor in Chief asked us to pitch a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) and I pitched that the Journal produce a truly in-depth series on the Oilsands.  I was fortunate to go up to northern Alberta three times during the summer with one trip taking me up to Fort Chipewyan for my third time.

I worked with various reporters and editors on the project and it truly was a BHAG.

You can check out the whole six-week series at edmontonjournal.com/oilsands. It covers the history, economics, environment, family issues, politics and future issues.

I’m was very fortunate to be given so much time to work on the project and the best compliment given to it was that it is the most balanced look at the oilsands you can find.

Bellow are some of my favorite photos and videos I produced for the series.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:   JUNE,19, 2013:  A Welcome to Fort McMurray sign stands on the side of Highway 63 on the south end of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 19, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE,19, 2013: A Welcome to Fort McMurray sign stands on the side of Highway 63 on the south end of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 19, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

The Oilsands: Huge risks, Giant Rewards

This is the main video of the series. If you only watch one of my videos from this series then check out this one.

This video introduces what’s at stake in one of the world’s largest industrial projects.Explore the Edmonton Journal’s in-depth series on the Oilsands at: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/oilsands

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Syncrude's oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. The plant converts bitumen which is extracted from oilsands into synthetic crude oil which is then piped to southern refineries. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Syncrude’s oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. The plant converts bitumen which is extracted from oilsands into synthetic crude oil which is then piped to southern refineries. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Oilsands Green House Gas Issues

The growing CO2 emissions from Alberta’s oilsands are effectively cancelling out reductions made in other sectors of Canada’s economy. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

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Muskeg near Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013:  An aerial view Suncor's Millennium Mine oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: An aerial view Suncor’s Millennium Mine oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Oilsands Tailings Ponds a Growing Problem

The tailings ponds created by Alberta’s oilsands mining have tripled in size since 2005 and are predicted to grow another 40 percent. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013:  An aerial view Suncor's base plant oilsands upgrading facility next to their oilsands mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. Syncrude can be seen in the distance at the top right.  The base plant separates bitumen from the nearly 500,000 tons of oilsands it receives per day and turns it into Synthetic crude. It also processes bitumen from Suncor's McKay River and Firebag steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oilsands operations in the area. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: An aerial view Suncor’s base plant oilsands upgrading facility next to their oilsands mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. Syncrude can be seen in the distance at the top right. The base plant separates bitumen from the nearly 500,000 tons of oilsands it receives per day and turns it into Synthetic crude. It also processes bitumen from Suncor’s McKay River and Firebag steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oilsands operations in the area. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Syncrude's North Mine oilsands mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Syncrude’s North Mine oilsands mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCKAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) oilsands mining operation near Fort McKay, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCKAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) oilsands mining operation near Fort McKay, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Kearl Oilsands Project which is owned by Imperial Oil and ExxonMobile Canada north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Kearl Oilsands Project which is owned by Imperial Oil and ExxonMobile Canada north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Suncor's Firebag steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) in-situ oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. The process uses natural gas and water to create steam which is then piped into the ground to separate bitumen from oilsand deposits. The bitumen is then pumped up and sent to Suncor's base plant to be upgraded into synthetic crude.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 18, 2013: — An aerial view of Suncor’s Firebag steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) in-situ oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 18, 2013. The process uses natural gas and water to create steam which is then piped into the ground to separate bitumen from oilsand deposits. The bitumen is then pumped up and sent to Suncor’s base plant to be upgraded into synthetic crude. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: June, 20, 2013:   A panoramic view of the heavy hauler maintenance shop which services all millennium mine equipment at Suncor's base plant oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 20, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal) This image was created by stitching multiple pictures together.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: June, 20, 2013: A panoramic view of the heavy hauler maintenance shop which services all millennium mine equipment at Suncor’s base plant oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 20, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal) This image was created by stitching multiple pictures together.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.:      JUNE, 20, 2013: — An aerial view of Highway 63 just north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 20, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: JUNE, 20, 2013: — An aerial view of Highway 63 just north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 20, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Editor Mark Suits recording the voice overs for all my videos. He has a golden voice.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 7, 2013: —Roadside marker crosses Tanya Zwaan and Ione Curr who died on December 13, 2010 along Highway 63 in northern Alberta, 92.2 km south of Fort McMurray, Alta. on September 7, 2013. More than 170 people have died on Highway 63 in the last 10 years. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 7, 2013: —Roadside marker crosses Tanya Zwaan and Ione Curr who died on December 13, 2010 along Highway 63 in northern Alberta, 92.2 km south of Fort McMurray, Alta. on September 7, 2013. More than 170 people have died on Highway 63 in the last 10 years. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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EDMONTON, ALTA.: JULY, 31, 2011: — An aerial view of the Imperial Oil Strathcona refinery with the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge oil terminals in the foreground and the Edmonton skyline in the background on July 31, 2011. The area is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON, ALTA.: JULY, 31, 2011: — An aerial view of the Imperial Oil Strathcona refinery with the Kinder Morgan and Enbridge oil terminals in the foreground and the Edmonton skyline in the background on July 31, 2011. The area is part of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALTA.: OCTOBER, 4, 2013: —An aerial view of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, just north of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. with the Shell Scotford plant in the foreground on October 4, 2013. The industrial heartland is Canada's largest hydrocarbon processing centre. 75% of all motor fuel used in western Canada comes from this region. Dozens of oil refineries, chemical manufactures and fertilizer plants are all fed from Alberta's various oilsands, conversional oil and natural gas companies in northern Alberta.   (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALTA.: OCTOBER, 4, 2013: —An aerial view of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, just north of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. with the Shell Scotford plant in the foreground on October 4, 2013. The industrial heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing centre. 75% of all motor fuel used in western Canada comes from this region. Dozens of oil refineries, chemical manufactures and fertilizer plants are all fed from Alberta’s various oilsands, conversional oil and natural gas companies in northern Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON, ALTA.: OCTOBER,28, 2013: —A plume of yellow sulfur coloured smoke billows from the Suncor Energy refinery in Edmonton, Alta. around 2:52pm on September 28, 2013. The refinery is part of Alberta's Industrial Heartland.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON, ALTA.: OCTOBER,28, 2013: —A plume of yellow sulfur coloured smoke billows from the Suncor Energy refinery in Edmonton, Alta. around 2:52pm on September 28, 2013. The refinery is part of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON, ALTA.:      MAY, 11, 2013: —The Tripp family (left to right). Ethan, 22, Rebecca, 18, Teague, 24, Fiona Styles-Tripp and Stan pose for a photo at the front steps of their Edmonton home on May 11, 2013. The family has had to manage over the years with a father who commutes back and forth from the oilsands in Fort McMurray. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

EDMONTON, ALTA.: MAY, 11, 2013: —The Tripp family (left to right). Ethan, 22, Rebecca, 18, Teague, 24, Fiona Styles-Tripp and Stan pose for a photo at the front steps of their Edmonton home on May 11, 2013. The family has had to manage over the years with a father who commutes back and forth from the oilsands in Fort McMurray. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

ST. ALBERT, ALTA.:      JUNE, 4, 2013: —Heather Fredeen tends to her one-year-old daughter Jordyn in her home in St. Albert, Alta. on June 4, 2013. Her husband Cory is a welder for an oilsands mine in Fort McMurray and commutes back and forth to St. Albert. which is just north of Edmonton. Despite the stresses of working six days on six days off, the family prefers the commute rather than living in Fort McMurray.   (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

ST. ALBERT, ALTA.: JUNE, 4, 2013: —Heather Fredeen tends to her one-year-old daughter Jordyn in her home in St. Albert, Alta. on June 4, 2013. Her husband Cory is a welder for an oilsands mine in Fort McMurray and commutes back and forth to St. Albert. which is just north of Edmonton. Despite the stresses of working six days on six days off, the family prefers the commute rather than living in Fort McMurray. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 9, 2013:   Dr. John O'Connor poses for a photo outside the hospital in Fort McMurray, Alta. on September 9, 2013. O'Connor has spent years as a physician for the northern communities of Fort McMurray, Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan. He has been fighting to get proper cancer studies done on the residents of Fort Chipewyan who have higher than expected rates of rare cancers. The debate has been whether the cancers are caused by pollution from the oilsands industry or other unrelated factors. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 9, 2013: Dr. John O’Connor poses for a photo outside the hospital in Fort McMurray, Alta. on September 9, 2013. O’Connor has spent years as a physician for the northern communities of Fort McMurray, Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan. He has been fighting to get proper cancer studies done on the residents of Fort Chipewyan who have higher than expected rates of rare cancers. The debate has been whether the cancers are caused by pollution from the oilsands industry or other unrelated factors. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Interviewing John O’Connor. Two LED lights.

FORT MCKAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 25, 2013:  Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher poses for a photo in his office in Fort McKay, Alta. on September 25, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT MCKAY, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 25, 2013: Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher poses for a photo in his office in Fort McKay, Alta. on September 25, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Shooting setup for Chief Jim Boucher. I wanted to show his beautiful office. One large LED light helped balance the window behind him.

 

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 11, 2013:  An aerial view of boreal forrest, muskeg and the Athabasca River delta system near Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 11, 2013..  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 11, 2013: An aerial view of boreal forest, muskeg and the Athabasca River delta system near Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 11, 2013.. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 11, 2013:  Fishing boats in Lake Athabasca on the shores of Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 11, 2013.  Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 11, 2013: Fishing boats in Lake Athabasca on the shores of Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 11, 2013. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Interviewing Alice Rigney. The sun was going down so I added two small LED lights for fill.

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Photographing Raymond. Unfortunately I got my 5D Mark-III wet and it short circuited it. Still shoots video but won’t take stills now.

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013:  Metis commercial fisherman and trapper Raymond Ladouceur poses for a photo on Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Ladouceur says he has seen big changes in Lake Athabasca over the years caused by oilsands industry. He has also lost several family members and friends to cancer which he believes is caused by industrial pollution.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013: Metis commercial fisherman and trapper Raymond Ladouceur poses for a photo on Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Ladouceur says he has seen big changes in Lake Athabasca over the years caused by oilsands industry. He has also lost several family members and friends to cancer which he believes is caused by industrial pollution. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013:  Metis commercial fisherman and trapper Raymond Ladouceur poses for a photo on Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Ladouceur says he has seen big changes in Lake Athabasca over the years caused by oilsands industry. He has also lost several family members and friends to cancer which he believes is caused by industrial pollution.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013: Metis commercial fisherman and trapper Raymond Ladouceur poses for a photo on Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Ladouceur says he has seen big changes in Lake Athabasca over the years caused by oilsands industry. He has also lost several family members and friends to cancer which he believes is caused by industrial pollution. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Catching a boat ride with Raymond and reporter Marty.

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013:  Fort Chipewyan residents walk down MacKenzie Ave. in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013.  Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013: Fort Chipewyan residents walk down MacKenzie Ave. in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013:  Hundreds of crosses and grave markers with dates spanning centuries in the cemetery in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013.  Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 12, 2013: Hundreds of crosses and grave markers with dates spanning centuries in the cemetery in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 12, 2013. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: A tarp is raised over a teepee holding wild elk meat during a dry meat making workshop in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013.  The workshop was put on by the ACFN to teach residents aboriginal traditions.  Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: A tarp is raised over a teepee holding wild elk meat during a dry meat making workshop in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013. The workshop was put on by the ACFN to teach residents aboriginal traditions. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: Ten-month old Rayelle Marcel sleeps while his mother Raylene Gibot cuts elk meat during a dry meat making workshop in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013.  The workshop was put on by the ACFN to teach residents aboriginal traditions.  Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: Ten-month old Rayelle Marcel sleeps while his mother Raylene Gibot cuts elk meat during a dry meat making workshop in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013. The workshop was put on by the ACFN to teach residents aboriginal traditions. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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Me eating a moose burger in Fort Chipewyan.

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: A sunset aerial view of Edward's Lake and First Lake south of Fort Chipewyan in the boreal forest and muskeg or northern Alberta on September 13, 2013.   (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: A sunset aerial view of Edward’s Lake and First Lake south of Fort Chipewyan in the boreal forest and muskeg or northern Alberta on September 13, 2013. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: Northern lights fill the sky over monument hill in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013.     Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta.  (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)  Note this picture was corrected for fisheye lens distortion to keep the horizon straight as it appeared in real life.

FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.: SEPTEMBER, 13, 2013: Northern lights fill the sky over monument hill in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. on September 13, 2013. Established in 1788, Fort Chipewyan is the oldest settlement in Alberta. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

First Nations dilemma of working in the Oilsands

This was my second favorite video of the series. It will help you understand First Nations concerns about the oilsands and the battle they face between the need for employment and maintaining traditional ways of life.

First nations people in northern Alberta are torn between the loss of their traditional lifestyles and the need for employment in a region where the only remaining employment is an industry that is changing them. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

 

You can check out the whole six-week series at edmontonjournal.com/oilsands

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Interactive 360 Virtual Tour of Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose

Posted by ryanjackson on Aug 5, 2013 in 360 Panoramas, 360 Video, Interactive, photos

I’ve covered the Big Valley Jamboree several, times, now, and this year I wanted to create a virtual tour that showed how BVJ is more than just music. There’s partying, bull riding, music workshops, more partying, and of course country music.

I shot several still image panoramas with my Canon 5D-Mark III and the handy dandy Canon 8-15mmL fish eye lens.

I also shot two 360 videos using six GoPro Hero cameras on a stick.   Everything was stitched together using PTgui and I used KrPano as the viewer.

Click here to watch the virtual tour. Click the right and left arrows to go to the next panorama.  If you click on the little globe button you can see a map of the area with dots.

Big Valley Jamboree 360 Virtual Tour

The more I do these, the easier they get. I literally put this together in one day. So much cooler than just a photo gallery.

Speaking of photo gallery. Here’s a photo gallery of Big Valley Jamboree 2013 too!

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