Arm Wrestling Championship

Posted by ryanjackson on Oct 11, 2014 in sports, video

Arm Wrestling Championship from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

Strong arms and sore wrists at the Western Canadian arm-wrestling championship at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton on October 11, 2014. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

Shot with the Panasonic GH4 in 4K and 96fps HD, 12-35 2.8, Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS.
Used a LitePanels Micro Pro LED light on a stand as a fill light as the mall was daaaaaark!

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Timbersports Competition

Posted by ryanjackson on Jun 14, 2014 in sports, video

Timbersports competition from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

Giant chainsaws, razor sharp axes, and a 110-pound lumberjack at the Stihl Timbersports Series Western Qualifier in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. on June 14, 2014. The top performers from the event go onto the Canadian Championship in Toronto in July. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

This video was my first opportunity to really push the new Panasonic GH4 in bright sunlight conditions.
I mostly used a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS for long shots and my friend Katherine Speur assisted me and got a lot of great shots with a second GH4 and a Panasonic 12-35 2.8.
For the interview with Kat I just used a reflector for light and a Canon 50mm f1.2L lens for the A-camera.

The 96fps slow motion was fantastic for this video. At 96fps you can only shoot in HD video so the quality isn’t as good as shooting 4K but it looks best when used with a long lens that blurs the background out a bit. I don’t really know why but 96fps with a long lens looks better than 96fps with a wide lens.

Enjoy!

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Rush Lacrosse

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 19, 2014 in sports, video

Rush Lacrosse, plenty of room on the bandwagon from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

Everything you need to know about Edmonton's Rush lacrosse team to join their winning bandwagon. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

I’ve shot a lot of sports over the years including NHL and NBA but I love shooting lacrosse. Maybe because it’s a smaller sport which wants to grow. The great thing about sports like this is you can get much much better access to shoot it.

I made this video with the help of Journal sports reporter Chris O’Leary. The Rush had a fantastic year in 2014 and I wanted to make a video that would get a new fan up to speed with everything they need to know about the sport and the team in under 90-seconds.

I filmed everything with my Panasonic GH3, Panasonic 12-25 f2.8, Canon 50mm f1.2L and 70-200 2.8L IS.
I used a LitePanels Micro Pro LED light and a wireless mic for Chris.

One gigantic help for this video was to use my iPhone as a teleprompter There are several apps out there. I use “Teleprompt+ 3” which works really well. I’ll write more about how I mount the iPhone above my lens in future posts.

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Grey Cup Time Lapse Video and Picture

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 2, 2010 in photos, sports, video


Over 63,000 fans enjoy the 98th CFL Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders facing the Montreal Alouettes in Edmonton on November 28, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

To make this picture and time lapse video I had two cameras mounted up in the catwalk of the light standard on the east side of Commonwealth Stadium.
The time lapse camera was simply a Hero Cam mounted at the center of the catwalk. I set the Hero Cam to take a picture every 10 seconds for the entire game. I then plunked all the stills into Final Cut Pro. The whole video was over two minutes. I cut it down to just over one. For audio I just recorded a few minutes of game action and plunked it under the photos.

To make the wide-angle still image I mounted a Canon 5D Mark-II with a Canon 17-35mm f2.8 using a Magic Arm. I set it to Av mode F8 and turned on +1 / -1 bracketing. I then set an intervalometer to trigger the camera every 30-seconds. So every 30-seconds I had three pictures at -1, 0, +1 exposure.

Why shoot 6 frames a minute you ask? Well I wanted to get a perfect exposure with the sky just right, the downtown skyline silhouetted and all the fans in their seats. I couldn’t be up in the catwalk the whole time to wait for the light to be just right so setting the camera to shoot a few thousand frames is the next best thing. I shot over 48 GB of RAW pictures with that camera during the game for one picture. Well worth it!

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Edmonton Eskimos vs. Calgary Stampeders

Posted by ryanjackson on Sep 16, 2010 in photos, sports

Edmonton Eskimos Kelly Campbell gets past Calgary Stampeders Keon Raymond during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on September 10, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos Weldon Brown tackles Calgary Stampeders Jon Cornish during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on September 10, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Calgary Stampeders Ken-Yon Rambo ties to fly past Edmonton Eskimos Randee Drew during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on September 10, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Calgary Stampeders Ken-Yon Rambo tries to fly past Edmonton Eskimos Jason Nugent during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on September 10, 2010. The pass was incomplete. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Richie Hall walks off the field after a 20-36 loss to the Calgary Stampeders during CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on September 10, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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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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