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First showreel.

SHOWREEL: John-Jo Ritson / RideClass Productions: “From then till now” from John-Jo Ritson on Vimeo.

I recently realized I did not have a showreel. Seems like something I should have done long ago! However it is now done. Was fun pulling together all my favorite clips. There was about 10 mins of stuff I wanted to use. This is how it came out. Hoping to be back to work as per usual soon. Ankle surgery has been healing up well. Lots of physio and the OK for skiing 8 days away.
Stoked.

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First Timelaspe Compilation Piece: Arrow Valley Farm – Time at The Ranch.

Timelapse photography can be so rewarding and so frustrating. I have been using my Canon EOS 7D for nearly 12 months now, and have shot quite a few timelapses with it. Once the basics are understood, it is finding good subject matter that becomes the challenge.

While at The Watshan Catte Co. Ranch I was in awe of the amount of stars that were visible each night. Miles from anywhere the amount of light pollution was, well pretty much zero! So, I decided it was time to try and bring together as many Timelaspes of the night sky as possible and see if I could create something that would do it justice.

I had a few unsuccessful nights when condensation on the lens of my Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 left me with only a few seconds of useable final product. I trashed these small timelaspes and asked for help from Timelaspe veteran Preston Kanak. He passed on a tip that allowed me to shoot right through the night without any issues of condensation / frost on the lens. It was so simple, yet worked so well.

I tweeted: “@prestonkanak any tips for condensation on lens in overnight TL’s?”

His reply was short and to the point “@JohnJoRitz Handwarmers.”

I got funny looks at the local store buying handwarmers and candles in spring, but I think it was worth it 🙂

That night I set about stickytaping 4 handwarmers to the lens hood of the Tokina. I had already set the Canon up for its night shift and checked the handwarmers were not in frame, I hit the start button.

I repeated this process any night when the sky was clear. I wanted to use some light source to add some foreground detail and ended up using a regular candle. I had taken a large Bombay sapphire gin bottle, used and *angle grinder and a lot of safety gear to cut the top off, and placed the tapered candle inside. This was to keep it from going out, but also to make sure I did not cause a massive fire! *I do not recommend using naked flames, or cutting glass as it can cause serious injury!!!

Below is the finished piece. I recommend full screen and HD. I welcome feedback / constructive criticism.

Settings used were:

Exposure: 20-25 seconds

ISO: 600-800

Format: Shot in RAW

White balance: 4000-5000 (adjusted in post to suit)

Picture Profile Setting was Landscape – (although was adjusted in post but it gave a good starting point)

F Stop: 2.8

Interval: 1-3 seconds between the 20 to 25 second exposures.

Equipment:

Camera: Canon EOS 7D

Lens: Tokina 11-16 F/2.8

Filter: a no name brand UVF purely to protect the lens.

Tripod: Weifeng WF-717A

Intervalometer: Yongnuo TC-80N3a

Memory Card: Kingston 16GB CF

Music: from incomputech.com

I hope this has been a useful and informative post. It certainly has been educational and fun for me! If your unsure  about having a go at timelaspe I’d strongly encourage you to pick some settings, take afew test shots, adjust them, test some more, then just have a go. The more you shoot the better they will become. For more information on timelaspe and general shooting, check out Preston Kanak’s website and also  The Red Owl aka Tom Baurain did this tutorial on RAW Timelaspe workflow

 

About the author: John-Jo has been working in Canada for the last 6 months and is now in New Zealand waiting for the Snow season to start. He will be making films in Wanaka for Treble Cone and The Rookie Academy.

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Arrow Valley Farm : : “Life in the Valley”

For the last 3 weeks I have been on Whatshan Cattle Co. Ranch in Edgewood B.C. I have been working for my food and accommodation and loving every minuet of it! Pouring concrete, making spindles for handrails, painted, cutting grass, fixing fences and anything else that life on the ranch required. We started at 9:00 AM and worked till 4:30 -5:30 depending on what was going on. Evenings were often spent on the deck, watching the sun go down, drinking local beer, followed by an awesome evening meal. The sleep here has been the best, deepest, most honest sleep I have possibly ever had.

 

When I could steal away from “work” I took my Canon 7D and tried to capture some of beauty of this place. They grow about 300 acres of hey, raise about 125 cattle, Bluehealers, Pomeranians along with a herd of horses! The nights that looked clear, I often set off  a timelapse. I have wanted to the light foreground of my timelapses for awhile and decided to do it by candle light. I had some issues with condensation on the lens, but thanks to a tip from Preston Kanak, I managed to get some Timelaspes I am pretty proud of. There are some in this video, but I will put a pure Timelapse piece soon-ish.

I didn’t set out to make a mini doco, I just wanted to be able to show people where I had spent my time between winters.

I spent my final day here pulling together my favorite clips and moments into this video. I welcome constructive criticism / comments, but please do take into account that this was more of an after thought than a preplanned production, limited editing time and non existent budget. 🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoy “Life on the Ranch”.

Please visit Arrow Valley Farm website if you have any inquiries about horse sales, hay sales, training, B&B.

If you have questions about horse training please go to Agora Horses.

John-Jo follows winter round the globe. His “summer” consists of  8 weeks a year (in two lots of 4) where spring comes into effect. To see more of his video work please go to his website .

 

3 Timelapse and one monster edit…

I have yet another Timelapse in post production. I have lost count of how many I have done while staying at Arrow Vally Farm. I have 2 days left here in which to bring together a monster mini doco which will include all my timelaspe photography from the past 3 weeks. I have tried to take advantage of this beautiful place by running a TL whenever I saw an opportunity to do so.
Here are 3 screenshots from a piece I am pulling together right now.

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Still from Astro Time Lapse in B.C.

Timelapse photography can be quite tricky. Last night I set off an astro timelapse earlier than I have been doing. About 10:45 as opposed to 1am. I have had issues with condensation on the lens and then the sunrise. I would love to set it to Av mode (aperture priority mode) and get the sunrise as part of the TL, but I know the settings I want for the astro part…and have not worked out how to get the correct interval between shots, and then factor in using Av with faster shutter speeds….anyway it is on the todo list. However I have just started importing the images and I’m pretty excited.
I have started using candles to light up the fore ground and add some interest, so the dying candle and the start of the dawn have hopefully captured quite a bit of light change.

Here are some unedited images. I do adjust some setting in Camera RAW but the more TL’s I’m doing I seem to have to edit less, which is a good sign!

The image was about 10:37pm, 2nd image was 1:24am last was 3:17am

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Star Trail Photos.

Have been wanting to create some start trail images for ages. Found a piece of software called Star Stax and it is pretty easy to use. Here are is my first image.

It is 90 images from a timelaspe I should while out here in BC. Each photo was a 20 sec exposure. That equals 30 mins of exposure.

Will be adding simething like this into the TL’s at some point. Currently pulling together TL’s and footage for a promo video which is taking up all my free time. Hoping to get it done this next week.

Thanks for reading!

You can see some more of my video work via my site: Ride Class or via my vimeo page: John-Jo Ritson

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Astro Time Lapse Photography: Selecting Location

Creating a Timelapse of the Stars is addictive. I’m hooked. I can not put my finger on why exactly it seems to draw me in, but it does. It could be that because there are so many factors which have to come together for an Astrolapse, that the heavens truly have to align for it to be successful. Scuse the pun- but it is true!

As the moon wanes towards this weekend I am hoping to capture one a night and bring them all together in one long clip.

Last night was the second night in a row where I spent an hour or so walking round the ranch looking for the perfect spot to show not only The Milkyway but to also include some interesting foreground feature. I was hoping to use one of the large wooden gates to frame the stars.

Armed with my Canon 7D, intervalometer, tripod, stickytape, handwarmers, torch, matches, lighter, a red candle (“I love lamp) and a whole bunch of excitement I set off into the darkness. No moon means dark. The ranch I am staying on breeds horses, has bears (both black and grizzly), elk, deer and skunks wondering through all the time. So while trying not to use the torch so my night vision could kick in, I was also hoping not to bump into any unexpected wildlife. The horses make some very random, loud, un horse like noises when they are getting jiggy, or at least courting one another. So much so that several times that the loud growling sound bellowed down the valley I found myself frozen to the spot, wondering what a bear sounds like. It was soon followed by large thudding of hoofs and I regained my composure and continued my search for the perfect set up.

The final product is in post now, but here are some of the test shots I took while on my expedition.
Check back soon to see the final result.

In the end, I got the set up I was after. This is one still from the timelapse.

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Light painting. Canon EOS 7D. 5 sec exposure. 400ISO. F1.8 on Canon 50mm.

Light painting. Canon EOS 7D. 5 sec exposure. 400ISO. F1.8 on Canon 50mm.

Have been playing around with long exposures and light sources at night. After helping out a friend cutting rebar I knew I had to have a go at using it during the night. Here are the results.

Hoping to do some more soon with other light sources. Also some astro timelaspe are to come.

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Leaving Banff AB For Edgewood BC.

Well the snowboard season ends this weekend. Closing day is something I always attend. Not this year. I’m tired. Not in a bad way, just fatigued. My legs just wont let me ride how I want to. So, we moved out of our place, stayed on a couch or 2, had some good bye / see you later drinks and headed out to BC.

Took some pics as we were heading out.

Once in BC we have to cross a couple of ferries and I took some pics of a ferry in a dry dock while waiting. The sign clearly said “Danger Stay Out!” but as it was not locked I went in. I was impressed with the size of the thing, just hanging there. I used my new Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens but left the lens shade in the car. Could have used it. Oh well, still happy with how some of the shots came out.
Got some more shots on the 2nd ferry as we docked.

Tonight is supposed to be a “Super Moon” with the moon being 14% closer and 30% brighter than normal. We are expecting broken cloud cover tonight and I’m hoping to get a Time Lapse of it some how. Will be a hard one to expose for as well as the fact I will be trying to hit a moving target. Fingers crossed for a usable result.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Last night I won the first ever Lake Louise Film comp! Had a load of support with about 30 people coming down to The Elk and Oarsman for the results. I was a tense hour as technical difficulties delayed results. We finally got to it about 10pm. We watched a few entries before we had to pick the under 18s winner Mark Teterenko . They then moved on to the main results. In 4th place was   this video    in 3rd was  evan lavallee from SHTCHA and they then showed the 2 last videos in no particular order. That was 403 media and mine. After that, the announced I had won 1st! Sooo happy! Won $500 in store credit at Banff Photography. I had already picked out a lens I wanted so bought it today. Tokina 11-16mm F2.8. Here is a quick test shot. Just had to try it out!

Above is the ungraded clip, below graded.

PP was Cinema with a little s curve in post and a small boost of saturation. It looked fine before but I just wanted to grade it.

 

 

I hope to get a chance to do some Astro TL’s with this lens soon but having to move out of our place so busy right now. End of season, packing up, sorting out, working out how much of my life I can fit into limited bag space. Wondering if I’ve used something enough for it to have earned its place in a bag, or if it is time to “leave” “trash” or “giveaway”. I’ve enjoyed snowboarding this year for sure, but now I feel fatigued and with the snow tuning into bullet proof till 10 and into porridge at 12… its just not worth it! It kills me to say that as I love spring riding, but there you go!

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