Category Archives: competition

“Holy moly!” Pro Triathlete Simone Maier on sporting success with N.L.P. Coach Martin Amott.

We all know sport is tough physically… that much is obvious. But how much effort do you put in with your mental training?

The mind controls the body and can make it quit at any time, or push on.

NLP is Nero Linguistic Programming- even though it should just simply be called the Natural Learning Process. It can help you overcome phobias and issues or take you from good to great.

Have done a little bit of NLP work with Martin myself and it was VERY POWERFUL. That is all I can say. If you are into sport, and have a chance to see Martin, do so.

Watch this video and get a glimpse into the mind of a pro triathlete Simone Maier: http://simonemaier.wordpress.com. She was such an inctersting person to interview and could beat me in pretty much any form of race.

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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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Wanaka Fest 2012 – Four days of events and competitions.

WanakaFest is an annual community festival held in Wanaka, Otago NZ. It covers food and wine, an urban down hill mountain biking, 10hr endurance mountain biking race, passion for fashion show and so much more!

This festival was the perfect opportunity to use my new Glidecam HD2000. The Canon 7D really came in to its own during this project. Switching between glidecam filming and run and gun photography was easy and efficient. Especially after the new Canon 203 firmwear update which allowed more RAW images than before. Still 8.4fps but a the buffer allows up to 25 images compared to 15 before the update. Was lucky enough to have a friend Civilian Sol, crate a track especially for the video. We worked together to come up with the feel, I gave him a rough edit, and then I re edited to the track. Mad props to Dannie.

For more videos and booking video work please visit:
www.RideClass.com

We just had the final Sponsors Thank you drinks and the first showing of the video. Time to have a drink and put my feet up…. until a timelapse at 4am… 🙂

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New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine Banked Slalom video.

Snowboarders do like to race, especially if it is the 20th Annual Banked Slalom at Treble Cone!

New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine Banked Slalom from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

Was an awesome day, first sunny day for the event in a while. Was epic to see unknown Antoine Blaizeau smash the competition by 18 seconds! 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th were all within 1sec of each other and he was well ahead!

Here is the other recent edit from Treble Cone.

Saddle Sunny Days from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

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Aurora borealis in Canada. Wowzers!

Aurora borealis aka The Northern Lights have been on my list for years. “Which list?” I do not hear you cry! Well let me tell you. My List is a list of things and or places to experience. The List is ever growing and to be honest it is a way for me to put things on the back burner so to speak. I have made a few efforts this winter to head out and see the aurora borealis with no luck. They have either not shown up or shown up just before dawn on a work day (I was fast asleep by then).

Last night a good friend was in town and we had a few beers and a catch up. Home at about 1:30 I noticed some buzz on line about the lights and looked out the window.
“There is nothing out there!” said I.
“Look towards Cascade Mountain- they are going off!” Said they.
Already tucked up in bed, I decided to take life by the horns and within 3 mins was running down the street with all my camera gear in my back pack. At the end of our road there is a tree line / thin wooded area then train tracks with Cascade behind. I knew there would be little light pollution and was excited to find out!
As I came through the last few trees I could already see strange shapes and flickers in the sky!
Now, I have to admit, I had been drinking. I had helped to friends finish their drinks the bar closed. I have to admit I was a little drunk. However even if I was stone cold sober I believe my first reaction would have been the same.
Stood their, frozen to the spot, I swore. “Fuck me!”… The main shapes were slowly moving like high clouds, but clearly not cloud shaped at all. But the really impressive bit was the “flickering” that was passing over head, crossing the whole night sky so quickly and so otherworldy that I really grasped why so many people are captivated by the aurora borealis.
I must have stood frozen to the spot for only 4 or 5 seconds before I knew I had to get the camera out.

After a quick set up I set off a timelapse and stood in wonder and awe. I texted my Mum, Dad, friends and photographers. I called my girlfriend and told her to come down.

Towards the end of the show, I was trying to get a shot of my girlfriend surround by the lights but a train was suddenly approaching! I quickly turned the camera and jumped into the shot.

You can see the Northern Lights in the back ground. This was a 30 sec exposure, ISO 800.

We moved around a little during the shot as the train was REALLY CLOSE. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME KIDS!

It was very, very, very cool. I was using my Canon EOS 7D with the kit 18-55mm lens. It is a good lens.
But it is not a great lens. I got quite a bit of the sky line in the shot, but not as much as I wanted. Often the lights flickered and moved across the sky and I fought the urge to move the camera!

I have entered a video competition via Lake Louise Ski Area to win a FANTASTIC lens that would be able to capture about twice as much sky. It also has a a low F-Stop which would allow me to have shorter shutter speeds and lower ISO and a cleaner image all round. Not to mention the glass is higher quality.

I shot the entire video on the Canon EOS 7D. Used a mix of tripod, slider, handheld to get the feel I wanted.
The actual prize is a gift cert of $500 for a local photography shot (Banff Photography) but the Tonika 11-16mm F 2.6 is $850 so I would have to find that extra cash!

All this being said I need to win the comp first. You can view my video and vote for Roli Canoli : Smiling Faces here. Roland is a skier who often says “no poles no problem!” and loves to freeski without them!

Should I be fortunate enough to win I will be trying to capture more aurora borealis (with out drinking first!) and will also be able to shoot some pretty cool video!

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you voted for my video, thanks again!

About the author:
John-Jo has been an aspiring cinematographer since 2007 and is new to photography. Recently taking the plunge into the HDLSR world has now opened up creative doors in both worlds. Snowboard Instructing has been his main focus since 2006 and he set up RideClass Productions in 2009 to try to combine his 2 loves in life.

Social networking with friends: Benifits?

I recently completed a video “Roli Canoli : Smiling Faces” which I created for a film completion. The rule were simple and the subject was, well, having fun at Lake Louise Ski Area. I went out with a firend and co worker named Roland. He is from Germany as a pretty funny guy. If you think he kills it on skis (which he does) you should see him ripping up the park on snow blades!!! funniest thing ever.

Currently in the comp Roland and I are the underdogs.

Film comps are funny things. Having won my first comp ever for Time at TC,

My other film comp entries were trying to win a chance to see my girlfriend who was on the other side of the world. She was in Canada, I was in Australia. It is called Poles apart.

I also made one on a real short time frame called Oanaka Is.. based around the township of Wanaka as part of Wanaka Fest 2010

And here I am again in a film comp! The competition is being run by Lake Louise Ski area and the prize is $500 gift certificate in a local Photography shop.

I would LOVE to have a professional lens. but having broken my collar bone in 2 places and 6 ribs, a tooth broken by a peanut I am in the hole for quite some cash. That is why I have tried to put together an edit… to win the $500 so I could possibly get The Tonika 11-16mm F/2.6 🙂 a pro wide angle.

But we do have time, we do. There is till the 29th of April 2012 to vote for my video.

Any chance you could help me move up to 1st? or 2nd? not that there is a prize for 2nd… but still it would be better than 4th!

The app they have used on facebook will ask to be allowed access to your information. I know some people do not like this. i am not a big fan, let me tell you. But I do limit the amount of info of mine I put out there, so when I do want to do something like this I can justify it.

So there is my plea I guess, help out a guy who is struggling to make things work after a run of bad luck… or the local big crews swoop in and take the winnings.

Your call, but with your help maybe we can bring em down!!!

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Roli Canoli : Smiling Faces

EDIT:

So the comp is live and I am now trying to win the $500 voucher for Banff Photography.

Please watch and vote here!

If you do not like it you do not have to vote for it… of course… but I’d like it if you gave it a chance and watched it!

The film comp at Lake Louise is hotting up! Lots of good entries coming in. Mine is now up and here are some screen shots of the FINAL FINAL edit.

Really hoping to win the comp but voting is only open after the 17th so will have to wait till then to get your votes in!

The comp is running through here

Lake Louise Film Comp

The film comp at Lake Louise Ski area sent me out with my canon 7D yet again. Filming the solid and creative skiing of a German called Roland. He skis well. He also has a certain comical smile that makes me laugh.
The film comp at Lake Louise if for a prize of $500 store credit at a local camera shop. This competition is basically made for me. Snow orientated, at my home mountain, photographic prize… all the stars seemed to be aligning for me top be able to buy a new lens!

Should be straight forward right? Well, not so much, Roland is a fantastic skier and I had no doubts about his ability to stop his tricks, but pinning him down to a shoot day took some time. We have conflicting days off and… well, lets just say it was pretty difficult to get it sorted. However, 3 weeks after our initial plan to do the comp, we finally had our day to film.

Although the weather was clear for the first hour of the day, it closed in with light snow and gray clouds everywhere.

We got some really cool opening shots with the slider. Some wides, Meds and Cu’s to allow the folks at home to see what Roland looks like. The some shots of him skating off to the drops.

Conditions were challenging but it was really nice to work with someone who was keen and ballsy! Roland strait lined some chutes in Very Flat light as well as sending it big on some natural features. We had some really cool shots in the can when somehow he broke a ski. The funny thing was that the tip snapped but if anything he had landed back seat from a 180 hand drag… hopefully he gets a warranty out of it. I felt slightly responsible as I had asked him to do the trick again. However once I had run it thought in my mind I realized that I would not hold him responsible had I dropped or other wise broken my Canon 7D.

We made our way back to the front side, scoping out drops and hits along the way. I offloaded my Sandisk Extreme 8G CF card to the Macbook Pro so we had a plenty of space for the PM shoot.

New skis on and Roland continued to send it. Natural features including tree jibs and rocks as well as hitting the Calgary Gap Rock back on the front side. So called because if you mess it up, your going to Calgary, hospital.

We really wanted to get a shot from above looking down on a hand drag but speed was not with us. By this time is was nearly 3pm. We tried to get back out after a quick snack but I managed to leave my CF card in the reader and had decided this was the run I’d only come out with minimal gear… IE no back up card. We were tired and decided to call it a day.

All in all it was quite mixed, we definitely got some good footy, but then again, weather and luck seemed to be against us. The good points for em were being able to work with a consistent, talented and committed athlete, Roland hiked several features as he was not %100 happy with them. this gave me chance to swap angles and get a 2nd shot to cut to. Nice.