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Wanaka – Queenstown wedding video

Well, never thought I would be filming weddings, but here we are.

Just launched my new site www.FlashworksMedia.com.  Have been really enjoying summer and part of that has been centered around filming wedding videos.

The events themselves are all follwing the same basic idea, however none are ever the same.

Check out highlights from Kirsten and Jamie’s big day here:

 

Big thanks to both Kirsten and Jamie for allowing me to share this.

Are you getting married? Get in touch!

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“Between Heaven and Hell…” A light painting- Isolated Angel.

I love light painting. I am not sure what aspect of it I am most drawn to, but the process if full of little moments of suspence and anticipation. Followed be either “close but no cigar” type feelings or, gobsmacked wowness. This photo below made me feel pretty happy. "Between Heaven and Hell"

 

I also redid the shot of Toby (Releshes Cafe, Wanaka)

Toby Portrait

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Light Painting in Wanaka NZ.

What is Light Painting?

Light painting is the term used when a long exposure photograph is taken in a dark environment, while a light source (such as a torch, glowstick, sparkler etc) is used to highlight or “paint” certain elements in the frame. The exposure can be anywhere around 3 seconds to 90 seconds. 30 seconds is a common duration, depending on other factors, ISO, F/Stop, light polution and strength of your chosen “brush”. Often for lager pieces several photographs may be layered on top of one another to produce a finished single image. This can allow for shorter exposures. Longer exposures tend to have to close of the aperture to prevent the background blowing out or becoming noisy.  While creating these images it can really feel like painting, as the light falls onto the subject some light is reflected back to the camera. The more light you shine onto the subject, or part of the subject the brighter it will appear in the shot.

The wonderful thing about this kind of photography is that movement of bright light sources such as a torch can really be captured, while non light sources that are moving, such as the artist will not bounce enough light back to the camera to be retained in the image. So, you can move through the frame, painting along the way leaving only trails of glowing light over the top of a more traditional looking photo.

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Last night was another restless night for me. It seems to be a common occurrence! Still, to make the most of my night time I took it upon myself to do the light painting I have been planning. A few local spots have caught my attention and I really wanted to get stuck in once the full moon had gone. Last night though, it was cloudy, and a little rainy, but at 3:30 am i went for it. Came home about 6am…. got a wet arse from a incident on the Dino Slide- Slippy when wet! Was worth the next 5 shots with wet pants though. Quite happy with it. Hope you like. Shot on the Canon 50D for a change.

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“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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Night shooting after ankle surgery. Peroneal retinaculum, brevis, subluxation.

Resting up at my folks place after ankle surgery has been tough. The fact that I have somewhere to come and recover is a blessing. Can only imagine what it must be like trying to get through something like this without the help and support of family. Non weight baring on my left leg for 7 weeks means crutches. Crutches are not fun, exciting or very functional. In fact they are a real pain to use. I have no idea why they do not come with nice padding on the handles? I have tapped some on as the palms of my hands were in agony.

One of my biggest struggles has been not being able to film or take photos. I can do some, but carrying gear is hard work. Setting up while balancing on one foot with 2 crutches swinging around on your arms is harder. I have to laugh when the crutches jab into the ground and then push my arm off its intended course. I feel like a puppet who’s master really liked to mess with them up! Still, big deep breaths, calm mind and a lot of planning can get me some of the way there.

Here is a photo I took last night. I really wanted to do a time-lapse but the battery died on my intervolometer. New battery today means time-laspe is running right now! Love setting the time-lapse of and hurrying out of shot. Will see what we have in the morning.

Longridge House Astro-2

The surgery I had was to fix a subluxing peroneal tendon. The retinaculum had been ripped after a fall. Once they got in there they realized the peroneal brevis was also partially torn and ended up tightening some ligaments in font of the ankle bone also. 7 week in a cast, 4 in a moon boot, physio, no running or sport for 5 months. Fun times.

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DIE JOE BOO Ep 2B

Biff is Trislideable. Skis, Teles and boards. Also sings a little too

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Biff Russell at The Half Note, Niseko, Japan. DIE JOE BOO Ep2.

Biff Russell has been around for awhile. He has many strings to his bow. I have heard him referred to as a life coach, a guru, a wiseman, as well as a musician, telemarker, skier, snowboarder. He has built homes and raised kids.

Here he is playing a version of Mustang Sally in a really cool little Jazz bar in Niseko, (Hirafu) Japan. The Bar is Called Hale Note, and can be found, just down from Full Note. Ah hem.

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A day in Japan. Niseko and Otaru.

Here is a little video I made while on a day off in Japan. We rode park at Hanazono (Niseko) and then went on a road trip to Otaru. I will do a proper post soon, but currently hung over from a night out in Sapporo.

February 1st 2013. Japan.
Nick and I did the usual morning drive from Kutchan to Hirafu. Had a nice relaxed game of pool (I think he won but we were both having an awful game and were both happy when it was finally over!).

From Our “office” we then headed over to the Gondola in Hirafu, then up Swinging Monky 2 seater chair. From the top of Swining monkey we had to straight line down to the park at Hanazono. There are some long long flats which can kill on a snowboard! The snow is good right now by international standard but not by Japowpow measuring sticks with no big snowfalls in the last week. The light was in and out as was the snow. I have been wanting to go film for ages but have been tied up with work etc etc so it was nice to finally get the glidecam out on to the snow with a rider to film. We had a bout 3 or 4 laps through the park which has some nicely shaped jumps and a few rails and boxes. It seems a little spaced out in between hits but once the pipe is shaped properly the whole run will be wicked: Pipe into jumps into rails… nice!

After awhile hunger got the better of us and we came back via the Hirafu park. Once home our other housemate Joe arrives back and we decided as it was still early that we’d go on a random road trip to Otaru. Having past the ocean on the train last week we were keen to explore a little in this area.

Hangin out the window with the glidecam was fun if a little scary!

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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.

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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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