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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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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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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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Aurora Australis AKA Southern Lights. Wanaka NZ.

Well, seen them up north, and now I’ve seen them down south. Northern and southern lights.

Southern Lights AKA Aroura Australis from John-Jo Ritson on Vimeo.

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Ski & Snowboard Video for Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ: Bithday Cake and Backflips.

Skiing and snowboarding in the southern hemisphere can be a surreal experience after Canada. I was riding and filming yesterday am, and came home, sat outside and drank a beer, in the sun, in my t shirt. And snowboard pants, I was not naked.

We still have not had any more snow but good conditions on trails makes it still awesome fun t o shred up at Treble Cone. Only 2 days ago did we brake the inversion layer of doom and gloom here in town, but TC has been sunning it up every day above the lake of cloud below.

I wanted to get this across in this weeks edit, so I got up nice and early to do a time lapse of the stars, sunrise, and inversion layer all in one. The moon was unexpectedly out which really killed some of the astro aspect to the time lapse, but still, I was quite happy with how it turned out. A disproportionate amount of time and effort went into making what is essentially a 5 second shot.

I also wanted to cover one of the Race programs that was going on, and include some killer shots of Richie spinning off Easy Rider AKA Steezy Rider, and  Campbell sent it of Main St and threw a backkie. Perfect for some Super Slow Mo, replicating 1000fps.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45631904″>TC Cat’s birthday and more.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/treblecone”>Treble Cone</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Thanks to all those who jumped in front of the camera this week!

My website is www.rideclass.com go check it out.  😉

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Wanaka winter season kicks off with Treble Cone Opening day edit.

So finally the opening day at Treble Cone Snowfield came to be. 12 months ago was my first live gig with my new 7D  Having been waiting since last, well, ever I was happy to get a blue bird day to film. I went a different route and used an edited Landscape Picture Profile Setting to grade in camera. Same day edits mean critical timing, as I had planed to use this Landscape PP if the weather permitted, and Marvels is it was overcast or otherwise not to flash. It turned out well with some bright colored jackets on bright white snow and pale blue sky.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/44913313″>2012 Opening Day!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/treblecone”>Treble Cone</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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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