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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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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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Snow Skool Instructor Courses: Wanaka New Zealand.

The winter snow season in New Zealand is from June 28th (ish) until September 30th (ish). 3 months. Even though this is about half the length of the northern winter, coming to New Zeland to train, get certified and keep skills sharp has been a common practice for many snow enthusiasts.

In all of New Zealand there is about 25+ ski feilds of varying sizes. Wanaka in the Southern Alps is the top location with 3 awesome and very different resorts just 35-45min drive away.

Snow Skool run a 10 week programme here and asked me to make weekly videos documenting the course.

Recipe for a week in Wanaka: Snow Skool in Wanaka, NZ. from SnowSkool on Vimeo.

is the latest edit I made on behalf of Snow Skool. I filmed on Monday the 3rd September in overcast skies with 50+cms of new snow! It was heavier and wetter towards the bottom and quite challenging. This made for some funny shots of everyone flailing around in the snow. The next day was sunny and the saddle opened. I just had to get shots for Treble Cone this day and went straight to the bottom of the summit slopes to film, cheer and cry as I got people ripping untracked light pow. Got some good shots that made it on to U Live TV! My first big slot on national television. 40 second clip showcasing TC epic terrain. You can see that video here:

Late season DUMP! from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

All the footage shown on U Live TV was also in this clip above.

Once I had the TC shots I cought up with the Snow Skool group as they rode the Saddle looking fro drops to work on vertical movement relating to pressure. ON the way abck to the home basin I cought up with the skier group and got some shots of those guys working on vaious aspects of paralelle turns, demos and teaching and increased performance.

After that I boosted home to begin off loading CF cards.
On Sunday we headed back to Amigos Mexican place 7 weeks to the day (see that video here) that the Snow Skoolers arrived in town. I had once been nearly knocked over by the “death wings” so got some for the guys to try, to my disappointment I had one to find out it was about 25% as hot as when I had last had it. The boys were still impressed with the heat, but they got it easy let me tell you!

You can see all of my Snow Skool Videos here and all my videos from Treble Cone here. Or just ALL of my edits from 2012 NZ winter here.

You can visit my web site here: www.RideClass.com

Thanks!

John-Jo

Head Honcho @ RideClass Productions

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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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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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Picture Profile Test. Canon 7D.

Picture Profiles for the Canon 7D are a big topic. There are lots of views and opinions out there about how to get the most from the 7D but with so much information it can be hard to know who to listen to.

I have started to do a more comprehensive test of some of the major PP’s vs In Camera Setting.

Here are some ungraded screenshots. Test to be finished soon!

The Season is almost over????

So here we are in April 2012 and the Banff season keeps going. This week has seen more and more snow at Lake Louise. In fact it is snowing right now! We had about 15cms during yesterday and 5 more cm’s over night. Then it continued to snow all day today!

Can not complain- however, I do love riding in spring time in a t shirt… ripping round until you get mad ice burn all down your arms from bailing while trying to do something stupid.

Spring riding is FUN! It is bullet proof till 10 am so you may as well sleep in, have a coffee, chill till then.
Then rip it! Hitting the logs and natural features that have been hidden all winter. Stalling on tree stumps, gaping over dirt patches and trying your best not to fall into the slush puddle at the bottom… even though watching said puddle / lake is the best way to spend an afternoon after shredding. The Kokanee cabin is perfect for a few spring time beers after riding 10-3 when the slush gets slow and you can not hit jumps any more!

Ah spring days…. just a shame it is still winter here and the pow is still falling. Spring is going to be a long time coming here in Banff… but that is ok with me. When it arrives I know it will be worth the wait!

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.

NEW STANDARD SET!

So, timelapse has been around for a while, and technology has enabled more people to make better timelapse clips, esp with motor operated sliders and the like. This video sets a new standard.

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