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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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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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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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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 .

 

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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