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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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Still from Astro Time Lapse in B.C.

Timelapse photography can be quite tricky. Last night I set off an astro timelapse earlier than I have been doing. About 10:45 as opposed to 1am. I have had issues with condensation on the lens and then the sunrise. I would love to set it to Av mode (aperture priority mode) and get the sunrise as part of the TL, but I know the settings I want for the astro part…and have not worked out how to get the correct interval between shots, and then factor in using Av with faster shutter speeds….anyway it is on the todo list. However I have just started importing the images and I’m pretty excited.
I have started using candles to light up the fore ground and add some interest, so the dying candle and the start of the dawn have hopefully captured quite a bit of light change.

Here are some unedited images. I do adjust some setting in Camera RAW but the more TL’s I’m doing I seem to have to edit less, which is a good sign!

The image was about 10:37pm, 2nd image was 1:24am last was 3:17am

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Astro Time Lapse Photography: Selecting Location

Creating a Timelapse of the Stars is addictive. I’m hooked. I can not put my finger on why exactly it seems to draw me in, but it does. It could be that because there are so many factors which have to come together for an Astrolapse, that the heavens truly have to align for it to be successful. Scuse the pun- but it is true!

As the moon wanes towards this weekend I am hoping to capture one a night and bring them all together in one long clip.

Last night was the second night in a row where I spent an hour or so walking round the ranch looking for the perfect spot to show not only The Milkyway but to also include some interesting foreground feature. I was hoping to use one of the large wooden gates to frame the stars.

Armed with my Canon 7D, intervalometer, tripod, stickytape, handwarmers, torch, matches, lighter, a red candle (“I love lamp) and a whole bunch of excitement I set off into the darkness. No moon means dark. The ranch I am staying on breeds horses, has bears (both black and grizzly), elk, deer and skunks wondering through all the time. So while trying not to use the torch so my night vision could kick in, I was also hoping not to bump into any unexpected wildlife. The horses make some very random, loud, un horse like noises when they are getting jiggy, or at least courting one another. So much so that several times that the loud growling sound bellowed down the valley I found myself frozen to the spot, wondering what a bear sounds like. It was soon followed by large thudding of hoofs and I regained my composure and continued my search for the perfect set up.

The final product is in post now, but here are some of the test shots I took while on my expedition.
Check back soon to see the final result.

In the end, I got the set up I was after. This is one still from the timelapse.

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Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Time Lapse in Banff Canada.

This is the first shot in the Timelapse sequence. Was shot on 25th April 2012. There has been lots of solar activity this year, but trying to combine the solar storms with; night time, clear skies, early warnings, and not being asleep can be quite the challenge. Even when the stars do align (scuse the pun) the lights may not show up! I have been lucky enough to see them twice in the last week. This time I managed to capture some of the show in a Timelapse.

The aurora borealis has been going off recently so I decided to do an Astro timelapse with the hope of getting the lights in there as well. You can see the green glow on the horizon which is the Northern Lights.

Location: Banff, AB, Canada.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D.
Lens: 18-55mm F/ 3.5
Settings: ISO 1000. Shutter 20 sec. Shot in CRAW.
Minor correction in post (mainly just white balance).
Total time shooting was about 1hr 45 min. – I wanted to shoot longer but the cold got the better of me!
Every second of TL took about 13 mins to capture.

Creating this has inspired me to create more astro-timelapse while here in Canada as the stars here just blow me away.

Would love to be able to use a Kessler Slider with motion control to get some real camera movement. At this stage I am just really happy to have been able to witness and record such a cool event as this.

Below is a video I’ve entered into a film comp. The prize is $500 at Banff Photography. Should I be lucky enough to win I plan on buying a new lens; Tonika 11-16 mm F2.6 which would be PERFECT for astro timelapse.

Please watch the video and if you like it follow this link to vote. It is via Facebook, and the app will ask you to allow it, be assured it is a pretty non invasive app, mainly just needs your name etc to count votes and then if you want it to, it will post to your wall that you voted on it.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

You can find more of my video work on my site

About the author:
Born in Warwick, England, John-Jo move north to The Borders, and the small town of Brampton. There he lived until he was 21. He then traveled to New Zealand and began snowboarding. Spending winters in Wanaka and summers in Sydney AU for 3 years he then began doing back to back winters between Wanaka, NZ and Banff Canada.

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Long exposure shenanigans AKA Light Painting

Shooting with the Canon EOS 7D is fun! I love this camera for my video work and more and more for taking STILLS! It is funny that I bought a DLSR for video and only occasionally take photos. But when I DO take them I am always blown away.

Waiting for the Northern  Lights last night I decided to take some long exposure photographs and experiment with the torch I was using. I have done this before in the first few days of having the 7D but I had time to kill so had another go. After all, experimenting helps us learn.

While I was there a few friends turned up and they wrote their names too!

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