2010 mastercard memorial cup - day 1.

So, today we hopped back in the photo van and headed back into beautiful Manitoba.  Instead of Dauphin, this time we’re in Brandon, a bit more of a “city” which is excellent so far.  I’m here for the 2010 Memorial Cup.  This is the tournament held between the winners of every Major Junior league in Canada, WHL, OHL, QMJHL, and host (Brandon Wheat Kings).  Keep in mind: I was VERY excited for the RBC Cup last week, but the Memorial Cup is literally 10x bigger/more important, I feel SO lucky to be here.

Brandon is a great city so far.  The hotel we’re in is attached to the arena, and it has 2 bars in it.. there’s really nothing more you can ask for.  After rolling in a little later than would be ideal, we waited around a bit for accreditation (sweet gift bags, by the way!) and started to take all our equipment upstairs to install.  We did a record-setting install, starting at 3:30 and ending at 4:45.  This was about where the “awesome photo day” stopped.  The shooting positions at the Keystone Center are far from ideal.. everything is through the glass, or from a VERY steep angle.  Andy Devlin decided to take the high position, with strobes, while I shot through the glass from low, natural light.  Luckily, the Keystone Center underwent massive renovation to light the surface enough for HD video, so the lighting was pretty rad as far as arenas go, FAR better than Rexall.

Here’s a quick selection from the first day.  The host team, Brandon Wheat Kings, played the OHL champs, the Windsor Spitfires (the Spitfires won last year’s Memorial Cup too).  Taylor Hall, a VERY highly touted (ranked 1 or 2 depending on who you ask) draft pick plays for the Spirfires, and he was REALLY exciting to watch, especially from someone coming from the Oilers’ organization.  He had one absolutely breathtaking goal that really made me excited, check it out here.  This kid is really, really special.

Can’t wait for the rest of the week to go.. this is a very prestigious event, maybe the most excited I’ve ever been to shoot, too.  I hope I can get a lot more out of the coming games.  The first game is always a puzzle, half of it is spent figuring out shooting positions, angles, etc.. I’m not used to shooting natural light, and I’m especially not used to shooting through glass, so it’s a bit of work to get the results I really want.

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If you want to know more about my experience here, follow me on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/dylanjlynch  I’ve been posting lots of updates and iPhone photos from the tournament, I hope to continue.  Have a good weekend! Know I will.

The 2010 RBC Cup

Thanks to Dauphin, MB for hosting, it was a VERY well run event.  Championship Final score was Vernon Vipers 8 - Dauphin Kings 1.  The game shouldn’t have been that one-sided, it was an excellent tournament otherwise.

Sorry I don’t have much time to say anything.. hopefully leaving tomorrow for a far bigger event, I’ll keep you all in the loop when I can.

All photos copyright LA Media Photography.

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video promo #2.

After much deliberation, our second promo video is done!  Kyle Sanborn (videographer) is an allstar.  The voice-overs maybe cheesy, but try to keep it in context.. it’s a “movie”. 

Also: I won’t be checking in for the next 2 weeks or so.. I’m off to fabulous… Dauphin, Manitoba!  The Royal Bank Cup is happening, so I’ll likely be driving a total of 24 hours, and working about 170 hours, and consuming ~80 Coronas (hockey event traditional drink) over the course of twelve days, bring it on.  Hope you all have a good start to the month!

The Visual Dynamic Promo from Kyle Sanborn on Vimeo.

edmonton photographer assistant.

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I am now officially available to assist in the Edmonton area, or Canada-wide.  I’m doing this so that I can get an idea of how established photographers work, and to grow the group of people in the industry that I’m familiar/friends with.  I’m more inclined to work on commercial or sports/live performance shoots, but open to almost everything so please inquire if you’re interested in my services.

After 3 years in the field of photography equipment retail, I’m very familiar with almost all camera setups and systems; this includes lighting systems, post-production software, and any photographic accessory available.  I learn quickly, I’m professional, and I insist on getting the best results possible.  If I sound like someone you’d like to have around to help and collaborate, please say hi.

I’ve worked Canada-wide doing high end sports photography for clients such as Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the CHL, Prospects Magazine, the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings and more.  With this experience, I’m used to very tight deadlines, with very high expectations.  I work very well under pressure, and have done consistently as an editor and as a photographer.  I’d be very interested in talking to you about helping on the photography side, or on the editing side, I’m proficient at both.

Please email me at dylanjlynch (at) gmail (dot) com, or feel free to give me a call at (780)235-3560.

References are available at your request.

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video in studio.

Tonight we shot a few sequences that will mostly be used for credits and into/outro to our new video.  Got to shoot a box of Fuji FP-100C in the Hasselblad, it’s been a while since I’ve done that.. It was nice to just hang out with Kyle and watch him work while discussing the video over a few beers.  It’s going to be silly rad.

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couple more blad outtakes

Whoring these out like it’s going out of style..

Or is Hasselblad already out of style?

Anyway, new video’s out tonight/tomorrow, likely tomorrow because tonight is the Edm Int’l Beerfest and I just may partake, heavily.

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hasselblad portraits.

I absolutely love this camera.  There is something about the layout and build quality that really takes the photographic experience to another level.  I highly recommend everyone tries a roll or two through any Hasselblad.. it’s special.

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some new hasselblad.

More behind the scenes of our new video which should be out tomorrow.

All shot on Hasselblad 500EL/M and Fuji XXXvia slide film.

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behind the scenes

I’m going to go against the grain and post a bunch of behind the scenes photos before we even release what we’re working on this week.  We’re in the middle of making another short movie with Kyle Sanborn of Plainsight Pictures.  In case you’re new, here is the first one we shot, basically following Keagan and I doing architectural photographs around Edmonton.  It wasn’t very formal or planned, and we had to throw away 80% of the shots because we couldn’t stop goofing off on camera (we’re professionals). 

The Visual Dynamic promo 1 from Dylan Lynch on Vimeo.

ninja edit:  Holy shit my hair was awful at the back, pretty sure I got a haircut the next day.

Now, this one we’re shooting now is a bit more planned out, so I’m really excited.  The entire production is with video in mind, whereas before, Kyle just followed us around as we did our thing.  Now, we’re “doing our thing” to work for the video. 

I’ve shot 5 rolls of film so far, and to stretch it out, I’m going to post one roll per day.  Tonight should be fun, we’re going to look at what we have, and decide what music to use for it.  Also, we’re going to share a few beers and just bullshit about photography, hopefully coming up with some footage to use as a background voice/voice-over during the video.

These were all shot with Mamiya 7 and 80mm f4 on Kodak Portra 400 VC film.  The other rolls I shot are way more exciting, but I haven’t scanned them yet, so you’ll have to wait :)

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Here are some digital shots that Aaron Yakem took during the first day of shooting:

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I’ll keep adding behind the scenes stuff until we finally get it finished, hopefully this weekend.

elk island nat'l park.

I spent a few hours inside Elk Island National Park today, about 45 mins East of Edmonton.  I was there mostly as a “scout” for future shooting.  It was a really boring, grey day, not much for helping photographs.  Of course, I still took a camera and shot a few frames of the local wildlife.  I’ve never shot wildlife before (unless you count the Calgary Zoo..), and all I can say is this:  You better have a TON of patience if you’re going to shoot wildlife well.  Usually, I’m just fine if I can sit and read, or listen to music.. but doing that takes your eyes off the scene, and you might miss the moment you’re waiting for.  Today, I didn’t do much waiting, as it wasn’t really a “photo trip”.

Next time I go, when the weather’s a bit nicer, I want to spend a whole day and see what I can get.  There seems to be a lot of good opportunities, as long as you’re willing to wait for them.

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