DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Waiting in the sun = never fun.

My crew for today did a pretty monster drive to get here and shoot in the sun. Unfortunately they didn't make it all the way. It's not a perfect day out there, but it's pretty nice, and I'm waiting. At least it gives me a little time to work on this last minute job that came up for this week. There is quite a bit to get organized in a short period of time so I'm doing a little scrambling. Well, to keep you occupied until then, here are some more G9 shots from around the hood last week.



Tinsletown. Watch your step.

The hood. Pretty stoked that I live here.Except that I'm in Whistler.

Flags and cranes around the Olympic village site.
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Winter is over?

I keep hearing it's Spring. I suppose there is some evidence to support that; The US Open is this weekend in Vermont, flowers are blooming, the bums are moving from the heating grates back to the beach in Socal, but around these parts I'm going to have to say that winter has not given up just yet. We just spent two of the deepest days of the season shooting. Everyone was blown away by the quantity and quality of snow and it took the better par of the first day just to reach the alpine.

Overnight it snowed again and the forecast is for even more. Here is just one shot of a couple of amazing days. Chris Wimbles moving around some of the white stuff.

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texture

I've been looking at snow my entire life. I'm endlessly fascinated by the different textures, shapes and forms that it can take. I have hundreds and hundreds of photos of the texture of snow. Here is another one from the other day.

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g9 stuff

As promised, some g9 stuff:


shopping is hard


our front yard. (it's a parking lot for now)/ wind vane chimney.


sled drop parking lot.


rouleau/cartwright/breakfastjoint

Solberg and a sunset.

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a branch

I love going through photos. It's like going mining for gold and every once in awhile you remember a shot that warrants a closer look. This came from Revelstoke earlier this season. There was a mid-mountain layer of ice mist that stayed put pretty much the whole time we were there, and with a lack of wind all these perfect snowflakes accumulated on everything. About 100 vertical feet before breaking through to the sun, there was beautiful diffused light, and crystals hanging in the air. It was a really unique feeling.



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Office Work comes calling


texture in the backcountry

So I've been back in the office due to some cloudy weather and it's been good to take care of some chores, get in touch with some people, and do some work on the site. Unfortunately I pretty much had to rebuild it after messing around with some things that I should never mess with...

Going through shots from the last month has been super fun and I've already had some people asking to get their hands on them. Patience will be rewarded. All shall be revealed in good time.

I always have my G9 with me and as a result I've been shooting tons of stuff on the street. Taken on their own, each shot has a short story, but when you see them develop over the course of a couple weeks they begin to show bigger themes. It's interesting. At least to me. I'll post a bunch next time.

-dano
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Catching Up

What a crazy couple of weeks. Spent a really expensive week in Terrace, BC, with Standard Films, at Northern Escape Heli. We had one day that will be one of the best of the season, and a whole bunch that were much less productive. It was hard to come into a scene where they had just shot 9 out of 12 days and end up getting much less done, but that’s the nature of things.

Things I (re)learned on this trip:

- I can survive without a cell phone. (barely)
- Two is not the magic number when it comes to photographers.
- All is never what it seems.
- Talent isn’t always the most important thing.
- Helicopters are as cool as they are expensive.
- Sometimes a big dumb jump is a big dumb waste of time.


ejack is stoked on the snow



a big dumb jump to nowhere.



this is why

So I got home, had time for a deep breath, and dropped into some sled days with Absinthe films. The day before the sun came out my phone rang off the hook with people looking for a shooter. If only I could clone myself and work with everyone.

JP Solberg and
Romain de Marchi had spent a weather day out in the middle of nowhere, building a couple jumps, so when the sun came out we were ready to go. Not everything worked out, but one jump in particular was amazing.



this shot won't make the cut, but you can see what a lovely day we had.

Annie Boulanger and I did the commute in her truck every morning and she did a couple of lines that were really impressive. It is hard for a girl out there in testosterone land and Annie has proven herself over the years. She is no joke.

So now I’m processing and editing a million shots and watching the weather, planning the next attack. In the meantime T has made huge gains in the battle to make our apartment into a home. I love this place. I would be perfectly happy to shoot portraits on the
huge patio all spring long. Ya, right.
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