DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Hyde Park, London, UK.

My favourite shot from my recent trip to London.

Tree Cave. Hyde Park.

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yaletown after the rain

Hi friends,

Storms clearing. Here's a photo in Yaletown just now.

D.

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jaywalker

Hi friends,

Here's a photo from the 24th floor of a jaywalker on Homer Street in the long evening light. Hope you like it. I sure do.

D.


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Lukas Huffman photos

Hi friends,

When Lukas Huffman walked away from a professional snowboard career, some people were shocked. For me though, it was not only not surprising, but it was expected. I'd spent the better part of some of my best seasons shooting with Lukas, and in the process made some of the best photos of my career, but his feelings mirrored mine. There was a burnout happening and the only solution was to walk away.

His path led him to Columbia University in New York, mine led me back to Vancouver.

There is a great little interview with Luke over on buoloco where he talks about the transition from super shredder to academic. It's worth watching. Here are a couple of my favourites of Mr. Huffman.

D.

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Perfect Jump. Whistler Backcountry.

Road gap at dusk. Kootenays.
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Chad Otterstrom - Transworld Team Challenge

Hi friends,

Today I'm bringing you a shot of the most underrated guy ever in the snowboard game. Soft spoken and humble, Chad Otterstrom spoke loudly with his riding and I was lucky enough to shoot him on a few occasions. This backlip over a big channel was taken at the Transworld Team Challenge in 2004 or so. Great style, super committed, amazing snowboarder. A little subtle off-camera flash to give it some depth.

I still follow Chad on all the social medias and he often takes photos of the two best looking dachshunds in the world!

Have a great day.

D.

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Benji Ritchie from 2004

Hi Friends,

Today I'm bringing you a shot of Benji Ritchie that ran in Transworld Snowboarding in 2004. It's weird composition and I always wished there was a better contrail linking him to the jump, but it makes sense from a layout perspective. It's weird how much I shot for the dimensions of the magazine near the end of that run. Too bad, really.

Have a great week.

D.

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Kevin Sansalone method

Hi friends,

Thanks for all the feedback and attention you gave the GoPro slideshow for Deep Winter. As of today it has over 13 thousand views between Youtube and Vimeo.

Our photo of the day is Kevin Sansalone cranking a method off a nice looking spire in the Whistler Backcountry in 2004. I remember trying to get set up as quickly as possible to get the moon in the background. When the slides came back I was disappointed to see how much the snow had covered his face, but still, I like this image a lot 9 years later.

D.

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starfish

Hi friends,

My friend Cool Colin was really intent on finding a starfish when we were on Galiano. There were a couple, but it was quite the search. Here is one now.

D.

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Keith Martin portrait

Hi Friends,

Having a great Saturday, but I'm going to take a sec to share another portrait. Here's Keith Martin shot outside at my old place in Vancouver a little while back. Not a typical look for me but one that I like very much. I turned off the strobe and shot handheld in the open shadow late in the day. There was a lot of great light floating around and a tiny DOF.

Hope you're all well too.

D.

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TJ Schiller portrait

Hi friends,

Back on the portrait theme. This one is TJ Schiller from last year. Have a good day.

Dano

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early morning fog in vancouver

Hi friends.

Vancouver has been doing its annual fog dance lately making for some spectacular pictures from the North Shore (geoff andruik has been the early bird getting the worm) and lots of great changing light. This morning I woke to a white wall of fog out the window, but by the time I'd got my camera out it had started to move and a little opening revealed the moon.

Ten minutes later it was white again. Have a great day.

Dano

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welcome to 2013

Welcome to 2013. A tiny little person in a big empty city.

D.

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smiley

Hi friends,

Hope you have all your shopping done and are settling in for some time with family and friends.

Here's another portrait, this one from a holiday party last year. Smiley is an old friend on the verge of big things.

Probably won't be posting again in 2012 so have a great holiday and we'll see you in 2013. Big things afoot, friends. Big things.

D.


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that guy

Hi friends,

The size of this photo doesn't do it justice. Really it should be big enough so that you can see his expression, which is priceless.


d.

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a crowd

Hi friends,

I came across a crowd the other day while walking to the pub.

D.

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Mads Jonsson

Hi friends,

Here's a portrait of Mads Jonsson from Northern Escape Heli out of Terrace, BC. We were shooting with Standard Films and at the end of a long day spent a few minutes shooting portraits. I was going for the "exhausted" look, but pretty soon we were laughing…

Dano

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Annie Boulanger portrait.

Hi friends,

Well with all the photos of dudes lately, I figured it was time to class the place up with someone easier on the eyes. It was always nice to shoot with Annie Boulanger. Besides being so obviously attractive, she was always willing to raise the bar for women's snowboarding by charging a little harder than the rest and surrounding herself with people who were willing to do the same.

We shot this at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in 2008.

Dano

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Sean Kearns portrait

Hi Friends,

Today I'm bringing you a shot of my old pal Sean Kearns. Over the years I probably spent more time in the backcountry with him than with anyone else. I've shot a tonne of photos of Sean, starting when he was a pro snowboarder and then on into his career as a filmmaker. After a couple years in the wilderness we reconnected lately and even have some plans to do a little work in 2013.

I shot this while we were doing an early season avalanche workshop with the Mack Dawg crew in 2003.

Dano

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jon roth falls in a lake

Hi friends,

Today I'm bringing you a photo of my old roommate Jon Roth. We were out shooting some other portraits and somehow I managed to convince him to fall in the lake. It was a cold fall day with winter right around the corner and still he took one "for the team," and ended up soaking wet and freezing cold. Luckily we lived very close by.

I was never stoked on how this turned out but as time has gone by I've come around to it a bit more. I'm proud of Jon and all his success. Miss ya brother.

Dano

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bjorn leines in 2001

Hi Friends,

Continuing on with the portrait theme: I present to you, Bjorn Leines from 2001 during the filming of True Life. Great Movie, Great Season. Great memories.

D.

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Devun Walsh from 2000

Hi friends,

Here's another portrait of someone in a car, just like yesterday. This one is legendary awesome shred dude Devun Walsh. We shot this on the shoot for the opening credits of The Resistance in 2000. He's all rocked out in his wig and the fire chicken.

Have a nice day.

Dano.

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Tim Zimmerman from 2008.

Hi friends,

Here's a photo of Tim Zimmerman from Terrace in 2008. We were up there shooting with Standard films. Click it to see larger.

Have a good day.

D.

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Dionne Delesalle droppin bombs

Hi friends,

Today I'm bringing you a shot from 2002. It's my old friend Dionne furling himself off of a big backcountry cliff somewhere in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. I saw Dionne on the street not too long ago. He's looking sharp.

D.

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The doors

Late day light on some unique doors at UBC recently.

D.

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JF Pelchat. From Rev to Now.

I had a really good weekend in Whistler including a great first day of the season with some of my favourite people, followed by another memorable dinner at Sushi Village.

At dinner I had a good catch up with my old friend JF Pelchat. I met JF when I was working with Rev Snowboards back in its heyday and we went on to shoot a bunch of photos over the years and spent a bunch of time in and around Whistler. One of the best JF stories I ever heard though, took place in a sugar shack outside of Quebec City as JF told us all about growing up near the sugar shacks and his family history. The man certainly can hold your attention over a bowl of pea soup.

In any case, we got to talking about the first day we shot together, how we just went up Whistler Mountain and banged off a bunch of shots all day long, including a massive road gap. I still have no idea how we got away with this in bounds. Luckily most of my archives are in my parents basement in Whistler, so I went down and dug out a couple shots from that first day in 1995.

JF's new venture is NOW bindings. He's been working on the idea for YEARS and finally brought it to market recently. The bindings are the first real evolution of snowboard bindings in a long time and my friends who are riding them have said that once you ride them, you never want to go back. We'll see, I hope to give them a try soon.

Without further delay; JF Pelchat on Whistler Mountain in 1995.

Dano.


The road gap.

Slasher.
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blue hour city

Cool light in the city the other evening.

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screaming at a wall.

Feeling a little Minor Threat this morning. Like screaming at a wall. Or maybe just staring in this case.

d.



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hand painted pepsi sign

Detail shot from a rainy morning shooting cornerstones and independent groceries in Vancouver. Hand painted Pepsi sign. Part of a large personal project.

d.


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coverup

Not much to say about this one. I guess "The Noodle Makers'" business didn't take off.

D.



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looking down

Homer St.

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yellow tree and library

Autumn and the library.

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Oak leaves

You know me and texture. Always looking for a a nice even scene. The oak trees are dropping their leaves and winter is coming in strong.

Dano.

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imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

Just playing around with colour today.

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bike on Homer

Hi folks.

I love the light in the fall and winter. Such long rays. My old friend Ian Ruhter once said to me when he was visiting; "There something about the light up here, it's the best in the world." I agree.

D.

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