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Tedx Gabriola Island - Victor Wooten.

Hi friends,

As those of you who've been following along know, I shot photos during a series of TEDx talks at The Haven on Gabriola this past March. The talks are now starting to come out so over the next little while I'll share them with you along with the photos I took. Today we'll start with Victor Wooten. What a cool cat, and a great talk. Check it.





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TEDx Gabriola Island

Hi friends,

It's been a busy little stretch working on 3 or 4 different projects at the same time. In the midst of it all I snuck away to Gabriola Island to shoot a TEDx event with my brother and my old friend Sean Kearns. Event photography isn't my favourite genre but the chance to do work with Kearns again after several years made me say yes. I met a lot of interesting folks and saw some great talks but my favourite part was shooting a few portraits.

I spent a couple hours setting up the lights the night before with the assumption that I would only have a few minutes with the speakers. That's pretty much how it worked out, I missed 2 speakers but managed to get a portrait of most. Here are a couple that I like. Click here to see all my event photos on Flickr.

Back to work.

D.


Victor Wooten

Mike Stevens

Megan Daalder
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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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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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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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More lost shots.

Hi friends.

Back from tour and digging back into the big box of lost slides. Watching Tiger charge the last 9 of the Masters right now so I’ll keep it short. (edit: wow, what a crazy back 9!)

Here is a nice portrait of Mike Page. Such a handsome young man. When he had his big accident I went to see him in the hospital and I wanted to bring him a really good gift. I knew he’d be spending a bunch of time in there and most of it lying in bed, so I wanted something he could do with his hands. I got in touch with all the team guys and asked if everyone would pitch in on a nice gift if I bought it and they all agreed, so I went and bought him an Epiphone Les Paul with a little practice amp that he could plug headphones into and not bug the whole hospital.

To this day not one of the guys on the team kicked in for the guitar. Jerks.

-dano

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Chainsaw, cut wood.



One more of Rob and his chainsaw.



And what they do together:

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Thinking of Kevin Pearce

Here is a shot from a few years ago of Kevin Pearce. Kevin was hurt riding halfpipe the other day and is in a Utah hospital as we speak. Head injuries are always scary but the best thing about them is that they can end up with no long term effects. Everyone is crossing their fingers for Kevin.

I only met him this day. He was quiet, shy, new to the media circus. Now, in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics, his crash makes the US national news.

Send him good vibes here or drop by the frends site. Snowboarding is a massive brotherhood and we're all thinking of this little brother today.

-Dano.

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Friends

I'm going back to see these goofballs. Can't wait.

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Moments in time - Matt Goodwill

After trying for years Matt Goodwill finally won the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom in 1999. Matt was seriously one of the most exciting snowboarders to watch, but very few people ever got to see him in his element. He was a monster in big mountains and his high speed Alaska attack predated Johan Oloffson's reshaping of big mountain riding by several years. Interestingly snowboarding doesn't seem to pay him much attention or give him much credit, but in my mind he was one of the people who really rewrote the rules about how to ride the steeps.

When he won the Banked Slalom it was as inevitable as it was awesome. He looked almost relieved to finally check it off the list. He raised the ceremonial drum that was the trophy that year, and let out a native Washingtonian whoop that everyone there felt in their soul.

A great moment in snowboarding's history for sure for Steven's Pass's favourite son.

I always loved this photo but it never had a home.

d.

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blue girl

Me: I need a picture of someone feeling blue.

LG: I've been crying all night.

Me: Perfect...

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Another friend.

This is a shot of my buddy Rob. We met in high school and became fast friends. When I moved to Whistler after high school, Rob did too and we stayed together for the first couple months. When I got interested in Fly fishing, I did it with Rob and we spent days and days on the Birkenhead River tossing out flies and learning how to fool the exceptionally wily Birkenhead rainbow trout. Eventually we knew that river as good as anyone, and Rob became a guide while I chose to keep fishing as a hobby.

As much as we did just about everything together, I never followed Rob into the water when he got into scuba diving. He braved the cold BC waters and was even considering doing his dive master. I didn't understand the appeal at all and left it to him. Fast forward 20 years and I'm completely enamored with diving and he must be laughing. He's coming to Maui for the wedding and after all these years I'm finally going to get to dive with my oldest friend. Amazing.

Robbie's dog Sedge was our faithful companion on all our fishing trips and when he finally passed on earlier this year it was a very sad day. He liked to lick trout while you were trying to release them. He thought they were like funny wiggly sticks put on earth just for him to chase. He was a good fishin dog.


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A portrait of a friend.

Today I'm posting a picture of my friend Jon. He will inevitably hate the fact that I chose this portrait, but everything he hates about it is why it's going up. I don't get to shoot pictures of my friends nearly enough, and some simply despise having their photo taken, much like I do. Jon is different, he loves being in front of the camera, becomes a total ham the instant a lens is on him, and the results are always amazing. He however, feels like the morning after a one night stand, with lots of hand wringing and "i can't believe I did that". Within minutes of taking this shot, Jon was down to his cherry red Y-front undies, and everyone in the studio was on the floor laughing.

Jon can't make it to my wedding, we haven't seen each other in a couple years now, and I miss him like a brother. This picture makes me feel like I do when we're hanging out. I'm pretty much always smiling around Jon.

Thanks buddy.

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Devun

Devun was over this morning to do an interview for Frequency Magazine. It was good to see my old friend again, we didn't shoot at all this past season which definitely bums me out. We shot some portraits and I posted one in the Current Gallery.

Once again, shooting is so much more enjoyable than selling photos.

Let me know what you think. Oh ya, you can add me to your RSS feed or Google reader or whatever you use, and keep up with all my updates.

d.
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Stew



reconnecting with old friends is the best. me and Jon Stewart used to ride for Crazy Banana in the 80's...
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The rooof is on fiyah!

So I've been dying to shoot on our rooftop patio ever since I moved in, and yesterday was the first day that I had enough time and the weather cooperated. Dave and Keith were in the neighbourhood so they got to be my first victims. Thanks guys!

We did a couple different set ups and it was good fun. I learned a thing or two about the space and I'm stoked to do more. How did we do?




Dave


Keith
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Romain

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Annie

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Beardmore

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Lando

New portrait of Lando

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Sammy

New portrait of Sammy

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ejack

New Shot of Ejack.

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