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odds and ends from an unusual life

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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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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George Bowering book reading.

Hi friends,

Saturday night was George Bowering's birthday and we were lucky enough to join him for dinner before a reading at the People's Co-op bookstore. He wasn't promoting just one book though, Bowering is prolific and on Saturday he read from both of his new releases. He signed a copy of Pinboy for me and Kim bought Words, words, words.

Afterwards there was cake.

Have a nice 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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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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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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Sarah Conrad and Grenade Games

I was shooting with the WVSC today in the Blackcomb pipe and met our Canadian National Halfpipe Champion, Sarah Conrad. She's really nice and she threw down for my camera for awhile. Here is a sweet Japan to fakie. As we get closer to the Olympics I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot more of her name.


Throws down...

and super pretty. This girl has a future.

We're charging into the Grenade Games now and soon I'll be blogging on a different site for he duration of the event. I'll post a link when it goes live.

Cheers,

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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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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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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