DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Free April Snowboard Wallpaper

Hi friends,

Whoa, two posts in one day! And even while I’m on the road! If you count the tour blog and all the Monster stuff I’m posting, this might be the busiest internet day I’ve had in ages.

But you didn’t really think I’d leave you hanging on the first of the month did you? If you did, you’re the April fool. I know my duty to the faithful ones out there who use the wallpaper every single month.

Here is shot from April a couple seasons back taken at Mt. Seymour in Vancouver. It’s Eric Jackson and I shot it on a Standard Films shoot. We battled conditions and fog for a couple nights up there. It made for interesting photography but not as much film. Speed became an issue and it was hard to go as big as we’d hoped.

Anyway, it should be getting to park season this month. I’m working hard to make The Show a great event and things are lining up. I hope to see you all there.

Download the Large or Medium. Or grab this little one here if you just need 720 pixels.

-dano

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Snowboard Photo blog v2: part 6 Eric Jackson

Hey Folks,

Welcome to a brand new week and more shred photos. Thursday is opening day on Whistler, so this will be the last week of Snowboard Photo Blog until I have new shots to share. It was my birthday yesterday and tons of people did cool things to make me happy, which is nice. I'm older, no wiser, and still doing what I do best. Taking pictures of snowboarders.

Here is Eric Jackson again. "But you just showed him on Friday" you say. Well yes I did, but so what. This is one of my favourite shots from last year so I'm showing Eric again.

Have a great day out there. I'm going to write a chapter for the book.

-d.
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Snowboard Photo blog v2: part 5 Eric Jackson

Facebook tells me that it is my friend Eric Jackson's birthday today. My favourite kid and a great snowboarder, Ejack keeps me stoked and keeps me laughing when we shoot together. He is everything I like about snowboarding these days; he is a young progressive rider but he takes on the whole mountain instead of just getting stuck in the park. Luckily he has had some great mentors like Mark Landvik and Mads Jonsson, not to mention his brother John. I like taking pictures of Ejack.

Happy birthday buddy, can't wait to get out to the secret spot with you again. It's your year to slaughter.

Here is a double shot of Ejack.

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crash

We waited in the clouds for hours yesterday. When the sun finally peaked through, it had mostly left the jump we were set up on. Ejack hit it anyway, went way, way too far, and punched his board. I'm pretty sure he kneed himself in the eye too. Here he is describing the crash...

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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.

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ejack is stoked on the snow


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a big dumb jump to nowhere.


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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.


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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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