Contributor Archives: Dano Pendygrasse
Over the course of a little over a year I’ve shared some parts of my creative process in photography. In the end I tried out a bunch of different cameras to solve a creative problem and came up with a pretty good solution. But when that story ends, another begins and the search for a different tool takes over. Read more
The thing about creativity is that it’s not a tangible thing. You can’t go to the store and pick up a quart of creativity every time you need it, and because of this cruel reality there are times when the creative well runs dry. I suppose that it’s all in the eye of the beholder anyway, I mean, it’s likely that very few people pay close attention to the output of any one artist to the degree that they could sense an ebb in output in the span of a few months. Still, when you’re in the desert, it feels like everyone knows you’re blowing it and that can add to a creative slump. Read more
Last time I took you diving, but I still hadn’t found the camera I was looking for. I’d reached the end of the road with what I could accomplish with the Canon G9 and its successors weren’t moving in a direction that I liked. I needed more resolution and flexibility in a small package. Fortunately in the summer of 2009 Panasonic announced the GF1 micro four thirds camera and many of my questions were answered. The GF1 is a mirrorless system, so it’s small, but it has a large sensor so it makes good images. It was bigger than the point and shoot, but the size was worth it. Read more
Around the time I became a convert to small cameras, I started scuba diving a lot. Obviously the two things would eventually meet and I’d get hooked on shooting underwater photos. I was torn because underwater photography is probably the most expensive form of photography I can think of, and it’s also incredibly difficult and prone to disaster. The thing about taking electronics a hundred feet underwater is that, well, they get flooded and ruined. A lot.
After some deliberation, I found myself a convert to using smaller cameras. As a result of switching to smaller cameras, I had my trusted Canon g9 with me at all times. What I still hadn’t figured out though, was what I wanted to take pictures of. This is still part of a long process that continues to this day. The first step in figuring out what to shoot was to document my steps…….. Read more
The one thing I knew for sure when I stopped shooting photos of action sports was that I wasn’t going to stop taking photos. I simply couldn’t. As much as the creative life is like a cruel pendulum sometimes, with swings of deep dissatisfaction and swings that feel like brilliance, the one thing I knew for sure was that taking photos was no longer something that I had the option to do. I had grown to the point where if I went any length of time without shooting something good, a part of me started to feel off. It was akin to going a long time without sex. It doesn’t kill you, but it grinds away at your soul until you finally have to scratch that itch.