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Monday, March 28, 2011

Fine Art Weekly: Ski Town Ruins

This past week the US freestyle skiing community converged on our home mountain, Stratton Mountain, in Vermont. Why you might ask? Because the past week Stratton hosted the US Freestyle Championships. The last time Stratton hosted nationals was in the late 80's. How the sport has progressed and grown since then!

So, in the spirit of our home, skiing, and the progression of the sport of freestyle skiing, we are proud to give you this week's Fine Art Photo.

Over the years a certain ski shop in Bondville, VT has discarded their old, broken, and over-used rental ski boots in what has become a giant pile. Look closely and you'll see a history of ski boot technology, ranging from comfortable yet ill-fated the rear-entry models to a myriad of composite materials and colors. Set that pile of color against a lush green Vermont mountain side and we give you our photo entitled: Ski Town Ruins.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Winter Storm Swells Fine Art Weekly

Winter storms in Southern California mean rain, winds, and some heavy surf along the coast. But it also means empty beaches, save the odd local crowd gathering to watch the storm.

Stay tuned for more updates from Driftwood Photography Studios and for our next Weekly Fine Art posting!

Winter Crowd

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fine Art Weekly

We've begun posting one fine art photo per week on our Tumblr page, and have had great success, so we're instituting it on our blogs as well! Be sure to look for them every Monday!

Monday March 14, 2011

Waves makeup the world. Wether it be a light wave, sound wave, magnetic wave, or even a wave in the ocean. They can be beautiful. They can be fun to play on.  As the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan one again showed the world, they can be destructive and deadly too.

This week's fine art post showcases a trio of images illustrating just how powerful and massive waves can truly be. They're not tsunami waves, but rather the result of a large winter storm that swept across the Pacific Ocean. In the first two images the swell found the quiet little town of Morro Bay in California; the third is when the same swell found Avila Beach, also in California's central coast.

In the first shot we see a SUP (stand up paddle boarder) inside the harbor jetty while a massive 30-foot wave explodes on and over the breakwater. The SUP is great for scale. We tried for an hour to get a shot of him riding a small wave in the foreground while massive waves exploded over the jetty in the background, but it wasn't meant to be.

Don't be fooled by the second photo...this is the same breakwater as the first, taken only minutes before the SUP paddled into our frame. Yes, that's over 50-feet of white wash exploding in the air up and over the harbor jetty!

Our third photo has a great sense of scale...we are certainly much farther away from this wave, but it's truly amazing to see a wall of water completely covering a massive harbor breakwater, and the resultant spray from it's impact shooting well over the heights of the boats safe in the harbor. Just another reminder...the Army Core of Engineers might know what they're doing, but mother nature really doesn't care, and will find a way to trump man whenever she wants.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ralph's Pic: Just posted the weekly blog...sorry I was a little late, but I'm a little under the weather. The column is filled with some insane pics, like this one from Hawaii's Bernie Baker and some INSANE California action sequences from Ben Ginsberg. Plus the usual suspects from New's all here in color.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A look at our new wedding and events brochure...
A look at our new wedding and events brochure...