Archive for April, 2011

Spring Verses | Part 7

I’m pretty disgruntled at the moment, a solid wind swell was supposed to fill in this AM and never really came through. I’m going to venture to say it had too much South in it, maybe the Central Maine coast saw some solid swell but barely a trace down here. I wanted to add some more surfing to Part 7 but you’ll have to settle for some landscape and lifestyle stuff – aside from that, Part 7 took the most time of any part in the series and I’m super proud of this one. Sidenote: I went ahead and bought a bigger lens…it cost me a fortune but hopefully it’ll improve the quality of the surf videos. Enjoy and thanks for checking us out.


Spring Verses | Part 7 – In the making

I’ve been tirelessly working on Part 7 of the Spring Verses series but there hasn’t been any waves so I’m a bit stuck. Snapped a few photos tonight while shooting the sunset. Hopefully surfing will resume tomorrow.


Montana | Winter 2010-2011

Looks like we may have a little bump coming in the swell forecast but I’m not going to talk about it because I’ll get disappointed when there is 2 ft wind chop on Friday.
I thought I would reflect on a great winter, unfortunately I still have terrible shin bang from 90 days in my cheapo ski boots. Some may not know that I took a 20 day adventure out to Bozeman, MT in January of this year and had a blast. We didn’t get much sun but there was new snow almost every night — check out some of the POV I brought back down below. Soon after Montana we stopped getting lazy and used the helmet mount and then upgraded to the backpack mount which is a bit steadier.
We will be back to surfing content on Wednesday.
Chest Mount

Silly deep day, surely one of the best days of my life.

Helmet

Backpack

The liftline shot at the end, but a few months previous — check out the stump I hit towards the end, I think I closely avoided serious injury…Lucas wasn’t so lucky, a few weeks later he pulled his hamstring on this same section and was off skis for two weeks.

Lastly, a message from Ralph.


Quabbin Reservoir

Happy Easter to all. Here is a shot from the Massachusetts water supply, the Quabbin Reservoir as well as a late evening orange glow shot from the wall. Looks like maybe some swell towards the end of the week, pretty stoked – STAY TUNED.


Sunset | April 22, 2011



Down Days | Part 1 – April 21, 2011

In between swells here, looks like Saturday might be surfable and then something way out like on Friday of next week. The sun was shining when I woke up this morning, it’s been so dark and rainy lately and I have been dying to use my new ND filter some more. This would require a sunrise or sunset – actually being able to see the sun going down would be nice. I took a little trip down to Salisbury skatepark with my buddy Mike before sunset – check out the clip below. Scored a few shots during the sunset but nothing I’m really that stoked about.
I am stoked that ESM (Eastern Surfing Mag – Easternsurf.com) has posted Part 5 of the Spring Verses series, thanks to Ryan Dunfee and Nick over at ESM. I’m stoked to see it up there and hope they can post Part 6. And hopefully we get some waves here so I can get out therrreeee.


Spring Verses | Part 6 – April 18, 2011

Real tired but I’m super stoked on today’s edit – photos not so much. Some leftovers in the water still at dusk tonight – pretty amped overall for the storm and the boys. Thanks for checking out Alpine-Live.com…


Spring Verses | Part 5 – April 17, 2011

I haven’t seen the ocean churning like it was this morning in a long time, we’ve had a massive snow year without having any significant winter swells. It has been a pretty busy spring as far as surfing goes, a swell each week for the last month or two. The buoys were reading 15ft+ this morning and it showed at the beach, a massive washing machine all over. Finally a few guys decided to give it a go at the Rocks and across the way at Linkys. Broken boards, barrels and beach weather make for an awesome day.  I’m not going to touch on the crowded roads or the insane parking jobs that I saw today because I know it’s going to get worse as the summer goes on. I will mention that it’s important to be safe, if you have any doubts about going into big surf on any particular day…think twice and choose another day, there will always be waves NEXT spring!

Below slideshow photos (except for two landscape photos that I cannot seem to be able to remove) by:  Lucas Van Oss (alpine live media)


A few shots that got lost in the shuffle from last fall, enjoy.


Spring Verses | Part 4 & Incoming Swell

Well it’s been a roller coaster week, we did see some waves but it turned out to be disorganized and mushy at practically every spot in NH. MSW came through again with accurate models but the swell reaching the beach just wasn’t favorable, hopefully this upcoming swell (which is looking mighty fine for the north country) will fair a little bit better for the Northeast. In hope of getting some good surf I put together Part 4 of the Spring Verses series, mostly to clear out my folder so it’s nice an empty for some real surf footage.
I also made an attempt at using the new ND filter with a super wide angle lens – needless to say it doesn’t really work. Here is what I came up with, somewhere in Maine…

Side Note: Key phrase of the week is “petting the cat”….I would tell you what it was but I don’t even know – stay tuned cuz I’m gonna make Lockwood explain this shit to the camera.


ND Filter | Sunrise – April 14, 2011

(Updated 10:30pm)
After the sunrise I got some shots at the red carpet a.k.a. shit shacks.

I purchased a new photography tool called a Reverse Grad ND filter, it’s a pretty simple concept but I wouldn’t really be able to explain it very well. Basically the graduated tint in the filter allows me to place the filter along the horizon and block out some of the light from the sun, allowing the foreground to maintain a proper exposure. A lot of sunrise and direct sun photography will be blown out or over exposed in the foreground because of the sunlight. Here are my first attempts at using it:


Spring Reel 2011

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, I have given up on my ski season (not voluntarily but because of shin bang) and started transitioning over to the summertime. Yesterday was 70 degrees in Hampton and I felt like it was time to put together a Spring Reel for myself, a lot of the edits I’ve posted in the past 6 months are from one particular day and there is a ton of footage that gets lost in the editing process. I’d like to thank a few of my friends for helping with these shots including Lucas, Andy and Haleburger as well as my best friend – Nala.
Here’s to 80+ days on the hill this winter and some sick spring surfing. Cheers.
-Ryan

Spring Reel 2011 | Ryan Denning from Ryan Denning on Vimeo.

….edit to add a few photos from today:


Spring Verses | Part 3

Pretty tired right now and don’t feel like typing. Maybe some nice weather this weekend although the swell forecast is looking bleak.


Sneaky Spring Swell | April 7, 2011

Yes…an annoying alliteration, HA! Ok I’m done…today was another sneaky day — woke up and the tide was really drawn out – waist high at best. As the tide came in I was shooting at the wall with Ryan Schnell and Michael Sander, some larger sets started to come in and I witnessed the high tide push…it’s amazing how it jumps up 1-2ft just with a tide change.
I left the wall ’cause they got out and it was pretty bad, went home and grabbed a bite to eat — when I got back down to the beach Fox Hill was firing, only a few guys out. Toby and Casey both got some great waves as well as some other unknowns. If you unknowns are out there – nice surfing, contact me and we can work something out for your clips….not you Andy.


Spring Verses | Part 1 – April 6, 2011

Today was certainly nothing special, woke up this morning to thigh high mush. The report said it would be building throughout the morning but I saw nothing of the sort. I went into work for a while and drove back down around 3pm, winds were straight out of the west and the swell had jumped up a foot or two – and sure enough it built all afternoon. I put a smaller clip together because I’m planning on gettin at ‘er real early tomorrow.


April Fools Swell | 500 Frames Per Second

Testing out this new slow mo….it’s not working very well but slowly getting the hang of it – a little bit of sunrise stuff mixed in. Casey Lockwood in a mini barrel at 500 frames per second. Looking like a small swell coming through tomorrow, stay tuned.


The Motherland | Part 2 – April 2, 2011

Well when I mentioned that it was going to be a quick burst of energy I didn’t quite expect it to be that quick but the reports were pretty much spot on. Although, speaking with a fellow surfer of mine today we realized that MSW is all over the map. Well wait a minute, we didn’t just now realize that but with swells like these they are always pin-point accurate and when the summer comes and we’ve all been waiting for weeks and weeks on end for waves – their accuracy somehow disappears completely. Funny how that happens, well this was quite the quick one, top photo is at dusk last night and bottom photo is from first light this morning.

Note: Our favorite family resort, Bolton Valley, is staying open for another weekend – $29 tickets for Sat/Sun.


The Motherland | Part 1 – April 1, 2011

I haven’t had a chance to post much this week – we had a large amount of work associated with the Moe. show and I was just really stoked to hear there was a small Nor’easter coming our way for the weekend.
Snow: Some places in Maine saw up to a foot, most Northern VT resorts saw less than half a foot, I think the sweet spot is gonna be Saddleback.
Swell: MSW and the other swell charts were showing a super quick burst of energy, maxing out towards the middle of the day and dropping off by nightfall. I got a chance to check it out around 10:15am and it was pretty gnarly looking, definitely some size but real messy. I knew the wind was gonna switch and the tide was gonna back out so we decided to head back down around 2pm, I got in the water for about 45 mins until the 3mm booties just weren’t quite doing their job anymore and grabbed the camera. Unfortunately I misplaced my big lens and had to settle with my 18-55. Dawn patrol tomorrow, camera or surfboard?
SAME VIDEO – TWO OPTIONS | What should we use, Vimeo or Youtube?