Frank Petronio photographer

Mo Ice

Mavic stills of ice forming on Lake Ontario at Hamlin Beach State Park.

I did these from the front seat of my car (with my broken leg). My joke is that if I get the pro DJI drone with the Hasselblad X1D kit then I’ll be able to be a famous landscape photographer while seated, simply parking near the location and launching out my car door. Someone’s probably already doing this and calling it art. 


Olympic Skiing Predictions

My ski jumping skis and Ford F100

Above photo is the last time I cared about Squareheads jumping through space. I never made it past the 30m jump and barely so at that. I did race Nordic but even less impressively (but I did meet Bill Koch!) 

Women’s Alpine Skiing

  • GS: Rebensburg
  • SL: Vlhová ties Shiffrin
  • Combined: Who Cares?
  • SG: Gut
  • DH: Goggia

Men’s

  • DH: Feuz
  • Combined: Worthless Event
  • SG: Svindal
  • GS: Hirscher
  • SL: Hirscher

Team Event: Switzerland! 

I respect her performance but Lindsey Vonn creeps me out. I truly admire Shiffrin but I fear she’s running ragged so every weather delay helps her chances. The rest of the team isn’t podium quality yet, if ever. And while I like the US Ski Team coaches, the management of the USST is dumb. 

The weather delays at Jeongseon are so bad there is a chance they may not even complete all the events.

Perhaps the USST should look at the college programs as training grounds for the next generation? Especially since other countries figured this out and have been sending their talent to American universities for free training on our dime. And while racing older skiers make sense, our current crop of older skiers should be retired to make room and free up resources. Get a new director and start over. 


Blog Notes and Disclaimer

While this should be obvious, all the opinions expressed on this website are mine alone, Frank Petronio. Friends and family, companies and entities referred to have no association with my beliefs (and often disagree with me). I am confident I’m still making legal free speech (as of this date) per the First Amendment of the US Constitution. 

Almost every blog post has been revised to correct typos or to clarify thoughts, sometimes long after publication. I do my own proofreading and make my own mistakes (and I’ve made some doozies). Any corrections, comments, or questions are welcome. 

One more week in this cast.


17 More

I have 17 more days until I probably get my cast off. I can’t complain but time has essentially slowed down. I’d love to sleep through this and just get it over with. I still need to learn how to use my audio recorder with Final Cut Pro. Finish the Isaacson biography of DaVinci. Teach myself more about long range shooting via You Tube and forum lurking. Write my political manifesto. And find something that isn’t absolute dreck on our thousands of media outlets. (And no I won’t watch the National Felons League or Justin Bieberlake.)

Kinda going bonkers and it is hard to concentrate even though I have all the time in the world, I’m not being constructive. 

Not as bad as my climbing accident in 1983… lower body cast, pooping through a hole (well I didn’t poop and that was a problem too), and rehab that took years. I’m know I’m luckier than most. 



Tibia

Deformities

Arthritis

Well it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy… broken tibia, 8 weeks in a non-weight bearing cast. Goal is to learn Final Cut Pro and maybe do some still life photography. Shower boot and scooter cart on order. Ski season is done before it started on one of the best snow years. Blah, I’ll be caught up on movies. 


King of the Snow Whale

Enjoyed watching kids race to the top of the snow whales at Holimont. It’s shaping up to be an epic ski season. Right now it’s bitterly cold with blowing white outs. Our roof is ice damning and leaking water destroyed a ceiling in our library. The place is a mess post Christmas and my mother-in-law is hallucinating… and I’m a huge burden because of this tibia fracture. My overworked wife will probably have to rearrange her work schedule and I’m just going to be a helluva pain in the ass all Winter. 

Maybe this is a sign that I need to sit down and learn Final Cut Pro really well? 


Super Cold Skiing

Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY is one of the most successful ski areas in the USA.

My trusty Mavic is working out very well, good purchase!

Drone shot of a drone….

Holimont, the excellent private club one valley over from Holiday Valley.

Very changeable and cold weather….

Followed the Amish home. They’re hearty.

So I had my action cam strapped to my leg, which is a great position except I need to find a different mount so it can record horizontally…. I’m on new equipment and experimenting with cants and fitting, and those are pretty stiff GS race skis that don’t really want to turn slow… and I’m weak, so I ate a turn and definitely sprained my ankle. I’m now on crutches and heading to the doctor tomorrow during the blizzard. 


Closing Out 2017

It’s maximum Winter here.

When I wake up tomorrow I’m going to become an entirely new person, taking on a new photographic style using only expired film in Holgas, eating vegan and working out, embracing diversity and progressive values. Selling my guns and donating the proceeds to the Southern Poverty Law Center…. I’m growing out my hair and never shaving my legs, let the transformation begin!   


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