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Photography of Tim Kemple


Submitted by timkemple on 2007-01-24

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A colleague of mine with more years in the business, and on this earth for that matter once told me that bios were for other photographers to read. She continued by saying that clients, friends, and the general public donít care where youíre from, your age, or your education; they care about the product you produce. For me its action sports photos, largely climbing images from around the globe that I hope make my fellow climber's palms sweat. Iím not a writer so Iím not going to try and wow people with my words Ė I pour my heart into making photographs and these are the ones with great stories, fun characters, and progressive photo techniques. Enjoy!

- Tim Kemple, Jan '07

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Photograph by Tim Kemple
This image is really two photos that I shot back to back, kind of a new age double exposure. On this morning I went out with Brendan and his belayer Jonathan Knight (no, not from NKOTB) because B was oh so close to sending and I really wanted to find a new way to shoot this already exploited location. One exposure was for the background, the other for the Climber and cliff. Brendan Nicholson, Orange Crush 5.13b, LCC, UT -- 85mm tilt shift.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
Most people go to the Khumbu region of Nepal for Everest, we went for the boulders we saw in the backgrounds of a bunch of touristy shots on the web. After teaming up with Porters Progress we did some hands on work with the local child porters and scrubbed a bunch of highball gems, including this one that Janet nabbed the FA on. Janet Bergman, Khumbu Region, Nepal -- 70-200mm f2.8.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
This was a special day for me. It was one of my first days ever working with Lisa Rands and she had her eyes on this gem of JTree bouldering. With this wind/rain storm moving in she committed to the upper crux moves and topped out just as the raindrops started to fall. I was so psyched for her that I forgot my lights were getting completely soaked by the storm! Lisa Rands, So High, V7, Joshua Tree, CA -- 17-35mm f2.8.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
A couple years back I went to Siurana to shoot a photo essay for Climbing. I came home with one of the tightest features I thought I had ever shot, but in the freelance world that is only half the battle. After sitting on the images for a year and a half the mag decided they weren't going to run the story... oh politics. Joe Kinder, Siurana, Spain -- 17-35mm f2.8.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
This power stemming pitch would see few repeats if it was on the ground. Add 2000ft and this thing gets even tougher. You can see the uber loose blocks in the top of the frame where the free variation originally went, and the climbers on the Great Roof pitch of The Nose on the bottom of the frame. Rob Miller and Justen Sjong working a new version of the Free Miur 5.13c -- 70-200mm f2.8 @ 70.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
One of my mentors always told me that you needed to master light so that you can deliver a killer product no matter what the conditions. I only had Dave for an evening sesh but I made the most of it. I'm still working on mastering light, but I think this shot is pretty dope. Dave Graham, Nerve Damage, V7, Joe's Valley, UT -- 12-24mm f4.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
I grew up in New England and I would argue that this line is one of the best, if not the finest routes in North Conway. Top roped ever so often, led seldom, The Peanut Gallery Flake runs the gamut from finger to too wide for gear. Here Scrappy is almost to the summit fence. Mark Synnott, Peanut Gallery Flake, 5.11c, Cathedral Ledge, NH -- 17-35mm f2.8.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
As a photographer it doesn't get much better than working with a client that gives you total freedom. This Blurr shoot was one of my first commercial ones from back in the day. Jason's sick props sealed the deal. Jason Kehl, Blurr Ad Shoot -- 17-35mm f2.8.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
The night bouldering session began as a way to escape the summer heat. I shot this image on slide film a year or so back and found it sitting in the slide drawer not too long ago. During one late night work session, I busted out some ink and a lighter and went to town on some slides. This was one of my favorites. Dave Graham, B-Boy Stance, V12, Rumney, NH -- 17-35mm f2.8.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
Does it get any better than climbing on the beach? Not for me and that's why I always find myself returning to the Northern Coast of California. On this trip we had a huge posse and we spent the days running along the beaches, free from crashpads just climbing the tallest, raddest lines we could find. Ethan Pringle, Lost Rocks, CA -- 85mm f1.4.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
There's so much that was cool about this day. First was that we were in Moab teaching a photo clinic with Rock and Ice, it was so motivating to be around so many psyched climbers and photogs. Secondly, the weather was gorgeous and we had just spent the night camped in a Yurt overlooking Castle Valley. Oh and the climbing was dope too! Katie Brown, 5.12c, Millcreek, UT -- 85mm f1.4 with bounced light.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
Rifle gets all the hype on the Western Front but this place is bad ass. Tommy clocked his dad with a block when he was working on the FA, his pops just wrapped up the head wound and fought off the lightheadedness until TC was ready to send. Tommy Caldwell, Impaler, 5.13b, The Fortress, CO 17 -- 35mm f2.8.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
Scott made a mark for himself a few years back when he started the PCA. Last year he came out and held his own against the strong young field. I helped set and shoot the Mammut Comps in '06 and am stoked to be a part again this year. Scotty Mechler, Mammut Bouldering Championships -- 85mm f1.4 with natural light.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
The top of Mount Washington is one of the gnarliest places in the US. I wish I could say that we braved the elements for the night to get the sunrise shots, but really we crashed in the observatory and set the alarm for early AM and pushed the go button. Janet Bergman and Crew, Mt. Washington Summit, NH.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
I got a call from Petzl to shoot their new rope line on short notice, so we grabbed some draws and their new rope and headed out to The Narrows. The original idea was to have the belayer floating in a raft but the water level was down so that didn't happen. Pace Measom, The Big Smile, 5.14c, The Narrows, UT -- 85mm TS f2.8.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
The comp master making it look easy. Chris Sharma, Timmonium, MD -- 85mm f1.4.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
Clark is a bad mofo and he loves every second he spends making cool shapes and new pads at his Revolution shop. He really is dedicated to his brand and I was super stoked when he told me he was interested in posing down for my monthly column in R&I. Clark Shelk ready to serve up a molotov cocktail -- 85mm f1.4.


Photograph by Tim Kemple
Gotta respect anyone that has psych to spare. Angie getting it done at one of the illest bouldering areas in the country. Angie Payne, Save Yourself, V8, Joe's Valley, UT -- 17-35mm f2.8.
Photograph by Tim Kemple
Ahh yes the beach againÖ safe travels!! Ethan Pringle, Lost Rocks, CA.



All photographs by: Tim Kemple
Occupation: Photographer
Location: SLC, UT & Southern NH
Equipment: Nikon Digital Arsenal
Website: www.kemplemedia.com

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 j_ung
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 2007-01-24
Holy shite, Tim. Talk about a psyche up.
 socialclimber
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 2007-01-24
In issue 154 of R&I I notice they credited Boon Speed with your pic of Katie Brown. The same pic you have in this article.
 dbrayack
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 2007-01-24
Nice man, pretty sweet looking through your stuff. You like the 85mm Tilt Shift? Kinda rad....
 jdouble
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 2007-01-24
Great work. Keep em' coming!
 sangiro
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 2007-01-24
5 out of 5 stars Excellent shots! Thanks for sending these along Tim.
 edge
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 2007-01-24
5 out of 5 stars Great work Tim. See you at the Mammut comps.
 johnclimbrok
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 2007-01-24
it's of dreams...
 eckov14
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 2007-01-24
sick dude.
 timkemple
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 2007-01-25
Yeah they gave Boone the credit... so it goes. My pic though. Thanks for the good word! tk
 philbox
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 2007-01-31
5 out of 5 stars Thanks heaps mate for putting this together, this will definitely help my to improve my photography.
 RockyMcD
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 2007-02-01
your photos make me go climb despite the 10 degree temps we've had of late.

thanks for the moto
 akornylak
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 2007-02-01
Tim is the man.
 climbappalachia
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 2007-02-04
WOW! Great pics. Lisa on So High is one of the best bouldering photos I've seen in a while.
 jahsh
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 2007-02-12
inspiring shots...The pics of so high and nerve damage are great, an amazing capture of light on such beautiful lines...good job.

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