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cloven-hitch


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photo by Todd Gordon from mountainproject.com of Greg Epperson

Just wondering if any of you guys have ever used stilts for climbing photography. Where do you get or make them? What are the obvious dangers? What's the learning curve?
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 "okay this is a good angle...just gotta lean a little farther right...whoa...whoa...WHOA..."

WHA-BAM!!!

"oh shit that hurt...oh fuck, my lens..."



my buddy andrew messed around with some painter's stilts he scored at a pawn shop. they were kinda heavy. i think there's gotta lighter stilts. the ones that guy in the above photo has don't look like painter's stilts. seems like if you practiced with them you'd get used to them, but it would be hard to move up the fixed line. you'd have to commit to one spot to shoot, unless they were really easy to collapse and remove. you could probably rappel down with them fairly easily but you don't really need to move down when shooting the leader on the route.

this dude martin i saw taking photos of fly'n brian doing an FA in zion was using a broomhandle-stick-thingy. he would balance himself on the stick with his stomach, he was kinda just pushing himself out and hitting the shutter rather than actually balancing and holding himself out there. looked pretty jingus, but props to him for trying something new out. he seemed to be just experimenting with it at the time.


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A while ago, I picked up the book "Guide to Climbing Photography" by Jeff Achey. It has a section with a tiny bit of info on stilts, but it also has a detailed instruction on making a boom(page 38-39). That might interest you.

Here's the URL for the book, from B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...ide_to_Climbing.html


piton


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can you describe a boom?


kriso9tails


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piton wrote:
can you describe a boom?

Same as a microphone boom. It's suitable for video, but for stills I think the majority of photographers would find it impractical.



Maybe it's just the angle, but I feel like if that photographer slips he's going to impale that climber.


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It's the noise you make when your homemade stilts break......BOOM!!!!!!!!Tongue


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Disclaimer: I don't know crap about this, and am just relaying info from the book!

It seems to me that the photos above are a guy with stilts, not on a boom.

From the photos in the Achey book, the boom is a similar concept as the stilts, but has a 3rd bar, which is attached to the legs as a crossbar. The photographer hangs below the boom, near the apex point where the two legs meet.

The length of the 3rd bar(imagine the cross-bar on a capital "A") determines the angle of the legs. Wider give more stability. A shorter puts you further away from the cliff, but makes the thing more prone to tipping.

The author give detail about choosing materials and other stuff, which I don't really want to copy and paste here. Too time consuming, plus the "don't copy parts of the book" legal thing. And also, I don't want to read about someone in the Accidents forum who...well, you know.

The author does say that it's a pain, compared to the stilts, and most people will likely not want to go through the efforts after the initial novelty wears off....

One suggestion he also made was to try out if you like
the idea by shooting from a portaledge set up endwise.


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