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Comments by aikibujin (8)
Ok, I'll be the first to comment. In my opinion, this is a fairly good shot. The technical aspect (exposure, etc) of the shot is pretty much right on. Regarding the artistic aspect (composition), I'd probably try to crop it closer. I feel that the small boulders and grass in the forground adds a little clutter to the composition, I'd try to eliminate as much of that as practical. By, say walk forward about five feet, and turn the camera left a little to include the whole boulder and cut out much of the emptiness on the right hand side. This would put the boulderer (you) off center of the frame, which is generally, but not always, more aesthetically pleasing.
Thanks cracklover. Suggestion taken, voting is now allowed.
Sweeeet. My friend and I were climbing Cosmos at the Mesa Verde Wall when we saw you guys do this. Pretty crazy stuff.
It's your first, but definitely won't be your last!!
Good shot! Vegas did a great job capturing the moment. I would liked to see the framing moved up and left, to include more cliff line and less water in bottom frame, but that's just picking bones in an egg. I understand how tough it is to time a shot and frame it at the same time. Again, good job, Vegas!
"The belay device did get quite violently sucked into the directional. You could hear the 'whoomp' from across the canyon as the belayer hit the wall, his feet dangling above the ledge." Kudos to the belayer for holding a factor 2 fall while being slammed into the wall and sucked into the bolt. Wow. I wish I never have to hold a fall like that, good god.
When I think of factor 2 falls, I think of falling directly onto the belayer. Not saying this is not a bad fall... it probably is actually worse than a factor 2 fall in terms of the force put on the anchor bolt. I just thought the picture was slightly mislabeled. Yes, minor technicalities. Just ignore me, I'm bored at work.
Looks like the rope is clipped through one of the bolts on the anchor. As far as I know unless that bolt blows, or the belay device gets pulled right up against the bolt, it won't be a true factor 2 fall. But still.... holy cow!!
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