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Comments by dsafanda (92)
Climbing in a blizzard? Maybe overexposed a bit but very nice composition. Looks like a fun route.
I gotcha. Those shots are always tough anyways. If you did expose the sky for less time the foreground would have gone black and you would have lost detail in the rock features.
Sweet pic! I like this one better than the other where she has a case of big hand syndrome. :)
Also, in this one you really get a feel for her concentration on that hold.
Yikes! Tell me about it. I always offer to lead if it means I get to avoid jumars like that
Two Thumbs Way Up!
The haul(?) line looks very thin. Is it just a tag line that you will later pull up the haul line with?
well..it's either a hat or a really bad case of helmet hair but I still think the photos is sweet!
Very nice indeed...although I much prefer your color version.
Bolts in the wrong place? I've never seen bolts so close together(maybe indoors). It doesn't look like it's possible to fall any distance.
Still...It's a nice photo and a sweet looking route!
No one said it doesn't look fun!!!! The photo makes me wish I could get out from behind the computer, run out my front door and jump on it!
Don't you love getting a sweet shot of a moderate climb? I wish Climbing and Rock&Ice understood this is possible.
"The Monument"?...do people still call it that in SoCal? I guess it sounds better than "The Park". ;)
I love that problem!
Didn't you think it was a bit dark? It was just my opinion obviously. I would have made adjustments to bring out highlights without losing deep rich shadows.
I certainly wasn't complaining...I gave it a 9 because I though it was a rocking photo!
p.s. The levels need to be adjusted a bit I think. It seems too dark.
I'm sure I'll get myself in trouble again for critiquing but tm510a did invite comments. Here goes...Don't you think it is begging to be a vertical image(rotated 90 degrees to the right)?
Thanks ineed! Most of my trips to the East Side from the Bay Area don't involve going farther south than Bishop. Now I have a reason to next time.
btw. Love the pic...much better than the stuff rated higher.
Nice eye contact.
What kind of dog is it? Looks like a Greyhound body but has the markings of an Australian Shepard. Gorgeous pooch.
Hideous is the word. What kind of gear would you be bringing to protect that?
Very nice photo but with a bit of color correction it will be even better. Too purple.
Damn...that looks fun!!!
Very nice! I'm not sure what's causing the shadow in the upper right. A finger over the lens or camera strap perhaps? In any event, I think it actually helps the composition.
Yes, digital camers have ISO settings. ISO on a digital camera refers to the sensitivity of the CCD sensor rather than the sensitivity of film. Unlike with film, this can be changed from one shot to the next. I suppose they could have come up with a different term.
For what it's worth, this my favorite of all the photos you've posted on this site. Outstanding!
Looks real to me. I posted a zoomed in version here...
Holy $#!& are they bad this year!
I think I remember this from one of the rags. Outside perhaps? I think it's actually Chris Mac. Is that right? If I remember correctly it was a photo shoot with Beth Rodden. Anyway, knowing Chris, I find this photo fricking hillarious!!
That said, I suspect the real photographer might not be too pleased to see it online here.
Nice. I think I would have created that fade effect going the other direction so as to imply a sense of upward progress. As is, it looks like he is down jumaring. Still pretty interesting though.
The way you've cropped it makes the big stone feel a bit smaller and less impressive than it deserves but I'm nit picking. Impressive shot! Stunning color.
Sweet. Very minimal and efficient looking spread.
C'mon. We all know that's just chicken wire and foam that's been shaped and spray painted.
Nice. I wish his hands weren't cut off.
Is this recent? Looks like new snow.
It appears to be an amazing shot but the postage stamp size is a bit frustrating to say the least. This needs to be big!
I understand the copyright concerns but what's the point of posting at all if it really has to be this size. I'd rather look at large and average photos than superb photos that have been scaled to this degree. The major stock photography sites offer comp images that are larger than this.
A 10 in my book.
Interesting. I love most of Jorg's photos but this is one of the weaker ones IMHO. I'd prefer to see the climbers face instead of the top of his head. Also, there are times when a reaching hand that is blurred makes sense and might add to the sense of motion in the photo but in this case it is the visual wieght for the entire composition. I would have prefered it to be in sharp focus. Likewise, I find the center wieghted compositon a bit boring. As usual, the color is superb. I gave it a 7.
I don't mind that the moon was placed in Photoshop but the image still feels a bit static and uninteresting to me. The climber and cliff are lost in a murky mass of shadows. A lot of people complain about edited photos. To me this is a perfect example of the fact that Photoshop is just a tool. It can't make an average photo in to something that it's not.
btw. What gives it away is a ring of dark pixels surrounding the moon. They're left over from the other image from which the moon was cut out of a darker sky. The moon itself is gorgeous. You captured a lot of detail.
Absolutely fricking gorgeous!
Would have been really special if the climbers were climbing instead of standing on top but still very nice.
I don't mind sounding like a broken record.
Just when I thought there was no way to get an orginal and interesting shot from that spot that hadn't already been done to death. Nice job!
Fantastic! Having never stepped in to aiders any farther east of Yosemite than Zion, it's fun to see these shots of the aid climbing on the other side of the country.
It's nice but I like the other shot of this pitch better. This one can't decide if it wants to be a vertical or a horizontal shot.
fricking outstanding! 10.
The quality isn't great. Nothing is in sharp focus. However, that's not always the most important factor. It's a unique shot of a very popular formation. I like it.
Gorgeous. Love the mood and color.
However, I agree that it needs about .5-1 degree of counterclockwise rotation. The tilted horizon line is causing everything to spill out of frame to the right. It's a one minute fix. Great none the less though.
Very nice but it wants to be larger.
This is gorgeous! I love the dichotomy between the flat abstract rock bacground and the crisp brightly colored climber in action. A rare 10. Why it is not in the current top ten is beyond me.
hmm...I think Freud would have a field day with this choice of subject matter and composition.
New camera? Looks crisp and sharp.
Proof positive that the climb doesn't have to be a 5.15 to make for a fantastic photo.
Pretty good but shot. ;)
My local gym has longer routes but that doesn't matter. I like this shot. The tiny splash of red that is the belayers hat really makes this shot come alive. I don't think it would be the same with out that little element.
Top roped ice bouldering. I don't know...can climbing get any more contrived? Who cares though. It's all in the name of fun. Very nice shot!
Nice shot. This will look better if you adjust levels a bit. My guess is that the ice wasn't really this dark and dingy looking.
At first glance I could have sworn this shot was from Pinnacles National Monument. Some of the colors and features of the rock look very similar. I know that the San Adreas fault pushed Pinnacles to northern California while some of that ancient mountain range was left behind in southern California. I wonder if this area is related. Any California geology experts out there.
It's very interesting...I must admit that I had not noticed the amount of Photoshop work until others mentioned it. The missed patch of sky by the elbow and in the trees is sort of a give away I guess. It looks like the original color of the sky was very nice though. I'm not sure the new purple sky feels totally natural.
It looks like you've applied a guassian blur to the background so that the climber and foreground cliff stand out in sharper focus. That was a nice idea. I think it helps the image a lot. I suspect that the pixels hardman is seeing are just tiny areas that escaped the selection that you blurred.
I really like the top portion of this photo. The expression and the dynamic movement of the body are wonderfully captured. I like the soft colors. However, I really wish you hadn't cut off her feet when you composed the shot. The framing makes it feel like she's two feet off the ground.
This looks very interesting but why so small?
Great composition and movement captured. Poor quality scan or file though.
Pine Line right?. A very short but fun 5.7 pitch.
I don't think I've ever seen an ascender with no scratches. It looks like it just came right out of the box and consequently it feels more like a posed product shot than an authentic "slice of climber life" shot.
Very nicely captured.
Looks like a very nice photo but wants to be larger.
There's nothing wrong with the contrast in this photo. Why on earth would you want more contrast? If anything, there is already too much contrast. Anymore, and Cedar would end up being just a silhouette and you wouldn't be able to see his face. Don't mess with it. For a snapshot made while on the move this shot is perfectly exposed. It's sweet!
Yep. That would be a solid 10.
One of the best bouldering shots I've ever seen.
Is that the typical size of the boulders in this area?
Relativley new and intact looking cable and fat cord. Fixed gear doesn't get much better looking than that.
I wish the second was making eye contact with the camera but still an interesting composition.
It doesn't make me think of climbing in any way whatsoever but it's a cool shot.
Chicks climbing walls while twirling brightly colored parasols. How very ladylike of you. ;)
Did it survive the journey? Brought a big golf umbrella on ElCap once and it kept getting collapsed backwards by updrafts.
Gorgeous. My current fav on the site.
Very classy...Great role model for low impact climbing. Why not just bring some spraypaint with you next time?
Beautiful but why not spend another minute or so cleaning up the presentation. Rotate 1 degree or so counterclockwise and crop to get rid of the rounded corners on the film frame. I gave it a 9.
Funny how people think that Photoshop is a bad thing. In this case Photoshop wasn't used but who cares if it was. I couldn't care less what tools you use to make an image. Film, digital sensors, paint, crayons, etc. Whatever floats your boat. All I care about is the final image that is created and presented. In this case, it's a very impressive and engaing shot. Well done.
btw. There may have been some silly comments from people who don't know anything about digital photography but I don't think anyone was really trying to "defame" you. If you're a pro, surely you've realized by now that a very thick skin goes with the biz.
re."he leapt for a huge hold in Masters of Stone 5?"
That was on a little 3 pitch 5.7 climb at Lover's Leap, CA... not HalfDome.
btw. Nice photo. It's a view of Yosemite you don't see so much on this site.
needs a bit more color saturation. ;)
This is a very impressive shot! I don't really know what it has to do with climbing so I think I'll refrain from voting on it. Very sweet though.
This is a very nice shot! Rated it an 8 on my first viewing but I actually wish there was a way for me to change that. I'd bump it up to a 9. The color is great. Crisp and lush with out being over saturated.
Nice shot. Out of curiosity, what is it that makes it "one of the most unique aretes around. "?
It's great to see shots of this less traveled Yosemite wall. Thanks for sharing!
It's a very cool composition but it would have worked better if at least some part of the image was in focus. IMO
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