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Comments by karlbaba (65)
Folks I totally appreciate the kind words. Just to explain the shot: it was done with a Olympus D-40 digital Camera 4mp. The blur went in via a Photoshop plugin called Varifocus that let's you control apeture and blurring effects in a way thats hard to get with even manual settings in a digital cameras, particularly when you have belay station chores to do! ---Peace--karl
The much smaller "nailing" crack opens up to a 10a offwidth before the alcove. I remember since my partner whipped out of the 10a OW as it was getting dark and dropped my #4 camalot. I had to then take over the lead without the cam!
The Hubers didn't climb the 13a thin crack on the right "origninal" route but rather the hard OW on the left (visible in the photo) Peace-Karl
Yup, Photoshop blurred background. I wasn't as good at photoshop then either. -- Karl
I'm kinda embarrassed to post a crappy shot, but I think it's cool to see the amazing lines within this classic smooth chimney--Peace--Karl
This shot was taken with a 1.3 Megapixel Olympus. It's two shots stitched together as you would be lucky to encompass this much perspective with a fisheye lens on a 35mm. --Karl
Run-out hooking is scary and fun? Scary yes! and fun? Is the "n" in fun an abbreviation for something I'm not aware of? What route is this? (so I can avoid it)
That does it! THis climb goes on my list -- KarlBaba
The story is better than the photo I admit. Neil used this photo in a union ad. We took summit pictures of giving each other the finger!
Thanks Folks. It was a digital shot with a 1.3 megapixel camera. It was this sunset that made me determined to get a higher resolution camera so I could shoot at a resolution that would stand up to printing, and maybe even some selling!Peace-Karl
good point rado. I used to use these frames but now I quit. Maybe I'll get around to editing this photo-Karl-There edited-no frame
Great Shot!-- Karl
Nice photo, good effort for being "new at Bouldering" and great change of pace from the hard cranking sweaty guys we've been looking at these days--karlbaba
No Filter, just luck but it got the usual Photoshop work, nothing added though-Karl
Cropped the border, here's the updated image-Karl
No photoshop except what might be done in a darkroom by a serious photographer to make it look more like what it really looked like.
The pitch is rated 5.6. It's very steep for 5.6 by Yosemite standards but it's also juggy by Yosemite standards. I've got no pro in so my second won't face a swing when following. You can check out the base of Middle at Central Pillar to judge whether things are straight or not.
Manacubus has a great version of this shot if you follow his link. I was able to get a little more landscape in the photo by splicing two digital shots together-Peace
You're getting pretty dang good at this Hillary. I'm way impressed.
Ok Here's the story on the shot. It's a panorama that is comprised of two shots stitched together. That's one way to deal with the exposure. One exposure for the background rocks and one for the climber. Still, with all the wildly differing light in the picture there was bound to be trouble where the two photos meet. That required a bit of photoshop. It was pretty intricate work and i'm not that good or patient (since I'm not "selling" this shot anyway) It ain't perfect but it gives an honest portrayal of what it looked like at that time to the naked eye (which is more forgiving than the camera.
The new guide calls the rarely done third pitch of Reeds 10a which is what it always was rated.
The 5.9 on the regular route is on a right hand variation that it's possible to bypass via 5.8 on the left.
The rock is pretty smooth. There are very few holds on the face at all. Fortunately, the jams in the vertical crack are generally bomber.
Major Classic, Must do!
This was taken the last week of October 2003
I love it too!
Olympus d-40 4 mp digital. Two shots stitched together.
Actually the slide this came from is richer than the web Jpeg. I just botched the conversion when my settings got changed after a crash. It was taken from the KaliGandaki valley after a freak Christmas snowstorm.
No imported background. The slide looks just like this except the colors are more saturated on the slide.
Looks a lot like Mr. Natural in Yosemite 10c (used to be 10d)
It's film that costs money. Go digital and shoot as much as you want!
11b sandbag with one or two fixed pieces is still trad in my book!
Kra-bi Kra-bi, Au-nang, Au-nang! Great shot! Great shot!
I like breaking some rules. There is another more conventional shot of annapurna with clouds that I posted, but hey, maybe this is a picture of clouds and annapurna is just a flourish
I like the pic in a lot of ways. Great clouds BW is nice. I would have taken a few steps forward and shot it horizontally. That way I'd get in close enough to feature the climber more, and get more of the interesting cloud action
As somebody who has taken plenty of this same shot, I have to say that this is a particularly good rendition of it. With all the snow and sun, you did a great job not blowing out the highlights
Olympus 8080 8 megapixel digital
Nice shot. Humanality is just the greatest climb. I loved it! Did you start with Tarzan, the 5.9 tree?
This is just a beefcake shot meant to draw in the lewd comments of the pig women on this site! It particularly degrading to men to post images like this, especially old balding ones like me ;-} 10 but just cause it's a good shot.
I'm selling the prints of it on my website in all sizes. What pixel dimensions are optimal for wallpaper? (Yeah, I know, computer wallpaper)
Yup, Digital Cam and Photoshop. But it looked just as pictured, so that is "cheating' how?
Great shot. I'm bigger than anyone on the rope going in front, but it doesn't matter when your piece is at your crotch, and many good climbers make the proper adjustment once they've moved higher.
Thanks for the little reminder of why I feel like an astronaut on the moon when I take the rack off on top of El Cap!
I think it's a great shot and I wouldn't think it was cheating if he had to stitch two or more shots together to get this perspective without a superwide angle lens. (which I have done in a few shots myself)
Killer shot! How wide a lens?
Take your time driving to Yosemite. It' snowing like mad here now! (Jan 05) Just got a letter saying this photo was selected as a finalist in the Yosemite Rennaissance Art Competition. Should be dispayed at the Museum in Yosemite starting late February.
Hi Tim- Yeah the leader is about to leave the dike and head up. Maybe he had "bomber ledge syndrome' or just waited for me to finish taking pictures. The first time I descended North Dome was a brush filled suffer fest as well. Now I know to hit the watercourse gully to the West and stay away from the base of the rock.
It's one of my signature shots cause it's one of the classic views of the valley but, if you look at other photographer's shots from this spot, they rarely capture more than half of El Cap and some of the Cathedrals. It's not easy to grab the whole thing without a fish eye and lots of distortion. You have to be a valley lover though. Some folks do get tired of seeing it.
If I could do it, I'd wear black pants too. The brown would show right through white pants. Amazing!
I think its a great pic and that the artificial lighting contributes greatly to it's sucess. I'm giving it a 10.
Why the photoshop phobia? Is photoshop light more unnatural than flash light?
Great light and composition.
I like the way that the reflection fits into the river as well.
The exposure is pretty impressive. You have snow in the shade and sun, plus rock in the sun and trees. Nothing is blown out.
Nice one! I have to go back and get a smooth Vernal.
PS For big water like this, you usually have to use a polarizer or Neutral Density filter or both and use the smallest F stop
Nice Photo...Just got back from Railay/Krabi. There are lots of trees like this remaining at sea level. Things are healing. Thanks.
Dang, the younger generation is a bunch of beanie weaning, crash pad landin, rebels!
Personally, my chances of walking on water and climbing most of the routes on this wall clean are about equal.
A lot more than nothing and a lot less than I'd like. But life is good anyway, I sell stuff from the site directly, and I buy my own stuff at cost and sell it at christmas fairs and local galleries.
If you come through Yosemite, the Redwoods Cabins in Wawona has an exhibition of mine going on with framed and/or matted prints for sale. Lots of stuff hanging in Bank of America in Oakhurst as well.
I think it would be fair game for me to kill that branch. I'll get around to it!
Thanks scuclimber. I plan on running a special for dirtbags only sometime this year. I can't afford to buy my own stuff so I got to do something for my people
That's the "Chicken" of Chicken Island. I think there's routes on it!
I do think its a great shot. The green around the belayer is unbelievable, probably because the photographer needed to "dodge" the guy being in the shade
How hard a climb?
I bought my ticket 3 days before the Tsunami. We went in February. It was good to support the local economy and things were fine.
You know you're a crack climber when a shot like that gives you a lusty feeling inside. Nice
Gotta love somebody who knows the secret Hand(jam)shake.
I'd be fun to post a picture of a beautiful woman like this, let everybody drool for awhile in text, then edit the picture to substitute a big hairy ugly man like me in the shot instead.
Then everybody would be insecure!
But I guess we're all human. This good photo wouldn't be on the front page if the average joe were cranking this problem.
Kind of a unique shot. Really great!
I shoot at that location all the time and while the view is standard, this excecution is ideal. A bit of luck always helps too, but since I've seen your other excellent work, I know you have the chops. congrats on a winner there.
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