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Must go to Canada.
I love the depth of field, and the cloud shadows.
The background is a wee bit washed out, but I think the content makes up for that.
Jeez, that's like walking into posts beautiful. So maybe I shouldn't go to J Tree, I might get my partner killed. Brook-"Take" Me-"So beautiful" Brook-"I said TAKE!"
So beautiful. *Drools*
That said, central location of the silouhette kind of distracts you from the sunset. At least I think it would. What do I know? I'm no art student.
The light is so flat this looks photoshopped. Funny how reality can screw with your perceptions sometimes. The proof tha this is real is just below his left foot, btw. Sick sick move!
The left side of the dome looks a tad overexposed. Otherwise a perfect pic.
That is most definitely Lucille. I can't wait until the snow melts and I can give that thing a go. From a mile away it looks gigantic.
Sky is a tad washed out, and the lighting looks flat. Cool image none the less.
I could've redpointed this climb if I'd not waited until the end of the day to try it. It goes from a little cave thing, out across a horizontal roof for about 6 feet (that's the opener) into a wall that stays the angle in the picture for about 15 more feet. Its such a cool climb.
You know what would make this perfect? A medium format camera so you could see the sky above the palm tree.
Its the shadow there. I'm guessing there's a larger tower to the right outside of the frame. In any event, who in their right mind would build such a sculpture, take a picture of someone climbing it, then overlay it onto a panoramic of the Castle Valley(?) ?
Second of your black and whites I've looked at. Really, meter on something darker, everything is without detail in what should be an interesting texture rich shot.
Was it a windy day? The trees look fuzzy.
I don't think it added mood, but it most certainly added contrast, leading to a sharper, more color balanced shot.
Technically a good shot, maybe a tad under exposed. Otherwise, rather boring.
Just Finally (9+). Good old off-widths. The intermittant seam is Drunken Redneck Rappellers (12 I think). This would be interesting if I didn't see almost every day.
Cool picture, but I'm not down with the border. Full frame looks cool on prints, but not on digital images.
Long focal length will give that effect too. More abberation the farther from the center you go. My old photo teacher used to tell me the that the more the light had to bend to get where it needed to be, the more out of focus it would be. Long FL lenses have a lot of glass that the light has to go through, so that will tend to happen.
Its Steve Buscemi! (or nearly so)
The only way to get the exact same sky for each image is to use identical exposures on each shot, then use identical exposures in the dark room. Or go digital, but that can be difficult, even with photoshop (I know how to do it with Maxim DL, but that's an astronomy ccd program)
Otherwise known as "Significant local." I don't know how many times I've looked at that leaver biner, toying with idea of retrieving it. Someday soon....
Actually, it slopes downward there. I-80 goes barreling from the pass between Cheyenne and Laramie from 9000 feet to some 6000 feet in about 20 miles. I'll take a picture just for you Kal. I'm out there every single week.
They should be, but probably very specific. As to chossy topout, not so much, but it can rain pea sized crystals not on the route proper most anywhere in Vedauwoo (except Friday the 13th, Edward's Crack, and Kim).
I'm a sucker for wide stems. Love the pic.
Loving the Rugby shirt!
Even though it looks like it.
As far as Indian Creek climbs go, Cave Crack is pretty easy. As for the tape thing, it all depends on the climb and the climber. I've used tape in the creek precisely once, but I use it all the time in Vedauwoo.
A Little on the Ugly Side it must be, as Stand and Deliver is about 30 feet right of here (on a detatched boulder).
Get your right foot farther in and keep your hands low. That's the only secret.
Dude, why protect there?! Run it out another 15 feet and you won't pump out and fall!
That's still not a chicken wing. Maybe an arm bar, but chicken wings are a wee bit more pronounced.
Funny, where his low foot is is about as high as I'd comfortably topout without a crashpad. Just an issue of zen mind set I guess.
I some such a stereotypical male. I clicked the picture just to ogle. Oh well, good climbing nonetheless, and you've got to hook me up with that hat.
Only falls I've ever seen this low on the route is when somebody spent too much time trying to protect. Slam in a medium hex or a red or yellow camalot right after this part if you're really buzzed.
Those are some shiny tape gloves right there. Is the rock really that unfriendly *doesn't wear tape at most of indian creek*
I've done that one too! It really sucked.
Just 2 more months. I'm getting twitchy for the desert already.
So... confused... which way... is up?
Climber seems almost like an afterthought. I'd give this a 9 because its a rather static image. I think "hey, waves are cool" and then I see the climber and think "hey, climbers are cool", but the gigantic rift between the two of them never makes me think "climbers and waves are cool TOGETHER"
Steep is good. Steeper is better.
Wide hands? Hell, that's an offwidth!
Looks like the biggest holds I'd ever fall off of right there. That looks like fun to fail on.
Don't just use auto levels though, it makes it all yellow. Adjust manually.
Furthermore, having come back this year, he's pinching for his life right next to a stonker hand jam. Rest, depump, look wicked strong.
A little more red in the highlights, a little more green in the shadows, and blues gray made darker, and the shots a real winner. And sport climbing on sandstone may very well be the best vacation from your local crag ever.
Priceless. Simply priceless.
Genius (I say that because I thought of the same thing, only you beat me to it). If you could scan the plans, I might have an idea for a roof crack simulator.
In truth, the larger rock sits about dead on the rightmost third mark. The reason the rule of thirds is so held onto is because a subject dead center comes off confrontational, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on the subject.
The blurring would be better if it were over a gradient, as opposed to just at a line. Can't remember how to do it off the top of my head, but play around with the blur and sharp tools until you get something your like.
The 12 around the corner is interesting, if short and "enhanced."
Lets see. Photo is overexposed, blurry throughout, and has the date stamp in it. Secondarily, you are looking down. Last but not least, the rocks near the top of the picture distract from the subject.
Something's odd about this image. Like the dry brush filter was applied to this image. Or the photographer was shivering in beat with the multiblink flash. Or something. Cooler image because of it.
Probably very similar circumstances that the two formed under. Both granites look very similar.
You know what this needs? A lot less sky. Crop to just right of the dark immersed rock, just below the top of the boulder, and just below the water line on the boulder. That's what it needs.
little_philly: Crop can be done when you scan the image on a scanner. Or in MS Paint, or physically with scissors. Or when you take the picture. Or when you print it in the darkroom (if you do printing yourself). Crop is not just a Photoshop tool. In addition, crop in photoshop is one of the easiest tools to use. Or did constructive criticism suddenly become rude? If that's the case... Oh this is the best picture ever, why aren't you in the magazines... blah blah blah.
I agree, this needs cropping, but I don't know how to do it without losing something good.
Bonus points for the monochrome (shades of tan throughout) but otherwise an uninteresting picture. I imagined a less "don't fall in" shirt and the picture doesn't draw one in.
If the focus point had been the rurp as opposed to the carabiner on the blue sling, this shot would be perfect. You get an 8 for effort.
Seems washed out. Needs (as already said) more color. And perhaps less flat lighting.
Looks cold. I need to hone my skills a bit more I think.
Is this hand colored, or is the rock really that black?
Must go to Gunks.
My god, why didn't I know. I just thought it was all roofy 5.4's and unlikely routes of that nature. That's incredible.
As for the composition, would prefer more rock and climber in the image. Still impressive, but the climber seems almost like an afterthought.
If it was in focus, and not washed out, then maybe I'd give bonus points for the subject. As it stands, the sun through the hair look just lacks "pizaz". And if I'd had my druthers, you'd be able to see more than just what's above her navel.
That's the beauty of wingate. It only looks full of good holds. And one of those spans is bigger than he is! Love the color and the composition. Gives a real sense of scale without detracting from the climber too much.
3.3166247903554 Now do the move.
Not so much chipped as dynamited. Because chipped implies intentionally making the route easier. In this case, the route was unintentionally created. "Gotchoo good..."
Looks like a highball to me :P
Gettin' wasted again in daqueriaville (audience throws light beers shouting "Rip off!")
Good to see a roof crack rated at its actual difficulty, not some expanded "Dave Graham can't crack climb" grade.
For a short enough exposure, probably reasonably fast film (>400) and a completely open aperature. But, since that's the moon and not the stars, maybe a more reasonable aperature. All of my best star shots were minimum 30 seconds. A tripod is mandatory.
Once more, would've been better with better DOF transition. As it stands, the edges are ever so slightly blurred, which screams photoshop. Also gives it a less than real quality, like you had a blue screen or something.
Damn, I wish I was that ripped. Honeybee, it was only a matter of time before we had sexist equality.
It ain't climbing, but it is art. Resubmit at higher resolution.
Every day, I get up and pray to John...
Love the chromatic abberations at the edges of the image. And how it seems like you can see each and every handhold as if you were there.
ninjaslut, it may be easy to find porn, but its not as easy to find women who climb. Thus ^ add nauseum
The artificial depth of field effect worked very well because you can see the edge of the focus area right behind her. Rather like if the aperature was very large.
j_ung - its a comp wall. Its kind of the point.
Huck. The 13 to the left involves the same idea, just longer hucks.
You're either very far away, or you've got a very wide angle lense. Either way...
Needs color balancing, otherwise a cool shot. Too blue.
Either my monitor is off, or the snow is quite yellow. Was this shot through a pair of glacier glasses, or with tungsten filter on the camera or something?
But it is not
<a href="http://www.rockclimbing.com/photos.php?Action=Show&PhotoID=32901">THE cobra</a>
When I first saw this picture, I was pretty hosed, so the colors looked really warped. Now I can see the picture really is that good.
/beer goggles stowed in the upright position
Seems normal on a laptop, so I'm not sure what it is.
If anything, I'd try to center the base of the rock itself so as to create an artificial symmetry. That is, the sky becomes more part of the framing so that the climber gets farther off center. Alternately, a vertical composition could do it. However, so many pictures of desert towers involve a vertical composition that photos of that nature strike me as cliched. Experiment and find what makes the most striking (and accurate) statement.
Pardon my interjection, but what if the one picture that gets to the front page just happens to be the one time he doesn't wear a helmet? If you go only off the front page pictures, very few people wear helmets. The truth is quite the contrary.
My buddy just got one of those tools from his father. Crazy!
You must be pretty skilled with GIMP to produce this. Photoshop is hard enough, and GIMP is like Photoshop with a bad interface. In any event, the fact that I've been in ice caves that looked precisely like this (nice job on capturing the blues by the way) leads me to believe that this is the real deal. Furthermore http://www.rockclimbing.com/photos.php?Action=Show&PhotoID=42553
You're not lookin' very hard. Near the base of the three sisters area is a cool crimp problem, and over by Friday the 13th is the classic highball Cupcake. Loads of slabs and crack problems too. There should be a super rad dyno maybe 50 yards from where you're standing.
I'm guessing that she's violently thrutching, thus the cam is swinging. I need to go back to JTree and do this. Also, the sky is kind of washed out, but I suppose you don't have a strong enough flash to deal with that.
That climb is so hard to place pro on. I'll probably run it out too when I go for the rp. The placements are easy if you have insane endurance but god! Sweet pic.
There is some lighting screw ups ("artifacts") around the edges of the rock, probably because the rock was overexposed and so the background was burned in photoshop. Use a blur tool around those edges to get rid of that effect.
I think that's "distort"
The depth of field looks a tad forced, but very cool image nonetheless.
/thinks the image would look awful with no dof effects
Truly the best part of a great climb. If you only climb one desert tower in your life, do Otto's route in Colorado National Monument. If you do two, do this one as well.
He means correct those via cropping either in photoshop or when you scan. Cool photo, though you might be able to lose the left third of the image without losing too much.
In retrospect, we should've gone to the Heel boulders last weekend, and checked out this problem. Oh well.
You're spoiling the beta for everybody else bouldertom!
That thing is crazy looking, but I didn't feel the need to climb it when I was there.
Or the hard stuff. You're goin' down Jose Cuervo! Vengance shall be mine!
Whoa, you look just like my partner Jay, although MUCH more feminine. Crazy!
Look far back towards the TRUE horizon (you can actually see it from the rocks at Wild Iris). Its a little off, but only barely. Which route is this?
The first time I went to Sinks Canyon, Wendy from the Metolius catalog (I don't recall her name) was working this route. Pretty cool to see her face a few months later when I got the catalog.
Good crack size, although the pods provided a more pronounced crux than the average IC route. The true crux remains clipping the chains though.
The same. I've gotta go check out this new stuff, it looks sweet.
Having seen similar colored stone in the past, adjusting the white balance will not "fix" this image. The sandstone really is THAT red. You're just getting a wild reflection from the stone onto his shirt.
Which "apparent burned in shadows"? All I see is the trails from the base of the route and some unfortunate lighting making the greenery appear black. Rad shot by the way.
I actually prefer the helmet, as it continues the very contrasty quality of this photo. Its almost, but not quite, black and white.
Yeah, the color balance is just far enough off to make things look muddy. Its an easy fix, if you have PS or the equivalent.
Everytime I'm over there I look at this thing and shake my head. Distinctly overhung, with a moderately (maybe 7" it looks like) wide pod. Crazy stuff.
I think the skull is a hair too big for the person in question. Just a little distracting is all. Good job none the less.
The one on the right is called Ancient Art and has about 4 short pitches of mixed bolt ladders and free, maybe up to 5.9, if you pull on every bolt. The one on the left is King Fisher Tower, and its closer to 5 pitches of desert goodness. So about 500 feet a piece, although the popular route on Ancient Art starts halfway up the beast.
Why do you say that andrewfaulding? I've seen the climb enough times to know that that picture is spot on. The "highlighting" around the crack is one of the unfortunate byproducts of being a (relatively) easy climb in Indian Creek.
Some 60s (or a 70) will get you to the ground, but barely. There's a ledge to the right of it that you can rap/lower to.
That is such an awesome problem. The V2 sequence is really inobvious though. The picture perfectly captures the desperation of that move.
So it is a dyno?! Well shit.
Typically running laps involves an entire circuit. You know, when you have every problem in the area wired.
Its that long, and that steep. Its only about 20 feet off the deck when you top out. The start is very difficult, thus still a project.
This route kicked my ass for some reason. Damn big hands...
No, that's the shadow of another rock. This boulder is much more photogenic when the photographer is farther left.
What's funny is that there is so much rock in Wyoming that could keep on being a secret if places like Wild Iris and Ten Sleep are publicized more. Still need to make it up to Ten Sleep this year.
Watching the grade creep, by the end of the week it'll be V0 and cruiser, right?
Not sure I like the transparency effect to create it, but cool image nonetheless.
Because we all know that the Fisher Towers will ALL last forever. They are immune to erosion, you know. A stiff breeze might knock over the cobra one of these days, whether climbers had touched it or not.
He's not school teacher yet, is he? I thought he hadn't graduated yet. Huh.
I really want to ps a few of these, because I do not feel these are valid representations of my work.
I love how the foreground is completely out of focus, like the guy was there completely by accident.
I wish there was more to the right of Kev and Jay. Crop? The lighting is quite dramatic. Lesson learned, I suppose. This one is my favorite.
Little underexposed foreground, but the sky is perfect!
Kal, its been my experience that Autocolor can get you pretty close to perfect on most shots. When you have a lot of one particular color, red for instance, it skews things. But for the most part, autocolor will give you a pretty good starting place to fine tune manually.
Also, the primary light source really hasn't moved that much. 891 sec exposure isn't even 15 minutes. Over 15 minutes, you can hardly tell a shadow's moved from 10 feet away, let alone a couple hundred yards.
Technically Utah. Easiest approach is from Rock Springs, WY though.
On the other hand, placing gear on this route would suck so much that it'd make the route maybe a whole number grade harder. Contrived, eh?
I'm not certain, but I think Edl hasn't been on Lucille yet. He's done a ton of other harder offwidths though. Angry?
Yeah, Joe C. Member is gonna be pissed!
That certainly is a lot of new looking gear. But not enough new looking gear to be criticized over. Keep it up!
The chalk blending into the beard/stubble makes for some really interesting coloration.
I'm gonna guess that the pillar is usually very brittle, thus a fall on any pro would destroy the formation.
Amazing catch on that. Slide? Digital? What? And if its slide, who does your developing?
Too much sky in the frame left the wall underexposed. Do some PS work to bring out the details.
Where is this beast exactly?
Its a pity that the focus ended up in the middle of all that rock texture as opposed to on the arete or on the climber, where your eyes are instantly drawn by the lines of the image.
Most every shot I've ever seen of Mandala made it look easy. Something about the angle its usually shot at. Good work on making a V12 actually look its grade on film.
Thanks Hillary, until you pointed it out, I hadn't even noticed the underwear thing. Way to ruin a perfectly good photo for me. Now all I'll do is focus in on that.
/oblivious can be a good thing too
I think its just such a good picture that our eyes are distracted by other things. The lighting is spot on.
I'm really confused by the arc of the rope there. Unless the bolts are gone or the photographer led finish first, that seems really counterintuitive. That said, every picture I've ever seen of the summit corkscrew simply does not do it justice. This is a route that everyone should get on. As a bonus, it has some of the best rock in the Fischers.
Better question, what route are you on? That looks like the top of a route I've done before.
Looks like you can slap up that crack to the right and rotate into a left leg knee jam. But I've been wrong before.
Jeeze, those organic pads are everywhere.
Its a pity that the photographer's shadow covers his right hand. Otherwise, an awesome shot. You can tell he's about to go for a hold near the bottom right of the image, and you don't know if he'll make it or not.
Pity that the wind in your campsite shook the camera so much.
Just to be clear, is Tom a woman's name or a man's name?
I had to rate it a 5. I took it.
Yeah, its a waaaay old bolt there. I'm pretty sure its leg jams to that point, then you swing up into a knee jam, but that's just from reading. Angry's done it, he'd know.
[i]braaaaaaaadley[/i] clearly you don't know the singular quality of Sherman granite. I've only found myself wishing for a helmet once in the all the time I climbed at Vedauwoo, and never at the Roof Ranch.
Yeah, you go to Nats for Nats Three Star Roof Crack. You just climb the slabs when you get bored. That's a good problem by the way.
I was told that Klem didn't like having his name in the route like that, so it became Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, sadly missing the play on words. That said, awesome pic.
A V2 crack is still a daunting prospect for most. A V6 is nigh on impossible.
Fearlessclimber, it really depends on what you want to emphasize. My complaints are two-fold: the horizon is tilted, and the picture could be crisper. Shoot digital as opposed to scanning prints next time?
Rolling up to DT in the middle of the night, with a full moon shining on the tower like this, its just surreal. Excellent shot.
Considering that most of that gear is around 20 years old, I'd say that's pretty impressive. Crappy photo, interesting image.
There's an A2 seam that tackles the roof. To my knowledge, its never been freed.
This is Easy Overhang Lieback, and its a little exciting to place gear on.
Note how the gear hangs, lower on the same climb. The crack is damn near horizontal where Varco's at. And I'd love to see Robster do any 5.12 or harder offwidth without inverting.
I'd prefer an entire route that has it all, as an entire pitch of splitter crack is a lot of fun, but I see your point.
Finally, while your image is overexposed, since it is higher resolution, it automatically gets a higher rating from me.
500x600 is ludicrously tiny for any kind of online image these days. If a photographer doesn't want people ripping it off, then they shouldn't put the damn thing online in the first place. Otherwise, it WILL get ripped off unless the photo is the size of a postage stamp.
The picture of angry (in what can only be termed flamboyant tights) that is more or less identical to Carter's photo also fell off the front page pretty quick, and without the gushing comments.
You deleted "ferocity" from RC.com didn't you?
Small, boring composition, washed out, blurry, and you can't see her face or hands. Its a bad picture with an attractive girl as its subject. Woo.
It could just be different colored tape. I know several people who rock the emo-tape gloves (they don't want gobies where they cut themselves) and one dude who uses pink tape.
Leavittation is named after Randy Leavitt, who invented the hand stack/knee jam technique with Tony Yaniro. It is to be differentiated from levitation, which is simply floating in the air. Good try though.
What's really frowned on is laybacking a splitter. Stack your hands, jam your knees and leavittate that shit!
Nice pads. When did Josh make those?
So did you climb past it?
Which route, by the way?
I think I need to change my pants. That's bloody beautiful. And the added bonus of having butterflies (I still don't know where that "alpine" bit came from) is that once an anchor is established for a rescue, they can just clip the loop of the butterfly to the anchor, then build a hauling system from that.
You burned in the sky, and it makes it look a little weird. Halos on the trees and that sort of thing. Was this a color image originally? If so, drop out everything but the red channel, it might give you a better b/w image than if you just convert the rgb image to gray scale.
It is really overexposed, so technically, not that great of a picture (might be better in black and white), but as far as an action shot goes, this is rad. Captures everything about offwidth roof climbing, including the desperate look in his eyes.
Just on that problem. And really, that's the easy part. Getting out the nose of rock to the mantle is the hard part.
I'll bet its that fingers finish that makes it 12c. If it went hands through the lip, it'd be a pretty rad 5.7.
This has a very odd composition, so its really difficult to form an opinion on, much less offer any criticism. Its a striking image, but I really don't know what to say about it.
Don't get me wrong, I love crack. But that one just looks unpleasant.
I was gonna say, all those long slings would be unnecessary if the belayer would have the common decency to stand at the base of the route (as opposed to way the hell out there, as in the pic). Then you could just clip the cam slings. But I guess splitters aren't that common in central Massachusetts, so you wouldn't know that.
Big agnes fail?
Is it 12 like it looks or is there something else that makes it harder or easier?
I hate it when a crack really is easier to layback than jam. Its like the crack is calling out my manhood just by existing.
Iz tawp rope. Still iz sweet.
PBR simply tastes better at the end of a good day up there. Its a pretty good beer, as canned beers go. Which is part of the reason that its a necessary part of any climbing trip. It stores well, has a compressible container and tastes great!
Not just first female flash, first female lead of Lucille. Proud stuff that. I'm told Lucille has very body-size dependent beta, such that the first two ascents were done without inversion, and some particularly strong offwidth climbers have not succeeded at all.
I understand that every time Scarpelli has attempted it, he inverted. But he hasn't succeeded, which certainly tells you how body size dependent this beast is. If Edl ever elects to get on it, I'm rather curious how he'll climb it.
Is this on Technicolor Wall?
Unless you have them stitched so they won't twist around, it'll be a beast to get them back to their 6" length quickly. Still, good idea if you climb in an area whose routes wander a lot.
You should post this problem up in the Vedauwoo bouldering routes section. This is one of the better face climbing problems of its grade out there.
I've never been much for reflector shots as it always gives an artificial look, thus the 4-star. Still, the image is dramatic enough with good DOF, good composition, and incredible lighting that I still like it a lot. This is one of the best uses of the reflector I've seen.
Just looks like a reflector then. That problem is ludicrously hard to light during some parts of the day.
Looks like a cool seam. Any possibility it'll go free?
Given how relaxed she looks, it wouldn't surprise me to see a pencil in her right hand and a crossword taped to the wall above her.
The foreground DOF is natural (the smooth transition from crisp and clear to blurry is really hard to fake), but the fact that the background has a ton of jpeg artifacts in there, coupled with the fact that typically DOF doesn't bleed like it does with the chalkbag and helmet kind of give it away. It'd be great to see the original, although its such a great concept, if you get the chance it might also be worthwhile to reshoot either yourself, or with better training for the leader.
Most of the Boulder Canyon tyrols are setup on donated equipment. That is, somebody buys a rope specifically to leave up all season.
Uhh, "rapping"? Otherwise, yeesh...
Minor sheath damage, nothing to worry about.
Provided its actually quarried stone. If its the glued-together fake stuff, its crumbly and unpleasant.
Its Torres Del Paine National Park, Argentina.
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