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Comments by tenn_dawg (90)


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And is that pretzls next to you? WooHoo, camping in style, Is the diesel generator and the TV just out of frame?

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Guiness and a Mini-Weber With the full size igloo. It just dont get no better than that.

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Rock on Vette. That looks so awesome. I can't wait to get out to that valley.

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Great contrast between the foreground and background. Nice shot.

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daaaamn...look at that runout! I really want to climb this one. Classic!

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5 out of 5 stars Totally Bitchin' man! Way to go.

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5 out of 5 stars Every time I look at this picture it captures me. There's something about the singularity of the glove and the tool against the mass of rock with the summit blured in obscurity. This picture is the <b>shit</b>.

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SLAB! Nothing beats the calf pump after a day of slab climbing.

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3 out of 5 stars Wow, look at how the chalk marks poka-dot the wall. Thats unreal.

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Krazykarl, It's a <b><i>frost draw</i></b>. It is the best thing to use because it does not allow any strech.

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5 out of 5 stars What a cool shot. This makes me with I had a camera mount or CDI for my telescope. That would make for some truly bitchin' (but backwards) shots.

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3 out of 5 stars What a Great easy climb!!

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5 out of 5 stars Looks like you lost a little bit of quality in a scanner. It's an incredible shot though. I wish I could take em' like that. 10!

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5 out of 5 stars Beautiful -- I never thought a desert could look that appealing.

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How long was the exposure? I can see the beginnings of trails in the stars. Great shot!

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5 out of 5 stars Woah, what a great picture, What a find burried in the rocktown section. Here's a 10 to try to get it noticed!

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Ahh, I should have woken up before I put these pictures up! The Lag bolt on the <b>LEFT</b> is the one that should be turned 90 degrees. Sheesh.

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True, rotating the bolt increases leverage, but the only think it is used for is for rapping, and cleaning the tree. There is no time when it will take a lead fall, and the ease of pulling the ropes with a single crab justifies it for me.

The knot is a water knot, with one tail backed up. Since the picture was taken, it has been shortned, and the water know now has a double fishermans on each tail.

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Haha, I've climbed that problem so many times. Without a doubt, the easiest topout in the world.

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You placed <b>6 Friggin cams on that route??!?</b> I'll bet you really loved lowering off of the single cold shut.

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Ummm, not to argue or anything, but isin't this a river that was dammed? I didin't think it was a natural lake.

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome, this looks better than I thought it would at this resolution. How did you touch it up Tom?

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4 out of 5 stars Jeez, I'm not suprised it pulled. It's amazing how many people would look at this and think it's bomber. Lets examine it for a second. <b>First</b> The front 2 lobes are useless. The on to the front right is tipped out, and will probably not hold body weight. <b>Second</b> The back lobes are extended WAY too much to hold much of a fall. Add this up with the inward rotation when the front lobes fail, and you've got a rotating tipped out cam, with only 2 load bearing lobes.

I would not be suprised if this placement failed under bounce testing on an aid climb.

Sheesh. So sad.

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What are the specs for this photo? About f/8 and 15 second exposure, ASA 200? I kind of like how the moon is so overexposed. Overall a really cool shot.

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Well, Yeah, but they're <b>good</b> bolts. I mean what would be more monotonous and pointless than a water groove with a bolt every 10 feet?

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It's a digital shot. See the red "noise"? Nice though. I was pretty close with my guess.

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Awww, man, I'd hide this picture if it was of me. What would your mother say?

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The new digital SLR's, (and possibly some of the P&S cameras) have an ISO selection on them. I'm not sure of the point because I don't see how image quality could increase as the ISO speed lowers(as is the case with film grain). I think more than anything, it is just an arbitrary switch between 50 100 and 200 and 400 for people that are making the transition and need a starting point for metering. Does anyone else remember the "SUNNY f/16" rule? Sheesh, give me my old manual Pentax anyday.

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I love this picture Kelly. The composition is perfect. Is that really your camper? I've been looking for one just like it. Awesome.

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Nice one Hillary. I think it's your best picture yet! He's so sharp!

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<b>SPEED</b>climbing?.....Huh, how bout that. Am I getting old or something? I've never heard of this stuff.

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In case you haven't figured it out Jorg, I'm trying to be constructively critical of your shots. Here's my take on this one. I really like the lighting. Many of your shots are in direct sunlight and cast harsh shadows. This one, however, looks to be on an overcast day with light diffused through the clouds. The shadow is much softer, and gives the picture a "dreamy look" as Hillary said. I like that. The climber is a good size in this picture, because by not including her face, you really have to concentrate on her body, and in movement. Good capture, but I would have liked to see more of the rock to the left, and less of the uninteresting out of focus background on the right. A damn backpack snuck in there too. It sucks when clutter sneaks into the background. The exposure looks good, perhaps just about 1/2 stop overexposed, but good none the less. I like this shot. Overall the lighting and the focus on the movement captured make it a keeper.

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Man, that light's tough to work with. There was no way to avoid ranging nearly 5 stops in this shot. You go from the featureless white of her pants, to the featureless black of her shadow. My only criticism is that having the underexposed area removes definition from the back of her head and back, kind of making them look like they are merging with the shadow, and introduces a little bit of akwardness. I know you like shooting in bright sun, so have you ever experimented with a fill flash for situations like this? I think it would help add detail to the shadows that would improve this picture overall.
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Asides from that, I like the shot, I hope you keep up the good work!

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5 out of 5 stars I like this shot. Centering the subject in the frame can be negative in some situations, but in this particular case, it worked out well. You can clearly see the rock he is focusing on, as well as the incredibly interesting background. I just looked at again, and the reason the framing clicks so well is that it is perfectly balanced. The rock to the upper right balances the Ground and river to the left very well, with the subject making the border between the two. Very nice, I love it when they come out balanced. The beach overexposed for you, but "oh well" it was white sand anyway, the climber is Perfectly exposed in my opinion.
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So overall, clean interesting background, good D of F to take advantage of it, <b>excellent</b> balance, and perfect exposure on the subject. This one goes to 10. Good job.

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haha, I saw the top half of this picture, and said "yeah yeah highball, whatever", then as I scrolled down to read the comments my eyes got bigger and bigger. Holy $#!&, that's high. I recognise the route, but I don't know what it's rated.

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3 out of 5 stars Looks like a fun little solo. Slab cracks are lots of fun.

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4 out of 5 stars Naw, It's V4, if you pull the roofs down low. I guess you can go up and right, but what's the fun in that? Regardless, it's good stuff!

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4 out of 5 stars Even though this is not a "climbing action" shot I really like it. Some people might downgrade it for being a lowering shot. Hell, people on here have downgraded shots for being topropes. Nonsence. <br>
The overall mood cast in this picture is great. The soft orange/brown merging with the late afternoon sky really capture the essence of this area. I like that the climber is a little off center to the top right. One suggestion would be to include more sky in the upper right and less earth in the left and bottom. This would have helped with the balance a good bit, but it's hard to be sure without having them both in front of you. I would have been giving my motordrive a workout in this situation, and I think overall your picture is a great moment captured that is much more original than all the standard "reaching for a hold" picture we are all guilty of taking. <br>
Good Work!

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I'll bet $20

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5 out of 5 stars I hate to be biased, but I'll throw it a 10 just for being a shot at Lilly Bluff. That place is my playground. I agree with Drkodos though, it is kind of obvious this shot was an accident because it is missing something from the composition. It is really unbalanced. This helps with the <b>originality</b> of the shot, but dosen't improve the overall asthetics. The texture of the rock and the Arete to the right saved this, and made it a very compelling shot. I like the final result as well. PM me if you're ever climbing in the area again, I'll be sure to meet ya'll.

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4 out of 5 stars Cool picture. It's a hell of a lot better than the typical, "here I am smiling on the summit" pic. Good job!

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It looks like a one eyed snake...

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Dude... Come ON!! I mean....Sheesh....

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Yep, ya'll look <i>really</i> close.

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Woah, neat rock. Looks like a giant cinderblock setting out in the mountains. Nice capture!

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Haha, I've shot some picture of my dad fishing through polarized sunglasses to smack down the glare on the water and darken the sky. My results were suprisingly good. I thought I was the only person to ever think of that. Good work!

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Sketchy, That's vignetting. The extra glass at the edges of the lens absorbs more light than the middle part so you get a darker contrast near the corners of the exposure. The problem is worse if you are using a funky hood, or stacking filters. I noticed it too though, and it's pretty prominant in this picture. Still, it kind of works to the advantage of the picture by giving contrast to the otherwise fairly featureless sky. Good pic!

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purdy...

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Does the roof take protection? That crack looks good for a #1 or so Camalot. It would be a strenuous placement though. Ahh well, trad climbing's all about making those kinds of decisions. I can't promise I wouldn't have run it out too, if I had thought I had a better chance of finishing the moves without the pro.

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Not to start another big arugment or anything, but this picture dosen't look real. There is a strange outline around the upper climbers that doesn't quite blend in with the sky, and the guy in the front looks like he is in an impossble position...mabey I see an anchor that could allow him to stand there without interfering with the fella in the white. I don't know. If it's real, it is a really pretty shot. Something about it looks a little "funny" to me though. Composition is good though, good use of the rule of thirds, and the sky is beautiful.

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4 out of 5 stars Dude, I managed to do the SDS first try, but it took me a season to get this move. As it turns out, my feet were all wrong. The sidepull after the SDS is fun though.

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3 out of 5 stars haha, yep, your left one will be torched if you give this prob 5 or 6 tries.

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3 out of 5 stars Yep, nothing like climbing in overalls!! YeeeHaw!!!

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HAhahahahaha...stfu fawkes. This is QUALITY!

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Well, you're bound to loose an ARM on this one. If your feet cut after the final throw (which they do) your left arm gets scraped all to HELL on the edge. I've still got scars from demonstrating this prob to a couple from Ohio 4 weeks ago! Hahaha, I told them not to use my beta!

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Rocking chair is a proud line! Don't let anyone downplay your sucess! Good Job!

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Sorry Bro, I believe you. I'm new to the who digital photography thing, and I tend to be a bit critial of some shots. Nice work though, My prior comments stand with regards to a beautiful sky, and great composition. Keep up the good work!

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Wow, that's pretty good!

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This one is a little bit better than the other one. I like how tight the weave is. Gneiss!

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I love the slope of that side. I can SO see myself strapping on the bindings of a snowboard from where he is standing.

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GOD!!!11 This is the final straw. I'm DONE with school after this semester. I'm moving to the mountains and finding my soul.

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BS, I say it's limestone.

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Nice pic! I like the sky! Smack a red filter or a polarizer on there, and it will really make it pop! What a setting. I wish we had hills like that in the east!

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Awww, don't say that rokklym. I'm sure there's more than 2 5.13 climbers in the midwest. I can name at least 4 off the top of my head. If a climb is a hard trad lead, and was FA'd on trad gear, I really think it should stay that way. Why bring the route DOWN to your standards regardless of how high you think they are? There are 5.13 trad climbers in the world. Maybe not in Wisconsin....hahahah

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Woah, he actually captured elusive 'invisible climber' on film. Props!

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Just a bit of adivce for any aspiring bush pilots out there. If you fly your plane into a cloud that looks like that.....Been nice knowing you! Rocking picture buddy!

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Oh, my god, my highest rated picture is THIS??? My 3 minute diagram thing I used to support my TROLL? For goodness sake...hahahaha, well, I guess I finally made the front page SOMEhow, hahaha

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Hahaha, naw dude, I snapped this one with a 10.1 MegaPixel D1. Altered to tweak Curves and Levels in Photoshop. It was an overcast day, so that explains the lack of shadows...

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This was pulled from 2 images of a 6 picture series. I shot these handheld, and was pivoting the camera to follow Jeff as he climbed. I used the clone stamp, and smudger to work the edges of the pictures. One boundary ran right above the flat rock under jeff's back. The bottom of the small hemlock on the left is completely fake. I drew it all in. Technology is amazing!

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An old manual Pentax Spotmatic from the 70's loaded with the now discontinued Kodak Royal Gold 200 print film. Scanned on a Nikon Coolscan slide scanner. I think I just finally managed to hold the camera steady for this one, hahaha

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5 out of 5 stars CAREFUL timm1083. I'll be right behind Bob if it comes time to smack those gawking eyes out of your head. She's a cool little girl, even if she DOES eat marshmellows so roasted that they resemble a charcoal briquette. Way to crank Vic! PULLING DOWN WITH THE BIG GIRLS!!!11

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mattdog-- You're right, a cloud blew over in between these 2 shots, and there was more lighting in the first one than the second. These were the only 2 pictures that I could superimpose without a LOT of work, and I knew that was going to make it look a little funky. I'll go back and shoot some shots with the superimposing in mind, and might be able to make it look a little better than this!

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4 out of 5 stars Something about this picture really makes me just want to point and laugh! Hahahaha

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The rock over there looks so cool...

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Hahah, whose that looser pretending to be able to climb?? What a tool!

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Awww, man. Soldier and Jack, two of the best damn crag dawgs in the world. I miss those two.

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Damn man, I wasn't even one year old...How is it that you're still outclimbing me?

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Way to exagerate that angle with the camera...BUSTED!!!11

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Hahaha, contrails piss me off. I kind of like it in this picture though.

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"never take experiances like that for granite" Booooo! Bad pun! Hahha

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Okay, I like this shot, but for kind of a wierd reason. Typically, these reflection shots that are mirrored right in the center of the frame kind of bore me, but this one is different. The 'mirror point' is kind of obscured in the darkness, and is slanted when your eye finally finds it. Also, something in the lower part of the frame calls my eye to try and make sence of the water. From there, I look up through the reflection and finally connect with El Cap. In my opinion, this is one of the best "reflection" shot's I've ever seen. Excellent work!

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Well y'all. It's GOING to be a stretch if the last bolt is at your shoulder. If it wasn't I'd be worried.

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I've been eyeing pictures of this climb for quite some time. I think next week I just may have to dig out the guidebook and find it.

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Hey, at least I was sober.

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It's in the library. What was he doing with that leg anyway?? Hahaha.

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5 out of 5 stars Those Tierrany climbs are so cool. I can get up that walls namesake, but the rest of the climbs spit me off ruthlessly. Nice picture Glen!

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That top out is great. You're in that beautiful dihedral for about 30 fee, then you have a perfect 90degree topout mantle. It dosen't get any better than that.

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Two words. Bad Ass.

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As a group, North Carolina trad climbers are the ballsiest I've ever climbed with. I'm always amazed, and humbled every time I head that way.

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Holy Hell, is that Kenny from Knoxville?