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Nice shot. f--- the ethics police, if you didn't bolt it, I don't know why people are bitching at you. Great idea to do this in black & white.

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I'm looking at it more and the shadows are pretty noonish. Side lighting (afternoon) would be less distracting WRT the climber's shadow but it's still a GREAT picture.

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NICE! I was wondering when I'd see some good black & white work on here. Did you use a filter or was the light really that good? Great composition!

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GOOD SHOT (boom? or outcrop + tele?) I just wish she'd have looked up!

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nice take on a cliche'd setup. the coffin nail is key ;-)

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World's greatest climber. Why downgrade to 1?

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This shot rules. Great composition.

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f*cking awesome. I'd give it an 11 if I could. even got the belayer looking up, such a coup ;-)

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Good shot, not a 10 in my book, but I'm a snotty jerk like that ;-). I will try and get attribution for photo votes implemented, if someone more motivated doesn't do it first. Good pic.

Might be more dramatic if you cropped it from the vertical framing to a horizontal shot of the middle.

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WOW this is one of the sharpest shots I've seen on the site. Lots of detail. Did you have a tripod or find a rock to put the camera on? It seems like you stopped down the lens enough to get all that wonderful detail in.

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great shot... reminds me of Thailand an awful lot. very successful composition.

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the blurred background is a function of large aperture on the lens; a pro zoom will do that. The positioning and timing are what make this shot great; no lens can put the right subject in front of you and push the shutter release! Nice shot.

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Awesome shot. More proof that you get better pictures when you're thinking about... taking pictures. Nice variation on a familiar theme.

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Holy crap! Karl you are the sauce. Beautiful shot, perfect lighting -- on a mountain no less! Karl clearly 'gets it' above and beyond just the guidelines for the site -- truly exemplary photo.

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Yep, took it on the 5th of July, IIRC. Is your girlfriend (or the leader's girlfriend) one Ms. Steifel?

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Hey there, you frustrated searcher. Look for the white speck first, it will make your life easier. --tim

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Nice Crop! Spike you are the man.

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that's *really* cool... something different and atmospheric (and reminding me of New England in winter)... love it

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sweet shot, maybe knock out some of the green in color balance? great looking problem.

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where's the climbers? ;-)

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it's submitted as trad because the only pro he has in is cams. you're welcome...

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dude you should resubmit this as high. it's a vertigo-inducing shot that suffers from pixelation as a result of compression artifacts.

(just my opinion -- Trevor's is the final say)

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I thought this was Bombay Groove (also .10a, but more runout) at Stone Mountain, NC, when I first saw the pic, but the texture of the granite was too rough... great shot.

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Suicide is cleaning up in the photo rankings! :-)

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jody, your retouch jobs have nasty lossage artifacts (eg. look around the guy's ear, and at the edges of the crack behind him)... it would behoove you to work directly from originals when you work on pictures. The original looked fine on my Mac and did not suffer from artifacts.

Ultimately the solution to this sort of thing is a graphics format that encodes gamma information or ICC profiles. Too bad most peoples' browsers do not seem to properly support PNG graphics.

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holy crap. that's a winner of a shot if ever I saw one.

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Brutal! You are a Bad, Bad Man!

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I'd give it a 20 if I could.

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5 out of 5 stars awesome! that problem looks ruthless. is this Tar Creek?

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4 out of 5 stars Sweet! Screw Cannon (and Frankenstein for that matter), next time I'm up there I'm going to have to look into climbing this instead.

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that climb is a beast. I took a winger onto a brass nut when I blew it where the crack pinches through the top part. 5.9 my ass...

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next up, Double Cross... ?

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great light. nice shot, too.

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2 out of 5 stars Everyone dies. Not everyone really lives.

No one will ever accuse Andria of shying away from a challenge or living at anything less than full capacity. I will miss her inquiring spirit and enthusiasm for exploration of all sorts.

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5 out of 5 stars nasty slab, great colors, I like it...

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5 out of 5 stars holy chit! where's the box for '20'?

colors, setting, composition... all perfect. I'm thoroughly impressed. Screw all the clowns who've been saying 'oh but is it PHOTOGRAPHICALLY good?'. Yeah, as a matter of fact, it is!

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From the thumbnail it looked like mreardon was climbing in a g-string or some such. That was at least as terrifying as any highball V6...

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5 out of 5 stars I wonder if I should just edit the description for '10' to read "Stuff like Jorg puts up on the site"

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5 out of 5 stars holy $#!&!

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5 out of 5 stars d00d that's hot. great shot of an awesome route.

Heinz that is a total drag about your partner. I hope he has recovered!

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I gotta do the Tip next time I am in CA.
I love that shot. Where do you shoot it from?

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that's a pretty rad shot. I got one like that of some guys on Iron Hawk but not close up like this!

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all hail the Russians. looking nice and dicey out there on the sharp end eh. :-)

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that woman is *ripped*. great shot

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he's gonna squeeze juice out of that rock!

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5 out of 5 stars We did a couple of practice runs to get him used to the whole screwing-in-and-hanging-out routine... I've led WI4+ and he's as solid as I am at placing ice screws. Also, Adam appears to surrepitiously read about ice technique in the climbing rags. I'll put up a Jeff Lowe Signature Pose from that roll...

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5 out of 5 stars yep, the screws were 10cm stubbies... tim does not like resharpening screws (and the lookalike Omegas suck bad enough when they *aren't* dull). I'm surprised no one has commented on the other novel feature here, that of Adam wearing a helmet...

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Well, next time we'll have to go up to the Lake, and Adam can run around in Dickies and a wifebeater, and all will be well.

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it would be quicker except I have Androids on my tools and usually wear thin gloves instead. Adam got my thick gloves *and* the Androids. oops.

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dr. piton is an expert spraylord... note that there was no rescue required for Adam's lead.

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you a HARD man, aaron.

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Damn punk, Mindbender is in FAT. I've only ever climbed Twenty Below Zero Gully up there. Unfortunately I think the season will end before Adam can escape again...

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Front page pics are selected from the top 25 ranked photos in the database that are less than 30 days old. If you think it sucks, rate it thusly. If enough people think it sucks, it won't be on the front page anymore.

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Is it 5.10d? I thought 'More Funky Than Monkey' was a 5.11. Or maybe vice versa. I'm not good with names.

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Playing with yourself?

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This was Art, I tell you. Although the icing appeared to have been made of shoe polish (someone foolishly ate a piece)

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5 out of 5 stars whoa Spike, I'ma getting vertigo from this.. :-)

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5 out of 5 stars I love how Pete critiques the photo submission policies after submitting medium-res pictures of his crab louse. <b>Pictures like this are already permitted as "High"</b>

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another masterpiece... martyb rocks yer dome :-)

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VB

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that d00d is a knob! v4+

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Yeah, fun climb. Good jams. Good photo, too.

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you look like you just knocked over a 7-11 on your way to the crag... ola le vato, esse!

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is he on a toprope? that OW is much cooler on lead >:-)

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the angle of the rope makes it appear like... <b>Wedgie Fever</b> is responsible for his facial expression! the crux is pulling your tighty whities out of your ass, right?

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red 25 + a polarizer? The contrast is amazingly high.

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5 out of 5 stars best boldering shot I've seen in a LONG time. terrific

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5 out of 5 stars see that's why I was all bent out of shape about "undeserving" users voting... it's not fair for a good picture like this to get bombed.

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it does, it's called Mount Woodson

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that's a great climb, my first "real" boulder problem. took me many tries to get up and worth every second I spent on it. great crack.

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no one seems to really know. those seeps certainly drip all the time, but those are some BIG flows, and it may take a cold winter to make 'em safe.

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4 out of 5 stars It's definitely not a 3+, unless your 3+'s are unusually demanding. I've climbed Twenty Below Zero Gully up at Willoughby and the angle on this thing was about the same, hence my guess at WI4+ for the grade. If you look in the right hand corner you'll see a patch of more ice -- that's the other 35 feet of the route; the "topout" above me is actually a small shelf. Like most of the lines in Confluence it is longer than it looks from the ground. The flow was between 80 and 90 degrees on the steep bits, since I could blow snot on my pack from halfway up, until after the ledge.

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hehehe. I need to put up my pics from Patagonia. the description of the weather in your blurb rings a bell :-)

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5 out of 5 stars holy crap! Jorg you are a MACHINE!!! Great juxtaposition of the arete and "the void".

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Lie Detector is a beast... I got about 8 feet up that bastard when I was strong, and my fingers were about to break off. (I have no idea where Starving in Stereo is, but Lie Detector is just on the other side of Robbins Crack so it's not hard to find :-))

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dude, you used to climb? RAD!!!

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5 out of 5 stars this is a cool shot. I give it a '40'

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5 out of 5 stars also, the lines of the climber's legs and arm are so visually dynamic... "up up up"... great eye!!!

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5 out of 5 stars Raa! Looks like Jorg finally has some real competition. Reprazent for the Spaniards!

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two words: Fill Flash ;-)

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could stand to be cropped so that you can see her better... great concept though

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it's a great action shot, it's just that the fill flash would have shoehorned the contrast range into what your slide could record. You can always comp the fill flash down, you know.

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full on, you must get that negative... it would be great to see this fully realized with spot-on post-processing... very expansive shot.

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I gotta hit the bugaboos this year. Your pictures are making my palms sweat!

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5 out of 5 stars related question: do you wash your hair with shampoo? or real poo?

(great picture BTW)

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5 out of 5 stars way way way super way rad. this picture is just so perfect... wonderful angle of view, super rich colors, great expression. really top notch in every way.

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yeah man, buy a good flash. this would be so rad if you were able to retain all the details. even as is, it's still a great shot. I just wish I could make out the details in the rock and the climber.

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Have any of the complaining types led Jules Verne? I hear there's still some trad left in Eldo...

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rad. Jorg returns with a winner. We want more offwidth, though!

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5 out of 5 stars I like it quite a bit. Great atmosphere.

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4 out of 5 stars Holy crap! Great shot, now tell that nancy boy in the tan shorts to get the hell out of the picture and crop out the signage and 'this one goes to 11' :-)

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The rock growing out of her head is disconcerting, though.

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5 out of 5 stars Tricams are the shizit but I don't know if I'd have the sack to plug in tricams on a 5.10c ... could be strenuous :-)

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That gear is far too shiny. You should start wearing it down immediatlely, I suggest 'Yellow Brick Road' in the Needles or 'Crescent Arch' at the New to get rid of the anodization on that #4.5 camalot... you could also take up aid climbing, that will do a number on your gear. Soon you too can be the proud owner of a rusty rack of pant-loading museum pieces that your partners will be scared to lead on -- take it from me!

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Great shot man. You's rockin' it on that steep bit.

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not bad, not bad at all. the colorful shirt is a great touch, intentional or not. you would profit from an angle that crops out the crashpad and shoes, or moving them, though (photographically -- not necessarily athletically).

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is this what boldering is all about? I kind of like it better when no one is around.

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5 out of 5 stars Yeah, I was hoping this would show up on the front page. Great emotion and rawness in black-n-white.

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nice crop -- you take well to critiques. I wish everyone was as constructive as you are. I think it's a higher-impact shot this way (but that is, of course, just my opinion). Whoever pointed out that it would be even better as a lead shot is absolutely right, though I don't know how hairy a lead it is!

Nice job.

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5 out of 5 stars wow. that's some sick climbing. wow...

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I see a coffin nail, but no cranium and lots of butt shot. could be a little more dynamic y'know?

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5 out of 5 stars nice! was that this season?

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ooh, somebody's a little touchy.

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5 out of 5 stars I like the soft light, the originality of the angle, and the "god damn that rock is %@#$ing huge" reaction I got when I looked at the full size shot. Great job of capturing a moment in time.

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sweet shot. yeah I gotta do that (series of shots) with someone on Thin Ice or the like... great work.

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I felt that way too the first time, then I got bouted by the highstep 2 weeks ago after breezing through the finger crack. Some days you just can't win. That traverse just keeps coming at'ya :-)

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soooooo rad... although it would be better with Oli in it. ;-)

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yeah Don Juan starts to the left of Thin Ice. if you look about 15 feet to your left when you get to the ledge/flake about 40 or 50 feet up, there are two enormous burly anchor bolts; those are for the Don Juan Wall.

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5 out of 5 stars this rocks! looks like an Old Tyme picture of the Gendarme or Eichorn Pinnacle. GREAT shot.

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5 out of 5 stars That shadow is so rad. Another '10' fer Neil.

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Sick. Great contrast!

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dude Jason, it's GREAT to see you on here. did Dingus drag you in, or you arrive of your own volition? Hell of a calling card you posted here.

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4 out of 5 stars the bell bottoms are what is really hot. *sssss* oww!

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Swain lists the Dangler as 5.10

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5 out of 5 stars this is such a rad shot. I remember searching for it and wondering where it had got to!

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5 out of 5 stars Consider a bicubic interpolation (that's actually the name of the resizing method in PhotoShop) and re-submitting this as "High". It's a really great picture and deserves more.

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thomas, you have some wonderful photos, it is great that you are sharing them of late. great work!

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5 out of 5 stars I thought the Frog Buttress was all cracks? I guess I really do need to pack up and visit Australia one of these days...

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That climb looks so fun. I have to get out to CO in the winter one of these days.

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clever idea to use your sunglasses as a filter. it worked out quite well :-)

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5 out of 5 stars great photo, excellent historical context. I remember Louie allegedly pitching a rock through someone's windshield over that whole controversy, and Leavitt offering to pay him $1000 to repeat the route... it was all very petty.

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Jorg is my hero. He runs around coaching hot chicks to yank on 5.14 and taking pictures of them, then takes side trips to flash Midnight Lightning. I envy you Jorg...

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holy crap! is his spotter really that far down?

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super rad. beautiful colors and emotion.

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that lieback looks like hell... *grunt*

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4 out of 5 stars some people will never grow up... Jeremy seems to be one of them. Simon mailed us these photos for immediate release and I activated him as a member in order to get them posted quickly. Feel free to ask him yourself.

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great sequence... the only possible improvement I can suggest, is if you were to omit the top-out and crop the photo a bit wider, you'd get better eye dynamics out of it (more of a sweeping sense of motion). I'd love to see a version like that.

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5 out of 5 stars holy hell, that is AWESOME. looks magnificent.

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yeah, I hate to agree so Teutonically with Jorg, but it would increase the impact of the scene if the fella had looked up. Even still, when I saw this on the front page, I was impressed by the contrast and stark setting. Cool picture.

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5 out of 5 stars greatest... alpine... picture... ever.

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my lord that's some bold color. 10.

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terrifc angle and picture, hillary. great shot!

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holy chit. this is amazing. 10+

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hey, there it is again on the front page. great shot -- especially considering it's 'just' a 5.11 being climbed by some 'ordinary' rc.com member and photographed by another 'regular'. And it came out spectacular. (is it Velvia, or just punched up in PhotoShop?)

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another proud shot for Hillary. you're getting really solid at this, the Forks is going to get crowded and it'll all be your fault ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars sweeeeeeeeet. I gotta do this climb.

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shadow is tight, great compositional addition. lots of dynamic eye movement in this shot, I think that's why it grabbed my attention so quickly.

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Awesome. Any chance of shoehorning a climber into that shot? ;-) What I mean (duh) is that LCC is full of climbs, wonder if you couldn't get a good climbing shot with this outrageous background. That would be quite dramatic.

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What a fantastic angle! That shizz is ***wide***.

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That's awesome. Spooky as hell!

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3 out of 5 stars nice detail, but it's a butt shot, alas

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4 out of 5 stars whee! great colors! however a little cropping might do the shot some good.

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5 out of 5 stars oh man, I remember looking at the nest of circleheads on Zombie Zoo when rapping off pitch 6 of GM, and thinking "OMFG those are some of the rustiest pieces of garbage I've seen". Then Shane (McMaster), who'd been busy retrieving his fixed rope from Cretins/Brain Dead after someone sabotaged it, explained that the nest was basically the 'anchor' that keeps you from going all the way if you pop a piece higher up going through the bulgy/rotten bits.

That route is bold.

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great shot! I miss the Gunks...

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electric kool aid acid test == psychedelic delusions.

rechristened after alleged FFA at 5.12+

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normal for the Gunks is bare ass

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fisheye?

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that's a great shot! I've seen many a pic of Exasperator and thought "hmm, that looks casual". Not from this angle!

Great photo!

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sweet angle, great contrast in the colors -- I'm going to have to head for Red Rocks before it gets too hot. Always wanted to climb Epinephrine, anyhow... easy to forget there's bolts there too.

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holy $#!& and onions. you and Neil are a dynamic duo

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very moody colors, great expression. marten you are very talented.

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14mm starts to get 'too wide' for me... however a 16mm fisheye is another perspective that you can achieve, and it's cheaper, too! Daniel Bayer is on the board, I think -- he has shot some awesome scenes with a fisheye. With talent like this, you (Marten) could probably do at least as well! DB also sells his pictures in Aspen for a tidy supplement to his journalist's income....

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phil this should become your profile photo so people know who they're dealing with :-)

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yeah, I think the picture is enhanced by the darkness. kind of a 'running man' look to it :-)

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double cross is a great line... maybe not *that* gear intensive but a ton of fun...

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why don't more climbers breakdance? it sure as hell looks cooler than slacklining.

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way to go Bob. that climb is a f---ing beast.

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what a rad shot! Looks very intense -- suprising for a sport photo. Did you use a polarizer for this picture?

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yeah, great colors, looks like a high boulder problem but the separation of the climber and rock is what I like. I can squint and overlook the gridbolting ;-)

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Auto Levels... yeah I know the best (some of the best) ice days are overcast... but no need to let that stand in the way of a fun picture. Not every day can be sunny plastic in real life. On the Internet, it's another story. ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars damn! I was hoping to be the first to notice the EDK! I love this shot. Helping to restore the bad reputation of climbers everywhere :-)

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d'oh! balancy slab! aieee!

great lines (geometry and composition) in the picture. Gives the eyes a little something to do while perusing it ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars YEAH! Love that crack! That was my first 5.10. GREAT thin hands!

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I don't suppose you've heard of helmets? ;-) I'm thinking of getting a face shield one of these days, personally.

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yeah, lookit that slot. I have been commanded to retire my #4 camalot (what fer since it fell 2 pitches off an overhanging climb at Seneca and I've only aided on it since)... but 1) I now have a #5 friend that works better and 2) now that I mention it, I can still aid on it. This is a good reminder, I will not retire it afterall.

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I really should not be approving this...

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good shot, like the expression.

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izzat a pee bottle?!?

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heheh, awesome, I tried that too. Rocker Blocker belay?

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hangerless would be proud

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Evil Santa! Raaaar!

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5 out of 5 stars wow! sick! what an awesome line!

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I met her! That girl climbs like a madwoman! Damn, and I thought she was only sending the hard bolted lines up there. I feel weak...

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4 out of 5 stars wooo, polarizer mania. still a rad picture.

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5 out of 5 stars I love these kind of pictures. They capture a lot of the emotions of being on a big steep piece of stone and committed to topping out, which is the part I like ;-)

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who's that homeless-looking guy out on lead? Oh yeah, that's me

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MF that looks blank... nice lead man

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great rock, so-so butt shot

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A0 on an Earl Wiggins route is anything but pitiful, that guy soloed 5.11+ all the time... probably a reason the A0 section isn't free

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all Gunks 10a's are rough by ordinary-area standards. Great job, both the leader and the photographer!

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middle of the road -- largest size you can get without artifacts. We should run some tests to determine this, one of these days... but after a while you start to get a feel for what you can get away with.

Also, Photoshop lies about file sizes sometimes. I hate that.

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OMFG. That is way rad. Big wall freeclimb eh?

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4 out of 5 stars cool. nice lead jay!

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This is a pretty rad composition. Banal elements but somehow you made it compelling. Wide angle w/small DOF?

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hey speaking of OW glory, Jessica, I got a quality grimace shot of you at the low crux on that route :-)

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Oh, just lob off for 35' on that side. Why risk the downclimb?

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I like how it's "cold". The high contrast is unusual for a boldering pic. There's a zillion color shots, I probably would not have clicked on it if it had been in color, but this I find somewhat compelling. I think it is because of the strong lines and dynamic eye movement.

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5 out of 5 stars sweet pic. it's all about waiting for the right light. most of the time I don't even bother dragging out the camera between sunrise and sunset, but 30 minutes before either, snap snap snap...

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5 out of 5 stars holy shit! that's rad! I have not previously seen tick marks as a compositional asset. very original, nice framing!

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great pic! very decisive.

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the climb is easy (5.6), just don't fall off and you'll be fine. it's the 40' or so of air that gets to people when they try to stand up. If you look at some of the other shots of this rock (eg. <a href="http://www.rockclimbing.com/photos.php?Action=Show&PhotoID=13595">Paul Addison has a blurry shot that shows the drop</a> or <a href="http://www.rockclimbing.com/photos.php?Action=Show&PhotoID=18422">this one</a> is a standard), you'll see what I mean. the side of the aiguille that I am hanging off of drops about 30' to the deck from where my feet are, so while it's trivial to get up there, it's rather important that you DFU while your traveling companions take pictures. :-)

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nice! great light and almost-great framing ;-).

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you can have that view, ed, I'd rather lead it :-)
what a fucking rad pitch

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reminds me of Cayman Brac, but with shallow water

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rad! so much the better that you can't see the bolt. :-)

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oh god, this is not what I needed to see. I should dig up (and post) the xrays of my finger when I broke and dislocated it. 3 pins later it is about as good as new.

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extremely rad looking route. and the colors are mind blowing!

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5 out of 5 stars extremely cool. love the black and white. excellent composition which showcases the strong lines of the problem. and here I was thinking that Bishop was all about multicolored Prana beanies.

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damn that roof looks big. sweet shot -- btw an 'alpine style' ascent means no fixed ropes, one push from bottom to top. for whoever asked

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Scouse Dave looks like a rather strapping young lad. is that as steep as it appears?

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5.11c, it's a Herb Laeger terror route :-)

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5 out of 5 stars I like how it looks like you're taking a leak mid-pitch.

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fyooree!!!!! FYOOREEE!

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done or not, this is a pretty slick treatment. it's a lot more subtle than most. I liked the overall impact of the shot.

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aaahhhh god damn you... I can't wait til it cools down enough to climb in Zion again... love that place.

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5 out of 5 stars directissima rules! loved that route. I was an idiot and climbed it in the middle of August... doh... it was great anyways. Directissima is by FAR the nicest way to do High E... all arete, all the time... great, great, great route.

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5 out of 5 stars chipped, man-made, whatever -- the route is striking and Luna is strong as fuck; I've watched him onsight 5.13 in Zion. And the picture just JUMPED OUT from the page. That's pretty much the definition of a good photograph. Anything else is hair splitting, to me.

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d00d, if you live anywhere in NC, it's a weekend jaunt... I used to drive down from DC on a Friday and come back Sunday night... you're insane if you don't take advantage of some of the best granite in the East

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Rradam or J? You decide ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars very unusual perspective (from behind/directly above) and excellent exposure decision... I am always impressed by your (Chris's) photos.

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Brilliant. I kept telling Kelly that a parasol would have ensured victory for us in Red Rocks, and yet she doubted me. Oh Ye of Little Faith... now you see how it's done.

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wow. nice shot man! Not so often you see that.

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sick! love the intensity!

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*No self-respecting climber would resort to the use of trekking poles on any approach*
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yep, only bitches like Messner and Garibotti and the Hubers do that... not real climbers.

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OMFG. now I really must make the trip up north. wow. stellar!

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5 out of 5 stars oh my hell. that's got to be the most disorienting photo I've seen on the site. 10 for sure... I thought it was an aid shot from Looking Glass or something.

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now I remember that camp -- it's in all the posters. one of my regular partners has knocked off Ama Dablam, another dreams about it. Must... resist... urge...

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4 out of 5 stars incredible composition... very unusual. I dig it.

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yes, I soloed it. ;-) trailed a line for the rap, though.

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It's a boulder problem... nothing that short is a solo

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5 out of 5 stars Rad! I like how, rather than a 'straight' silhouette, some detail is preserved in the climber and the rock. Also, the exposure seems to be spot on -- this is a technically impressive (and viscerally catchy) shot, which I would be proud to have taken. Just different enough to be original, while leveraging a tried-and-true compositional tactic... to great effect (IMHO). Also, I appreciate the large size of the image!

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hey... the same Dan Morris in Colorado that took all the shots in Laos? That guy was a cool customer.

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um, that's probably because the star of the photo is her breasts. she looks strong, but unless you're gay or disinterested, it's a little tough to ignore them. the weird drop-knee thing she's doing is pretty rad though.

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I was just thinking though, this picture would probably be a little better without the backpack etc. in the shot... a good cropping would do wonders for it

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yeah that girl **ran** the front page for a while. strong as fuck

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aieeee! That's steep! Nice job Phil.

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looks like an ex-girlfriend of mine, only she didn't pull V4... nice colors (the photo, and the dye job)

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jon -- anytime you want to jump on it gimme a call -- I feel the same way. edge -- this pic is dizzying. So Rad!

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that's rad! I gotta get up there. nice view.

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5 out of 5 stars oh my hell. this is the best shot I've seen in a while ... love the colors and the harsh geometry of the cliff.

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5 out of 5 stars striking -- the contrast and the post-processing as it were -- the effort seems to have paid off well. This is a memorable image.

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5 out of 5 stars climbing or no, this is a vertiginous shot. I don't mind seeing this on the front page, not one bit.

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5 out of 5 stars holy crap! That's awesome! beautiful light, absolutely fantastic color, separation, and framing. I love it!

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5 out of 5 stars Great color! The beanie is the final Disneychrome touch. I miss Velvia already.

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5 out of 5 stars yay! more pics from Chris! you have The Eye, man. Awesome.

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5 out of 5 stars That looks like a hellacious move. Go Sara... moves like that make me envy my 90lb female friends. My fingers would break off.

Oh, and it's a fine photo, too :-). Good lighting, belayer visible but not distracting, and the climb reminds me of Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire. Only suggestion I'd make is that maybe, just maybe, cropping it to avoid the 'bulls-eye' centering of the subject would improve the way my eye moves around it.
(nb. I just tried this by resizing my window -- yep, it works better)

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5 out of 5 stars awesomely unique and compelling lines.

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pretty rad lines in this shot. I dig it.

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5 out of 5 stars nice contrast. yellow filter?

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5 out of 5 stars great view -- I like the 'sweep' of this shot

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great climb -- especially if you do the finger crack variation up higher to avoid the Crescent Moon :-)

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5 out of 5 stars I'm so fucking pissed that I didn't make it to the Bugs this year. Did you have to rub it in like this? ;-)

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that summit is about 800' above the surrounding plateau... it's actually not nearly the small scale (1:100? how many 60,000' peaks have you been on?) people are claiming it to be. the Matthes is a great route, at a very moderate grade -- almost a mile of exposed summit-ridge traverse that never gets wider than ~2 feet. Anyone who visits Yosemite and doesn't do it is cheating themselves.

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the return of Wern... very rad.

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5 out of 5 stars this is about as good as sportclimbing pics get :-) ''10''

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5 out of 5 stars I thought the date was funny as shit! kind of a "here's mud in your eye" gesture... mighty amusing to my eyes.

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4 out of 5 stars Holy shit that guy looks strong as fuck. My word.

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5 out of 5 stars awesome angle. vertiginous as hell! I have to make it to DT.

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5 out of 5 stars teh Headless Hardman rides again!!!1
tight picture.

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omfg Mike, you just get better and better and better at this. your pictures are amazing.

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5 out of 5 stars great shot! lots of color and perfect exposure, much to keep the eyes occupied :-)

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damn, that shot's so sharp you could cut your eyeballs on it. the meter on that camera is also showing its stuff here. kind of makes me miss the New seeing shots like yours lately!

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sweeeeet. looks like a wall. love it.

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d00d turn off the copyright setting in your camera!!!1

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5 out of 5 stars Great light. Would be better still if we could see more of the peaks in addition to the cloud. But nonetheless a fairly unique shot and true to the inspiration.

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deb wolfe is a STRONG woman... most people would be happy to focus on her... I like how you didn't, and instead used her as a small element that adds asymmetry to the image. It's overpowering and extremely original, one of the best I've seen lately. Excellent job of framing the rock and moving the eye around.

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are those slopers still attached to the problem or did she tear them clean off? ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars wow. man that's a huge cornice.

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5 out of 5 stars very cool shot. nice of the clouds to cooperate ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars this looks like the famous 'moderate' route at Poke-o-Moonshine in the Adirondacks of New York... a giant detached nose-like arete called 'FM'... as in 'Fuck Me'. Only difference here is that 7a is a lot harder than 5.7, and this arete appears not to be detached!

Beautiful separation of climber and rock due to the sky.

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5 out of 5 stars great composition and catching a decisive expression too.

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nice job racking up the routes Tom!

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4 out of 5 stars Great contrast -- Bishop ain't Hong Kong but it's still a nice backdrop :-)

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2 out of 5 stars base jumping: start 'em young ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars ps. is he about to head up after traversing right on the ledgey bumpy ramp? I went right past the line of bolts (durrrrrrr...) and had to backtrack on that pitch. How embarrassing. Oh well, my belayer was probably paying attention to Half Dome, judging by this shot :-)

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5 out of 5 stars Great route -- this pic reminds me why I liked it so much -- probably one of the longest days I've spent in Yosemite and it seems like most of it was hiking between the CJ descent and the Royal Arches/North Dome descent. That walkoff sucked as much as the climb ruled. (but man that climb sure does rule. it HAS to be one of the best, if not the best, of its type and grade that I have ever done)

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5 out of 5 stars bad ASS. brilliant composition, little bitty boulderer, huge mountain.

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it is ALL about the FISH 'Naked' sticker. No helmet is complete without one.

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5 out of 5 stars my god, this is basically a perfect El Cap scenic. did you use an ND grad to get the exposure 'just so'?

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This is a very eye-catching shot for some reason, probably the golden-hour light and the lines. Terrific.

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5 out of 5 stars that's a great picture. awesome lines. never thought I'd call a sport climb 'dramatic' ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars great shot! excellent light at the end of the day.

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5 out of 5 stars (vigorously scribbling Yet Another Bugaboos Route onto ticklist...)

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5 out of 5 stars very subtle. took me a good 30 seconds to figure out what was going on here :-) ... good shot.

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very unusual and oldskool

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nice send. every picture like this motivates me to get stronger and push harder, as well. this shot is a lot 'grittier' than the previous sequence on Pockets -- not sure if I can compare the two -- but this one reminds me more of East Coast weather for sure ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars surreal -- I'd give it a 14 if I could -- love the colors.

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5 out of 5 stars Awesome shot phil, really gritty, makes the palms sweat

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That pic is so fucking dope. (As is the route) I'm going to have to go up to Brevard when I visit my sister in Nashville. Kind of pathetic that I'm thinking about this with the Ditch only 5 hours away...

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5 out of 5 stars This photo is so well done. A tough climb, a hard climber, beautiful light... really fantastic work Neil.

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5 out of 5 stars beautiful composition, adds much visual interest from the cloud

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5 out of 5 stars this is a fantastic sense of scale and a departure from your usual style Jorg -- bravo for your creative range and use of space.

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5 out of 5 stars looking at it again, I'm doubly impressed at how the shadows conceal the teeming horde at the base of the boulder. right on!

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meeting of teh minds! Merrick + Bob => baby jebus help us all...

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5 out of 5 stars ps. that lens is way wide -- I have a 10.5mm *FISHEYE* fer chrissakes... may have to get one!

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5 out of 5 stars another ass kicking shot by The Box ;-) you and Kachoong are an unstoppable duo it seems

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5 out of 5 stars outrageous... amazing colors and angle

ps. Murf -- the placement looks like it is vertical, behind a flake

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Atlantis seems to attract big whippers. Last weekend a perfectly competent (very fast and solid, in fact) leader did the exact same thing on Saturday. Quite exciting. I don't have the balls to take wingers at the Needles so I stuck to the first pitch of that beautiful climb (and got clobbered anyways -- about 2 feet from turning the overlap). Atlantis is a big, hard, athletic line and I guess it attracts the same folks as Romantic Warrior, people who are willing to take a risk to climb a beautiful line.

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this is rad.

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I gotta make it to the Fishers this winter. And I need to take BobD up on his threat to drag me up Fine Jade. There was just too damn much snow in the Sierra this past winter... went BC skiing every weekend instead.

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Look out! It's the Bionic Bloke!

Cool shot -- I'll have to risk the poison oak and check out the route.

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I'll have to go back this winter and take care of that problem! Or do the same thing on the Lady of the Needles.

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5 out of 5 stars fucking rad. love the expression

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5 out of 5 stars Cool separation of the climber from the rock by the light. Nice backdrop too ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars that's a great shot! totally different from the cliched framing that this problem has so often inspired. Very original! The chalk trail provides a nice visual line.

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5 out of 5 stars I love the tricky caption!

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5 out of 5 stars I was wondering when someone would out-cheese me and Mark on this ;-) good setup and shot, Sean and Darcy respectively. New take on an old standard.

Sean you are a clever bastard, going to Josh when I thought it would be butt hot in the desert, while I froze my ass off in Tuolumne... very crafty of you...

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that's really cool -- new take on a cliched (though very impressive) setup. I dig it a lot.

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5 out of 5 stars so very rad. I must learn how to do this.

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4 out of 5 stars styley and dynamic shot. would be better without the pad, obviously, but such is life. still very cool.

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5 out of 5 stars that's such a sick shot. Kevin your photos are awesome! So gritty and dramatic.

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5 out of 5 stars what a great angle! the picture is disorienting and yet evocative at the same time. normally pictures from overhead suck, but this is really well done.

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5 out of 5 stars badass! That pic sums up a lot of why I like winter alpine climbs and ski mountaineering.

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5 out of 5 stars Becca Roseberry == ruthless sending machine. Nice tats, too.

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5 out of 5 stars badass. wish I could see more of her expression.

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5 out of 5 stars time to quit grad school and get a ''real job'' for me!

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5 out of 5 stars sick sick sick sick sick... yeah it's connect-the-dots but it's still visually impressive...

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heheheheh... Mike's been commenting a lot on the high winds in the Gallatins huh? funny that

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5 out of 5 stars great moment, awful lighting. see if you can re-frame the shot and do it at sunset, you'll show up in some Five.Ten ad shortly thereafter.

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5 out of 5 stars raddest butt shot evar. I'm planning my trip now. 10.

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5 out of 5 stars Wonderful framing and composition. Marvelously monochromatic shot!

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That's a fun route. At the time it seemed stiff for a 5.8, however I was pretty fat when I did it. Neat expression.

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5 out of 5 stars unreal colors. great shot Mark!

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that line looks GREAT! 6+ (French? UIAA?) is about 5.11 right? I assume the crux is lower on the face or else above the climber. Anyways, great shot!

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unusual angle -- not the "gunfighter" silhouette or the straight-on flag shot -- I couldn't recognize the route at first and I've climbed it a handful of times, walked by it probably dozens of times. Were you up on the boulders between the Charlatan and the lunch spot?

nb. it's really more like 3 pitches if you don't have a 70m rope... besides most people are pretty tired after stemming the flare and happy to break the 2nd pitch up ;-)

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4 out of 5 stars see what'd I tell you about the light and framing? ;-) This looks GREAT. Practice makes perfect...

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5 out of 5 stars I'm surprised he didn't flash the FA in a matching kilt

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damn, that's pretty nice looking. well, not the jugs, but the area... may have to take a road trip. great light.

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that looks a lot like Heart & Sole... ?!? Variation? (...looks at guidebook...) Ah, next overlap to the left. Cool! That's going on my tick list.

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5 out of 5 stars great sunset shot. the desert southwest really comes alive right before sunset -- it's magical.

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awesome colors... however of all the shots I've ever seen, this is one of the most likely to benefit from a good cropping... the belayer adds little (and their inattention detracts from the photo, in my opinion). Great contrast and expression -- but I beg of you, CROP THAT BELAYER.

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4 out of 5 stars concur with Chris above -- great line, great framing, poor light. Auto Levels maybe?

ps. oh, and cropping the tshirt on the rock would probably keep the eye from wandering.

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4 out of 5 stars I figure the appeal is probably the sepia tones making a look-down-at-yer-anchor scene more abstract. I like it too.

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5 out of 5 stars That's awesome. Looks like it could have used a stop of exposure comp though. Still, awesome framing and position.

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4 out of 5 stars Congratulations on going back and linking CJ Direct. Which descent did you use this time? Was it less hellish? It looks like about 3pm in this picture. (which is excellent by the way... CJ has got to be the best slab climb evar)

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5 out of 5 stars amazing light, intensity, and framing. spectacular.

nb. although the run of the rope draws the eye astray in the right upper quadrant -- I'm curious whether a crop would have the same impact . The bold line of the crack and the intensity of her expression, along with the warm light, are central to the photo; I feel like the belayer is not playing a role. JMHO... fantastic photo either way.

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Great shot! The Matthes was my first "real" alpine climb and still one of my favorites. Is this coming up to the North summit?

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He who loves not wine, women, and song / Remains a fool his whole life long.

(cf. Martin Luther)

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is this RPI or something? just curious *which* university...

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5 out of 5 stars oh my GOD that's some amazing light. Shawn you take some really incredible pictures (I remember your name from a great shot you took of a guy soloing the Matthes, kind of inspired me to go back and do the same)

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ps. to the haters: it's about 30 minutes from Pasadena, and 90 minutes to hike and skin to the top. Then 2000' of whatever chute + bowl you want to drop in on...

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Jeebus! Is that this year?!? Looks like last winter.
Don't forget your plank(s) next time! I went up there practically every Wednesday last winter to ride...

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5 out of 5 stars super lines in this shot. 10 for sure. great!

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5 out of 5 stars so rad! would be even better at sunset but who cares? love the angle.

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I pumped up the saturation a bit by manipulating the channels in
Photoshop. There might be some artifacts from the unsharp mask, but the
shot's real -- it's a 5.6 solo in Lost Horse, near the Atlantis wall. Part of the reason it's contrasty and shallow DOF is simply that Doug shot it with a 50/1.4, wide open.

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5 out of 5 stars Have I mentioned how rad I think this shot is? I must find this Nameless Pyramid. I'm up there around Onion Valley plenty often enough. A month later I'm still really inspired by the shot.

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5 out of 5 stars wow. great use of DOF to heighten the intensity. I must make a trip to SB now.

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4 out of 5 stars Wow! Great framing and capture. Hit auto-levels in Photoshop (or play with them a little manually) and apply a little unsharp mask and it will be a 10 for sure.

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Fantastic color and framing, love the 'oh shit' draw grab too, happens to me whenever the clip is a bad one

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5 out of 5 stars The Marlboro Man begins his second career...

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5 out of 5 stars 10 for originality. Reminds me of <a href="http://rockclimbing.com/photo/photo_show.php?id=25675">Eiliv's highline in Chamonix</a> in a way.

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5 out of 5 stars Great setup. The chalk does a great job of conveying what happens next and setting up some suspense.

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oh snap! that chica is the raw dog... c'est incroyable!

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5 out of 5 stars did the route yesterday. Gibraltar Rock looks like a chosspile when you actually get to the base, but T-Crack was a damn fine route. I need to go back and punch out the mantel -- I zigged where I should have zagged and missed out on the ''famous'' mantelshelf.

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5 out of 5 stars magnificent photo, really captures the landscape & the caption adds a great deal as well. makes me want to plan a trip there.

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5 out of 5 stars extremely bold composition and a clever angle. bravo!

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4 out of 5 stars only 2000' of vert for all that effort? ;-) You fuckers in Utah are stealing all our snow, give it back RIGHT NOW!!1

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5 out of 5 stars pretty cool. commentary makes it exciting, more so than the image alone.

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5 out of 5 stars I don't care if it's a bullseye framing... I love the line and the colors (or lack thereof). southwest desert here I come, right back where I started from...

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4 out of 5 stars Boldering outside of Independence int he desert... cool to know.... ps. great lines in the shot. Looks like I have something to do in the afternoon next time I ski Sardine Canyon!

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5 out of 5 stars beautiful sunrise. one of my favorite things about an early start is the colors.

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5 out of 5 stars RAILAY!!! RAILAY!!!

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5 out of 5 stars I luv the stinkeye he's giving that sloper.

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Awesome capture -- great expression -- squint through the grunt move. Sell that shizz to Joe Gardner... but crop out the Other Guys' pad first ;-)

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that lens is the godhead. excellent use of it, very little distortion (all things considered). surprised he didn't knock into you though... off camera flash huh?

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nice boring light, bullseye framing... but hey, look, a chick!!!cos(360)

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5 out of 5 stars beautiful sunset, though you could stand to crop the right side by a little bit and remove the distracting boat-parts. still it reminds me a LOT of being there, only I never got this great of a shot at sunset. good job man

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5 out of 5 stars what Dingus said. The contrast between the foreground ridge and the sea of clouds is striking and otherworldly. Almost a harbinger of the caption. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

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awesome sunset. I love Zion (when the weather cooperates) and this is why. great shot.

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good inspiration, using vegetation to frame the subject and add a second frame. Brilliant. (woulda been an ordinary bulls-eye shot without the extra dynamic of the lines provided by the weeds) The climber is not in super sharp focus, but the holds are -- I wonder if that is an intentional effect?

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5 out of 5 stars sick roof! looks like a cheese grater if you blow the wrong move.

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re: Phil: yeah funny you should mention Frog, the guy I climbed Oh My God and Sickbay with was a big fan. And he was way fucking smooth so I figure he knows what he's talking about. Kate -- if you're at the Needles this summer, I'm always hard to avoid... ;-) Chris -- good to hear from you! The reason I posted this shot is that I saw your thread about Old Rag obscurities. I always did like Old Rag better than Seneca... short of going to the New or North Carolina, I would say it was the best cragging around DC.

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5 out of 5 stars ps. I *love* the copyright on the dumpster. Intentional or not, it is wonderfully ironic. And the photo is great!

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5 out of 5 stars Git the Terrist! You -- you with your camera -- you're Comforting the Enemy! Off to X-ray with yew, boy...

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I have no legs (tink tink)... I have no legs (tink tink)...

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5 out of 5 stars egads! that's a rad shot. really brings home the stretch for the anchors.

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5 out of 5 stars The rope's underneath him (look closely), the gear's pre-placed, and helmets are hardly mandatory on solid overhanging rock. The picture is awesome.

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5 out of 5 stars extremely bold... and a beautiful line, to boot. way to go both for the leader and the photographer (righteous angle).

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4 out of 5 stars good to see you caught it in a clear moment... I was there in February of 2003 and nearly got blown off of the ridge, hiking up to where you can see El Mocho from (more specifically, the cleft that Todo o Nada is tucked into, in the 'front'). Nice shot.

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5 out of 5 stars Dr. Bob strikes again, eh? Cool.

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5 out of 5 stars dear machino: it's a sport climb. get over yourself. if placing the draw got this shot, more power to him. best use of foreshortening I have ever seen in a photo.

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that guy is a burlmaster. the D200 is a great camera but it seems like the surplus of focus points may have bit you in this shot :-) ... you can force it to behave like the old F5 ('focus priority') via some obscure menu setting, which combined with the (fast) motor drive, may be more to your liking. Cheers!

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5 out of 5 stars ps. What sort of aperture did you shoot this at? The depth of field seems almost infinitesimal, perhaps 8 inches to a foot. But the angle seems pretty wide. What gives?

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5 out of 5 stars Incredibly good shot, once again showing that the ordinary can be extraordinary when seen through another pair of eyes. Your recent buildering series has been on a par with your Yosemite shots, which were amazing. I need to start taking my camera with me again before my sense of aesthetics starts to atrophy!

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git yerself a flash boy! This pic would be an 11 if you could see her face better (eg. a little more even lighting). I don't know how that would be possible without some fill flash. Nonetheless it's a great shot with her full airborne and the look of determination just prior to sticking it. Great catch.

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4 out of 5 stars What formation did you take this shot from? White Rastafarian seemed to be kind of isolated when I went to climb it. But my memory sucks.

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5 out of 5 stars The fact that he can pop a dyno off of that tiny hold, disturbs me very greatly. Sick and wrong.

Picture's rad, though.

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second the pimping to Stonewear. it is teh hawtness -- and their clothing seems to be somewhat more abrasion resistant that the skin on your back. Way to get back in the saddle and RP the route!

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If he was on the cornice, the shot would not have been as good. Sometimes art is more important than comfort :-). And ps, that's not a cornice in my book -- a cornice is what you chop to start an avalanche. That's an outcrop.

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4 out of 5 stars re: running laps: the guy in the picture is a 5.12+ climber at the Gunks. This problem is a V3. You figure it out...

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the sunset is awesome and the exposure perfect, but the rope is upside down ;-)

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This looks great. I may have to take a daytrip this weekend -- even my wife likes the looks of this crag. Thanks for posting the photos, it's right in my backyard and I never once thought about visiting before.

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Wow. At first I said to myself, "Self, them there is another one of them goddamn Joshua Tree photers". But then I realized that I was full of shit (as usual).

Great shot, great light, feels very... warm.

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5 out of 5 stars great colors and position. looks like a fun climb

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The belayer looks like he's enjoying a dump... not that there's anything wrong with that.

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betcha it's the almighty 10.5mm fisheye... funnest lens evar. Great shot!

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5 out of 5 stars Great photo, one of the most original I've seen in recent memory -- perhaps you might like to resubmit it as a bigger file, or crop it and submit the same size, as the compression artifacts detract somewhat from the scene.

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5 out of 5 stars good separation -- but it could be better with a lower shooting angle -- it looks like he might sit down if the going gets tough ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars I'm amazed that this pic was taken without a flash. Your available light technique is unstoppable.

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5 out of 5 stars one of the best pics I've ever seen of Squamish. Vertiginous and way rad.

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5 out of 5 stars Croft seems to be OK with the local ethic. If you're bolder than Croft, then you can talk, dig? Otherwise STFU and enjoy the pretty picture.

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5 out of 5 stars great placement, yes, but a great angle too.

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5 out of 5 stars badaxe. When'd you get the sleeve tat to go with the bullethead?

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Amazing shot. Just as vertiginous as the other.

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wow that rig is tight. For a second I thought "hmmm, another Gunks picture" and then I saw the Sierra in the background. Pretty f'n awesome, have to check this Shuteye area out. Great pic -- perfect separation and exposure.

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5 out of 5 stars Incredible sense of place. I have to make it back down to SA in the next few years. Great shot!

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5 out of 5 stars Great shot, very vertiginous.

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5 out of 5 stars Great shot -- clear focus, small aperture -- did you use a tripod for it?

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1) rad shot -- at first it looks like he's soloing. The chalk forms a powerful visual dynamic that leads right up to the climber and the imposing roofs above.
2) it's kind of a shame that so much chalk accumulates due to the popularity of this wall at the Creek, not sure if other user groups (are there any others at the Creek?) find it attractive. Double edged sword, in this picture.

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4 out of 5 stars One might infer from the seating constraints that the dogs who fell down Dome Rock did so over a longer span of time than the motorcycle (which, incidentally, was a manned flight).

Nick was extremely down to earth and cool as shit, as was his girlfriend. It was great to meet them and cool to watch him redpoint the route with a huge lunging dyno. It goes at 13b. Nice job on the pic Sean!

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5 out of 5 stars Utterly amazing shot from an angle I've never seen before. And I've seen a hell of a lot of angles around Bishop. Great concept, composition, and execution. I love it.

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tiiiiiiight.

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kman: Peter Croft has repeatedly noted that placing cams behind flakes of volcanic tuff is about the dumbest thing imaginable, and ORG routes are best enjoyed as-is. Now go crawl back under your bridge, eh?

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5 out of 5 stars Rob Miller is a baaaad man. Tim Kemple is not too shabby either. Great effort from both -- overpowering image.

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5 out of 5 stars A great photo of a superb line -- I need to go back with a 70m and fire it properly myself. You're making it look too easy :-)