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Hehehe... can you make the climber do that too? Better yet, stick me in there!

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Thanks... re-uploaded w/new border to help blend it smoother with the thin site border. Looks a little better :)

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Yah, every problem in Bishop is ALWAYS packed like this. And if you just want to get away from people, there's really no bouldering anywhere around Bishop other than the well-known Tablelands and the Buttermilks. You're DEFINITELY better off just staying at the gym...

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Yah, whatever, it's not <i>that</i> steep... look at the crooked horizon! Oh wait... it's sloped the <i>other</i> way ;) Beautiful shot, Joe.

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Tenn_dawg - if it was vignetting, you'd likely see it present in all corners of the photo. And I doubt lenses of the quality Jörg uses will have such strong vignetting :) Looks like the effect of a polarizing filter to me. They can turn portions of the sky nearly black in the right situation. Beautiful shot once again, Jörg.
~Adam~

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Great climb... It's called "Jumpstart" although you don't have to jump to start it. Just a BIG highstep. Work your way up the arete, reach left to a crimp, readjust feet, then hands, then mantle that baby!

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Crimpy? Noooooooooooo... hehe

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4 out of 5 stars Re-uploaded w/ a better quality (better contrast) scan of the image... ~Adam~

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3 out of 5 stars I love beach bouldering...
Decent shot, but it looks like you may have a bit of a light leak. Or maybe just a bad scan?

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3 out of 5 stars Good angle, colors, and sharpness, but I wanna see his face!

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5 out of 5 stars But your foot doesn't work, Meg. That horrendous approach hike would have been too much for you. Oh wait, nevermind. I forgot... it was Dixon.

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Yes, I would call it two different problems. The undercling traverse to difficult topout is the classic problem. The chimneying was just screwing around and having fun. It's much easier than the standard method which weighs in at a burly V5.

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Hehe... most of it is fairly new. Only about half of it has been placed. I've only recently started acquiring a rack, so it still need a little breaking in. Anyone for a trip to Tahquitz or JTree?

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3 out of 5 stars Justification for the 6 vote and how I'd improve: It's clear and crisp with good color, but I prefer to have more hands/feet of the climber visible in the shot. In this case there's only really one hand visible. Because of that, it's really hard to tell what the problem is like from the shot. I climb with and shoot a lot of female climbers and generally try to avoid cleavage shots since they tend to distract you from the overall image. Congrats on the send, and keep shooting.

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<i>"So Eric told me he still had his feet on the ground, and he was just trying to figure out how to jam, when you took this. :) -- roseraie "</i> .... no comment ;-) .... See, you don't even have to really be a climber to look good in my shots. I'm <i>that</i> good! Haha.

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Looks a lot like one of my shots: http://www.usefilm.com/image/103247.html Nice portfolio... keep shooting an posting.

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Nope, just rock.

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Looks like "As the Crow Flies". 2 bolts on a slab to 2 bolts on a vertical face with zig-zag cracks?

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4 out of 5 stars Yah, I know... The moments prior to ankle destruction. (Moments later, amy jumped from the top moves and didn't quite clear the slab at the bottom. )

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Go Amy... you're such a pimp.

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That's where the fake you lined up with the holds... I guess the real you is just standing farther away from the camera. Either that or it's just the mildly inflated sense of youself that you have... hehehe :p

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Not sunburn... the film - Velvia. It doesn't like skin tones. Re-Uploaded with a little less saturation and reduction of the magenta level.

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4 out of 5 stars Sure... If y'all rate this high enough, I might dig out some of those "Stone Nudes" shots I've got of t-dog...

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4 out of 5 stars *Sigh* Down kitty...

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Haha... it's Theo. And he's a frenchman... ya gotta poke fun at every possble opportunity! ;)

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Did you scan that from a print or a negative? Digital?

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4 out of 5 stars I knew you'd be back for more. You women... you're all alike.

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Call it what you will. It ends with a funky mantel with your feet 15' off the deck.

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Incredible line and cool capture. Wish this one was a little more crisp.

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Yes, it's technically a wide angle lens, but more specifically it's a fisheye. Probably somewhere in the 14mm range. Standard wide lenses (rectillinear) do not distort that way - well, they're not supposed to. Cool shot, and great use of the lens!

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Cloudbreak: Me neither... where is this again? Bishop, Nebraska?

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Looks to be a victim of jpeg compression. Wish the img size restriction wasn't so small 'cause of shots like this. Just too much detail. I really like the composition though. I think the angle is fine and don't mind the space at left as I prefer full frame shots.

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How ironic it would have been if you were paralyzed in the incident... Hehe. Awesome shot.

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"Great content and composition. Should have used fill flash to darken the over exposed background" Hehehe... gotta love it.

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Incredible! I'm curious about how accurate the colors are, though I have no trouble believing they're close to how it looked that day. This one earns a 10.

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Pinhead it is. Good call.

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Syncopation? I assume you mean Synchronicity? Not really... it's up the hill from it on "Lonesome Boulder" as identified in either of the Santee guides. That's Carousel Boulder and Black Spot in the background.

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It looks a little higher than it is, but it's still a good tumble if you blow the last hard move at the top. Just downclimb the 5.8 around the corner. I figure if I'm able to make it up, the 5.8 downclimb should be cake.

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<i>looks kinda like the black spot problem -- c22</i> Except for the fact that it's almost vertical and has a few (albeit small) holds. Try it some time - one of my favorites in Santee.

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The sloppy cloning is distracting... otherwise a sweet shot. Would love to see it cleaned up and resubmitted.

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Yah, the landing truly isn't bad, but it does definitely increase the pucker factor when you're trying to mantle out on that slopey ledge! Fun problem!

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<I>great timing! -- pomattic</I> Thanks... photo credits to my buddy Jarod. Looks almost like you have to dyno, but the move is not. It's a very balancy static position. The next move is to reach straight up with the right hand to a thin rail. It's all about balance!

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V4 for the mind, but in reality maybe a V1... just for the pucker factor. 5.10- sounds more like it. Nonetheless, it's a great problem that you need only do once and never have the desire again.

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dbrayack - Thanks for resubmitting. You've got some mad skills with the camera, and no doubt with the PS as well. That kind of stuff degrades (to me at least) the shot more than leaving the sling in. Keep 'em coming.

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"Pinhead"

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That's Laurel Mtn in the background. There's a long, loose 4th class/5.2 route that goes up the gulleys on the center of the face.

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It's not well traveled. It's a new problem (or at least newly rediscovered) since I started climbing there 2 years ago.

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<i>The 3rd image is the best. Could you submit that bigger, separately? -- climbsomething </i>
Sure. And I'll submit another that I like even better and see what you think.

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Yes, 4 frames per second. It's a Panasonic FZ-3 and it's smokin' fast for a little point-and-shoot. Shutter lag is a thing of the past. HIGHLY recommended as a climbing camera... 12x optical zoom (35-420mm equivalent), image stabilization, manual controls, etc.

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<I>The framing/sharpness/contrast are all a bit off (latter two might just be image quality...)</I> the 126kb jpeg is a bit restrictive. I think the framing works.

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Did you ever actually get your ass off the ground? Hehehe...

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Thanks BVB... the additional enlarged shot(s) were requested in the comments of the original series.

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<I> it looks like it could be done static. but i do the same thing sometimes, dynamic stuff is fun. -- needtolearnhowtoclimb </I> Possibly, but not very easily. It's about 6 ft from the low hold to the jug at the tip.

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fantabulous! Awesome shot

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Eeek... clean up the PS and resubmit. Another otherwise decent shot ruined by bad photoshop blur.

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5 out of 5 stars A bit poseur-esque, but it's such a damn good shot I don't care. 10 from me.

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He bouldered to the ledge, placed a small cam (purple TCU?) in the stemming section below the bolt, clipped the bolt, backcleaned the cam to reduce drag, and climbed on.

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Is this some new type of beanine that helps keep you cool?

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There are many variations and eliminates to this. I was once told that the big chalked up undercling at the top was not originally there. Heading up, then right without the undercling is around 11a. Using the undercling eases it to 10c/d. The direct finish w/o the undercling and w/o the jugs to the left is even a bit harder and definitely scarier!

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According to the SDCC guide, the layback if 5.11-. Done without the undercling pocket, I think 5.11a is a fair rating. With the undercling, 10c/d is more accurate. Straight over the top is a bit harder. You say the face between the 9 and 10a is 5.11... 5.11 what? SDCC calls it 5.11 which I woudl take as 5.11b/c. How is 5.11c "not close to" the correct rating? Since when is "Hear My Train..." a standard for 5.11c? It's a classic sandbag...

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t-dog: he's adopted... and a step brother. So yah, no blood relation there, twofold.

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Longer draws/trad runners definitely help on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bolts. Did the route yesterday and the 1st 2 pitches of the route require 13 draws each. A right variation on the second pitch (I don't remember seeing the bolts going directly to the anchor last time I did this) requires one extra draw.

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Fun rock... this is Carousel Boulder.

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5 out of 5 stars Cool... thought that might be the lens. The corners in that have to get stretched so much to prevent barrel distortion that you really have to keep body parts away from them or you end up with a photo of a mutant. You've composed the image very well to prevent that. Is this a left-side crop from a wider image?

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5 out of 5 stars Curious which lens/camera you're using here... Nice shot; great angle and perspective. Excellent use of the distortion you get from a super-wide rectillinear lens. I give it a 10.

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Cool... that's "The Flake" not Double Dip

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Nice, but i bet you can do better... clean up the hand so she's got fingers again and make the rock pattern look a bit more random in the cloning at the top left.

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Quote: <I>"We named this problem Almost Porno due to some girls posing for photos at the beach while we did the FA"</I> Meanwhile, you're taking pictures of your buddy. Engineers...

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These cams are <i>way</I> too shiny. They need abuse!

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<I><B>quote</B> -- the photoshop blur is a bit too harsh -- grayhghost</I><BR>Try again... This is straight from the camera and full-frame. Except for a quick resize in photoshop to bring it down to viewable proportions and a reasonable file size, no other photoshop was applied. Shallow depth of field is easily achieved with an SLR, moderately fast lens, and the proper settings. I should note that the lens used for this shot is not even that fast of a lens with a max aperture of only f/3.5...

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<I><B>quote</B> -- certainly looked PS/blurred to me. to get that shallow a dof on a f/3.5 lens, you must have had a mad telephoto and must have been standing/hanging super far away. but what'ev -- nswelton </I>Keep in mind that depth of field basically depends on three things: 1.) The f-ratio or aperture of the lens, 2.) the focal length of the lens, and 3.) the distance from lens to focal point - the closer you are, the smaller the DOF. The only way to get this kind of depth of field out of such a short (24mm) and slow (f/3.5) lens is to focus as closely as possible. Focal distance for this shot was at the minimum for the lens - about 1.6 ft. Plug those numbers into a depth of field calculator and you get a total depth of field of about 2 inches. I can pass on an original full-size image w/ exif for any skeptics.

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That slot is where your <I>hand</I> is supposed to go!

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5 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for better lighting on that. It's amazing how awesome such an unimpressive problem can look with the help of a talented photographer. Justin gets a 10 from me as well.

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As you can see, the problem can be done with a right or left hand throw. Most I've seen have succeeded with the right. I haven't succeded either way :)

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I like the composition and position, but I would like to see the original without the apparent burned in shadows at the bottom.

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No, you're thinking of "Blood and Roses" 10c. This one is known in the guide book as "the 5.11 Problem"

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In that case, I would rather crop out or dodge (in the darkroom if you prefer) the odd shadows from the bottom of the image. They seem unnatural and are distracting to me.

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4 out of 5 stars Very nice!

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4 out of 5 stars If you get the chance, shoot this again with a wider lens, and with the sun in a different location to avoid the nasty lens flare. Nonetheless, a badass shot!

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Agreed... Let's have a supersize shot here

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Josh, the blur tool is rarely a good way to rid a photo of distractions. You need to maintain texture in the areas you're fixing. Play with the "Clone" tool, "Patch" tool, and "Healing Brush".

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The best I've seen of yours, Mike. Friggin awesome. 10 from me.

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Fun route. And steeper than this photo makes it look!

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Thanks. I agree... I think stopping down one more stop would give a better balance of depth.

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I find more and more that my 50mm is becoming my favorite for climbing shots on both the digital (1.6 crop) and 35mm cameras. Great shot!

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Good action, but I think the flash is a little harsh. Also, 2nd curtain sync would have put the hand at the end of the blur rather than the beginning. Great composition and angle.

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For those that think it's "fake," how's about a little credit for "faking" something so badass?

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The photo is great, <i>but</i> (no offense to you) I think I'm still more impressed with the climber!

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For all of you neigh-sayers, Mike was trusting enough to <i>actually send me the RAW version of this image</i>. I converted the file and opened it up. What did I find? The exact same (but much larger, of course) image with a little less color and contrast - both things you have to set during RAW converstion. The image has not even been cropped. Call it what you will, but I've seen it with my own eyes. This shot is as good as it gets. I am humbled and impressed.

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Damn, my cover is blown! Was good to meet you, Shano. Just wish I had thought to pull out the camera when Elaine was leading it. Ah well... next time.

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perfect lighting

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Do you provide your climbers with their colorful wardrobe? Mine all dress in drab colors. And I tell them every time... think LOUD colors when you're dressing for climbing. Do they listen? Nope.

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Checked out that crack this weekend... BAD ASS! Must go back and lead it now!

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Thanks Shano. I must say that I earned this shot! I hiked the hill around that back of the crag to rap from the top that day with 2 ropes and gear to jug, plus the camera with 3 lenses. Plenty of rapping and jugging ensued. I think I was more sore the next day than I would have been if I'd just climbed that day! Shot 4 rolls of B&W film there Saturday and will be printing today... more to come.

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It's a great line... There are a couple of bolts about 20-30' out of the belay in a section where the crack is really chossy. It's been cleaned up enough to form a placement in that section for a #4 C4 (3.5 old camalot) but I'm not sure it would hold much of a fall considering the rock quality there. The rest of the pro for the next 100' is .5 - 1.5" pro in the corner. The section he's in is pretty much vertical. The crux is pulling over the bulge and out of the pod above him. I'll post another pic of him just above that section when I get a chance. Also, I'm bummed that this scan of the neg doesn't do the 11x14" print justice. Still a good shot of a fun route though.

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Haha... I was thinking the same thing. Sketchy!

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No, it doesn't need to be rotated. Don't you know? Gravity pulls to the side in Thailand.

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What's a one legged man doing with two shoes?

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The horizon police are coming after you... straighten that thing out! Otherwise a great shot.

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5 out of 5 stars What lens? Tilt-Shift? The plane of focus appears angled. Awesome shot w/ beautiful colors, composition, and position.

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Now <i>that</i> is a butt shot I can dig... Nice work. It's a good thing her 6'6" 220# V12 crushing boyfriend didn't see where you were pointing your lens. :)

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Finally someone found this photo. And they liked it. This is one of my favorites, and I hope it gets a few more views.

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5 out of 5 stars <i>Pentax 85mm, f.1,4 ... </i> Amazing... I would swear the focal plane is angled. Must just be an illusion because of the shape/position of the rock. Solid 10/10

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Hand crack? How big are your freakin' hands! There's one hand jam on that route - the first move.

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Haha that's my sis. Go Becky go...

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4 out of 5 stars Great position. The huge depth of field of the P&S digi cam works very well here. Keep up the good work.

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3 out of 5 stars Is that not a hold below and to the right of the lip on the edge of the shadow? Looks like fun anyway...

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Awesome... Now I know I'm overly anal about this stuff, but straighten up your horizon and I'll give you the 10 you deserve!

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Sweet... the "10" has been granted as promised. I love it!

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yah, I believe he does...
I'll post the sequence of photos on my website and link them here in a few days.

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This place really <I>is</I> good...

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Are those holds really not big enough to see? What the hell?!

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cchildre -- <I>Didn't Reardon free solo that?</I> Yup, and I'm sitting here trying to decide if I have the balls to just lead it...

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Thanks for the correction, guys. Nice work on that one.

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Nice job sewing it up. Great practice with thin gear on that one...

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Nice light and exposure. Get the climber into some brighter clothes and crop the belayer's head from the corner. Just some arms creeping into the frame and spotting will do the trick better, I think.

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Rotate 90deg CCW and your climber looks more normal and belayer is standing straight up. In that orientation, the photo earns a well-deserved 9. Great shot, but the current orientation is confusing and detracts from the image for me. Great job on the timing, angle, and composition.

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Did you epic on the descent like everyone else does when they try to find the non-existent walk-off? Or were you smart enough to just rap the route?

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Haha... Ian - what kind of deal is that?

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Yah, dude, it's way fun. Stemming, jamming, liebacking, and chimneying. Could easily do it with gear no bigger than a #1 camalot, but make sure you've got at least doubles if not triples in .5-1.5" cams. It's a long route!

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I just re-climbed all of the lines on the south face yesterday and need to make some changes...
There are really two lines where #6 is: One starting just left of the line on a big black crimp, and the other starting just right on a smaller black crimp. The left is around 10a and the right 10b. #7 is probably closer to 10c and #10's start is harder than I remembered at around 10d.

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One Cut Above doesn't seem as hard as Powell Face to me. Then again, I haven't completed One Cut Above yet, so who am I to say? Bottom line - I need to go and actually work on it more than a couple of tries every few months so I can send and get a more accurate rating...

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Strength isn't an issue on this one. It's all about positioning. 10a sounds right to me, but then again... I have this thing shamefully wired.

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I haven't done all of these! I ain't that good yet...

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Hmm... I think this should be categorized as "Aid climbers in the act of Aid Climbing". Definitely not a traditional lead...

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Great shot, dude! Keep it up... I'll be back out there soon.

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Dynos are definitely immoral. Nice job catching the dirty deed...

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Pad? What for? Dick doesn't fall... Besides, starting a few inches off the ground is cheating.

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Tip #1: Get off the pavement and explore! ;) (I know, I know, I'm sure you did...)

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4 out of 5 stars Excellent.

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I did run it through unsharp mask, but only to bring the sharpness back up after resizing. The climber is also very sharp in the original. The depth of field is due to the 50mm 1.4 lens shot at about f/2.8.

The problem with the shot was that I had the frame at a poor angle for composition. When I rotated the image, the upper right and lower left corner below and left of the belayer were missing. The lower left, I filled in by taking that portion of the ground from another photo, matching tonality, size, etc. Not as much was missing from the upper right, so I simply cloned in some rock. Flatten the layers, resize, crop, USM, and it's good to go.

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holdplease2: not likely. The only people around were this annoying kid with even more annoying parents on the route just to the right, and a few other people flailing and not getting past the first 10 feet of the 5.3 crack to the right.

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^^ What's that supposed to mean? ^^

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<i>...the most dangerous thing about rock climbing is falling rocks</I> If you believe that, you are frighteningly naive. Awesome rock, great shot.

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Glad I made it look good! It is pretty burly... for a 5.3

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The climber blur is probably not a lack of focus, but motion blur. Still a great shot. 9 from me. And yes... hot!

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Great light and good angle, but missed focus! Argghhh... Go back and shoot it again if you can!

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A good candidate for 90 deg clockwise rotation, IMHO. Awesome shot... good work. And what the hell is he pulling on?! Looks thin! I guess that's why it's a .12

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Nice shot! Nice rock. Did you catch a shot with his left foot on - maybe a half second later? Which lens for this one? 85?

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... 30 feet of bliss though.

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Erik (one of the crazy regulars) calls this one "Puckerfest". Aptly named, I think.

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Whoa! The bong turned into an overhang! Haha... um yah. Rotate the photo about 45 deg to the right and you'll see the actual route.

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Runout? Isn't that a bolt at his feet? Or is the angle deceptive?

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Nice, Gary, keep 'em comin'!

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No way in hell I'd want to fall on gear behind that flake for 2 reasons... A.) It would likely break off parts of the flake on this beautiful line, and B.) I don't think I'd be lucky enough to walk away from the ensuing grounder!

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No, I think he actually took some white rocks up to the side of the mountain and spelled out "www.highexposures.com" in 50 foot high letters.

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Can you say RIPPED?! Jeez... Good shot, but I want to see the feet too...

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Dude! Pad that shit! Nice shots though...

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Nice lead and nice shots... How was it? That thing looks beautiful from the ground.

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Yah, I'll pass on bouldering it. But if that's your thang, let me know when you want to go boulder it... I'd love to get some shots of that.

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Rad. Looks like the 15mm fish on a full-frame. Slide film? Saturation seems too low for Velvia though... 'fess up...

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Seems a little oversharpened, but an interesting photo. Nice job.

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Well, it sure doesn't look like it slows him down at all! Great shot...

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Just good lighting... gotta love it! I did use some fill flash to help bring out the detail in his face with was partly shadowed.

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5 out of 5 stars This is the best shot I've seen on this site. Period.

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The photo doesn't exactly showcase incredible positioning (the move leading to this looks gnarly, but his specific position does not). It's a back shot... redeemed by the fact that showcases the beautiful form of the climber.

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4 out of 5 stars Timing is everything. Excellent lighting! Awesome job setting this up.

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I thought Whitney was the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,494? Is your elevation off?

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She stuck it on the next go...

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She stuck it on the next go...

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3 out of 5 stars Nice angle and composition, but missed focus :(

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Just want to note that a reflector was not used here. The glow is from the sun reflecting off the rock behind him.

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4 out of 5 stars Nice shot!

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Haha... Santee Boulders makes the front page.

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Maybe a little shocked, but definitely not going into shock medically speaking. Glad you weren't seriously hurt. Climb safe.

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It's interesting how the rock in the foreground ended up so orange and the rock in the background very blue. Judging from the skin tones, I think it's relatively close to the color. The only think I can think that would have cause the color difference is that the sun was shining on the rock behind Angelina about 30' away, probably reflecting some of that glow back to her.

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I know it as "Offwidth Rock". The problem he's on is ~ 5.7 if you follow the line of the biggest holds.

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I gotta respectfully disagree... The "11c" I listed on the Lieback Rock is definitely harder for me than the Moby Dick highball you mention. But I guess we all have different strengths anyway, and razor thin crimps are one of mine.

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<<cringe>> what kind of camera/lens? This photo (and others of yours) are horribly vignetted and really blurry at the edges and corners. The images have great potential compositionally and subjectively, but there are some serious quality issues...

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I did this route a couple of weeks ago while climbing with two friends from Zion. We walked over to it and they said "I just don't see how that looks fun..." But it was, in a masochistic sort of way. It's a good route. But one that you only to do once.

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Oops... make that a 5.6

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um yah... this is a 4.6 slabby arete :-)

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WARNING, Beta follows:


I found this MUCH easier starting with the left foot on the starting hold, then working the left food up nubs on the edge of the crack and the right foot up the right side of the crack. There are some good right hand sidepulls that also come into play if you climb this way.

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Can we see an unadulterated version too? I think I might like it better. The sepia is ok, but the greyscale background doesn't work with it.

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2 out of 5 stars Hot, yes... but sidepull is right. Technically aweful.

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3 out of 5 stars The use of the T-S lens is fantastic... I want one. But the post processing ruins it for me. To each his own, I guess.

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Argh... missed focus.

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Actually it's 10b. And it's Lower Right Ski Track, not Billabong.

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Nice one, Mary! Keep the photos coming...

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Never mind... I figured it out. It's the finger crack (12c) below the roof.

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Rad. Not surprising the roof isn't the crux. Looks like perfect #2s. What IS the crux like?

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Yipes! Way over-saturated. Ease up a bit on the saturation and this is a cool shot.

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Decent pro? Um where?

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Bolts?

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Thanks. It was a little tight, but it came right out. He tried next size down and it was tipped out.

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Not bad... Good color. My biggest complaint is that you can't see the climber's feet or both hands so you don't get a good feel for the nature of the move. I think this particular move would be better shot from the other side of the climber, with a wider lens, and closer to the climber. The long lens you used compresses the frame and makes the belayer look really close to the climber. A little more separation of the two would be nice. Good work and keep shooting and posting.

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5 out of 5 stars Great depth, detail, focus, and light. The only thing I can think to improve is to move slightly left so the edge that his foot is on is not obscured by his hand and maybe catch a little more of his face in the process. A solid 9... Great shot!

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Nice... I definitely know that feeling. Sounds like you ladies had fun.

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I was thinking exactly the same thing as j_ung... That cam is definitely not fixed and that crimp looks far worse than that beautiful hand jam.

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2 out of 5 stars <i>"Good composition and good use of DOF.</i>
More like a sloppy photoshop job. I'll bet the original is better, but this sure as heck doesn't deserve the front page.

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I couldn't figure out how to just step/hop across and stick it, so I did it statically. Maybe harder? I don't know... it worked though.

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How the heck did he manage to get into a lieback to the right?

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Who said it was a sport route?

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I hope your spotter's spotting skills are better than his photography skills :)

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oooohhhh an upside-down picture of a SLAB. One of my pet-peeves, I guess... Why can't we just keep gravity pulling down in our shots?

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2 out of 5 stars Ugh... another decent shot destroyed in photoshop. Can you share the original? I'll bet it's actually better.

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5 out of 5 stars Poster-worthy. Beautiful light.

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2 out of 5 stars Would like to see a version that wasn't messed up with some bad blurring. I still don't get why people do this.

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3 out of 5 stars Nice light and cool rock, but why the funky vignetting?

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Yup! Thanks for the link. 8' heavy-duty painter's pole with a Manfrotto ball head mounted on the end holds my 5D for this one. Seems to be a great combination for bouldering shots.

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No, a remote shutter release (radio triggered)... ~$25 shipped from Hong Kong on e-bay. Works great! Aiming is the challenge. Takes a bit of practice. Wide lenses are a big plus.

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Nice job... this is the problem known as "The Ramp" aka "20-Point Boulder Traverse". The 20-Point problem goes straight up and right from the start of the ramp and is in the V4/V5 range.

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Woodson, yes... But Seminar Wall? 5.11? Top Rope? This is "I Would Die For You" right next to Jaws, no?

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Whoa, "The Ramp" just became "The Overhanging Wall"! Great route, nice photo.

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Why are you re/double posting my photos here? I'm confused...

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Either your belayer is defying gravity or this is a crack on a slab and your photo is upside down.

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Wire brushes don't belong at any boulders, and especiailly not Santee. Are the holds there not polished enough for you? Bring a soft plastic bristled brush to clean the dirt & chalk off the holds and leave that thing at home.

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Easy there, cowboy! What are you trying to remove that a plastic brush won't take off? Dirt comes right off with a puff of air or a quick brush, as does loose chalk dust. Caked on chalk sometimes takes a bit of water to loosen it up, but the plastic brush still takes it right off. I've even done quite a bit of graffiti removal at the boulders, and biodegradable graffiti remover, plastic brushes, and water do a fine job of that. Paintball goo... again, water and plastic brushes.

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Angelina cruising tricky lines and Andre making it look amazing. What else is new?

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Yikes... the weakest link in this rap anchor is the only non-redundant part - the craptastic aluminum rap ring. Those things generally aren't used individually, especially not with multiple people attached to them!

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I noticed this too a while back and posted about it. I stopped using wiregate ovals for master points after identifying this problem.

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Nice images...

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