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    • .....in the desert southwest for rock climbing...I decided to take out the new 150-600 and see if I could find some climbers....

    • For me, shooting straight at climbers on the wall is boring. I tried to find a side access to where they were climbing without anyone noticing me. I went the wrong way and ended up hiking about 5 miles around a huge rock area before I came back to my starting point and found the perspective shot above. Below = boring.

    • I had a tripod but also a flimsey monopod. Applying a full 400-600mm it was hard to keep the camera still with the monopod. So, this shot and the climber was just a tad out of focus.

    • Turns out after my detour hike, this large crew climbing the "weeping wall" was ready to bail so my best sequence was of this studly young gal.

    • Even with the climber just a tad out of focus I really like this shot. It shows the concentration of the climber, very nice!

    • One of the coolest sights I've seen climbing was in Joshua Tree. We heard this weird mechanical sounding noise get louder and louder. It turned out to be a large bunch of soldiers marching while carrying racks of rock protection. It was a super cool and left a deep impression on me. I didn't get a photo :(

      I think every rock climbing has far too many ass shots of climbers. Good job on the photos.

    • One of the coolest sights I've seen climbing was in Joshua Tree. We heard this weird mechanical sounding noise get louder and louder. It turned out to be a large bunch of soldiers marching while carrying racks of rock protection. It was a super cool and left a deep impression on me. I didn't get a photo :(

      Here's a picture of me pulling plastic.

    • Rock climbing is such a difficult subject to capture on film—if you try to convey the precariousness of the activity, you lose the detail that shows the climber’s intensity; if you try to focus in on the climber, you risk losing any reference to the actual challenge of the climb. I love that first shot — it captures both!

      Edit: I’m dating myself with that reference to “film” aren’t I? 😬

    • Film is cool again, like reading books on paper. I don't like film or paper, so I guess I'm the one dating myself. 😁

    • When I am out shooting or even on a paying gig, I am always composing for a variety of outputs. It drives me nuts when a client provides me stock images to be used in a creative campaign and their photographer shoots everything to fill the frame. Gives me no latitude. I am about finished with my 2019 custom calendar and decided to drop this image in. (tho, horizontal orientation.)

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