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02-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #1171
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Bouldering photography

QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
wow nice. How hard is it to take Bouldering pictures? In the Netherlands there will be the European championship bouldering this year.
Hi Ron!

Before this bouldering test shoot I had only tried to shoot normal wall climbing for 2 times with tele lens and noticed that it was pretty boring. Only have the back of the climber and just try to play with the climbers different body movements, maybe I put here one image. So for this try I wanted to be above the climber to capture my brothers face.

At my climbing gyms boulder wall you do not have any access from behind to get up on the wall. Didn't have energy to ask for a ladder so I climbed up with my camera to maybe 3-4 meters. There was only a small edge around 60-100cm. Lied down and tried to keep a hook with my foot so I wouldn't slip.

My first idea was to use flash (my client does not like iso over 800) because the room is so high and the light was really mixed. Did not like that so switched it off and increased the iso to 1250. That iso only gave me 1/60 sec so had trouble to get sharp images. Will definitely use higher isos next time for my own purpose. I also think that in bouldering you can get nice images from a longer distance. The pro climbers do so crazy movements that it looks cool from wherever you are

I will hopefully try next week to do a few shots with a 80cm octabox above the wall for a studio like lightning and freeze cool chalk dust! As I have fallen in love with climbing myself I really enjoyed to photograph this type of sport. I started out my photography career with sports many years ago. Have not shot any sports in years so this is going to be SUPER COOL.

And a last word about the low ISO needs. I work for a image agency and our clients are often advertising agency's and they usually want images with low isos. I am trying to shoot everything with my low iso rule, to get as many images chosen to our website Folio Bildbyrå +46 8 720 56 00

Cheers

02-23-2013, 06:22 PM   #1172
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Hi Ron!

Before this bouldering test shoot I had only tried to shoot normal wall climbing for 2 times with tele lens and noticed that it was pretty boring. Only have the back of the climber and just try to play with the climbers different body movements, maybe I put here one image. So for this try I wanted to be above the climber to capture my brothers face.

At my climbing gyms boulder wall you do not have any access from behind to get up on the wall. Didn't have energy to ask for a ladder so I climbed up with my camera to maybe 3-4 meters. There was only a small edge around 60-100cm. Lied down and tried to keep a hook with my foot so I wouldn't slip.

My first idea was to use flash (my client does not like iso over 800) because the room is so high and the light was really mixed. Did not like that so switched it off and increased the iso to 1250. That iso only gave me 1/60 sec so had trouble to get sharp images. Will definitely use higher isos next time for my own purpose. I also think that in bouldering you can get nice images from a longer distance. The pro climbers do so crazy movements that it looks cool from wherever you are

I will hopefully try next week to do a few shots with a 80cm octabox above the wall for a studio like lightning and freeze cool chalk dust! As I have fallen in love with climbing myself I really enjoyed to photograph this type of sport. I started out my photography career with sports many years ago. Have not shot any sports in years so this is going to be SUPER COOL.

And a last word about the low ISO needs. I work for a image agency and our clients are often advertising agency's and they usually want images with low isos. I am trying to shoot everything with my low iso rule, to get as many images chosen to our website Folio Bildbyrå +46 8 720 56 00

Cheers
Thanks very helpfull.
03-02-2013, 02:50 PM   #1173
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Here you have a climbing picture from behind Ron!
This is from my first time shooting climbing. I really think that the image looks really great when you capture the climber in a nice position!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jani80 Quote
Here you have a climbing picture from behind Ron!
This is from my first time shooting climbing. I really think that the image looks really great when you capture the climber in a nice position!

Cheers
That's one interesting perspective that you rarely see, really cool!

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Here you have a climbing picture from behind Ron!
This is from my first time shooting climbing. I really think that the image looks really great when you capture the climber in a nice position!

Cheers
That is a lot off direct light. I saw a video about one previous tournament. Looks like I'm going to have some fun those days.
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That is a lot off direct light. I saw a video about one previous tournament. Looks like I'm going to have some fun those days.
Yes indeed, really hard and direct light. Here the whole gym was dark expect two large spotlights that followed the climber. In the boulder image all mixed lights in the gym on!

Do you Ron have a website for the competition with dates etc.? I am already planning a trip to Netherlands

Jan
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Yes indeed, really hard and direct light. Here the whole gym was dark expect two large spotlights that followed the climber. In the boulder image all mixed lights in the gym on!

Do you Ron have a website for the competition with dates etc.? I am already planning a trip to Netherlands

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That is a vey cool and inventive website, by the way. Scrolling down the page is great fun!

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That is a vey cool and inventive website, by the way. Scrolling down the page is great fun!


I haven't done that, but you are right about the great site.
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Thank you for the link Ron!
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@Ron,

How many un-level shots do you get when doing a game? I'm getting several because i'm not concentrating on the background.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jani80 Quote
My first idea was to use flash (my client does not like iso over 800) because the room is so high and the light was really mixed. Did not like that so switched it off and increased the iso to 1250. That iso only gave me 1/60 sec so had trouble to get sharp images. Will definitely use higher isos next time for my own purpose. I also think that in bouldering you can get nice images from a longer distance. The pro climbers do so crazy movements that it looks cool from wherever you are
i'm far from being any pro-photog or anything, but i shoot mainly outdoor climbing and bouldering.

My only little piece of advice is : try to get the facial expression of the climber because it's what's great IMHO (it often means that you'll get the end and a great part of the body in the frame too.)
This mean you have to be above the climber. which can be problematic as it seems.


Pentax Mz-5n / Kodak gold @64 iso / DA(L) 35/2.4 @2.4 / 1/90. triggering at the best moment is the key to have keepers.

The other way is to be placed latteraly, which is great for huge dyno mouvements. You'll say that you're going to be too much "on the ground" soooo ... ask the gym to lend you the double ladder they probably use when they decide to change the boulder's holds It's usually quite stable, quite tall (up to 2 to 3 meters !)

QuoteOriginally posted by jani80 Quote
I will hopefully try next week to do a few shots with a 80cm octabox above the wall for a studio like lightning and freeze cool chalk dust! As I have fallen in love with climbing myself I really enjoyed to photograph this type of sport. I started out my photography career with sports many years ago. Have not shot any sports in years so this is going to be SUPER COOL.
this sounds a great idea to me. You can also combine some wireless trigger and gorilla pod (to hold the flash to some holds ) and some diffuser on the flash to soften a bit the light.

And use the biggest aperture you have (obvious, i know ), i my experience of indoor or night comps is that a f2.8 or best f2 and 1600 iso is what is required. and i do manual focusing, SDM is way to slow for me.

During this summer : 1600 iso, DA*55 @1.6, 1/500


In my gym : 1600 iso, DA*55, f2, 1/250

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The spring sports start up this week here at our high school. I shot tennis and girls' soccer yesterday using my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 for the first time with outdoor sports. Once daylight savings time starts next week there should be more light. Here were some shots from the events. It is nice that I can actually shoot from the court for tennis in regular matches. I also can get pretty close for the soccer shots. Overall I think the Sigma has worked better for me than the Tamron I used last season.









Through the legs for a goal.




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@Ron,

How many un-level shots do you get when doing a game? I'm getting several because i'm not concentrating on the background.
About 99 % I guess since my own leveler in my head is way off balance.

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i'm far from being any pro-photog or anything, but i shoot mainly outdoor climbing and bouldering.

My only little piece of advice is : try to get the facial expression of the climber because it's what's great IMHO (it often means that you'll get the end and a great part of the body in the frame too.)
This mean you have to be above the climber. which can be problematic as it seems.

The other way is to be placed latteraly, which is great for huge dyno mouvements. You'll say that you're going to be too much "on the ground" soooo ... ask the gym to lend you the double ladder they probably use when they decide to change the boulder's holds It's usually quite stable, quite tall (up to 2 to 3 meters !)

this sounds a great idea to me. You can also combine some wireless trigger and gorilla pod (to hold the flash to some holds ) and some diffuser on the flash to soften a bit the light.

And use the biggest aperture you have (obvious, i know ), i my experience of indoor or night comps is that a f2.8 or best f2 and 1600 iso is what is required. and i do manual focusing, SDM is way to slow for me.

During this summer : 1600 iso, DA*55 @1.6, 1/500


In my gym : 1600 iso, DA*55, f2, 1/250
Thanks for these images and advice. I'm afraid off hights (when on a ladder) so that is no option for me. No idea if it's possible to get a good view from above, nearby or from a distance. I'll see that at the event. I'm in with accreditation, so I'm gonna have some fun.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Thanks for these images and advice. I'm afraid off hights (when on a ladder) so that is no option for me. No idea if it's possible to get a good view from above, nearby or from a distance. I'll see that at the event. I'm in with accreditation, so I'm gonna have some fun.
i've looked the video of the the NK championship 2012 (terribly bad filmed btw) and i think you will have acces to the top (like often) and the front of the climbing area. There is often some elevated stage on the side for the video necessity.

Bouldering comps are always very fun and with a lot of suspense : it's never over, there is always a way to fail and loose, even if you have touch the last hold
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