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Posted By: camerons, 07-14-2013, 09:02 PM

I've been wanting to start making a bit more of an effort to take some photos of my group of friends climbing. More than just ass shots from the ground. Part of the reason I wanted to upgrade from the K-x to a K-30 was to get the weather sealing so it didn't matter as much if I got caught up a wall in the rain. I was agonising over which lens to match to it. I liked the idea of going all out for one of the DA* zooms straight off but in the end I didn't know what sort of focal length I would be using so just took the safer option of the 18-135.

It was a learning experience and the number of keepers wasn't all that great. I haven't done much moving subject photography before so need to figure out the auto focus better. Anyway, I hope you enjoy a few of my favourites. C&C is welcome.












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Putting both camera and lens to good use, a great start and under very challenging circumstances. TFS Cliff
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Excellent stuff. Were you using stilts to get yourself out from the rock or just hanging on rappel?

The second one, with the climber concentrating intently on placing a secure hand jam and the grinning belayer, is outstanding.
The last one would be great if he was stepping up rather than just holding a stance.

I must get to Frog Buttress one day
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Putting both camera and lens to good use, a great start and under very challenging circumstances. TFS Cliff
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Excellent stuff. Were you using stilts to get yourself out from the rock or just hanging on rappel?

The second one, with the climber concentrating intently on placing a secure hand jam and the grinning belayer, is outstanding.
The last one would be great if he was stepping up rather than just holding a stance.

I must get to Frog Buttress one day
Thanks for the comments. I was just hanging. There was a slight overhang to the route and I guess my legs are long enough that I was able to get out from the wall a little bit. Is using some sort of stilts a known technique? I had read about putting the camera on a boom of some sort.

You're right about the last one. That one was my favourite at first and I really like the angle and POV but the action isn't really there. I'm sure I missed shots while stuffing around with my ascending gear too. Need to get the rigging side of it a bit more down pat too so I can concentrate on taking photos.

Also agree that the second is my favourite now too.

You really must Met a couple from SA there a few weeks ago.

The rest of the set can be seen here.

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Stilts have been used for a long time. I think Glenn Robbins pioneered their use in the mid 80's (when I was climbing more actively).

As for getting to Frog: I am lucky to get one interstate climbing trip away per year now, and Arapiles is so much closer/bigger/more varied. Moonarie is probably my spiritual home though.
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Thanks for posting this, I really enjoy climbing shots. The second one is excelent! Lot of texture on the rocks, good use of DoF, defined subject and action, leading lines... good work.

Here´s an idea: You could climb a different rock or tree or hill or whatever is near and at a similar (or higher) height and use a telephoto lens to get a different perspective.
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Thanks for posting this, I really enjoy climbing shots. The second one is excelent! Lot of texture on the rocks, good use of DoF, defined subject and action, leading lines... good work.

Here´s an idea: You could climb a different rock or tree or hill or whatever is near and at a similar (or higher) height and use a telephoto lens to get a different perspective.
Thanks for the comments and ideas.

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Very nice.... personally I find rock climbing painful, I'm not felxible enough to flatten out against the rock so my knees and elbow get scraped raw, but it's good to see others having fun.
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I also prefer the second one.

for rigging, I understand some of the pro's use the Petzl RAD system
(best if you already use a grigri anyway)

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I also prefer the second one.

for rigging, I understand some of the pro's use the Petzl RAD system
(best if you already use a grigri anyway)

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Ta. Yeah, I was using a grigri and a hand ascender. Just didn't have the pulley redirect.
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Very interesting pics, thanks for sharing.
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