Meanwhile, Back At The Ridge… February 24, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in climbing.
Tags: bouldering, Clarksburgh, Dakota Keller, focus isolation, rock climbing, tilt-shift photography
Dakota sends the obvious line from a sit-start:
This was, in addition to Dakota’s excellent effort, a chance for me to do something different with Elliot. I usually use his “tilt” function to extend my depth of field, as in landscapes where I keep a foreground element sharp while getting the whole scene in focus. But here I’ve isolated the climber by dissolving the rest of the photo in a slurry of soft focus. Having Elliot on a tripod allowed me to get the (more or less) same shot of the rock with Dakota moving through the image, with a plane of sharp focus laid diagonally from lower right to upper left.
It was odd to be an observer of this climbing excursion. I’ve been a climber all my adult life, and still dabble as my broken body allows. But on this day, I didn’t even bring my climbing shoes; I wanted to disengage from the physical and observe.
It was one of the hardest days I can remember. I’m not a born “watcher;” I lost my taste for television, for instance, decades ago. But my damaged shoulders constrained my participation. So while the climber in me paced like a caged beast, the Outer Me snapped away.
I suppose I’ll have to get used to being an observer, but it still feels odd.