More Photos From The Edge. November 6, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, climbing.
Tags: B&W photography, bouldering, Farley Ledge
Here are a couple more photos from Saturday’s “bouldering session” out at Farley Ledge, of which I was an observer rather than a participant.
I went there hoping to capture some essential quality of that activity rather than an overview of it, and at some point booted my ISO way up to 6,400, meaning that the photos would be “grainy,” but still possible in the waning light of a late afternoon in November.
Now, action photographs (and this ought to qualify as “action”) are normally shot at really fast shutter speeds to freeze the action, but in this case I wanted to call attention to a specific part of the photo, and didn’t care if the rest of it disappeared into the visual morass.
The results are indeed tightly focused on a small region of the photograph. I’m not sure how they’ll translate to this low-fi Blogosphere world, but in the scaled-to-print world, they were more than satisfactory.
Anyway, here’s Breyton putting the moves on Babies With Rabies, a notable V10 (difficulty rating) boulder problem at Farley.
The start, with both hands crimping a shallow hold on the belly of the beast:
…followed by a foot-hand exchange, with individual fingers making room for the incoming heel-hook as Breyton moved up the lithic swell:
It wasn’t really possible, in the low light of a November eve, to freeze this frenetic action, so I chose instead to go for the hand-foot switch, letting the rest of the photo soften a bit.
The overall effort of this attempt on Babies warrants a photographic go in better light. Maybe I’ll get an invitation to the party at some future date, as the “bouldering” season in these parts extends well into early winter.
Jon, Hayden, Breyton, thanks for your patience as I horned in on your community of people covering each others’ backs. I wasn’t much help, unless one considers illumination as “help.”