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The Sloth, Roaches
© Gordon Stainforth, Jul 1996
Route: The Sloth (HVS 5a)
Climbers: Kevin Anderson
Camera used: Fuji GA645
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Cropped from landscape format scan for the book for a 6 x 6 lecture tranny, so not really as good as the original, but the quality of the scan is by far the best I've got to hand.
Gordon Stainforth - 07/Aug/06
I've just realised that ages ago, probably three or four years ago now, I put up a shot on this gallery (three pages back now), that my brother took, of me jumaring up to the camera position for this very photograph. In that shot I think I am more or less in the camera position. You'll see I had a bosun's chair - as I always do for photo shoots on a free space static line, because they always take a while and any harness becomes excruciating after about 20 minutes. The other, 'safety' rope is then tensioned off to one side, its main purpose being to stop you rotating on the rope. It's then just like sitting on a park bench in space, only swaying about a bit.
Gordon Stainforth - 08/Aug/06
It's big Kev of Glossop Wall fame!!! No way! Even though its not the best quality its still an awesome photo. I need to go and do this route.
Joe Costello - 08/Aug/06
The quality of this jpeg is simply a limitation of the internet. It is a gobsmackingly pinsharp medium format transparency, about 4 times bigger than 35mm. I had to compromise it here to make it come with the 120k upper UKC limit - I think it's about 118k! For a better reproduction see the double page spread in my Peak book (The Peak: Past and Present, pp.144-5)
Gordon Stainforth - 08/Aug/06
(I meant the original is a gobsmackingly sharp tranny)
Gordon Stainforth - 08/Aug/06
Doesn't do the exposure you feel heading out across that roof justice.
whispering nic - 14/Aug/06
Great shot, but shame about the jpeg quality. The fact that the whole of the original is pin sharp probably is the problem. Have you thought blurring the background to add artificial depth of field? This would leave more of the 120 kb of the jpeg for the climber and foreground rock, so more detail could be preserved.
jamiemoss - 15/Aug/06
Well, the shot was specifically designed for a double page spread in my Peak book - well, a one-and-a-third-page spread, and I wanted, in that case, to have the landscape, Hen Cloud etc, in focus in the background and not just to focus in on the Sloth. I think this may have been a scan from the publishers ozalid (or whatever it's called - technology that's no longer used). It's not from my scanner, because that is a lot worse again. But really this shot is no less sharp in the UKC galleries than most of the others. It's mostly the 120k problem.
Gordon Stainforth - 15/Aug/06
As I say, that is the format of a 6 x 6 lecture tranny, which is not as wide as the image in the book. Just possible I scanned this from the lecture tranny I suppose. Anyhow, it looks pretty good on my monitor!
Gordon Stainforth - 15/Aug/06
Excellent piccie and well led. Would put most people in a tither, me included when I eventually pluck the nerve to do it !!
sdawson1 - 15/Aug/06
What's all this 'tranny' talk - is Kevin really a girl?
The Bantam - 20/Aug/06
That's not Kevin - thats' Jens Lehmann, former Arsenal keeper, in his long-haired yoof!
Owen W-G - 23/Jan/08
Gordon, you could re-submit this photo at the new higher resolution of 250KB, then we could see the white fear in Kev's eyes!
Sean Kelly - 26/Nov/08
Sorry, this was a photoshop job done several years before I had photoshop (the photoshop being to remove some confusing people from the ledge on the Diff behind) and I do not have this file. I have the original 6 x 9 tranny, which again i can't scan well enough with my desktop scanner.
There was no fear at all in Kevin's eyes. Only, I think, a deep personal sadness, which was why he was climbing The Sloth that day ... another (private) story.
Gordon Stainforth - 26/Nov/08
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