'Ten Frames' - Indoor Climbing Photography by Alex Messenger

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Andy Earl, CWIF 2008
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Alex Messenger is the Editor of Summit Magazine and one of the most talented climbing photographers in the world. His website is currently under construction, but has some stunning photography and will no doubt become a well known resource for beautiful rock climbing images. He specialises in glamorous assignments to exotic locales, such as The Climbing Works.

Alex's Website: messengerphotography.com/

 


The Climbing Works is: 'the UK's biggest and best dedicated bouldering centre'. It is located in Sheffield and run by several of the UK's top climbers.

View the website: www.climbingworks.com

Read a UKC interview with Climbing Works Co-Owner Sam Whittaker HERE

 


 

'Ten Frames' - Indoor Climbing Photography by Alex Messenger

"Being a 'climbing photographer' is naturally an impossibly glamorous life, but one that rarely leads to financial security. Or indeed, often anything resembling money at all. Toss in the fact that you'll never have time to climb, and will never be able to relax when the 'light gets good' and it's a guaranteed recipe for lifelong misery. However it's not all bad. At least taking competition photos is great practice for more 'normal' branches of photography – like weddings.

Find the patterns, follow the light, keep framing the subject, hope those people get out of the way, spot the gap then nail it at ten frames per-second. Did you get it? Maybe, but unlike weddings there'll be another competitor along in three minutes. Perfect."

Alex Messenger

Andy Earl, CWIF 2008  © Alex Messenger
Andy Earl, CWIF 2008
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© Alex Messenger
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© Alex Messenger
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© Alex Messenger
Andy Earl, CWIF 2008  © Alex Messenger
Andy Earl, CWIF 2008
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© Alex Messenger

Dave Barrans, CWIF 2008  © Alex Messenger
Dave Barrans, CWIF 2008
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10 Jun, 2008
I particularly like the 3rd and 4th photo's. Alex - could you possibly describe any techniques you used on those? Flash on the 3rd and Photoshop on the 4th I'm guessing? Cheers, Jack
10 Jun, 2008
cool....normally i don't see the point of indoor climbing photography but no. 2 is ace.
10 Jun, 2008
Beautiful shots! Love the way the short DOF makes them feel very intense and close-up - it really captures the closeness of the indoor venue. The body dynamics are great too - so was Alex lucky to catch the climbers at the right moment or is he a 1000 clicks for 1 good shot kind of guy? ;)
10 Jun, 2008
Skill. Being there, knowing what he is doing, capturing it. Darn hard work and lots of experience.
10 Jun, 2008
Plus 'nail it at ten frames per-second'.
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