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Ben turning the roof on the first ascent of 'The Comet'
© Sean Bell, Jan 2015
Problem: The Comet (f7A+)
Climbers: Ben Brotherton
Camera used: Nikon D3
Date taken: 29th January 2015
VOTING: from 53 votes
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Love the colour and composition Sean, a cracker!
dek - 28/Feb/15Report
Super composition and great light !
mr mills - 28/Feb/15Report
Brilliant stuff! Quality bouldering shots seem to be a bit of rarity.
Charlie Noakes - 01/Mar/15Report
.....and naturally lit ones becoming even rarer!
Robert Durran - 02/Mar/15Report
There was little to no ambient light here Robert, it was late afternoon in January in a dense wooded area of Kyloe. I could easily have walked away without a useable shot, but on using flash I managed to make a little something out of the situation and capture Ben on another first ascent.
Sean Bell - 02/Mar/15Report
Fair enough. I do really like some of your Kyloe pictures which capture the strangely magical ambience of the place superbly well. But more generally, there does seem to be a bit of a fad for unnaturally lit bouldering shots and I sometime wonder whether it is really necessary; is it sometimes just replacing patience, timing and exposure?
Robert Durran - 02/Mar/15Report
On the contrary Robert, it's the lightning that makes this shot... Love it.
James Rushforth - 03/Mar/15Report
In this case, James, clearly yes, but my general query above still stands.
Robert Durran - 03/Mar/15Report
Great shot! I love the atmosphere. Really dramatic and not at all 'overdone'.
apollo18 - 03/Mar/15Report
Oh yeah...and nice one Ben!!
apollo18 - 03/Mar/15Report
To Stugreen: But the problem I have is that that wasn't actually the atmosphere (except unnaturally for about a millisecond!).
Robert Durran - 03/Mar/15Report
I think we are aware of your problem Robert, you make roughly the same comment on every picture :)
CrushUnit - 08/Mar/15Report
It perhaps short changes the very highball nature of the problem!
SteveSBlake - 08/Mar/15Report
To Crushunit: that is not true; I make lots of positive comments on many more photos :-)
Robert Durran - 10/Mar/15Report
Thanks for your feedback.Ive been dabbling with this fad for over 15 years, I love natural light but sometimes what is in front of the lens needs a helping hand. As much as I enjoy taking pictures, making them is also a satisfying creative outlet.
Sean Bell - 13/Mar/15Report
The problem with using flash on climbing photos is that you only need three fingers at the most to count the number of people who actually know what they're doing, and Sean is one of them.
Mark Savage - 15/Mar/15Report
Who's the other one Mark? ;)
Fraser - 17/Mar/15Report
I think you'd be better off asking Robert..! :-)
Mark Savage - 18/Mar/15Report
Obviously I have no idea and no interest :-)
Robert Durran - 19/Mar/15Report
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