Saturday, September 8, 2018

What Not: Shooting Long, Shooting Straight, Lowe and Lewis

... unless needed, was never much into zoom images - when it comes to still photography we're basically just wide angle to medium length landscape shooters with some humans, critters or mechanical contrivance (or combination thereof) thrown in for scale - however - picked up a new long-focus lens back in July and had hoped by now to have acquired several hundred images... well... have been a bit lack in that regard and have yet to get beyond the few (low science) test images we shot the first Saturday morning in the back yard after taking it out of the box...

... maximum 600mm focal length - brickwork near the top of a (maybe) 400ft tall chimney-stack from a distance of around 425ft (according to our rough trigonometry) - hand held with the optical stabilizer (OS) turned on, early morning sun at around 4 o'clock viewing azimuth (no filter), camera auto setting (point and shoot - not much thinking on our part), don't recall what ISO, shutter speed or aperture (we usually set one or two out of the three ourselves) and usually don't pay attention other than when we use the auto function as a meter... some decent latitude in the Canon 7D Mark II image sensor if you look into the shadows...

... top of said 400ft chimney-stack... same shooting settings and conditions - again, some nice detail in the underexposed shadows...

... early bird catches the worm - 'Robin Red Breast' gatherin' some breakfast for the family - was probably around 50ft distance - all these images were hand held, set at camera auto function with lens OS turned on (unless noted otherwise)...

... another early bird - don't know what it is - about 30ft away - OS turned off...

... PA Mountain Lion (at least he thinks he is) - maybe 30ft distance...

... couple 'Morning Glories' - maybe 20ft distance...

... have a few more but you get the idea... hey, look good to us and all camera/lens systems functioned A-OK...

... drag races upcoming in a few weeks - that will be our moon mission...

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... hey - get this cop out to the gun range and get 'em some practice, unless Barney fired his one allotted pistol round for the year... (yea - the "perp" escaped)...

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... last of the buffalo's...

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... Jeff Lowe, 1950 - 2018... 

... influential father of modern ice climbing... had a chance to meet 'em back in the late 80's - he was touring the east coast with his lecture/slide show, "Vertical Wilderness" - we had a chance to catch it at the University of Maryland - the audience was somewhat sparse, to say the least, which was fortuitous for us as we got to assist 'em with setting up his show then hung out with 'em next to the slide projector throughout - very approachable guy and bullshi**ed with us throughout the evening... the show was mainly a collection of his personal mountain and mountain-related images, with not one climbing shot - we thought that was pretty cool - nothing was about him personally, which is how he came across with regard to his climbing... one memorable image and related narrative described his working as a technical assistant on a 'Pepsi' commercial shoot in Alaska(?) - during a lull in the filming he got the helicopter pilot to fly over to a nearby peak with huge rock wall and follow a continuous crack system, bottom to top, for nearly 2,000 feet (while hovering about 50 feet off the wall the entire ascent) while Lowe scoped out the route for a potential later climbing attempt - don't know if he ever returned or not... 

(... coincidentally, around the same time we attended a similar lecture/slide show in Pittsburgh by the late/great climber 'Fred Beckey' which coincided with the publication of his book "Mountains of North America" - again, mainly a collection of mountain and mountain-related images with nary a climbing shot and no personal "braggadocio''... to us that spoke a lot of the character of both men...)...

... so long "Lewis"...

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... Burt Reynolds, 1936-2018...

... one good tale we read recently concerning the filming of "Deliverance" - the director, John Boorman, commented that he filmed entirely in sequence so that should any of the cast members get injured or killed he wouldn't have a disruption in continuity to contend with... ha - we guess that to explain their disappearance he would just film a dummy being swept downstream, rewrite a drowning, and keep moving on...

"... it doesn't have to be fun to be fun..."
                   
                                                      -Jeff Lowe

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Woodland Stones III

... some recent summertime bouldering - a bit of old and new...

... up on the ridge...

... 'Balor'...

... north face of the 'Pagan'...

... another angle...

...and some variation...

... 'Pagan' east face...

... old route on this short steep face at the 'Rockpile'...

... and a new work in progress...

... one move from "stickin' it"...

... walked right by this short route probably a hundred times over the years...

... endin' a day on 'Mr. Foley'...

... gotta' walk right by it anyway...

... some stuff river west...

... north face of 'Mojo' - not bad nailing that (here) first try with no falls - is some small crimps and thin edging... in archery they say your best shots are your first three of the day - we think that's true in bouldering as well...

... and some variation...

... ''Crawley Bit' - goin' for the ridiculous dyno and small edge... put up twenty-five years ago by our buddy 'Strongman Matt' - has only ever seen that one ascent - definitely one of the stiffer routes put up around here...

... speaking of "crawley bit" - these guys are all over the woods this summer - been gettin' clotheslined at least every fifty feet everywhere ya' walk... always been familiar with 'em but never really paid much attention until their recent "infestation" - is some alien-looking spiney-spider aptly named the 'Spined Micrathena' (or 'Spiney Orbweaver) - said to be harmless and are "not known to bite people", but after waking up with some pretty good welts on days after untangling at least a dozen of these things off ya', we think we're gonna' disagree with that comment - pretty cool spiders, though, if ya' check out that link...

... and down by the riverside...

... 'Split Block' - high ball always done on top-rope back in the day (no pads back then)...

... 'River Rat'... north and west faces pretty much are walk-ups...

... and the steep highball west face (again, old top-rope route) and south face... may pick up a few more pads and return - might not...

... 'JB Rock'... people been crawlin' up and down (and leaping from) this thing since the late 1800's (and probably hundreds of years before that - who knows) - the sloping upper face is a bit steeper than this photo would suggest... definitely a feeling of exposure up there and sure wouldn't want to take a tumble - would be a cheese grater before free falling into the shallow, rocky shoreline... actually did witness a "slightly" inebriated (and barefoot) fellow do just that years ago - swam back across the river and continued to party the night away with a pretty bruised (hideously in our opinion) and swelling ankle - saw 'em a week or two later hobbling around with a cast on his leg...

... a forgotten short wall along the shoreline...

... an annual obligatory attempt at 'Whale Rock' while paddling through - a bit swift current this day... maybe will return for an actual serious try one of these days when conditions permit (a level of 2ft or less on the Ohiopyle river gauge - think it's around 3ft here)... maybe not...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Woodland Stones II

... the 'Woodland Stones' images a few posts back sure did generate a bit of viewing and inquiry, so we decided to post up a few more from recent...

...  an alternate line on the 'Horizontal Latitude' block...

... 'One Hick and a Chick'...

... 'Fern'...

... 'Eecky'...

... 'Mad Men Only'...

... 'Blackland'...

... 'Z-Crack'...

... 'Gizzy'...

... ventured back into the archives - got to be a chore trying to sort/select thru several hundred images, so we decided to blindly open thumbnail files and take whatever we got - these are all from around ten years ago (or there 'bout)... (?) = not sure of block/route name (hey, it's been a while)... stopped at eighteen...

... 'Power of Tang' (?)...

... 'Blunt Arete (?)...

... 'Hot Wax'...

... 'Borat'...

... south face of 'Gray Dome'...

.... 'Gypsy Tears'...

... 'Woods End'...

... 'Nature Boy'...

... 'Hunley'...

... 'Tree Mugger'...

... 'F.U.R.'...

... 'Space Needle'...

... 'Jay Leno'...

... 'Black Box'...

... 'Don't Fall'...

... 'Nature Boy East'...

... unnamed project (?)...

... 'Shemp'...

... some great bouldering in SWPA...