[BTSV] Contest Entry: The Creek (dedication/party geekness)

With less than a week to go, the Fstoppers 2011 Behind the Scenes Contest is quickly drawing to an end. So, we are spending a lot more time looking over and posting user submissions. This latest entry may not have the best final image out there but I really dig the adventurous/road trip vibe. And what really got me was recognizing myself in the final seconds of the video. You know what I'm talking about... being hunched over your laptop, running through your selection process, while the party rages on around you. It's never very hard to spot the photo geek in a crowd. Best of luck Matthew. Last minute reminder: $21,000 worth of gear is nothing to sneeze at so get those contest entries in damn it. tick, ticK TICK!

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Cool vid, I do rock climbing myself too but haven't yet thought of combining that with my photography, though I probably should :) I kinda liked how he created the almost epic effect with his gel.

Love the vib of the video. Like to see more of the still images. Great work. 

Climbing photography is fantastic. I seem to be the kind of person who likes to complicate things and put myself into positions where I need to work harder to get an image that you might not normally see. This photo was in the Red River Gorge and is one of my favorites, but I can't for the life of me remember which of two climbs next to each other it was.

Cool pic, may have worked even better as a vertical frame though, so you could see where she came from :) Rather silly question, but: are you up on the wall yourself, or just looking over the top? And I take it you either take an easier route up or you use some tool to ascend quickly? Seems like a challenge to not only climb the wall but also be a photographer at the same time.

Sorry this took so long to respond to. The framing was purely aesthetic. She wasn't my climber, but I saw the image and I took it. The route I was up was a 5.12+ lead that my climber warmed up on, then he pulled through a static line which I ascended. I was about 50 feet off the ground and 25 feet from the wall. I usually prefer a second line to help me angle in or out. The "from-above" shot is a good fall back but in this situation, I couldn't mess with that. I actually like giving a sense of space in this regard to allow people to realize the emptiness of the wall.

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Very cool video!  I love how he rigged up a tripod to mount his strobe; amazing!