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Last month Chris Sharma visited Australia and before heading around the country on his speaking tour he snuck in a few days climbing in the Grampians. I had the pleasure of catching up with Chris and producing this video for Prana, which they have now just released. It was great fun putting this together; I hope you enjoy it. For best effect, go full high-definition and full screen.
We had two days to film Chris climbing — in fact the footage of his attempt at The Wheel of Life (v15) “boulder problem” comes later the same day after sent the Groove Train (33)!
Massive thanks to the truly fantastic crew who helped me put this together: Gareth Llewellin (rigging and camera), Brett Williams (camera), John Binstead (editing), Stephen Bartlett (music production) and Darryn Rogers (graphics). You guys are awesome!
When I was at Oliana, Spain, earlier this year I shot some footage of Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra attempting a probable grade 38 (9b+) project (called La Dura Dura — meaning the hard hard one). That’s right, they both seemed fairly confident that if sent it would be the hardest route in the world and warrant a new grade (there are about seven 9b routes in the world; most of which have been climbed by either Chris or Adam).
I watched Chris and Adam attempting this project on many days and on eight days also shot video of it for Big Up Productions. Every time Chris or Adam tied in for a shot I’d jumar up a rope and wait for them, high up the 50-metre route, so that if either of them got through the lower crux’s I’d be in place to film the upper part of their send. Sometimes I got to shoot from other angles. Not the most glamorous job ever but it was really interesting watching them work the route, refine their sequences and gradually unlock the route’s secrets. Well I won’t spoil the story for Big Up. In the meantime check out their teaser for the Reel Rock Tour. It’s good to see some of my crux action footage used there. I can’t wait to see their full clip!
Australia has a new online climbing zine, Vertical Life! You can see it all here.
I really like the work that Simon Madden and Ross Taylor have put into this so far – looks great guys. They say they plan to put out a printed annual, looking forward to seeing that too. I reckon it’s a bold move by anyone trying to put out professional quality climbing media in Australia (or anywhere for that matter – but Australia has a particularly small market). Having being involved with Crux Magazine for a while I’ve got an idea of the challenges they’ll face. These guys look well positioned to make a go of it if anyone can. Good luck with it guys! I hope the market is big enough for this to exist along-side the existing print magazine – Rock.
And in the first issue of Vertical Life there is a video interview that they did with me about my work and new book, Rock Odyssey. Also in this video I’ve given away a lot of the detail behind my new photo pole apparatus that I use to get some of my shots. When I blogged about this “revolutionary” new approach to climbing photography a while back I had no less than three different patent attorneys contact with some very generous offers to help out, should I somehow want to produce and market it. Instead of going down that road I decided to share this system with the climbing community. I’ll be happy to see other photographers out there using this system — and their variants of it. I’m working on some ways to improve the system. If you’re a photographer out there playing with this stuff I’d be grateful if you share some of the things that you might learn back with me; maybe together we figure out some of the details to devise a really efficient system for capturing mind-blowing climbing shots. That would be cool, eh?
Here’s that video below. Also on the Vertical Life web site there’s an article, Words about Pictures, where I give the background to some of my shots. Enjoy!
Hereâ€™s a little video weâ€™ve just produced of Moniqueâ€™s climb of the awesome Tom et je Ris (8b+ or 32) in Verdon Gorge, which I reported earlier here. I hope you like it!
I’ve shot video from time to time over the years, usually as second camera, getting the hard-to-get shots, on film, TV, and TV commercial jobs. But this itâ€™s the first little video Iâ€™ve produced like this. Iâ€™m really psyched to do a lot more of them in the future and got some exciting projects in the pipeline. So what do you think? Iâ€™d love some feedback and to hear your ideas, let me know what you think of my dangling in mid-air camera work, and maybe Iâ€™ll get even more psyched to do more of these. For sure, stills photography will remain my main focus but Iâ€™m having fun mixing it up a bit.
If you have any feedback for Monique, you could always let her know on her blog here. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™d appreciate some comments too.
I shot most of this footage on a Nikon D5100 in full high-definition and just a few segments on a Nikon D3s (including the time-lapse). A big thank you to Darryn Rogers for his graphics, editing and grading. And also a big thank you to Moby for letting me use his music.
Crazy busy times here at the moment! The slide shows and book launch evenings in Katoomba and Sydney went off really well: great turn-out and an excellent vibe. Many thanks to everyone who has come along and helped make a fun night of it all! Next shows — Canberra this week and Melbourne next week.
The book has been generating quite a lot of publicity. There was a big feature in the Daily Telegraph paper last week and another feature in the Canberra Times on Sunday.
…and on Saturday I got a call from ABC News 24 television and the next morning I found myself doing my first live television interview. Which, perhaps like a run-out climb that you manage to cruise for the onsight, turned out to be lots of fun — in a strange sort of way!