28 June 2010

Working for Aliens

Sometimes i think i might just be more privileged than most. Although i'm no where close to making millions with my work the places i see, people i meet and things i experience are worth more to me than anything money could buy.

I have just returned from working on a shoot with two very good friends Georgia and Uga on a very interesting documentary called the Incredible Lightness of Beings. I will post the web address once their web page is up and running. The very short of it is the story of South African woman whooshed of to space in the 50's by an amorous alien and zipped back with a message of living in a world of peace, love and oneness with nature.

I remain an open minded positive skeptic, but do believe that message of a time for change on our planet is true and i wish people would start doing something. I also wish for the end of politics and big corporations which have sole purpose of creating growth and profit... Anyway i will continue to try do my bit.

One great thing about this shoot is being able to shoot behind the scenes stills. Sometimes time is an issue as i'm trying to shoot stills, record sound and help Georgia with setting up her shots but its all good and when you're around cool people it seems easy.

So the photo's are of Credo Mutwa, our first interviewee. His knowledge of African history is amazing and spellbinding, i think i could listen to him for hours. Besides, i way prefer the history he speaks of than the boring blabber we learned at school.

23 June 2010

A new challenge

So this week i have been spending time taking shots at City Rock. This turned out to be a far greater challenge than i imagined, even though in hindsight i think i should have seen it coming. No light! The gym is busiest in the evening and at that time the only available light is the house lights, this means i'm shooting at ISO 1600 with an f stop of 3.5 and and shutter of 30s. All of this shooting action while i'm hanging on rope ... hmm definitely super difficult trying to get things sharp. It does make me wonder about the new generation 5d's though, i wonder how noisy they are at their high ISO settings with the new chips and all.

Regardless, i'm pretty stoked with what i have captured. Tomorrow its off on another shoot, and some behind the scenes shooting, it should be fun although i'm not looking forward to 4a wake up :(

15 June 2010

Travels in Spain

Agata Wisniewska sending Kalea Borroka 8b+ in Siurana

So this my first post in my blog! Now I'm going to have to remember to keep posting things to keep at least semi current.

I have just returned from an amazing 7 weeks in Spain where for a change was traveling with nothing more to do than climb. There were three of us on the trip, Arjan, Andrew and myself. Arjan bought the new Canon 7d before the trip so instead of taking loads of photo's like a should have, we spent most of the trip playing with video capabilities of the camera. I now desperately want the new Canon 5d! So even though there aren't many photo's from the trip there will be a video which i think is going to be pretty entertaining. The plan is to have it finished in July, hopefully i wont get to distracted with the Rocklands bouldering season.

Anyway i managed to snap off a few shots so here they are! I'll add a few more as i edit them

Andreah Hah sending Les Chacals 8b in Rodellar

Arjan on a'Muerte 9a in Siurana

Dave Graham working some 8c+ in Margalef