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Ruby about to latch the top holds on the atmospheric Gargoyle Flake
Nick Smith - Climbers, Jun 2005
Route: Gargoyle Flake (VS 4c)
Climbers: Ruby Robinson
Camera used: Canon EOS 20D + Sigma 70-200/f2.8
Date taken: 26th June 2005
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Fantastic! What a lovely pic. Works really well in B&W too - I reckon probably better than if it were in colour.
TN - 29/Jun/06
Is it not worth cropping the chap at the top out and garden at the bottom to make it into a landscape proportion shot?
Lovely pic though Nick.
london_huddy - 29/Jun/06
fantastic...but clone out that bloke! Ian
Ian Hill - 29/Jun/06
OK, now removed the woman at the top. Do a browser refresh if you can still see her!
Nick Smith - Climbers - 29/Jun/06
Awesome shot!
Smelly Fox - 29/Jun/06
much better! and excellent cloning :o)
Ian Hill - 29/Jun/06
Don't normall like B&W but that is awesome
Chris the Tall - 29/Jun/06
Really nice- just shows how good mono can be, colour would just distract.
Rhoddy Stewart - 29/Jun/06
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
Charles Arthur - UKC - 02/Jul/06
superb photo! the minute gap between the middle finger and the rock, rocks
prana - 02/Jul/06
surely its very hard to say that B/W is better without seeing it in colour as well?
The Pylon King - 02/Jul/06
Lovely shot, composition is spot on, the viaduct over the water gives fantastic scale and the monochrome is just the right choice, adding to the drama. Wish I'd taken it.
David Rainsbury - 02/Jul/06
Really great shot, good to see a climbing shot at the top of the chart too.
TimS - 04/Jul/06
an exciting pohotograph that is simply inspirational regardless of the finer technical bits!
Andy Cloquet - 05/Jul/06
Congratulations! This photo was chosen as Photo of the Week, based on votes by registered users over the past 7 days.
Charles Arthur - UKC - 09/Jul/06
i'm slightly perturbed by that drystone wall ending in the middle of a field
did you clone out a farm?
prana - 09/Jul/06
Nope! That is just where the wall ends. Sorry that you felt so perturbed.
Nick Smith - Climbers - 09/Jul/06
Surely the dry stone wall ending in the middle of the field is actually the shadow from the tree?
Chris Fryer - 10/Jul/06
Sorry to be a lone voice of dissent, but I reckon the 'about to latch' pose is really cheesy and a bit over-done now*. Apart from that it's a great photo.
*Especially if it's accompanied by a false grimace which everyone knows has been held-for-the-camera while five different shots have been taken.
Al Downie - 12/Jul/06
Perhaps you get people to hold hard poses, but not me. I want photos that genuinely reflect the climbing moment, without a photographer getting in the way.
Nick Smith - Climbers - 12/Jul/06
i reckon this would look much better in colour
The Pylon King - 23/Jul/06
or get si oconner to vamp it up with a bit of contrast etc
The Pylon King - 23/Jul/06
prana - if you look at this picture you will see the dry stone wall actualy does end in the middle of the field
pottsworth - 18/Sep/06
You can vote for this pic in the Kendal Film Festival competition at:
Nick Smith - Climbers - 19/Sep/06
"Nick Smith won the best action photo in the Kendal Mountain Film Festival's Photo competition"
Well deserved mate.... Great shot...!
Mike Lee - 20/Nov/06
But it's on grit!
Tom Ripley Mountain Guide - 20/Nov/06
Classic shot. And who needs colour anyway.
bergalia - 15/Apr/07
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Nick Smith - Climbers - 28/Sep/07
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