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Every so often Chockstone selects a recent picture taken by our members to be awarded the illustrious distinction of appearing in the "Photo Gallery". All photos are most welcome. Email Chockstone or leave feedback on the forum to send in contributions or to nominate a picture.

***** Giblets By John Bentley  24/05/2017
Giblets   
Steve Toal on Giblets (20) at Clicke Wall, Grampians, Victoria.

Wow, it's turned into a slab. - kieranl

Yeah, I know, it's hard to get a straight photographer these days. - gfdonc

In my defence, the photo was a bit rushed, because I wait until gfDonc was actually climbing, rather than resting on the gear....... - JDB

Only kidding - JDB

The route looks contrived. I'd get confused as a lot of the grips are different colours. Would be better to see some bolts straight up the orange route just to his right. And another line of bolts straight up black route to the right of that. And ffs the white route is begging for rings prolly the best route of all. Not to mention the next one. Also I can't see a lead climbing pass on the climber nor a lead climbing belaying pass on the belayer. Not a good safety example. Zero stars. - Jayford4321

Y iz belaya cowerin like that? Fear? Mebe thinkz gfdonk iz usin a abommerisible puff knot? Five starz 4 capcha in tha moment. - Gnaguts

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**** Lemon Butter By Lynne Waddington  16/05/2017
Lemon Butter   
Martin Jackson focussing intently on not slipping In Lemon Butter (22), Arapiles

Nostalgic, like action, like that he carries even a bigger rack than me on a short pitch, minus for the helmet. - widewetandslippery

Despite being regularly coaxed (and pictured) onto starred routes, MJ's magnum opus is Red Tide - the longest, chossiest, non-starred route in Australia! - jdb

Wait.. Why "minus for the helmet." wws? - Antforknee

I like it because it shows (in sufficiently close detail), a number of characteristics common in climbing that most viewers of this photo (includes non-climbers), can recognise or indeed directly relate to. It combines strength, a degree of tenuousness, flexibility, the gear involved, and sufficient facial expression to hint at the mindset involved. The strong angles draw the eye and set off well a framing-symmetry between the dark featured background and the relatively blank foreground. I would've given the last half-star rating if there was slightly less distracting foliage encroaching on the subject. Well done climber and photographer, and thanks for submitting it. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Massive..... Massive rack, Massive move, Massive muscles, Massive focus. And an extra half a star for the suspense of having to guess if the package is also massive. (Almost impossible to achieve in a photo taken on such an angle, what the hell, five stars!) - bagotup

Nice work, it's not easy making an 8m route look good when the photographer doesn't want to leave the ground. Loses a star for the climber wearing grey and orange clothes to a grey and orange cliff. - One Day Hero

For some reason I can't shake the feeling that this is a fashion shoot not a climbing shot. You've seen it before...."Martin wears an orange designer T and trakky daks from Dimmeys" with a footnote "climbing gear supplied by Black Diamond, helmet by Petzel". I can visualise the conversation "I've got my foot up.....now take the frikken photo!!!!"...."yeh yeh love it Martin- gimme those eyes yeh gimme those eyes". 1 star as a climbing shot. 5 as a fashion parody so I give it an average of 3. PS sorry damo- it was an accident!!! Please let me in the circle again. - Stugang

Haf a star. Bum view shotz R neva good , an even if they pass tha eyez filterz i still dont like em. - gnaguts

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*** The Behemoth By Lynne Waddington  27/04/2017
The Behemoth   
John Bentley (57) cranking through steep ground on P2 of The Behemoth (17), Arapiles.

Super fun looking - Miguel75

Nice photo of this terrific route. - Doug

Nice photo! What great rock architecture! - pmonks

Good effort for the climber & photographer, as a viewer though I would like to see either more of the climbers expression, or more of the rock/ cliff structure included in a scenery style photo. Thanks for the entry. - bagotup

I tend to agree with bagotup's comments (above) and if the belayer had've been included it would also have rated more highly for me, along with maybe more drama in clipping the high runner instead of a static position after doing so. It is certainly great rock architecture and jdb's position on it is inspiring*. Obviously unplanned, but the climbers clothing colour tends to make for a chameleon act too when combined with the rock colour... ☺ (*It also kind of negates the sentiments expressed in this thread!) - IdratherbeclimbingM9

This is by far the most frightening route I have ever climbed... I'd half done my back and was struggling with cramp earlier in the day... at one point I almost cried and actually believed the entire route was going to fall down on me such was the rock quality... it didn't and every suspect thing I grabbed was rock solid.... nice pic...sorry about the story... - shortman

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