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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.

*** Gorgonzola By Simon Opper  9/07/2014
Gorgonzola   
Photos from the first ascents and repeats of George Broadfoot's classy new routes Spicy Cheese (26) and Gorgonzola (27) to the crag Cheesedale, Nowra, Australia. Luke Magills route Small Cheese (23) not pictured is also a quality addition to the area. More photos can be seen on Simon's Flickr. Route details are on thecrag.com at cheesedale LEFTSIDE. message George on Chockstone at gbro for other deets. See Also: Pic 2 | Pic 3.

Now here is a photo that has strong visual balance from a great angle, without photo-shopping (like last gallery pic), the natural eye-drawing-lines, out to the corners to obtain it! Interesting to see reflections of clouds in the water below, as sky-scape (imo), generally adds heaps to the visual component of good quality photos, and this was an unusual way to achieve it. I would've given more stars if I could see the belayer for 'completeness of story' that the photo portrays. Thanks for the link. After viewing them, I highly recommend checking out the other pics (linked above), at Simon's Flickr; as there are some excellent shots there. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Nice Shot Simo! Would be sic to have an off flash pointing at George to add a bit of drama ;-) Gotta critique the photo though, my eyes are drawn to the quickdraws on the right for some reason. @IdratherbeclimbingM9, I don't have "Photo-shoppe" or Photoshop ;-) - Nick Da Frog

I'm impressed that Simmo managed to make Cheesedale look this good. Gorgeous George, on the other hand, actually looks this good in real life :) - One Day Hero

Gorgeous George, on the other hand, would actually look better with a silly ODH hat on when coming up into sunlight like that :) Half a star for doing it despite the nowra style fashion sense anyway. - gnaguts

Disappointing to see that Stugang deleted his humorous comment, made sometime between 9-14/07/14, re the pic. Something along the lines of; "The creek and greenery are quite pretty, but the climber on the turd of rock makes me want to wash my hands. Five stars. Captures Nowra perfectly." ~> He is having a nostalgia moment? Manning up to his real feelings about Nowra? (In context of a subsequent thread that was partially inspired by his comment here amongst other's Nowra comments... ~> See Bagging Nowra thread). - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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**** Sail The Nullarbour By Nick Le Baut  3/07/2014
Sail The Nullarbour   
Neil Monteith on the top flake of Sail The Nullarbour, Point Perpendicular, NSW.

Nice shot. - maxdacat

Shouldn't that be Nullarbor? - tnd

Correct. Nice pick up on the typo - Nick Da Frog

Really rad pic. I like the colours and the juxtaposition... :) - Miguel75

Great shot frog! But what is with the unclipped cams? - daave

The unclipped cams - funny story that. I was a bit scared of this route so decided to rap down and place some gear just before the runout crux section. There are two areas to place gear - a thin seam crack on the right (small wires) and 2m to the left are two bomber large cam pods. The cams are the good gear - the wires were a bit pox. Stupidly I didn't use double ropes so got up to the crux, clipped the low small wire, committed to the move to the cams and realized the rope would be almost a z-clip with rope drag so couldn't clip the bomber cams. But I was committed so I just kept climbing up. Silly me. - nmonteith

Three stars for the strip tease show taking place on the ledge below. Minus one star for the right slanted tilt of the photo. + half a star for the trad runout by lead climber nmonteith. - Duang Daunk

Tilt of the photo was done in post process to draw the cracks to the corners. It balances the image me think. - Nick Da Frog

Terrific photo of a great-looking route on a wonderful crag. Like the way the photo is arranged so that the cracks go to the corners. Makes me look forward to my next visit. Nice one! - Doug

A good photo of a photogenic location, and I enjoyed the stories belonging to it, however like DD I am somewhat put off by the post-photo-editing that appears to tilt the original framing. I thought tools like photoshop could reframe smaller/larger to get a desired 'effect' thing without tilting, but obviously with a differently angled baseline to still retain the 'verticality' component? It makes me wonder how it would look with the close-crack running to bottom centre of frame (instead of bottom RH corner), and the cliff-base that is currently bottom-centre, running off frame at bottom left corner? @ M75 "I like the colours and the juxtaposition... :) " ~> Juxtaposition of colours, mediums in frame, or field-depths? - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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** Pallets of Pies By Matt Perrett  27/05/2014
Pallets of Pies   
Thor on Pallets of Pies, Shipley Upper, NSW.

"Sorry, your comments were a little on the short side. Please provide at least a couple of sentences. Did you like it, hate it? Why?" I liked it. Just because it looks cool. - martym

Oh cool. Very good but the bushland in shadow is not quite right for me? I see this puts Pez in the exclusive club of people who have been both photographer and subject for a pic of the week http://www.chockstone.org/Gallery/Picture.asp? PictureID=236 Extra half a star deducted because Thor is a cheerful blonde 6 ft tall Norwegian god and he's too nice. - sbm

A butt-crutch shot with a puffy and beenie wearing belayer laffing, makes front page photo gallery? Dog spare us, unless our diet is sexism? Wot kind of climb is it (as seen by run of the rope), when the runout groundfall bit finishes with an overbolted crux? It looks like the new spurt has arrived where boulderers want some excitement in their diet. Half a star for having the balls to submit it. - Duang Daunk

fair photo that was prolly hard to get as it seems angle is looking in qite a bit. prolly hard to get to where he is. caption dont say if he made it to the chains. - White Trash

How many more 8m sport routes can we get for consecutive pic of the week!?! At least Sunshine is a great route - Pallet of Pies is a soft one move wonder that isn't on my highlights reel. Considering how many aesthetically pleasing climbs are along Shipley, where the stunning exposure could easily be captured, this shot is not really doing it for me. I thought pic of the week should be inspiring or different - not promoting facebook profile picture-quality shots. - Sonic

I like the rock colour, and the 'gollum-move' being made by the climber provides interest. Including the belayers feet in the frame would've been a better shot. Making a clip would've made a better shot. I tend to agree with comments above like 'uninspiring' & 'over-protected' (given the timing captures after having made the clip), when it comes to analysing this shot. ... Also, why isn't the grade of the climb, and belayers name included in the info supporting it? It might be regarded as a better shot if shown to a non-climbing or non-photographic-competition(-style) judging audience... Hmm. ... & after 2 consecutive Photo Gallery pics, that both according to stugang, are doing his head in; he is either two headed, or correct in his diagnosis(!), when I see his 5 stars given for it ;-) ☺ - IdratherbeclimbingM9

The shot was quite hard to take (for me at least). I had rapped from the anchors of These People are Sandwiches. To get the angle I had to kick off the wall and take it at the apex of the swing. This made it quite hard to get a good frame/timing. Originally the shot was landscape and I cropped it to portrait. I agree with most of the criticism, getting the belayers feet it would have been better. If anyone has a better pic of the week submit it! - matthewp

Re taking the shot "at the apex of the swing". Well done! It is a good result when that aspect is included/considered, ... however (sorry to say), it isn't about to win any photo competitions even with that extra effort regardless... ☺ - IdratherbeclimbingM9

I reckon it looks like a fun climb with cool looking rock. I also like the fact that you took this pic on the fly.There's a cute kids movie called Ratatouille. In it, the main antagonist is a critic who goes on to have a bit of a change of heart. His words are quite fitting; "In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so." I've never sent through a pic for Pic of the week so can't complain when someone sends in a pic I may not like.... Keep up the good work. - Miguel75

@ "In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. blah blah the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so." Yeh? OK, another half a star for the pic, because of them being out climbing or photographing it. As for criticism. It was posted up on the internet dude, and that is risky because trolls and critics are out there, so if you feed them, then expect to hear them munching. - Duang Daunk

Thanks Duang Daunk, your review made this the 6th lowest rated photo. I'm confident we can get to number 1! Interesting enough, the highest rated photo is of a watermelon, belaying on the Oasis ledge of Eskimo Nell... - matthewp

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