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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.

**** Impulse By Cameron Semple  7/11/2014
Impulse   
Tom Semple during his onsight attempt of Impulse (24) at Frog Buttress.

Nice shot... did he get up it? Why isn't he jambing? - shiltz

Missed the onsight. Moving off a RH flared jamb somewhere near where the left hand is now spat him out. Got to the top after this though. I won't comment on technique as this is well above my pay grade currently. - Cams

Great photo - Kp

top effort for a one-legged climber - Superstu

You think the other shoe might just be clipped to his harness Stu? - shiltz

Another good photograph. Given the angle, I would have liked to have seen a bit more facial expression to match the climbing involved. It wouldn't have taken much for the climber to look a little further upwards, but that is the luck of the photographers draw I guess. ☺ The angle of the photo when presented as is, in vertical format, seems a little odd to me, but when I tilt my computer screen so that the photo presents in landscape format I find it a lot better. In fact I'd give it another star as a more pleasing composition when oriented that way. Was it originally photographed as landscape? - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Thanks for the comments. @M9: The composition on this one is one thing that I wish was slightly different. I wanted a bit more space on the right and maybe have the crack slightly more vertical in the shot (also could have been achieved in post rotation with more space on the right). But as you say. Photographers luck of the draw a bit and definitely something that I'm looking to improve as it is the sort of thing you just need to get right by instinct at the time. @martynm: ta. Yes, the downside of using belay glasses is no face seen. ;) - Cams

@ martym Excellent pic! Where can I get one of those newfangled modern desktop 'puters from? Heh, heh, heh. Post edit. Hmm. My above comment was posted this morning in response to a martym comment featuring a computer picture that is now no longer there. It seems to have been deleted, perhaps by martym maybe about (Last logged in 10/11/2014 at), 10:09 PM tonight? What's the go? - IdratherbeclimbingM9

I did nothin of the sort! I am equally surprised to see my post was deleted... I an't see any record of it..? I only just read Mikl's blog about rope wear, then clicksd on the photo now (23:45) to see if you liked my computer pic- lo and behold it's gone... Gremlins? Gnaguts? Basically I love the photo Think the angle is great. Think M9 has an odd opinion about the angle... Took half a point off because the climber's face is mostly obscured.. And said I'd love to see M9 tilting his computer to see a landscape view: - martym

On 10/11/2014 martym wrote: >Think M9 has an odd opinion about the angle... You are bent in a different direction to me! Heh, heh, heh. ☺ >And said I'd love to see M9 tilting his computer to see a landscape view: ... ~> as a self-confessed aid-climber, all things are valid, ~> including tilting the view, even if a car jack is needed. Hehx3 - IdratherbeclimbingM9

It is alright, but here are two things wrong with it. 1. it is Qld. 2. The Tom climbing it isn't jamBing. - gnaguts

Nice shot but the keyboard should be set to align with the screen - as there are a number of workplace related injuries that can be associated with such a setup. I would have given it another star if I could see the typist and to see if the LGBTI or straight person had their chair suitably adjusted to the correct height. Minus another star as the screen is blank, but plus another one cos the blue sheer rock looks totally nails and plus another one to be doing it backwards. - Stugang

route looks great, good job on getting a touch higher before being spat off! grass trees, small but they give a unique continent Oz feel. this shot has inspired me to go out and give it a lash this arvo. - rod

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*** Agamemnon By Elenora Bulteau  3/10/2014
Agamemnon   
Bianca and Nacho climbing Agamemnon, classic 11 in Arapiles.

Good. ... No controversy from me this time. Heh, heh, heh. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Gotta get around to climbing this thing one day... - shortman

Well I was glad that the last picture was changed - ropedonkey

Chocky I like your old stuff better than your new stuffChocky I like your old stuff :) - maxdacat

Hum no... She's at the top, and the guy is seconding. He wears a beanie and slack hippie pants. - Elenora

Now, it's a nice photo with some good colours.. but since it's probably the most photographed route after Kachoong, probably more photographed as it's an easier climb - this doesn't really bring much to the table... For example: - martym

^ That's a bum crack shot if ever I have seen one, but I'm really looking forward to the next picture of conka Kerchoo instead, as that'd be much better than a brown eye from martym. Two stars for EB's nice pic. - gnaguts

Thanks elanora for the clarification...but now I am thinking that the dude has serious man boobs and a face mask that looks very IS like. I'm petrified that they've come this far. - stugang

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*** Objection Sustained By Hywel Rowlands  18/08/2014
Objection Sustained   
David Focken hand jamming his way up the excellent Objection Sustained (18) at Black Ians, Vic.

Hooray, a pic from Vic at last! - gfdonc

Good photo that tells a story about the effort involved in face-climbing a crack! I'd have given another half a star if the closest runner was out of frame, i.e. being a greater runout than that pictured... ... though it's great to not see any bolts(!), heh, heh, heh. Great composition. I like the proportional balance in the photo (⅓ - ⅔ strong visual anchors), between subject climber on rock, and background, and there is just enough sky/horizon to add further dimension/balance in that respect for my taste... The roofline below climbers left foot draws the eye, as do the aretes. I also like it that the subject climber is close enough to see a bit of facial expression, clearly stands out from the rock due the bright shirt, and that the picture-depth-perspective is added too by his close proximity yet is still roughly proportional i.e. a quarter of the view as a whole, and this enhanced with the climber looming large in the foreground. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Nice enough shot. M9 - how come you haven't mentioned the belayer? your standards are slipping!!! - Big G

@ Big G "M9 - how come you haven't mentioned the belayer? your standards are slipping!!!" I thought about that before posting my comment, and decided that not seeing a belayer was better than seeing a belayer cut in half! ... ~> so I ignored it due out of sight is good enough to be out of comment, heh, heh, heh. ;-) The depth perspective would have been enhanced with a belayer visible, but I think detrimentally at the cost of distance-perspective and character-intrigue that is evident in this photograph. It would have been hard to achieve without using a wider angle lense, and still retain the strong points this photograph has, but if sucessfully done would have got another star in my rating for it. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Catching the sun inbetween the showers. That was a good winters day out. - BenHev

Thanks for the tips on the shot. It was taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 compact. It has a LEICA wide angle lens that has a remarkably low level of distortion for a compact. Relatively cheap camera in the scheme of things ($300 second hand) and very easy to carry when climbing. - Howsie

M9 sees a rack and dishes out the stars. Are you serious? You cant even see the route, belayer, exposure or landscape. I'm sorry but this is completely uninspiring to me. - kp

@ kp "M9 sees a rack and dishes out the stars. Are you serious? You cant even see the route, belayer, exposure or landscape. I'm sorry but this is completely uninspiring to me. Serious yes, but not due seeing a rack. This photo is technically better than the previous Bulahdelah one, which I assume prompts your comment above. I make my star allocation on photographic technical considerations first and foremostly, and as a climber/emotion-response a long-distant secondarily. If you doubt this, then take the time to review my comments on all the previous photos that have been presented in Photo Gallery. I agree that you can't see the route or belayer, and this is why it didn't warrant more stars from me. When I just reviewed a sample of my previous comments, it would appear that I am generally a 'harsh marker' when it comes to handing out stars, though some of my higher star allocations were for bolted routes. My comments about bolts are mostly tongue in cheek, however it seems that this may have trolled you? If so then if I recall correctly; someone that used to have a white rabbit as an avatar once wrote on Chockstone; "It is the internet after all". Heh, heh, heh. - IdratherbeclimbingM9

I like it, cos it makes me want and go and do the route, even though it has nothing on stugang's route at The Hole. I doubt the jamming on this route is as good as the jamming at the Lion Hotel at Arkaba, ay stuie? - gnaguts

i think more people relate to the climbing in this one than the hard sport routes that apear here. looks like it was a fun day out and climber is more smiling than grimacing. - white trash

Looking good Dave, CYA on Ben Lomond in January. - Dennis

I'm with Kent, it doesn't show the route at all,how is one to get inspired by that? I know the route, and it is a great looking line and he's actually just pulled the overhang near the top but you have no idea of that from the photo. Still there should probably be some credit given for catch the approximately 3 minutes of tshirt weather in Victarcitica this winter. - Wendy

@ Wendy "I'm with Kent, it doesn't show the route at all,how is one to get inspired by that? I know the route, and it is a great looking line and he's actually just pulled the overhang near the top but you have no idea of that from the photo. Still there should probably be some credit given for catch the approximately 3 minutes of tshirt weather in Victarcitica this winter." Most people who might view this photo probably have no such intimate knowledge of the route and only judge it by what they see in the pic. You also get inspired by such great looking lines as offwidths, and most climbers avoid them when they find them, but may like seeing someone else mastering one in a photo should one ever get published here? Five star photo, simply for dragging a couple of seldom commenters who are heavily into bolts and offwidths to the comments bbq. I'm inspired by this lovely winter roasting weather Victarctica is having. How about you sis? @ gnaguts The Lion rocks. - Duang Daunk

Judging the climb by what I see in the photo - um I see nothing of it! I have no idea what size crack, what sort of terrain it passes through, how long it is ... Plus there's something about seeing a climber's hands in photos. Which is a little more challenging when they are buried in a crack, but some sense of the relative desperation of holding on is good. There have been some nice enough days in Victarctica since I got back, but mostly, they seem to be when I'm working so I just get to stare wistfully out the window at them. I just noticed M9 is complaining that the last runner is too close and ruins the picture by not having a runout.WTF? It's at his feet! That's a terrifying runout! - Wendy

@Wendy "Judging the climb by what I see in the photo - um I see nothing of it!" "the last runner is too close and ruins the picture by not having a runout. WTF? It's at his feet! That's a terrifying runout! " By your admissions above, and much as I hate to admit it, I think M9 is right in this case; and so I rest my case. - Duang Daunk

@ gfdonc "Hooray, a pic from Vic at last! " When are you going to sub a pic from the Red Tide ascent? ;-) - IdratherbeclimbingM9

@ Stugang "I read the news instead. Got depressed and made me wish chockstone was up again" Interesting photo comment... ??? - IdratherbeclimbingM9

Sorry M9, but by virtue of this being a climbing forum - that has to take precedence over the quality of the photography... In this case he could be bouldering in his backyard by the amount of visible "climbing" in frame. The landscape looks beautiful, lovely cliff line - crop out the angry guy and you have a nice nature photo. As a climbing photo? Not Much to look at... - martym

@ martym Are you for real? A boulderer in their backyard only has a view of their own illegitimate project, so how can you compare that to a real ascent? M9 might be an aider as far as climbing goes, but from what I have seen of his photo comments, he does appear to know chalk from cheese when the technicalities of photography are concerned, unlike you it seems. Another half star to counteract your comment. - gnaguts

Even KP is over-rating it, about the only thing it prompted for me was a mental contrast of how Dave racks his gear vs yours truly. - Rod

@ Rod; Your extensive Euro experience has obviously spoilt you! Heh, heh, heh. ;-) - IdratherbeclimbingM9

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