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