Today I want to share with you some tips to shoot good climbing pictures like those attached in the article.
Two weeks ago I went to Grotti (Ri, Italy) to shoot the strong climber Elias Iagnemma in action on the hardest climbing route in Lazio region: “Last Tango at Zagarolo” 9a/9a+.
Inside the backpack, i put the size L ICU (internal camera unit) with this tecnical equipments:
canon 1dx mkii body, three lenses (canon 16-35mm f2,8L II, sigma 35mm f1,4 Art and canon 24-105 f4 L) and the Elinchrome ELB500 Flash with the action head and the Skyport Pro Transmitter. In the front and side pockets i put the climbing equipments: harness , carabiners, handle ascender and a belay device. Outside the bag i fixed the rope.
Firstly, I shot the first section of the route that was inside a dark cave with a very bright sun outside. For this reason I used the flash with a big umbrella as diffuser in order to achieve both the proper light on the climber and the correct exposure on the background.
I got the background exposure first and then i tuned the flash power to light up the cave and the climber.
I shot with wide angle lens to capture most of the cave but without getting the poetic bokeh effect in the background.
So I also used one of my favourite lens: the sigma 35mm f1,4 Art Series. Thanks to the hypersinc function of my flash I was able to exploit the full lens aperture without ND filters. This way I obtained very cool painting-like pictures.
To shot the second part of the route i climbed about 20 meters using a fixed rope, a handle ascender and a belay device.
I carried the camera with canon 24-105L lens in the small F-Stop Navin secured to the harness.
I hope you found these tips interesting!
Be creative and have fun!