Im thrilled that this image recently won the New Zealand Alpine Club NZAC rock climbing photography competition! https://alpineclub.org.nz/photo-competition/nzac-photographic-competiton-2017-winners/
I spent 7 days trying this project - initially working the problem at different times of the day, before realising that to get the best conditions i had to be there, warm and ready to climb before the sun even hit the boulder. Id warm up at camp and head out for a morning ritual of trying the problem, watching the sun rise and enjoying the amazing atmsphere that feels unique to rocklands.
I shot similar images over days working the problem, and each night id look at the images, critique the flash and camera settings and positioning, and finally settled on this shot from my final day in Rocklands. So happy how it worked out, even if i didnt complete the climb this trip! Looking forward to heading back next year!
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