…and that means shooting some ice climbing. Here is a little “Behind The Scenes” of me hanging out with Terry Day climbing “High Anxiety”, a 40 meter, WI5 with very irregular formations in Red Head Cove, Newfoundland. Needless to say that this takes a lot of planning. Not only what cameras and lenses to take but the best outdoor gear and safety equipment that will keep you warm and dry but still give you room to hike and climb in. Thanks to Trevor Wragg for the photo of us.
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Well, there goes 2018. Hope it was good to you. Here are my top 9 photos of the year according to Instagram. Although the one of me was taken by Terry Day! Nice to look back and curious because what your favourite photos, or what you might consider the “best” …. are seldom what other think. The thing I like about these are they are a product of great subjects and great adventures. Here is to 2019 so get out there and make great photos! #2018bestnine.
Mandy and Steve got married!! …but being avid rock climbers they wanted some photos that reflected their love of the sport. This is not the realm of regular wedding photographers so they turned to their local climbing community. So on a beautiful fall morning our small crew headed out to make this happen for them. Along with Mandy and Steve there was, rope access specialist and photographer Terry Day, experienced climber Thom Smith, all ’round adventurer and drone pilot Brandon Whelan and myself. We had a location in mind at a regular climbing crag in Flatrock, north of St John’s that had the right combination of dramatic and being fairly “wedding dress accessible” …despite being called “BloodBath”. The plan was reviewed, ropes were rigged, the drone was launched and everyone took their places. I’m hoping this was a first for Newfoundland. Thanks everyone for an epic shoot and a big congratulations to Mandy and Steve!
I actually like Instagram. Despite the small display size it’s all about the photos. …less txt, more pix! I post a lot more of my ongoing work and the journey doing it there than here. One of the nice things Instagram coughs up at the end of the year is your top nine most popular photos as judged by the likes and comments. They may not be what you consider your best shots but they are certainly the “readers choice awards”. It also gives you a nice insight to what communities and interest groups are at play or most active on Instagram in relations to you style, brand or subject of photography. 2017, like 2016, its pretty obvious that the climbing community loves Instagram and heavily engaged. So, #2017bestnine from #Instagram. Not following us on Instagram? Well, follow along! our feed. …there is a lot more than climbing photos!
Our video from the 2016 Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s, Newfoundland. This bouldering event kicked of the climbing competition season and is the first of two major provincial competitions in the province.
Well, Fall is here and that means back in the gym for Erinn Locke to prepare for the 2016-17 competition climbing season. Along with teammates on the the Newfoundland junior climbing team, she will be competing in Newfoundland, Ontario and Quebec this year in hopes of qualifying for the Canadian national championships in the spring. It’s always a time of hope, goals, aspiration and anticipation for the season ahead. Check out her photo gallery!
As with most amateur athletes the only thing holding them back is money. This is especially true for young athletes from Newfoundland where travel to train and compete in other parts of Canada can be prohibitively expensive. If you are interesting in sponsoring some extremely talented young climbers who want to represent Newfoundland in the up and coming sport (which will be an Olympic sport in 2020!) please get in touch on the Team Webpage!
The Newfoundland Youth Climbing team is sanctioned and supported by the Newfoundland Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?
As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.
As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.
Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.
The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.
The Latest from Greg LockeWelcome to the blogs at Stray Light Media and GREG LOCKE PHOTO. Here you will find some of our current work, adventures, personal stories notes from the road while on assignment and news and insights from the photography, video, film, digital imaging and media world. Not to mention, more often than not, late night ramblings from the studio elves. Share your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Comments are welcome, but moderated, so bring your insight and smarts to the discussion.
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I’m very grateful for the support of Prana, Scarpa, Agence Stephane Morin and The Outfitters who make this adventure happen.
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