Glen Lednock & the sports climbing that never happened
neil posted in Photos, Neil, Climbing, 5Dmk2 on March 1st, 2009
Fraser, David and I drove into Glen Lednock in pitch darkness and set up camp so we could go bouldering. The problem was the boulders were at the wrong scale. Often we would see a wonderful looking boulder in the distance and head towards it, only to realise it was head height or less. After some dispiriting tramping around we found two sensibly sized boulders which Fraser and Dave set about.
I wanted to try something a little different this time rather than just tossing hard light at the climbers from various angles. I schlepped a 46″ umbrella and badass lightstand up and down and across the glen to provide a big soft source. A flash bracket allowed me to affix two speedlights where they could shoot into the umbrella to give me enough power to work against daylight levels. I see there is a three way bracket for this sort of nonsense and its on my shopping list for next time. I’m pretty convinced that doubling flashes up on a power hungry light is the way to go. It means less lightstands to move, faster recycle times, slower battery reload intervals and much lighter and more flexible than battery studio gear (although I’d LOVE to field test a Profoto acute 7b….).
The umbrella light, with only two strobes, only really “cut it” when it was slightly overcast, but it provided a different look for these images. If we’re shooting bouldering and not route climbing and the weather report is for still air, I might bring the big brolly out again. As it was I spent a large time rolling huge rocks around to secure the lightstand to the ground. The bouldering problem we found seemed quite tricky and it was good to see Fraser having to pull out all the stops to make a move. The background of Glen Lednock was nothing to sneeze at. A good moment in a good location makes my life easy!
We then went to a roadside sports crag and I’ve been asked to say no more about it, save for Fraser’s manparts were wounded by his harness and the rock was really strange.