It is my opinion that a photo should say something, that it should somehow captivate the viewer and give some insight on life. Climbing with the inherent depth involved, not to mention the focus and desire of the climber, provides a great opportunity to capture innate aspects of the human psyche. I do not take climbing photos for beta, even though that is the primary interest of many climbers.

However, I do use a Canon 5D Mark II which means that every hold on Agealis is clearly visible in the high resolution version of this image, as you can see in the blog's background image... and I intend to make use of that information. An unknown climber entering the crux of Agealis 7c, Grande Grotta, Kalymnos, in all its glory high over the Mediterranean; the world's most photographed sport climb and with good reason.

1/800s, f/5.0, ISO 100, 45 mm © 2009 Shawn Boye

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