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Paul_Joslin

ICE CLIMBING ON KENNICOTT GLACIER



We were out hiking about Kennicott glacier with a guide when we spotted this fellow some distance away scaling one of the many glacier vertical faces. He appea...
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We were out hiking about Kennicott glacier with a guide when we spotted this fellow some distance away scaling one of the many glacier vertical faces. He appeared to be alone and wasn't using any ropes. Our guide recognized him and said he was another guide who he assumed was out exploring the glacier on his day off.
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16 Comments | Report
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault November 02, 2016
being old and cowardly, i can only hope that you have Photo-shopped the rope out of the picture; somehow, i doubt it. Great capture.
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden January 31, 2017
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
MichelleRaneeJohnson PRO+
 
MichelleRaneeJohnson April 17, 2017
Just wanted to let you know that you made it into the top 10 in my climbing challenge! Great photo and great ice climb!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana November 22, 2017
Nice composition!
bpwhite PRO+
 
bpwhite September 11, 2018
Great photo!
Oceanskyphotography PRO+
 
Oceanskyphotography October 20, 2018
Amazing!
Paul_Joslin Platinum
 
Paul_Joslin October 20, 2018
We were exploring the upper surface of the Kennicott Glacier with a guide when we spotted this fellow on his own scaling one of the Glacier's many sides without the aid of ropes.
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch December 06, 2019
Fabulous capture!
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U May 22, 2020
amazing shot!
KristinaOers PRO+
 
KristinaOers August 06, 2020
Incredible picture!!
jeffgauthier
 
jeffgauthier Jan 08
He's got more guts than me that's for sure!! Dang......
Vash01Photo Ultimate
 
Vash01Photo May 02
Wow! Adventurous man.
marysorberdye Platinum
 
marysorberdye May 11
Just hanging out at your favorite chunk of ice? lol Stunning photography!~
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug Sep 13
Now that's an adventure! Impressive.
PreissAlex Platinum
 
PreissAlex Sep 13
Congratulations on your People's Choice in adventures Photo Challenge Win. Excellent photo.
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal Sep 17
Congrats on another win Paul. :-)

Behind The Lens

Location
I was traveling with a guide across Kennicott glacier when I saw this fellow at a distance scaling up the side of a major break in the ice. He appeared to have no safety rope should he slip and fall. He appeared to be on his own.
Time
It was late afternoon on a cloudy day.
Lighting
I was grateful for the cloudy weather. Under these muted conditions the exposure differences between the ice climber and the glacier were not all that great so that it was possible to see both the details in the climber and the the ice itself. Had it been sunny the reflection off the glacier would have been so overwhelmingly bright as to be totally washed out when exposing for the person.
Equipment
My standard photography equipment for the field is a Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 18-300 mm lens. This enables me to switch from wide angle to telephoto on the fly without having to take the lens off and risk getting dust on the screen, or possibly losing the shot during lens changes. I do a lot of wildlife photography where being continually ready is important.
Inspiration
I am always looking for interesting action shots. This was pretty unusual.
Editing
I always photograph in Camera Raw with a view to processing later. Almost every photograph is improved with some tweaking, especially when having been recorded under field conditions.
In my camera bag
Often I will carry an external flash and a carbon fiber tripod all of which fit within my sling bag along with the camera and lens. An additional piece of equipment I highly recommend is a knee pad. It serves many purposes. I use it in the field to kneel, sit or lie my elbows across both for comfort and sometimes to keep me from getting wet if the ground is damp. I also use it as my camera's primary protection in the sling bag, having removed the original insulation.
Feedback
Don't hesitate to take lots of shots.

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