Have you ever dreamt about photographing your own ascent of the Swiss Alps, but can never find the time to actually get around to it? Luckily, there are professional mountaineers who are, well, let’s just say, slightly more motivated than you and I. Now, you can enjoy the experience of climbing the notorious Eiger North Face from the comfort of your couch thanks to the radical photography project carried out by Dani Arnold, Stephan Siegrist, and the 12 GoPro’s they carried on their expedition to the top of the 13,000-foot (3970 meters) summit. The panoramic imagery they were able to capture is nothing short of breathtaking.
When I recently got a call to go photograph Ontario’s largest indoor rock climbing gym, my first though was:
Yes, of course I’ll do it!
My second though was: How the heck am I going to do it!
Do you know that feeling when you are watching a sit-com on TV and you start thinking…I swear the Simpson’s already did this…? That is basically what I feel like when I am facing a tough lighting challenge…I swear David Hobby already did this…!
And yep – he did – back in 2010 in the Strobist article “On Assignment: Earth Treks, Pt. 1″.
I totally admit that I basically
stole appropriated David Hobby’s approach to lighting a giant indoor rock climbing gym, but I think the approach to lighting a huge, dark indoor space using a combination of studio strobes, small strobes (speedlites) and ambient light is still worth further discussion.