Category Archives: Classic Adirondack Climbs

Adventure Photography Presentation

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 – On Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30pm we will present “Adventure Photography – Behind The Scenes” at the Wadhams Free Library in Wadhams, NY. This event is open to the public and free.

Although we make landscapes, abstracts, cultural and other types of images, many of our presentations feature Adventure Photography of one sort or another. As part of these presentations, we always allocate some time to explain how we go about making the images but, frequently, we have been asked to include more comprehensive descriptions of our methods than time permits. 

This presentation is devoted entirely to unravelling the mysteries of how we go about photographing adventure subjects; particularly rock and ice climbing. We explore our strategies and methods in depth, leaving ample time for questions and discussion. 

Our adventure photographs, and the techniques we employ to make them, are based upon decades of experience in the vertical world. We speak from a first-hand perspective when we share the inspiration behind our images as well as the often complicated process required to bring them to life.

Many of the photographs from this presentation are featured in our Classic Adirondack Climbs coffee-table book. They are also on display as a collection of fine art prints, in our Alpenhaus Gallery.

We’ll present the following topics:

Adventure Photography: A Selection of Images
To introduce you to our work, we share favorite images we’ve made over the years in a fast-paced, five-minute, audio-visual presentation.

Our Shooting Techniques
In this segment we explain the three ways climbers can be photographed, as well as several of the specific methods we use to make our adventure images. We discuss the specialized equipment and techniques we rely upon, and the cameras, lenses and other equipment we use. Serious photographers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts will find our methods to be of interest.

Making The Photographs
Putting theory into practice, this section addresses the process behind five climbing photo shoots. We explain how we planned and implemented each shoot and why we made the choices we did.

Landscape, Abstract and Cultural Work
A five-minute, audio-visual introduction to our work outside the realm of adventure. Introspective and meditative, these images reveal other facets of our photography which inform our approach to making adventure images.

Equipment Demonstration
A hands-on introduction to some of our specialized rigging and support equipment.

The Wadhams Free Library is an intimate space, ideal for up-close viewing of our images and lots of audience interaction. We hope to see you there!

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CAC Featured in Magazines

SUNDAY, November 26, 2017 – The Classic Adirondack Climbs – Collector’s Edition is featured in the Nov-Dec 2017 issue of the Adirondack Explorer magazine. The magazine cover is a photograph from the book entitled “Winter Ascent of Colden Slide.”

In the centerfold of the magazine is a photographic essay entitled “High Art” by editor Phil Brown, where he recounts his experience being on photo shoots with us. He also describes how our undiminished passion for climbing shines through in “high-quality photographs of climbers at play on vertiginous cliffs and humongous icicles,” and “the results are stunning.”

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/in-this-magazine

Winter Ascent of Colden Slide by Karen Stolz

Winter Ascent of Colden Slide by Karen Stolz

Adirondac magazine, the magazine of the Adirondack Mountain Club, also recently reviewed our Collector’s Edition calling it “an inspiration and an appreciation.” The reviewer, editor Neal Burdick, goes on to say, “It consists almost exclusively of dramatic images, some from unique and breathtaking perspectives…”

Thanks to Phil and Neal for their appreciation of our photography and Classic Adirondack Climbs – Collector’s Edition.

 

New Home For Classic Adirondack Climbs Blog

TUESDAY, September 12, 2017 – The Classic Adirondack Climbs blog will become a part of this Vertical Perspectives Photography blog page as of today, September 12, 2017. All future blog posts for Classic Adirondack Climbs will appear only on the Vertical Perspectives Photography blog page (this one!). If you are currently following Classic Adirondack Climbs don’t forget to follow this page to continue to receiving update notifications.

Classic Adirondack Climbs: Print Collection Now Available

MONDAY, September 11, 2017 – Consisting of twenty custom-crafted, fine art photographs, this collection includes our favorite images from the Classic Adirondack Climbs project. All twenty prints are on display, appropriately enough, on our indoor climbing wall or in our studio, and are available for sale in sizes up to 24″ x 32″. Please contact us for more information.

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Hardcover Book Is Available!

THURSDAY, May 17, 2017 – Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness was recently completed and this hardcover coffee-table book is now available as a Collector’s Edition. The release of this book marks the completion of the first of the three components in our Classic Adirondack Climbs project. The second component, a collection of 20 fine art prints of our favorite images from the project, is in the final stages of hard-proofing and will be available within the next few weeks. Lastly, our climber’s guidebook in ebook format, Classic Adirondack Climbs – Selected Rock, Ice & Slide Climbs (easy to moderate routes), is still a ways off and we are shooting for completion this fall.

In an article about the book, appearing in Adirondack Life magazine’s 2017 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors, climber Brandon Del Pozo writes “Each photograph is a moment in time that captures the beauty and wonder of Adirondack rock and ice.” Classic Adirondack Climbs is “a love note to everything classic and steep in the Adirondacks,” he concludes.Classic Adirondack Climbs

After more than three years of effort, we are very pleased to offer this book as the first component of our Classic Adirondack Climbs project.

For a brief presentation about the book, with links to purchasing information:

Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness

CAC Presentation on July 11, 2016

SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 – R.L. and Karen Stolz will kick off the 2016 Keene Valley Library Lecture Series with an hour-long photographic presentation introducing their upcoming book, Classic Adirondack Climbs, on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free. Find Out More

Vertical Perspectives Photography, R.L. & Karen Stolz

Positive Reinforcement Photo Shoot

Adk Explorer coverWEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – Earlier this winter, on a very cold January day, Sabrina Hague and Phil Brown climbed Positive Reinforcement, a Classic Adirondack Climb in Chapel Pond Canyon. On the previous day we set up ropes to allow us to position ourselves for the best photographic angles. R.L. ascended one of the ropes, adjacent to Sabrina as she climbed the route, while Karen rappelled off the top to shoot the upper section of the climb. The ice was steep and brittle, but Sabrina smiled for our cameras (while quietly cursing the uncooperative conditions) as she led the pitch. Phil patiently did his best to keep warm belaying as we repeatedly moved about with our cameras. When it was his turn, he was more than ready to climb. Everybody got cold.

In addition to shooting from our rigged ropes, we photographed the top of the pitch using one of our booms to create the birds-eye views we get when the camera is positioned out away from the cliff face.

We decided, unanimously, the second pitch would be anticlimactic and it would be best to leave with all of our fingers and toes, so we headed to town for a hot lunch instead.

Many thanks to Sabrina and Phil for climbing for our cameras, again!  And special thanks to Phil for telling the story of this climb and illustrating it with our photos in a terrific article in the Adirondack Explorer.