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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!

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