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Monday
Nov042013

Shooting the Sphinx

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A few weeks back a rather challenging hike was planned on one of the Facebook Groups I am active on. The plan was to climb down the UNCW down to the Sphinx and back out by the Ampitheater. The hikers though it would be cool to be photographed as they climbe up the Sphinx.

 

I opted for the high ground and after some research on Google Earth, I found a probable vantage point. The other problem was being able to communicate with the hikers. Since I would be on the edge of a cliff and the hikers would be around 1500' away without obstructions I equipped one of them with an FRS radio. It worked great!

 

For my photography setup I took my Canon 5D mk 3 and EF 100-400mm lens. I also took my Olympus OM-D and Lumix 100-300mm (with a crop factor of 2 it gives me a 200-600mm). I found that the Canon 5D mk3 and 100-400mm gave me the best options, but I let a fellow hiker shoot video with the OM-D. It was nice to have a second shooter.

 

 

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The FRS radio allowed me to pose the victorious hikers on a succesful scramble to the top as well as give them a safety net in case they needed it.

 

 

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A safe an succesful hike and scramble  the Gorge Rats show off their Gorge 'Tats'. 

 

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Sure was a fun trip!

Mark

 

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