I think we've covered this subject (or this same guy) before—my brain must be blocking the memory—but here's an interesting "60 Minutes" behind-the-scenes video in which producer Jeff Newton explains how to videograph a guy who is famous for solo freeclimbing on sheer rock faces.
Sent to us by friend and TOP supporter Michael Tapes, of RawWorkflow and Michael Tapes Design. If professional photography is problem-solving, this assignment was definitely one thorny problem.
At one point, Jeff Newton mentions that it makes some peoples' hands sweaty to watch this stuff, and...sure enough. I find this Honnold character's antics almost physically painful to contemplate. The only good thing about it is that I could never find myself in the positions he puts himself in, because I'd be paralyzed by fear twenty feet off the ground.
From CBS News.
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Featured Comment by Mark Mefford: "Jeff Newton was my roommate in College at Eastern Kentucky University; seeing his name here on TOP caused a flurry of synapses that didn't anticipate meeting each other. While watching him I thought about our college days and noted he seemingly has lost none of his enthusiasm for journalism (which is substantial by any standard)."
Featured Comment by Adam Long: "Thanks, Mike, great link!
"I had the privilege to climb with and photograph Alex when he made a trip over to the U.K. a couple of years back. I've also climbed the route featured (with ropes of course!) which makes it particularly resonant for me.
"I guess there is a lot of impressive footage of all kinds of things on the web, but its worth pointing out that this is the real deal—there are perhaps two other guys in the world capable of soloing this route. And I'm pretty sure neither would be able to do it smoothly enough for anyone to contemplate filming them. I've shot a few dicey climbs over the years and, strangely enough, it's pretty important that the climber is doing the climb for themselves and not to get on TV. There's nothing worse than having to watch anyone tempted to show off in that kind of situation. Alex is rock solid in that respect; I think he'd far rather everyone left him alone!
"It's also great to see what climbing can look like with some production dollars. It's hsitorically been a very hard sport to get across to non-climbers, but with ever lighter and more capable cameras I think this is set to change. Getting broadcast-quality footage from the likes of GoPros is going to make a huge impact."
Featured Comment by Mandeno Moments: "That video gives me the collywobbles. I'm not concerned about falling; rather, what bothers me is the sudden stop at the bottom."