Rock Climbing: Photographing the Photographer

On Assignment from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.

We see the fantastic rock climbers and marvel at the feat of hanging on sheer cliffs with your bare fingers. But what about the photographer who takes those death-defying pictures? I’ve always wondered about them. In fact, when I watch a movie, I always think about the camera, light and people surrounding the actors. That is why I am no fun to be around especially when watching a scary movie: I can’t help seeing (and talking about) the set, makeup artists, angle of the lights and how many scenes they must have done to film a particularly scary part.

So, when I watched this video from camp 4 collective of mountaineering photographer Jimmy Chin shooting a feature assignment for the May 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, I was thrilled. At last, we see the photographer in action! Of course, before you attempt this, know that Jimmy Chin is an experienced climber in his own right.

I like the part where they climb up one cliff, then base jump down (instead of climbing down) and go climb the next cliff.

This is all great, but now I’m wondering about the videographers…

source jimmy chin blog via robgalbraith