I’ve been spending time recently photographing a series of images for my stock portfolio with the theme of Active Adults. In the series I am portraying adults in their 40-50’s involved in various recreational activities. My most recent shoot in this series was a rock climbing outing last Friday.

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For the shoot I led a group of models to a small rock climbing area about 10 minutes from my studio. While not the most impressive wall, the combination of its locale and shadiness suited it well for our task.

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Fellow iStocker Nicole Young came along on the shoot and shot some behind the scenes stills and video, so instead of me rambling on about what I did, I thought I’d share some of her captures.

Rock Climbing

My lighting setup was very simple and straightforward. I used a 580EX II speedlight on a Custom Bracket and set it at 1/3 f/stop below ambient and shot with the 5D Mark II on aperture priority. One note to check out is how I attached my BlackRapid RS-4 strap to the arm of the Custom Bracket to balance the camera when it hung off my back when I was climbing.

All in all, I am very pleased with the resulting images. The stock world is full of young-buff men & women rock climbers, and my hope is that my images will fill a different niche by showcasing older climbers.

Big thanks go to my models – Christine, Jane, Tracy, Ashley & James and to Jeff for setting the climbing routes. Is folks like these that make what I do possible and I GREATLY appreciate them!