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Broken

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One of the questions that comes back most often when people learn what I do for a living is: how do you manage not to drop your camera? Up until Saturday, I could (somewhat smugly) answer that I am being very careful and have been lucky so far.

Two days ago, I was shooting Heather Geluk and had just gotten some pretty amazing shots of the climbers with Dent du Géant in the background, when my camera decided to go for a hike on its own (I’ll keep the exact details of how the camera came to be dropped confidential for now, as I want to let the involved gear manufacturers investigate the issue first). The D700 and attached Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 II bounced around on the rock and ice slope, until the lens disappeared in a crevasse field. Amazingly, the camera stopped 150m lower and we managed to retrieve what was left of it… Sadly, the memory card was also damaged, though I have hopes of getting a specialized company to retrieve the photos from the morning.

We did finish the shoot, using a small Canon G12 and climbing the super fun Aiguilles d’Entrèves traverse. You can see the whole G12 set on facebook.

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Because nothing beats broken camera porn, here is what my once dear D700 now looks like. The screen is completely gone and I cleaned the glass fragments out.

And now, the hunt for a D800 in time for some big shoots next week begins!

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Featured in Climbing Magazine’s “Best Young Shooters”

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It’s a great honor to be featured in this year’s Photo Annual issue of Climbing Magazine, with a double page spread (above) of the Arête du Midi, and a short text about my career. It is in the feature called Seven Under Thirty, on – you guessed it – climbing photographers under the age of 30. I am in good company, with Lukasz Warzecha, Dean Fleming, Garett Grove, Ben Herndon, Rich Crowder and Forest Woodward.

You can read the entire article in pdf or better yet, buy the issue!

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