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SCS 2009 Divisionals Results

June 15th, 2009 Comments off

Video Update: OK, the AVS Software Converter that I have been using on my Vista laptop is no longer converting the *.wmv files to *.swf files. I’ve installed the software on my desktop and have been able to convert the file. If you have been having trouble playing the video, try again and let me know if it doesn’t work for you.

Wow! What a fantastic and exciting weekend. A lot of long hours, sweat and tears… but, wow!

Chris, a.k.a. Socks, climbed extremely well and it was very obvious that the extra effort that he has been putting into his training is paying off. He was in the second wave of climbers and was 7th in the running order for his category. Chris made quick work of his first route. The second route proved to be more of a challenge as only two competitors completed the route. Chris had movement to the finish hold putting him in a solid 3rd place.

They run the finals in reverse order, meaning that whoever was in 10th place would climb first, and whoever was in 1st place would climb last. Chris’s category, Male Youth-C, would follow the older boys in Male Youth-B. This puts Chris in the running order in the 18th spot 20 climbers. However, the format of the climb is that as soon as climber comes down, the next one goes. This means that they don’t have to wait for a five minute clock to tick down.

I was watching the Male Youth-B category on the route and I was realy getting nervous that the C’s were going to have a real difficult time as many of the B’s didn’t even get to the first clip. And I was right, many of the C’s did have trouble. But once we got to the top 4 climbers in the C category, their talents really showed. One of the things that impressed me with Chris’s climbing was his ability and mental acuity to back down the route and readjust when he found something wasn’t working for him. He did this not just one, but twice during his finals route. Chris made it to hold 36 with control – giving him 36 points. Luke Ashley had made hold 36 and also had movement giving Luke 36.3 points. That was the difference between 1st and 2nd. One third of a point.

Chris also competed in speed and climbed very well during the qualifiers. His finals times were not as strong and he finished in 4th.

Chris was very strong and consistent through out the weekend. If you look at the cummalitive scores for both difficulty and speed, he finished in first place in both categories. Unfortunately, the awards are based solely on their finals routes.

All-in-all Chris climbed great and had a good time. He is looking forward to Nationals in 4 weeks and will continue to train hard until then. We are Utah bound!

Here is the highly anticipated video…

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Sunrise at the Beach – 06/07/2009

June 7th, 2009 1 comment

This morning Vicky and I went out to the beach to watch the sunrise for the first time in a while. While there we saw some sea turtle tracks in the sand, dolphins swimming, and pelicans fishing – all with a very colorful sunrise as a backdrop. I’m including a few of my favorite shots here…


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Photography Gear

June 5th, 2009 Comments off

I thought I’d put up a post with an outline of all my photography gear. The camera is a D50 that I bought in November of 2006 and now has about 9000 shutter actuations (mostly rock climbing pictures). The lenses are as follows:

  • AF-S Zoom Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED DX (kit lens that came with D50)
  • Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC HSM
  • AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
  • Sigma 150-500 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO
  • Sigma APO Teleconverter 1.4x EX DG


In addition I have the Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight and a couple of tripods, not to mention various filters, bags, and other accessories.

So why all the lenses? Well, there are still a couple more I would like to get (like the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4) but here is how a primarily use the lenses that I do have. The 50-150 Sigma is what I have primarily used for the rock climbing gym shots. The f/2.8 aperature lets shot in the low light of the gym and gives me the reach when I am not able to get close to the climbers.

I found that most of the time I was shooting at the short end of the lens and decided to get a 50mm prime lens. This lens is a gem. The glass is fast and I can get great shots without the use of a flash. Composing the picture with a prime lens is quite a bit different than working with a zoom lens. I have to compose the picture by physically move toward or away from the subject, or alternatively crop the picture during post processing.

The kit lens has not seen a lot of use except as a walk about lens. I suspect that this one will see less and less time on the camera since I picked up the 50mm.

Now that latest additions: Sigma 150-500mm and 1.4x teleconverter… These just arrived this week as we are getting ready to go to Utah and Wyoming. I am planning on using this lens and converter combo to give me all the reach I need to get some fantastic wildlife photos. Hopefully with wildlife and weather cooperate. This particular piece of glass is relatively slow and will require decent light to pull off some good pictures. This lens is the only one in my collection that as OS, or optical stabilization. Nikon brands their lenses with VR, or vibration reduction, while Canon uses IS, or image stabilization. From what I have read, this takes a little getting used to so I see some practice sessions in my future.

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