Posts tagged “Adventure

In The Saddle

Came across this lovely blog from an amateur race cyclist living in London – inthesaddle

Very well written and humorous too – I recommend you read the Mont Ventoux article.

inthesaddle home page.


Photo Finish! Official Photographs

A collaboration with Shoot DHS and One Tribe TV

A race between two businessmen, who after work, have to be somewhere…but where? Public transport is not good enough! It’s slow and expensive! Go by bike? ….No! They take it to the streets on foot! Fast and agile and can go where cars can’t!

You can also view the video of the shoot here!

So here are my results. Enjoy!

Danny | Shoot DHS

Danny Time Watching!

Weather Watching

Foot Down

Game On!

Neck and Neck!

Jump into the lead!

Exhaustion

Desperation

Desperation

Final effort!

So Close

Photography | Piers Cunliffe Photography

Thanks go to:

SHOOT DHS | Artistic Director

Lee Martland |Photography Assistant

Andy Barnham | Photography Assistant

Toby Russell | Camerman + Editor

Danny and Aaron | SHOOT DHS Models

One Tribe TV | Production Company


Photo Finish! Video from London Shoot

It has been a long time coming. A while back I did a photoshoot in london with SHOOT DHS Models. It has been kept under the hat for a while, but now I am proud to present the video from the days shoot. The theme was a race between two business men, who after work, have somewhere to be, but local transport and cars are slow, so they take it to the streets on foot. Photos are to follow soon.

So here it is:

Photography | Piers Cunliffe

Models | Shoot DHS | Danny + Aaron

Producer | One Tribe TV

Cameraman + Editor | Toby Russell

Special thanks also go to Andy Barnham and Lee Martland for helping me out.


Siurana, Climbing in Spain.

A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Siurana, I was asked to capture climbers in the Region de Mont Serrat.

Short video and article to follow soon.

Siurana Guide Book over looking the entrance to Siurana.

Siurana back street to the local climbing

Climber on Unknown 8a route, Siurana

Andrew Gibb, 6c+, Siurana

Resting/Redpointing, Andrew Gibb, 6c+, Siurana

Laurent Moseley, 6c+, Siurana

Chalking, Laurent Moseley, 6c+, Siurana

Shadow of me on abseil photographing.


New GoPro Hero2

Awesome –


Updated Website – New Sections!

There are some great new changes to my website. A brand new fashion section, and soon to be filling the spaces are Film, in association with One Tribe TV, Published Work and Projects. Check it all out here – www.pierscunliffephotography.co.uk – So watch this space as I regularly update it!

Feedback would be great! Thanks

Screen Shot of new website!

In Association with One Tribe TV

 


Short Depth of Field

Came across this picture in my archives. I was experimenting with my new 70-200mm f.2.8 and was trying to photograph an ant running along a wall. I missed of course, but I like the very very short DOF in this shot.


RAT RACE Adventures | Day 2 | ‘Nine to Five’

Sunday 25th Sept 2011 saw approximately 1000 competitors head down to the RAT RACE event village in Potters Field, London. This was a longer and more challenging race. Done on foot and bikes, the racers had to cover a lot of London. This time I had the car; Cliff drove and I navigated. When we passed Rat Race competitors on their bikes, it was a good opportunity to lean out of the passenger window and capture the action while moving. Communication was key between me and cliff so I didn’t fall out or take out any cyclists.

Alongside the cycling and running, the racers also kayaked, abseiled, climbed and did an assault course.  It was very hard to keep up with the racers, despite having the car, but we had the traffic and congestion to contend with, as well as having to take the main routes and park the car and walk to the checkpoints where the challenges were taking place.

One of the highlights was that the BBC were filming Ben Fogle competing in the race. He is currently filming a series, in conjunction with Lonely Planet, ‘A Year of Adventures’ and RAT RACE was included. There have been many books about a year of adventures, but this is the first time that it will be televised. Lucky for Ben as he gets to compete/complete all these adventures, something that I would love to do. The BBC were very helpful as they were our big clue to finding Ben and tracking him down. They did have three camera crews, two in vans and third on a motorbike. Also with Ben was another competitor who had eyes on him the whole time, feeding back to the camera crews where they were and where they were next headed. I did ask if I could jump onboard with the team, but unfortunately they didn’t have enough room, or that was a polite way of saying ‘no’. I think it was the latter!

Anyway, here is my selection of photos, while Ben was an interesting focal point, my brief was to capture the RAT RACE, and so I shall present it that way too. (I am never easily starstruck!) Enjoy!

Rat Racers plan their route on maps in front of the Gherkin.

Waiting is always the worst part.

Shot from a moving car. I missed, but I still like it.

Grit and Determination!... and the urge to help haul him up by his beard. Good restraint on my part.

Bungee jumper. Taken from the cage above the Event Village.

Ben Fogle

Rat Racer

Jogging

Well....I did say smile...and I got one!

The kayak challenge


Rat Race Adventures | Day 1 | Sat 24th Sept 2011

Enter the Mean Streets. An endurance challenge in London city centre held by RAT RACE Adventures. Starting from the Tower Bridge, competitors were given the signal to disperse and take over London. Their objective? Complete as many checkpoints as possible in the 2 hour time frame. You think that sounds simple? Wrong….the checkpoints were scattered around the city centre. None of the CP’s were in any logical linear line. You had to head to one and then navigate to the next, taking any route you fancied.

This race was on foot, so I was tasked with covering it on my trusty steed! That was a challenge in itself as I don’t know the streets of London. So my map was clamped between my teeth (this makes breathing a tad tricky…must buy a proper holder) and a next to useless free sat nav woman talking through my ear phones on my iPhone.

There was another photographer, Cliff Hide,  but he was tasked with getting the press shots, whereas I was getting all the new material for Rat Race promotional and advertising shots.  I headed to The Arch climbing wall and grabbed a few shots, lighting was tricky, but I captured a cool shot of a racer with his map clenched between his teeth. Then it was a brisk ride to Trafalgar Square where I had to Hunt The Rat – a cockney speaking chap in a rat costume. He was very tricky to find as he had been placed in the middle of a music festival that was being held there too.

Next was Russell Square, where the CP was in the middle of the fountain. Great opportunity for getting shots of racers getting wet, but I was bitterly disappointed when it was just a piddly floor fountain that spent most of its time dribbling water, not gushing it out. After some time the fountain picked up some height, and with a bit of encouragement I persuaded some of the racers to get drenched. It was fun to shoot and the racers appreciated the attention.

Back on the bike I raced back to Potters Field to the event village to capture the racers crossing the finish line.

Hope you like the pictures.


One Day On Earth: 11/11/11

One Day On Earth are asking everyone to participate in their filming event to take place on 11/11/11. It also co-incides with remembrance day, so some great opportunities to film. Check out their website – http://www.onedayonearth.org/

Watch this video from the same event last year, but on 10/10/10. (Can you see the pattern emerging?) There will only be one more event unique like this in 2012 – 12/12/12. After that when will they do it?

So on 11/11/11, with whatever filming equipment you have, be it phone, camera, or a RED ONE. film something, something that is close to your heart, and submit it.

I know I will be!


The Deverells

Have just completed a family portrait session with the Deverells. It was a really fun day out in their garden, the kids did what they did best…played, while Sara and Rob looked on with huge smiles on their faces. So I will let you see for yourselves how fun and vibrant this family is.

Enjoy!


Meet The Moment Slogan Help!

Carrying on from the Cliff Bar Meet the Moment competition, I have 3 more pics I want to enter as an ‘Adventure Postcard’, but could do with your help with the slogan.

Please bear in mind the space and how your text fits in it. Anything you can think of will be considered, but keep it clean please. For a peek at the my latest entry click here. If I do use your slogan you will be duly credited in the notes section when I submit it.

Here are the photos – just leave a comment starting with either Photo 1, Photo 2 or Photo 3, so I know which one it applies to.

Look forward to your answers.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3


Meet The Moment

I have just entered a competition run by Cliff Bar. A fab opportunity to win big and to do that adventure you have always dreamed of doing.There are loads of entries so winning will be tough, but I’m confident!

I was inspired to do it when I was checking up on Michael Clark Photography and saw his entry. (Its an awesome entry!)

So here is my entry. I will be entering a few more but the hardest part is the slogan. It has to fit with the photograph and the ethos of what Cliff Bar are trying to promote.

 


Cotswold Airshow 2011 – aka Kemble

Father’s Day was happily spent with my dad at the Kemble airshow. A spectacle of roaring engines and sultry acrobatics. One day I will be up there with them taking the photos, but for now I had my feet firmly planted on the ground with the lens pointed up. I wanted to keep away from the classic shots of the plane filling the frame against the sky. This way you can great details of the plane but I wanted to put things into perspective. The planes were flying low and the crowds were in awe. We had the last ever UK public display by the DC3 and the 60th anniversary of the Hawker Hunter. So I hope you enjoy them!

Model Breitling Biplane with fully functioning model wing walkers

Red 6 pushing to rejoin the group leader

Model Breitling Biplanes being 'taxied' to the runway

Plethora of lenses at the ready!

An air cadet gets the best seat in the house as the Red Arrows return to front of crowd

Smoke on!

The Red Arrows rolling over Kemble ATC

The last ever UK public display from the DC3. A member of the public hangs his head as he says goodbye!

Another onlooker says goodbye to the DC3

Hawker Hunter on take off!

3 Hawker Hunters fly into the huge cloud formations.

They all gave me quizzical looks!

An Enthusiast


Aerial Fashion Shoot

I was asked to shoot a clothes line for a fashion student at the University of Wales Newport (my old university). She wanted it to stand out from the rest of the students. She had seen my previous work with Elena Marina that I had photographed at the disused mine shaft and she asked me if I could do all that, but with six different garments. “Of course I can!” So after two shoots and a sewn through finger (not mine thankfully) I can now present the final results.


Maxi Grip

My rest days are a great opportunity to concentrate on photography. I photographed Laurent and Audrey on a 7b+. Walked ot to top of Mt Gaussier and played around with my new 70-200mm f.28 L series lens. 🙂


Audrey the Pirate

Another day on Mt Guassier we jumped on some long 6a+’s and 6b’s. Bit of a body shock to be climbing some steeper stuff as the majority of Orgon is slab climbing. The routes were a bit crumbly and unfortunately Audrey Seguy caught a fragment of rock in her eye. She decided to take no more chances, the sun glasses were on and even her hat with half of it pulled over her left eye. Thankfully Laurent saw the fragment in her eye and extracted it. So all is well.


Mont Gaussier

A fantastic crag with 40m routes from 6a to 7a. The shortest being the 7b (15meters) and I am please to say that I got my first clean 7b redpoint of the trip. A very powerful technical route where foot work is crucial.

The route was on Mont Gaussier, a really inspiring piece of rock with fantastic views.


Laurent Moseley – Sherman Contest

Aka – The Shermanator. Laurent on the 7a+. Long steep pumpy route with a thin technical crux at the very top. A 25ft whipper awaits you if you don’t make the chains to finish.


7b+

Sam Harvie on a very steep (it’s in a cave) 7b+ high above the campsite we are staying in for the next 2 weeks.

 


Orgon

I have now moved further south to Orgon where the climbing is vast. Finished today with a 70m 6b+ to 6a+ to 6a – we had to do it in two pitches. It was brilliant climbing.

Earlier in the day before the midday heat we went Sikamol crag where I was photographed on the route name after the crag. The photo will be the main opening photograph for the Orgon climbing section. I hope to be able to get a copy of the photo and show it here.

After my five minuted of fame I decided to shoot Sam on a similar route. Here they are below.


A day of silhouettes!

I am now in the Ardeche, France helping with the photography for a Rockfax guidebook. The first day I climbed, to help me get a feel for the rock. Its hard steep stuff here and the French sure do like their long routes. The shortest so far has been 35 meters. My 60m rope has been made redundant already.

My main aim for this trip is to come away with a body of work about climbing, camping and guidebook writing. After a disheartening morning because I was not in the right frame of mind for climbing and failing miserably on a 6b+, I turned the day round by concentrating on photography. It’s hard to shoot when we are climbing in the shade all day and the vistas in the background are in bright sunlight. Trying to get a shot of a climber in the shade with the background exposed correctly is proving tricky. But I do have a month to practice.

So I resorted to silhouettes:

 


Giant

Some quick preliminary test shots before tomorrows’ cycle shoot up in the Brecon Beacons. Its always a good idea to do a thorough check through all your gear and have it packed and ready before the big day. Nothing worse than arriving at a shoot and finding that you forgot your spare batteries because they are still charging in the charger!

Detail on saddle

GIANT Logo on frame