IFSC World Cup, Canmore 2011: Best Of

Tsukura stikking the final hold, after many tries. That put him
Je vais ecrire cet article seulement en Anglais cette fois-ci. Trop de texte, pas assez de temps. Allez voir les photos en bas quand meme. Ca vaut la peine! Bonne journee!

Sorry folks – i’ve been keeping the best photos for last and i’ve been super lazy at writing on my blog!! At first, I didn’t really intend to keep them from everybody, but because I had sent a bunch of shots to magazines, I didn’t feel comfortable to share them here just yet. Now that I have heard back from the magazines and I think that the time has come. And frankly, I now finally have time to write on the blog.

Before sharing the pics (down below if you don’t want to read), I wanted to take notes of my experience in Canmore and share a little bit (if you care to read this stuff). For those who don’t know, the Canmore World Cup was the first ever IFSC Bouldering World Cup event in Canada, which is a huge step forward for the sport in Canada! For me, as a wannabe sport photographer, it was a really exciting opportunity to further my skill set for competition climbing photography and, also, frankly, to have the best seat in the house to watch the world’s best climbers compete for the first Canadian Bouldering World Cup title. I learned a lot during the weekend in Canmore and I definitively had the best seat in the house to watch the show. I don’t usually do this on the site, but here are some of the technical difficulties I ran into for this shoot.

Technically speaking, the competition and the venue was quite challenging. First of all, the weather didn’t really cooperate with the us; It rained, snowed, and was pretty cold in general (we even had a 3°C snowy day!). Like someone said, Canmore offered the spectators and competitors four seasons in one weekend. Secondly, because of the heavy clouds, the light inside the tent was pretty low, which forced me to push the low light capacities of my D300 by shooting at ISO 2200 with a f/2.8 lens. Thanks to my friend Blaire for lending me his super sharp Nikon lens (17-55mm f/2.8) the pictures turned out to be pretty nice and sharp anyways! It truly is an AWESOME lens!

I arrived at the venue on Thursday, when the route setters were testing the qualification boulder problems. I was able to meet the other official photographer, Pam Eveleigh, the organizer Dung and a few other people. I also got my media pass, which basically allowed me to go anywhere on site and take photos of basically anything i wanted. Before showing up, I was really concerned about the media pass, because I know that the IFSC is normally quite strict as to who gets to go where. Thankfully – i had the green light. At first, the general rule was to have no one stand at the top of the wall, which again had me worried a little bit (I hadn’t brought any long lenses), but, thankfully, the organizer gave us the “okay” to shoot from above, making our lives much more simple. The only restriction was that we needed to build ladders behind the wall to make things safer and easier to climb up the wall. Trust me, even with the little ladders, making your way around the beams and looking for nails at the back of the wall was a challenge in itself. I was super sore the next day!

Enough for now. By the way, if you haven’t seen them yet, check out my previous posts (n’oubliez pas de regarder mes autres articles sur la coupe du monde de Canmore):

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