When looking for another trip, to make pictures to our image bank, the savannah was in our scope.
Me & my partner, Lua Costa ( http://luacosta.com.br/ ) were convinced by the amazing pictures online and a nice deal with an Hostel ( http://www.hostelcatavento.com.br - 5 stars in tripadvisor! ) plus the cheap tickets, after carnaval ;)
On the 7th/feb. we arrived for a 12 days of shooting in the Savannah. Waterfall, landscapes, animals, diving..
Some time ago a group of freelancers, artists, climbers, photographers.. whatever ;), decided to look for nice spots to practice urban climbing; aka, free bouldering in interesting places , in the urbanenvironment.
After some months we had the Red Bull Selva de Pedra, where some top ropes were set in the Avenida Paulista. Shame they didn’t have any photographers at the day ;). Luckly, we were invited by the route setter to take some pictures, the night before the event.
Lucas Lima trying the lines.
Climbing at Av. Paulista.
By the second part of 2015 some new climbers and specially mr Pakito Jaime Jacinto, keep setting new lines around Praça Rosevelt (by the way, amazing place for a beer & climb).
At the time, I had an eye in a line called ” Sonho de Consumo”, an total overhang 7b+, with plenty of big holds. IT’s a classic from the place and would be a nice option due to the dry and hot summer, because it’s so overhang that it’s always in the shadows!
Setting the divide, using radio receiver, was quite easy. Composing the belayer, the climber and light was another task. Coordinate the lighting on the background, the climber, belayer and my lighting (I was using a small flash, just to light up the climber’s face).
The brazilian Montanhas magazine has just been released!
You can get the issue online ( http://www.montanhas.net/site/ )
This time we had the pleasure to shoot the cover and writh a big article about bigwall climbing in Pedra Riscada. Place of the famous ” Place of happiness”, from Steven Glovacz, Ed Padilha, and Horacio Graton.
To celebrate, I would like to post some making of pictures.
This was my first big wall, and besides having climb experience, I felt like a fish out of water. I would take 4 hours to do things that people would do in 40 minutos. All the guys have soloed 6c / 7a and I have barely touched that grade..
After half an hour on a hippie canoe and excited by the clean water, I went to try some mangrove wide angle. Frustrated. Without the sun, that would be a macro day. Put the wide dome to rest and went on my 105mm with a +4 closeup.
The fish is very small and the males are very shy. While the females wades around in small schools, the males swims alone and are difficult to find.
To finish, I went on the mission of taking a nice gobby portrait. This fished never stop and wouldn’t let me take a decent picture. They feed from particles in the substrate, so there’s always lots of suspended sand over their eyes. Missing, were the white mullets and the snooks, that due to the low tide, were into more salty waters.