Urban Climbing in São Paulo


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).

Jaime even recorded a nice video:

Last month, I went to check the work done by the guys, and check some histories about new highballs close to Anhangabau tube.

And yes..they are SICK! There are up to 9m lines waiting to me sent…

 Here some lines of Gabi sending.

7m V1

8m V3

8m V3

7m V1

You you want to climb at Praça Roosevelt, just google on maps. It’s very easy and close to the center.

Setting up a climbing shooting outdoors.

This time I would like about a shooting I did sometime ago, in Serra do Cipó, National Park.

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!

My idea was to work the shadows as a studio, so using high speed shutter, I could light the whole scene with strobes.

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).

New Montanhas Magazine is ready! Big article and cover my Walkinglessa!

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..

We had lot’s of rain and something didn’t went all perfect and pissed rain for two days.

Underwater adventures in the Atlantic forest: A day shooting at a very clean mangrove river in Brazil.

Hello! This is my “action blog” and from now on I’ll be posting about the day by day of my photography world! Today would like to post some images of a my first attempt with my new D800 housing. As I was short in money, I went to a river, close to home, with some interesting creatures to challenge the autofocus of my old (vintage?!) Sigma 105mm macro. This was also my first try with the D800. High expectations.

 Shooting in rivers is not very easy, since you have to be aware with lots of things:

 First check the rapids. Sometimes you can get shelters to protect from the rapids…sometimes, no! Do not attempt to shoot those tiny catfishes in the middle of the white water. You housing thanks you.

Than, check for any problems “out” of water: boats, people or animals (there are two jaguars, with collars, in the area I was shooting). Last but not least, be carefull where you are putting your self in. No tech diving setups; if you don’t want to be hooked but the trees and branches. This is very important. You can get really stucked with a two arms housing, plus the pipes from your BC..in less than 2 mts of water. Please: no sunscream, no spray and no oil ( in the boat, skin or equipment). Thatecosystems are very very sensitive to this things (consider that it already copes with tons of other thins that you can’t see.)

We also tryied some night climbing, but the water was not clean enough and the tide was very strong at the time.

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.

Went to try some shrimps, as a warmup for the small fishes.

The whole thing of this trip was to take a picture of a tiny  Poecilia that i’ve seen years ago. 

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.

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