|Submitted by Tom Evans on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 01:44|
Welcome to the ElCap Report website. Below you will find the reports I have written for the past several climbing seasons in Yosemite. I use a 500mm and a 600mm lens for the images you will see below. Many of the reports were written before I was able to post images, so don't expect to see images with all the reports. Originally the reports were done on Supertopo.com so you will find references to that site in the writings. I started this site in late April of 2009 and have been pleased with the interest you readers have shown. Website design and operation by Chris Falkenstein of El Portal, CA. Many thanks Chris!!
IF YOU SEE ANY SPAM IN THE COMMENTS SECTIONS PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON IT AS IT ONLY ENCOURAGES THE BASTARDS!
THESE REPORTS ARE THE MUSINGS OF AN OBSERVER WHO IS FAR FROM THE ACTION AND ANY RELATION TO THE TRUTH IS THE MEREST OF COINCIDENCE. SOME OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IS SIMPLY A FABRICATION, WRITTEN TO MAKE THE STORY "BETTER". SO DON'T TAKE THIS STUFF TOO SERIOUSLY. IT IS MEANT AS ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE MOST PART ALTHOUGH I DO TRY TO GET THE CLIMBING FACTS RIGHT. THESE REPORTS ARE WRITTEN FOR CLIMBERS SO DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU, A NON-CLIMBER, DON'T GET THE TERMINOLOGY.
Read and enjoy the exploits of the climbers who take on El Capitan. They are a diverse group with a common bond and each has a unique story to tell.
Many thanks to those who have made a donation to the site... all donations are really appreciated no matter the amount! It is for all of you who read the reports, and for the climbers who are in them, that I spend the many hours it takes to keep this thing going. If you want to read about my life then click on the "About Tom Evans" box above.
A new feature of the site is the Photo Gallery above. If you just want to see some pics from 2009 then click on this box or click on any images in the thumb nails grouped on the left of the page, or the Monthly Archive for April 2010. Be sure to click on "original" to see a larger image of the shot. Enjoy!!
Best wishes, Tom Evans
The "read more" for this section will give you additional information about getting pictures and processing, and comments.
If I photographed you on ElCap and you want the shots just let me know through the contact button. The photographs will be send on a cd or dvd so I will need your mailing address along with your request. I can send them on the internet through Mongo Files if you wish.
The photos will have a mininum of processing done by me as I have many thousands to do in a season. I do a little brightness, contrast, and sharpening so be prepared to refine them further to get the best results. You may see a shot of you on the Report but not see the exact shot on your cd. The report shots are almost always cropped to fit the report and they are certainly reduced but the original shots they came from are in your cd. Your shots are mostly now taken with a very sharp 600mm lens and YOU WILL WANT TO CROP THE IMAGES TO GET A "CLOSER VIEW".
Since the shots are long lens shots they are sometimes not as sharp as ones taken much closer in. This is due to the condition of the atmosphere I am shooting through as well as various vibrations caused by the wind and traffic going by the bridge. In a perfect world I would just shoot under the best lighting conditions. But climbers are where they are on the wall, without regard to my lighting wishes, so I will shoot the best shot I can get, under the prevailing conditions. I do the best I can and that is all I can do.
To the multitude of other readers who make constructive comments.....Thanks for your interest and support.
To those jerks who are trying to use the "comments" section, at the end of each days posting, to put links to your punk websites.... the site is checked daily and your spam is deleted as soon as it is found. You are real idiots and I wish you all the bad luck in the world, you deserve it!!