thanks so much for sharing! I’ve never really seen climbing photos before so its really nice to see them - will def check those other photographers out.
Firstly - wow - impressed you are taking shots while climbing - serious skills! I’ve purposefully not looked at what Cristiano has said so my thoughts are not influenced.
I think overall your shots are a great start, but with a little thought to composition and post processing they could totally shine - I know you are after critique to improve so here’s how I would personally improve them!
Firstly, I think your colour ones are very dark and muted - this may well be true to life, but I think you could add a bit of creative editing to make them pop. Once you settle on a set of colours and tones, try and keep them consistent - that will make the collection of photos feel like they belong with each other.
The black and white ones are quite flat - I’d love to see more whiter whites and darker darks in there.
It must be really hard to shoot while climbing, but I think if you allow for a bit more room, you have more to work with cropping in post.
here’s my feedback - please take all with a pinch of salt and with the good intentions that I have
- I’d really like to know what was above her - would have been nice to have a bit more space I think.
- Likewise - there;’s a lot of space given to the plants and valley - for me the interesting bit is the person on the rope - if the shot had been taken about a 1/2 of the picture down, you could have had more context of the rock face.
- Love the expression on this climber - really nice.
- don’t think it does much that the previous shot did.
- Love the framing of the silhouette - nice job.
- I reckon you could have lifted the shadows more to show more of the rock face, but I like the colours in this one.
- Love the pop of colour - wonder what this would look like rotated 180 degrees?
- same as 7.
- Nice lens flare - overall I think would have been nicer if you had allowed the person to enter the frame more.
I like recognising human form so rotating things helps in my opinion.
I’d suggest looking at something like the rule of thirds - and try placing your subject on the cross axis of intersecting lines - this will be nature place them more in the frame.
This is all v minor feedback cos you asked - I’m impressed and understand how limited one must be while taking shots hanging off a wall hundreds of feet up!
I’ve edited a few of your photos in lightroom to illustrate my points (can’t do a huge amount with jpegs but have done my best) - e.g. not as sharp as your originals - can’t quite get the colours right - I’ve also done some content-aware fill to imagine a bit more rockface/sky to show how I would have reframed the composition if taking them zoomed out a bit more - cheating a bit and not perfect by any means, but you’d see how things would look if you shot a bit wider and used the rule of thirds. I’ve also lifted shadows on faces, and added a vignette or dark gradient on other parts of the photo to lead your eye into focusing on the figure - this is just all post processing really.
Hope that helps!