TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Another long hiatus from this blog. Since our last update, we have still not fallen to our deaths making climbing photos! Writing and design for the book are moving along and we’ve sorted out most of our concerns regarding publication.
Late last summer, despite claiming to be done with the photos for Classic Adirondack Climbs – Selected Rock, Ice & Slide Climbs (easy to moderate routes), we kept shooting. In fact, the spectacular and lengthy fall foliage season afforded us the opportunity to improve on some of the photos we had already selected for the book. We have also completed some winter photo shoots, despite the fact that this winter has been nearly snowless and ice has come and gone repeatedly. We are even more motivated to photograph climbs and climbers than we were when we started the Classic Adirondack Climbs project more than two years ago.
When we decided publishing Classic Adirondack Climbs as an e-book made far more sense, for most climbers, than a traditionally printed paper guidebook would, we knew we’d be trading away reproduction quality for a more utilitarian format. Even the very best of screens is no match for a printed page when it comes to quality and, as photographers, that matters to us. To that end, we decided we will release a large format, limited edition, hardcover book of selected images, including basic information about the climbs but excluding the bulk of the guidebook text. This companion volume is intended to serve as inspiration and a keepsake, rather than a source of route information. The coffee table book format will make it easy to peruse casually and share memories or aspirations with others.
After foliage season we took a break from writing and worked on our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection of photographs offered as prints. Printed entirely by us, using our Canon and Epson large format giclée printers, these custom-crafted archival prints allow us to share our favorite images from Classic Adirondack Climbs using the highest quality printing technology currently available. These fine art prints bring our photographs to life in ways that no electronic screen or printed book could, and they allow us to control the image creation process from the moment we first conceive of a photograph all the way through to the point where it is displayed on a wall. In conjunction with the e-book guidebook and the large-format printed book of photographs, these prints round out the methods for sharing our photographs.
Our original publication timeframe has expanded as the project itself has expanded. What started out as a fairly simple book project now includes three different formats, each with its own scope. We are projecting a coordinated release of the printed book and the e-book in 2016. Custom-crafted prints from the Classic Adirondack Climbs collection are available now.
Classic Adirondack Climbs has led us to another way to share our love for the mountains. While mountain guiding continues to provide deeply satisfying experiences in individual and small group contexts, mountain photography allows us to share our unique perspectives through a completely different medium and reach a much broader audience. Please check out Vertical Perspectives Photography to learn more about our new direction.