Well, once again I've decided to try and start blogging. We'll see how it goes this time...
Let's start with the news!
A couple of weeks ago I did a photoshoot for the Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation. They developed a new-ish crag south of Riyadh and had an opening weekend. I've been posting a lot of the pictures on Instagram, and I've started uploading some of those onto the website under my new Projects section. Hopefully I'll write a longer post about it soon.
In other exciting news, I just bought a new camera. I've been shooting with an Olympus OMD EM 5 mark ii for the past few years, but I've definitely found its limits. I chose to get that camera originally because of the size and weight. It served me really well when I was on the PCT back in '17, but as I've changed my photography style and gotten into more professional type settings, it just isn't cutting it anymore. Mostly the low light limitations and lack of dynamic range. So, I bought a Sony A7r iii. It's back in the US now, but when I go to visit in January I'll get it.
I'm still trying to find a decent photo lab in Saudi. Or the middle east in general. I want to start printing some of my photos. I've also been playing around with the idea of making a photography book (thanks for the idea Cassy). With any luck I'll find something in the not too distant future.
Lastly, I'll probably take down/move my old blog and climbing guide soon. Climbing here is changing so quickly and getting so much more popular that it's been too hard to keep up with all the changes. Not to mention the fact that the Topos that Read has made for the new crags are waaaay better than anything I could come up with.
Alright, that'll do for my first blog post in forever. I'll be writing a new one about Wadi Alakhu, the newest crag in the Riyadh Region some time in the next couple of days.