Canyon X – Check out the video

22 05 2009

Hey there thrill seekers,

Well here’s your first peek at the new photographic location that I have nick-named Canyon X.  Photos will come in a few more days, but I know some of you are curious about this great new spot that I have found.  I’m still in the midst of shooting this location (weather hasn’t been kind of late), so once I feel as though i have got some half-decent shots, I will publish the location and even guide some of you guys down there so that you can enjoy it as well.

Now this location is not for everyone…. it is not like strolling down the beach of Turrimetta or even bounding over the rocks of Whale Beach.   As you will see from the video, you have to descend a very big cliff on a fisherman’s track using ropes in a couple of places.   I wouldn’t call the path dangerous (I’m going to take my 8 year old son down on the weekend),  however it does require extreme caution.   It is very very exhilarating! If you turn around and talk while descending you could walk off a cliff… literally.

This morning I tried to shoot at Canyon X but the wind was howling so much that I didn’t dare attempt the cliff descent.

Enjoy the video, I look forward to your comments.

Brent


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22 05 2009
Mike Hodgson

That’s insane! (and I think I know where that is but didn’t know how to get down there…although I may be wrong)

Looks interesting mate. Hope you get some good shots there soon (and, judging from the video, I wouldn’t be taking my 8 year old son down there (yes, I have one too)).

Cheers,
Mike

PS. Oh, once again, cool vid!

22 05 2009
Oat

hahhaha…Canyon X huh? i know exactly where that is. As a matter of fact, i have walk down that cliff face about a year ago but didn’t go down the rope to the bottom. There wasnt a timber gate up top until mid last year.

So u park, walk out to to outlook, just to the left there is a walkway (bush track) wtih timber fence warning stuff…..scale that, walk down to the about midway, then cliff face track around and then down….

THe question is WHERE WAS MY INVITE!?!?

Problem isn’t me be able to get my gear down or not, it’s if the model can get down. So what’s happening with the shoot on Sunday?

22 05 2009
spoolphotography

Looks like an interesting place to photograph Brent, Oats way down sounds safer as well.

22 05 2009
Brent Pearson

Oat
Your invite was shelved… this trip was for REAL landscapers… not softies that now shoot chicks in their underwear.

This required tripods… not flashes 😉

Lets do a shoot there next week when the weather sorts itself out a bit.

BP

22 05 2009
Brent Pearson

Oats way down is the same as mine… still need to use ropes.

The descent is actually pretty safe… it just looks a lot worse in the video.

BP

22 05 2009
Steve Castle

Ha! Loved it Brent..

From the moment I saw the “danger” sign I knew that there’d only be one guy crazy enough to go there… and also to go there in the dark!! Double whammy!

Steve

22 05 2009
mervfrench

Actually looks a “safer” place than your last vid.

The view from the top is not all that shabby either.

22 05 2009
Brent Pearson

Merv

You are right there.

Canyon X is a much safer place to shoot than the rock ledge around from the Devils Cauldron. It has a huge rock ledge that breaks up the waves…. there are a few erratic splashes out from the blowhole, but nothing that is likely to take you off your feet.

The climb down looks dramatic in the video, but I reckon anybody that does it for real will probably be in for an anti-climax.

BP

22 05 2009
Brent Pearson

Hey Steve

Yup, danger sighns to me usually translate to “Here’s a cool place they don’t want you to explore”.

The more dangers… the better the place 😉

Brent

22 05 2009
Beau Mitchell

Wow, what a location. I’m not sure i’d trust those ropes, though. They don’t look thick enough, haha. I came here through your flickr photo, and have to say, it’s a beauty!

23 05 2009
nico

That’s amazing Brent! THe shots are incredible.
I’m curious about another ting though. What’s the song and band of the video?

23 05 2009
Garry

You guys in Sydney are nuts….but it’s worth the risk and hassle from what I see. Simply mind blowing…never thought you would climb a cliff Brent. But yeah….Turrimetta has been well covered by others also so it’s time to venture to the unknown and unseen. Great effort Brent!

24 05 2009
brentbat

Hey Nico

The music is “Welcome to my world” by Kevin Rudolph

Brent

24 05 2009
Johnno

Garry,

You should have seen North Curl Curl this weekend. Huge seas and splashes reaching a good 80′ into the air.

Canyon X looks like a fantastic place; haven’t figured out its location just yet.

24 05 2009
Johnno

Garry,

You should have seen North Curl Curl this weekend. Huge seas blowing splashes a good 80′ into the air, often higher than the headland.

I’d imagine Canyon X would be an incredible place when the sea is big.

25 05 2009
Claire

OMG… what a spot, but please tell me that we are not going to that location on the trip? I don’t think i could climb down that clift… or rather back up again! ha ha ha!😀 Great shots as always Brent and i love the videos!😀

25 05 2009
brentbat

Don’t worry Claire
No abseiling or battling big waves for the workshop. I have a location planned that extremely safe, very photogenic and a lot of fun.

Brent

25 05 2009
timwrate

Brent… keep the posts coming mate! that are keeping me sane!!

as for calling it Canyon X.. you can call it whatever you bloody like! (and I’m liking the whole Canyon X thing anyway)

We used to go down there when I was at school and jump off the cliffs – although I never had the guts!

I can’t wait to get down there myself (and the Cauldron!) – all I need now is time!!! Damn work!

26 05 2009
HarryZero

Hi Brent,

I discovered your work via Johnno (http://www.xenedis.net/) whom I meet a few weeks back.

The effort you make to post your work (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentbat/), host a blog (https://brentbat.wordpress.com/) and not forgetting the free photo guides (http://freephotoguideaustnsw.blogspot.com/) is much appreciated.

Thank you and keep up the good work.

PS: Love your videos too.

HarryZero

27 05 2009
Michelle

PS: Claire – Brent is very knowledgeable and a great teacher, you’re in for a real treat at the workshop!

27 05 2009
brentbat

Hi All

I’ve just gone through and deleted all the comments sparked by our friend Andrew. This blog was set up as a vehicle for me to share my love of photography and journey of exploration with others. While it is tempting to get drawn into a slanging match with a moron, it’s not worth it.

Now hopefully we won’t hear from Andrew any more and we can just get back to enjoying photography.

Brent

27 05 2009
Claire

No it’s not so thank you Brent!

Claire

27 05 2009
Rod Thomas

Brent,
So are we gonna go here on the July course or what ?

Rod

27 05 2009
Johnno

Brent,

Good move. Now we REAL photographers can get back to things without the noise of empty barrels drowning out the placid sound of waves breaking on the seashore.

J.

27 05 2009
Mike Hodgson

But only if you have a tripod – flashes & beautiful women in their underwear don’t count. 😉

27 05 2009
Johnno

I should combine dawn seascapes with beautiful women in their underwear.

The problem is that the closest thing to beautiful women in their underwear I encounter at dawn by the ocean is… Brent.

Not quite the same. 😉

J.

3 06 2009
Ian.Ibrahim

hey brent ..

i thought i could give this place a go .. put when you showed me how you guys got down there i literary shit my pants lol .. im taking the long way mate .. just give me a head start ..

7 06 2009
Bruce Reinheimer

Brent,

Your blot gets better and better. I really appreciate all that you share.

Question about the filters and post processing used for canyon x shots.

First let me say that the lighting in the foreground is stellar. Truly an awesome location.

The background clouds appear to be a blended image. There appears to be a very sharp cut off at the end of the cliffs that transitions abruptly. Some fall off rock to clouds would be expected. That 17-35 is sharp!

Bruce

30 07 2009
Mike Hodgson

I scouted out this place when I had some time off last week. Walked in from the south (Turimetta), took a few shots (but was mostly just checking out possibilities) and then decided to check out your entry/exit route up that cliff to the north (as I was running short of time & had to get pick up my boys from a soccer camp). Now that I’ve done both ways in broad daylight I think I’m well qualified to say you are certifiable!

I should have taken some shots of the drop from that top-most rope climb; the climb is not that big a deal (although taller than a person – about 2m at a guess) but if you slip then you better have a good life insurance policy. I would never even consider taking my son there, even in daylight. And that little goat track along the edge above the top rope – strewth! how close to the edge of a bloody high cliff down you want to walk? Wow.

I wouldn’t mind shooting there some dawn, but I think I’ll take my chances with the 45min ankle-breaking walk in from Turi than go DOWN that cliff in the dark.

30 07 2009
brentbat

Hey Mike

It’s interesting isn’t it…. definitely not everybody’s cup of tea, thats for sure. However both my wife and son loved the decent down the cliff and my son keeps nagging me to take him back there again.

Our family have done some rock climbing, so I guess we are fairly comfortable with heights and ropes etc.

Definitely up to each person to decide for themselves.

I agree that the walk in from Turimetta is a lot safer.

BP

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