BLACK DIAMOND catalogue 2015

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Full gallery from this campaign online here.

Read more.. Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

IMPOSSIBLE – teaser feat. Karen Darke, Chrissie Wellington and sir Ranulph Fiennes

Polished Project proudly presents a documentary about overcoming challenges that seem ‘impossible’.
The film examines how we psychologically tackle apparently insurmountable challenges through the eyes of some of Britain’s most renowned adventurers and athletes. Karen Darke provides the backdrop to the film as she tackles an ironman challenge alongside Guiness record-breaking Spanish athlete Jose Manuel for his 90th ironman in a year. This is punctuated with interviews and insights about motivation and resilience to keep going towards far-reaching goals, with the World’s Greatest Living Explorer Ranulph Fiennes, multiple World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, founder of Climbers Against Cancer, John Ellison and renown Sport Psychiatrist Prof Steve Peters.

Film ‘Impossible’ will premier at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival on the 20th March.
You can buy tickets at www.shaff.co.uk

Read more.. Monday, March 16th, 2015

CINEMATOGRAPHER + Director Reel 2015

Thank you to all our clients, friends and athletes/talent featured in our films!

Read more.. Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Winter MTB Peak District

As the winter hits the UK again this week here’s some images from over a week ago I never had a chance to share on the blog. Beautiful morning light and fun adventure with Paul Davies at the Kinder Low End.
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Read more.. Friday, January 30th, 2015

Roundup: 2014 – National Geographic | Wild Atlantic Way | EpicTV’s most watched clim

Phew! 2014 was jam-packed: we have worked on 3 continents on a multitude of projects. We laughed, we cried, we worked hard and had a lot of fun doing it.
So after taking a quiet moment to reflect, here are our favourite bits from a great year.

Thanks to all our lovely clients, subjects and collaborators.
Here’s to 2015!

Wild Atlantic Way
Summer saw us spent two weeks working with Adventure Travel Trade Association and Failte Ireland to capture the spirit of the Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland’s longest defined coastal routes) ahead of their 2015 PR campaign.
From sea kayaking to mountain biking it was an opportunity to show the diversity and richness of stories from Ireland.
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National Geographic Talisker Storm Adventure
Our challenge for National Geographic Talisker Storm Adventure was to join Alastair Humphreys and his team as they attempted a circumnavigation by land, sea, foot and bike of the Isle of Skye, and capture on film, stills and live web updates this extraordinary expedition.
It’s a challenge that pushed our skills, nerves and equipment to its limits. But a million YouTube views was a testament to its success.
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EpicTV’s Most Watched Climbing video of 2014
When we saw the footage of John Freeman taking a 60 ft fall when the ice pillar he was climbing collapsed we knew there was a unique story to tell. We were honoured that John has placed his trust in us.
Working on this story was an emotional journey for all of us and we’re pleased we were able to share it with everyone.
1.2 million views and EpicTV’s most watched climbing video of the 2014.
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Read more.. Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

Christmas Card 2014

Read more.. Thursday, December 25th, 2014

World Climbing Calendar 2015

World’s best climbing photography curated into a beautiful calendar by Simon Carter. Great to be involved in a project featuring work by Sam Bie, Simon Carter and Keith Ladzinski!
You can get your own copy here.
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Read more.. Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Ulrika Larsson – Portrait of Sea Kayaker [Portfolio Work]

At the right time and the right place with a kick ass talent… Ulrika runs her very own sea kayaking business – Green Adventures. It took us over two months from the idea to finally being on location and shooting. We have seriously underestimated how quickly the light will be fading this time of the year… we had to work really fast.
For all you gear geeks out there… the beautiful soft ambient light was balanced with the main light a 43” Parabolic Octabox with a diffusion panel fitted with two 600 EX-RT.
How big is your softbox?! ;-)
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Read more.. Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Louise Fox – Xterra Pro [Portfolio work]

Turning pro is a bold move in any sport. Louise Fox did just that earlier this year, after a successful number of years racing on the domestic and ETU/ITU Age Group triathlon scene, has now turned her attentions to racing as a professional off road.
Here’s a selection of images we’ve shot earlier in the Summer.

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Post-production: Freelance Retoucher

Read more.. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Steve McClure and Leah Crane – MARMOT 3 piece video series

Early in the Autumn together with the Polished Project crew, we have shot this 3 part video series for Marmot featuring Leah Crane and Steve McClure.
Enjoy!

Marmot_Episode1_SLATEMarmot PROs Steve McClure and Leah Crane embark on a road trip to the iconic area of North Wales. Close to Steve’s heart, it is packed with memories and full of incredible climbing, they’re their first visit is to the Dinorwig Slate Quarries for the super-classic Mau Mau, E4 6a.

Marmot_Episode2_DIAMONDSteve McClure and Leah Crane continue their North Wales road trip, this time on the trail of a diamond. ‘The Diamond’ is one of the UK’s finest sport cliffs, yet is also one of its least known. Leah and Steve explore the stunning limestone routes and take in the stunning coastal scenery.

Marmot_Episode3_MELTDOWNSteve McClure and Leah Crane finish their road trip with a visit to Twl Mawr. Meltdown f9a, is quite possibly the most difficult and technical slab route in the world. In this final episode we see Steve exploring the moves and holds, just how small are they?

Polished Project Team:
Wojtek Kozakiewicz – DoP/Editor
Ian Parnell – Creative Director/Cameramen
Lukasz Warzecha – Director/Cameramen

Read more.. Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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