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

Inside Devil’s Arse with Hardside 400

If you didn’t know… I’ve been lecturing a lot lately and after one of my recent lectures, during a Q&A session someone has asked – ‘What kind of personal work do you like to shoot?‘ I thought to myself ‘What an interesting question!’ while I was struggling to come up with a quick answer… I should know that, shouldn’t I?
And honestly I do but the answer is not as simple as you might think.
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In my ‘personal work’ I like to challenge myself… Take myself, the gear I’m using and how I carry it outside of my comfort zone. On assignment I’m most likely to be executing the images and as much as I like to push myself and the vision, work time often isn’t the best time to experiment.

Key to Creativity is Error Recovery, Not Failure Avoidance!
The Dean of Pixar University, Randy Nelson

A huge part of being an outdoor/adventure photographer is the ability to be part of the action yourself.
Practising the sports and experiencing the environment we’re shooting is the only way to get to understand the small nuances and tricks of trade. Let’s face it, these small details make all the difference and make the images more authentic…
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I’m not a caving photographer but I was drawn to the challenge of shooting underground. I knew I won’t create iconic images first time… but we all have to start somewhere and shooting the most obvious images is often the way to start.

I would also like to announce my new longstanding relationship with Lowepro, a company with 47 years of heritage in invention and innovation in photography bags.
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For our caving adventure I have had a chance to test first hand Lowepro’s Hardside 400 – the largest in the range of brand new hard cases from Lowepro. There’re not yet available on the market so I was happy to put it through it’s paces in one of the harshest environments I’ve ever been to… hands down. More detailed review coming soon.
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Big thank you to Rob, Jimmy and Ulrika… amazing and fun crew.
Also special thanks to Lyon Outdoor for supplying all the caving equipment and Lowepro for the opportunity to test their latest products.
BTS images copyright Jimmy Hyland.

Read more.. Monday, November 17th, 2014

Wild Atlantic Way – Failte Ireland/Tourism Ireland

Here’s Ireland like you have never seen it before… country full of charismatic people, spectacular landscape and adventure awaiting round every corner (well, at least along the Wild Atlantic Way that is!). Here’s just a small selection of images I’ve shot in June for Failte Ireland and Adventure Travel Trade Association.
I’m very happy to be heading back… over the next few days I’m shooting/attending/speaking at the Adventure Travel World Summit!

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Read more.. Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Lectures and Workshops – Autumn 2014

Here’s just a quick list of lectures and workshops I’m doing this Autumn in the UK.

7AM SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2014 – ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Starting at sunrise at the summit of Grin Hill, Buxton’s very own folly Solomon’s Temple is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks and enjoys spectacular views across the High Peak.
Then take a journey beneath the earth to explore and photograph the vast limestone caverns of Poole’s Cavern where crystal stalactites and stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years.
We will have the cavern entirely to oourselves, as it does not open to the public until later in the morning.

10:30AM SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2014 – ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY TALK
This is your chance to find out what it’s really like to have the “Life of a Pro”. Is it all about glamour and jet setting around the world? I will be setting the story straight, illustrating his tales with his amazing images and films.
All the details and how to book your tickets…
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‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME’ – Life Changing Stories & Images from the Edge / Ellis-Brigham Lecture Tour
“Living everyday life by his own words that “this is the most exciting time to be a photographer ever!”
From documenting the efforts of the worlds best athletes, shooting portraits of Reinhold Messner at the London’s Royal Geographical Society or mountain biking in the Outer Hebrides (cover story of The Guardian Travel) to filming short feature films (his ’Sub-Zero’ EpicTV video series feat. Will Gadd and Raphael Slawinski has reached over 2 million views) his work spans across a whole spectrum of outdoor activities.”
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Cambridge, 1st Floor, Lion Yard Shopping Centre, CB2 3ET – 7.00pm Thursday 16th October 2014
London, 10-12 Southampton St, Covent Garden WC2E 7HA – 8.00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014
Bristol – The Kings Arms, 168 Whiteladies Rd, BS8 2XZ 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Manchester – Wellington Mill, Duke St, Manchester, M3 4NF 7.00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tickets (available here) are £8 and all proceeds go to Climbers Against Cancer.

Read more.. Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

National Geographic – Talisker Adventure | Behind the Scenes

Here’s a selection of BTS images from the National Geographic Talisker Adventure on the Isle of Skye with Al Humphreys and the crew!
Shooting sea kayaking, road cycling, hiking, sailing, rowing, mountain biking and scrambling plus underwater during a 5 days point to point trip around the Isle of Skye was a challenging task involving a skilful assistant (thank you Joel) and a whole ton of gear. Updating National Geographic website with images and videos on a daily basis via satellite phone was a necessary evil on this assignment.
Thank you to ClikElite, Mountain Equipment, Calumet and Lyon Outdoors for supplying everything necessary.

You can find out more about the adventure here – taliskeradventure.nationalgeographic.com

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All images © Joel Stephenson.

Read more.. Friday, August 15th, 2014

CHRIS BONINGTON – 80th birthday

‘Sir Chris Bonington started climbing in 1951, at the age of 16, and it has been his passion ever since. During over 60 years of adventure, Bonington has undertaken and led 19 Himalayan expeditions, including four to Everest. He has made numerous first ascents around the world, while also continuing to indulge his love of hillwalking and rock climbing when back at home in the Lake District or exploring other parts of the UK and Ireland.’ [read more at… myoutdoors.co.uk]

Back in 2009, I had a pleasure to document part of the Bonington’s Archives at the Mountain Heritage Trust and also shoot some portraits of the man himself. I can’t think of a better day to share those images than today.
It’s personal and unique… Enjoy.

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All Rights Reserved – Mountain Heritage Trust/Lukasz Warzecha

Read more.. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Black Diamond Catalogue – Ticino Valleys

Last September together with Wojtek Kozakiewicz (Polished Project) I had a great pleasure to shoot still images for the Black Diamond’s Bouldering / Sport Climbing 2014 catalogue.
Click below to view the entire online catalogue.

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Polished Project crew:
Photography: Lukasz Warzecha
Cinematography: Wojtek Kozakiewicz
Production Manager: Ruth Taylor
Assistant: Jake Thompson

Black Diamond crew:
Art Director: Matt Law
Photo Editor: Sandra Salvas
Video Editor: Ben Woodworth
Production Team: Saskia Stock and Christian Lehmann

Read more.. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Shauna Coxsey – 2nd in the #IFSC World Cup – [Portfolio Work]

Well done to Shauna Coxsey for her fantastic season…
2nd overall in the #IFSC Bouldering World Cup at the age of 21 with two gold medals along the way.
Result!
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© Lukasz Warzecha 2014 – All Rights Reserved

Read more.. Sunday, June 29th, 2014

National Geographic – Talisker Storm Adventure campaign

I’m very pleased to share the National Geographic Talisker Storm Adventure campaign.
More on the National Geographic website.
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Read more.. Monday, June 16th, 2014

Climb Magazine cover with Adam Ondra

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Read more.. Monday, June 9th, 2014