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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 13, 2009 - 03:56pm PT
A long time ago I spent the day by myself up in the hanging valley between Mount Broderick and LIberty Cap towering over the LIttle Yosemite Valley just before you get to Nevada Falls. At the time there were no routes there in this beautiful quiet place though I had already campaigned a line in 1972 that in the eighties would become Lightning Bolt Crack, a insanely overhanging long dihedral on the South Face of Mt Broderick.

But my trip was also to recon all other lines as well as have a great quiet hike and ply my old Nikon F loaded with black and white film. This is what I saw. I located the original negatives just a week ago and began work on them. In recent years I have posted a few of these images that were derived only from a battered contact sheet. Some of these images are so wonderful.

I start here with a composite image: The Mountains were formed by Ice: a double exposure with Fort Bragg's Glass Beach:


Trad climber
Sep 13, 2009 - 04:03pm PT
It's neat back in there, eh, Petey?

Thanks for postin' up!



Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Sep 13, 2009 - 04:08pm PT
Top notch once again Peter.

I can feel the quiet and the excitement you must have been experiencing that day.

Definitely a climbers eye behind that lense!

Thanks for bringing more golden goodness to the party.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Sep 13, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
I Love the details that B/W catches, easily missed in color.
Wow, Peter, those are beautiful. Amazing.

Social climber
Sep 13, 2009 - 04:15pm PT
Nice shots!
I always loved that formation.

Social climber
east L.A. vato...
Sep 13, 2009 - 04:18pm PT
the artist has a high level of familiarity/connection
W/ the subject matter - loud and clear, authentic.

U hit on something w/ the robbins portrait by
Using the hippy van and the treatment on rr's face,

A stand out effort.

Thanks for sharing!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Sep 14, 2009 - 12:14am PT
Peter, more than stellar! Black and White seems to catch the essence of being for earth objects. And you are more than good at framing the creation.

I found my old Canon T50 last week. Dan gave it to me so many years ago so I could capture life and climbing. I did to a small extent. Now I have nothing to lose....kids all raised, and Dan's in heaven so I hope to define life even at risk through the lens of this gift given to me from one gone who knew what I loved about life.

Why Peter, when you evoke a thread, does It send to the core of my being. I don't know....but thank you. Hope to see you Sunday 9/20.

Much Love and Peace Peter Haan from lynnie
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Sep 14, 2009 - 12:40am PT

Boulder climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 10:00am PT
These gorgeous "straight" shots (yet more abstract), are a nice counterpoint to the recent manipulations. Love the terms, "hanging valley," and "NIkon F." Gives me power on Monday morning! Thanks again, Peter! -B


Trad climber
boulder, co.
Sep 14, 2009 - 10:57am PT
Like Pavlov's dog hearing the dinner bell those pics got me salivating.
Thanks for posting!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 14, 2009 - 11:00am PT
Thanks for the memories from the idyllic Stone Free days of youth. Poking around the Valley walls looking for something to dream on...Beauty all around and plenty of time to soak it in!

How sweet the freedom, looking back!

Trad climber
Canoga Bark! CA
Sep 14, 2009 - 11:04am PT
Bump! Great shots, Peter.

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 11:28am PT
Very very nice Peter- I love that last one especially.

since you've been playing in Ps, here's some great B+W scan adjusting stuff:
go to :
Image>Adjustments on the menu bar (top)

then you can select and use the level sliders for each of these choices:
Shadow and Highlight

The Dodge/Burn tool in your toolbar is the best tool for B+W enthusiasts. It will amaze you what is hiding in the shadows of your images. Just adjust the size of the circle/selection area and the hardness/softness of the tool (how crisp the outer edge of the ring is.) Use it just like a dodge/burn tool under an old Bessellar.

Here's a couple old B+W's that I scanned a few months ago from the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison. I worked on both a lot. These features are both unclimbed.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2009 - 11:35am PT
Thanks Pate, all these images have more than 200-400 adjustment steps in them, by the way.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 14, 2009 - 11:55am PT
Thanks for giving us pause, in black and white, Peter.

A leisurely stroll, drinking it in, belies the gotta-get-to-Snake-Dike, or maybe full-tilt-Valleyward in twilight -- the rush, the mad dash tapping over stream boulders that has so often propelled me through that hanging valley with fond but fleeting glances at those walls.

It would be a fine place to camp, to linger, to address those very slippery slabs, when its cheerful creek flows among wild flowers.

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 12:04pm PT
It's hard to stop once you get going isn't it?

What were you shooting with? Mine were with an old Nikon F that a photo teacher loaned me with a Nikkor 60mm fixed lens. I was using kodak slide film. I scanned them as slides on my Canon slide scanner. They were a mess with scratches and dust flecks. Gotta love the spot healing tool.

Big Wall climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
Theres a mountain lion that hunts in that canyon...I saw a really messed up dear carcasse once

Social climber
Wisteria Ln.
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:52pm PT
Rack and sack up Peter. Lets go.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 14, 2009 - 05:10pm PT
The good stuff!
Lighting Bolt Crack looks scary hard.
That scoops thing at the end looks like one of those lines of weakness that might mostly go, but could also have a blank section....
Thanks for sharing.

Sep 14, 2009 - 05:45pm PT
Peter -

Was up there in May. Don't know when the rockfall let loose off Liberty Cap into the mid-gully? Didn't mess with any of the "routes". A couple of those pictured now have seen some action - bolts connecting the thin cracks up and right of the entrance routes.Someone must have done a couple of those wider/burley systems?

The polish in there is amazing.

Great shots.
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