The caves of la Balme are made out of limestone which is sedimentary rock, found beneath the sea 170 million years a go. In those days the region was covered by water.
I took this photo inside the cave, as you see, there is some water which come from 130 meters underground river. Divers discovered 7 siphons within the gallery of the cave which actually stretches for additional 3.5km.
Since I didn’t have the tripod with me, I handhold the camera using ISO-800 for 1/8 seconds.
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-12-06 8:25
bravo pour cette prise qui ne devait pas être simple sans pied. La durée d'exposition est parfaite. C'est parfaitement net.
TRes belle maitrise.
fayeulle (27827) 2005-12-06 8:30
La prise de vue au 1/8s mérite que l'on tire son chapeau. En tant qu'ancien spéléo j'aime beaucoup cette grotte que j'ai parcouru par le passé.
Merci et a+
feather (51130) 2005-12-06 9:57
Well done for handholding such a long exposure. Also there is enough texture in the rocks for any high ISO noise to be diguised. I like the reflections in the little pools
Porteplume (3458) 2005-12-06 11:28
This is a great picture because you have got a perfect lighting and the point of view makes it very impressive. Very well done!
I remember we visited the "Grottes" when I was a child as I was living about 50 km under Lyon.
* NOTE: And thank you a lot for the correction.
Amicalement - Viviane aka Porteplume
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bibiweb (8) 2005-12-06 15:43
1/8 seconds without a tripod... and the result is so sharp! The light is excellent and shows us all the details of the limestone rocks that have been carved by the water over the years. A very good shot indeed!
xavshot (69835) 2005-12-06 15:48
je vis actuellement à Lyon et il y a 5 ans je suis allé visiter ces grottes. Ta photo représente bien ce que j'y ai vu... un enchaînement de petits bassins qui se sont constitués petit à petit. Bravo pour la qualité de la photo. Belle netteté
cessy (13647) 2005-12-06 17:47
amazing cave, excellently captured
the pattern and the water really awesome
you managed very well despite no tripod condition
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-12-06 19:08
Amazing light management,
very nice details, I like the overall monotone colour.
Its amazing what you have accomplished without a tripod in such conditions,
jinju (14265) 2005-12-07 3:30
How does the 10D perform at such high ISOs? I can push the 20D to 1600 and get pretty much no noise. Here at 800 ISO the quality is fantastic. It helps that the texture of the rocks hides noise anyway;) Its remarkably sharp at that length of exposure, this I have to state from the technical point of view.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-12-07 4:10
It's a mysterious place you take us to, and the journey to discover thousands of years of nature works displayed is for sure very interesting. I like this close framing of these formations with stagnant water and reflection, the colors look natural (not too much pushed towards red) and congratulations for your steady hand ;-)
Have a nice day,
- Copyright: Alon Schreibman (alon) (1289)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM, Digital ISO 800
- Exposure: f/4, 1/8 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-06 8:16