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The famous Diro Cave located in south Lakonia region almost 12km (if I'm not mistaken) south of Areopoli town. The caves are part of an underground river, and the 5,000 meters that have been exposed are fascinating. From the entrance, skillful, whistling gondoliers steer small boats through narrow passageways, and take you to explore 2.000 meters around beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites as you see in the picture.
Their colors created by rain water penetrating the calcium carbonate in the rock. The caves have served as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times as they are thought by many to be connected to the Underworld.

The whole cave is unexplored until today, because of its huge depth.

More info can be found here and here.


Some photo technical notes:
This one was extremely difficult to capture, I was on the small gondola which was moving quite fast, and you didn't know where to look at, admire, and take a picture. In most of my shots I had to synchronize my body with the gondolas speed in order to take clear pictures. Though I'm happy with my settings I wish I had an f/2.8 or f/1.4 even better Lenses, which would make my job really easier.
As you can see from the EXIF data, f minimum for achieving good lighting, ISO 800 (not 1600 to avoid noise) and shutter speed 1/60, flash fired (even though in some cases is forbidden), and ofcourse my body synchronization on the scene.

The autofocus (AF) was also a problem, it couldn't find a focus point, since many parts of the cave are in black.
In some cases I played manually (MF).

Post Processing notes:
- Clarify and Levels adjustment in order to increase the exposure.
- Chromatic Noise removed also

I hope you like it!

The ones who will visit Greece again, this place worth to devote some time to explore, as the 12 euros fee is not even compared with the beauty inside.

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