Following on from my previous photo, which was taken outside this cave, this is taken from inside the cave. I don't like HDR, but think this type of processing would have fixed up the problems with light that this photo has. Ah well, I had a lot of fun playing in this cave.
Canon 5D MkII
24mm using 24-105mm lens
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snunney (101602) 2014-06-23 8:12
Excellent choice for the black and white treatment, resulting in a fine range of tones. The big perpendicular rock makes a fine focal point and is well positioned here in the centre of the mouth of the cave, The ripples in the foreground pool are a plus, offering a second focal point. Very good rendering of the textural detail.
Noel_Byrne (32090) 2014-06-23 11:38
Did you find any treasure? Or even a big stack of grog? A beautiful choice in black and white, and the sky does look superb. It looks like one of those dangerous storms is about to blow up. How cool is natures composition to position this dead mans rock right in front of the cave to allow this magical view! I guess mother nature has a camera with her too. Beautiful moment, and as the light fades going deeper into the cave, it promises all kinds of spooky mysteries deep inside. The pool of water in the immediate foreground is a very cool inclusion.
Thanks as always, and Slainte from the soggy green rock!
carlo62 (50778) 2014-06-23 15:00
a me non dispiace questa foto, tra l'altro, in versione b&w, sembra anche più interessante.
Mi piace come hai composto la foto, tenendo al centro la roccia formato dolmen e la piccola pozza d'acqua che illumina la parte bassa.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-23 22:43
J'espère que tu as partagé la grotte avec un beau pirate :) Intéressant usage du noir et blanc.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-23 23:14
Hi Lisa - I understand your point about HDR for this shot but as you present it here there is a drama which HDR would have removed I think. From the way the light spills into the mouth of the cave and your composition one definitely gets the feeling of being inside the natural structure... hiding in a hidey-hole. The dark borders of the shot work like a vignette, funnelling the view to the lighter and more detailed areas. I think you have a done a good job here with some good dodging and burning. The concentric circles in the pool are brilliant I think, such a tiny detail but adding to the mood.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-24 6:45
Howdy Cave Woman,
I like the monochromatic scene, for the uneasy feelings being inside a dark cave, looking out on a jumble of rocks and the dynamic monolith surrounded in dark clouds.
To walk out into the sunlight, eventually, is very refreshing.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-24 21:01
So I'm guessing you went cave dwelling to find some hidden treasures, yeah? Well, you found one with this inside-looking-out point of view. I feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway...just happy to be out from under the stormy skies.
You are one dedicated photographer Miss Lisa, and you couldn't have been more spot on with the "Things we do for our pictures." :) You may have had a safe journey to obtain this shot, but there's still a sense of angst looking at the terrain you covered to have this vantage point.
Love the small ripples in the foreground pool, a drip from the caves ceiling...or something alive in the water?? I actually like the heavy contrast for this one, I think HDR might have removed some of the heavy atmosphere that you've created. Well perceived on all accounts. Have a good one, ya' pirate. :)
Cheers from the dusty desert,
lol...I just read Rosemarys comments, it would appear we both feel the same about the HDR notion. :)
emka (100793) 2014-06-24 23:27
Ciao cara Lisa,
Here the black and white and HDR fits very well. Beautiful view from inside the cave with the big rock as the focal point. I can imagine it was a great fun to ne pirate there. Exceelnt composition, mysterious and magical.
WArm regrads Malgo
lousat (93580) 2014-06-25 2:19
Ciao Lisa,immagine da fine del mondo,molto dark e molto ben costruita,una foto insolita e differente che dimostra come riesci a muoverti in ogni campo fotografico,un bianco e nero molto contrastato e ricco di dettagli raffinati.Buona serata,Luciano
jemaflor (99043) 2014-06-25 4:11
excellent this view thrugh the hole, well with this vertical rock as focal point, interesting contrast with the B&w.
macjake (69765) 2014-06-25 4:12
ok...first things first...Noel asked if you found a big stack of grog? what the heck is grog???
And yes, I know how much you LOVE HDR, just as much as I LOVE seafood lol
Its correct of you to think hdr would be suited here, but probably not so much. Why? all the black areas would be very noisy and just wouldn't look nice.
Perhaps if the photo was also photoshoped in "Lightroom" to help with that, so thats an extra step in the process department.
You'd have to take 5 to 7 exposures here, so thats alot of black noise during processing - it never comes out right. At least in my experience anyways.
and yes, what exactly were you up to in this Cave, up to no good I suppose :)
fun shot especially with the grey clouds and the funny looking large stone in the middle - looking as if you placed it there yourself just for this photo.
nice one, not too many cave shots on TE
tyro (25902) 2014-06-29 11:37
Ciao cara Lisa,
An interesting note but, er, I'm wondering exactly what sort of monkey business you got up to in that cave. Just taking photographs, I guess.
Your photograph from outside the cave was wonderful and this is a totally different "take" on the subject and I like it a lot. Funny, but the thing which keeps drawing my eye in this one are the little concentric rings in the pool of water - as though a water drop had fallen from the cave's roof and landed here - I can almost hear the echoes inside and the little splashes as water droplets fall inside the cave.
A very well taken and processed photograph in which we can see really quite a lot of detail in the cave itself and yet the distant scene is not overly bright at all. Excellent work.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-06-29 11:50
I nearly missed this lovely BW shot which would have been a real shame cos I do admire the range of tones,especially in that super sky.
Like Rosemary I enjoy the concentric circles in the pool,woman made I wonder?
Kindest wishes Les.
ikeharel (73545) 2014-07-02 7:51
I Must justify the B&W format, becouse of light differentials. Wouldn't know how it would come in colors.
Rocks contourlines perfectly in sharpness, DOF was the first and immediate element recognized.
Good new day, when probably you will see this,